Welcome to the Dead Zone – The Latest Game Mode For Space MMORTS Starborne

Starborne is a novel space MMORTS in which individual games for galactic supremacy take place over a set time period, namely 10 weeks. This 4X grand-strategy take on the sci-fi genre was designed by ex EVE Online developers and is not without its similarities. Players can forge their own destinies as industrial moguls or cosmic fleet captains on the frontline, with their choices and skills carving the road to victory or defeat for their chosen alliance.

The game has been playable as an open beta since April, and recently developers Solid Clouds have been hard at work crafting a brand new game mode dubbed Dead Zone. This mode condenses gameplay to a 4-hour bout – just 3% of the time that a regular Starborne game takes – and last weekend was previewed in the form of a tournament with the victors being given the opportunity to contribute to the Starborne lore.

The preview showed off the following features and innovations: 

  •       4 hour game rounds
  •       Four new playable factions; Nightcorps, Les Apaches, Surpasum and Gatos Fritos
  •       Claiming special hexes now gives unique empire-wide bonuses
  •       New much smaller map featuring 25-player starting locations 
  •       New cards and overhauled card pool 
  •       New Nebula
  •       New Station Planner with new buildings and organizations
  •       Sprawling Radiation pools now appear on the map and must be contained

Commenting on Dead Zone, Stefan Gunnarsson, CEO and Lead Designer on Starborne said, “We have been playing Dead Zone a lot in the office and we are incredibly excited about its potential. We have spent the last few years building up our own framework to make large-scale strategy games and Dead Zone is a showcase of how powerful that framework is becoming. Our community has been the cornerstone behind our success so we are excited to reward the victors of this first Dead Zone Tournament with a unique opportunity to contribute to the history of the Starborne universe.”

If you’re a fan of 4X Strategy games and want to try your hand at a space MMORTS then dive into the open BETA for Starborne by following this link.

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Medieval Army Sandbox Warfare Coming Soon in Conqueror’s Blade

Promising massive armies, action combat meshed with tactical troop maneuvering, and a variety of medieval weapons and units, the Conqueror’s Blade PC beta has been announced. Well, sort of announced. It’s an announcement that they’re going to make an announcement.

conqueror's blade pc beta

Conqueror’s Blade first made its debut at E3 this year to apparently strong reception. The game drops players in a map several thousand kilometers long where they must command and grow their own House and Kingdom. Conqueror’s Blade offers 5v5 or 15v15 PvP battles on a grand scale thanks to the title’s unique CHAOS engine.

Conqueror’s Blade will offer a large selection of period weapons and units from both Eastern and Western civilizations. The CHAOS engine is reportedly capable of generating thousands of troops and a variety of weather and environmental effects, while gameplay will challenge players to think ahead and consider which armies to deploy where.

While more information on the beta of Conqueror’s Blade was not part of the press release, it did state the intention of starting things off “soon”. Until a full date is announced, interested players can check out the game’s website as well as the trailer below.

Our Thoughts

There’s not an awful lot of information to go on in the press release. Still, we have to admit that we are most certainly curious to learn more about what Conqueror’s Blade has to offer. Combining action combat with tactical army movement sounds like it’d be hard to do, but we’d definitely be up for learning more.

Source: press release

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The MMO Alpha and Beta List: October 20, 2017

We aren’t seeing the typical influx of spooky or creepy Halloween like games that we so often see this time of year. This is one of the reasons the beta list doesn’t seem very active at the moment. If you’re looking to get into the Halloween spirit, check out our list of Halloween events in MMOs that are already live.

If you take a look at the list you’ll only see 4 new items this week. That’s because a lot of what happened in the industry this week had to do with delaying launches, opening up the beta to more people, and other things like that.

Starting all of that off is Shadowgun Legends which just launched their closed beta on Thursday. Because it’s the first round of closed beta, only a select number of people were invited, but you can expect more to be added over time.

