Since its inception, Indie online game developer Motiga has kept quiet about two things: its money and its first project. Smart, since keeping mum has allowed it to move forward with its first project without too much interference. At long last however, the Motiga team is ready to let us in on what's been percolating in its Pacific Northwest pressure-cooker, and last week I was one of the lucky few who got to see it. Although I'm not one to indulge in hyperbole, it's no exaggeration to say this game is going to be Gigantic.
Read more of Neilie Johnson's Meet Gigantic - A Fusion of Casual and Hardcore
Motiga has finally unveiled the game that the development team has been working on lately. Called "Gigantic", the game places teams of players with a massive guardian in a no-holds-barred fight for supremacy.
From the very beginning, our goal was not just to make an awesome free-to-play online game. We wanted to make the best online game, period.
Creating great games starts with great people. We have a studio full of not only experienced veterans in the industry, but also people who still have the passion for making something truly great. We set our bar very high—only to find that we needed to raise it even higher. Not because of any external pressure or market demand, but because of the team itself. This is what happens when you have an entire studio full of people dedicated to the craft of gamemaking at its highest caliber.
We at Motiga believe that gamers deserve great games. We are passionate about delivering experiences that you’ll remember and treasure; the kind of game experiences you talk with your friends about long after the game ends. Time is a precious commodity for the gamers, and every minute spent in our game should be fun and rewarding.
Check out more about Gigantic on the new site.
Bioware's Mike Gamble has posted a link on his Twitter account asking fans of the Mass Effect franchise to complete a short survey to "help us make the next Mass Effect game the best one yet". The survey asks players to identify games they have and are playing as well as their favorite aspects of the games they play.
Help us make the next Mass Effect game the best one yet. Id appreciate it if you folks did this short survey... https://t.co/XAH1xjNNty— Michael Gamble (@GambleMike) July 14, 2014
Complete the survey at the link above.
Do you think something like this will have a real impact on the development of Mass Effect 4? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments.
In addition to the above, Bioware also announced that it will be sending a team to this year's San Diego Comic Con to discuss the making of Mass Effect 4. The panel will not delve into characters and story, but how the series is expanding with the next title.
Mass Effect developers from the Edmonton and Montreal studios discuss what it's like to expand on a well-established and beloved video game franchise. Panelists Carl Boulay (lead animator), Fabrice Condominas (producer), Mike Gamble (producer), Noel Lukasewich (senior artist), and Jessica Merizan (community manager), share their experiences in shaping the next Mass Effect game with new possibilities while staying true to the critically acclaimed series. Moderated by Nerdist.com.
After tomorrow's patch, SMITE's pantheon of playable gods will increase with the arrival of Serqet, the Goddess of Venom. The new video reveals Serqet's background in mythology, as well as how she will perform in game. Find out more about Serqet in the video below.
MMORPG.com has teamed up with Trion to bring you an exciting beta key giveaway event for Archeage, the all new ultimate sandbox MMORPG! Get your key now while supplies last!
IMPORTANT NOTE: Beta Codes are for Closed Beta Event #1 from 10am PDT July 17th through 10am PDT July 21st.
I'll admit to not being entirely on board with the new-fangled story Journal as it was posted on the Guild Wars 2 site a month ago. “Repeatable” was the keyword that most of us latched onto, and there was stuff about “no pounding-signpost-grinding” and “challenge” in there, but I figured I'd wait until it all went live before getting too pumped up about anything.
Read more of Jason Winter's Guild Wars 2: The Neverending Story (Journal).
Today on Twitch, Mark Jacobs and crew at City State Entertainment are unveiling the many systems for their upcoming MMORPG, Camelot Unchained. Today, the first stream is all about the stats system. We sent CSE some questions in advance, and you can find the answers after the jump.
Read more of Rob Lashley's Camelot Unchained: The Stat System Revealed.
NexonGT is ready to redeploy its side-scrolling MMO Dark Blood Online on July 22nd. The game, a 3D experience over a 2D background, will relaunch on Steam and feature new dungeons to give returning players lots of new content to explore.
Most importantly, Dark Blood Online features the side-scrolling style of old school arcades with the modern twist of intensive action! Smash and render enemy attacks useless with powerful and dynamic commands. Enjoy victories against your friends, other players and AI in exciting PVP arenas and 1v1 duels! PVP ranks will be updated on ranking boards every week and those who have achieved the highest ranks will get unique rewards!
Keep an eye on the Dark Blood Online Facebook page for more details prior to next week's relaunch on Steam.
Ancients of Fasaria will be growing soon with the release of its first expansion, "Celestias Angelica". The expansion will feature a level cap increase, new areas, quests, items, a new strategy guide and upgrades to existing features.
Ancients of Fasaria is an mmorpg based upon the 2D RPG Angels of Fasaria that was first released in 2005. With thousands of downloads and over 48 thousand active users in the browser based game, Angels of Fasaria maintained a loyal following and support base. Fasaria World was later released as the first full mmorpg version in 2009 and was totally re-designed and released as Ancients of Fasaria in 2013.
