Gigantic to Shut Down in July

In spite of a statement from the publisher saying that future updates would press on, it appears that the January update will be the last as the Gigantic shutdown has been announced.

gigantic shutdown

Perfect World issued a statement saying that Gigantic’s final day will be Tuesday, July 31st. As a result, every hero in Gigantic will be free, including the newly released T-Mat. Any Crowns or Rubies earned will still be useable in the in-game shop and items will be discounted, while the purchase of Rubies and Hero Packs has been disabled for the time being.

“Discontinuing Gigantic was not an easy decision. The game is a unique and exciting experience that captured many hearts and minds. Unfortunately, it did not resonate with as many players as we’d hoped. Over the last several months, the teams at Motiga and Perfect World looked into viable options to sustain Gigantic.

“However, the current state of the game has restricted options for further progress and relevant content updates, and delivering basic features while also fixing long-standing issues was more complicated than expected. Despite our best efforts, we were unable to find an impactful solution that would help Gigantic break through in a crowded market.”

Our Thoughts

We pretty much saw this coming, but it doesn’t make the confirmation of a shutdown any easier. Speaking personally, Gigantic was literally the only MOBA title that I could stomach and I am going to miss the hell out of Mozu.

Source: official site

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Diablo’s David Brevik Unveils Sandbox RPG It Lurks Below

25-year games veteran David Brevik, the creator of Diablo and CEO of Gazillion Entertainment until 2015, has made his way back to the games making business. With today’s It Lurks Below reveal, Brevik has come full circle with a new sandbox RPG he’s developed and built himself.

it lurks below reveal

It Lurks Below is described as a title that combines the creation of Terraria and Minecraft with the concepts one would find in an RPG like Diablo, all wrapped up in a retro-styled 2D side-scrolling package. In an interview with Polygon, Brevik explained that players will get to dive into the depths of the game’s world to fight the creatures hiding beneath, with gameplay combining roguelike elements and his past projects.

It Lurks Below will be holding its first-ever closed beta starting this Friday, February 2nd for about 200 players. Unfortunately, Brevik’s Twitter has confirmed that the closed beta is completely full, but players can still tune in to watch him livestream the game on his game company’s Twitch channel. Here are the broadcast times:

  • Friday, February 2nd, 9pm PST
  • Saturday, February 3rd, 3pm PST
  • Sunday, February 4th, 10am PST
  • Monday, February 5th, 12pm PST

It Lurks Below is looking to release on Steam sometime later this year. Those who are interested to find out more are invited to tune in to the above streams and ask questions. It would also appear Mr. Brevik is eager to field questions on his Twitter page if you’re so inclined, and fans are also welcome to follow his one-man company Graybeard Games on Twitter and Facebook.

Our Thoughts

It Lurks Below most definitely has a pedigree behind it and we have to admit that the overall design ideas and aesthetic are very intriguing. We are most certainly looking forward to learning more about this fascinating mash-up.

Sources: press release, Twitter, Polygon

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2017 Online Games Financial Review

Can you believe we’re already a month into 2018? Seems like the perfect chance to take one last look back at 2017. Specifically, we’re looking at money and how well individual games and the industry as a whole did. We’ve got the top games from Steam and an incredibly detailed report from SuperData. So let’s dive into the 2017 Online Games Financial Review.

 

Steam Best of 2017

Steam released very vaguely defined charts for five different categories looking back at 2017. Without giving any specific numbers, they lump games into groups that can tell us which performed the best.

 

Top VR by Revenue

The VR category was listed by medals with platinum at the top. 12 games made this category including Fallout 4 VR, Job Simulator, and Superhot VR.

 

Best Early Access Grads

It’s no surprise to hear that PUBG is one of the 12 best performing games that left Early Access. It’s also in the platinum category with ARK: Survival Evolved, Battlerite, Divinity Original Sin II, and Slime Rancher. Of all these titles only one of them is free to play, that’s Battlerite. Everspace is the only VR title to make it into the Platinum category.

New Releases Each Month

Steam broke new releases down by month, giving us the best as measured by revenue. Only listing the online/multiplayer ones below.

