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MMORPG News: Upcoming MMO “Project BBQ”, “Population Zero”, A:IR News, Lost Ark Gets Publisher

Upcoming MMO “Project BBQ”, “Population Zero”, A:IR News, “Atlas” fails

It’s been two weeks since my last news article, ’cause.. y’know, Christmas and all. Knowing this, I would like to point out that there’s probably more news here than normal.
So, you might want to take a few extra minutes to sit back and get ready for 2018’s last Weekly Byte of MMORPG News!


Let’s start this off with December’s biggest dud: Atlas.
Atlas is Wildcard Studio’s newest game, supposedly being the “MMO version of ARK”, with Wildcard both boasting breathtaking graphics and vistas, and claiming they can hold a whopping 40,000 concurrent players per server.
People were very, very excited for this news. And they had every right to be. My wife MrsStix and I both thoroughly enjoy ARK and I have to say.. a pirate-themed version of it would be great fun.
However, after repeated delays over the week leading up to its launch into Early Access, the game finally became available for select streamers to show off to their viewers.
All that was shown was.. blank login screens, time-outs, bugged server selections, the same textures as ARK and, somehow, worse combat and optimization.
If you played ARK when it originally became available for players to try in Early Access you may recall that it was a buggy mess as well. Or, a.. buggier mess than it is now.
So this was no surprise to me, and to a lot of players that were on the fence about trying it out. However, Atlas’ population continues to rise day after day – even despite the lag making it almost impossible to play.
The population peaked at 53,000 concurrent players last night which is insane. Reception has been very, very, critically even, negative, with almost 80% of Steam reviews claiming it’s absolute garbage.
What this should teach people though is when a game launches into Early Access – Atlas included, which is scheduled to remain in Early Access for up to 2 years.. instead of throwing your money at a barely-functional game, give them time to fix it.
They’ll need it, like most Early Access games do.

Lost Ark

In surprising news, Lost Ark has found a Russian publisher.. before finding an English publisher. Mail.RU, the Russian Internet giant has recently been revealed as Lost Ark’s publisher in Russia.
ArcheAge, Perfect World, Dragon Nest and even Allods Online are all published in Russia by Mail.RU, so it came as no surprise to me, personally, that they would be the publisher Smilegate went with.
While Smilegate have signed a contract however, no specifics have been given pertaining to a scheduled Russian release.
Closed Beta is scheduled for next year, and Founder’s Packs have even gone on sale in preparation for their launch but that’s all we’re currently privy to.
No information on a North American or European release yet, though, much to the dismay of the Western populace.

Ashes of Creation

Now to upset more fans of Ashes of Creation with some.. unsettling, very disconcerting news.
I’ve talked about how I think putting time into the Battle Royale; Ashes of Creation: Apocalypse was a step in the wrong direction to me.
Intrepid Studios, the team behind Ashes of Creation launched Apocalypse for players to participate in almost two weeks ago now. However, as of the 27th, Intrepid shut down the Battle Royale stating that they had a good “test phase”.
No information on the shut down was given on their forums, website, or even their Twitter, instead, keeping the announcement directly on Discord and Discord alone.
This upset players – a lot of players. Intrepid introduced a functional cash shop in-game and then shut the game down without warning most the playerbase. The game will remain offline until January 11th where they have plans for “controlled test weekends” only.
Now I’m not hating on Ashes of Creation here, nor Intrepid Studios. I’m merely claiming that they’re devoting time and money to continue developing the Battle Royale – including introducing a cash shop into a “test phase”.
The official forums for Ashes of Creation also abruptly went offline on the 18th and as of writing this on the 28th, the forums have yet to come back online.
I’m not claiming that the forums were taken offline as well to.. I guess mask the discontent, the dissatisfaction, that the playerbase were showing during the test and after the test concluded.
I’m merely saying that it’s quite the coincidence that the official forums are unable to have players complain on.
Either way, I’m curious where both the official Ashes of Creation MMORPG and the Apocalypse Battle Royale will end up.

