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Haven and Hearth might look simple, but there’s an ocean of crafting goodness under its surface

Every once in a while here at Massively OP we like to highlight a game that might have flown under pretty much everyone’s radar despite being out for some time. Today that title is Haven and Hearth, a survival crafting MMO that’s been around for at least five years.

Inspired by Slavic and Germanic mythis, Haven and Hearth places a huge focus on an explorable, exploitable, and mutable game world. While it may look simple (the MMO was written in Java and developed by two “Swedish university dropouts”), there’s a charm with the graphics and a very deep crafting system at play.

“As players progress, they will be able to acquire new skills and abilities, allowing them to perform a variety of tasks — such as the claiming of land, the construction of buildings and the cultivation of crops — each step forward making the basic task of survival somewhat easier,” the team explained. “Having progressed far enough, players will, in time, be able to organize themselves into societies, from simple tribes and villages, progressing through republics, nation states and, ultimately, empires.”

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Gran Skrea brings an indie sandbox MMO to early access

On the prowl for an undiscovered indie MMORPG these days? You might want to check out Gran Skrea Online, as it just went into early access this past weekend.

According to the team, Gran Skrea “combines a desire for new player-defined MMORPG mechanics with influences from classic RPGs like RuneScape, Ultima Online, and The Elder Scrolls.” It’s $9 right now through June 23rd, which isn’t the most exorbitant price we’ve ever seen, and there’s an official Discord set up already.

The sandbox MMORPG sends players “to create their own destiny in an original world of medieval fantasy.” This apparently means a mixture of quests, “ruthless” PvP combat, guilds, and economy. There are already quite a few features in place, including player housing, a criminal flagging system, lots of crafting, and a game world with plenty of lore. There’s more to be added in the early access program, so features such as territorial warfare, auction houses, and naval warfare are still in development.

Get an early look at Gran Skrea after the jump!

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E3 2018: Vigor brings a DayZ-like experience to a post-war Norway

Bohemia Interactive, the developer behind DayZ, knows what it does well, and it’s going to continue to create games within its specific field of expertise. The studio just announced its next title at E3 this week called Vigor, and yup, it’s a multiplayer survival shooter.

Vigor takes place in a post-war 1991 Norway where players have to grab everything that’s not nailed down and attempt to survive. There’s prooooobably going to be some snow here, considering the country, so pack your long johns.

“Turn a shelter into your home. Fight, run or hide. Take risks, claim rewards. Survive this cut-throat experience,” the official website said.

The big bummer here? Vigor is exclusive to the Xbox One, so you’ll either have to access it through that platform or look wistfully at some screenshots for the rest of your life. Early access signups are currently open through the website.

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Dwell is the lovechild of crafting sandboxes and a SNES art style

At first glance, Dwell looks like it might have been taken right out of the 16-bit era. With its pixel art, tiny little people, and top-down views, it certainly boasts an art style familiar to older gamers.

Yet there’s something very modern about this title, which is all about giving players the tools and freedom to build their own worlds in their own fashion. Dwell is a multiplayer crafting sandbox in which players explore the world, gather resources, specialize in a career, and construct their own houses and villages. It’s not massively multiplayer, but it’s not tiny either, as each server will hold around 200 people.

Dwell has been developed by a small team of four, is currently in closed alpha, and will be coming to Steam at some point in the future. Curious about Dwell? Then check out an early preview of the game, which notes, “Using simple but clean and artistic 2-D pixel art, Punkdrift managed to end up with a bunch of features without sacrificing the game’s aesthetics.”

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Legion: The Eternal War’s evil magic pits Elves against Humans

Here’s an indie MMORPG that you may not have known about before this week. Legion: The Eternal War is a small title that’s been in development for a while by Nexus Division, but as of late the project seems to have picked up pace.

The setting of the game involves a world where formerly united Elves and humans have become bitter enemies thanks to the introduction of magic by some sinister crystals into the world. “The game will be filled with entertaining stories, rewarding progression systems, and refined mechanics,” the team wrote. “All of this is presented to produce a memorable experience highlighted by social interaction and nail-biting tension.”

The dev team is staking the game’s future on systems such as player housing, an expansive fantasy world, PvP, character customization, a wide array of magic, wars with guilds, and alliances. Last December, the team showed off a few prototypes of the different biomes that players might find in the game.

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Grimmwood’s village needs protecting (and beta testers)

In retrospect, it was probably not the brightest of ideas to settle in an abandoned village in the middle of a dark forest full of monsters. But what’s done is done, and now it’s up to you and 29 friends to try to make it work.

This is the premise of Grimmwood, a social multiplayer RPG that works in elements of survival titles, roguelikes, and city builders. It’s not a free-roaming 3-D title but rather a menu-driven experience that plays out a bit like a tabletop RPG. There are choices to be made during the day, including going on expeditions, crafting up tools, and re-enforcing the village. This is all necessary, because every night the monsters come and assail your small outpost.

There’s a really neat alternative 16th century vibe running through this title, and the fact that players have to manage limited action points, their characters’ sanity levels, and actions that could result in permadeath should make for tough choices.

