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EverQuest II : Server Consolidation FAQ Guides the Way

Posted Aug 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Everquest II players with remaining questions about the upcoming server consolidation need look no further than the game's official forums for a handy dandy FAQ put together by the Daybreak Game Company team to help ease in the transition. Topics cover name retention, whether or not transfers are free, banking issues, housing and player-designed dungeons and much, much more.

Q: If our names change, how will our guildmates know who we are? How will the guild still be together if everyone is renamed?
 

A: The names that do conflict will be renamed according to the method listed above. In the guild roster everyone will keep their notes, rank, and anything else tied to that character. If a character is renamed it will be automatically updated in the guild rosters. All characters that are auto-renamed will have the option to do a free name change. If the free name change is used it will automatically update the name in the guild roster as well.

Q: How will you handle guild names?

A: Guild names will be handled similarly to character names. If two or more guilds have the same name, we will append "X" to conflicting guilds and both guilds will be offered a free guild name change. If there is no leader in your guild, you'll need to /petition to initiate a vote for a new leader.

Read the full FAQ on the Everquest II  forum.

Mortal Online : Steam Release Arrives After Successful Greenlight Campaign

Posted Aug 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The Mortal Online team has sent word that the game is now officially available via the Steam gaming platform a few months after a successful Greenlight campaign. To celebrate, a new trailer has been released. Check it out and then head to the Mortal Online Steam page to get started.


Hearthstone : $100k in Scholarships Up for Grabs in New Tournament

Posted Aug 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Blizzard has teamed up with Twitch to announced the TeSPA Collegiate Hearthstone Championship that sees teams of three facing off against one another in an effort to win a share of the $100,000 scholarship pool. Registration is open from now through September 25th with season play taking place from September 28th through November 10th and the championships to be held in January 2016.

Each team will consist of three students playing one deck together at the same time—a format designed to help foster school affinity, encourage teamwork, and support the growth of local competitive gaming communities. The competition will span nine weeks, featuring a weekly broadcast two nights a week on Twitch—stay tuned for more details.

Sign up for the Collegiate Hearthstone Championship and check out the details.


Diablo 3 : Latest Update is a Game-Changer (in a Good Way!)

Posted Aug 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Fast forward to today, and we have the recent deployment of the v2.3.0 patch that is the largest to date and one that is packed with a new location, a new season tracker and Kanai’s Cube, a modernized version of Diablo 2’s Horadric Cube. What it all comes down to is that this is the meatiest, game experience patches in D3’s history, short of the RoS expansion itself.

Read more of Suzie Ford's Diablo 3: Latest Update is a Game-Changer (in a Good Way!).

General : Chronoblade - A Balanced & Polished Mobile Version Headed Our Way

Posted Aug 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Our intrepid PAX team met with Taehoon Kim, CEO of nWay and Steig Hedlund, Vice President, Creative on day two of PAX Prime 2015 where we got our hands on the mobile version of Chronoblade and editor Bill Murphy fan-boied over sitting next to Steig.

Read more of Carolyn Koh's Chronoblade: A Balanced & Polished Mobile Version Headed Our Way.

General : Trion Tidbits of Interest from PAX Prime

Posted Aug 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

During this past weekend's PAX Prime, several interesting tidbits of news for Trion's game were released. We will be covering Devilian, Rift and Atlas Reactor, but some notable news was also released for Trove, Defiance and ArcheAge.

  • ArcheAge - ArcheAge‘s biggest update ever, ArcheAge Heroes Awaken, will launch on September 12, 2015 and feature significant updates to the game. The brand-new Hero System, updates to the Guild Progression System, Housing upgrades and a reborn Diamond Shore offer just a glimpse at the new content in ArcheAge Heroes Awaken.

  • Trove - Trove, Trion Worlds’ recently launched voxel MMO adventure game, has been a big hit amongst fans since it launched July 9, already amassing more than 2.5M monthly active users.  The upcoming Fall update, The Shadow Tower, will introduce an all-new class, the Lunar Lancer and endgame content as the game prepares to launch on Mac in Fall 2015.

  • Defiance - The upcoming Defiance Supreme Patch will introduce a new race of enemies, the acidic Shrill who inhabit Silicon Valley’s arkfalls. Also added will be Supreme Weapons, a new higher tier of rarity which can be applied to all current and future weapons.

Find out more at the links above.