January: Conan Exiles, Avorion
February: Blackwake, Golf It, The Wild Eight, For Honor, theHunter: Call of the Wild
March: Day of Infamy
April: UEBS
May: Star Trek Bridge Crew, Black Desert Online, Friday the 13th
July: Citadel Forged with Fire, Dark and Light, Foxhole, Next Day: Survival
August: Absolver, Robocraft
September: Total War: Warhammer II, Holdfast: Nations at War
November: World of Warships, Call of Duty: WWII
December: YLands, OrbusVR, PUBG

 

Top Sellers

The top games by gross revenue for the year includes quite a few titles we cover here at MMOGames. Grand Theft Auto V, PUBG, Warframe, H1Z1, Ark: Survival Evolved, Rocket League, Dota 2, CSGO, and Rainbow Six Siege are all in the Platinum category. Other bestsellers include FFXIV, Smite, Paladins, The Division, and The Elder Scrolls Online.

Most Played

Finally, there’s the Most Played which is, to me at least, the most interesting category of them all. These are the games with the highest peak simultaneous players in 2017.

Over 100,000 Simultaneous Players: Warframe, PUBG, ARK: Survival Evolved, CSGO, Dota 2, Rainbow Six Siege, Grand Theft Auto V, and H1Z1. The only game to make that list that isn’t multiplayer is Payday 2 which does allow Co-op.

50,000-100,000: Path of Exile, Rocket League, Conan Exiles, Rust, Arma III, Paladins

25,000-50,0000: Dead by Daylight, The Division, Total War: Warhammer, Unturned, Counter-Strike, 7 Days to Die, Black Desert Online, Battlerite, Elder Scrolls Online, For Honor, FFXIV

15,000-25,000: No Man’s Sky, Call of Duty WWII, Absolver, Smite, Shadowverse, Friday the 13th The Game, The Forest, World of Tanks Blitz, War Thunder

What does all of this mean? Not a whole lot really. It gives us a vague idea that these particular games on Steam are doing well, or at least were at one point in the year. If you want to read the full lists check them out on Steam’s Best of 2017.

 

Kickstarter Video Games Raises $17.5 million in 2017

Unfortunately, this number isn’t broken down into specific types of games, but we know that on the whole there weren’t many MMOs on Kickstarter this year. Though 2017 was also the year we saw Ashes of Creation become the most funded MMORPG on Kickstarter of all time. Shadow’s Kiss also had quite a successful Kickstarter campaign but generally, it seems that Kickstarted MMOs are on the decline. Perhaps because there hasn’t yet been a big successful launch.

 

Star Citizen

star citizen like eve online

Speaking of big successful launches, Star Citizen was the clear winner for Crowdfunding in 2017. Star Citizen, on its own, raised $34.91 million in 2017. That’s more than double all video games on Kickstarter last year. However, it is down from recent years. In 2016 they raised $36.11m and in 2015 they raised $35.9m. With that kind of decline, they could keep raising funds and not drop below $1 million until 2046. Who knows, by then the game may have finally released.

Source: Polygon

 

SuperData

Superdata have released their year in review report and it is fascinating! One in three people on the planet play free to play games on PC and mobile platforms, that’s 2.5 billion people. Digital games made $100.5 billion dollars in 2017. $59.2 of that was from mobile games, $33 from PC games, and $8.3 from consoles. Meanwhile, eSports generated $756 million last year and it is projected to breach the 1 billion mark in 2018. Gaming video content brought in $3.2 billion. The most noteworthy thing to look at is the $14 billion leap in mobile game spending from 2016. SuperData credits Asian publishers with this jump thanks to games like Arena of Valor and Fantasy Westward Journey. In fact, these two titles were the top earners in mobile games, bringing in $1.9B and $1.5B respectively. Other titles on the top 10 include Clash of Clans (at 5), Lineage 2: Revolution (7), and Pokemon Go at number 9 with $890 million.

Free to play titles account for 69% of the PC’s $33B market. League of Legends was at the top of that list bringing in $2.1B in revenue. Dungeon Fighter Online and CrossFire both also brought in over 1 billion dollars. Other games on the list include World of Tanks, Dota 2, Roblox, Maplestory, Hearthstone, Blade & Soul, and FIFA Online 3.