Find out more about the game and its expansion on the Ancients of Fasaria site.
Another week has come and gone and that means another episode of Game On! This week Chris and Jessica sit down with Belghast of Tales of the Aggronaut and the Aggrochat podcast and Apple Cider Mage of the Justice Points podcast and MapJabbit Wildstar blog. They break down Turbine's assertion that raiders are an extreme minority, Elder Scrolls Online's massive veteran content nerf, and much more.
Check it out on our MMORPG.com Game On Podcast page.
Behaviour Interactive hosted a developer live stream last week that showed off some early combat footage from Warhammer 40k: Eternal Crusade. If you missed the opportunity to see it live, worry not! The team has posted the video for your viewing pleasure. Check it out!
This week in All Things Warcraft we take a look at the pricing model for the upcoming Hearthstone Adventure mode, a new Hearthstone tournament and why you should attend a Fireside Gathering.
Read more of Reza Lackey's All Things Warcraft: Hearthstone Tournament, Fireside & WoW's Male Draenei.
Now that the latest update has been applied to Lord of the Rings Online servers, Executive Producer Aaron “Rowan” Campbell has taken to the game forums to talk about what players can expect in the balance of 2014. Most notably, Campbell tells players that the much-anticipated Beorning class is in alpha testing and on track for deployment later this year.
Still to come this year:
Central Gondor and Pelargir: Our third update of the year will take you through lands occupied by the Haradrim*, to the great port of Pelargir on the delta of Anduin. Join the Army of the Dead to defeat the Corsairs of Umbar!
Read the full letter on the Lord of the Rings Online forum.
The MMOG space has never lacked for differences of opinion. This isn't a problem; it would be pretty dull without them. What's more, we generally recognize that it's normal for at least some other people's views to diverge from our own. However, this is an expression of my rational side. At the gut feeling level, certain things with which I disagree are considerably harder for me to “get” than others.
Read more of Richard Aihoshi's The List: 6 Enduring MMOG Beliefs I Just Don't Get.
Last month, Fairytale Distillery and the Das Tal team announced that alpha testing would commence sometime in July. That sometime has now been announced as officially happening on July 20th. The initial pool of testers will be selected from over a thousand applicants. The first round of alpha testing will be focused on PvP with hints of the story behind the game.
This early build will focus on having fun with some good old-fashioned PvP combat.. The gameplay will involve two clans battling it out over five key landmarks on the map, earning points to win the round with the more landmarks they capture and defend. Players will choose between three armor classes and three weapons sets, combining these however they like to fit their playstyle. The playtests will focus on fast paced and diverse combat situations with this mix of characters fighting for map control. Additional features such as experience gains, character progression and proper clan warfare will come later in development.
The team says it's not too late to apply for alpha testing, so head to the Das Tal site and sign up!
Google's 'real world' free to play MMO, Ingress, is now available on iTunes and can be played by those with any iOS system. As players move through the real world, they are given hints about a mysterious energy that has been released in the world and have the ability to collect items, align with other players to capture territory and much more.
In the first six months of 2014, players have accomplished incredible milestones in the real world including:
- During Ingress live events coordinated by Niantic Labs in 2014, more than 12,300 Agents have gathered in 65 cities across the globe - from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Amsterdam, Netherlands; Auckland, New Zealand to Ishinomaki, Japan.
- More than 74,000 miles (more than three times the circumference of Earth) have been walked, ran and biked during the 65 live events hosted around the world
- Agents around the world in 2014 have made more than 22,400,000 in-game actions (hacking) while visiting “Portals” disguised as real-world art, architecture and landmarks.
Check out Ingress on iTunes.
If your first reaction to reading the title of this article was, “Wait, Firefall hasn’t been released yet?” I don’t think anyone would blame you. Originally announced way back in 2010, this MMO shooter has been struggling for the past few years to finally grasp hold of its original vision. From the overly convoluted original progression system, to a hampered PvP mode, nearly all facets of the game have undergone extreme renovations in the past couple years.
We've published this week's MMORPG.com Live Stream schedule that is packed with MMO action, including a special Carbine-MMORPG.com stream to be held on Wednesday. Check it out and make your plans to be there!
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We Are Good has announced that The World 2 has successfully completed its Steam Greenlight campaign. According to press information, The World 2 will now be produced in an offline single-player mode in PC, Mac and Linux flavors.
We Are Good has promised two version of the game for players. A single-player version (The World 2) will allow players to play the original game with all 80 bosses and 30 hero types with no need for additional purchases. The multiplayer version (The World Online 2) will allow for free to play gaming with in-game purchases, up to date monster rosters growing every month, trading of armor and weapons, and the opportunity to play online with others on Steam.
Check out The World 2 on Steam.
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