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.
Published by Nexon, the mobile MMORPG ‘Spiritwish‘ has entered closed beta testing in South Korea. The isometric mobile RPG shares a lot of gameplay and graphical aspects with Tree of Savior. If you are a fan of ToS or Ragnarok Online, this game is one to keep an eye out for. Dungeon bosses, quests, cut-scenes, NPCs and world-design act and look almost identical to Tree of Savior. There is also an auto-combat mode.
One main difference is that players create their own team of up to 3 controllable characters. There is no official word on whether an English version is planned for Spiritwish yet. Watch the official teaser below to see the gameplay. Beta testing will begin in Korea later in 2018.
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
Dynamight Studios has rebooted their crowdfunding for the upcoming SpatialOS-based sandbox MMO Fractured. For those who missed out on the successful Kickstarter campaign in July of this year, a new store has been opened on the official Fractured site that will allow supporters to contribute towards the development of the game by purchasing basic pledge packs. The packs currently range from €20 to €300 and will grant access to various testing phases.
Citadel Studios has announced that Legends of Aria will finally launch on Steam as an early access game on December 4th. Founder’s packs cost $29.99, $49.99 and $89.99. Each of which will give a 7-day early access head start, loyalty points, an in-game title and a cloak. All those who purchase Founder’s packs before December 3rd will receive the 7-day head start and all of the other Founder’s packs bonuses. This will be crucial to those who want to lay claim to plots of land and build their homes early.
MapleStory 2 is set to launch on October 10th and Nexon has announced the new content that players can look forward to when servers finally reopen. A new melee class that uses weapon runes called the Runeblade will join the lineup of playable characters. New zones including the resort island called Karkar Island will open up.
Black Desert Online is offering a chance for free-trial players to earn a free copy of the game. Those who complete the new 7-day Trial Challenge by October 17th will have their 7-day trials changed to Starter’s Packages that is $9.99 in value. What has to be done to achieve permanent access? Players need only to reach level 56 and complete their characters’ awakening quests.
Veterans inform us that completing the challenge can take as short as a day or two, so sign up now and join the preparation to explore the upcoming Drieghan content expansion in November. Visit the official Black Desert Online site for more information and to participate in the trial challenge.