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Destiny : Microtransactions Hit Live Servers with 2.0.1 Update

Posted Oct 13, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Destiny was updated earlier today with a significant patch that brings, among many other things, microtransactions into the game. Players will be able to meet Tess Everis to grab hold of some pretty cool emotes that are only available for a new in-game currency, Silver, that can be purchased through both the XBox Games Store or the Playstation Store.

Another interesting piece of the update will allow players to reroll exotic armor to alter stat boosts or perks and something called Twist Fate node that requires a Glass Needle from Xur .

As always, there are significant bug fixes and balance issues resolved, including a heavy reduction in shotgun range.

You can check out the full update notes on the Destiny site.

Source: Polygon

World of Warcraft : Darkmoon Faire Making a Trip to Blizzcon

Posted Oct 13, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Blizzard has posted a new article on the Blizzcon site to let fans know that World of Warcraft's Darkmoon Faire will be making its way to Anaheim, California for this year's party on November 6th-7th.

Attendees can check out the following:

  • The Slaughtered Calf Inn -  hobnob with the Diablo III devs and grab a drink from Tristram's most popular (and only!) tavern
  • Community Amphitheatre - rub elbows with developers from all Blizzard games, including community managers
  • Pin Trading Booth - grab your collectible Blizzard pins and complete your collection by trading with other fans
  • Capsule Toy Depot - buy a token, stuff it into a gnome-machine to get a special capsule toy that's suitable for trading
  • Adopt-a-Pet - the one stop shop for all Blizzard plushies
  • BlizzCam 360 - get a special epic pose immortalized in full 360 degrees
  • Temporary Tattoos and Face Painting
  • Animated GIF Booth
You can read more of the details on the Blizzcon Darkmoon Faire page.

General : For the King Triples Funding Goal with a Week Yet to Go

Posted Oct 13, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The 'For the King' team has announced that it has not only met its initial funding goal, but has tripled it with over a week to go before the KickStarter initiative closes. To celebrate, the team has announced several new stretch goals that include a frozen realm, companion pets, special character skins and more.

Weave your own unique tales in an epic single or multiplayer RPG adventure that spans across the realms. Trek across perilous badlands, trudge through poisonous swamps, brave the high seas and shifting mystical forests. The land is in chaos and the odds are stacked against you. Answer the call and help bring peace back to Fahrul!

Check out the For the King Kickstarter page for more information and be sure to read our own Rob Lashley's thoughts about it!

Guild Wars 2 : The Mad King Returns for His Annual Celebration

Posted Oct 13, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The Guild Wars 2 team has announced that the annual Shadow of the Mad King event will be returning to Tyria on Friday, October 23rd. Players will be able to take part in a number of activities to score holiday swag, face off against 'grisly monsters' and much more.

Some of what you can expect:

  • The Mad King's Lair - the dungeon where players can take it to the mat with King Oswald Thorn
  • The Mad King's Realm - head to the labyrinth to fight monsters in an undead army, score treats and open haunted doors to kick off even more events
  • The Mad King's Clocktower - race against time in this epic jumping puzzle
  • Lion's Arch Festivities - decorated houses, candy corn vendors, King Thorn tickling funny bones with jokes and entertaining players with Mad King Says
  • Tricks & Treats - new swag bags that can contain weapons, a mini, karka hatchling helm and the pieces needed to make a bat-themed shoulder piece. First time Mad King dungeon fighters can snag a great reward
The teaser page also has some great new screens and wallpapers to get you in a Tyrian festival mood.
Check it all out on the Guild Wars 2 site.

TERA : The Lost Isle Halloween Giveaway!

Posted Oct 13, 2015 by Craig McGregor and En Masse Entertainment have partnered to give you some cool in game gifts for TERA while they kick off their brand new update "The Lost Isle!" These gift keys will give players a Pumpkin Mask, a 7 day mount "Boneshaker" and more! Get your key now while supplies last!

Each gift key will give you the following in game items:

  • Fresh Pumpkin Mask (Permanent, Hair Slot) – Straight from the fields and onto your head!
  • Boneshaker (7-day Character Mount) – Your bones may shake, but your enemies will quake as you ride into battle on this skeletal mount.
  • 100% XP Boost (1 Day) – Increases your hunting XP reward by 100% for 1 real-time day. Can only be used on characters level 64 or below.

World of Tanks : XBox One to 360 Comparison

Posted Oct 13, 2015 by Suzie Ford

World of Tanks had been on the XBox 360 for a long time, even when the XBox One was announced. Now it has made the leap up to the new console and XBox One players are lining up to buy tanks, shoot it out, and crush some walls along the way.

Read more of Garrett Fuller's World of Tanks: XBox One to 360 Comparison.

Crowfall : Todd Coleman on Crowfall’s First Pre-Alpha Lessons Learned

Posted Oct 13, 2015 by Suzie Ford

With the first Pre-Alpha test having wrapped up just a week or so ago, we caught up with ArtCraft’s Todd Coleman to chat about the lessons learned, the next step of Pre-Alpha, and what Todd thinks about the current state of MMOs. Read on for the full interview!

