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ArcheAge : Open Beta to Kick Off July 17th

Posted Jul 10, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Trion Worlds has announced that the open beta for long-awaited ArcheAge is set to kick off on Thursday, July 17th at 10:00 PDT / 1:00 EDT. Beta is expected to run throughout the weekend and end on Monday, July 21st at 10:00 PDT / 1:00 EDT.

ArcheAge has been in closed beta testing for the last few months as the team has been hard at work on localization efforts. According to the press release, the open beta will be in English only, though other language localizations are underway.

To celebrate the announcement, Trion has released a brand new trailer. Check it out below!

Read the full announcement on the ArcheAge site.

Created by Jake Song, best known for his international online smash Lineage, ArcheAge is a vast MMORPG adventure, free from pre-defined paths and progression. Players can create unique and elaborate homes, build farms that drive the world economy, and sail their ships to uncharted lands where they can construct massive castles as they lay claim to rich and vibrant realms. ArcheAge’s PvP system allows players to fight for glory in huge battles on land and sea, or even shun the two factions and live the life of a pirate!


General : SOE Live Premium Pass Giveaway!

Posted Jul 10, 2014 by Michael Bitton

MMORPG.com has teamed up with Sony Online Entertainment to give one lucky winner a pair of passes to this year's SOE Live event in Las Vegas.

The winner of the giveaway will receive a coupon granting them two Premium passes to the event. Travel and other accommodations are not included.

Entering the giveaway is simple: All you need to do is share your favorite or most memorable SOE game experience with us in the comments below. We will accept submissions through Monday, July 14 and announce our winner on Tuesday, July 15.

Please only post a single submission below. Users found to have submitted multiple entries will be disqualified from the giveaway.

H1Z1 : Making Weather a True Part of the Game

Posted Jul 10, 2014 by William Murphy

In most MMOs, weather is just a novelty. It adds some ambiance to the world and makes a zone seem more lifelike.  That’s not going to be the case with SOE’s zombie survival MMORPG H1Z1 (also known as Hizzy). I had the chance to sit down and chat with Senior Designer Jimmy Wisenhunt and Graphics Programmer Ryan Favale to talk about how weather in their game won’t be just a setpiece, but a part of the survival and gameplay in H1Z1. 

Read on to find out how H1Z1 is Making Weather a True Part of the Game.

TERA: Rising : Bluehole Reveals Plans Including New Level Cap

Posted Jul 10, 2014 by Suzie Ford

BlueHole has revealed its plans for the Korean and Western versions of TERA. The Korean update will happen later this summer, with the En Masse Entertainment version to be updated by year's end. Players can look forward to level 65, a new city, new dungeons and changes to existing systems.

The future contents are to be released gradually in multiple phases, and they include:

  • Level cap increase to level 65, along with new skills and glyphs
  • Opening of the Northern Arun continent, which will host the 4th largest city
  • New instance dungeons including a competitive instance
  • System changes such as quest guide, crystal & artifact combination, enchanting system improvements
  • Guild competition for seasonal guild housing

Participate in the conversation on the En Masse TERA forum.


Guild Wars 2 : International All-Stars Tournament Announced

Posted Jul 10, 2014 by Suzie Ford

ArenaNet is taking Guild Wars 2 on the road to this year's GamesCom ni Germany. During the convention, ANet will be sponsoring a global "All Stars" PvP tournament, with players participating from around the world, including teams from China where GW2 recently launched.

ArenaNet is partnering with Twitch, the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers, to put on this year’s International All-Stars Tournament at gamescom, taking place August 14-17 at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany. There will be daily matches featured on the show floor at the Twitch booth and live streamed through both the Twitch main channel at twitch.tv and the Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel at twitch.tv/guildwars2.

“When it comes to competitive gaming, Twitch has established itself as the premiere destination for the industry’s most premium content,” said Jason Fletcher, Events BD Manager, EMEA, Twitch. “With ArenaNet using our platform and gamescom booth to broadcast their Guild Wars 2 event, it’s another example of how strong the esports content and community is on Twitch.”

