Revelation Online Announces Skyward World Expansion

The 3rd anniversary is coming to MMORPG Revelation Online and with it comes the largest content update yet. Later this month, Skyward World will launch as a free expansion!

Revelation Online Skyward World

 

Upcoming features:

  • 10 Player Raid – The City of the Demon Gods: Claim your right to raise hell in this all new instance-based dungeon. Up to 10 players can battle eldritch terrors and fiery demons, including the City’s five most hellish lieutenants as bosses.
  • New abilities for all seven classes: Need some more power to take on the new adventures in time and space?  Players will be able to unleash extraordinary new abilities for the Gunslinger, Blademaster, Swordmage, Vanguard, Spiritshaper, Occultist, and Assassin classes!
  • Recruit three more Battle Companions: Team up! Characters can team up with a trio of new Battle Companions for their journeys in Voras: Sky, Aniya, and Yue Zhang!
  • Cross-Server Weddings: Let there be Love! With the introduction of cross-server weddings, players can get married in the spectacular Crystalline Palace, invite guests from any server, try on a beautiful new gown, and tie the knot in style with a dreamy carriage mount.
  • New Progression System: Book of Enchantments: With the new Book of Enchantments progression system, players can collect enchantments to power up their character and unlock its true potential.
  • Achievement System Updated: The achievement system has been revamped with an improved UI and navigation, and a new tab showing claimed and unclaimed rewards. As players earn achievements through their adventures, they’ll unlock 13 milestone rewards based on score, with a special mount that unlocks after accumulating 30,000 achievement points.
  • Imperial War: Battle for Voras: The cross-server PvP Madness of Imperial Wars is coming to Voras. Defend or attack during the scheduled skirmishes in this weekly event, where up to 300 players on both sides can clash in an attempt to outwit and outlast the enemy team! Fight for control of four islands, including the Wild Realm, the Guardian Realm, the Noble Realm, and the Realm of Voras. Weekly events and special server titles will be available throughout the Imperial War.
  • Revamped user Interface & New Tutorial: The Tutorial has been expanded, now featuring characters destined to play a vital role in the new adventures. Additionally, many quality of life improvements have been implemented alongside a revamped UI across the board.
  • Starting today: Promotions celebrating the 3rd Anniversary: From today, until March 11th, Players can head on over to the MY.GAMES Market to claim daily rewards! We will be introducing a new item one day at a time.

Source: Press Release

The post Revelation Online Announces Skyward World Expansion appeared first on MMOGames.com.

WoW Wednesday: The Success of Shadowlands

World of Warcraft is now at an infallible turning point in its history. Shadowlands is very much on the horizon, with the release of the first few encrypted alpha builds over the last week. Excitement post Blizzcon 2019 is incredibly high, and people are eager to get into a new expansion’s worth of content. With the somewhat tepid response to Patch 8.3, “Visions of N’zoth,” we are now quickly finding ourselves at a critical junction. One that could very much mean the future for the world of Azeroth.

The last few years of Warcraft have been, particularly, very negative in the eyes of the playerbase. After the rampant and widespread success of Legion, there were understandably a number of focused and specific complaints on systems in the expansion’s life cycle. The major one, understandably, was player agency and choice; most major systems of Legion, including the artifact weapons, were incredibly linear. While some players such as myself enjoyed the idea of a ‘paint-by-numbers’ system that was easily completed, others understandably felt it incredibly restrictive.  This was exacerbated by issues with nerfs breaking entire class specializations, on top of the controversial Paragon system.

Battle for Azeroth, to its credit, attempted to correct these very specific complaints by rebuilding these previous systems from the ground-up. The Artifact Weapon system became the Azerite Armour system. Your unique spec-related artifact became the ‘Heart of Azeroth.’ Paragon caches removed rare-drops in order to cut out the feeling of elite gear being locked behind endless grinds. Legendaries, which had littered Legion and turned gearing into a largely disappointing RNG fest, were pruned in totality. Class Halls, which largely succeeded where the Warlords of Draenor Garrison system failed, were pruned and replaced with a ‘War Table.’

Understandably, none of this worked out well in Blizzard’s favor.


Each of the above is, to some extent, a large-scale endgame progression system. While most players could level up their artifact and hit their first gold trait by level-cap in Legion, the Heart of Azeroth could still not unlock all of the traits on your gear by the time you were raid-ready. The Azerite Traits, often locked to specific pieces of loot which were difficult to see drop, were ostensibly tied to your class’ power. Like Arms Warrior in Legion, Fire Mages found a similar fate when their Combustion trait was discovered to be overpowered in niche scenarios. As such it was nerfed into the ground, effectively breaking the entire spec due to how heavily class-design revolved around these RNG-activated traits.

