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Swordsman : Expanding into the Gilded Wasteland

Posted Oct 22, 2014 by Michael Bitton

Gilded Wasteland is a new expansion launching tomorrow for free-to-play wuxia MMO, Swordsman. Perfect World Entertainment recently treated us to a demo tour of the new additions players can expect to find when it launches.

Read more of Michael Bitton's Swordsman: Expanding into the Gilded Wasteland.

EVE Online : Ready to Strike Out in Bold New Directions

Posted Oct 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The EVE Online Fanfest held last weekend in Las Vegas contained surprises for longtime players and fans alike when it was announced that EVE will be moving in new directions to support more sandbox like play. Starting with the next two updates, Phoebe and Rhea (November and December respectively), the game will be showing off new changes and herald 'drastic' changes coming to EVE in 2015.

Specifically she emphasized two key design intentions: that changes to EVE should have a degree of unpredictable outcomes and that gameplay within EVE should mean “leaving room for players to be innovative and come up with ways to outplay each other.” Proof of these intentions come as early as Phoebe on November 4th, with an alteration to an unlimited character skill queue and a significant change as to how the universe’s most powerful ships deploy throughout the stars. The contentious travel changes have already caused significant upheaval in the player-controlled areas of space ahead of their live date, as massive alliances and coalitions anticipate that more meaningful military and logistic choices will have to be made in Phoebe and that territory will either have to be taken, fortified or abandoned in advance of early November.

EVE Game Designer Joshua “CCP Fozzie” Bayer also revealed unannounced features for Phoebe in new exploration content which will bring a line of “glass cannon” weapons and in the first of many steps for a planned corporation and alliance overhaul. Looking a bit ahead to Rhea in December, he revealed a new line of Tech 3 tactical destroyers, a massive “tug” industrial ship that can haul several battleships at once, and an updated look for the Blackbird hull. These all come amidst dozens of other features and improvements for both Phoebe and Rhea, some of which are aimed at directly improving the new player experience and easing the learning curve.

Find out more by watching the keynote address below or by visiting the EVE Online site.

Star Wars: The Old Republic : Revanite Lore Revealed

Posted Oct 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford

A new in-character lore post has cropped up on the Star Wars: The Old Republic site that gives players some background information about the Revanites and how they came into their current state of existence. Revan and his followers will feature prominently in the forthcoming Shadow of Revan expansion set to be released before the end of the year.

I first learned of the Order of Revan when a sleeper asset stationed on Dromund Kaas was approached to become one of their adherents. The order was presented to asset I-29 as a group of like-minded Imperial activists looking to reshape the Empire from within so they could impose their particular ideals throughout the galaxy. Their hope was that I-29, who was then posing as caretaker of a prominent Sith Lord’s estate, would be able to provide intelligence.
Naturally, I instructed I-29 to accept.

I-29 proved herself useful to the Revanites--just useful enough to remain in their good graces--and under my guidance she mapped out the composition of their organization. I ultimately found them to be a poorly structured and ill-resourced cult. Interesting, but without potential. I decided to have I-29 fake her death for reassignment offworld. I would hear rumblings every now and then about the order after that, but none of it would have led me to believe what I believe now.

Read the full post on the Star Wars: The Old Republic site.

ArcheAge : Players Purchasing Gold May See a Reduction in Wallet Size

Posted Oct 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Trion has launched the warning that those ArcheAge players who have purchased gold via gold sellers may see the currency removed from their wallets as part of the company's efforts to clean up the 'dark side' of the game.

A number of you have mentioned that you're seeing gold disappearing.

As we broadcasted in yesterday's initial blast of rapturing hackers, gold farming bots, mules, and storage accounts, we're now also taking the step of removing the gains passed on by them.

What that means is: If you bought or were gifted gold from one of them, you may see it disappear. We do have the ability to trace coin, and that's the gold that's being cleaned up right now.

The best bet is to not buy gold - It's the same people trying to crap up chat with spam and trying to fill the game with bots and landgrabs. If you bought gold from one of those sites, you are absolutely welcome to try to go back to them for a refund, but we will not be returning gold purchased or gifted from goldsellers and botters. It's off in the ether from whence it came.

Participate in the discussion on the ArcheAge forum.

