Last Oasis Early Access to Begin October 1st

Last Oasis was one of the few new MMOs that were shown during E3 this year and now players are just a month away from getting to try it for themselves as the Last Oasis Early Access will begin on October 1st.

Last Oasis is set on Earth thousands of years in the future after the Earth has stopped rotating. This has created two extreme environments, one of razor-sharp ice and darkness, the other an arid desert wasteland. Between these two there is a thin strip of habitable land. To stay alive humanity has built a large walking city. Clans clash over resources and territory in this hellish future.

It is a woodpunk inspired open-world MMO being created by Donkey Crew, an indie studio from Poland. It first got attention in a big way during E3 2019 when it was one of the games featured in the PC Gaming Show Press Conference. It was also met with an impressive reception at Gamescom last week.

If you’d like to know more about Last Oasis you can find it on Steam where you can already add it to your Wishlist. This is a great option if you’re interested in the game because you’ll be alerted when it is made available on October 10th.

They’ve also released a new trailer for the game which features a deadly giant worm called the Legendary Sandworm. These sandworms are massive and have claimed the lives of many captains in the past.


Source: Press Release

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ArcheAge Unchained Announced as a Buy to Play Version of the Game

For the last week, ArcheAge’s website has had a countdown and now we finally know that it was counting down to the announcement of ArcheAge Unchained. Usually, that sort of announcement comes when a game is going free to play, but ArcheAge already is free to play. So in an odd twist, and by player demand, ArcheAge is getting a buy to play server.

On this server, players will have access to the entire game without having to worry about subscriptions or other purchases. According to the FAQ, this is what you can expect, “In ArcheAge: Unchained there is no longer a subscription model. With a onetime purchase, you can enjoy the content as often as you want. You will be able to purchase vanity items via Credits and we will implement seasonal ArchePasses. We are focusing on fairer gameplay which is why we decided to change a few monetization features for ArcheAge: Unchained.”

Unfortunately, current ArcheAge players won’t be able to transfer anything to this new server. It will exist completely independent of the current game, though also running alongside it. So yes, you will be able to keep playing as you always have. This is just an extra new option for players who don’t want to deal with all the subscriptions and headaches.

There isn’t a release date for ArcheAge Unchained yet and we also don’t know how much it will cost. But the FAQ promises that more information will be released in the coming weeks. They also have new content coming this fall that includes a new skillset called Swiftblade, a revamp of the siege system, a new naval arena, and more.

We’ll be keeping an eye out for more news on this server. But we’re curious, are you going to play on this new server? It’s an opportunity for a fresh start, a chance to get some housing.

 

Source: Press Release

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Gamescom 2019: Elder Scrolls Online Will Be On Stadia

One of the big questions we’ve had about Google Stadia since it was announced is if it would have online games. Well, it seems that we now have an answer to that question since Elder Scrolls Online will be on Stadia according to the announcement made at Gamescom today. And actually, if you’ve been following Elder Scrolls Online you would have already known this. Today though we got to see it become official during the Stadia Connect presentation at Gamescom 2019.

What we do know already is that there won’t be any cross-platform play with PC or consoles. So anyone playing on Stadia won’t have access to the 13 million ESO players that currently exist. How many people will be on a Stadia server? Will they have the population to support an MMO? All questions we’ll just have to wait to have answered.

There is also the question of data usage. MMOs are notorious for being big beasts. That’s why we’ve never seen any MMOs that are anywhere near as gorgeous as single-player games. What will that mean for streaming an MMO? Thanks to a PC Gamer article we know that Stadia will use 1TB of data in 65 hours of 4k streaming. If you have a monthly data cap on your internet you might want to seriously consider what you’re doing before you get Stadia. 65 hours goes by in a flash, especially when you’re talking about MMOs. At my height of playing MMOs, I could have easily done 65 hours in just a few days.

Check out the trailer below for Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr which was shown during the Stadia Connect presentation at Gamescom 2019.

Source: Stadia Connect Presentation

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Gamescom 2019: Submarines Are Coming to World of Warships

During Gamescom today Wargaming made it clear that Submarines are coming to World of Warships. Closed testing on submarines is set to launch in the next couple of weeks and as usual, players who are participating in the World of Warships Supertest will be the first to try it out.

The first test will include 4 submarines representing the US Navy and the German Kriegsmarine. More details about the submarine models are set to be announced later on during Gamescom.

“World of Warships has continually evolved with new gameplay mechanics, innovative game modes and rich content since its release,” said Artur Plociennik, Executive Producer of World of Warships. “The uniqueness of submarines poses very interesting design challenges for our team, which we hope to be able to turn into novel new gameplay tactics for our players and to make online naval combat more exciting than ever before. We are always looking for new ways to make our audience happy and we’re aiming to fulfill every player’s fantasy of WW2 submarine operations.”

Of course for fans of the game, it has been clear that this has been coming since Halloween last year when Steampunk submarines were added to the game for a bit of limited time fun. Previously, however, Wargaming had said they would never add submarines to World of Warships. But as the demand for them never faded it was really only a matter of time.

As we learn more about the Submarines we will be sure to update this news post.

 

Source: Press Release

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Blizzard is Skipping Gamescom 2019

It is time once again to add to the list of “WTF is Blizzard thinking?” list that we’ve been collecting this year. This time it’s the news that Blizzard is skipping Gamescom 2019. Now, there might be a lot of people, especially those in North America who aren’t familiar with Gamescom and why Blizzard’s absence is so noteworthy. Gamescom has 370,000 visitors with 1037 exhibitors making it by far the largest gaming event in the world. In comparison, E3, which is often thought to be the biggest and most important had just 69,000 attendees in 2018.

Gamescom has, in the past, been a very important location for Blizzard themselves. It is where they’ve debuted some of Overwatch’s most beloved animated shorts and World of Warcraft expansions. They’ve also often giving players the first chance to play new content for games before they’re released.

But, with nothing big and new to show off this year it clearly isn’t worth the cost for Blizzard to attend. We can only imagine how much it costs for Blizzard to go to Gamescom. In the public area, they take up nearly if not actually half an entire hall. In the business area, the Activision-Blizzard area is half of one floor of a hall. They send a huge team of developers from California and let me tell you, the cost of hotels in Cologne during Gamescom is insane. So, on the surface, it may seem totally insane for Blizzard not to be attending…it actually makes a lot of sense.

Plus, Gamescom is in August and with such a big dry spell like Blizzard is having this year it makes sense for them to save what they do have for Blizzcon in early November. Blizzcon, in case you were curious, had more than 40,000 attendees in 2018.

So while this might be the right thing for Blizzard to do those of us who are Gamescom regulars are most certainly going to feel their absence.

 

Source: PCGamer

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