Weekly MMO News – OMG what happened?

By Kei Beneza (Dividelife), Onrpg writer

Neo Stream: The shattered continent goes live!:

After waiting for the closed beta and open beta to end, Atlus online finally managed to bring its first MMO to life. Neo Steam: The Shattered Continent is now up and running, and it’s FREE TO PLAY!! Just sign up on the Atlus Online website [www.atlusonline.com/ ] and you’ll be playing in no time.

Aside from the launch, a screenshot contest was also announced. Players will be busy over time while trying to find that perfect screenie.

Source: http://www.onrpg.com/MMO/Neo-Steam-The-Shattered-Continent/news/Neo-Steam-The-Shattered-Continent-Launched

Free Realms reaches 3 MILLION subscribers:

There’s no doubt that Free Realms is more than just a regular MMO. The main fact that you get to level up without getting your hands dirty is definitely something to think about. Being one of the most original MMOs ever made, Free Realms just announced that they’ve already surpassed 3 Million subscribers. This may seem hard to believe since the game is pretty new. Not counting the PS3 release, the game managed to hook that many players in a short amount of time. Rumors say that the overall population is made up of alternate accounts, especially since Free realms was giving away free shirts and Sony cash to the first 1 million players and party packs to the second million. The third million will then get a pet party pack from SOE which features a bunch of accessories for your ingame pets.

“SOE worked diligently over the past four years to ensure that Free Realms would take the online space by storm,” said John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment. “We are pleased to be able to provide such a vast, in-depth and, most importantly, fun world to an average of 500,000 new gamers per week.”
-John Smedly

Free Realms said that they will no longer give prizes until the population reaches 10 million.

Source: http://www.onrpg.com/MMO/Free-Realms/news/Free-Realms-Reaches-3-Million-Users


Updates on APB MMO:

During the E3 convention, more and more updates came as people continue to marvel at APB. The game that was supposed to be Grand Theft Auto on Multiplayer steroids was made by the creators of Crackdown, an explosive sandbox (open world) game for the Xbox 360 back in 2007. The game was said to be released early on 2010 for the PC. The MMO will support 10,000 players that are effectively divided among virtual areas that support 100 people for competitive gameplay and 300 people in social spaces. You can be a man, woman, criminal or cop. It really depends on whether you want to do good or bad things as you go through the game.

What makes this game awesome is its matchmaking feature. If ever you’re a criminal and accidentally sounded an alarm while doing your dastardly deeds, the APB alarm will sound off. This means that the game will automatically turn this district into a persistent arena, yanking cop players into your area for the virtual chase. If ever you’re a criminal of great proportions then don’t be surprised if you suddenly have more than 40 cop players going after you.

The game was said to have an impressive character creation interface that lets you generate impressive looking characters that tend to share our modern delinquent fashion sense. The ingame music is also customizable since you can play mp3s on your pc while driving your stolen car. If you however prefer to play the game raw, the game will try to access last.fm in order for the in game stereo to generate your in-game music.

There were also rumors regarding the game morphing into Grand Theft Auto online sometime soon. The developers then addressed the situation by saying that their game is better and does not need to coexist with another game that shares the same concept (didn’t GTA invent this concept?).

If this game pushes through with all its promises, then we’re looking at another breakthrough in MMO history.

Source: http://kotaku.com/5287331/apb-does-all-of-the-following-in-theory


Starwars takes it to the next level:

Yes, we are aware that there is a StarWars MMO already. Bioware however refuses to acknowledge that fact until we get a taste of what is yet to come. Star Wars: The old republic is the first MMO to ever cater 100 percent voice acting. This means that aside from texts, you’ll be hearing each and every character in the game through their actual voice. Every cut-scene, choice, and conversation comes with their own voice acting. If that’s not impressive, then I don’t know what is. In my opinion, the feature would greatly enhance your gaming experience as hearing these NPCs would drag you deeper into the game while creating your own relationship with your surroundings.

The game also has the choose-your-own-adventure play-style which lets you go through a nonlinear path every time you play the game. Each choice you make greatly affects your character’s storyline as well as the NPCs around you.

When I first saw the game, I kinda remembered how disappointed I was with Hellgate London. The graphics look awesome especially for an MMO. Looks like we’re looking at the game that can really uphold these type of graphics and not suck in the process.

Star Wars the Old republic does seem like a single player game rather than an MMO, especially since it caters a lot of voice acting that are nonexistent in other MMOs. Your characters will still move and act like regular MMO characters, but the forked storyline and intense voice acting is so superb you’d forget that you’re actually playing an MMO game.

There’s no doubt that Star Wars the old republic is one of the most awaited MMOs to ever be announced this year. The game was said to be released late 2010. So far, the only thing I don’t like about this game is the fact that it isn’t out yet.

Source: http://kotaku.com/5277689/star-wars-the-old-republic-preview-bam-here-it-is

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