In our mailbag podcast a few weeks back, we answered a question about Wildstar, specifically about whether early access might have helped the game reorient back in the years before its launch. We were torn, as on the one hand we thought early access feedback from a much broader base of players might have rerouted the game’s myopic “tough luck, cupcake” development. But on the other hand, we wondered whether it wouldn’t have exposed the game’s design and process problems to the point that it wouldn’t have sold at all – or NCsoft might have canned it before it ever launched. I couldn’t help but wonder about other older MMOs that came up long before early access and its concomitant abuses were a thing. Is there any MMO that would’ve truly benefited from a true early access period, and if so, which one? Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: Which MMO would’ve benefited from early access?
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The PC adaptation of the popular RPG board game Gloomhaven will be entering Steam Early Access on July 17th. The game will cost $24.99 during the Early Access period. The Gameplay Trailer showcases the main mechanics at work during combat and exploration, being an introduction to Gloomhaven’s unique, deep and rich dungeon-crawling experience. This gives players a first taste of the digital exclusive Adventure mode based on roguelike mechanics. As a board game, Gloomhaven has raised $4.4 million on Kickstarter thanks to more than 45,000 backers. Designed by Isaac Childres, the Gloomhaven board game has been acclaimed by both players and critics alike, achieving the highest rating on BoardGameGeek and winning 6 Golden Geek awards, including “Board Game of the Year” in 2017. The digital adaptation, developed by Flaming Fowl Studios, allows players to play as a squad of two to four mercenaries, in a world of darkness and trials. Its legendary … [Read more...] about Gloomhaven Reveals Gameplay Trailer and Early Access Price
Square Enix Collective is pleased to announce that Battalion 1944 has launched today alongside a major new update Battalion 1944: Eastern Front and will feature integration with FACEIT, the largest global online competitive platform. Big things are happening in Battalion 1944 as Bulkhead Interactive are also releasing an exciting update that introduces the highly anticipated Russian faction. Other new features included in this update are: 8 new weapons (PPSH41, PPS43, Mosin Nagant Rifle, Mosin Nagant Scoped, TT-33, Baikal 22, SVT-40, Fedorov Avtomat) New competitive matchmaking powered by FACEIT 3 new maps – take the fight to Italy, Russia and France with all new levels inspired by classic shooters New game mode: Free for All – where everyone becomes your enemy! Improved game modes – Wartide, CTF, DOM and TDF all updated with more modern and rewarding design, with audio that reacts to your gameplay Match replay system & match history … [Read more...] about ICYMI: Battalion 1944 Has Launched Out Of Early Access
It has been an exceedingly long road for Identity, the be-nearly-anything, do-nearly-anything life MMO. After years of slow development and plentiful promises, the title will push out its first slice of playable content onto Steam early access this Friday with the Town Square. “The Town Square is the first gameplay module released for Identity,” explained the devs. “This is not the full Identity game, but an early-release component which allows you access to some social features. Purchase of Identity includes all modules (Town Square, SWAT and Racing) upon completion as well as the full retail game.” In the Town Square module, players will be able to engage in a variety of activities: “You’ll be able to customize your character, customize your apartment, paint on a canvas, use text chat and VOIP, player emotes, watch movies in the cinema, smoke joints, eat food, and a shooting range will be added soon.” If you want to check this out, you will … [Read more...] about Identity starts early access testing this Friday, complete with drug use
The faction based survival game Rend by Frostkeep Studios launched onto Steam early access yesterday on July 31, 2018. Think Conan Exiles or Rust, but more team oriented with faction based PvP. As with most other survival games, Rend is not free to play. It's available on Steam for $29.99. Since launching on Steam yesterday the game is hitting over 3,000 users during peak hours and is off to a strong start. Reviews are mostly positive as of this writing, but some players are complaining that resource gathering feels slow and repetitive, but fans of survival games shouldn't be too surprised by slow paced resource gathering. The pacing seems to be slower than games like Rust but faster than Wurm Online. FacebookTwitterReddit Related … [Read more...] about Faction Based Survival Game Rend Launches Into Early Access