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Camelot Unchained posts new art, dev checklist items

Fantasy, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, New Titles, PvP, News Items, Crowdfunding, Camelot Unchained

If you missed Thursday night's Camelot Unchained update, CityState bossman Mark Jacobs recapped it prior to the close of business on Friday, and he also threw in some new art assets and a project checklist for good measure.

The latter is interesting if you're following the sandbox PvP title's development closely, as it features both recently completed milestones and some new ones that the team will be tackling in the very near future.

Betawatch: January 10 - 16, 2015

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SOE's zombiebox H1Z1 vaulted into early access on Steam this week against a backdrop of controversy surrounding its PvE servers, launch issues, and potentially pay-to-win game mechanics. What else is new in the world of MMO testing? Our complete Betawatch roundup awaits.

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This is what it's like in Tree of Savior's closed beta

Betas, Fantasy, Classes, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, New Titles, News Items

What's it like in the Tree of Savior closed beta? Steparu has the answers in a brief but video-filled impressions piece published earlier today. He says that there's not a lot of customization in this particular build, but he does praise the game's unique barracks system and outlines what it's like to play a Wizard and a Swordsman.

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Massively hands-on: Let's talk about The Repopulation

Betas, Sci-Fi, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, New Titles, PvE, Opinion, Sandbox, Crafting, The Repopulation

Writing about early access games is the suck. I guess it's something I'll have to get over, though, given how early access is now launch, how alpha is the new beta, and how gamers are lining up to pay big money for ideas.

With that out of the way, let's talk a bit about my first steps in The Repopulation. It's an appropriately ambitious sci-fi sandbox from scrappy indie studio Above & Beyond Technologies. As you might expect, it's somewhat rough at the moment. I see it carving out a successful niche for itself in the future, though.

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The Stream Team: Hopping into H1Z1's early access

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Are you ready to face the plague in H1Z1? Massively's MJ is -- or at least that's what she thinks. The post-apocalyptic sandbox that's swarming with zombies opens for early access today, and MJ has been looking forward to checking it out since she got a taste back at SOE live. How long can she survive in a world where the living are as much a threat as the dead? Join us live at 12:15 p.m. to find out in this first look into H1Z1.

Game: H1Z1
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Friday, January 16th, 2015
Time: 12:15 p.m. EST

Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

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H1Z1 is now available, here's a trailer

Betas, Horror, Launches, MMO Industry, New Titles, PvP, News Items, Sandbox, H1Z1

Zombie survival sandbox H1Z1 is now available to play. Or test. Or whatever it is ya'll are doing inside these half-finished games that are killing it on Steam. What can you expect for your $19.99 or $39.99? Well, lots of bugs, placeholder artwork, and low-quality character models, according to a recent dev post. You also get to shoot your fellow zombie fans in the face, though, and purportedly influence development of the game going forward.

SOE has released a new trailer to mark today's launch. You can view it after the break!

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New Skyforge dev diary is all about combat

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Skyforge has just released a new video dev diary focusing on the title's combat, which the devs say is "90 percent of the game" in modern MMOs. Senior designer Dmitry Borodin walks you through a six-minute clip that traces the journey from traditional MMO combat to the "action-oriented combat of Skyforge today."

Further details on the title's combo system as well as Skyforge's healing mechanics are in the video past the break as well as the textual diary on the game's website.

[Thanks Toastngravy!]

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New Crowfall illustration hints at 'core game system'

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Creative director J. Todd Coleman has posted a new update on the Crowfall boards that takes a look at the journey from concept art to game asset. There's also an "illustration that provides clues for both a core game system and one of our key narrative threads," he writes.

Crowfall is a new virtual world currently in development at Artcraft, a new studio comprised of MMO industry veterans operating under the mantra of "real skill, real risk, and real consequences."

Leaderboard: Are you playing H1Z1 this week?

Horror, Business Models, MMO Industry, New Titles, PvP, Opinion, Post-Apocalyptic, Sandbox, Leaderboard, H1Z1

SOE's zombie-flavored sandbox comes to Steam early access tomorrow, and despite the under construction warnings of CEO John Smedley, I'm betting that lots of people are going to buy it. The question, though, is whether or not you have bought it.