The List : Five Reasons You Should Be Playing Marvel Heroes

Posted Aug 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Hey folks!  If you’ve been with us here at MMORPG.com for a while, you’ll already know that we run this weekly feature called The List for everything related to MMOs and RPGs - because who doesn’t like itemizing things?!  For the past while, David Jagneaux has been penning the column, and he’s done a spectacular job with it.  I’m excited to be taking it over, and we’ll kick it off this week with everyone’s (or at least my and Mike B.’s) favorite Marvel-themed online action RPG: Marvel Heroes.  Here are five reasons why you should be playing Gazillion’s game right now!

Read more of Som Pourfarzaneh's The List: Five Reasons You Should Be Playing Marvel Heroes 2015.

Rift : Into the Wild

Posted Aug 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Immediately after seeing the reveal for Atlas Reactor, Trion’s new game,  at PAX Prime this weekend Rob Lashley along with Bill Murphy were given a glimpse of the new content coming to Trion’s flagship offering, RIFT. These will be added in RIFT’s update Into the Wilds. Read on for Rob’s synopsis of what Trion has in store.

Read more of Rob Lashley's Rift: Into the Wild.

Gloria Victis : The Growing World & More Rewards for Backers Announced

Posted Aug 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The Gloria Victis team has announced that a new expansion has been applied to the game that includes twice as much real estate to explore, new locations to capture and upgrade, new town, new NPCs, enemies and more. In addition, backers from the "Count" level and up will receive a digital Gloria Victis artbook as thanks for their support.

Meanwhile we are almost done with implementing an ability to build the walls  towers and the other structures from scratch, as well as destroying them during the sieges. We have also finally starting to implement a new version of the equipment system - the intensive tests will start soon!

Read more on the Gloria Victis site.

General : Blade: Sword of Elysion - Keep Your Eyes Open for This One

Posted Aug 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Do you remember when the mobile game’s market used to be its own genre? They were little more than time wasters with bright colors and simple mechanics, making the whole thing easy to just look over and ignore. But lately mobile games have started to become comparable in quality to their console counterparts, making them harder and harder to look over.

Read more of TheHiveLeader's Blade: Sword of Elysion - Keep Your Eyes Open for This One.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided : Multiplatform Release Date Announced

Posted Aug 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Square Enix has announced the release date for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. PC, PlayStation 4 and XBox One players can now preorder the game that is set to hit live service on February 23, 2016.

Find out more on the Deus Ex: Mankind Divided site.


Devilian : PAX Prime 2015 Hands-On with the Action MMORPG

Posted Aug 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Every time Suzie Ford and I chat about Diablo, I always wind up bemoaning the lack of fantasy MMORPGs that play like Diablo. I really and thoroughly enjoy action RPGs. I have since D1 first scared the crap out of me with the Butcher. You’ll imagine my excitement then that Trion and Bluehole Ginno’s Devilian really is every bit the Action MMORPG I’ve been wanting for over a decade.

Read more of Bill Murphy's Devilian: PAX Prime 2015 Hands On with the Action-MMORPG.

Elder Scrolls Online : The Imperial City DLC Arriving on PC Today

Posted Aug 31, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Elder Scrolls Online PC servers are down for maintenance pending the deployment of the Imperial City DLC. Servers went down at 8:00 am Eastern / 5:00 am Pacific and will be unavailable for an indeterminate amount of time. Be sure to keep an eye on the ESO forum for the official announcement of when servers are back online.

Molag Bal and the forces of Coldharbour have taken control of the crown jewel of Cyrodiil: the Imperial City. The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited’s first DLC game pack features hours of compelling story content, expanded Veteran Ranks, a new currency for new epic gear, two new dungeons, never-before-seen monsters, craftable item sets, and more.

XBox One players can get their hands on the DLC on September 15th followed a day later for PlayStation 4 players.

Find out more about the Imperial City DLC on the Elder Scrolls Online site.


Chrono Wars : Dragon Arm System Added

Posted Aug 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Narvalous has sent word that a new feature has been added to Chrono Wars. Called "dragon arm", the system allows players to literally have a dragon arm attached that gives access to the awesome power of dragons and enhances attributes as well as adding new attributes of Grit, Block & Block Rate. To show how the system works, the team has put together a new video.

Dragon Scales are needed in order to upgrade Dragon Arm, and they can be obtained from the Dragon Treasury Challenge. You can enter Dragon Treasury after reaching Lv. 59 or above, and the challenge is open all day. Conquer each floor of the Dragon Treasury and upgrade your Dragon Arm! The higher the Dragon Arm level, the more attributes and BR you will achieve.

