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Hearthstone : Eric Dodds on New Classes, Class Balance and More

Posted Sep 02, 2014 by Suzie Ford

We caught up with Hearthstone lead designer Eric Dodds at this year’s PAX Prime to discuss the recently released Naxxramas adventure mode, game balance, and what lies ahead for Blizzard’s wildly successful digital card game.

Read more of Mike Bitton's Hearthstone: Eric Dodds on New Classes, Class Balance & More.

World of Warships : Leaving Drydock & Ready to Set Sail

Posted Sep 02, 2014 by Suzie Ford

As a Retired Navy Chief I was skeptical of how well Wargamming could possibly understand Naval Warfare and be able to capture the feeling, but I have to say that for such an early Alpha build they are on the right track.

Read more of Franklin Rinaldi's World of Warships: Leaving Drydock & Ready to Set Sail.

WildStar : Megaservers Announced

Posted Sep 02, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Carbine Studios has announced that megaservers will be coming soon to WildStar. According to the forum post, there will be one PvE and one PvP megaserver per Data Center. Utilizing megaserver technology will consolidate the player base and increase raid / quest grouping density.

Under the new MegaServers, there will be one PvP and one PvE realm per Data Center. We’ll also increase the number of available character slots for each Megaserver. There’s lots more information to come, with some questions already answered in our FAQ and more on the way.

When the time comes, all guilds, arena teams, circles, mail and auction items will transfer to the new Megaservers. The normal “realm transfer” restrictions will not apply during this transfer. Unfortunately, one of the byproducts of this is that realm rule sets will be going away, so we will replace them with five region-wide chat channels – Roleplay, French, German, French Roleplay and German Roleplay. More details on this will be revealed soon.

Read the full post on the WildStar forum.

Destiny : Planet View Gives Players Insight into the Cosmos

Posted Sep 02, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Players wanting to get a sneak peek at the cosmos to be featured in Destiny can take a look at the newly unveiled interactive site, Destiny Planet View. Planet View currently allows for in-depth information about Earth, the Moon and Venus, with more planets and information to be added at a later date.

Created using Google Technologies, Destiny Planet View gives fans an immersive first look at Destiny's in-game locations on Mars, Venus and the Moon.  While the experience only reveals a small slice of Destiny's massive worlds, users will be able step through each area and discover useful lore, gameplay tips and even a few hidden real-world and in-game incentives along the way.

Check out Destiny Planet View to learn more!


Star Trek Online : Delta Rising to See Five Voyager Series Actors Reunited

Posted Sep 02, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios have announced that five actors from Star Trek Voyager will be reprising their roles in the next major content expansion, Delta Rising.  Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine), Ethan Phillips (Neelix), and Robert Picardo (The Doctor) will join Garrett Wang (Harry Kim) and Tim Russ (Tuvok) will voice the same characters in Delta Rising.

Set 32 years after the events of Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek Online: Delta Rising will bring players into the Delta Quadrant – a mysterious region of space recently made easily accessible through an ancient Iconian gateway. As players explore uncharted worlds and interact with alien species, they will partner with well-known crew members of U.S.S. Voyager to investigate an unknown enemy presence. 

Read more on the Star Trek Online site.

Rift : Nightmare Tide PAX Preview

Posted Sep 02, 2014 by Suzie Ford

RIFT remains a very solid MMO for Trion. The game launched back in 2011 and continues to hold a captive audience. It added a free to play model back in 2013 and is now adding a second expansion. The team at Trion gave us a deep look at Nightmare Tide with some of the playable puzzles and zones in the game. It adds a heavy use of underwater mechanics which was not there before. The demo really surprised us and RIFT players have a lot to look forward to in Nightmare Tide.

Read more of Garrett Fuller's Rift: Nightmare Tide PAX Preview.

