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The Free Zone : Talking Skyforge and F2P With Obsidian

Posted Jul 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Last summer, we learned that Obsidian Entertainment had been retained to help develop Skyforge. Since the studio is strongly associated with standalone RPGs, this news was interesting and at least somewhat unexpected. Following E3, where parts of the game were playable and appeared to be favorably received, I had the chance to follow up with Development Director of Culturalization Eric DeMilt about his team's role on the project. 

Read more of Richard Aihoshi's The Free Zone: Talking Skyforge and F2P with Obsidian.

General : 'A New Dawn' Spotlights Creative Process

Posted Jul 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Riot Games has released a new video called "A New Dawn" that shines the spotlight on new champion interpretations and team fights. The cinematic also features a behind the scenes look at the process behind the creation of the video. Check it out!

The behind-the-scenes video for “A New Dawn” gives a look at the creation of the cinematic and how Riot tapped into character design, music, animation, and even classic Foley techniques to showcase some of players’ favorite champions slugging it out for blood, guts, and glory.

The Secret World : Bee Yourself

Posted Jul 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford

While doing my regular forum browse on the official forums for The Secret World I came across someone who was looking for a roleplaying group. They laid out their character concept and called it boring. But I don’t think it is boring, in fact I think it could possibly be one of the most interesting ideas out there. You see, his character is himself.

Read more of Shannon Doyle's The Secret World: Bee Yourself.

Skyforge : Frosty Cryomancer Revealed in New Trailer

Posted Jul 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford, the Allods team and Obsidian Entertainment have sent out a brand new trailer to show off one of Skyforge's playable classes. The Cryomancer, as the name implies, brings the power of cold to the battlefield with a wide array of skills to freeze the heart of even the most battle-tested opponent.

The primary role of a Cryomancer is to dish out damage quickly from a distance. The Cryomancer can quickly and easily control the battlefield by freezing large groups of enemies before they can overwhelm the Cryomancer and his allies. Even if enemies can get close to the Cryomancer, they are in for a deadly surprise: The Cryomancer has enough tricks to easily get away, including making a frozen decoy copy of themselves.

Learn more on the Skyforge site.

World of Warships : First Public Debut at This Year's Gamescom

Posted Jul 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Wargaming has announced that World of Warships will be making its first-ever public debut at this year's Gamescom to be held in Germany in mid-August. Fans will be able to play each of Wargaming's titles and be able to sign on for the opportunity to go behind closed doors to get a first hand look at World of Warships.

Action-packed activities can be found at Wargaming’s massive 720 square meters booth located in Hall 8. The showfloor will feature gaming stations for participants to engage in intense battles and test their prowess. Available to play will be the global phenomenon of World of Tanks (PC), the award-winning World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition, the flight MMO World of Warplanes (PC) and the recently launched World of Tanks Blitz (iOS). Of special note is the premiere of World of Warships (PC) at the booth this year.

Find out more about World of WarShips.

WildStar : Next Update, 'Sabotage', Slated for Later This Month

Posted Jul 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Carbine Studios is ready to reveal first information about the next major WildStar content update. Called "Sabotage", the update is focused primarily on PvP action and will include mounts, airstrikes and explosives, all neatly packaged in the new PvP game mode that players can take part in starting at level 30. To give players a taste of what's to come, Carbine has released a new 'DevSpeak' to get the buzz started.

Sabotage is a new game mode that players can access starting at level 30 and takes place in a massive new 15v15 battleground arena, Daggerstone Pass. The goal of the arena is to capture and maintain hold points, which will do damage to your enemy’s base. The “Sabotage” comes into play through bombs that are randomly spawned near your base. Once picked up by a player, the bombs begin ticking down to detonation and can be used for various strategies.

Use bombs to blow up distracted enemies, get bonus damage if you blow up the bombs near the enemy’s base core; the fun is explosive! Everything you blow up adds points to your team’s total, and the team with the most points when the timer hits zero will be declared the winner. Or blow up the enemy fusion core and win immediately, if that’s your thing.

Find out more about Sabotage on the WildStar page.

Darkest Dungeon : Building an Old-School Roguelike with a Twist

Posted Jul 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Today we'll be catching up with Darkest Dungeon, a game that first caught our attention at PAX East this year. Darkest Dungeon is an old-school rogue-like with a couple of twists. The first thing that grabs you is the art style, a very Gothic, dark style that looks like it was hand-drawn with a traditional crow-quill. Heavy black inking and rich colors give this game a really unique presence that absolutely suits the game's dark and somber themes.