Check out the voting site on the Guild Wars 2 main page.

WildStar : Bring Your Friends

Posted Jul 10, 2014 by Suzie Ford

WildStar is unashamedly a themepark MMORPG, but how does the multi-player aspect really stack up? In his latest column, Gareth Harmer examines just how group-friendly Carbine’s game really is.

Read more of Gareth Harmer's WildStar: Bring Your Friends.

Eldevin : Desktop Version Deployed

Posted Jul 10, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Hunted Cow has announced the release of a desktop client for Eldevin. Previously only available in browser, the team is laying the groundwork for a full rendering upgrade to be released in the next several weeks. Lastly, the game will be updated to bring a much-requested feature on board: Mounts!

Along with the Desktop Client, Patch 1.16 also adds a Story Mode version to two of the game's dungeons, giving players the option to enter a rebalanced version of the dungeon which can be completed solo and offering retuned loot appropriate to their level and challenge. We've already received good feedback about the Story Mode dungeons, and we plan to rework every dungeon in the game to offer a Story Mode version.

Read the full patch notes on the Eldevin site.

Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade : Live Twitch AMA on July 11th

Posted Jul 10, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Behaviour Interactive developers will be on hand on the Warhammer 40k: Eternal Crusade Twitch channel on Friday, July 11th for an AMA with fans of the forthcoming title. Check the details below to make sure you can be there!

Join us Friday July 11th at 1:30-2:30pm EDT for a live AMA on Twitch! The dev team will be streaming the game, focusing on combat and vehicle mechanics.

You'll be able to send in questions via Twitch chat, Twitter #40kcrusade, or if you're a Founder, send in questions earlier in the lounge.

UPDATE:

Steven Lumpkin, Brent Ellison, and Patrick Balthazar will be showing off some of the early combat between Chaos Space Marines and  Space Marines. There will also be a close look at the Rhino and Predator tanks in the live demo to show how they handle and wreak havoc.  It will all take place in a more polished demo environment. It won’t be full-scale warfare (not the thousand players we’re working towards), but it will be a more polished arena to give an idea of current art direction.

Developers will also answer fan questions while they go through the demo. All of the footage is still very early work in progress (WIP) material. However, staying true to our stance on transparency is important so players, media, and fans alike will get to see what we’re working on as we’re working!

Source: Warhammer 40k: Eternal Crusade forum

Star Wars: The Old Republic : Will Galactic Strongholds Be Your Star Wars Home?

Posted Jul 10, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Ever since February, we knew about Galactic Strongholds as 'SWTOR Does Housing', but we really hadn't seen many details on how it will work, what it will entail, or perhaps most importantly, how much it will cost.  BioWare Austin recently announced their plans to do a weekly livestream on http://twitch.tv/swtor on Thursdays to go over the features of the new expansion between now and when it soft launches in August.

Read more of Jean Prior's Star Wars: The Old Republic: Will Galactic Strongholds Be Your Star Wars Home?


WildStar : Add 2-Step Verification and Get Stuff

Posted Jul 10, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The WildStar site has been updated with enticement for players to add a two-step verification to their accounts by July 10th have sweet rewards to look forward to receiving in-game.

As if keeping all of your hard earned loot secure isn't reason enough to apply 2-Step Verification to your account, we're sweetening up the rewards, cupcake. You'll still get your usual incentive:

  • 2% XP, Renown, and Prestige bonus
  • Cybernetic Eyepatch
  • In-game title of Certifiably Certified

But starting July 10th, anyone with an active 2-Step Verification attached to their account gets one of the sweetest rides on Nexus, the Retroblade Mount.

Find out more on the WildStar site.

