Glorious New Gameplay Videos from Fantasy MMORPG Ashes Of Creation

Intrepid Studios, creators of upcoming fantasy sandbox MMORPG Ashes of Creation, have recently bestowed on us two glorious videos demonstrating how this hotly-anticipated title is progressing. 

The ambitious title promises a living, breathing world in which players’ actions have real and lasting consequences. Cities and their populations will rise and fall with a history woven by the players. A real-time NPC structure coupled with political strife and intrigue ensures a murky future liable to change based on your choices. Crafting and construction play a large role alongside the typical questing mechanics, affording you the opportunity to develop land and create new settlements. 

Now we get to see some of these exciting features in action within a whopping 90-minute pre-alpha gameplay video in beautiful 4k resolution. Within it, we can see some exciting content including griffin mounts, settlements, and stunning environments. Check it all out below and let us know your thoughts:

Additionally the team have delved into how Ashes of Creation’s development has progressed, touching on everything from design to character art to environment art and much more. The stream below shows some familiar faces from our last news story on the game, featuring Steven Sharif, Jeffrey Bard and Margaret Kohn.

For all the info on Ashes of Creation check out our game page and head over to the website to register ahead of its release.

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A Behind The Scenes Look at Shadowlands – WoW’s Latest Expansion

Exciting news from Azeroth as the World of Warcraft Executive Producer John Hight and Game Director Ion Hazzikostas are due to host a livestream update on the forthcoming expansion, Shadowlands, on 9th June. Kicking off at 9:00am (Pacific Daylight Time), the pair will share a look at some of the new content that the team have been working on live from their homes – providing fans with an intimate insight into the inner workings of the beloved title.

Shadowlands is the eighth expansion to augment the wealth of content within the World of Warcraft universe and takes place in the realm of the dead: the titular Shadowlands. It will be the first since the core game’s release in 2004 to feature a ‘level squish’, rolling back the level cap from its present 120 to 60. Players who are currently at 120 will see their level reduced to 50 as part of an expansive overhaul of the levelling system. 

Naturally, the expansion will introduce new zones, dungeons and a brand new raid as well as a ‘Newgame+ Experience’ for newly-created characters. Character customisation will also be enhanced with new ethnicity options in human characters, the ability to add tattoos to dwarves and trolls and varying states of decay to undead characters. All in all, there is a lot to look out for, so if you’re not already up to speed make sure to check out our coverage.

You can access the stream via both the World of Warcraft Twitch and YouTube channels. The expansion is slated for release this year and fans can, of course, pre-order the title from their website. For more WoW information check out our game page

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Next Elder Scrolls Online Chapter Revealed: Greymoor

Today Elder Scrolls Online revealed Greymoor, the next Chapter in the ESO story. It is the Q2 Chapter DLC and will be releasing on May 18th for PC/Mac and June 2 for Xbox One and PS4. It is available for pre-purchase right now and there are 5 editions to pick from that include digital and physical collector’s editions. For those wondering, yes, there is a statue! If you pre-order you’ll also get a bunch of sweet rewards, some of which you will gain access to right away.

Greymoor is actually the second part of a new year-long adventure that begins with the Harrowstorm DLC dungeon pack and including the Q3 and Q4 DLCs. Harrowstorm is set to release in February and kick off the Dark Heart of Skyrim yearlong event.

In the Dark Heart of Skyrim, an ancient evil emerges from the depths to devour the souls of Skyrim. Greymoor will introduce a new zone, Western Skyrim and include a gothic main story quest that ties into the Dark Heart of Skyrim. There is also a new 12-player trial, new world events called Harrowstorms, and a new Antiquities system. Also, there will be a number of quality of life improvements made to the game that includes a rework of the Vampire Skill Line. The rework will be available for free to all ESO players.

The Antiquities System is exactly what you think it is. There are ancient artifacts scattered all over Tamriel, become an Archaeologist and find them. The relics you uncover will include unique collectibles like furnishings and mementos.

Players who are familiar with Skyrim will recognize a number of locations in Western Skyrim including Solitude, Morthal, Labyrinthian, Dragon Bridge, and Blackreach cavern. The cavern won’t be exactly as you remember it from Skyrim however as they have expanded it even further.

