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ARK Survival Evolved Online (CN)
  • Launch
  • Free-to-play

For some of you ARK Surivvial Evolved is already an old survival MMORPG, but there are still players that didn't get to try it. When you go to their steam page, you see a ton of mixed reviews that can be put together like this:
  • Good Reviews: the game is great, a lot of freedom, different biomes, a true survival MMO;
  • Bad Reviews: server problems, allowing free transfer for tribes from other servers, developers focusing on releasing the console version, ignoring their pc player-base, paid DLCs on an early access game.
As you can see, 90% of the bad reviews have something against Studio Wildcard and Instinct Games, so we can assume that if Snail Games decides to bring the new licensed free to play Ark Survival Evolved Online to the Western Market, a ton of players will flood their servers.


There are a few differences between the two versions and I think there will be a lot more on the future, but for the moment we know that the f2p version will have a vanity costume shop, detailed tutorials, private chatting, mailbox features, a slightly easier progression and an enhanced graphic system.

The Chinese Open Beta has three different type of servers (civilized, war and savaged servers) each with its own rules. If you can pass the language barrier and want to try this new f2p version of Ark, we already have a registration & download guide for you.

 
World of Warcraft New Vanilla Server - Elysium Project
  • Launch 
  • Fresh-start server
  • Free-to-play

Even if this is a private server, for me it's a rebirth of social aspects inside an MMORPG. I'm so excited about this project, but let's start from the beginning. 

World of Warcraft Elysium is the new vanilla server that will be launched on January 7, 2017 at 18:00 GMT+1 (as the time I am writing this article there are still a few hours left). After the old Nostalrius servers were shutdown by Blizzard, with just a cease and desist order, and a long waiting time for a Blizzard announcement regarding the Legacy Servers, the core and the old Nostalrius database were handled to Elysium. This move assured the rebirth of Nost realms (as both the old PvP and PvE servers are up and running) and the birth of a new PvP server called Elysium.

You may be wondering what makes it special, right? Each player that decided to roll a new character on this server has its own reasons ranging from the love of core aspects that made World of Warcraft the top MMORPG for so many years, to settling down and finding a new place to call home.



For me it's all about the community and the journey. Other MMOs and the retail Legion WoW servers have lost the social aspect a long time ago. Trying to please everybody, easing every aspect of hardcore gameplay have killed the social interaction. I can hardly wait just to log in with thousands of other players (Elysium new server is expected to have around 15k-20k players) create a party, and chatting about anything while struggling to find a mob to kill. There is no phasing system, no easy way to skip the content so we should work together to achieve our goals.


There are players that hate fighting over a low amounts of mobs due to the large number of players around them, but if I only wanted to kill something I would install a singleplayer RPG. There is a history to be written, stories  and  special moments that will remain fresh in our memories for many years and I want to be a part of them.

PvP with the opposing faction, those massive open world fights are coming also, and to be honest I would join any game that can bring back those old times that made the genre great.

If you want to learn more about Elysium check the official site and if you join the game, hit me up on Apophis. For the Horde - Lok'tar Ogar.
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