Crossplatformy indie sandbox MMORPG Villagers & Heroes is building on its May expansion, Wellspring, with another big patch. Where Wellspring buffed the game’s existing housing system, Twilight Vale adds a new event zone, “where mischievous fairies glide through the twinkling skies ready to assail all adventurers, and who lurk in the ever ominous Ladder of doom, have descended upon the Seven Realms to celebrate the always glorious time of year known as Midsummer.”
Mad Otter Games says the update should appeal to everyone from combat questers to crafters to partygoers; the end goal is a new mount and pet. There are also tweaks for guilds, new tool vendors, toy effect changes, auction hall fixes, new cash shop goodies, and some across the board balance changes for dailies, harvesting, and even monsters (monsters do more damage now!).
Don’t forget, the game is on mobile as well as on PC, and yep, you can switch back and forth between them (as long as your account’s not through Steam).
A year or so ago, Villagers and Heroes actually didn’t have player housing that you could enter and enjoy. That changed, and with this week’s Wellspring content update, the ability to customize one’s village has grown even further.
“Wellspring isn’t just a little build with a couple of pretty new plants added, or a few minor tweaks made here and there to the otherwise routine gameplay,” the devs wrote. “It is a dynamic expansion to Villagers and Heroes which has transformed the weighty and elaborate crafting and gathering elements of the game into a lean, tight system, one which, though now much simplified, still retains the richness and complexity as it ever did before.”
Patch 4.14 added seven new village projects to customize the looks, direct-to-house transport, more mayoral campaign options, a streamlined village management UI, the elimination of rent, improved gathering, and several new options for the mobile edition of the MMO.
With Villagers and Heroes handing over unprecedented control of its village design and decoration to players with next week’s Wellspring expansion, there’s a lot to absorb in a short amount of time. To get players on board with the big changes coming on May 14th, Mad Otter Games showed up for a Reddit AMA yesterday to talk about the game in general.
A case was made for why Villagers and Heroes is the best mobile MMO: “Compared to most mobile MMOs, it definitely features much more actual content — zones to explore, quests to complete, items to find, etc. — so if you enjoy exploring it may be right up your alley. It’s also not very competitive (PvE only) which may fit a casual playstyle well.”
The team also pointed out that the game avoids a lot of the pay-to-win issues and paywalls found in other mobile titles. Other topics discussed included gamepad support, combat pets, flying mounts, guild population limits, and how village stacking will work in Wellspring.
The heart of gameplay in cross-platform MMORPG Villagers & Heroes is all about villages, so anything that expands your options for villages is going to be welcome. The game’s upcoming Wellspring expansion for May 14th does just that by adding in new environmental customization, letting you place your village in anything from a lovely fall vista to an arid wasteland. Why you would want to live in an arid wasteland is somewhat unclear, but it takes all types.
The expansion also brings in more governing options for mobile players and several new village projects, along with more involved crafting and gathering. There are also new daily login rewards to help motivate everyone into jumping in-game on a regular basis, if the game itself wasn’t motivation enough. So that’s a whole lot of good stuff on its way, and you’ll have to wait less than a month to see it all in the game proper.
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Cross-platform MMO Villagers and Heroes made a leap to another platform this week with the release of the game for the app store. This means that iOS devices can now pick up and join the fun along with the Android and PC crowd.
Mad Otter Games opened up a new server — US3 — to handle the influx of new players. It should be noted that unlike some mobile spinoffs of MMOs, Villagers and Heroes for iOS is the same full version that PC players enjoy, albeit with modified controls and UI to accommodate touchscreen devices.
Villagers and Heroes put out Patch 4.8 late last month with movement changes, a ranchable boar, and two new high-level zones. The iOS release includes the recent Starfall overhaul and offers eight class builds, 10 crafting professions, over 1,000 quests, and player housing.
So who’s picking this up this week?
Remember Maguss, the Harry Potter-esque ARG everyone was buzzing around right up until Pokemon Go company Niantic said it was making Harry Potter: Wizards Unite? It’s just about to launch its open beta; you west coasters will want to wake up early on Saturday indeed to make the 8 a.m. EST starting time on Android and iOS. The game originally raised almost half a million dollars on Indiegogo, so its popularity seems assured!
What else happened in the world of MMO testing this week?
- Camelot Unchained finally has a beta date: the fourth of July. Fortunately, nothing else important happens on that day. Our interview all about how beta will work is pretty great if we do say so ourselves.
- Dead Maze officially launched! No more beta! Free at last!
