Cast your mind back to 2011 and you’ll probably remember the insane hype that was building for DUST 514, CCP Games’ ambitious console MMOFPS which promised some incredible realtime integration with PC MMO EVE Online. DUST 514 unfortunately didn’t live up to the hype when it launched in 2013 and was officially shut down three years later, but the dream of an EVE shooter didn’t die there. CCP had already been exploring the option of re-imagining DUST on PC for several years at that point, and showed off a playable prototype of it in 2016 under the name Project Nova. We got some hands-on time with the latest version of Project Nova at EVE Vegas 2018 and spoke to some of the developers working on the project. This new incarnation promises both PvE and PvP modes and is officially a pre-alpha build, with signups recently opened for those who want to participate in the alpha and help shape the game as it develops. Developers are currently still … [Read more...] about EVE Evolved: Hands-on with EVE Online FPS Project Nova
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Get Revelation Online nowRevelation Online is officially official this morning, having soft launched into a no-wipe beta this morning. It’s old hat to you folks who bought early access packs, and you can still do that if you’re so inclined, but now everyone can jump into the import for free. We’ve rounded up the launch trailer and all of our coverage to date below. Happy launch day! Revelation Online has officially launched on Steam with free welcome packs - [AL:Rev]Happy Steam launch, Revelation Online! Yep, as promised, My.com has ported the free-to-play game to Valve's popular platform all official-like as of today. And it's not even using the early access tag. "Publisher My.com is proud… Revelation Online plans to join the Steam parade - [AL:Rev]Not wanting to be left out of the party -- and the expected profits -- of joining up with Steam, Revelation Online has announced that it will be coming to the platform. When will that happen?… Perfect … [Read more...] about Revelation Online soft launch is here! Check out our roundup and trailer
After covering the development of Ubisoft’s The Division since 2013, I finally got my hands on the game itself — and its PvP — at this year’s E3. It’s not exactly a true MMO, but it’s got online co-op, tablet-assisted play, and an “end of the world” setting free of zombies, all of which should translate to hype. [Apparently that tablet app has been canceled as confirmed earlier today.] New details on the Dark Zone may have scared some people off, but my interest was piqued. For my part, I’m a big fan of organic, open-world PvP; instanced PvP doesn’t do much for me unless it’s about more than just accruing points or climbing ranks or even loot. Unfortunately, the Ubisoft PR rep at E3 began the demo by telling the participants our objective was to kill the other teams in a 3v3v3 “match.” Up until that point, I hadn’t realized that Dark Zone was being billed as an arena for loot … [Read more...] about E3 2015: The Division’s Dark Zone demo does the game no favors
The video games industry is one of huge size and significance. In fact, it is now generating more revenue than the movie and music industries combined, with global video game revenue sitting at an estimated $91.5 billion, in comparison to the movie industry’s $38.6 billion (global figure) in 2016 and the music industry’s estimated $47.5 billion. It was three years ago, in 2015, that video games surpassed these two other entertainment powerhouses. Gaming encompasses a lot of different genres and platforms, from MMO games played on high-end PCs and gaming laptops to casual puzzle games played on affordable mobile devices. It’s clear that there are all manner of ways for developers to cut themselves a slice of the lucrative games industry pie and make a game that best reflects their creative talent. With so much at stake and with there being so many ways to get into the games industry, it may come as little surprise that thousands upon thousands of new games are … [Read more...] about How Do Game Developers Identify Market Trends?
A couple of weeks ago I covered 20(ish) MMORPGs that we are looking forward to seeing develop, test, and launch in 2018. But as you well may know, Massively OP covers a small university’s worth of “not-so-massively” multiplayer games that have some crossover into the MMO space. We do this because it gives some people much-needed gripe fuel and also because a lot of our readership is also interested in these games. There is a lot of movement in the multiplayer game space, especially as the larger video game market continues to adapt and hew to MMO design. It’s a blended mess as we continually try to sort these games out into their proper categories, but while we do that, you can enjoy this list of 20 multiplayer games that you should be tracking in 2018. From survival sandboxes to pirate simulators to sequels, here we go! 1. Anthem With Destiny 2 reeling from a sub-par launch and disappointing initial DLC, BioWare may be poised to pick up some disillusioned … [Read more...] about Perfect Ten: 20 multiplayer games to watch in 2018