Well, maybe not actually, but Blizzard has posted a brand new trailer, perhaps heralding the start of preorders for the World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor. In it, we get a first-hand look at a fanciful boost to level 90. It's definitely one you have to see for yourself. Let us know what you think in the comments.
In addition to the trailer, Blizzard's latest water cooler series takes a look at changes coming to PvP that will make the survivability gap between PvP and PvE less drastic. Among other things, player health will be doubled so that attacks shave off less life. By so doing, a player's dependence on the PvP stat of Resilience will be reduced.
Healers and healing spells will also receive love from the dev team:
One of our goals for healing in Warlords of Draenor is to tone down the raw throughput of healers relative to the size of player health pools. Currently, as healers and their allies acquire better and better gear, the percentage of a player’s health that any given heal restores increases significantly. As a result, healers are able to refill health bars so fast that we have to make damage more and more “bursty” in order to challenge them. Ideally, we want players to spend some time below full health without having healers feel like the players they’re responsible for are in danger of dying at any moment. We also think that healer gameplay would be more varied, interesting, and skillful if your allies spent more time between 0% and 100%, rather than just getting damaged quickly to low health, forcing the healer to then scramble to get them back to 100% as quickly as possible.
Read the full water cooler report on the World of Warcraft community site.
This week, mega-publisher Funcom announced its profits were down considerably, and blamed the drop on heavy competition among free-to-play MMOs. While there's certainly a lot of noise out there these days, with a new MMO appearing every five minutes, the company's reasoning seems faulty. After all, isn't competition what free enterprise is all about?
Read more of Neilie Johnson's Can Funcom Blame Falling Numbers on Free-to-Play?
The unofficial Harry Potter MMO has been put on indefinite hold and the website containing information about the game has disappeared from the web. There is no real reason given for the shutdown, nor is any timeline given for when the game might resurface.
t hurts us all:( our hearts are broken and torn. Bio-Hazard Entertainment and all its team love every single one of you loyal wizards and thank you for everything you have done. Sometimes people just like to ruin things for others. As loyal HP fans we all stand strong and united! Please remember here at BHE we love you all and you are the greatest fans we could have asked for! BHE site coming soon so you can join us in all our productions!
The team is discussing using what they have made and making their own MMO based off of what you guys have suggested, except not HP related. But lets all unite together and show WB that this is needed! WIZARDS UNITE!
All good heroes' journeys begin with a young man or woman settling down and living happily ever after. No wait—that's not how it goes. Generally speaking, few things are as unattractive to brave, danger-seeking types as domestic life, and that's why heroic stories start with the protagonist not going toward home, but away from it. With that in mind, and since most of us play MMOs in order to feel heroic, why is it important to us to own an online home?
Read more of The Nesting Impulse: Why Do We Need Housing in MMOs?
March 7, 2014 — Wargaming today announced details about its first ever Wargaming.net League Grand Finals, slated to take place on April 4–6 at the Multikino Zlote Tarasy in Warsaw, Poland.
“In the first year of the Wargaming.net League we’ve seen tears of joy and tears of anger from some of the best World of Tanks players around the entire world,” said Mohamed Fadl, eSports Director of Europe and North America at Wargaming. “The Grand Finals in Poland are going to be the ultimate culmination of that intense competition, and we cannot wait to finally crown our very first world champion.”
The championship will assemble 14 top-performing teams from around the world, including Fnatic and SIMP from North America, ARETE and NOA from South Korea, PVP Super Friends and UAD from Southeast Asia, Energy Pacemaker and E-Sports Club from China, and Na’Vi and RR-UNITY from CIS region. The European game's cluster will be represented by Virtus.pro and Synergy, as well as two wildcard teams—Lemming Train (Poland) and Team WUSA (Germany). After taking part in three seasons of qualification matches, tournaments and championships, teams will battle each other over three days until only one is awarded the title of world champion.
The event is organized in cooperation with the Warsaw’s city authorities and sponsored by Razer, Alienware, and PayPal.
