With its second closed beta run and done, MapleStory 2 is turning its sights to something bigger. Something grander. Something… launch-ier.
Nexon said that it’s going to announce the launch date for this 3-D sequel to the hit MapleStory on August 21st. “Not only will we reveal the official release date, but our team will also discuss the future content schedule of the game,” the developer said.
In the meantime, players can start reserving their names and even create their first character so that they can hit the ground running when MapleStory 2 launches. You’ll need to buy a founder’s pack to access this perk, however. It’s probably a good thing that Nexon has made these packs available for purchase again!
You’d be forgiven for having forgotten about Conqueror’s Blade, both because it’s been in development for years and because it’s a bit outside the traditional MMORPG wheelhouse as more of a tactical game – like RISK the MMO. But it’s finally coming to early access in the west.
“Global publisher My.com and developer Booming Games are proud to announce that they have teamed up to publish free-to-play tactical medieval warfare MMO Conqueror’s Blade in the European and North American regions. The game immerses its players in a life of military leadership both on and off the battlefield, with tactical and diplomatic choices to make that will determine the ultimate ruler over a massive, resource-rich and populous network of territories. Players will take to the battlefield as aspiring warlords to fight brutal skirmishes over a massive open world environment securing territory for the glory of their house (clan) or alliance.”
My.com says it’ll be free-to-play, but of course you can pick up founder packs on the official site right now running $14.99 to $99.99. That bottom tier does include closed beta. “Dates for Closed Beta and Early access phases will be released in the near future,” the studios promise.
The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!
Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from TERA, Vindictus, Realm Royale, Path of Exile, Elder Scrolls Online, League of Legends, My Dino, Citadel: Forged with Fire, PUBG, Armored Warfare, Paladins, Diablo III, EVE Online, and Star Trek Online, all waiting for you after the break!
One of the great benefits of reading the wealth of MMO blogs out there is that you can touch base on a huge variety of games that you might not have time to play. Haven’t gotten around to checking in with the indie sandbox Legends of Aria? The blogosphere has you covered!
While Superior Realities thinks that there’s a “skeleton of a good game” in Aria, he wasn’t won over by the closed beta: “After about thirty minutes of dealing with bugs, spectacularly tedious and old school gameplay, and generally terrible design, I decided life was too short.”
Inventory Full felt that the game had featureless maps but probably deserved a longer look, and Levelcapped said that Aria is “so damn close to being an Ultima Online sequel that it’s both wonderful and blasphemous at the same time.”
It’s been nearly a year since I met with Frostkeep Studios at PAX West and got an early first-hand look at Rend, the three-faction fantasy survival sandbox with a timer. And I’ve been waiting since then to be able to play for myself; I saw the housing and learned about pet taming, and knew I wanted in. Even though I don’t play PvP for PvP’s sake, I liked the sounds of its implementation in Rend. And the whole thing about the temporary lifespan of the server? Newer information (namely that I can use ascension points to keep my favorite pets with me!) has helped alleviate that trepidation.
And now, finally, I’m in! The question is, what do I think about it? It is still in development — it is only closed alpha at the moment — and it shows. But there is also promise. I already know I am going to be playing it more. Here are my first impressions of surviving in Rend.
You’ve gotten to read about Rend, but now is your chance to see it live. Massively OP’s MJ is in the closed beta and is bringing you along to explore this new survival game. Even better, today she’ll be joined by Frostkeep Studios CEO and co-founder Jeremy Wood, who will be showing off some cool stuff as they wander about the dev server. Bring your questions and join us in live at 2:00 p.m. for a first look at…
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 26th, 2018
Zip up those Vault Tec suits, kiddos, because you’re going out into Fallout 76’s West Virginia wasteland as soon as this October. That is, of course, if you are able to snag a key for the closed beta by plopping down some cash for a pre-order.
Bethesda posted the news on the forums: “Starting in October, we’ll be selecting people who have pre-ordered the game from a participating retailer to enter our B.E.T.A. We’ll start small and grow over time as we prepare for launch. Be sure you’ve read our F.A.Q., for details on how to redeem your B.E.T.A. code and other important details. To clarify, everyone who pre-orders at a participating retailer will be included in the B.E.T.A.”
