Phantasy Star Online 2 Beta Begins Today

The initial Phantasy Star Online 2 Xbox One Beta will begin on Friday, February 7, at 5pm PST and end on Saturday, February 8, at 11:59pm PST.

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Phantasy Star Online 2 is a free-to-play, action RPG developed and by Sega that was initially released in Japan in 2012 on PC. Eventually, it made its way to PlayStation 4, Vita, and the Nintendo Switch, but it never made its way out of Japan. However, there were a few tricks that allowed outsiders to play, but there has been a constant demand from Westerners for their own servers and access to the game.

Players outside of Japan will finally get that chance starting with the Closed Beta that begins this afternoon. Those granted access to the Beta by signing up through the Xbox Insider Hub will have the opportunity to complete Urgent Quests and receive special rewards.

Here is the Urgent Request schedule (PST) for February 7:

  • Cradle of Darkness – 8:00-8:30pm
  • Giant Automata: The Awakening – 10:00-10:30pm

February 8:

  • Cradle of Darkness – 7:00-7:30pm
  • Giant Automata: The Awakening – 1:00-1:30pm
  • Cradle of Darkness – 5:00-5:30pm
  • The Raging Obsidian Arm – 8:30-9:00pm
  • Elder of the Unfathomable Abyss – 9:00-9:30pm

Participating in these quests will grant special rewards, such as Photon Halo accessories and Triboost consumables.

 

Source: Official Site

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Phantasy Star Online 2 Beta Details Released

You’ve been waiting years to hear these words so be sure to read them out loud, the Phantasy Star Online 2 beta details have been announced. The beta will be running for only one weekend from February 7th at 8 PM Eastern to February 9th at 3 AM Eastern. It will only be available for North American Xbox Ones.

During the beta, players will for the first time get to experience a fully localized Phantasy Star Online 2 in English. Participants will retain their progress and those who take part in “Urgent Quests” will have the chance to get in-game rewards when the game launches.

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In honor of the closed beta they will be hosting an in-game concert taking place on February 8th. Concertgoers meet in the Ship’s Shopping Plaza and will receive multiple buffs.

If you’d like to take part in the closed beta weekend then you can do so on the official North American PSO2 website or through the Xbox Insider Hub. To sign up in the Xbox Insider Hub do the following:

 

  • Press the Xbox button on your controller to open the guide
  • Select MY GAMES & APPS
  • Select SEE ALL
  • From Apps, open XBOX INSIDER HUB to be automatically enrolled
  • Find Phantasy Star Online 2 under GAMES and click JOIN

 

Source: Official Site, MMOCulture

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Top MMO News Stories of 2019

The end of 2019 is upon us and that means it is time for us to break down the top MMO news stories of 2019. To say that it was a wild year would be a bit of an understatement. There were a number of huge launches this year, rumors abound, and trouble for some of the industry’s biggest developers. These are the top MMO news stories of 2019.

 

Guild Wars 3 May Be in Development

In October ArenaNet President Mike O’Brien, known by the community as MO left the company after 19 years. At the time an unnamed source told Kotaku that he hand been working on an unannounced Guild Wars project that could potentially be Guild Wars 3. The source also said that Guild Wars 3 hadn’t been officially greenlit but that the work O’Brien and his team had been doing could have developed into a sequel. Since then there hasn’t been any update on the story but a number of other high profile departures from ArenaNet have taken place.

 

Remnant: From the Ashes Launch

The launch of Remnant: From the Ashes took MMOGames readers by storm this year as the announcement of it’s launch was one of our most-read news posts all year. This Souls-like shooter has overwhelmingly positive reviews on Steam and if you happen to be reading this while the Steam Winter Sale is on then you can get it 30% off. Its dark fantasy atmosphere is a rare treat and the fact that you can play it as a single-player game makes it all the better.

