Official Site: Linkrealms
Studio: Mythyn Interactive
Launch Date: August 5, 2011 (Beta)
Genre: Fantasy Sandpark
Business Model: F2P, now B2P (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC

Linkrealms is sunsetting today

Sad news this morning: Linkrealms is sunsetting, today if our read of the letter sent to players yesterday is correct, since today is the end of the month. Players posted the email up on the Steam forums:

“Here we are at the end. I suppose everyone had a sense that this announcement was coming: the Linkrealms servers will be shutting down at the end of the month. Linkrealms was the result of endless hours of hard work and investment, creativity and dedication, but it never achieved any traction in the real world market. The game has been coasting down for a year and now there’s nothing left to fund the servers – reality has caught up with us all. We developers have truly enjoyed working on the game and hope you all had fun in the Linkrealms world. Below you can find a couple games that we think you might like now that Linkrealms is gone. Goodbye, and thank you for being with us in this long, exciting journey!”

Linkrealms was an isometric, indie sandbox plainly inspired in part by Ultima Online; it first hit beta in 2011 and made its way to Steam in 2016.

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Massively OP’s guide to the best upcoming indie MMORPGs, part three

Over the last couple of weeks, we shared with you part one and part two of our guide to the best upcoming and current indie MMORPGs on the market. Naturally, there were always those titles that we overlooked or couldn’t fit into the space, so we are back with the third and final part of this guide to make sure that all of your favorite games got mentioned.

As a side note, we won’t be covering most of the survival sandbox and mere multiplayer titles, as that would be too much for the scope of this guide. And if you’re interested in these games, then you’ll definitely want to track our Make My MMO and Betawatch columns.

On with part three!

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Linkrealms is going free-to-play on October 10

After a few months on Steam early access, the isometric sandbox Linkrealms is going free-to-play on October 10th.

The title currently costs $20 on the store, so if you were thinking of giving it a try, you might want to wait a week or two until the free-to-play switch. Developer Mythyn Interactive said that the business model change is due to the game being ready for a larger crowd.

Linkrealms recently revamped its combat balance, improved its server stability, and added the new criminal and newcomer protection systems. Next on the docket for the indie title are improvements to its crafting and questing components.

Source: Press release


Linkrealms launches Steam early access today

Linkrealms is launching into Steam early access today. If you’re thinking, “Hasn’t that game been around for a long time?” know that you’re not crazy: It first went into beta in 2011 and has been under development ever since, though studio Mythyn Interactive says it’s now “close to completion.” It’s a bit of a classic sandboxy cross between Path of Exile and Ultima Online with Kingdom Reborn-era graphics.

“Since Linkrealms is a MMORPG, we decided to move to Steam Early Access to expand our userbase and let people enjoy a real ‘massive’ experience on servers open 24/7,” Mythyn explains. “The resulting feedback from the community will be crucial to guide us towards bringing the game to completion. Moreover, revenues from Early Access will be reinvested into additional human resources, speeding up the development of the game.” The studio says the early access version will focus on expanding the world’s biomes, skills, and guild tools, but “all core features of the game are in place, including physical and magical combat, crafting, land ownership, and pets.”

Mythyn has kindly granted our readers keys for 150 copies of the game, quite a nice little value since this early access is buy-to-play (though it’ll be free-to-play for its final launch). The keys also include $5 worth of store credit. Clicky the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys and get started!

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Skip through the daisies unmolested on Linkrealms’ new PvE server

Interested in playing the old-school Linkrealms but feeling a little shy about its PvP setting? There’s going to be a place for you in the game once the team adds a PvE server to the project.

That’s right: A PvE server ruleset is coming in April with its Steam early access launch. This second ruleset will limit PvP to a handful of areas, choosing instead to focus on more cooperative activities between players. Unlike the PvP server, the PvE shard will keep gear from being dropped upon death and allow players to limit access to their homes.

The team said that Linkrealms will remain a hardcore sandbox title on all types of realms and that transfers between the rulesets will not be allowed. There will be an open preview of the PvE server on Steam this weekend starting on April 8th.

Source: Press release


The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG could use a good reboot?

MMORPG reboots might be impractical and inadvisable, but games from Darkfall and DUST 514 to MapleStory and Linkrealms are all giving (or have given) it a go. But it seems to me that most of the games being rebooted during their lifetimes (or being granted a spin-off gameplay server of one form or another) seem to do so in an attempt to rescue themselves or cash in on a new playerbase — not necessarily to update themselves for a modern playerbase.

Some of my favorites unfortunately got sequels rather than reboots. I’d love to see Asheron’s Call get a solid reboot, for example, but I fear hopes for a player-modded AC1 to take us there are dwindling. Classic Guild Wars was a solid game too, and I’d argue that not nearly enough of it made its way into Guild Wars 2.

What do you think? Which MMORPG could use a good reboot — not a sequel or spin-off but a serious attempt to port the game into 2016?

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Linkrealms announces winter beta, Steam early access in March

Linkrealms developer Mythyn Interactive announced today that it’s planning a Steam early access launch in March 2016 and as well as a fresh round of beta testing in January.

From the 9th of January, all registered users with a Beta Key and all purchasers of a Founder Pack will be able to play Linkrealms continuously for at least 3 weeks.

The Ultima Online-inspired isometric MMORPG ran a summer test and an autumn test last year in addition to releasing founder packs. It first entered testing in 2011; in February, 2015, it rebooted as an open-PvP game. Most recently, it’s touted a new crafter contract system, support for multiple characters (five, to be exact), a new login interface, and a creature balancing pass.

Source: Press release


The MOP Up: KingsIsle’s new game (November 8th, 2015)

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. See any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week we discover KingsIsle’s newest game, spot hidden Easter eggs in Overwatch, open EVE Online’s doors to Mac users, pimp out our ARK dinos, and more!

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The MOP Up: How long would you last in your MMO? (October 4, 2015)

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. See any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week we’ll look at a webseries where gamers end up living in their MMO, an accidental banning in Neverwinter, an MMORTS being developed by a single person, and more!

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Linkrealms’ summer closed beta starts on August 29

Indie sandbox maker Mythyn Interactive has announced that the summer closed beta for Linkrealms will begin on August 29th.

Linkrealms has received multiple updates since its March closed beta, according to a Mythyn press release. The game universe is now three times larger than before and boasts “several new random events, dungeons, towns, and other points of interest.” The devs have also implemented “extensive” balancing tweaks both for the crafting and PvE experiences.

Finally, Mythyn is campaigning to get Linkrealms onto Steam through the Greenlight program. Earlier this summer the firm released a trailer in support of the campaign, and you can view it after the cut.

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Linkrealms reboots as an open PvP server

As the name of the brand-new Phoenix server implies, Linkrealms is rising from the ashes of oblivion to deliver a fresh experience for players.

Linkrealms, a free-to-play sandbox MMO in the vein of Ultima Online, is opening up its first new server in years. The Phoenix server is an open-PvP server that “[harkens] back to the roots of classic online roleplaying games where your choices mattered.”

The server features a brand-new world, the fruits of game balancing work, and constant support in the form of a live dev and CS team. Players can try out the Phoenix server beta starting on February 27th for a few weeks, and following that the server will be wiped and then presumably launched for good.

[Source: Linkrealms is reborn, FAQ. Thanks to Chris for the tip!]