Grimmwood is currently in open beta and can be played for free on Steam.

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The Flower of Knighthood plucks a medieval hardcore MMO

When you hear the word “hardcore MMO,” immediately your mind must go to floral arrangements, no? Well it will now, thanks to the debut of The Flower of Knighthood on the MMORPG scene.

Aiming to be the most accurate medieval MMO on the market, The Flower of Knighthood (FK for short) offers fans “a deeply engaging and exciting taste of the late-medieval world, allowing them to explore its landscapes, settlements and everyday activities. Reconstructions of buildings, objects and materials are based on extensive research in archaeological reports and historical documents and illustrations.”

While nominally an MMORPG, FK won’t use hit points, random computations, magic, or teleports. There will be, however, massive battles, photorealistic graphics, and a period-perfect crafting system. Right now the game is in a pre-alpha state.

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Dead Man’s Country throws you into the teeth of the American west

Have a pioneering spirit and wouldn’t mind stepping back in time to see how you’d do on the frontier in the late 1800s? Then saddle up with Dead Man’s Country, a new multiplayer open-world RPG that’s slathered with old west flavor.

The game is clearly putting its setting up front as a selling point: “Face the untamed harshness of the wild in a landscape of vast forests, soaring mountains and desolate plains.”

With randomly generated items, a deep crafting system, housing, abandoned forts, farming, hunting, taming, multiplayer matches, there’s plenty to do. It’s not quite the historic old west, however, because you’ll also be facing the plague and zombies (survivalboxes gotta have them zombies).

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Reign of Guilds moves toward alpha testing, talks about the game’s creation

With 15 developers now on staff and progression toward an alpha build, Reign of Guilds is slowly but surely taking shape as a hardcore medieval MMORPG sim.

The team said that it has packed up its public prototype and will be restricting the upcoming alpha to “ROG Club” participants who have supported the game. “ROG club membership is not a reward or present — this is our appeal to the active players to participate in test, share feedback, discuss classified information and so on,” the studio said.

In the first episode of the game’s developer diary, the team discusses how it is creating Reign of Guilds’ code, visual effects, animations, models, and locations. You can watch the full rundown after the jump.

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Sci-fi MMORPG Project C announced with Thief and Half-Life 2 devs at the helm

Let us make an already interesting MMO news day a bit more so, shall we? How about the introduction of a brand-new, full-fledged MMORPG in development with AAA credentials and some notable game industry vets at the helm?

The game in question is code-named Project C, a sci-fi MMO that takes place on a single-shard hostile world. It sounds incredibly intriguing and not afraid of to embrace the massively multiplayer experience:

Project C invites the players to explore, conquer and dominate a massive hostile persistent sci-fi world. The game offers players genuine innovation in game design with emphasis on emergent memorable gameplay moments: a single-shard virtual world, continuously updated with new chapters of the game’s story, containing a fully simulated ecosystem of creatures and resources, in which player choices create permanent changes.

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Fight to the top in Reign of Guilds’ hardcore medieval world

Is there room enough in this industry for another self-proclaimed hardcore, old school MMORPG with all of the PvP fixins? Russian-based Atlant Games is betting that there is, as it’s deep in development with a medieval title called Reign of Guilds.

A cross between a kingdom simulator and a guild sieges, Reign of Guilds thrust players into a fantasy realm where they will vie for power, control, and territory. It’s all hard edges here, with full partial corpse looting, non-target combat, friendly fire, and the tantalizing possibility of clawing your way to the top to become the realm’s king.

Reign of Guilds has 10 months of development under its belt and is already wielding a prototype that has a few dozen players testing it. The studio said that it plans on launching a Kickstarter campaign for it in the future.

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Ancient Siberia tasks you with surviving as a kid in a mythical Russian realm

We have certainly seen quite a few multiplayer survival sandboxes cross our screens, but it is hard to recall if one set in a mythical Russian past was ever up for discussion. Well there is one now, thanks to the early access debut of Ancient Siberia this past December.

Ancient Siberia takes place in the Great Tartary, a fantasy-flavored Slavic realm that incorporates magic and myths. Players start out as a child and will grow from there, gradually becoming an adult and accessing PvP and greater options. It’s billing itself as a mix between survival sandbox and MMORPG, so fans of both types of games might see something of interest here.

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Hi-Rez Expo 2018: Hi-Rez announces 1v1 mobile game Bot Smashers

Hi-Rez devs surprised players with the announcement of a brand-new game during the Hi-Rez Expo 2018 keynote address, and no, it’s not a MOBA, an MMO, or even a larger-scale multiplayer title. Called Bot Smashers, this 1v1 mobile game combines base building and strategy with collection. Players collect bots and send them to attack their opponent’s base.

The game is still in early development, but devs say it is at the place where they want need player feedback. Attendees at the con can play at kiosks to get a peek, and everyone can sign up at botsmashers.com to try and get access to the testing. It will be available on iOS and Android. Check back later for our hands-on from the con!

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