The EverQuest II team has posted a new article that gives players information about the forthcoming expansion, Altar of Malice. In addition, pre-purchasing the expansion will net players some nice in-game loot. The expansion comes in both standard and collector's editions.
The collector's edition features a mount, a mercenary, an exotic pet and more. The standard edition retails for $39.99 with the collector's edition coming in at $89.99.
Read more on the EverQuest 2 community site.
The codes redeem for one free Armored Scorpion 7-Day Rental mount. It’s creepy! It’s spooky! It’s awesome, just like Pirate101! When your armored scorpion mount is equipped, your Pirate will ride it everywhere outside for a period of 7 days. Enjoy this exclusive mount that you currently can’t find anywhere else but on MMORPG.com.
Behaviour Interactive has released a brand new video to show how Warhammer 40k: Eternal Crusade has progressed since the team first started showing the game off in the not-so-distant past. In addition, the video also hints at where the game is headed. Check it out!
In ArenaNet's last Points of Interest, the crew talked a lot about Dry Top and how its general design is the direction Guild Wars 2 zones might go in the future. “If you like the stuff in Dry Top, you're in luck,” said Living World Principal Content Designer Teddy Nguyen. “We always look at previous releases to see what worked and what didn't work. It's always a process of zeroing in on what you guys really want. It's one of our more successful maps in terms of, well, everything.”
Read more of Jason Winter's Guild Wars 2: (Dry) Top of the Heap.
The Camelot Unchained site has been updated with a review of this past weekend's backers' pre-alpha test. According to the wrap report, servers were stable, FPS and graphic integration were champs and players had a great time assisting the team with testing.
7) Fun, fun, and more fun! It was our belief that it was worth a little extra effort on our part to make a fun mini-game/battleground for our Backers, and they agreed. There was a lot of disappointment when we turned the servers off last night. We also saw a lot of the same names, day after day, so that too was a very good sign. People were already beginning to share stories about their best kill of the day, or how they used the terrain to dodge incoming projectiles. The first time somebody saw the A.I.R. system in action, it brought a smile to their face.
As we told our Backers, the P.A.T. was not about testing the earliest build of the game Camelot Unchained™. Instead, the P.A.T. was focused on the game engine that will drive CU to excellence. As such, it came through with flying colors (and flying Luchorpáns)! When you also factor in the fun that was had with some of the game’s core systems (such as projectiles that track, arc, and fire on a line), it was an even bigger success for us and our Backers. Our hope is that if the P.A.T.s continue to go well, we’ll even be able to invite all of our Backers to participate in a few of the later P.A.T.s. when we want to really stress test our servers!
The next P.A.T. (pre-alpha test) is scheduled for October 19th.
Read the full weekend update on the Camelot Unchained site.
Skyshine Games is out to bring a new hybrid to the single player market with Bedlam, a roguelike RPG with a unique twist on both of those features. We posed a few questions to Skyshine to find out more about Bedlam and what makes it special.
Read more of Bill Murphy's Bedlam: Bedlam: It's Like Chess with Nukes!
Bitbox has announced that over 100,000 copies of Life is Feudal have been sold since the Steam early access program began just one month ago. Life is Feudal is a medieval sandbox title where players are in control of how the world develops.
"The success of Life is Feudal has been prolific! I am very proud we have been able to fulfil the wishes of many by producing a true Medieval Survival Sandbox experience. We are so grateful for the support we’ve received, and are excited to continue to improve the platform with regular updates and work towards the future release of Life is Feudal: MMO" said Vladimir "Bobik" Piskunov, producer and project leader at Bitbox Ltd.
Find out more about Life is Feudal.
This week in All Things Warcraft we talk numbers, the pre-expansion patch and anticipate a look at the Warcraft film at BlizzCon.
REd more of Reza Lackey's All Things Warcraft: Numbers Up, Blizzcon & the Iron Horde.
MMORPGs are perceived as being full of awful and terrible people. Whether it be an elitist that makes you feel terrible for being new to a game, or just a simple troll that makes everything insufferable, it’s seemingly impossible to play a single game for than a couple of hours without running into some of these players.
Read more of David Jagneaux's The List: Top Ways to be a Better Person in MMOs.
