A Whole New World Beta Is On Its Way

Amazon Games’ New World is an open world MMO set during the twilight of the Age of Exploration. It pits players against the supernatural terrors of Aeternum – an island beset by corrupted creatures and ready to play host to the player-founded factions that will inevitably descend into chaos themselves. This marks the first big PC Game outing from the studio and we have been anticipating its release, currently set at 25th August, for quite some time now – but a New World beta will be here even sooner.

The game promises players the choice to ride solo or partake in the politics of fellow players, with exciting large-scale PvP on the cards for those who want to get stuck into the multiplayer mechanics. The promise of giant siege battles between players, with up to 100 players on the battlefield has been something of the jewel in the crown for this paranormal title. On the other hand, undead enemies aplenty await those who prefer to go it alone – with a visceral skill-based combat system ready to accommodate and reward aficionados.

The good news for prospective players of this title is that a closed New World beta test is scheduled for 23rd July 2020, nearly a month before its release. To gain access, you simply need to prove your eagerness by pre-ordering the game, which will secure you automatic entry to the closed beta when it begins (alongside some in-game rewards). 

We encourage you to watch closely as this latest Amazon Games title develops – with their first PC outing already looking very pretty, we are once again keen to jump in ourselves and see whether it stands up to the relative success of its MOBA title, Crucible. Watch this space!

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Black Desert Online Spinoff Shadow Arena Beta Announced

The Shadow Arena beta has been announced by Pearl Abyss today. Shadow Arena was originally a game within Black Desert Online that has evolved into a game of its own as time has gone on. According to Pearl Abyss, while Shadow Arena does draw from Black Desert Online it has created its own style drawing from Battle Royales, MOBAs, and MMOs to create a unique arena fighter. Shadow Arena has two modes, solo and team which each challenge players in different ways.

A closed beta test for Shadow Arena will be running from February 27th to March 8th. Registration to take part in the beta test can be done on Shadow Arena’s official site. The beta will take place on Steam and will not be available for consoles though the game is expected to be available on consoles after it launches on PC. Right now Pearl Abyss says that they expect Shadow Arena to be released on PC within the first half of this year.

You can also check out the trailer for Shadow Arena which was released back in November as part of Pearl Abyss Connect 2019. The game looks exactly as amazing as you would expect considering it has been spun off from Black Desert Online which is without a doubt the most beautiful MMO that has ever been made.


Source: Press Release

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Social Roleplaying MMORPG Book of Travels Beta Announced

The Book of Travels beta was announced by its developers Might and Delight, the makers of the Shelter series. You’d be forgiven if you haven’t heard of Book of Travels before. It’s what the developers call a tiny MMORPG and a unique social roleplaying experience. The game had a successful Kickstarter campaign late last year.

If you haven’t heard about the game before here’s a little blurb from Book of Travels’ official site: Venture out into a living, breathing fairytale world. Craft a character with its own unique personality and explore the open land however you choose. Set your own goals and shape your adventure alone or with the others you find in this serene online TMORPG (tiny multiplayer online).

In the announcement today on Steam the studio laid out their plans for beta and early access. The beta will be open to those who pledged to the Kickstarter and it is due to take place in May and June. At the moment they’re eyeing October for Early Access, but this could change as the year progresses.

More news about the game can be found on their Steam page or you can head over to their official site to sign up for the occasional newsletter and behind the scenes information.


Source: Steam via Rock Paper Shotgun

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Phantasy Star Online 2 Beta Details Released

You’ve been waiting years to hear these words so be sure to read them out loud, the Phantasy Star Online 2 beta details have been announced. The beta will be running for only one weekend from February 7th at 8 PM Eastern to February 9th at 3 AM Eastern. It will only be available for North American Xbox Ones.

During the beta, players will for the first time get to experience a fully localized Phantasy Star Online 2 in English. Participants will retain their progress and those who take part in “Urgent Quests” will have the chance to get in-game rewards when the game launches.

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In honor of the closed beta they will be hosting an in-game concert taking place on February 8th. Concertgoers meet in the Ship’s Shopping Plaza and will receive multiple buffs.

