Funcom has revealed the new membership perks for The Secret World. Members will receive a number of pretty cool boons including 30% bonus XP, 10% item store discount, token capacity increase and more. In addition, members will receive loyalty rewards at 30, 60, 90, 180 and 360 days that can include cosmetic items, emotes, and mounts, to name a few.
In addition to the membership bonus revealed, the team also let TSW players know that Dream Palace has arrived for Valentine's Day. The event runs through February 23rd.
Read the full notice on The Secret World site.
A new article has been posted on the Motiga web site by Chris Chung that reveals that a significant percentage of the studio staff has been temporarily laid off. The letter goes on to say that the company intends to continue to support Gigantic, but that the lay offs will have a huge impact on every portion of the game.
Here is the letter in its entirety:
It is with deep heartache that Motiga announces the temporary layoff of a significant percentage of our studio today. Our financial situation is such that we are unable to continue supporting the entirety of the studio at this time. Though we are in active and promising discussions with a number of potential investors, the timing for those negotiations extends beyond the resources we have to maintain the staffing required to continue development on Gigantic.
While we intend to continue supporting Gigantic game services for as long as we are able, the reality is that a decision of this magnitude will impact all departments across the studio, an impact that will be felt by our community of beta testers as the services they depend on will operate without the key staff on hand to support those services.
Owing to our commitment to transparency, both to our studio and the Gigantic community, this is a decision that has been shared with every member of our team before the posting of this article.
Motiga continues to engage in active discussions with our partners to identify ways to remedy this situation, but we are not in a position to provide any specific information on our next steps at this time. It is of course our goal, and our deep hope, that we are able to secure the necessary funding in the near future in order to bring Gigantic to market.
We would like to thank everyone for their support over the last few months, and while the situation is far from ideal, the sheer number of people that have enjoyed playing Gigantic has affirmed what we’ve believed all along: while we still have a lot of work to do to polish the experience for the players, the current closed beta version of our game introduces a legitimately fun gameplay experience with great promise for the future.
Our goal at this time is to work aggressively to identify the resources we need to rehire the members of the Motiga family that were laid off today, securing our financial future so that the Gigantic community can continue to work with us to develop this title, and ultimately bring the complete Gigantic experience to the marketplace.
We will continue to keep our community, and the world-at-large, apprised of this situation as it continues to unfold over the coming weeks.
This past week Ub3rgames has been successful in finalizing a contract for the rights to DarkFall. This hardcore MMO has been a fan favorite on the site for years. So, we thought to chat with Marc Thompson from Ub3rgames about some of the upcoming changes and features we will see. DarkFall New Dawn is set to re-launch the game and bring back some of the old school fun of the original. There are a lot of updates the team is working on as well. Let’s hear what Marc had to say.
Read more of Garrett Fuller's Darkfall: Ub3rgames Aiming to Bring Back Old School Fun.
Jeff Kaplan is hosting a new Developer Update video that discusses the Overwatch progression system. As players participate in matches, experience is earned that at certain intervals will result in being given a loot box that can contain a number of random cosmetic items including skins, sound files, player icons, emotes, sprays, victory poses and highlight intros. Each of these can come in common, rare, epic, and legendary quality.
In an interesting twist, if an item is awarded that a player already has in inventory, credits will instead be issued that can be spent in the Hero Gallery to unlock items not yet owned.
According to Kaplan and the videos below, this is just a start, is already in the now-ongoing restarted closed beta and the team is looking for player feedback.
Currently, you can gain experience by completing Quick Play and Play vs A.I. games. The amount of experience you earn will be determined by a variety of factors including overall participation, whether or not your team won, what medals and commendations you received, and more. Quick Play games will also award more experience than Play vs A.I. games to account for the difference in difficulty between the two modes.
Read the full video on the Overwatch site.
