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.

 

DokeV

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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PUBG Lite is Coming to Europe in October

PUBG Lite is coming to Europe in October. It’s basically the same game as PUBG but it’ll run on your toaster. It is a standalone version of the PUBG everyone knows and loves but it doesn’t look as nice and its updates are on a delay from the main game. The game will run on just about any laptop and any older PC, opening up the game to people who are perhaps stuck with their dad’s hand me down computer or college students who can’t afford the latest laptop. For an idea of what I mean here are the minimum requirements for PUBG Lite.

Windows 7, 8, or 10, 64 Bit
Core I3 2.4GHZ Dual Core
4GB RAM
Intel HD 4000 or equivalent
4GB HDD

PUBG Lite is already available in much of South Asia, South America, the Middle East, and North Africa and has been since January. At the moment the company hasn’t announced any plans to release the game in North America, but it does seem like it’s really only a matter of time before they do so. And they have said that they are planning to expand to many other countries.

Technically at the moment PUBG Lite is in open beta so don’t go in expecting a completely polished game. But, if you’ve not been able to play PUBG before now and you live in one of the 115 countries that are going to be able to play in the beta October 10th is the big day.

 

Source: Official Site, Rock Paper Shotgun

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Pokemon Go Creators Release Harry Potter Wizards Unite in New Zealand

Niantic, the creators of the massively popular Pokemon Go have started the slow release of their next location-based game, Harry Potter Wizards Unite in New Zealand. It is being called both a soft-launch and a beta, so it isn’t quite clear when the next rollout of the game will be, or where. Niantic has also warned that features, design, and the overall appearance of the game are all subject to change. The game may also be buggy and unstable at times.

You may be asking yourself what the difference is between Harry Potter Wizards Unite and Pokemon Go or even Ingress, the game Niantic made before they made Pokemon Go. Well, from the sounds of it there is going to be a bit more story, which is to say any really. The game has the same basic premise as Pokemon Go, go out into the world to find important items and people. But, according to Gamespot, it has a lot of similarities to a traditional RPG thanks to things like skill trees and potion brewing.

Android users around the world can currently pre-register for the game on Google Play. Also, if you’re an active Pokemon Go player you should have received an email from Niantic offering you the opportunity to reserve your username in Harry Potter Wizards Unite ahead of the launch so you’re guaranteed to have the same name in Pokemon Go and Harry Potter.

Hopefully, the release of Harry Potter Wizards Unite in New Zealand means that the game is very nearly ready for a global release. We’re in that sweet spot just before summer where the weather (for most of us at least) is getting warmer and being outside is preferable to being indoors.

 

Source: Gamespot

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Switchblade, the MOBA with Vehicles is Now Free to Play

Vehicle-based games are rare so when Switchblade graced our inbox we knew had to talk about it. Switchblade is a 5v5 team-based MOBA where all the combat takes place with heavily armed sci-fi vehicles in a massive arena. The game is currently in Early Access and is being developed by UK development team Lucid Games. You can find it on Steam right now and Playstation 4 is scheduled very soon.

From a development standpoint, the move to free to play also represents a transition from Early Access to beta. Of course, this can’t quite be accurately displayed in places like Steam. For them being in beta means that the game is effectively feature complete. Beta is about getting player feedback, squashing bugs, and introducing more content.

If you’re interested in learning more about the game there will be a developer livestream tomorrow, January 23rd at 3 PM GMT on Twitch. They don’t have an agenda planned for the livestream but they will be there to answer player questions, celebrate the launch of free to play, and giving away some in-game currency. If you have a question already in mind send them a tweet and they’ll be sure to answer it on stream. This is especially great since 3 PM GMT is 10 AM Eastern so there’s a good chance you won’t be able to watch the stream live anyway. Thankfully the livestream will be available on social media after it wraps up so you’ll be able to watch it whenever you get the chance.