As such, gearing became ineffably boring. Whereas getting a Legendary was often a mixed bag, with the most optimal and ideal being lost in a sea of otherwise useless editions, it was still a LARGE power increase and something interesting. Even after their ‘finished’ progression, Artifact Weapons still had a slew of unlockables and cosmetics to achieve, something which the Heart of Azeroth has never matched. Class Halls and their storylines, for all the time-gating that occurred, offered cosmetics and rewards aplenty for the intrepid player.

All of this depth was wiped away in Battle for Azeroth. So much so that the Heart of Azeroth and Azerite Gear system were reworked in almost sheer totality for Patch 8.2, “The Rise of Azshara.” There was so much lack that, despite a stellar opening gambit in the questing storylines and systems, Battle for Azeroth was rate lower than many previous expansions before it. Even in our own reviews here on MMOGames.com, we rated both the expansion and World of Warcraft as a whole lower than any previous. Repeatable game systems such as Warfronts and Island Expeditions plagued the expansion, adding much breadth but very little depth.

Now we come to Shadowlands, the vital hope in the darkness. This was one of the many new games announced at Blizzcon 2019, where the entire convention served more as a desperate attempt to save stock prices than little else. Now is has the entire weight of a multi-year MMORPG sitting on its very small shoulders. Oddly enough, we saw this not too long ago prior to Legion’s monumental release.

Warlords of Draenor is infamous among the playerbase. Being only half as long, content wise, as any other expansion or launch in World of Warcraft’s long history it was largely considered a commercial disaster. Despite several development issues throughout its life-cycle, it also had major raids cut in the Siege upon Shattrath, a major point for that part of Azeroth’s universe. A final Patch 7.2, “the Fury of Hellfire,” was released prior to the team’s reorganization to focus on completing and releasing Legion.

Now, realistically, we sit on a similar abyss once again. Battle for Azeroth has been in many parts a massive failure across the board for World of Warcraft, reducing it in large part to a game of endless repeating treadmill systems. This is an MMORPG of now very little substance if you’re unlucky, and controversial systems if you are not.

So where do we hope to go from here?

Shadowlands is, frankly speaking, going to need to be an expansion of substance. While there are some infinitely grindable elements in Torghast, and a necessary part of an MMO in some sense, the entire game cannot be built on such systems. There cannot be a few systems that stretch far into the horizon for progression, instead there needs to be a greater focus on many smaller things that contribute to player power.

Agency is the keyword that many personalities and writers have tossed about when discussing Shadowlands. Player agency and choice, the ability for players to have control over their gameplay destiny, is going to be fundamentally important. The Covenant Halls, the foundational bases for our adventures throughout the realms of the dead, seem to roll all of the best parts from Legion and the concepts of Warlords together into that balance of depth and breadth. While, as we have seen with the Azerite Gear system, it is intrinsically dangerous to put all of one’s game-design eggs in a singular basket, this may be the expansion’s best, and perhaps only hope. We have, truthfully, seen very little of substance when it comes to the land of the dead.

And that hardly inspires a hope for the future.

The post WoW Wednesday: The Success of Shadowlands appeared first on MMOGames.com.

ArcheAge Adds Solo Dungeon and Swiftblade Ancestral Skills

Starting today, ArcheAge and ArcheAge: Unchained players will be able to access the first solo dungeon in the MMORPG, Hereafter Rebellion, and new Ancestral skills for the Swiftblade class.

archeage solo dungeon swiftblade

In the solo dungeon Hereafter Rebellion, players will command their own armies to stop the threat of the Crimson Army and rescue the souls for Hereafter Prestige and generous rewards. If you would rather take on a group threat, the deadly sea beast Charybdis has escaped from its cage and is now roaming the seas of Erenor. Players will need to band together to defeat this watery threat in a naval raid battle.

Additionally, the Switfblade has received its Ancestral skills, which further increase its damage, and Gamigo is celebrating its first annual Lucius Motion Picture Awards with the ArcheAge community. Submit your short video and enter the contest for a change to win a laptop or other prizes from GIGABYTE.

Source: Press Release

The post ArcheAge Adds Solo Dungeon and Swiftblade Ancestral Skills appeared first on MMOGames.com.

Pokémon and Temtem: Are They The Same Thing?

Pokémon has become a timeless franchise over the past two decades, between video games, card games, anime, media, and toys. It’s transcended and become nearly god-tier, being the highest-grossing media franchise in the world. With such street cred, it’s no wonder that some game developers want to mimic that success. They want to bring a nostalgic vibe to their games over the years. While no one really has the potential to reach Pokémon’s level of success, none have made a better attempt than Temtem. Temtem is a recently-released MMORPG that developer Crema hopes hits all the right chords of fans of the Pokémon franchise. 

