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Camelot Unchained : Pitchforks & Betas

Posted Jul 29, 2015 by Suzie Ford

There is no sense in avoiding the demon in the dungeon. Due to a lack of staff CU Beta was delayed until further notice. It’s obviously a disappointment for many backers but it's also a symbol of how much the genre has changed. Back in my day Beta wasn’t “delayed”. Beta usually had 4 stages and concluded with “open beta tests” and most scrubs like me didn’t get in until phase 4, or worst case scenario, open beta.

Read more of Timothy Eisenzimmer's Camelot Unchained: Pitchforks & Betas.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn : Heavensward Lore Explored

Posted Jul 29, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Margaret Krohn (formerly of SOE) has posted an excellent video about Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward that covers the lore behind the recent expansion. Check it out!

World of Warcraft : Expansion Announcement Coming at Gamescom

Posted Jul 29, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Blizzard has just announced that a World of Warcraft expansion will indeed be announced at this year's Gamescom, ending speculation about what the special press event was going to reveal.

Join us Thursday, August 6 at 9 a.m. PDT for a special World of Warcraft event streamed live from gamescom 2015 in Cologne, Germany—where we’ll be unveiling the next chapter of the World of Warcraft saga. . . .

Tune in again Sunday, August 9 at 8:00 a.m. PDT for a World of Warcraft developer chat before the show ends, and find out more about what’s in store.

Stay tuned to our dedicated gamescom page for further details on the live stream. Those who are able to join us in person at gamescom can visit us at the Blizzard booth in hall 7.1. We hope to see you there!

Read more on the World of Warcraft site.

See what we think will be coming next in our latest World of Warcraft column.

General : Battletech Headed to Kickstarter for Reboot

Posted Jul 29, 2015 by Suzie Ford

From the same team that brought the world Shadowrun Hong Kong, Harebrained Schemes, comes the news that a Battletech reboot is on the way pending a successful Kickstarter initiative. The Kickstarter will take place later this fall, but the team has unveiled a brand new site to give potential backers information about their vision of the game.

Jordan Weisman, the creator of BattleTech and MechWarrior, is back with the first turn-based BattleTech game for PC in over two decades. Steeped in the feudal political intrigue of the BattleTech universe, the game will feature an open-ended Mercenaries-style campaign that blends RPG ‘Mech and MechWarrior management with modern turn-based tactics.

Check out the Battletech site for more information.

Michael Bitton : Here's What's Awesome About Hearthstone's Grand Tournament

Posted Jul 29, 2015 by Michael Bitton

Blizzard recently announced The Grand Tournament as the latest expansion for Hearthstone and there’s a lot to be excited about. Following Blizzard’s all but confirmed expansion-adventure mode-expansion cadence, The Grand Tournament is the second pack-based expansion set for Hearthstone, which means players can look forward to a lot of new cards (132, to be exact!) when the expansion releases later next month.

Read more of Michael Bitton's The Best of Hearthstone's Grand Tournament…So Far.

Dying Light : New Expansion Forthcoming: The Following

Posted Jul 29, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The Dying Light team has announced that an expansion to the game is forthcoming and that the team will be ready to show off a portion of it at Gamescom. Season Pass holders will receive the expansion for free or it is available as a separate purchase.

“For Dying Light: The Following we’re adding a number of bold game-changers to create one massive expansion. Something big that will give the game a brand-new flavor. The new map alone is the same size as all the previous maps from Dying Light combined, so there is a lot we’re packing in here.

Check out the video below and then head to the Dying Light for more.

Skyforge : What Class in Skyforge Should You Play?

Posted Jul 29, 2015 by William Murphy

With Skyforge being the hot new game on the block right now, it makes sense that so many of us are playing Allods and Obsidian's latest. But there are an awful lot of classes in the game, and some take a lot of work to unlock. So why not let us help you decide which class to work towards with this week's quiz?

Read on to find out What Skyforge Class You Should Play.