General : Ingress: Obsessed to Focus on Players

Posted Sep 02, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Google's Niantic Labs is ready to send players on another epic real world quest with the arrival of Season 2 of Ingress. This season's official title is Ingress: Obsessed and allows players to follow the progress of other players as they journey through a series of quests in the real world.

Set in the historic city of St. Louis, Missouri, the Season Two premiere follows Ingress Obsessed host Rebecca B (Agent RBFLY), local player Mitch Pohlkamp and his team of Resistance players in an attempt to capture the entire city. Through an ambitious operation to take over Missouri, viewers get a glimpse of Mitch’s own personal story.

Find out more on the Ingress: Obsessed page at Niantic.


Firefall : Hazardous Research Live Event Now Through September 12th

Posted Sep 02, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The Firefall site has been updated with information about a new live event that will run from now through September 12th. Called "Hazardous Research", the event will give players the opportunity to participate in a pair of dynamic events that give a chance at an awesome new weapon and credits beyond the normal daily limit.

Doctor Francesca Tellano, an Omnidyne-M scientist, is leading a research project involving a strange phenomenon that has been observed in both New Eden and Devil’s Tusk. Toxic Aranha are a known and well documented species, but in recent weeks, reports have been popping up of other aranha species that appear to have been contaminated by the Toxic Aranha’s toxins. Omnidyne-M is working on discovering exactly why this toxic effect suddenly began jumping species in the interest of potentially applying similar effects to some of their offensive technology.

Read all about it on the Firefall site.

Wizard101 : Six Years of Magic Celebration Begins

Posted Sep 02, 2014 by Suzie Ford

KingsIsle is ready to throw an epic birthday bash as Wizard101 turns six years old today. Players will have a month's worth of fun activities, items, events and special Crown Shop offers thanks to the game's birthday.

Players will find the skies above Wizard City Commons filled with magic and celebration and secret gift-giving packages in hidden nooks and corners. With a little skill and a lot of luck, players will also be able to hook a rare special mystery fish which can only be caught during this month of celebration.

Read the full press release on the Wizard101 site.

Lego Minifigures Online : Open Beta Updated with Mythology World

Posted Sep 02, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Funcom has sent word that LEGO Minifigures Online has been updated with the largest patch since the open beta launched earlier this summer. Players can expect a lot of new content in Mythology World including quests, new figures and an overhauled loot system.

The loot system for getting new Minifigures has been completely revamped. Now you can get Minifigures by looting their parts, and then building them together. All dungeons and Pocket Adventures now contain different pieces for certain Minifigures.

Bosses now reward you with awesome chests, full of loot. These chests have the greatest chance for dropping Minifigure parts. Everyone get chests as rewards, but Members receive special Member chests, which have a very high chance of containing a Minifigure part.

To complete a Minifigure you need to collect the head, body and legs plus a baseplate. Then you can put all the pieces together and play on with your brand new Minifigure!

Read more details on the LEGO Minifigures Online site.

The Free Zone : Two Questions About Game Shows

Posted Sep 02, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Like many MMOG fans and gamers in general, I tend to pay attention when major game shows roll around. I'm no longer a regular attendee like I was for years, but I still look forward to them. That said, I started to question a few years ago how much I do so due to force of habit rather than their actual importance. In addition, while looking for information on this year's upcoming Korean event, G-Star, I wondered about its future and potential.

Read more of Richard Aihoshi's The Free Zone: Two Questions About Game Shows.

EverQuest Next : Of Sony and Skynet

Posted Sep 02, 2014 by Suzie Ford

A year ago, or just about, I sat in a large banquet hall in Las Vegas as Dave Georgeson outlined the next big project for Sony Online Entertainment.  The speech centered on a list of “Holy Grails” in MMO development, and how their EverQuest Next team would be reaching to achieve those lofty benchmarks.

Read more of Red Thomas's EverQuest Next: Of Sony & Skynet.

