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The studio behind Izanagi Online is hard at work at another mobile fantasy title that could well be making its way to the west before too long. Japan’s Asobimo is developing Toram Online, which is currently in beta in the region.
While it looks to be a your standard cute anime title, Toram at least is getting out of the standard class rut by offering a more free-form character growth system. Players can mold their avatars by choosing skills and equipping certain types of gear. The title is still growing in beta, having recently added two large maps to the game world.
Toram hasn’t been localized for English-speaking markets yet, but you can still pick up a copy of the beta on both Android and iOS devices if so desired. We’ve got the beta trailer for you after the jump!
Were you too busy gaming this week to pay attention to MMO news? Get caught up every Sunday evening with Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review!
After several years of dud E3s, this year’s expo took us by surprise, with big reveals for several major MMORPGs, including Star Wars: The Old Republic, which is retooling its faction system for its upcoming Knights of the Fallen Empire expansion, and Guild Wars 2, which opened prepurchases for its Heart of Thorns expansion only to be met with… let’s call it pushback from fans.
Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions as well as a roundup of all our E3 coverage.
One of the biggest Asian mobile MMOs is looking to see whether it can replicate its success in the North American market. I Am MT2, which has topped the charts in Taiwan and South Korea and is based on a Chinese animated TV show, is now available globally on Google Play as Rush of Heroes.
Rush of Heroes is an MMO-lite that offers an astounding array of activities behind its cutsey facade. The free-to-play title includes 40 heroes, several dungeon runs, over 150 questing zones, and even side occupations like fishing and mining. It’s currently available only on Android devices.
You can watch the launch trailer for Rush of Heroes after the break!
Rare announced a new piratey thing called Sea of Thieves at today’s Microsoft E3 event. It’s an Xbox One
exclusive and Windows 10 title with sailing ships, buried treasure, and stylized graphics that was described as the firm’s “most ambitious title to date.”
The reveal trailer featured players running to and fro with MMO-style nametags floating above their heads, but the size and scope of the game remain something of a mystery. You can catch the trailer after the cut.
DayZ creator Dean Hall announced his new RocketWerkz studio last winter. This week, we’ve got a better idea of what he’s been up to alongside “simulated worlds” developer Improbable. The two entities revealed Ion, a simulation MMO and a “massive open world universe” inspired by beloved RPG Space Station 13.
Ion looks to be set in space and it may involve disasters and cryosleep. At least that’s what we gleaned from the brief trailer that’s embedded after the cut.
The downside of E3 pre-conferences coming earlier and earlier is that the event just gets longer and longer, but the upside is that you can find out some pretty neat stuff ahead of time. Bethesda held a pre-E3 event yesterday, and it contained some pretty fascinating information for players of The Elder Scrolls Online, including video of the Imperial City and Orsinium, both slated for release to players this year.
The former is covered with vicious monstrosities eager to counter any player efforts to venture into the fallen capital, whilst the latter spreads across multiple zones, from ominous mountains to underground structures. This is in line with a tweet from earlier this year stating these additions to the game would be seen before the year was out.
The news is just in time for the UK to crown Elder Scrolls Online #1 on the retail charts, making it the third game in 2015 to muster 100,000 sales in its opening week.
There’s also a new card game, The Elder Scrolls Legends, that looks to be Hearthstone but draws on the franchise set in Tamriel instead. Check out the trailers below.
Torchlight has no shortage of fans devoted to the stylized action RPG, and this week those fans have a new reason to rejoice. The series will soon be making its way to mobile platforms, perhaps this year.
Torchlight Mobile is being developed by Perfect World and Runic Games, which could both indicate a free-to-play model and multiplayer aspects. The website is taking sign-ups for those who want to stay in the loop on the game’s development, and it’s expected that we’ll be hearing more about the title from E3 next week.
Perfect World has announced a new MMORPG, though it’s currently slated for the Chinese market. It’s called World of Jade Dynasty, and it’s designed both for the PC and for current-gen consoles. MMO Culture reports that it uses a new in-house engine and it will feature large-scale PvP involving “flying battleships inspired by ancient Chinese designs.”
The site also says that Perfect World is talking up the title’s “sandbox” elements, particularly multiple choice quest endings and a personal utopia that amounts to customizable player housing.
World of Jade Dynasty will undergo a limited pre-alpha test beginning on June 23rd. You can watch the announcement trailer after the break.
If you only had one life in a FPS match, how would it change your playstyle? Think about the implications of such a rule carefully because this is the premise of new multiplayer shooter Burstfire.
Made by ex-Hawken devs, Burstfire is a 5v5 tactical shooter in which every player has one life per round. This is done with the hope of promoting strategic thinking and a slower, more nail-biting pace. Players aren’t restricted as to the weapons they use and can utilize tools and ingenuity to alter the battlefield and create new paths to objectives.
The game is currently accepting alpha signups on its website.
Individual character permadeath is so yesterday, right? An upcoming title, ECO, dares to think even bigger, proposing “server-wide permadeath” if players can’t band together and stave off global disaster.
The concept of ECO is that when a fresh server world boots up, players will find themselves racing against the clock to defeat a certain type of armageddon. To do so, they’ll have to build up a civilization without ruining the very world they’re plundering. Players will be able to vote on rules for how the server’s population can harvest and use these limited resources.
While you may not have heard of DarkEden, it’s actually one of the older continuously running graphical MMORPGs on the market, having started back in 1997. While it’s still running in Korea today, the hack-and-slash horror title’s North American and Japanese versions have long since gone dark.
Maybe it’s time for a fresh start? DarkEden 2 is currently under development by SOFTON Entertainment as an isometric action game, promising a return to the blood-drenched environments of its predecessor. There are four gender-locked characters in the closed beta right now, including a vampire, and apparently player killing is allowed and encouraged.
Steparu shares hands-on impressions from the Korean beta, and we’ve got the trailer for you after the jump!
How would you fancy a reimagined version of 4X classic Master of Orion? Wargaming is hoping you’ll bite, as the massively successful World of Tanks developer is bankrolling a reboot crafted by Argentine-based NGD Studios. Wargaming’s press release says that the dev roster features “key members from the original title’s team,” though it neglects to mention which ones.
Wargaming also says to “expect a revamped user interface, an orchestral score from the original game’s composer, voiceovers by well-known actors, new user tutorials, and more to deliver a classic yet fresh experience to one of gaming’s most respected franchises.”
Don’t forget the announcement trailer after the break.
There have been plenty of MMOs, multiplayer titles, and single-player games that have attempted to emulate the grand Age of Sail, but Naval Action might just take the cake. This upcoming sandbox is priding itself on an immaculate attention to detail, from weather effects on sailing to the reconstruction of period warships.
As the name implies, Naval Action’s primary gameplay will be couched in PvE and PvP conflict between ocean-going vessels. There are a wide variety of them, too, from the smallest to the tallest, firing away with all manner of lethal cannon shot. Currently the game’s in beta testing, with pre-orders being your best path to getting in on the early action.
We’ve got several videos from Naval Action for you to watch after the break, so hop to it, sailor!