recently released the first major content update for its medieval sandbox survival game Life is Feudal
, and it brings with it a slew of new features, including the uniting of the game’s numerous worlds, a PvP arena, the slavery system (really), and the clergy system. And to celebrate the new update’s release, Bitbox is granting all players a set of “God’s Favor” currency, the total amount of which is valued at over $2 million US.
With the new united map, players can now travel “freely” (i.e., with subscription-based restrictions) between the game’s worlds as well as trade between worlds via trade posts. For those who want to test their combat prowess against other players, the update introduces new PvP arenas, which pit up to 20 players against one another in free-for-all battles, with the top three players in each match taking home prizes of coins and PvP ranking points.
Didn’t like the idea of slaves in Conan Exiles? Then you probably won’t dig them in Life is Feudal either. The MMO version of the Life is Feudal games is debuting its first big content update soon, and slavery is among the new bits. It works a lot like Conan’s system too.
“No need in wasting your time on gathering resources manually! Save your time and energy by taking advantage of the new slave mechanic. Players can place up to four slaves per outpost, each additional slave speeding up productivity and earning even more production. There are a couple of ways one can get slaves in Life is Feudal. You can acquire them by controlling the slave outpost in a Red World, buying from other players, or enslaving knocked out players! This feature works only in Red worlds. Now you can make the best of your conquered foes!”
There’s quite a bit more to the patch, including a new PvP battle arena, new religious ranks that allow players to take on the power of the gods, new outpost building features, and a new guild rank system, plus improved music and map heraldry. Notably, the walls between the game worlds will come down, allowing players to move between them and communicate with people in safe or danger zones.
In the middle ages, no doubt serfs worked the land, stared out over the horizon, and dreamed of a day when people could spend their time indoors without having to toil in the fields for an extended period of time thanks to technology. Life is Feudal
allows you to go back to the backbreaking labor of farming from within the aforementioned comfort of your own home. And farming is, in fact, complicated; you can learn all about it from the latest video about the game.
Players will want to carefully inspect the soil and the climate before setting up fields, making sure that the soil is fertile and that the right sorts of seeds are being planted. Snowy regions are great for trees, for example, but they’re not the sort of place to plant cabbage. From there you’ll forage for seeds in the wilderness, fertilize your fields, and… well, the video will cover all of it. It’s pretty involved, but when it’s all said and done, you can enjoy the technological fruits of your imagined labor.
While Life is Feudal MMO has existed for only 10 days on Steam early access, players have been testing the online title for considerably longer. To emphasize all of the community activity in the title to date, the studio put together an infographic video that shows some impressively big numbers covering all of this activity.
These stats include 53.5K characters with houses, 42.7K players in guilds, 200K player-created buildings populating the world, 7 million crafted items, and 12% of the world’s territory claimed. Of weird interest is the fact that while players have planted four million trees, they’ve cut down five million in their endless pursuit of lumber. Probably going to be an issue there before too long.
The video’s below, along with our own hands-on tours of the game since launch.
It was a slow start last time as Massively OP’s MJ spent her first day back in Life is Feudal: MMO just seeing how far she could run and admiring the awesome shipwrecks. This time, she’s following instructions to head to the village and talk to people. Interacting with others always ends up leading to some sort of excitement (and possibly death). And hey, she can make traps! Surely that will be exciting… depending on what she traps. Come to think of it, that could also lead to death. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. to see how long MJ can actually avoid death.
What: Life is Feudal: MMO
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, January 20th, 2018
So it looks like things are not all roses and light behind the scenes for Chronicles of Elyria, as the studio has apparently let several of its team members go. How many? We don’t have an exact number, just a knowledge that the team had apparently doubled in sized and is now notably reduced. Here’s hoping for the best for the people affected by the layoffs.
Other beta news? Perhaps even happier news? Sure thing. We can do that.
We can’t promise that our list below is all good news. It’s a list. It organizes entries in list format. But you can still take a look at it, and if something on that list is inaccurate, you can let us know and we can fix it. Is that good news? Maybe!
