Shroud of the Avatar, a game that aims to be a spiritual successor to the old school MMO Ultima Online has officially switched to a free-to-play business model. Almost all gameplay restrictions have been removed from free-to-play players so the free content has been greatly expanded. This includes trading freely with others, owning land and experiencing the full story of the game.
Back in September, we received word that the mobile version of Old School RuneScape will be releasing at the end of October. Now, OSRS has finally launched as a free-to-play game for both iOS and Android mobile devices. The game is cross-platform so players can switch between PC and mobile devices to continue their adventures.
While the game is free-to-play, there are limitations to what free players can do. A membership is offered for expanding the world map, adding more bank account slots, and more.
The Xbox One version of Black Desert is finally set to begin its open beta phase very soon. Pearl Abyss has started sending out emails to those who are registered to play notifying that the game will be ready at 12:00 AM PST on November 8th.
The classes that will be made available in this beta phase are Berzerker, Ranger, Sorceress, Warrior, Wizard and Witch. Pearl Abyss reminds players that there is no NDA and so feel free to share as much content from the game.
Revelation Online will be getting a whole new MOBA game-mode called Legends of Nuanor in its next content update. The new PvP mode allows players to play as one of a number of NPC heroes from the game’s lore and story. With the help of NPC minions, players have to work together in a team to destroy the enemy team’s crystal across a monster infested symmetrical map.
Trion Worlds, known for publishing and developing MMOs such as ArcheAge, Defiance and Rift has been acquired by Gamigo, a Germany-based game publisher known for publishing free-to-play MMOs and browser games. The official statement posted on the Rift forums says that Trion will be under new ownership, but the games they publish will continue on in capable hands.
The acquisition involves letting go of some of Trion’s staff. The full extent and details of the transition has yet to be revealed. For more information, visit the official Rift forums and Trion Worlds site.
The launch of the chibi-styled 3D MMORPG, MapleStory 2 was just over one week ago and Nexon can already claim a total of over one million registered accounts for the game since its head-start phase.
In celebration of hitting the milestone, a week-long Double Dungeon Drop event has been activated that will give two loot rolls whenever a dungeon is completed. Those who have reached the current level cup are also set to receive Style Crates and Red Merets just for logging in.
The first two story expansions of Star Wars: The Old Republic are now available for free until November 1st. They can be unlocked simply by entering the code “REVANSFATE” on the SWTOR redeem code page. The code offers access to Rise of the Hutt Cartel (Level 51 – 55) and Shadow of Revan (Level 56 – 60), so you can play the story free from Level 1 – 60!
The code also unlocks KOTOR companions, Jedi Knight Revan in the Star Wars mobile game Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes.
Amazon Games Studio has released a new video that shows in-game footage of the alpha version of their pre-colonial MMORPG, New World. The footage shows a male character running around and showing the various environments of a zone called ‘Windsward’. Watch the video below to see New World in its current state. The game is currently in alpha phase with an NDA for participants.
The newest major content expansion is on its way to Western version of ArcheAge. Trion Worlds has announced that ArcheAge’s 5.0 expansion called ‘Relics of Hiram’ will arrive on October 24th. Relics of Hiram (5.0+) will add the first ever new skill set called ‘Malediction’. This means that players will be able to play with a total of 45 new class combinations!
- New skill set: Malediction
- 45 new class combinations
- Increased Ancestral Level Cap from 7 to 34
- New Auroria zone: Western Hiram Mountains
- Ability to customize floors, walls, and ceilings for small and medium-sized houses
- Achievements for collecting ArcheAge mounts
- Changes to how tradepacks are valued (now based on duration)
- New tempering system
- Ability to queue for multiple arenas