At this past weekend's Final Fantasy XIV fan festival in Las Vegas, Square Enix announced that the first major expansion for the game, Heavensward, will be arriving in 2015. The expansion will bring airships and a new race into the game.
With a fresh logo from legendary artist Yoshitaka Amano and a name that evokes reaching towards the heavens, the spring 2015 expansion pack for the award-winning MMORPG finally sees players heading towards the Northern city of Ishgard. The focus of the expansion's story will the the 1,000 year-old Dragonsong War between Ishgard and Dravania and the players' role in the conflict and its potential end.
Along with a massive adventure in the north, Heavensward will be adding a ton of fresh features to the game, including:
- Level cap raise from 50 to 60 across all jobs and professions.
- Massive new areas.
- A new player race with both male and female characters.
- Multiple new jobs.
- New Primals, one of which will be completely unique to FFXIV.
- Many new dungeons — more than 3 or 4.
- High-end raids
- Airships, Airship, Airships — Free Companies can band together and build their own airships.
- New gear and recipes.
Sword Saga, The latest MMORPG from Reality Squared Games is formally launching its First server on the 13th of October 2014 and we have been given special gift keys to hand out to our community. Get your gift key now!
Each gift key will give you:
Consumer market research firm the NPD Group this week released news that'll make Bungie's year - its online shooter Destiny is at the top of the U.S. game sales list for the month of September. Beating out titles like Madden, FIFA and even Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Destiny can now lay claim to being the biggest new franchise launch in video game history.
"We're, of course, ecstatic that Destiny has set sales records. But what we're most excited about is that this is a game that millions of fans can't seem to stop playing. A month after launch, people are still playing Destiny an average of three hours per day, which is phenomenal engagement." said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. "Bungie is making weekly updates to the game based on player feedback so there's even more great gameplay to come."
For more information about Destiny, visit Bungie's official game site.
Blizzard's keeping its team brawler Heroes of the Storm festive this month by adding in some fun new Hallow's End skins including: Countess Kerrigan, Skelethur Abathur and the first Legendary skin, Infested Tychus. They're also launching a new program that gives players two more ways to join the game.
With Bring Your Friends to the Brawl, players with Tech Alpha access who've reached level 20 between the dates of October 7 and November 18 will be entered into a random drawing. If they're chosen, they then get to invite their REAL ID and Battle Tag friends to the Tech Alpha.
Players not a part of the Tech Alpha can try to win by visiting Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm Facebook page and entering via the Bring Your Friends to the Brawl app. All told, 4,000 new players will be chosen to join the Tech Alpha.
For more information about Heroes of the Storm, check out Blizzard's official game site.
Notorious Games is removing its previous rule requiring free players to join existing tribes before accessing what's really Xsyon's core gameplay. Starting this week, free players can start their own tribes and homesteads.
That's good news to players who thus far have been excluded from the game's terraforming and building systems.
For more information or to start playing Xsyon, visit the game's official website.
Seasonal events are something MMO players enjoy and look forward to every year and Sony Online Entertainment has plans in store for fans of DC Universe™ Online, Dragon's Prophet, EverQuest®, EverQuest®II, Landmark™, and PlanetSide®2.
DC Universe Online starts the fun October 6 - November 2 with The Witching Hour. Along with the yearly decorations and Midnight Masquerade, Gotham will again play host to Eddie Munster lookalike, Klarion Bleak. To make sure everyone is properly in the mood, SOE's holding a Halloween Sale in the DC Marketplace where players will enjoy up to 30% off of themes, guises, suits and more.
Next up, Dragon's Prophet springs the spook October 9 - November 6 with the Styx Festival Event. Players will enjoy a special zone full of Halloween-themed events and risk death by Abyss dragon while exploring a haunted Auratia. Festive new items will abound, including transformation potions that turn players into zombies and skeletons.
Everquest gets the Halloween party started October 15 - November 5 as necromancers and vampires invade the land of Norrath. There'll be plenty of tricks and treats, festive merchants and more during these unnerving Nights of the Dead. Everquest II is also getting into the act October 9 - November 3 with its own version of the festival.