If you’re interested in giving Switchblade a try head over to Steam where you can grab it for free. If you haven’t already seen it be sure to check out the brand new, explosion-packed trailer below.

Source: Press Release, Official Blog

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Battle Royale Weekly: Development Ends for Islands of Nyne

This week we’re skipping that Fortnite news everyone is talking about right now, you know…the one with the dances. We’re also skipping PUBG because this week we’re going to focus on the underdog Battle Royale titles. As you read from the title of this article the big news this week is that development ends for Islands of Nyne, but we’ve also got news about a couple of events going on this weekend if you need an escape from your family or if you just want to introduce that younger cousin of yours to the world of Battle Royale. All of that and more is in the Battle Royale Weekly.

 

Egress Tournament Incoming

Egress made a post on Steam letting people know that a tournament would be coming soon. At this point, it is more of an announcement of an announcement sort of situation. There aren’t any details about the tournament itself yet but they are expected soon. In the announcement, they also say that they will try to give rewards to all participants; there are supposed to be a set of premium weapons for participating in the tournament. The development team also said that they will announce more details on the game’s Steam news feed, so if this is something you’re interested in you should be following along there.

Source: Steam

 

Development Ends for Islands of Nyne

Islands of Nyne: Battle Royale

Well, it’s time to say goodbye to Islands of Nyne. For anyone who has been following the game, this really won’t come as a massive surprise. It is a shame though. It was easily one of the more attractive Battle Royale games out there. The developers have said that there will be one more update to the game before they walk away. This update will add game credits and potentially make server changes to allow players to host their own servers. So yes, Islands of Nyne in its current form will still be available for the time being. How long that will last though…we’ll just have to wait and see. The in-game item store has been shut down and refunds for all purchases made from November 29th to today are available through Steam. The good news is that many of those who worked on developing the game have already found jobs elsewhere in the industry. For those who haven’t, we hope you land on your feet quickly.

Source: Steam

 

Proxima Royale Closed Beta This Weekend

Proxima Royale

With very little warning, Proxima Royale has announced that it will be holding a closed beta this long Christmas weekend starting on December 21st and running until December 25th. Each day the servers will be on for 12 hours, 1 PM to 1 AM Pacific, 4 PM to 4 AM Eastern, and 10 PM to 10 AM for Central Europe. Sucks to be Europe. Those who are backers or previously received beta keys from giveaways will be able to participate. If you want to take part you can still buy a Founder’s Pack on their website. The lowest Founder’s Pack is $22.49 and gets you a copy of the game, access to the beta, a nifty skin for your robot and weapons, plus Sparky, a pre-order exclusive.

Source: Steam and Official Site

 

Realm Royale Bonus XP Event

Realm Royale

It looks like Battle Royale games don’t want you to be bored this weekend. Realm Royale has announced via Twitter that from December 21st to the 26th you’ll be able to earn 4X Battle XP, no matter what platform you play on. They’re also activating the in-game shop where you can buy a variety of skins and cosmetic items.

The developers also warn that the alpha pack is leaving the shop on PC in mid-January. This will be your last chance to get your hands on it before it’s gone forever. Why are they doing this? Well, the game is now in Closed Beta and they’re getting ready for Open Beta, which is coming early next year.

Source: Official Site

 

Ring of Elysium Issues an Apology and Announces a New Gamemode

Ring of Elysium

A number of Ring of Elysium players mistakenly got caught up by the game’s anti-cheat measures and had their accounts wrongfully suspended. These accounts have since been unbanned and an apology was issued on Steam. They’re also giving players who were wrongfully caught up in the incident 1,000 e-points, which should be issued within 24 hours.

