[Steam page] The studio lights are dimmed and a giant eagle is dropping clusters of cute animals by umbrella into an island paradise. Welcome to Super Animal Royale, the first nature show with machine guns. Pick your favorite animal and in all likelihood, it will only live for 6 minutes or less. The cuddly carnage begins today! Super Animal Royale is a top-down multiplayer survival shooter for up to 64 players. Engineered to charm and kill, Super Animals are cute enough to make you go “Aww” and deadly enough to make you go “Ahh!” Select your favorite from a menu of foxes, pandas, kitties, and other bloodthirsty beasts. Parachute into the ruins of an ill-fated safari park and fight off a lethal barrage of bullets, explosives, and silly dancing. Enjoy carefully balanced run and gun gameplay combined with an intuitive fog of war system that restricts a player’s view to line of sight, allowing for sneaky, strategic play. Matches are a brisk six minutes, so … [Read more...] about – Battle royale with cuddly animals and guns enters Steam Early Access
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Taugrim raises a very interesting question this week on his blog. Namely, is it really worth your time to alpha test MMOs these days? For him, at least, fickle players and unresponsive developers don’t make it a beneficial activity. “A decade ago, I used to get super excited about upcoming MMORPGs,” he said. “And then I experienced those games losing their playerbase in droves while the developers/publishers failed to meaningfully address the concerns of the community.” If you’ve been burned one too many times by alpha, beta, and early access testing, perhaps you can relate. Read on for more essays from the MMO blogosphere, and don’t forget to check out this month’s exciting Blaugust Reborn event that’s raging across blogs! Unidentified Signal Source: No Man’s Sky NEXT multiplayer impressions “My main concern was scarcity of resources. I remember struggling to get enough to keep my life support and hazard protection up … [Read more...] about Global Chat: Is it worth your time to alpha test MMOs?
If you backed Temtem’s successful Kickstarter, now is the time to collect at least some of your rewards. Spanish developer Crema has posted up detailed instructions on how to access the super secret Discord channels in a new Kickstarter update, though the rest will roll out depending on which platform you’ve picked. PC alpha, for example, is expected to begin in November; the early access is slated for September of next year. In-game rewards will roll out during that phase rather than alpha. Temtem fully funded on Kickstarter back at the start of July; over 11,000 backers pledged $573,939 to make the game and all of its stretch goals happen, making it the biggest MMO Kickstarter of the year to date. As we’ve previously covered, the game is a bit of a Pokemon lookalike and calls itself more of a “massively multiplayer creature-collection adventure” than a WoW clone with raids. “The core idea behind Temtem is to build a classic adventure game with a … [Read more...] about Temtem discusses Kickstarter backer rewards, November PC alpha, and 2019 early access
Are you looking for a new way to survive? It’s coming. We’ve watched as Rend wandered down its closed alpha path since May, but now the unique survival game is inviting everyone to join in the journey as it makes the turn to beta. Starting on July 31st, Rend launches on Steam early access. Those who want to try the three-faction, pet-taming, base-building, win condition experience can grab the buy-to-play title for $29.99 and dive right in. What will that one-time purchase get you? I sat down with Frostkeep Studios CEO and co-founder Jeremy Wood to talk a bit about the experience players will have jumping into early access. Feedback = fun Just last month our E3 coverage of Rend emphasized that Frostkeep Studios took player feedback seriously, making adjustments (like removing the wipe-entire-faction aspect of base capturing) to improve the fun factor of the game — especially where PvP is involved. That trend has not diminished. Wood said, “With the feedback … [Read more...] about Interviewing Frostkeep’s CEO as Rend announces July 31 early access
Last weekend was the 2016 Final Fantasy XIV Fanfest in Las Vegas and with it was the reveal of the brand new expansion… Stormblood. Also with it has come a brand new renewed interest in the game by folks who have yet to play it, or never really got a stable footing in the game. Yesterday a friend of mine started asking his twitter timeline a bunch of questions about the game, and it made me realize that a post explaining some stuff might be a timely thing. In traditional MMO terms, there are a bunch of decisions that you make at the beginning of any new game that can often times dictate your options later in the game. The most common of these are things like choosing a faction, or even sometimes a starting race. Final Fantasy has far fewer trip ups like this but those that do exist I thought I would explain a bit, namely from the perspective of someone who has played other MMOs. Data Center One of the first questions you are going to be asked … [Read more...] about FFXIV Early Decisions