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Fedeen Games has sent out the first game play trailer for Forsaken World for mobile devices. Forsaken World will be playable on mobile devices in its full form, though it will not be cross-compatible with the desktop version. Check it out!
Character wipes are coming in Shroud of the Avatar’s 17th release, but before you panic, read why Red Thomas thinks that it could be a good thing. He visited Austin’s Portalarium studio and caught up with the team on all that Release 17 will bring.
Read more of Red Thomas's Shroud of the Avatar: Release 17 - Handcrafted Wipe.
Several months after transforming from Sony Online Entertainment into indie studio Daybreak Game Company, the official site and logo have made their debuts. In addition, each game will be hosting a special live stream event this week, complete with giveaways, activities and more.
According to a letter from Daybreak's President John Smedley, the company will be leaving its digs in San Diego for an undisclosed location in the near future and will be revealing new IPs and games as the year progresses.
Check out the Daybreak Game Company site and the live stream schedule below for your favorite title.
- Monday, April 27 @ 2:30PM PT - Landmark
- Monday, April 27 @ 4:00PM PT - EverQuest / EverQuest II
- Tuesday, April 28 @ 2:30PM PT - DC Universe Online
- Wednesday, April 29 @ 2:30PM PT - Community Team Presents "Daybreak 101"
- Thursday, April 30 @ 2:30PM PT - PlanetSide 2
- Friday, May 1 @ 2:30PM PT - H1Z1
When the features were announced for Patch 6.1 many players were quick to call out the lack of new content. While 6.1 included many updates including the new Heirloom collection system, it offered little in the way of new playable content to explore. Patch 6.2 has recently hit the public test realm and man does it make up for what 6.1 was thin on. Let’s look at some of the major new features that are on the way.
Read more of Reza Lackey's All Things Warcraft - WoW Patch 6.2 Preview.
The last in a series of articles by Raph Koster shedding a retrospective light on Star Wars Galaxies has been published. Titled "Did Star Wars Galaxies Fail?", Koster answers the question with "Well yes, of course. And also, no."
The game wasn’t doing as badly as people seem to think. It didn’t fail in the market. It did just fine, even by the standards pre-WoW. But there were huge expectations that we didn’t push against, it launched with serious problems, and the team wasn’t really equipped to fix them. This resulted in a series of errors that damaged the game’s ongoing viability, which resulted in more hurried changes.
Plenty of the choices made, or the omissions, were my decision; in that sense, SWG didn’t fail. I failed it. Certainly its impacts on me personally were that it drove me to explore both plain old “fun,” something that I felt I had failed at — I got a book out of that; and it drove me to keep looking at ways in which players could own their own spaces, which eventually became Metaplace. Oh, and it made me try to be way more practical, and also made me reluctant to just manage, something which actually hurt Metaplace badly because I spent too much time on raw implementation and getting my hands dirty.
Be sure to head over to Raph Koster's blog for a great, and very personal, read about Star Wars Galaxies.
Guild Wars 2 players looking for a way into the next Heart of Thorns expansion beta event can literally find a way in by adventuring through the Maguuma Wastes in the game. While battling monsters in Dry Top and the Silverwastes, special portals can be dropped giving access to Maguuma Wastes.
Sprinkled throughout the two locations are special trophies that, if found, will grant access to the forthcoming beta event (not yet dated) by transporting, or flagging, the player to the beta location in the Wastes (thanks, Eldryth!).
Read more on the Guild Wars 2 site.
Will you try for one of these special beta-access trophies?
The Firefall team has a new Design Director with the addition of former ArenaNet and Guild Wars developer Chris Whiteside. The notice was given on Whiteside's personal Facebook page with his blessing to post the big news. Expect more from Red5 about Chris's appointment and our own exclusive interview in the coming days.
The latest Star Wars: The Old Republic update will be arriving on Tuesday, April 28th. Called "Rise of the Emperor", the update brings a new planet and storyline into the game. Players will need to have purchased the Shadow of Revan expansion and a character at level 60 to be able to access the new content.
Rise of the Emperor will see players continuing the battle against Revan. The story will give players a chance to confront the Sith Emperor; join forces with Lana Beniko, Minister of Sith Intelligence and Theron Shan, a Galactic Republic spy; and will be able to explore Ziost, the "Gateway to the Empire" in a state of chaos.
Read more about "Rise of the Emperor" on the Star Wars: The Old Republic site.
The Guild Wars 2 Facebook page has been updated with a beautiful new image of a Mesmer using a shield. Just further confirmation that the Profession will be getting the Shield as its new weapon in Heart of Thorns.
Thanks to MMORPG.com's eagle-eyed member, Slapshot1188, we have learned that Goblinworks CEO Ryan Dancey has once again posted a controversial forum note encouraging current backers of Pathfinder Online to get out and recruit more players to the game. Dancey gives readers several suggestions of places for players to recruit others to the cause.
