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City of Heroes : A CoH Spiritual Successor? It's Closer Than You Think

Posted Sep 01, 2014 by Suzie Ford

A new post has appeared on the City of Titans site by Missing Worlds Studios President Nate Downes. According to the lengthy post, the team behind City of Titans has been in negotiations with NCSoft to acquire licensing for City of Heroes in some form or another.

Downes explains that Korean business practices are vastly different than those in the West and that the team has been working for a year to build the framework of relationships that would allow for a discussion of City of Heroes possible. After nearly nine months of communication with NCSoft's Business Manager Jae Soo Yoon.

Introductions in place, Downes and team were ready to make a proposal to NCSoft regarding utilizing City of Heroes licensing. As it stands:

  • A separate company would be created that would handle licensing and that would make a copy of the i23 server.  At this time, characters and source code are not included.
  • The agreement allows licensing of trademarks for all projects based on the original City of Heroes game and eliminates the need for "spiritual successor" by allowing reference to CoH
  • The Atlas Park Revival project would be would be given the Stamp of Approval and the City of Titans game build would be licensed to them to, in effect, create a City of Heroes v1.5
Part of the negotiation process, Downes et al were asked to wait until September to reveal that these negotiations were taking place. Being September 1st, the show of good faith has been completed. Downes credits the patience of the team in getting this far with NCSoft by utilizing methods preferred by Korean business partners.
Finally, the report indicates that, while all of the above pieces are in play, the deal is still not finalized and, in fact, fall through completely.

Want to read the full post and to participate in the discussion? Check it out on the forum.

What do you think of the news? Let us know in the comments!

General : Shadowgate: A Beautiful Nostalgia Trip at PAX Prime 2014

Posted Sep 01, 2014 by William Murphy

Game developers like torturing people. Or at least they seemed to enjoy doing it more often back in the 80s, when a 'game over' meant something. The development of the new modernized and expanded version of the adventure-RPG Shadowgate keeps all of this in mind. I had the opportunity to demo the game at PAX and step into this old school adventure for myself. 

Read more of Christina Gonzalez' Shadowgate: A Beautiful Nostalgia Trip at PAX Prime 2014.

Guild Wars 2 : New Players Will Have It Rough

Posted Sep 01, 2014 by Suzie Ford

September is here, which means Guild Wars 2 is going to go through some big changes.  Lately PvP has been the center of attention, with new features announced, and the launch of some exciting tournaments.  However, we saw a huge shift this past week, showing more attention towards making the game more appealing to new players, but will these changes actually work?

Read more of David North's Guild Wars 2: New Players Will Have It Rough.

Imagine not being able to use waypoints. Very scary, I know.

H1Z1 : It's Us Against Zombies

Posted Sep 01, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Senior Designer Jimmy Whisenhunt was pretty sure about what he wanted for SOE's upcoming Zombie apocalypse survival MMO, H1Z1. “It’s got to make sense,” he said, “the game design has to be accessible and logical.”

Read more of Carolyn Koh's H1Z1: It's Us Against Zombies.

The List : 5 More of the Worst Types of MMO Players

Posted Sep 01, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Last week’s list of The Top 5 Worst Types of MMO Players was so successful, we decided to listen to you guys and put together another list of the other worst types of MMO players. We took some tips from the comments and have five more for everyone to read about and, more importantly, try to correct in games. With the impending launch of ArcheAge so close on the horizon now, an influx of new players and elite players alike will surely shape that community quickly.

Read more of David Jagneaux's The List: 5 More of the Worst Types of MMO Players.

Firefall : Turning Their Fate Around

Posted Sep 01, 2014 by Suzie Ford

After a turbulent beta, FireFall has finally launched, surprising us all with a much improved MMO shooter. During Gamescom, columnist Gareth Harmer caught up with Red 5 designer David Williams to get an update on the current state on the game, and a couple of hints on what’s coming down the pipeline.

