Allods Online is a free-to-play MMORPG based on a micro-transaction system. It is actually the fourth game in a series of games started by Nival Interactive, with the latest version developed by Nival Online. The series has a history which stretches back to 1998, and a game lore that covers thousands of years of in-game history. Set on the shattered remains of the planet Sarnaut, players will have the chance to explore the Astral space, battle Astral demons and fight for domination of dozens of allods, islands floating in the Astral space.
Here’s an official trailer showing the Astral:
But my favorite aspect so far is Goblinoball. It is, as you might imagine, a football-like sport played by orcs, using goblins for the ball.
Undoubtedly, Orcs are physically perfect for this kind of sport. It is so important to them that many sports teams have their own scars, colours and tattoos, about the only thing that can get a female Orcs attention. The game is so simple, and Goblins so plentiful, that the sport is available to every member of Orc society and even sometimes participating teams from other races. The game has no strict rules, but the Goblinoball Stadium is located on a contested allod known across the allods as “Competition Island”. When you get in game, it’s situated rather far from your starting point, so you’ll need to bulk up before trying to take on established players.
Each team has up to six players; one is the goalkeeper, with specific abilities. Two teams face each other with a ball, a Goblin, in the centre. They then split into backs and forwards, with the main objective to kick the goblin into their opponent’s goal, while defending their own net. Players can also learn about the intricacies of the sport by completing quests on the way to Competition Island.
I love the fact that they have included Goblinoball as a co-op game alongside the more traditional PvP in the Astral battles. You don’t have to be an orc to play Goblinoball but I have to admit, I’m tempted.
The game is going into closed beta soon and you can apply to take part on the Allods Online gPotato website. I’ll be posting some more information about the game shortly, in hopes of getting early access myself!