MMO Development Overview (May 2021)
Passionate gamers around the world have dedicated billions of hours to various massively multiplayer online worlds. MMO usually offer tons of content that players can explore on their own or with friends. Interaction with the community is often a big part in many MMOs that keep players engaged in their online worlds. There are many successive MMOs, many still exist today and several more are in the works.
However, with so many MMO games in development, some information can get lost in the mix every time a developer makes new announcements or updates. Sometimes an MMO can be hit with a delay, like earlier this year when Amazon Games’ New world postponed until summer 2021. Other times, an MMO could have announced an upcoming beta period, or an upgrade on an NDA. Here are several in-development and live-action MMOs that received updates during the month of May, ranging from Ashes of creation at New world at Final Fantasy 14.
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MMO updates under development for May 2021
Ashes of creation (Intrepid Studios)
Often among the list of highly anticipated games of many gamers, Ashes of creation From Intrepid Studios is an upcoming fantasy MMO that hopes to create a truly gamer-centric world. Intrepid recently held pre-Alpha testing, but pushed part of its full Alpha One schedule further into the summer. The Alpha One test and complete withdrawal of the NDA were slated for June, but will now take place in July. On the bright side, Intrepid decided to scrap the verbal nondisclosure agreement to Ashes of creation, so that some players can now talk openly about their experiences, without sharing images or videos.
More recently, the Lead Game Designer for Ashes of creation, Jeff Bard, has left the team. After helping to drive much of the MMO development, he will continue to work on some projects in the VR space. The content creation program for Ashes of creation has also been reintroduced and is accepting new applicants. In Intrepid Studios’ monthly developer update, players can take a peek at Alpha footage of a giant boss battle with the Elder Dragon of Tundra, in addition to some early gameplay from Siege.
Blue Protocol (Bandai Namco)
For those looking for a stylized anime MMO, Blue protocol is one to watch. A lengthy Bandai Namco developer update was broadcast live this month, although it is in Japanese. Bandai Namco has briefed fans on the development and revealed new footage. New character creation options are also added, along with all new regions and a new Heavy Smasher class. A short new animation has also been released, with some moments of gameplay footage.
The day before (Fntastic)
Developed by Fntastic and published by MYTONA, The day before is an open-world survival MMO set in an apostate-pandemic America overrun by zombies. There are already a few trailers for The day before, but development has been rather quiet this month. This morning, Fntastic announced some upcoming game news, but fans will have to wait to see what the developers actually plan to reveal.
Elyon (Kakao Games)
The MMO Elyon, previously called Ascension: Infinite Realm, from Kakao Games has entered its beta period for Western audiences. Players who had the chance to try out the new MMO were able to comment on everything from customizing the in-game character to his initial battle. Read the Game Rant preview at Elyon here.
Legue of Legends MMO (Riot Games)
At the end of 2020, Riot Games confirmed a League of Legends The MMO was in development, albeit in its early stages. Greg “Ghostcrawler” Street, who already has MMO credits on World of Warcraft, is executive producer on the MMO scheduled for Runeterra, and wrote a general warning to fans on Twitter. Fans can expect the next MMO to have its own identity, although there are some gameplay decisions that will not please all fans.
One thing I can say about the “unannounced” MMORPG is that not all of you will like all of the features that come with it. We are going to make choices that you may not agree with. Players want different things in their games. It is very good. Some of you (thrill) might not like the game at all. Also great.
– Greg Street (@Ghostcrawler) May 20, 2021
New World (Amazon Games)
Amazon Games’ foray into MMO development comes in the form of New world, and director Scot Lane updated developers on the schedule for the next few months. Anyone who pre-orders the game can participate in the Closed Beta on July 20 ahead of its official launch on August 31, 2021. More information has been revealed about Expeditions and Battles in New world as well as.
Information also revealed that New world will offer paid cosmetics and other micro-transactions such as XP Boosters. While the developers see this as a way for new players to catch up, some players were not happy with the concept. The developers have clarified that only cosmetic items, not XP boosters, will be available for purchase anytime before 2022, which would only be a few months after launch.
Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis (Sega)
Since New Genesis is a larger overhaul of the base game, several changes will be made to players. Sega detailed some of these anticipated changes to some gaming systems as players were able to participate in a closed beta test. In addition, a character creation tool is now available in anticipation of the New Genesis released next month.
The developers also unveiled an upcoming roadmap for the next semester:
- June sees New Genesis launch with the Aelio region, 6 classes and a maximum level of 20.
- In July, a special event for the 9th anniversary of PSO2 is organized.
- August sees a new class called “Braver”.
- Fall 2021 sees the new ‘Bouncer’ class, a title system and ‘trigger quests’.
- Winter 2021/2022 sees the 1st major update for New Genesis which will feature a new region, an increase in level cap to 35, and new class skills and techniques.
Star Citizen (Cloud Imperium Games)
Development continues on massive sci-fi MMO Citizen of the stars because the game continues to hit crowdfunding milestones, even though it is already one of the most expensive games ever made. The development team continues to detail the progress made on the game, including videos on various spaceships and game systems. A free week for players to try out the game began on May 22 and will run through May 1. June. Players will have access to the Avenger Titan ship to try out and see what the game has to offer.
Sword of Legends Online (Gameforge)
Sword of Legends Online is an upcoming MMO with a unique storyline based on Chinese mythology. Before its release scheduled for summer 2021, Sword of Legends Online released its first beta phase from May 21 to 25. A special livestream today reviewed some feedback from the first beta, and some anticipated changes to come in the second beta from June 1-8. In addition to improving server stability for the next beta, the developers will be adding a new area to explore for each of the game’s two factions. Mysticism and Heaven’s Children players will have access to the new area, Valley of Echoing Blades.
The Chronicles of Wagadu (Twin drums)
T from Twin Drumshe Chronicles of Wagadu is an isometric, Afrofantasy MMO that was supported on Kickstarter last fall. The game will have a strong role-playing emphasis, and there will also be a tabletop RPG version of The Chronicles of Wagadu. Twin Drums’ May Kickstarter update features footage of the game’s forest and desert biomes, along with ideas for dialogue character animations. Additionally, Twin Drums announced the hiring of Harrison Yinfaowei, an artist based in Nigeria, to help with some of the The Chronicles of Wagadu“Architectural design.
Live Development MMO updates for May 2021
The Elder Scrolls Online (ZeniMax Online Studios)
ZeniMax Online revealed information earlier this month about how the companion system works in the Black wood extension for The Elder Scrolls Online. This new mechanic will provide players who complete a certain quest with a companion, an NPC who can fight alongside the player. Companions can quickly replace other players in areas like dungeons, and can be almost completely customized with abilities, gear, and playstyles.
Final Fantasy 14 (Square Enix)
the Final Fantasy 14 The digital fan festival earlier this month revealed a ton of information about the new Endwalker expansion coming in fall 2021. Not only are Viera men added to Final Fantasy 14, but the female Hrothgar will be too. the Endwalker The expansion will see the addition of Job Reaper, giving players another DPS role to play. Images of new areas, towns and mountains were also shown.
Guild Wars 2 (ArenaNet)
Ahead of the big boys Guild Wars 2: The End of the Dragons Expansion to be revealed later this summer, ArenaNet is finding ways to engage players in the game. Starting May 25, players who log into the game can unlock “Story Tokens” to play for free. the story of season 2 of “Living World”.
The conclusion of this list is Runic landscape, as development continues on Jagex’s mobile port of its ever-popular MMO. In an interview with Game Rant, the developers on Runescape talked about the accessibility of the mobile version. The developers are in the fine tuning phase, making sure the game runs on different screens, all text is readable, and the mobile version has customizable menus that fans have come to expect. According to the developers, some accessibility issues discovered and fixed during the development of the mobile version of the game can now also be carried over to the desktop versions.
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