“World of Tanks is a tour de force that brings the excitement of tank warfare to the top of competitive gaming, requiring unprecedented skill, focus and strategy, which the global eSports community has taken to at a massive rate,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. “It is our pleasure to support Wargaming in every way possible, as we partner together in uniting World of Tanks athletes from around the world at the Grand Finals tournament.”
Check out all the news here.
Shadowrun: Dragonfall is the follow up DLC (a full campaign's worth) to Shadowrun Returns. Shadowrun Returns, released last summer, was the second coming to video game glory for this postmodern sci-fi meets fantasy magic apocalypse RPG franchise that knew early video game success with phenomenal games on the Super Nintendo and the Sega Genesis but more recently had its name drug through the mud in 2007 with a terrible FPS released for the X-Box 360 and Windows PC.
Read more of Rob Lashley's Shadowrun: Dragonfall - The Feel of What Shadowrun Should Be.
TERA: Rising is hosting a PvP tournament this weekend. Come and see how fast your moves are or how string your sword arm is? Log in to watch or fight this weekend!
What: TERA: Rising Skyring Slam PvP tournament
When: 10:00am to 2:00pm (Pacific) on Saturday, March 8 and 10:00am to 1:30pm (Pacific) on Sunday, March 9
Where: The official TERA: Rising Twitch channel: http://www.twitch.tv/
Prizes: First place team members will earn 3,000 EMP (En Masse Points, used to purchase items from the En Masse store, Valkyon Outfitters) and a premium ninja costume bundle. Second place team members will earn 1,000 EMP and a ninja costume bundle. Third and fourth place team members will also receive a ninja costume bundle. All contestants will receive an amazing afro head-slot accessory just for participating (assets below). Plus Twitch viewers will have the chance to win some fun prizes for checking out the show.
Read about TERA here.
As ArcheAge and Trove head forward into beta, the community team over at Trion is getting a huge bunch of help. Elizabeth Tobey recently left, but Evan "Scapes" Berman and Eric "Ocho" Cleaver are here to fill her shoes. From their introductory post on ArcheAgeGame.com:
Here’s Evan who will be taking lead on the Defiance and ArcheAge communities:
Greetings, fellow ArcheAge fans! My name is Evan “Scapes” Berman and I am a Senior Community Relations Manager here at Trion Worlds.
I began my gamer life with an Apple IIC playing memorable two-tone titles held on floppy floppies. First embarking online when ISPs charged per minute and Geocities was tapping into the urge to Facebook before “social media” was a term, it was only natural that my love of multiplayer games would lead to a position at Flagship Studios, taking me away from editing commercials for advertising firm Crispin Porter + Bogusky and across the nation to join a new industry.
Originally a Hellgate: London fansite operator, I used my new official role to liaise between players and developers for the improvement of the game. Most recently, I championed the TERA community as one of the first employees at En Masse Entertainment, grew a vast army of mech pilots for Khang Le’s twitch shooter HAWKEN for Meteor Entertainment and Adhesive Games, and ushered in a new generation of independent developers onto Microsoft’s next generation Xbox One console as part of the ID@Xbox team.
I’m elated to join the talented team here at Trion Worlds and thrilled to meet you, our passionate players. My inner gamer, forged in late nights of progression raiding in MMOs and practicing headshots in FPS titles, is proud to be working on RIFT, Defiance, Trove, and ArcheAge. Feel free to tweet at me on Twitter: @Scapes
Next up, say hello to Eric who will be taking lead on the RIFT and Trove communities:
Greetings and well met! My name is Eric “Ocho” Cleaver. Much like Evan above, I too started my computer gaming on the venerable Apple II series, although mine was a IIGS. I’ll do my best not to hold his inferior system against him. This was the start of a long love story with computer games, much to my parents’ dismay at the time. They have since come to admit that “yes, you can maybe make a living with those games you play.”
The introduction of MMOs completely changed my way of gaming though, and playing anything else these days is a rarity for me. Of course the main games I’m playing right now are RIFT and Defiance, but I’m hugely excited to see ArcheAge and Trove as well.