Elder Scrolls Online : Storyline vs Content

Posted Jul 29, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Now that we have a release date for Imperial City and according to Matt Firor, Wrothgar isn’t far off either (early 2016), I want to pose a question to the community. This question is one that I’m still debating over and can’t come to an actual decision on where I stand, or where I should stand.

Read more of Ryan Getchell's Elder Scrolls Online: Storyline vs Content.

Van Helsing : Final Cut Trailer Released

Posted Jul 29, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Neocore games recently revealed the The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing Final Cut, an upgraded and 'refined' version of all three games in the series. To show off the changes, a new trailer has been released. Check it out!

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cut will be released in September 2015, and will continue to provide content for a long time to come. It will be a standalone title on Steam, priced $44.99. Anyone who owns all three games in the trilogy already, will get the game for free.


Armored Warfare : Early Access 4 Detailed in New Blog Post

Posted Jul 29, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Obsidian Entertainment has laid out the details for the forthcoming Early Access 4 event that is scheduled for August 13th through August 30th. Players will be able to check out the recently revealed retrofit system.

In addition, EA4 will include:

  • Advanced artillery support shells
  • Several new vehicles (T-54, M48 Patton, Object 430, Centauro 120, FV721, Begleitpanzer 57, T-72A) with Centauro 155 removed from the dealer tree for rebalance
  • Game economy overhaul
  • Significant increase in the PvE rewards, new PvE missions
  • Large optimization bundle
  • Rebalances of certain vehicles
  • A large number of bug fixes and improvements

Read the full post, along with a detailed "feature highlight", on the Armored Warfare site.

Skyforge : Review in Progress - My Ascension Slows

Posted Jul 29, 2015 by Suzie Ford

My epic ascension to god-hood slowed down this week. The reason was twofold. On one hand, I had to review Kyn (a fun little Indie RPG), but on the other hand I was actually very glad to take a break from Skyforge. After putting in over 40 hours since Open Beta Head Start, the repetitive nature of Skyforge’s content is starting to get to me.

Read more of Bill Murphy's Skyforge - Review in Progress - My Ascension Slows.

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General : Maingear PCs Now Powered by Windows 10

Posted Jul 29, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Today marks the arrival of Microsoft's new operating system, Windows 10. Maingear has announced that their latest line of powerhouse gaming PCs will automatically ship with Windows 10.

“Microsoft’s newest operating system vastly enhances the gaming experience by giving gamers full control of the system with powerful features,” says Wallace Santos, CEO and Founder of MAINGEAR.  “Windows 10 makes gaming better and MAINGEAR is excited to be a launch partner.”

Find out more on the Maingear site.

Eudemons : Next Expansion to Bring New Class to Game

Posted Jul 29, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Eudemons Online will be expanding soon with Salvation of the Shadow that will also bring a new class, Shadow Knight, to the game. The expansion will go live on August 5th.

Shadow Knights are born to have a defender Saive around. From the divine invasion to the devil corruption, this sacred fighter has never wavered. When Shadow Knights returned to the human's world, Saive also went into war against the doomsday!

Read more on the Eudemons Online site.

Firefall : Chris Whiteside Touts Impending PS4 Release

Posted Jul 29, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Chris Whiteside, currently in attendance at this year's ChinaJoy, has told us that Firefall will be coming to PlayStation 4 (no word on XBox One, however). He reached out to Managing Editor Bill Murphy directly to let us know that it had been announced at Sony's Press Conference. A press release should be forthcoming soon and we'll keep you posted as the story develops.

You can read more about Firefall in our recent interview with Chris.

General : MSI Now Shipping Windows 10 Gaming Notebooks

Posted Jul 29, 2015 by Suzie Ford

MSI has announced that a new line of Windows 10-compatible gaming netbooks is now available to order. Each net book features DirectX 12 and gives players and console gamers cross platform compatibility.

