Nexon this week announced the expansion of Maplestory Blitz into select regions in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Oceania on Google and Apple devices. Players are tasked with building decks using various heroes from Maplestory and dueling each other in real time battles. During the launch event, players can get their hands on boosters and card packs, collecting classic heroes such as: Mercedes – A talented archer blessed by the Fairy King to rain deadly arrows upon the battlefield; Phantom – The greatest thief who ever lived, and revived after years of imprisonment to avenge the death of his love, Empress Aria; Kyrin – The infamous and charismatic pirate captain set on destroying everything that stands in her way; Oz – Chief Knight of Fire who engulfs her enemies and allies in a blazing reign of flame; Demon Slayer – Formerly the Black Mage’s most loyal commander, the skilled strategist joined the resistance following the Black … [Read more...] about Maplestory Blitz Launches In Southeast Asia, Europe, Middle East
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Animoca Brands is proud to announce that their game, Crazy Defense Heroes has moved into the Middle East and is now available on the App Store globally. At the same time, Crazy Defense Heroes received a global content update that offers 100 new levels, 20 new enemies, new tower cards, new spell cards, hero and equipment cards on top of that. The Android version of Crazy Defense Heroes is still in development but is expected to be complete in Q3 2018. As of right now, it’s available globally for the iPhone, iPad on the App Store. … [Read more...] about Crazy Defense Heroes Launches in Middle East
The past couple of weeks has been wild as we dispatched writers to GDC in San Francisco and PAX East in Boston to gather up and bring back everything they could on the MMORPGs large and small on the spring convention circuit. In fact, as I type this, we’ve got Brendan in Reykjavik for EVE Fanfest too! So for this week’s Overthinking, we’re rounding up our coverage and then reflecting on the best and worst as we pick out what most excites, surprises, and disappoints us: First the roundups, then our thoughts. Read on! PAX EAST 2018 Massively Overthinking: The best of PAX East and GDC in 2018 Ashes of Creation looks back at PAX East while promising a Q4 alpha Ship of Heroes posts a timeline for the first half of 2018 PAX East 2018: An interview with the big griffon statue PAX East 2018: Hands-on with Pantheon Rise of the Fallen PAX East 2018: Catching up on Legends of Aria’s improvements since the last PAX PAX East 2018: Frostkeep’s MMO Rend … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: The best of PAX East and GDC in 2018
Play Final Fantasy XIVIt’s easy to have little to no idea about how Final Fantasy XIV is localized. Obviously the localization team has advanced beyond the days of Final Fantasy Tactics (which apparently was translated by someone with Babelfish and a rampaging hangover), but it’s still pretty easy to picture the localization as a matter of the Japanese staff dropping a stack of untranslated text on someone’s desk with a laugh and a note to have fun figuring it out. The note, presumably, would also be in Japanese. This is not just wrong, but it bears absolutely no resemblance whatsoever to the actual localization process. I had the chance to talk with main scenario writer Natusko Ishikawa and localization lead John Crow, who helpfully went into some details on both the localization process and their personal feelings about the story and characters therein. You can also check out the embedded footage of the panel below, which goes into more detail on the writing … [Read more...] about PAX East 2018: Final Fantasy XIV’s main scenario writing and localization
Yes, it’s that time again, time to drive up to Boston and take part in the annual collection of games and poorly laid-out convention halls that makes up PAX East. There are panels to be attended if you can get in line early enough, merch to be bought, and most importantly for our purposes, interviews to be had. Are you excited? Well, maybe not! Sometimes it feels like the best information about MMOs comes out of small conventions devoted to specific games (like EVE Online, Final Fantasy XIV, and World of Warcraft, although that last one is arguably not small in the least). Yet there’s always a bunch of MMO stuff at the various booths just the same; the convention is just more often a time to reach out to players and press who may not follow MMOs studiously, so that tends to be the focus for presentation. But enough explaining the situation; let’s turn the microphone over to you, as it were. Is there anything about MMOs you hope to see at PAX East? A game or two that … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: We’re headed to PAX East – what do you most want to see?