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Chronicles of Elyria : Player-Created Dungeons

Posted Dec 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Hidden staircases, trapped doors, and underground chambers bring out the imagination in all of us. These are just a few of the reasons player-made housing in Chronicles of Elyria is both captivating and compelling.

Read more of Jeromy Walsh's Chronicles of Elyria: Player-Created Dungeons.

Figure 1 – In-game screenshot of a room with a hidden door

Van Helsing : XBox One Release Date Arrives

Posted Dec 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

XBox One fans of action RPGs will want to take note of today's release of The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing. Players can get hold of the game for $14.99 or for free for XBox Live Gold members throughout the month of December.

In collaboration with Microsoft we’re proud to bring the first chapter of our beloved trilogy to Xbox One. And we’re even happier to announce that The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing is FREE as part of the Games With Gold program for all Xbox Live Gold members in December.

What's more, from December 1 all The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing DLCs are also available on Xbox One for 3.99 each. Both Thaumaturge and Arcane Mechanic add loads of new content to the base game, including gear, weapons, skills and story missions.

Find out more on the special XBox store page for The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing.

Dragomon Hunter : Massive 300v300 PvP Battleground to Feature Mounted Combat

Posted Dec 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Aeria Games has announced that the first update to Dragomon Hunter has been deployed. Players now have the opportunity to take part in mounted combat in massive 300v300 PvP battles on the Final Frontier battleground. Points earned during battle can be used to gain access to exclusive mounts that can be ridden in the Final Frontier.

New content has been added for PvE players as well with the addition of a special boss battle that can only be summoned in a guild hall and that will take all members to bring down.

Read the full update notes on the Dragomon Hunter site.

General : Outside the Box: Adobe Kicks Flash to the Curb...Sort Of

Posted Dec 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Adobe has seen the end of the Flash era and has decided to go along with the growing voices of discontent against it in a sense. Beginning early next year, Adobe will rebrand Flash into something called Adobe Animate CC.

According to Adobe sources, the move comes with the more prevalent use of HTML5 and the need for better animations  that align more closely with it. 

Publish animations to multiple platforms — including Flash/AIR, HTML5 Canvas, WebGL or even custom platforms — and reach viewers on virtually any desktop or mobile device. Animate CC will be available in early 2016:

Adobe Animate will continue to support both Air and Flash so it remains to be seen if this is truly the "death of Flash" or simply renaming it to avoid recent bad press.

Adobe will be spotlighting Animate CC from now through December 4th on their Twitch channel.

Source: Gamasutra

EVE Online : Chronicles of a New Eden - Bringing Down the House

Posted Dec 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Grath Telkin has a bit of a reputation. In the null-sec space of EVE Online, he is easily one of the most recognizable names, known for yelling at people and leading some of the most cutthroat players in the game. Pandemic Legion is a wrecking ball swinging from one fragile null-sec empire to the next, and their reputation for crushing their foes is, at this point, pretty well solidified. So, obviously a person like Grath, who has been playing at such a high level for so long, would have some incredible war stories to tell.

Read more of Steven Messner's EVE Online: Chronicles of a New Eden - Bringing Down the House.

Black Desert : PvP with Purpose - Valencia to Utilize Karma System

Posted Dec 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The Korean version of Black Desert Online will be updating later this month with a host of new content. Most notably, however, is a new PvP system being put into place in Valencia. Under the new system, karma penalties have been reduced, no new penalties have been added, but players will lose experience on death.

What makes the Valencia PvP all the more intriguing, however, is the Jail System. Low karma players will be sent to jail on death. They can either escape prison or mine sulfur in camp. Jail time is dependent on how many players have been killed during a specific period of time, increasing for each dead player.

Players can earn positive karma by killing low karma players and sending them to jail. Doing so earns the "Seal of the Bounty Hunters" with other as-yet-unnamed benefits

You can read more at Black Desert Foundry.

Thanks to HoldenHamlet for this forum thread.

Guild Wars 2 : First PvP League Season Kicks Off Today

Posted Dec 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

ArenaNet has announced that the inaugural PvP League Season is beginning today that comes along with the latest update. Players can take part in any number of ways, including the Guild Challenger League: To participate here, players form groups of five and join the League. Match statistics are tracked and rated with matchmaking pitting similar ranked teams against one another.

The Guild Challenger League is a direct path into the ESL Guild Wars 2 Pro League for you and your team. At the end of the league season, if you’re in the top five teams from the Guild Challenger League, you’ll have the chance to face off against the bottom three teams from the Pro League in the Guild Challenger Cup. If you’re in the top three teams from this tournament, your team will join the Pro League in the next season and compete for a share of $200,000 USD.

