MMORPG-RTS Hybrid Kingdom Under Fire 2 Launched in North America and Europe

The MMORPG-RTS hybrid Kingdom Under Fire 2 launched in North and Europe on PC. Kingdom Under Fire 2 is the most ambitious entry in the popular Kingdom Under Fire series. The last release in the series was Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom which was released over a decade ago.

The game was developed by Korean studio Blueside and it is being published by Gameforge in North America and Europe.

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“After many long years developing our most ambitious game ever created, the time has finally come for western players to experience Kingdom Under Fire 2,” said Sejung Kim, CEO of Blueside. “Thanks to their considerable publishing experience in the online games market, Gameforge has helped Blueside fully realize the vision of Kingdom Under Fire 2. We look forward to re-opening the gates to Bersia to our fans, as well as to newcomers, who have been eagerly awaiting this day.”

“Kingdom Under Fire 2 has been one of the most exciting projects Gameforge has published,” said Tomislav Perkovic, Chief Product Officer at Gameforge. “We worked closely with developer Blueside to take an already fantastic game to the finish line, transitioning gameplay balancing from a free-to-play business model to a traditional premium model where players simply buy to play and have a content-rich experience from the start. Today’s launch of Kingdom Under Fire 2 is just the start as we have future updates in the pipeline that series fans will no doubt love!”

Kingdom Under Fire II is available on the official Gameforge site and there are three different versions available for $29.99 (€29.99), $49.99 (€49.99), and $99.99 (€99.99).

 

Source: Press Release

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Citadel: Forged With Fire Free Weekend Going on Now

It isn’t quite the weekend yet but that is stopping the Citadel: Forged With Fire free weekend from starting right now. The game officially launches on Friday November 1st on Xbox One, PS4, and Steam, but the developers are offering you the opportunity to try it out for free this weekend on Steam.

Blue Isle Studios also has an extensive roadmap of free content updates for the game and they’ve announced that the first DLC is slated to launch in early 2020. This first DLC will include narrative driven quests, the most widely requested feature from the community, and hours of new gameplay.

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Citadel: Forged With Fire is rated T for Teen and unlike so many other games these days you can actually find physical editions of the game in some stores around the world. Or if you prefer, you can just order it on Steam where it has been available in Early Access since mid-2017.

In that time the developers have been posting patch notes and working on developing the game and getting it ready for launch. The most recent update which was released yesterday brought in moving mouths when using VoIP, a new mini-boss, and 8 new server types which you can find listed below.

– PVP – veryfast-reset: 5x exp 5x gather, server reset every 90 days
– PVP – fast-reset: 3x exp 3x gather, server reset every 90 days
– PVP – fast: 3x exp 3x gather
– PVP – very fast: 5x exp 5x gather
– PVE – fast: 3x exp 3x gather
– PVE – veryfast: 5x exp 5x gather
– PVE – freebuild: unlimited resources, free flying, no weight restrictions
– PVE – freebuild-reset: unlimited resources, free flying, no weight restrictions, reset every 90 days

 

Source: Press Release

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Lineage 2 Essence Launches a New Lineage 2 Server

A new Lineage 2 server has been launched called Lineage 2 Essence. This server has everything you love from Lineage 2 but with more of an emphasis on PvP and raids. In the press release announcing the launch of the server the developers said they focused on the following features.

Accelerated leveling and auto-hunting function
Independence from other players
No need to have multiple accounts for the comfortable play
90 levels, 6 races and 34 classes
Massive sieges for the whole server
Daily Olympiad and Weekly Hero Status
Raid Bosses in an open world are designed for a party or clan as well as for solo players
Levels of some Raid Bosses have been increased

Lineage II Essence can be found on the 4game platform which is also host to Classic Lineage II servers, normal Lineage II servers, Ragnarok Online, and other MMOs. The platform has 50 million users across the world. However, the Lineage II servers are all listed as European servers. So, it isn’t very clear if Lineage II Essence is for Europe only or not.

The official website for Lineage 2 Essence isn’t much to look at right now but they do have a handy chart that shows the differences between the three different game modes that are available. I’ve included a screenshot of it below but it’s actually interactive so if you want to know more you should head over to the site.

Source: Press Release

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Perfect World Mobile Launches Globally

Today Perfect World Mobile launched in 120 countries around the world. The game is the mobile re-imagining of the classic MMORPG. Before it launched more than 1 million people pre-registered their interest.

While this is being called a global launch there are actually some restrictions on who has access to this global server. The following countries are blocked from what is being called the North American version:

 

  • Mainland China
  • Hong Kong
  • Macau
  • Taiwan
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Indonesia
  • Philippines
  • Russia and CIS

This list isn’t really all that surprising at all really. When it comes to global releases of games they rarely include Japan, China, or South Korea. Each of them typically have their own release. This can often be said of Russia as well. In China, Perfect World Mobile shot up to the number 2 spot on the App Store within 5 hours of its launch. While the most recent update has received 2.6 million downloads within the first 12 hours of its release.

It will be interesting to see if the game makes Superdata’s top 10 mobile games list for the month when the one for September is released in October. Tencent’s Honour of Kings, Arena of Valor in the West has dominated the top spot in the charts for most of the year and it was the highest-grossing mobile game in 2018. Pokemon Go bounces between second and third place month to month. The 7-year-old Clash of Clans is still in the mobile top 10 list every month as well. So there’s a lot of opportunity for Perfect World Mobile to work its way into the monthly top 10.