If you want to learn more about Greymoor you can find everything you’ve ever wanted to know on the official blog post.

Source: Press Release

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VeteranGamer.net Hosting Division 2 Stream Event for Military Care Packages

VeteranGamer.net, the largest veteran-affiliated gamer community in the US will be hosting their second charity live stream to raise funds for care packages for military personnel overseas. This time around they’ll be doing a Division 2 stream where they hope to raise at least $1,000. This is how much they raised during their last stream in February.

If you’re interested in taking part in the live stream or helping them raise funds during the event you’ll be able to find them on Twitch on Wednesday, April 10th at 5 PM Pacific time on the Veteran Gamer Twitch channel. You can also share this news post and social media posts from the organization about the event.

We here at MMOGames are big supporters of this cause and will be there watching the event. Many of our writers and staff members are veterans who know first hand how much it means to get care packages while serving abroad. If you’re interested in joining the largest veteran-affiliated gamer community in the US head over to their website where you can find a link to their discord with over 2,500 members and more than 20 streamers. We hope we’ll see you there on Wednesday!

 

Source: MMORPG.com

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Amazon Releases a GameOn Tournament Extension for Twitch

Watching people play games – multiplayer or otherwise – on Twitch is fun enough, but now there’s a little something from Amazon GameOn that hopes to bring viewers directly into the broadcast in a quick and easy way. The GameOn Tournament extension for Twitch lets broadcasters easily create live tournaments to bring folks into their livestreams in what could arguably be seen as a more meaningful way.

gameon tournament extension

The extension, specifically called GameOn Tournament Organizer, lets casters put together a live tournament in their chosen game with the selection of a few options and then open up said tournament to let viewers play along.

The extension currently only works on a select variety of GameOn-enabled titles, including battle royale title The Darwin Project and tactical RPG Tactical Monsters Rumble Arena among a few others. The extension should expand to other titles, with Devolver Digital’s survival MMO SCUM to next include integration of the Organizer.

The idea, according to the press release, is to drive up viewer engagement for the Twitch caster and ramp up impressions of participating games. “GameOn Tournament Organizer allows influencers and players to be more connected by actually playing the game together, which leads to more players downloading Tactical Monsters,” said Camex COO Michael Tseng. “With this extension, I will be able to keep a constant connection with my viewers,” reads FaZe Clan member Dirty’s testimonial.

Our Thoughts

The idea behind this particular extension is pretty interesting indeed, and having a way for streamers to fold their viewers into a live game definitely is a big draw. However, we would love to see this extension’s support grow to even bigger games. Ideally, work on that is being done to make that happen sooner rather than later.

Source: press release

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Anthem Schedules a Gameplay Livestream

Things have been quiet over on Anthem’s side of the world, though that’s perhaps understandable given the work the team is doing. However, a planned Anthem gameplay livestream has been casually announced to show off where things are for the online multiplayer shooter.

anthem gameplay livestream

Lead producer Michael Gamble confirmed the stream plans on Twitter, initially stating a premiere date of Wednesday, October 31st but then amending that to the following November 1st. The reason? To give lead producer Ben Irving time to “wear his giant transformers costume without worrying about his camera face.”

Judging by the general tone of Gamble’s tweet, this showcase will certainly be off-the-cuff. “We’re going to just grab a random build and hopefully not crash,” reads the original tweet. “Hijinks and hilarity will ensue…we think.”

To that point, it’s hard to know whether or not there will be any major revelations for Anthem. Since we’ve not seen it in action since this past E3, however, it will be the first time anyone has seen the title in its current alpha state.

Our Thoughts

The casual nature of this broadcast could be intriguing indeed, particularly since it will presumably be devoid of the EA-led timing and spectacle of the game’s E3 offering. In other words, this is probably going to be as close to seeing Anthem “in the wild” as we’ll get without actually being invited to an alpha or beta test.

Source: Twitter via MMORPG.com

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Star Citizen Backpedals on CitizenCon Livestream Paywall Decision

Star Citizen‘s decision to lock the CitizenCon 2018 livestream behind a digital pass has been met with the fire and fury that only an internet mob seems capable of producing, and so Chris Roberts and CIG have decided to reel back their decision to lock the event’s keynote and closing presentation behind a digital ticket.

citizencon 2018 livestream

Chris Roberts made a rare personal appearance on the game’s official forums, both announcing the reversed decision and explaining why it was made in the first place. According to him, the choice to require a digital pass wasn’t marketing’s idea; it was his.

