About 5 months ago, I made the decision to preorder a PlayStation 4. Some of you might see that as a bold or brave choice, while others might think that it’s ridiculous or short-sighted. A few might even wonder why, as a heavy-PC gamer with a powerful gaming rig, I’m getting a console at all. … [Read more...] about PlayStation 4: A Console for MMO Gamers?
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Now with so many players coming in right in the midst of the experimentation and testing, there were some definitely unhappy campers. Vincent admitted, “Not all of our tests were received the best, but we want to make sure we test everything thoroughly, and try all the different options.” That is sure to turn some players off who didn’t want to be a part of a game shifting so much. And the changes have been drastic, switching from being a Paladins mode and spin off, changing loot mechanics, and more. Larkins noted that with BR being a fairly new genre still comparatively, devs have to learn about what players want and what unique features can work. … [Read more...] about Hi-Rez Expo 2018: Realm Royale is coming to both consoles, plans more fantasy features
Since console players use a controller as their primary input, developers must work with less buttons. This cuts out a lot of the excess abilities that don’t add anything to gameplay. For example, what’s the need for six abilities that apply six different buffs when one ability will suffice? Button bloat has long been an issue in the PC MMO space. Controllers inadvertently solve button bloat and is a point towards consoles. … [Read more...] about Console vs. PC: Best MMO Gaming Device
Star Trek Online’s console versions are once again catching up to the PC build, thanks to the addition of The Renegade’s Regret featured episode. The episode puts players in the role of a genocidal alien race — and a captain that starts to question the orders that are given. Cryptic is also hauling the Infinity lockbox out of drydock for another run while retiring the Discovery lockbox. The redesigned Infinity lockbox loot table will give players options when they (hopefully) find certain packs. … [Read more...] about Star Trek Online adds a new console episode, brings back the Infinity lockbox
On PC, the game’s age is an asset. It’s been tested and developed and balanced, and it’s found a steady audience. For console, En Masse hasn’t really been promoting the game’s age as a positive attribute. However, En Masse feels there’s demand for MMOs on console. We just saw Black Desert hit Xbox’s conference, though as a member of the audience, I didn’t feel it made a big splash. The fact that the TERA is action-oriented certainly helps it, though, especially as beyond a few titles (like DC Universe Online), few action MMO titles have lasted this long, developed this amount of content, and keep going even today. Especially console MMOs. … [Read more...] about E3 2018: En Masse on TERA’s lootboxes, console port, PvE vs. PvP, and the June 26 Gunner class launch