Space MMORPG Second Galaxy Launching this Week

Three thousand years in the future humanity has formed an empire in the stars called “Second Galaxy.” In this Second Galaxy, five regimes have emerged, each eager to further colonize the universe. Players in this open world MMORPG have the freedom to play any role they like from explorer to bodyguard, miner, or merchant.

The universe of Second Galaxy has 4,961 galaxies to explore that are filled with dark matter, wormholes, space stations, and more. In those, nearly 5,000 galaxies are more than 50,000 stars across 1,000 light years. There are five types of spacecraft with over 150 classes to pick from. Customization of your ships is impressive as well with more than 1,000 types of tactical equipment, 3,000 spacecraft components, and 5,000 technological upgrades.

You’ll be able to see thousands of players on the screen engaging in real-time combat. Thanks to their advances in technology the game can support half a million concurrent players. Quite impressive for a mobile game. Yes, all of this is in a mobile game.

Second Galaxy will be launching globally on iOS and Android on July 5th. Though it’s being called a soft launch, so maybe it’s just a beta? Honestly, does anything mean anything these days? From the sound of it though, they mean for it to be a launch.

This gorgeous looking mobile game looks like it could give EVE a run for its money. If you’re looking for more information about the game you can find them on Facebook or on their official site. Pre-registration is now available as well.

 

Source: Press Release

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E3 2019: Lord of the Rings Adventure Card Game Launches August 8th

We mentioned it in our roundup of multiplayer games at the Xbox Press Conference, a brief glimpse of a Lord of the Rings card game that got only a few seconds of attention. Now we finally have more information about the game. As it turns out Lord of the Rings Adventure Card Game is the first adventure card game based in the world of J.R.R. Tolkien and it has been around a while. It was first introduced on Steam back in 2017. Then in late 2018, it started Early Access where it has been and will continue to be until August 8th when the game officially launches. But, this isn’t a Steam exclusive. You’ll be able to play it on Xbox One, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Steam.

The game right now has 3 different campaign modes with more than 35 hours of gameplay. There are more than 150 cards to play with and more is already in the works. There are 2 free encounters available and there are more planned post-launch. They’re already working on more campaign modes as well. The game can be played solo or co-op.

The Lord of the Rings Adventure Card Game will also be featured in the ever-growing library of games with the Xbox Game Pass. The game officially launches on August 8th, but if you want to play on PC you can head over to Steam and pick it up right now. Be sure to check out the E3 trailer which you can find below.

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Nexon’s 2019 Launch Roadmap Released

During their media event “Nexon Special Day” we got a look at Nexon’s 2019 launch roadmap, mostly for the first half of this year. It also mostly focuses on mobile games. When they were asked about PC games they said that they would talk more about it in their second or third special day events later this year. So basically, if you’re hoping to see Peria Chronicles you’ll have to wait until later this year at the very least.

 

Magia: Charma Saga

A side-scrolling action RPG that has already soft launched in five countries. It appears that Nexon has hopes this game will become a new standalone hit IP for the company. If you’re interested in checking it out our friends at MMOCulture have a 50-minute long preview of gameplay from the soft launch. Currently, the game is available to play in the Philippines, Malaysia, Australia, Singapore, and New Zealand. The inclusion of two English speaking countries gives us high hopes that this game will release in the West.

 

Durango: Wild Lands

Its been a while since we’ve heard about Durango: Wild Lands, but it looks as though they’re preparing to release the game in the west in the first half of this year.

 

Overhit

Details so far are very vague for Overhit, but we do know that Nexon is planning to release it in 150 countries simultaneously. It’s the eagerly anticipated mobile RPG from NAT Games, the makers of HIT.

 

Maplestory M

MapleStory M is finally going to be released in Japan this April.

 

Godzilla Defense Force

Perhaps, the most exciting thing to come from the special media day was the announcement of Godzilla Defense Force, a game in which players need to defend cities against more than 100 different monsters from the Godzilla series. The game will be launching worldwide this May and be available in 10 different languages.

 

It looks like Nexon has a busy few months ahead, especially when you remember that 98% of the company is going up for sale very soon. If you’re interested in reading more about that check out the latest MMO Money column to see which 5 groups will be allowed to place bids.