This is not a review. This game is an indie game in Early Access and ripping into the seams of it this early would be unfair and unjust for such a cool and unique title. This is, instead, a comparison. They’ve really made their name with an elevator pitch saying “It’s a Pokémon MMO”. So, let’s treat it as such. Let’s put Temtem as it currently is (and what it has the potential to be) against the biggest, most well-known franchise in the world. Let’s sit down and critique it as a real compare and contrast. Don’t worry; they do some things really right, even with the game being brand new on Early Access.

Blatant Pokémon Inspirations

I can honestly say that Temtem, for everything it claims to be, really does give a look and feel of classic Pokémon titles. We’re not talking about the modern games that give a little more hand-holding, the-entire-game-is-a-tutorial feel. We’re talking about the first few generations of Pokémon here. You know the ones I mean, with those meaty challenges. The hard-as-nails, ruthless battles from twenty years ago still ring in my head. They don’t hide their inspirations in Pokémon and, in fact, lean into them so hard that (if it were real life) I’d call it a shoulder check.

Ok, let’s put it plain and simple. The game honestly starts out with the player in their bedroom, talking to their mother, then having to meet up at the local Professor’s lab. There, they see their rival (who is totally a jerk) and get their first creature to start their journey.  If you’ve played any classic Pokémon game, this sounds really familiar. Although the premise of the tutorial is a copy and paste scenario, some incredibly important details do change. 

you chose the temtem houchic in the professor's lab

For instance, fans of the Pokémon games are generally treated to the early rock-paper-scissors of Fire, Water, and Grass. While Fire, Water, and Nature (a combination of Grass and Bug) do exist in the game, the starters offer three different choices instead: Melee (their version of Fighting), Mental (their version of Psychic), and Crystal (a new one that seems to be a little bit of Steel, Ice, and Dark combined into one).

Hit The Pokémon Nail on the Head

Instead of your “friend”-slash-rival, Max, taking another Temtem (you know, like that jerk Blue), you’re told he already had obtained one, which happens to be the rare “Digital” type, Oree. Oree has no direct analog to Pokémon but is clearly a nod to the 90s Pokémon rival series, Digimon. You battle him and really just don’t have a lot of chance at winning this fight. It doesn’t matter because the Professor gives you a second Tem, Tuwai, either way afterward.

They did learn from the modern games a tad bit and implement them in some minor details. For instance, a Temporium can be found in each town (with half centers in less populated areas). Temporiums are basically derived from modern Pokémon Centers. You can heal your Tem team, utilize the storage boxes, and buy supplies. Old Pokémon games kept the Pokémon Center and Pokémart separate. I’m glad they opted to combine them here for convenience.

One thing that Temtem does nearly identical to Pokémon is their Dojos, which work exactly like Gyms. It starts with a puzzle and Dojo tamers (the Temtem word used for “trainers”). This ends in a fight with the Dojo master (you know, the Gym leader). It’s pretty cut and dry, just like Gyms. The difference is that Pokémon Gyms all follow a theme, often basing their gym and puzzles on the specific type, such as Water or Grass. Temtem doesn’t have any notable Dojo themes that are immediately obvious (and if they are, they’re easy to miss). 

The Temtems (or Tems For Short)

The great thing about Pokémon is the feeling that an entire team of designers sat down and really hashed out unique and iconic creatures. Looking at most Pokémon, players can easily memorize them and they notoriously stick out. This is where the modern formula for Pokémon and Temtem diverge a bit, as Crem is a much smaller indie developer.

tempedia showing houchic

Temtem has a similar mentality to old school Pokémon, which at times was just a real animal with a color splash and a new name (I’m looking at you, Rattata and Pidgey). Most Temtem don’t feel like they could hold the same iconic candle as, let’s say, Pikachu, Eevee, or even recent additions like Sobble. But, with later Pokémon like Toucannon (literally just an angry toucan) and Ducklett (a blue cartoon duck), many of the Temtem could fit right into the picture without anyone really batting an eye. 

Some of the Tems were created by well known Fakemon artists, such as 50 Shades of Heliolisk’s adorable Platypet and its evolutionary line. Some were not, which shows the immaturity of the game yet, with plenty of room to grow. To be perfectly fair, Pokémon has had 20 years to come up with nearly 1000 creatures and Temtem is still working itself out of Kickstarter and Early Access.

