Saying Goodbye to Gigantic

MOBAs and I don’t get along, and not for lack of trying. I’ve gotten kind of close with Heroes of the Storm but never ultimately saw it hook me. I’ve squinted in confusion at esports broadcasts of League of Legends and Dota 2. I’ve tried the MOBA side of Master X Master and then ran screaming from it.

That was all until Gigantic came along.

Of course, if I didn’t have bad luck I’d have no luck at all, which means that Gigantic – a MOBA I could enjoy for once – is going to be shutting down very soon. So I wanted to take an op-ed moment to say goodbye to Gigantic, the only MOBA that actually did something genuinely unique.

goodbye to gigantic

The first thing that had me intrigued by Gigantic was definitely its graphics style. As much as I am definitely a person who values gameplay over looks, I’d also be lying if I didn’t say that visuals are what make a first impression and boy did Gigantic’s visuals impress. Something about its bouncy, stylized and cartoon-ish quality made me think that this would be a MOBA that would be honestly fun to play.

Sure enough, when eating that bait I found it absolutely delicious and was hooked. The screenshots might look a tiny bit chaotic, but given time all of the objectives and icons on the screen began to make sense. There were a pretty small number of things to pay attention to, they were explained clearly via gameplay, and it all fell into place in a natural-feeling flow. The only competitive video gaming experience that’s done conveyance better is Splatoon, frankly.

Finally, the last thing that got me absorbed was finding a character to love. And her name was Mozu. Honestly, every character in this game is full of vibrancy in their designs and animations, but I adore my adorable wand-waving goblin-mouse daughter with all of my heart. The deal with Gigantic and myself was sealed.

goodbye to gigantic

With all of the fun I was having, though, I didn’t really play super deeply. There wasn’t a competitive mode, but I also didn’t feel like there needed to be. I just liked playing for fun, yet at the same time, Gigantic often felt like a game I could eventually learn and improve at. I’m not claiming to be even close to a mediocre player, but there’s a rare few PvP-centric games that give me a drive to improve and Gigantic was definitely among that small number.

That was likely helped thanks to Gigantic’s progression system, which seemed to offer rewards simply for being around. I assume those rewards scaled up if you managed to be top of the charts in your team, but even in games where I was playing at my worst, I still felt like I was a contributor of worth and reminded me of as much. I’ve got plenty of kill assist badges to prove it.

That seems to be the thing missing from MOBAs for me; that sense of encouragement without forcing a competition ladder on you. There wasn’t a competitive mode so almost instantly I felt like the pressure was off. I guess for some people that meant that Gigantic was, ultimately, a pointless MOBA. I’m just going to chalk that up as an irreconcilable difference of opinion – frankly I find climbing a competitive ladder the antithesis of fun.

That sense of fun also wasn’t ruined by reading a miserable chat scroll. There didn’t need to be chat because communication was on the screen and combat was moving at pace and matches had a tug-of-war feel. This meant typing in chat was wasted time, which meant grumbles from other people didn’t pierce my perception of fun and a casual environment.

I’d be remiss if my look back at Gigantic didn’t also take a moment to consider why this game didn’t catch fire. The biggest reason seems pretty cut-and-dry to me; Gigantic arrived at a time when the well of MOBA excitement had run dry and people were disinterested in the game type. Many were either into established titles or otherwise wouldn’t feel engaged with PvP gaming until the arrival of Battle Royale Fever that now grips us.

So why the late arrival? The ups and downs of the title’s beleaguered development and release cycle has been documented by many and even by the devs themselves on a couple of occasions, which all combined to see a game that kept having to delay itself. While I certainly have made no friends with any flies on the walls of Motiga’s offices to confirm as much, this seems to lead to some possible poor decision-making at the higher levels.

Then again, I could be completely wrong here. I repeat, I don’t have that information.

