Recently, I’ve been diving back into Elder Scrolls Online with renewed fervor. It’s been a while since I really played the game regularly, and while a great DLC the Imperial City along didn’t bring me back. I didn’t have a truly active group of PVP friends to play with. Conversely, Hrothgar and the swell of content that is Orsinium has me logging in daily once more. Here are a few things I think make Orsinium one of ESO’s best content updates.
Read more of Bill Murphy's Elder Scrolls Online: The Best Things About Orsinium.
Throughout the weekend, ArenaNet will be giving thanks to its Guild Wars 2 player community by offering one item per day for free from the Gem Store. A new item will be revealed each day via Twitter that can then be claimed in-game.
You can follow @GuildWars2 on Twitter to see which gifts are available beginning Friday, November 27th.
In a new interview with Polygon, League of Legends social systems developer Jeffery Lin revealed that toxic players will be losing at least a pair of opportunities in the game once the massive number of 2016 updates begin to hit. Most notably, repeatedly participating in toxic behavior will see reported players losing the opportunity for loot rewards in game that can include free skins, limited time mounts and more.
While Lin said the developer is still ironing out details on the point at which a player's account will be cut off, he confirmed that players who are consistently tagged for negative behavior will not get any drops. Likewise, they will not be able to use crafting, where undesired drops can be traded in for something else.
There is not yet any ETA on when looting and crafting will enter the game, but both are "high priorities" and will go live in 2016.
Find out more about League of Legends.
Nikita Online has announced that the worldwide launch of Sphere 3: Enchanted World will be occurring on December 2nd. Players will be able to take part in the PvP MMO that features non-target combat, massive battles, castle sieges, a rich story and much more.
Having a strong emphasis on mass PvP, developers of "Sphere 3" paid special attention to performance: the "engine" of the game is optimized in such a way as to provide users with the most comfortable gameplay even the most action-packed game situations, even if computing power and internet connection speed leave much to be desired.
Find out more on the Sphere 3: Enchanted World site.
Now in closed beta after months of alpha testing and gathering feedback, we caught up with Sandbox Interactive to chat about what they've learned, where the game goes from here, and how they're working to make Albion the best sandbox MMO it can be.
Read more of Bill Murphy's Albion Online: Checking in with Sandbox Interactive.
Fedeen Games has announced that the latest update to Forsaken World Mobile has officially launched. Called "Babel Ascending", the new content brings a one-hundred floor tower into the game, each level filled with tons of loot, packs of monsters and fearsome bosses.
In addition to the tower, players can also now partake in the marriage system to earn exclusive missions, grab unique items and more.
Find out more on the Forsaken World Mobile site.
Nintendo has released a brand new battle trailer to show off some of the B-I-G monsters that players will face off against in Xenoblade Chronicles: X. See what you think!
Xenoblade Chronicles: X will launch for Wii U on December 4th.
The Blizzard corporate web site has been updated with three key positions on the World of Warcraft team: Art Director, Assistant Art Director and Lead Producer. Currently, Chris Robinson is the Art Director and John Lagrave is listed as the Lead Producer for WoW. Whether these two are moving internally to other Blizzard projects will remain to be seen.
Heroes of the Storm players have a new battleground to explore thanks to today's release of the Towers of Doom. Blizzard describes it as a "tug-of-war" style fight. From today through December 1st, Quick Match, Ranked and Vs AI are limited to six maps, one of which is Towers of Doom. After December 1st, all regular maps will return to the rotation.
To give players an overview of the fight and some strategic tips, devs have released a new video. Check it out and then head to the Heroes of the Storm site for more information.
On a semi-related side note, the Black Friday Sale has started with some great deals on HotS items.
Build and customize your house and other buildings using Chronicles of Elyria’s player-created blueprints and modular housing. Also, learn how houses help store your extra inventory, make survival easier, and support CoE’s unique family system.
Read more of Jeromy Walsh's developer diary, Chronicles of Elyria: Player Housing Part 1 – Architecture & Construction.
MMORPG.com has been given some very special gift keys for Wizard101 to share with our community. These gift keys will grant you a Jewel Pack for free! These packs include Circle and Triangle Jewels specific to the school of the pack (plus Shadow if you are Level 90+) as well as Square and Tear Jewels from any school. They also include a chance at exclusive new mounts!! Get your key while supplies last!
The codes will give the redeemer a chance at winning one of several jewels with a rare chance at winning one of the school-themed jewel packs.
For more information about these new Jewel Packs check out this link: https://www.wizard101.com/game/school-jewel-packs
Trion Worlds has sent word about the forthcoming plans for Devilian. The open beta is now announced as ready to go on December 2nd beginning at 10:00 am Pacific followed by Founders' Head Start on December 8th and final retail launch on December 10th.
Devillian combines the frantic nature of an action RPG with all the depth and social aspects of an MMO. Gamers play the role of the last guardians of Aelkeina – unique half-devil heroes battling to save their world from a fallen god – and experience fast-paced, visceral action combat paired with MMO features like crafting, quests, trading, cities, mounts, pets, guilds, alliances, wars, and dungeons.
Read more on the Devilian site.