The post has received a lot of attention from Pathfinder's community, much of it indicating that the call for more recruitment efforts is premature:
Ryan, I think that most of us are just barely reaching the stage where we are willing to try to bring anyone into this game who isn't already interested. I love that you are so directly engaged with us, and open to what we have to say, and Pathfinder Online is improving at a phenomenal rate, but there have been a lot of things that were embarrassing, and for many it still isn't mvp (MMORPG.com Editor's Note: MVP = Minimally Viable Product).
What do you think of Dancey's post? Leave us your thoughts in the comments.
Some more news has spilled all over the internet yesterday detailing specializations. It seems the real goal for the developers is to completely change not only how players progress their characters, but how they play them as well.
Read more of David North's Guild Wars 2: Specializations - A New Way to Play.
Want to know if your system is up to snuff for Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward? Wonder know more thanks to the availability of the FFXIF: Heavensward benchmark.
The benchmark can be downloaded from the Final Fantasy XIV site.
Thanks to Coolit for the tip!
For the past year, my day job has required that I commute about 2 hours, each way, every single day. A necessary result of this is that I often end up spending 20 hours or more in my car every week just driving. This leaves a lot of time for thinking, listening to music, and, most recently, listening to audiobooks. This newfound idle time has rekindled my interest in fictional fantasy, something I stopped really reading over the last several years.
Read more of David Jagneaux's The List: 5 Books That Would Make Great MMOs.
Former City of Heroes developer Matt "Positron" Miller is ready and waiting for questions from the now-defunct game's fanbase as part of his "Loregasm" series. Miller has created a special Google Document that allows people to ask non-business related questions about City of Heroes.
Previous Loregasm questions and answers are all part of the Paragon Wiki.
You can submit your questions on the City of Heroes Loregasm doc.
The MU Online team is encouraging guilds to step up recruitment to win in-game prizes. Beginning tomorrow and wrapping up on May 6th, players are encouraged to create guilds, recruit members and reach milestone levels and / or character class requirements before submitting the information to the devs.
Once meeting the requirements, guild masters will receive in-game swag, with guild members also scoring cool wings. A pair of random guilds will also be drawn for more prizes.
Check out the "United We Stand, Divided We Fall" information on the MU Online page.
Today was another intense day of tank-battling action at the Wargaming.net Grand Finals in Warsaw, Poland as the semi-finalists wrangled for bragging rights and $150,000 in prize money.
Last year's winners Na'vi made it to the final round, but In the end it all came down to Chinese team EL Gaming and CIS team Hellraisers. EL Gaming fought hard, but Hellraisers' deadly combination of nerve and accuracy made them impossible to overcome. They handily beat their Chinese rivals, and when the smoke machines blasted and the confetti fell, it was Hellraisers who were at the center of it all.
Those of you who follow me back at my home, MMO Fallout, will be aware that I’ve been paying special attention to recent happenings over at Zynga. To put the news as short as I can: Zynga is replacing their unpopular CEO with an unpopular ex-CEO, and their investors are not happy.
Read more of Connor Wack's 2015 - An Eventful Year for Zynga.
Gamers have a vested interest in keeping tabs on the latest innovations in hardware. This weekend, we have several news items that may pique that interest.
Maingear has revealed a new way for players to customize their gaming rigs with the introduction of DIY cases that allow for unique paint, laser-etched logos and more. Gamers can create a special case by choosing from any one of Maingear's palettes or they can create their own custom designs. Maingear provides access to a full line of automotive colors. Find out more about Maingear's fantastic cases at the link above.
Cases available under the DIY program include:
- SHIFT – Tower of power offers unmatched performance for the most demanding gamers
- POTENZA – World’s first mini-ITX gaming desktop packs full-size performance in a pocket-sized design
- F131 – Classic PC combines performance, power and affordability in a ultra-customizable form factor
- DRIFT – Consoled sized, STEAM ready PC with devastating power and 4K gaming capability
- RUSH – Stunning dream system for gamers who demand overclocked speeds and even faster performance
- FORCE – Exhilarating performance and supreme design delivers the world’s most powerful gaming experience
- TORQ – Epic performance in an ultra-compact, liquid cooled design
Razer announced this week that preorders for its upcoming Razer Forge TV and the Razer Serval Game Controller are now being accepted. The system will allow players to take advantage of Android gaming, streaming videos and, later in 2015, PC gaming all in the comfort of one's living room. Razer Forge TV sells for $99.99, Serval for $79.99 or both can be purchased in a bundle for $149.99. Find out more on the Razer site.
BenQ America Corp. has announced the release of its XL2730Z Free-Sync Display Monitor that gives players advantages in competitive gaming with motion blur reduction and custom system controls to enhance performance. Considered a 'professional gaming monitor', players will notice a lack of flickering at all brightness levels that will reduce eye strain even after long periods of time gaming. The Free-Sync Display sells for $599. Find out more on the BenQ site.
Today marked the opening of the Wargaming.net League World of Tanks Grand Finals, and boy was it grand. It began with pounding techno music, flashing lights, a super-macho trailer showing competitive tough guys ready to tank it out, and a huge digital display that counted down the seconds until show time.
Read more of Neilie Johnson's coverage of Wargaming.net's Grand Finals in Warsaw, Poland.