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World of Warcraft : Azeroth Choppers Debuts

Posted Apr 17, 2014 by Suzie Ford

A new venture between Blizzard Entertainment and motorcycle legend Paul Jr. has resulted in a web series called Azeroth Choppers. Team Alliance, led by Chris Metzen, and Team Horde, led by Sam Didier, are charged with faithfully recreating World of Warcraft bikes during the ongoing series.

Led by legendary chopper builder Paul Jr., Team Horde will face off against Team Alliance to determine which epic custom-built bike will come out on top in the ultimate showdown. When the dust settles and the final designs are revealed it will be YOUR vote that decides which of these mechanical marvels will be recreated as a free in-game mount. Keep up to date on all of the latest on http://www.AzerothChoppers.com.

Check out the first episode linked above!

H1Z1 : A Firsthand Look Right About NOW During Live Stream Event

Posted Apr 17, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Sony Online Entertainment has just announced that it will be hosting a live stream event tonight to show off the just-announced H1Z1, SOE's new entry into the MMO space.

Just revealed last week, the first livestream of Sony Online Entertainment's upcoming zombie survival MMO, H1Z1, will take place at 4 pm PT / 7 pm ET tonight! Set in a post-apocalyptic world, players must fight to survive against zombies, animals and other survivors in H1Z1.

If you are available and interested in checking the game out in-action, be sure to tune in tonight at: http://www.twitch.tv/h1z1.

Be there at the appointed hour (that's 10 minutes from now!)

Heroes of the Storm : Richard Khoo Talks Brightwing

Posted Apr 17, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Brightwing has recently been announced as one of the playable characters from Blizzard's upcoming entry into the MOBA marketplace, Heroes of the Storm. In a new Q&A with Richard Khoo, the team discusses the creation of Brightwing and how he will manifest himself in the game. It's an interesting peek into the design process.

What advice would the design team give to teammates of Brightwing? What about the opponents?

Richard: It's very important for Brightwing to communicate with her teammates, especially if she's coming in hot from casting Phase Shift. Brightwing players can ping ally teammates before they phase shift to them, allowing them to anticipate your arrival and let them adjust their tactics accordingly. In general, turning a 1 on 1 into a 2 on 1 is better than turning a 2 on 2 to a 3 on 2.

Enemies should be aware of all the things I said, and beware of the potential chaos Brightwing can bring. I personally always assume that if I know a Brightwing is coming, they are coming in with full vitals and a polymorph with my name on it. So decide quickly if you want to finish the job fighting an enemy, or run away.

Read the full interview on the Heroes of the Storm site.


EverQuest II : How All Access Will Look to Players

Posted Apr 17, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The EverQuest II team has laid out the details on how the forthcoming SOE All Access pass will look for its players. Included in All Access are seven character slots, member-only loyalty items and more.

Players with the All Access pass will also have early access to content within the game. The first time players will be able to experience this early access will be with the new High Keep dungeon zone. This new dungeon will go live to All Access members when the program launches next week, and will be exclusive to members for two weeks!

  • 7 character slots
  • Member Benefits buff: Additional 15% coin loot and 10% mount speed!
  • Double the alternate currencies earned in game
  • Member-only Loyalty items
  • All access to broker, in-game mail, chat and spell tiers 

Read more on the EverQuest II forum.

Skyforge : Part One of Community Q&A Posted

Posted Apr 17, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The first in a series of articles based on submitted questions from fans of Skyforge has been posted on the game's official forum. The team tackled ten questions that include naming conventions on character creation, the combat system and several more in an eclectic collection.

Having seen the photo of The Factory, are dungeons going to be an equal mix of fantasy and sci-fi themed?

There is no exact proportion. You might have noticed pictures of Dankit Island, as well. This is a fine example of a fantasy-themed location. We did our best to please admirers of different kinds of settings. You will have a chance to see more Skyforge locations pretty soon!

Will there be dynamic weather for the world, or specific weather for certain events, quests, etc.?

Different climate regions of Aelion feature their own, unique weather conditions. While traveling across the Skyforge world, you will come across deserts of ice and snow or muggy, humid jungle. And, if you’re lucky, you will have a chance to lounge at a luxurious tropical island!

Read the rest on the Skyforge forum.

Rift : Bindings of Blood Readies the Beatdown for Players

Posted Apr 17, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Yesterday Trion launched Rift’s Bindings of Blood Tier 3 Raids, the brand new cutting edge (or bleeding) edge endgame content for Telara’s most ardent PVE players. These brand new 20-person raids will test the willpower of even the most dedicated Rift raiders, as on the PTS not a single guild was able to fell the two big bosses: Greenscale and Akylios.  Trion told us that one group did manage to drop Greenscale on the PTS, but that was weeks before the final version was put in... Bill Fisher and his team are confident it’ll be a different story on the live server, but players are always surprising them.

Read more of Bill Murphy's Rift: Bindings of Blood Readies the Beatdown for Players.

