Dec 30 2015
2015 was not kind to several mmo games, particularly Pathfinder Online. Based upon the popular pen-and-paper roleplaying game, this mmo was supposed to feature a truly dynamic world, player-controlled settlements, open world PvP, and epic adventures. However, the funding needed for such development never fully materialized, and most of the development team (all but three people) were laid off back in August. There's been a real danger that the on... Read
Sep 03 2015
The sad reality these days, is that the mmo vertical within the gaming industry is pretty volatile, in terms of job security. Unlike triple-A developers, that go from game to game to keep the cash flowing in, mmorpg studios make a small handful of games, requiring a high volume of staff, but after rollout they make money from the continued subscriptions and services provided, requiring significantly fewer staff.
This means layoffs are common and... Read
Aug 05 2015
It's amazing to see how much mmorpg games have changed since they first burst upon the scene in the late 1990s. Since then, online games have definitely changed course to appeal to a broader base of players. While this definitely made financial sense, gamers that were looking for a greater challenge felt left behind. Fortunately for them, a number of sandbox mmos are being developed, and one of these is Pathfinder Online. I became familiar with t... Read
Jun 29 2015
One of the key features of the upcoming Pathfinder Online mmo is that players will be able to impact the game's virtual world. One such method for said impact is through the use of player-controlled settlements. More details have been released for this feature as the very first Goblin Squad Newsletter for the game goes into quite a bit of detail over the design of these Pathfinder Online settlements.Of course, one thing that the newsletter po... Read
May 12 2015
Pathfinder Online is one of the more intriguing mmo games currently in development. Its mixture of sandbox and theme park mmo features should make for some fascinating gameplay, and I have an interest in the game as that I'm familiar with the pen-and-paper roleplaying game that the online rpg is based upon. The success of the Pathfinder tabletop rpg has been miraculous as it has outsold Dungeons and Dragons in recent years, an amazing feat in of ... Read
Apr 27 2015
While the Pathfinder Online mmo is still in its early enrollment phase, the CEO of Goblinworks, Ryan Dancey, has taken to the forums to ask current backers to help ramp up the number of players. He is asking for a surge of Pathfinder Online player recruitment being done by the current players though a number of different social and gaming websites. The rationale for this is that Settlement (player-created villages and towns) recruiting activities... Read
Dec 30 2014
Players that have been following the development of Pathfinder Online have something to cheer about as 2014 winds down to an end. The fantasy mmorpg has taken some time to proceed through their alpha testing, but this was to be expected as the game's design is very ambitious with lots of sandbox elements. After a few delays, the developers have said that the Pathfinder Online Early Enrollment process will begin tomorrow on December 31st. I'm sure... Read
Sep 20 2014
When you log into Pathfinder Online today, you might be surprised to find that inventory management and trading has become a whole lot easier with the planned rollout of banks and auction houses.While there is nothing final promised, developers said it is possible to see the release of a new Pathfinder Online Alpha update today. This will not only activate banks and auction houses, but will also revamp ranged combat and tweak the resourc... Read
Aug 07 2014
One of the key aspects of any free mmo is how cash shops are implemented. Many players are always concerned that a game will become pay-to-win as the powerful items in the game can only be acquired through a real-world purchase. Goblinworks has recently posted a blog post about some of their Pathfinder Online cash shop details. The article deals primarily with the two most recent items added to the shop, the Base Camp and Smallholds, and the effe... Read
Jun 14 2013
That gives Pathfinder Online developers more than a year to crank out a presentable initial playable game.
Once the early enrollment phase is launched, it will also last for a good 18 months, the developers added, which puts the release date for the sandbox online rpg sometime in 2016 -- that is if all the work is done on schedule.
Players who join the early Pathfinder Online enrollment phase will find a sprawling world that can accommodat... Read