Today we're proud to exclusively present to you the unveiling of Crowfall's skill system. Beyond the break you'll find Thomas Blair's extensive video preview of the system, and we caught up with ArtCraft's J. Todd Coleman to discuss a few finer points beyond the reveal video. We hope you enjoy this first look at the skills, skill trees, and how it all comes together in Crowfall.
Read on for the full reveal!
By now, we all know what World of Tanks is about. The Russian gaming sensation has taken over the world many times, and yet it still seems to find new ways to make noise pull in players. The most recent of course, is its incarnation on the Playstation 4. We’ve reviewed World of Tanks several times already, so this review might be a bit short. But if you’ve been wondering how Wargaming’s flagship game performs on the PS4, we’ll give you a quick rundown.
Read more of Bill Murphy's World of Tanks: Still Rocking on the PS4.
The XBox One version of Neverwinter has been updated to bring the Underdark expansion online. In Underdark, players will journey alongside such iconic characters as Bruenor Battlehammer and Drizzt Do'Urden to stop demons infesting the ancestral home of the Drow.
Neverwinter: Underdark brings the Rage of Demons storyline from Wizards of the Coast to life on the Xbox One. The expansion allows players and their friends to join forces with classic Dungeons & Dragons characters including Drizzt Do’Urden, Regis and Bruenor Battlehammer to face the two-headed Demogorgon and other terrors of the Abyss. This update for the free-to-play MMORPG includes all-new content such as the new hub zone of Mantol-Derith, two end-game skirmishes and “The Dwarven King,” a quest line written by New York Times Best-Selling Author, R.A. Salvatore, whose novel Archmage kicks off the Rage of Demons storyline. The full list of additions includes:
Find out more by visiting the Neverwinter site.
UPDATE: David Gaider has confirmed his employment with Beamdog in a new Twitter post.
In a series of not-so-cryptic cryptic Tweets by several folks, it appears that ex-Bioware writer David Gaider may have joined the studio that has brought us enhanced, modernized versions of Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate 2 and Icewind Dale. Beamdog is home to a number of ex-Bioware employees including Brent Knowles and Shawn Potter. Gaider had most recently worked as the lead writer on Dragon Age: Inquisition.
From the Beamdog blog:
We also hired a writer named Dave. He seems pretty cool so far.
Beamdog Lead Designer Phillip Daigle said:
Beamdog have hired DA:O lead designer Brent Knowles and “a writer named Dave”— Dice Geeks (@dicegeeks) February 9, 2016
Starting a new job: 25% paperwork, 25% documentation, 150% confusion. I definitely need more stuff on my desk.— David Gaider (@davidgaider) February 8, 2016
We'll keep you posted as the story develops.
Ubisoft has announced that it will be hosting a special open beta weekend that will run from Thursday, February 18th through Sunday, February 21st. XBox One users will have exclusive access on February 18th, with PlayStation 4 and PC users joining up on February 19th. Participants will enjoy a new mission that was not part of the closed beta and players will earn an exclusive reward when the game launches in March.
Read the full announcement on The Division site.
Jagex has announced that the first Runescape NXT beta weekend will take place beginning Friday, February 19th and that it will run through Monday, February 22nd. NXT is the new downloadable client based on C++ programming that is aiming to improve performance over the current Java client.
If you’ve had continuous membership since 31st January 2012, or you’re currently a Gold Premier Club member, you’ll be among the first to try out the new game client.
The feedback you provide will be instrumental in preparing NXT for release and, as an extra incentive for hardcore testing, the coveted Gamebreaker title is up-for-grabs by our most diligent bug finders.
Read the full announcement on the RuneScape site.
Square Enix has just released Final Fantasy IX for both iOS and Android Devices. From today through February 21st, players can grab a copy for $16.99, 20% off the normal price. The PC Steam release is expected in "early 2016" so let's hope it's hot on the heels of today's mobile release.
Find out more at any of the links above.
ESL's Joshua Gray and Hannah Noble have sent out a new video that shines the spotlight on some of their favorite mods for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The mods are all hosted at Nexusmods.com and can be downloaded by visiting the site. See if any of these appeal to you!
