The Friday Camelot Unchained update is a huge one that contains some great information about the latest class to be revealed, the Archers. Archers come in three forms, each with its own set of unique abilities: Winter's Shadow, Forest Stalker and Blackguard.
First, the votes are in, and the winner is F, the Archer Trio. Archers are one of the more difficult trios, in terms of conveying how they are going to be effective in the game, while sticking to our plan of having non-mirrored classes. At a minimum, we are using differences in the type of ammunition, power of bows, camouflage abilities, and other factors to differentiate them, but we are also using some major differences in playstyles. If you look at the class descriptions here, you will see that the Viking Archer is not just a long-range damage dealer, but also an adept skirmisher. The Arthurians may have, in some ways, the most powerful bows, but the Tuatha Dé Danann archers have a strong crowd control element in their quivers, as well as the ability to call on their trees to aid them in both combat and with ammo. Pretty cool, eh? As per above, and as always, these Archers are truly non-mirrored classes.
You can read more about Archers here.
In addition to the exciting news above, fans can also revel in their devotion to the game by checking out the great looking t-shirts and sweatshirts. Though it's taken some time to get them all prepared, the time has come.
Lastly, Beta 1 is going to feature some great looking armor judging by the concept art shared in the update. Three pieces are shown, one from each realm, Arthurian, Tuatha and Viking. Each piece of artwork shows the materials references and how the armor may appear on a character.
You can find out more about each of the things above and more by visiting the Camelot Unchained site.
Roccat has announced that a new precision gaming mouse is ready to take the world by storm with the arrival of the Kova. Roccat has created Kova for all gamers with an ambidextrous design and a low profile.
The mouse is equipped with a latest generation Pro-Optic R6 sensor with 3500 native dpi featuring Overdrive mode. Overdrive allows for a stable dpi double-up, resulting in an effective dpi of 7000. This technology is made possible by the powerful Turbo Core V2 32-bit ARM-based MCU in the engine room.
Two Smart Cast buttons sit on either side of the Kova’s mouse 1 and mouse 2 buttons. They form part of an overall intuitive button layout designed for lightning-fast reactions to in-game events. Optimally placed within finger-tip reach, the Smart Cast buttons add a new level of reflexive control for fast-paced games and facilitate rapid combos and easy switching between, for example, weapons or ammo types, and so on.
The Kova will be available worldwide on November 17th. You can learn more on the Roccat Kova site.
NCSoft is beginning to gear up for the Blade & Soul closed beta scheduled to begin on October 30th by revealing some of the things players can expect to see in the game. Founder's Pack owners will be able to spend their NCoin freely during the CBT as doing so will not affect their total once the open beta and subsequent release arrive.
In addition, players can check out the currency exchange that allows the exchange of gold for NCoins. The store will also be available so players can get an idea of the types of items and prices that will be included.
Lastly, and to encourage feedback, players will be issued surveys at the end of specific arcs in the game that will allow them to communicate directly with the developers. Each completed survey will result in a reward.
Read the entire post on the Blade & Soul site.
Shanda Games has announced that Dragon Nest EU players can now begin the journey to become the King or Queen of Ghouls during this year's Halloween celebration. Players will have a number of quests and activities to participate in that can yield some great rewards and perks.
Things are going wild in the Ghoul Kingdom! It appears the Ghouls cannot settle for a King to rule them and therefore opened a new, all ghoulish PvP mode in which players can attempt to steal the Ghoul King’s crown and make it their own to become the new King of the Ghouls. Up to 16 players of any level can fight for the rotten crown and will not only be rewarded with a proper coronation party but also with PvP Medals, Tokens of Cooperation and Surprise Gift Pouches.
Read more about the celebration on the Dragon Nest EU site.
Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade entered closed alpha just a few short weeks ago, and has been getting tons of updates weekly ever since. We caught up with Executive Producer Nathan Richardsson to chat about the game, and what's next.
Read more of Suzie Ford's Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade - Alpha Testing & Beyond with Nathan Richardsson.
Yesterday MMORPG.com received 20,000 gift keys for Wildstar giving players the super-cool "Bandit Carver" mount. They went so fast we have 10,000 more for our community. Get them before they are all gone!
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain launched last month and across the internet people are labeling it as “pretty much an RPG.” We think that’s wrong and are here to tell you why. Plus, Cyberpunk 2077 news, Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition gets a release date, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and the ill-fated pre-order promotion and more!
Read more of Christopher Coke's The RPG Files: Sorry Game Critics, MGS:V is Nowhere Close to an RPG.
ATLUS is bringing another successful JRPG across the Pacific to the west on October 13th (a playable Demo is currently on the Nintendo Store now).
Read more of Rob Lashley's The Legend of Legacy: Go Wander Over Yonder.
The Fortnite team has put out a call for all alpha testers to check into the game this weekend to get a first-time look at PvP. Players will get a chance to try out the Weather the Storm mode on Saturday, October 10th from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Pacific / 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Eastern.
This weekend we’re holding our first ever PVP test for Fortnite. It’s an early, experimental PVP prototype mode called Weather the Storm. It’s unbalanced and there will be bugs, but we think there’s potential for PVP in Fortnite and we want to give you an opportunity to bang on the build so we can learn more about what a fun, future Fortnite PVP experience might look like.
Read more on the Fortnite site.
I’m usually late to the party with most games, and Shadowrun Returns hasn’t bucked that trend. I’ve just completed the initial campaign for Harebrained Schemes’ isometric single-player RPG, and enjoyed several aspects of it that are great models for most roleplaying games moving forward. Here are three that stand out most prominently!
Read more of Som Pourfarzaneh's Three Things RPGs Can Learn from Shadowrun Returns.