The studio said that details are “still changing” about the survival MMO but that it couldn’t answer specifics on everything just yet. Bethesda will be taking to the stage at QuakeCon 2018 on August 11th to go through a deep dive on the character systems and answer some fan questions about the game.
Artificial scarcity or necessary action? Either way, fans are going to have a hard time securing a founder’s pack for Nexon’s upcoming MapleStory 2, as the studio announced that the packs have “sold out” for the rest of the Closed Beta 2 test.
Nexon only just started selling founder’s packs on July 17th, although it did say ahead of time that there would only be “an extremely limited amount” of these packs that also provided closed beta access. The founder’s packs ranged from $25 to $100 in cost and provided extras such as unicorn mounts, cosmetics, and a month of premium club membership.
The studio said that there is still hope for everyone who is dying to spend money on the game: “Those that have already purchased a founder’s pack will still be able to upgrade their packages, however we will not be accepting new purchases until a later date. Keep an eye on the MapleStory 2 website or social media feeds to learn more about when MapleStory 2 founder’s packs will become available again.”
She has but one life to give. Massively OP’s MJ tried out a demo for Survived By — a different sort of survival game with a bullet hell bend — back at PAX West. Now, it is a bit farther along in development and has moved into closed beta. Just how long can she stay alive in her first return to this game since that con? Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you MJ’s first steps in…
What: Survived By
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 20th, 2018
Alpha is but a memory from the past — Legends of Aria has moved on to closed beta. That means Massively OP’s MJ needs to dive in and see how things are going. She already likes the choices on character create. Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. to check out the beta version of…
What: Legends of Aria
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 20th, 2018
Digital Extremes’ retro permadeath/bullet-hell MMO Survived By entered closed beta yesterday and rolled out a patch with a new 10-man raid, hardmode dungeons, UI buffs, and a graphics upgrade. But what good does that do you, person reading this who has no closed beta key?
We can fix that: In celebration of the CBT, DE has granted Massively OP 2000 keys to get our readers into the game right now. Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys!
Digital Extremes has officially launched Survived By into closed beta today, accompanied by a hefty patch including a new 10-man raid, hardmode dungeons, UI buffs, and a graphics upgrade. The game was originally announced last August just ahead of PAX West; it’s basically a mash-up of an MMO and a retro bullet-hell style game. In fact, at the time DE was calling it a true MMORPG with up to 100 players per fight, plus permadeath and crafting and dungeons. The permadeath, by the way, is the type whereby your next toon is the character whom you’re “survived by” and who gets some of the benefits of your dead one’s experience. Oh, and the whole thing is free-to-play.
“To kick off the development milestone, Survived By will begin letting in more players who sign up for accounts on the game’s website, and will launch its first major event, dubbed Prophecies of Sin, for a limited time starting today July 18 and ending on July 25. Atop a giant ziggurat, players must summon a devastating new boss and coordinate their efforts to save the world. Only the most brazen will emerge victorious and earn never-before-seen exclusive event skins, gear and unique titles. Gather your friends now for a night of retro-style bullet hell bonding and madness as you protect the world from the Prophecies of Sin!”
Nexon’s MapleStory 2 is barreling toward its western closed beta launch today, complete with new dungeons, quests, the market, and plenty of network stress testing on deck for this round of the test. In the meantime, the Korean gaming giant has begun selling founder packs as of yesterday. Curiously, the company says it’s selling only 20,000 founder packs during this leg of the test, and it looks as if that’s across all of the different tiers – presumably to limit access to the beta. “Once they are sold out, Founder’s Packs will not be resold until after Closed Beta 2 ends on August 1, 2018 10:00 AM PDT,” says the studio. So there’s that.
What are you looking at if you do buy in? The $24.99 tier includes a mount, title, hat, 30 days of sub, and 2000 currency; the $59.99 package includes all that plus an outfit, another month of sub, and another 3000 currency, for a total of 60 days and 5000 currency; and the $99.99 legendary package brings the total sub days to 90, grants a total of 9000 currency, and includes an emote and daily rewards, plus the other cosmetic trinkets from the lower tiers.