 

Source: MMOCulture

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Breach Hits Steam Early Access in January

The multiplayer “dungeon brawl” of Breach looks to be about ready for prime time. QC Games has confirmed that Breach early access will arrive to Steam users this coming January, bolstered by player feedback during the game’s recent testing.

breach early access

“The reception we’ve received from everyone who’s played the game has been nothing short of amazing, giving us confidence that we’re definitely on the right track in our development of Breach,” states game director Gabe Amatangelo. “We look forward to taking the next big step of bringing Breach to a wider audience in January 2019 through Steam Early Access.”

As is often the case with these things, early access will be a paid affair, though the complete game will launch free-to-play. According to the game’s Steam page, the plan is to keep early access short and release the game by next summer, barring any major adjustments needed based on community feedback.

Until then, there will be an extended technical alpha test running between November 30th and December 2nd which will introduce the Chronomancer class to players. Testing is scheduled to begin at 1pm EST and will wrap up at 12am EST. There is no expected downtime for the game’s servers.

Naturally, the announcement comes with a fresh new trailer. That can be seen below.

Our Thoughts

It’s good to know that testers have been enjoying the game enough to push forward into early access. We’re looking forward to seeing how this piece of multiplayer gaming shapes up as we move into next year.

Source: press release

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Warframe’s Nintendo Switch Version is Live

What’s arguably one of the most anticipated MMO releases for Nintendo Switch owners is finally here. Today marks the Warframe Nintendo Switch launch, bringing the hyper-sci-fi action MMO to the system and all of its five years of content.

warframe nintendo switch launch

When the game’s presser references five years of content, it does indeed mean the entire kit n’ kaboodle — 23 updates, 36 Warframes, the open-world location of the Plains of Eidolon, and all the content up to Mask of the Revenant are packed in to the Switch’s launch version.

Other features that are distinct to the Switch version are the inclusion of motion controls and built-in voice chat, which doesn’t require the Nintendo Online app to use. As for the game’s Prime Access program, that will include Nova Prime, Mag Prime, and Chroma Prime.

Future updates to the Switch release will focus on the latest Fortuna content like the new open-world location and Garuda Warframe. The devs expect the Switch version to have parity with all other console editions at some point in 2019.

To mark the game’s arrival to the system, Warframe is giving out a bundle of items for free. This bundle includes 50k Credits, a 3-day Affinity Booster, a Forma, an Orokin Catalyst, and an Orokin Reactor. Players must claim this bundle from their in-game mail before December 4.

Our Thoughts

It will definitely be interesting to see how well Warframe plays on the Nintendo Switch and how big this game’s community will grow as a result. In both cases, we expect good things for Warframe and want to congratulate all of the devs and publishers on the release.

Source: press release

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Smite is Headed to Nintendo Switch

I don’t know about you folks, but for a while my gaming-related social media feeds seemed to be coated with the running gag of how every game should arrive to the Nintendo Switch. It would appear that Hi-Rez has taken that joke to heart and announced a Smite Nintendo Switch release. Go figure.

smite nintendo switch

Much like the Nintendo Switch edition of Paladins, Smite will feature 60 FPS gameplay along with cross-platform multiplayer and cross-platform character progression. According to a report from Massively Overpowered, all other Hi-Rez games are opening up their cross-platform options as well, including current and future consoles.

Smite will likely release as a free-to-play title, but for now there is a Founder’s Pack on offer today that unlocks every god in the game currently available and coming down the pipe. It also adds 400 Gems, two skins – one of which is unique to the Nintendo Switch – and access to the closed beta.

Closed beta/early access will begin on January 24, while the full launch has yet to get a date.

Our Thoughts

Clearly, Hi-Rez Studios is keen to have their games on as many platforms as possible. We’re also hard pressed to think of many MOBAs on the Nintendo Switch, and the plans to further expand cross-platform multiplayer is pretty excellent news. All in all, positive stuff for Smite fans.

Sources: official site, Massively Overpowered

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PUBG Comes to PlayStation 4 December 7

All of the datamining and assumptions have rung true. We have an official PUBG PS4 launch date confirmed by the game directly, along with all of the usual pomp and circumstance that announcement involves like pre-order bonuses and the like.

pubg ps4 release date

The PS4 version will include Erangel, Sanhok and Miramar maps, as well as all the major features of the game including a ranking system, event mode, and achievements. Those who have a PS4 Pro will also get to enjoy some visual enhancements.

