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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Worlds Collide in Final Fantasy XI and XIV

The indomitable worlds of Final Fantasy are today colliding as Square Enix’s two MMORPG offerings collaborate on some cross-title content. The Maiden’s Rhapsody: Memories of an Unseen Realm event tasks Final Fantasy XIV players with aiding Remumu – a reporter for the Harbour Herald hot on the heels of her latest story who needs the help of an adventurer to ensure her safety. For completing the quest, players will receive a familiar armour set, namely that of Final Fantasy XI heroine Iroha, consisting of:

  • Amatsu Hachigane
  • Amatsu Togi
  • Amatsu Tekko
  • Amatsu Haidate
  • Amatsu Sune-ate

To obtain it, players must travel to the Limsa Lominsa Upper Decks where Remumu can be found to kickstart the Journey To Remember quest – however players who have previously completed the quest will be unable to do so again. 

Superfans rejoice as the FF news doesn’t stop there; fan festivals (in the real world) will be popping up in North America, Japan and Europe in 2020 and 2021 so get working on that cosplay. Here’s what’s in store: 

Finally – the developers have invited fans to watch all seven episodes of The Creation of Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers series which details the development of the game. It includes several key developers sharing behind-the-scenes insights on how the illustrious MMORPG is created. Check it out here.

Shadowbringers is the critically-acclaimed third expansion of Final Fantasy XIV introducing new environments, jobs, and races. And it’s available to enjoy right now. New players of the titanic title can download a free trial to access content up to level 35 with no restriction on playtime – so what are you waiting for? Check out our coverage of Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV if you’d like to clue yourself up on what awaits you.

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Mutants Vs. Pirates. Enough Said?

Developers NewGen Studios have just announced the release date for their third-person MOBA-inspired Clash: Mutants Vs. Pirates. And frankly, just the title alone is enough to get our blood pumping. As the title implies, the free-to-play MMO pits magic-wielding mutants against gun-toting pirates, merging sci-fi and fantasy in a glorious explosion of MMO fanservice. The aesthetic kind of reminds us of the Mutant Year Zero characters.

Mutants Vs. Pirates offers the choice between 8 heroes – featuring your typical tanks, damage dealers and healers – and two game modes: deathmatch or the strategic Kinvader mode. Deathmatch is a race to 40 kills between two teams, which can comprise you and your friends or you and some soon-to-be friends. Kinvader encourages a more strategic approach, choosing when to attack and defend whilst timing the capture of control points in order to relocate the opposition’s Kinvader. 

If the promise of a good old-fashioned MOBA-style rumble featuring magic mutants and gunslinging pirates has tickled your fancy, then you may want to jump on one of three pre-order bundles. These packs will include a founder’s badge, load screens, exclusive avatars, emotes, titles and sprays (plus some orbs, the game’s currency). 

Here are the need-to-know details from this exciting new title: 

  • 8 champions with unique abilities
  • Mighty special attacks to turn the tides of battle 
  • Summonable minions to fight for your team and implement your strategies
  • Champion level-ups and unlockable rewards
  • Tower defenses and powerful machine guns to thwart the enemy onslaught
  • 2 game modes, Kinvader & Team Deathmatch

This title will be available from 12th June so slot the title into your wishlist via Steam or pre-order your choice of pack here.

 

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Black Desert Online is Turning Up the Volume

Sprawling sandbox MMORPG Black Desert Online, often lauded for its rich character customisation, has released a new “Compose and Play” feature in which players can adopt the role of bonafide virtuoso. In a mechanic much unlike most other titles of its genre, Korean developers Pearl Abyss have incorporated a robust music editor within the game allowing creative players to devise their own intricate musical compositions. 

The games boasts an impressive roster of 19 character classes, including bread-and-butter Warriors & Wizards as well as the more atypical Valkyries & Mystics. Black Desert Online allows players of any class to channel their inner Hans Zimmer and compose. However, only Shai – the music-playing support class akin to your typical Bard – can perform them. 