Elite: Dangerous : Latest Newsy Newsletter Posted

Posted Apr 17, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The Elite: Dangerous team has sent out the latest, and very newsy, newsletter. In it, the team discusses the recent Alpha 3 event, preparations for Alpha 4, design decisions behind the Cobra MK III and much, much more.

Alpha Access

There is one more phase of the Alpha to be released, covering travel and trading.  In order to give Alpha players fair notice before Premium Beta starts on 30th May, your last chance to join the Alpha will be April 25th.
After this date we will stop taking Alpha orders.

  • All Alpha players will be granted a life time discount of 50% on ship insurance in game as a ‘thank you’ for your support.
  • Alpha players continue to get early access to Beta builds to test before they are more widely released.

New Alpha players will have immediate access to the Alpha 3 multiplayer build, which includes both single and multiplayer combat, docking and ship outfitting, and of course Alpha 4 as soon as its released.

Join the Alpha Here! 

Keep yourself informed by reading the full Elite: Dangerous newsletter.


Pathfinder Online : The Map Revealed in Latest Video Developer Blog

Posted Apr 17, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The latest video developer blog has been released by the Pathfinder Online team. This week, the map is revealed as preparation for a future video diary about a feature called the Guild Land Rush. 

This is a blog I've been really excited to write for months.  Discussing what to feature every two weeks, I seem to keep saying "let's talk about the map!" but the need to get through some Q&A answers has been more pressing.  But we are about to make some announcements about the Guild Land Rush and we need to get information about the map in your hands before we do that, so I finally got to do "the blog about The Map!"

A quick note about the Guild Land Rush:  We are going to restart it shortly, with a new format, and a special area of our website that will be dedicated to the promotion.  Rather than give half-answers and a lot of "don't know at this time" responses, we'll just say that a big update about that promotion is coming and we'll post it as soon as we've crossed all the "t"s and dotted all the "i"s.

OK, so now Lee gets to talk about The Map, and I get to put in some screen shots and FRAPs from the game client.  You will undoubtedly have lots of questions.  Ask them here in the forums and we'll try to respond as quickly as we can.

A few comments before you watch the video.  Lee uses the term "Land Rush" when he's talking about the larger map.  The Land Rush map and the Early Enrollment map are the same map.  Just pretend he's saying "Early Enrollment" and it will make things more clear.

Check it out and leave your thoughts in the comments.


DC Universe Online : Amazon Fury Live Stream Videos Posted

Posted Apr 17, 2014 by Suzie Ford

SOE and the DC Universe Online team have released a video taken during a recent live stream event to show off the Amazon Fury DLC. If you've been dying to know what the DLC will bring to the game, this is the video to watch! Let us know what you think in the comments.


General : Risen 3: Titan Lords Trailer Released

Posted Apr 17, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Piranha Bites and Deep Silver have released a brand new trailer for Risen 3: Titan Lords, a classic RPG that "refuses to hold your hand" and offers players a chance to explore the world in any way they see fit. Check out the trailer and then the Risen 3: Titan Lords site for more information.


Neverwinter : Curse of Icewind Dale to Arrive May 13th

Posted Apr 17, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment have announced that the next Neverwinter module, Curse of Icewind Dale, will be released on May 14th. The new module brings a new zone, a new currency resource, two competing factions and much more into Neverwinter.

  • Iconic Icewind Dale Locations: Dwarven Valley, Caer-Konig, and Icewind Pass
  • Black Ice:  Scattered throughout Icewind Dale, it is the fusion between the sentient Crystal Shard called the Crenshinibon and the surrounding ice of the area.  Black Ice has become a major resource within Icewind Dale and players will fight over, harvest, and shape the most powerful gear in the game out of it.
  • Two New Opposing Groups: The Ten-Towners and the Arcane Brotherhood each offering players different quests and the ability to harvest Black Ice.
  • Open World PvP: Players can enter areas flagged for PvP and earn Black Ice at a faster rate, but will run the risk of being slain by members of the opposing faction.
  • New PvE Campaign: New quest lines and Boons will be introduced, as well as the new open world PvE quests called Heroic Encounters which can include over a dozen players at a time.
  • New Hunter Ranger Paragon Path: There is a new Paragon Path for the Hunter Ranger class called the Pathfinder. It will open up brand new At-Will, Encounter, and Daily powers, as well as three new Class Features and three new Feats.

Read more about Curse of Icewind Dale on the Neverwinter Arc site.


Mighty Quest for Epic Loot : Free Hero Weekend Announced

Posted Apr 17, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Ubisoft has announced the first-ever Free Hero Weekend for The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot that commences today and runs through April 22nd. During the event, players can access three special heroes and will have access to several packs at 50% off the usual price.

During this special occasion, several limited time, half off packs have been unlocked that offer permanent access to the Heroes. Additionally, Heroes and Pets have been bundled to ensure that looters never get lonely and more importantly, never forget to pick up any of their precious looted Gold and Life Force.

Find out more on The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot site.


