Bioware is continuing to tease its new IP with a video link sent out to newsletter subscribers that takes them to a site called "Youve-Been-Chosen.com". The site has a video with a young man sitting in a restaurant, his phone ringing beside him. Tension builds to a crescendo, ultimately ending with a mysterious figure outside looking in at the young man.
The site also contains the cryptic note: "Do you know they are watching" and then a reference to Gamescom on August 13th.
Check out the trailer, head to the site linked above and get signed up for the newsletter while there.
The Path of Exile site has been updated with the news of the next major content expansion. Called "Forsaken Masters", the new content offers players the chance to train with these Forsaken Masters, each with their own missions and rewards. In addition, the Forsaken Masters will assist players in finding their own Hideout that can be customized as a personal town.
In their extensive travels throughout Wraeclast, the seven Masters have discovered ideal locations for an Exile to use as their own secret Hideout.
Once you've earned a Master's trust, you may be taken to a Hideout, where you can create your own personalised town. Masters residing in your Hideout offer you daily Missions and train you in advanced crafting options.
Use your Hideout as a quiet place to craft after battle, or expand it and use it as a personalised Guild Hall with hundreds of decorations.
The July "Trove Talk" has been published by Trion Worlds. In this month's video, the team takes a look at the best player creations from in-game for the month of July. Check it out and then head into game to get your inner-builder busy!
In addition, fans get a sneak peek into the development process behind Dragonfire Peaks:
For those who have yet to experience Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, this is the time to do it now that a two-week trial period has been announced. During the trial subscription, players can play to the max level of 20 but will have certain game restrictions.
Start your 14-day free trial and join over 2 million adventurers worldwide who have already begun their journey throughout Eorzea.
Play for free up to level twenty and experience all the epic quests, battles, and classic FINAL FANTASY elements you know and love, like Moogles and Chocobos!
How to Get Started
- Download and install the Free Trial software
- Create a FINAL FANTASY XIV Free Trial account upon launching the software
Get started on the special free trial page on the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn site.
Steel Series has announced the release of a special edition headset dedicated to the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor. To celebrate the release, the team has produced a new video to show off its features.
Find out more on the Steel Series page.
Ankama has announced that the closed beta for the Steam version of Wakfu has kicked off effective today, Thursday, July 30th. Players taking part in the closed beta will receive a special reward when the game goes into live retail Steam service later this year.
“Our ambition is to bring WAKFU to players around the world by allowing them to play the game on the platform that they prefer. Releasing WAKFU on Steam follows this strategy, first with English speaking countries then extending it to other countries” says Olivier Comte, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at Ankama.
Find out more on the Wakfu page.
Battlefy has released some interesting statistics about the popularity of eSports. The list includes games such as League of Legends and World of Tanks. Check out the list and let us know what you think.
Tournaments 2011 - 2014
- Number of tournaments in North America:
- 2011: 8,809
- 2012: 18,686
- 2013: 33,636
- 2014 (est): 47,500
- The Top 10 franchises attracted more than a million participants in 2013.
Top 10 Games in eSports Tournaments in 2013
League of Legends
Pokémon (Total franchise)
Call of Duty (Series)
Street Fighter (Series)
World of Tanks
Find out more about Battlefy.
In the MMO genre I believe developers should focus on building worlds, not just games. The more developers do to create engaging settings that players grow to care about and become invested in the more enriching the experience it will be for the players. This in turn will make it more financially rewarding for the developers. Loyal customers, especially in an increasingly microtransaction dominated economy, help keep games a float.
Read more of Rob Lashley's Connecting Players to Virtual Worlds.
Lucky ArcheAge fans with beta keys can now log in at 10:00 a.m. PDT and take part in the second closed beta event that is slated to run from today through Monday, August 4th.
ArcheAge's second Closed Beta Event is starting mere days after the first one ended! The event kicks off on Wednesday, July 30 at 10:00 AM PDT (GMT-7) and runs until the same time on Monday, August 4. Players who participated in CBE1 will not need to redownload the entire game client, only a 161MB patch to Build 4.3 which is currently on our Alpha servers.
Read more about Beta 2 on the ArcheAge forum.
MMORPG.com has been given special gift keys for Age of Wushu to help celebrate the launch of their fifth and most recent expansion - Warrior's Ascension! These Challenger Gift pack keys will grant you tons of cool in-game items such as a Jade Rabbit, treasure chest and much more! Get your gift key now!
Each Challenger's Pack will grant you:
Note: The items list here are all bound to players.
Behaviour Interactive has announced its next live stream event for Warhammer 40k: Eternal Crusade. The team will be on hand on Twitch.tv on Friday, August 1st from 1:30-2:30 p.m. EDT (10:30-11:30 a.m. PDT). The topic of the day will center around a demonstration of 6v6 Combat Action.
The dev team will be streaming another live 6v6 Team Combat Demonstration, this time focusing on the Chaos Space Marines. We’ll also be showcasing mocap sessions and in-game animations, along with our weekly Q&A – don’t miss it!
Use the Founder’s Lounge in the forums to send in your questions early, or Tweet to us using the #40kcrusade hashtag during the stream, as well as the Twitch chat.
Head to the links above at the appointed time to participate.
WildStar players can now log into the game to check out the latest update called 'Sabotage'. This update is specifically centered on PvP action and includes the new Daggerstone Pass battleground and also includes significant changes to the overall PvP experience.