Compose and Play compositions can vary in beats-per-minute, time signatures, and number of instruments, with room for improvement after unlocking Shai’s special talent at level 56. These player-designed ditties can also be shared and played as part of an ensemble with multiple Shai characters, unveiling a whole new level of gameplay in this already extensive MMO.

If that wasn’t enough, Black Desert Online is also undergoing a login event as of this moment until 3rd June. By logging in daily, players can yield up to $100 in premium items including a wizard mini pet, a special service maid and a convenient buff called The Book of Old Moon.

If this intriguing new mechanic or login event piques your interest, MMO-playing maestros can check out the game via the Black Desert Online website or via our game page. New players can also enjoy a revamped package with items more befitting of the current the game after 4 years of evolution.

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Who says romance is dead? Not the MU Origin 2 Update Developers

MU Origin 2, the mobile spinoff of MU Online, has received an extensive update rife with brand new content including an exciting new class. The hugely popular mobile MMORPG boasts impressive graphics for its platform, playing out in real-time alongside thousands of fellow players across the world. 

MU Origin 2’s “3.1 Update” includes the addition of the title’s fifth class – the Magic Gladiator. Looking to us like a rendition of a ‘battlemage’, the Magic Gladiator is a master of both sword and spell. This versatile warrior has been afforded dual-wielding capabilities which when married with arcane abilities establishes this warrior as a hefty damage-dealer. To bag the Magic Gladiator class, players must first reach level 120, unlocking the Magic Gladiator starting at the same level. 

Furthermore, one of the game’s most unique mechanics, married couples, has received its own update. The Couple Dungeon is a new feature which brings a whole new meaning to ‘power couple’ in which married characters can conquer dungeons and bosses together in order to obtain particular rewards. 

Furthermore, those who have tied the knot can enjoy the arrival of three Couple Skills – namely Beautiful Encounter, Heavy Longing and Warm Love. These new skills are available to married couples who have reached level 200, adding an extra motivation to find that special someone and pop the question. Now who said that romance is dead?

The third part of this update marks the beginning of Abyss Season 11. The opening of the Abyss World brings the Abyss Castle Siege which aims to seek out the best guild on the server. Only the top 3 guilds will be permitted to participate, with the victorious guild obtaining special buffs and the chance to host the Abyss Feast. 

With additional Archangel Set Effects, expanded floors of Tower of Allegiance, new locations, costumes, mounts, items, guardian pets, and more – this is a particularly robust update which is begging to be explored so dive into the action over at the MU Origin 2 website!

 

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Amazon’s Innovative Team-Based Shooter Crucible Has Landed!

A little while ago we covered the upcoming Amazon Games’ team-based shooter Crucibleand we’re now excited to announce that the game has officially launched. Within the game players work with teammates to hunt their opponents and take down hostile creatures on a lush rogue planet in pursuit of Essence, a valuable resource that amplifies hunters’ powers. 

This MOBA-tinted title allows you to choose between 10 distinct hunters including Earl, an inter-stellar trucker, Summer, a dual-flame-thrower-wielding former welder, and Bugg, a robot botanist.

Having given this game a go we can attest to its quality but don’t just take our word for it – here’s a few reviews to convince you to pick this game up, if you haven’t already:

“I knew Crucible was something special the very first time I played it, and it somehow keeps getting even better,” said Twitch creator Sasslyn. “The hunters are unique, but welcomingly familiar. Whether you want to stick to one or be a jack-of-all-trades, there is a hunter that will fit your preferred style of play. Throughout Crucible’s development, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing first-hand how much the team cares about their players, and the way they take feedback and use it to make Crucible into an even more innovative and unique game.”

“One thing that separates Crucible is the diversity in its characters,” said Twitch creator Bartonologist. “There’s something there for everyone. Each character approaches the game differently and matches up against the other hunters in a unique way. Brings a whole new level of strategy and competition to this world.”

