The Camelot Unchained team has announced that it will be opening the server for alpha testers to participate in a special 24-hour session. The special event will take place on Saturday, April 18th through Sunday, April 19th.
- Alpha/IT Test@ 10AM EDT / 7AM PDT / 2PM UTC
- Twenty four hours!
What we are looking for?
To see if today's fixes are indeed the long-sought, death to the grey bug, fix! And if so, to see how some other things are working. And, to make sure that all of our Alpha/IT Backers, no matter the time zone, can access the Alpha.
Check out the Camelot Unchained site for more information.
The Cabal 2 team has sent out a new video all about the game's dungeons to announced the commencement of the closed beta starting on April 30th. Players are invited to visit the official site to sign up.
Head to the link above to get started!
EverQuest players will have a lot to look forward to with the introduction of what Holly Longdale calls "campaigns". Rather than a single annual expansion, players will enjoy twice-yearly 'campaign' DLC. Longdale explains that this helps keep the world fresh, packed with content and gives the team a very quick turn around on player feedback.
In addition, players can find out about the upcoming beta for the new Progression Server that Longdale hopes will be released in June.
To start with, we’re working on a new Progression Server based on your feedback from earlier in the year. We’re so excited about it we’re going to launch it as soon as possible and still aiming for June. We’re in the process of getting a new server up and running and planning for a Beta. There is a detailed forum post from Aristo about the Progression Server and additional detail to support a new in-game poll that launched last night so we can get more of your feedback on some key decisions.
Check out Longdale's letter on the Everquest forum.
The Final Fantasy XIV site has been updated with new lore to get players up to speed on the story behind the Heavesward expansion due out in June. The Dark Knight, Astrologian, and the Machinist all have their backstories revealed in the update.
Also plan to spend some time reading about the new Raen and Xaela races.
Players can also get some great new information about flying mounts, the level cap increase, and check out several pretty amazing new screenshots.
Check it all out on the Final Fantasy XIV site.
TERA is about to turn three years old. Both new and former players, or players who are not subscribed to the game, are invited to check out a special event that will grant them two weeks of elite status just for playing the game. The team has set up a series of events for players to take part in and, if all are completed, the two weeks will be added to their accounts.
The following will need to be accomplished prior to April 30th, but it is not required that all be completed by the same character:
- Join a guild (or already be in a guild)
- Complete any 10 quests
- Kill any 10 BAMs
- Complete any 3 instanced dungeons.
- Win 3 times in any battleground
Read more about the benefits of Elite Status on the TERA Rising site.
Hot on the heels of all the big Star Wars news this week comes the Star Wars: The Old Republic Cantina Tour making its own stop in Anaheim, California. The team has big plans for Saturday, April 18th that you won't want to miss. Thanks to a special edition live stream, you won't have to.
The live stream event will take place on the SWTOR Twitch.tv channel for a special Developer's Panel at 8:00 pm Pacific / 11:00 pm Eastern.
Find out more about the Cantina Tour on the Star Wars: The Old Republic site.
Making sacrifices to the Gods in a remote sanctuary dedicated to a particular deity is so cliche, yet it a perfect scenario to drive an objective for a Campaign. Gathering the right item, moving it to the appropriate location and then sacrificing said item all in the name of Victory Points and of course appease the Gods with your righteous sacrifice.
Read more of Franklin Rinaldi's Crowfall: Bleeding the Bloodstone.
The Crowfall team has revealed the Myrmidon, the minotaur earned through stretch goals from the KickStarter campaign. The site has been updated with the myrmidon's backstory. As is befitting a minotaur, the archetype features prodigious strength and survivability making it the perfect tank. Find out more about the myrmidon at the link above.
Lastly, the team has a new video showing the creation of the female Confessor. Check it out!
This week at Star Wars Celebration we got to see early pre-alpha footage of Star Wars: Battlefront. Now, before we get started, the launch date is Nov. 17th. Not only that, but on December 1st if you pre-order the game you will get the first free DLC for The Battle of Jaku. Wait, time out, I know the planets of Star Wars, where the heck is that? Well, it happens to be the desert planet you see in The Force Awakens. That alone surprised us yesterday at the press demo. However, let’s get down to the nuts and bolts of the blasters in this game.
And yes, we know it's neither an MMO or an RPG. But it's Star Wars... and in the spirit of all things nerdy, just give us this one.
Read more of Garrett Fuller's Star Wars Celebration - Sneak Peek at Star Wars: Battlefront.
Spacetime Studios has announced that it is partnering with several League of Legends pros to assist in development of Call of Champions, a MOBA being built for mobile devices from the ground up. The trio include James “PhantomL0rd” Varga, Joedat "Voyboy" Esfahani and Stephen “Snoopeh” Ellis, each bringing unique expertise to the table in consultation with Spacetime.