Vanguard : Three Things Developers Can Learn from Vanguard

Posted Oct 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford

A few columns ago, I offered an analysis of Vanguard after its sunsetting by Sony Online Entertainment.  I presented my case that the game could be considered a success in its presentation of an amazing open world, three “spheres” of gameplay, and a plethora of races and classes.  I also touched upon how Vanguard’s bug-ridden launch, lack of features to justify its long-standing subscription, and inconsistent leadership led to its inevitable demise.

Read more of Som Pourfarzaneh's Three Things Developers Can Learn from Vanguard.

Rift : Nightmare Tide Launches with New Trailer

Posted Oct 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The latest Rift expansion has launched as of today. To celebrate the Nightmare Tide release, Trion has sent out a brand new trailer. Check it out!

The Banner Saga : A Gorgeous Handcrafted Game

Posted Oct 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The Banner Saga began its life as a Kickstarter created by Stoic, a new company founded by former employees of Bioware Austin. That lineage is unsurprising; The Banner Saga is a story-driven, branching dialogue tactical RPG in the great Bioware tradition. After being very successfully funded in April of 2012, it was released on PC and Mac in early 2014 and was released for iOS devices in early October. Stoic has mentioned in Kickstarter updates that the Android release is imminent, but for the time being we took the opportunity to review the iOS version and evaluate what kind of fit this already critically successful RPG is on mobile devices.

Read more of Pete Schwab's The Banner Saga: A Gorgeous Handcrafted Game.

F.E.A.R. Online : Steam Launch is a Go

Posted Oct 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Aeria Games has let us know that F.E.A.R. Online is now available for worldwide release via the Steam games platform. With the approach of Halloween, the time is just right for a horror-themed game.

Fans of the celebrated franchise will be able to engage in new, terrifying experiences within the F.E.A.R. universe. Players can team up with their friends for the game's Cooperative Story Mode, or take on rival players and deadly monsters on ominous maps in the game's fast-paced multiplayer mode. With a unique crafting system that allows for making one-of-a-kind weapons, F.E.A.R. Online delivers a thrilling and chilling FPS experience.

Find out more on the F.E.A.R. Online Steam page.

Elder Scrolls Online : Crafting Writs - A Reason to Log In Every Day

Posted Oct 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford

One thing that has always bugged me about The Elder Scrolls Online was the lack of a need to login to do something. As much as it bugs me to admit this, World of Warcraft did it right with dailies. Dailies give an additional reason to login every day, and give another avenue for players to feel like they are progressing.  At least they had that in WoW, no so much ESO. However patch 1.5 is trying to change that.

Read more of Ryan Getchell's Elder Scrolls Online: Crafting Writs - A Reason to Log In Every Day.

Moonrise : Building the World of Moonrise

Posted Oct 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Some might ask, “Why bother with story? I just want to fight monsters.” I’ve always believed that good story can only help a game, even for players who don’t consciously pay attention to it. A cohesive, compelling world seeps into your unconscious mind, making the game more immersive, more intriguing, and ultimately more fun to hang out in for hours and hours.

Read more of our exclusive developer diary Building the World of Moonrise.

General : Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition Release Date Announced

Posted Oct 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Beamdog's Trent Oster has announced via Twitter that Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition will be released on October 30th. IWDEE will be playable across multiple platforms including PC, Mac, and on iOS and Android tablets. Preorders for Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition are open and will set you back $19.99.

In the northernmost reaches of the Forgotten Realms lies the region of icy tundra known as Icewind Dale. Journey deep into the Spine of the World mountains, a harsh and unforgiving territory settled by only the hardiest folk. Beneath the carven glaciers and mountainsides, you must confront an evil that schemes to wreak destruction upon the face of Faerûn. This is the world of Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition.

Originally released in 2000, Icewind Dale is a Dungeons & Dragons game set in Wizards of The Coast's legendary Forgotten Realms. This Enhanced Edition allows players to experience the epic adventure on PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Android tablets and phones, and includes a host of new features:

  • Swords and Sorcery: Discover dozens of new spells and items, including new magic armor and weapons.
  • Blackguards and Wizard Slayers: Select from over 30 new kits and classes to create the perfect adventuring party.
  • Bring A Friend: Join your fellow adventurers in cooperative, cross-platform multiplayer games.
  • See The Unseen: Explore quest content cut from the original game, now finished and restored.
  • More to Experience: Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition includes both the Heart of Winter and Trials of the Luremaster expansion packs.

