Looking for a new action RPG to sink some time into? Everlight, the latest fantasy action RPG from F2P developer KoramGame may suit your fancy. After spending an extended period of time in its closed beta phase, the title is heading to open beta on Thursday, March 14.
Set in a fantasy world, the title takes a slice out of crafting of The Secret World acknowledging that they myths and folklore we’re familiar with are a reality. Focused on four main classes, players will hack-and-slash their way through Atlantis. Heavily influenced by Eastern cultures and game design, Everlight includes an anime art style, customization and rather quirky features like a Horoscope system.
“We had a superb CBT with over 10,000 participants who really helped us iron out the bugs and improve the game to provide smoother game play. There were plenty of bugs so it wasn’t an easy job and we really appreciate all the time, effort and feedback from everyone who participated in the CBT.” said Everlight General Manager, Jiming Zhao. “We’re now moving forward to the Open Beta and after the success of the CBT we can’t wait open the servers for our fans.”
Hit the jump for a handful of screenshots, especially useful since the English-language website hasn’t been fleshed out as of press. Continue Reading
Chris Taylor and Gas Powered Games began searching for additional funding for a new action RPG in mid-January. It hasn’t gone as swimmingly as many other Kickstarter’s, standing at nearly 48% funded with a scant four days to deadline. Realizing there’s little chance of capturing over half a million more dollars in 96 hours time, Gas Powered Games has canceled the Kickstarter project.
It’s unlikely that Chris Taylor will be leaving the game industry, but the popular RTS game designer may have to find a new home soon. Gas Powered Games admitted that the future of the company largely rested on Wildman receiving funding. Now, the company is turning its attention to keeping the company afloat.
At this point, it makes sense for us to focus our attention on other ways to keep Gas Powered Games running. Unfortunately, we are unable to share any specifics in public. When we have news to share, we will be posting it on our site. If you want status updates, or if you want to continue discussing Wildman and/or this Kickstarter, please consider migrating over to forums.gaspowered.com.
We are profoundly grateful to those of you who backed this project and Gas Powered Games. Your passion and hard work put us in a position to write this exciting new chapter in the history of GPG.
This is the largest project from a well-known designer and developer that I have seen fail. Does this speak ill of Kickstarter as a fad or that the market research for Wildman wasn’t accurate?
Stephen Reid, the Community Director for Gazillion Entertainment, has posted the first part of the ‘Developer Blog’ on Marvel Heroes’ site. And what a first post! The introduction opens up the registrations for the closed beta of this upcoming MMO Action RPG. Stephen calls upon you, the Marvel fans, to sign up and help them out with constructive criticism and testing of the game.
Unlike many of today’s ‘closed betas,’ he made sure that everyone knew that this meant testing and not playing a demo or playing the game early. A fact many players (and companies) seem to forget. They have three steps to go by, step one is to register an account on their site. The second step has them sending out surveys which you have to answer to become eligible for closed beta testing. The last stage has them selecting the people that are going to be in the closed beta.
Cryptic Studios first launched the Foundry as one of the major updates to Star Trek Online. The system was had its issues, but was largely heralded as an awesome addition to the space faring MMORPG. First introduced to Lore Hound by Lindsay Haven, the Foundry for Neverwinter appears to be version 2.0, adding a ton of detail to every aspect of the user-generated content system.
The latest devblog dives deeper into the system, its changes and how players can interact and easily become authors with the toolset. Perhaps the biggest bit of news is the multitude of ways one can access player created content. From spotlights to searching to subscribing to an author, locating the content you want to play is going to be a seamless process.
Take a gander at our Foundry interview after the cut and get ready to get rewarded for your creations. Continue Reading
After a lengthy Closed Beta phase, Perfect World Entertainment is finally comfortable enough with its monster hunting MMORPG to push the game to Open Beta. RaiderZ will be heading to Open Beta testing on October 24. There’s been no details on the expected transition patch. Instead, PWE hit us with news of early adopter Founder’s packs.
PWE will be offering two distinct Founder’s packages, both including a Scroll of Heroes to maximize character progression from increasing XP and drop rates to reducing various costs and the Guardian’s Life Stone, awarding instant resurrection. The $9.99 Basic pack also includes an exclusive Breath of Artisan which increases the success of high level enchantments.
The biggest draw of the Elite pack for many is guaranteed access to the upcoming closed beta process of Neverwinter. Sweetening the deal for others is an included mount, costume items and the aforementioned Scroll of Heroes and Guardian’s Life Stone. The Elite pack is currently available for $29.99.
Check out all our RaiderZ coverage, including numerous interviews, zone introductions and recaps at the game’s official page.
Systems Designer Lindsay Haven walked iTZKooPA through the Foundry system in Neverwinter. First introduced in Star Trek Online, Cryptic Studios is employing a customized and updated Foundry for players to create their own adventures in Neverwinter. Applicable, given how mod friendly and community supported the previous Neverwinter titles were.
After delivering a quick demonstration of quest construction and instance building, Lindsay goes into further details surrounding the unique feature. Authors will be limited in the amount of content they can create. However, the rating system will enable players to suss out the drivel from the gems. In doing so, those with a high average of gems will unlock additional room for content.
Hit the jump to find out about monetization of the system, monetary rewards for quality creators, further restrictions and when to realize your dream of being the ultimate GM. Continue Reading
In the non-MMOG space, we had one goal; get a release date out of Runic Games for Torchlight II. Once upon a time, Max Schaefer, Runic’s CEO, jokingly said Torchlight III – that’d be a game that technically isn’t announced yet – would be released before Diablo III. Since the statement, Runic has turtled its own development for final polish. Lots of it.
A release date of “Soon TM” has been applied to the title since. However, that doesn’t stop our correspondent and community from wanting answer to difficult questions, including the presence of DirextX 11 support, system requirements and coverage, co-op play, including quest sharing, and access to the source code.
Star Wars: The Old Republic may have been crowned with the longest wait time – largely due to a 40 minute demo – but Nexon managed to hold its own. The F2P developer/publisher had two large swaths of space in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Off to one side was Vindictus, the dungeon-based action RPG the company released last October. Dead center of the convention floor was Dragon Nest, another dungeon-based action RPG, but of a different variety.
Dragon Nest is the freshmen release for Eyedentity Games, a Korean company founded in 2007. The game features the typical anime art style found in the genre. Combat is heavily based on targeting, as spells and abilities do not automatically connect with the intended target(s). Being a dungeon-based game, Dragon Nest features a heavy amount of instanced play and party-based combat.
iTZKooPA’s interview with Producer Davy Garaix goes in to further detail, including character classes, the story of the goddesses, the item shop and character and guild advancement.