- Villagers & Heroes seeks iOS beta testers ahead of its launch at the end of this month.
- Project Gorgon laid out the details of its upcoming Steam beta.
- Stardew Valley promised multiplayer beta this spring.
- Soulworker Online is inching ever closer to testing here; forums for NA and EU arrived this week.
- Ashes of Creation dazzled again with more footage of “alpha zero” gameplay.
- Staxel landed on our sandbox radar; it’s currently in early access.
- Bless Online is anticipating that when it starts, its early access open beta will run half a year.
We’ve tucked whole list of games temporarily and very much permanently in test stasis right on down below.
With the launch of Villagers and Heroes on iOS mobile devices this February 26th, the team desperately needs all testers on deck to make sure the version is ready to release. In addition to asking for more applicants, the studio is running community challenges that will result in free goodies for everyone (in fact, the first such reward has already been reached).
On a rather strange note, the devs took to the forums this week to address various rumors that have been circulating about the title. These include the nature and number of moderators, accusations that the title has degenerated into a “Lord of the Flies” situation (their words), and alleged discrimination against the elderly.
The devs weren’t brooking any of it, especially that last one: “Are you kidding me with this? This one is so ludicrous, I’m not even going to respond to it.”
It has been almost a year and a half since Villagers and Heroes released on Android devices, during which the Apple-toting community has been eagerly awaiting its turn. Happily, that moment is almost here, as Mad Otter Games announced yesterday in a press release that it will be bringing the title to iOS on Feburary 26th.
“We are excited about the game finally coming to the Apple App Store so that players new and old can play on the Apple devices to experience one of the most immersive cross-platform MMORPG’s available,” said Mad Otter President Damon Slye. “We are looking for beta testers for iOS, so if you would like to get your hands on the iOS version early to help test, please sign up on the website!”
You can sign up for the beta test right now to see how Villagers and Heroes performs. It’s a cute MMO that deserves a little bit of love, which is why we like to visit it every now and then. Check out MJ’s latest adventures after the break!
A new year is a great time for Massively OP’s MJ to face a new threat. A new year, a new threat — she’s supposed to face something at least! The Grinchta is the nemesis of the Christmas season in Villagers & Heroes, and MJ is determined to face and eliminate any problems this critter is causing. We must save Christmas for next year and all the years after, right? Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. for some a look at the holiday festivities in…
What: Villagers & Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Monday, January 1st, 2018
It has become a long-standing tradition as Massively OP and our former site that we like to end the year by creating a list of titles that we anticipate for the coming one. It has always been a devilish list to create, full of loose dates and fast guesswork about which titles will and won’t be releasing during a 12-month window (just read last year’s list to see how spot-on I was).
This year we’re changing things up a bit by tossing out the qualifying factor of “will see a hard launch in 2018.” Instead, I drafted up a list of 20 MMOs that have the potential to do or be really interesting next year, whether that be a launch, a long-anticipated beta test, or some other significant development. Plus, hey, you get 20 for the price of 10, so no complaining now!
As an aside, this list isn’t going to cover some other exciting-looking multiplayer games that are arriving in 2018, like Anthem, Sea of Thieves, The Crew 2, Monster Hunter World, DayZ, Red Dead Redemption 2, Stardew Valley, Conan Exiles, and State of Decay 2. And you old school fans won’t want to forget that Ultima Online has a new free-to-play option coming this spring.
2011 MMORPG Villagers and Heroes has had a strong last 12 months. It launched on Android, rolled out a massive revamped called Starfall, tussled with RuneScape over the crossplatforminess title, and now? It’s finally rolling out to iOS, so you Appleheads can join in on the fun. Mad Otter previously said the release would happen this fall. Here’s today’s PR:
“Free-to-Play MMORPG Villagers & Heroes will be soon coming to iOS devices following the release of the latest expansion Starfall. Villagers & Heroes on iOS promises the same level of content, intuitive controls and in-depth MMORPG experience as Android and PC players experience with everything MMO fans love. […] More details on the iOS version and the coveted release date will be coming soon.”
So, when? “Soon.”
Hey, you. Yeah, you, dude leeching candy from the bucket you bought “for the neighborhood kids.” And you, lady still trying to decide between “Princess Leia” and “lazy zombie” for your costume (go Leia, duh). Put all that aside and get into some MMOs instead! Halloween is only one night in real life, but in MMORPGs, it goes on for days or even weeks. Some studios will probably even forget to turn it off! Others will let you run around with a flaming pumpkin head mask for all eternity!
Here’s what we’re looking at this year for Halloween across the MMORPG verse.