MMO Money: Why Amazing Eternals Stopped Development and Runescape Brings in $800 Million

For some reason, this week was the week we found out how much a bunch of games have made since they launched. In some cases like Pokemon Go, it’s an anniversary that passed by while for other games it’s breaking an incredible milestone. Then some games…well they seem to be just because. It’s a little bit of a weird and random week in MMO Money. But, at least we get a break from lootboxes!

 

Amazing Eternals Shelving Explained

The Amazing Eternals Video Why Amazing Eternals Stopped Development

Digital Extremes have explained one of the things that contributed to Amazing Eternals being put on a shelf was watching how much LawBreakers was struggling. “The competitive landscape at that time was pretty hefty. We just saw LawBreakers not do so great, and it was a fantastic game, so that was sad. That happened right when we were starting our closed beta for [The] Amazing Eternals.”

It was also noted that it was just a bad time to be working on another game as Warframe’s Plains of Eidolon update needed a lot of resources. It was the perfect storm of things going wrong so it seemed like a good time to put the game on a shelf for a while. The good news is that the studio is still very much interested in picking it back up at some point in the future.

 

Pokemon Go Brings in $1.8 Billion Since Launch

Pokemon Go is two years old this month and thanks to intelligence firm Sensor Tower we know that the game has brought in $1.8 billion since it launched. $607 million of that coming from the United States while Japan is the second highest at $500 million. The game has continued to be incredibly successful even after the worldwide hype died down. This summer has been even better than usual thanks to the heatwave taking place all over the northern hemisphere getting people back outside and the update to the game that brought trading and so much more to the game. We recently did an article that looked into why now is the best time to go back to Pokemon Go, be sure to check it out if you’re interested in the game.

 

Overwatch Players Raise Nearly $13 Million to Fight Breast Cancer

It’s always a beautiful thing when a game’s community comes together to raise money for charity. Well, this time around Overwatch players went above and beyond raising over $12.7 million for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The event ran last spring and was called the Pink Mercy charity campaign. The BCRF told Blizzard that this was the largest donation by a corporate partner in one year that they’ve ever had in 25 years of being in operation.

 

The Sims Mobile Brings in $15 Million in Four Months

If you’ve not heard about The Sims Mobile, it’s ok, you aren’t alone. Sensor Tower estimates that The Sims Mobile was EA’s eighth highest earning mobile game in June across both platforms. It does trail behind the other mobile games based on The Sims, The Sims FreePlay. That game was the third highest earning for EA in June. 59% of revenue from The Sims Mobile comes from the United States. The next highest is Great Britain which makes up only 8% of earnings. While the game is doing incredibly well it does have a long way to go to catch up to the much older, much more established mobile game based on The Sims.

 

Runescape Has Brought in $800 Million in its Lifetime

Why this week was the week of “Look how much money these guys have made” I have no idea, but we aren’t done with it yet. Runescape is 17 years old and in those 17 years the game has brought in 800 million dollars. It has even been reported that the game is still growing. Runescape currently has 250 million accounts. Many of those accounts are certainly inactive, but on Twitch it’s one of the most popular games being watched. It’s in the top 40 for most viewed and in the top 20 for most relevant.

Earlier this year Jagex announced they would be shutting down Runescape Classic because of the growing difficulty of supporting it. Old School Runescape, also known as Runescape 2 remains active alongside Runescape 3 which is the newest version that is simply called Runescape. Old School Runescape will actually be expanding, it’s currently in beta for Android and an iOS release is planned for later this year.

 

EA Executive Sells $1.5 Million of EA Stock as Value Continues to Decline

It is thought by many that this year’s E3 was EA’s weakest in quite some time. Since E3 EA’s stock has also reflected that with a steady downward trend. Well, thanks to SEC filings last week we’ve learned that Blake Jorgensen, COO and CFO of EA Games sold $1,503,967 worth of stock. Games Industry executives are known for doing this kind of selloff when they predict a future drop in value.

If this is the case it isn’t entirely unwarranted. The only Star Wars game that has been announced is just that, it has been announced. We’ve not seen what it looks like and we don’t know much about it, which means that it isn’t coming out any time soon. There are concerns that Anthem will be a hollow game that amounts to little more than a Destiny-like clone. But perhaps the biggest slap in the face is Commander & Conquer Rivals. C&C fans have been waiting a very long time for a new title to be released and when one finally gets announced…it’s a free to play mobile disappointment and it’s only in alpha. It’s not looking great for EA right now, though you won’t see many tears shed by gamers.

 

Clash Royale Exceeds $2 Billion Since Launch

Clash Royale

Yes, we have another one of these, but I promise it’s the last one this week. Supercell has become the first publisher to operate two multibillion-dollar mobile games now that Clash Royale has breached the $2 billion mark. Clash Royale launched in 2016, while Clash of Clans, Supercell’s other megahit, has brought in $6 billion since it launched more than 6 years ago. Unsurprisingly, the United States accounts for the largest share of revenue at 30%. Germany is the second highest with 10%, followed by France, China (iOS only), and South Korea. Amazingly, despite China only having the iOS version of the game revenue is almost even between iOS and Android. Android accounts for 51% while iOS accounts for 49%.

