Ship of Heroes Showcases Mission Instance Tech

It seems like a reasonably simple thing, opening a door and entering a mission. Still, that’s a big first step when you’re an indie MMO in development. The latest Ship of Heroes showcase offers a look at prototype gameplay of a mission run from the perspective of a team and a player who doesn’t have that same mission.

ship of heroes showcase

In the demonstration, mission instances are private to individual players or teams, meaning that others will not be able to interfere with gameplay objectives much like in the original City of Heroes. The new build also has some rudimentary features such as a clickable “glowy” that ended the mission but only after the enemies in the instance were all defeated. The prototype also has several technical fixes installed, such as returning disconnected players to the proper location and custom server allocation for multiple missions.

The current build of Ship of Heroes is, understandably, incomplete and lacks much of the intended polish for things like animations, graphics, and sound. Regardless, you can take a look at the mission instance demonstration in the video below.

Our Thoughts

It’s not a lot to look at in terms of gameplay, but as a proof-of-concept and a test of the tech, this is definitely very successful and intriguing. We’re looking forward to seeing further developments out of Ship of Heroes soon.

Source: official site

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Final Fantasy XIV Offers a Peek at the Fourth Anniversary Event

It’s almost been a full four years since Final Fantasy XIV was a realm reborn, and soon players will get to celebrate with this year’s The Rising event. A new preview page has gone online offering a sneak peek at the annual event’s quest and its rewards.

the rising

While The Rising in the game’s lore is a celebration of remembrance for the events of the Calamity that nearly destroyed the world, a missing friend is weighing heavily on the mind of Nonoro and it’s up to players to find them. The quest NPC can be found at Ul’dah at the Steps of Nald zone.

Rewards for this year’s event include two new Minions fashioned after Stormblood NPCs, some new Orchestrion music rolls, a new furnishing, and some Magicked Prisms that let players fire off some flower-shaped fireworks.

The Rising will run from Saturday, August 26th through Thursday, September 14th. You can find out more about the event on its official page.

Our Thoughts

The information about this particular Rising event is actually remarkably vague, with only the above key art and the little blurb as clues. We’re certainly curious to see where this goes. We also want to wish the Final Fantasy XIV a happy fourth anniversary once more!

Source: official site

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GTA Online Opens Up the Skies and Smuggling Lanes in Next Update

Things in the air above Los Santos are about to get a lot more interesting. The arrival of GTA Online: Smuggler’s Run will introduce another new avenue of shady business for players with all new aircraft-minded gameplay and features.

gta online: smuggler's run

Smuggler’s Run sees players offered the chance to help Nervous Ron with his growing smuggling empire by taking flight in a variety of new planes including choppers and ultralights. Players will get to haul cargo and make deliveries from the air while also getting to dogfight others or even take on bombing runs according to a new gameplay trailer.

The announcement also described new gameplay for stunt racing with the addition of Transform Races. These races will test players’ ability to navigate land, sea, and air as their vehicles will automatically change to suit the course as it weaves from the road to the water to the sky. Transform Races are expected to arrive sometime in the Fall.

If you’d rather stay on the ground (or are awful at flying), updates arriving in the Fall will also include new four-wheeled vehicles and new competitive Adversary Modes. There are also plans for new seasonal events for Halloween and the Winter holidays, though no details were included in the presser.

Smuggler’s Run will lift off on Tuesday, August 29th for all platforms. You can check out the new mode’s new trailer below.

Our Thoughts

Smuggler’s Run looks like an incredible amount of fun, especially with the myriad aerial activities being offered in the update. We’re definitely looking forward to starting our own smuggling business and will prepare by working on our best Han Solo-style one-liners.

Source: press release

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MMO Alpha and Beta List: August 25, 2017

We’re starting off this week’s MMO Alpha and Beta list with a bit of sad news: Development on SkySaga has ended due to a license renewal issue. There is still hope for it in the future, but right now things aren’t looking good. So for that reason SkySaga has been removed from the list.

SkySaga

On the happier side of things we have several games which are getting ready for alpha and beta in the near future.

Dual Universe will be going into pre-alpha on September 30th.