I found the chart looking at the premium PC market to be particularly interesting. With Eastern audiences, it’s very clear that mobile is king. We can also see that reflected in how many mobile games are coming out.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds brought in 12% of all of premium PC’s revenue. However, the biggest surprise on the list of the top revenue had to be Guild Wars 2 which brought in $87 million, putting it at number 8. Fantastic for a game that’s 5 years old now. It’s also interesting to note that most of the games on the list are multiplayer.

Twitch is dominating gaming video content, something that we already knew, but it is a bit of a surprise to see that 54% of all gaming video content revenue comes from Twitch. Youtube accounts for just 22%. That’s less revenue than the Other category. Though with all the demonetization and poor support is it really any wonder that Youtube struggles to bring in the revenue?

Skipping through their report a bit, the final interesting thing of note is that Augmented Reality saw more investment than Virtual Reality in 2017, despite the fact that headset sales are higher than they’ve ever been. In all honesty, it looks like the technology is just too expensive for most people and so VR hasn’t had the success it was projected to have a couple of years ago. Bigger companies seem to be moving on from VR, leaving it a playground for smaller studios and indies.

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ESO Confirms Release Dates for Dragon Bones DLC

While we already covered what players will get with the Dragon Bones DLC and Update 17, what we didn’t have at the time was the Dragon Bones launch date. Well, now we do for both PC and console players.

dragon bones launch date

As is usually the case, PC players will get their shot at the new update first with a release date of Monday, February 12th. Xbox and PS4 players see the update a couple of weeks later on Tuesday, February 27th.

Pricing for the new DLC pack was not revealed, but prior pricing will likely put it in the 1500-2000 Crowns range, with ESO Plus members getting the DLC for free as part of their membership. Regardless of whether one buys in or not, everyone gets the quality-of-life features included in Update 17 such as outfit customization and advice on where to spend your skill points.

Our Thoughts

We pretty much expected this new DLC and subsequent update to be on the way pretty soon, but it’s good to know there’s a firm date for the next big piece of content all the same. Here’s hoping everyone enjoys all of the goodies they’re getting once it all arrives!

Source: official site

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EA Delays Anthem, Doesn’t Call it a Delay

When you’ve got a massive investor board to answer to, your grasp of definitions likely changes. That’s the best explanation we’ve got for an Anthem delay confirmed by Electronic Arts despite the company’s insistence that the delay is not a delay.

anthem delay

Both EA’s CFO Blake Jorgensen and chief executive Andrew Wilson are outright saying the release window shift from Fall 2018 to sometime in 2019 is not a delay, but instead is a change to make way for a new Battlefield game.

In a story with The Wall Street Journal, Jorgensen denied an earlier report that Anthem is behind schedule, saying “it’s not a delay” and that “people are trying to create a story”.

“The date is chosen by by portfolio balance, not product readiness and we’re really excited by the way the new Battlefield is shaping up,” elaborated Wilson in an investors call later. “It probably doesn’t make too much sense to launch Anthem right by it. As a new IP, it probably makes sense to give [Anthem] its own launch window.”

Wilson stated in the call that Anthem should arrive sometime in the fourth quarter. The presumed release window for Anthem’s 2019 launch is around March of that year, which seems to line up with that timeframe along with the idea of giving Anthem’s IP room to breathe.

Our Thoughts

It’s….it’s a delay, guys. It’s a delay. It’s alright to admit to delays. In fact, people are generally more understanding if you’re forthright about delays. Ugh, my friggin’ head hurts.

Source: Polygon

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WoW Wednesday: Dalaran Mailroom with Postmaster Title

I truly enjoy when Blizzard decides to put hidden content in their patches and don’t mention anything about it. Patch 7.3.5 added a questline that walks you through a hectic day with the Postmaster himself. During this WoW Wednesday, I’ll walk you through the entire Dalaran Mailroom questline, getting you a brand new toy that allows you to check your mail on-the-go every 3 hours. Along with the normal questline, there are two Achievements that if completed will get you a neat little Mailemental battle pet and a new title; The Postmaster. Let’s get into it with the first quest, Lost Mail.

