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World of Tanks : Blitz Mobile Tie-In Rumbling Onto Windows 10

Posted Dec 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

World of Tanks Blitz is ready to rumble when it is released for Windows 10 devices later this year. World of Tanks Blitz will bring 7v7 battles to Windows 10 mobile devices, tablets and PCs.

A variety of in-game interfaces and elements will also be reworked in World of Tanks Blitz on Windows 10 to ensure a true cross-play experience. Along with intuitive touch-screen controls for tablets and phones, World of Tanks Blitz is set to feature keyboard and mouse support for PC.

Learn more about the new Win10 version on the World of Tanks Blitz site.

General : Tide - An RPG Where the Community is the Hero

Posted Dec 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

We have received word from French development studio, NOG, that it is currently developing a new "RPG-MMO" experience that places the community at the forefront of the heroics. According to the team, Tide is for those who enjoy creativity, imagination and role play all wrapped up in a sandbox environment.

Developers say it in their own words:

After the explosion of a spaceship full of prisoners, you have been launched on a blank planet. Destroyed by huge tides, you are immersed in a landscape graven by the water. You are on your own. Your only help: a rescue Artificial Intelligence. You must survive on that unknown wild world but, overall, try not to get killed. You embody an alien humanoid and you are discovering the big variety and the mysteries of this new realm. It is time to make choices. Maybe, you will create a society governed by dictators (you?), or else a peaceful paradise. Maybe, everyday life will be in wartime, or else you will gather a powerful community. There is an infinity of possibilities: as many opportunities as players.

You can see the development where it currently stands by viewing the video below or by checking out the TIDE site to learn more.

General : Paul Nadin: My Letter to MMO Santa

Posted Dec 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Every year we get a little bit older, and the weight of responsibility of being a grown-up makes it harder to really get into the spirit of the season. That’s why this year I have decided to take a break from being an adult and make a list of unreasonable demands after having done nothing to deserve them.If these demands are not met, I will make a fuss and sulk all day.

Read on to find out what Paul Nadin will be asking Santa for, what presents he wants for surviving another winter in My Letter to MMO Santa.

WildStar : Designing Your Own Corner of the Heavens in New Event

Posted Dec 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The WildStar team has posted a note about a new event that will take place from December 9th through December 18th. During this time, players taking part in level-appropriate shiphand missions will be able to grab hold of Eko Particles that can be exchanged for Eko Chits that can then be used to buy some ship components. Players can put these amazing ship creations on their home plots, sadly not flyable, and show them off to the world via any of the WildStar social media sites.

Eko Particles and Eko Chits are just one way to participate in the Space Chase event. You can also use OmniBits or NCoin to buy Space Chase Cases from the In-Game Store. Space Chase Cases might include the same ship components you can purchase from Trader Torio, plus they're the only place to find exclusive Space Chase rewards like one of fifteen new décor NPC characters, complete ship replicas, or one of three exclusive new housing music tracks! And remember, you can always trade anything you get from a Space Chase Case with your friends, or buy/sell them at the auction house.

Read the full post on the WildStar site.

ARK: Survival Evolved : This Ain't No Easter Bunny - Oviraptor Claws Way Into Game

Posted Dec 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Small but ferocious and most of all sneaky, the Oviraptor has joined ARK: Survival Evolved. Ovi is a wily and agile hunter who seeks out the eggs of others to return to his master in order to boost the mating speed of allied dinosaurs. See this little fella in action in the video below.

ARK v226 also adds the Ghillie Suit armor set for camouflaged stealth against Dinos and Survivors, the Industrial Oven which enables cooking food on a large scale for an entire Tribe’s army, a Table furniture item upon which small structures can be placed, a Modern Bunk-Bed for faster respawning, plus various optimizations and balancing improvements!

Find out more on the ARK: Survival Evolved site.

Chronicles of Elyria : Player-Created Dungeons

Posted Dec 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Hidden staircases, trapped doors, and underground chambers bring out the imagination in all of us. These are just a few of the reasons player-made housing in Chronicles of Elyria is both captivating and compelling.