Call of Champions is a next-generation MOBA refined for mobile and designed for competition. In the game, players will be able to control one of over twenty different Champions across five distinct classes, each equipped with their own unique playstyle and special abilities. Each match is packed into a thrilling 5-minute time limit enabling players to enjoy quick competitive games with anyone, anywhere, anytime. Call of Champions features a robust social toolset, allowing players to recruit team members, plan matches, and earn achievements, plus spectate or broadcast matches live.
Find out more on the Call of Champions site.
Although I haven’t played The Lord of the Rings Online since about the Siege of Mirkwood / Rise of Isengard era, there was a time when it was my go-to MMORPG regardless of what else I was playing. I’ve spent countless hours in Turbine’s representation of Middle-earth, and find that I still measure other MMOs up against the quality of their flagship title.
Read more of Som Pourfarzaneh's Three Things LOTRO Does Right.
Blizzard took to the Diablo 3 forums with the news that the exploit causing Blood Goblins to drop insane numbers of blood shards has been hotfixed in the PC version and that the ban hammer has swung mightily against those who took gratuitous advantage. The console versions, however, are not yet fixed, and the Blood Goblin has been disabled pending a permanent fix to the issue.
Blood shards are used to 'gamble' items from Kadala, along with the chance at legendaries, rares, or set items. The exploit came at the start of the new season and many players were concerned that the crazy number of shards dropped would give a significant advantage to those chasing world and server first achievements.
The hotfix notes can be read on the Diablo 3 forum.
Raph Koster's site is being updated frequently as he is taking questions on design decisions made on Star Wars Galaxies. Today's question is "What were the thoughts on Jedi and why were such drastic changes made in patch 9 to the entire system?"
For fans of Star Wars Galaxies, these entries about some of the most controversial design decisions are a terrific read. The site is crawling so be patient and sit down to read Koster's extensive post about Jedi and Storm Troopers and one about Temporary Enemy Flagging. The promise is that more is to come.
Check it out (patiently!) at RaphKoster.com.
A new video has been posted by the EVE Online team to show off some of the massive upheaval going on in the territories outside the center of the game universe. Called "sovereignty", the system allows players to control territory in the non-NPC controlled areas of EVE.
It's a great look at how players are taking a hand in the overall story of EVE Online. Check it out!
Hot on the heels of this month’s confirmation that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt would take 200 hours to complete, we have confirmation that a playtester made his way through the game in only 25 hours. Is this The Order: 1886 all over again?
Read more of Christopher Coke's The RPG Files: The Witcher 3 Completed in 25 Hours.
Blizzard has announced that the third wing of the Hearthstone expansion, Blackrock Mountain, has opened. Blackrock Spire will give players the opportunity to grab some Black Dragonkin to help defeat opponents along the way.
Players can get access to Blackrock Spire by purchasing Wing 3 either through the Blizzard Shop or with Hearthstone gold.
Find out more on the Hearthstone site.
The Temple of Elemental Evil is one of the most widely known modules ever created for D&D. Written by Gary Gygax and Frank Mentzer it was originally designed as an adventure for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons and took place in the World of Greyhawk. Released in 1985 ToEE set the standard for massive modules. And now? Now it's back for more in DDO.
Read more of Rob Lashley's Dungeons & Dragons Online: Reign of Elemental Evil - Capturing an Old-School Dungeon Crawl.
Cryptic Studios has announced that Season 10 - The Iconian War will be released on Tuesday, April 21st. In addition, Cryptic also snapped up another Star Trek: Voyager actor to bring voice talents to Star Trek Online. Robert McNeill will be reprising his Voyager role as pilot Tom Paris. In STO, Paris will be in command of his own ship and will have been living in Star Fleet space with his wife B'Elanna.
Tom Paris will be joining the game when Season 10 debuts later this year.
Read more on the Star Trek Online site.
Also, check out the official Season 10 announcement trailer below to get excited about April 21st's release of Season 10 - The Iconian War.
This is the week, folks. Starting today, we're about to see a ton of new Star Wars info come in from California. From the new movie, to the TV shows, to the new games (and possibly SWTOR?), we're about to be inundated with tales from a Galaxy Far, Far Away. What are you most excited for?
Me personally? I'm obviously most psyched for all the Episode VII material, and I hope we get some really good preview footage between now and the weekend. But I'd be lying if I said I wasn't really hyped up about Star Wars: Battlefront.
Short of a true persistent world MMO shooter set in the Star Wars universe, Battlefront is really high on my "Do-Want" list. It feels like ages since we had Battelfront one to squee over. Indeed, it's been over ten years since the first game was released. And nothing at all against Pandemic, but DICE making this new incarnation is a dream come true.
I can't wait to see footage, read details about the online modes, hopefully get some good info on the single-player campaign (it'd better have one!), and all that good stuff. Since they're aiming at releasing it around the same time as the movie, I hope we get some iconic fights from there as well.
No, it's not an MMO. It's not even an RPG. But every blue moon, I get excited about something else in gaming. So sue me.
What about you all? What are you looking forward to out of Star Wars news this weekend?