General : FOnline 2 - An Indie Labor of Love for Fallout

Posted Oct 21, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The FOnline 2 team has let us know that the game will be ready for launch on October 25, 2014. FOnline 2 is an independently developed project with its roots planted firmly in the Fallout niche. After nearly two years in development, the team is ready to open the doors to players.

FOnline 2 is a 100% free Fallout MMORPG based on the original Fallout 1 and 2 games, using the FOnline Engine.

Fallout fans can take a trip down memory lane and fight, co-operate, and discover their way through a brand new world using the original Fallout 1 and Fallout 2 setup, taking place in year 2237, just 4 years before events known from Fallout 2 took place.

Enjoy the game through the main quest line or just take your time and mind your own business. Form a player faction and get recruits, get bases and cars, craft items, trade with NPCs or other players by setting your own shop or just go solo and fight your way through the various dungeons. Want to be a thief, a sniper, a big-gunner, or scientist? No problem, it's all up to you. Tailor your character to your play style. FOnline 2 is offering deep PvP experience. Calculate your moves, use strategy and tactics, in order to be the last man standing during Turn-Base fights in random encounters all over the Wasteland, or take part in massive Real-Time battles between rival factions in order to take control over the towns and profit from the tributes.

From the technical point of view, the game brings back the 2D isometric view known from original Fallout 1 and 2. FOnline 2 supports english, polish and russian languange versions. Game is being constantly developed and upgraded - sky is the limit!

In this game, you can:

  • Experience the dramatic story through the main quest line and many side-quests.
  • Create your own character from many balanced classes and enjoy intense PvP in fights over control of the towns and many other occasions...
  • Become a member of the Enclave and participate in restoring United States' lost glory...
  • Or join the Brotherhood of Steel and fight to preserve the balance in the Core Region.
  • You can also avoid taking sides and be about your own business playing in a seperate, player-created faction.
  • Get a profession, gather resources and craft variety of items.
  • Join one of the caravans traversing the wastes, and make a living as a caravan guard... or earn money as a trader by establishing your own shop in one of many cities.
  • Hunt bandits, raiders, mutants and other foes, or kill other players and take their belongings.
  • Explore the dungeons and the immense world by wandering through the irradiated deserts, old warehouses, city ruins, abandoned Vaults and other mysterious places... or buy yourself a vehicle to cross the Wasteland faster and safer.
  • Establish a base, and invite your friends to unite your forces.
  • Play as a peaceful, law abiding citizen, or a villanous crook in a player driven city - Shady Sands, the capital of the New California Republic, run by NCR Rangers - player driven faction. But watch out, as all your actions have their consequences...
  • Take part in exciting global events, and carefully designed Game Master driven events.

Want to know more? Head to the FOnline 2 site.

General : Warlock 2 Game Sweepstakes!

Posted Oct 21, 2014 by Craig McGregor is very pleased to present this exclusive sweepstakes event! We have partnered with Paradox Interactive to give away 20 digital copies of Warlock 2 Premium Edition! Each gift key is valued at $49.99 USD!



Hearthstone : Android Version Likely Out Before the End of the Year

Posted Oct 21, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The latest developer blog has been posted on the Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft site that lets fans know that the team has been hard at work and that Android users should see a version of the game before the end of the year. The delay, it is explained, is largely due to overhauling the interface in a way that works, hence the development team needing more time to perfect it.

Throughout the past year, many of you have been asking about the release date for Hearthstone on Android. The team has been hard at work to bring Hearthstone to that platform, and is making great progress. We’re taking things one step at a time and we’ve got our sights set on a release for Android tablets, our next new platform, before the end of the year; we’ve just got a few more mana crystals to polish and some Angry Chickens to chase down.

We’re also close to having Hearthstone out to our iPhone and Android phone users, but it’s become clear that we need a little more time to get that version right. While we have a build up and running internally, it needs a bit more work, and we don’t feel like we’ll be ready to share it with you until early next year. It’s very important to us that the phone experience for Hearthstone is just as accessible as the tablet and PC versions. One of the biggest challenges with that is revamping the user interface so it feels intuitive and offers the same quality Hearthstone experience, but this time from the palm of your hand.

Read the full post on the Hearthstone site.

Click the image below for an interesting infographic!

Shroud of the Avatar : Release 11: It’s Steamy!

Posted Oct 21, 2014 by Suzie Ford

I am quite literally just back from Austin as I sit down to write this latest update on Shroud of the Avatar.  I wasn’t able to make it up for my typical week-before-release hangout with the guys, so today was pretty much a drive by.  It’s well worth staying up past my bedtime to hack this article out, though.  Despite the brevity of my visit, I got a load of cool information to share with you folks, and I’m excited to do it.