In any case, by the time Perfect World decided to pick up publishing duties, it was already too little too late. This makes the whole closure of Gigantic just that bit more frustrating to me because this game genuinely, honestly is something unique in  the MOBA genre.

goodbye to gigantic

That said, if I’m completely honest with myself, I saw it kind of coming…but that didn’t mean I had to like it and elected to enjoy the game for what it was in spite of the writing on the wall. And you know what? I’m glad I did. It’s the same tactic I used when I saw that City of Heroes was going to be shuttered. It’s a similar tactic I’m using with the assumption that WildStar is inching to the chopping block. I’ll focus on the good times of the game instead of trying to wrap my head around the question of “why.” My brain is not that malleable or flexible anyway.

With that in mind, and in the off-chance that anyone who worked on Gigantic is reading this, I want to say thanks. Thank you to the devs who worked to make this game come to life, however eventually that was. Special thank you to the designers and animators that brought me my wonderful girl Mozu. Even thank you to Perfect World for trying to make it happen, though arguably you could have tried harder to make it work.

Gigantic pulled a neat trick in making MOBAs not feel like alien Rubik’s Cubes. It made me feel like I could actually be good even though I believe myself to be chronically bad at PvP games. It had a lot of good ideas and great characters, and I genuinely hope the minds behind all of that enrich other games out there.

I’m sure going to miss it. So this is my farewell to Gigantic.

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Gigantic Hosting a Farewell Livestream

The end of this month will see the end of Gigantic, the free-to-play MOBA that never quite got off the ground. To commemorate the game and to bid farewell to players and fans, one last Gigantic livestream is planned for this Friday at the cusp of the title’s last weekend online.

gigantic livestream

The Gigantic Twitch channel will be the place for fans to gather and reminisce with the game’s streamers and devs this Friday, July 27th.

Broadcasts will kick off at 12pm EST with several community streamers playing live matches and looking back. Then, at 6pm EST, the devs will be showing off unreleased concepts for heroes, skins and more, along with Gigantic-themed schwag giveaways. It all closes out later in the day with a Q&A session hosted by streamers Paulrek and Septies along with several matches with the best players of the MOBA.

“We are Eternally grateful for all of the devoted fans who have continued playing Gigantic throughout development and after launch,” closes the event announcement. “Thank you to our incredible community for the outstanding support, and while the sails are up, we’ll see you on the airship!”

Gigantic, as announced in January, will remain fully free-to-play with all characters unlocked until the game goes dark on Tuesday, July 31st at 11am EST.

Our Thoughts

It’s going to be hard to say goodbye to Gigantic, but we’re going to have to. We raise an invisible tankard to the dev team at Motiga for their work on Gigantic and hope fans of this colorful and unique MOBA have a blast in the game’s waning days.

Source: official site

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18 MMOs Shut Down in 2018…So Far

For the first three months of 2018, it looked like we might have a crisis on our hands as more games than usual were shutting down. Thankfully, in the last three months, things have slowed down significantly. With that being said, there have still been 18 MMOs shut down in 2018 so far.

 

Battle of the Immortals and War of the Immortals – January 9th

Battle of the Immortals

Perfect World Entertainment started off 2018 by announcing they were shutting down two of their older games. There was no reason given for the shutdowns, but a declining player base as the games aged is a pretty safe bet. But this actually isn’t the beginning of the PWE story, back in November they shut down Runic Games, the makers of Torchlight, Torchlight II, and Hob. At the same time they downsized Gigantic’s studio Motiga, but more on them further down.

 

Perpetuum – January 25th

perpetuum like eve online

In September 2017 the developers of Perpetuum came out and said that while they always knew it would be a niche game, it never really took off. With that in mind they ended development on the game, though kept the servers online while they looked at their options. Sadly, by mid-January, the costs of keeping Perpetuum online became too much for the developers and they were forced to shut the game down.

 

Master X Master (MXM)- January 31st

master x master free-to-play

After spending much of 2017 trying to appeal to former City of Heroes players by bringing out beloved iconic characters from the game, MXM ultimately shut down at the end of January. From the start though it seemed like a questionable proposition. It was late to the MOBA scene and trying to take an idea that had already been used by Blizzard of using iconic characters from their various games. Unfortunately for NCSoft, most of the games they focused on are practically unknown in the West and the games that are well known are controversial or downright unpopular. The exception to that is Guild Wars 2, which MXM hardly touched at all. Ultimately, NCSoft admitted that they failed to connect with players.

