Outpost Games sent round a mailer this week announcing that SOS Battle Royale is now “free to play forever,” thanks to its latest patch, content update 4, which adds “a ton of new weapons, loads of new outfits, leaderboards, and a Season Pass through which you can earn great rewards.” Sounds nice, right?
Well, maybe take a jaunt over to Steam, where the game’s recent reviews have sunk to “overwhelmingly negative.” You’ll recall that the original idea behind the game was to toss 16 players into a map and have them play a 30-minute match to find a relic and escape in a helicopter, with up to three winners per match and the chance to coordinate via voice chat. There were plenty of survival mechanics along the way, including making your own weapons and traps to survive as the audience cheered you on a la Running Man.
SOS had a unique twist going for it that Massively OP’s MJ liked; it was a survival show with audience participation. She wasn’t however, fond of the you-may-need-to-kill-others-to-win aspect. Last week, the game announced it has gone full-on battle royale. How will that affect those unique features? The game is hosting a free weekend until Sunday afternoon, so MJ is willing to take a peek. Tune in live at 3:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you a second serving of…
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 11th, 2018
What’s that sound? It’s the sound of a genre becoming even more saturated, that’s what, as SOS is converting into a battle royale game called (drumroll) SOS: Battle Royale.
The original idea behind the game was to toss 16 players into a map and have them play a 30-minute match to find a relic and escape in a helicopter, with up to three winners per match and the chance to coordinate via voice chat. There were plenty of survival mechanics along the way, including making your own weapons and traps to survive. And a la Running Man, the streaming audience would be pushing buttons too.
Yesterday, Outpost Games announced massive changes to the early access survival game, to the point that it’s now a battle royale game, not a survival game at all – in fact, it appears the survival elements have been stripped out entirely, and you’ll just be looting things like weapons from the island.
It was foretold, and then it happened. Sea of Thieves hit its closed beta this week with play anywhere functionality fully intact. The bad news is that beta hit back with some bugs, one of which has a workaround of requesting a refund and then re-purchasing the game. Hopefully extending the beta until January 31st provides a bit more time to fix these issues?
Ah, well. Let’s see if other games are navigating their betas decently. What have you got for us, magic list (it’s not actually magic)?
- Remember Rust? It’s leaving the comforting warm blanket of early access for launch on February 8th. You can decide for yourself if that’s because the game is ready for launch or if it’s just a matter of needing some new source for outrage after people got angry about no character creation.
- The closed beta for Closers ends on February 6th, bringing the game formally into the launch world. The only other thing I can add to this is that when I was trying to work up an extended song lyric spoof for this, I called it a “shoot-brawler,” which seems… apropos.
- The Repopulation has plans for 2018. Big plans, the biggest plans. It’s going to be so big, you’ll see. We would all like to see.
- The mobile client for Albion Online is currently in testing, which is pretty cool. It’s only on Apple devices, which may be less cool if Android devices are your mediums of choice, but it’s one before the other.
- Speaking of sandboxes where you kill other players, Darkfall: New Dawn is launching today out of beta. Let’s see how well this revival does!
- Last but not least, survival box SOS apparently has the official Snoop Dogg seal of approval as it heads into early access. Look, have him do the stream alongside his good friend Martha Stewart, and we’ll talk.
It’s nice to see that 2018 is both replete with beta news and with stories that are just plain weird (it’d be sad if we couldn’t call back to Steven Seagal on a boat, after all). So what about other beta stuff? We’ve got a list down below! Let us know if something on it is inaccurate, like a game that’s tacitly launched or something that we may have missed. It’s appreciated.
Having a hard time choosing which survival title to play this week? While there are many, many options, only one comes with the personal endorsement of Snoop Dogg.
That game is SOS, which launched into Steam early access yesterday. The title is a game show of sorts that pits 16 players against each other to steal a relic on an island and escape on a helicopter before the 30-minute timer is up. The early access release coincided with a patch that added new textures, a Soundrel character, and improved body hair. It will cost you $30 to get in on this game right now, so be aware of that if you’re holding out for a sale in the future.
And just in case you thought we were making this Snoop Dogg thing up, we’ve got the proof below with a video of the rapper streaming the game while partaking of some totally recreational marijuana.
A new year, a new batch of survival games! Yes, the genre has become so popular that one guide, no not even two guides could contain all of the survival goodness. More keep cropping up. I certainly can’t say as I mind, since this is the style of game that has been giving me the feeling of having an impact on my environment. And it’s not all the same collection of zombies, although there is still plenty of that. It is interesting to see what new takes developers are bringing to the table. Want to do a survival reality show? There’s a game for that! How about living like a viking? Yup. What if you want to be the psychotic killer that survivors are trying to, well, survive? Got you covered. Fell like upping the ante and surviving via VR? There are a few of those available.
If you are looking for a new survival to sink your teeth into, here’s the addendum for some newer games in development as well as some newly discovered ones since the last mega double guide. Note: This collection will be a mix of multiplayer and single-player titles with some uniques thrown in.
Ready to scheme, sabotage, and survive? Then you might just have what it takes to play SOS.
A virtual game show set on a tropical island, SOS throws 16 players into the same area to compete in a 30-minute match. The goal? To find a relic and escape via helicopter. The twist? There can be three winners, which means that players can use voice chat to try to form alliances on the fly and strategize against opponents.
There are monster hordes to contend with as well, so finding weapons and making traps is essential to living through the experience. Additionally, each match will be viewed by a live audience that can give feedback and influence events. What else would you expect from a game that is made up of veterans from Twitch?
You won’t have to wait long to try SOS out, either. The multiplayer title is coming to Steam early access on January 23rd with a sticker price of $30.
Welcome back to our intermittent series on MMOs and other multiplayer games you you’ve never heard of! Let’s run down five more floating to the top of the pile this month.
First up is a Russian indie MMO called Rogalia that I first heard of thanks to former Massively columnist Jeremy Stratton (heya Jeremy!). It’s cute and cartoony and will definitely appeal to old-school isometric sandbox players with its crisp cartoon graphics and detailed UI. Combine all that with the gameplay and it’ll remind you more of Ultima Online than most games that namedrop it! It’s currently $12 on Steam, though it’s set to launch out of early access at some point this month, when the price will likely increase.
A survival game with a twist? Color Massively OP’s MJ intrigued! As long as that isn’t pink, that is. SOS is a new multiplayer title in development that makes survival a 30-minute match where the 16 players are trying to escape the island instead of mastering it. How well can MJ do when crunched for time? Will she find folks who will work with her, or against her? How well could you do? She has keys so you can find out! It’s only open for a weekend test, and the servers open at 12:00 p.m., so tune in at noon and take a first look at (and win a key for)…
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, November 4th, 2017
Here’s a newish game to our pages: SOS, a multiplayer survival PC game “where 16 contestants face off in a 30-minute challenge to escape.” It’s essentially a nifty “Survivor”-flavored twist on ye olde survival sandbox in that instead of competing in just another battle royale, you’re actually vying to escape the island – with or without the help of the other players and the streaming audience. It’s like if LOST and PUBG had a baby.
Want to give it a try? Outpost Games has granted Massively OP 500 keys for this weekend’s leg of the alpha, which runs from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. EDT on November 4th and 5th – this weekend. Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys!