Archive for the ‘Other MMOs’ Category

Therian Saga Smashes the Language Barrier

18 February 2014 | 1 Comment » | Pherephassa

The Themepark Age definitely seems to be receding. All hail the new age, the Age of Sand! Virtys, an independent game studio based in Quebec, announced today that Therian Saga, its browser-based sandbox MMORPG, has entered its English open beta. One of its regions, Hawkoria, has been fully translated, with another, Lanfar, expected to be completed in March.

According to their blog on crowdsourcing, when Virtys first began work on the Therian Saga, they decided that they wanted to retain their full creative authority over the game, so they forwent seeking a distributor and funded development out of pocket. They made the same decision about crowdsourcing, preferring to deliver a fully developed product so players could decide to fund them or not based on what they could see. I wrote about open development the other day with interesting timing, as Virtys has been living it for quite some time now!

The result is what looks to be an incredibly complex open world game. Continue Reading

Turbine Entertainment Continues Downsizing

17 February 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

It’s odd that more bad news is coming out of Turbine Entertainment. The developer of Asheron’s Call, Dungeons & Dragons OnlineLord of the Rings Online and the upcoming DC universe themed MOBA Infinite Crisis has had to cull back once again. Handed down from the overlords at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the latest cuts are labeled as a “strategic realignment”.

The statement did not specify how many employees were unfortunately shown the door or which teams were impacted. Gamasutra, which first broke the story, has not received further details despite the company’s request.

It was announced back in late 2013 that LotRO would not be seeing a new expansion in 2014, the first year since 2010 that an expansion didn’t land in Middle-earth. Enough of the bad news. Hit the jump for the latest hero reveal for Infinite Crisis, the introduction of Star Sapphire! Continue Reading

WildStar Flick: Teaseer (Video)

12 February 2014 | 2 Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

The release of WildStar is fast upon us. We think. Carbine Studios still hasn’t pegged the release date, sticking with a wide range of Q1/Q2 2014 after it was delayed from a 2014 release. Thankfully, beta keys continue to be pushed out for the classic MMORPG. Many (lucky) players have had positive responses. If it’s as well crafted as their trailers and other marketing material, there’s little reason to worry.

Need a refresher of their directorial and scripting prowess? The team has you covered with the newish WildStar Flick series. The most recent of which covers the Teaseer, featuring the dual-personality of the Caretaker.

The general shenanigans had in these videos is spiced up with promises of teasers. Inside the below video players will be treated to the first glimpses of upcoming content. Content that’s to be discussed this week! Continue Reading

GTA Online Snags Valentine’s Day Massacre Label from Mobsters, WWE

12 February 2014 | 1 Comment » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

Rockstar Games is championing its latest update to the currently console-based Grand Theft Auto Online. The first GTA to morph into the MMO realm, Grand Theft Auto V is receiving another free update featuring a variety of Valentine’s Day extras for the Story Mode as well as GTA Online. The upcoming update is dubbed Valentine’s Day Massacre, a nomenclature coined back in the mob days for an actual shooting, then drummed up for an old WWF event. That’s before they got ‘The F Out.’

I sincerely hope you’re not expecting a love fest out of this event. No Cupid’s arrow here. Instead expect the Gusenberg Sweeper, a throwback to the Tommy Gun, the Albany Roosevelt 1920s styled limo, fancy new threads and the addition of 10 more jobs “scattered like the remnants of a broken heart throughout the world of GTA Online.”

The items are available for a limited time, but will remain with your person forever. More from GTA Online is expected in the near future, including details on the Dangerous Business Pack, Online Heists and the expansion to the Creator tool.

Elemental Kingdoms Review

11 February 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

I’ve been looking for a solid card-based strategy game for my phone for awhile. Naturally, it was Blizzard Entertainment’s upcoming Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft that sent me down such a path, but given the company’s infamous reputation for taking forever I decided to play the field a bit. It ended up being perfect timing for the release of Elemental Kingdoms, the first mobile release from Perfect World Entertainment. Elemental Kingdoms is more akin to a deck-building game than your Magic The Gathering, which, again, is perfect since I’m a massive fan of Dominion.

The mobile game showcases the typical features of a solid title on the touch-friendly platform; a clean, intuitive user interface, natural screen pathing between features and options and various customizations. Screen space is used smartly, cards are well drawn, contain obvious fantasy staples and careful design has gone into their interactions. During the review time this critic was unable to repeatedly find opponents using the same card or strategy in the Arena. Quite a feat. But discussing balance and player-versus-player interactions is getting a bit ahead of ourselves. Continue Reading

Transformers Universe Test Your Metal (Trailer)

7 February 2014 | 1 Comment » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

Without further delay it’s here. The first gameplay trailer for the reenvisioned Transformers Universe. The upcoming Summer 2014 MOTA from Jagex!

Transformers Universe Breaks The Seal

6 February 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

Alright, it’s been a long, long time in an Internet far, far away since we’ve heard anything about Transformers Universe; the once MMORPG, now MOBA. Insert MOBA in disguise joke here. Anyways, the lid has cracked just a tad and we’ve been given a look at the State of the Game from Mark Gerhard, the CEO and CTO of Jagex, the makers of RuneScape.

Three years in and the company has reached tunnel vision. The process of honing in on what makes the title enjoyable and targeting those core gameplay elements with social connections. Gerhard promises that after putting the time in during 2013, the anticipatory community can expect regular updates.

The first of such update is that the team at Jagex is fully committed to launched Transformers Universe in Summer 2014. Not exactly crazy given its been in Closed Beta since December 2012!

As a commander in the Massive Online Tactical Action title, players will be in control of recruiting, maintaining and battling other Transformer warriors. Up next, the first in-game footage since the game’s directional change and a screenshot dump.

Bigpoint Launches SciFi MMO DarkOribit Reloaded (Video)

4 February 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

The astute reader that you are probably realizes that DarkOrbit Reloaded is not the first in the series. In fact, its marketed as the sequel to DarkOrbit, developed and published by Bigpoint as an “epic sci-fi” game featuring strategic “breadth and depth.” Of course, now that the browser-based game is out in the wild, you yourself can be the judge of such things!

The sequel features all the expected fixings, new maps, faction characters, a retailored user interface and high-res graphics make it an enticing switch from the original. The dev/pub hopes to lore new players with a new tutorial and assorted bonuses. Naturally, the true gift is being able to destroy various mega-corporations in the game.

If you’re a space or sci-fi strategy junkie yet still not convinced then I strongly suggest you check out the short trailer after the cut. It’s less than a minute and I’m absolutely positive you’ve spent more time on dumber things, like the last Super Bowl. Continue Reading