ArenaNet has announced that players who scored a portal to the Heart of Maguuma during the special event held recently in certain locations within the game will be invited to the closed beta for the Guild Wars 2 expansion Heart of Thorns. Players are reminded to keep an eye out on their email for special instructions.
Players will be assisting the team by stress testing the outpost system with two hour breaks between sessions. Each session will last for two hours according to the following schedule:
- 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7) to 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7)
- 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7) to 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7)
- 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7) to 9:30 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7)
An NDA will be in place for testers as well.
Read the full post on the Guild Wars 2 site.
ArcheAge is teasing players with the news of the Rumrunner's Rapids event that will be ongoing this summer. During the event, players will be able to face off against one another in raft races to earn tokens to trade in for summer-themed items and prizes.
Successfully completing this daily event grants River Festival Coins that you can exchange for a variety of prizes. Stylish swimwear, housing decor, and a unique title are all available, plus a selection of stout refreshments and the event’s whimsical star: Carrot Wings, a donkey who dreams of flight.
Read more on the ArcheAge site.
Neocore Games has announced that the final act in the three part story of Van Helsing has launched on Steam. The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III brings to a close the story, with all three parts launching on this very day. To celebrate the game's release, Neocore has sent out a brand new trailer. Check it out!
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III will uncover the past of the cheeky companion, Lady Katarina, while carrying over features from the second game, including the tower-defense mini-game sequences, and offers six unique character classes.
Check out the Steam page for The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III for special launch week and loyalty discounts.
Victor discusses some new videos as the hype train for Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward chugs along. Today’s talk is less of me talking and more of you folks watching a bunch of videos. To wit, there are actually four videos we’ve got in store for you today with regard to Heavensward, so we’ll start with the order they’ve been presented in YouTube, save for this one video that’s already been shown in a previous news release.
Read more of Victor Barreiro Jr.'s Eorzea Reborn: The Heavensward Hype Train Keeps Going.
The Summer Producer's Letter has been published on the Lord of the Rings Online forum to give players a forward look at the happenings of the next several months.
In game, players will see a new PvP match, a new episodic quest called the Adventures of Bingo Boffin and can look forward to some mysterious and exciting news about Minas Tirith in the fall.
Outside of the game, Turbine will be upgrading servers and moving to a new datacenter. As part of the preparation, game servers will be merged. Datacenters will be provided for North America and Europe. New store options will be added as well.
Read the full letter on the Lord of the Rings Online forum.
The day has finally arrived. The long awaited The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt hit store shelves this week and has quickly taken the gaming world by storm. The 200-hour playtime has panned out, the open world is rich with stories and hidden content, and the game as a whole can be taken as one of the achievements of this generation of video games. It’s also deep. But never fear! We’re here to help you get started with our own set of 25 handy tips.
Read more of Christopher Coke's The RPG Files: 25 Tips for The Witcher 3 - Wild Hunt.
Daybreak Game Company has announced that the Everquest progression server, Ragefire, has reopened. The server will run alongside current servers, but players will be able to experience the game as it was at launch in 1999 and as expansions launched over the years.
Q: Which versions of zones will be on the server?
Like the previous two Progression Servers, zones that were graphically revamped (Freeport, Commonlands, Nektulos, Lavastorm, Ro) will be in their revamped form. Our Progression servers have to co-exist with live servers, so we need to have the same geometry running on all of them. In cases where the geometry was the same but population changed, we will use the original populations where possible:
Zones that are set up in this manner will transition to their current datasets in roughly the same timeframe as they originally changed.
- Splitpaw - Will begin in its first revamped form (with the Ishva Mal).
- Cazic-Thule - Will begin in the form after Rubicite was removed.
- The Hole - Will begin in its first form (with Master Yael).
- Plane of Hate - Will be in the current layout, but with population much like the original zone after the first loot revamp.
- Plane of Fear - Will have population the same as the first loot revamp.
- Droga/Nurga - Original population.
- Firiona Vie - Original population.
- Veeshan's Peak - Original population, but no death restrictions.
- Plane of Mischief - Original population. The "easy" entrance will not be active until it changes to the current version.
- Grimling Forest - Original population.
The team has a great Q&A for players interested in Ragefire on the EverQuest forum.
This week we had the chance to talk with Matthew Bennett from the Age of Conan team on the game’s seventh anniversary and their recent update, Shadow of Vanaheim. The game has come a long way over its lifespan and still maintains a loyal audience. Players continue to return for updates and remain active with the achievement system and PvP. With Shadow, the team was able to unlock more areas of the Hyborian world and offer players a unique story to experience.
Read more of Garrett Fuller's Age of Conan: Shadows of Vanaheim - Matthew Bennett Interview.