“Windows 10 takes gaming to the next level by enhancing the experience and seamlessly integrating console and PC gaming,” says Andy Tung, president of MSI Pan America.  “MSI provides gamers with the best and newest, and are proud to be the first to carry gaming notebooks with Windows 10 installed, also powered by the latest Intel 5th gen Core i7 processors.”

Read more on the MSI site.

The Repopulation : Large Update Brings New Minigame & More

Posted Jul 29, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The Repopulation servers will be down for up to eight hours today beginning at 10:00 am Eastern / 7:00 am Pacific in order to bring a large patch online. The update will include animation improvements, holiday events, the first stage of the Entertainer overhaul (music minigame), bug fixes and enhancements.

The first stage of the Entertainer revamp goes live with this build, in the form of a new Music Minigame. When using an instrument in an rest area it will now begin the Music Minigame, in addition to entering interactive music mode. There is a new synethic instrument type, and you can now see players visibly playing their instruments. The music minigame works on a system of openings, and can fork through different paths of minigames. Different options will grant different types of buffs. This system is designed so that some of the buffs between the various entertainment lines (Music, Tales, and Dancing) interact with one another. Dancing and Tale minigames will be coming in the near future.

Players can also look forward to a pair of other updates all scheduled to hit live service before PAX Prime. Work-in-Progress notes can be found here.

Read the full details of today's update on The Repopulation site.

Runescape : Players Helping to Save Endangered Big Cats

Posted Jul 29, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Jagex has announced that Runescape and Old School Runescape players will have the opportunity to participate in in-game events to raise funds for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to assist in the preservation of big cats in the wild. Players will be able to adopt companion cubs based on wild cats and can earn special titles for their characters. Players can also donate bonds resulting in a £2.85 donation to WWF per bond.

In the main RuneScape game, players seek out a character called ‘Conservationist Rohit Sharma’ to take part in the Big Cats Quiz, where they can compete to secure points and adopt the jaguar and tiger cub companions, plus three new titles (‘Snowy Assassin’, ‘Stealth Predator’ and ‘King/Queen of the Jungle’). Furthermore, players can donate Bonds to the Conservationist, which can be used to adopt additional lion and snow leopard cubs. All proceeds from RuneScape Bond donations go to WWF in support of their global conservation effort.

Read more on the Runescape site's dedicated page.

Shards : Pre-Alpha 2 Deemed a Success

Posted Jul 28, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The Shards Online newsletter has been published that gives a big shout out to participants in Pre-alpha 2, most especially to community run server admins. The event has led to the creation of a pair of round tables with developers to help provide support and to demonstrate how to run and mod a live server.

The community will also get their chance to chat with developers when a new community round table is planned for August 1st at 1:00 pm Eastern / 10:00 am Pacific.

Check out the rest of the Shards Online letter that covers diverse topics as body & skin tones, a community shard spotlight on Arcanima, and more.

Blade & Soul : Costume Contest Winners Announced

Posted Jul 28, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The Blade & Soul team recently ran a "design a costume" contest. The contest allowed players to create a costume that will be featured in the game when it launches. The winner was announced earlier today and you can get a look at the winning artwork below.

Read the full article and see more screens on the Blade & Soul site.

Colonies : New Tutorial Helps Ease Entry Into the Game

Posted Jul 28, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Iron Bit has announced that a new tutorial for Colonies Online has been released. Included is a 'training' camp that gives players the chance to learn about game systems and how to survive in the world.

The update also includes more customization options for players to customize their colonies that includes plants, grass, rocks and more that can be purchased from special vendors.

The studio has also released a new pack of animations for Civil and Combat modes, which includes the option to set auto-run in game by pressing the “~” or “Num Lock” key. Minor fixes include resource deposits, that are now marked on Colonists mini-maps, making the ability to find new resources that much easier. The update will also increase the range of levels in quality of all resources that are spread over the online universe. Finally, Iron Bit have added a GUI indicator to the Shield Generator, as it now indicates the charge of a battery that powers the personal shield generator - that will make it easier to track the level of the defence system when encountering firefights - just remember to recharge those batteries!

Read more on the Colonies Online site.


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