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General : The Daily Quest: Do You "Do" April Fools?

Posted Apr 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

As the title implies, today is, as we all well know, April 1st, also known as April Fools' Day. Since the earliest days of online gaming, developers have engaged their communities with pranks and jokes on April Fools' Day. Blizzard, for instance, has a repository of its April Fools' Day pranks stretching all the way back to 1999.

Today's Daily Quest is a short one: Do you care about April Fools' gaming pranks? If so, what have been some of your favorites?

If not, do you bother to read about them or go into your favorite game(s) on April 1st to see what's up?

Or are they fun or funny or are they all just so much "meh" to you?

Leave us your thoughts in the comments and, really...gird your loins for tomorrow's hijinks.

General : April Fools' Day Round Up- These Aren't True? Say It Ain't So!

Posted Apr 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

April 1st comes just once a year but you can bet that developers spend months preparing for all of the pranks, video gags and jokes to laughingly send out to the gaming community. We've got a round up of some of the best out there for your viewing pleasure.

Read more of Suzie Ford's April Fools' Day Round Up - These Aren't True? Say It Ain't So!

DOFUS : Join Beau & the Community Team for an Epic Stream

Posted Apr 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

It's not an April Fool's joke! Our own Beau Hindman will be showcasing Dofus today at 12pm PST, 3pm EST over on our stream page. Join Beau as he and the community team from Dofus play through and explain the unusual turn-based MMO. Did we mention there will be prizes?

Check it all out at the aforementioned times on the Streams page.

Tales from the Neighborhood : New Games and Old Tricks

Posted Apr 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

This week on Tales from the Neighborhood we’re looking at reviews and overviews for Pillars of Eternity and Crowfall, singing the praises of the current RPG market, and highlighting stories from the LOTRO and WildStar communities that you may have missed.

Read more of Jessica Cook's Tales from the Neighborhood - New Games and Old Tricks.

General : Nosgoth Players Welcomed to The Crucible

Posted Mar 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Square Enix has sent word that Nosgoth has been updated with a brand new map called The Crucible. The Crucible is filled with workshops, forges, arenas, slave pens and more. It will challenge even the toughest players. Check out the trailer to learn more about The Crucible.

Trove : Fish 'N' Ships Deployed

Posted Mar 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Trove players will want to head into the game to check out the latest update, Fish 'N' Ships. Players can now access fishing boats and take the battle to the high seas against pirates and head to the Treasure Isles. Trion has released a new trailer to show off Fish 'N' Chips. Check it out, me hearties!

Star Trek Online : Brand Spanking New Tier 6 Ships Arrive

Posted Mar 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The Star Trek Online site has been updated with a new blog penned by Lead Systems Designer Phil “Gorngonzolla” Zeleski. In it, Zeleski shows off three brand new Tier 6 ships: the Andromeda Class Exploration Cruiser, the Negh’Tev Heavy Battlecruiser, and the D’Khellra Battlecruiser Warbird.

Each of the three ships comes with a Molecular Cohesion Nullifier which both buffs the player's ship and damages enemies.  Players will also be able to slot the Explosive Polarity Shift trait that can cause huge explosive damage as it expires.

These ships are available individually or in a single package in the C-Store.

Read the full blog on the Star Trek Online site.

Skyforge : High-End Progression Revealed in New Blog

Posted Mar 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Creative Director Alexander Mishulin has penned a new post that has been posted on the Skyforge site to give players new information about the end game and some of the goals for players at level cap.

To begin with, Mishulin reveals the Skyforge goals for high-end players:

  1. Taking the next step on the path of divinity. While Mishulin hesitates to reveal any real information about what this means, he does say that players attaining this vaunted status will be set apart from the lesser gods in Skyforge.
  2. Keeping a player's Pantheon on top and at its best.
To do so, players can take part in Platoons which are similar to raids with 10-players working through the content and attaining an Epic Ring when complete.
10-players can also take part in Distortions for those players looking for an epic challenge. Monsters encountered are considered "especially difficult" and players will be required to complete one set before moving on to the next, more difficult, set and so on. Mishulin essentially calls it an "arena" with only one very difficult encounter. Players will score Epic Weapons for beating Distortions.
Anomalies will also be available, but in the open world. Five players will take on enemies next to these anomalies and several groups in the area can also be involved in the fight by pulling enemies to their group and defeating them. Beating the first opponent allows for another and the encounters are considered unique. Players will gain Epic Trophies for defeating anomalies.
At the highest levels, players will need to defend the world from hostile gods through a progressively more difficult string of battles over time. Fighting a godly avatar is considered even more difficult than those bosses found in Distortions.

