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General : Runemaster: The Short Folk Revealed - Dwarfs

Posted Sep 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The Runemaster forum has been updated with a new developer blog that reveals one of the game's races, Dwarfs. The post gives details behind the location where dwarfs live, their creation story and reveals the truism that all dwarfs, male or female, are bearded.

The life, work and traditions of Dwarfs

Most of the Dwarfs’ cities and villages are buried deep inside mountains, with only a few houses surrounding the entrance to the mountain, and a marketplace serving as the only place where people from the other races are allowed to venture in dwarven lands. The life of a Dwarf is often a strenuous and hazardous one, and thus the average lifespan can be very short. Therefore the ones who do live to be older withdraw from the cumbersome work of mining and smithery so they can study the ancient texts. These older Dwarfs are very revered for their knowledge. There's a saying: ”Dwarfs need no roof, but the ones they have will never make you wet.”

Read the full post on the Runemaster forum.

General : Rainbow Saga Announced - Side Scrolling Action MMO

Posted Sep 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford

NGames has announced the latest addition to its stable of free to play MMOs. Called "Rainbow Saga", the game is a side scrolling 2D action MMO that will give players a distinct impression of an arcade-style game. Closed beta for Rainbow Saga is anticipated to begin later this month.

Rainbow Saga is an arcade-style 2D fantasy browser-based game packed with anime-style characters, stunning scenery, and a compelling world brimming with adventure. Players journey across the colorful Troonmill continent as they fight to protect the sacred land from the evil Demon Lord. Explore exciting dungeons and a variety of wacky locations filled with mystical mysteries. Meet and team up with new characters and friends to tackle fun challenges!

Find out more on the Rainbow Saga Facebook page.


Black Watchmen : Game Mechanics Detailed & Joel Bylos Interview

Posted Sep 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The Black Watchmen KickStarter page has been updated with a pair of interesting features. The first is a video interview with The Secret World's Joel Bylos who takes a wide range of fan questions. A new blog has also been posted that details the mechanics of the game, most notably how multiplayer missions will play out.

You can’t solve mysteries and keep the world safe by yourself all the time – sometimes you need to meet your fellow agents in the global community and work together to uncover bigger and more dangerous conspiracies.

We’re very excited about multiplayer missions in The Black Watchmen, which like with traditional MMOs can vary in size and scope. Smaller missions require yourself and a handful of other agents to accomplish more difficult than usual challenges and will in turn expose a larger piece of the story. Sometimes though you’ll face evil organizations that need more than just a few people to join the fight — imagine you and thousands of others all working together at the same time, using your unique talents in tandem to combat sinister forces, solve mysteries, and successfully complete an encounter before it’s too late. The risk is high, but so is the satisfaction of facing down the enemy and coming away with a new critical piece of the puzzle.

Read the full blog post on The Black Watchmen site and check out Joel's interview below.

The Black Watchmen Kickstarter Campaign - Update 15 from Division-66 on Vimeo.


Garrett Fuller : What's Next for Mark Kern?

Posted Sep 22, 2014 by William Murphy

After a controversial exit from the company he founded (Red 5 Studios), Mark Kern has moved on to a brand new company and game. Since he's a sometimes columnist here at MMORPG.com, we're lucky enough to have talked with Mark about his next project: an online world steeped in VR, community building, virtual currencies, and user-generated content.

Read on for more.

MapleStory : Crossover Event With Sword Art Online

Posted Sep 21, 2014 by Neilie Johnson

Nexon's giving Sword Art Online and MapleStory Online fans the chance to mix things up - literally - by playing through a new  SAO themed dungeon. Playres will be able to transform into Kirito, Asuna and Leafa and fight using skills like The Eclipse and Star Splash.

They'll also get to test their mettle against SAO enemies such as The Gleam Eyes, The Skull Reaper and The Fatal Scythe. Players taking place in the crossover event will earn special medals and a new familiar. The SAO crossover also extends to the cash shop where SAO themed items like hair, outfits, and facial styles will be available.

For further details about the SAO dungeon, go to MapleStory's official website.

Ryzom : Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Posted Sep 21, 2014 by Neilie Johnson

This weekend, the development team of sci-fantasy MMO Ryzom raises a collective glass to the game's ten year anniversary and released a statement to that effect:

"Ryzom is 10 years old! We wish before everything else to pay homage to all those who have created this universe and this game, who have imagined and developed them, and helped them to grow."

During the weekend of September 20th and 21st, the milestone will be commemorated with events including:

  • Temporary access to the "10 Year Island"
  • New items - apartment items, nation banners, gubani plushy and a giant event-specific "surprise"
  • New fireworks quest
  • Opening of Yubo Golf in beta
  • Fireworks display
  • Group photo

General : Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut Now Available for PC

Posted Sep 21, 2014 by Neilie Johnson

Shadowrun fans, the day has come. Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut is available now for Windows/Mac/Linux on Steam, GoG and the Humble Store. Even better, this standalone release of the Dragonfall campaign comes free to owners of the original Dragonfall expansion.