“We’re excited to expand our PUBG service and introduce new communities to our Battle Royale game,” remarks PUBG Corp’s CEO Changhan Kim. “PlayStation has developed an amazing community of passionate gamers and we can’t wait to join them this holiday season.”

That whole holiday season buying thing involves some goodies for those who do pre-order the game now, including cosmetic items fashioned after characters from the popular Uncharted game series. There’s also different in-game goodies depending on which of the editions of PUBG one gets, including G-Coins, Battle Points, and the Survivor Pass: Vikendi battle pass.

Naturally, there’s a trailer coming along for the ride, which you can see below.

Our Thoughts

Well, it’s about heckin’ time, folks. Seriously, though, we expect there will be a few PS4 players who are eager to get into some battle royale shenanigans and see whether this game has something that the others don’t. Or it’s already a dead game why even bother lolz, depending on who you ask.

Source: press release

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Black Desert Online Kicks Off its Xbox One Open Beta

The wait is finally over for console players who have been eager to get their sandbox MMO on. The Black Desert Online Xbox open beta is…well…open starting today, with the game offering up a pretty healthy variety of things for players to get involved in during the testing period.

black desert online xbox open beta

The open beta build of BDO for Xbox One promises to provide a game that lets players fully explore the various systems and features the full game will offer. Part of that promise is a full 40 levels of character advancement in order to let players dig in to the game’s skill system.

The open beta will also feature four general player events, seven daily game master events, and a variety of out-of-combat pursuits such as fishing, trading, gathering and the like.

The open beta for Black Desert Online will run between now and Monday, November 12th. All of the details on how to install the game and timing for the various events can be found at this dedicated Xbox One page for the MMO.

Our Thoughts

40 levels of beta access certainly seems like a lot, but considering the various carrots one can chase in this game (or the varieties of grinding one can burn their face off of, depending on how you look at it) this certainly does make a lot of sense. Here’s oping that the beta is reasonably smooth and that players enjoy.

Source: press release

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Path of Exile Confirms its PS4 Release

Well, it looks like the early portents were true. A Path of Exile PS4 release has been officially announced by Grinding Gear Games with details and all of the pomp and circumstance that an announcement like that brings.

path of exile ps4 release

Path of Exile is making its way to the PS4 some time in December, opening up the MMOARPG to an all new audience. Naturally, it will be arriving with all of its usual bells and whistles like its crafting system, procedurally generated dungeons, and seven classes, each with three subclasses and that absolutely monstrous skill tree. The game will launch as a free to play title and promises to avoid pay-to-win tactics.

The PS4 version will also include content in the upcoming 3.5.0 update, which is said to be the game’s largest yet. More information about that is due to arrive next week, but the devs have posted a forum thread detailing one of the update’s features: Private Leagues, which will let players put together their own punishingly difficult Leagues for their friends.

As one would expect, the Path of Exile PS4 release has an accompanying trailer that sets the scene for the uninitiated, which you can see below.

Our Thoughts

Based on our time investigating Path of Exile’s F2P model, we can pretty confidently say that this one is indeed a fair free to play release while also being an excellent MMOARPG. It’s certainly one fans of the genre should look forward to on the PS4.

Sources: press release, official forums

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The Age of Discovery Arrives to Star Trek Online Console Nov 13

The wait is nearly over, console Star Trek Online fans. The Age of Discovery console release date has been confirmed for this coming Tuesday, November 13th, bringing all of the shiny new things that PC players have been enjoying for a little while to their platform of choice.

age of discovery console release date

In the off chance you’ve not been keeping track, Age of Discovery brings the Star Trek: Discovery TV series to the MMO, bringing a new tutorial, two new episodes and the character Cadet Sylvia Tilly voiced by actress Mary Wiseman.

The update also brings improvements to everyone playing STO, with a more streamlined mission journal; unlocked level requirements for all missions; new Reputation Tiers; and a new Task Force Operation among other features.

Also just like the PC version, Age of Discovery seeks to lay the groundwork for more Discovery-related content over the next several months, as outlined by a developer roadmap shared earlier this month.

Our Thoughts

We genuinely hope that fans of the game on console enjoy everything that this particular update has to offer. And hey, if you happen to be playing the game on PC and you haven’t entered into our related Age of Discovery ship bundle giveaway, there’s another new chance to do so.

Source: press release

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