New Star Trek Online Starship Models Announced

When you think of model ships it isn’t often that those in an MMORPG come to mind, but two Star Trek Online starship models were announced at Destination Star Trek in Birmingham. There will be two models created by Hero Collector which have made over 180 different Star Trek models.

The two ships that will be joining that lineup from Star Trek Online are the Gagarin-Class Federation Battlecruiser and the Chimera-Class Federation Heavy Destroyer. They already have the U.S.S Enterprise NCC-1701-F from Star Trek Online in the model collection as well. Plus, there are more being worked on to be released in the future. The Chimera Class ship is from Victory is Life and was captained by Nog, voiced by Aron Eisenberg. While the Gagarin Class ship was released in the game to celebrate Star Trek: Discovery.

Each ship is recreated in die-cast using high-quality ABS materials and hand-painted by the company’s artists. Sadly, they won’t be out in time for Christmas this year but if there’s a big Star Trek Online fan in your life, or you are one yourself, you might consider them for your birthday next year. There is no release date for them yet except that they will release in 2020. There also isn’t a price announced yet nor is there a size. The Enterprise F is 14 cm though, if you want an idea of what you’re in for.

With the Enterprise F and the Chimera from STO they’ve covered my favorite ships from the game. But, I’m still really looking forward to seeing what they come up with next.

 

Source: Press Release

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Bandai Namco Announce New MMORPG: Blue Protocol

Completely out of the blue Bandai Namco announced their new MMORPG Blue Protocol today. The game is being made by a team known as Project Sky Blue with members from Bandai Namco Online and Bandai Namco Studios. The action MMORPG is being created using Unreal Engine 4 and has been announced for PC.

The only thing we really know about the story comes from a bit of text under the game’s logo. It reads “The world is on the brink of devastation, now is the time to unite. March on with friends and strangers, and defeat foes beyond your might. Travel through space and time, to change the future beyond this fight.” Some pretty heavy stuff there, though it could mean any number of things.

It should also be said that Project Sky Blue is working on other games as well. More information about Blue Protocol has been promised at a later date. It should also be said that while MMOCulture is saying it is an MMORPG other sites are calling it an ARPG. Which one it is we can’t say as we don’t have anyone who can read Japanese and no one should ever use Google Translate for business purposes.

The fact that an English press release wasn’t given does suggest that perhaps the game won’t be released in the west, at least not initially. It’s also quite interesting that this game is for PC. Bandai Namco, and indeed many other developers have jumped on the mobile bandwagon. It is good to see that people are still making multiplayer games for PC that aren’t just Battle Royale. Still, we’ll keep an eye on this story and when there is more information released you’ll be able to find it on MMOGames.

 

Source: MMOCulture

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AxE: Alliance vs Empire Mobile MMORPG Launching Later this Year

Nexon has announced AxE: Alliance vs Empire, a new mobile MMORPG that will be released later this year. Pre-registration for the game is now open and if you register now you’ll get a limited time starter pack. In that starter pack, you’ll receive in-game gear and free currency.

Players can pick from one of six classes. Each character can be equipped with weapons, armor, and abilities that are tailored to fit every playstyle. The game has a single player open-world adventure for players to enjoy in between a variety of PvP combat modes.

The PvP modes range from 4 vs 4 tactical matches up to 75 vs 75 faction warfare. In addition to the PvP players can take part in cooperative battles that include dungeons and raids. To aid with that AxE has a robust social system. They include a built-in voice chat system so players can coordinate and create strategies.

Players can also keep track of their rivals thanks to the chase and revenge system that allows players to track enemy players and chase them down in real time.

“AxE has been created from the ground up to bring a PC and console quality MMO and open-world gameplay experience for gamers around the world,” said Tommy Lee, General Manager of NEXON M. “We’re excited to bring this incredibly deep universe and its fast and fun social gameplay that has already been enjoyed by millions in Korea and Japan to the rest of the world soon this year.”  

More than more we’re seeing the MMORPG genre making the shift to mobile. Nexon is one of the developers who is paving the way with a number of new games. Just take a look at the MMOGames MMO Beta List, in the announced category there are more than 10 mobile MMORPGs. However, they haven’t been hugely popular with western players. It will be interesting to watch how AxE is received and if it gets embraced or not. Check out the trailer for AxE below.