Read more of Terry O'Brien's Darkest Dungeon: Building an Old-School Roguelike with a Twist.

“When the senses are shaken, and the soul is driven to madness, who can stand?”- William Blake

Guild Wars 2 : Tyria's New Threat Revealed in 'The Dragon's Reach' Video

Posted Jul 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Guild Wars 2 Season 2 is in full swing and ArenaNet is ready to reveal more about Episode 3. Called "The Dragon's Reach", Tyria's latest threat is revealed in the form of the Elder Dragon Mordremoth. Attacks by minions of Mordremoth are taking place across the world that draw the attention heroes. Find out more about the dire threat in the video below, The Dragon's Reach Part I.

Trove : 2000 More Alpha Keys!

Posted Jul 21, 2014 by Craig McGregor has just been given a second batch of 2000 alpha keys for Trove.  Get it while they last!



Warframe : Latest PC Update, 'The Mad Cephalon', Released

Posted Jul 21, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Digital Extremes has updated Warframe with a new "immersion" patch entitled "Update 14: The Mad Cephalon". The update brings significant changes to the new user experience and adds immersive elements to get players invested in Warframe's story line. In addition, new pets, a new warframe, and new weapons have been introduced into the Warframe open beta.

Currently, the update is live for PC players, with PS4 players able to experience the new patch in a few weeks' time, according to the press information received.

  • QUESTS – Explore re-playable Quests with unlockable difficulty selection. This new Warframe experience opens with the debut Quest, Vor’s Prize.
  • NEW DARK SECTORS CONFLICTS – Introducing a new player-versus-player game mode to replace the existing Dark Sectors Solar Rails conflict game mode. Choose which Clan or Alliance you wish to support and play the role of Attacker or Defender on a multi-staged objective mission! Up to four human players per side, with empty player slots auto-filled by Spectres.
  • EXPANDED GAME MODES – The Infested have overtaken Eris. Hive Sabotage, Exterminate, and Survival Game Modes now available!

Find out more on the Warframe page.

General : Lichdom: Battlemage Updated for Early Access Beta

Posted Jul 21, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Steam Early Access partners can now enter Lichdom: Battlemage now that it has entered its beta phase of development. Developer Xaviant has updated the game with several new or updated features including crafting improvements, UI and balance improvements, performance optimizations and the Sigil System. Lichdom: Battlemage is set for final deployment on August 26th.

  • New Feature: New Game Plus: The game doesn’t stop when you defeat the last boss. Unlock New Game Plus mode and play on as long as you like. Tackle challenging new objectives and earn new tiers of loot to craft the most powerful spells ever.
  • New Feature: Sigil Powers: Each Sigil has an inherent power that harnesses the energy of rare Apocalypticals. Learn to execute them and experience Flame Walls, Arc Lightning, and more exciting new spells.
  • Major Performance Optimizations: We have put a tremendous amount of effort into improving performance on low- and high-end hardware. We are modifying our minimum and recommended system specifications to reflect this.
  • Crafting System Improvements: The Crafting UI has had a significant overhaul focused on legibility and ease of use. We’re not done yet, but Crafting new spells has never been easier or more rewarding.
  • Synthesis System Overhaul: Synthesis has been reconfigured and rebalanced to allow you to make meaningful choices when you run across items you don’t want to use for crafting. A new Reforge feature lets you drop unwanted items into a magical slot machine that give you a chance at Legendary loot with minimal fuss.

Find out more about the game and the latest update on the Lichdom: Battle Mage Steam Community page.

Shroud of the Avatar : Release 8 - Good Old Ultraviolance

Posted Jul 21, 2014 by Suzie Ford

I rolled into Austin beneath dark and water-laden skies last week to see what the guys at Portalarium were cooking up for Release 8 of their Shroud of the Avatar.  Thunder rocked the sky as I stepped from my truck and turned to see lightning striking across the menacingly named Greystone Building.  The drama of the moment seems appropriate in hindsight, because I’ve now seen what the team has planned for their next release.

Read more of Red Thomas's Shroud of the Avatar: Release 8 - Good Old Ultraviolence.

Ye Grande Olde Melee, note Darkstarr with his back to a pillar and wielding his soul patch of doom.