Read more of Red Thomas's Shroud of the Avatar Release 11: It's Steamy!

Test out your new skills in defense of Vertas Pass.

Wind of Luck : Sailing to Victory

Posted Oct 21, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The time has come to hire a crew and battle for fame, expertise and piasters on your own war ship. As captain of a Caribbean, Mediterranean or East Asian vessel, you’ll head out to sea, get the wind in your sails, prime your cannons and engage in explosive naval warfare. Wind of Luck Arena (WoLA) is a Free to Play Multiplayer Battle Arena game by independent developers “Trazzy Entertainment”.

Read more of Franklin Rinaldi's Wind of Luck Arena: Sailing to Victory.

KingsRoad : Soulstone In-Game Event Begins Today

Posted Oct 21, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Kingsroad players will have some ghoulish fun beginning today, Tuesday, October 21st, when the new Halloween-themed event, Soulstone, arrives in game. During the event, players will be able to celebrate the season with new maps to grab treats in the forum of Halloween gear, unique collectibles and more. Players will take on the realm of the dead and fight through ghosts, ghouls, and skeletons, to name a few.

By speaking with Beatrice the Witch in town, players can initiate the special Soulstone event, which features a unique reward system for players willing to test their nerves and face their fears:

  • One new ghoulishly difficult map will be available to players each day for 9 days
  • Players who complete the maps will earn special "soulstones"
  • Collect all 9 soulstones to receive the Arkoroth’s Skull and Deadfang earrings - a brand-new, never-before-seen gear type
  • Players who make it to the top 100 by the end of the event will receive the exclusive Doomsayer Belt - introducing yet another new gear type

The special Soulstone event is open to all players who have completed all story maps on Normal difficulty. Players will also earn leaderboard scores based on their performance.

Find out more on the KingsRoad site.

World of Warcraft : Metallica to Rock Blizzcon 2014

Posted Oct 21, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Fans of classic heavy metal will be happy to hear that Metallica will be performing at this year's Blizzcon to be held in early November in Anaheim, California. The iconic band will be performing on November 8th to a sold-out show.

Metallica is coming to BlizzCon® 2014! On November 8, Blizzard Entertainment’s two-day Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® community celebration will culminate with Metallica performing to a sold-out convention crowd, broadcast worldwide through the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket.

“We’re thrilled to have Metallica blowing out our speakers at BlizzCon this year,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “After two full days of epic gaming and intense eSports action, an earth-shaking concert is the perfect sendoff for everyone at the show and watching from home.”

Source: Blizzard press site

The Secret World : The Perfect MMO For Halloween

Posted Oct 21, 2014 by Suzie Ford

There really is no better MMO to play during Halloween than The Secret World. I’m even lucky enough right now to be playing in Kingsmouth thanks to Murphy’s Lawbreakers. Kingsmouth is of course forever stuck in Halloween. Not only is it actually Halloween there, see the pumpkins sitting on porches and a roadside stand as evidence of this. But the entire setting screams Halloween horror.

Read more of Shannon Doyle's The Secret World: The Perfect MMO for Halloween.

Elder Scrolls Online : Two New Series-Related Lore Collections Announced

Posted Oct 21, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Titan Books has announced that it has gained the worldwide rights to two lore-related collections to give Elder Scrolls Online players and fans of the other Elder Scrolls games more information about the games they love and play. The Elder Scrolls Online: Tales of Tamriel and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim take players a look at original art and historical lore behind the series.

Omar Khan, the series’ editor, is delighted to be a part of this new project, "I'm very excited to play a part in bringing the in-game text from Skyrim and The Elder Scrolls Online to print. Using art and text from Bethesda, we were able craft these amazing tomes that truly showcase the exceptionally well-written and in-depth lore that is the foundation of The Elder Scrolls."

“One of the most important aspects of The Elder Scrolls series is the lore,” said Pete Hines, VP of Marketing and PR for Bethesda Softworks. “To have so much of its history chronicled in this way, accompanied by art sourced from the games, is very cool We’re excited to be working with Titan on this project, and for fans to see how much detail goes into the worlds our development teams create.”

The two collections are set to hit store shelves in March 2015.  Keep an eye on the Titan Books site for more information as it becomes available.

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