Right For Your Right To Battle

As mentioned earlier, this game wears its classic Pokémon feel on its sleeve. But, it totally changes the game and how tactics work within actual Temtem battles. The battles are still turn-based like Pokémon but focus on Stamina instead of how many times a move can be used. For instance, in Pokémon, a specific move could have 5 or 35 times it can be used without filling back up (in a Pokémon Center or via specific items). 

However, in Temtem, Stamina is based entirely on an individual fight. Each technique (their term for “attack”) has a number next to it, which uses up a Tem’s personal stamina. As they level up, they get more stamina. But, it’s a slow progression (especially early on). When it depletes, your Tems can’t attack until they rest up or use special items to gain Stamina back. In fact, if you go over your allotted Stamina, it overexerts itself, damaging the Temtem and forcing it to rest the next turn. This makes tactical decisions heavier, especially when hard-hitting moves can demolish a Temtem’s stamina in a single blow. Stamina refills after each battle, though. So, use that to your advantage!

Pokémon-like, But Still Different Enough

Type advantages, weaknesses, and resistances do make a return in this game from its inspiration. One thing that Temtem does super well here is being upfront about the advantages and disadvantages both in and out of battle.

 

walking around in temtem

Early on in the game, they offer some pretty good resources in the Accademia (a school you attend to learn about being a Tem Tamer). This is to help new players understand they’re not in the Pokémon world anymore and to learn all of the new weaknesses and strengths. In battles, the UI informs you that something will be effective, super effective, or less effective with colors. Once a move has been done, you may even see a little 2x, 4x, 1/2x, or 1/4x above the defending Tem.

Battles are done as two vs two (2v2) most of the time, similar to the Double Battles within Pokémon. This allows strategy in the normal game. But, it really amps up the strategy when it comes to co-op. I’ll talk more on co-op later when I talk about the multiplayer aspects of the game.

One thing that didn’t carry over from modern Pokémon games is the minor quality of life conveniences like pressing a single-button to throw a Pokéball/ TemCard in battle. You have to go hunting for the particular item in your inventory. It brings back the slow slog memories of old Pokémon games, breaking the pacing of battles.

Stats Play a Big Part

Temtem has nearly duplicated the stat system that Pokémon has popularized, with Speed, Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, as well as HP. In addition, Temtem added Stamina too (as mentioned earlier), which is affected by leveling up and other means.

Instead of the EV and IV stat systems of Pokémon, they’re instead called Single Value (SV) for base stats and Training Value (TV) for trainable stats, which go from 1 to 50 and 1 to 500, respectively. Training can bring TV up to 1000 each. This is treated, for better or worse, exactly like Pokémon.

Pokémon Breeders Will Be Happy

Breeding in Pokémon is an international pastime. Players will spend dozens to hundreds of hours perfecting their competitive teams with perfect stats, specific abilities, egg moves, shiny options, and more. Temtem takes that another step in their breeding process. 

Five things can be inherited here: Fertility, Techniques, Single Values, Traits, and Luma. Luma is just Temtem’s version of “Shiny”, which is an incredibly rare chance that you’ll get a special color version of a particular Tem. In fact, it’s a much lower chance than Pokémon’s Shinies. So, good luck with the Luma hunt!

talking to professor kostantinos

Instead of dealing with egg groups where a Wailord and a Skitty can breed with each other, the compatibility boils down to typing, opposite sex, and fertility. Yea, I said fertility. The fertility of a particular Temtem can be found in the Tempedia with a little flower icon and will be affected by the number of times the Tem has been bred, resulting in the offspring to inherit the lowest fertility of the parents. A Fertility Essence can be used to raise the stat, but it’s an extra step in the usual process. Type plays a part with compatibility, meaning Tamers need to make sure they share at least one Type, as well as be opposite genders. The eggs can learn Egg Techniques from their parents just like Pokémon, but items can be used to ensure stats are inherited as well.

Don’t Forget About Items!

Pokémon fans will be familiar with the basis of many of the items available in Temtem, with some slight tweaks. Balms work just like Potions, except they heal 25 HP instead of 20. Scent works just like the classic Repel. Instead of using an Escape Rope in Pokémon, one may throw a Smoke Bomb down to get out of a building or cave. Since Tems are not kept in spherical Pokéballs, they’re instead kept in flat electronic cards, aptly named TemCards. Those are kept a nice stack, known as a TemDeck, which can only consist of 6 cards. This all might feel pretty familiar to most fans of Pokémon, if not with some light inspiration from the Digimon and Yu-Gi-Oh! Franchises as well.