“Listening to our fans is really important to us here at Harebrained. With the Director’s Cut, once again we’ve reacted to their feedback and made many key improvements to the game, as well as added a bunch of new content and character development,” said Jordan Weisman, co-founder of Harebrained Schemes and creator of the Shadowrun game universe. “It’s our biggest Shadowrun yet, and the perfect entry point for players with no prior Shadowrun experience.”

The Director's Cut features:

  • Five all-new missions
  • Alternate endings
  • New music
  • Redesigned interface
  • Team customization options
  • Revamped combat system
Android and iOS users - you haven't been forgotten; your version arrives later this year. For more information about the Director's Cut, visit Harebrained Schemes' official website, or check out the video below.
 

Roblox : Founder and Rockstar Creator Turn BLOX Into Bucks

Posted Sep 20, 2014 by Neilie Johnson

This week's Microsoft $2.5 billion buyout of Minecraft made the appeal of the sandbox genre crystal clear; in light of that, is it any wonder game developers big and small are trying to get in on the action?  Quickly gaining ground in sandbox enthusiasts' collective consciousness is ROBLOX Corporation and its attendant online entertainment site, ROBLOX.com.

Read more of Neilie Johnson's ROBLOX: Founder and Rockstar Creator Turn BLOX Into Bucks.

World of Tanks : New Rally Mode Coming September 29th

Posted Sep 20, 2014 by Neilie Johnson

This September, World of Tanks' new Tank Rally mode will set tank drivers on an explosive, hazard-ridden track. In a setup that sounds like some kind of heavily armored Mario Kart, teams of three will race each other to a single control point, doing the best they can to blow each other up along the way.

The track (which is set on a revamped version of the Port map) will challenge gamers' driving and combat skills with ramps and other obstacles. The only tank available in this mode will be the custom M24 Chaffee Sport (free to all registered players) and winners will earn a special medal, "Racer 2014" as well as a series of additional combat missions.

Interested competitors note - the new Tank Rally mode is only available from September 29th to October 12th.

Elsword : PvP Season 3 and Character Balance Improvements

Posted Sep 20, 2014 by Neilie Johnson

KOG Games has been renovating PvP in its fantasy MMO Elsword, and that means every character's effectiveness has been tweaked. It also means more experience from PvP and better congruity between classes and gear.

The new Rank Gauge lets players see their status as they progress, and multiple Skill Tree pages let them shift strategies between dungeons and PvP.  Other features of the revamp include:

  • New stat buffs and additions
  • New ability to select up to three map exceptions
  • New Block Chat
For a full list of the changes, visit Elsword's Masters of the Arena page.
 

Conquer Online : Asian MMO Pays Tribute to Bruce Lee

Posted Sep 20, 2014 by Neilie Johnson

Bruce Lee has fans in both hemispheres, and his legacy as a martial artist as as strong as ever. In light of that, TQ Digital Entertainment is bringing the spirit of Bruce Lee into its fantasy MMO Conquer Online.

New playable Bruce Lee-like character Lee-Long (whose name means "The Power of the Dragon") will soon be making his appearance although TQ has yet to offer any specific details regarding how or where. All they'll say at this point is:

"Many companies have put him in games to salute him, but there was no one putting his elements into an MMORPG," said the CO team, "As a popular Oriental Fantasy MMORPG in North America, and with the elements of martial arts and the Dragon combined, Conquer Online has the responsibility to create a character to show our respect to Bruce Lee."

To see how TQ brought Lee-Long to life, check out the video below.
 

Shroud of the Avatar : Portalarium Begins Steam Greenlight Campaign

Posted Sep 19, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Portalarium has sent word that it has started a Steam Greenlight campaign to see Shroud of the Avatar to the digital platform. Players are invited to visit the Greenlight page and vote for Shroud of the Avatar.

We have yet to work out the details with Steam but our plan would be to give our backers Steam Keys to play the game on Steam if they request it so that they won't have to repurchase the product on Steam. We have seen several other products do this so we do not anticipate this being an issue.

If SotA passes the Greenlight process and becomes available on Steam, our current thinking is to offer a version of the game priced at the low end of our current pledges, that includes:

  • Digital download of the game (Episode 1)
  • Alpha + Beta access

Check out the Shroud of the Avatar Steam Greenlight page for more information.


Life is Feudal : Now Available Via Steam

Posted Sep 19, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Life is Feudal is now available on Steam. Players can get early access to the game for $39.99 and allows players to have input with developers to make improvements and suggestions for the forthcoming sandbox title.

In this game players can create and host their own servers that can hold up to 64 players. They can create different server types, enforce their own rules and create their own settings regarding nearly every aspect of the gameplay, which will allow every server hoster to provide a unique game experience for their players.