Shortly after their apology, the development team announced that a new game mode would be releasing on December 22nd called From Dusk Till Dawn. This mode has a twist. Instead of an ever-shrinking zone that you would normally see in Battle Royale games, you’ll have to manage your body temperature as night brings a massive drop in the temperature. Also, unlike other Battle Royale games, the winner isn’t the last man standing and is instead anyone who manages to survive until morning, the end of the round. This game mode is considered to be in testing at the moment and as such will only be available three times a day. These three times taking into account time zones and player locations. The times each day are as follows:

  • 4:00-6:00, 12:00-14:00, 20:00-22:00 (PST)
  • 12:00-14:00, 20:00-22:00,4:00-6:00(GMT
  • 20:00-22:00, 4:00-6:00, 12:00-14:00 (GMT+8)

Source: Steam and Official Site

 

Stormdivers Looking For Beta Testers

Stormdivers

Housemarque is now looking for beta testers for its upcoming Battle Royale game Stormdivers. This game was announced back in late April, and since then we haven’t really heard anything from the developers about the title with the exception of some dev diaries on Youtube. While signups for the beta are available on the official site there is no word yet when the beta will begin. Though it has been said that the beta will take place on Steam. It is certainly shaping up to be a gorgeous looking game. If you want the chance to take part in beta testing when it starts head over to the Housemarque website with your Steam info.

Source: Gamespace

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Battle Royale Weekly: Totally Accurate Battlegrounds Will Go F2P

Totally Accurate Battlegrounds will go F2P. Islands of Nyne will have a tournament with real money prizes during their F2P weekend. Fortnite has 200 million players, but PUBG is outperforming them on mobile. This week we’re also seeing a couple of high profile Battle Royale games we’ve been waiting for move into a playable state. Plus there’s a whole lot more in this week’s Battle Royale Weekly.

 

Fortnite Brings in 200 Million Players

In June it was reported that Fortnite had 125 million players and now it has reached that ever so impressive mark of 200 million. It also has 8.3 million concurrent players on a regular basis. Most games hope for that many players in their lifetime.

But while Fortnite has more players than ever Twitch viewership is down and revenue has remained pretty flat despite the growth. At the same time though they’re working with the NFL and Marvel. They’ve got Fortnite branded Monopoly, Nerf guns, and who knows what else they’ve got lined up.

 

Source: Forbes

 

Islands of Nyne Open Tournament Announced

Islands of Nyne: Battle Royale

Islands of Nyne has announced they’re holding a tournament with a $2,500 prize pool. The event will be held on December 2nd and sign-ups are open now. It will be held during the F2P weekend and it is open to all, including those just trying the game out for the weekend. Further details are given once you register to take part.

The tournament has received a bit of backlash from fans as it is coming at a time when player population is at an all-time low. They also accuse the devs of abandoning the game without improving it. Will the tournament have the impact they’re hoping for? We’ll just have to wait and see what the numbers are like over the weekend.

 

Source: Steam

 

Mavericks: Proving Grounds Starts Testing

Mavericks: Proving Grounds

As you may recall Mavericks: Proving Grounds isn’t doing traditional testing like you’re used to seeing. Instead, they have something called The Forge, a sort of beta server where they test the game and new updates they’re introducing. Well, for the first time The Forge is opening for a limited number of players. During The Forge up to 1000 concurrent players will be able to take part in a free for all fight. If you don’t get picked to take part, unfortunately, you’ll have to wait to hear more about the game. There is an NDA in place though as they continue development this will change.

 

Source: MMORPG

 

PUBG Mobile Revenue Grows 166% in One Week

For the first time, PUBG outperformed Fortnite on IOS as it enjoys a 166% growth in one week. Player spending went from $4.5 million to $12 million just on mobile. PUBG mobile only started monetizing in April, which makes that $12 million all the more impressive. Each day last week there was about a half a million dollar difference in the earnings for PUBG Mobile and Fortnite on just iOS. PUBG Mobile brought in $1.7 million a day while Fortnite brought in $1.2 million daily on iOS. Will we continue to see these numbers beyond the long holiday week? We’ll just have to wait and see.

