Korean MMORPG Astellia has begun the second phase of its closed beta tests this week, in which players can test out the PvP map and also check out the cash store. However, if this if your first time hearing about the game, what is it exactly? Here’s a rundown. Astellia by Studio 8 and Barunson and EA is the next MMORPG to hit the global market this summer. While the CBT 1 access is granted to pre-order packages of the highest tier, many have gotten in with keys being offered regularly on social media. Based on our experiences with the game so far, here’s what you need to know about Astellia if you’re wondering about the game. Your Goal Is To Collect and Raise Astels Astellia is a theme-park MMORPG at its core, filled with the usual quest hub crawls from town to town, region to region until you hit the max level of 50. Along the way with your chosen class, players will collect Astels. This are tiny companions, each designed in a way that mimics a combat class. They … [Read more...] about New MMORPG 2019: Is Astellia Worth Playing When It Launches?
It’s never nice to see or hear that an MMORPG is shutting down. 2019 may be a good year for most MMOs especially the top five to six, but there are new casualties this year. Earlier this month, we learned of two new game closures. Therefore, here’s our revised list of the 5 most popular MMORPGs that is now shut down and officially dead. 5. Wildstar Wildstar is gone forever. This free to play (wasn’t when launched) MMORPG gave us the bright, colorful and unique world of Nexus that showed bags of promise. Two factions, the Exiles and the Dominion vying for survival and ownership of this foreign world was just the tip of the iceberg. The game’s combat was fresh, its dungeons and raids at end-game hard for those that dare to do it. Overall, Wildstar offered many high points, like its amazing housing system and movement mechanics amid a wave of carbon copy MMORPGs. Unfortunately, lack of content and players over four years since release mean NCSOFT, its publishers, … [Read more...] about 5 Most Popular MMORPGs 2019 That Is Now Dead
The debate on whether or not new MMORPGs can launch with a subscription model has been on-going since the turn of the decade. All the evidence so far points to the answer being no – it’s going to be hard to justify. Not many games still can charge players a monthly fee and remain stable. World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn are the exception here. The former is a Juggernaut. It’s dominance in the early 2000s has garnered it millions of subscribers a month and they can pretty much do whatever they want. The latter is a monopoly of both IP and company. It knows there is a demand for a Final Fantasy MMO, and it too can charge whatever it want, despite what critics think. As for newer titles? Not much luck there. Bigger IPs than Final Fantasy such as Elder Scrolls Online, Wildstar and Star Wars have tried and failed. A combination of launch issues, lackluster gameplay and other player feedback is no doubt the cause, but the bigger question remains. Can … [Read more...] about MMORPG 2019: Should Games Still Charge A Subscription Fee?
When it comes to narrative content in MMORPG games, story-telling is almost seen as secondary to raiding, PvP and other in-game activities that players consider more important. There’s not much to dispute there, but story is in many ways just as important for those looking for a well rounded MMORPG experience. Some games get it right when it comes to story. NPC characters, world-building and the reason for caring about the game world you’re in are difficult things to get right, especially for MMO audiences around the globe. And that’s why for example, in Eastern MMOs it isn’t as prevalent or even as good as some from the west. It all comes down to demographics. Having said that if story content is important to you, here are the top 5 MMORPG you can play in 2019 that has awesome story content. World of Warcraft From its humble beginnings as an RTS franchise and then into the juggernaut that is World of Warcraft, this game has always been about its narrative. What … [Read more...] about Top 5: Best MMORPG 2019 For Story Content
Ascent: Infinite Realm or A:IR for short, is an upcoming MMORPG from both Bluehole and Kakao Games. It was announced publicly almost two years ago, and it’s currently in development. What’s interesting about this MMORPG besides the fact that it’s Korean, is that it will be Bluehole’s first major title since PUBG. Secondly, the game setting and gameplay are refreshing in terms of MMORPG, and we’ll discuss that later on. So here’s our 5 reasons why you should keep your eyes out for its release. Steampunk Airships For The Win Ascent: Infinite Realm takes place in a high fantasy steampunk world where machines and magic rule and everyone is dependent on flight to explore, travel, and conquer. In search of a new home, adventurers take to the skies using a wide selection of airships, vehicles, and flying mounts to traverse A:IR’s open, highly vertical world. Realm vs Realm Combat Vehicles and mounts in A:IR serve more than … [Read more...] about Here’s Why Ascent: Infinite Realm Is The Next Big MMORPG 2019