ArtCraft Entertainment has posted their mid-year checkpoint update for Crowfall which highlights the game’s progress so far in the first half of the year and announces content and dates that will come in the second half of the year and beyond. The post states that it’s clear that “the soft launch is not going to happen by the end of the year” as a result of more needed changes to core systems.
The team anticipates kicking off alpha testing at the end of the summer of 2018. After that, their march towards a beta phase will start.
The Wild West Online Facebook page and Steam page have been updated with a notice that the planned content patch that was supposed to release on June 15th has been delayed. On top of this, the free-to-play version has been postponed by an additional month.
The team behind the game has decided that the patch is not ready yet because “after 3 days of meticulous testing there was way too many bugs, that would alter your overall experience.”
“It was a team decision to postpone patch for up to one month, and make sure that we hit all goals we want with it. We’re very small team at the moment, so while we wanted to have more resources to put on it, we’re going with what we have – what is in line with game’s metrics.”
En Masse Entertainment has announced that Violet, the blue-haired, great-sword wielding playable character will be joining En Masse’s Closers roster on July 3rd. She is the final member of the Wolf Dogs team.
Violet’s entry is matched with the removal of the Fatigue system from Closers’ English version. The Fatigue system limited every player’s dungeon entries. With its removal, players will no longer need to pay for VIP subscriptions or obtain stamina related consumables to increase the limit on dungeon entries. This will allow them to spend more time pursuing achievements, beating back the inter-dimensional monster invasion and collecting elite loot.
Nexon has announced that MapleStory 2 will launch its second closed beta in July. An exact date will be shared in the coming weeks. The North American server will be split into two: one in the West Coast and one in the East Coast. A new Oceania server will be added for better gameplay experience in that region.
CBT2 will have loads of new challenging content for players to beat which includes new dungeons with ramped up difficulties. 4-player parties will be able to take on much more challenging Hard Adventure dungeons. Take on the massive Balrog in the new dungeon called Temple of Immortals. Defeating him will grant players with Epic Equipment that are needed to move further into the chain of progressively harder dungeons.
Citadel Studios is inviting entire guilds to experience the beta version of Legends of Aria. In exchange for reporting bugs and submitting feedback via their guild leaders at least three times, guild members will be able to play the indie-developed sandbox MMORPG for three weeks. Players will also need to keep their guild mates in check since “participants also agree that if one guild member is caught using an exploit after more than 24 hours without reporting it, the entire guild is subject to removal from the test”.
During the Xbox E3 2018 conference, Rare revealed that two new expansions for the piratical multiplayer game Sea of Thieves are coming in the months ahead. The first of the two expansions, Cursed Sails will be released in July and the second, Forsaken Shores will arrive in September.
The E3 2018 Trailer shown below confirms the release months and gives hints of the content that will be included in the expansions. Skeleton crews will plunder the seas and Forsaken Shores will introduce a new map.
Decked out with an arcannon and combat machinery, the Gunner class will make its way to the console version of TERA (Xbox One and PlayStation 4) on June 26th. To celebrate the new class, publisher En Masse Entertainment has announced a 33% off discount for TERA Founder’s Packs on Xbox One and PS4 from now through June 18th.
TERA players can unlock some unique items for their Gunner with a new pre-launch event. Specific in-game objectives can be completed to earn different letters to spell “GUNNER”. When players complete the collection task, they are rewarded with a Golden Will Suit costume and an Arcannon of Mettle weapon skin. For more information on the event, visit the official TERA site.
Indie developer Dynamight Studios has alerted us that they have released a new pre-alpha gameplay video for Fractured, their sandbox MMO that is currently in development. The trailer is the first of a series of three pre-alpha gameplay videos. The Kickstarter campaign for Fractured will official start on June 25th.
The video shows developer gameplay footage of a hunt in a swamp area. The rest of the gameplay teasers will be released next week. Additionally, a new media page has been added to the Fractured site that shows off a dozen screenshots of the game.