Open World PvP and PvP Stats
We recognize that some Open World PvP situations could conflict with combat healing in unintentional ways, particularly for the World Boss Encounters thatrequire more than 20 Level 50 players on hand. To address these issues, we have split up the new PvP Healing effect to have a slightly better effect inOpen World PvP than in Instanced PvP.ItemizationFinally, we’re looking at ways to prevent premature stat inflation, particularly in regards toward bringing PvP ratings closer in line to Stat ratings inthe game:
- PvP Rating values from armor, gadgets, and buffs have been reduced. This is necessary due to the changes in the backend formula, which would havetaken the current PvP Rating values and converted them into unintentionally high Power and Defense values.
- Along with this change, the amount of PvP Rating you’ll need at each level to gain an appreciable increase in your PvP Defense and PvP Power hasalso been reduced.
Read the full update notes on the WildStar site.
Did Carbine do the right thing by preaching to hardcore players, or did the studio create unreasonable expectations of their fledgeling MMO? Gareth Harmer wades in with this week’s WildStar Column.
Read more of Gareth Harmer's WildStar: The Hardcore Label.
MMORPG.com has been given special offer codes for Ancients of Fasaria that will give players a special discount of 25% off plus you will get a free game key to give a friend! Grab your key and check out this all new indie online RPG now!
Aeria Games has announced its entry into the MOBA genre with Heroes Online. The game is set to debut later this fall and is considered by the team to be a successor to the original Warcraft III DotA mod and was developed from South Korea’s famous version of DotA: Chaos.
In Chaos Heroes Online, nothing is truly won until the fight is over. With fast-paced, fluid battles, quick starts to every match, and powerful heroes and new map mechanics, Chaos Heroes Online provides an experience close to the origins of the MOBA genre. The winner is not clear until the game is won, maintaining a level of suspense until the end and motivating players to fight their hardest. Surprises from the opposing team call for quick strategic adaptation, meaning the skill of each player decides who is victorious.
Read more on the Heroes Online site.
The Landmark team will be hosting a live stream event at 4:00 p.m. PDT / 7:00 p.m. EDT to talk about all the latest news and more talk about Kerran. You can take part by joining the Landmark Twitch.tv channel at the appointed hour.
Frogdice, the team behind Stash, has let us know that a new KickStarter campaign to bring the game to its final release later this summer. Stash is described as bringing the old-school MUD style of gameplay to a graphical generation in a multiplayer RPG environment.
Stash is a multiplayer online RPG with turn based, tactical grid based combat, an incredible housing system, an engaging story shaped by its players, and much more. It takes place in the high fantasy world of Primordiax: the game world of all Frogdice games. In many ways, Stash is the graphical successor to Threshold RPG: a text based, role play required game that Frogdice has developed and operated for 18 years (since 1996). Stash's core features include:
- Turn based, tactical grid combat.
- Stash your treasures in your personal Base of Operations, which you can build and upgrade from bedroll to fortress.
- Craft items to use, sell, or enter into competitions.
- Massive character customization via class, race, build, gear, cosmetics, costumes, pets, mounts, and more.
- Cool world story with a unique twist. Players affect the world and the story.
- Both hand crafted and procedurally generated/random dungeons.
- Huge world with hundreds of unique locations, tons of monsters, and epic amounts of loot.
- Clans: form with friends and compete for dominance as well as optional solo or group PvP.
Check out the Stash KickStarter page for more information.
Trion Worlds has announced the Defiance expansion, Silicon Valley, will be released on August 5th. The free expansion brings a new zone and a strange new cult into the game. To get players excited about next week's release, the Defiance team will be on hand later today in a live stream event on the game's Twitch.tv channel.
Join Creative Lead Trick Dempsey, Senior Community Relations Manager Evan “Scapes” Berman, and Junior Community Relations Manager Sarah “Kiwibird” Walters on the Trion Worlds Twitch channel where we’ll be revealing the new Silicon Valley world expansion and discussing its new features. We’ll also be answering questions asked by the community about the upcoming encryption mechanic.
Defiance Silicon Valley Livestream
Twitch Channel: http://www.twitch.tv/trionworlds
Start Time: Wednesday, July 30 at 3:00 PM Pacific
Duration: 45 minutes
Remember to stick around until the end when three lucky, random livestream viewers will each be granted 15-Day Patron Passes. See you on Twitch!
Be there at the times listed above to find out more about the Defiance expansion.
NCSoft has announced that the free Lineage II expansion, Ertheia, is set to go live today, Wednesday, July 30th. The lore brings the four original races together via a time rift and centers around their hope to finally destroy Shilen, the Goddess of Destruction.
Along with adding a chapter to what has become an epic storyline spanning more than a decade, this expansion brings a host of new content for players both new and old. In the expansion, players can enjoy a new playable race – the Ertheia, acrobatic warriors and powerful wizards for which the expansion was named – a timed instance, new hunting zones and thrilling adventures.
Players who have paused in their pursuit of justice are invited to return and claim a Welcome Back Pack to help them get back into fighting shape. And players who create new characters will find some very helpful items in their inventory to make their journey easier, including a free mount!
Find out more on the Lineage II Ertheia teaser site.
Truth be told, I hadn’t played Hearthstone in a couple of months due to the game’s stagnating meta (Zoo, anyone?), but Naxxramas represented an opportunity to shake all of that up, so I dove right back in last week with the Arachnid Quarter. I have to say I am really enjoying Blizzard’s approach to expanding the game’s card set with adventure modes. It’s a neat combination of new cards and new content. But there is one problem: the wait is killing me!
Read more of Michael Bitton's Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas: The Wait is Killing Me!