Fast-forward 20 years and Ubisoft is doing something similar with The Crew. According to the latest company blog post, the open world MMO racer won't be given to media outlets in advance of its December 2nd release, ostensibly so that reviewers can experience the game in "optimal conditions" that include lots of other players.
"The Crew was built from the beginning to be a living playground full of driving fans, so it's only possible to assess our game in its entirety with other real players in the world," the company says. "And by other, we mean thousands and thousands and thousands of players – something that can't be simulated with a handful of devs playing alongside the press." Ubisoft goes on to say that any reviews that do appear on release day will be built around media preview sessions from the title's beta phases and thus will not "reflect the finished game."
SKIES is being pitched as a sort of hybrid between FPS, MMORPG, and single-player RPG; it includes dialogue options while dealing with NPCs and a number of economic and supply options. Take a look at the page if it sounds like an interesting prospect (and you can tolerate some iffy translations on the project page).
Not So Massively: Elite's refund controversy, Civ Online's closed beta, and Ghost in the Shell's G-Star debut
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- Elite: Dangerous navigated the refund controversy over its canceled offline mode.
- OFPS Ghost in the Shell unveiled its debut trailer at G-Star.
- Civilization Online posted a sweet new closed beta trailer.
- Blizzard explained the spare parts mechanic in Hearthstone's upcoming Goblins vs. Gnomes expansion.
- The opening cinematic for Destiny's upcoming expansion DLC was leaked. A demo version of the game is also now available. Bungie is reportedly planning more accommodation for solo play.
- This is how you stop exploits: Riot's paying out cash money to players who find League of Legends bugs. The studio's also working hard to disincentivize leavers.
- Tencent, Riot's main stakeholder, saw its Beijing offices vandalized earlier today.
- SMITE revealed Ao Kuang, the Dragon King of the Eastern Seas.
- Star Citizen explained its death mechanics.
- NCsoft's MOBA, Master X Master, is coming to mobile devices.
- MOBA TOME: Immortal Arena landed on Steam.
- The Crew launches its console beta tomorrow.
- Warframe's Archwing update hits consoles.
- World of Speed uploaded a new teaser focused on Toyota's Supra Mk 4.
- Ingress turned two years old and published an infographic to celebrate.
- GTA Online's character transfers are busted for accounts dormant since 2013.
- World of Tanks' Xbox 360 edition rolled out the German Maus heavy tank.
- The Order and Chaos MOBA, Heroes of Chaos, is due for a large mobile update.
- A StarCraft II player was booted from a tournament after tweeting about raping his female opponent.
Game: World of Warcraft
Host: Mike Foster
Date: Monday, November 24th, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Enjoy our Stream Team video below.
Gamma is open to everyone who crowdfunded via Kickstarter or Frontier's website prior to mid-December 2013, and it unlocks "the full 400 billion star systems of the most advanced virtual representation of the Milky Way galaxy ever created for a videogame," according to a company press release.
You can download the Elite companion app via iTunes right now. Frontier says Android and Windows Phone versions are "expected before the end of the year.
[Source: Frontier press release]
This week Roberts and company have released another extensive design doc called Healing Your Spacemen, which greatly expands the original concept. "In the end, the team decided to run counter to the standard FPS mechanics of regenerating health and instantly respawning on death to make every fight a calculated decision that can have ramifications that impact your character and place in the 'Verse," Cloud Imperium says.
Character health involves a limb-based system featuring four levels of health for each limb, and the system deliberately avoids "the current trend of hiding behind cover for blood to clear off your screen and jumping back in the fight ready for more." The post also explains how characters may be dragged to safety and how the spaceflight portion of the game will include "a robust rescue system" that complements the character death and damage mechanics. Read all about it via the official site links below!
Elsewhere, Shards Online met its Kickstarter goal, while Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen started taking donations via Patreon. You can see what else happened in the crowdfunding sphere by click through to our roundup.
SOE has published another H1Z1 dev spotlight vid. Environment artist Ruby Opfer is your host, and she spends the clip's three-minute running time expounding on various fan-submitted questions.
Want to know about the zombie gankbox's underwater exploration potential? What about cities and the ability for players to take them over? How about structural barricades and whether or not you can line your bunker with crafted wooden spikes?
All these questions and a few more are touched on just past the break.
Game: Shards Online
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
Time: 2:00 p.m. EST
Enjoy our Stream Team video below.
- Lost Ark captured our attention at G-Star; beta begins in 2015.
- The newly announced SkySaga hinted that its closed alpha will arrive "very soon."
- Black Desert's Korean launch is slated for December.
- Trove's open beta added a new class, the Candy Barbarian.
- Stormthrone is now official in open alpha.
- Elite: Dangerous, embroiled in a refund controversy, will launch Gamma 1 this weekend.
- Bless Online revealed a new trailer just in time for its second beta.
- Shards Online's Kickstarter funded with 23 days to go.
- Shroud of the Avatar preps for its Steam release.
- Pathfinder Online continued to delay early enrollment.
- Das Tal's latest stress test kicks off tomorrow.
- Pantheon raised eyebrows by moving to a Patreon for funding.
- Albion Online's alpha implemented farming.
- Civilization Online offered up a Korean closed beta trailer.
- The Crew pimped its console beta, which opens on November 25th.
You'll learn about the world and its 12 major cities as well as everything from skills to missions to factions to customization and the game's "CarPG" progression mechanics. Hop in and go for a spin just past the cut.
Don't forget about the game's console open beta which starts on November 25th!
In the videos, you'll follow a trio of adventurers around as they navigate the various biomes of the world and get into nasty scraps with mean foes. Of course, the biggest mystery here might be, "Where are their arms and legs?" See it all after the break!
You can check out the G-Star trailer courtesy of Steparu just past the break. While it only goes over some of the game's features in rapid succession, it shows off floating player-created landscapes, player-made objects with varied functions, and the monster taming system. If that sounds interesting, jump on down and check out the trailer. No sort of US release has been discussed at this time.
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