Classic MMORPG Mirage Online is making a comeback on Steam as Mirage Online Classic. The game was created by two developers in 2001 and has been on quite a journey since then. After some time Mirage Online was given to new owners who made it an open-source project. Eclipse Engine, Xtremeworlds, Mirage Source, Playerworlds, and Secrets of Mirage were all games that came out of that open source project. In 2016 the two original developers of Mirage Online decided to bring the original game back using modern gaming language.
After a few very successful friends and family beta tests, Mirage Online has now properly returned. It launched on Steam on December 24th, which kind of explains why we previously missed it. The game is free to play on Steam and the developers have vowed not to have any gameplay impacting microtransactions.
The beginning of Mirage Online Classic is a primarily PvE experience until you create or join a guild. Once you’re in a guild the game shifts focus and becomes entirely PvP focused. If this sounds like your sort of thing you can find the game on Steam right now. The population of the game isn’t massive, but that isn’t the point. In an email to Massively, they said, “Our goal is simply to have 100 players (we’re at around 30 on average). This is a labor of love and is something we’ve put our heart and soul into.” So, if you’re looking for a small scale PvP game with a tightknit community then you might want to check out Mirage Online Classic.
Today Pearl Abyss launched Black Desert Online around the world on iOS and Android devices. The game was pre-registered by 4.5 million people after the successful launch of the game in Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. To celebrate the 4.5 million pre-registrations Pearl Abyss is offering players special in-game items and gifts like a Tier 1 Horse Emblem, Bunny Bunny Ornament, a Verdon Outfit Chest, Krenvatz Barding, and items that buff character skills.
Pearl Abyss has also launched a partnership with Amazon and Twitch. Amazon Prime members in eligible countries will be able to claim special rewards. Players just need to go to their Amazon Prime accounts and use the event tab to find in-game buffs, character cosmetics, and various items. This partnership is going until March 17th 2020.
Currently Black Desert Mobile is available in English, German, Spanish, French, Russian, Thai, and Indonesian. Portuguese is expected to be added in 2020.
In other Black Desert Online news, the Valkyrie update has arrived on Xbox One today. It introduced the Valkyrie class as well as Alchemy Stone items which allow players to buff character abilities.
Before you go be sure to check out the all-new launch trailer for Black Desert Online below.
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.
“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).
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.
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
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.
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:
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.