 

ArcheAge Buy to Play Option

Gamigo announced in August that ArcheAge would be getting a buy to play option called ArcheAge Unchained. This announcement seemed to come out of nowhere and captured the attention of untold thousands. When it launched in October the servers were plagued with thousands of people stuck in queues for hours on end, a testament to how popular the buy to play option was. The queues continued for several weeks after the launch though thankfully they did settle down eventually.

 

WoW Classic Launch

The launch of WoW Classic was somewhat overshadowed by some other events that were going on for Blizzard at the time, you’ll see more about them later. However, Vanilla WoW fans finally got what they had been asking for, a fresh start in World of Warcraft from the beginning, or at least as close to it as they will ever get. The launch also seemed to bring out some of the worst in people though, just before launch there was a debate about which servers to go on to avoid Twitch streamers because they weren’t part of the original experience in the game. A few months on now conversations about WoW Classic have died down fairly quickly. That’s not to say it wasn’t successful, but it was a bit like when Pokemon Go launched, everyone talked about it for a couple of weeks and then the vast majority of “tourist” players left and only the dedicated core remained.

 

Phantasy Star Online 2 in the West

Phantasy Star Online 2 launched in Japan in 2012 and ever since then there has been a very dedicated bunch of gamers who have lamented that PSO2 never made it to the West. Many had given up hope. Which is why it came as such a huge surprise when it was announced that the game would finally be launching in the West, or at least in North America. The game won’t be launching until Q2 2020 so expect to see a whole lot more about it in the coming months.

 

Brad McQuaid’s Death

This year the MMO industry lost one of its icons when developer Brad McQuaid suddenly died in November. McQuaid is best known for his work on fantasy MMORPGs starting with the original Everquest. He went on to create Vanguard: Saga of Heroes and was working on the development of Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen at the time of his passing. His death was unexpected and surprised the entire community. Developers of Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen have said they would continue the visionary work McQuaid had started.

 

FFXIV Shadowbringers Launch

Though there was no one single news post we could point to for the launch of FFXIV Shadowbringers and its massive popularity we would be remiss in leaving it out of this list. Shadowbringers has been called the best FFXIV expansion to date and in fact, many even hailed it as the best MMORPG expansion of all time. That amount of praise was almost enough to get our most reclusive writers to try FFXIV, almost. Still, it was a fantastic expansion and easily could have been the biggest news of the year had it happened in any year other than 2019.

 

Riot Games Discrimination and Walkout

This year had a rough start for Riot Games as it was knee-deep in sexism, sexual harassment, and discrimination allegations. In response, Riot suspended their COO and hired their first Chief Diversity Officer. Five lawsuits came about as a result of the allegations and two of them were forced into private arbitration. This while tech giants Google and Facebook announced they were ending forced arbitration for harassment cases. Riot continued to make a number of unpopular choices for their employees which resulted in an employee walkout, the first time that had ever happened in the video games industry. It all finally came to an end at the beginning of December when it was announced that Riot Games would pay at least $10 million to about a thousand female employees who are eligible for a share.

 

Blizzard Boycott

As previously mentioned, there was one Blizzard story that dominated them all this year and that was the boycott and backlash the company faced after suspending a pro-gamer after he showed his support for the Hong Kong protestors in a live event. The two casters who were interviewing him were also suspended. This resulted in a very public backlash that included US Senators as well as gamers and non-gamers across the world. There was even an employee protest at Blizzard HQ over Blizzard’s reaction to the events. In the end, Blizzard decided they would give the esports star his winnings and reduced everyone’s suspension to 6 months. Shortly after the story was all but forgotten as Blizzcon made some major announcements that seemed to distract fans.

 

City of Heroes Revival

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The honor of the top MMO news story of 2019 goes to the revival of beloved superhero MMORPG City of Heroes. It was a crazy year but no story lifted more hearts in the MMO world than the return of City of Heroes. Earlier this year it was revealed that there had been a secret server of City of Heroes and shortly after that the first new City of Heroes server open to the public opened up. Since then thousands of accounts have been made across a number of different servers. These servers have small groups of volunteer developers working on making improvements to the 15-year-old game and there are quite a few to pick from, though the most populated are part of the Homecoming group. City of Heroes makes the top of our list for being the story that has had the widest and most long-lasting impact. We can’t wait to see what the new year holds for the revival of City of Heroes.

