Intrepid Studios has announced that the second open beta for Ashes of Creation: Apocalypse will be live from January 24th, 10am Pacific until January 27th 10pm Pacific. Ashes of Creation: Apocalypse is the battle royale standalone version of the sandbox MMORPG Ashes of Creation. To join, all you have to do is register here and download the latest patch.
Webzen has given word that in celebration of Shot Online‘s 14th anniversary, the free-to-play real-time golf game with MMORPG elements is coming to the Steam platform on January 22nd. Check out the Shot Online Steam store page for more information.
WarpPortal has announced the removal of the development team assigned to Ragnarok Online 2, the 3D sequel of the popular classic MMORPG Ragnarok Online. There will not be any more new content added to the game. This includes the once promised Niffleheim region that never came. Staff has stated that the game will not receive further support and in-game events are expected to come to a halt.
So what will remain of Ragnarok Online 2? Well, WarpPortal will keep the last remaining server up and the Kafra shop will remain open. They will also still handle player reports via the ticket system to monitor and remove cheaters from the game.
Citadel Studios has announced the upcoming release schedule for the moddable sandbox MMORPG Legends of Aria. A small update focused on bug fixes and quality life changes will come today on January 17th, and a Dungeon expansion update will come on January 30th. The game is now scheduled to launch on Steam early into Spring 2019. For more details on the dungeon expansion and Steam launch, visit the official Legends of Aria site.
Developer Barunson Entertainment has announced that after nearly seven years of development, their flagship MMORPG Astellia will finally make its way to the West with a game launch in the summer of 2019. Before its release, Barunson will hold several betas and allow fans to try the game in some conventions starting with the upcoming PAX South in San Antonio, Texas on January 18th.
The sneak peak below shows off the various siege equipment like battering rams, catapults, trebuchets, and giant arrows that players will use to siege each other’s castles. The video is only a map preview so no characters or actual gameplay were shown yet. Castle sieges will be a part of the Ashes of Creation MMORPG as well.
Pearl Abyss has joined in on the Battle Royale hype! The Korean version of Black Dessert Online is set to launch a new battle royale mode called “Shadow Arena mode” on January 15th. Shadow Arena will set 50 players to fight against one another until only one is left standing.
Players will begin as small black spirits and find fallen adventurers to posses and control. Everyone starts on equal footing and gears in the existing BDO world do not matter inside. The goal is to acquire equipment and skills while destroying nearby monsters and supplies.
World of Warcraft is releasing its newest raid, Battle of Dazar’alor on January 22nd. Each faction will have a unique viewpoint of this new raid on Zandalar, but players will be allowed to transform into members of the opposite faction to experience both of the Alliance and Horde versions.
Horde players will defend against an invasion in the northern jungle of Zuldazar while Alliance players will launch an attack on the docks of Dazar’alor in an attempt to cut the ties between the Zandalari and the Horde.