“The three game modes in Crucible represent three completely different kinds of teamwork required to come out on top,” said Twitch creator Stevo. “There’s unlimited ways you can strategize and compose your team to win, but of course, you never know what your opposition will do either!”

Get involved before 2nd June and you’ll bag yourself an early adopter gift of 1,000 Credits deposited into your in-game account. Credits can be redeemed for cosmetic in-game items like skins and emotes, as well as a Pre-Season Battle Pass, available for 950 Credits. The Pre-Season Battle Pass offers players a series of challenges and rewards, including hunter and account customization options.

Check out more info on the game via their website.

 

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Older computer? Great MMO Games for Low-End PCs

It’s 2020. The shops are full of 4K and 8K ultra-high definition TVs, and Sony even sells a 16k model now. The latest smartphones have more cores than ever, and laptops without SSD hard drives are so last decade. New video games make use of the latest technologies to provide often almost photorealistic graphics on huge maps that load in seconds.

That’s all well and good if you can afford the new technology, but what if you can’t? Don’t fret – we’re here for you. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got your nan’s hand-me-down battered old tablet, a laptop thicker than an encyclopaedia, or if you use your family computer (the one with that fan that sounds like a hairdryer). We’ve curated this list of MMO games for low-end PCs that still stand half a chance of running on that potato you call a computer.

Some of these games might be a little older and they might not have the shiniest graphics, but they are all active, and many of them are still receiving updates, patches and new content.

We can’t guarantee that these will all run perfectly well on max settings at 60fps, but if you dial down the graphic settings and try a few out, then we are confident you will find a game that takes your fancy and works with your modest set-up.

Without further ado…

RuneScape (and Old School RuneScape)

Old School RuneScape

An obvious first entry to the list: RuneScape. RuneScape is the world’s most popular free to play MMO with over 250 million players registered. This absolutely massive MMORPG will be familiar to anyone growing up in the early 2000s. I have fond memories of setting my alarm at 6am just so I could get up and smelt ore before school, on what is now known as Old School RuneScape

Here is RuneScape in a nutshell for those of you who grew up later (or for those who spent the early 2000s living under a rock). It is a fantasy-based MMORPG set in the land of quests and treasure: Gieliner. There are 27 fun skills, and the more you learn the further you will get in the exciting adventure. The world is huge, with cities, towns, shops and dungeons.

For those of you interested in taking a nostalgia trip into the Old School RuneScape servers, it might not be exactly the same as you remembered it. Game developer Jagex have harnessed the power of community: any new content updates (and there have been plenty in the last ten years) are decided by community poll.

EverQuest

Another absolute behemoth of an MMORPG. With this being a list of older games, generally only the biggest and best tend to survive!  EverQuest is a free-to-play fantasy MMORPG released around the turn of the century. It is a vast and complex game, and totally enjoyable to play solo or as a group. The graphics are reminiscent of a PS2 or Xbox game – not necessarily something you could describe as elegant beauty, but it gets the job done all the same.

Players can live out their fantasy lives in the realm of Norrath, whether that might be exploring the massive world, battling monsters, finding loot in dungeons, and making friends (or foes) in battle. Just like the previous entry on the list, if you’re planning on diving into EverQuest to reminisce those times you used to play, you might notice a few differences – you can even own your own house now. The game is frequently updated, and at the date of writing has a grand total of 26 expansions.

Guild Wars 1 & 2

Guild Wars saw immediate critical acclaim on its release in 2005, and won countless ‘Best Game’ and ‘Best RPG’ awards. 

The game has an instanced approach to gameplay. For those not familiar, instancing in MMO games refers to different zones that are loaded separately as a new copy of the original. It is often used to generate dungeons or non-shared spaces within MMOs. There are arguments in favour of using instancing to improve gameplay, but some also argue that there can be a negative impact by making the game feel unrealistic or not genuine. Regardless, there is one thing that instancing does well: helping the game to have lower computer specification requirements.

The graphics in Guild Wars can be described as basic, but still manage to capture a certain beauty. And Guild Wars 2? Slightly less basic and slightly more beautiful! The second version of the game is also much more active, with most players having moved across. 

