Square Enix and Psyonix have announced the first season of the Nosgoth Leagues with one hundred players being rewarded with cash every month. The first season will kick off on October 1st with players competing for a top cash prize of $1,000 through participation in ranked matches.
“We’d like to thank the Nosgoth community for their continued support through the Alpha & Beta phases of Leagues and are really excited to be able to reward our most loyal and skilful players for their dedication, giving them something back for their efforts and commitment. We hope this is simply the beginning of Nosgoth as a rewarding competitive gaming experience, one which will continue to evolve as and how our community sees fit.” says Marketing & PR Manager Grant Tasker, Square Enix.
Find out more on the Nosgoth site.
According to GearNuke.com, Bungie has posted a job listing for a Destiny compatibility tester to evaluate PC hardware features and with regard to multiple PC configurations to "provide a solid experience to the end-use". This has led to the speculation that Destiny will finally be coming to PCs.
We'll keep you posted as this story develops. You can read more at the link above.
Maingear has announced that a new line of high performance gaming PCs are now shipping that feature Intel Skylake, the sixth generation core processors.
Intel’s 6th Gen Core processors showcase Turbo Boost Technology and can be overclocked for even more astonishing gaming performance, including a gain of up to 15% more power with MAINGEAR’s REDLINE overclocking service. The newest processors also feature Intel® RealSense™ for immersive experiences; USB Type-C and Thunderbolt™ 3 compatibility; advanced security benefits like Biometric login; and cable-free connectivity with wireless docking and 4K WiDi.
Find out more on the Maingear site.
Blizzard has announced the addition of a new Overwatch hero named Lucio, a roller skating wall runner. In addition, a pair of new maps were revealed during the non-streamed press conference earlier today at Gamescom.
Blizzard has revealed a new game play mechanic for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Called "jousting", the feature is considered "a contest within a contest". To show off jousting, the team put together a brand new video. Let us know what you think!
In addition to the above, new cards were revealed and a new a new Quest Log feature that will give players information about the highest rank they have achieved in game thusfar.
Read more on the Hearthstone site.
During today's non-streamed Blizzard press event, it was revealed that three new heroes and a new battleground will be heading into Heroes of the Storm. The Diablo 3 monk, Kharazim, Warcraft's Rexxar and Starcraft's Artanis are the new heroes and the Infernal Shrines, a take from D3, is the new battleground.
Kharazim won’t be the only new addition coming from Sanctuary. Infernal Shrines is a three-lane Diablo-themed Battleground featuring three shrines that will periodically gather power. Teams can unleash this power by activating a shrine, defeating its guardians, and summoning a devastating Punisher to fight for them. These powerful bosses will spawn with one of three deadly affixes—Arcane, Frozen, or Mortar— and will hunt down nearby enemy Heroes as well as pushing the lane closest to their shrine.
Read all about each on the Heroes of the Storm page.
A new expansion to Elite: Dangerous is on the way according to a new announcement out of Gamescom today. Called "Horizons", portions of the expansion will be released episodically with the first portion called "Planetary Landings" which is expected to launch later in 2015. The full expansion will arrive in 2016. Check out the trailer for more.
Elite Dangerous: Horizons will continue to introduce new features and gameplay as the season continues into 2016, enriching the Elite Dangerous experience with new activities and new ways to play.
- Elite Dangerous: Horizons – A new season of expansions for Elite Dangerous, starting Holiday 2015 on PC.
- Planetary Landings – Elite Dangerous: Horizons launches with the eagerly-awaited planetary landings on countless 1:1 scale worlds.
- Game-Changing Content – Map uncharted worlds, dogfight in canyons, discover items and events you’ll only find on world surfaces.
- Driving on Planets – Embark on surface expeditions in all-terrain Surface Roving Vehicles (SRVs).
- Play with Friends – Share the experience above and on the ground in Wings, and participate in Powerplay and story events in unique ways.
- A Whole Season Of Expansions – Regular major updates included in the single purchase.
- One Elite: Dangerous Community – All Elite Dangerous players will continue to benefit from ongoing improvements.
Wargaming has announced that over two million players have taken part in the World of Warships open beta test and that the German tech tree will be entering the game in October.
The World of Warships Open Beta saw over two million prospective captains engage in thrilling naval warfare on the high seas with players around the world averaging 190 minutes or 12 battles per day. Of the dozens of ships offered, player favorites included aircraft carrier Langley, battleship Michigan, cruiser St. Louis and destroyer Wakatake.
Check out the World of Warships site for more information.
During Gamescom today, Bungie released a new trailer for the upcoming Destiny expansion, The Taken King. Called "We Are Guardians", the trailer places its focus on the story behind the expansion.
We are Guardians. We are Hunters, Titans, and Warlocks. We have fought back the Darkness together. But now a new threat looms on the horizon: Oryx, The Taken King. Battle the greatest villain we have ever faced and begin the next Destiny adventure on September 15th. Join us and Become Legend.
In Star Wars: The Old Republic - Knights of the Fallen Empire, you are a veteran of the Galactic War and can recruit companions and change destinies. Knights of the Fallen Empire is nine chapters and is a new start for everyone. You can continue the legacy of your character or start with a new character.
Fallen Empire is epic and personal. It will be free to all subscribers on launch. Check out the new Gamescom 2015 cinematic trailer that showcases "the Outlander".
