Blade and Soul's mobile adaptation Blade & Soul: Revolution will be launching in South Korea on December 6th, 2018. The game aims to stay true to its PC game as much as possible. It'll be launching with 4 playable races (Jin, Gon, Yun, and Lyn) and four classes (Blader Master, Kung Fu Master, Destroyer, and Machinist). Like the PC version, the mobile game will feature quite a few cutscenes - over 150 in fact to immerse players in the game's story. No word on whether Blade & Soul: Revolution will be launching in English, but if it does well in South Korea, I suspect NCSoft will bring it to the West.
Bioware revealed this last week that their latest story update 5.1: Jedi Under Siege will be launching in December, 2018 and will introduce quite a bit of new story content. Given that Star Wars: The new storyline will be playable from both the Republic and Empire side and will have some notable differences. Anyone with a level 70 character can experience the new story, so if you're not level 70 yet, get to it. The Old Republic has some of the best storytelling I've ever seen in an MMORPG, I suspect the game will get a surge of returning players when the update launches.
Nexon's latest mobile MMORPG 'Spiritwish' from their internal Neon Studio entered closed beta testing in South Korea. From the looks of the gameplay video below, SpiritWish is an isometric action RPG that looks a lot like Tree of Savior. Instead of adventuring alone though, players build a team of up to 3 characters at once and do battle in small groups (kind of like Granada Espada). As with any foreign game launch, there's no word on whether SpiritWish will make it to the West, but I suspect if the game is a hit in South Korea, we'll get an English version. Afterall, Nexon has emphasized in every single one of their earnings reports that they aim to grow their revenues from the Western market.
4v4 Sidescrolling action MOBA Hyper Universe is shutting down in its home market of South Korea on November 15th. While no closure has been announced in the U.S. market, anytime a game shuts down in its home market, it's usually a bad sign for it overseas as well. In fact, it would be surprising to see Hyper Universe survive the year in the West, as the game's playerbase numbers are dismal; its averaging just 26 players online at any given time on Steam. Just imagine those queue times!
The game's last big patch on the PC took place in July, 2018 and was the 4.6 update. There's been nothing new since. We don't know how well the game's doing on the Xbox One though, but given that it's been a major flop on the PC, I can't imagine it doing much better on Xbox. I suspect Hyper Universe will be joining the MOBA graveyard by the end of the year.
The latest ArcheAge expansion, titled Relics of Hiram, is set to launch on October 24th and will be the game's 5.0 update. The biggest feature of Relics of Hiram is the introduction of the first ever new skill set to the game called 'Malediction', which will add a total of 45 new class combinations. While 5.0's features were revealed before, we have a firm release date now. Along with the release, ArcheAge is doing additional server evolutions (mergers) bringing the total number of NA servers from 5 to 2 and European servers from 3 to 2.
Check out other key features of ArcheAge 5.0 Relics of Hiram below:
New skill set: Malediction
45 new class combos
Increased Ancestral Level Cap from 7 to 34
New Auroria Zone: Western Hiram Mountains
Ability to customize floors, walls, and ceilings for small and medium houses
Gamigo, the German company that owns Aeria Games as well as the European portal Gamigo, raised 32 million Euros in funding through a bond issue this week. It's interesting because the intended goal of the fundraising was to pursue mergers and acquisitions, which means they're looking to buy another company/game to continue their growth.
“We are very pleased with the interest and support that we have received from investors primarily in Sweden and Continental Europe. This bond issue enables us to continue pursuing our growth ambitions including further M&A”, says Remco Westermann, CEO of the gamigo group.
Interestingly, the terms of the bond weren't particularly favorable towards Gamigo. They're paying an interest rate of 3 month Euribor + 7.75%, which comes out to ~7.5% today, which is fairly high.
JANDISOFT, a South Korean game studio, revealed earlier this week a new gameplay video showing off some raiding content in their upcoming HTML5 powered cross platform MMORPG. Check it out below:
PvP Battle Zone:
Mad World is an ambitious title with one of its core features being multi-platform play. PC users will be able to play with those on mobile as well as other platforms. It'll be one of the only MMORPGs built on HTML 5 and is aiming for a release sometime in 2019.
Pearl Abyss was set to take over the Russian version of Black Desert Online from the local publisher GameNet, but apparently Pearl Abyss couldn't reach an agreement with GameNet and player data is lost. Pearl Abyss points the blame at GameNet while GameNet says they were ready to transfer player data, but Pearl Abyss wasn't going through the legal route to manage personal information in Russia. While we can't know who's exactly to blame, it looks like anyone who played the Russian version of the game were shafted.