 

Source: SensorTower

 

Rapture Rejects Enters Early Access

Rapture Rejects

The hilarious and blasphemous Rapture Rejects is now in Early Access on Steam. It is one of those that you have to pay to get into. As of the time of writing this, we’re still waiting for the trailer to drop along with any welcome messages/patch notes/whatever else we might get. Hopefully, more information will come out before this article goes live, but, if you’re reading this then it didn’t. Live with it.

 

Source: Steam

 

Realm Royale Console Beta is Go

Realm Royale seemed to lose some steam on PC which is one of the reasons Hi-Rez is finally bringing the game to consoles. This may very well be the game’s saving grace. If you’re interested in trying it out they have been giving keys away on their social media. So if you don’t already follow them there, you should.

 

Source: Realm Royale Twitter

 

Red Dead Redemption 2 Has Battle Royale Mode

With the release of Red Dead Online, we’ve seen several new multiplayer modes. Since Battle Royale is the big genre everyone loves right now is it really any wonder that one of those modes is Battle Royal? Make it Count is what Red Dead is calling their Battle Royale mode.

Make it Count has two versions. In the first players are given a bow and a handful of arrows. To get more arrows you have to loot them off the corpses of the dead. The second version is quite similar but involves throwing knives instead of a bow and arrows.

At the moment Red Dead Online is only available to those who played Red Dead Redemption between October 26th and 29th, and Red Dead Redemption 2 Ultimate Edition owners. Though it will be open to all Red Dead Redemption 2 owners from tomorrow, so you don’t have to wait long.

 

Source: Gamespot

 

Totally Accurate Battlegrounds Will Go F2P

Totally Accurate Battlegrounds

After a recent community test of the new brawl mode Totally Accurate Battlegrounds announced on Steam that they would be going F2P in the future. But, before they can do that they have to finish the brawl mode, get some cosmetics made, and work on optimizing the game for streaming.

They have been quite honest about their reasons for going F2P. It can be quite difficult to get 50 players together for a match. The other reason is that server costs are, in their words “very high.” The move to F2P not only opens them up to the potential for more players to join in it also gives them the opportunity to sell various things in a cash shop.

There isn’t any word yet on when Totally Accurate Battlegrounds will go F2P. Developers recommend you follow them on social media to stay up to date. At the moment it sounds like they’ve got quite a bit on their plate before they’re ready to dedicate to this F2P transition. I personally wouldn’t expect to see it before Valentine’s Day.

 

Source: Steam

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Total War: Arena Shutting Down in February

Total War: Arena fans on Reddit saw an announcement yesterday that no one expected… Total War: Arena Shutting Down in February. In a developer newsletter, it was announced that service for the game would be ending on February 22nd after the results of the open beta test didn’t meet expectations.

The newsletter goes on to say that the technological advancements the development team made while working on the game would go on to be used in future Total War titles. As a thank you to all Total War: Arena players Creative Assembly are offering a free piece of Total War content that can be chosen from the following four.

Total War: MEDIEVAL II – Definitive Edition
Hannibal at the Gates (Total War: ROME II DLC)
Age of Charlemagne (Total War: Attila DLC)
Grim and the Grave (Total War: Warhammer DLC)

This is only available to those who have previously played Total War: Arena and registration of new accounts is now closed. To take advantage of this offer follow the link provided in the in-game news. In addition, if you have spent any real money in Total War: Arena’s premium shop or bought a starter pack your unspent gold and premium time can be transferred to World of Tanks, World of Warplanes, or World of Warships at a 1 to 1 exchange rate.

They also released one final patch to the game yesterday for players who remain to enjoy until the game shuts down. The patch makes some changes to compensate for a smaller matchmaking pool.

For Total War: Arena fans there is a full FAQ that goes into great detail on how to claim the various benefits and free items as well as briefly discussing why the game is shutting down. The final question in the FAQ asks if this means Creative Assembly will be moving away from multiplayer focused games. They say that they will not and that they’re still committed to exploring high-quality multiplayer experiences in the future.

 

Source: Official Site, Reddit

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