New MMORPG Ember Sword Looks To Redefine The Genre

Own your share of land and help create an engaging online world where the players choose how it evolves in Ember Sword.

So Couch Studios wants to make their upcoming MMO an experience where the players aren’t pushed towards the money-grubbing industry standards of loot boxes and pay-to-win practices. Instead, they’re set on creating a world for the players to interact, purchase, control and build upon without the use of tacky microtransactions.

Along with the announcement, So Couch Studios released a short teaser trailer which can be viewed below:

Ember Sword is an online world where players may purchase – through a player-driven economy – a plat of land and inhabit it as they please, as well as engage in thrilling PvP, PvE or explore the open world.

“Most free-to-play MMORPGs monetize through pay-to-win mechanics and non-transferable cosmetics in an attempt to increase revenue by locking down the cash shop economy. With Ember Sword, we’re putting players in charge of evolving the world and its economy instead…” – Mark Phillipe Laursen, So Couch Studios founder

A Real-Life Economy In Ember Sword

We’ve received a few pieces of info about the forthcoming “genre-defining” MMORPG with the recent announcement, so here’s everything we know, so far:

  • Ember Sword utilizes its own player-driven economy through optional monthly subscription and marketplace fees.
  • With a real economy run by the Etherum Blockchain, players will own actual pieces of land and have the will to place various enemies, NPCs and resources invested in the world.
  • Fight in the face of danger in the open-world or hide in the shade as an undisturbed forager, the decision is yours.
  • The game will be available on PC both as a browser title and on various desktop clients. There are plans to release Ember Sword on mobile devices in the future, as well.
  • Rare cosmetic items will be rewarded to players who discover them by completing activities, as opposed to the dreaded loot box.

Ember Sword will release as a completely free-to-play MMORPG where players earn PIXEL tokens to sell and trade at their disposal.

As of now, there’s no official release date for Ember Sword, which is being developed for cross-platform play on PC, and a planned mobile release.

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New Online RPG ‘Citadel: Forged With Fire’ Set to Release on PS4, Xbox One and Steam Early Access

New sandbox RPG title from indie developers Blue Isle Studios (Slender: The Arrival, Valley), Citadel: Forged with Fire is coming to Steam Early Access, and it’s dropping in a week. The new title is also being published for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and is releasing at a later date, giving online fans a promising world full of spells and adventure.

The upcoming giant sandbox title is an online RPG world pitting players against other wizards, wild beasts and exploring the vast landscape filled with ancient history. Combining with the powers of other players, you can forge alliances to strengthen your party, explore uncharted territories and discover exciting secrets hidden within the world.

Blue Isle Studios’ managing director, Alex Tintor, expressed his excitement for the upcoming online RPG title, stating:

“Citadel is a completely new genre for us, our biggest goal with this title is to work closely with our community to build the ultimate fantasy sandbox game that is playable online with friends. This project has been a labor of love and we are excited for its launch onto Early Access this summer.”

With the freedom to explore a massive landscape stretching across expansive plains and rugged mountains, to congested forests and rotten swamps, Citadel has many features to intrigue any MMO player. Tame wild beasts like dragons and direwolves, prepare your household for war against rival houses and even build a castle. There’s also an impressive deconstruction system to destroy the opposing houses around you. Why not?

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Traveling throughout the immense map is daunting on foot, so players can fly as wizards instead. This is performed through different methods, such as alchemy, climbing aboard dragons and eagles, or even the classic broomstick. Nevertheless, covering air and ground is sure to benefit all in Citadel.

On July 26th, Citadel: Forged with Fire hits Steam Early Access, as well as a closed beta testing where players are encouraged to sign up before launch. With deep character customization, exciting discoveries and spells, along with a substantial map and numerous travel options, Citadel: Forged with Fire looks to be an enticing adventure indeed.