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Development Halts for The Amazing Eternals

The Amazing Eternals, the team-based online FPS from Digital Extremes, has been quietly going through its beta testing, but that appears to be coming to a halt. The devs have announced plans for The Amazing Eternals development to freeze for an indeterminate length of time.

amazing eternals development

According to the announcement, the decision to halt development was a result of the current gaming landscape and an underwhelming trickle of new players to the game, which caused matchmaking to suffer. “This decision didn’t come lightly,” reads the post. “So, with heavy hearts, we’re taking a step back to reevaluate the design and may revisit our intrepid heroes in the future.”

Those who have bought into the closed beta can expect refunds to arrive starting today. Refunds should take approximately 72 hours to issue and may take around 3-5 business days to show up. The game itself will remain online until Thursday, November 2nd. As for what happens next, the devs currently do not have any new plans to discuss at the time of this writing.

“This was a hard decision to make, and we can’t thank you enough for your incredible support throughout development,” closes the announcement. “The Amazing Eternals will live on through all of you who were there to make it happen.”

Our Thoughts

While it’s certainly a shame that The Amazing Eternals didn’t light too many fires, it’s also commendable that Digital Extremes has elected to halt development instead of push forward stubbornly. Here’s hoping that the inventive charm of the title’s setting somehow makes its way back in some form or another.

Source: official forums

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The Amazing Eternals Unveils a New Character and Features

Things have been quiet out of The Amazing Eternals, but they most certainly have not been idle. During the first Amazing Eternals dev stream, a bundle of new content was revealed, including a brand new roster addition, a new map, and more.

amazing eternals dev stream

After a recap of the recently included Odona map and Control character Niia, the dev stream introduced the game’s next Hero, Worp. This one-eyed green alien Support character uses small creatures called Twerps, who are literally squeezed in order to apply goo that can coat allies, enemies, or parts of the map with unique healing or utility effects in a hilarious but pitiable display pictured above.

A first look at a new map was also unveiled during the livestream, which takes place on an asteroid base that the character Ray calls home. The map is described as comparable in size to Odonoa, with a variety of high ground areas, sniper points, and a combination of close-quarters and distant sightline regions. The new map will also be the first that lets players siphon a Fragment from different elevations. Ray will also be getting a new skin which is described as a call-back to the pulp sci-fi space ranger aesthetic of the 1930’s.

Mini-Boards were unveiled, granting players a different game board to advance a specific character. Mini-Boards are similar to the primary progression game board in Eternals, but offer character-centric perks like new Keystone Cards which can completely change a character’s Q ability.

Finally, the devs revealed that they’re at work on a new game mode that is shrouded in mystery. The game mode is tentatively called “Daring Delivery”, and hints about what this new game mode involves refer to escorting a gift to a location and then defending it as it counts down to an explosion.

Fans can expect new developer livestreams every other Friday at 4pm EDT. Until then, an overview of the very first dev stream can be found on the official forums.

Our Thoughts

There’s a whole bunch of new coming to The Amazing Eternals and we’re sure that players of the game are looking forward to it. We’re particularly interested in Worp, though we’re still undecided on whether we should laugh at or feel sorry for the Twerps. And don’t forget, if you’re looking to take a peek at this game yourself, we’re still handing out beta keys!

Source: press release

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The Amazing Eternals Starts Closed Beta and Founder’s Pack Sales

If the information coming from Digital Extremes has gotten you curious about its new FPS/CCG combination title The Amazing Eternals, you’ve now got two possible avenues to check it out: the start of The Amazing Eternals closed beta test and the opportunity to buy Founder’s Packs.

amazing eternals closed beta

As mentioned before, closed beta is on offer for free by signing up to the game’s official website and hoping to be among those selected, or by purchasing one of five different Founder’s Packs that have become available as of the start of beta.

Each pack offers instant access to the closed beta, along with a variety of benefits like unique skins and voice packs for the character Ray, additional beta access keys to give to friends, physical board game pieces of Ray, a number of tokens to use in the in-game store, and a seat on the Design Council, which affords you a chance to vote on designs, features, and names in the game. Packs range in price from $19.99 to a staggering $1,000.

If you’re still not completely sure about whether to sign up or buy in, the start of closed beta also brought a trailer showcasing the abilities of the game’s starting Eternals while showcasing additional gameplay. That video can be seen below.

Our Thoughts

$1,000?? Well…sticker shock notwithstanding, we are still curious to learn about The Amazing Eternals. That said, there hasn’t been quite a lot of information offered about this game to really warrant buying in at any price as of yet, and the competitive online FPS scene is incredibly tight right now. We’re definitely looking forward to finding out more.

Source: press release

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