This week on Game On, Chris and Brax mull over EverQuest 2's new prison servers. By demanding a subscription and not offering customer service, are they going too far with their power? The hosts also talk about Pillars of Eternity, how Marvel Heroes (2016!) has stolen their hearts, how WoW's next expansion is likely coming before June, and more!
Check out this week's episode on the Game On podcast page.
Our “Old Auntie Gamer” aka “Old-School Pong PC gal” gets a hands-on session with this popular Japanese console game at PAX and calls it good.
Read more of Carolyn Koh's Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe & the Blight Below.
September 2nd is the seventh anniversary of Wizard101 going live to hard drives all over the world.
After five years in development, including a year in Beta, on this day Merle Ambrose and Gamma the Owl started guiding students through picking a class and preparing for that first fearsome fight with the Jade Oni (Malistaire didn’t even think to show up until a few months later)! Now that it’s been seven years and over 50 million registered accounts later, it’s time to let the numbers do the talking while we take a look back at seven big moments in the history of Wizard101.
Read more of Christina IceDreamer's (with photos by Chrissy the Blesser!) Wizard101: Seven Years of the Spiral - Happy Birthday, Wizard101!
Over the last few years indie games have really made their presence felt at PAX. The same was true again this year and we caught up with one of the indie MMOs out there, the Repopulation. Read on to find out what Josh Halls had to say about the newest additions to the game.
Read more of Rob Lashley's The Repopulation: Under Siege.
Destiny fans looking forward to the release of the first expansion, The Taken King, will want to tune into Bungie's Twitch.tv channel tomorrow at 11:00 am Pacific / 2:00 pm Eastern for a special, and final, live stream event to showcase the new content. Fans will get a look at the Dreadnaught, looking for loot and checking out player-instigated public events.
Head to the link above at the appointed hour.
Ubisoft has announced that Tom Clancy's EndWar Online has officially kicked off its first round of closed beta testing after a successful alpha phase. The CBT will run from today through November and will feature two new commanders for each side, a new PvE 'special operations' mode, a VIP system and the usual list of bug fixes and feature enhancements.
Developed by Ubisoft Shanghai, the team behind the console versions of Tom Clancy’s EndWar®, Tom Clancy’s EndWar Online is an RPG strategy spin-off continuing the story of Tom Clancy’s EndWar. Set in the aftermath of a massive global war between the biggest superpowers on Earth, resources and money have run dry and factions are on the brink of collapse. As one of the last remaining leaders, you are tasked with rebuilding your homeland and spearheading the final battle. Create a hero, build and lead an army made of the finest commanders and weapons, engage in challenging single-player missions to reclaim your homeland from rogue armies and put your skills to the ultimate test in intense player vs. player battles against the other factions.
Find out more on the EndWar Online site.
Fans of ARK: Survival Evolved will want to tune into the game's Twitch.tv channel at 2:00 pm Eastern / 11:00 am Pacific today to check out the finals of the Survival of the Fittest Unnatural Selection Tournament that will see winners sharing in $40,000 worth of prizes.
The winning Tribes will receive a substantial Winner’s Check for $20,000:
- Championship First Place Winning Tribe will receive: $20,000 split up to four ways (depending on size of the Tribe)
- Championship Second Place Winning Tribe Will Receive: $10,000 split up to four ways
- Championship Third Place Winning Tribe Will Receive: $4,000 split up to four ways
- Each 144 Championship qualifiers will receive a $100 Steam Gift Card for joining the Championship game.
144 players in teams of four will be duking it out in a battle to the finish in order to claim victory. You can check out all the action at the link above.
Kingart-Games has sent word for that a new KickStarter initiative has officially launched for Dwarves, a story-driven RPG for those who want all dwarf all the time. The game centers around epic battles and the acquisition of companions to take it to the enemies' knees ala the Battle of Helm's Deep from Lord of the Rings.