How about it, Massively readers? Are you playing H1Z1 this week?

Ever wish that you could put to rest a long-standing MMO debate once and for all? Then welcome to the battle royal of Massively's Leaderboard, where two sides enter the pit o' judgment -- and only one leaves. Vote to make your opinion known, and see whether your choice tops the Leaderboard!

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Runewaker to reveal new game next week

Fantasy, Events (Real-World), New Titles, Miscellaneous

Is it an MMO? Is it a MOBA? Or is it something else entirely? Those are the questions swirling around the news that Runewaker is working on a third title, following Dragon's Prophet and Runes of Magic. Whatever the case may be, Runewaker will be revealing the game next week to the public. After that, this new title will be playable at the Taipei Game Show.

The studio did release a couple of pieces of concept art that show two fantasy forces squaring off against each other. There might be a touch of sci-fi in this as well, as the art shows giant robots (golems?) and neat-looking rifles.

Crowfall says 'play2crush' wasn't meant to mean 'everyone else sucks'

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Were you put off by Crowfall's hardcore "play2crush" reveal just before Christmas? You weren't alone. One player told studio ArtCraft that the original announcement "felt a little too political attack ad" -- and he got an official response on the game's new forums. Creative Director J. Todd Coleman explained that Crowfall's controversial introduction wasn't quite meant how it was taken:
You know, that original play2crush site wasn't meant to be "everyone else sucks." It was a mea culpa. We're the guys who make these games. The first line was "where did WE go wrong?" "We" didn't mean everyone else, it meant us. It meant me. I wrote that because I feel like I have let you down... by not pushing myself to innovate. It was too easy to pitch "wow in space" or "wow with vampires" or "wow with space vampires." I want to fix that. I want to build something new.
The game released its first screenshot and city siege concept art (below) yesterday, exposing a stylized graphical theme and meaty statistics panel. You can sign up for the beta by rolling up an account on the official site right now. The mysterious countdown timer on the front page currently has just over 40 days remaining.

[With thanks to Leiloni for bringing the post to our attention.]

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MapleStory 2's closed beta will have 3 PvP modes

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When MapleStory 2's closed beta doors open up in Korea from January 21st through the 25th, testers will be able to experience three different PvP modes. MMOCulture brings word of Nexon's recent update, which described these three modes, including 1v1, free-for-all, and PvPvE. Players level 30 and higher can engage in 1v1 battles in Red Coliseum or go for a reward for the most kills in Blood Mines free-for-all. The third mode, Shadow World, has no level restriction and pits players against mobs as well as players in a search for special treasures that aren't available anywhere in the open world.

Make My MMO: January 4 - 10, 2015

Business Models, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, New Titles, News Items, Crowdfunding, Make My MMO

This week was a busy one in MMO crowdfunding land. Divergence Online released its first new build in over a year while music-focused Anthymn rebranded itself as Maestros of the Anthym and insisted that it's still going to be an MMO. We also said hello to new Kickstarters for Isles of Eventide -- which lets you play as an animal -- and Identity, an open world MMO set in the modern era. More MMO crowdfunding news awaits you beyond the break.

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The Stream Team: Hands-on with The Repopulation's starter experience

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You've been hearing about The Repopulation for a while -- now see it! Now that early access doors have opened, Massively's MJ is diving into the in-progress sandbox to check things out. Much has changed since she got her first peek at the title at GDC 2012. MJ will show off the customization options of character creation (which includes the clothing) and then take her first steps into the world to see where adventure takes her. Join us live at 1:00 p.m. for this first look into the starter experience thus far.

Game: The Repopulation
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Saturday, January 10th, 2015
Time: 1:00 p.m. EST

Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

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Betawatch: January 3 - 9, 2015

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PlanetSide 2
SOE confirmed this week that the beta for PlanetSide 2's PlayStation 4 edition will begin on January 20th. This month is shaping up to be a big one for the studio; its zombie MMO H1Z1 will kick off its own early access next week. What else is new in the world of MMO testing? Read on for our complete Betawatch roundup.

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