Read more of Bill Murphy's Crowfall: Todd Coleman on Crowfall’s First Pre-Alpha Lessons Learned.

The Witcher 3 : Hearts of Stone Expansion Launches

Posted Oct 13, 2015 by Suzie Ford

CD Projekt Red has announced that the Hearts of Stone expansion for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has officially launched. The expansion brings over ten hours of new game play to the critically acclaimed title.

Hearts of Stone will take Geralt on an all-new adventure into the wilds of No Man’s Land and the nooks and alleys of Oxenfurt, where he’ll try to complete a contract from the mysterious Man of Glass. Caught in a thick tangle of deceit, Geralt will need all his cunning and strength to solve the mystery and emerge unscathed.

Find out more on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt site.

Das Tal : It's No Trick -- 9 Day Event to Start on October 31st

Posted Oct 13, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The Das Tal team is ready to unleash a big new update during a nine-day event for development supporters, testers and clans. Beginning October 31st, two servers will be active, one in North America and one in Central Europe. Players will be able to check out months' worth of upgrades and overhauls to some systems and to the introduction of new ones.

What’s New in Das Tal?

  • Settlement construction: Along with upgradable buildings.
  • Clan warfare bolstered: Sieges, resource wars and random events.
  • New player progression system: More flexibility in character development.
  • Double the previous armor and weapon abilities: Many have been reworked, and many more added.
  • Overhauled crafting system: Many new materials to gather and strategic choices to make.
  • Brand new map zone: The new Mountain biome. Grey is the new orange!
  • Custom control configurations: No more problems with AZERTY keyboards! You can now create your own control schemes.

Find out more about the event on the Das Tal site.

Saga of Lucimia : A Return to the Roots of MMOs - Part 1

Posted Oct 13, 2015 by Suzie Ford

In this month’s dev journal, were going to talk about the most recent round of alpha testing for the Saga of Lucimia, as well as upcoming goals for the next monthly build, and cover some of what we have been working on for over the past year and a half building the game up from scratch.

Read more of our exclusive developer diary penned by Tim Anderson, Saga of Lucimia: A Return to the Roots of MMOs - Part 1.

TERA : Discover The Lost Isle with Today's Release

Posted Oct 13, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The overhauled starter experience for TERA players will be enhanced after today's release of  The Lost Isle update. Players will begin on Stepstone Isle after completing a more robust character creation process and will be treated to an accelerated path to the main game. Along the way, a new story will be revealed prior to setting foot on the main world.

Another great addition to TERA’s combat system is Gridiron Academy, a level 40-64 version of the level 65 Gridiron PvP battleground, complete with Vanguard quests and reputation rewards.

Returning players can take advantage of the “Returning Hero” tab on the Vanguard Requests screen, which helps level 58-65 characters that have not logged in for at least a month seamlessly re-engage with TERA via gear upgrades and walkthroughs of new features and essential skills.

Read more on the TERA site.

ELOA : It's Your Lucky Day! Initial Western Beta Event Kicks Off

Posted Oct 13, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Interested in beta testing the Western version of ELOA? If so, today's your lucky day as today marks the commencement of the first beta phase for the game. Players will be able to check out the Triple Battle Stance System, what Webzen calls the "core system of the game".

The “Triple Battle Stance System” [means] each class will have 3 battle stances to switch between in real time. Each battle stance has its own unique features for playing solo, in a party, and PvP. Based on this feature, players can enjoy a total of 24 skills per each battle stance as they please. Players can gain the advantage in battle by not only easily responding to constantly changing battle tactics, but also by customizing their own battle style and combos as freely as they want.

Check out the ELOA site to find out more about the beta and to get signed up.

General : Catching Up with Dave Georgeson

Posted Oct 13, 2015 by Suzie Ford

It’s been some time since before we had Dave Georgeson writing here on Turns out, he’s been a bit busy, with any number of things! We caught up with the former leader of the EverQuest franchise to chat about his own gaming habits, current projects, EverQuest Next, and his time at SOE.

Read more of Bill Murphy's Catching Up with Dave Georgeson.

Darkfall : UPDATED: Ub3rgames & Big Picture Games Each Seek Licensing

Posted Oct 13, 2015 by Suzie Ford

UPDATE: We have received word that a pair of companies each seeking to obtain licensing to bring updated / overhauled versions of Darkfall back to gamers worldwide. Ub3rgames' version is Darkfall: New Dawn. Big Picture Games will title their version Darkfall: Rise of Agon. At this writing, neither has managed to secure licensing, but both have reported progress in talks with current owner and developer Aventurine.

Thanks to Slapshot1188, we were have heard of a company calling itself Ub3rgames that is seeking to acquire the license to Darkfall Online, currently held by its original developer Aventurine. According to the "About Us" section, Ub3rgames, if successful in its acquisition, will relaunch the game under the name Darkfall: New Dawn.

Our approach for this project is as a group of 10 professional developers with previous experience ranging from running multiplayer games, administrating MMO servers and developing large scale high demand infrastructure for businesses. This group formed in order to acquire and rerelease Darkfall Online in today’s market.