You play as Tungdil, a dwarf who was raised among humans and gained his knowledge of the five Dwarven Kingdoms primarily from books. He sets out on a grand journey across “Girdlegard” - a conglomeration of kingdoms that’s now more dangerous than ever.
Developers hope to raise $260,000 and have the game in players' hands by mid-2016.
Check out the Dwarves KickStarter initiative.
It would be difficult if not impossible to build any kind of reasonable case that World of Warcraft isn't the most influential MMORPG ever. As it approaches it eleventh anniversary this November, it can lay claim to some truly enormous numbers. For example, in 2012, it reportedly surpassed $10 billion in total gross revenue. Last year, it reached 100 million accounts created. That said, despite having aged pretty gracefully, it's no longer the dominant force it once was in the category.
Read more of Richard Aihoshi's The List: Five Pointed Questions About World of Warcraft.
Archlord 2 players will want to head into the game to check out the new content that has arrived with the deployment of the Season of Siege update. Player guilds can now take on one another thanks to the Castle Siege system that takes guild supremacy to new heights. With the ability to use bombs, barricades, and guard towers, battles have the potential to be epic.
To celebrate the launch of this new update, WEBZEN is launching a level jump event that allows players to receive a free level boost for their character, enabling them to jump right into the action. Both new players and those who have not played the game in a while should not miss this chance to catch up quickly!
Read more on the Archlord 2 site.
Funcom has announced the deployment of the latest update to LEGO Minifigures Online that comes packed with sixteen new figures and the monster trials challenge. Added figures come from the popular Series 14 set that includes Monster Rocker and Zombie Pirate.
You get your hands on these awesome new minifigures in the monster trials. Battle your way through the trials, earn parts and assemble them to form the new minifigures, such as the wacky witch or the tiger woman, each with their own unique personality and abilities.
Find out more on the LEGO Minifigures Online site.
Warner Bros. Interactive has announced that Mad Max, an open world, third person action title is now available for Playstation 4, PC and XBox One. Players will have access to deep vehicle customization and an original story based in the Mad Max universe.
Following the theft of his iconic Interceptor, Max must align himself with a gifted, but peculiar, mechanic named Chumbucket to build the ultimate survival vehicle, something Chumbucket calls the "Magnum Opus." Players design, customize and upgrade their essential vehicle by choosing from different car chassis and a myriad of upgrades including mounted weapons, armor and engines in the hopes of escaping to the Plains of Silence. Gamers must endure the open-world, post-apocalyptic environment that features a huge variety of encounters in a host of different locations throughout The Wasteland, many of them remnants of the world before the apocalypse. Players brave the treacherous landscapes, hostile weather patterns and deadly marauders, while accumulating Max's equipment and weapons to survive by combining melee combat, gunplay and tactical techniques.
Find out more on the Mad Max site.
During PAX Prime 2015, ArenaNet announced that not only is Guild Wars 2 (the base game) becoming free to play, not only is Heart of Thorns launching on October 23rd, but raids, legendary armor, and more are coming as part of the end-game experience in Heart of Thorns. We chatted with Colin Johanson and Mike O’Brien after the presentation to go deeper into all things HoT.
Read more of Bill Murphy's Guild Wars 2: Colin & MO Talk Heart of Thorns, Raids & Free to Play.
The League of Angels: Fire Raiders team has sent along word that Relics will soon be added to the game. Considered 'ancient heirlooms' left behind by the gods, players will benefit from the notion that they are equipment for a player's entire army.
You can think of Relics as a set of equipment for your whole army. They provide bonuses that apply to every Hero you send into battle. Apart from base stats, Relics also feature powerful set bonuses that unlock when you equip pieces of the same set. These set bonuses are not just simple stat boosts, but powerful effects such as a shield for your team every time you start battle. There are 3 sets of Relics and multiple quality versions of each set. Relics are a long-term investment. Much like heroes, take the time to slowly cultivate them and they will become invaluable to your army.