Quest for Infamy : Now Available on Steam & GoG in PC, Linux Flavors

Posted Jul 10, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Phoenix Online Publishing has announced that Quest for Infamy, a turn-the-tables RPG, has officially been released for both PC and Linux on Steam and GoG.com, as well as on the Phoenix Online shop. The game retails for $19.99 and sends players on a quest to cheat and steal their way to infamy.

“Quest for Infamy is the culmination of years of dreaming,” said Steven Alexander, company co-founder and designer of Quest for Infamy. “We wanted to create a game that combined the classic elements of adventure games we loved and role-playing elements as well, add our unique sense of humor and a touch of an epic story to create a memorable and authentic experience that would evoke feelings of nostalgia for the days of classic adventure gaming.”

Find out more on the Phoenix Online site.


Path of Exile : Graphic Novel Series Announced

Posted Jul 10, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Grinding Gear Games has partnered with Dynamite Entertainment and announced a new four-issue series of graphic novels based on the lore behind Path of Exile. Of keen interest to fans is the fact that the series will reveal information about an as-yet-unannounced expansion. The first of the series is expected to debut later this summer.

Planned for a summer release, the first issue of the Path of Exile comic series will reveal backstory from an upcoming, unannounced expansion, weaving elements from the existing in-game narrative with an entirely new and gripping conflict. Each 22-page issue will release digitally with individual cover art, and the entire series will ultimately be compiled as a full-color, printed graphic novel, and be published by Dynamite next year. Additionally, each issue will feature unique in-game bonuses for players of Path of Exile, such as armor cosmetic effects, among other surprises.

Find out more on the Path of Exile site.

 

Guild Wars 2 : ArenaNet Amasses 3.8M Sales in China

Posted Jul 10, 2014 by Suzie Ford

According to a report at GamesIndustry.biz, ArenaNet has sold 3.8 million copies of Guild Wars 2 in China, surpassing the total sales for the rest of the world. Guild Wars 2 has amassed these sales in just over two months since the game's release in China.

The success of Guild Wars 2 is a vindication on two fronts. First, it is a compelling example of a game finding a significant audience with a pay-to-play model in a country where the market is dominated by free-to-play. Second, it is further evidence that the Chinese market is a lucrative untapped resource for developers in North America, Europe and elsewhere.

Read more at the link above.


Elder Scrolls Online : Update 3 Previewed in New Video

Posted Jul 10, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The Elder Scrolls Online team has released a new video to show off some of what players can expect when Update 3 is deployed to the game. Update 3 is expected to hit live service in early August and will bring with it a host of bug fixes and systems enhancements as well as armor dyes, tabards and other ways to customize characters. See all that's in store in the video and let us know what you think in the comments.


Guild Wars 2 : Points of Interest Volume 2 Starring Bill Murphy!

Posted Jul 09, 2014 by Suzie Ford

In case you missed the announcement just beneath this one, the Guild Wars 2 team has released the second episode of Points of Interest. Of particular note is the appearance of our own Bill Murphy to talk about future episodes of Points of Interest. Check it out and let us know what you think!

If you weren’t able to check out Episode 2 of Points of Interest last Friday, the video is available now on the Guild Wars 2 YouTube channel. Our host Kate Welch is joined by Narrative Designer Angel McCoy and game designer Theo Nguyen to talk over the beginning of Season 2, answer some questions from the community, and highlight some artwork from Guild Wars 2 players. Finally, Bill Murphy from MMORPG.com drops by with some news about future episodes of Points of Interest.


Guild Wars 2 : Points of Interest Live - What's going on in Dry Top?

Posted Jul 09, 2014 by William Murphy

ArenaNet continues the brand new Guild Wars 2 Points of Interest livestream show next week, with our own Bill Murphy making a guest appearance.  Why, you might ask? 

Last week ANet launched Season 2 of its Living World, opening a brand new area in Tyria, and taking players on several adventures in the wake of Scarlet Briar's destruction.  

The show will be live at 3pm EST, 12pm PST on Twitch.TV/GuildWars2 - Friday, July 18th.

SPOILER ALERT: There be spoilers about said Living Story below, so continue at your own risk!