Legends of Aria wrapped up alpha testing this week. They don’t have any plans yet for when they will move into beta, however.

Closers is opening up their closed alpha this weekend to allow the public a chance to give it a try, so if you’ve been wanting to try out the anime style game, this is your chance.

Life is Feudal announced they would be going into open beta on November 17th but based on the language they use, it sounds more like a soft launch than an actual beta.

The new game on the list this week is Starborne. It is a 4X MMORTS and the first game made by Icelandic developers Solid Clouds, an indie studio with industry veterans including Ásgeir Ásgeirsson, EVE Online’s former Art Director, and Hrafnkell Óskarsson, who spearheaded the design and lore of EVE Online.

And to wrap up the week, we learned that Conan Exiles’ launch will be delayed until Q2 2018. This will give Funcom more time to put polish on the game.

As always you can find all of this and more in the lists below. Keep an eye out for the new  flag which will show you what was newly added this week.

Don’t forget that Destiny 2 is coming to PC next week!


Pre-Alpha & Alpha


Arcfall Official Site MMO Survival
Ark Park Official Site Dinosaur VR Launch Dec
Ashes of Creation Official Site Fantasy Sandbox MMORPG Alpha Dec 15
Bless Online Official Site MMORPG Korea Alpha
Breakaway Official Site Sport Brawler
Camelot Unchained Official Site Fantasy MMORPG
Children of Ur Official Site Glitch-revival
Closers Official Site Anime Action RPG
Copia Official Site Strategy Card Game
Dogma: Eternal Night Official Site Gothic Horror MMO
Dragon of Legends Official Site Online aRPG
Dual Universe Official Site Sci-Fi MMORPG Pre-Alpha
Eco Official Site Global Survival Game
Empyrion Official Site MMORPG
Exidium Corp Official Site Sci-Fi Sandbox
Fangold Official Site Digital TCG
Forsaken Legends Official Site MMORPG
Lineage Eternal Official Site Action MMORPG Delayed
Little War Online Official Site 2D MMORPG
New Dawn Official Site Survival Sandbox
Preta: Vendetta Rising Official Site Hack and Slash MORPG
Project Genom Official Site Sci-Fi Shooter
Project Gorgon Official Site Fantasy MMORPG
Prosperous Universe Official Site Space
Pumpkin Online Official Site Non-Combat Game
Rebel Horizons Official Site Sci-Fi MMO
Sacrament Official Site Indie MMORPG
SamuTale Official Site Sandbox MMO
Sea of Thieves Official Site Pirate Adventure MMO Technical Alpha
Skara – The Blade Remains Official Site MOBA(ish)
 Starbourne Official Site 4X MMORTS
Tale of Toast Official Site Indie PvP
Untitled Tactical Shooter Official Site Tactical Shooter From Automaton Games
Valiance Online Official Site Superhero MMORPG
Wild Buster Official Site Sci-fi Hack’n’Slash
Wild West Online Official Site Wild West Sandbox MMORPG
Zombie Barricades Official Site 3rd Person RPG


