Berlin-based game development studio, Klang, has secured a total of $5 Million in its second equity funding round to support the development of its AI-driven MMO simulation, Seed. The round – led by Makers Fund and including firstminute capital, Neoteny, Mosaic Ventures, and Novator – will be used to scale up the development team to work on the studio’s upcoming title, Seed. The new investors join existing backers Reid Hoffman (Greylock Partners), Joi Ito and David Helgason (Unity), as well as original investors London Venture Partners (LVP), and Adalsteinn Ottarson (Riot Games). “We’re extremely honored to receive the backing from these prestigious investors who have the faith in us to realize a dream that began over a decade ago. We believe Seed to be a vital part in the next generation of computer games, and it’s exciting to have their trust that we can turn this concept into a reality,” explained Mundi Vondi, CEO & … [Read more...] about Have You Heard Of AI Driven Simulation MMO Seed?
This week while doing routine maintenance on my blog, I decided to make sure that the links to other MMO blogs that specialize in critique on this site were still pointing toward actual websites. During this process I ended up deleting at least 30% of the links on my site. I was shocked to see how many blogs that I used to love are no longer in existence or dormant. One particular wonderful blog by a insightful lady named MorningLark is no longer. Her domain is for sale as are some of the links to other MMO blogs displayed on this site. I felt like someone punched me in the gut. My first reaction was to ask the question: why? While we still have a good number of blogs dedicated to MMOs, many of them seem to be journals of their experiences in virtual worlds. We also have MMO blogs that are all about theory crafting and speculation of how new expansions will impact their chosen class. All of those blogs are useful and worthwhile in their own right. What concerns me the most are the … [Read more...] about The Rise and Fall of MMO Critique
Destiny 2, my big hope for online extravagance, failed to live up to expectations. World of Warcraft has hit another lull in the gulf between expansions. Over the last 12 months, nothing new has truly landed and stuck. Yes, there’s a few surprises. Final Fantasy XIV launched its Stormblood expansion, while Guild Wars 2 brought us Path of Fire (more on both later). But, putting these to one side, the biggest breakouts in online gaming haven’t brought us grand new MMOs. Instead, tight new ideas like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite have dominated the online scene. Anyhow, enough dwelling on the past. Looking onwards to next year, and there are some significant gems on my release radar. Not all of them are MMOs in the purest sense, but I’m confident this selection will still scratch that itch. So, without further ado, here are my MMO picks for 2018. The Hit-List After pledging on the Crowfall Kickstarter, I’ll admit to being the laziest backer out … [Read more...] about My MMO Picks for 2018
It has become a long-standing tradition as Massively OP and our former site that we like to end the year by creating a list of titles that we anticipate for the coming one. It has always been a devilish list to create, full of loose dates and fast guesswork about which titles will and won’t be releasing during a 12-month window (just read last year’s list to see how spot-on I was). This year we’re changing things up a bit by tossing out the qualifying factor of “will see a hard launch in 2018.” Instead, I drafted up a list of 20 MMOs that have the potential to do or be really interesting next year, whether that be a launch, a long-anticipated beta test, or some other significant development. Plus, hey, you get 20 for the price of 10, so no complaining now! As an aside, this list isn’t going to cover some other exciting-looking multiplayer games that are arriving in 2018, like Anthem, Sea of Thieves, The Crew 2, Monster Hunter … [Read more...] about Perfect Ten: 20 upcoming MMOs to watch in 2018
The world is ablaze with hype after Sony’s latest conference at Paris Games Week 2017. The higher ups at Playstation succeeded in making our mouths water with anticipation. We go behind the scenes to bring you coverage for this exclusive event. The two and a half hour presentation showed off gorgeous single player games, VR games, and yes….lots of MMO news as well! Be sure to look out for our in-depth coverage of a VR MMO League Of War! The Monster Hunter Series finally puts on some big boy/girl pants with it’s latest upcoming iteration, Monster Hunter: World (slated for release on January 26th, 2018). After seven years of being a Nintendo-exclusive (at least, in the United States) IPO, the series will at last come to the PS4, XBONE, and PC platforms. If you’ve ever played Monster Hunter, you’ll know it’s an acquired taste. You take your time tracking down huge creatures in the wild, then engage in long battles as you slowly wear down your target. … [Read more...] about MMO News From Playstation’s Paris Games Week