In addition to riffs on the classics, many items will help with Stamina (such as Ether), with many helping heal both HP and Stamina at the same time. However, one major item that Pokémon doesn’t have is called the Temessence Vial. This vial is a one-time use item that heals an entire party. It’s refilled each time you heal up at a Temporium, but it’s an out-of-battle last-ditch effort if you’re stuck in the middle of some ruins or in the middle of a field hanging on for dear life.

Multiplayer and MMORPG

Where the most recent Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield have added roving trainers and team-ups in the form of Max Raid Battles, this game takes a more MMORPG approach to other people in the world. Multiplayer, as players will find out quickly, is pretty MMO standard. It includes (or at least will include in future updates) all of the things one comes to expect from an MMORPG. While playing, you’re likely to see tons of other Tamers traversing the land. When you look up a Tamer and hit “Inspect”, however, a really nice menu pops up with a ton of options.

The first thing you’re likely to notice is the battle options, which include both a “Competitive” and “Casual” option, which is great for those looking to battle with friends or randos alike. Since this is a Poké-like game, trading is also available between Tems. You can also add them as a friend. These all feel more natural than the boring menus and long alphanumeric codes that Pokémon fans are used to. 

When you go into inspect the player, you can learn everything there is to know about them, down to the outfit and hair they have, stats and wins, when they were last online, and (a function not yet available in the game) their club. Since this is an MMO, it’s only normal to include a guild or clan option. So, clubs will be a feature in the game.

Be Sociable!

Since this is an MMO, there’s a chat box in the bottom corner of the screen with different options. But, when inspecting a Tamer, you can Whisper directly to them. This is a great way to set up battles, trades, or anything else. 

Temtem defeating sophia and becoming full tamer

Unlike Pokémon, Co-op play is an actual option in Temtem. You can team up with a friend in the game, working together on quests and battles in real-time. Since the game utilizes double battles at all times in either case, double battles consist of the first three Tems in each of your teams, even though you can still carry six total on you. Strategy is key, so don’t be afraid to utilize your communication channels. 

Accomplish This

One thing that really feels lacking this early on in Temtem is the feeling of accomplishment. Sure, you can breed and create a perfect killer team, but there’s no real Battle Tower to take them too, or tournament areas, or anything like that. If you want to battle, it’s generally just against random players. Sure, this kind of content may be added in later updates. But, it just doesn’t scratch the competitive itch that Pokémon has perfected.

In the newest Pokémon games, Sword and Shield, players could go into the Wild Area early on and easily waste 10 hours or more doing Max Raid Battles and exploring before making it to their first gym. But, you still feel accomplished by the time you get that far. You don’t feel like you just used that amount of time for nothing. The story keeps you going and pushing to concepts and keeps the flow the entire time. In Temtem, the pacing isn’t nearly as cut and dry. You could go 10 hours before your first Dojo, but you could still be sitting at relatively low-level Tems that might not stand a chance against an onslaught of Dojo tamers and not enough money to get a ton of Balms.

There’s no feeling that you’re actually getting where you need to be. It, unfortunately, takes this feeling from much older Pokémon games that focused pretty hard on the grind. Do you need to level up a Pokémon? Well, go grab a drink. You’re going to be in the patch of grass for a while. This could change later on in balancing and quality of life adjustments, but it’s super noticeable right now.

Final Verdict

So, now that we’ve laid out all of the information, we have to ask the harder questions. Is Temtem really like Pokémon and is it the “Pokémon Killer”? 

These are easy questions to answer. Temtem has definitely got all the proper notes to make Pokémon fans happy and keep them playing over time. The game is still in Early Access. So, it’s hard to determine exactly how much more they plan to do with the game. They plan to add things into the game that are clearly marked as coming soon or “Work in Progress”. But, solving the quality of life issues and getting their various bugs taken care of immediately come to mind.

We live in a world where everything out there is compared to something. This is why we have roguelikes (games that are compared to the old game, Rogue), Souls-likes (compared to Dark Souls), and so on. I don’t believe Temtem is a “Pokémon Killer”. However, I’d like to propose we consider it a true Poké-like. It has enough similarities that it’s clearly meant to mimic Pokémon. But, it’s got enough differences that it’s not just a straight-up Pokémon clone. I’d recommend anyone that likes the concept and values of Pokémon to give it a solid try. 

Additionally, they recently released a great road map of their future plans starting Spring 2020 and going all the way into Summer 2012, which they intend to add a ton of features, fixes, and quality of life additions. Adding things like a Nuzlocke mode, Achievements, Housing, and much more is going to really flesh out the game. They are showing that Spring 2021 will be the “1.0 Launch” which will pull it out of Early Access as well. It may not be “there” just yet, but it’s going to head that way.

