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This Week's AA News Round Up

ArcheAge -  Column

A bit over a week ago GDC kicked off and with it came more ArcheAge news from Trion Worlds. More specifically, Producer Victoria Voss, Community Manager Evan Berman, and CEO Scott Hartsman were on the scene! If you haven't been following our column on ArcheAge, Bill Murphy's preview provides an informative overview on AA. Whereas Som Pourfarzaneh's preview gives a closer look to the sandbox side of the game.Posted Apr 1, 2014 by Jeffrey Lerman

There’s Nothing like Launch

Elder Scrolls Online -  Column

We’re on the verge of a couple of major launches. The first, The Elder Scrolls Online will already have had its first early access players by the time you read this. The other, WildStar, is coming in just about two months. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to discuss MMO launches, and why, despite the bumps and kinks, it is one of the best times for establishing community.Posted Mar 31, 2014 by Christina Gonzalez


Therian Saga -  Developer Journal

AMMOMRPG = AsynchronousMMOManagementRP - (That's not serious) Hi everyone, I’m François Desrosiers, designer at Virtys. I wanted to start my developer journal with an invitation to our open beta, so we all know what I'm talking about. My goal with the journal is to give you the story of a project that started small and got far bigger than we had expected. Hope you like it. Posted Mar 31, 2014

Change is a Good Thing, Right?

Guild Wars 2 -  Column

For an MMO to be successful, it needs to constantly evolve in order to keep the interest of the players. ArenaNet has been changing Guild Wars 2 since its launch, but none of that will compare to the changes we’re about to witness! April seems to focus on players having an easier time playing the game, which I'm always for, but I still have a few concerns.Posted Mar 31, 2014 by David North

An Exclusive Look at The Curse of Icewind Dale

Neverwinter -  Preview

The Curse of Icewind Dale is set to be Neverwinter’s third free expansion (or module), and it’s due out this Spring. Packed to the gills with new content, gear, quests, and loads of PVP, we spoke with Development Producer Rob Overmeyer of Cryptic about all things Icewind Dale. Posted Mar 31, 2014 by William Murphy

Shards: Giving Power to the Player

General -  Preview

This week we spoke to Derek Brinkmann and Tim Cotten about Shards. Going all the way back to Ultima Online they have now banded together to create Shards. This sandbox style RPG with MMO capabilities not only builds an impressive world for players to explore, it also puts the toolset in the hands of the players to create their own worlds. Citadel Studios now is about to unleash Shards on the world in a few weeks with a playable demo at PAX East. Here is a bit of a preview. Posted Mar 30, 2014 by Garrett Fuller

Ten Ways VR Could Make MMOs More Real

General -  Column

At last week's Game Developers Conference, people were lined up to try Sony's new virtual reality tech and from all the hubbub, it appeared VR's become the new (old) brass ring in game development the way the Kinect and the PSMove were a few years ago. But how would throwing VR into the mix improve games beyond the possibility of making them more “real”? Posted Mar 30, 2014 by Neilie Johnson

Mar 30, 2014 Newsletter

General -  Newsletter

In Issue 432 of the Newsletter, we look at Elder Scrolls Online and all the rest of the news from the past week in MMOs.Posted Mar 30, 2014 by Michael Bitton

World of Diving: SCUBA Without Getting Water All Over Yourself

General -  Preview

At one time or another, you’ve probably looked at the Oculus Rift and thought to yourself, “I bet those would make some bangin’ underwater goggles.” That may not be the exact sentiment expressed by the developers at Vertigo Games, but in our GDC 2014 preview, I was told that the form factor of the new piece of tech did in fact provide the initial inspiration for World of Diving.Posted Mar 30, 2014 by Som Pourfarzaneh

The ESO Post-Launch Wishlist

Elder Scrolls Online -  Column

Yep. We aren’t even live yet and I’m already looking ahead to what’s next for The Elder Scrolls Online. That’s not to say that I feel the game is deficient in launch features, but half the excitement of playing a new MMO is pondering about where it will go next. I’ve got a couple of things I’d like to see, so let’s jump into it.Posted Mar 29, 2014 by Michael Bitton

