Enplex Games Release Official Population Zero Trailer

Hotly-anticipated Sci-Fi MMO Population Zero is poised for early access via Steam on May 5th. And now developer Enplex Games has unleashed not one, but two videos to help whet your appetite: the official Population Zero trailer & a retrospective development video documenting its progression since its 2017 beginnings.

Set on uncharted planet Kepler, the player is tasked with survival over the course of 168 hours (7 days) after which the cycle will repeat, only this time bolstered with new mechanics and modes unlocked with the experience gained in the last cycle. PvP modes are unlocked via account progression after the first few hours of life on Kepler, though entirely optional. 

This offbeat approach to the MMO genre, a time-constrained objective fulfilment mechanic, comfortably sets Population Zero apart from others of its ilk and already has us eager to get stuck in. 

Well, now Enplex Games has decided to amplify that anticipation with the sublimely-crafted Population Zero trailer below entitled ‘Gravity’, in which we are given not only a taste of the myriad hazards that await us, but also a tantalizing look at the living colourscape that is Kepler:

 

 

Complete with its very own stirring soundtrack courtesy of Indie Pop artist Naadia, this trailer is giving us some serious Fallout meets Outer Worlds vibes. The recent decision by Enplex Games to shift from free-to-play to buy-to-play is indicative of the quality we can hope to expect. 

The promising impressions continue  as we take a look at the retrospective video below which showcases Population Zero’s development since its initial conception in 2017, compared to the product that we can expect this May. 

 

The graphical progress is dazzling, transitioning to a mesmeric vision worthy of its $29.99 price tag. Population Zero will be available through Steam early access with an additional 17% discount for the first week, and additional packages containing cosmetic perks to help you stand out from the crowd of survivors on Kepler. If you’re as excited as we are, prospective players are invited to add the game to their Steam Wishlist ahead of its release on 5th May.

 

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First Information about Cryptic’s Magic: Legends Revealed

We’ve known for a while now that Cryptic has been working on a Magic: The Gathering MMO but now we finally have the first details about Magic: Legends.

 

To start with, what we thought was going to be an MMORPG is actually an isometric action/RPG similar to Path of Exile or Marvel Heroes. It seems that Cryptic actually struggled for a while over what type of game it would be, even after the announcement was made in 2017. Here’s a quote from Cryptic’s Stephen Ricossa about that. “We went back and forth a couple of times on the type of game. We initially were like, ‘Oh, we’ll go with the kind of traditional MMO camera. And then we were like, ‘Maybe we’ll do a third-person action game.’ But because you’re summoning so many things, and especially the exciting big monsters, you were looking at a lot of Earth Elemental butt and things like that because you’re running around trying to find dudes to fight.”

This was just one part of a long article in Game Informer magazine. The whole thing uploaded by Redditor DoubleSpoiler and if you want to read it you can find it in the link below.

We also got our first glimpse of the game itself as Cryptic has updated its official site with information about two worlds as well as two of the classes in the game. First, there is the Mind Mage, who does exactly what you might think, uses psychic powers and telekinesis. The second is the Geomancer, with stone and lava attacks. There are three additional classes on the website that are listed as coming soon. This is the same for the worlds. The two that are revealed are the volcanic island of Shiv and Benalia, a church-state on the plane of Dominaria.

 

Finally, once again thanks to Game Informer we have our first look at the gameplay of Magic: Legends which shows off some pre-alpha footage and lets us see both of the classes that have been announced in action.

 

The fact that the game isn’t an MMORPG as had previously been announced has come as a bit of a disappointment to a lot of people. Still, there are others who are quite excited too. If you’re one of the ones who are excited about the game you can sign up for a chance to take part in the official beta right now.

 

 

Source: Reddit, Game Informer, and the Official Site

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New Magic: The Gathering MMORPG Announced at The Game Awards

In case you missed it a new Magic: The Gathering MMORPG was announced during The Game Awards last night. The cinematic trailer for Magic: Legends was shown during the award show and if you missed it you can watch it below. Magic: Legends is being made by Cryptic Studios, the team behind the Neverwinter MMORPG, Star Trek Online, and Champions Online.