While the map in Life is Feudal: Your Own is limited to one island of a size 3 x 3km, do not be misguided, travelling from one end of the map to another may provide a real challenge. This game will provide a lot of exciting opportunities for many different types of players.

Check out the Life is Feudal Steam page.


Destiny : Events Announced

Posted Sep 19, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Bungie has announced specifics about a pair of events, the first of which begins today. Two other events are revealed sans details. Check out the image below.

 

Strife : A Sneak Peek at Upcoming Heroes

Posted Sep 19, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The Strife team has released a brand new video to give players a sneak peek at heroes to be added to the game in the near future. Check it out and begin making plans for your next shot at dominance.


Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn : The State of Eorzea's Housing

Posted Sep 19, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Today we’ll be discussing the Great Eorzean Housing Crisis. We’ll be tackling what happened, what went wrong, and what Square Enix is doing to lessen the sting individual housing news has brought.

Read more of Victor Barreiro Jr.'s Final Fantasy XIV: The State of Eorzea's Housing.

Elite: Dangerous : Beta 2 Dated for September 30th

Posted Sep 19, 2014 by Suzie Ford

In celebration of the original Elite's anniversary, Frontier Development has announced that the second beta phase for Elite: Dangerous will commence beginning Tuesday, September 30th. The team has provided a long list of features players can expect in Beta 2.

  • Elite: Dangerous 'Beta 2' is a major gameplay upgrade to the Beta:
  • Combat ratings from ‘Harmless’ all the way up to ‘Elite’.
  • Reputations per system and galaxy-wide that influence attitudes and prices offered to you.
  • Ability to discover and explore and scan new systems and sell the data on them.
  • Detailed system maps.
  • Around 500 additional star systems to explore.
  • Lakon Asp Explorer ships added.
  • Much greater variety of upgradable Life Support modules, Engines, Hyperdrives, Power Distributors, Sensors, Shield Generators and Cargo Racks for all ships.
  • Ships are subject to gradual ‘wear and tear’.
  • New weapons including mines and a new non-lethal missile-deployed cargo hatch disruptor for piracy.
  • Outposts (small, exposed ‘roadside café’ stations in remote locations)
  • Occelus starports, a version of which can move around for early civilization of new systems and space tourism.
  • Visibility of other ships in supercruise, and track others through supercruise and hyperspace.
  • Newsfeeds about events from the rest of the galaxy and player activity in your local system.
  • All backers names (from the appropriate crowd-funding reward tiers) have been added to the NPC naming database.

Find out more on the Elite: Dangerous page.


General : Why Do You Craft?

Posted Sep 19, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Crafting has never been one of my favorite things to do in MMOs.  I spent an inordinate amount of time mining and engineering in vanilla World of Warcraft, and put about the same effort into Prospecting and Tinkering in The Lord of the Rings Online.  There are probably a handful of other MMORPGs that I’m forgetting in which I’ve given crafting a college try, and I certainly at least dabble in different professions whenever I play a new game.  Heck, I even (completely ridiculously) fully committed to Fable 2’s crafting minigame, and did my best to keep up with Alchemy and Smithing in Skyrim.

Read more of Som Pourfarzaneh's Why Do You Craft?

Wasteland 2 : Trion's Glyph Hosting the Game with Perks

Posted Sep 19, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Trion's Glyph gaming platform is now host to Wasteland 2. The Glyph version of the game includes bonuses in the form of a copy of Wasteland 1, a copy of The Bard's Tale, and two free digital novellas set in the Wasteland universe.

The Wasteland 2 Digital Glyph Edition includes the following:

  • A free copy of Wasteland - The Original Classic
  • A free copy of The Bard's Tale
  • Two digital novellas set in The Wasteland world
  • Mark Morgan's Wasteland 2 original sound track in digital format
  • An incredible digital concept art book showcasing many of the world's characters and environments

Find out more on the Glyph Wasteland 2 page.


Wakfu : Official Release Date on Steam Arrives for US Players

Posted Sep 19, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Wakfu is now officially part of the US Steam family of PC titles as of today, Friday, September 19th. Players that previously had a desktop copy of the game will find updated graphics and a new subscription free experience.

In addition, Booster Packs are available in WAKFU for purchase using in-game currency to provide experience boosts, increased item drops and other convenience features. There are three levels of Booster packs, each lasting for a different period of time:

  • One-day Booster Packs
    • o   5% increase to experience and Kamas at the end of combat
    • o   Fill HP gauge more quickly
    • o   Share items with all characters of same account
    • o   XP Bonus re-roll
  • Seven-day Booster Packs
    • o   10% increase to experience and Kamas at the end of combat
    • o   Fill HP gauge more quickly
    • o   Share items with all characters of same account
    • o   XP Bonus re-roll
  • 30-day Booster Packs
    • o   15% increase to experience and Kamas at the end of combat
    • o   Fill HP gauge more quickly
    • o   Share items with all characters of same account
    • o   XP Bonus re-roll

Get started on the Wakfu Steam page.

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