Read more of Jeromy Walsh's Chronicles of Elyria: Player-Created Dungeons.

Figure 1 – In-game screenshot of a room with a hidden door

Van Helsing : XBox One Release Date Arrives

Posted Dec 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

XBox One fans of action RPGs will want to take note of today's release of The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing. Players can get hold of the game for $14.99 or for free for XBox Live Gold members throughout the month of December.

In collaboration with Microsoft we’re proud to bring the first chapter of our beloved trilogy to Xbox One. And we’re even happier to announce that The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing is FREE as part of the Games With Gold program for all Xbox Live Gold members in December.

What's more, from December 1 all The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing DLCs are also available on Xbox One for 3.99 each. Both Thaumaturge and Arcane Mechanic add loads of new content to the base game, including gear, weapons, skills and story missions.

Find out more on the special XBox store page for The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing.

Dragomon Hunter : Massive 300v300 PvP Battleground to Feature Mounted Combat

Posted Dec 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Aeria Games has announced that the first update to Dragomon Hunter has been deployed. Players now have the opportunity to take part in mounted combat in massive 300v300 PvP battles on the Final Frontier battleground. Points earned during battle can be used to gain access to exclusive mounts that can be ridden in the Final Frontier.

New content has been added for PvE players as well with the addition of a special boss battle that can only be summoned in a guild hall and that will take all members to bring down.

Read the full update notes on the Dragomon Hunter site.

General : Outside the Box: Adobe Kicks Flash to the Curb...Sort Of

Posted Dec 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Adobe has seen the end of the Flash era and has decided to go along with the growing voices of discontent against it in a sense. Beginning early next year, Adobe will rebrand Flash into something called Adobe Animate CC.

According to Adobe sources, the move comes with the more prevalent use of HTML5 and the need for better animations  that align more closely with it. 

Publish animations to multiple platforms — including Flash/AIR, HTML5 Canvas, WebGL or even custom platforms — and reach viewers on virtually any desktop or mobile device. Animate CC will be available in early 2016:

Adobe Animate will continue to support both Air and Flash so it remains to be seen if this is truly the "death of Flash" or simply renaming it to avoid recent bad press.

Adobe will be spotlighting Animate CC from now through December 4th on their Twitch channel.

Source: Gamasutra

EVE Online : Chronicles of a New Eden - Bringing Down the House

Posted Dec 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Grath Telkin has a bit of a reputation. In the null-sec space of EVE Online, he is easily one of the most recognizable names, known for yelling at people and leading some of the most cutthroat players in the game. Pandemic Legion is a wrecking ball swinging from one fragile null-sec empire to the next, and their reputation for crushing their foes is, at this point, pretty well solidified. So, obviously a person like Grath, who has been playing at such a high level for so long, would have some incredible war stories to tell.

Read more of Steven Messner's EVE Online: Chronicles of a New Eden - Bringing Down the House.

Black Desert : PvP with Purpose - Valencia to Utilize Karma System

Posted Dec 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The Korean version of Black Desert Online will be updating later this month with a host of new content. Most notably, however, is a new PvP system being put into place in Valencia. Under the new system, karma penalties have been reduced, no new penalties have been added, but players will lose experience on death.

What makes the Valencia PvP all the more intriguing, however, is the Jail System. Low karma players will be sent to jail on death. They can either escape prison or mine sulfur in camp. Jail time is dependent on how many players have been killed during a specific period of time, increasing for each dead player.

Players can earn positive karma by killing low karma players and sending them to jail. Doing so earns the "Seal of the Bounty Hunters" with other as-yet-unnamed benefits

You can read more at Black Desert Foundry.

Thanks to HoldenHamlet for this forum thread.

