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Epocylipse : Mid-Atlantic Groups Revealed

Posted Apr 30, 2016 by Catherine Daro

Razor Edge Games has revealed the latest "Marauder Groups" from Epocylipse The AfterFall. The Mid-Atlantic group, most notably the Reapers, are in business to harvest souls for Death. 

Gamers can expect the marauders of the northeast to be hearty, skilled, and extremely tenacious. Not everyone is out to kill you, though. The Daywalkers are a group only interested in your goods. Goods, Razor Edge Games says, they will lift right off your person in broad daylight without you ever noticing. Though not everyone is out to kill you, the greater majority absolutely want your head. Encountering the Dead Eyes especially means Adventurers are the perfect target. It might be all fun and games to this marauder duo, but gamers will be laughing considerably less with bullets in their heads.

Marauder groups are communities of enemies that are not aligned with any of the larger factions within the game. You can read more by visiting the Epocylipse The AfterFall site.

Kingdom Under Fire II : New Elven Ranger Trailer From CN Version

Posted Apr 30, 2016 by Catherine Daro

The Chinese version of Kingdom Under Fire II has a new trailer available featuring the elven ranger. The video shows plenty of gameplay action. Be sure to check out her abilities and equipment by watching the video below.


Shroud of the Avatar : Duel With The Devs Telethon Coming May 2nd

Posted Apr 30, 2016 by Catherine Daro

The Shroud of the Avatar team will be on hand on Monday, May 2nd, from 10 AM Pacific / 1 PM Eastern to participate in the Duel with the Devs Spring Telethon. During the event, participants can duel with the devs, earn prizes, including t-shirts, store credits and more, and can expect some surprises along the way. 

Drinking / Dancing / Singing Rules:

  • For every $2500 spent (new money only) Chris, Richard, and Starr (and other Devs that choose to participate) have a choice of 1 of the following:
    • 1 Shot/Sip
    • 1 dance (audience suggestions considered)
    • 1 verse of a song (audience suggestions considered)

Other items in this week's newsletter include a Brittany video walkthrough, a pair of new player-run towns, new community events and more. 

You can read the full newsletter on the Shroud of the Avatar site. 

General : WEBZEN Celebrates Its 7th Anniversary

Posted Apr 30, 2016 by Catherine Daro

Seven years ago the Webzen games portal opened and the team is ready to celebrate with its tens of thousands of fans. Special events will be taking place in all of Webzen's titles, including ASTA, C9, Flyff, MU Online and Rappelz to name a few. Events will continue through May 24th.

Along with the anniversary events, CONTINENT OF THE NINTH SEAL (C9) also launches its latest content update for C9 actionists, bringing six new daily dungeons for solo play only. Daily dungeons are special dungeons that can be entered once a day, where players can obtain precious artisan materials. Players can enter one dungeon each day of the week, and on Sundays will be able to choose which dungeon to enter themselves.

You can find out more by visiting Webzen's portal.

The Secret World : New 10 Day Trial Offered

Posted Apr 30, 2016 by Catherine Daro

Have you ever wanted to play Funcom's The Secret World? If so, you have a new opportunity thanks to the new 10 day trial available on the official site. 

You can get started by visiting The Secret World site and signing up for the trial.

Thanks BlueTurtle13 for the tip. 

In other news from The Secret World, there is a small Q&A with the lead system designer Mags. The answered questions were selected from submissions by the community.

Brightmoon - If you could get a do-over on any existing system, what would it be and how would you change it? 

If I could get a do-over on any existing system, it'd have to be the Ability Wheel. There are a lot of good points about the Ability Wheel, but there are a few things I'd like to improve even more. One such thing is improving weapon identity and diversity. To take one small example, currently you don't have to look far to find both AoE and single target abilities in any weapon. If, for example, Hammers only had columns and AoEs and Blades only had powerful single target attacks, you'd know that as a melee character Hammers is where you go if you need to take down packs of enemies and Blades is better for taking down bosses and tough monsters. The flip side of this coin, and the reason the game is how it is, is that players have a lot more freedom in making the build they want with the weapons they want.

You can read the rest of the Q&A on The Secret World forum.

General : HeroWarz: Cross-Genre MOBA Enters CBT On May 18th

Posted Apr 30, 2016 by Catherine Daro

KOG Games, developers of Elsword, have announced that their cross-genre MOBA HeroWarz will enter Closed Beta Testing on May 18th. According to the team, the game features RPG elements and in-depth story line, character progression, PvP and more. 