Dark Horse Comics has announced the release date for the first in a series of comics based on EVE: Valkyrie. Penned by Brian Wood and illustrated by Eduardo Francisco, the first comic will be released on Wednesday, October 14th and can be preordered for $3.99 on the Dark Horse Comics site.
XBox One and PlayStation 4 fans of Divinity: Original Sin will be pleased to hear the news that Larian Studios will be releasing the Enhanced Edition on Tuesday, October 27th. Folks preordering the console edition will get some new cosmetic items including a new weapon and more.
Grumio himself writes to you to explain just how these bags came to be in the world of Rivellon:
"To Whom It May Concern (preferably an imp),
I, Grumio, son of Gromio, have made new strides in the fields of fashion, engineering and Things-That-Go-BOOM! Colours are hidden in my jars, but they do more than dye: they DESTRUCT when used for purposes more entertaining than vogue and vagary! Just combine them with empty grenades and you'll soon see for yourself... The design of wands too -them nifty wizards' tools- I have improved to great and unique effects. Little do those one-trick-pony magicians know how an impalytical mind like mine outshines them O so brightly! A specially crafted sprocket is all one needs to add powerful attributes to inert wands. What fun, what jolly mischief the results! So rejoice, dear reader, for you have learned some of the secrets of Grumio! "
Check out the Divinity: Original Sin pre-order page.
So the purpose of this ranking list is take stock of all we've played in the past fifteen-plus years and try to make sense of the games and where they stand in the greater scheme of an ever-changing industry. What makes a "Great MMO"? Well, in our voting we took into account both the technical and community achievements of each title, but also its wider effect on the MMO genre as a whole. In short, this list isn't just about what we think is "The Best", but also about what we think has had the most significant impact on culture and gaming as a whole.
With that in mind, here comes Numbers 15 through 6 of the Greatest MMOs of All Time.
The latest Orcs Must Die! Unchained update has been deployed that brings a new character into the roster: Zoey, the "charmingly chaotic" mage. Zoey has a proclivity to miscasting her spells due to being rather new to the whole magic thing which can lead to some interesting randomly set abilities at the beginning of any battle.
In addition to Zoey, players can take advantage of improved communication and the ability to post stat screens as well as Endless Boss Hero Roulette. As expected, tons of bugs have been fixed too.
Read the full patch notes on the Orcs Must Die! Unchained site.
The 2015 Blizzcon schedule is now out and available to give fans a chance to set aside time to check out news and eSports coverage of their favorite Blizzard games during the two-day event to be held in Anaheim on November 6th and 7th.
World of Warcraft will grab center stage as the kick off event on Friday, November 6th with Legion's World and Content Overview taking place from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Pacific (3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Eastern).
Other notable panels to be held in and around all the esports action for Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, WoW, and Starcraft include:
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6th
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7th
With the arrival of the new Cauldron of Chaos, Victor Vran players will have a chance to participate in random daily dungeons. Each dungeon is packed with ever-increasingly difficult monsters with the ultimate boss being giving some of the most difficult battle scenarios in the game.
In addition to the above, the update includes new character emotes and a new currency for purchasing legendary items.
Learn more about Victor Vran.
It isn't easy to stay alive in ARK: Survival Evolved, but up to two million folks are giving it their best shot. Studio WildCard announced earlier today that over two million game units have been sold.
Since its wildly popular launch in June 2015, ARK: Survival Evolved has exploded dramatically and rapidly in real estate, reach, and units sold.
- Every week, at least one new dinosaur is added to expand the exotic fauna in the game.
- Two weeks ago, ARK expanded significantly by adding two new biomes, snow and swamp, greatly increasing the scope and type of real estate and adding complexity to the environment and AI behavior.
- And most significantly Studio Wildcard over the last two months has built out a massive competitive aspect to the game and is in the third phase of its Survival of the Fittest competition, “The Last Stand,” featuring more than 230 players and $60,000 in prizes, throwing the survival-adventure title into the competitive e-sports field with a whole new twist.
Find out more about ARK: Survival Evolved.
The latest Crowfall newsletter has arrived and it's packed with lots of new information and cool stuff about the game. Among other things, fans can get the first look at castles; be introduced to Zaleena, a goddess in the pantheon; get a spiffy new wallpaper for desktops and more.
MMORPG.com has been given exclusive gift codes for Wildstar that will give players the Bandit Carver mount in the game. Get this super cool gift now while supplies last!
These gift keys will give players the Bandit Carver mount shown below:
The Exalted are a new faction in the Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns expansion that have one eternal charge - to secure Glint's dream of securing a peaceful future. The Exalted were once mortal who, on completion of training, sacrificed their outer shells to become creatures of pure energy, all encased in glittering armor.
Players will meet The Exalted in the Forgotten City and players will find that they are formidable allies with more prowess in magic than before and all alongside the retention of their memories and names. They are dedicated to Glint's message of hope and peace.
To understand the Exalted, you must first understand the dragon Glint. Glint was created by the Elder Dragon Kralkatorrik to be its champion, but her connection to the mortal races of Tyria led her to break with her master and protect as many sentient races as she could from the Elder Dragons’ predation. These selfless acts cost Glint her life when Kralkatorrik rose in the modern era, but before Glint died, she took steps to help ensure the sentient races of Tyria would survive the rise of Kralkatorrik and the other Elder Dragons. With the gift of prophecy and the Forgotten as her stalwart attendants, Glint prepared a legacy that would continue her great work even after she herself had died.
Under Glint’s instructions, roughly 300 years ago the Forgotten sought out human volunteers who shared their reverence for Glint’s dream of securing a peaceful future. After a rigorous set of tests and trials, the most worthy of these volunteers underwent a ritual that converted their bodies into pure magical energy which were then encased in golden metal armor. From this point forward, they were known as the Exalted.
Read more about the Exalted on the Guild Wars 2 site.