A Behind The Scenes Look at Shadowlands – WoW’s Latest Expansion

Exciting news from Azeroth as the World of Warcraft Executive Producer John Hight and Game Director Ion Hazzikostas are due to host a livestream update on the forthcoming expansion, Shadowlands, on 9th June. Kicking off at 9:00am (Pacific Daylight Time), the pair will share a look at some of the new content that the team have been working on live from their homes – providing fans with an intimate insight into the inner workings of the beloved title.

Shadowlands is the eighth expansion to augment the wealth of content within the World of Warcraft universe and takes place in the realm of the dead: the titular Shadowlands. It will be the first since the core game’s release in 2004 to feature a ‘level squish’, rolling back the level cap from its present 120 to 60. Players who are currently at 120 will see their level reduced to 50 as part of an expansive overhaul of the levelling system. 

Naturally, the expansion will introduce new zones, dungeons and a brand new raid as well as a ‘Newgame+ Experience’ for newly-created characters. Character customisation will also be enhanced with new ethnicity options in human characters, the ability to add tattoos to dwarves and trolls and varying states of decay to undead characters. All in all, there is a lot to look out for, so if you’re not already up to speed make sure to check out our coverage.

You can access the stream via both the World of Warcraft Twitch and YouTube channels. The expansion is slated for release this year and fans can, of course, pre-order the title from their website. For more WoW information check out our game page

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All the Best MMO Games News from May 2020!

Each month, MMOGames.com will provide you with a rundown of all our best MMO games news, insights, giveaways and articles.

MMO Games Articles 

“If you like the sound of adorably murderous cartoon animals then parachute right in!” It’s time to unleash your inner beast with this collection of animal-themed MMOs. From mooing cows into a state of zen-readiness or growing into a crazed tyrannosaurus, every animal lover should find an MMO that they enjoy here. Read me!  

“Enjoy the peace while it lasts, before the truce is over and it’s time to duck for cover once again.” In a world of chaos and violence, sometimes all we want is a bit of peace and love…and also some crafting, smelting, and trading. For those of you who are done with the combat for a while, we’ve brought you a collection of combat-free MMO games. Read me! 

“It doesn’t matter if you’ve got your nan’s hand-me-down battered old tablet or a laptop thicker than an encyclopaedia.” We know that not everyone can afford the latest high-end gaming rig. But fear not! We’ve created a rundown of the best MMOs that you can play on an older PC. Read me!

New MMO Game Releases

The sci-fi MMO titan Eve Online is launching a mobile spin-off Eve Echoes, featuring much of what fans have learned to love about the MMO classic. And that’s not to mention the array of new features including races that until now have been only lore. Read me!

An exciting new player lands in the MOBA scene. Crucible, the MOBA-with-a-twist from Amazon Games, has now been released. You can find out more about the game in this article, but in the meantime we’ll leave you with a piece of advice – “Trust no one!” Read me!

It’s time to get Jurassic! StoneAge World is a new MMO allowing players to collect and battle all manner of prehistoric creatures. It looks colourful and fun and may be what you need to cure your lockdown blues. Read me!

MMO Game Updates, DLCs and Patches

Marvel fans rejoice! The ever-expanding mobile game Marvel: Contest of Champions released not only a brand new House but new characters too. The first update included a dark twist on fan-favourite Storm while the second, celebrating the new movie, released Black Widow and Red Guardian. Read me! And read me too! 

The MOBA that many have been talking about, SMITE: Battleground of the Gods, celebrated their new updates (which include cross-platform play) with the release of a generous $50 bundle. Read me!

Guild Wars 2 is the game that keeps on giving. And for those following the Icebrood Saga, the third chapter, No Quarter, is no disappointment. Will you survive the chilling Charr War? Read me!

Guild Wars isn’t the only MMORPG classic to release new content this month. Neverwinter’s expansive storyline has a new and exciting chapter Rage of Bel. Ominous demonic news is carried on the winds, who amongst us will rise to the call? Read me!

Eve Online has entered the latest chapter in their year long “Invasion” storyline. As always in Eve Online, the fate of the galaxy is in the hands of the players. And at the time of writing, all was left to be decided. Read me!

MU Origins 2 has a rather romantic new update, offering all sorts of bonuses and dungeons for their “married couples”. Yes, you read that right. Read me!

If you’re more Radiohead than Romeo, Black Desert Online has your back. They’ve really turned up the volume with their new composer feature which allows for a whole new type of MMO creativity. Read me! 

Other MMO Games News

Congratulations to Albion Online for raising €42,644.94 for charity during April. They also released a patch with some fab new content including the Staff of Hermes, Outlands Banks, and some quality-of-life improvements. Read me!