Cryptic has announced that Aron Eisenburg, aka Captain Nog from Deep Space Nine, will be joining the cast of Star Trek Online to take the fight to the Iconians. Eisenburg joins Robert McNeill and Lisa LoCicero who are also bringing their iconic characters into the game.
The development team has a short interview on Soundcloud to talk about Nog and the reprisal of his role in Star Trek Online.
See more on the Star Trek Online site.
Financial schemers on console have figured out a way to gain about 100,000 Crowns in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. It takes about an hour and comes via an exploit that can be seen as somewhat tedious, but that can net some big bucks from virtual NPCs.
Take that for what it's worth. It is a single-player game, after all. Right?
Take it for what it's worth. It is a single-player game, after all.
Destiny has been a polarizing force in gaming since its launch last September. It came out to middling reviews and an incredibly vocal base of Bungie fans who expressed intense disappointment at the lack of the same kind of narrative drive they had come to love in the developer’s Halo series. Even still, people kept logging in and playing. According to Activision Blizzard, Destiny and Hearthstone combined had 50 million registered users as of March 31st this year.
Read more of Pete Schwab's Destiny: House of Wolves - Rounding Out & Spicing Up the Content.
J. Todd Coleman has penned a new article on the Crowfall site that details the Centaur Archetype that will be included in the game. Coleman explains his lifelong fascination with Centaurs and its history in all games he has worked on prior to Crowfall.
From his history with the archetype, Coleman then goes into its backstory, how The Hunger affects their story, and gives a bit about their overall society and its history.
It's a cool read to flesh out some of the "whys" of Centaurs' inclusion in the game. Read the full post on the Crowfall site.
The second in a series of updates to Xsyon has been released that brings several key improvements to player trading into the game. Trading Posts have been added, the first of many new buildings that include infirmaries, taverns, toll gates and more.
A new building function, the Trading Post, has arrived. Players create Trading Posts to trade with ‘tribes beyond the mist’ to obtain valuable patterns, schemes and blueprints for crafting and building.
Check out the patch notes and player discussion on the Xsyon forum.
The v8.2 early enrollment patch for Pathfinder Online has been deployed and comes packed with content. Of significant note is the overhauled New Player Experience, changes and additions to outposts and holding, company "feuds", the introduction of elementals, and a bit about recruitment and buddy keys.
Every player with an active game subscription has the ability to send a Buddy Invite ticket to 2 people.
You can either send a friend a Buddy Invite directly from goblinworks.com, or you can send them a Buddy Invite code any way that you wish. If you send an email they'll receive an invitation with a link they can click to activate the invite, and if they use the code they can enter that code after creating a new account on goblinworks.com to get the benefits.
Read the full Pathfinder Online newsletter.
As the release of Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward expansion nears, the team is ramping up the excitement. Today's comes in the form of a new music video that features the main theme of Heavensward, "Dragonsong". Give it a listen and let us know what you think in the comments.
In addition to the above, Square Enix also announced a Chocobo Race contest. Sign up, Tweet to your friends and the more they retweet, the faster you race. Prizes are fantastic too and include a laptop, gaming peripherals and more. Check it out on the official contest page.
Harebrained Schemes is celebrating the third anniversary of the original Kickstarter for Shadowrun Returns with a big sale and a first look trailer for the upcoming Shadowrun: Hong Kong. You can find out more about Hong Kong and get information about preordering it on Steam. Shadowrun: Hong Kong is due out in summer 2015.
Over the past three months I’ve played a lot of revamped, rebooted, or High Definition, upgrades of classic JRPGs. Some of them were for reviews, Xenoblade Chronicles, Soul Survivor Devil Breaker Vol 2, and another was just for fun, Final Fantasy Type-0. This week continues the reboot trend with Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster Limited Edition for the Playstation 4. At the risk of spoiling the rest of the review Final Fantasy X / X-2 has by far been the best of the bunch.
Read more of Rob Lashley's Final Fantasy X / X-2 - A Brilliant Layer of Polish on a Classic Game.
Check out the latest in a series of game play videos featuringthe characters from Overwatch, we meet Hanzo taking aim at his foes and over nine minutes of furious action.
This was one of CM Mike Bitton's favorite characters at PAX East this year. What do you think?
Ubisoft has released a new trailer to give potential players new information about Might & Magic Heroes VII, currently scheduled for May 25th at 9:00 am Pacific / 12:00 pm Eastern. The closed beta will give players the opportunity to discover units and gameplay of Haven and Academy and to explore two Skirmish maps.. There is no maximum level set for the closed beta and players will have unlimited access to the content until June 8th.
Setting his inner fan-boy aside for a time, Red Thomas takes a critical look at whether Crowfall is taking full advantage of the crowd-factor, and whether other design choices might spell trouble for the developing game.
Read more of Red Thomas's Crowfall: Is It "Crowd" Enough?