Chris Roberts and the Star Citizen team have released a brand new "Ten for the Chairman" video where fan questions are answered. In this episode, Roberts discusses recent delays to the dogfighting alpha and much, much more. Check it out and let us know what you think!
What game launched in 2008 and saw its closure yesterday? What NCsoft staple announced its next expansion expected to launch in early 2014? And when is Aura Kingdom launching its closed beta?
Watch on to find out. This is MMORPG's MMOrning Report, and this is what you need to know for December 19th, 2013.
North American Elsword players haven't had a new character in nearly a year but the wait has been worth it with the arrival of the spear-wielding Ara Haan. She comes with a line of quests that, when completed, will yield Ara-themed rewards.
Ara Haan, a spear-wielding martial artist, comes to the world of Elsword with an all-new fighting style that differs from any other current characters. Inspired by ancient warriors of the Far East and a bevy of martial arts movies, both traditional and a little quirky, her extremely quick and powerful skill set brings a whole new dimension to the Elsword world.
Ara’s new combat style brings a completely new dynamic to Solo, Co-Op and Player vs. Player gameplay. As a lightning fast, close-quarter combomaster, Ara can chain together any number of combat skills to offer a punishing array of huge combos, effects and interrupts.
Read more about Ara Haan on the Elsword page. You can also check out her introductory video below.
Hi-Rez Studios has sent out the latest god reveal for SMITE. This time, Chaac the Mayan god of Rain makes his debut, a melee warrior of epic proportion. Check out the video to find out more about how Chaac plays as well as the lore behind the god.
Today at 6:00 pm EDT, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning will cease operations. The official announcement has been published on the main site.
On December 18th, 2013 the Warhammer Online servers will be shutdown at 6pm Eastern Time (UTC -05:00). We wish to thank all the loyal players throughout the years for their patronage.
For information on refunds: http://www.warhammeronline.com/article/Warhammer-Online-Refund-FAQ
Source: Warhammer Online site
Our recent Game On podcast interview with Trion Worlds' CEO Scott Hartsman covered all things Trion but, most importantly, ArcheAge information. We've got the wrap report about what was said and our analysis of it. Read on!
Ever since Chris Coke mentioned an interview with Trion Worlds’ Scott Hartsman on Twitter, I’ve been itching to hear the podcast and see if there’s any worthwhile information to be had there.
Sure enough, the podcast went live on MMORPG.com very recently, so I listened to the show (link at the end of the article). The ArcheAge section begins at approximately 23 minutes in.
Most of the discussion seems to point towards reinforcing earlier reports or otherwise confirming some guesses I had on my end. That said, I’m going to assume you’ve listened to the podcast, and I’ll dive into the ArcheAge segment with the information from it.
Read more of Victor Barreiro Jr.'s ArcheAge: Game On Speak and Library Dungeons.
MMORPG.com has teamed up with City-State Entertainment to bring our readers a brand new developer blog that gives insight into the design process behind one of Camelot Unchained's iconic heroes, Nuadha Airgetlám. Read on to find out more and let us know what you think in the comments.
When we began the design process for Camelot Unchained™, we planned on putting out a lot of potential races for our backers to look at and comment upon during the early development of the game. Part of this process involves the Becoming™ tales that have served as the origin stories for some of them. As this “race cycle” comes to an end, the final story evolved from being a relatively simple tale to a seven-part cliffhanger-style one.
It's now official: Elder Scrolls Online will launch onto the world MMO scene on April 4, 2014. We have a few thoughts to share about that momentous announcement so keep reading before leaving your thoughts in the comments.
The full blitz of media love and announcements will most likely come after the New Year. However, even as early as yesterday they dropped the artwork of the Emperor’s armor. For the end game PvP campaigns it is possible for a player to achieve the rank of Emperor over the main PvP zone of the old empire. Getting to this title will be extremely difficult but there are plenty of players and powerful guilds already being made that will try. Great to see the artwork, but as Bill mentioned last week we really want a good look at how guilds will be structured and what options they will have. Almost every modern MMO now has to support a vast guild system, hopefully we get much more news on that soon.