Lost Mail

Dalaran Mailroom

Before you even get the first quest you will have to make a decision on how you want to approach this first issue, as probably the worst part about this questline is getting the quest in the first place. You can choose one of two ways, the first is waiting for a letter to spawn next to the mailbox at the bottom of the stairs in Dalaran (shown in the image above), or buy the item Lost Mail from the Auction House for a pretty hefty price. Though at the end of the questline you will get another Lost Mail item that you can either give to a friend or put on the Auction House to hopefully get your money back.

A few comments on Wowhead stated that the spawn time for the mail was around 2 hours, but I had WoW running on my second monitor for hours and never saw it spawn once. I even resulted in having retail servers up and the PTR up camping for it to spawn, but saw nothing. I ended up having to spend 32k on the Lost Mail item.

After accepting the quest you must find your way to a warp pipe that you can interact with (shown in the picture down below), once clicked you will be taken down to the Dalaran mailroom and lead to the next quest.

Dalaran Mailroom

Return to Sender

This quest is pretty self-explanatory, click 9 of the floating letters around the mailroom and the quest is done. Once completed, talk to the Postmaster to take on your next quest.

A Huge Package

After accepting the next quest look around the mailroom for, well… a huge package. Click on the package and now you will be slowly RP-walking. Click the portal to leave the mailroom and head over to the ethereal portal next to the Antonidas Memorial with your sack filled with 1362 Solid Stone. No movement speed effects work here, though one thing I was able to do was swap into flight form and slowly fly over the buildings. Use the extra action button to throw the sack into the portal and head back to the Dalaran mailroom for your next quest.

Priority Delivery

Accept the quest and take the portal in the room taking you to Icecrown Citadel. Once there you’ll see the Lich King’s dead body lying on the floor with the ability to loot him. Heading over to his body, you will be met by some unfriendly ethereals that try to kill you to take the loot for themselves. Kill the ethereals and loot Invincible Reins off the Lich King. Sadly this amazing mount isn’t yours to keep. Take the portal behind you and head to Southern Feralas to find the not-so-nice Johnny Awesome. Accept his next quest and be prepared to have one of the saddest moments of your WoW life (unless you already have Invincible).

Dalaran Mailroom

Service with a Smile

Johnny Awesome tells you in a not-so-nice way that he already has Invincible and to go sell the mount to Hott Weedlespan at The Steam Pools. If I didn’t already have the mount, I probably would have rage quit this quest at this point, it would have made me so sad. After you sell the mount, head back to Johnny and give him the gold. Some people have said that you will get a mail from Johnny thanking you and giving you a Timeworn Heirloom Armor Casing, but when I opened the letter I got a weird bug spamming me with already collected transmog items and Heirloom items, so I’m not sure what’s supposed to happen.

Due Reward

Your next quest is another quick and simple one. Head over to Hillsbrad Foothills in the Eastern Kingdoms. The grave you’re looking for is located in the Sludge Fields. In the middle of the field is a glowing Mimiron’s Head, click it and head back to the Dalaran mailroom for your next quest.

Dalaran Mailroom

The Mail Must Flow

This is probably the most interesting quest I’ve done in quite a while. Your objective is to sort 15 letters in 1 minute. You will enter a little mini-game and in this game, you will have a letter pop up in the middle of your screen with a city and zone name. Your job is to click on the correct tube for each continent. Complete this quest and you will receive The Total Package achievement along with another mail from the Postmaster containing a Bulging Package. The Bulging Package contains the Lost Mail item that started this quest chain, 16 Solid Stone, and the toy Katy’s Stampwhistle that allows you to summon Katy giving you the option to check your mail from anywhere with a cooldown of 3 hours.

Dalaran Mailroom

Achievements

Post Haste – Sort 30 letters within 1 minute

Reward – Mailemental battle pet

Dalaran Mailroom

To attempt this achievement just talk to the Postmaster and ask to sort the mail again, but this time you’ll have to be a bit quicker, but it shouldn’t be too hard to get this achievement and the battle pet is pretty cool looking.