Source: Press Release

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Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr Introduced Along with 2019 Plans

On a livestream today Zenimax unpacked the 2019 plans for Elder Scrolls Online. These plans include Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr which will bring the zone of Elsweyer, the home of the Khajiit. Elsweyr also introduces the Necromancer class, 30 hours of new adventures, and a new World Event; Dragon Attacks.

Yes! Dragons are at last coming to Elder Scrolls Online they’re also bringing a year-long event with them, the Season of Dragon. It begins in February with the release of the Wrathstone DLC game pack, continues through the release of Elsweyr, then beyond into the Q3 DLC dungeon pack and the Q4 Story DLC. The Season of Dragon will connect all four updates into one massive adventure.

Elsweyr is set to launch on June 4th for PC, Mac, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. It will be available in Early Access for pre-purchase for PC and Mac starting May 20th. Speaking of pre-ordering, any current player who pre-orders Elsweyr will earn immediate access to an exclusive mount. Details about the Standard Edition, Upgrade Editions, and Collector’s Edition can all be found on the official Elder Scrolls Online website.

From the sound of it, Elder Scrolls Online has a very busy year planned. Events are already taking place in game like the Midyear Mayhem PvP event that has been running since January 10th and will continue until January 21st.

You’ll also be able to transform your Nascent Indrik mount by participating in this year’s events. Each Q1 event will give you the opportunity to buy Indrik berries. These events are Midyear Mayhem, Morrowind Celebration, Thieves Guild and Dark Brotherhood Celebration, and Jester’s Festival. When you get enough berries to evolve you’ll be able to immediately start working on evolving a new Nascent Indrik.

 

Source: Press Release

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New Alien MMO Shooter Announced

There is something on the scanner. It’s only a blip for now. Hard to pin down, hard to range. You know the scanner, you know the blip. That little sound as it pulses. We’ve all had that moment of tension as they get closer…. and soon they will get closer than they have been in a long time.
FoxNext confirmed a follow up to the critically acclaimed Alien: Isolation. For fans who may not have heard the news on that, the next outing of Amanda Ripley will be on a phone as the game will be mobile. Who knows, maybe a reverse Pokemon Go where you have to avoid the monsters?

However in a tweet promising more followed by a press release reported on here [SAUCE], there is more to come in the Alien franchise. Cold Iron Studios, a developer staffed by a lot of former Cryptic developers who had their fingers in City of Heroes, Champions Online and Star Trek Online to mention a few games, is apparently developing the new game for FoxNext. The press release calls it a massively multiplayer online shooter set in the Alien cinematic universe for consoles and PC.
When in the chronology and universe is anyone’s guess, but you can already hear it now. The credo. The words that come so easily to mind in the voice of the late Bill Paxton. What sort of character will we play in this new Alien MMO shooter? Clearly … an ultimate badass.
Check it out, I am the ultimate badass. State of the badass art.

Me and my squad of ultimate badasses will protect you.
Independently targeting particle beam failings. Vooap. Fry out a city with this puppy. We got tactical smart missiles, phased plasma pulse rifles, RPGs, we got sonic electronic hull breakers. We got nukes, we got knives, sharp sticks…

[Editors Note: The Press release did not promise sonic electronic hull breakers, smart missiles or nuking it from orbit. But we’re hopeful.]

 

Source: Press Release

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Funcom Announcing New Conan Game on Saturday

On social media, Funcom announced today that they will be announcing the new Conan game on Saturday on Twitch. The reveal will take place on a live stream in collaboration with Kinda Funny Games and Greg Miller. The showcase will begin at 10 AM Pacific time on the Kinda Funny Games showcase. Funcom has posted a countdown so you can see exactly when that will be.

This is just one of several new games that Funcom has in the works. During the third quarter report for 2018, it was revealed that they have two Conan games in the works at the moment. One is a single player game for PC, Xbox One, and PS4. The other is a PC game being made with Petroglyph.

In addition to the two Conan games, Funcom is also in the process of developing three other games. The first is a Heroic Signatures game, which means that the IP was created by the same person who created Conan. They also have a game that they expect to release Halloween 2019 being made with RockPocket Games. Finally, they’re working on an open world multiplayer game. As of the Q3 report, it was in the concept phase. So it is still very early days for this game.

Conan Exiles has been a huge success for the company so it really doesn’t come as any surprise that we will be getting more Conan games. Don’t forget to tune in to Kinda Funny Games this Saturday for the big reveal. If you can’t be there to watch it happen live we will have all the information available as soon as it is announced. And let us know in the comments what kind of game you’re hoping for. My fingers are crossed for Skyrim meets Conan, complete with lusty Argonians.