In a new series of articles we plan to showcase here at MMORPG.com, our member MadFrenchie pens his thoughts on MechWarrior Online as it stands now, compared to how it fared at launch. We’re calling the series “The Player’s Perspective”, and hope you like this inaugural column. If you have an idea for another, please let Bill know via PMs on the forums!
Star Wars: The Old Republic players interested in checking out the Anarchy in Paradise patch notes can head to the official site to see what will be packed in the v4.1 update that continues the story set forth in Knights of the Fallen Empire. Anarchy in Paradise will be launching on February 11th for all players, while those who were subscribers as of February 1st can start the journey today.
New Alliance Alert: Arma Rasa! Players who were subscribed on January 11th will find a new Alliance Alert on February 9th which will enable them to acquire the recently-restored HK-55!
New Alliance Alert: Little Boss! Help Blizz and his new crew defeat a rival gang to bring him into your Alliance!
Crafting Update! With the release of 4.0 we made a pass at focusing and streamlining Crew Skills and with 4.1 we are continuing this effort. Higher Skill, new Materials, Schematics, Missions and more! See below for the full rundown.
Read the full update notes on the Star Wars: The Old Republic site.
Watching videos of players that manage to get through Skyrim and Fallout 4 playing as a pacifist is both astonishing and an example of my favorite thing about humans, our creative ingenuity. These determined gamers refuse to accept what is laid before them, instead they bend the game to their will and rewrite it on their terms. It got me thinking, could PVErs do the same in a game as PVP focused as Camelot Unchained? I think it might be possible, but to do so requires us taking a new look at an old term. Players vs Environment, not Player’s vs NPCs-not entirely.
Read more of Timothy Eisenzimmer's Camelot Unchained: Challenging PvE.
In somewhat surprising news today, the GameTrailers.com Facebook page has been updated with a post informing users that the site is closing its doors effective immediately after thirteen years.
The post indicates that times have changed and with the rampant uptick in video production and streaming, the niche filled by GT has closed.
We wish all the best to the staff at GameTrailers.com wherever their journeys lie.
After months of anticipation, Techland has announced that Dying Light: The Following Enhanced Edition is now on sale. The updated edition brings Nightmare Mode, 250 Legend levels, a new Bounty system as well as The Following expansion, all previously released DLC, community-made maps alongside technical improvements.
Check out the launch day trailer below for Dying Light: The Following Enhanced Edition.
World of Tanks for the PlayStation 4 is expanding today with the addition of over forty vehicles, including the British tank line, and eleven new maps. Players will be able to get hold of the much-desired Type-59 in the PlayStation Store for a limited time.
In this content update, World of Tanks brings an impressive force of over 40 powerful British vehicles to the PlayStation®4 battlefield. A large collection of light, medium, and heavy tanks along with tank destroyers and artillery join the fight. Command some of the most legendary vehicles in British history like the Crusader, Cromwell, and Conqueror. Additionally, some of the most notable maps in World of Tanks have been added to PlayStation®4, including "Siegfried Line," "Fisherman's Bay", "Ensk War!" and many others. Players can also get to grips with the well-known “Westfield” map, as well its variant with weather conditions: “Westfield Rain”.
Find out more on the World of Tanks console site.
Daum has announced that players holding pre-order packages for Black Desert Online can begin reserving character names beginning at 10:00 am Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern. Name reservation is accomplished via a dedicated page. Those still looking to buy a pre-order package have until February 26th to do so with name reservation and automatic entry into the second CBT included.
The second CBT is set to kick off on February 18th and run through February 22nd and features several new or improved systems:
- Revamped Karma system, which balances player kills and death penalties
- Addition of voiceovers
- French and German localization
- Addition of tutorial videos
- Adjustments to experience gain
- Maximum player level of 55
- Improved user interface
Sign up for Black Desert Online closed beta two.