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Worlds Collide in Final Fantasy XI and XIV

The indomitable worlds of Final Fantasy are today colliding as Square Enix’s two MMORPG offerings collaborate on some cross-title content. The Maiden’s Rhapsody: Memories of an Unseen Realm event tasks Final Fantasy XIV players with aiding Remumu – a reporter for the Harbour Herald hot on the heels of her latest story who needs the help of an adventurer to ensure her safety. For completing the quest, players will receive a familiar armour set, namely that of Final Fantasy XI heroine Iroha, consisting of:

  • Amatsu Hachigane
  • Amatsu Togi
  • Amatsu Tekko
  • Amatsu Haidate
  • Amatsu Sune-ate

To obtain it, players must travel to the Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks where Remumu can be found to kickstart the Journey To Remember quest – however players who have previously completed the quest will be unable to do so again. 

Superfans rejoice as the FF news doesn’t stop there; fan festivals (in the real world) will be popping up in North America, Japan and Europe in 2020 and 2021 so get working on that cosplay. Here’s what’s in store: 

Finally – the developers have invited fans to watch all seven episodes of The Creation of Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers series which details the development of the game. It includes several key developers sharing behind-the-scenes insights on how the illustrious MMORPG is created. Check it out here.

Shadowbringers is the critically-acclaimed third expansion of Final Fantasy XIV introducing new environments, jobs, and races. And it’s available to enjoy right now. New players of the titanic title can download a free trial to access content up to level 35 with no restriction on playtime – so what are you waiting for? Check out our coverage of Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV if you’d like to clue yourself up on what awaits you.

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Mutants Vs. Pirates. Enough Said?

Developers NewGen Studios have just announced the release date for their third-person MOBA-inspired Clash: Mutants Vs. Pirates. And frankly, just the title alone is enough to get our blood pumping. As the title implies, the free-to-play MMO pits magic-wielding mutants against gun-toting pirates, merging sci-fi and fantasy in a glorious explosion of MMO fanservice. The aesthetic kind of reminds us of the Mutant Year Zero characters.

Mutants Vs. Pirates offers the choice between 8 heroes – featuring your typical tanks, damage dealers and healers – and two game modes: deathmatch or the strategic Kinvader mode. Deathmatch is a race to 40 kills between two teams, which can comprise you and your friends or you and some soon-to-be friends. Kinvader encourages a more strategic approach, choosing when to attack and defend whilst timing the capture of control points in order to relocate the opposition’s Kinvader. 

If the promise of a good old-fashioned MOBA-style rumble featuring magic mutants and gunslinging pirates has tickled your fancy, then you may want to jump on one of three pre-order bundles. These packs will include a founder’s badge, load screens, exclusive avatars, emotes, titles and sprays (plus some orbs, the game’s currency). 

Here are the need-to-know details from this exciting new title: 

  • 8 champions with unique abilities
  • Mighty special attacks to turn the tides of battle 
  • Summonable minions to fight for your team and implement your strategies
  • Champion level-ups and unlockable rewards
  • Tower defenses and powerful machine guns to thwart the enemy onslaught
  • 2 game modes, Kinvader & Team Deathmatch

This title will be available from 12th June so slot the title into your wishlist via Steam or pre-order your choice of pack here.

 

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It’s the Final Countdown: EVE Online Invasion Comes To A Head

The year-long Invasion expansion for spacefaring MMORPG EVE Online has culminated in its third and final chapter. After having already covered EVE Online’s upcoming journey into the world of mobile gaming, we’re especially excited to see the progression of the flagship title with this latest storyline update.

The story, centred around the invading ‘Triglavian Collective’, will force players into a pivotal decision: to side with the Triglavians or defend the Empires of New Eden. As expected from an MMO moulded by its players, your decision will not only influence the plot’s direction but will also have a lasting impact on the entire game – ensuring that life in the cluster will never be the same again. 

Cosmic battles are inevitable as open conflict rages on between EDENCOM forces and Triglavians across high and low security space, forcing you to defend yourself against roaming fleets and fellow players depending on which force you side with. New structures and defences will come into play as the Empires bolster their resistance and the Triglavians double down on the attack. 

“At the core of EVE Online is a universe where actions have consequences, and this year the consequences of the Invasion storyline will have deep and lasting effects on players. Players will have to make their choice carefully – will they side with the new invaders, or will they resist?” said Bergur Finnbogason, EVE Online’s Creative Director. “Chapter 3 delivers a universe-changing event with a series of activities and player-driven decisions that will span the summer and change the landscape of EVE forever!”