General : Van Helsing II Now Available for PreOrder

Posted Apr 17, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Steam fans can now preorder The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II according to a new press release. Those who preorder can take advantage of a 10% discount and receive a special "preorder only" in-game item.

  Hunters in the darkest…and all other corners of the world! Get your swords and pistols ready, because The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II has just opened its pre-orders on Steam. Early adopters can purchase the game with 10% off the $14.99 price and get an exclusive in-game gift only available via pre-ordering the game.. Created by NeocoreGames, this steampunk action RPG is coming to PC and Mac on May 22 and will challenge you to fight twisted monsters of weird science again in the gothic-noir world of Borgovia.

To celebrate this milestone, the developer team will stream the game live at twitch.tv/neocoregames, 11am PDT on Friday, 18th April. The luckiest followers of the stream can win one copy of the two Van Helsing I: Complete Packs and someone can also take the ultimate prize: a copy of The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II with instant Closed Beta access.

Eager Hunters of Borgovia who can’t wait till May 22 to get their hands on the game can head to neocoregames.com/store, where they can also pre-purchase the game, choose from the various supporter packages in various price ranges and get instant access to the Closed Beta that just received a major update, unlocking new, challenging levels.

All the links are provided above so what are you waiting for?


General : The PAX East 2014 Awards

Posted Apr 17, 2014 by Suzie Ford

This year at PAX East 2014 we had a host of solid games to look at, especially with us now dipping our toes in the waters of straight up RPGs. Many had playable demos on the show floor and some had amazing things to show off in panels and presentations. What’s really exciting is just how many of our favorite games were the independent titles willing to try something new and unique. Overall we want to thank every game at the show for bringing us out and allowing us time to play. So without further chatter, let’s get to the MMORPG.com PAX East 2014 Awards.

Read more of our PAX East 2014 Awards.

Villagers and Heroes : Steam Version Launches with New Expansion

Posted Apr 17, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Villagers & Heroes is now available on Steam thanks to today's official release. To celebrate the momentous occasion, V&H arrives with a brand new expansion, "Fury of the Stone Lord". 

Key Features:

  • 4,000+ quests and boss-battles.
  • Player-driven villages.
  • Ten professions with sandbox-style crafting.
  • Bounty Runs with over 1,500 rewards.
  • 30 new Adventure Maps, bringing the total to over 110.
  • 20 new spells and heroic feats, now totaling over 100.
  • 15 additional skill levels.
  • Completely revamped graphics engine.

Find out more on the Villagers & Heroes Steam page.


General : Nosgoth: New Maps, Skins, eSports Integration Incoming

Posted Apr 17, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Nosgoth is in closed beta, and we have seen the game growing as time goes on. The closed beta made its show debut on the floor at PAX East this past weekend, where we had a chance to chat with Game Director Corey Davis and Square Enix Community Manager George Kelion about what’s ahead for Nosgoth, community response, and delivering on the lore.

Read more of Christina Gonzalez's Nosgoth: New Mpas, Skins, eSports Integration Incoming.

General : Styx: Master of Shadows Screens

Posted Apr 17, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Styx: Master of Shadows is an upcoming stealth RPG title where players take on the role of the anti-hero. Up to now, little has been revealed but today marks a turning point with the release of four new screenshots. Check them out and let us know what you think!

  

  

ArchLord : Beta Preregistration Begins for ArchLord II

Posted Apr 17, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Webzen has announced that it is accepting pre-registrations for the upcoming ArchLord II beta. Players can sign up using their Facebook profiles or by using their existing gPotato.eu, gPotato.com or Webzen.com accounts.

By pre-registering, users will automatically be entered into the Closed Beta lottery and will get a chance to win one of the eagerly awaited keys for the CBT phase that is currently scheduled to begin in June.

The sign up process is extremely simple. Potential participants can pre-register their account on the game’s official website at http://archlord2.com. To increase their chances of being selected, players can also join an additional daily draw on the official Archlord 2 Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/archlord2.

Find out more at the links above.


Archeblade : Steam Launch Date Set for April 27th

Posted Apr 17, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The ArcheBlade team has let us know that the game's official launch date on Steam will take place on April 27th. The launch version will feature five hundred new items to help players "gear up" and a completely overhauled starter experience.

Find out more on the Archeblade Steam page.


WildStar : The Gaffer Speaks - Part 1

Posted Apr 17, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Over the weekend at PAX East, we at MMORPG.com managed to snag an interview with one of the busiest people on the show floor, Carbine Studios' head honcho Jeremy Gaffney, aka the Gaffer.  Given that a number of WildStar's biggest fans were unable to attend the convention, I thought it would be cool to reach out to them and other fans who were present to gather up some questions for the Gaffer, to truly make it more of a community interview rather than a standard press interview.  As expected, the WildStar community inundated me with things they wanted to know, and I regret we didn't have time to cover everything they asked.  

Read more of Jean Prior's WildStar: The Gaffer Speaks - Part 1.

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