The New Console MMOs\Multiplayers Announced Since June 2014
One of the most awaited racing-game of 2014 is The Crew, a next-gen driving MMO developed by Ivory Tower and Ubisoft Reflections.
This game will take you and your friends (the crew) on a reckless ride inside a massive, persistent open-world recreation of the United States, around 5,000 square miles awaits to be explored. According to a Ubisoft rep, it will take an hour and a half to drive from West Coast to East Coast.
The Crew will have a story-based campaign that will take around 20 hours, where you will have to move up the ranks of the 510s, a Detroit gang involved in the illegal street racing-scene, but the most important role will be played by the MMO aspects and the freedom that awaits you.
Talking about MMOs, let’s take a look at some of the missions/quests that are available:
Go To – A timed race where you will need to reach the finish line in the shortest time possible, take shortcuts, cut off other drivers, it’s all up to you. Sometimes you will need to get your vehicle there in the perfect conditions, so you won’t be allowed to hit anything on the way.
Collect – Another timed race where you will need to collect all the items scattered around the map. These items can be anywhere, on the road, off-road, in parks, up hills, etc. Developers said that you can drive anywhere you want, without any limitations “if you can see it, you can drive there”.
Get Away – The name says it all. You’ll have to get away from your pursuers in order to lose infraction stars until you’re free. You will need to avoid roadblocks, off-road vehicles and even helicopters.
Follow – In this mission you will need to follow one of your posse to the next hideout or tail a target until time runs out.
Takedown – Use your car like a battlering ram to damage your target until it’s not able to continue the race anymore.
Outrun – A mission where you have a preset destination, but not enough time, unless you pass through checkpoints that can be placed anywhere like on the road, off-road, between houses, deep inside a forest, etc.
Race – Well it’s a racing game after all, so all you have to do in this mission is to race through different places against 1 to 7 opponents.
All these missions can be played alone, with friends, or with online co-op matchmaking. Missions are not the only type of challenges you’ll encounter. You will have skill challenges, random events and races, basically any driving fantasy can be realized inside this massive world version of the USA.
As you progress you will earn new vehicles that you can customize according to your style and driving preferences. There are even some hidden places where you can salvage old car racks for unique cosmetic parts that can be placed on your vehicles to give it an exotic look.
The experience can continue even if you’re not in front of the PC/Console as The Crew companion game available on iOS and Android tablets will allow you to tinker with your ride, equip different car parts, chat remotely, browse your friends’ profiles, and send your crew on jobs on-the-go.
The Crew will be released on November 11, 2014 for the PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.
Neverwinter (Announced for Xbox One in July)
I guess you already know all about Neverwinter since the game was originally released for PC in June 2013 (if you didn’t play it you should give it a try), but did you know that it will be available on Xbox One?
On July 30, Perfect World Entertainment announced that they are bringing their massively multiplayer online role-playing game Neverwinter to Xbox One next year, in partnerships with Cryptic Studios. Seems like China will be the first one to get it, after Xbox One launches on September23, 2014.
Should we hope for a PlayStation release as well? I don’t know, maybe. Perfect World said in a statement that Neverwinter is “coming to consoles, starting with Xbox One,” so I guess that other platforms are under development, but until they officially announce something, we can’t say for sure.
I was never a big fan of playing my favorite MMOs on the consoles, you know the old topic about the game controller vs. keyboard and mouse, but Perfect World seems to be very confident about it.
“Consoles are a perfect fit for action-oriented MMORPGs like Neverwinter, and we are thrilled to be one of the first publisher to bring premium free-to-play titles to leading next-gen platforms,” (another hint for other platforms), said Allan Chen, Perfect World CEO, “Being able to bring Neverwinter to the Xbox One is a critical achievement for Perfect World. It is our first step taking our games beyond the PC market.”
“The game will have some different elements to suit the nature of console play, such as new UI to fit in line with controller usage and use the native friend’s list in Xbox Live,” the publisher explained. “That said the core experience will be the same, with a different cadence for module updates.”
The Xbox One version will require an Xbox Live Gold subscription that is $10/month or $60/year. If you don’t want to wait that long you can turn on your old friend, the PC and enjoy the latest Tyranny of Dragons expansion with the new Scourge Warlock character, that launched on August 14, 2014.