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A Casual, Cornered : 5 MMOs You've Probably Never Played

Posted Mar 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

I like nothing more than finding some weird or unknown MMO and presenting it like a baby to the world. That’s how it happens in my head, at least, but the truth is that all of the MMOs I find and think “I discovered this!” were already discovered by someone else, or else they wouldn’t have existed for me to find them! Still, it’s important to show off indie or lesser-known MMOs to anyone I can.

Read more of Beau Hindman's A Casual, Cornered - 5 MMOs You've Probably Never Played.


General : The Daily Quest: So Tomorrow's April Fools' Day...

Posted Mar 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

As the title implies, tomorrow is, as we all well know, April 1st, also known as April Fools' Day. Since the earliest days of online gaming, developers have engaged their communities with pranks and jokes on April Fools' Day. Blizzard, for instance, has a repository of its April Fools' Day pranks stretching all the way back to 1999.

Today's Daily Quest is a short one: Do you care about April Fools' gaming pranks? If so, what have been some of your favorites?

If not, do you bother to read about them or go into your favorite game(s) on April 1st to see what's up?

Or are they fun or funny or are they all just so much "meh" to you?

Leave us your thoughts in the comments and, really...gird your loins for tomorrow's hijinks.

Defiance : Armistice Festival Begins, Runs Through April 20th

Posted Mar 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Defiance players will want to check in on the annual Armistice Festival (aka the second anniversary of Defiance), generally a time of peace but this year, the remembrance of those who fell during the battle of Defiance is being disrupted by Hulkers, Biomen, Volge and Hellbugs.

Several holiday events are making a return including Hulker Hell, New Frontier Harvest, Solstice STrike and Colony Courtship. Weapons have been updated as well.

In addition, players can look forward to special daily and weekly Defiant Few contracts that will reward players with legendary jackpot event weapons.

The Armistice Festival will see players treated to a 25% discount to several premium crates from the Defiance Store and some starter outfits as well.

Check out more of the details on the Defiance site.


Dying Light : Beware the Antizin Injections

Posted Mar 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The Dying Light team has let players know that tomorrow, April 1st, it might be wise to use Antizin injections with caution. The injections have been producing some odd reactions in those using them. It seems these results will be for one day only.

April 1st? A coincidence? We think not. Check out the Dying Light information video about Antizin injections below.


Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade : This Week in the Eternal Crusade

Posted Mar 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Greetings fellow Crusaders, and welcome to this week's look at the development of Eternal Crusade, a Warhammer 40K-based massive multiplayer third-person shooter. This week we are going to talk about Senior Producer Nathan Richardsson's latest State of the Crusade post, some recent news revealed on the Eternal Crusade twitch show, and some of the more interesting conversations taking place on the Eternal Crusade forums.

Read more of Terry O'Brien's Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade - This Week in the Eternal Crusade.


The Dark Angels will the be the first Space Marine Chapter in the Founders Access

MU Online : Next Expansion to Hit Next Week, Complete with New Class

Posted Mar 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The next MU Online expansion, technically two, will hit live service on April 7th. Called "Season X, Parts 1-2, the expansion will bring the Grow Lancer, a new playable class, into the game. The expansion will also raise the level cap to 770, introduce a new map, new quest, rewards, gear and a brand new server for players.

To show off the new female melee Grow Lancer, the MU Online team has sent out a trailer. Check it out below.

Find out more about the expansion on the MU Online site.


General : Plays.tv Launched - "Instagram" for Gamers

Posted Mar 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Raptr has announced the launch of Play.tv a place where gamers can easily "capture their most interesting gameplay moments and instantly share them."

Gamers can use Plays.tv to:

  • Instantly share short highlights from any game (up to the last 20 mins)  
  • Edit and trim clips from full session replays
  • Follow friends, eSports stars, popular streamers and others
  • Simultaneously post videos to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other social networks
  • Relive amazing moments with friends and the community

The program is in beta but users are invited to head to the Plays.tv site to sign up and start posting!

Echo of Soul : Video Dev Journal Reveals the MMO’s Many PVE Choices

Posted Mar 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Today we're proud to share with you an exclusive trailer from Aeria Games upcoming MMORPG, Echo of Soul, which reveals new details about the game’s expansive player vs. environment (PvE) content. Watch and learn about all EOS has for MMO gamers in this exclusive Video Dev Journal.

