Obsidian Entertainment has laid out the details for the forthcoming Early Access 4 event that is scheduled for August 13th through August 30th. Players will be able to check out the recently revealed retrofit system.
In addition, EA4 will include:
- Advanced artillery support shells
- Several new vehicles (T-54, M48 Patton, Object 430, Centauro 120, FV721, Begleitpanzer 57, T-72A) with Centauro 155 removed from the dealer tree for rebalance
- Game economy overhaul
- Significant increase in the PvE rewards, new PvE missions
- Large optimization bundle
- Rebalances of certain vehicles
- A large number of bug fixes and improvements
Read the full post, along with a detailed "feature highlight", on the Armored Warfare site.
My epic ascension to god-hood slowed down this week. The reason was twofold. On one hand, I had to review Kyn (a fun little Indie RPG), but on the other hand I was actually very glad to take a break from Skyforge. After putting in over 40 hours since Open Beta Head Start, the repetitive nature of Skyforge’s content is starting to get to me.
Read more of Bill Murphy's Skyforge - Review in Progress - My Ascension Slows.
Today marks the arrival of Microsoft's new operating system, Windows 10. Maingear has announced that their latest line of powerhouse gaming PCs will automatically ship with Windows 10.
“Microsoft’s newest operating system vastly enhances the gaming experience by giving gamers full control of the system with powerful features,” says Wallace Santos, CEO and Founder of MAINGEAR. “Windows 10 makes gaming better and MAINGEAR is excited to be a launch partner.”
Find out more on the Maingear site.
Eudemons Online will be expanding soon with Salvation of the Shadow that will also bring a new class, Shadow Knight, to the game. The expansion will go live on August 5th.
Shadow Knights are born to have a defender Saive around. From the divine invasion to the devil corruption, this sacred fighter has never wavered. When Shadow Knights returned to the human's world, Saive also went into war against the doomsday!
Read more on the Eudemons Online site.
Chris Whiteside, currently in attendance at this year's ChinaJoy, has told us that Firefall will be coming to PlayStation 4 (no word on XBox One, however). He reached out to Managing Editor Bill Murphy directly to let us know that it had been announced at Sony's Press Conference. A press release should be forthcoming soon and we'll keep you posted as the story develops.
You can read more about Firefall in our recent interview with Chris.
MSI has announced that a new line of Windows 10-compatible gaming netbooks is now available to order. Each net book features DirectX 12 and gives players and console gamers cross platform compatibility.
“Windows 10 takes gaming to the next level by enhancing the experience and seamlessly integrating console and PC gaming,” says Andy Tung, president of MSI Pan America. “MSI provides gamers with the best and newest, and are proud to be the first to carry gaming notebooks with Windows 10 installed, also powered by the latest Intel 5th gen Core i7 processors.”
Read more on the MSI site.
The Repopulation servers will be down for up to eight hours today beginning at 10:00 am Eastern / 7:00 am Pacific in order to bring a large patch online. The update will include animation improvements, holiday events, the first stage of the Entertainer overhaul (music minigame), bug fixes and enhancements.
The first stage of the Entertainer revamp goes live with this build, in the form of a new Music Minigame. When using an instrument in an rest area it will now begin the Music Minigame, in addition to entering interactive music mode. There is a new synethic instrument type, and you can now see players visibly playing their instruments. The music minigame works on a system of openings, and can fork through different paths of minigames. Different options will grant different types of buffs. This system is designed so that some of the buffs between the various entertainment lines (Music, Tales, and Dancing) interact with one another. Dancing and Tale minigames will be coming in the near future.
Players can also look forward to a pair of other updates all scheduled to hit live service before PAX Prime. Work-in-Progress notes can be found here.
Read the full details of today's update on The Repopulation site.
Jagex has announced that Runescape and Old School Runescape players will have the opportunity to participate in in-game events to raise funds for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to assist in the preservation of big cats in the wild. Players will be able to adopt companion cubs based on wild cats and can earn special titles for their characters. Players can also donate bonds resulting in a £2.85 donation to WWF per bond.
In the main RuneScape game, players seek out a character called ‘Conservationist Rohit Sharma’ to take part in the Big Cats Quiz, where they can compete to secure points and adopt the jaguar and tiger cub companions, plus three new titles (‘Snowy Assassin’, ‘Stealth Predator’ and ‘King/Queen of the Jungle’). Furthermore, players can donate Bonds to the Conservationist, which can be used to adopt additional lion and snow leopard cubs. All proceeds from RuneScape Bond donations go to WWF in support of their global conservation effort.
Read more on the Runescape site's dedicated page.
The Shards Online newsletter has been published that gives a big shout out to participants in Pre-alpha 2, most especially to community run server admins. The event has led to the creation of a pair of round tables with developers to help provide support and to demonstrate how to run and mod a live server.
The community will also get their chance to chat with developers when a new community round table is planned for August 1st at 1:00 pm Eastern / 10:00 am Pacific.
Check out the rest of the Shards Online letter that covers diverse topics as body & skin tones, a community shard spotlight on Arcanima, and more.
The Blade & Soul team recently ran a "design a costume" contest. The contest allowed players to create a costume that will be featured in the game when it launches. The winner was announced earlier today and you can get a look at the winning artwork below.
Read the full article and see more screens on the Blade & Soul site.
Iron Bit has announced that a new tutorial for Colonies Online has been released. Included is a 'training' camp that gives players the chance to learn about game systems and how to survive in the world.
The update also includes more customization options for players to customize their colonies that includes plants, grass, rocks and more that can be purchased from special vendors.