 

Linkrealms – January 31st

The journey for LinkRealms was a long one, though it only spent a short bit of that time on Steam. The game went into Early Access in early 2016, then it was announced the game would be free to play from October of that year. Sadly, without any money coming in, the developers couldn’t keep the game running and it had to shut down.

 

Scrolls – February 13th

Scrolls closing down

Anyone who was a fan of Scrolls knew the game was going to be shut down eventually. Perhaps what is most shocking in fact is how long it stuck around. It was announced all the way back in 2015 that Mojang wasn’t developing the game anymore and that the servers would stay online “for some time”. Well that time finally came this year, which honestly is a pretty good run for a card game that wasn’t getting any new content. Scrolls is perhaps best known as the cause of a lawsuit between Zenimax and Mojang over the use of the word ‘Scrolls’ in the name.

 

Demon’s Souls – February 28th

Demon’s Souls had a long run of almost 9 years when it was announced that the game was shutting down. The game is still playable as all the online components were completely optional, but it was an option people loved nonetheless.

 

Devilian – March 5th

Devilian Shutting Down

Devilian was a victim of its brother game’s success; that game is PUBG. Both were created by the same studio but when PUBG started to get big, Devilian started getting neglected. Trion, who were publishing Devilian in the West tried their best to work with Bluehole with no success. In the end, they decided to call it quits for the game.

 

Battleline: Steel Warfare – April 7th

Battleline

Bandai Namco’s tank shooting game went under the radar for a lot of people. In fact, the sunset wasn’t covered by any of the MMO focused gaming sites, MMOGames included. We only found out about it thanks to one of our readers who pointed it out to us, thanks Alberto Honorato! Fans didn’t take the news well on Steam and left some pretty harsh comments about the game on the sunset announcement.

 

Cabal 2 – April 18th

Cabal 2

Despite being live for around 3 years, the developers used the kind of language you usually see in sunset announcements for newer games. They said the game didn’t resonate with as many players as they’d hoped. If this were the case though, why did Cabal 2 last as long as it did, with updates, and new content even? The second reason they gave fits the narrative far better: continued operation is no longer sustainable.

 

Paragon – April 26th

Epic has been having…please forgive this…they’ve been having an epic year thanks to Fortnite. But in the middle of all their epic winning (sorry, I had to), they shut down their MOBA Paragon. Fans were, of course, disappointed and hopeful that Paragon would get bought by someone, but that wasn’t to be. Epic released Paragon Assets for free to use in Unreal Engine 4 development, these were worth $12 million.

 

Special Mention: LawBreakers/Radical Heights – May 14th

LawBreakers

Boss Key shut down in mid-May and as a result are getting an honorable mention on this list. Neither of the studios two games have actually shut down yet, however. Radical Heights, the 80s themed battle royale game with an incomplete map is still getting a peak concurrent player base of around 250-300 people every day. LawBreakers, on the other hand, is averaging 0-2 concurrent players during the week which goes up sometimes as high as 15 on the weekends. Why neither game has actually been shut off yet is anyone’s guess.

 

Echo of Soul – May 23rd

Life was never easy for Echo of Soul in the West, but they kept trying anyway. In fact, though the Echo of Soul classic servers are shutting down, the Phoenix servers are alive and well. So it isn’t really the end of Echo of Soul just yet.

 

Swordsman Online and Jade Dynasty – June 5th

Swordsman Online

Swordsman Online

Here we are once again at Perfect World Entertainment shutting down two games at once. The teams working on Swordsman Online and Jade Dynasty are being moved on to bigger and better things. Though what they are is anyone’s guess. They also said that they felt there was nowhere else for Swordsman Online to go.

