Free To Play Unlimited #54: ArcheAge, Skyforge, Swordsman, Armored Warfare, EQN

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Free To Play Unlimited with Taryn is the exclusive 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 ArcheAge is finally revealed as a F2P MMORPG in North America and Europe (hurrah!), the impressive Skyforge gets a proper reveal, Swordsman is coming to the West with all swords blazing, Obsidian goes all tanky with Armored Warfare and EverQuest Next Landmark gets a closed beta date. The featured first look is Zombies Ate My Pizza, a cartoony shooter that is definitely making us hungry for pizza. The Most Wanted game of the week is Heavy Gear Assault, a very ambitious mech shooter that could still take a long time in development. If you know the answer to this episode's quiz, then leave it in the comments below or in YouTube, along with your suggestions.


ArcheAge is free-to-play in North America and Europe
It was finally revealed – ArcheAge is going to be free-to-play in North America and Europe. Take that, you subscription-based games! The news was revealed by Trion Worlds Community Manager Evan “Scapes” Berman in a forum post. After the recent success of ArcheAge in Russia with the free to play model, Trion is going to follow the same path. Scapes said the following: “both Trion Worlds and XLGames want ArcheAge to be a free-to-play sandbox that fits our “No Tricks, No Traps” vision and will make development decisions for to achieve that goal in Trion’s territories.” So that pretty much clears things up. The game is currently in a very limited alpha but the closed beta shouldn’t take more than a few months.

Allods Team and Obsidian reveal Skyforge
Skyforge is finally out in the open; this collaboration between Allods Team and Obsidian was officially announced. We knew Skyforge was in development since 2010 by Allods Team and that RPG specialist Obsidian Entertainment is now on board for a while, probably working on what they do best – storylines. But the game was still mostly in secrecy until now, when the announcement trailer was revealed. The game features action combat and seems to blend sci-fi and fantasy and is “set in a brand new universe of gods and heroes, who utilize futuristic technologies to fight off dangerous creatures and protect their planet against space invasions.” Sounds awesome to us.

Perfect World brings Swordsman Online to the West
Perfect World Entertainment is bringing another one of their latest releases to the West: Swordsman Online. Based on the Louis Cha novels, Swordsman Online runs on the new Angelica III engine and is currently in alpha testing. It features real-time martial arts fights and offers ten unique combat fighting styles.

Obsidian goes from RPGs to tanks with Armored Warfare
Obsidian Entertainment isn’t all about RPGs, it seems. The studio revealed a tank combat game called Armored Warfare. Armored Warfare’s announcement was completely unexpected, but this free-to-play team-based tank combat game is definitely looking sharp. It runs on the CryEngine and could give World of Tanks a run for its money. The beta sign-ups are already open at the official website.

EverQuest Next Landmark enters closed beta on March 26th
EverQuest Next Landmark, Sony’s upcoming build’em up, is entering closed beta on March 26th. As it is often the case with alpha tests, all progress will be wiped when transitioning into closed beta, so you can say goodbye to pretty much everything except your character name, your templates and any items you purchased. Sony also added a few new features, including a party option. You’ll be able to form a party up to 4 players.

‘Find the Game’ Quiz

This week’s quiz game is a browser-based MOBA with pretty fast gameplay and… Transformers. One of the best examples of the genre but apparently a very low profile game, it definitely deserves more attention.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: Heavy Gear Assault

While Hawken and Mechwarrior Online are doing a good job at getting mechs back in our lives, Heavy Gear Assault could be the next big step. Heavy Gear Assault is a free-to-play PC exclusive developed by Stompy Bot Productions and the first next-generation mech game, running on Unreal Engine 4. Not only it is focused on multiplayer e-sports, the game also offers episodic singleplayer story missions for those who like it or just want to do some training. Heavy Gear Assault is action focused and allegedly will feature fully destructible environments. The plan is to release the game in modules, just like Star Citizen, with the first one, the Battle Module, scheduled for Q2 2014.

While this is enough to get us excited, we still have to see more gameplay footage on this one. The team seems to have its heart in the right place but they need the funding to go with it, so let’s hope it turns out nicely.


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