 

Source: MMOCulture, Superdata

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Vermintide 2 – Winds of Magic is Now Live

Vermintide 2 – Winds of Magic is the latest update to the award-winning, multimillion-selling game Warhammer Vermintide 2 and it is out now.

Winds of Magic is the first expansion to Vermintide 2 to bring in a new enemy faction, Beastmen. Along with Beastmen, you’ll find a raised level cap, new weapons for all heroes, leaderboards, a new level, and a new game mode.

“Warning heroes – the Beastmen have arrived, and they bring malice with them. Pick up the new weapons, and help me put a stop to this invasion of ruthless enemies.” says Bardin Goreksson, self-proclaimed leader of the Ubersreik Five group of heroes.

You can find Winds of Magic on Steam right now. But, if you’re on the fence about the expansion check out the badass trailer below.


This is of course not the Versus that was revealed at E3 this year. It is still early days for that and beta signups are still open. Versus is being developed by a separate team within Fat Shark so that it doesn’t slow down the development of the game in any way. When we hear more about that we’ll be sure to run through the streets screaming in glee.

For now, though we get to enjoy Winds of Magic. Fatshark CEO Martin Wahlund had this message for fans and beta testers. “Release day is the most exciting day in game development, and here we are today. Warhammer: Vermintide 2 – Winds of Magic is available now, ready for heroes to excel. Winds of Magic would not have been possible without the feedback from our beta tests, and we want to thank all beta players who helped us deliver the best version of Winds of Magic.”

 

Source: Press Release

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MMORPG Sword Cat Online Launches

Have you ever wished you were in a game populated solely with catgirls and boys? If you said yes, you’re in luck and I’m not just talking about City of Heroes’ Pocket D nightclub. No, I’m talking about the mobile MMORPG Sword Cat Online. In Sword Cat Online everyone plays as a cat hero made in a cute cartoonish art style.

One thing that makes Sword Cat Online stand out is that it is designed to be played with just your thumbs, allowing you to hold your phone in a more natural way as you play. It also boasts full social features like clans, chat, a PvP Arena, and World Boss co-op. It also has a single-player campaign with hundreds of stages.

Because of the anime style fighting scenes, the developers do stress that Sword Cat Online is really only recommended for those ages 12 and up.

The game is available exclusively on Google Play, sorry iPhone users. To celebrate the launch of the game all new players can use the code “scofun19” to receive a free cat hero and 300 gems in game. This code does have a limited quantity though so it is recommended that you redeem it right away. You can find more opportunities to win prizes and get more information about the game on their official Facebook page.

Also, be sure to check out the trailer for the game below.

Source: Press Release

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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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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Spending is Just $300,000 in the First 24 Hours

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite seems to be the game everyone spent the weekend signing up for but not the one they were spending money on. In the first 24 hours on both android and iOS combined it has been estimated that Harry Potter: Wizards Unite spending was just $300,000.

One can’t help but compare the launch of this game to its older brother Pokemon Go. In the first 24 for Pokemon Go the game had been downloaded 7.5 million times, versus 400,000 for Wizards Unite. It had also generated approximately $2 million in player spending. To make it even worse, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite actually released in more countries than Pokemon Go had at that point in its life.

Why are the numbers so low? Well…there are a few things that could be contributing to it. First, there’s the fact that Harry Potter doesn’t have the massive popularity that Pokemon does in Japan which is where Pokemon Go and Ingress both bring in a sizeable amount of their revenue. Having a game based on a Western IP isn’t instant money when you consider that in the Western audience players are less likely to spend money on mobile games.

There’s also the issue that current Pokemon Go players are less likely to play Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Mobile phones, and the games themselves aren’t really designed for you to switch between games easily. It’s far more likely that you’ll pick one game and stick with it. Unless you’re a HUGE Harry Potter fan you’re more likely to play the game you’ve been playing, so not picking up that new game.

Finally, it also has to be considered that Harry Potter is an older IP now and the last movie wasn’t very well received. It’s quite possible that a lot of people have moved on from the series and so aren’t interested in playing the game.

Whatever the reason we will be keeping an eye on how Harry Potter: Wizards Unite performs into the future and we’ll have a review of it ready to go very soon.

 

Source: Sensor Tower

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The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot is Returning This Summer

The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot holds a special place in our hearts here at MMOGames, it was a fun underrated title with the best name ever. Sadly, it was only live for a couple of years and in fact, has now been shut down longer than it was ever live. But, this summer that is about to change! The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot is coming back, this time as a mobile title. It’s set to launch on July 9th on Google Play and the App store. You can already preregister your interest, and, if they get one million people to preregister they’ll receive a pet called Bradley, the Doomsday Messenger. Seriously, whoever makes the names for this game deserves an award. The game will feature heroes who can be customized with over 1,000 pieces of gear. There will also be a PvP arena, but, perhaps the biggest thing promised is a huge PvE campaign. We don’t have any other details about the game yet, but we can’t wait to get our hands on it!

Mighty Quest for Epic Loot

If you’re interested in reading more about The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot check out our review of the original version of the game on PC back in 2015. Or you might be interested in our article saying goodbye to the game that took a deep dive into the reasons the game was shut down, what it did well, and what it didn’t do so well. You can, of course, expect an updated review of the game once it is released. For now, though, check out the announcement trailer for The Mighty Quest for Epic loot below.

Source: Destructoid

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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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