Ready to give it a go? Learn all about the Type Advantages and Weaknesses in Temtem. If classic Pokémon is more your speed, maybe you’d agree with my thoughts on the Pokémon Masters mobile game here.

The post Pokémon and Temtem: Are They The Same Thing? appeared first on MMOGames.com.

Shadow Arena Closed Beta Arrives Today

The Battle Royale, MOBA spinoff of Black Desert Online, developed by Pearl Abyss, is now live! Choose your favorite heroes from the MMORPG and enter the Shadow Arena!

shadow arena closed beta

In Shadow Arena, 40 players compete against one another in a battle to be the last one standing on the battlefield. Players can choose to fight as one of nine characters, each with their own unique fighting style. To climb to the top of the pack, players must defeat monsters and collect loot to upgrade their gear. However, securing victory comes down to a player’s superior skill execution and strategy. Shadow Arena combines MOBA, battle royale, and MMO genres to create a new type of PvP action.

Currently, the game has 2 modes: Solo and Team. Each of these features skill-based matchmaking that provides stronger opponents based on performance.

Looking to get a key? Grab one from our Giveaway!

Source: Press Release

The post Shadow Arena Closed Beta Arrives Today appeared first on MMOGames.com.

Temtem 2020 Roadmap Revealed

After having released in Early Access this January, the Temtem 2020 roadmap has now been revealed by publisher Humble Bundle and developer Crema.

Temtem 2020 roadmap

Temtem is an Early Access MMO that focuses on collecting and battling all kinds of creatures. Initially inspired by Pokemon, Temtem has truly become its own beast. While this roadmap includes development that leads up to the 1.0 official launch, the team has stressed that it will support Temtem well after that.

Here is a brief overview of the upcoming content and when to expect it:

Spring 2020

  • Ranked Matchmaking V1
  • Spectator Mode V1
  • In-Game Chat
  • Chat Bubbles
  • Club Management

Summer 2020

  • New Island: Kisiwa
  • ~25 New Temtem
  • Player Housing
  • Climbing Gear
  • Emotes V2

Fall 2020

  • New Island: Cipanku
  • ~25 New Islands
  • 1st Mythical Temtem
  • In-Game Tournaments
  • Quest Diary
  • Achievements

It should also be stressed that none of this is 100% confirmed to be implemented and development cycles always change. For more detailed information, be sure to check out Crema’s blog!

Source: Official Blog

The post Temtem 2020 Roadmap Revealed appeared first on MMOGames.com.

Mobile Developer Netmarble Experiences Profit Decline in 2019

Netmarble Corp. recently published its fourth quarter earnings for fiscal year 2019 and the results are somewhat unexpected. Netmarble’s quarter four year-over-year revenue growth for 2019 increased by 13.3% but it still experienced a decline of 11% from the previous quarter and a overall net profit decrease of 26.1% for all of 2019.

The King of Fighters Allstar Review High Kick

 

Normally, when we think of the mobile game industry, the first thing that comes to mind is the explosive growth in recent years, but that appears to be slowing. Netmarble is one of the most prominent developers and publishers of mobile games in the world and has some incredibly high-profile titles like Lineage 2: Revolution, Marvel Future Fight, BTS World, and The King of Fighters Allstar. The company was clearly busy last year with a number of new releases, but clearly expenses outweighed revenue as sales only increased by 7.6% while operating profit decreased by 16.5% and net profit decreased by 26.1%.

The following statement was made by Netmarble Co-CEO Seungwon Lee:

“The launches of our AAA mobile titles such as THE KING OF FIGHTERS ALLSTAR, BTS WORLD, and the continued success of our ongoing titles like Lineage 2: Revolution and MARVEL Contest of Champions, demonstrate our ability to deliver globally acclaimed games year after year. Following Magic: ManaStrike’s worldwide January launch, The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross’ global release in March, and upcoming launches of Blade & Soul Revolution in Asia in Q2 and the global launch of MARVEL Realm of Champions in the first half of 2020, we continue to produce innovative, exciting new titles while supporting our diverse portfolio of world-class, mobile gaming experiences in 2020.”

 

Source: Press Release

The post Mobile Developer Netmarble Experiences Profit Decline in 2019 appeared first on MMOGames.com.

WoW Wednesday: Classifying Corruption

Corruption is an odd name of the game when it comes to World of Warcraft’s new patch, “Visions of N’zoth.” With any form of player character progression, a system that directly influences player gearing and customization has positives and negatives. However, when it weighs heavily on how your avatar functions on a fundamental, it is inevitable to find flaws in it. This week we will discuss Corruption, it’s place in player power, and if the system functions on a pure level.