Elder Scrolls Online : Guar Plush Reappears in Bethesda Store

Posted Sep 02, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Elder Scrolls Online fans won't want to miss the reappearance of everybody's favorite Guar plush toy. The Guar plushie comes with an in-game code as well so players never have to be without this adorable companion.

Featuring high quality cloth materials and an internal skeleton inside hind legs to allow for posing, the Guar plush is an awesome addition to your Elder Scrolls Online accessory collection!

Every guar comes packed with a code to redeem on your ESO account management page that unlocks an adorable in-game vanity pet for the PC and Mac versions of the game. Get yours now and never be guarless again

Check it out on the Bethesda Store site.

Persona 5 : Coming to Both PS3 and PS4

Posted Sep 02, 2014 by Suzie Ford

According to a brief report on Kotaku, Persona 5 will be coming to both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles sometime in 2015. This is a change from the original development announcement that the game would be released only for PS3.


World of Warcraft : Gaze of the Black Prince Arrives for the Last Time

Posted Sep 02, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Perhaps signaling the imminent arrival of the pre-expansion v6.0 patch, Blizzard has announced that the Gaze of the Black Prince buff for World of Warcraft will be in effect from September 2-14. The Gaze of the Black Prince assists players with obtaining the necessary resources to create their legendary Pandaria cloaks, a lengthy process that is shortened measurably with the buff.

Blizzard's post specifically states that this is the final time players will have an opportunity to take advantage of the buff, a likely portent to the arrival of the pre-Warlords of Draenor patch, v6.0 that will bring significant changes to all classes and introduce the "bridging" lore preparatory to November's release of the expansion.

Beginning Tuesday, September 2 at 10:00 a.m. PDT, through Tuesday, September 16 at 9:00 a.m. PDT, we’ll be applying the Gaze of the Black Prince buff for the final time before the Warlords of Draenor expansion. This buff will increase the reputation gained with the Black Prince by 100%. It will also increase the chance of obtaining items from his foes needed as a part of the Legendary Cloak quest line including: the Secrets of the Empire, Sigil of Wisdom, Sigil of Power, or Titan Runestones.

To learn more about the Legendary Cloak quest line, check out our previous blog posts: I am Legendary and The Time Has Come: Legendary Quest Line.

Read more on the World of Warcraft community site.

General : Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition Preorders Begin

Posted Sep 02, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Beamdog has announced that preorders for Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition have officially kicked off. Fans can preorder the game for $20, though no release date has yet been revealed. Beamdog is the same team that brought enhanced editions of both Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate 2 to PC, Mac and mobile devices over the past year.

In the northernmost reaches of the Forgotten Realms lies the region of icy tundra known as Icewind Dale. Journey deep into the Spine of the World mountains, a harsh and unforgiving territory settled by only the hardiest folk. Beneath the carven glaciers and mountainsides, you must confront an evil that schemes to wreak destruction upon the face of Faerûn. This is the world of Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition.

Originally released in 2000, Icewind Dale is a Dungeons & Dragons game set in Wizards of The Coast's legendary Forgotten Realms. This Enhanced Edition allows players to experience the epic adventure on PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Android tablets and phones, and includes a host of new features:

  • Swords and Sorcery: Discover dozens of new spells and items, including new magic armor and weapons.
  • Blackguards and Wizard Slayers: Select from over 30 new kits and classes to create the perfect adventuring party.
  • Bring A Friend: Join your fellow adventurers in cooperative, cross-platform multiplayer games.
  • See The Unseen: Explore quest content cut from the original game, now finished and restored.
  • More to Experience: Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition includes both the Heart of Winter and Trials of the Luremaster expansion packs.

Find out more on the Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition site.


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 to be possible. After nearly nine months of communication with NCSoft's Business Manager Jae Soo Yoon, it appears there at least exists a possibility that the conversation will continue.

Introductions in place, Downes and team have made 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 would eliminate the need for "spiritual successor" titles 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
A 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 CoHTitan.com 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.

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