Jagex Outlines Changes Coming To RuneScape In Q1 2019 – New Elite Dungeon, Mining / Smithing / Firemaking Overhaul & More

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The year has just begun and Jagex has already laid out loads of the new content that RuneScape players can expect over the next few months. Community Manager Mod Shauny has showcased the game updates that are planned for release over the course of the next four months or so.

RuneScape’s 18th birthday on January 4th will bring back the celebratory in-game item ‘Anniversary cake’. The main event will be on January 7th when Mining and Smithing skills get a full rework. Mining rocks will no longer make them deplete, so players will not have to hop worlds to find them. The tiers of ore and metal also will require the same level to mine and smith as they do to wear the gear made with them. Player-owned farms will get improvements with newly purchasable animal stables and farmhands to hire.

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Best Selling Steam Games Of 2018 Includes A Handful Of MMORPGs – Elder Scrolls Online, Warframe, BDO, FFXIV, Bless Online & More

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The yearly list of the 100 best selling games on Steam for 2018 as measured by gross revenue has been posted and as usual, a handful MMORPGs have been included. They are the games that made the most revenue on the platform this year. The list is categorized into tiers of Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

Likely due to the Summerset expansion in June and Murkmire/Wolfhunter content, The Elder Scrolls Online climbed from last year’s Gold tier ranking to this year’s Platinum tier, the highest level on the list. ESO is joined by Warframe in the Platinum tier.

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Watch 10 Minutes Of Sci-Fi Survival PC MMO Population Zero’s Pre-Alpha Gameplay

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Moscow-based developer Enplex Games has recently revealed a new sci-fi survival MMO on the horizon named Population Zero. Below is over 10 minutes of pre-alpha gameplay that shows off several of its features like housing creation, gearing, harvesting, and more.

The game is set in an alien planet called Kepler where players explore and fight for survival of their colonies. Population Zero will be played on PC and is currently in pre-alpha.

The team behind Population Zero is currently recruiting testers for pre-alpha and alpha testing stages. To sign up, visit the official Population Zero site. The game is expected to release late in 2019.

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Dual Universe Alpha Testing Will Be Available To All 11,000+ Backers On December 20th

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Just in time for the holidays, indie developer Novaquark has announced that everyone who has contributed money to their crowdfunding campaign of the sci-fi sandbox MMO Dual Universe will be able to play the game’s alpha version very soon. The event will run from December 20th, 14:00 UTC to Monday, January 7th, 14:00 UTC.

According to the most current release roadmap, Dual Universe is still set to have its full release in the second half of 2020, have a beta in the first half of 2020, and two more alphas in 2019.

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Ashes of Creation Will Launch Standalone Battle Royale/Siege Prequel ‘Apocalypse’ Into Open Beta This Year

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Everyone will be given access to Ashes of Creation this year! Well… to its new standalone prequel. Developer Intrepid Studios has announced that Ashes of Creation ‘Apocalypse’ will be launched into open beta on December 18th for Windows. Apocalypse will run as a separate game for players who want to fight in a battle royale mode of up to 100 players. A 200-player castle siege mode and other co-op content will be added after the launch.

Keep in mind that this is not the MMORPG Ashes of Creation, but is tied to it as a prequel when it comes to lore. The upcoming open beta of Apocalypse will help test the core systems that will be in the Ashes of Creation MMORPG when it is finally released.

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Legends Of Aria Early Access Begins Tomorrow, But Steam Release Is Delayed To Next Year

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Legends of Aria is set to officially launch its Early Access tomorrow on December 4th, but the full release on the Steam platform has been delayed to sometime in 2019. This decision was made because time is needed for more internal and public tests to recent fixes to data synchronization issues, recent growth requires for the development and customer service teams to expand, and their staff needs a break from the up to 12 hours a day, 7 days, a week work schedules.

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Dual Universe Alpha 1 Testing Will Begin On November 29th

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Novaquark has announced that Dual Universe, their crowd-funded civilization-building sandbox MMO will have its Alpha 1 testing phases starting on November 29th. Alpha 1 access will be granted to all of the Kickstarter backers in waves. All current testers will automatically gain access to it too. Higher tier pledges will receive priority over lower tiers as invites are sent out 24 to 48 hours ahead of each testing session.

Packs can be purchased now from the Dual Universe site that will grant guaranteed access. Patron Packs at $180 grant access to the pre-alpha which is active now. Sponsor Packs at $120 will grant access to the upcoming Alpha 1. The Contributor Pack is the cheapest at $60 and will grant access to Alpha 2 that starts in the first half of 2019.

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Project: Gorgon Releases Free To Play Demo Version & 25% Off Sale Until November 27th

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Project: Gorgon has released a new demo version for those who are on the fence about purchasing the game. Anyone can download the free-trial version from the Steam Store page. The demo does not limit anyone’s playtime or explorable areas, but limits certain actions. There’s a decent number of limitations for free players that are listed below.

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Legends Of Aria Is Free To Play From November 23rd To 25th Before The Early Access Head Start

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As a holiday treat, Citadel Studios is allowing all players to play their sandbox MMORPG Legends of Aria over the weekend. From November 23rd to November 25th, anyone can register and play the open beta version for free. This will allow those already interested in the game to try it before its Early Access Head Start begins on November 27th. All regions, systems and content will be accessible to everyone during this “open beta” weekend.

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