Read more of Gareth Harmer's Firefall: Turning Their Fate Around.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel : Season Pass and Pre-Seeding Info

Posted Aug 31, 2014 by Neilie Johnson

Gearbox and 2K announced they plan to release four add-on packs for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Packs can be bought individually for $9.99 each, or in a four-pack bundle for $29.99. This Season Pass gives PC, PSN and Xbox LIVE players all four packs. Shock Drop Slaughter Pit bonus content is not part of the Season Pass, but gamers can get it by pre-ordering Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel or purchase it separately at a later date.

Content packs will include "new characters, missions, experiences."

For more information about the Season Pass, visit the Borderlands website.


Darkest Dungeon : Going into the Dungeon at PAX Prime

Posted Aug 31, 2014 by William Murphy

Our second look at Darkest Dungeon this year comes from PAX Prime. In the last 5 months the team has been building in a lot of character options and new dungeons. Bringing in the town elements of the world to rest your party as well, Darkest Dungeon continues to be the thinking player’s RPG with loads of options for an independent game.

Read more of our hands on with Darkest Dungeon from PAX Prime.

Black Gold : First Major Update - Campaign of Ashes

Posted Aug 31, 2014 by Neilie Johnson

September 3rd marks the release of Black Gold Online's first major content update, Campaign of Ashes. The update sees the addition of two new carriers, as well as new maps, quests, weapons, and the new Surge Skill system.

Content includes:

  • New area - The Ashen Copse 
  • Surge Skills - upgrade your skills at level 40 by collecting Potential, then use it to earn Surge points which can be used to increase skill power. 
  • Advanced Gear - the first Tier 2.5 gear, the Dawn Set, Legendary Orange Cloaks
  • Updated Military Battlefield
  • New 10v10 Battlefield - Death Hills
  • New Battle Carriers - Fog Devourer and Reaper
  • New Cross-Server PvP
  • Updated Chambers of Greed
  • Refurbished Instance UI

Super Hero Squad Online : Super Hero Squad Online - Groot and Galactic XP Weekend

Posted Aug 31, 2014 by Neilie Johnson

Super Hero Squad Online is celebrating Labor Day by adding the only superhero with bark to the lineup. Groot of Guardians of the Galaxy fame will be joining Thanos, Silver Surfer, Dark Surfer, Nova, Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel in granting players bonus XP.

Players can also take advantage of the Bonus Gold and Subscription Sale - through Monday, September 2nd, get 10% bonus gold or 20% off subscriptions.

To join the family-friendly superhero fun, visit the Super Hero Squad Online website.

For a Groot preview, check out the video:

World of Tanks : League Season Four Gold Series Finals

Posted Aug 31, 2014 by Neilie Johnson

August 30th, the Showbox SoDo in Seattle, Washington will host the best North American World of Tanks teams as they battle for a piece of an $83,000 prize pool. The Season Four Finals will feature tank squads Fnatic, RBIS, SIMP and _RU_ who all hope to win the $50,000 Grand Prize and a chance to go to the global Grand Finals.

“We saw many big surprises and extreme battles take place throughout the season,” said Mohamed Fadl, eSports Director Europe & North America at Wargaming. “Now all eyes are on Seattle where four of the most elite tank teams will compete for fame. These Finals are the ultimate test in skill and strategy between the teams and we look forward to following their road to glory.”

The event is free to the public with on-site prizes for spectators including World of Tanks bonus codes and goodie bags. Live stream viewers will also have the chance to win invite and bonus codes.

ESL will broadcast the event on the League NA Twitch channel at 4:30 p.m. PDT.

For more information about World of Tanks, visit's official website.

Gigantic : Hands On with Gigantic at PAX Prime

Posted Aug 31, 2014 by William Murphy

Every so often you will come across a game that absolutely captivates you and begs to be played. There are so many different things that attracts a player to a game, whether it is the art style, genre, concept or as simple as the way it plays. This Saturday morning at PAX I had one of the moments when I was able to get hands on with the new game being developed by Motiga. Gigantic, from the moment I sat down in front of the PC, just had me enthralled. 

