MMORPG.com has been given a very limited amount of keys for the Black Desert Online beta test #2 that starts Feb 18 and runs through Feb 22, 2016. Get your key now before they are all gone!
NOTE: The beta test does not begin until Feb 18, 2016 and will end on Feb 22, 2016. You will be able to download and install the game on Feb 16, 2016.
Behaviour Interactive has announced a series of twelve unique weapons that will be added as a pre-order bonus for all past and future purchasers and will later be applied to consoles as well. Each of the game's four factions will receive their own style weapon and will be named by the community.
Find out more on the Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade site.
Razor Edge Games has announced what it believes is a break away RPG in Epocylipse the Afterfall. The game is considered a non-linear, open world, procedurally generated game that challenges the typical RPG stereotype of "kill everything you see". Epocylipse features 100+ hours of game play, a customizable rule set, character aging and much more.
Play Style is a non-linear open world RPG with heavy emphasize on character development, using a skill based system. The game features dozens of optional rules that allow players to up the intensity and make the game more realistic and dangerous. Play is turn based, on can be played solo or with numerous people in the same campaign.
Gameplay consists of a mixture of strategy, wit, common sense and a willingness to push your character into the unknown. There are no perfect character builds or ways to play. Play however you want: questing, adventuring, building reputation, exploring, influencing the faction wars…The different play styles and ways to build your character are too numerous to count.
Find out more by visiting the Epocylipse the Afterfall site.
Rob lists five RPG’s from the SNES and PS2 that we need to see rebooted. Click through to read his wishes, and list your own!
Read more of Rob Lashley's Five Console RPGs that Need to be Rebooted.
The notes from the latest Star Wars: The Old Republic Producer's Live Stream took place on Thursday, February 11th with the notes now published to give the lowdown on all the discussion. Most notably, the next chapter in the Knights of the Fallen Empire will launch on March 10th. Called Disavowed, players will Major Aric Jorgan of Havoc Squad.
Other points of interest:
Quality of Life improvements include:
- You can now have all five Strongholds active at a time
- 50% increase in decoration limits for Guild Flagships
- Common decoration limit increased to 999
- Guilds can now have 1,000 members!
- There is now a Legacy Name column in your guild where you can designate that Legacy's main character
- Mass selection for editing Guild Members
- We are working on some other QoL improvements as well which we will hopefully announce in the next few weeks
Subscribers by March 1st will gain early access to Chapter XI.
Read the full update notes on the Star Wars: The Old Republic site.
The next significant update to Final Fantasy XIV called The Gears of Change is spotlighted in a brand new trailer to show off some of the incoming content including two new dungeons and brand new gear. Check it out and get ready for deployment in a bit under two weeks.
Blade & Soul may not be a new game anymore, having been out in other regions for 3 years now, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been anxiously awaited here in the EU and NA. But after all the hype, all the downloads and queues, how is the actual game after dozens of hours of playing? Read on for our full review.
Read more of Bill Murphy's Blade & Soul: Pleanty of Blade, But What About Soul?
The latest Shards Online newsletter has been released that details the activities of a very busy game studio. Derek Brinkmann starts the discussion with a brief overview of what the team is working on followed by several interesting announcements including the $250,000 stretch goals.
Clusters are coming along with the new release puts the underpinnings in place for connected clusters. In addition, the Catacombs dungeon is progressing well and will include a randomly generated environment for players to fight through. Animators are working on major improvements to character animations and a brand new trailer is in the works.
Brinkmann also revealed that Alpha 1 will be slipping to Spring 2016 with Early Access coming several months later. According to Brinkmann, this allows the team to work out issues before opening to a much broader player base.
Other news of interest:
You can read the full Shards Online newsletter here.
Reto-Moto has announced that its World War 2-based MMO, Heroes & Generals, has passed the seven million registered users mark with players in 173 different nations throughout the world. The company cites solid growth in large part due to the WWII setting and consistent quality updates.
Over the coming weekend, Reto-Moto will be celebrating the milestone by giving each player a free Veteran Membership voucher code.
You can read more on the Heroes & Generals site.
During a special live stream event where Blizzard is hosting World of Warcraft streamers and YouTube personalities from both Europe and North America, viewers will be among the first to view some never-before-seen Legion alpha content that is not yet in the live alpha version currently running. Teams will be running the Maw of Souls dungeon (never before shown) and the Halls of Valor in a race against the clock...and each other.