Square Enix has released a new cinematic trailer for Final Fantasy XV called "Dawn". According to Square, the story for FFXV began fifteen years ago, the focus of the video. See it for yourself and let us know what you think!
The month of August will feature a plethora of information about the two Blade & Soul factions, the Cerulean Order and the Crimson Legion. The official site has launched a factions page where new information will be found throughout the month and a special live stream event will be held on August 18th to give players a more visual look at each.
Keep an eye on the Blade & Soul Faction page throughout August to find out more.
The Dragon Age Facebook page has been updated with a new screen from Dragon Age: Inquisition and the text "We're hearing reports of Increased seismic activity around Thedas...". It is possible that a new DLC is being teased that could be announced during tomorrow's EA press conference from Gamescom.
World of Warcraft subscriptions have plummeted to 5.6 million in Quarter 2, down from 7.1 million in Quarter 1. This reflects a loss of nearly half the subscribers from the launch of Warlords of Draenor in November 2014 when numbers soared over the 10 million mark, and over 1.5 million subscriptions lost since the last financial report was released earlier this year. Even the WoW token could not stave off subscriber loss after being introduced in Spring 2015.
Blizzard Entertainment had the largest online player community in its history, with Q2 MAUsB up 50% year-over-year. Though World of Warcraft® ended the quarter at 5.6 million subscribersC, Blizzard revenues are up year-over-year based on strong performance across the expanding Blizzard portfolio. On June 23, 2015, Blizzard Entertainment released, Fury of Hellfire, one of the largest non-expansion content updates to date for World of Warcraft.Thisnew content helped stabilize the subscriber number towards the end of the quarter. World of Warcraft remains the No. 1 subscription?based MMORPG in the world.
Meanwhile, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm and Destiny have combined to generate over 1.25 billion in revenue "life-to-date".
The 2.3 patch to Diablo III will be bringing big changes into the game. In the latest preview of some of the larger pieces of the game to undergo the developer "knife", adventure mode is in the spotlight.
To begin with, crafting has been slimmed down, both in terms of the number of reagents needed to craft items and in the number of recipes to which each crafter has access. The driving force, according to the team, is to make all materials viable for crafting across the levels and to make created items more meaningful and useful.
Bounties will only be available in one act at a time. Once completed, a new bounty in another act will appear and continue to do so as long as players are in a game and even repeat at times. Devs want players to cease having to exit the game and restart simply for a chance at an act-specific bounty.
The Realm of Trials has been removed and the following changes are in place for both Greater and Nephalim Rifts:
Let’s start with the biggest change that you asked for: the Realm of Trials has been removed from the game. To accommodate this huge change, we’ve reduced the number of Greater Rift keys down to a single, universal type. These new keys are used at the Nephalem Obelisk to enter any level Greater Rift, up to one higher than the highest level you have previously completed (though if you totally crush a Greater Rift, you can still move up to 3 ranks at a time). In addition, we’ve removed Rift Fragments from the game. Nephalem Rifts are now open to players of all levels and difficulty, requiring no special key to access.
Infernal Machines do not have to be crafted any more and the recipes have been removed. Hellfire amulets, when crafted, will have a guaranteed socket.
You can check out the full blog post on the Diablo III community site.
The Crowfall team has released a new video from the pre-alpha version of the game to show off the Confessor Archetype and the powers that she wields. It's a great way to see combat in controlled action. Check it out!
Chris Junior took over the Game Director role for Rift back in December of 2014 right around the 3.0 launch for Nightmare Tide. Since then, the Trion Worlds team has been plugging away on content to lead players onward through the murky dark waters of the expansion. We caught up with Chris to talk about the most recent patch, Waking Nightmares, and what we can expect to hear about at Gamescom this year.
Read more of Bill Murphy's Rift: On Waking Nightmares & Gamescom Teases.
Cryptic Studios has announced that the Elemental Evil expansion to Neverwinter will be headed to XBox One in September. Console players will gain access to Elemental Evil, Fury of the Feywild, Shadowmantle and Curse of Icewind Dale at the same time, bringing the XBox One version of Neverwinter nearly current with PC.
- Level cap increase from 60 to 70
- Oathbound Paladin playable class
- Eight new adventure zones
- Icewind Dale
- The Dread Ring
- Malabog’s Castle, Valindra’s Tower and Kessell’s Retreat.
- Minsc & Boo join adventurers in the fight against the Cults of Elemental Evil
- Increase in companion quality cap from epic to legendary
- Maximum level increase for all professions
- Vote-to-kick changes
- Achievements fixed
Read the full post on the Neverwinter site.
Gamescom is off and running and one of the first out of the gate is Dark Souls III with a brand new game play trailer. Check it out and leave us your thoughts in the comments.
Dark Souls III continues to push the boundaries with the latest, ambitious chapter in the critically-acclaimed and genre-defining series. As fires fade and only embers remain, journey once more into a world filled with more daunting and colossal enemies and environments. Players will be immersed into a world of epic atmosphere and darkness through faster gameplay and amplified combat intensity. New to the series are the Battle Arts attacks as each weapon will be equipped with its own unique Battle Art to deliver powerful attacks that will break through enemy defenses. Dark Souls III is coming soon for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC in early 2016.