At this time, the Pro League’s map rotation consists of Conquest maps. Because the Guild Challenger League is a path into the Pro League, teams entering into the Guild Challenger Cup will need to be able to compete in Conquest. For this reason, only Conquest matches will count toward progress in the Guild Challenger League. Stronghold has proven itself to be popular, and we’ll be evaluating it for inclusion into more competitive play in the future. Until then, you can still play Stronghold as a guild team for personal league progress, guild missions, or just for fun.

In addition, players can queue up individually for ranked play via the PvP panel. New players will, however, need to attain rank 20 prior to participating in ranked PvP. As players prgress through tiers and divisions in the PvP League, rewards are earned that can yield gold, shards of glory, transmutation charges, and dyes. There are also special PvP League tickets that can be earned and spent at vendors for legendary backpacks, shards of glory and llama minis.

Fans of PvP will definitely want to check out the special blog post on the Guild Wars 2 site.


Crowfall : Hunger Dome 2.0 - A Colorful and Dangerous New World

Posted Dec 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The second Crowfall playtest is upon us and the game has seen some significant additions. While the game is still very early in development, in this column, I’ll explain some of the upcoming MMO’s progress from Pre-Alpha 1.0 to Pre-Alpha 1.1.

Read more of Mike Joseph's Crowfall: Hunger Dome 2.0 - A Colorful & Dangerous New World.

Black Desert : On the Mark! Get Set! Go! Closed Beta Sign Ups Begin!

Posted Dec 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Daum EU has just posted that sign ups for the first Black Desert Online EU/NA/Oceania closed beta test have just opened. What are you waiting for?

For Black Desert Online’s first Beta, several improvements have been made based on community feedback from the alpha stage. Players accessing the game in a few weeks will be able to observe the following changes and features:

  • Improved character customization, including 30 new skin tones, 40 new hair colors, new beards, and a bald option for male characters
  • Improved balance of character classes
  • Improved weather cycles, including darker and occasionally stormy nights and lanterns that can be purchased from NPCs to help players in the dark
  • Newly enabled features such as the much requested walking mode and more
  • Adjustment of HP Potions to improve the PvP challenges
  • Fully localized English text
  • Level cap set to 50.99% with PVP unlocked at level 30

Head to the Black Desert Online site to get signed up for CBT1 that will begin later this month.

General : The Daily Quest - What Does the MMO Need?

Posted Dec 01, 2015 by William Murphy

We're bringing back the Daily Quest today, this time with a burning question... what does the MMO genre need to keep moving forward? What features are essential to keep, and what is better left in the past? 

For my own input, I'm going with the obvious one - group content. One of the things that's killed many an MMO for me is the sheer self-reliance a lot of games claim is so ideal. Don't get me wrong, I love to solo as much as the next person. But it's the people that make MMOs special. It's the people that make them stick. The games I've played the longest are the ones that give me the most reason and joy in finding friends or strangers to play with.  And it's not just about fighting, or needing a group to do a dungeon, but actually interacting with people. Talking to them, exploring with them, and all that a shared world is supposed to be about.

It seems, minus a few games, most MMOs forgot all about this in the past 5-10 years.

Ok, let's hear it. What else does the genre need, and what can it do without? Speak now, because I'm sure we'll never talk about this subject again.

Elite: Dangerous : Exploring the Great Unknown with Horizons Pt1 Beta Arrival

Posted Dec 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Frontier has announced that the Elite: Dangerous expansion, Horizons, is now in beta. Players in Horizons will be able to fly to, land on and explore planets all throughout the galaxy, both solo and with friends.

In today’s Planetary Landings beta, players can explore epic, accurately simulated planets and moons throughout Elite Dangerous’ full scale re-creation of our Milky Way. Each of these life-sized worlds offer incredible vistas and new gameplay opportunities as players discover valuable resources, experience deadly combat encounters, raid bases, scout crash sites and cooperate with other players, both on the planet surface and flying high above.
Players can journey from space to surface for the first time in Elite Dangerous, coasting over mountaintops in their spacecraft, diving into canyons and venturing out on the ground in the new Scarab SRV wheeled vehicle, alone or with friends, all without loading screens or breaks in gameplay. Planetary Landings is an entirely new way to play Elite Dangerous, and is just the first of the Horizons season of expansions

Read the full update notes on the Elite: Dangerous site.

Runescape : It's December 1st - Christmas Has Arrived (Early!)

Posted Dec 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Both the main and "old school" versions of RuneScape are starting the Christmas celebration right off the bat with the dawn of December. In the main game, players have a mini-questline to follow, an advent calendar to enjoy and Winter Weekends to look forward to. Old-School RuneScape players get to see the return of the Anti-Santa.

“Celebrating the annual festivities with our players is something we relish, and we hope the community enjoys uncovering the mystery of this year’s mini-quest, unwrap their advent calendar gifts, and collect their cosmetic rewards,” said David Osborne, lead designer, RuneScape. “Next year should be a huge year for the RuneScape franchise as we head into our 15th anniversary celebrations, but we’ll be seeing out 2015 in style!”

These events will run through January 11, 2016.