Guild Wars 2 : First PvP League Season Kicks Off Today

Posted Dec 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

ArenaNet has announced that the inaugural PvP League Season is beginning today that comes along with the latest update. Players can take part in any number of ways, including the Guild Challenger League: To participate here, players form groups of five and join the League. Match statistics are tracked and rated with matchmaking pitting similar ranked teams against one another.

The Guild Challenger League is a direct path into the ESL Guild Wars 2 Pro League for you and your team. At the end of the league season, if you’re in the top five teams from the Guild Challenger League, you’ll have the chance to face off against the bottom three teams from the Pro League in the Guild Challenger Cup. If you’re in the top three teams from this tournament, your team will join the Pro League in the next season and compete for a share of $200,000 USD.

At this time, the Pro League’s map rotation consists of Conquest maps. Because the Guild Challenger League is a path into the Pro League, teams entering into the Guild Challenger Cup will need to be able to compete in Conquest. For this reason, only Conquest matches will count toward progress in the Guild Challenger League. Stronghold has proven itself to be popular, and we’ll be evaluating it for inclusion into more competitive play in the future. Until then, you can still play Stronghold as a guild team for personal league progress, guild missions, or just for fun.

In addition, players can queue up individually for ranked play via the PvP panel. New players will, however, need to attain rank 20 prior to participating in ranked PvP. As players prgress through tiers and divisions in the PvP League, rewards are earned that can yield gold, shards of glory, transmutation charges, and dyes. There are also special PvP League tickets that can be earned and spent at vendors for legendary backpacks, shards of glory and llama minis.

Fans of PvP will definitely want to check out the special blog post on the Guild Wars 2 site.


Crowfall : Hunger Dome 2.0 - A Colorful and Dangerous New World

Posted Dec 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The second Crowfall playtest is upon us and the game has seen some significant additions. While the game is still very early in development, in this column, I’ll explain some of the upcoming MMO’s progress from Pre-Alpha 1.0 to Pre-Alpha 1.1.

Read more of Mike Joseph's Crowfall: Hunger Dome 2.0 - A Colorful & Dangerous New World.

Black Desert : On the Mark! Get Set! Go! Closed Beta Sign Ups Begin!

Posted Dec 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Daum EU has just posted that sign ups for the first Black Desert Online EU/NA/Oceania closed beta test have just opened. What are you waiting for?

For Black Desert Online’s first Beta, several improvements have been made based on community feedback from the alpha stage. Players accessing the game in a few weeks will be able to observe the following changes and features:

  • Improved character customization, including 30 new skin tones, 40 new hair colors, new beards, and a bald option for male characters
  • Improved balance of character classes
  • Improved weather cycles, including darker and occasionally stormy nights and lanterns that can be purchased from NPCs to help players in the dark
  • Newly enabled features such as the much requested walking mode and more
  • Adjustment of HP Potions to improve the PvP challenges
  • Fully localized English text
  • Level cap set to 50.99% with PVP unlocked at level 30

Head to the Black Desert Online site to get signed up for CBT1 that will begin later this month.

General : The Daily Quest - What Does the MMO Need?

Posted Dec 01, 2015 by William Murphy

We're bringing back the Daily Quest today, this time with a burning question... what does the MMO genre need to keep moving forward? What features are essential to keep, and what is better left in the past? 

For my own input, I'm going with the obvious one - group content. One of the things that's killed many an MMO for me is the sheer self-reliance a lot of games claim is so ideal. Don't get me wrong, I love to solo as much as the next person. But it's the people that make MMOs special. It's the people that make them stick. The games I've played the longest are the ones that give me the most reason and joy in finding friends or strangers to play with.  And it's not just about fighting, or needing a group to do a dungeon, but actually interacting with people. Talking to them, exploring with them, and all that a shared world is supposed to be about.

It seems, minus a few games, most MMOs forgot all about this in the past 5-10 years.

Ok, let's hear it. What else does the genre need, and what can it do without? Speak now, because I'm sure we'll never talk about this subject again.