Early access for the Life is Feudal: Your Own version has been out a couple of years, but now the MMO has finally hit early access on Steam. That gives Massively OP’s MJ a great reason to launch in and see how things are going. Tune in live at 7:00 p.m. to check things out with her.
What: Life is Feudal: MMO
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018
Builder-centric sandbox Life is Feudal has officially launched into early access with a buy-in of $29.99, and that’s the MMO version, mind you, not the Your Own survival sandbox. Consider it a bit like part two of the open beta, which has been running since autumn after initially being plagued by exploits and bugs.
“The Steam version contains all the features and content of the currently active Open Beta version, which means Steam users can join the tens of thousands of Open Beta players already building homes, keeps, and castles in the game. They will also be able to work with those same players to forge alliances that will over time form mighty guilds who control vast kingdoms. There’s a place for every type of player in Life is Feudal: MMO, from the butcher or baker, to the royal guard, regal knights, vassals and kings or queens.”
Last month, Bitbox implied it had “tens of thousands of players” romping through the game, though reviews are mixed; in the most recent reviews, players seem to be complaining chiefly about expensive P2W microtransactions, bugs, confusion, and grind.
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Here we are, in the untamed wilderness of 2018! It feels a lot like 2017 so far, except that it’s a year later. Also, at least here, it’s buried under snow. Also, Global Adventures has moved into its closed beta test, which is new. You can get in on that, although you should feel fairly warned that it’s going to have a wipe prior to open beta, so fairly warned be ye.
For the most part, it seems that studios were still remembering that they have to get back to work if they’re going to enjoy the new year. But we still had some movement on the beta front, so that’s all right. Examples of such are listed below.
- The ninth alpha test for Saga of Lucimia shared some information and a prologue story, which will require a full group to fully read about. You may assemble the group however you wish, but it may not include using the phone.
- Hyper Universe launches on January 17th. If you didn’t know it was in testing before now… well, it is. And it’s launching on the 17th. Keep up.
- Speaking of launches, Monster Hunter World is launching on January 26th for consoles. If you’re sticking to the PC, you’ll have to wait until the fall. Hey, it’s still a better deal than PC players got for the original Destiny. Another PS4 beta test is scheduled for January 18th.
- If you’re curious about Seed, you’ve got some footage of the pre-alpha gameplay to check out.
- Last but not least, the MMO portion of Life is Feudal is moving into Early Access on January 11th, which is slightly different than its current testing schedule. How so? Well, that’s early access, not beta. Also it probably lacks wipes.
That’s not a bad way to kick off the year, huh? There’s going to be more this year, we’re sure, but we’ve still got a list past the break of the games we know to be in testing. If something has skipped into launch or seems to have quietly shuttered while evading our notice, do let us know down in the comments. It’s very helpful and we appreciate it.
Have plans for next week? Life is Feudal MMO would kindly request that you make alterations to your schedule to accommodate the launch of its early access program on January 11th.
Not to be confused with the Your Own sandbox, Life is Feudal MMO is, well, the full-fledged MMORPG that uses the same basic setup but in a much larger and more socially expansive environment. The MMO takes place in a 21-square kilometer world with changing weather, time of day, and seasons.
The big hook of this game is that every structure aside from the starting town will be shaped and built by players. The studio released a video to show how players could conceivably go from a humble hut to a grand castle over the course of their adventures.
It’s the season for giving, the season for loving, and the season to put feuds behind us. But don’t neglect Life is Feudal, oh no, because Festive Feudal Fetes has taken over the poor villages of the land.
The fantasy sandbox claims that it has prepared “an authentic celebration ceremony” that involves making “meaningful gestures” for friends and guildies.
OK, to be honest, we have no idea what this fledgling MMO’s holiday event is about, because the team isn’t laying out specifics. So enjoy the following sentimental video and see if you can suss out the spirit of the event.
Another December, another Steam sale to entice you to spend money on games you don’t have time to play just to have them for a rainy day! Here’s a quick look at what’s on the list for MMO and survival sandbox players.