Posts Tagged ‘Bluehole Studio’

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in early access March 23

You know what they call a Battle Royale game in the USA? Battle Quarter Pounder. True story. Arena survival shooters are all around these days, taking the scavenge-o-sandbox style of DayZ and packaging it up in little murderous packages. One of the earlier Battle Royale ’em ups was an Arma 2/3 mod created by PlayerUnknown and now, after helping on H1Z1: King of the Kill, he’s teamed up with Tera devs Bluehole Studio for a full standalone commercial Hunger Gameser of his own. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds [official site] is its name, and entering early access on March 23rd is its game. That’s the word out of PAX East, accompanied by this new trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds hits closed beta on 24th

Battle Royale ’em ups and first-person Hunger Gamesers have become so popular that I once, er, briefly forgot that Battle Royale and The Hunger Games are novels and films. They’re last-man-standing affairs dunking loads of players into murderworlds to roam, loot, craft, and kill, kill, kill. One of the more notable Hungerers on the horizon is PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds [official site] because it bears the name of the chap who designed Arma 3’s Battle Royale mod then helped on H1Z1: King of the Kill.

It’s due to enter closed beta on the 24th, the devs have now announced, then after about four weeks will launch into early access. Read the rest of this entry »

Battle Royale ‘Em Up: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Battle Royale-style FPSs are the new zombie sandbox survival games, which were the new CCGs, which were the new Minecraftbuts, which were the new MOBAs, which in turn were the new tower defences, which were the new MMORPGs, which were the new FMV games, which were, of course, the new Doom clones. Now Brendan ‘PlayerUnknown’ Greene, the chap who created a Battle Royale mod for Arma 2 & 3 and helped on H1Z1’s Battle Royaleing, is getting his own game with his own name on it.

Bluehole, the makers of MMORPG Tera, today announced they’ve signed up PlayerUnknown to work on a standalone Battle Royale ’em up with vehicles and all, named PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds [official site].

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Devillian: A F2P Action-RPG From The Makers Of Tera

Have we settled on an official name for MMO-y action-RPGs yet? MMO action-RPG? Action-MMORPG? Diablonlines? Hmm. This question is of professional relevance to me, as Tera developers Bluehole Studio are now making one of those there games, whatever they’re called.

Devillian [official site] will have players beat monsters until money and items fall out their guts, but also offer guilds and alliances and wars and whatnot. Rift folks Trion Worlds yesterday announced plans to bring the free-to-play AMMORPG (I like the “ammo” in there, v. action-packed – this could work!) to Europe and North America this year.

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Warbeaver Rides Again: Tera Going F2P

I WOULD VERY MUCH LIKE A HUG.

I actually played a decent amount of Tera when it first launched, and I really enjoyed certain aspects. The sublimely timing-based hack ‘n’ slashery was to die for, and the war beavers easily ranked among gaming’s best. But goodness, those quests were a deal-breaker. When lumbering Big Ass Monsters weren’t involved, they epitomized MMO monotony. Go here, kill ten of these, go here, kill ten of another incredibly similar thing, THIS IS WHAT BEING A HERO FEELS LIKE YEAH. Point is, Tera’s best taken in small doses, but a looming subscription fee always made that a pretty bitter pill to swallow. So now’s the part where I conveniently tell you about that fee’s impending demise while also notifying you of promising promises like this one: “Tera will be free. No level, time, or content restrictions.”

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It’s A Smaller World, After All: Tera Merging Servers

Maybe we should stop our fighting. I think... I think we're the only ones left.

In the grand scheme of MMOs, Tera actually has quite a lot going for it. The combat’s brisk, high-flying, and surprisingly tense, there’s a fairly ambitious political machine chugging along in the background, and its selection of beaver/badger/cat/dog/catdog people is second-to-none. Unfortunately, the glue that holds it all together – a bog-standard kill/collect quest grind – isn’t so hot, and unsurprisingly, players noticed. So Tera’s world of Big-Ass Monsters and regular-size-ass everything else is getting quite a bit smaller.

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Large And In Charge (Of Lasers): Tera’s Argon Queen

We strike you down, evil queen, because you stand for subjugation, treachery, and being really fucking creepy-looking.

As an American born and raised, I naturally fear two things: monarchy and giants. Watching the trailer for Tera’s next big update, then, was quite an emotional journey for me, because it featured both in one larger-than-life, laser-firing package. Sorry, god, this queen doesn’t need saving. But she’ll totally beat you up. And your dad, too, if you don’t watch it. If, however, the very sight of that thing makes the boiling warrior blood drain from your veins as quickly as it does mine, there’s also the long-awaited introduction of PVP battlegrounds, some new skills, and raid content. Jump beyond our True Action Break for a rather impressive-looking trailer.

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