Lastly, players can take part in the Pantheon Wars that allow for simultaneous PvP and PvE fights that yield rewards to winners and are exclusive to this end game activity.

Read the full blog post on the Skyforge site.

Neverwinter : XBox One Version Arrives

Posted Mar 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Perfect World and Cryptic Studios have announced that Neverwinter is now available for XBox One. Players can experience all of the content previously released including the base game, all playable characters up to the Scourge Warlock and through the Tyranny of Dragons expansion.

Xbox Live Silver membership owners can get Neverwinter from March 31st through April 2nd.

Find out more on the Neverwinter site.

Guild Wars 2 : Personal Story Restoration Detailed

Posted Mar 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

A few weeks ago, ArenaNet announced that it would be restoring the Guild Wars 2 Personal Story, most notably replacing the deactivated "My Greatest Fear" story. In addition, steps from Chapter 8 were moved to Chapter 7 which created an issue with players not being able to access some content and gave a feeling of discontinuity to the overall story arc.

To solve these issues, "My Greatest Fear" is being completely restored as originally released, with steps from Chapters 7 and 8 being reverted to their original order. The team will also be making small adjustments to the story complete with a bit of new voice over acting, camera moves, new assets etc.

Players can check their own story progress by accessing the Story Journal to see where they stand in the overall arc. Characters that have not yet finished "A Light in the Darkness" or "Forging the Pact" should not have any issues and will see the story as originally released.

Characters that have finished "Forging the Pact" and are in or past "The Battle for Fort Trinity" will not be able to see the restored arc.

  • If your character is currently playing “Against the Corruption,” “Cathedral of Silence,” “Romke’s Final Voyage,” or “The Source of Orr,” you must complete your story steps through the Source of Orr to begin chapter 8. If you do not complete “The Source of Orr” before the Personal Story restoration goes live, you will be advanced to “Victory or Death” upon completion of “The Source of Orr.” “Victory or Death” is the final Personal Story step (and you will miss out on most of chapter 8 with this character). This is due to these steps being moved back into chapter 8 and the successor steps being restored to their original state.

The ArenaNet team has put together a great mini-FAQ about the Personal Story Restoration project that you can check out on the Guild Wars 2 site.

General : Nekro: Take Part as a Gleefully Evil Necromancer

Posted Mar 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Nekro is a new game on Steam early access from indie developer darkForge Games. In Nekro, players take the part of a necromancer out to dominate the world by summoning demons and terrifying weapons of war. The development team call it a worthy successor to games such as Dungeon Keeper, Myth: The Fallen Lords and Giants: Citizen Kabuto.

Customize your minions and perfect your ideal ‘fiendish loadout’ as you tear your enemies limb from limb, harvesting their twitching corpses to strengthen your powers. Legions of twisted abominations await your command in Nekro. Revel in the slaughter of the King’s corrupted lackeys as you uncover the alternately sinister and chuckle-worthy history of your creation. Manipulate the flesh and souls of those who have passed beyond the veil. Use the sins of the fallen to unlock new summons and customize their skills in an ongoing battle of supremacy between the Undying Legions and The Order.

Nekro was recently updated with a huge patch to add more levels, a new boss, alterations to progression and much more.

Learn more about Nekro on its Steam page.

General : Game On #63 - Crowfall or Camelot: Unchained?

Posted Mar 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Welcome to another new episode of Game On! This week Chris and Ryan team up to talk about Skyforge banning P2W, Elder Scrolls Online's Buy to Play launch, Crowfall concluding their Kickstarter, and Camelot: Unchained's first gameplay video.

A Casual, Cornered : 5 MMOs You've Probably Never Played

Posted Mar 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

I like nothing more than finding some weird or unknown MMO and presenting it like a baby to the world. That’s how it happens in my head, at least, but the truth is that all of the MMOs I find and think “I discovered this!” were already discovered by someone else, or else they wouldn’t have existed for me to find them! Still, it’s important to show off indie or lesser-known MMOs to anyone I can.