Also working to secure licensing for Darkfall is Big Picture Games:

We can now confidently begin the major planning and development work needed to successfully relaunch Darkfall, and we plan to secure an official licensing agreement in the coming weeks. Here’s what this development means for everyone involved in this project:

  • Over the next few weeks we’ll start to finalize the staff, structure, and workflows of our internal teams.
  • We’ll begin preparations for a successful Kickstarter campaign which we plan to launch in the coming months.
  • We’ll begin the design and development process for an official website to inform the public about our project and unique vision for Darkfall.
  • We’ll also be working closely with our marketing team to begin introducing our talented team members to the public who will be a critical part of making this project a success.

Find out more about each project at the links above.

WildStar : Miguel Caron Joins Carbine Studios

Posted Oct 12, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Miguel Caron, most recently working with Behaviour Interactive on Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade, has announced that he is now working with Carbine Studios to, among other things, work to find future projects that are in accordance with NCSoft's overall vision.

I work with the leadership team to support effective studio operations, develop effective protocols and business processes, and identify new and unique opportunities for future projects, which are in line with both the studio and NCSOFT’s WEST business aims and vision.

The announcement was made via Mr. Caron's personal Facebook page.

Wasteland 2 : The Director’s Cut is the Ideal Way to Experience the Desert

Posted Oct 12, 2015 by Suzie Ford

At first, when I heard about the Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut from inXile Entertainment, I thought it was just a clever branding trick to release the game on consoles. Then I played it, and quickly realized that it’s the true definitive version of the crowdfunded RPG that rocked our socks off last year.

Read more of Bill Murphy's Wasteland 2: The Director's Cut is the Ideal Way to Experience the Desert.

Overwatch : Beta Preview Live Stream Event Announced for Oct. 15th

Posted Oct 12, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Overwatch fans rejoice! A special beta preview event has been scheduled for this week on Thursday, October 15th from 10:00 am Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern. The stream is anticipated to last for ninety minutes and is being hosted by a pair of streamers who will be broadcasting the event for the duration.

You can catch the Overwatch Beta Preview on the following channels:

Source: Overwatch site

World of Warships : Take to the High Seas to Test German & Russian Ships

Posted Oct 12, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The World of Warships team is asking players to help test out German cruisers and Russian destroyers that have recently been added to the game. The test will take place from October 13th through October 19th beginning at 2:00 pm Pacific / 5:00 pm Eastern.

Interestingly, players will have to earn the ships to test through battle. To earn the German Tier V Cruiser, players will need to sink four enemy ships using a Japanese vessel tier IV or higher. To gain access to the Russian Tier V Destroyer, players will be required to sink four enemy ships while in command of an American vessel tier IV or higher.

Read more the the details, including further test period restrictions, on the World of Warships site.

Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen : Taking Shape - An Interview with Brad McQuaid & Chris Perkins

Posted Oct 12, 2015 by Suzie Ford

This past week we had the chance to interview Brad McQuaid and Chris Perkins about the work on Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen. The game is really in great shape despite not making its Kickstarter, and recently secured the seed funding needed to make Pantheon a reality. MMO fans will have a lot to look forward to as the team has a playable solid core game, gotten its first round of funding, and hit solid internal milestones. Let’s have the guys bring us up to date on the project and give you a few details you may not have heard.

Read more of Garrett Fuller's Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen - Taking Shape - An Interview with Brad McQuaid & Chris Perkins.

Guild Wars 2 : Economic Instability Incoming & the Legendary Weapon Journey

Posted Oct 12, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The Guild Wars 2 site has been updated with a new blog post that proactively warns players of economic instability incoming with the Heart of Thorns expansion due in large part to several new systems put in place specifically for it. 

Some of the new systems include salvaging that will potentially reduce output to keep scarcity in play as a major factor in the game's economy. Salvaging rebalance will also provide more rare materials that should, in theory, "even out some of the variation of scarcity we currently have."

Some rewards are being shifted away from dungeons into other pieces of content, while simultaneously giving players unique non-transferable rewards.

Read the full economy article on the Guild Wars 2 site.

A second article on the site deals with Legendary Weapons and how they will come into being during Heart of Thorns. After completing the precursor weapon and attaining the Gift of Maguuma Mastery, a Mystic Tribute and a unique gift that has a direct relation to the Legendary weapon, players will be sent on a secondary journey.

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns heralds the beginning of the first new set of legendary weapons to be added to the game since its original set of twenty included in the launch of Guild Wars 2. The first three we’ll release are a celestially themed axe called Astralaria, an experimental energy themed pistol called H.O.P.E., and a raven spirit themed staff called Nevermore. It takes a lot of work to craft these legendary journeys for release, so rather than take the time to develop the full set before releasing any of them, we will be releasing new legendary weapons in small groups at regular intervals until the full set of sixteen has been added to the game. Collections for the existing legendary weapons will be available on launch day, while the first three new legendaries will become available shortly after launch, alongside raids.

You can read more about HoT's Legendary Weapons here.

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