During the heady days of post-Azeroth consumer boom and investor interest, the MMORPG was booming. So many new games… and so many that didn’t meet expectations of consumers or investors. Now, 11 years after the launch of World of Warcraft, it’s clearer now than ever before: we need a hero to save us from extinction.
Read more of Bill Murphy's We Need a Hero.
Bioware's Michael Backus has written an extensive post on the Star Wars: The Old Republic site to let players know that their voices have been heard with regard to recent changes to the way companions were buffed when Knights of the Fallen Empire launched last month. In it, Backus details why changes were made, but acknowledges that "we didn't realize how with Knights of the Fallen Empire gameplay had evolved."
Going forward, the team has several alterations to the current way companions are working in SWTOR:
All of the above are, however, dependent on influence level and character level to determine the precise amount.
Read the rest of the post that also details forthcoming changes to Star Fortresses on the Star Wars: The Old Republic site.
Star Trek Online players have raised $35,000 for an anti-bullying organization founded by former Deep Space Nine actor Chase Masterson (Leeta)called Pop Culture Hero Coalition. The funds were raised through the sale of a a limited quantity of T1 ships and shuttles and T6 ships that were released on Groupees.com on November 12th.
The contribution to Pop Culture Hero Coalition will be used to promote the organization at pop culture events and fund anti-bullying campaigns in inner-city schools that aren’t able to afford programming. The organization’s mission is to take a stand against bullying, racism, misogyny, cyber-bullying, LBGT-bullying and other forms of hate through the popularity of media. It was founded in 2013 by Chase Masterson (Star Trek Online, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”) and co-founded by Carrie Goldman and Matt Langdon.
ESTsoft has announced that the next major update for Cabal 2 will be called "Challenge Mode" that pits players against ever-increasingly difficult waves of monsters. These challenges will see players in familiar dungeons, but ones filled with new twists and challenges.
Along with rankings, players will be rewarded with the introduction of Runes as they complete each Challenge Mode dungeon. Runes offer players an increase in player stats and are upgraded to become even more powerful and useful through the Rune Transformation System. Additionally, warriors can earn Runes through challenge points, which are also given as a reward for completing Challenge Mode dungeons. Claim victory in the Challenge Mode dungeons to build a collection of Runes and gain the strongest of attributes.
Find out more on the challenge mode microsite on the Cabal 2 page.
For those looking for a true old school feeling to their MMO, Daybreak Game Company has announced that a 'true box', one account per player, progression server called Phinigel. Players will need to make friends, participate in chat and talk to be able to make it in the game world. The new server is scheduled to open on Wednesday, December 9th.
Make Friends; You’ll Need Them
Make friends. Form groups. Join guilds. Kill dragons. Become a part of the server community!
The player community we have in EverQuest is something that makes us unique and special. While we each explore Norrath and defeat raid bosses, we’re all part of the same community that enjoys playing EverQuest together. As the community on Phinigel starts to develop, it’s important to work to get along with the other players on your server.
Phinigel players have expansions to unlock, continents to explore, and loot to be… looted. All of this will be a much better experience if players and guilds work to get along!
Read the full details on the EverQuest forum.
What about you? Is something like this enough to bring you back to Everquest? Leave us your thoughts in the comments.
Webzen has announced that ELOA, Elite Lord of Alliance, has ended the open beta phase of development and officially entered into full retail release. With today's launch, the in-game shop has arrived packed with cosmetic looks and potions.
To celebrate the official release, ELOA is holding a launch event where players will fill up a Monster Journal by defeating different types of monsters in the vast world of ELOA. Players that completely fill up the Monster Journal between November 24th and the weekly maintenance on December 8th, 2015 (UTC), will receive Claire's Chika Box, granting them a chance to acquire a unique pet.
In addition to this in-game event, the ELOA team will be running the ELOA Official Launch Gift Key Giveaway Event from today through to December 8th, 2015 (UTC). Players can visit any of WEBZEN’s media partners to obtain a special gift key. Keys are limited to only one per WEBZEN account, and each key will grant a free gift pack, which includes Server chat (light purple) x5 and Eva’s Survival Pack x1 (Eva’s Tear x5, Eva’s Authority x5, Eva’s Breath x3).
Read the full announcement on the ELOA site.
The World of Warships team has sent out the latest video developer diary that covers how the score and sound for the game. It's a fascinating look behind the scenes at the creative process in action. Check it out!
Over the past several months, Marvel Heroes 2015 players and community members have been asked to vote for the character they'd most like to see enter the game. With today, the results are in and it will be Magick, voiced by Tara Strong, who will be joining the fray alongside her brother, Colossus.
Anyone who’s seen Illyana Rasputin in the comics knows that she has one of the most complex power sets of any mutant. Bringing it all to life proved challenging for the development team – but it was a challenge they met with flying colors. “As such a versatile character, we had to ensure that we were representing as many aspects of her history, combat skills, and mutation abilities as possible,” says May. “It would have been easy to focus strictly on her Soulsword and make her a pure melee fighter, but she has so much more to offer to a game of our genre. We structured the Soulsword as the core of all of her builds, but utilized her minions, teleportation discs, and sorcery to supplement and enhance her melee combat.”
Find out more on the Marvel Heroes 2015 site.