So what’s the deal? It ultimately comes down to money, according to Roberts.

“I felt if we were bothering to put these panels on with all our top developers we should record all of it for the community to see. And if we were recording all of it then couldn’t we also stream it all for the community members that were interested? And since we constantly get criticized for our home-brew approach to videography and streaming, let’s bring in a specialist company that can handle multiple simultaneous stages, cameras and streams.”

This line of thinking, combined with the additional costs of holding this new larger CitizenCon, meant that a way to be “fiscally responsible” had to be devised, and since subscriber revenue already covers the cost of community content and events, the digital pass idea was born.

That said, the outcry has been heard, and the opening keynote and closing will be available for all Star Citizen accounts. “What we didn’t anticipate is how dearly some of you value watching the main CitizenCon presentation live,” Roberts admitted.

Our Thoughts

…um….duh, guys.

Source: official forums

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Black Desert Online Graphics Showcase Gets SEA English Landing Page

Remember a couple of weeks ago when we reported on a Black Desert Online graphics remaster presentation debuting in Korea? At the time, all that we had was information in and about the Korean version, but now a new English language landing page for the event has been opened up along with some new details for fans of the sandbox.

black desert online graphics remaster

The information comes via the BDO Southeast Asia page. Details are, naturally, no different than what was first reported regarding the presentation itself; the event will feature a 4K video and live orchestral performance of the game’s OST and feature a remaster keynote from the devs. The announcement also mentions that this new graphics overhaul will also optimize the game for a larger number of players in the SEA region, which should open up the MMO to more users.

What is new, however, is that the page now has a direct link for fans to also watch the presentation themselves. This event will broadcast on Saturday, August 11th at 3pm Korean time, which translates to 3am EST on early Saturday morning. So if you’re hoping to watch live, better get your coffee or energy drinks on hand.

The website also invites players to “experience the renewed Black Desert Online” on August 23rd. The announcement doesn’t specify as much, but it’s largely assumed that this date is specific to players of the SEA region.

Our Thoughts

Well, on the one hand we all can perhaps get a look at these new graphics changes assuming people don’t mind being up super early on Saturday. On the other hand, it’d be nice to know when these updates are due for Western players, but perhaps that August 23rd date gives us a (very) rough assumed window for release.

Source: press release

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AI Bots Take Down Some of Dota 2’s Best Players

If you believe in the idea of the singularity, the news of a Dota 2 bot team that handily took down some of the MOBA’s stronger players might put you into a state of worry. That’s not our intention, though, and there are some things that to bear in mind in case you’re concerned.

dota 2 bot team

The bot team in question was put through their paces during the OpenAI Five Benchmark, which put a team of specially designed Dota 2 playing AI bots against 99.95th-percentile former champs of the MOBA, including William ‘Blitz’ Lee and Ben ‘Merlini’ Wu. The purpose of the event, according to OpenAI’s blog, was to see if their bot team could be tuned to square off against competitors at The International 2018 by the end of August.

The battle went down this past Sunday, August 5th and saw the OpenAI Five win 3-2 against the human team.

As mentioned earlier, there are a couple of caveats before you start welcoming your AI overlords. The build of Dota 2 being played only had 18 of the 115 heroes in the MOBA’s roster, and the third match was lost once the OpenAI devs agreed to let the broadcast’s chat room determine the bot team’s hero picks. Further analysis from the folks at Rock Paper Shotgun and AI researcher Mike Cook seems to suggest that the bot team were unable to adapt to situations outside of those they had previously practiced.

If you’re curious to see how the OpenAI Five performed, you can check out the VOD here.

Our Thoughts

Winning over former pros is certainly nothing to slouch at when it comes to bot AI in a game like a MOBA, but we suspect that ti’s going to take a lot more practicing, coding and tweaking before this team is ready to take on pros of The International’s caliber. That said, we’ve only just started the month of August, so perhaps there is time yet to see this bot team improve.

Source: Rock, Paper, Shotgun

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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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