 

More to Come…

We know already that Perfect World Entertainment has at least one more game to sunset this year, Gigantic. The MOBA with fantastic art just never really took off and with the studio having been closed… well, we knew it was coming.

In addition to Gigantic, we already have shutdown dates for Runescape Classic, Runescape Legends, and Ace of Spades.

What will the rest of 2018 bring us? Only time will tell.

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MMO Shut Down Concerns in 2018

As of writing this, we are 67 days into 2018 and we have already lost 10 MMOs, MOBAs, and other types of online games. This counts games that have shut down and those that have been announced will be shutting down in the near future. That’s one game lost for every week of this year, which is a startling amount. So let’s take a look at which games have shut down, the reasons for them getting shut down, as well as trends for previous years.

2018 got off to a rough start with Perfect World announcing that they were closing down not one, but two games; Battle of the Immortals and War of the Immortals, which were both shut down just a few days later on January 9th. It really came as no surprise to anyone that these games were shut down, they never really had a large population, but this isn’t the last time Perfect World will appear in this article.

MMO Shut Down Concerns in 2018

In mid-January, it was announced that Perpetuum’s official server would be going offline. This was somewhat inevitable as development on the game stopped back in September because of low population and income. Sadly, the cost of keeping the server running was just too high, which is why the official server is leaving so soon. It isn’t all bad news for the game however, there’s a semi-official private server keeping the game alive that is being run by one of the former devs.

The first MOBA that announced it would be shut down this year was Paragon. Epic stated that the game had trouble expanding beyond its core player base. The lack of growth slowed development and  it eventually became clear that it was time to shut the game down. Epic offered full refunds for everyone who had ever bought the game, a really nice gesture for those still disappointed about the end.

I didn’t say it, they did.

At the end of January, LinkRealms announced they would be shutting down. The game never gained much traction outside of its core audience and sadly funds to keep the game running were running out. It first came onto the scene back in 2010 when it entered beta and was only added to Steam in 2016. At this point, there’s starting to be a bit of a pattern behind the shutdowns.

When Perfect World announced they were closing Motiga it was only a matter of time before Gigantic, the MOBA they had created, would follow. So, again, at the end of January when the announcement was made that Gigantic was shutting down, it wasn’t much of a surprise. As of writing this, the servers are still online and they will remain so until the end of July. Once again, difficulty breaking into the market was to blame. The lack of audience and the difficulty of fixing some of the issues with the game sadly proved too great.

The third MOBA to close in just one month was NCSoft’s Master X Master. This was a game we learned would be shutting down all the way back in November. In the shutdown announcement, it was said that the game failed to connect with the players. The game wasn’t sustainable with the population it had, so the decision had to be made, purely for business.

Mojang’s card game Scrolls shut down in the middle of February. This was another that was only a matter of time. Development on the game stopped in June of 2015. At the time Mojang promised to keep the servers online until July 2016 at least. So, the fact that it lasted as long as it did is amazing itself. When development stopped in 2015 it was because of the population and the inability to sustainably continue development. Most games are not so lucky to get such a long lead time to the moment the servers are taken offline.

At the end of February, Cabal 2 announced they were shutting down in the west, though exactly when that’s going to happen is still up in the air. In the announcement, it was said that continued operation was unsustainable and Cabal 2 didn’t resonate with as many players as they had hoped.

Demon’s Souls, part of the Dark Souls series, was well known for having a robust online system. Or rather, it was. It was shut down at the end of February, though this was no surprise for anyone who was a fan of the 9-year-old game. To be clear, much of the game is still playable but the online components; seeing player messages, summoning others to your game, and other such features are now inaccessible.

And now that brings us to the beginning of March which has already seen the end of Trion’s Devilian. We found out in January that it would be closing. Unlike the other games, this one was closed because the developers, Bluehole, had stopped working on the game. Bluehole Ginno, the creators of Devilian, was renamed the PUBG Corp and from then on the game was pretty much forgotten.

