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By Elric

ArcheAge Unchained

When the first ArcheAge was released, it was a huge chapter for COTP.  The initial game hype was off the charts, and we had a lot of fun at first... Unfortunately they had some pretty big missteps with the release schedule and some content that was not released as planned (or poorly handled).  A lot of the issues with the game can be attributed to conflicts between the original Korean developer XL Games and the USA publisher Trion Worlds.  Over time the game went F2P and quickly became a Pay2Win game.  Let's just say that the community was unhappy with the direction of the game. 
Enter GamIgo Games!  Last year Gamigo Games purchased Trion Worlds and acquired the ownership rights of ArcheAge.  As a direct result of all the community backlash, they decided to release a completely different version of the game.  By popular demand, ArcheAge Unchained is going to be a completely separate game on its own, and they are eliminating the big P2W problems.  ArcheAge Unchained is being released on October 15th, and it will be a Buy 2 Play model.  You pay the initial game cost up front, and after that there will be no subscriptions or "Premium monthly costs".  The only items for sale in the "cash shop" will be 100% cosmetic, and anything game impacting from the original ArcheAge game was removed.  For example, the game was due to come out the last weekend in September, but Gamigo Games decided to delay the game for more PTS testing.  The big change they were working on was to make all cosmetic items Bound on Pickup / Purchase.  They wanted to avoid anyone buying cosmetic items for RL money and then selling them on the in-game marketplace to earn gold.  Many people in the community saw this as being slightly Pay 2 Win, so it was removed from the game!

Here is a good video talking about the upcoming release of ArcheAge Unchained, and some history of the original game:
 

At this point we don't have any official plans of a COTP Chapter, but we will certainly go that way if we get enough people interested!
If you want more information, here is the full copy / paste of the FAQ from the official ArcheAge Unchained forums:

 
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By Damis

Fractured MMO

Fractured is an open-world fantasy sandbox MMORPG which blends action combat with fully interactive environments, appealing equally to lovers of competitive and cooperative gameplay. Jump right into the fray from day one. Defeat your enemies with skill and wit, not equipment or level. Gather resources, craft, trade and venture into legendary travels as a solitary hero, or start a settlement with your guild and grow it into the next empire. A true sandbox MMORPG, Fractured lets players pursue the gameplay they enjoy, create the type of character they enjoy, and focus on doing what they enjoy. 
Fractured Key Features
Unique And Dynamic Setting – Explore the universe of Fractured, which is spread across three planets – Arboreus, Syndesia, and Tartaros. Travel is an important part of the game experience; unlike many traditional MMORPGS, players must find a way to survive as they traverse the worlds. In addition, eclipses, unique PvE events, have a huge impact on the lives of demons and humans. The state of the universe, and even the position of planets, matters!
Race Is More Than Cosmetic – The race you belong to has an actual impact on game mechanics, from the type of society you live in to the ways you can interact with other players. Choose a human and live in – or at odds with – a feudal society. Be a beastman, and live in harmony with nature. Or, choose a demon, and slake your thirst for blood and revenge!
Crafting That Matters – Finding a broadsword in the corpse of a rat sounds a little unlikely? Forget about old RPG clichés and enter a world where every item is crafted by players. Exploit the uneven distribution of resources to get high profits when trading at faraway markets – but make sure you reach your destination alive!
Get Into The Action – You do not need to grind zombies for 80 hours or reach some level limit before you can join your friends on adventures. In Fractured, you can take part in any content from the first day in the game! The Knowledge system offers power and flexibility, allowing players to develop exactly the character they wish to play.
Action Combat Evolved – Fractured melds the combat style you’ve loved in single-player Action RPGs with a complex sandbox universe. Learn to aim, dodge and master over 400 abilities and 40 unique status effects: only your skills and tactics will lead you to victory! The environment is fully interactive, and can be used to give you an edge in your adventures.
https://fracturedmmo.com/
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By Damis

Maestrom Free to Play on Steam.

Maestrom
Grim fantasy combined with thunderous naval combat in a vibrant, monster-saturated world! Captain an Orc, Dwarf or Human warship and sail the turbulent Abyssal Ocean with online multiplayer, in free-for-all & team based matches.

Be ruthless! Sink other players ships, take their loot and collect their bounty! Be greedy! Maps are littered with floating treasure chests and ships loaded with gold. Be cunning! As the match progresses hungry sea monsters become more aggressive and encroach the safe waters ships can sail in. Ships sailing in 'Dead Waters' for too long end up as monster chow! Be unsinkable! At the end of a match ships can be upgraded and customized with captains, cannons, armor, mates and more! WARSHIPS WIN WITH WITS
Enemy ships can be rammed, grappled and boarded!
Maneuver a ship through the swelling sea and prepare for ramming! The faster the ship is moving the more devastating the collision will be on impact.

