Last week, at E3, I had the opportunity to meet with Vladimir Piskunov, the CEO of Bitbox and see Life is Feudal, for the first time. My goal was to see just what features and systems were featured in this pure sandbox game. To say that I was pleasantly surprised would be something of an understatement. Vladimir is incredibly polite and passion for this project just exudes from him. He is also a realist and pretty insightful about games, sandbox games in particular. He knows that currently sandboxes are a bit of a niche genre, albeit a growing one, with many entrants coming in the next year or two.
Read more of Terry O'Brien's Life is Feudal: Passion & Dedication Set the Game Apart.
Path of Exile is ready to expand with The Awakening on July 10th. While lots of time has been spent on beta testing and developers have been sending out information to players, there still remain a few hidden nuggets of information and content that are worthy of a lot of excitement. We chatted with Chris Wilson about those things that may have remained unspoken. See what he had to say!
Read more of Suzie Ford's Path of Exile: The Awakening - Something to Get Excited About.
Heroes of the Storm has exited maintenance that comes packed with the new Eternal Conflict that brings legendary Diablo characters into the game including The Butcher, Treasure Goblins, Leoric and the new Battlefield of Eternity map.
The forces of light and darkness will stop at nothing to emerge victorious, so they’re sending their most capable champions into the Nexus. Johanna, the heavily armored Crusader, has established herself as one of the Nexus’s most stalwart Warriors, but today she faces a familiar foe—a bloodthirsty demon known as The Butcher. Despite his formidable bulk, the Butcher is a damage-dealing melee Assassin who gains strength by gathering “fresh meat” from the remains of his fallen enemies. The Butcher’s Brand ability debuffs enemies so that he gains life with each attack, and he can also bring Lambs to the Slaughter, chaining his hapless victims to a post for the four longest seconds of their puny lives.
Find out more on the Heroes of the Storm page.
Trion Worlds is pleased to announce the next game it’s bringing stateside as publisher, Bluehole Ginno’s Devilian Online. Yes, the development studio behind TERA has a new game, and it’s an Action RPG with a persistent MMO world. For the sake of not having to say that over and over, we’ll just call it an Action MMORPG. So, what’s Devilian Online all about, and where the heck did it come from? Read on to find out.
Read more of Bill Murphy's Devilian Online: The Studio Behind TERA Has a New Game & It's Headed Our Way.
Unikrn is seeking to bring the next level of eSports to the world with its new platform designed from the ground up for competitive game play. Unikrn has secured $7M in funding from sources that were early backers of worldwide companies including Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and others. This latest round of funding raises the total to over $10M.
By visiting www.unikrn.com (on either mobile or desktop), Unikrn customers can watch the world’s best professional gamers participate in live gaming tournaments around the world. Unikrn features tournaments for AAA titles such as League of Legends, Dota2, Counter-Strike, Heroes of the Storm, and others. For customers located in jurisdictions that permit online betting, the Unikrn platform provides an opportunity to bet on the outcomes of matches and tournaments through a range of bet types common in more traditional sports betting markets.
Visit the Unikrn site to find out more.
Otherland has been updated with a new feature especially for guilds. Clans will receive an instanced plot of land on which to build and to improve. Reaching a certain point will allow clans to attack one another on specially designated portions of clan property. Successfully beating another group will allow the victor to make improvements of its own holdings.
In addition to the new ClanLand feature, Otherland has been updated with significant improvements to skills and abilities, performance and more.
You can find out more about the ongoing beta and get signed up on the Otherland site.
E3 is a great way to find out about upcoming video games, both for new titles and for titles with updates or re-releases. The latter is true for Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment.
Read more of Genese Davis's Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment - Take 2!
Gameforge and Robot Entertainment have sent word that tomorrow's big update to Orcs Must Die Unchained closed beta client will contain a brand new PvE mode. In addition, PvP mechanics and core game features have been tuned to keep the franchise fresh and growing.
Get ready to be unchained!
A well-organised team can now also profit from another new mechanic in PvE: the Unchained Meter. A barometer fills up as you eliminate enemies through combos, i.e. in a combination of traps and hero attack damage. Once charged, the group enters Unchained Mode and unleashes a greater level of destruction. All heroes get a health and mana bonus as well as reduced cooldowns for their skills. The difficulty rises in spite of all advantages however, rising from wave to wave and demanding the whole team’s attention during special boss waves. New bosses, such as Dread, a heavily armoured orc, or Sarge, a plate-armoured soldier, ensure that groups soon start to feel the heat.
Supreme performances will be rewarded with a high ranking in the leaderboards, on which players can compare their results with others.
Read more about the beta update to Orcs Must Die Unchained.
When enemies are assaulting one of your systems, most pilots would exercise caution and attempt to gather intel before engaging. But when the call went out about a raid from Gallente militia forces on the Caldari system of Esesier, Mr Duffo took the more direct approach. For the average faction warfare pilot, warping to the large Caldari outpost and seeing the eight enemy pilots capturing it would have caused most to flee, but, then again, Mr Duffo isn't like most.