 

A Look at the Past

If you take a look at the last three months of 2017 you’ll see that 7 titles shut down. The most notable of them all was Marvel Heroes. The difference between 7 and 10 doesn’t seem very big, however, we’re not yet three months into 2018. If we continue to have an average shutdown of one game every week, we’re looking at possibly reaching 14 online games closing this year. That would be double the amount from the previous 3 months.

But, maybe there’s more going on here. After all, the end of the year happened and that tends to bring about big changes. So, how many games were shut down from January to March in 2017? 7, just like the last three months of 2017. In 2016 there were 13 games shut down which is very close to what we may face this year as well. So is this year abnormal or were we just really lucky in 2017? What will the rest of the year hold for online gaming? Maybe right now it just feels like a lot because we’re still in the moment. If nothing else comes from this article, then hopefully it serves as a reminder to keep playing and supporting your favorite game financially. A game can’t run without some sort of income.

The clear theme across all these titles is a lack of population and a lack of funds. Is it a sign of market saturation? Quite possibly. It certainly seems like MOBAs are past the point of saturation. More of them are shutting down than launching and it would seem that audiences have found the game they prefer.

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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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Best New Online Game of 2017

The end of the year has come and that means it’s time to take a look back at the year that has been. It certainly hasn’t been an easy one. We’ve had a decline in the number of new games releasing and we’ve had to say goodbye to some fan favorites.

But it has also been a good year. This year we saw a number of MMOs release expansions, and we watched as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds soared in popularity.

Only time can tell if 2017 will be a good year or a bad year.

Best New Online Game

However, you can decide what was the best this year. It’s time for MMOGames’ 4th annual Best of the Year Awards as voted for by you the reader. This year we have 10 different categories for you to vote on ranging from mobile games to MMO expansions.

This year we saw the launch and relaunch of a few amazing titles. We had dinosaurs and secret societies taking over our lives. We found ourselves launched into wars and we got a sequel. With so many games released this year, it may be difficult to decide which one is the best new online game of 2017.

To place your vote just scroll through the games listed below and click on the button marked Vote. If you’d like to vote for a game that isn’t listed let us know in the comments and we will quickly get it added. Make sure you visit each page to vote for your favorite games in each category they’re nominated in. Come back every day until January 3rd when the voting ends for another chance to vote. No logging in required.

In the end, all the winners will be featured in the Reader’s Choice Best of 2017 Awards along with all the bragging rights that come along with it. Who wins is entirely up to you, so be sure to share this with your circle of friends, your guilds, and the communities for the games you loved this year.

Remember, voting ends on January 3rd and you’re able to vote once a day which means you can vote for more than one game if you like. What you do with your votes is entirely up to you.

 

   

   

   

   

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MMO Black Friday Deals 2017

If you’re on the lookout for a good deal in your favorite game look no further than this list of MMO Black Friday Deals.

ArcheAge

80% off select in game items
Wukong Costume Lockbox Nov 24 – Dec 8
Black Friday Lockbox Nov 24 – Dec 1

 

Ark: Survival Evolved

Steam: Game 50% Off
Seam: Season Pass 25% Off
Xbox One Game 25% Off
Xbox One Scorched Earth 35% Off
Xbox One Explorers Edition 30% Off
Xbox One Season Pass 25% Off
Playstation 4 Game 30% Off
Playstation 4 Scorched Earth 35% Off
Playstation 4 Explorers Edition 30% Off
Playstation 4 Season Pass 25% Off
Walmart (US Stores) 50% Off
Gamestop (US Stores) $34.99 (Discount of $25)
EB Games (Canada Stores) $39.99 CAD

 

Atlas Reactor

All Packs 75% Off Nov 22 – 28
Golden Age Skins on Sale

 