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Registration for the Phantasy Star Online 2 Beta Now Open

The time has finally come, after 7 years of waiting you can finally sign up for the Phantasy Star Online 2 beta. But, before we go any further you need to know a few things. First, the beta will be on Xbox One exclusively, so if you’re a PC gamer you’re SOL. Second, this beta is only going to be open to those in the United States and Canada.

To register your interest in the Closed Beta all you have to do is go to the Xbox Insider Hub on your Xbox One or Windows 10 device. There you’ll be able to register for a chance to take part by following these steps:

Navigate to the Store tab on your Xbox One console, or the Microsoft Store app on your Windows 10 device.

Select Search and look for “Xbox Insider Hub.”

Select the Xbox Insider Hub and choose “get” or “install.”

Once the app is installed, make sure to register for early sign-up for the game!

 

Launch the Xbox Insider Hub on your Xbox One or Windows 10 device.

If this is your first time launching the app, accept the Xbox Insider Program Terms of Use.

From the main dashboard, select Insider Content.

Under “Games,” select “Phantasy Star Online 2.”

Select “Join” to register for early sign-up.

 

Notifications will be sent out via Xbox Live when the beta begins. Right now, there hasn’t been a start date confirmed for the event. Additional details will be given on Xbox Insider’s Twitter account. The game is expected to launch in Spring 2020, so this is likely one of the few opportunities you’ll have to try out the game before it is released.

 

Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn’t seem to have any plans at the moment to release the game in Europe, the Middle East, or Africa. We can only hope that with the success of PSO2 in North America that we will see it extended to include other regions of the world.

 

Source: Xbox Official Site

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E3 2019: Xbox Press Conference

E3 got off to a hell of a start and if I’m totally honest I feel ok declaring here and now that the Xbox E3 2019 Press Conference was the best we’re going to see this year. Yep! Pack it up boys, we’re done here. Nevermind that we’re only getting started. We picked out just the online and multiplayer games and we’ve got the info about them below plus the trailers.

 

Bleeding Edge

Need a new 4v4 game in your life with some really unique looking characters? Of course you do! Ninja Theory debuted Bleeding Edge, a 4v4 third-person melee combat game. It looks and feels a lot like Overwatch if we’re being perfectly honest. Technical alpha for this game starts on June 27th. The game will be available on Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

 

Minecraft Dungeons

It looks like someone developing Minecraft played some Trove and loved the idea so much they did it for themselves. Yes, Minecraft Dungeons is exactly what it says on the tin. You go in some Minecraft style dungeons. It’s a 4 player co-op RPG with local and online multiplayer. The game will be playable starting Spring 2020.

 

Cyberpunk 2077

The biggest highlight of the night was easily when Keanu Reeves came out on stage to fans cheering around the world for him. He’s going to be in Cyberpunk 2077 which will release on April 16th, 2020. Yes! We finally have a release date for this game we’ve been waiting for years to play. The game is available for pre-order now, including a collector’s edition with a number of collectibles, including a 10-inch statue of the game’s Protagonist, V. Along with bringing Keanu Reeves out on stage we saw an all-new cinematic trailer that reveals one of the key characters, Keanu Reeves himself…as Johnny Silverhand.

 

Lord of the Rings Living Card Game

While they were quickly going through a few different indie games, in a blink and you’ll miss it type of moment we saw Lord of the Rings Living Card Game. What is it? Well, other than a card game we just don’t know yet. But we’re going to be keeping an eye out for it so watch this space.

 

Phantasy Star Online 2

It isn’t every day you see hype for an 8-year-old game. But with Phantasy Star Online 2 FINALLY coming to the West that’s exactly what we saw during Xbox E3 2019. Fans of the original have been waiting for this for a VERY long time…and now they have to wait a little longer. Phantasy Star Online 2 is coming to the West early 2020 and it will be free to play! Add this to our must play list for next year!