The original Guild Wars is now in “Maintenance Mode”, meaning there won’t be any more updates. Given the reduced player numbers, you may find it few and far between even bumping into anyone! Having said that, there are still friendly guilds, and perhaps your technical hardware will limit your options to the more graphically basic Guild Wars 1.

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Having graced our presence in 2011, Star Wars: The Old Republic is still very much going strong. This free-to-play sci-fi MMORPG is set in the Star Wars universe, in space. The MMO does feature PVP action, but the game is primarily focused on the (Han) solo experience (puns aside, the game does not actually feature Han Solo). 

There are hundreds of hours of fantastic free-to-play story content, so you won’t run out of things to do any time soon. The game is a great experience for new and experienced gamers alike, although any super active players should note that after the hundreds of hours of existing content, updates are now few and far between.

At the time of release, the game was estimated to be one of the most expensive MMOs ever made. That large development spend certainly did something right though – within three days of game launch SW:TOR had over a million subscribers.

You can choose to play as one of eight different classes, each class with its own three act storyline. In addition to class, a player chooses allegiance to either the Galactic Republic or the Sith Empire. Regardless of whether you choose the typically good Republic or the evil Empire, you can still select your own morality anywhere on the light/dark spectrum.

Each player gets their very own starship, and each class gets five companions during the storyline to assist with tasks like resource gathering or crafting. The game now has seven expansions, with the latest being released after a three year gap in 2019. 

Whether you’re a Star Wars fan, or you just like the idea of piloting your very own starship through space, we highly recommend giving it a try. And if need any more of an incentive, the games have released some of the best game trailers ever made.

 

Mabinogi

A Korean… and Welsh game? Sure – why not? To be more precise, this is a Korean MMORPG developed by devCAT studio, with game locations loosely based on Welsh mythology. In fact, the name Mabinogi comes from the Mabinogion – a real-world Welsh anthology of legend written around 700 years ago.

This MMO game features a unique graphical style, using edge detection outlining and hand-painted textures to create something of real – but slightly bizarre – beauty. Released initially just in Korea in 2004, the popularity of the game led to its gradual roll-out across the world. This game also makes use of instancing to create different zones of play, reducing hardware requirements, and making Mabinogi a perfect contender for this list.

Playable races include human, elf and giant, and each will start the game in different places on Mabinogi’s three different continents. The game is very much skill-based (fishing, magic, tailoring, first aid, music, cooking etc), and this lends itself to the combat system as well.

The game isn’t all about combat though. Players can create and customise their own homesteads, giving them a space to relax or farm and fish. There is a big social aspect to the game, whether that be inviting your friends to hang out at your homestead, composing and sharing music, or just kicking back and chatting around the campfire.

The game is still plenty active, with a feeling among players that nothing similar has come along since. If you fancy a vibrant, colourful and open-ended game with a friendly active community, give Mabinogi a try.

 

And so…

These should all run and play on low-end computers. We don’t promise that they will run perfectly at all times with a cluster of 200 people having a magic spell battle at 60fps, but then that depends on where exactly your PC is on a scale of potato to toaster. Each game featured has slightly different hardware requirements, so if you find that one doesn’t work then just try another. Who even needs a graphics card anyway?

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Play it While You Can! A Fractured Playtest Is On The Way.

We have been anticipating the release of sandbox MMORPG Fractured for a while now, and it would appear that we are a step closer with the announcement of the upcoming 2020 Fractured playtest. 

Since day one we’ve been keenly following the development of this title from its crowdfunding and Q&A sessions to recent stress tests, and for good reason – there is a lot to look forward to. Perhaps the most unprecedented feature is its fully-interactive environment. However, the cosmic setting, player-crafted items, race-dependent mechanics and the omission of grinding and leveling really sets this game apart. 

Split into 2 phases, the Fractured playtest will first be available for the game’s backers on Tuesday 26th May followed by universal access on Thursday 28th May, both at 2pm. Pile in the hours in while you can though as it will close to everybody on Monday 1st June. 

