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Oddly, though, I love character titles. It doesn't matter if it's a crafting title, an adventuring title, or some sort of fluffy fishing-related title like the Lord of the Rings Online honorific in the screenshot above. I typically go after every title available to a given avatar in a given game, even though more often than not the mechanics are the same sort that underlie most achievement systems!
What about you, Massively readers? Achievements or titles? Or both? Or neither? Vote after the cut!
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Looking over the list of upcoming MMOs, we see many that aren't aiming to be a blockbuster but instead are probably hoping to be a modest sleeper hit that grows not from a marketing budget but solid word of mouth. So out of all of these, which one do think has the greatest potential to be that sleeper hit?
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The Daily Grind: What upcoming MMO do you think might be a sleeper hit? originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 08 Jan 2014 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Smedley says that in the wake of this week's PR firestorm, he's "going to make it one of [his] personal missions to explain the thought process behind [SOE's] business decisions." He wrote, "I want to be able to have an honest enough dialog that I can actually tell you 'yeah this is important to our bottom line... that's why we did it'... and have you at least not question whether that's the real reason. [...] You may disagree with it, but at least you'll be able to make a reasonably informed judgment as to whether or not we're the greedy company some of you seem to think that we are, but at least you'll hear the why."
He says that while SOE is clearly a for-profit business, the firm's ultimate goal is to make good games first. He cites EverQuest Next Landmark as an example, saying that SOE rebooted the title three times, which led to a "massive delay [that] hurt [the studio] financially," even though it "was the right thing to do for [SOE] and for the industry."
Smedley is on a 'personal mission' to explain SOE's business decisions originally appeared on Massively on Tue, 07 Jan 2014 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Yet I have a fondness for older-style game music. I agree with what Ryan Shwayder once wrote when he said, "I think MIDI composers had to become masters of capturing the real core or heart of what made a song feel right. They had to take a minimalist approach to the song because they had a limited number of channels and potential sounds to work with. And it is my belief that some of the best creative works come out when an artist has to work within constraints."
That said, most of Meridian 59's soundtrack out there is of the remastered variety, so that's what we'll be listening to today. By the way, the original soundtrack is available on the official website for free!Permalink | Email this | Comments
Game: EverQuest II
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
Time: 9:00 p.m. EST
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The title also made quick work of its Greenlight campaign, though how and when The Repopulation will become available on Steam is still up in the air. Click through the links below for more details as well as a preview of the next stretch goal reward.
The Repopulation Greenlighted, meets first stretch goal originally appeared on Massively on Tue, 07 Jan 2014 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Aside from that, the development team is looking toward future features including customizable vehicles, structures, and in-depth mechanics for hunting and cooking animals in the wild. At 875,000 copies sold, it seems that the game is carving a niche for itself among zombie survival enthusiasts even if it is still very early in its development. Take a look at the full list of planned improvements to the game in the post.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Whew. OK, now that I've had a breather, let me be the first to tell you that Perfect World China's action MMO entered its initial testing phase earlier today.
Actually, I'm the second one to tell you, after MMO Culture, which also reports that the game has "very limited [testing] slots available." LotCH:Z is an open world fantasy title inspired by the wuxia fiction of Louis Cha, who is currently the world's best-selling Chinese-language author. Don't forget about the test phase preview trailer embedded after the break.
Legend of the Condor Heroes: Zero now in testing, and here's a trailer originally appeared on Massively on Tue, 07 Jan 2014 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Bennett also explained that the dev team is taking a hard look at Tier 3 PvP gear by working to re-balance stats on key items to make them more useful and up their damage output to an appropriate level. The PvP team is also working on Tier 4 PvP items. Finally, Bennett reminded players that starting in February, Portents will return to their normal cycle of starting on the first Wednesday of the month and lasting until the following Tuesday.
As for the big things like The Palace of Cetriss raid and Age of Conan's new tradeskill system? While not the focus of this particular letter, those key game elements are still in development.
Age of Conan director's letter talks achievements and PvP originally appeared on Massively on Tue, 07 Jan 2014 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Greenlight has proven a boon to many small studios. Since its inception, hundreds of games have been greenlit for distribution on Steam with the most recent batch landing just today. If Eldevin clears the vote threshold, it might just make it through Valve's approval process and onto Steam's digital shelves.
Check out the Eldevin launch trailer after the break and have a look at the game's Greenlight listing for more information.Permalink | Email this | Comments