On September 1st Dauntless will be going into Alpha.

Also sometime in September Closers will enter Alpha.

Wild Buster is eyeing Early Access in October

Moonlight Blade will be going into Closed Beta starting September 7th. This is a Korea only beta and you must register for it before September 3rd.

Lost Ark is also going to be having a Korea only closed beta beginning on August 25th.

 

As ever you can find all of this and more in the list below. Keep an eye out for the new  flag to see what was newly added this week.

 

Alpha and Pre-Alpha

Dual Universe

Arcfall Official Site MMO Survival Begins Aug 25
Ark Park Official Site Dinosaur VR
Battlesplash Official Site Water Shooter
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 September
Copia Official Site Strategy Card Game
Crowfall Official Site Strategy MMORPG
 Dauntless Official Site Co-op Action RPG Founders Only
Dogma: Eternal Night Official Site Gothic Horror MMO
Dragon of Legends Official Site Online aRPG
 Dual Universe Official Site Sci-Fi MMORPG Sept 30
Durango Official Site Mobile Dinosaur Survival Launches Q4 2017
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
Fringe Wars Official Site Space MOBA CB Coming Soon
Legends of Aria Official Site Sandbox MMORPG
Lineage Eternal Official Site Action MMORPG Delayed
Little War Online Official Site 2D MMORPG
New Dawn Official Site Survival Sandbox
OrbusVR Official Site VR MMORPG
Preta: Vendetta Rising Official Site Hack and Slash MORPG
Project Gorgon Official Site Fantasy MMORPG
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)
Tale of Toast Official Site Indie PvP
Valiance Online Official Site Superhero MMORPG
Valnir Rok Official Site Norse Sandbox
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
ARK: Survival Evolved Official Site Dinosaur Survival Launch Aug 29
Battalion 1944 Official Site WW2 Multiplayer Shooter
Battlerite Official Site Team Arena Brawler
Boundless Official Site Voxel Sandbox MMO
Citadel: Forged With Fire Official Site Fantasy Sandbox MMORPG
Conan Exiles Official Site Open World Survival
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
Fortnite Official Site 3rd Person Action Builder
Gloria Victis Official Site Sandbox MMORPG
Golden Rush Official Site 4-Team MOBA
Grav Official Site Sci-Fi Sandbox MMO
Guardians of Ember Official Site Hack’n’Slash MMORPG
H1Z1: Just Survive Official Site Zombie Survival
H1Z1: King of the Kill Official Site Battle Royale Survival
Heavy Gear Assault Official Site MMO-ish PvP Arena
Hellion Official Site Multiplayer Space Survival
Islet Online Official Site Sandbox MMORPG
JCB Pioneer: Mars Official Site Survival Sandbox Summer
Jeklynn Heights Official Site Match-Based Multiplayer
Kings and Heroes Official Site Co-Op Action RPG
Labyrinth Official Site CCG RPG
Lifeless Official Site Zombie Survival
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
Project Genom Official Site Sci-Fi Shooter
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
Stash Official Site Turn-Based RPG
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
VRobot Official Site Robot Smash VR
 Wild Buster Official Site Sci-fi Hack’n’Slash October
Wild Terra Official Site Sandbox MMORPG
Win That War! Official Site MMORTS

 

Closed Beta

Moonlight Blade

Moonlight Blade

Absolver Official Site Online Combat RPG Launch Aug 29
Battlerite Official Site Team Arena Brawler
Escape From Tarkov Official Site Military MMO
Fable Fortune Official Site Digital TCG
Hyper Universe Official Site Side Scroll MOBA
 Lost Ark Official Site Diablo-esque Action Game Korea Only
Luna Online Official Site Anime MMORPG SE Asia Beta
 Moonlight Blade Official Site MMORPG Korea, Sept 7-30
One Tower Official Site Micro MOBA
Paragon Official Site MOBA
PigBang Official Site Mobile MOBA
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
The Amazing Eternals Official Site FPS-Deckbuilding Strategy
Formerly Called Keystone, Begins Aug 29
Worlds Adrift Official Site Sandbox MMO

 