Project BBQ

Yes.. Project BBQ, as in.. Barbecue. This is probably the stupidest acronym they could’ve come up with but do note that that isn’t the final name for the game. Just like Project DH was Dragon Hound, I’m sure BBQ is something equally as.. well thought out.
But I digress. Nexon actually revealed Project BBQ a couple days ago and I have to say.. it looks incredible.
If you’ve ever played En Masse’s Kritika MMO, then you’d notice quite a few similarities. Although it also looks a lot like Dungeon Fighter Online.. which coincidentally shares the same developer, Neople.
Project BBQ, which doesn’t sound any better regardless of how many times I repeat its name is a 3D action MMORPG being built on Unreal Engine 4.
However the game doesn’t have any estimated South Korean release, let alone any form of international release so.. other than the amazing action combat shown in the trailer and amazing graphical style, not much is known about the game.

Population Zero

Enplex Games, the Moscow-based game developer recently revealed that they are currently recruiting pre-Alpha and Alpha testers for their new upcoming Sci-fi themed survival MMO: Population Zero.
Population Zero has a lot of common survival features such as housing, gearing, harvesting, crafting and more that are learnable through a “technologies” tab, similarly to how ARK: Survival Evolved handles theirs.
Not much is known about the game yet other than what I just mentioned so here’s hoping Enplex reveal additional information and an actual, finished trailer sometime in the near future.

Ascent: Infinite Realm

For those of you that have been eagerly anticipating any and all news pertaining to Ascent Infinite Realm.. well, you’re in luck. Kinda. Bluehole have released new information regarding dungeons, or more specifically, “solo dungeons”.
This is a new, innovative feature targeted specifically at today’s MMO gamer mentality: solo play.
We all know that the majority of MMO gamers these days prefer solo-play over group-content, so, Bluehole have introduced dungeons for solo players in mind.
So.. yup. That’s it for the next couple months.

Final Fantasy XIV

In preparation for Final Fantasy XIV’s upcoming 4.5 patch, Square have went ahead and updated their website to reflect the changes and additions being made to the game.
These include things like an extension to the main scenario, the Return to Ivalice dungeon, the new Blue Mage job, the new events surrounding the job, side story quests, Doman Mahjong, a new Air Force One mini-game, a new dungeon called “The Ghimlyt Dark”, the new Custom Deliveries feature, new mounts, new minions, new hairstyles and new emotes.
So if you’re interested in Final Fantasy XIV and want to learn more.. head on over to their website!

Guild Wars 2

I don’t even remember the last time I did a Guild Wars 2 piece. Regardless, ArenaNet have announced that the next Living Story, titled “All or Nothing”, will be going live on January 8th, 2019.
ArenaNet describes the update by saying “As the Commander heads toward the ultimate showdown with the Elder Crystal Dragon Kralkatorrik, Tyria’s entire landscape stands to be reshaped”
Included in the update is the new Thunderhead Peaks map, the legendary longbow Pharus, a new mount mastery, Bond of Faith, the new Diviner gear set, Siren’s Reef, a new fractal for players to complete, and the new Dragonsblood weapon set.

And.. actually, that was it. There wasn’t as much news over the last 2 weeks as I thought there had been.
Regardless, we had some juicy little tidbits for games yet unreleased – hopefully that’s enough to satiate people’s appetite going into the new year. If not, then tune in next week for another “Weekly Byte of MMORPG News” video.
I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas. I got to celebrate it with my wife, MrsStix, got some cool presents, ate a lot, y’know.
Here’s looking forward to what 2019 has to offer us!

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MMORPG News: Black Desert RU Shut Down, MapleStory 2 Launch, New World MMO, Blade&Soul Mobile

Black Desert RU Shut Down, MapleStory 2 Launch, New World MMO, Blade&Soul Mobile

Quite a bit of news has circulated its way around the internet this week and I plan on covering as much of it as I can in this video. So sit back, grab a slice of pizza from the fridge and let’s jump into this weeks’ Weekly Byte of MMORPG news.