Bucking the usual Halloween trend, Landmark is hosting a building competition. Yes, in addition to the usual decor, players are encouraged to create and submit their best Halloweeny graveyards, haunted hotels, scary pumpkins or whatever else they can dream up. (Three entry limit) For more information on entering the contest, click here.
Finally, Planetside 2 brings the Halloween fun with Nanite of the Living Dead. It's all very hush-hush, but the gist of it is, players are asked to assist in the destruction of errant Space Pumpkins. Seeds from the pumpkins can be used to buy seasonal masks and other Halloween-themed items. For details, click here.
The folks at Jagex are doing a happy dance right about now, since the successful completion of London's RuneFest 2014. Since its 2010 start, the event has been getting bigger and bigger.
Jane Ryan, community and events director at Jagex, said: "RuneFest has been building in scope and scale since the inaugural event in 2010, so we’re thrilled that this year we delivered the biggest and most successful RuneScape fan convention yet! In addition to the fantastic reception we received from our fans at the Tobacco Dock itself, it was great to see that many thousands more took part online through Twitch, Twitter, and other social media channels."
Highlights of the event included:
Beginning October 16, The Settlers Online is kicking off its annual Halloween event which means in addition to the usual Halloween festivities, a new building, new buffs and a new boss fight.
Players will once again take on the Golem as it invades each player's island. This pesky beast is more challenging than ever - it can respawn as a Rock Golem, Greater Golem or Ancient Golem, depending on the player's level. Of course, once players have driven away that unwanted guest, they can take part in the annual Pumpkin Hunt and trade their findings for accessories, buffs and buildings. This year, rewards also include a new fish farm.
For further details about Halloween events in The Settlers Online, visit the game's official website.
The first round of balance changes have been patched into World of Warcraft. Hunters saw the most significant change as many felt the class had been nerfed into the ground. The overall damage for many Hunter skills has been increased ~15%. Several other classes saw significant increases in damage, while others, most notably Fury Warriors and Arcane Mages, took a hit in the damage department due in large part to one-shot kill abilities in PvP.
Check to see how your favorite class fare in round one of class balancing on the World of Warcraft community site.
The latest Road Ahead article has been published on The Elder Scrolls Online site. In this edition, players are given a forward look at Update 5 which is currently live on the Public Test Server. Several of the update's key features have been spotlighted and players have been provided the link to the current patch notes to check out what's next.
Update 5 is on the PTS and ready for testing right now! It’s a big update that contains a Veteran Dungeon, a new system of repeatable Pledges and Writs for dungeons and crafting, our new facial animation system and fixes for player separation when questing in a group. Here are some more details:
- A new Veteran Dungeon: City of Ash continues the dungeon’s story and introduces dangerous new challenges for your group.
- The new facial animation system makes NPCs far more lifelike during conversations.
- Repeatable Pledges: The Undaunted now reward players once a day for specific dungeon runs with special loot and trophies.
- Repeatable Writs: You’ll be able to obtain certification in your crafting skills and then complete Writs for inspiration, materials, and special Survey Reports that will lead you to high-yield harvesting nodes.
- Dungeon level scaling: Dungeons’ enemies and rewards will scale to the level of the group leader, giving you more chances to group up, experience a challenge, and get appropriate rewards.
- More player separation fixes: More quests will be streamlined so you aren’t separated from your group members as often while adventuring.
Lastly, several details are revealed about what the team is working on for the next update. Several quality of life issues and features are being explored, including performance and stability improvements, increasing framerate by giving players the ability to tone down visual effects. The team is also culling through reports of players taking advantage of exploits and working through balancing the game, always an ongoing process.
Read the full Road Ahead on The Elder Scrolls Online site.
SMITE players can take advantage of this weekend's "The Reaping" event to score a cool Jack'o'lantern icon for the first win of the day. During The Reaping, all gods are playable, and players can snag 2x worshipers. The event runs from today through Sunday, October 19th.
Now is not the time to be fearful. Strike back at the darkness by charging through your enemies. Starting Friday October 17th through Sunday October 19th The Reaping will begin. All gods will be playable, every player will earn DOUBLE worshippers for matches completed, and for players courageous enough to get ALL first win of the day bonuses in all modes will earn 100 gems for each day. For the first win of the day bonus earned players will get a free exclusive Jack-O-Lantern player icons.
Source: SMITE official site