Find out more on the Chrono Wars site.


Shroud of the Avatar : Release 21 Launched To Thousands Of Backers

Posted Aug 30, 2015 by Catherine Daro

Shroud of the Avatar backers are invited by the team to log in to the game to check out Release 21 which launched on August 27th. The latest build includes the new use-based system, new creatures, crafting skills and more. 

Some of the new content includes:

  • New Use Based Skill System
  • 38 new Player Owned Towns, including the Syndicate's Arx Draconis
  • Snowy Mountain Template and NPC Homes Added to Dynamic Lot Placement Tool for Player Owned Towns
  • New Creatures, including Boss Phoenix and Under Dwellers
  • Scene Polishing and new underground scene, The Epitaph
  • Crafting Skills Coming Online
Check out the Release 21 Instructions update and patch notes on the Shroud of the Avatar site.
 

Marvel Heroes : Playable War Machine and Team-Up Carnage Added

Posted Aug 30, 2015 by Catherine Daro

Gazillion has announced the deployment of the fiftieth playable character in Marvel Heroes 2015. War Machine joins the other Marvel Heroes as a powerful soldier. In addition, Carnage has been added as a team-up character and brings new sophisticated weaponry to your fights.

Check out the videos to see each of them in action before visiting the Marvel Heroes 2015 site.




A Tale in the Desert : New Developer Named, Free Open Beta Begins

Posted Aug 30, 2015 by Catherine Daro

A new developer has been named for A Tale in the Desert. Pluribus Games has taken over the management of ATITD and a "new journey" will begin on Setpember 11th, 2015. Tale VII is expected to last for approximately 18 months and will begin in ancient Egypt.

The game focuses on building, crafting, research and community as well as both personal and group challenges called “tests”. Each test you complete brings you closer to the ultimate goal of being the Oracle in a particular discipline. You can focus on the disciplines of Art and Music, Architecture, Body, Harmony, Thought, Leadership and Worship, or you can try to do them all!

Read more at the official site of A Tale in the Desert.

Linkrealms : Closed Beta Begins

Posted Aug 30, 2015 by Catherine Daro

Based on the feedback from an earlier beta-event, the Linkrealms team has implemented significant changes that players can try out thanks to the commencement of the current closed beta event.

The planned changes to the game consist of:

World

* Massive map expansion (from ~80 realms to ~250 realms).
* Three new environments (Dead Forest, Darkling Woods, Mount Viscous).
* Bee Hive Dungeon reworked and now functioning.
* New: Harpy’s Nest (Classic Dungeon).
* From Test Server: Hades (Phase Dungeon).
* From Test Server: Blackwoods (Linear Dungeon).
* New POI (Points Of Interest) scattered around the world.
* New random mob spawns and world events.
* One new town within the Dead Forest.

Balancing

* Revised chest positioning and loot.
* Monsters now have magical resistances like players (Fire, Ice, Poison, Shock, Ethereal).
* Revised monster statistics (life, physical resistances, skill levels, damage).
* More special Tailoring crafting materials.

Others

* Spell Defiance skill implemented.
* Town Chat active (start messages with an asterisk * to speak to all players in town).
* Jorkrut Artifacts.
* Mount Viscous Artifacts.

Find out more about the game on Linkrealms site


Final Fantasy XV : Confirmed for 2016, Exact Date Coming in March

Posted Aug 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Fans of Final Fantasy XV will be happy to know that the game is confirmed for release in 2016, though not before March when the official date will be announced. The news of the game's release was announced during this weekend's PAX Prime.

Source: Polygon


Land of Britain : Fangold: New Details About TCG Tie-In Released

Posted Aug 30, 2015 by Catherine Daro

Potato Killer Studios has released some new details for the Trading Card Game Fangold, which is a tie-in to MMORPG Land of Britain. The multiplatform Fangold will feature 40 cards, which consist of offensive, defensive, magics, counter-attacks and several special mechanics cards.

Players can accumulate their cards and increase their deck in many ways – the easier it is undoubtedly the acquisition of new cards with the special pack, but you can also craft them amassing the materials in the game or participating at the Dungeon Raids and with other ways that will be revealed later.

The project will be officially launched on Kickstarter soon and for now you can find the details on the official facebook page of Fangold

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