Players joined up once again with Braham, Rox, Taimi, Marjory and Kasmeer to track down what happened to the Bazaar of the Four Winds after leaving Lion's Arch. Let's just put it this way... not only is the beloved ship now lying in ruins in Dry Top, but it seems our own dear Scarlet might have something to do with the growing and tangled thick vines overtaking the land.  Players tracked down another "bad" Sylvari and stopped him... permanently.

Next week, after the second Episode has launched and we've all had some time to play it, Points of Interest will continue and Bill will join ANet's Kate Welch and the gang to talk about what comes next.  To do that, we NEED YOUR QUESTIONS!

Bear in mind that all questions accepted must be about the Living World and the narrative being woven by ArenaNet.  For some leads, think about these three hints?

  • Who or what else is in danger?!
  • What did the saboteur mean and who was he working for?
  • Sylvari can be corrupted?! But, they've never been able to be corrupted before! What does this mean?
  • What was Scarlet doing here, of all places?
Find out next week and be sure to join us for Points of Interest!

General : Perfect World's Arc Client

Posted Jul 09, 2014 by Suzie Ford

This past week we spoke to Mark Hill over at Perfect World about their new ARC game platform. As many companies are now harnessing the power of their large communities, Perfect World is hosting their series of games on a single platform for users. Mark gave us some details on the new ARC platform and how players will be able to access games much faster and explore Perfect World’s free to play market in a quick and easy way.

Read more of Garrett Fuller's Perfect World's Arc Client.

Continent of the Ninth Seal : Advanced Mystic Class Launched

Posted Jul 09, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Mystics in Continent of the Ninth Seal (C9) have a new advanced class to enjoy thanks to the arrival of the Erta. According to the site, Erta are aerial jugglers with quick reflexes and the ability to score quick, powerful melee attacks on the unsuspecting.

The ERTAmainly utilizes Stance Change and Teleport skills. She can execute powerful combos by switching between ranged and melee skills with Stance Change. Also, she can use Teleport and Link to move instantly for a trick attack on the enemy. Her primary weapon is the Chakram, a throwing weapon which is circular in shape, with a sharpened outer edge to slice through enemies.

Find out more about this advanced class on the Continent of the Ninth Seal teaser page and in the video below.


Elder Scrolls Online : Veteran Rank Changes Unifying the Game at What Cost?

Posted Jul 09, 2014 by Suzie Ford

ZeniMax published a post late last week saying it planned to make a series of changes to Veteran Rank content. Those changes, which began rolling out this week, were indicative of what the studio called a desire to listen to the feedback people had been giving and gauge just where the community had been on the matter of Veteran Rank content. After listening, there were several key points, including that the difference in difficulty between the 1-50 game and the post-50 game surprised players, who felt forced into groups or simply felt they had hit a wall and then gave up. Some were also dissatisfied with the VR content necessarily taking them through the content of other factions with little change. If you pledged your sword to Queen Ayrenn, why would you then go off happily questing in service of Jorunn?

Read more of Christina Gonzalez's Elder Scrolls Online: Veteran Rank Changes Unifying the Game at What Cost?

Dragon Nest : Hardcore Mode Introduced to Challenge the Elite

Posted Jul 09, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Shanda Games has announced that a new hardcore Desert Dragon Nest mode has been introduced into the Dragon Nest EU version of the game. In hardcore mode, players will have to battle through all stage bosses and the dragon itself within a forty-minute time frame. In addition, the team has overhauled several character classes paving the way, according to developers, for future character builds.

Skill Balancing and Rock of Blessing

With six classes being around for quite some time now, some slight changes to the skill balance were in order. The class with the most changes is the warrior, especially the sub-classes Moon Lord and Gladiator. In terms of game play, the Rock of Blessing is patched this month; an item existing only three times on the entire server, which gives a remarkable buff to the bearer, and all party members.

Check out the Dragon Nest EU page for more information.

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