Black Desert Online

Black Desert Online

Game 50% Off Nov 22 – 28
In Game Store Function 20% Off Nov 22 – Dec 4
In Game Store: Outfit & Costume 20% Off Nov 22 – Dec 4
In Game Store: Mount 20% Off Nov 22 – Dec 4
In Game Store: Pet 20% Off Nov 22 – Dec 4
In Game Store: Dyes 30% Off Nov 22 – Dec 4
In Game Store: Furniture 30% Off Nov 22 – Dec 4
In Game Store: Customizing 40% Off Nov 22 – Dec 4
In Game Store: Underwear & Accessories 30% Off Nov 22 – Dec 4
Elion’s Tear for 10 Pearls Nov 22 – 24
Bleach for 10 Pearls Nov 24 – 26
Mount Skill Change Coupon for 10 Pearls Nov 26 – 28
Unknown Dye Box for 10 Pearls Nov 28 – 30
Artisan’s Memory for 10 Pearls Nov 30 – Dec 2
Pet Appearance Change Coupon for 10 Pearls Dec 2 – 4

 

Brawlhalla

All Legends Pack 25% Off
DLC 10% Off

 

Champions Online

Arc Players Unlock 15-25% bonus Zen (PC Only) Ends Nov 28
Save 25% on All Items Nov 24 – 28

 

Citadel: Forged With Fire

Game on Steam 40% Off
Blue Isle Catalog 63% Off

 

Conan Exiles

All Game Editions on Steam 33% Off
DLC on Steam 33% Off

 

Dark and Light

Game on Steam 33% Off

 

Defiance

Limited Edition Ex Inanis Black Friday Boxes
Cerberus Pack
3rd Limited Edition Black Friday Bargain Box
Titan Bundles and Gold Editions up to 65% Off

 

Destiny 2

Standard Edition 35% Off
Game and Expansion Pass 25% Off
Digital Deluxe Edition 25% Off

 

Divinity: Original Sin II

Game on Steam 10% Off
Divine Edition on Steam 10% Off
Eternal Edition on Steam 30% Off
Game Plus Steam Controller 21% Off
Divine Ascension DLC on Steam 10% Off

 

Elite Dangerous

Game 55% Off
Commander Deluxe Edition 47% Off
Horizons Season Pass 40% Off
Pilot Starter Pass 40% Off
Commander Pack 40% Off
DVD Edition 50% Off

 

EVE Online

Standard Edition on Steam 50% Off
Premium Edition on Steam 50% Off
Subscription Plan on Steam up to 27% Off
PLEX on Steam 15% Off
Omega Time on Steam 15% Off

 

Fable Fortune

Early Access Founder’s Pack on Steam 35% Off

 

Faeria

Steam Pack 40% Off

 

Forsaken World

Arc Players Can Unlock Bonus Leaves 15-25% Ends Nov 28
Chance Pack 33% Off Ends Nov 28
Select Fashion & Handhelds 25% Off Ends Nov 28
Gold and Other Items 20-40% Off Ends Nov 28
Charge Promo Will Have New Expansion Orb Ends Dec 4

 

Gamer Sensei

Gaming Lessons 50% Off with Code B50SPECIAL Ends Nov 27

 

Gigantic

Arc & Steam Unlock 15-25% bonus Rubies Ends Nov 28
Arc & Steam Starter Pack 25% Off Ends Nov 28
Arch & Steam Ultimate Pack 33% Off Ends Nov 28
Xbox Live Gold Save 15-25% on Ruby Packs Ends Nov 27
Xbox Live Gold Starter Pack 25% Off Ends Nov 27
Xbox Live Gold Ultimate Pack 33% Off Ends Nov 27

 

Gloria Victis

Game on Steam 40% Off
Game Plus Soundtrack on Steam 49% Off
Soundtrack 40% Off

 

Guild Wars 2

GW2 Merch from For Fans By Fans. Get Free mini pet egg if over $50 spent
Gem Store: Braham’s Armor, Magitech Armor, Phoenix Armor 20% Off Nov 21 – 27
Gem Store: Heroes Dye Pack 40% Off Nov 22 – 23
Gem Store: Free Heroic Booster Nov 23
Gem Store: Phoenix Glider 20% Off Nov 23 – 24
Gem Store: 5 Free Transmutation Charges Nov 24
Gem Store: Storage Expander 20% Off Nov 24 – 25
Gem Store: Free Black Lion Mini Claim Ticket Nov 25
Gem Store: Crystalline Dragon Wings Backpack Glider Combo 20% Off Nov 25 – 26