The studio has also released a new pack of animations for Civil and Combat modes, which includes the option to set auto-run in game by pressing the “~” or “Num Lock” key. Minor fixes include resource deposits, that are now marked on Colonists mini-maps, making the ability to find new resources that much easier. The update will also increase the range of levels in quality of all resources that are spread over the online universe. Finally, Iron Bit have added a GUI indicator to the Shield Generator, as it now indicates the charge of a battery that powers the personal shield generator - that will make it easier to track the level of the defence system when encountering firefights - just remember to recharge those batteries!
Read more on the Colonies Online site.
In the near future, Guild Wars 2 players will be asked to associate a telephone number with their account as part of a new move to keep player accounts safe from hacking. The new system will begin immediately but will roll out in stages. Over time, new accounts will be required to utilize the new SMS system.
To thank our players for keeping their accounts secure, we’re offering a Mini Mystical Dragon to everyone who applies either a phone number or an authenticator to their account. If you want the mini dragon today, you can of course sign up for two-factor authentication immediately. If you prefer to use phone-based security, you should have no more than two weeks to wait until it’s available for your account.
Read the full post on the Guild Wars 2 site.
Kyn shouldn’t exist. There’s no reliable reason an RPG like this should come from a two-man team called Tangrin Games. Victor Legerstee and Cavit Ozturk are the two Dutch minds behind this unique strategic RPG. Sure they’ve had some help from contractors to finish the game, but the art, coding, level design, and all of that was done entirely by these two friends with a dream: to make an RPG that makes you think and tell a new tale in a new world. So, have they succeeded?
Read more of Bill Murphy's KYN: A Wonderfully Unique but Flawed RPG.
The latest State of the Crusade letter has been published on the Warhammer 40k: Eternal Crusade site that gives players new information on how to get into the fight.
There are three distinct ways players can join in the battle for Arkhona.
If you want to fight, you have a few choices about how to go about it:
Any of these options will get you into a battle just starting or in progress.
- TO ARMS! – If you’re not picky, just hit this button.
- MAP – Find the point that interests you and deploy.
- WAR PARTY – Join or create a War Party to stick with a group for this session.
- Note that if you’re the leader of a War Party, it’s up to you to handle the other two options for your squadmates.
The rest of the article goes on to speak about the logistics and the flow of battle and all can be read on the Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade site.
Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will be arriving on Steam on August 18th. In addition to the launch on Steam, the game will be undergoing a significant number of improvements and enhancements to bring a better overall gaming experience to players.
- Upgraded graphics resolution options for high end pc’s
- Improved in-game battle camera
- Full controller support
- Full STEAM achievements and trading cards
- Scalable motion blur settings
- New Character speed boost
- Increased blood levels from the original PSP version
- Customizable dynamic screen shot mode
The game is currently 10% on a preorder special on Steam. Check out the Final Fantasy Type-0 HD page for more information.
One of the centerpieces of the forthcoming v2.3 patch for Diablo III is the addition of Kanai's Cube, the successor to Diablo II's Horadric Cube. In a new post on the D3 site, the team shows some of what players will be able to create with Kanai's Cube.
Players will be able to use the cube in a number of ways such as extracting legendary powers from weapons and armor. This allows players to utilize a specific legendary power without having that particular item equipped, though there is a class restriction.
There will be more uses revealed over time.
Of particular note is the fact that Kanai's Cube is a tribute to a former WoW developer and Diablo 3 fan, Kevin Kanai Griffith, who recently passed away from a rare form of cancer.
Tragedy struck in February of 2012 when Kevin was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer known as Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma (ASPS). Kevin kept his spirits high throughout the grueling treatment process and continued to work on Diablo III as much as he was able, pioneering environmental features such as the weather and night/day cycles experienced in Adventure Mode. Though he fought valiantly, we lost our coworker and dear friend on October 17, 2014. His spirit and legacy will always live on in the many games he’s touched with his stunning art, as well as the hearts of every individual who had the honor of knowing him.
We miss you, Kevin. This Cube is for you.
Read the full preview on the Diablo 3 community site.
In spaces between the relentless mercantilism of high-sec and the dynastic feuds of null-sec lies the vast swathe of low security systems; the tattered fringe of order slowly unwoven by the ruthless chaos of lawless space. While a large portion of EVE Online's pilots avoid these systems like the plague, they have, like any region in EVE, evolved a society of their own. Helicity Boson wasn't like other pilots. He was, from his first days, forged in the conflict of pirate space.
Read more of Steven Messner's EVE Online: Chronicles of a New Eden - A Pirate's Life for Me!
If you're looking to break into the gaming industry, where should you go? We all have our opinions of the “good” and “bad” companies to work for, but that's usually based on nothing more than a vague impression and isolated stories – some of which are flavored by our impressions of the company's games.
Read more of Jason Winter's Ranking the MMO Devs by Employee Satisfaction.
John Smedley, outspoken former CEO of Daybreak Games, stepped down this week. Although Smedley hasn’t officially stated the reason behind the change, the popular theory is that it has something to do with his on-going conflict with hacker group Lizard Squad. Lizard Squad is thought to be responsible for not only DDoS attacks on Daybreak’s servers, but also calling in a bomb threat last year on a plane that Smedley was about to board.
Read more of Jessica Cook's Tales from the Neighborhood: Supporting John Smedley.
Archlord 2 developers have announced the release of a large new and very challenging update that includes a new dungeon, new gear, a new legendary boss and much, much more.
The dungeon, Dark Stronghold, features a new "hell" mode that will give even top end players pause for consideration before venturing forth.
In Stardust Land, a new world raid boss has appeared, the most challenging monster that ever walked the realm of Chantra: Stein. Stein won’t be overcome by displays of sheer power; players will have to employ team-work and strategy to slay him. However, should they manage this feat, they will be rewarded with all new level 60 legendary weapons. Heroes should be careful during their raids, as both factions may attack this mighty boss simultaneously.
Find out more on the Archlord 2 site.