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EVE ONLINE’S NEW ‘CITIZEN SCIENCE’ PROJECT WILL ‘REFINE THE SEARCH FOR EXOPLANETS’

http://massivelyop.com/2017/02/22/eve-onlines-new-citizen-science-project-will-refine-the-search-for-exoplanets/

Those of you who’ve known me a while probably know that my husband is an astrophysicist, which means that astronomy is a passion in my house, and I’m thrilled when his field overlaps with mine as it does today: CCP Games has announced a new “citizen science” project, whereby it will work with multiple universities and the Massively Multiplayer Online Science group to put players to “work” hunting for exoplanets — not in New Eden, but in our real universe.

“Within EVE’s virtual universe, players will interact with real-world astronomical data provided by the University of Geneva through a fully integrated part of the EVE Online game experience called Project Discovery. Once enough players reach comparative consensus on classification of the data, it will be sent back to the University of Geneva for use in refining the search for exoplanets.”

“In searching for the next dataset for our massive player community to tackle, the stars aligned for players to have the opportunity to directly contribute to the search for new planets with a world-renowned scientific team,” says EVE’s Andie Nordgren.

The project reveal comes on a not-so-coincidental day: Earlier this afternoon, a research team led by University of Liege’s Michael Gillon published a paper and held a NASA press conference announcing that it has discovered a solar system with seven “potentially habitable, Earth-size worlds.”

Around a nearby, cold, small star we found 7 rocky Earth-size planets, all of which could have liquid water – key to life as we know it.

CCP is no stranger to citizen science; last year, the gaming studio collaborated with scientists from the Human Protein Atlas project to reward EVE Online players for crowdsourcing research in-game. Take a look!

LIFE IS FEUDAL LAUNCHES A NEW PHASE OF BETA

http://massivelyop.com/2017/02/20/life-is-feudal-launches-a-new-phase-of-beta/

The MMO version of Life is Feudal is expected to kick off another round of beta today, says a new post on Bitbox’s official site: “[The] second test run of LiF:ММО CBT (wave #1) will start on February 20th and we’re planning on it being held for two weeks.” It is expected to launch late this year.Confused by all the Life is Feudal versions floating around? Don’t be. The game was originally planned as an MMO back in 2014, but funding issues caused the studio to scale back to a “pocket” version of the game called Life is Feudal: Your Own, more like a survival sandbox than an MMO. A year ago, however, the company turned its attention back to the MMO, along the way launching a city builder called Life is Feudal: Forest Village. The team has also been working on a mobile app that includes minigames and guild chat.

LiF:MMO began internal beta last summer, followed by player testing last December.

Rising empires and glorious battles are near! 👑 Get an Early Access Packages on ➡️https://play.lifeisfeudal.com

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Life is Feudal: MMO

Life is Feudal: Your Own (available on Steam) and Life is Feudal: MMO (beta tests planned on December 2016), a Hardcore Sandbox games, are both set in a Realistic Medieval fictional world.

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SHROUD OF THE AVATAR PREVIEWS CLOCKWORK CRITTERS AND VIRTUE SHRINE SYSTEM

http://massivelyop.com/2017/02/20/shroud-of-the-avatar-previews-clockwork-critters-and-virtue-shrine-system/

Hope you like clockwork critters because Shroud of the Avatar is about to get a slew of them. The game’s latest newsletter shows off such beasties as the clockwork attack cat, clockwork attack raven, and the assassin automaton, all part of the clockwork menagerie that’ll be inflicted on players in K’rul thanks to those craft kobolds.

Of note to fans of Old Britannia and the original Ultima games is the upcoming town blessing system, which is basically a clone of Richard Garriott’s classic virtue shrine system. Each shrine — I mean, devotional — is based on one of the core virtues and principles and grants a buff accordingly. For example, the Justice devotional reduces your fizzle chance and buffs your cooking skill. Good food is justice.

There’s much more to the newsletter, including another look at the gloriously crumbly and moss-drenched Rhun ruins and some gorgeous screenshots, which we’ve tucked below.

Source: Newsletter

CAMELOT UNCHAINED TALKS ABOUT DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGES AND BETA ANNOUNCEMENT

http://massivelyop.com/2017/02/18/camelot-unchained-talks-about-development-challenges-and-beta-announcement/

There are several notable quotes in this week’s progress report from the Camelot Unchained team. Mark Jacobs said that encumberance penalties are being worked into the inventory system and explained why doubling the programmer team hasn’t resulted in double development speed.

“The fact remains that for a programming team whose size just reached the double-digits, making a game like the one we are making would already be difficult. Making an engine at the same time is, in the eyes of many of our industry colleagues, a ride on the crazy train. Well, we are on that train, picking up speed, and we can see the next station in the distance,” he wrote.

As for the eternally pressing question of when Beta 1 will be coming in 2017, Jacobs said that the studio will be providing “more clarity” about a release date once a couple of key systems are fully active and working well.

If you’re a sucker for visuals, Camelot Unchained was focusing on polearms this week, showing some animation frames of an attack sequence as well as concept art showing several potential types of weapons. The team also posted a picture of some of the placeholder icons it’s been using in the UI.

ARK: SURVIVAL EVOLVED RECRUITED ONE MILLION PLAYERS ON PLAYSTATION 4

http://massivelyop.com/2017/02/17/ark-survival-evolved-recruits-one-million-players-on-playstation-4/

Is there any stopping the juggernaut that is ARK: Survival Evolved? Not right not on console, at least. The dino sandbox topped PlayStation 4 Network sales in both December and January, netting over a million players (and sales) to date. The game came out on PS4 back on December 6th. To celebrate the milestone (or simply make some more bucks), ARK is selling the PS4 Survivor’s Pack at 20% off. This pack comes with the game, all content to date, and the expansion.

It’s a good time to be a console player, too, as that ARK community gets to enjoy a brand-new update with four additional animals, the TEK tier of armor, and lots of luscious hairstyles. Oh, and did we mention the dinosaur-mounted laser cannons? Because a T-Rex isn’t dangerous enough on its own, apparently.

Check out the patch highlights in the video alone, and definitely don’t miss a certain Dirty Dancing tribute at 1:10!

Source: Press release, Games Industry