- ArcheAge's second beta event has begun.
- According to Bungie, over 4.6 million players joined Destiny's beta last week.
- We streamed Pathfinder Online's alpha.
- Elite: Dangerous released its beta 1 build.
- We posted our first impressions of LEGO Minifigures Online's beta.
- Oort Online has joined our list; it's available for early access testing.
Players who hop into the game will be assigned a regional server (out of three available) based on their location. To access the website's comments and forum, players have to level up a character to 5.
Royal Quest is being developed by Katauri Interactive (King's Bounty) and is only being offered through Steam for English users. Among other options in the game, players can own pets, eventually move into their own castle, and engage in special PvPvE zones in the game.
[Thanks to Dystopiq for the tip!]
Eurogamer reports that while the level cap is technically 20, you'll convert post-20 XP into something called Motes of Light, which can then be used to make special armor. Said armor will give you a stat boost that is necessary for some of Destiny's endgame raids.
Chaos Heroes Online is based on a variant of the original genre-defining Defense of the Ancients mod for Warcraft III, and its main claim to fame is offering players the ability to gear up from anywhere on the map rather than requiring anyone to return to base. Beyond that, it offers... well, you can probably guess what it offers if you're familiar with other MOBAs. Because that's what it is. Purely. You can check out the trailer past the cut if you have a mighty need for another MOBA.
[Source: Aeria Games press release]
King of Wushu is powered by CryEngine 3 and currently slated for the Xbox One and PC platforms. Click past the cut to view the vid!
You may also be pleased to note that all of your CBE1 progress will carry over, including your crop timers and taxes. Trion says that CBE2 is expected to be "three times the size of the first."
That last point was recently addressed by Pearl Abyss Director of Overseas Business Brian Oh, who spoke with MMO Culture at ChinaJoy 2014. "Daum is looking to set up a new games business team and hiring veterans from the western region to operate the new games platform," Oh explained.
The interview also delves into Black Desert's translation process as well as IP restrictions and other notables.
"We think fans of procedural games are going to love Oort Online! We're making a universe-sized sandbox and giving players control over what happens," developer Wonderstruck said.
Oort Online has been in development for six months and is available right now as an early access prototype for funders who spend $95 or more. The crowdfunded project also has cheaper tiers for alpha and beta access and promises a package of goodies (including a chance to win instant access) for those who send out a tweet promoting the game.
Get a sneak peek of Oort Online in a dev video after the break!
"Hosting a beta at this scale is an incredible feat, so we're thrilled to see the phenomenal response. But the beta is just a taste of what's to come," said Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg. "This is the biggest beta of this console generation by a wide margin and the largest console beta ever for a new video game IP to date."
[Source: Bungie press release]
Beta 1 also introduces new features including fuel consumption, player communication, docking computers, mission system functionality, and friend management/matchmaking capability. There's more, including a new trailer, which is embedded along with the official press release after the break.
[Source: Frontier press release]
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- Destiny closed the gates on beta until its launch in September. Analysts predict as many as 20 million units could be sold.
- SMITE posted dates for its world championship event in Atlanta, Georgia: January 9th through 11th, 2015.
- Heroes of the Storm announced new hero Rehgar Earthfury.
- Former Destiny composer Marty O'Donnell settled his lawsuit against Bungie for "$95,000 in unpaid work, vacation time and damages."
- League of Legends unveiled new cinematic, A New Dawn, and cracked down on bad seeds.
- ESPN says it is "delighted" with Dota 2's tournament performance.
- Warframe has opened up PC-to-PS4 account migrations through Friday. (Thanks, Olorunsegun Adewumi.)
- Firefall implemented new raids just ahead of its relaunch.
- Hearthstone opened up the first wing of Naxxramas.
- Transformers Universe now has motorbikes because of course it does.
- Games of Glory launched Steam Greenlight and Kickstarter campaigns.
- Path of Exile ends the sale of its supporter packs at midnight tonight.
- DUST 514 shut down its Oceania server.
- Riot Games promised to increase diversity in League of Legends.
- Shroud of the Avatar posted beta release 8, which emphasizes tutorials and PvP.
When Free Realms shut down, my youngest, now 9 years old, was heartbroken. Although he didn't really do much questing, he loved the other activities in the game like kart racing and exploring the housing system. I have attempted to get him to jump into games like Wizard101 and Pirate101, whose combat systems were more complex than his liking. But he's a fan of combat in SHSO. He also plays Minecraft daily and has really adhered to the whole culture that surrounds it.
So when LEGO Minifigures Online opened its beta, I thought it would be an excellent combination of both SHSO combat and the building systems of Minecraft. I was wrong on one count but right on the other. My son loved the combat system, at least.
Q&A #10 is now live, and it details everything from item grades and set bonuses to jewelry additions and other attribute tweaks. Read all about it, and feast your eyes on some gorgeous game assets, on the official Tree of Savior blog.
Alas, Comcast had other plans, so I spent the better part of my weekend disconnected. What about you, Massively readers? Did you check out the Destiny beta now that it's open to everyone? If so, what did you think?
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