With this season finale also comes additional improvements to the gameplay mechanics of player-built structures in the Forsaken Fortress update. This update introduces the new ‘Abandoned’ structure state alongside ‘Full Power’ and ‘Low Power’ states.

Make sure to follow EVE’s social media channels for all communications on updates, check out our own page on EVE Online and download the game for free if, for some reason, you haven’t already.

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Ready to Rock? Upcoming StoneAge World MMO Offers a Jurassic Giveaway

Netmarble Corp, creators of Star Wars Force Arena and Magic: Manastrike, are releasing another mobile title entitled StoneAge World. It is sure to tempt fans of Pokemon, Neopets and other animal-based MMOs which we’ve covered here.  

Stoneage World is a prehistoric pet-collecting MMORPG in which players take on the role of a ‘Trainer’ tasked with protecting the land of ‘Tectonika’ from an encroaching machine civilization. Trainers will assemble a team of primeval pets with which to fend off the threat. They have a bestiary of 250 creatures to choose from, taking the form of anything from pigs and wolves to dinosaurs and wooly mammoths. A familiar turn-based mechanic comprises the combat system with players training their team before tackling their enemies. 

Should the idea of fighting dinosaurs appeal to you (and why on earth wouldn’t it?) then we have good news – a reward awaits those who pre-register between now and its anticipated summer launch:

  • 1,000,000 Stones (StoneAge World’s main currency) for those who pre-register via the official website.
  •  50,000 Shells (StoneAge World’s premium currency) additionally gifted for those who pre-register at the App Store and Google Play. 

On the StonageAge website, prospective players can also look forward to a couple of celebratory events, including:

  • Pet Gift Event – Players will be sent one hatched pet at launch. By collecting tickets when logging into the official website or by sharing event news on Facebook, players can hatch new pets from eggs by using 5 tickets at once. Completing all tasks will lead to players receiving 13 tickets.
  • Mini-Game Event – Players who successfully capture a pet will get 10 event tickets.

So if you’re looking for a more lighthearted MMO complete with a sprinkling of nostalgia then perhaps this game is worth your time – why not reap the rewards while they are available?

 

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Black Desert Online is Turning Up the Volume

Sprawling sandbox MMORPG Black Desert Online, often lauded for its rich character customisation, has released a new “Compose and Play” feature in which players can adopt the role of bonafide virtuoso. In a mechanic much unlike most other titles of its genre, Korean developers Pearl Abyss have incorporated a robust music editor within the game allowing creative players to devise their own intricate musical compositions. 

The games boasts an impressive roster of 19 character classes, including bread-and-butter Warriors & Wizards as well as the more atypical Valkyries & Mystics. Black Desert Online allows players of any class to channel their inner Hans Zimmer and compose. However, only Shai – the music-playing support class akin to your typical Bard – can perform them. 

Compose and Play compositions can vary in beats-per-minute, time signatures, and number of instruments, with room for improvement after unlocking Shai’s special talent at level 56. These player-designed ditties can also be shared and played as part of an ensemble with multiple Shai characters, unveiling a whole new level of gameplay in this already extensive MMO.

If that wasn’t enough, Black Desert Online is also undergoing a login event as of this moment until 3rd June. By logging in daily, players can yield up to $100 in premium items including a wizard mini pet, a special service maid and a convenient buff called The Book of Old Moon.

If this intriguing new mechanic or login event piques your interest, MMO-playing maestros can check out the game via the Black Desert Online website or via our game page. New players can also enjoy a revamped package with items more befitting of the current the game after 4 years of evolution.

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Who says romance is dead? Not the MU Origin 2 Update Developers

MU Origin 2, the mobile spinoff of MU Online, has received an extensive update rife with brand new content including an exciting new class. The hugely popular mobile MMORPG boasts impressive graphics for its platform, playing out in real-time alongside thousands of fellow players across the world. 

MU Origin 2’s “3.1 Update” includes the addition of the title’s fifth class – the Magic Gladiator. Looking to us like a rendition of a ‘battlemage’, the Magic Gladiator is a master of both sword and spell. This versatile warrior has been afforded dual-wielding capabilities which when married with arcane abilities establishes this warrior as a hefty damage-dealer. To bag the Magic Gladiator class, players must first reach level 120, unlocking the Magic Gladiator starting at the same level. 

Furthermore, one of the game’s most unique mechanics, married couples, has received its own update. The Couple Dungeon is a new feature which brings a whole new meaning to ‘power couple’ in which married characters can conquer dungeons and bosses together in order to obtain particular rewards. 

Furthermore, those who have tied the knot can enjoy the arrival of three Couple Skills – namely Beautiful Encounter, Heavy Longing and Warm Love. These new skills are available to married couples who have reached level 200, adding an extra motivation to find that special someone and pop the question. Now who said that romance is dead?