 

H1Z1

Game on Steam 75% Off

 

Heroes of the Storm

Red and Black Friday Bundle 33% Off Ends Nov 27
Back in Black Friday Bundle 29% Off Ends Nov 27
Select Heroes, Skins, and Mounts at 50% Off Ends Nov 27
360 Day Stimpack on Sale Ends Nov 27
Merch Sales 15-75% Off

 

Hob

Game on Arc 25% Off Ends Nov 28

 

Hyper Universe

Game on Steam 50% Off

 

Kritika Online

Elite Starter Pack on Steam 15% Off
Elite Costume Pack on Steam 15% Off
Bonus Gifts for EMP Purchases Nov 24 – 28
In Game Store: Pets and Weapon Skins 50% Off Nov 24
In Game Store: Costumes 50% Off Nov 25
In Game Store: Potions, Hammers, Resurrection Stones, Whetstones up to 50% Off Nov 26
In Game Store: Kred for 10-30% Off Nov 27

 

Lego Worlds

Lego Worlds Screenshot

Game on Steam 50% Off

 

Life is Feudal

Game on Steam 50% Off

 

Livelock

Arc & Steam: Game 75% Off Ends Nov 28
Xbox Live Silver: Game 65% Off Ends Nov 27
Xbox Live Gold: Game 75% Off Ends Nov 27
PS4 Players: Game 65% Off Ends Nov 27
Playstation Plus: Game 75% Off Ends Nov 27

 

Mirage: Arcane Warfare

Game on Steam 50% Off
Special Edition on Steam 50% Off
Magic & Melee Pack 74% Off

 

Neverwinter

Arc: Bonus Zen 15-25% Off Ends Nov 28
Xbox Live Gold: 15-25% on Zen Ends Nov 27
Xbox Live Gold: Starter, Adventurer, Epic Packs 40% Off Ends Nov 27
PS4 Plus: 15-25% on Zen Ends Nov 27
PS4 Plus: Astral Deva, Champion of the North, Dragonborn Legend, Heirloom Weapon, Reanimated Destrier Packs 40% Off Ends Nov 27
PS4: 5-15% on Zen Ends Nov 27
PS4: Astral Deva, Champion of the North, Dragonborn Legend, Heirloom Weapon, Reanimated Destrier Packs 30% Off Ends Nov 27

 

Overwatch

Game 50% Off Ends Nov 27
Game of the Year Edition 50% Off Ends Nov 27
Merch Sales 15-75% Off

 

PWI

Arc: Unlock 15-25% Bonus Gold Ends Nov 28
Newest Chance Pack 57% Off Ends Nov 28
Medals of Glory and General Summer’s Tokens 50% Off Ends Nov 28
Chienkun Stones 78% Off Ends Nov 28
War Avatar Chest Returns Nov 24 – 29
Illusionary Crystal 40% Off Nov 24 – 29
Crown of Sochi, Hidden Orchard Treasure Trove 72% Off Nov 27 – 30
Lucky Flash Spends: Spend Gold in Random 1 Hour Windows Get Mystery Item Nov 23 – 24

 

Perpetuum

Game on Steam 75% Off

 

Rift

Premium Mounts 25% Off Nov 22 – 29
Previous Lockbox Mounts Available for Direct Purchase. Changes Daily.
November 22: Moonstone Ki Rin
November 23: Molten Thresher
November 24: Tropical Budgie
November 25: Ember Nebula
November 26: Black Empyreal Walker
November 27: Obsidian Ki Rin
November 28: Nightmare Thresher

RoboCraft

DLC on Steam 25% Off

 

Royal Quest

Royal Guard Pack and Champion of Aura Pack on Steam 75% Off
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Star Trek Bridge Crew