Open Beta

Transformers Online

Transformers Online

ArcheAge Begins Official Site Mobile Spinoff
Dead Alliance Official Site Team-Based Shooter
Destiny 2 Official Site Shooter PC Aug 29
Dreadnought Official Site Internet Spaceships PS4 Beta
Ever, Jane Official Site Jane Austen MMORPG
INSIDIA Official Site Strategy PvP Begins Sept 7
Kritika Online Official Site Action RPG Launch Sept
MU Legend Official Site Action MMORPG Begins Sept
Paladins Official Site Team-Based Shooter
Shroud of the Avatar Official Site Fantasy MMORPG Aug 9-31
Supernova Official Site Sci-fi MOBA
Transformers Online Official Site Overwatch a-like Chinese Beta
Virtual Earth Online Official Site World Building

 

Crowdfunding

Citadel of Sorcery

Citadel of Sorcery

Citadel of Sorcery Open Donation MMORPG
Exile Online Gofundme Dystopia Cyberpunk In Development
Majestic The Card Game Kickstarter Card Game Ends Sept 10
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

Wizard Online

Wizard Online

Ashes of Creation Official Site Fantasy Sandbox MMORPG
Chronicles of Elyria Official Site Sandbox MMORPG
Royal Blood Official Site Mobile MMORPG
Ship of Heroes Official Site Superhero MMORPG Alpha Dec 2017
Wild West Online Official Site Wild West Sandbox MMORPG
Wizard Online Official Site VR MMORPG
Confirmed on hiatus but not dead

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Overwatch Brings New-Look D.Va and Mercy to PTR

We already knew a lot about what was happening to D.Va, and we had seen a sideways mention about a major Mercy adjustment. The PTR now houses those two very dramatic Overwatch character changes, granting players the ability to try the new-look D.Va and a drastically changed Mercy.

overwatch character changes

According to the PTR patch notes, Mercy is almost completely reimagined. Her Resurrection skill is no longer her Ultimate and is instead a regular ability, allowing her to instead target one character at a time instead of her entire team. The radius of Resurrect has also been reduced to five meters and she no longer has invulnerability while casting it, while the skill’s cooldown is now 30 seconds instead of being tied to her Ultimate meter.

So what’s her Ultimate now? An ability called Valkyrie, which sends Mercy into overdrive for 20 seconds. Here’s a rundown of what Valkyrie does:

  • Her Caduceus Staff beams affect all allies near the targeted teammate and have longer range.
  • Her blaster has infinite ammo while also shooting faster and harder.
  • Guardian Angel has increased range and speed.
  • The cooldown on Resurrect is reset and only takes 10 seconds to recharge.
  • She continually regenerates health.
  • Her Hover ability moves to full flight, letting her soar across the battlefield at will and at higher speed.

There are some other things to check out on the patch notes as well including the more aggressive version of D.Va, so feel free to take a look. You can also check out a new Developer Video with Jeff Kaplan discussing the new PTR build below.

Our Thoughts

Wow. Those are some not-insignificant adjustments to arguably one of the game’s best Support heroes. Not only does this force Mercy deeper into a firefight, it also seems to make her almost more of a “pure” Support choice with skills that make her directly assist allies and an Ultimate that turns her into practically the penultimate healer. We are very intrigued by these changes.

Source: official site

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Gamescom 2017: Blade & Soul Confirms the Gunslinger’s Arrival

Conforming to the unwritten law that your Korean wuxia-styled MMO must have a ballistics-wielding class, the Blade and Soul Gunslinger is on its way. The reveal was made just before the European Regional Grand Finals of the game’s esports tournament, along with a teaser trailer and a launch date.

blade and soul gunslinger

The Rise of the Gunslinger update will introduce the class to the game, along with a number of unspecified updates, in-game events, and promotions. Details are currently sparse on the class itself, though a previous trailer from the Korean version showed the class switching back and forth between twin pistols and a long-range rifle in combat.

The Gunslinger and the related Rise of the Gunslinger update will arrive to Blade and Soul on Wednesday, September 13th. Further information is promised in the coming weeks, but you can check out the teaser trailer below in the meantime.