HeroWarz is the ultimate action RPG where players select and cultivate unique heroes to build their personal assault force. Dive into an ever expanding, in-depth, story-driven character lineup and prepare for action-packed battles like no other! HeroWarz isn't just for RPG and action gamers. Enter: Arena TV, the standalone PvP element of HeroWarz. Arena TV will be a stand-alone, MOBA based PvP environment that promotes competitive, fast paced action with a character lineup that goes even beyond that of what's offered on the RPG character lineup.

Interested players are invited to head to the HeroWarz site to sign up for testing.

Final Fantasy XIV : Yo-Kai Watch Crossover Content Coming in v3.3

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

UPDATE: Check out the Letter from the Producer Live brief summary.

Final Fantasy XIV players and fans of Yo-Kai Watch will be happy to hear that, like the Lightning crossover a few months ago, content from the Square Enix RPG series will be heading into the game. The announcement came as part of the larger discussion of the v3.3, "Revenge of the Horde" update that will also see a pair of new dungeons, new main scenario quests and other questing content as well.

Yo-kai are the physical embodiment of everyday problems, and they live everywhere in our world—under cars, near vending machines, in the river—you just can’t see them.

With the power of the Yo-kai Watch, though, you can find these hidden Yo-kai, befriend them, and call upon their powers when you need their help. There are over 200 different types of Yo-kai just waiting to be discovered!

We'll keep you posted when the Letter From the Producer Live summary is posted on the Final Fantasy XIV forum.


General : Metronomicon - Mixing Rhythm Games & RPGs in a Fun New Way

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Being a fan of RPGs and Rhythm games it’s sort of weird to realize I’ve never considered the possibilities of mixing the two together. It might seem like mixing these two genres would be a bit weird but Metronomicon manages to meld them into a wonderfully entertaining and exciting package.

Read more of Robin Baird's Metronomicon: Mixing Rhythm Games & RPGs in Fun New Ways.

Black Desert Online : Hacker Hunting Initiative Announced

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Black Desert Online is giving players a chance to take part first hand in the effort to hunt down hackers and cheats in the game. A new post on the BDO forum has announced the "Hacker Hunting Initiative" that gives players the opportunity to report bots, hackers and "disruptive hackers" (i.e. griefers). The reward? Elion's Tears and GM's Blessings.

Now to be clear all submissions will be reviewed by our staff and the video needs to visibly include the server, channel, evidence of cheating and name of the player in question.  When you submit a video as described above and it leads to the removal of the cheater you will earn one of the following rewards.  Please note these rewards are only given to the first five confirmed reports and reports on players that have already been banned will not receive an reward.  Once the investigation is complete and ban is finalized rewards will be sent out.

Read more and participate in the conversation on the Black Desert Online forum.

Chronicles of Elyria : Bolstering Introduced to Equalize the Playing Field

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

The Chronicles of Elyria site has a new blog post that lays out a neat new in-game mechanic to help players maximize their time in game by equalizing the playing field when members of a "family" travel together. When a player of a higher level is partnering with others of a higher level, stamina is raised to the level of the highest character, though no additional abilities are added. In addition, "bolstering" as the CoE calls it, brings other stat increases to bear.

One thing I should point out is that Bolstering doesn't change the number of skills you have available to you. It only makes you better at the skills you do have. Learning new skills is a different mechanic.

The other thing I should make sure to highlight is that Bolstering only works with in-game family members. It doesn't work with guilds, dynasties, etc... This prevents people from going around Bolstering everyone, as it only effects those people they likely know in real-life. It also creates an additional disadvantage for Wards, as they have nobody to Bolster them.

In addition, a new in-game "currency" is being introduced that awards players for time in game and for anything that leads to advancement of skills or that rewards an achievement.

By granting Story Points it allows us to reward players who are contributing to the story without otherwise penalizing those who can’t play as much.

Another note about Story Points is that they are awarded in larger amount based on a character’s reputation or fame. Why? Because completing achievements and being productive in the world is more dangerous when one is a Count, Duke, King, or Legendary champion.

Lastly, CoE will allow players to 'earn to play':

In Chronicles of Elyria, the Story Points you earn while playing can be traded in between lifetimes in order to buy Sparks of Life. This is what we call the “Earn-to-play” model of funding. Now, we’re not the first to do this. There’s been a couple other games that have done something similar. But, as far as we know we’re the first to use a currency that rewards people for participating in the story, and as far as we know we’re the first do this that doesn’t use a subscription model.

It's a comprehensive read that you can check out on the Chronicles of Elyria site.