Boarding locks both ships in place while crews fight it out. If one crew manages to kill all of the opposing crew, it can spell disaster & sink a ship quickly, sending it to the depths!

ARMOR, AMMO AND POSITIONAL DAMAGE
Each ship has armor on all four sides. The armor sections serve as additional defense toward damage to that side and must be destroyed before the ship's hull can be damaged. Maneuvering to keep your armor between you and your enemy is vital to staying afloat - and seeking the enemy's damaged sides will make you much more lethal in combat!Every cannon has access to three kinds of ammunition and can swap during combat to suit the situation. Ammo is unlimited.
Iron shot blasts chunks out of ship armor and hull. Chain shot is used to shred enemy sails and cripple a ship’s speed. Grapeshot slaughters enemy crew and makes ships easier to board. LURKING THE DEEP
Like the ocean they reside in, sea monsters are titanic forces of nature. They stalk unwary captains and can devour a ship whole. Like this Murkwater Thrasher.

FREE-TO-PLAY DEFINITION FOR MAELSTROM:
As Free-to-Play definitions vary with games we want to define it clearly so players know what they can expect: All gameplay and progress can be unlocked by playing the game for free. No additional purchases are needed to enjoy the game to its fullest extent. There are no ways to purchase a competitive advantage in game. Players must play the game to progress & become more powerful. There are no ways to purchase a top tier ship with a powerful crew, it must be earned by playing the game. Players can however, accelerate progression with boosts. Gold is in-game currency and earned by playing the game. Gunpowder is premium currency & the only item sold for cash in-game. It is used to buy all of the premium items in the store such as the battle pass, cosmetics, boosters & bundles. Gunpowder can also be earned for free via the Battle Pass, completing quests & checking the store. Battle Passes unlock cosmetics, gold or gunpowder & there is a premium track that unlocks additional rewards for gunpowder. Future content will be added through seasonal Battle Passes, events or content drops. There are no loot boxes. All Items are directly purchasable in the store. https://store.steampowered.com/app/764050/Maelstrom/
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By Damis

Astellia Launching September 28th.

Astellia  is launching officially on September 27, but those who have  pre-ordered the game can start to filter into the game world as early as this afternoon. Players who purchased a Legendary Pack can begin their journey this afternoon, with the game world opening up to everyone through the course of the next seven days.
Legendary Pack
- Start Date: 9/20 @ 5:00pm PDT (2:00 CEST)?
Platinum Pack
- Start Date: 9/23 @ 5:00pm PDT (2:00 CEST)?
Gold Pack
- Start Date: 9/26 @ 5:00pm PDT (2:00 CEST)?
Official Launch Start
- Start Date: 9/27 @ 5:00pm PDT (2:00 CEST)?
For those on the fence about purchasing the game, Astellia can now be played with a subscription model. For $9.99 a month, players can dive into Astellia and decide for themselves if the experience is worth the full price. If so, you can then upgrade your account with the full game purchase. 
The subscription doesn't offer players the chance to hop in early, but it does afford something the ability to try it for a month without spending the full price on the game.However, keep in mind that any payments made towards the subscription cannot be used towards the purchase the game. 
Read more at https://www.mmorpg.com/astellia/news/astellia-adds-subscription-plan-to-give-players-another-way-to-play-the-mmo-1000053642#4BUZRIEk1HKXZH0w.99
 
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By Damis

ESO: SCALEBREAKER DLC GAME PACK

The Scalebreaker DLC game pack brings two new Season of the Dragon dungeons, expanding upon the events of both Wrathstone and Elsweyr. The Dragons are free from the Halls of Colossus, and now you must deal with the fallout of their release. While these stories are part of the year-long saga, you can enjoy both without having completed either of the year’s earlier content—enjoy!
Lair of Maarselok
For centuries, Maarselok slept deep in the mountains between Elsweyr and Grahtwood. However, upon the opening of the Halls of Colossus, this monstrous Dragon has awoken, and now threatens to spread his corruption into the domain of the Wood Elves. Only with the help of the Warlock Carindon and the forest spirit Selene can you defeat this terrifying new Dragon!

Hunt the great Dragon Maarselok!
Moongrave Fane
Hidden within a fallen Khajiiti temple, the vampires of the Hollowfang prepare to perform a terrible ritual. Joined by the former Dragonguard Grundwulf, they wish to drain the blood from a captured Dragon! You and your team must fight your way into the fallen ruin and put a stop to their plan before it’s too late.
Both dungeons can be attempted in Normal and Veteran difficulties, with a Veteran Hard Mode option available for those looking for a challenge. Brave delvers can discover new rewards up for grabs in both dungeons, too, including new item sets, Achievements, collectibles, and more.
PURCHASE DETAILS
The Scalebreaker DLC game pack is free for all ESO Plus members and available for purchase for 1,500 crowns from the in-game Crown Store (listed under DLC).
https://www.elderscrollsonline.com/en-us/home
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Astellia Online

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Astellia Online is an upcoming MMORPG or ‘massively multiplayer online role-playing game’ with a monster card system in which players collect and combine cards to call forth powerful companions into battle. The companions are critical parts gameplay as they determine the style of a player’s combat through the varying buffs, debuffs and abilities that each one can provide like crowd control, tanking, heals and more.