There have been rumors about this MMO swirling around the internet since May 2017, then in June 2017 Perfect World and Cryptic announced that the game was, in fact, being made. But that was all they said at the time. Since then there has been no other announcements about the game until The Game Awards when the cinematic trailer was dropped.

You can register to take part in the beta on the official site which is a bit barren right now. Cryptic has said that more information about the game will be revealed in January 2020. You can be sure we’ll be keeping an eye out for that.

The team creating Magic: Legends is being led by former Star Trek Online Executive Producer Stephen Ricossa, who had this to say about the game. “Cryptic Studios is known for making games based on franchises we love and this is no exception. We’ve assembled a team of talented developers who are incredibly passionate about Magic: The Gathering and share a collective deep knowledge of the franchise. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the multiverse to life in a way that fans have never experienced before.”

Other quotes about the game:

“It’s an incredible time to be a Magic: The Gathering fan,” said Yoon Im, CEO of Perfect World Entertainment. “As huge fans ourselves, we are excited to once again collaborate with Wizards of the Coast. With its rich, immersive worlds and satisfying spellcasting system, Magic creates the perfect setting for an MMO action RPG spun into an epic fantasy adventure that players will want to continue exploring for years to come.”

“We continue to expand the Magic: The Gathering multiverse, bringing our passionate fans unique, immersive Magic experiences across their favorite entertainment platforms,” said Eugene Evans, Wizards of the Coast Vice President of Business Development. “Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios’ Magic: Legends immerses fans into the Magic multiverse as a Planeswalker – a multiverse that continues to develop through Magic: The Gathering, Arena, novels and upcoming Netflix animated series.”

Source: Press Release, The Game Awards

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Guild Wars 2 Whisper in the Dark Trailer Goes All in With Atmosphere

The Guild Wars 2 Whisper in the Dark trailer has been released ahead of the update next week and it is giving off some serious Secret World vibes. Whisper in the Dark is the first episode of the Icebrood Saga which will see us taking on Jormag, the Elder Dragon of Ice and Persuasion.

As part of the update, a new map called Bjora Marches will be introduced in the Far Shiverpeaks where whispers have been scratching at the minds of Kodan and Norn. There have also been sightings of a terrible, but incredibly badass looking creature dragging unsuspecting victims into the trees.

There is a new Raven inspired exotic scepter skin. This isn’t the only time Raven, the Norn Spirit of the Wild will come up in Whisper in the Dark either. There will be the Raven Attunement, one of four new multi-tier Mastery tracks fuelled by Norn spirit magic. The other that has been revealed so far is Essence Manipulation. What the others are has yet to be revealed.

The update will also include three new Strike Mission bosses, including the Boneskinner. These will be available on a weekly rotation and provide unique rewards for players who defeat them.

Finally, the Whisper in the Dark update will have a new two-tier upgradable Ancient Boreal weapon set…and a campfire smores roasting kit.

Check out the amazing trailer for Whisper in the Dark below and get hyped because the update releases on November 19th. If you haven’t logged in recently you have until that date to get the Prologue to the Icebrood Saga for free just by logging in.

Source: Press Release

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E3 2019: PC Gaming Show Press Conference

The PC Gaming Show at E3 2019 is now done and from the looks of it, 4v4 and small team games are the in thing right now. We also got a glimpse of an all-new survival MMO and Warframe’s next expansion. Below you’ll find everything multiplayer that was revealed at the PC Gaming Show this year.

 

Midnight Ghost Hunt

If Ghostbusters were a multiplayer game it would be Midnight Ghost Hunt, a 4v4 game where you’re either a ghost or you’re a hunter. For the first 4 minutes of a match hunters are going after ghosts, defeating them as they enter objects to hide. But the ghosts aren’t going down without a fight. This is a prop hunter game where the props fight back. If any ghosts survive to the 4-minute mark in this giant game of hide and seek then the tides of battle turn and the ghosts get the upper hand. All of the ghosts, even those who have been defeated come back more powerful than before. These spirits aren’t happy and the hunters become the hunted.