Our Thoughts

There’s not much to go on here, but a brand new class is almost always going to drive up some excitement. We’re anticipating learning more about what the Gunslinger brings to the class choices in Blade and Soul!

Source: official site

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En Masse Announces Western Release of Online ARPG Closers

En Masse Entertainment has just announced today that a new online action RPG is on the way with the Closers Western release. The upcoming game will let anime and ARPG fans take up the roles of several powerful psychic teens as they battle against interdimensional threats in New Seoul.

closers western release

Described as an episodic online ARPG, Closers lets players take up the role of one of five members of the Black Lambs: Seha, a combat genius; Sylvi, the group’s leader; Yuri, a newly empowered martial artist; Misteltein, a young boy with support powers; and J, the veteran member with a dark past. Players will get to play through a branching narrative, upgrading their powers and weapons and learning new skills all while they fight against an unnamed “gargantuan” threat.

Closers is set to begin a series of closed alpha tests in September and will move forward into a beta phase sometime in the Fall. Those who are interested in finding out more and want to register for the closed alpha can do so on the game’s official website. You can also check out a trailer of the game in action below.

Our Thoughts

Part Dungeon Fighter Online, part anime, all action. This is definitely a boisterous title we weren’t anticipating to come to our shores, but then again En Masse is developing something of a penchant for bringing pretty unique online games to the West. Are you curious to learn more about Closers or is this one a hard pass for you?

Source: press release

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Gamescom 2017: ArcheAge 4.0 Gets a Release Window

Trion Worlds has unveiled a bundle of new details for ArcheAge 4.0, not the least of which being a release window for the upcoming update. The new update is said to make the game “more accessible than ever before” with a variety of system updates and refinements along with a brand new naval PvP arena.

archeage 4.0

On the accessibility front, 4.0 will add an open-world raid finder in the form of a Raid Recruitment Board. This board will let players post advertisements for their raid groups in order to help players come together to take on Erenor’s greatest challenges. ArcheAge’s Gem system is also being streamlined with a new Lunagem system to reduce the effect of RNG, while a new crafting questline will seek to bring inexperienced players into the game’s economy. Crafters of all skill levels will also get a new crafting UI.

If you’re the PvP’ing sort and want to take your fight to the seas, there’s the upcoming Bloodsalt Bay, a 20-player naval battleground where three ships crewed by five players each must battle each other and the various monsters of the deep.

ArcheAge 4.0 is due to arrive sometime in the final quarter of this year. You can check out some of the high seas PvP action of Bloodsalt Bay in the trailer below.

Our Thoughts

This is looking like a drastic update for ArcheAge and we’re excited to explore more once it releases. In addition to the refinements proposed by the update, the new Bloodsalt Bay arena certainly sounds – and looks – very hectic. We anticipate more details as we get closer to release.

Source: press release

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Marvel Heroes Omega Adds New Event and Elektra on Console

PS4 and Xbox One players are getting a fresh dose of Marvel Heroes Omega content today. Specifically, a new Defenders event is arriving and the game’s roster is expanding with the addition of the infamous assassin Elektra.

marvel heroes omega content

Marvel Heroes Omega’s 41st roster addition comes complete with a unique skin based on Marvel’s Daredevil TV show, along with a Hell’s Kitchen Loot Box with skins for Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Punisher. The new update also introduces an event where players must battle members of The Hand for unique rewards.

In addition to the new content, Gazillion has also announced the Omega Prestige system, an advanced leveling system for select Heroes which is said to offer “some of the most powerful and visually stunning benefits currently available”. The first character to gain this new advancement system will be Spider-Man, with further details on the Omega Prestige system coming to the Marvel Heroes Omega website soon.

In the meantime, Elektra can be gained with the timed-exclusive purchase of an Elektra Pack in the PlayStation Store and Xbox Marketplace. After that, she’ll become available to purchase with in-game currency on Monday, September 25th. You can check out Elektra in action in the trailer below.

Our Thoughts

We’re always eager for a new Marvel Hero to play with and are certainly happy for a new in-game event, but we’re most curious about what this Omega Prestige system is all about. Consider our eyes peeled on the Marvel Heroes Omega website.

Source: press release

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