Free-to-play action MMORPG, Neverwinter, got a new update this week. The Shroud of Souls update will bring customizable Guild Halls, giving adventurers an all new social space to call their …
For those that are unaware, the Game Preview Program is a newly implemented feature by Microsoft similar to Steam’s Early Access system where players can actively purchase, play and participate in a game while it’s currently under development.
Elite: Dangerous is a massively-multiplayer online space adventure bringing open world exploration of the Milky Way at full galactic proportions. As the third sequel in the series and the first to reach Xbox One, this game includes an evolving player-driven narrative and a connected multiplayer experience. Players start off in a small starship and some credits and gradually build up skill, knowledge and wealth to eventually reach the rank of an iconic Elite.
Elite: Dangerous is currently available in 1080p for $30.99, £24.99, or €30.99 based on regional equivalent as part of the Game Preview Program and contains achievement, Xbox party and friend list support.
In July, the Close Quarters Championship content arrives first on Xbox One to those that are in the preview. The CQC content provides an intense player vs. player environment with custom-built arenas to fight for supremacy.
See Elite: Dangerous in action below.
At Microsoft’s 2015 E3 conference, Dean Hall of Rocketwerkz in collaboration with Improbable, announced that ION would be released on Xbox One. Dean Hall is currently known for his work on the popular ARMA 2 mod DayZ.
ION is a massively-multiplayer online game featuring huge floating galactic constructions in an attempt for humans to colonize the universe. Using the technology from Improbable, the game promises fully simulated real-time environments that must be properly balanced including heat and cold, air pressure, power grids and more.
Take a look at the teaser after the break.
While everyone knows what strategy games are, and role playing games, and massively multiplayer online games somehow the multiplayer online battle arena genre remains confusing and mysterious. Perhaps this is because, despite being a combination of strategy, RPG and MMO (aka SRPGMMO, but nobody liked that acronym) being something everyone can understand, it in no way adds up to MOBA. However, like every other genre, MOBA is branching out, growing and adding elements from other beloved genres, so before things get out of hand let us explain what MOBA is.
The Multiplayer Online Battle Arena genre is a micro-MMORPG experience with strategical elements surrounding it, hence the combination of the three. MOBA combines some of the key features of each genre, and bakes a peculiarly delicious cake. First and foremost, however, MOBA games are team-oriented, with one team competing against one other team. Each team has a core (or something like one) which they must protect. If their core is destroyed, they lose.
Microsoft’s Xbox Live Arcade service has been running for over half a decade now seeing a major boost in content since the Summer of Arcade promotions began running and since last year House Party (previously Block Party) has joined it for Spring releases. A steady flow of releases during each month also bring a fair amount of titles to the downloadable market space. With a healthy mix of ports, original content, big and indie developers, it begs the question: how mixed is the genre offering?
Before examining what isn’t out there, it’s important to observe what is. Xbox.com has listings for the amount of games contained in each of their classifications, bringing up some pretty startling numbers. Leading the way (not surprisingly) are Action & Adventure games with 177 individual titles including Castle Crashers, Battlefield 1943, Geometry Wars and Shadow Complex. Puzzle & Trivia and Classics are the next highest below Action with 74 and 76 respectively. On the opposite side of the spectrum are some very niche genres including Kinect with 4, Music with 6, and Educational with 3. A genre expected to have plenty of titles would be fighting, but believe it or not only 13 titles are classified as fighting games on XBLA, while the nebulous Other category has 7. Above those are 23 Role Playing games, 20 Racing & Flying games and 33 Strategy & Simulation games. Also noteworthy you’d think there’s more than 38 platformers out there, but not according to Xbox.com. (as of October 2011)
What we do at XBLA wouldn’t be possible by ourselves. It takes an entire team of people willing to devote the spare time to talk about video games. But …