Assistant Game Director Ion “Watcher” Hazzikostas will join Community Manager Josh “Lore” Allen to provide commentary and insight as each team fights through the dungeons in a race to earn the fastest time possible. The winning team will claim victory not only for themselves, but for the region they represent!
The event will take place in the World of Warcraft Twitch.tv channel beginning at 3:00 pm Pacific / 6:00 pm Eastern.
Ahead of its investor presentation, Activision-Blizzard has released the 2015 full year financial results. According to the report, A-B grew 32% year-over-year with record digital revenues leading the way both for Q4 2015 and the year overall.
Destiny is described as having 25+ million registered users with over three billion hours played. Activision-Blizzard is anticipating a significant expansion for Destiny in 2016 and Destiny 2 in 2017.
Blizzard titles are experiencing all-time high MAUs in 2015 with high player engagement. Hearthstone is reporting 40M registered users. Heroes of the Storm will leave beta and be fully released in 2016. The only mention of World of Warcraft is that it "remains the #1 subscription-based MMORPG in the world". This is the first quarter where subscription numbers have not been revealed for WoW, keeping to Blizzard's vow not to reveal sub numbers but to focus on player engagement.
Head here to see the full Activision-Blizzard Full Year 2015 Investor Report. You can also view the Power Point presentation.
Listen up Trove fans: your game is about to get its biggest update ever in the coming weeks when the Mantle of Power expansion lands on the live servers. Focused intensely on progression, there are 10 new levels per class, and a brand new Gem System that augments each of the game’s 14 classes with dozens of new abilities. Read on for the full details on this and more.
Read more of Bill Murphy's Trove: The Mantle of Power Changes the Game Forever.
Psuedo-Professor Red Thomas delves into the details of what makes virtual economies function, and conducts an analysis of the component pieces. Warning - Hardcore nerdiness within. Readers should click at their own risk.
Read more of Red Thomas's ECON 4024 - Macro-Economics in Virtual Environments.
Blizzard has revealed that over $1.7M has been raised for the Make-A-Wish America and Make-A-Wish International through the sales of the World of Warcraft battle pet, Brightpaw. During the month of December, 100% of all pets sold went to Make-A-Wish.
This week on Game On, Chris, Ryan, and Braxwolf sit down to discuss Jeff Grubb's departure from Arenanet and into the vacuum of Amazon Game Studios. A little later we talk about the much needed and long overdue tech overhaul coming to RIFT, just how well Ubisoft did with The Division beta, and much more.
Check it out on the Game On podcast page.
Techland and Game UK are offering fans of Dying Light a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a star in an upcoming film based on the popular survival RPG. One person, one very rich $10,000,000 spending person, will be given acting lessons, and star in a supporting role in the forthcoming movie.
Charlotte Knight, UK Retail MD at GAME says: “Dying Light is one of the most exciting survival games around and what’s more – it’s Oscar season so what better time than now to head to the Hollywood hills! We know our community like to get in character and will have no doubt been inspired by the leading actors on the big screen – so this is a really exciting opportunity for any gamer wanting to hit the silver screen in style!
For $10,000,000, the buyer will also receive the following:
Find out more by visiting Game UK Dying Light site.
Fans of survival type games with a twist will want to check out The Culling and sign up for the closed alpha that is expected to kick off later this month. In addition, interested fans can grab an early access copy of The Culling for $14.99 during the week of March 8th to March 14th on Steam.
Check out The Culling site for more information and to sign up for closed alpha testing.
Women are becoming an increasingly significant sector in games development, taking part in every aspect of bringing games to life. As one of the often lesser-known sectors of the industry, we wanted to shine the spotlight on some incredible leaders including our once (and future!?) columnist, Sanya Weathers from Undead Labs.
Read more of Suzie Ford's Women in Gaming: Undead Labs' Sanya Weathers.
Gamesco has announced that it is developing a new survival PC title called Grimm: Dark Legacy that is based on the Grimm television show. The game will take place several hundred years prior to the events of the television show and will challenge players with tactical survival combat, mission-based game play, and cooperative multiplayer opportunities.
The game will encourage players to explore the expansive Old World while completing different types of missions to win rewards, transform themselves and their equipment and become formidable Grimm hunters. Combat will also be integral to the gameplay with gamers having to fend off ferocious Wesen attacks by equipping a wide variety of weapons similar to the ones that Nick wields in the series.
Find out more and sign up for beta testing by visiting the Grimm: Dark Legacy site.