MapleStory 2

Let’s start this off with some news that I’m sure Nexon is happy about: MapleStory 2, the highly anticipated sequel to one of Nexon’s most successful games, Maplestory, finally launched a couple days ago as a free to play MMORPG both on Steam and through the Nexon Launcher.
The game had originally launched its Headstart for Founder’s on October 1st but this marked the first time free players could join in.
According to Steam, the first day of its launch MapleStory reached a concurrent player number of 22,000, followed by 30,000 on its second and a monstrous 33,000 on its third.
While not groundbreaking numbers alone, a large majority of players play Nexon’s games through their official launcher, so showing 30,000 players through Steam alone is quite impressive.
While no concrete number is given for the cumulative concurrent player number for both Nexon’s Launcher and Steam, we can expect it’s at at least 50,000, if not more.
This marks well over a hundred thousand players actively playing – maybe even a few hundred thousand, something Nexon is no doubt gleefully reveling in.

Black Desert Online

GameNet has been the local publisher for Black Desert Online in Russia until recently – Pearl Abyss chose not to renew their license with GameNet, however both companies vowed to work alongside one another to transfer over all player data.
GameNet closed down the servers this week as planned however left an ominous note stating that “all responsibility for the future” was on Pearl Abyss.
Pearl Abyss went on to state that they were “making every possible effort to solve the problems” they were experiencing.. without elaborating on what those “problems” actually were.
Shortly after, Pearl Abyss sent out an email to players stating that they had “failed to acquire their game data from GameNet”.
This means that negotiations to acquire player data fell through and all data would be lost to the void.
Pearl Abyss have since blamed GameNet for the loss of data, with GameNet rebutting that with claims that they were ready to transfer all player data, and Pearl Abyss themselves were at fault.
According to GameNet, Pearl Abyss wasn’t going through the correct legal route to manage personal information in Russia, resulting in the failed transfer of data.
Pearl Abyss have stated that they won’t have their Russian servers up immediately as they lost access to GameNet’s localization, requiring they localize the game fully from scratch.
There is no ETA on when the Russian version of the game will be back up, Pearl Abyss merely providing a vague “we’ll work on it” for all Russian players.
Quality work as always, Pearl Abyss.

Bless Online

In lieu of Bless’ upcoming free to play scam-I mean, launch, Neowiz released a “Road to Bless Online” press release on Steam.
They went on to state that the reason they’re going free to play is for the community, not themselves. They want to make sure the game can provide an amazing experience for all players, but also that it can reach as many audiences as possible.
Neowiz stated that the “player response to Bless coming to Steam was initially very positive”, further claiming that “there was a mismatch of expectations between the development team and players”.
“Despite this, the team saw Early Access as a success, collecting important data and feedback from players” – and doing absolutely nothing with that data and feedback. That last part wasn’t a quote, just a general statement.
Finally, Neowiz noted that they are aware of what players want, but what players will get remains to be seen. “The Bless team isn’t ready to talk about all of the details”, they said in a finishing statement.
So.. mark your calendars. Bless is almost here.. again.

Legends of Aria

Citadel Studios are proud to announce that their flagship title, the upcoming “living, breathing” classic sandbox MMORPG Legends of Aria is finally launching into Early Access through Steam on December 4th, 2018.
They went on to detail Founder’s Packs – which cost $29.99, $49.99 and $89.99 respectively.
All players that pre-order the game between now and December 3rd will have the opportunity to participate in a 7-day Head-Start while obtaining each Founder’s Pack bonus associated with the pack purchased, including the chance to lay claim to your very own plot of land and have the ability to build your home before any other player.
Legends of Aria is being touted as the “spiritual successor to classic MMORPGs”, having a “massive, player-run world in a modern and beautifully realized setting”.
Citadel Studios are promising a “return to a setting where giving the player choice and freedom is paramount” and having a game-world where “hand-holding and gear scores have no place”.