 

Source: Facebook

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PWE Unveils a New Co-Op Survival Shooter in Remnant: From the Ashes Announcement

There’s lots of things one must survive in the survival genre, from dinosaurs to space to Hyboria itself. In Perfect World Entertainment’s Remnant: From the Ashes announcement, a different setting is on offer: a semi-futuristic world ravaged by a demonic threat.

remnant: from the ashes announcement

Remnant: From the Ashes is in development from the folks at Gunfire Games, the same studio that’s currently working on the next Darksiders title. In it, players enter a ravaged Earth that is under siege by the Root, a race of extra-dimensional beings that range in size from small terrors to hulking behemoths.

Players are encouraged to band together, both with NPC tradesmen to unlock crafting and upgrade opportunities and with other players in teams of up to four. Levels in Remnant will be dynamically generated, each promising their own unique environmental and monster challenges, and players can upgrade and customize their character to suit their playstyle.

“Remnant: From the Ashes is about working together to build something bigger than yourself,” said Gunfire Games co-founder David Adams in a statement. “That idea is core to our approach to the game.”

Remnant is expected to rise from the ashes of development sometime in 2019 and will release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. More details can be found on the game’s website and a trailer for the upcoming survival shooter can be seen below.

Our Thoughts

…very intriguing indeed! While the team-up mechanics sound very small scale in terms of multiplayer scope, we have to admit that a demon-infested modern world could make for a very awesome and intense survival gameplay experience. We’re certainly very curious, but we’d also love to know what you think about this new reveal, so be sure to sound off with your initial impressions in the comments below and tell us what you think about this game.

Source: press release

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Minecraft Meets ARK: Survival Evolved in PixARK

Let’s say you enjoy ARK: Survival Evolved but didn’t think it was cute enough. Or you like Minecraft but wanted more dinosaurs. Or maybe you didn’t think either of those things but are curious what it is we’re going on about. It’s the PixARK announcement that we’ve been handed, a new open-world voxel sandbox set in the universe of ARK.

pixark announcement

Described as a “fun, colourful game that introduces players of all ages to ARK while adding creative building modes and a clever pick-up-and-play experience”, PixARK has gameplay that will strike as familiar to many players of survival sandboxes. Players wake up on a mysterious island and must gather resources to survive, build shelters and defend themselves from hostile beasts or other players.

PixARK will feature over 100 different dinosaurs and creatures to hunt and tame, procedurally generated worlds with eight unique biomes like jungles, caves and deserts, a procedurally generated questing system, and character progression and customization features.

PixARK will be making its way into Steam Early Access and Xbox Game Preview in March of this year, with a release on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch expected later in 2018. A trailer showing off the game can be seen below.

Our Thoughts

It’s still pretty early overall, but there’s not too much that makes PixARK stand out from either of the games it appears to be inspired by. Of course, a press release and a single trailer isn’t a lot of information to make a judgement one way or the other, so we’ll be sure to keep eyes on this one for more details that might make PixARK stand out.

Source: press release

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RaiderZ Return Announced on Facebook

RaiderZ shut its doors for good back in 2015 when Maiet Entertainment went out of business. At that time all of Maiet’s IPs went to Masangsoft. But with no announcements from Masangsoft, it was easy to assume RaiderZ wasn’t going to be coming back.

Well on Facebook yesterday all of that changed. On the RaiderZ Facebook page, a representative of Masangsoft let the world know that RaiderZ would be making a return. The announcement itself is incredibly vague and lacks any great detail on things like dates.

What it does say however is that the company has been exploring bringing the game back. They acknowledge that RaiderZ is an old game at this point so they will be working on it a bit before they release it. They’re also quick to point out that it is the passion of the players who have brought RaiderZ back.

The Facebook post ends by saying that they aren’t sure how long it will take to invent the game. This suggests that there may be some major changes in the game’s future. They also promised to post to Facebook again when they’ve started development.

If you’re wondering who Masangsoft is they’re not very well known in the west. They are perhaps most famous for being the creators of ACE Online back in 2008. They have also made mobile games like PokkiPokki.

While this announcement has been made it’s clear that they’ve not started development on the game yet and it isn’t entirely clear what they plan on doing with it. MMOGames will, of course, keep a close eye on the development of this game. It’s always good to see a beloved IP return from the dead. It gives players who miss the game exactly what they want while giving hope to others who have lost their favorite game.

 

Source: Facebook Page

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