 

Conan Chop Chop

A stick figure Conan game, yes, you have heard of that before. Funcom announced Conan Chop Chop as an April Fools Day joke, but it turns out that it wasn’t a joke at all. The game is being developed by Mighty Kingdom and published by Funcom. It’s a roguelike hack-and-slash game with 1-4 players in co-op. Conan Chop Chop, the game you never knew you needed until now will be launching on September 3rd for PC, Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Nintendo Switch.

 

Last Oasis

A nomadic survival MMO that is set in a future post-apocalyptic world where the world has stopped turning and there is only a wasteland of darkness or light. Only a small strip in between is habitable. The remnants of humanity have built a large walking city. The game is being made by Donkey Crew, an indie studio that started as a passionate group of Mount & Blade modders. Last Oasis is set to enter Steam Early Access on September 3rd.

 

Vermintide 2 Versus

4v4 is coming to Vermintide 2 turning you into the Skaven and other enemies from Vermintide 2. You can sign up to take part in the beta right now on the official site. “The player has always been the hero of the game, but in the Versus mode, players will now be able to play as the enemy factions.” says Martin Wahlund, CEO Fatshark. “Versus is a competitive game mode where two separate teams of four players take turns playing as the enemies and heroes.”The next expansion for the game is also coming this August.

 

Warframe

We got our first trailer for Warframe’s upcoming expansion Empyrean ahead of the full reveal of the expansion at TennoCon on July 6th. This expansion was previously called Railjack and had a whole lot of hype in the community.

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The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot is Returning This Summer

The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot holds a special place in our hearts here at MMOGames, it was a fun underrated title with the best name ever. Sadly, it was only live for a couple of years and in fact, has now been shut down longer than it was ever live. But, this summer that is about to change! The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot is coming back, this time as a mobile title. It’s set to launch on July 9th on Google Play and the App store. You can already preregister your interest, and, if they get one million people to preregister they’ll receive a pet called Bradley, the Doomsday Messenger. Seriously, whoever makes the names for this game deserves an award. The game will feature heroes who can be customized with over 1,000 pieces of gear. There will also be a PvP arena, but, perhaps the biggest thing promised is a huge PvE campaign. We don’t have any other details about the game yet, but we can’t wait to get our hands on it!

Mighty Quest for Epic Loot

If you’re interested in reading more about The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot check out our review of the original version of the game on PC back in 2015. Or you might be interested in our article saying goodbye to the game that took a deep dive into the reasons the game was shut down, what it did well, and what it didn’t do so well. You can, of course, expect an updated review of the game once it is released. For now, though, check out the announcement trailer for The Mighty Quest for Epic loot below.

Source: Destructoid

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Star Trek Online Introducing Captain Killy for Mirror of Discovery

Star Trek Online is introducing Captain Killy and the I.S.S Discovery in Mirror of Discovery. Mirror of Discovery will take players through two new episodes that feature Captain Killy in the events that took place after the TV series. Captain Killy will, of course, be voiced by Mary Wiseman, the actress who plays Ensign Tilly on Star Trek: Discovery.

But Mirror of Discovery isn’t the only thing Star Trek Online players have to look forward to right now. This month Star Trek Online is celebrating their 9th anniversary! To celebrate they’re bringing back the ever-popular Omega Molecule Stabilization event. Players who stabilize Q’s Omega particles can earn free Omega Particle tech upgrades as well as prize voucher which can be turned in to get a new T6 Vulcan Scout Ship as was seen in Star Trek: Discovery.

A new Personal Endeavor System is also being introduced. It will allow players to complete daily challenges to earn account-wide performance boosts. Plus, by popular demand, the Battle at the Binary Stars Event is now available as a Task Force Operation.

There’s also a whole lot more Star Trek: Discovery to come to Star Trek Online in the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for a new Task Force Operation that takes players to Pahvo for another uprising against the Terran Empire. There will also be new Discovery related Task Force Operation rewards. More information about those will be available on the Star Trek Online official blog in the near future.

Also, if you enjoyed Star Trek: Discovery season 1 this is your reminder that the second season has started and the first episode is already available on CBS All Access.

Be sure to check out the trailer for Mirror of Discovery below.