Read more of Franklin Rinaldi's Gigantic: Hands On At PAX Prime.

ArcheAge : Launch is Coming, At Long Last

Posted Aug 30, 2014 by William Murphy

ArcheAge is not exactly unknown around these parts, but to much of the larger gaming world XLGAMES' and Trion's ArcheAge still has a lot to prove. And the time has finally come to do so. We met up with the team at PAX Prime in Seattle to discuss the forthcoming launch of the long-awaited sandbox MMORPG.

Read the rest of Carolyn Koh's ArcheAge: At Long Last Launch is Coming.

WildStar : State of the Game Interview - Part 2

Posted Aug 30, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Did you know that Nexus, the focal planet of WildStar, used to be called Meridia? Or that a player-created addon is now pivotal to Carbine’s debugging process? During Gamescom, I got the chance to sit down with three of the studio’s development supremos: Lead Client Engineer Jon Wiesman, Lead Content Designer Megan Starks, and Technical Design Lead Nick Roth.

Read more of Gareth Harmer's WildStar: State of the Game Interview - Part 2.

General : Stash: Blending Past and Present Into Something Special

Posted Aug 30, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Frogdice is, in many ways, the Little Engine That Could. It's a company that has set a standard for itself and has maintained that standard by successfully funding and deliveringtwo previous titles. Not ready to hang it up and revel in that astonishing record, Frogdice is attempting a trifecta of games with its newest Kickstarter project to fun Stash, a turn-based RPG that seeks to bring some of the best features from RPGs of yore to the modern generation.

Read more of Suzie Ford's Stash: Blending Past and Present Into Something Special.

Royal Quest : Review in Progress #1

Posted Aug 30, 2014 by Neilie Johnson

Confident in their ability to pull off an RPG, Katauri Interactive has upped the stakes this year by expanding its single-player concepts into an online multiplayer game. The result is Royal Quest, an MMO that presents itself as a more casual, holistic kind of MMO with accessible controls and simple quest construction, then abruptly becomes something more hardcore.

Read more of Neilie Johnson's Royal Quest Review in Progress #1.

Runescape : Tens of Millions of Dormant Account Names Made Available

Posted Aug 30, 2014 by Neilie Johnson

Sixty-six million account names have been gathering dust for god-knows-how-long, but at finally, Runescape is making them available again. Twenty percent of these names will be ready for use this week; for the first 24 hours after the release, players wanting to change their names will have fulfill a 1000 level minimum requirement, thus giving priority to dedicated Runescape players.

For a list of available character names, visit the official Runescape forums.

General : Omerta Launches Version 4.8

Posted Aug 30, 2014 by Neilie Johnson

Text-based Mafia MMO Omerta was recently shaken when the Serbian-run Kurosawa family took control of the international version's streets. After a status-shattering war that wiped out six families and thousands of players, the dust is finally settling, and the remaining mafiosi are wondering what happens next.

Steve Biddick, Omerta Game Ltd CEO, commented on the unexpected takeover of Omerta's international version: "The Serbian players completely killed it, mafioso style. The organisation and execution was incredible!"

With established power centers radically shifted, update 4.8--Omerta's "new beginning"--could mean just about anything.


PlanetSide 2 : New Aircraft - The Valkyrie

Posted Aug 30, 2014 by Neilie Johnson

This week Sony Online Entertainment announced plans to release Planetside 2's first new vehicle - fast attack gunship, the Valkyrie. The Valkyrie has a front-facing turret and can transport up to six soldiers (pilot, forward gunner and four passengers).

Check out The Making of the Valkyrie here:

ArcheAge : Open Beta & Retail Release News

Posted Aug 29, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Trion Worlds has announced that ArcheAge will enter open beta which will run from September 4th through September 8th. Best of all, the game will hit official retail release on September 16th, with the Founder's head start kicking off on September 12th.

Find out more on the ArcheAge site.



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