The first question to address is, ‘What is Corruption?’ Replacing the Warforging and Titanforging systems, Corruption is the new ‘power increase’ mechanic designed to make player-gear more enticing. Functioning similarly to the previous systems, Corruption has a low chance to proc on any gear obtained through drops, such as Raiding or in some rare cases PvP. However, taking elements of the failed Benthic System from Nazjatar Corruption instead carries with it varied powers.

Coming in three different tiers of corruption (From +10 to +40). Each tier has certain effects tailored to it, with the lowest resigned mostly to stat bonuses. The highest, however, have incredibly powerful effects ranging from massive area-of-effect attacks to gushing bleeds. Some weapons, such as Sk’shuul Vaz, feature effects which draw on player’s already impressive stats to magnify their power and throughput.

This Corruption grows over time with the more corrupted item pieces you equip. Starting at zero and potentially scaling infinitely, every twenty levels imparts another greater impediment. Starting at just one corruption, your character will occasionally be halted by grasping tentacles, with later additions creating stunning mirror images. When your corruption maxes out you will not only gain increased power output, but you will rapidly take a deadly amount of damage. Corruption creates a risk-reward system based on what you’re willing to undertake with your current gear choices, while offering mitigation via the new legendary cloak and Heart of Azeroth Essences.

Initially there was quite a bit of trepidation with this system. Benthic gear was notoriously broken throughout Azshara’s Eternal Palace and Nazjatar for its special abilities. Such gear could easily be acquired and powered up while imparting benefits that outclassed even Mythic content loot. Where Ion Hozzikostas, World of Warcraft’s current lead developer, stated that item level should be the indicator on what is superior gear, the mathematics of stat multiplications and resistance increases against certain attacks made Benthic Gear a greater asset than any could dream of. Such is the issue, to an extent, with Corruption.

From its early days of implementation, the system has seen radical and controversial changes. The Public Test Realms saw massive widespread changes in terms of Corruption and number crunching up until launch. Even now, at the time of writing, traits like Infinite Stars dominate the current Corruption Meta. Classes that often underperform, such as Arms Warriors, who lack steady AoE and cleaving in Raid Teams are now preferred for most compositions, as Infinite Stars can proc on high-multi strike abilities such as Bladestorm and during Sweeping Strikes (both of which strike multiple targets rapidly) when coupled with DoTs and bleeds.

This was pushed to its apex of an issue when Corruption received nearly a dozen changes across the various tiers and abilities during the previous reset. This reset, in the middle of the Mythic Ny’alotha race between the world’s top Raiding Guilds, disrupted entire team makeups and individual character decisions. Let me paint for you such an example:

Intending to push your gearing curve you and your friends run Mythic +15 dungeons all week. Like Titanforging, Corrupted Gear only has a pittance of a chance to drop. It is incredibly unlikely, unless you are running multiple dungeons in short bursts and clearing well above the time limit, that you will see many pieces drop. Instead you’ll need to rely on your weekly Mythic+ Cache to deliver the guaranteed loot drop. If you’re lucky enough to receive an item type that CAN have Corruption, you need to hope that it is of the optimal tier within a certain range of Corruption.


Now, suddenly, the next week all of your hard-earned best-in-slot pieces are useless due to heavy nerfs. That is what happened during the Mythic Ny’alotha race, and to many players worldwide.

That is, if you are fortunate enough to avoid a crippling bug that occurred during the patch’s early weeks. Several players (including myself) were ‘locked’ into their loot types from week to week since launch across multiple sources. Some players could only get Trinkets from their Mythic+ Cache (which cannot become corrupted), while others could only get boots from Horrific Visions or pants from other sources. Meaning that, if you were unfortunate enough, you could essentially spin your wheels gearing for weeks and never see a piece of corrupted gear.

While I reached out to Blizzard to deal with my version of this bug, and there are many forums detailing similar instances, this is not a ‘known issue’ at this time. Despite internal team-members suffering from the exact same issue, this currently is not on Blizzard’s radar.

On paper, Corruption is a VERY good system. It rewards creative choices and maximizing what you can do with what you acquire. A greater issue comes, however, at the sheer exclusivity of Corrupted gear. If you have average luck, or especially a streak of good luck, you can quickly find yourself soaring past all barriers to your class’ ability to perform. However, if you are particularly unlucky, you’ll find yourself falling behind in short pacing.

Does this mean Corruption is necessarily a bad system? Certainly not. Most issues here could be addressed with simply making Corruption standard across ALL items, including the option to purge gear. Corruption does, in many aspects mathematically, fundamentally break your class role which is something that has been demanded by the player base since the ability pruning of Warlords of Draenor. That possibility of pushing a class beyond its apex role through gear customization opens a realm of possibilities about how even Tanks, who have an impressive amount of utility already, can change how they fundamentally process encounters.