Read more of Garrett Fuller's Elder Scrolls Online: Launch Day Comes
NCSoft has announced the latest Aion expansion, Steel Cavalry. The expansion will bring the final new class into the game. Called the Aethertech class, these new playable characters will be able to summon powerful war machines to take into battle.
Joining Aion’s multitude of dungeons are The Illuminary Obelisk and Iron Wall Warfront, two new instances to challenge and reward players.
The Illuminary Obelisk
Built to protect Katalam from an outside attack, The Illuminary Obelisk is a point of strategic interest. The Obelisk houses a shielding device that has been sabotaged by Beritra's 43rd Destruction Unit. Daevas must bolster their forces and advance on the Obelisk to regain control of its defensive power if they hope to repair the shielding unit and turn the tides of war in their favor.
Iron Wall Warfront
Governor Pashid held a slim victory over the Eternal Bastion, but had suffered heavy losses from previous battles. Elyos and Asmodian spies discovered that Pashid's forces had dwindled to the point of weakness, and that now is the opportune moment to press their advantage. A new Warfront has erupted to claim the Eternal Bastion!
Find out more about Steel Cavalry on the Aion page.
Daum has announced via the Lime Odyssey Korean site, that the game will be closing for good in February 2014. MMO Culture has discovered that the closure is nebulously attributed to "financial woes".
It seems oddly strange as Cykan Entertainment, once known as Sirius Entertainment, managed to sign Lime Odyssey to various countries, including Taiwan, Thailand and North America. Daum also poured money to market the game locally. We might never know the real reason for the downfall.
It is assumed that the closure is effective in all locations though we have not seen any official word on the NA forum.
Read more at MMO Culture linked above.
Omeed Dariani and Jeff Butler take to the airwaves to give the EverQuest Next developer roundtable response for the question about the length of the day/night cycle in both EQN and EQN: Landmark. The pair discuss how the decision is being made by looking at other games and much more. Check it out!
Need a last minute gift for the gamer in your life? Needing something to splurge on thanks to Grandma's check? Look no further than The List and our staff holiday gift guide. Leave a few of your suggestions in the comments as well.
It’s that time of year, and we’ve been thinking about how nice Santa has been to us in the past, and how we should offer our own thoughts on some gear and goodies we all would readily recommend to you guys. Be sure to give a look at our picks, and definitely add your own thoughts and suggestions to the below! Rather than just fill it up with stuff PR folks want us to mention, we thought we’d actually recommend some things we’re using and/or playing.
Read more of The List: The 2013 Holiday Gift Guide.
The Aura Kingdom team has let us know that the closed beta phase of development will kick off on Monday, December 23rd. Interested players can head to the official site to get signed on. To celebrate the announcement, the team has released a brand new trailer. Check it out before heading to the Aura Kingdom site.
As part of our continuing coverage of WildStar, we take a look at the Esper class, the 'mage' in the group. See what we found out and then head to the comments.
Unlike most staple MMO mages, WildStar’s ranged nuker, the Esper, isn’t one to toss fireballs or frost novas, instead, you’ll be doing some “long distance lobotomy” using a wide variety of mental powers, illusions, and psycho-kinetic constructs.
Read more of Michael Bitton's WildStar: The Esper – Mind Stabbing Fun.
S2 Games, creators of Heroes of Newerth, has announced that its MOBA, Strife, has entered its beta phase of development. S2 is determined to give players a more connected experience pitting them against monsters rather than one another in a MOBA experience.
"Each part of our development process has been marked by intense planning, calculated execution and iterative design informed by feedback," said Marc DeForest, CEO of S2 Games. "A natural part of this process is to solicit feedback from a slowly but steadily increasing portion of our fan base to ensure that the game we are creating resonates with our community."
With a background of over six years in producing MOBAs, S2 has built a collaborative gameplay design that eliminates problems that have plagued the genre in the past. By using this development process, issues including battles over shared resources, arguments around designated roles and general in-team toxicity have all been addressed.