Over the last several years I’ve worked in community on a number of games, including City of Heroes and EverQuest, and now I’m hugely excited to be working here at Trion Worlds with all of you folks. To me the most exciting part of the MMO world is you, the players, because you’re every bit as much a part of what makes our games great as our development teams are.
So hi and nice to meet all of you. I’ll have a lot of questions for you all, so don’t be surprised if I poke my nose in your conversations on our official forums, Facebook, Twitter, or anywhere else our games are discussed!
You’ll be able to find Evan and Eric posting on the official forums, chatting via socials, and previewing upcoming game content in videos. Feel free to call them by their first names or forum handles, and be sure to let them know about the best ArcheAge livestreams, cool player-made content, and what you want to see next in the game.
Head on over to the sites for ArcheAge, Rift, Defiance, and Trove to say hello!
A brand new holiday for Digimon Masters Online is coming to the game from now until March 25th. Read on to see what it entails.
White Day is a celebration of not just romance, but love and respect in Korea. Much like Valentine’s Day in the west, this holiday is best known for its thoughtful gifts! To express their love and respect, Joymax has prepared a huge variety of presents just waiting to be unwrapped. First, all Tamers will receive a 30-day White Day Avatar, which grants players numerous boosts including 300 bonus attack, 3000 bonus DS, and a 35% movement speed buff.
Players who have taken some time away from the game are welcomed back with open arms! Any account which has not logged in since January 1st, 2014 will discover they have a huge welcome back package from now until March 25th! This pack includes everything they need to get up to speed, including a Mystery Reinforced Mercenary DigiEgg, 7-day DigiAura, five 2000% Amplification Boosters, three Evoluters, five Backup Disks, and an 30-day equipment package including a helmet, top, pants, shoes, and gloves!
Tamers will also receive White Day gift boxes, which may include Level 6 Monster Cards, Backup Disks, Hatching Backup Disks, Mode Selectors, Evoluters, Digimon Archive Expansions, Tamer Inventory Expansions, and even Mystery Reinforced Mercenary DigiEggs! This is in addition to the Psychemon sale, which will end March 11th.
I remember watching Digimon over cereal, even being as old as a Sophomore in High School. One of these days, I'm going to have to dig into DMO and see if the nostalgia for that show comes creeping back up to the surface. Read more at the official Digimon site!
After spending some time with Richard Garriott last week, there were a bunch of topics that we discussed which did not make it on video. One of the main ideas was where video games are going, especially MMOs. With both Shroud of the Avatar and Star Citizen doing so well with crowd funding the games are really more about community than ever before. This led to the discussion of why Shroud of the Avatar will herald in a new era of games that continue to bring players together on many levels.
Read more of Garrett Fuller's Shroud of the Avatar: Heralding the Future of Games.
The March 5 Landmark Live video brought some more clarifications regarding monetization for the Everquest Next Landmark, as well as how the Player Studio will operate when it comes time for players to sell their wares in-game. Aside from this, there were also some minor clarifications regarding the timeline for the game's updates, most especially Closed Beta's arrival.
Read more of Victor Barreiro Jr.'s EverQuest Next: Landmark - Monetization, Player Studio & Updates.
Massively has the first news about the second Rift soul coming in the next update. This time, the Oracle is profiled. The back story is revealed along with several screenshots to get players talking.
Oracles arrive from a dark future where their mastery-level support skills have forestalled the annihilation of Telara. Gifted with powers of Water and Death, these versatile casters can lift entire raids to triumph with a repertoire of powerful boons, shields, heals, buffs, and curses. As a group member, they're indispensable. As an enemy, they're impossible to ignore.
Read more at the link above.
Bioware fans participated in a developer chat with the Star Wars: The Old Republic team. During the chat, housing was revealed, a feature that many players have called for since the game's release. To generate discussion and excitement, Bioware has released a teaser video. Watch the video and let us know what you think in the comments.
MMORPG.com has partnered with Hi-Rez Studios to give away five codes for the game's newest god: Scylla. Each code will also grant access to Scylla's launch 'Tiny Terror' skin.