I suspect Pearl Abyss will operate a newly launched Russian version of the game in the neat future, but no word on whether they'll be able to obtain player data or not. This won't affect other versions of the game, but it's sad to see players in Russia get screwed.
You’ve probably come across Indriks while wandering through the Summerset Isles in Elder Scrolls Online, you might have even slain one or two. Well, now you have a chance of acquiring the magical creature as a mount. All you have to do is participate in four holiday events running from Halloween through New Year’s, the first of which kicks off on October 18th.
“The Witches Festival kicks off at 10:00AM EDT on Thursday, October 18 and will run until 10:00AM EDT, Thursday, November 1. During this spoopy event, you can enjoy a 100% XP buff, become an undead monster, and acquire a creepy collection of Witches Festival-themed items. In addition to this, we’re also introducing the brand-new Dremora Plunder Skulls, containing a never-before-seen Motif!”
The highly anticipated sequel to one of Nexon's most successful games, MapleStory, is finally here. MapleStory 2 launched today as a free to play game both on Steam and the Nexon launcher after being available for early access founders since October 1st. According to SteamCharts, the game hit a peak concurrent playerbase of over 24,000 users on Steam alone, which is impressive for a game available off-Steam as well.
I've personally already played a bit of MapleStory 2 on the Korean server as well as both closed beta periods and I'm optimistic about its chances to succeed in the West. As-is, it's already off to an incredibly strong start. The game's focus on stuff to do outside of core gameplay mechanics, like housing, mini games, crafting, customization, music, and more will help differentiate it amongst a sea of countless MMOs. If you haven't tried this one yet...
While Nexon no longer publishes Combat Arms, the classic version of the game along with the revamped 'Reloaded' version are available through their affiliate company Valofe (which also publishes another old Nexon title, Atlantica Online). While no word on whether Combat Arms classic is launching on Steam, the Reloaded version is headed to Valve's platform in the near future.
No word on exactly when the Steam launch is happening, but the game is available right now on its official website.
The original Combat Arms game launched back in 2008 and quickly grew in popularity. It was one of the first mega popular free to play shooters from South Korea. Since launch it has reached 1.5 million registered users and still has a core active community.
While Lord of the Rings Online is certainly a bit of an oldie (2007 release), it's still getting updated regularly. Standing Stone Games and Daybreak released the game's 'Where Dragons Dwell' update today (Update 23) which increased the game's level cap by 5, introduced a new ironfold crafting tier, added new zones, and more. Take a look at the highlights below:
Exploration of new and expanded regions: Players can now adventure through iconic Middle-Earth locations including the Iron Hills, Grey Mountains and Erebor.
Increased Level Cap - Level cap has been increased by 5 for players along with an increased level cap for legendary weapon legacy.
Introduction of the Bassoon: The Bassoon is the latest addition to LOTRO’s acclaimed instrument system—a system that allows players to write and play their own music in the game, while maintaining the sounds of real world musical instruments.
EverQuest 2's latest expansion, Chaos Descending, is available for pre-order today and will be launching on November 13th, 2018. Anyone who pre-orders the expansion can begin playing the beta for it right away. The base version is available for $34.99, Collector's Edition for $89.99, and Premium for $139.99. Learn more about the different versions here. Check out the key features below:
Expanded Lore: Something is throwing the Elemental Planes of Order into chaos! Norrathians return to the planes to restore balance to the planes of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth to uncover a mystery of Celestial proportions.
New Elemental Planes to Explore: New zones, dungeon themes, signature adventure quests, raids, and more highlight a vast array of new story content for Norrathians to battle through. But will they gain the strengths and abilities necessary to defeat the ceaseless denizens of the...
Heroes and Generals from the Danish game studio Reto Moto launched their 'Deploy! Drive! Destroy!' update this week which is being dubbed by the developer as its biggest update ever. The update rebalances more than 70 vehicles as well as introduces a new armor system to the game for vehicles.
“In the ‘Deploy! Drive! Destroy!’-update we ripped out key elements of the game and rebuilt them for a richer and deeper gameplay experience. We not only wanted to make heavy tanks as badass as you would expect, we wanted to add value to ALL vehicles in Heroes & Generals and create a diverse and balanced battlefield,” tells Jacob Andersen, Game Director at RETO MOTO.