Hype Level: (46 ratings, average: 4.35 / 5)
Korean Title: 아스텔리아
Developer: Studio 8 and Barunson Games
Publisher: Nexon
Type: MMORPG
Model: Free-to-play (Korea)
Platform: PC
Engine: Unreal Engine 3
PvP: Duels, Arenas, Colosseum, Guild Wars
PvE: Monster Hunting Quests, Dungeons, Raids, World Bosses
Release Date: TBD 2019
 

ASTELLIA KEY FEATURES:

  • The Astell Companion System
  • Dozens of Astels to acquire, level, and build effective support teams that can combo directly with your character based on classes and skills.
  • Customizable Skills & Combos
  • Player Skills have various facets that can be upgraded for different results; reduce cooldown, improved accuracy, increased damage etc etc
  • Holy Trinity Class System
  • 5 Unique Classes that each serve a purpose; Warrior, Ranger, Assassin, Scholar, Mage
  • Robust Dungeon System
  • Solo Dungeons
  • Group Dungeon
  • Scaling Dungeon Difficulty Levels
  • PVP Arenas
  • Competitive Arena between Players
  • Solo & Group Versions
  • PVE Arenas
  • Horde Mode Content
  • Solo & Group Versions
  • Large Scale PvPvE Content
  • Avalon is a persistent Tri-Faction Map where players vie for dominance each week.
  • In-depth & Rewarding Crafting System

Astellia Online Classes

Rogue➜ Assassin, Shadow, Revenger or Venom Master
Mage ➜ Wizard, Sorcerer, Warlock or Druid
Warrior ➜ Crusader, Dark Knight, Berserker and Gladiator
Scholar ➜ Vesta, Shaman, Prophet or Sage
Archer ➜ Hunter, Haweye, Ranger and Sniper

Official Website: https://www.astellia-mmo.com/

Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AstelliaOfficial-212166486213259/

Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/AstelliaOnline

Official Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW7c5Lr_2XWhr4fvRzv7LjA

Korean Website: https://astellia.nexon.com/

Astellia Subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/Astellia/

Astellia Database: http://astellia-db.com/

Astellia Wiki: https://astellia.gamepedia.com/Astellia_Wiki

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I am interested, although wary due to how many eastern MMOs have tried and failed to make an appearance and last in the west.

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I have some interest in this one as well... My only concern is that it is B2P, and they're asking for $40 minimum for the game.  I hesitate to spend $40 on a game that most reviewers are saying "we've seen this before".  According to most of the reviews from closed beta, they are saying that this game definitely has potential and has some very interesting concepts.  It is certainly possible that it will be a really fun game to play.  However, they usually temper their excitement with comments like:

"Astellia leaves you feeling like you’ve already played this game before…and we really have."
"There is no amount of storytelling that can explain how this makes sense."
"Every new game is fun for at least 3 days, but I don't know if this one will last beyond that."
"It is a very pretty game, but I don't think that is enough anymore."

After Bless Online, I am definitely wary of any Korean -> English conversion MMORPG.  So many titles have been ported over to USA, and so far all of them have fallen short of expectations.  Personally I am interested in Astellia Online, but not enough to drop $40 on it before I play it.  I'll probably wait to see how the reviews are for the first couple of weeks.

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Astellia Adds Subscription Plan To Give Players Another Way To Play The MMO
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See now that is smart... That concept is made for people like me, because if I stick with the game 30-days I would be a lot more likely to buy it and keep playing.   $10 I can bet on a MMORPG.  I bet $10 on Steam games all the time.  If I only play it 10 hours and uninstall, I feel like it was worth my $10 to find out.  I wouldn't feel the same if I had paid $40,  but clearly they wouldn't care because they already had my money.

As the saying does - "Never pass up the chance to walk a mile in someone else's shoes.  That way you are a mile away, and you have their shoes." ;)

 

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Has anyone played the game?  

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I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but they just dropped the price down to $20 for the Early Access copy of the game.  So they dropped it to $30, and then put it on "sale" for $20...  It seems odd to drop the price right before launch. 

I'm still on the fence... I want to like it because I really miss having a "good MMO" to play.  However, there are definitely some red flags going up.

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Is it still on sale for $20?  Where is it on sale?

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