Find out more on the RuneScape and Old-School RuneScape sites.

Not So MMO : Just Cause 3 Isn't an RPG, But You Should Still Play It

Posted Nov 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Square Enix graciously offered us a chance to play Just Cause 3 ahead of its launch via Steam, citing that it’s very much an open world RPG set in a modern setting. Now, we won’t go so far to call it an RPG in a traditional sense, but there’s so much fun to be had in this game that we can forgive its linear story and lunatic physics.  It’s a toy box of wonders for any kid who imagined blowing stuff up with his or her GI Joes for hours on end.

Read more of Bill Murphy's Not So MMO: Just Cause 3 Isn't an RPG, But You Should Still Play It.

Order & Chaos 2 : First Update to Deploy Soon with New Changes & Features

Posted Nov 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Fans of Order & Chaos 2: Redemption will be happy to hear that the first major update is soon to deploy that will include a bevy of updates to existing systems and some new features to boot.

Systems that have been altered for the update include, the HERO portable skill, crowd display, an updated gear score, targeting with the Shift key, the ability to check attributes a skill point reset option, divine essence drops, a new coin pouch for storing currency and tokens, an improved merchant interface, optimization for iOS and 3D touch support and more.

New features include the arrival of Winter Nostice with a new solo dungeon, a special world event, special quests and costumes. A new classic dungeon has also been added as well as new events happening all over the game world and new treasures in Nick's Shop.

You can find out more on the Order & Chaos 2: Redemption site once the update is launched

Age of Conan : Raid & Dungon Finder in the Works with PvE/PvP Arenas

Posted Nov 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The latest Age of Conan Unchained letter has been published with some interesting news for players to look forward to in the coming months.

First, a new Dungeon & Raid Finder tool is in the works to help players find challenging content with others. Each week a random raid will be chosen that will allow players, without gear requirements, to join in on a raid. Additionally, loot in these raids will be personalized and delivered directly to inventory.

Secondly, Funcom is at work on a solo arena-style system that would allow players to challenge themselves to a variety of boss encounter scenarios based on the pet and companion system. The arena's difficulty will be based on what pet or companion a player has equipped.

Read the full letter on the Age of Conan: Unchained site.

Blade & Soul : Assassin Week Sneaks Into the Limelight

Posted Nov 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Assassins are masters of subtlety and stealth, no more than today when the Blade & Soul site was updated with the news that this week will be a full on preview of these wily combatants. The week kicks off with a new video and a highlight page that will be updated throughout the coming days.

Calculating and precise, Assassins need to be in the right position and have the right skill chains set up in order to ensure their opponent doesn’t have the ability to respond to the Assassin’s lightning-quick attacks. Unlike other classes that can get away with fumbling through some clumsy skill applications and still do some damage, the Assassin’s movements and skills are fluid—as sharp as the dagger they wield—and can seamlessly move from attack to attack.

Read more on the Blade & Soul site.

Hero Zero : Enter to Win An iPad Air 2!

Posted Nov 30, 2015 by Craig McGregor is very pleased to present this exclusive sweepstakes event! We have partnered with European Games Group to give away an iPad Air 2 16GB ($499.99 value)!

As with all sweepstakes at the more days you login to the better your odds of winning! See official rules for details.




Albion Online : Founder's Pack Giveaway!

Posted Nov 30, 2015 by Michael Bitton

The folks at Sandbox Interactive hooked us up with a number of Albion Online founder's packs to give away. Read on to find out how to enter to win.


  • One Grand Prize Winner will receive: 1x Albion Online Legendary Founder's Pack
  • Two First Place Winners will receive: 1x Albion Online Epic Founder's Pack
  • Three Second Place Winners will receive: 1x Veteran Founder's Pack

Entering to win is simple: all you need to do is post in the comments below telling us why you're excited for Albion Online.

We'll accept entries through tomorrow, December 1. Winners will be announced and codes distributed on Wednesday, December 2.

Please ensure that you only submit a single entry. Users found to have submitted multiple entries will be disqualified.

Gloria Victis : Full Alpha Released & What You Can Expect

Posted Nov 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The last month of development of Gloria Victis has been very busy but extremely effective. The version 0.5 update – the biggest one so far – finally went live! This is one of the biggest achievements during the entire development process.

Read more of our exclusive developer diary, Gloria Victis: Full Alpha Released & What You Can Expect!

Suzie Ford : The Deals Continue for Gamers on Cyber Monday

Posted Nov 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Our Black Friday feature was a big hit with readers and fans of gaming with more than a few MMOs and RPGs putting forth some amazing deals. Many of those special prices continue through today, known as Cyber Monday, when even more great deals can be found. We've rounded up some of the best in Gaming & Software, Hardware & Peripherals and a catch all "Other" category for those things that are at least tangentially related to gaming. See what we dug up!

Read more of Suzie Ford's The Deals Continue for Gamers on Cyber Monday.

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