Dauntless Will Release Seeking The Horizon Update On May 2 In Preparation For Open Beta

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A little less than one month from now on May 24, the upcoming multiplayer co-op monster hunting game Dauntless will finally head into open beta. To get ready for that and bolster up the amount of content that a large initial burst of players will be basing their judgement on, Pheonix Labs will be releasing the ‘Seeking the Horizon’ update on May 2. The update will come with several new features such as the redefined progression system, a reputation system and more.

The new feature that stands out above many is the addition of ‘hunt’ choices. When it comes to hunting behemoths players will be able to choose between the challenges of a ‘Patrol,’ ‘Expedition’ or ‘Pursuit’.

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Legends of Aria Aims For Open Beta In June & Early Access In July

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Indie developer Citadel Studios has updated their roadmap and announced that the plan so far for their upcoming sandbox MMORPG Legends of Aria is to move onto open beta in June. Early Access will begin in July and will include the Final Wipe of Legends of Aria. At which point those who backed the game as Kickstarters and Founders will begin their one week headstart and the land rush will begin. The Early Access will not be available on the Steam platform.

A specified month or date for the final Steam launch or big market push is not on the roadmap yet, but their target for that phase is this coming Autumn. That is still an impressive timeline if they release fully in Autumn considering that Legends of Aria‘s Closed Beta was only a few months ago in January.

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Wild West Online Steam Launch On May 10 With Defined Conflict Faction PvP Changes

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Wild West Online, the upcoming open-world MMORPG where players roam the untamed and often lawless lands of the American Wild West is finally leaving Early Access and will fully launch on Steam on May 10, 2018.

Wild West Online developer, 612 Games states that the live launch will include the addition of a rival faction global conflict to the world, major PvP events in the open world, more PvE missions and side events. Based on feedback from early alpha tests, the developers have given more structure to the PvP aspects of the game. The rival faction global conflict aims to provide a non-restricted open-world PvP with a defined conflict, so the experience isn’t just players gunning everything down in their paths. More and improved side activities will be seen in the launch version and in updates to come.

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Fractured MMO Releases First Pre-Alpha Gameplay Video & Aims For Kickstarter On June 1st

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The Italian indie development startup Dynamight Studios is nearly ready to start their crowd-funding campaign for Fractured, the upcoming class-less isometric MMORPG with a fully interactable open sandbox environment. Their long-planned Kickstarter campaign will start on June 1, 2018. Just last month, they have also managed to raise over $100,000 from private investors to fund the development of the game.

In preparation, the team has shared Fractured’s first pre-alpha gameplay video as seen below. This is the product of the work of a 7 person team with SpatialOS and Unity.

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Camelot Unchained Prepares For July Closed Beta, Teases With New In-game Screenshots

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City State Entertainment, the developers of the upcoming MMORPG Camelot Unchained has given another new insight into what we can expect to see in the closed beta of Camelot Unchained on July 4th of this year. The team is well occupied with mountains of development hurdles that are being solved daily in preparation for the coming testing phase. While there was no weekend backer test this week, lots of work on item-de-cluttering, the UI Subsystem, VFX, Character Creation Renders, Traits Design and Animations were achieved and will all need to be tested in more weekend backer tests.

Correction: Camelot Unchained will go into Closed Beta, not Open Beta on July 4th.

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Arcfall Will Be Free-To-Play On April 6 – Major Game Changes

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Arcfall is an isometric sandbox MMORPG that currently has a purchasable pre-alpha build available on Steam. The game’s indie developers Neojac Entertainment has announced that the game will be leaving its buy-to-play model and switching to free-to-play in its next major update on April 6, 2018. Game currency will be given to Arcfall’s founders as a form of compensation.

While we’ve got other MMOs like Wild Terra giving free trials during the recent holidays, Arcfall looks to be staying with a free-to-play business model even when it leave its alpha.

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Wild Terra Is Free-To-Try Through April 3rd For European Players

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In celebration of the holidays, Wild Terra, the sandbox open world multiplayer RPG is allowing all players from European regions to freely play on one of its European servers. Granted, this only allows you to try the game’s test client. You will still need to purchase the game to access the live servers and live client. During this time, a 30% discount has been made available.

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Ashes of Creation Will Be At PAX East With Playable Alpha Build & Brand New Cosmetics

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The indie developer Intrepid Studios will be attending PAX East in Boston and allowing players to experience Ashes of Creation‘s alpha zero build. Similar to the PAX West booth, players will be playing in guided tours across various terrains that are likely different from the areas that were available in PAX West.

For those not able to attend, Intrepid Studios will be streaming live on their Twitch channel from 11am to 4pm EST on a daily basis throughout the entirety of the event (April 5 – 8).

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Chonicles of Elyria Shows Off Current Character Creation System

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Soulbound Studios has just revealed and shared the first iteration of the character creation process in the currently in-development indie MMORPG Chronicles of Elyria. They’ve showed an in-depth look at different parts of the character creator and explained many important and unique features that the game offers, like the effects of a character’s birth date.

There’s definitely a lot that other developers can learn from Soulbound Studio’s take of varying character races and uniqueness of the character creation process. Watch the Twitch stream below to see all the varieties of their character creator for yourself.

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