Elite: Dangerous : Exploring the Great Unknown with Horizons Pt1 Beta Arrival

Posted Dec 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Frontier has announced that the Elite: Dangerous expansion, Horizons, is now in beta. Players in Horizons will be able to fly to, land on and explore planets all throughout the galaxy, both solo and with friends.

In today’s Planetary Landings beta, players can explore epic, accurately simulated planets and moons throughout Elite Dangerous’ full scale re-creation of our Milky Way. Each of these life-sized worlds offer incredible vistas and new gameplay opportunities as players discover valuable resources, experience deadly combat encounters, raid bases, scout crash sites and cooperate with other players, both on the planet surface and flying high above.
Players can journey from space to surface for the first time in Elite Dangerous, coasting over mountaintops in their spacecraft, diving into canyons and venturing out on the ground in the new Scarab SRV wheeled vehicle, alone or with friends, all without loading screens or breaks in gameplay. Planetary Landings is an entirely new way to play Elite Dangerous, and is just the first of the Horizons season of expansions

Read the full update notes on the Elite: Dangerous site.

Runescape : It's December 1st - Christmas Has Arrived (Early!)

Posted Dec 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Both the main and "old school" versions of RuneScape are starting the Christmas celebration right off the bat with the dawn of December. In the main game, players have a mini-questline to follow, an advent calendar to enjoy and Winter Weekends to look forward to. Old-School RuneScape players get to see the return of the Anti-Santa.

“Celebrating the annual festivities with our players is something we relish, and we hope the community enjoys uncovering the mystery of this year’s mini-quest, unwrap their advent calendar gifts, and collect their cosmetic rewards,” said David Osborne, lead designer, RuneScape. “Next year should be a huge year for the RuneScape franchise as we head into our 15th anniversary celebrations, but we’ll be seeing out 2015 in style!”

These events will run through January 11, 2016.

Find out more on the RuneScape and Old-School RuneScape sites.

Not So MMO : Just Cause 3 Isn't an RPG, But You Should Still Play It

Posted Nov 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Square Enix graciously offered us a chance to play Just Cause 3 ahead of its launch via Steam, citing that it’s very much an open world RPG set in a modern setting. Now, we won’t go so far to call it an RPG in a traditional sense, but there’s so much fun to be had in this game that we can forgive its linear story and lunatic physics.  It’s a toy box of wonders for any kid who imagined blowing stuff up with his or her GI Joes for hours on end.

Read more of Bill Murphy's Not So MMO: Just Cause 3 Isn't an RPG, But You Should Still Play It.

Order & Chaos 2 : First Update to Deploy Soon with New Changes & Features

Posted Nov 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Fans of Order & Chaos 2: Redemption will be happy to hear that the first major update is soon to deploy that will include a bevy of updates to existing systems and some new features to boot.

Systems that have been altered for the update include, the HERO portable skill, crowd display, an updated gear score, targeting with the Shift key, the ability to check attributes a skill point reset option, divine essence drops, a new coin pouch for storing currency and tokens, an improved merchant interface, optimization for iOS and 3D touch support and more.

New features include the arrival of Winter Nostice with a new solo dungeon, a special world event, special quests and costumes. A new classic dungeon has also been added as well as new events happening all over the game world and new treasures in Nick's Shop.

You can find out more on the Order & Chaos 2: Redemption site once the update is launched

Age of Conan : Raid & Dungon Finder in the Works with PvE/PvP Arenas

Posted Nov 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The latest Age of Conan Unchained letter has been published with some interesting news for players to look forward to in the coming months.

First, a new Dungeon & Raid Finder tool is in the works to help players find challenging content with others. Each week a random raid will be chosen that will allow players, without gear requirements, to join in on a raid. Additionally, loot in these raids will be personalized and delivered directly to inventory.

Secondly, Funcom is at work on a solo arena-style system that would allow players to challenge themselves to a variety of boss encounter scenarios based on the pet and companion system. The arena's difficulty will be based on what pet or companion a player has equipped.

Read the full letter on the Age of Conan: Unchained site.

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