 

Project Scarlett

The moment we were all waiting for came at the very end when the next generation of Xbox was announced, currently called Project Scarlett. For the record, they missed out on a hell of a trick by not getting Scarlet Johannson involved in the announcement for this. As you would expect it’s the most powerful, most gamey game machine that ever game machined. Oh yeah, and it’s launching with a new Halo game, because of course it is. Project Scarlett is coming just in time for the holiday season in 2020 and Halo Infinite will be right there with it!

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Games That Shut Down in 2017

The end of the year has come and that means it’s time to take a look back at the year that has been. It certainly hasn’t been an easy one. We’ve had a decline in the number of new games releasing and we’ve had to say goodbye to some fan favorites.

But it has also been a good year. This year we saw a number of MMOs release expansions, and we watched as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds soared in popularity.

Only time can tell if 2017 will be a good year or a bad year.

Games That Shut Down in 2017

However, you can decide what was the best this year. It’s time for MMOGames’ 4th annual Best of the Year Awards as voted for by you the reader. This year we have 10 different categories for you to vote on ranging from mobile games to MMO expansions.

2017 was filled with unexpected surprises as games were shut down with very little notice and seemingly out of nowhere. With so many titles lost this year we want to know which you think about the games that shut down in 2017. Which one was the best? Which one will be missed the most?

To place your vote just scroll through the games listed below and click on the button marked Vote. If you’d like to vote for a game that isn’t listed let us know in the comments and we will quickly get it added. Make sure you visit each page to vote for your favorite games in each category they’re nominated in. Come back every day until January 3rd when the voting ends for another chance to vote. No logging in required.

In the end, all the winners will be featured in the Reader’s Choice Best of 2017 Awards along with all the bragging rights that come along with it. Who wins is entirely up to you, so be sure to share this with your circle of friends, your guilds, and the communities for the games you loved this year.

Remember, voting ends on January 3rd and you’re able to vote once a day which means you can vote for more than one game if you like. What you do with your votes is entirely up to you.

 

   

   

   

   

 

 

 

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10 Biggest MMO News Stories for September 2017

In this week’s Listed, we’re taking a look back at some of the biggest news stories of the month from the world of online gaming. This month saw a record-breaking theft, the launch of a major MMO expansion, and a brief glimpse at an MMO that was never made, along with a whole lot more. Here’s our list of the 10 biggest MMO news stories for September 2017.

 

Trion Recommits to Defiance

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Remember that Syfy channel show that crossed over with a Trion MMO? If you don’t that’s okay, the show was canceled back in 2015. Since then Trion hasn’t done a whole lot with the game, though it is still running. This month Trion declared they were recommitting to working on Defiance. And they did it by announcing a new raid boss during PAX East 2017. If post-apocalyptic shooters are your thing, you may want to consider checking Defiance out. Then you’ll get to see the cutest little ugly alien bugs you’ve ever seen.

 

Active Development on Perpetuum Ends

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The developers of Perpetuum Online announced this month that development on their title has ended. This comes after an extended period of silence from the team. The good news is they aren’t ready to see the game die. For now, the official servers will continue to run while the dev team works on a free standalone server solution (their words) so players will be able to run games themselves in the future. For now, you can find Perpetuum on Steam.

 

Everquest Announces Their 24th Expansion

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It is the MMO that just keeps ticking. Everquest announced their 24th expansion, Ring of Scale. Developers are still working on the expansion, but you can expect to see some more details about it in October when pre-orders and beta testing will begin. It is currently expected to launch in December. With 18 years under its belt, Everquest doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.