General : Vivendi Secures 18% More Stock in Ubisoft

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

While still denying a takeover attempt, Vivendi has increased its stock holdings in Ubisoft by 18% which gives the company a nearly 18% ownership stake in the gaming studio and 16% of the voting rights. Ubisoft has been actively seeking other investors to stop a takeover by Vivendi which only needs to gain an additional 12% of the available stocks to force takeover negotiations.


Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade : See the Swooping Hawk and the Striking Scorpion Today

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

During today's weekly Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade live stream, players will get a look at two Eldar leaders, the Swooping Hawk and the Striking Scorpion. The event will take place at 11:00 am Pacific / 2:00 pm Eastern in the Eternal Crusade channel. This gives fans an excellent opportunity to chat with the team, check out more game footage and ask their burning questions.

Be there!

Robert Lashley : What’s the Deal with Early Access?

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

We’ve all seen the glut of games that are begging for your money in the guise of early access but where did they come from? Rob tries to tackle that topic this week.

Read more of Rob Lashley's What's the Deal with Early Access?

World of Warcraft : Pirate Server Admins Invited to Blizzard Campus

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

According to a Twitter post from the admins of the now-closed World of Warcraft pirate server Nostalrius, the group has been invited to Blizzard's headquarters this coming weekend though the agenda seems to remain unknown to them or they cannot reveal what the plan is as yet.

In addition, former Red 5 CEO Mark Kern will be attending the meetings this weekend and has gone on record as thanking Blizzard for listening.

Speculation is high among former players that this heralds Blizzard's announcement of vanilla / classic realms, though the weekend will reveal more.

See the Twitter post below for details.

Thanks to our anonymous tipster!!

@Blizzard_Ent is willing to meet us in their campus! An announcement is coming this weekend!

— NostalriusBegins (@NostalBegins) April 29, 2016

Tree of Savior : Review in Progress 3 - Combat and Replayability

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Victor discusses some aspects of combat and replayability in this installment of the Tree of Savior review in progress.

Read more of Victor Barreiro Jr.'s Tree of Savior Review in Progress #3 - Combat and Replayability.

Elite: Dangerous : Horizons Heading to XBox One in Q2 2016

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Elite: Dangerous XBox One players have a lot to look forward to in the coming months. Frontier Developments announced today that the Horizons expansion will will launch during quarter two 2016. Horizons will include planetary landings, the looting and crafting systems, multicrew coop missions and more.

Elite Dangerous: Horizons for Xbox One will also introduce players to The Engineers. The Engineers is a sweeping, game-changing update that brings even more personality and personalization to Elite Dangerous, putting a face to every mission and adding a range of customization and crafting options that will make every ship in the Elite Dangerous galaxy unique.

Learn more about Seasons by visiting the Elite: Dangerous site.

Tree of Savior : Now We Know - F2P Launch Coming May 10th

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

IMC Games has posted a quick announcement to give Tree of Savior fans looking for the free to play version launch some great news. The F2P iteration of ToS will officially launch on May 10th. The launch was delayed slightly due to issues with founder packs and regional costs. But all that is water under the bridge  and things are ready to go.

Greetings, Saviors.

We apologize for the confusion many of you had on our game's F2P release date. Due to the changes recently made, we had to push the release schedule back to May.

The game will be open to everyone on May 10th, and the exact time will be announced in the future once our regular maintenance hours are confirmed.

For detailed reasons why we had to postpone the release date, please refer to the post on our Deveoper's Blog:

Thank you for your interest and enthusiasm for Tree of Savior.

IMC Staff

Head to the Tree of Savior site to learn more.

League of Legends : New Hero, Taliyah, Teased in Lore

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

The League of Legends site has been updated with a new lore piece that provides the backstory for a forthcoming hero named Taliyah. Called 'The Bird and the Branch', the story focuses on a young girl's exile and subsequent use of her powers. 

You can read the rest of the story on the League of Legends site and we'll keep you posted when more about Taliyah is revealed.

World of Warcraft : Duskwood in Unreal 4 -- a Dark & Haunting Location

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

YouTube user DanielL who has made a series of videos remaking locations around Stormwind in World of Warcraft is at it again. This time, DanielL takes on Duskwood, a dark foreboding place near Stormwind. It is beautifully done even here in an early phase. Treat yourself!

DC Universe Online : Pull On Your Tights, XBoxers, Launch Day Arrives

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

XBox One players can finally enjoy DC Universe Online when it officially launches for the console later today. The XBox One version joins the PC and PlayStation 4 versions of DCUO and will contain the same content as all other platforms. There will not be, however, be cross-platform play. 

Devs have sent out a launch day trailer and published a handy FAQ on the DC Universe Online site.

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