Blade and Soul: Revolution

Netmarble held its media conference for Blade and Soul: Revolution on October 11th, and had quite a bit of information to divulge regarding the upcoming free to play MMORPG. Blade and Soul: Revolution, powered by Unreal Engine 4 is based on the popular IP from NCSoft, “Blade and Soul“, released on PCs with a console port in the works, was revealed to have finally been given an official launch date for South Korea: December 6, with pre-registration beginning yesterday.
Blade and Soul: Revolution, following in the footsteps of NCSoft’s other mobile adaptation, Lineage 2: Revolution, will follow the original game’s story, including the conflict with Jinsoyun and the search for Twilight’s Edge while aiming to stay as true to the original PC game as possible.
Key features from the PC iteration of Blade and Soul are making its way into Revolution, including the glide and sprint mechanics which are said to be a requirement to explore the 5 massive zones that comprise Blade and Soul: Revolution. Additional features include large-scale real-time 500 vs 500 clan battles that make use of watchtowers and cannons to provide strategic elements to the game, and over 150 high-quality cinematic cutscenes that are completely voice-acted.
There are 4 total races announced to be making their way into the game, the Jin, Gon, Yun and Lyn.
There are 4 classes associated with each of those races, having the Blade Master and Kung Fu Master (JIN), Destroyer (GON), Blade Master and Kung Fu Master (YUN), Machinist/Force Master (LYN).
The Machinist for the Lyn is actually supposedly a new class but is reminiscent of the Force Master as it makes use of elemental spells.
This is actually a downgrade in terms of what is available on PC, as the PC version has access to Assassin, Blade Master, Destroyer, Force Master, Kung Fu Master, Summoner, Blade Dancer, Warlock, Soul Fighter, Gunslinger, Warden.
Although these classes are all that is available right now, this does not mean NCSoft has no plans of introducing those classes as the game continues to receive updates.
While there has been no confirmed English release for Blade and Soul: Revolution as of yet, Lineage 2: Revolution had a rather fast Western release so we can expect Blade and Soul: Revolution to hit Western shores sometime in the near future!


ArcheAge 5.0, which is still somehow alive, has a new major content expansion on its way. Trion have announced that the 5.0 update, titled “Relics of Hiram” will be arriving on October 24th.
Relics of Hiram will add the Malediction skill set, meaning players will gain the ability to play with a total of 45 new class combinations.
Trion are merging servers together prior to Relics of Hiram’s arrival to attempt to combat the lack of a semblance of a playerbase.

EverQuest 2

EverQuest 2 is launching yet another expansion: Chaos Descending. The expansion is available right now for pre-order and will launch officially on November 13th.
Players that pre-order the expansion can begin playing the beta for it as soon as their payment clears.
There are three different versions of the expansion on sale – the Base game going for $34.99, the Collector’s Edition going for $89.99 and the Premium which goes for a whopping $139.99.
Chaos Descending brings with it expanded lore, a new mount equipment feature, and additional dungeons, zones, adventure quests, raids and more. While the game itself is free, expansions are required to be purchased to play.

New World

After what seems like an eternity of waiting for news on Amazon’s upcoming full-loot open-ended sandbox PvP MMO New World, a video was released on October 11 showcasing some beautiful Alpha footage of an area we’ve already seen enough of – Windsward, a region “composed mostly of grasslands and forests that are packed with harvestable resources”.
We can clearly see abandoned crates, farms, windmills, cottages, wagons and more along the side of the road, with lit torches and railings.
However that is pretty much all we see.

Happy Halloween!

Finally.. I’d like to take a quick moment to wish everyone a Happy Halloween!
Every MMO ranging from WoW to Final Fantasy XIV to Guild Wars 2 to Elder Scrolls Online are launching their very own Halloween events in-game, so make sure you log in to your favorite game to participate!

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