Expect the changes introduced during the Alpha 2 – Test 2 in March to be augmented with the following additions: 

  • Item stack splitting (holding CTRL when releasing a stack)
  • Crafting multiple items (instead of 1 at a time)
  • Faster movement speed on paved roads
  • Protection from monster attacks and damage when knocked down.
  • Proper Death, where your corpse will retain your inventory until recovered by yourself or a fellow guild member, or looted by a member of an opposing Militia.

Militias are a surprise new mechanic to spice up the PvP experience on Syndesia, the planet of the human race. Overall, it gives players a chance to join one of four predefined NPC Militias, within which they can decide to attack (or loot) the other three. The Devs have promised to expand on this concept the closer we get to a final release, but in the meantime get the full lowdown via the announcement page here.

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‘Rage of Bel’ – A New Neverwinter Episode Arrives

Dungeons & Dragons fans rejoice as Neverwinter, the free-to-play fantasy MMORPG inspired by the tabletop classic, has unveiled a new infernal episode entitled Rage of Bel.  

Just like the game that inspired it, Neverwinter exhibits an expansive storyline rife with all the twists and turns that comprise a good D&D session. It is a fully free-to-play title, from level one to the level cap, with all playable content accessible at no cost and even the game assets available for all players to create their own adventures. 

Neverwinter Nav

Rage of Bel acts as a segue between story arcs (a.k.a. ‘modules’), occurring at the end of Infernal Descent and establishing the upcoming and as yet unannounced module. Within it, preceding actions of Neverwinter players have bred dire consequences, leading to the ominous arrival of the demonic Bel. The story via Neverwinter is as follows: 

‘The breaking of the citadel’s chains has caused the archdevil Zariel to take notice. So she has sent her second-in-command and most conniving lieutenant, Bel, to destroy Vallenhas and any who would stand in her way.

What she doesn’t know is that Bel has other plans. Should he find adventurers tough enough to best him and his legion in combat, he may be able to give them the secret to defeating her.

Join the fight for Vallenhas’ freedom once more by becoming one of Alric’s Riftwardens. Speak with Alric to cement your place in the annals of this epic fight between the forces of good and evil.’

We love a well-conceived narrative and it’s no wonder that a D&D MMO has us raring to get involved. Luckily, Rage of Bel is available to PC players as of right now (Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players have a little longer to wait) – so why not fully read up on what to expect via their announcement page and dive into the action over at the Neverwinter website.

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Garden of the Gods – the Latest Expansion for ArcheAge

ArcheAge, the free-to-play fantasy sandbox MMORPG from publishers Gamico, has been going strong since 2013 and will now be bolstered with a new expansion entitled Garden of the Gods

With immense freedom to choose your own path through questing, trading, housing and farming and much more, ArcheAge shakes up the MMO formula. It has been described by developers XL Games as a sandbox/theme-park hybrid; aka a ‘sandpark’. With over 100 classes and 4 unique races (Nuians, Elves, Firran and Harani) with fluid alliances between them, there are myriad opportunities to carve out your own unique story and shape the world around you.

The Garden of the Gods expansion introduces a mystical world of lush forests and enchanted groves rife with dangerous enemies, thrilling quests, and enticing treasures. Confront the dangers of the zone in exhilarating raids, though it is advisable to be well-armed – take on new tiers of Raid bosses to ensure you are equipped with the best loot to explore this perilous realm.

Check out the announcement trailer below to whet your appetite:

 

Garden of the Gods will be available from 11th June to players of ArcheAge and ArcheAge Unchained (the buy-to-play version of the game that does away with powerful premium content to level the playing field). Not only that, but as of right now ArcheAge players can claim an adorable Brown Shiba Inu pet from the game store for free to celebrate this release.

More information on this expansion and all of its contents will be released over the coming days through the ArcheAge community – so check out the website to keep in the loop and give this title a spin.

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