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Dean23 Mar 20168239
Following a successful closed beta stress test last weekend, Robot Entertainment have today announced that Orcs Must Die! Unchained is entering its next release phase – Open Beta on March 29th. This is great news and means that anyone who wants to check out OMDU will be able to do so by registering and downloading the game on the website (OrcsMustDie.com), or via Steam.
There will be one more wipe as Open Beta arrives with all players having their accounts reset. However, this wipe is planned to be the last wipe with player progress from this point being maintained through to release. Any purchases or rewards earned by coin or code redemption will also be returned and available on open beta.
As part of the work that needs to take place to deliver the open beta for March 29th – the servers will NOT be available to play this weekend. Robot will be busy preparing for open beta to land on March 29th, next Tuesday! This also means that there will be no ‘Orcs After Dark’ stream or ‘Meet your Match’ with Nananea this week.
See you all in open beta!Dean17 Mar 20168234
Good news – patch 2.8 for Orcs Must Die! Unchained is now live! Commence your downloading and play this weekend to take part in the server stress test. If you play this weekend you will also be rewarded with this sweet classic Maximilian skin from his OMD1 days. All the more reason to play this weekend!Dean15 Mar 20168224
Orcs Must Die! Unchained will soon be getting its next closed beta patch. Bringing us up to version 2.8 this patch adds a brand new map for Survival gameplay – “Shark Island“. In addition to some changes with survival difficulty there have been coin adjustments on the survival maps with lower levels getting the most additional coin.
Improvements have been made to the new player experience which should help people get faster accustomed to the dashboard and game. In addition a whole bunch of UI improvements for the dashboard in this patch including the play screen and post-game screen. There is a new sound when games have been found by the matchmaker, plus the sound also plays when the window is minimised too – score!
Cygnus, Oziel and Zoey are getting some small changes this patch. For Cygnus, his Mana Sheild has been changed to provide up to 65% damage reduction at 75% mana. Previously, it provided up to 75% damage reduction at 50% mana. He also has a health boost from 100 to 130 initial hp. Oziel will no longer get rewarded in souls for allied player deaths. Zoey’s “Death and Chaos” Weaver upgrade will now only change schools of magic when a minion is killed by her primary attack, rather than on any use. Otherwise aside from Cygnus, all hero health has been reduced by 5% to make things seem more lethal.
For matchmaking there have been some changes to how this works. Principally higher tier players should no longer be matched with bots in most cases and the matchmaker will try to matchmake for longer as the acceptable MMR range grows over time before filling games with bots.
As always this is just a summary of the changes in this forthcoming patch (releasing Thursday!). Be sure to check out the full patch notes on the link below!Dean23 Feb 20168219
Great news for Steam gamers this week as Robot Entertainment announces that following Orcs Must Die! 1 & 2 the new PvE and PvP Orcs Must Die! Unchained will also be coming to Steam! This has been much requested on the forums and Robot Entertainment will be delivering! The game will be available on Steam as soon as Open Beta starts.
This is such great news that to help celebrate Robot is also making OMD1 and OMD2 available at a huge 90% off on Steam. If you have any friends who haven’t yet checked out OMD – be sure to tell them!
There are also a ton of streams happening this week, so much so there is a new website ‘Orc Week’ to keep you up to date. Check out http://www.orcweek.com. We’ve got streams from the studio and the hosteses with the mostest – Nananea!Dean04 Feb 20168215
Great news to all closed beta players for OMDU the MEGA PATCH version 2.7 is out now in both EU and NA regions simultaneously. The download is a biggie so you will want to get it going as soon as possible so that you are ready to play. As a reminder there has been an account wipe with this patch so your progress will start again from the beginning. This is as result of the huge changes which almost make patch 2.7 feel like a completely new game.
Just a small selection of highlights from this new patch include:
- 3 (yes, three!) brand new PvE exclusive maps!
- A single player campaign mode for survival!
- You can now choose whether you want to play as an defensive or offensive role as a hero of your choice. Heroes no longer have fixed roles. A new role of “roamer” has also been introduced.
- Some heroes still may play better on one particular role than another and this will be indicated in the dashboard.
- Heroes now move faster.
- Account level is now the sum of your hero levels.
- All cards in the store can now be crafted.
- Bots will now attempt to capture neutral objectives.
- And of course some new traps and minions!
These are just scratching the surface. Check out the full patch notes to dig into the full details of all the changes, including designer notes from Doug Houserman. What are you waiting for? Start downloading! Whilst you wait you can also check out this weeks episode of Insider Access which also covered all the big changes in this patch.
Be sure also to tune into Meet Your Match on Friday at 6.30pm US Central time for streaming games with Nananea. It’ll be great to see you there!Dean02 Feb 20168208
The final of three brand new PvE maps coming to Orcs Must Die! Unchained in the next patch due out this Thursday is Frostbite. This map gives us a nice change of scenery, a snowy map with a fortress along the Arctos glacier. The art for the map looks great and Frostbite looks to be a great addition to the growing PvE exclusive map line-up. From the OMDU blog:
Built with the cooperation and generous financing of the grizzly royal family, Frostbite Fortress sits at the edge of the Arctos glacier protecting grizzly territory from the Unchained. Rift activity is particularly high on the glacier, probably because of its proximity to Centre’s northern pole. It is also rumored that the grizzlies are protecting a secret rift to their home realm deep within their territory, which makes Arctos a very enticing target. Open, stable rifts are sources of great power, and the rift is most likely what makes the grizzlies so much better at frost magic than any other race. Letting the Unchained find this rift, if it exists, would be a disaster; the fortress must keep the Unchained out for the safety of the grizzlies and their rumored rift.
Lets take a look at some sweet sweet screenshots of this chilly map:Dean30 Jan 20168199
Another new PvE exclusive map that will be arriving in closed beta patch 2.7 for Orcs Must Die! Unchained next week is “The Wall”. The map lives up to its name and is indeed one big wall that connects to the fortress. The OMDU blog describes it as:
The Wall is just that–a fortified wall connecting the volcanic rim of a sunken atoll in the Eastern Crescent. The Eastern Crescent is a peninsula and island chain that extends east from the main continent of Centre. This atoll, named Niu, is the southernmost point of the chain and a strategic position for gaining access to the Eastern Crescent–and the eastern edge of the Eight Groves beyond. This fortress protects not only the elven Eight Groves but also the felinoid races that are native to the Crescent. Unfortunately, not all of these natives are Order-aligned or very happy with the Order building a fortress on Niu which makes defending the area from the Unchained difficult.
It looks like this map could be something a little different to the norm and should have some interesting mechanics. Here are some screenshots:
We have one more map to be revealed shortly too. Patch 2.7 is certainly going to have lots of new content for testing.