Styx: Master of Shadows

General -  Preview

If you played the game Of Orcs and Men then perhaps you are familiar with Styx, the skulking goblin who helps the Orcs through the story. Well now Styx is getting his own game and this disgusting little goblin made quite an impact on us at GDC. Styx is a stealth game in the vein of Thief or Assassin's Creed. Styx is a goblin after all so going straight into a fight with warriors or inquisitors does not do well for him. He must keep hidden and find new ways to accomplish his goals.Posted Mar 28, 2014 by Garrett Fuller

RPG Fun with Miniatures

Prodigy -  Preview

To whosoever among us thinking that s/he doesn’t have a collector’s obsession: I challenge you to play Prodigy and not want to buy all the delightfully detailed miniatures that tie into its game world. Hanakai Studio’s new turn-based, tactical RPG will aim to scratch that collector’s itch through some clever tech that allows you to bridge the gap between physical minis and digital gameplay.Posted Mar 28, 2014 by Som Pourfarzaneh

New Name, Slightly Different Game

Landmark -  Column

It felt easier to call Everquest Next: Landmark just Landmark so as to significantly differentiate it from Everquest Next (EQN). Apparently, Sony Online Entertainment agrees, and has changed the name of it's craft-heavy version of EQN to, quite simply, Landmark.Posted Mar 28, 2014 by Victor Barreiro Jr.

Jack of All Trades, Master of Few

Star Trek Online -  Review

It’s amazing to think that Star Trek has been around for nearly a half a century. That’s right: Half a century. The original television series first aired in 1966 and since that time, it’s been followed by movies, other series, metric tons of books and comics, games and more. Star Trek is a huge part of the American, if not the world’s, psyche. So-called Trekkies from around the world participate in conventions and George Takai is a popular Facebook personality. Posted Mar 28, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Through the Refinery

WildStar -  Column

Carbine is firmly in polish mode, buffing and tuning WildStar ready for release in early June. In this week’s column, Gareth Harmer looks at some of the changes in the pipeline.Posted Mar 27, 2014 by Gareth Harmer

Not Even Fans of One Direction Will Love This

SaySayGirls -  Review

Say Say Girls is a virtual world which targets a demographic overlooked by most game developers, girls between ages 6 and 11. It aims to be a wholesome experience without the obsession over makeup or sexualisation that so often targets girls of that age though it fully understands that its target audience loves clothes and interior decorating at the same time. So take a journey to Paradise Island where all the girls are pretty and the biggest worry in the world is a pair of lost sunglasses.Posted Mar 27, 2014 by Shannon Doyle

Playing an Ent in The Breaking of Isengard

Lord of the Rings Online -  Preview

The 7th anniversary of Lord of the Rings Online is right around the corner and so is the release of Lord of the Rings Online’s 13th Update: The Breaking of Isengard. Previously, players had taken part in Isengard content by being held captive by Saruman and the orcs within. Now? The story has progressed with the books and players will get to explore what happened and how Saruman came to lose power. Yes folks, that means lots and lots of Ents and the Entmoot.Posted Mar 27, 2014 by William Murphy

You Got Diablo in My LEGO!

Lego Minifigures Online -  Preview

The team at Funcom was able to meet with us about their new MMO at GDC. It was not crazed wizards and hardy barbarians, nor was it wild factions hiding magic in today’s society. It was LEGO. LEGO Minifigures Online captures what is so much fun about action RPGs and online worlds in a game that both adults and kids will enjoy. Executive Producer Lawrence Poe was on hand to explain working in the LEGO world. Posted Mar 27, 2014 by William Murphy

Tribal Wars 2 GDC 2014 Preview

General -  Preview

Interestingly, German developer InnoGames was established in 2007 out of a very successful hobby project, Tribal Wars. At GDC this past week, I got a chance to take a look at Tribal Wars 2, their forthcoming sequel to the free-to-play persistent strategy game.Posted Mar 26, 2014 by Som Pourfarzaneh

My Endgame is Not Your Endgame

Elder Scrolls Online -  Column

The term “endgame” has become a contentious one, with people arguing the definition. Part of the issue is when people think that an MMO should have certain things and fit a certain definition. Others choose to focus upon what a game in particular “lacks” rather than what it has to offer. With The Elder Scrolls Online, this has also been the case. Yet ESO’s offerings for higher level players offer some fitting choices.Posted Mar 26, 2014 by Christina Gonzalez