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Crowfall

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Developer: ArtCraft Entertainment
Release Date: July 6, 2021

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'Crowfall' Partners With Razer For Peripherals Partners, Twitch eSports Tournament

by Rainier on April 9, 2021 @ 10:30 a.m. PDT

Crowfall is a next-generation massively multiplayer online game with a focus on political alliances and feudal conquest.

Crowfall is a seamless blend of an MMO with a large-scale Strategy game, where players control the universe, to shape as they see fit. Characters are persistent, but the campaign worlds are not. players are Immortal Champions, traveling between realms to fight in an eternal War of the Gods.

Each Campaign World is a server or "realm".  It exists for a limited time – typically 1 to 3 months -- or until some win condition is met. During this time, the World will change.  Each Campaign has four stages: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. With each passing season, the World grows more deadly as the land is consumed by an unstoppable legion of undead -- The Hunger.

At the end of Winter, the Campaign is over. A victor is declared, the map is wiped and that World goes offline forever...  ...but the characters are NEVER wiped.  Instead, the participants take their winnings back home to the Eternal Kingdoms, to prepare and strategize for the next Campaign.

Crowfall developer ArtCraft Entertainment announced a strategic sponsorship with Razer, making it the official Peripherals and Razer Customs Licensed Products Partner for the Crowfall game IP and also the Signature Sponsor of Crowfall’s new HungerDome Eternal Champions Series (ECS), a Twitch eSports tournament event coming in May.

Crowfall’s HungerDome competitive arena offers a unique spin on both persistent world and eSports gaming: a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) experience seamlessly integrated into a massively multiplayer universe (MMO). Pushing beyond the traditional two-team match, HungerDome offers an arena for up to 12 Teams (of 5 players each ) to compete, capturing strongholds, battling enemies and fighting for dominance in a short, action-filled match that ends in about 30 minutes. Players can field characters from the MMO—or select a champion from a list of pre-generated (and pre-leveled) archetypes.

The Eternal Champion Series is the first ACE-sanctioned tournament and will be hosted on Twitch with all 10 rounds playing out during the month of May, through a series of Qualifying and Wild Card rounds leading into a Final match at the end of the month. Teams will compete for a total prize pool of over $50,000 ($25,000 in cash and more than $25,000 in prizes). In addition, participating Crowfall Drops-enabled streamers will also offer viewers exclusive “Twitch Drops” rewards (such as unique emotes, mounts, skins and other in-game items) during the tournament that can be claimed on entry to the game. Each round of the 10-event tournament will offer a unique and exclusive reward, only for viewers and only on Twitch.

This tournament is invitational. Players can sign up at the official Crowfall website, and create teams and apply to compete starting Tuesday, April 13. Team information can be found here and the Tournament Application can be found here. The first Qualifying round will be held on May 1, with one Qualifying or Wild Card match every Saturday and Sunday throughout May, culminating in the Finals Round on May 30th.

“Nothing drives excitement for Razer customers and Twitch viewers like competition,” explains ArtCraft Co-founder and Creative Director J. Todd Coleman, “and HungerDome offers a new breed of PvP experience. We’ve taken the explosive character customization of a massively multiplayer online game and fused it with a high-stakes battle arena. We are excited to be pushing the boundaries of online competitive gaming and delighted to have Razer along for the adventure.”

Additionally, beginning today, members of the Razer community are invited to join the Crowfall Closed Beta for immediate access! Simply, click the Razer link to claim your code and then head over here to create your account and join the battle!

As an added benefit, players in the Razer community are being offered an exclusive reward: the Razer Serpent Sigil, a rare reward that grants +2% increase to Critical Hit and Critical Healing Chance.

Competitors in the ECS ’21 event will be competing for top products from Razer, where For Gamers, by Gamers is a serious commitment to top gaming products including ECS rewards like the Naga X mouse, the Black Widow V3 Keyboard and more. See the full list of prizes here!

Additional sponsors (and prizes) include:

  • As a premiere partner, Alienware (a Dell Technologies subsidiary) will be providing each of the winning Finalists with one Alienware m15 R4 Gaming Laptop, Alienware’s most powerful 15" laptop ever. In addition, Alienare will be sponsoring the Alienware Challenge, an audience-engagement event during each Tournament round to allow select streamers to offer their viewers Crowfall swag such as hoodies, t-shirts and other collectibles.
  • As series sponsor, Intel is providing each finalist on the 2nd and 3rd place teams with an Intel Core i9 CPU, helping these players achieve top performance in their continued quest for Glory, Wealth and Power in the Crowfall universe.

The Worlds are made of voxels (like Minecraft, only much less blocky) – which means the entire World is destructible. Crowfall's campaign maps are procedurally generated -- meaning that the process of creating every mountain, forest, river, castle and abandoned village is automated.  Each World is different, which means that the game of territorial conquest will be different in every Campaign.

The beginning of each Campaign is like the first round of Civilization: players are dropped into a harsh environment, surrounded by Fog-of-War. The Worlds are filled with deadly monsters, haunted ruins, abandoned quarries... and the most dangerous predator of all, other players. Craft weapons, scavenge armor, secure a stronghold, forge alliances and conquer the World.

There are two types of Worlds in the Crowfall universe: the Campaign Worlds, which produce materials (stone, iron and wood) and the Eternal Kingdoms, which are barren of resources -- but last forever. If each Campaign is like a soccer match, the Eternal Kingdoms encompass the entire season!  Unlike the Campaigns, these Worlds are permanent -- and they are completely managed and owned by the players.

Players act as rulers -- they can divide up their domains into provinces and grant those lands to other players.  Benevolent monarch or iron-fisted tyrant, what kind of kingdom will you rule?

The Eternal Kingdom can be massive -- with mountains and rivers, castles and villages, dungeons and ruins.  They are also devoid of resources: stone, iron and wood.  To gain the resources necessary to build structures and craft items, players will have to participate in Campaigns... or treat with those who do.

Crowfall is currently in Beta testing and open to early access backers, or sign up here


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