DC Universe Online : DCUO Celebrates 75 Years of Batman

Posted Jul 21, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Who'd think that the legendary Batman is now 75? To honor the Caped Crusader's 75th birthday, the DC Universe Online team has released a trio of videos featuring Jim Lee and the voice of the Dark Knight, Kevin Conroy alongside members of the development team. Check out the trio of videos and leave us your memories of Batman in the comments.

General : UemeU: "A Next-Gen Sandbox Experience" Revealed

Posted Jul 21, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Omnigon Games has unveiled what it is calling "a next-gen sandbox experience" in the form of UemeU (You-Me-You). The game features two different modes: Play and Build. In build mode, players become a gauntlet avatar that creates every portion of the game space. In play mode, a fully featured avatar experiences the world as created in build mode in each person's own sandbox, or in one created by another and experienced in multiplayer.

To show off some of UemeU, the development team has released a new video where lead developer Jeremy Hindle walks viewers through the game's possibilities. Check it out and let us know what you think!

Elder Scrolls Online : The Future of ESO & Our Interview Matt Firor

Posted Jul 21, 2014 by Suzie Ford

ZeniMax Online Studios had plenty to say about The Elder Scrolls Online at this year's QuakeCon in Dallas. Seven members of the design team took nearly an hour and a half to regale the excitable crowd with enticing glimpses of the game's future, eliciting cheers and applause at the most dramatic reveals.

Read more of Jason Winter's Elder Scrolls Online: The Future of ESO & Our Interview with Matt Firor.

Destiny : Vanguard Armory Stars in New Video

Posted Jul 21, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The Destiny beta kicked off this past week to great success. Bungie has released a new video about the Vanguard Armory, a special pre-order trailer aimed at enticing folks to pre-order. The Vanguard Armory will be unlocked early for folks who pre-order Destiny, meaning that on launch (9/9), you'll get better gear faster from the Vanguard representatives.

The Social Hub : The Wrong Way to Do Free to Play

Posted Jul 21, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade and the developers’ decision to limit free players to the deliberately weaker Ork Boyz is a troubling precedent in the freemium game space. It’s not unheard of for some games to limit your race choice based upon how much you are or aren’t paying. Yet those races you can choose from aren’t usually so severely gimped that you need to gang up en masse just to take down one member of another.  This is the situation in the upcoming PvP-oriented game, and it’s concerning.

Read more of Christina Gonzalez's The Social Hub: The Wrong Way to Do Free to Play.

General : Xeno Quest Enters Open Beta

Posted Jul 21, 2014 by Suzie Ford

NGames has announced that its multi-platform MMO, Xeno Quest, has officially entered its open beta phase of development. The open beta will be launching for Android and iOS gamers on July 30th and July 31st respectively.

The lands of Xeno Quest are brought to life by the powerful Unity 3D Engine, combining fine artwork with advanced technology to create a fluid, fully 3D mobile gameplay experience. Players will develop powerful Knights to utilize in turn-based combat, forge unique equipment and collect vast bounties of treasure as they team up with friends on special daily quests - or fight them for glory! Who will become the 'Son of Destiny' and use their power to change the fate of the world?

Find out more on the Xeno Quest site.

Guild Wars 2 : The Importance of the Guild Hall

Posted Jul 21, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Most players in an MMO band together to form guilds.  Members of a guild can call upon one another for help, or to join in on a tough dungeon.  I’ve made a lot of friends playing in guilds over the years, in several different MMOs.  There’s one game that really made the guild experience feel important, and that was the original Guild Wars, which had a nice feature called the guild hall... a feature that Guild Wars 2 is sadly missing.

Read more of David North's Guild Wars 2: The Importance of the Guild Hall.

The trophies that you could display in the Hall of Monuments were a great way to show off to your friends.

The List : 5 MMOs to Play with Non-MMO Players

Posted Jul 21, 2014 by Suzie Ford

By design, MMOs are more fun to play with your friends. Most of them encourage or even require grouping for a lot of the best and most rewarding content, which necessitates either being social in the game world, or coming into the experience with a pre-determined group of friends to play with. Sometimes though, it can be hard to find people. Not everyone that plays MMOs hang out with others that play MMOs. Maybe your group of friends sticks to the latest shooters and single player RPGs, or maybe your significant other just doesn’t pick up the controller or keyboard to game very often. Whatever the case may be, every MMO player wishes X friend would play in their favorite virtual worlds with them.

Read more of David Jagneaux's The List: 5 MMOs to Play with Non-MMO Players.

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