The Mac client for Star Trek Online is now live thanks to a partnership between Perfect World Entertainment, TransGaming and Cryptic Studios. The game client is available for download on the official STO site.
"Perfect World has created Star Trek Online to be the ultimate sci-fi MMORPG, providing players with a rich and vibrant world true to the Star Trek franchise and we are thrilled to have it join the catalog of AAA games our technology has brought to Mac gamers globally," said Vikas Gupta, CEO & President of TransGaming. “The richness and depth of the game are a direct result of the sophistication of the underlying code base and engine by Cryptic Studios, as well as the incredible amount of time that was invested in development. By utilizing TransGaming’s Cider technology to enable Star Trek Online, Perfect World has very effectively leveraged their investment to transcend platform boundaries and monetize the game on Mac without the need for any redevelopment.”
According to a pair of Twitter posts from the Elder Scrolls Online team, beta players will not have to reinstall the game client after the final large-scale beta event slated for the upcoming weekend:
@Rebakachan This will be the last large-scale beta event for PC/Mac. We hope to see you at Early Access/launch!— Elder Scrolls Online (@TESOnline) March 11, 2014
Thanks to Iselin for the tip!
Chat about it in this forum thread.
Wargaming has announced a new Map Madness campaign for XBox 360 players of World of Tanks that will run from March 18th-24th. During the limited time event, players attempt to unlock three new maps by doing what they do best: Destroying enemy tanks.
Starting March 18th and running until March 24th, tankers around the world will be able to unlock the following maps:
- Lakeville—unlocked when 10 million cumulative tanks destroyed.
- El Halluf—unlocked when 25 million cumulative tanks destroyed.
- Prokhorovka—unlocked when 40 million cumulative tanks destroyed.
The urban Lakeville is a deeply strategic location where the careful use of buildings and cover become the ultimate key to team success. The desert-based El Halluf provides a plethora of key strategic ambush spots for careful players. Prokhorovka, a classic battle arena from the PC version of World of Tanks, combines both open space and an urban setting to create an extremely balanced map, incredibly popular with eSports players.
Find out more on the World of Tanks XBox 360 site.
Go to any forums for MMOs and you will eventually find people bemoaning the fact that every MMO out there is the same. Maybe they use words like “WoW clone” or “copycat” but the idea is always the same, there just isn’t enough variety in MMOs. And yes, the industry is filled with one fantasy game after another. But there are other games that get over looked. Whenever I see someone complaining all MMOs are the same I ask them, “What about The Secret World?”
Read more of Shannon Doyle's The Secret World: Why Don't More People Play TSW?
The Extra Credits team has put together a terrific and very entertaining series of videos to examine every little detail about the MMO genre from a theoretical and design perspective. One of the most interesting videos centers around Quest Design. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments before heading to YouTube to check out the entire Extra Credits playlist.
League of Angels players will have two new activities in which to participate in the game with the arrival of both a St. Patrick's Day fete and a party in honor of the game's 100th day post-launch. Players will be able to purchase a leprechaun costume from a special in-game vendor.
The 100th Day Anniversary of League of Angels was on the 10th of March! To celebrate GTArcade has created a new in-game title named “Superstar”. The Superstar title offers bonus stats to the player’s main character and is obtainable by sending your in-game spouse the most roses! Additionally, complimentary prizes of Gold and Prestige will be awarded to those that didn’t quite make it. Other anniversary events include new login prizes, recharge rewards, and rewards for devotion points!
Find out more on the League of Angels site.
Codebrush Games has announced that ArcheBlade will be coming to Steam in April. No specific date for April has been set, the team has made numerous bug fixes in addition to balance adjustments, combat system and graphical changes in preparation for launch.
Combat System - Applies to all characters
- Adjusted the judgment for first strike for all characters, making it easier to hit.
- Adjusted movement speed for all characters.
- Adjusted combat abilities for all characters (Damage, range, guard range, end frame, etc.) for better balance.
- Increased the player’s field of view.
Find out more on the ArcheBlade Steam page.
Perfect World Entertainment has released its Quarter 4 2013 financial statements and, according to a report at GamesIndustry.biz, revenue rose 11% over the same time period the preceding year. Much of the increase in revenue came from the soft launch of DOTA2 in China where PWE will be handling the title. In addition, PWE's first mobile title, Return of the Condor Heroes, did very well and contributed significantly to the rise in profits.
"DOTA2 is currently at the initial stage of commercialisation and we expect to have a large-scale full launch in China soon," Xiao said. "Neverwinter, another world-class title that has already generated wide excitement among gamers in the U.S. and Europe, is gearing up for launch in China later this year."
Read more at the link above.
As part of today's earlier announcement that the World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor, is now available for preorder, Blizzard has also released a new video that shows exactly how the level 90 boost, available immediately on purchase, will work.
The Outpost is set to bring something entirely new to Fallen Earth. The March State of the Game letter allows the team behind the town's creation to show off several interesting teaser screens and artwork. According to Marie Croall, the town will be similar to the Citadel, but larger with more robust features.
