Betawatch: December 13 - 19, 2014

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Elite: Dangerous formally launched this week, departing our Betawatch (Gammawatch?) list and flying free into the wilds of the MMO jungle. What else is new in the land of MMO testing?
  • Landmark's closed beta launched PvE combat this week; SOE says it will shift full-time to working on EverQuest Next in early 2015.
  • Shroud of the Avatar's devs spoke to us about its community and development process.
  • Black Desert officially launched into open beta in Korea.
  • Sandvox SkySaga began its alpha phase for UK players.
  • Skyforge launched a beta contest and demoed two classes.
  • Cabal II's closed beta is taking signups; the first focus test is slated for this weekend.
  • Valiance Online kicked off a Steam Greenlight campaign. It's currently in pre-alpha stress testing.
  • Space strategy MMO AD2460 leaves testing and launches on December 29th.
  • MapleStory 2 will begin closed beta signups in Korea next week.
  • Albion Online's winter test begins January 26th.
  • Rainbow Saga softlaunched into open beta.
  • MMORTS Siegelord's closed beta began this week as well.
Read on for the complete Betawatch list.

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    [LF MMO] Guild Wars 2, The Secret World or something else entirely for story/PVE MMO?

    Hi, all, name is Ashley.


    I'm pretty new to MMOs, having only ever played Rift for a short amount of time.


    I've always wanted a world that constantly has new updates and is changing, a good group of people to really spend time with, and one that makes me feel like my purchase was worth it.


    I've mostly always played SP with some multiplayer here and there; I'm not against multiplayer, but many of the people online were just jerks, or it was simple shoot em ups, no real story.


    Preferred Genres (Fantasy, Sci-Fi, etc.): Fantasy/Sci-Fi. For example, I love the Mass Effect and Dragon Age series.

    Pricing Model: Any, though a one time subscription or only for new expansions would be nice.

    Eastern or Western: Not sure? I've heard that games coming from Japan, China and what not are more grindy?

    Combat Type (action, turn-based, tab-target, ect.): Not sure the answer to this...would like to feel like I'm killing something, not just pressing a button and hoping for the best.

    Game Type (Sandbox, Themepark, RPG, FPS, RTS, etc.): I don't know all of the definitions, but something that can guide me yet let me do what I want for the most part? I guess a mixture between Sandbox and Themepark with RPG elements? Maybe I said that wrong, haha.

    Casual/Hardcore: More casual, but I'd love to have a guild where I feel I belong. :3

    Released or Upcoming: Doesn't matter.

    Games Played: Rift, many single player games.

    Any preferred features or mechanics?: Not sure. :)


    Thank you so much for reading and any advice you give!

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    Are there any popular mob grinding games out there anymore?

    I remember days of GTH and Kal where you'd just kill mobs and group up to do it. Just keep leveling, going on to mob to mob / map to map. Huge bosses that require everyone, etc. But one key thing is very little quests.

    Are there any like this that have a good user base still?

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    MapleStory 2 begins closed beta signups next week, will include a jail system

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    Another day, another game we can't have yet. This one's MapleStory 2, the sequel to Nexon's MapleStory, which in spite of its cuteness is still one of the biggest MMORPGs in the world. Steparu reports that MS2 is set to enter its first closed beta phase on January 21st; signups go live for Korean players on Christmas eve.

    Over on the official site (in Korean), Nexon further discusses the MMO's jail system, something fans of games like Ultima Online and ArcheAge know well. This particular jail is meant to hold those who make wreckage of chat channels, though Nexon says will punish counter-abuse "severely." What could possibly go wrong?

    We don't yet know whether the game will come here, but since classic MapleStory has a global version that's earned Nexon boatloads of money, it's pretty darn likely.

    We've embedded Steparu's MapleStory 2 customization video below.

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    Why not CORPGs ?

    Ah, Guild Wars.

    You progressed through a main story quest. Every area was instanced, from the world to dungeons, party size was limited. You could teleport to go back anywhere in the world. PvP took place in Arenas or GvGs or Battlegrounds...

    Sounds familiar ?

    With many themeparks the endgame revolves around streamlined, instanced content that downplays the MMO part greatly. At worst, the "massive" part is detrimental to the game with players competing with eachother on validating quests, for example.

    So why not CORPGs ? Guild Wars was a refreshing take on the MMO genre, and then you have things like Impossible Bosses which is a raid boss simulator.

    Do you know of other good alternatives that out-themepark Themepark MMOs ?

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    The Stream Team: Slaugs and wisps and chompers, oh Landmark!

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    OK, so Landmark's PvE does not include any lions, tigers, or bears as the original phrase indicates, but there are still some hungry critters who want to munch on you if you get too close. Along with the slaugs, wisps, and chompers, there are abominations and fiery fungi waiting down in the caverns to bring death to adventurers. And you know what that means: Massively's MJ is going to dive down into the thick of it to find some! She'll be excitedly exploring the new cavern system while trying to dodge death around every turn. Join us live at 6:00 p.m. for a first look at Landmark's long-awaited PvE, then experience it for yourself by nabbing your own beta code!