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Star Trek Online

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The Elder Scrolls Online

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Tree of Life

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Trove

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Valnir Rok

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Warhammer 40k Eternal Crusade

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Perfect World Lays Off Gigantic’s Developer Motiga

It’s been a rough and bumpy road for Motiga, the developers of the MOBA Gigantic, and unfortunately it appears to have ended on a sad note. CEO Chris Chung has officially confirmed that a Motiga layoff has occurred, confirming earlier assumptions as friends have said their goodbyes on Twitter.

motiga layoff

According to the statement from Chung, Gigantic will be left to a bare few employees. For all intents and purposes, Motiga is no more as the game simply was not profitable according to the statement.

“It was a budgetary decision at the highest level. Perfect World as a public company has a profitability goal and they decided to cut parts of the company that were not profitable. In short, Gigantic was not making enough revenue.

Gigantic will be left at the hands of a maintenance team composed of few dedicated folks at Motiga. They are [an] awesome group of people that will be working on the game until some time in the future when it doesn’t make sense anymore.”

Chung later amended the statement, noting that it was made “at a vulnerable moment” and that he may not have all of the facts regarding the decision.

There’s currently no additional information about the future of Gigantic, but it would appear that the MOBA will be in maintenance mode for an indeterminate length of time to ultimately be sunsetted later. As of this writing, there are no new developments on the game’s Twitter page, forums, or website.

Our Thoughts

Speaking personally, Gigantic was literally the only MOBA game that I ever found enjoyable; it’s graphic style was great, its character designs were imaginative, its gameplay was fun and fast-paced, and its free-to-play implementation was exceptionally well done. Though, perhaps, it was also too generous. Or maybe the MOBA bubble finally burst when Gigantic arrived.

In any case, it’s all supposition. We wish the very best to those affected by the layoffs and hope that they can bring their imagination to a variety of other games.

Source: Destructoid

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Gigantic Season of Souls Ezren Ghal Steam Giveaway

Gigantic is a team-based third-person MOBA-esque action MMO where heroes battle alongside a massive guardian in a fight for supremacy. A mystical bond connects you and four teammates to your guardian, a magical behemoth too powerful for a single mortal to defeat. Destroy your enemy’s guardian and protect your own at all costs! Gigantic has just released Season of Souls, a major content update, and introduced a new mid-ranged caster, the nefarious necromancer Ezren Ghal! Perfect World Entertainment and MMOGames have teamed up for a special celebration in the form of The Gigantic Season of Souls Ezren Ghal Steam Giveaway. Enter now to win a key for a free unlock of Ezren Ghal, and steal some souls of your own.

Note: The keys from this giveaway are only for Gigantic played through Steam. They will not work for other platforms or versions of the game!

Gigantic Season of Souls Ezren Ghal Steam Giveaway

 

What You Get From The Gigantic Season of Souls Ezren Ghal Steam Giveaway

  • A key for a free unlock for Ezren Ghal, a mid-ranged caster who steals the souls of his enemies to restore life and cast powerful spells.

 

How To Redeem Your Gigantic Season of Souls Ezren Ghal Steam Giveaway Key

  1. Note: This giveaway is only for Gigantic played via Steam. It will not work for other platforms.
  2. Visit GoGigantic.com/steam
  3. Click on the “Play Game” button and download the game.
  4. Launch the game and create an Arc account when prompted.
  5. Once in the Gigantic launcher, select the “Redeem Code” button.
  6. Enter the code and click “Next” to claim your new hero.
  7. Ezren Ghal will now be available as a playable hero in your next match.

 

Enter Via Gleam

Sign in with a selection of options within the Gleam widgets at the end of this post and complete one or more entries to enter. You can select all of them or just one, it’s entirely up to you, though the more you choose, the more chances you have to win! This giveaway will end on Monday, October 30, 2017, at 08:00 GMT. This drawing is for ten (10) keys. NOTE: The keys from this giveaway will only work for Gigantic accounts played via Steam. They will NOT work for other platforms!

Gigantic Season of Souls Ezren Ghal Steam Giveaway

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