Early Access


Abatron Official Site RTS FPS
Age of Heroes VR Official Site MMORPG inspired VR
Arena: Cyber Evolution Official Site Sports MOBA
Battalion 1944 Official Site WW2 Multiplayer Shooter
Battlerite Official Site Team Arena Brawler
Boundless Official Site Voxel Sandbox MMO
Blast Out Official Site PvP Brawler AKA RUiN
Citadel: Forged With Fire Official Site Fantasy Sandbox MMORPG
Conan Exiles Official Site Open World Survival Launch Q1 2018
Crowfall Official Site Strategy MMORPG
Dark and Light Official Site Dark Survival MMORPG
Days of War Official Site WWII Shooter
DayZ Official Site Zombie Survival
Descent: Underground Official Site Multiplayer Sci-Fi Shooter
Divided We Fall Official Site Team Strategy Game
Gloria Victis Official Site Sandbox MMORPG
Golden Rush Official Site 4-Team MOBA
Grav Official Site Sci-Fi Sandbox MMO
H1Z1 Official Site Zombie Survival
Heavy Gear Assault Official Site MMO-ish PvP Arena
Hellion Official Site Multiplayer Space Survival
Hyper Universe Official Site Side Scroll MOBA
Islet Online Official Site Sandbox MMORPG
JCB Pioneer: Mars Official Site Survival Sandbox
Jeklynn Heights Official Site Match-Based Multiplayer
Kings and Heroes Official Site Co-Op Action RPG
Labyrinth Official Site CCG RPG
Line of Defense Official Site MMOFPS
Linkrealms Official Site Sandbox MMORPG
Naval Action Official Site Naval Sandbox MMO
Novus Inceptio Official Site Sandbox Survival MMO
Of Kings and Men Official Site Multiplayer Strategy
One Tower Official Site Micro MOBA
Osiris: New Dawn Official Site Space Survival Adventure
Out of Reach Official Site Survival Sandbox
Overpower Official Site MOBA-Style MMOFPS
Pathfinder Online Official Site Sandbox MMORPG
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Official Site Battle Royale Survival
Quake Champions Official Site Shooter
Riding Out Official Site Horse MMO
Rokh Official Site Sci-Fi Survival
Saga of Lucimia Official Site Sandbox MMORPG
Savage Lands Official Site Multiplayer Survival
Shroud of the Avatar Official Site Fantasy MMORPG
Star Citizen Official Site Spaceship Simulator
Tannenberg Official Site WW1 Shooter Nov 16
The Black Death Official Site Medieval Survival MMO
The Exiled Official Site PvP Sandbox
The Isle Official Site Dinosaur Survival
The Culling Official Site Battle Royale Shooter
Throne of Lies Official Site Social Deduction
Tiger Knight Empire At War Official Site PvP Strategy
TUG Official Site Sandbox Survival
Utherous Official Site Fantasy Sandbox MMORPG
Valnir Rok Official Site Norse Sandbox
VRobot Official Site Robot Smash VR
Wild Terra Official Site Sandbox MMORPG
Win That War! Official Site MMORTS


Closed Beta

Shadowgun Legends at Gamescom

Shadowgun Legends

Dauntless Official Site Co-op Action RPG Open Beta in 2018
Durango Official Site Mobile Dinosaur Survival Launches Q4 2017
Escape From Tarkov Official Site Military MMO
Fairy Tale: Hero’s Journey Official Site Online RPG
Fringe Wars Official Site Space MOBA Spring 2018
Legends of Aria Official Site Sandbox MMORPG “Coming Soon”
Lost Ark Official Site Diablo-esque Action Game Korea Only
Luna Online Official Site Anime MMORPG SE Asia Beta
Moonlight Blade Official Site MMORPG
OrbusVR Official Site VR MMORPG
PigBang Official Site Mobile MOBA
Pocket Legends Adventures Official Site Mobile MMORPG Sign Ups Open
Royal Blood Official Site Mobile MMORPG
Runewards Official Site CCG iOS Beta
 Shadowgun Legends Official Site Destiny-like Mobile
Shattered Skies Official Site Survival Shooter
Shot Online Golf Official Site Golf the MMO
Soul Master Official Site RTS/RPG Blend
Space Junkies Official Site VR Shooter By Ubisoft
Switchblade Official Site 5v5 Vehicle Arena PC & PS4
The Amazing Eternals Official Site FPS-Deckbuilding Strategy Formerly Called Keystone
Total War: ARENA Official Site RTS Battle
Worlds Adrift Official Site Sandbox MMO