Priority Mail – Sort 30 letters using the partial address option within 1 minute

Reward – The Postmaster title

After getting the Post Haste achievement, talk to the Postmaster again and select the second prompt asking for more of a challenge. This achievement is a bit difficult if you don’t know your cities. This time you will only be given the city names without the zone names, making this very difficult. There is no limit on how many attempts you can do. Down below will be a bit of a cheat sheet that I found from a Youtuber named Mmrrggll, with one or two added that I ran into that he didn’t have on his list.

Cheat Sheet

Kalimdor

  • Astranaar
  • Whisperwind Grove
  • Ramakhen
  • Gadgetzan
  • Lor’danel
  • Nighthaven
  • Feathermoon Stronghold
  • The Crossroads

Eastern Kingdoms

  • Kharanos
  • Sentinel Hill
  • Stonard
  • Aerie Peak
  • Goldshire
  • Tranquillien
  • Tarren Mill
  • Menethil Harbor

Outland

  • Sylvanaar
  • Altar of Shatar
  • Area 52
  • Zabra’jin
  • Cosmowrench
  • Cenarion Refuge
  • Thrallmar
  • Garadar
  • Honor Hold
  • Allerian Stronghold

Northrend

  • Camp Oneqwah
  • Moa’ki Harbor
  • Kamagua
  • The Argent Stand
  • Nesingwary Base Camp
  • Conquest Hold
  • Valiance Keep
  • Frosthhold

Pandaria

  • Longying Outpost
  • Zouchin Village
  • Lion’s Landing
  • Soggy’s Gamble
  • Tian Monastery
  • One Keg
  • Halfhill
  • Thundercleft
  • Zouchin Village
  • Klaxxi’vess
  • Dawn’s Blossom

Broken Isle

  • Meredil
  • Shackle’s Den
  • Greywatch
  • Valdisdall
  • Azurewing Repose
  • Thunder Totem
  • Deliverance Point
  • Lorlathil
  • Bradensbrook

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PUBG is Blocking Reshade and Other Graphics Enhancers

As part of PUBG’s continued battle with the forces of Cobra (AKA cheaters in the game), it has been revealed that their in-testing anti-cheat tech will be blocking graphic enhancement programs. So, basically, no more PUBG Reshade for you.

pubg reshade

In a post on the game’s forums, a community manager confirmed that the new anti-cheat tech will be blocking outside programs from being used as part of its defense against cheating. Reshade was specified as one of the primary targets, but other third-party programs that “modify the gameplay or visuals in an invasive way” will also be blocked.

The post doesn’t specify whether or not those using the program will be outright blocked, but the suggestion is that the new anti-cheat measures will simply stop folks from playing the game itself instead of issuing an automatic ban. Whether that is the case or not, however, has not been officially confirmed as of this writing.

Our Thoughts

We understand PC players love to fiddle, tweak and otherwise muck about with every setting under the sun in order to get their game to look as astonishingly pretty (or visually easier to spot threats) as possible, but if the choices are to dress up the game you love or be locked out from playing said loved game, it seems like the decision is pretty simple. We know, looking at a game that has a bit of blur is a big ask, but try to bravely shoulder the burden. We believe in you.

Source: official forums

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Blizzard Devs Talk About World of Warcraft Classic Challenges

Even though there hasn’t been a lot of new announcements on the front, rest assured that World of Warcraft Classic development is indeed still a thing. An interview with designer Jeremy Feasel and executive producer J. Allen Brack goes over the process and rationale behind the Blizzard-led vanilla version project.

world of warcraft classic development

According to the devs in the interview, the process of changing database and server layout from 2004 tech to today’s tech is more technical than most would believe. “Hardware has changed. Computers have moved on. There are new operating systems, new things,” explained Brack. “A lot of the old database and operating system versions aren’t even supported anymore. Those are 13 years old at this point.”

To that end, the decision to announce the Classic project was actually done in order to try and ascertain how players invested in vanilla WoW feel things should be done. Among the decisions that still need to be ironed out are whether the game will feature original models or integrate new high-def ones, or how to keep the game sustainable without running two MMO’s at once – something Brack does not want to do.