If you’d like to take part in the closed beta weekend then you can do so on the official North American PSO2 website or through the Xbox Insider Hub. To sign up in the Xbox Insider Hub do the following:


  • Press the Xbox button on your controller to open the guide
  • Select MY GAMES & APPS
  • Select SEE ALL
  • From Apps, open XBOX INSIDER HUB to be automatically enrolled
  • Find Phantasy Star Online 2 under GAMES and click JOIN


Source: Official Site, MMOCulture

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Pokemon Go Battle League Begins Rolling Out

We’ve mentioned it before but now the Pokemon Go Battle League is finally here! It is being rolled out slowly based on Trainer level in order to ensure stability as the new system stretches its legs. It’s all starting with a preseason that will act a bit like a beta. During this time playing won’t be competitive but you will be helping to balance and optimize the Go Battle League. It will also give Niantic the opportunity to learn how the league is being used. This will help them determine the length of seasons, thresholds for ranks, and more.

The preseason will begin in the Great League then go to Ultra and finally the Master League. Leagues will rotate every two weeks. You will also be able to rank during the preseason, however, once Season 1 begins your rank will be partially reset. You will also still earn rewards. As you battle you’ll earn a large amount of stardust. How much is determined by your rank and how many of the five battles you win. You’ll also be able to earn important battle-related items like rare candy and TMs along with exclusive Pokemon Encounters. That includes Pikachu Libre. There will also be Pikachu Libre themed avatar items that you’ll be able to unlock.

Premium Raid Passes are turning into Premium Battle Passes. This will allow players to enter the premium track in Go Battle League. The premium track is even more rewarding than the normal track. Though it won’t help you increase your rank or rating any faster.

But, before you can do any battling you’re going to have to walk 5 kilometers to unlock a set of 5 online matches. Or if you’ve walked 2km you can instead purchase your way to battling with Pokecoins.


Source: Press Release

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Registration for the Phantasy Star Online 2 Beta Now Open

The time has finally come, after 7 years of waiting you can finally sign up for the Phantasy Star Online 2 beta. But, before we go any further you need to know a few things. First, the beta will be on Xbox One exclusively, so if you’re a PC gamer you’re SOL. Second, this beta is only going to be open to those in the United States and Canada.

To register your interest in the Closed Beta all you have to do is go to the Xbox Insider Hub on your Xbox One or Windows 10 device. There you’ll be able to register for a chance to take part by following these steps:

Navigate to the Store tab on your Xbox One console, or the Microsoft Store app on your Windows 10 device.

Select Search and look for “Xbox Insider Hub.”

Select the Xbox Insider Hub and choose “get” or “install.”

Once the app is installed, make sure to register for early sign-up for the game!


Launch the Xbox Insider Hub on your Xbox One or Windows 10 device.

If this is your first time launching the app, accept the Xbox Insider Program Terms of Use.

From the main dashboard, select Insider Content.

Under “Games,” select “Phantasy Star Online 2.”

Select “Join” to register for early sign-up.


Notifications will be sent out via Xbox Live when the beta begins. Right now, there hasn’t been a start date confirmed for the event. Additional details will be given on Xbox Insider’s Twitter account. The game is expected to launch in Spring 2020, so this is likely one of the few opportunities you’ll have to try out the game before it is released.


Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn’t seem to have any plans at the moment to release the game in Europe, the Middle East, or Africa. We can only hope that with the success of PSO2 in North America that we will see it extended to include other regions of the world.


Source: Xbox Official Site

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A New F2P MOBA Enters the Field as the Blood of Steel Beta Begins

You might have thought that you’d never see another new MOBA be released because it seemed like the genre burned bright and fast, I certainly didn’t. But, there’s a new free to play MOBA on the scene and it is called Blood of Steel and it is being made by Evolution Studio, the in-house development studio for YC Games.

Blood of Steel is currently in beta with 3 servers for different regions of the world; North America, Europe, and Asia. Beta testing is going on only until December 12th so if you’re interested you’d better jump in soon.

As for the concept behind it, I honestly think the press release said it best so I’m just going to copy that portion below.

In Blood of Steel, you command the army of a legendary commander from world history to conquer cities and expand your territory against other players online to ultimately rule the world. Set throughout the Middle Ages, players choose from multiple authentic battlefields as they engage in 5-v-5, 7-v-7 or 10-v-10 legion-based battles, with each individual player allowed to lead up to 40 AI soldiers. Clever use of terrain, management of different troop types and adapting to dynamic weather systems incorporating variables such as rain and snow are the keys to victory. As well as the legion-based warfare, players can play a one-on-one duel in PvP battles in the Heroes Arena, offering them a chance to truly show their mastery of the complex fighting system.

“Blood of Steel represents our vision of what a true modern MOBA should be, combining classic elements of wartime strategy games, large scale battles, challenge of one-on-one duels and opportunity to compete with your friends online,” said Cao, Game Director of YC Games.