Source: Press Release

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Wargaming Announces OARPG Pagan Online Will Launch in 2019

Today we got our first glimpse of Wargaming’s newest game, Pagan Online in an all-new gameplay trailer, which you can see a little further down. It is being created with Mad Head Games who are well known for Rite of Passage, Shadowplay, and NeverTales. The game will be launching in 2019, but, before it does there will be a series of pre-launch tests they’re calling trials. Registration for these trials is available on the official site.

In Pagan online heroes come face to face with hordes of enemies and battle bosses based on pre-Christian mythology. They use a combination of procedurally generated arenas along with multiple choices to make every encounter feel unique and give the feel of a living world.

Talking about Pagan Online the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Mad Head Games said, “With Pagan Online we’ve worked hard to deliver a fast-paced and intense combat system that’s easy to pick up but difficult to master. We took inspiration from MOBAs to create unique characters with specific skills and specialties, and when you put them into this type of combat system you end up with a family of fighters that do different things well in different scenarios.”

Finally, they boast difficult missions, high replayability, a ton of customization options, and intense combat. Having watched some of the immensely satisfying gifs they provided in the press release it isn’t hard to see why.

So, if you want to take part in the beta tests, sorry…trails for Pagan Online next year be sure to head over to the official site and sign up now. Also, no, we aren’t really sure what pre-Christian mythology includes either. But it will certainly be interesting to find out as they reveal more about the game!

Source: Press Release

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Conqueror’s Blade Shows Off Siege Gameplay

The tactical sandbox MMO-like Conqueror’s Blade asks a lot of its players as they lead their nations to victory, not the least of which being to lay siege to keeps and forts. But how does that play out, exactly? A new Conqueror’s Blade siege gameplay trailer is showing us all how.

conqueror's blade siege gameplay

The video offers a general run through the entire process of laying siege to a fortification, from selecting army unites and siege engines to issuing orders to troops in the middle of battle. The video provides more than a few glimpses at the player character ordering troops into formation, issuing charge orders, or otherwise taking direct control of the fight by entering the fray personally or commandeering siege weapons.

According to producer Peter Lagun, Conqueror’s Blade siege warfare has been put through its paces in early testing. “We saw thousands of players help us stress our technology,” said Lagun. “Players have clashed steel for hours, have found creative tactics in siege warfare and ultimately have shown a great hunger for more.”

You can take in all of the siegecraft gameplay you could want in the embed below.

Our Thoughts

Siege warfare in Conqueror’s Blade certainly looks like it’ll be a busy affair, but we do hope that tactical thinking will win out the day in favor of merely memorizing the shape of maps or battlegrounds and taking advantage of those locations. That’s probably not going to happen, though.

Source: press release

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Closers Introduces its Latest Character Soma

The tonfa is a melee weapon that is believed to have originated in China and was used extensively with martial arts forms that came from Okinawa, Japan. They are blunt objects, usually measuring about 15-20 inches in length and wielded in pairs. Don’t let any of that distract you from the new Closers Soma trailer showing the new character’s hyper-tech bladed tonfas, though.

closers soma trailer

Soma is the latest member of the Wildhüter team, described as a tonfa-wielding demolisher that harbors a deep hatred for dimensional monsters. The use of her tonfas allows her to lash out with lighting-fast combinations and heavy-hitting attacks.

As is often the case with a new character to Closers, there’s a new event alongside Soma’s release. Between now and Tuesday, November 6th those who get a Soma character to level 20 net themselves 500 EMP. There’s also leveling goodies for Soma to get and 20 days’ worth of login rewards to mark the MMO’s closed beta anniversary.

In addition to Soma’s arrival, the folks at Closers have seen fit to set up yet another Gleam giveaway. From October 30th until November 13th, players who tick off a number of activities can be entered to once again win a Razer Blade 15 laptop for the grand prize as well as a 2nd place prize of 15,000 EMP.

Our Thoughts

Yep, she’s another quick and flashy character. We do have to wonder at what point players of Closers stop getting invested in seeing new arrivals to the game’s roster and whether they’d like to see more content pursuits instead. Do you feel that way? Let us know in the comments.

Sources: press release, official site

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