But what about if people arrive with a snuggly memory of what WoW was only to find that the reality of classic gameplay ends up being more frustrating than comforting? Brack appears to be prepared for such. “I do think that there will be those people exactly like [that]. That’s okay. And I also think that there is this group of people for whom—that is the game to them. That’s their refuge,” said Brack.

“How big is it? I have no idea. There’s no way to know. But we’re convinced, through the desire of those folks, the desire of our internal folks, and the desire to preserve what WoW was, that this is the right decision.”

You can get the full interview here, which also touches on Battle for Azeroth matters, though you will be forced to whitelist the site in order to read through if you’re using an adblock program.

Our Thoughts

Though this project is turning into a matter of possibly biting off more than they can chew, it’s commendable that the devs involved with Classic WoW are as dedicated as they are to the matter. That said, we also have to believe that if sustainability and resources end up being not worth the cost for a small subest of players that this will probably get the axe again. But on the other hand “small subest” is still a lot of people when you talk about number of WoW players…

Source: Forbes

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Pre-Orders of Battle for Azeroth Include Allied Race Unlocks

You read right, Azeroth devotees ready to slap Blizzard with their wallets without a passing thought: Battle for Azeroth pre-orders are going to be a thing (unsurprisingly) and they will confer upon you the ability to start the process of unlocking some of the expansion’s Allied Races (perhaps a bit more surprisingly).

battle for azeroth pre-orders

Those who decide to buy into the next expansion for WoW will be granted a level 110 character token and the ability to begin the recruitment process for the Highmountain Tauren, Void Elves, Nightfallen Elves and Lightforged Draenei. Details and timing for the other Allied Race unlocks are yet to be revealed as of this writing.

The question of whether or not these unlocks are confirmed to be account-wide has been answered: Allied Race unlocks are confirmed account-wide according to today’s Q&A. Players will get to play from level 20 to 110 and earn unique Heritage Armor in the process as well.

Battle for Azeroth will offer a standard edition at $50 and a digital deluxe edition at $70 which will include in-game items for Warcraft, StarCraft II, Overwatch, Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm. Overwatch has already shared a forum post detailing what Overwatch players will get, including Tracer emotes, Torbjorn voice lines, and several sprays and icons.

Ready to do that whole wallet slapping thing? Then you’re now welcome to do so if you choose.

Our Thoughts

And thus the hype train begins to pull out of the station. Between this and the Q&A session, we expect talk surrounding Battle for Azeroth to hit a fever pitch for the next few days or so. The question remains, then; which Allied Race are you going to unlock first?

Sources: VentureBeat, Overwatch forums, Blizzard Shop

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Atlas Reactor Adds a Frosty Freelancer and Mad Love

Today marks the official start of Atlas Reactor Season 5, the first update to the tactical online PvP’er in the new year. With it we’re seeing a brand new ice-controlling Freelancer, the start of a Valentine’s event, and some changes to your favorite Frontline characters.

atlas reactor season 5

Above is Vonn, the Scion of Ice, a Firepower character that uses a supercooled cannon to attack foes with shards of ice and chilling winds or shield allies with frost. In addition to the new arrival, existing characters are seeing some tweaks, with special attention paid to increase the damage of every Frontline character and adjustments to Celeste, Grey, Oz, Quark and PuP.

Season 5’s launch means players will be getting Prestige Points based on their Season 4 performance, which can be spent on special golden ability effects. Ranked play will begin on Tuesday, February 13th with weekly chapters featuring themed Alerts and Missions based around specific Trusts.

Today also marks the start of the Mad Love Valentine’s Day event. From now until February 20th, players can earn seasonal loot matrices full of new skins and emblems. Matrices can either be earned by completing daily missions or bought directly from the in-game store.

Be sure to check out the complete patch notes for all the specific details.

Our Thoughts

Yep, it’s another Freelancer! But most importantly, we have to take a moment to appreciate the adjustments that have been made across the Frontliner board with this update. Those of us who like to play the forward tank role in Atlas Reactor will likely have something to say about these changes.

Sources: press release, official site

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