Read more of Steven Messner's EVE Online: Chronicles of a New Eden - Let's Make This a Fair Fight.
After today's maintenance, XBox Neverwinter players will be able to log in and check out the new content and improvements contained in the Rise of Tiamat expansion.
Releasing alongside this new content are a slate of updates to improve player experience across the board. These include an onscreen mini-map, performance upgrades, adjustments to queuing and more. Neverwinter: Rise of Tiamat follows the events of Neverwinter: Tyranny of Dragons campaign and the recent Siege of Neverwinter event. Along with new quests and heroic encounters on the path to completing the final chapters of the Tyranny of Dragons campaign, players can anticipate the upcoming 25-player battle with five-headed draconic goddess Tiamat.
Find out more on the Neverwinter site.
The Trove team has put up a new developer diary to let players know about the new Cornerstone feature. Each player gets a personal 16 x 16 home base that can be customized at will. Players are given a Class Changer, a Rejuvenation Station and an Adventurer's Crafting Bench as starter gifts from the team.
Moving a Cornerstone is easy. Walk up to the sign post of any unclaimed plot, press the E key, and your blocky abode will be summoned right to you! There’s no cooldown on claiming a cornerstone, so feel free to put down roots wherever the spirit of adventure takes you. When you claim a new Cornerstone, your previous plot will be available for someone else to make their own.
Find out more details on the Trove site.
This week, Jason examines what we know about Heart of Thorns and whether it will be enough to satisfy content-hungry Guild Wars 2 players.
Read more of Jason Winter's Guild Wars 2: The Heart of the Heart of Thorns Debate.
Today’s MMO market isn’t what it used to be. A little less than a decade ago everyone was playing the same handful of games and there wasn’t much MMO-hopping going on. Free-to-play was all but nonexistent and unless you paid a subscription for a PC MMORPG, you weren’t playing much in the way of persistent online games. Nowadays, you can boot up an MMO on everything from your smartphone and PC to consoles and tablets. They’re everywhere.
Read more of David Jagneaux's The List: 5 MMOs That Would be Perfect for Consoles.
Fans of Darksiders 2 will want to check out the just-announced "Deathinitive" edition of the game that includes all DLC, improved graphics, improved & reworked levels, characters and environments, a new native 1080p resolution, better balance and loot distribution.
- Play Death: Become the most feared of the legendary Four Horsemen, able to destroy entire worlds and battle forces beyond Heaven and Hell.
- Epic Universe: Unlike anything the player has seen before, delivered in the unique style of Joe Mad.
- Heaven/Hell: Explore startling gameworld environments reminiscent of heaven and hell.
- Player Choice & Customization: Customize your experience with varied armor sets, weapons, and skill trees allowing players to create their own Death.
- Replay-ability: Explore a vast open world, complete dozens of side quests and customize your Death with a full leveling system, skill trees and endless equipment combinations.
- Traversal: Death is a nimble and agile character capable of incredible acrobatic feats allowing the player to explore the world like never before.
Check out the Darksiders II site for more (and a before/after image below!).
MMORPG.com has partnered with Blizzard to give away 10 copies of The Art of World of Warcraft, a book containing some of the most essential pieces of World of Warcraft concept art and drawings from the last 10+ years. The book also includes pieces released with each Collector's Edition as well as pieces never released before by Blizzard.
All you need to do to enter is share with us (in the comments below) your favorite piece of official World of Warcraft art and tell us why you like it so much. We'll accept entries through Sunday, July 5 and announce our 10 winners on Monday, July 6.
Please only submit a single entry. Users found to have submitted multiple entries will be disqualified.
Last week marked the big Fury of Hellfire v6.2 patch to World of Warcraft. After what seemed like months of high hopes for much more and much better content, players have spent the last several days adventuring through Tanaan Jungle and checking out the usefulness of the new Shipyard. What has been the reaction? Read on to find out.
Read more of Suzie Ford's and Catherine Daro's World of Warcraft: Fury of Hellfire - Frustration, Grind & Disappointment.
Funcom has announced that LEGO Minifigures Online is now available across multiple platforms and can be purchased for $29.99. This is a one-time fee with no subscription required to continue to play.
Find out more on the LEGO Minifigures Online site.
Obsidian Entertainment has announced the dates for the third early access event for Armored Warfare. The test will run from Wednesday, July 1st through July 14th and will prominently feature the new Tier 8 tanks.
The Armored Warfare site features a long list of changes that will be present in the next event, so be sure to head to the official site to check them out.
After much anticipation from its fans, Sandbox Interactive, developers of Albion Online, have opened their servers for the start of the big Summer Alpha 2015. Read on for what the new version includes and how to get in on the action.
Read more of the exclusive developer diary for Albion Online: Summer Alpha Underway!
Eurogamer is reporting that Elder Scrolls Online Creative Director Paul Sage has left Bethesda and is now working with Gearbox Software as creative director on an as-yet unnamed project. The announcement was made on Sage's personal Facebook page and indicates that moving home to Austin was the primary reason for his resignation.