Today’s segment of a Visit to Carbine details the interviews I conducted with developers who focus on Itemization, Housing, and the in-game economy. We went over some basics of the systems and discussed new ideas coming down the pike for improvements. The first part of this series is available here.
Read more of Jean Prior's WildStar: A Visit to Carbine Part Two.
Turn-based tactical RPG Mordheim: City of the Damned is offering early accessors a 20% discount this week. Developer Rogue Factor is hoping too that players taking advantage of the discount will contribute their feedback through SteamHub and Mordheim's official forum.
Two Warbands are currently available: Human Mercenaries and Skaven from Clan Eshin, as are two procedural maps and two classic deathmatch maps.
For more information about early access to Mordheim: City of the Damned, visit the game's official website.
World of Warcraft celebrates its 10th anniversary this week, and designer/veteran WoW player, Stu McMillan (AKA Mhortuk of Magtheridon)has created a fun little graphic for it. Behold Stu's handiwork - The Periodic Table of WoW.
To embed this nifty little gem on your website or save it as a wallpaper, go here.
Free-to-play sci-fi action game Warframe released its new console update "Archwing" this week which gives players new "space ninja" tech that lets them zip around in space sans ship. It also gives them new colossal weapons, lore-heavy quests and a new reputation system called Syndicates.
Also included in the update are:
- New Warframe
- New Weapons - Opticor laser cannon, Halikar, jet-powered throwing mace
- New Corpus Ice Planet
- New Customization options: Sigils, Mods, Huntsman Soma Weapon Skin
MMORPG.com has partnered with Sony Online Entertainment to give away 30 NS Deep Freeze Pistols in celebration of PlanetSide 2's second anniversary.
Entering to win one of these bad boys is simple: post in the comments below and tell us why you love PlanetSide 2. We'll accept entries through Monday, November 24. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 25.
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Kixeye has announced that its accessible MOBA, Tome: Immortal Arena, has launched on Steam. The current version features action-packed matches lasting fifteen to twenty minutes. Tome is free to play and can be accessed on Steam.
- Fast not Frustrating: Matches last 10-15 minutes as opposed to 30-60 minute matches in traditional MOBA titles, reducing frustration and player toxicity.
- Constant Action: Stale genre hallmarks and unintuitive gameplay mechanics have been removed and improved. With in-lane healing, no last-hitting, the ability to purchase items from anywhere on the map, and an auto-buy feature, typical hurdles that halt the action have been streamlined for a faster, more action-focused experience.
- Always Earning: Players earn Guardian XP, Devotion, and favor with the six Gods every battle, even within Practice Modes. This unlocks a variety of rewards such as Relics and Blessings that players can use to customize their collection of Guardians for a more personalized experience.
- Guardians Galore: Battle and level with your choice of 20 Guardians at launch, with more to be introduced in the future.
- Hear the Voice of a God: In-game announcer voiced by legendary Evil Dead icon, Bruce Campbell. Fast not Frustrating: Matches last 10-15 minutes as opposed to 30-60 minute matches in traditional MOBA titles, reducing frustration and player toxicity.
Check out the Tome: Immortal Arena Steam page.
MMORPG.com has partnered with Wargaming.net to bring our members a special and exclusive gift pack for new players to World of Tanks! Each gift pack will give a newly registered player 3 days of Premium Time, 500 Gold and a Tetrarch Tank! Get your free gift while supplies last!
Each holiday gift pack will give a new player:
Note: These keys will only work for players in North America while registering a new account.
As the time nears for the first Destiny expansion, The Dark Below Prologue, Bungie wants to get players thinking about the game and what they will be facing when it goes live in December. Check out the new treailer and let us know what you think.
Remember a few years ago when every new upcoming game had an MMO connection? Simply tack on the "online" word and you have yourself an instant hit! Right? Well, things have changed.
Read more of Shawn Schuster's State of the Game: Who's Afraid of the Big Bad MMO Word?
Trion has announced that the free to play version of Defiance is now available on XBox 360. Players can download and play the game for free via the Games Marketplace.
Already Own Defiance?
Everyone with a physical copy of Defiance for Xbox 360 (and a linked account) will receive special perks and bonuses as part of the switch! Owners' rewards include:
- 30-Day Paradise Patron Pass
- Grant of 1000 Arkforge
- Character Slots Base: 4
- Loadouts Base: 5
- Ark Keycode Base: 75
- Inventory Slots Base: 70
Find out more about Defiance.
Dragon Age is this generation’s Baldur’s Gate. It is a series built for the ten-year recollection, just like Mass Effect before it, where we sit and recall just how good the old games were and how new games should take the hint. It’s not the battles, not the bloody encounters with fade demons or dark spawn that burn these games into our memory. It’s the choices. The relationships. The story we forge for ourselves. In a nutshell, it’s everything we love about Dragon Age: Inquisition.