In terms of fundamental mathematics, Corruption requires some time to gestate. This was a system that, frankly, required another month or two of testing. But given that it becomes more accessible and manageable, perhaps with higher tiers locked behind more difficult content, I want to see it return. N’zoth’s influence across Azeroth, and particularly our equipment, makes not just for interesting storytelling but a fun new way to approach class-balance and utilization. This risk-reward system where numbers aren’t always clear but are instead focused on fun experimentation makes for a more interesting product overall.

The post WoW Wednesday: Classifying Corruption appeared first on MMOGames.com.

Final Fantasy XIV Patch 5.2 Adds Ruby Weapon Trial

The latest update to Final Fantasy XIV patch 5.2, Echoes of a Fallen Star, is now available and brings with it a new dungeon, raid, trial, and main scenario quests.

Final Fantasy XIV Patch 5.2 Ruby Weapon

This week’s update to Final Fantasy XIV is bursting with content. First, there’s the main scenario quest update: Echoes of a Fallen Star, which continues the narrative of the Warrior of Darkness and Scions of the Seventh Dawn as they await for the Crystal Exarch to return them home.

Next up is the Eden’s Verse raid, which is the second chapter in the Eden raid series and includes both Normal and Savage difficulties. There’s also a new dungeon, Anamnesis Anyder that can be played through with other adventurers or NPCs using the Trust system. Finally, the Cinder Drift is a new trial that brings one of the most iconic boss fights to Final Fantasy XIV: Ruby Weapon. Ruby is the latest weapon for the Garlean military and can be challenged on Normal and Extreme difficulties.

If that wasn’t enough, there will also be new Beast Tribe quests, ocean fishing, and new Resistance Weapons that will see updates from patch 5.2 onward.

 

Source: Press Release

The post Final Fantasy XIV Patch 5.2 Adds Ruby Weapon Trial appeared first on MMOGames.com.

Star Trek Online Legacy Federation Fleet Admiral Giveaway (PC NA Only)

Star Trek Online is a free-to-play sci-fi MMORPG set in the famous Star Trek universe created by Gene Roddenberry. In this massively multiplayer online game from Cryptic Studios, players can pioneer their own destiny as Captain of a Federation starship. Or they can become a Klingon Warlord and expand the Empire to the far reaches of the galaxy. Players can even work to rebuild the Romulan legacy as a member of the Romulan Republic. Embark on adventures throughout the Star Trek universe, and go where no one has gone before.

Star Trek Online: Legacy is now live on PC and launches on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One March 3.The game’s newest update pays loving tribute to all the different Star Trek series featured in the game over the last decade. Captains will face off against iconic enemies from some of the game’s most popular content updates, while teaming up with some of Starfleet’s finest, who represent the epitome of good. This includes former Borg drone and U.S.S. Voyager crew member, Seven (voiced by Jeri Ryan), from the brand new Star Trek: Picard series and Starfleet’s brilliant commander, Michael Burnham (voiced by Sonequa Martin-Green), from the popular Star Trek: Discovery series. Star Trek Online: Legacy also introduces a brand new space TFO and special anniversary events that allow players to earn the all new Khitomer Alliance Battlecruiser.

star trek online legacy giveaway

What You Get From The Star Trek Online Legacy Federation Fleet Admiral Giveaway

  • NOTE: The keys from this giveaway are valid only for the PC version of Star Trek Online. They will NOT work for console versions!
  • Limited Edition STO Anniversary Badge
  • T6 Valiant (Escort Vessel)
  • T6 Andromeda (Cruiser Vessel)
  • T6 Pathfinder (Science Vessel)
  • 2 Ship Slots
  • 1 Caitian Bridge Officer
  • Racing Uniform
  • 1 Exocomp Pet
  • Title: Voyager
  • Title: Seeker
  • Title: Pathfinder

This bundle is comprised of 3 different styles of Starships as listed above along with faction related items to begin your adventure as a future Federation Fleet Admiral! *Available for Federation Captains only.

Note: Winners will need to provide their Full Name, Mailing Address, Email Address, and Phone Number to receive the Limited Edition STO Anniversary Badge from Perfect World Entertainment. This giveaway is limited to North American PC users.

 

Star Trek Online Legacy Federation Fleet Admiral Giveaway (PC NA Only)

The post Star Trek Online Legacy Federation Fleet Admiral Giveaway (PC NA Only) appeared first on MMOGames.com.