Free To Play Unlimited #56: Black Desert, H1Z1, Orcs Must Die, Minimum, Fortnite

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Free To Play Unlimited with Taryn is the exclusive FreeMMOStation.com webshow about free MMORPG and other Free MMO games. The team will bring you exciting news, quizzes, the most anticipated F2P games and more. In this episode Black Desert teases us so much, SOE detail the persistent zombie MMO H1Z1, the vampire simulator World of Darkness bites… the dust, Minimum returns and is almost ready to launch and Orcs Must Die go Unchained and free-to-play. Also, Survarium is holding a 24-hour open beta on April 25th. The featured first looks include the spellcasting MOBA Magicka: Wizard Wars and the Russian MMORPG Order of Magic. The Most Wanted game of the week is Fortnite, the cartoonish MineCraft-inspired free-to-play game from Epic Games, makers of Gears of War. If you know the answer to this episode’s quiz, then leave it in the comments below or in YouTube, along with your suggestions.

News:

Black Desert teases second beta with several videos
By now most of you should know what Black Desert is all about. The second Korean closed beta is coming and… can’t you just smell the anticipation? Pearl Abyss have been teasing us for a few weeks with oh so much great stuff. They opened the hostilities with what is possibly the most awesome character creation system ever, where you’re able to tweak almost everything and even create some cool poses to show to your mates. A few days later we got a new video showing the improved action combat, with optional seizure-inducing camera shaking. After that it was a video with a lot of features, including cow milking – and you know that a game that features a cow milking mini-game definitely has it all! The forth video showcased the power of formations in battle and how different positions give different boosts to the characters. No need for us to tell you how much we want this game and the good news is that we’ll be joining the Korean beta that begins April 22nd. We plan to bring you a lot of gameplay videos on this great MMORPG, so stick around!

Sony Online reveals persistent zombie MMORPH H1Z1
DayZ isn’t the only zombie game to keep an eye out for. Sony Online has its own post-apocalyptic survival MMO in the works. H1Z1 is the name of this game and it runs on the Forgelight engine, same as PlanetSide 2 and EverQuest Next. It is a free-to-play persistent sandbox MMORPG that is set in “Middle America”, 15 years after the H1Z1 virus has devastated mankind and left nothing but death and destruction, resulting in a zombie outbreak. Players are free to start anywhere on the map and set off exploring the seamless cities and desolate wide open places, gathering resources, building shelters and even huge fortresses to protect them from frequent danger, including wild animals, the Infected and the most feared of them all: other players. DayZ, right? Crafting is said to be extremely in-depth and players are able to create many weapons, including molotov cocktails and other explosives. There will be trading, social features, multiplayer vehicles and an emergent gameplay that can result in many different approaches to the game world. There are no skills or leveling, since the gameplay is freeform. H1Z1 will be released for PC first and PS4 later. The PC version will be accessible via Steam Early Access in a few weeks for $20.

World of Darkness is canceled by CCP Games
Were you anticipating the vampire simulator World of Darkness? Sorry to break the news, but this MMO was canceled. The World of Darkness MMORPG in development at CCP Games, the EVE Online makers, was canceled past week, after many years in what we could call development hell, or close enough. As a result, 56 jobs were lost at the Atlanta studio. World of Darkness was announced way back in November 2006. In the following years it was delayed and some people lost their jobs. On April 14th 2014, the game was canceled, apparently because the studio “could not deliver the experience that it aspired to make”. Not much of World of Darkness was revealed in the meantime, besides a concept art trailer in 2010 and a short tech demo in 2012.

Minimum is back with Atari and Human Head
Minimum, the now-it’s-here-now-it’s-not shooter announced back in April 2013 is back and surprisingly about to launch. This blocky shooter from the now-defunct TimeGate Studios was rescued by Human Head Studios with the help of Atari and is going to be released on PC this spring, through Steam Early Access. Minimum features five-on-five third-person shooter action but adds crafting to the mix, as well as MOBA elements. Resource gathering, as well as armor and weapon blueprints are all part of the gameplay. The most interesting part is the Titan that each team has at its disposal, a huge robot that is powered by your team’s creep farming abilities.Human Head is the studio that was developing Prey 2 for Bethesda after allegedly leaving the project because it wasn’t up to the required standards.

Orcs Must Die! Unchained is a free-to-play game
Third time is the charm – the Orcs Must Die series is going free-to-play with the third game, Orcs Must Die! Unchained. Orcs Must Die! Unchained is also the first to include team multiplayer. Two teams of five players will battle to attack and defend strongholds in a third-person tower defense/MOBA approach that includes collectible card game elements.Dozens of unique heroes will be available and as for the rest, you can expect the usual in the series: over-the-top weapons, fiendish minions and wacky traps.

‘Find the Game’ Quiz

This cartoonish fantasy MMO isn’t exactly new, since it was released a couple of years ago under a different name. Set in a mystical land, this is a family friendly MMO that could please fans of Wizard 101. The first one to write the answer in the comments (here or on our YouTube channel) will see his or her name featured in the next Free to Play Unlimited episode.

Most Wanted: Fortnite

The makers of the popular franchise Gears of War are working on the PC exclusive Fortnite, a sandbox mix of third-person shooter and building that was announced in 2011. Think of this game as a cartoonish take on the MineCraft formula, and this is also the first to use the Unreal Engine 4. The alpha sign-ups are already open at the official website. The focus of the game is building and shooting demons. Players have to build and strengthen their forts by targeting a surface and choosing a material. Campaigns are procedurally-generated and feature plenty of destructible elements. Players have to gather materials and build their forts before nightfall, when the zombie storm comes. Players only survive if they manage to close the storm clouds and when the morning comes it’s time to repair the fort. So far, four character classes are known: Constructor, Ninja, Commando and Scavenger. Cooperation is essential to defeat the enemies and more classes are going to be added along the way. Game Informer has the exclusive on this game so go check them out if you want to see plenty of alpha gameplay.


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