 

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Speaks Out About Fortnite’s Battle Royale

Who doesn’t love a little bit of juicy gossip when it has nothing to do with you? This time around it is PUBG publishers Bluehole who are speaking out about Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode which they feel is a little bit too similar to their game. This, of course, set the internet ablaze with talk of the game, and things aren’t looking too good for PUBG who many agree don’t have a leg to stand on. In a genre where things can only be done so many ways, is it really fair for the massively popular PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to go after Fortnite? Especially when they are themselves not the origin of the genre. PUBG has been enjoying record numbers and riding a massive high. This news seems to have only knocked them down a peg or two and they have since clarified their stance on the matter.

 

Closed Alpha Testing Begins for Wild West Online

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The wild west MMO that sounded almost too good to be true and raised a lot of suspicions proved they aren’t just a scam by launching closed alpha testing. Wild West Online is one of the most highly anticipated upcoming MMOs and it has had a lot of attention ever since it was announced. Unlike many MMOs, the testing is a true test of the game so far. It isn’t just a publicity preview to get people talking. While it certainly is exciting, you have to wonder if there is any room left in the genre for another sandbox MMO.

 

Chris Roberts Says He’s Fed Up With Release Estimates for Star Citizen

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We’re starting off the top half of the list with the news that actually made me stop and exclaim out loud. Star Citizen’s Chris Roberts said this month that he is fed up with giving release estimates for when 3.0 will be released during an interview with Eurogamer. Sure, we’re all a little bit tired of hearing about yet another move in the estimated arrival time, but that doesn’t mean you can just be fed up with doing it. If you had traditional investors you wouldn’t just be fed up with giving them updates, would you? I’ve got an easy solution for you, meet the deadline you give yourself.

 

Storybricks CEO Shares Early Everquest Next Documents

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Everquest Next was perhaps the biggest disappointment of the last couple of years, getting canceled before it was even made. It had exclusive rights to Jeremy Soule and bought up Storybricks, which it then abandoned. It was going to be THE next big thing in MMOs. Well, earlier this month Storybrick’s CEO shared some old Everquest Next proposal documents that shed some light on the game. It talks about using Storybricks to create the illusion of life, along with a few more interesting tidbits. An interesting read for anyone who wishes they knew more about the game that will never be.

 

Phantasy Star Online 2 Coming to Nintendo Switch…In Japan

At this point you have to start wondering if Sega hates money. This month they announced that the highly desired, lusted after even, title Phantasy Star Online 2 would be released on the Nintendo Switch. Might this finally be a chance for North America to play? Nope! It’s Japan only. Not only does Sega hate money, I’m starting to believe they like making North American gamers cry. There STILL doesn’t seem to be any push from them to release the game in NA, even after 5 years of players wishing it to be true.

 

Destiny 2 Launches

At the very start of the month, the highly anticipated Destiny 2 launched to much fanfare and celebration. It hasn’t launched yet for PC, but we can expect to see that coming very soon. Finally, PC players will get to know the joys of Destiny. There was a little bit of upset over microtransactions but that was overshadowed by the pure lust everyone was feeling for the game. Is it the biggest online gaming launch of the year? Looks like it might be!

 

A Record-Breaking Theft in EVE Online

Even if you don’t play EVE you have to at least acknowledge when something big takes place. Sometimes it’s a massive battle and sometimes, it’s a record-breaking theft that gamers won’t soon forget. How big are we talking? More than a trillion ISK taken as well as ownership of a 300 billion ISK keepstar citadel. It also resulted in one player being permanently banned from the game after he made threats to the thief and attempted to get his real-life address. All of this mixed in with some political intrigue made it one of the biggest news pieces of the month and there’s a good chance it will be one of the biggest stories of the year.

 

Guild Wars 2 Path of Fire Expansion Launches

The biggest news of the month, of course, has to go to Guild Wars 2 who launched their second expansion Path of Fire just a few days ago. The expansion takes players into the desert, to Elona where they hope to stop one of the human gods before he destroys the world. This expansion is heavily story based and introduces mounts to the game. It has also massively increased the size of the world with huge new maps. What more is there to say about it really?

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