Open Beta

Life is Feudal

Battlesplash Official Site Water Shooter
Ever, Jane Official Site Jane Austen MMORPG
INSIDIA Official Site Strategy PvP
 Life is Feudal Official Site MMORPG Nov 17
MU Legend Official Site Action MMORPG Nov 7
Paladins Official Site Team-Based Shooter
Paragon Official Site MOBA
Supernova Official Site Sci-fi MOBA
Transformers Online Official Site Overwatch a-like Chinese Beta




Citadel of Sorcery Open Donation MMORPG
City of Titans Kickstarter Superhero MMORPG Coming Soon
Exile Online Gofundme Dystopia Cyberpunk In Development
Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen Open Donation Fantasy MMORPG
Sacrament Patreon Indie MMORPG
Shadow’s Kiss Patreon Vampire Adult MMORPG
Star Citizen Open Donation Space Simulator MMO
Valiance Online Open Donation Superhero MMORPG Ongoing


Announced But Unplayable

Chronicles of Elyria Official Site Sandbox MMORPG
City of Titans Official Site Superhero MMORPG Pre-Alpha 2017
Ironsight Official Site FPS Early 2018
Maguss Official Site Magic Location Based ARG
Harry Potter meets Pokemon Go
Pantropy Official Site MMOFPS Kickstarter in Nov
 Project W Official Site MMORPG More Coming Soon
Seed Official Site Survival
Ship of Heroes Official Site Superhero MMORPG
Alpha Dec 2017, Beta Dec 2018
Untitled Funcom Conan Game Turn-based Strategy
Vermintide 2 Official Site Warhammer Shooter

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Blizzard Makes a Job Posting for a Mobile MMORTS

Yep, we’re back to the job posting-related rumor mill once again. This time we’re mulling over the possibilities of a Blizzard mobile MMORTS as the company has listed an opening for the unannounced and untitled project.

blizzard mobile mmorts

The job posting is for a Senior Client Engineer, specifically someone who possesses “an unwavering passion for mobile development and solving engineering problems unique to mobile app environments” according to the posting. The only other clues about this MMORTS involve familiarity with the Unity engine and understanding of 3D graphics and shaders.

It’s unclear whether this project is in any way associated with a job posting for an in-development Warcraft mobile game, though the job posting’s lack of mention of the Warcraft IP or any existing IP seems to suggest otherwise.

Our Thoughts

A mobile version of Warcraft or StarCraft would certainly be the “easy way out”, but it’s also not entirely beyond the pale for Blizzard to come up with an entirely new IP specifically for this MMORTS. Either way, we’ll keep our eyes peeled for any additional developments. We’d love to hear your opinions on this news: what do you think this new game could be?

Source: Blizzard Careers site

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MMORTS War of Conquest is Coming to Kickstarter

A new MMORTS is on the horizon for those who are interested in learning about it. IronZog LLC has announced the start date for the War of Conquest Kickstarter campaign, along with additional information about what the new game will offer potential players.

war of conquest kickstarter

In War of Conquest, players will be put in charge of their own nation in a fantasy world with thousands of other players as each nation looks to advance itself with arcane arts. Orbs of Power are the key to this advancement and will end up being the primary point of potential conflict as players will need to build defenses, forge alliances, and gather resources. All of these features operate in real-time through coordination or conflict with other players.

“A nation’s valuable assets are found not so much in the land it holds and the defenses it’s built, which are liable to be conquered, recaptured, rebuilt, destroyed and relocated over and over—but in the technological advances it’s developed, the resources it’s gathered and the alliances it’s engineered,” says lead developer Michael Ferrier.

War of Conquest is seeking $7,000 in order to wrap up the remainder of its development, including artwork, music and sound, localization, licensing fees, and advertising. The game’s crowdfunding campaign will kick off on Tuesday, September 5th. You can check out the title’s Kickstarter page in advance, head over to its website, and check out a trailer below.

Our Thoughts

A single massive map where thousands of player nations are vying for dominance? Sounds like a pretty intriguing recipe. We wish the folks at IronZog the best of luck in their development and hope that the game offers something new and unique to RTS fans.

Source: press release

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