Gamasutra is reporting that World of Warcraft lost nearly three million subscribers by the end of March 2015. After the launch of Warlords of Draenor, Blizzard reported over ten million subscribers which makes the 7.1M a precipitous decline in only a few months.
What about you? Are you still subscribed to World of Warcraft? Why or why not? Leave us your thoughts in the comments.
Thankfully, the massive package of new costumes and content themed around Age of Ultron is now out of the way and we can get back to some of these things throughout the rest of 2015. Read on for what's left in store for Marvel Heroes as 2015 rolls on.
Read more of Michael Bitton's Marvel Heroes: Looking Beyond Age of Ultron.
The Conquer Online team has announced that the latest content update will be deployed on May 7th. Called Taoist Ascending, the content expansion will bring along some new epic weapons for players as well as some fantastic new skills that are specific to these new weapons.
In addition, players can look forward to some special twelfth anniversary events in game.
Find out more about Taoist Ascending on the Conquer Online site.
May just started and it’s already shaping up to be an exciting month for game bloggers! This week we’re looking at posts about the aftermath of Valve’s mod-selling decisions, television executives who make jokes about eSports, and the start of the Newbie Blogger Initiative.
Read more of Jessica Cook's Tales from the Neighborhood: Gamers, Be Good Sports.
The Elder Scrolls Online has been released for over a year now and I still think the game gets under-credited. Recently I’ve reduced the amount of time I’ve spent in Tamriel and ventured to other games to explore what is new. Sadly, nothing feels new, everything that’s out right now feels like the same old lollipop in just a slightly different flavor. ESO could very well be the best game released in years and as Christina points out, the console version could be the definitive edition of the game.
Read more of Ryan Getchell's Elder Scrolls Online - Three Things ESO Does that Other MMOs Should Do.
Fans of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt living in Amsterdam, Netherlands will be interested to hear that a special "pop up" store will open on the night the game launches and will be located at Kalverstraat 101. The store will remain open for at least a week and will feature special live streams and events.
Through the pop-up store, Witcher fans in Europe will also have access to the premium Wild Hunt apparel collection by Musterbrand, the premium design and fashion label for gaming culture. Musterbrand showcases a full range of officially licensed The Witcher 3 products, from chainmail inspired knitwear to highly exclusive limited edition leather jackets.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt pop-up store will be open for a full week from Monday night (00:01) May 19 to coincide with the release of the game until Sunday May 24th. Entrance is free of charge.
Find out more on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt site.
The Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen site has been updated with a new letter from Creative Director Chris "Joppa" Perkins. In it, Perkins discusses a trio of big news updates: Internal alpha #1, a new team artist and the arrival of Unity 5 as the game engine.
Pantheon's internal alpha is focused on checking out levels 1-10 and five different classes including Warrior, Cleric, Rogue, Wizard and Enchanter.
But beyond careful testing, we will be asking more paradigmatic questions like: is the game fun, is it challenging in the right ways, does it feel good to explore, is it exciting to loot a weapon that's a little better than the one you had, is combat paced appropriately, is downtime paced appropriately, does it feel good to fight and slay enemies with a small group/full group -- and the list goes on.
Alpha 1 is the proving ground and primer for Alpha 2, when we will most likely open the doors to the first round of players to experience the game.
Read the full update on the Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen site.
Anonymity sometimes (maybe often) makes us do things we wouldn't normally do. This is never truer for me than in any number of MMORPGs. I'm not a loot ninja or anything, but I've been known to cut my own fair share of quest mob lines. Today's quest... tell us your MMO sin.
Most people could probably say "The horrific murder of thousands of innocent, bears, boars, crabs, murlocs, and other wildlife." But that's how the game is played against AI. What about what you do to other players? Things whose real-world equivalent would quickly get you labeled an A-Hole?
For me? It's simple: I will gladly always steal a quest target kill if there's no shared tagging, and I will always try to beat someone to a resource node if there's no shared looting. For these, I could blame the faulty design (later fixed by Guild Wars 2), but even with a solution many games still make this something necessary to partake in. As far as my competitive streak goes, I'll definitely race down my target to get the rewards before I'll let some random stranger have my goodies.
