So first we have the Tetris sci-fi film, and now we have this: Asteroids: Outposts, a new survival MMO by Atari based in the… Asteroids universe, I guess.
Described as an “open world, sandbox style, survival experience,” Asteroids: Outposts puts you in the role of a space miner who must stake their claim on an asteroid and defend it from players in “challenging multiplayer gameplay”. Alliances of some kind with other players can be formed, and the titular asteroid showers are a source of both wealth and threat.
There’s not much information out about this now, but you can sign up for the mailing list here. Atari says that this new game will appeal to both fans of the classic Asteroids game, and to fans of expansive MMOs as well.
My thoughts: This sounds great. It’s the very last thing I expected to hear about today, but now that I’ve heard about it, I can’t think of a reason as to why it hasn’t been done before. If this pans out, it’s a safe bet that this is going to be my game.
I’ve heard people say time and time again that they want a Dragon’s Dogma sequel but… this is unexpected. The next Dragon’s Dogma game is a free-to-play co-op game.
Announced as Dragon’s Dogma Online, the game will comprise of your party of four, each controlled by either an AI or a human, traversing its new open world area, Lestaria.
It’s unclear to me at the moment how exactly its multiplayer works, whether it’s more of an MMO layout where players are seen out in the world and there are somewhat menial quests to do, or if it is going more the Warframe way with individual co-op missions launched from a menu. The open-world aspect seems to indicate the former, while a “Quick Match” feature and lobbies that can “support” 100 people seems to indicate the latter. Parties of four roaming an MMO world as a unit is pretty interesting to think about.
Dragon’s Dogma Online is said to be coming at some point in 2015 to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PC.
My Take: I never got around to playing Dragon’s Dogma, and it’s something I’ve always been searching for time and the chance to play ever since it came out. I’ve played through its spectacular demo numerous times, and that alone has me very excited for this game. Combat as unique as Dragon’s Dogma’s seems to be is welcome in my book, in the age of action MMOs like Tera.
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