It certainly sounds like a unique take on the MOBA genre and reminds me of the good old days of play Warcraft 2 and Age of Empires 2 with friends. If this is of interest to you then you can check it out on Steam. According to their Steam page the game has a planned release date of January 9th.


Source: Press Release

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Pearl Abyss Announce Two New MMORPGs

Pearl Abyss has announced two new MMORPGs and an MMO shooter which will be on display for the world during their G-Star 2019 presentation. You’ll be able to watch it live on Twitch and Youtube if you can’t go to South Korea to see it in person.

Here’s what we know about each game so far.


Crimson Desert

An open-world MMORPG set in an epic fantasy world. Three tribes fight for control of the Pywell continent. Jason Jung from RYL Online is working on the game along with Dae-il Kim, the founder of Pearl Abyss, and Eter Lee, from RYL Online and C9.



A collectible MMORPG for all ages. Being worked on by Sang-young Kim and Suh Won Choi, both formerly on the Black Desert Online development team.


Plan 8

An exosuit MMO shooter. It’s the first shooter from Pearl Abyss. Being developed by Minh Le, the co-creator of Counter-Strike.


Additionally, Pearl Abyss will be having a closed beta test for a new fantasy arena fighter game, Shadow Arena. It is being described as “the ultimate survival game” and features fast-paced, action-packed combat. It will be available for hands-on at G-Star so expect to see some footage.


Right now, that’s all we know about the games but more will be coming on November 13th when the Pearl Abyss presentation takes place. It will be on at 8 PM PST if you want to tune in to see the presentation live.


Source: Press Release

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EVE Aether Wars Going for a World Record Fight and You’re Invited

You may recall at GDC EVE Aether Wars made headlines when 14,274 people were all logged in to a single instance, multi-region game world. Well now on November 23rd during the EVE London meetup at London’s O2 Arena and all across the internet you will have the chance to take part in a world record attempt. Their aim is to break the record for the largest fight ever in gaming. If you want to be part of this record-breaking event you can pre-register to take part by adding the game to your wishlist on Steam. Yeah, it seems like it is going to be that easy. The record that they’re trying to beat is actually already held by EVE players. That’s the Battle of B-R5RB which had 6,142 players on 23 January 2018.

That isn’t the only news to come out of EVE Vegas so far either. NetEase and CCP have announced that the open beta for EVE Echoes will be in December 2019 for iOS and Android.

“We’re very excited for the first public outing of EVE Echoes, the next revolutionary step in mobile MMO gaming,” said Hilmar V. Petursson, CEO of CCP Games. “I can’t wait to see the reaction from our core PC players, who will no doubt recognize the unparalleled scale and sophisticated gameplay of EVE Online’s virtual world running through the veins of EVE Echoes.”

“CCP Games is a pioneer in space MMOs, and will make its mark on the industry even further by expanding the EVE experience to mobile with EVE Echoes,” said Ethan Wang, Vice President of NetEase, Inc. “Combining CCP’s leadership in game design with our NeoX game engine and leadership in game publishing will no doubt create a spacefaring sandbox MMO for mobile devices unlike anything seen before.”


Source: Press Release

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New Warhammer MMORPG Warhammer: Odyssey Opens Pre-Registration

There’s a new Warhammer MMORPG on the way and now you can pre-register to play it. Warhammer: Odyssey takes place in the Old World where Morrslieb the Chaos Moon grows large and doomsayers have taken to the streets. You’ll be able to explore iconic Warhammer Fantasy locations like Marienburg, Drakwald Forest, and The Wasteland. The game is expected to expand with episodic updates released over time throughout the length of the game’s life.

Pre-registering your interest now will sign you up for a chance to take part in future beta tests. You’ll also earn exclusive in-game rewards as well as get news and updates on the development of the game.

Currently, there are 6 unique classes that have been confirmed and anyone familiar with Warhammer will recognize them. They are High Elf Archmage, High Elf Shadow Warrior, Human Witch Hunter, Human Warrior Priest, Dwarf Slayer, and Dwarf Engineer.

The game is being developed by Virtual Realms, a studio based in Bangkok. They are best known today for their flagship MMO Celtic Heroes on iOS.

There is no release date for Warhammer: Odyssey yet and we don’t even have an idea of when beta testing will begin. But that’s hardly going to stop any Warhammer fans. The game will be playable on iOS and Android. Based on previous experience it would be safe to assume that beta will begin in the next couple of months, so be sure to keep an eye out for it, we will be.


Source: MMOCulture, Official Site

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