Check out our exclusive video, Echo of Soul - Video Dev Journal Reveals the MMO’s Many PVE Choices.


Marvel Heroes : She-Hulk Adds to the Roster

Posted Mar 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Marvel Heroes 2015 players can now check out the latest character to be added to the game. She-Hulk is now live in the game and to celebrate her inclusion, the Ryan Collins, Creative Designer & Community Manager has posted a short in-house interview about her and why she was chosen.

What are some of your personal favorite moves for She-Hulk?

I think it's undeniable that her ultimate, Pillar of Justice, is one of the coolest in the entire game. The way she spins the massive column above her head is so over the top that it is just amazing. People have captured images of the face I made on our livestream when I saw the final version for the first time.

In addition, I love her brawler/wrestling fighting style, with everything from the leg drop to the elbow drop. I'm noncommittal. They're all cool.

Find out more on the Marvel Heroes 2015 site.


D&D Online : It's a Kind of Temple of Doom, Right?

Posted Mar 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

This week, the Dungeons and Dragons Online team ran a livestream with a public preview of Update 25, featuring their latest dungeon experience, the Temple of Elemental Evil.  They showcased a few of the sections of the temple without giving away too many spoilers and answered questions from their players.

Read more of Jean Prior's Dungeons & Dragons Online: It's a Kind of Temple of Doom, Right?

All Things Warcraft : WoW Token Cost, Sylvanas & Blackrock Mountain

Posted Mar 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

This week we learn a little bit more about the WoW Token, take a look at the latest Warcraft character to enter the Nexus and Blackrock Mountain gets a release date!

Read more of Reza Lackey's All Things Warcraft: WoW Token Cost, Sylvanas & Blackrock Mountain.

Dragon Age: Inquisition : Jaws of Hakkon DLC Coming to Other Platforms in May

Posted Mar 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Bioware has confirmed that the Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC, Jaws of Hakkon, will be released on three other console platforms in May 2015. XBox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 players can keep an eye on the official site for a more exact release date when it is revealed.

Jaws of Hakkon has already been released for XBox One and PC.

Find out more on the Dragon Age: Inquisition site.


Guild Wars 2 : ArenaNet Wants You to be Legendary

Posted Mar 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The weapon is considered to be one of the most important aspects of a character.  Sure your armor makes you look great, while also keeping those arrows from piercing your lungs, but the weapon you wield is what really strikes fear into the heart of your enemies.  The legendary weapons in Guild Wars 2 are seen as a sign of great prowess, marking one as a member of the elite.  But soon that status may extend to more players.

Read more of David North's Guild Wars 2: ArenaNet Wants You to be Legendary.


Rich players must have a hard time getting around.

Triad Wars : Mini Closed Beta Interview - Keeping Players Interested

Posted Mar 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

With Triad Wars firmly in closed beta, we sent in a couple of questions to lead designer Steve Ferriara. Check out his answers below.

MMORPG: A lot of our readers like the action of Triad Wars, but worry that maybe this game isn't deep enough to hold their attention as MMO and RPG players. How do you plan to combat the perception that Triad Wars is like a really pretty (albeit fun) PC version Clash of Clans?

Steve Ferriara: Triad Wars is just in the early stages right now and throughout the closed beta our focus is on balance, stability and polishing up the core experience. We know we aren’t offering a deeply complex metagame or multiplayer experience yet,however this is where we see great potential for Triad Wars and already have plans that expand on the current design going forward. This was a conscious decision that has allowed us to get the game out into players hands earlier and ensure we don’t over invest in important areas that take a lot of commitment and time into developing the right way until we get feedback and qualification from the community. More ways for players to interact, co-operative play, expanding the choices and impact of those choices through turf building, customization of Turfs and Triads, single player and community based competition are all things that we’re frantically working towards. Everyday we get more feedback from the community that brings new insight and impacts how we work and what we work towards so we’re obviously not ready to commit and make promises to a timeline but rest assured we’re as eager to get there as the players are.

MMORPG: Are there any plans or thoughts on bringing the game to consoles? It seems like a perfect fit for the existing architecture on PSN and XBL. We would love to have Triad Wars on consoles, but for now we are focused on provided the best experience on PC.

Steve Ferriara: We would love to have Triad Wars on consoles, but for now we are focused on provided the best experience on PC.