So that's me. How about you? What jerkface things have you done in your MMO playtime?
The Elder Scrolls Online Twitter has a new post that lets players know that the next update will feature the Imperial City, set to be released after the console launch in June and to be followed by Orsinium sometime after that.
@CaptainDumac We plan to release Imperial City after console launch, and Orsinium is slated for release after that.— Elder Scrolls Online (@TESOnline) May 5, 2015
We'll keep you posted as details arrive.
One of the most interesting statements from Gamenet.ru is its willingness to provide players with both free-to-play and subscription servers. They are obviously committed to being flexible with these different server configurations that respond the concerns of a community that is generally weary of the in-game stores.
Read more of Catherine Daro's Black Desert Online: Could Russia's Side-By-Side F2P / P2P Servers Work Here?
Daybreak Game Company CEO John Smedley has gone on record as saying that EverQuest Next is not vaporware and that development continues on the next chapter in the long-running series of games.
“When we are ready to show it,” he said, “I think you guys are going to get blown away by a combination of what we’ve done and what our users have done.” Hopefully that’ll be sooner rather than later. As for those who claim that EQN is just vaporware, Smedley answered, “Whatever. Look at our company’s history — we are not about vaporware. We deliver.”
Check out the full interview that shines the spotlight on Daybreak and its journey from SOE to DGC at MassivelyOP.
Cryptic Studios has announced that Wizards of the Coast has released the first information about the next tabletop module which, as has been done in the recent past, heralds the next game module for Neverwinter. Called "Underdark", the details are scanty but we do know a few things.
The Oculus Rift blog has been updated with the news that the virtual reality headset will be shipping to customers in Q1 2016. In addition, the VR's shiny new look is shown in some brand new photos.
The Rift delivers on the dream of consumer VR with compelling content, a full ecosystem, and a fully-integrated hardware/software tech stack designed specifically for virtual reality. It’s a system designed by a team of extremely passionate gamers, developers, and engineers to reimagine what gaming can be.
Read more on the Oculus Rift site.
Issue 11 is ready to be unleashed on The Secret World later today (if not already) and is something that is going to be very special for players. This is the story finale of the Tokyo storyline and the first major story since launch. In fact, Lead Designer Romain Amiel and Tor Egil Andersen called it the end of “Season 1” of The Secret World, an incredibly long season that has lasted since launch in June of 2012.
Read more of Suzie Ford's The Secret World: Issue 11- The Answers You've Been Waiting For.
CD Projekt Red devs have sent out a brand new video diary to show off some of the creatures players will encounter in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Check it out and start making plans how to beat these bad boys. Let us know what you think in the comments.
The morning of April 6th is not likely to be one that Lychton Kondur will ever forget, if only because the knife-shaped hole in his back won’t let him. That morning, he awoke to find that everything he had spent two years building had been ripped away. During the night, Lychton Kondur was deposed.
Read more of Steven Messner's Chronicles of New Eden - Lychton's Betrayal.
The latest free multiplayer update for Dragon Age: Inquisition has been released for all platforms. The DLC, Dragonslayer, brings new maps, dragons to battle, and three new companions including Isabella from Dragon Age 2. In addition, the Black Emporium will enable players to purchase high end gear to become even more epic in the battle for the safety of Thedas.
Check out the video below for more.
The Guild Wars 2 team took to the airwaves recently to talk more about the advanced profession for the Mesmer, the awesome Chronomancer. Check out this video from last weeks Points of Interest to see the Chronomancer in action.
The Destiny team will be on hand to show some arena game play with devs and community members facing off in the Prison of the Elders map. The arena will be part of the House of Wolves expansion that is set to launch in the very near future.
Teams of three players can take on waves of increasingly difficult enemies to earn high-level legendary and exotic rewards. You can match-make with other players anytime, or form your own Fireteam to take on higher difficulty challenges with even greater rewards.
The event will take place on Wednesday, May 6th at 11:00 am Pacific / 2:00 pm Eastern in the Destiny Twitch.tv channel.