Read more of Christopher Coke's The RPG Files: The Power of Choice in Dragon Age: Inquisition.
The video games industry is relatively porous, and it’s no secret that its subgenres have been borrowing from one another for quite some time. First-person behemoths like Call of Duty have been iteratively employing RPG-like mechanics to bolster their replayability, while MMORPGs such as TERA have taken cues from third-person action games to improve upon traditional MMO combat. By and large, I’d say this cross-fertilization is a good thing for the industry as a whole, giving us all a bit of variety throughout disparate genres and keeping things fresh.
Read more of Som Pourfarzaneh's Dragon Age: Inquisition's Reputation Grind.
As I made meandered through Warlords of Draenor in order to level from 94 to 100 this week, I was astonished at the way that all systems seem to feed into one another. Each quest seems to stack upon the next in this at times overwhelming chain of adventure designed to gradually see characters grow to max level and see them geared at least moderately well by the time they hit 100. That's not to say, of course, that the journey is over at 100, but it is the focus of this week's article.
Read more of Suzie Ford's World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor RIP #2 - Symbiosis.
The PlayStation blog has been updated with tons of new screens to show off Bloodborne's locations and environments. The game will wander from traditional fantasy to more modern gothic settings, all of which eerily evoke a sense of horror as is fitting for a game made by the creators of Dark Souls.
Another place you’ll travel to in your quest to find the truth in Bloodborne is the Cainhurst castle. Seemingly abandoned and frozen over, the noble family that once lived here disappeared without a trace. Its grand stature is visible from afar even through the thick fog of the lake, but getting here won’t be easy. What happened to the family that ruled this castle for many generations? What secrets, and what dangers, await you here?
Check out more Bloodborne screens on the PlayStation blog.
World of Tanks fans will want to check out the live World of Tanks Gold League action as Season 5 kicks off tonight at 5:00 p.m. PST / 8:00 p.m. E.S.T. Promotional material indicates that this season brings new challenges to participants due to recent changes to the game that alter key systems.
Changes for Season 5:
- 7/54 mode – Increasing the point max from 42 to 54 means more powerful tanks, new strategies, and more action
- Attack/Defend – All matches are played on Assault mode, with one team attacking for 2 matches, then defending for 2 matches
- Reduced Time Limit – Match time has be reduced to 7 minutes
- Increased Prize Pool – Prize Pool has increased from $100,000 to $171,000
Join the World of Tanks Live Stream at the times listed above.
There are actually a couple reasons for my selecting the above title this month, as Shroud of the Avatar stretches in new directions. The big news being that you’ll be able to purchase Shroud from your Steam account starting on 24th of November, but there’s a lot more to this release than just how you can get involved with it. New scenes and lots of additional content will provide even existing backers some new feel to the game.
Read more of Red Thomas's Shroud of the Avatar: Release 12: Undiscovered Country.
A new, free DLC is being offered to Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor players that allows them to play as a female character. The character's name is Lithariel, the Warrior and she is the leader of the Resistance.
Lead the charge against Sauron as Lithariel, the Warrior Commander of the Tribesmen of Nurn. Get the Power of Defiance and also receive the "Test of Defiance" Challenge Mode and the "Defiant to the End" Epic Rune. Available now via a free content update for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Steam.
Find out more on the Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor site.
Sony Online Entertainment and the Planetside 2 team are celebrating two years of live service. The team has put together a great list of all the updates that the game has undergone in the past two years. In addition, the PS2 team will be hosting a special second anniversary live stream.
ANNIVERSARY LIVESTREAM: To celebrate this momentous occasion, players can join their favorite developers and community members during a special PlanetSide 2 Anniversary Livestream event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. PST. During the stream, players will have the opportunity to win prizes, including in-game items, Razer™ Tartarus, Razer Blackwidow Chroma keyboard and more. To watch the stream or to subscribe to the PlanetSide 2 channel, visit: http://www.twitch.tv/
PlanetSide2. The full live stream schedule can be found here: https://www.planetside2.com/ news/planetside2-anniversary- livestream-schedule.
Find out more on the PlanetSide 2 site.
It’s been roughly two years since I last played World of Warcraft. A run of disappointing expansions and ageing gameplay mechanics drove me away from Blizzard’s MMO, and into a nomadic search for something new, exciting and satisfyingly deep. But then, like a siren’s call, Warlords of Draenor tugged at me. Although I was deeply skeptical about returning, could WoW’s latest expansion turn me around?
Read more of Gareth Harmer's World of Warcraft: Returning to Draenor.