Guild Wars 2 : Precursor Crafting Mini-Q&A

Posted Mar 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Last week, ArenaNet laid out the first details for the new Legendary Crafting ability that high-level players will have access to when Heart of Thorns launches. We had the opportunity to interview game designer Lindsay Murdock about the precursor aspect of the journey.

Read more of Bill Murphy's Guild Wars 2: Precursor Crafting Mini-Q&A.

The List : 5 Reasons You Should Play Pillars of Eternity

Posted Mar 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Chances are you’ve probably heard about how great Pillars of Eternity is and if you’re not already playing it, then you likely will be soon. But if you have somehow managed to evade the recent hype, ignore the reviews flooding the internet, and just generally don’t think it’s worth your time, this article’s mission is to convince you otherwise. Pillars of Eternity isn’t going to be the perfect game for everyone, but it’s a game that everyone should at least play.

Read more of David Jagneaux's The List: 5 Reasons You Should Play Pillars of Eternity.

Tree of Savior : Second Korean CBT To Kick Off Next Month

Posted Mar 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Steparu is reporting that the second phase of the Tree of Savior Korean closed beta is scheduled to being at the end of April. In preparation for the event, Nexon published the schedule leading up to the CBT start. Interested players can sign up from April 2-13 with over ten thousand to be chosen. The closed beta event will run from April 21-26, with servers being live twelve hours a day.

To give fans something to concentrate on, Nexon released a New Character Skill Simulator (Korean language) to give players a rough idea of the forty-four classes.

Read more at the links above or you can check out the Korean Tree of Savior page.

 

Camelot Unchained : Check Out the Alpha Footage

Posted Mar 29, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The Camelot Unchained team co-hosted a special live stream event with well-known streamer CohhCarnage. The video from the event has been posted and gives curious fans a chance to see the game in action for the first time. Check it out and let us know what you think.


General : Hanako - Soul of the Samurai Launches Kickstarter Campaign

Posted Mar 29, 2015 by Neilie Johnson

Indie Developer +Mpact Games this week launched its Kickstarter campaign in hopes of completing its samurai-themed multiplayer RPG battler, Hanako: Soul of the Samurai.

The game will give players the opportunity to chose among four combat classes, master feudal Japanese combat, and fight on behalf of various clans.

Features of the game will include:

  • Four classes: Swordsman (Kenshi), Bladed Staff (Naginata), Archer (Ite) and Specialist (Ninja)
  • Directional combat, both melee and ranged
  • A Ki-based ability system
  • Multi-map campaigns
The game's initial Kickstarter goal of $70,000 has been reached, and +M Games is hoping to raise $200,000. Rewards for backers include early access, exclusive weapons and gear, a meeting with the developers and more.
 
To find out more about Hanako: Soul of the Samurai or to back the project, go to its official Kickstarter page.
 

Hearthstone : Azubu Hosting the OGN Hearthstone Masters Korea March 30

Posted Mar 29, 2015 by Neilie Johnson

This Monday, March 30, global broadcast network Azubu will begin hosting the Hearthstone Masters tournament. The tournament will be broadcast live every Monday & Tuesday at 5:00 AM PST from Monday March 30 until Tuesday, April 28.

The English broadcast will be hosted by Erik "DOA" Lonnquist and William "Chobra" Cho, and the schedule will be as follows:

  • Monday, March 30: Round 16 1st (Group A, B)
  • Tuesday, March 31: Round 16 2nd (Group C, D)
  • Monday, April 6: Round 16 3rd (Group E, F)
  • Tuesday, April 7: Round 16 4th (Group G, H) 
  • Monday, April 13: Round 8 1st (Group A 1st Round, 2nd Round, Winner Round)
  • Tuesday, April 14: Round 8 2nd (Group A Losers Round, Final Round)
  • Monday, April 20: Round 8 3rd (Group B 1st Round, 2nd Round, Winner Round)
  • Tuesday, April 21: Round 8 4th (Group B Losers Round, Final Round)
  • Monday, April 27: Semi Final Group A
  • Tuesday, April 28: Semi Final Group B
  • Saturday, May 2: Final
Event finals will take place on Saturday, May 2 and the winner of the best of 7 will take home a grand prize of $9,000.
 
For more information about the broadcast, check out the official Azubu website.
 
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