The third part of this update marks the beginning of Abyss Season 11. The opening of the Abyss World brings the Abyss Castle Siege which aims to seek out the best guild on the server. Only the top 3 guilds will be permitted to participate, with the victorious guild obtaining special buffs and the chance to host the Abyss Feast. 

With additional Archangel Set Effects, expanded floors of Tower of Allegiance, new locations, costumes, mounts, items, guardian pets, and more – this is a particularly robust update which is begging to be explored so dive into the action over at the MU Origin 2 website!

 

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Amazon’s Innovative Team-Based Shooter Crucible Has Landed!

A little while ago we covered the upcoming Amazon Games’ team-based shooter Crucibleand we’re now excited to announce that the game has officially launched. Within the game players work with teammates to hunt their opponents and take down hostile creatures on a lush rogue planet in pursuit of Essence, a valuable resource that amplifies hunters’ powers. 

This MOBA-tinted title allows you to choose between 10 distinct hunters including Earl, an inter-stellar trucker, Summer, a dual-flame-thrower-wielding former welder, and Bugg, a robot botanist.

Having given this game a go we can attest to its quality but don’t just take our word for it – here’s a few reviews to convince you to pick this game up, if you haven’t already:

“I knew Crucible was something special the very first time I played it, and it somehow keeps getting even better,” said Twitch creator Sasslyn. “The hunters are unique, but welcomingly familiar. Whether you want to stick to one or be a jack-of-all-trades, there is a hunter that will fit your preferred style of play. Throughout Crucible’s development, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing first-hand how much the team cares about their players, and the way they take feedback and use it to make Crucible into an even more innovative and unique game.”

“One thing that separates Crucible is the diversity in its characters,” said Twitch creator Bartonologist. “There’s something there for everyone. Each character approaches the game differently and matches up against the other hunters in a unique way. Brings a whole new level of strategy and competition to this world.”

“The three game modes in Crucible represent three completely different kinds of teamwork required to come out on top,” said Twitch creator Stevo. “There’s unlimited ways you can strategize and compose your team to win, but of course, you never know what your opposition will do either!”

Get involved before 2nd June and you’ll bag yourself an early adopter gift of 1,000 Credits deposited into your in-game account. Credits can be redeemed for cosmetic in-game items like skins and emotes, as well as a Pre-Season Battle Pass, available for 950 Credits. The Pre-Season Battle Pass offers players a series of challenges and rewards, including hunter and account customization options.

Check out more info on the game via their website.

 

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EVE Echoes: The EVE Online Spinoff We’ve All Been Waiting For

The Sci-fI MMORPG titan EVE Online is taking a voyage into the mobile gaming universe with the announcement of its MMO mobile gaming venture – EVE Echoes. 

Just like its illustrious forerunner, the next gen mobile spinoff will feature a near-endless universe of 80,000+ solar systems complete with the exploration, PvP and PvE battles, mining, trading, industry and sophisticated player economy that has elevated EVE Online to become a paradigm of the MMO genre. 

EVE Echoes is the result of a CCP Games & NetEase Games collaboration three years in the making. Through livestreams and Q&As, community input has been fed into the development every step of the way to ensure that this mobile rendition of the fan favourite will be up to scratch – and the results look promising. 

 

Some of the upcoming features include:

New Faction: The Yan-Jung

Straight from the EVE Online lore – the Yan-Jung have emerged as a playable faction within the mobile spinoff. Inspired by ancient oriental architecture, Yan-Jung ships are made with bronze-like metal, using smooth surfaces and aesthetically-pleasing symmetrical designs.

Corporations

A defining feature of the original game, Corporations make their return in EVE Echoes, allowing players to unite in exploring the cosmos. 

Capsuleer Outpost

If you’re happier when flying solo, then the Capsuleer Outpost is a private structure designed for lone adventurers to occupy and provides a suitable foothold to explore the new frontier independently. 

Ship Skins

As the name suggests EVE Echoes will be incorporating the ability to change the appearance of your ship at any time via tradeable licenses. 

Tutorials

Luckily for EVE Online greenhorns, the development team has prioritised gameplay optimisation and, as a direct result of player feedback during Beta testing, have built in compelling tutorials, making this title accessible to all skill levels. 

Excited? You should be! The devotion to perfecting this title through fan feedback is a promising sign for this MMO behemoth’s first foray into mobile gaming. EVE Echoes is scheduled for release in August 2020. Check out their website to stay in the loop and register to be notified of release by searching for EVE Echoes in the App Store or Google Play. 

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