Heroes and Generals is a World War 2 MMOFPS game with persistent elements and faction war. Although games take place in lobbies, they impact a larger scale war happening in the background. The game averages over 3,000 players online at any given time according to Steamcharts, making it one of...
Legends of Aria, the sandbox fantasy MMORPG inspired by Ultima Online, is finally launching on Steam on December 4th. Anyone who pre-orders the game between now and December 3rd will gain access to a 7 day head start program and obtain all other founder's pack bonuses. Anyone interested in Legends of Aria should pre-order, as the game will be buy to play at launch anyway.
“It’s hard to believe it’s been four years since we began this journey,” said Citadel Studios Founder Derek Brinkmann. “So much has changed since then. We’ve gone from making a smaller scale online RPG to making the large-scale full-on sandbox MMORPG we’ve been dying to play since Ultima Online, Dark Age of Camelot, and EverQuest first made us all believers in the genre years ago. We’ve got even more content and additions planned for the future of Aria, but we’re just excited to finally open the doors and see what the players will do in our world this December.”
MapleStory 2's head-start program began on October 1st for everyone that bought a founders pack and is will be free for everyone on October 10th. The game also made its way to Steam on October 4th and the game's numbers on there are fairly impressive. As of this writing the game hit over 1875 concurrent users, which is impressive because most people hyped for the game bought founders packs directly through Nexon. The 1875+ users on Steam likely represent a small minority of the game's active playerbase.
Given the game's unique emphasis on non-gameplay elements (housing, crafting, mini games, music, etc), I'm optimistic on the game's fortunes in the West. MapleStory 2 seems to be a lot more than a game - it's trying to be a place to hang out.
Indie developer Dynamight Studios has just announced that the virtual store for their crowdfunded sandbox MMO Fractured is now up and running. According to a recent press release, the Fractured Store “marks the reboot of crowdfunding for [the] upcoming sandbox MMORPG Fractured.”
The virtual store features the same pledge packages found in the Kickstarter campaign which ended in July with over $120,00 in funding. This includes the Early Bird packs and other exclusive packages previously available during the Kickstarter campaign.
Pledge Packages start at $23 all the way up to $345. High-value packs will be available until the start of Alpha testing in December which all high-tier backers will immediately have access to. Backers who donated during the Kickstarter campaign will also be able to upgrade their pledges...
Halloween is in the air and TERA is celebrating with candies and costumes for everyone. En Masse Entertainment has brought back the Harvest Festival Hall event to kick off the celebrations.
During the event, players will be able to participate in a special Halloween-themed dungeon.
“Look for the witch Serena at the Eldritch Academy (near Pora Elinu) to participate. Once you're inside, use the Halloween Cannons to repel waves of monsters intent on stealing every last bit of candy they can get their grubby paws on.”
Players who participate in the special dungeon will be rewarded with Halloween Candy which they can exchange for unique mounts, pets, and of course, costumes.
En Masse will also be releasing premium seasonal costumes every week of October. For this week, players can purchase the sexy Devilicious costume for females and sentai-themed Titan Force costumes for male characters...
Bless is officially exiting early access on Steam on October 23 and also going free to play on the same day. The game originally launched as a buy to play game in North America and Europe, despite being free to play in every other region. The logic behind the business model was to follow in the footsteps of Black Desert Online in monetizing retail sales rather than relying heavily on micro-transactions. Unfortunately the game launched with terrible optimizations and saw its playerbase decline precipitously and the free to play move is an attempt to increase its playerbase.
Every owner of the Early Access of Bless Online, even those who purchase the game now before its official launch on Oct. 23rd, will receive unique rewards for their patronage. Those who own the Collector’s Edition will receive a lifetime premium membership subscription, and all editions receive at least three months of premium membership, along with exclusive skins that...
Want to get a copy of Black Desert Online for free? Last month, the fantasy MMORPG hit 10 million players and Kakao Games and Pearl Abyss are celebrating the milestone by giving away free copies of the game to new players. But, there’s a catch.
“New adventurers can earn a free copy of Black Desert Online by completing the 7-day trial challenge. Players who start playing Black Desert Online between the 3rd of October up until the 17th of October, reach level 56 on a character and complete that character’s awakening quest before their 7-day trial expires will be rewarded with a free Starters Package.”
The Starter Package is priced at $10 which isn’t bad considering that the Drieghan expansion’s release is just around the corner. Unfortunately, the promo won’t work on Steam. You can find the full mechanics here.
Meanwhile, the game itself has just gotten a new patch which features the...