Check out the Strife site for more information.
Reality Squared Games (R2Games) has announced that, after a successful alpha run, the beta for Blade Hunter will kick off today, December 18th. Players can create a character that will survive the transition to retail release.
Set in a vibrant fantasy world, Blade Hunter fuses classic side-scrolling beat 'em up gameplay with modern MMORPG features. Players will take one of three unique classes – Knight, Rogue, and Valkyrie – into battle, each with an arsenal of powerful abilities. Thanks to time-tested combat mechanics, players of all skill levels will be able to execute aerial combos on a wide array of enemies, including screen-spanning bosses inspired by myth and legend.
While Blade Hunter can be enjoyed solo, and all characters can gather and equip AI sidekicks, players that form parties and Guilds will gain the strength to take on any challenge. The most determined players will unlock Bladesouls, spirits of war that can change the course of any encounter, from time-limited multiplayer events to ranked cross-server PvP duels.
Sign up for testing on the Blade Hunter site.
Snail Games has published a new article on the Black Gold site to discuss in greater detail the action-combat system the steampunk title will utilize. The team indicates that players will be forced out of the traditional "stand and hit/cast" battle system and have to literally think on their feet in order to survive. And then, of course, there is vehicular combat!
The combat is made all the richer with the implementation of battle vehicles. As soon as a player enters his own customized vehicle, the view switches to FPS\TPS mode. You’ll be in direct control of your hulking mech or stampeding war-beast.
Blast your enemies with incendiary rounds or penetrate them with acidic war-axes. All missile projectiles will be aim-based like traditional FPS. Herald the rise of multi-dimensional combat: steel versus sorcery, intense vehicle showdowns and aerial dog fights!
Find out more on the Black Gold site.
Check out the awesome video below for a visual look at Black Gold's combat:
What new villains are coming soon to Marvel Heroes? When is Brad McQuaid launching his next project on Kickstarter? And what recently released AAA MMO just launched its first massive content update?
Watch on to find out. This is MMORPG's MMOrning Report, and this is what you need to know for December 18th, 2013.
While not exactly an MMO, Disney has announced that a game called "Star Wars Attack Squadrons" is in development. The free to play multiplayer game will feature iconic series ships in heated 16v16 aerial battles.
Get ready to pilot -- and make some special modifications to -- some of the most famous starships in the galaxy. Disney Interactive announced today the first details for the upcoming online game Star Wars: Attack Squadrons, and has invited fans to sign up for a chance to join the action during beta tests in the new year.
The new title is a free-to-play, open web, space combat game offering an intense multiplayer battle experience where players can customize and tune popular Star Wars ships, including the Rebel Alliance's X-wing fighter or the Empire's TIE Interceptor. In Star Wars: Attack Squadrons, players will enter exciting dogfighting action with up to 16 players at a time as they maneuver through iconic Star Wars locations. Future ships, environments, and game details will be announced in the coming weeks.
Star Wars fans can sign up now for a chance to participate in the closed beta at www.starwars.com/attacksquadrons with the first play session beginning early 2014.
Star Wars: Attack Squadrons was developed by Area 52 in conjunction with Disney Interactive and LucasArts.
Check out the trailer below, and stay tuned to StarWars.com for more on Star Wars: Attack Squadrons!
StarWars.com. All Star Wars, all the time.
Read more at Star Wars.com.
The second phase of the optimization patch for PlanetSide 2 has been deployed according to a press announcement from Sony Online Entertainment. The O:MFG update includes engineering updates and an overhauled Esamir.
Along with these improvements, those on the front lines will notice that "Auraximas" is in full swing! Winter festivities include giveaways, holiday inspired items, Marketplace sales and more.
To further celebrate Auraximas, from today until Jan. 8, 2014
, players can work on their accuracy by taking out snowmen located throughout Esamir. In addition to gaining XP, players will be awarded the "Snowblower" title if they can put away 10 or more of the frosty scoundrels.
Read the full details on the PlanetSide 2 forum.