    Game: Landmark
    Host: MJ Guthrie
    Date: Thursday, December 19th, 2014
    Time: 6:00 p.m. EST

    Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

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      Looking for a new MMO, considering GW2

      Hello everyone~ As the title says, I'm looking for a new MMO to play and I'm considering buying Guild Wars 2 since it looks really interesting, but I want to ask here to be sure before spending my money. I've played Tera, Mabinogi and RO for a lot of time, Mabinogi since its american release, but I stopped a few months ago because the games are stagnating. I've been looking for something new and tried FF14 for a couple of months and while the game is really polished and nice it didn't really click with me. I found the combat to be somewhat lacking, the customization (besides fashion) inexistent and the world kind of shallow and small. I tried to fill my need for something where I can play and build my very own character from scratch with single player games, but I really missed the community side. So, after looking at the current games, I noticed a game that might be what I'm searching for. I have a few questions regarding Guild Wars 2:

      • Is the combat system dynamic and fun? From the outside it looks interesting, yet the apparent lack of skills confuses me. Is it very spammy or does it require some tactical knowledge, smart placement and the use of your brain to be successful?

      • How's the character customization? I looked at the various races and they seem nice, but I'm wondering: how deep can I customize the looks of my character? How unique can I make it? If I want to make a cute one are there enough options for me?

      • Regarding customization, again: how's the skill/attributes system? Is there something akin to talents ala WoW, or at least some way to be more unique yet work well as a class? One of my biggest gripes with FF14 is that, while all skills are useful, you don't really have any way to differentiate yourself than any other player besides your player skill. A Paladin will be the same, build-wise, as another - besides cross-class skills, which people are still required to get and they'll most likely have the same ones.

      • How's the world and the story? Is it interesting, is it unique and immersive? I want a world where I can even just admire the landscape and feel something special, kinda like how RO was.

      • How's the community? Is it active enough?

      Sorry for all the questions, I hope I didn't sound pretentious. I just want to be 100% sure before using my money and committing to something. If someone could also, maybe, give me an overall look at the game as a whole I'd be very thankful. Thanks for everything.

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      Sandvox SkySaga hits alpha in the UK

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      Sandvox SkySaga has officially entered alpha, says developer Smilegate. The team announced the start of the testing phase over social media yesterday and today:
      Great news! We've just started up the Alpha servers (UK only still, I'm afraid), and from now on they'll be running 24/7 (with the exception of maintenance periods!).
      You read that right: The alpha's open only to UK players right now, though we've had reports that there's no IP blocking just yet. Release is still set for next summer. The game is a voxel-based sandbox with the usual trapping: crafting, harvesting, combat, arena PvP, and an "evolving" online world shaped by the players themselves.

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      Impressions of Skyforge?

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      Win part of a $50,000 pool at Guild Wars 2's PAX East tournament

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      Fancy yourself a not-half-bad PvP player? Are you keen on the notion of winning enough money to avoid work or school for a year so that you can concentrate on MMO gaming? Then step right up to Guild Wars 2's World Tournament Series Championship at PAX East next spring, where the winners will dip into a $50,000 prize pool.

      The tournament will take place on March 7th, 2015, at the gaming convention in Boston. Players from several countries are welcome to face off against each other, although teams will have to compete and win in earlier qualifiers to make it to the championship. You'll have to be at least 18 and from the US, Canada, Mexico, or the EU to participate. A cool perk of making it to the championship is that ArenaNet will foot the bill for teams' airfare, hotel, and a per diem.

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      Dragon Age: Inquisition: The Last Court to Bridge Dragon Age 2 and DAI

      Failbetter Studios has announced that it is working in conjunction with Bioware for a text-based adventure game that will bridge the time gap between the end of Dragon Age 2 and Dragon Age: Inquisition. Players will be able to form alliances, gather financial resources and more as a minor marquis leading a town in Orlais. Events participated in will have a bearing on Dragon Age: Inquisition.

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      World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition Adds French Tech Tree, New Maps

      This week, Wargaming's saying "Vive La France!" by adding in 28 new vehicles including the Foch 155, Renault FT and the AMX 50 100. Also new to the party are two additional maps - Karelia and Asia Miao (Pearl River).

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      General: Crowntakers Developer Walkthrough

      Rogue-like RPG Crowntakers is set to take you into a randomly generated medieval fantasy world where you and your band of mercenaries will work together to "banish evil from the world." To that end, developer Bulwark Studios has released an archive of a recent Twitch livestream of an in-game walkthrough for your delectation.

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      Star Citizen: FPS Module Revealed at PAX Australia

      Today Cloud Imperium Founder Chris Roberts wowed audiences at PAX Australia by giving them a glimpse of Star Citizen's FPS Module. Gameplay footage of the upcoming space sim demonstrated just how the $59 million raised in its crowdfunding effort is being spent.

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      Star Citizen: A Great Deal of Hope for the Newly Minted FPS Module

      Since the idea was introduced as a stretch goal, the inclusion of a first person shooter component in Star Citizen has been a somewhat debated topic. There have been legitimate questions about how feasible it would be to add that sort of thing in an already ambitious project, and many have concerns that the attempt might come off feeling cheap or slapped in. We've all seen those games where something was just forced in for the extra bullet on the box.

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      Exclusive Interview with Star Citizen’s New Director of Persistent Universe | Ten Ton Hammer

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