Read more of Beau Hindman's A Casual, Cornered - 5 MMOs You've Probably Never Played.

Defiance : Armistice Festival Begins, Runs Through April 20th

Posted Mar 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Defiance players will want to check in on the annual Armistice Festival (aka the second anniversary of Defiance), generally a time of peace but this year, the remembrance of those who fell during the battle of Defiance is being disrupted by Hulkers, Biomen, Volge and Hellbugs.

Several holiday events are making a return including Hulker Hell, New Frontier Harvest, Solstice STrike and Colony Courtship. Weapons have been updated as well.

In addition, players can look forward to special daily and weekly Defiant Few contracts that will reward players with legendary jackpot event weapons.

The Armistice Festival will see players treated to a 25% discount to several premium crates from the Defiance Store and some starter outfits as well.

Check out more of the details on the Defiance site.

Dying Light : Beware the Antizin Injections

Posted Mar 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The Dying Light team has let players know that tomorrow, April 1st, it might be wise to use Antizin injections with caution. The injections have been producing some odd reactions in those using them. It seems these results will be for one day only.

April 1st? A coincidence? We think not. Check out the Dying Light information video about Antizin injections below.

Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade : This Week in the Eternal Crusade

Posted Mar 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Greetings fellow Crusaders, and welcome to this week's look at the development of Eternal Crusade, a Warhammer 40K-based massive multiplayer third-person shooter. This week we are going to talk about Senior Producer Nathan Richardsson's latest State of the Crusade post, some recent news revealed on the Eternal Crusade twitch show, and some of the more interesting conversations taking place on the Eternal Crusade forums.

Read more of Terry O'Brien's Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade - This Week in the Eternal Crusade.

The Dark Angels will the be the first Space Marine Chapter in the Founders Access

MU Online : Next Expansion to Hit Next Week, Complete with New Class

Posted Mar 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The next MU Online expansion, technically two, will hit live service on April 7th. Called "Season X, Parts 1-2, the expansion will bring the Grow Lancer, a new playable class, into the game. The expansion will also raise the level cap to 770, introduce a new map, new quest, rewards, gear and a brand new server for players.

To show off the new female melee Grow Lancer, the MU Online team has sent out a trailer. Check it out below.

Find out more about the expansion on the MU Online site.

General : Launched - "Instagram" for Gamers

Posted Mar 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Raptr has announced the launch of a place where gamers can easily "capture their most interesting gameplay moments and instantly share them."

Gamers can use to:

  • Instantly share short highlights from any game (up to the last 20 mins)  
  • Edit and trim clips from full session replays
  • Follow friends, eSports stars, popular streamers and others
  • Simultaneously post videos to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other social networks
  • Relive amazing moments with friends and the community

The program is in beta but users are invited to head to the site to sign up and start posting!

Echo of Soul : Video Dev Journal Reveals the MMO’s Many PVE Choices

Posted Mar 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Today we're proud to share with you an exclusive trailer from Aeria Games upcoming MMORPG, Echo of Soul, which reveals new details about the game’s expansive player vs. environment (PvE) content. Watch and learn about all EOS has for MMO gamers in this exclusive Video Dev Journal.

Check out our exclusive video, Echo of Soul - Video Dev Journal Reveals the MMO’s Many PVE Choices.

Marvel Heroes : She-Hulk Adds to the Roster

Posted Mar 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Marvel Heroes 2015 players can now check out the latest character to be added to the game. She-Hulk is now live in the game and to celebrate her inclusion, the Ryan Collins, Creative Designer & Community Manager has posted a short in-house interview about her and why she was chosen.

What are some of your personal favorite moves for She-Hulk?

I think it's undeniable that her ultimate, Pillar of Justice, is one of the coolest in the entire game. The way she spins the massive column above her head is so over the top that it is just amazing. People have captured images of the face I made on our livestream when I saw the final version for the first time.

In addition, I love her brawler/wrestling fighting style, with everything from the leg drop to the elbow drop. I'm noncommittal. They're all cool.

Find out more on the Marvel Heroes 2015 site.

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