Relics can be obtained in a new Relic Dungeon when it is deployed in the next patch. Completion of the dungeon will reward players will Relics, Relic Shards, Relic tokens (currency for this mode) and other materials. Players then use these to craft Relics, smelt unneeded ones or upgrade existing Relics.
Read more on the League of Angels: Fire Raiders site.
Everquest II players with remaining questions about the upcoming server consolidation need look no further than the game's official forums for a handy dandy FAQ put together by the Daybreak Game Company team to help ease in the transition. Topics cover name retention, whether or not transfers are free, banking issues, housing and player-designed dungeons and much, much more.
Q: If our names change, how will our guildmates know who we are? How will the guild still be together if everyone is renamed?
A: The names that do conflict will be renamed according to the method listed above. In the guild roster everyone will keep their notes, rank, and anything else tied to that character. If a character is renamed it will be automatically updated in the guild rosters. All characters that are auto-renamed will have the option to do a free name change. If the free name change is used it will automatically update the name in the guild roster as well.
Q: How will you handle guild names?
A: Guild names will be handled similarly to character names. If two or more guilds have the same name, we will append "X" to conflicting guilds and both guilds will be offered a free guild name change. If there is no leader in your guild, you'll need to /petition to initiate a vote for a new leader.
Read the full FAQ on the Everquest II forum.
The Mortal Online team has sent word that the game is now officially available via the Steam gaming platform a few months after a successful Greenlight campaign. To celebrate, a new trailer has been released. Check it out and then head to the Mortal Online Steam page to get started.
Blizzard has teamed up with Twitch to announced the TeSPA Collegiate Hearthstone Championship that sees teams of three facing off against one another in an effort to win a share of the $100,000 scholarship pool. Registration is open from now through September 25th with season play taking place from September 28th through November 10th and the championships to be held in January 2016.
Each team will consist of three students playing one deck together at the same time—a format designed to help foster school affinity, encourage teamwork, and support the growth of local competitive gaming communities. The competition will span nine weeks, featuring a weekly broadcast two nights a week on Twitch—stay tuned for more details.
Sign up for the Collegiate Hearthstone Championship and check out the details.
Fast forward to today, and we have the recent deployment of the v2.3.0 patch that is the largest to date and one that is packed with a new location, a new season tracker and Kanai’s Cube, a modernized version of Diablo 2’s Horadric Cube. What it all comes down to is that this is the meatiest, game experience patches in D3’s history, short of the RoS expansion itself.
Read more of Suzie Ford's Diablo 3: Latest Update is a Game-Changer (in a Good Way!).
Our intrepid PAX team met with Taehoon Kim, CEO of nWay and Steig Hedlund, Vice President, Creative on day two of PAX Prime 2015 where we got our hands on the mobile version of Chronoblade and editor Bill Murphy fan-boied over sitting next to Steig.
Read more of Carolyn Koh's Chronoblade: A Balanced & Polished Mobile Version Headed Our Way.
During this past weekend's PAX Prime, several interesting tidbits of news for Trion's game were released. We will be covering Devilian, Rift and Atlas Reactor, but some notable news was also released for Trove, Defiance and ArcheAge.
ArcheAge - ArcheAge‘s biggest update ever, ArcheAge Heroes Awaken, will launch on September 12, 2015 and feature significant updates to the game. The brand-new Hero System, updates to the Guild Progression System, Housing upgrades and a reborn Diamond Shore offer just a glimpse at the new content in ArcheAge Heroes Awaken.
Trove - Trove, Trion Worlds’ recently launched voxel MMO adventure game, has been a big hit amongst fans since it launched July 9, already amassing more than 2.5M monthly active users. The upcoming Fall update, The Shadow Tower, will introduce an all-new class, the Lunar Lancer and endgame content as the game prepares to launch on Mac in Fall 2015.
Defiance - The upcoming Defiance Supreme Patch will introduce a new race of enemies, the acidic Shrill who inhabit Silicon Valley’s arkfalls. Also added will be Supreme Weapons, a new higher tier of rarity which can be applied to all current and future weapons.
Find out more at the links above.