Entering is simple. All you need to do is post in the comments below between now and 3PM ET tomorrow telling us why you're excited to play Scylla. That's it! Once submissions are closed, we'll pick five entries at random as our winners later in the day.
Please remember to only post ONCE. Users found to enter multiple times will be disqualified from the giveaway.
The Diablo III: Reaper of Souls location of the Blood Marsh is the subject of a new developer blog on the official community site. The article contains the lore behind the location and an inside look at how it was created by the developers in preparation for release in the Reaper of Souls expansion.
Crafting a treacherous bog to explore as a bridge between two fantastic locations (Westmarch and Pandemonium, the final stage for Act V) could have been a relatively simple, straightforward task. Our designers, however, rose to an unspoken challenge and took the creation of the Blood Marsh a step further, delving into this location both physically and thematically.
Creating the Theme:
The first step in exploring any area's design is nailing down the ultimate fantasy of the environment, or its theme. In the case of the Blood Marsh and Ruins of Corvus that rest within it, the central theme happens to be one that's integral to the story of Diablo itself: blood.
Read the rest of the comprehensive blog on the Diablo III site.
Bioware has been relatively quiet about Dragon Age: Inquisition, the third game in the beloved RPG series. Today perhaps marks an end to that silence with the release of a two-minute plus video that shows off several locations within the game, the beauty of the Frostbite engine and much more. See what you think before heading to the comments.
Our new “Discover the Dragon Age” video highlights only some of the locations you can choose to visit during your adventure. Each area in the video has its own realistic ecosystem with predators, prey, factions, and opportunities to expand your Inquisition.
The world’s population is based on an emergent system that adjusts what you’ll encounter based on how your actions tip the balance in the area. You’ll see towns attacked by bandits, deer fleeing from wolves, giant’s feeding on bears, and countless other scenarios.
CCP Games and Dark Horse have announced that the new EVE Source is now available at retailers around the world. The Source gives players an inside look at the game and is printed in full color. EVE Source helps players, both new and old, to become more versed in the lore behind EVE.
With stunning artwork and never-before-seen materials, EVE: Source explores the stories of New Eden, its dynamic history, and the factions that span the three games of CCP’s massive, single-shard online universe: EVE Online, DUST 514 and EVE: Valkyrie
Find out more on the EVE Source page at Dark Horse.
Dark Souls II will officially hit retail release for PC and Steam on March 25th, according to a new press release from Namco Bandai. To celebrate the announcement, the team has released a brand new video. Check it out and let us know what you think.
Adventurers will be delighted to discover that the PC & STEAM version will fully benefit from PC capabilities: increased texture resolution and an enhanced frame rate option. On top of that, FromSoftware have been working to perfectly adapt the game for a mouse & keyboard combo.
As for console, and while supplies last, fans pre-ordering the game will receive the Black Armour Edition – containing an Exclusive Metal Case, the Original Game Soundtrack and an early access to the Black Armour Weapon Set – or if pre-ordered on STEAM® fans will get bonuses - digital soundtrack and the early access to the Black Armour Weapon Set, the Official Dark Souls II Artbook in PDF format and The complete Dark Souls II Digital Comic Book (written by Rob Williams and Andi Ewington with art provided by Simon Coleby) as digital extras for a complete immersion in the universe of DARK SOULS II.
Sony Online Entertainment has released the latest in a series of PlanetSide 2 videos entitled "The War Correspondent". In them, the day-to-day struggles in the game are portrayed in an epic way. In this episode, soldiers try to hold on to The Crown, the most attacked location on Auraxis. Check it out!
Ultima Online is often credited with introducing us to the concept of a virtual world rife with adventures, but even that has been subject to the test of time. Games have since phased out features in hopes to ‘make it big’ with some innovation they’ve created. Sadly, not many developers take a look at what made the genre great in the past. Fear not though, for Seamless Network Systems saves the day with Fantasy Realm Online!
Read more of Tyler Rowe's Fantasy Realm Online: A Pleasant Surprise.