We’re currently in the process of finishing up the models for the buildings that players will be able to build and testing them internally. In addition to these structures we are also working on new armor for The Outpost, but we’ll get more into those next month.
So for the big question is – when is it coming? Now that we are able to focus 100% on The Outpost we are looking to get a testable version on PTS in April with an eye on releasing in May.
Check out the rest of the screens on the Fallen Earth blog site.
The Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn site has been updated with a series of teaser images for a new mount headed into the game with update v2.2. It appears to be a floating platform of some sort using several small, unstable-looking spheres to stay airborne. Check out the image below and the official blog and let us know what you think it is!
If you know me, and I'd like to think that you all do, you know that I'm a huge mount enthusiast. I'll do anything for a new mount. So when M sent me over these new shots of a new mount, I lost it.
Check out more screens on the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn site.
The latest developer blog has been published on the Star Wars: The Old Republic site. This time, the team takes a look at the forthcoming Quest Huttball Pit that will arrive with Update 2.7 but that can also be played on the PTS currently. The blog details the differences between Quesh's version and the original, rectangular pit.
Where the original Huttball Pit was setup in a rectangle with the end zones at each of the longer ends, the Quesh Pit is setup more as an upside down pyramid with the Huttball stand at the apex and the end zones at the base. This makes the fight much more hectic as the Huttball gets closer to the end zones and may mean if you pick the wrong time to move the Huttball up the platforms you will be bringing the objective closer to your opponent’s end zone! Brutal!
Read the full blog on the Star Wars: The Old Republic site.
The latest in the Building Blocks series of videos from the EverQuest Next: Landmark team has been released. This time, the team shows off various fashions that players can find in the game and the process behind their creation. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments.
The latest Elder Scrolls Online Ask Us Anything centers around crafting. Questions range from crafting stations to crafted item bonuses and more.
How will crafted gear compare to dungeon loot and PvP rewards? I hope the crafting system won’t be there just to do something when you're bored, but that it will contribute to the economic health of the game.
Crafted gear of the same level and same quality as gear found in the world is almost always better. For instance, if you find a level 22 sword of fine quality, but your friend crafts a level 22 sword of fine quality, the damage done by the crafted sword is going to be slightly better. However, some of the gear you find in the world will have unique enchantments or set bonuses crafters cannot replicate. Still, a crafter might be able to take that dropped item and make it even better while retaining the unique enchantment.
Read the full AMA on the Elder Scrolls Online site.
During a Live Stream event last week, the Rift team revealed two more souls that will be coming into the game soon. Rogues will see the arrival of the healing-specific Physician and Mages will be able to choose the Mage tank Arbiter. As yet, not much is known about these two new souls but Trion has promised to reveal more in the coming days, according to Rift Junkies.
We’ll find out more info about the other two souls– the Arbiter, the Mage tank, and the Physician, the Rogue healer– in the next couple of days. Trion has already stated that these new souls will be purchasable in a bundle on the RIFT Store, but we don’t know the exact price details yet. We also know that there will be at least two major content updates before 3.0, which means that aspiring Arbiters, Liberators, Oracles, and Physicians will have plenty of time to discover awesome soul setups before the level cap is extended.
Read more at the link above.
Before you condemn me, I will state that I absolutely have enjoyed my time in WildStar’s closed beta. It’s a rare MMO that has true personality and character, even if said flair can be over the top for some. It also has some of the most fun combat in recent memory. But there’s one thing that’s been plaguing my play as of late, and that’s a combination of the UI and the sheer amount of direction the game tries to give you. WildStar doesn’t hold your hand… it drags you by every body part in a million different directions and can leave you feeling absolutely torn on what it is you should be doing. My question for Carbine and you all is: does WildStar point the player in too many divergent directions or is more always better in an MMO trying to please so many playstyles?
Read the rest of Bill Murphy's WildStar - Too Much Hand-Holding?
One step in the right direction!
We have published this week's Live Stream schedule for your viewing pleasure. Be sure to find the game and streamer that suits your fancy and join up on the MMORPG.com Live Stream page at the appointed hour.
Monday - 3/10
Tuesday - 3/11
Wednesday - 3/12
Thursday - 3/13
Friday - 3/14
Saturday - 3/15
Dark Souls II is slated to be released March 14th on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, then on April 25th on PC. To celebrate the imminent release of the game, Namco Bandai has put the official launch day trailer up on YouTube. Check it out to see what you think! Will you be playing Dark Souls II?
Blizzard has announced that preorders for World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor have officially kicked off. Players can choose from the Standard ($49.99) or Digital Deluxe Edition ($69.99) and will receive in-game bonuses that will be available upon completion of the preorder. The game lists a release as "on or before December 20, 2014".
Check out the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor preorder page for more information.
NeoCore Games has announced that the official launch date for The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II as April 17th. In addition, folks can preorder the game and get instant access to the closed beta. Van Helsing II retails for $14.99 on Steam. To celebrate the announcement, the team has released a terrific new video to entice potential players.
Head to the NeoCore Van Helsing II page to preorder.