Being a PC gamer means rising to the challenge. Whether you casually play MMOs or are a competitive e-sports aficionado, at some point you’ve looked at your hardware and wondered whether it was time to upgrade. Most of us overlook the keyboard, or maybe make our choices based on the lighting options. That’s a problem, as the Roccat Ryos TKL mechanical keyboard so easily proves. Blending style and function, the TKL is likely to change your typing experience for the better and take your game to the next level.
Read more of Christopher Coke's Roccat Ryos TKL Pro Mechanical Keyboard.
Sci-fi MMO Defiance this week tossed some of its community's most pressing questions at the developers (things like "Will the Bay Area zone expand?" and "When will we have more character customization?") and the devs lobbed back some answers. Also, now's the time to stock up on gear before the new jackpot weapon arrives - Elite Lock Boxes are 50% off until the end of Sunday, January 25.
To take advantage of discounts, check out the in-game store.
To read the entire Dev Q&A, click here.
OnePiece Online, the RPG/real-time battle/tower defense game based on the manga of the same name began its open beta this week, and to celebrate, developer JoyGames has a slew of activities planned as well as some sales.
Among the enticements on offer are:
1. First Top-up Gift: Top-up any amount of gold to win 6 Stars Kiki Zoro Partner (worth 888 gold).
2. Boa Hancock Gift Pack on sale: Originally 8888 gold, now 1000 gold.
3. Novice Fund: 125 gold buys 600,000 Beli
The One Piece Online website is playing its cards close to the vest, so to find out more about the beta rewards, you'll just have to sign up and play.
We all know SOE is a huge company with tons of MMO experience. For a company like that to not have a scalable system in place for quickly handling unexpected numbers of players on the launch of a new IP after all these years is really mind-blowing. That’s why I went hunting for someone to crucify at PAX South earlier today.
Read more of Red Thomas's H1Z1: Exclusive Interview with Adam Clegg and Jimmy Whisenhunt.
What's been missing from cooperative third-person shooter, Warframe? Why, a retro, side-scrolling minigame of course! Developer Digital Extremes remedies that lack this week with the addition of "Wyrmius," a 1980's-arcade-style minigame that gives players the chance to blast enemies with Wyrm's signature laser rifle.
To commemorate the game, DE created this faux retro commercial that should take some of us back to Saturday mornings when TV gave us all new reasons to pester our parents for new stuff.
Victor wonders if SOE has taken away the magic of a video game by explaining the trick behind making it work.
Read more of Victor Barreiro Jr.'s EverQuest Next: LIke an Overexplained Magic Trick.
During this weekend's Star Wars: The Old Republic Cantina event being held at PAX South, Bioware distributed a letter penned by Bruce MacLean. In it, MacLean lays out more details about the team's plans for 2015, including a return to story and each character's personal journey throughout the game. The letter has yet to be officially published, but several sites have copies on hand and have shared the information contained within.
MacLean begins the letter by revisiting the four pillars on which SWTOR is built: combat, progression, exploration, and story and that the game has sought to bring players the best of both RPGs and MMOs. He acknowledges that the emphasis since launch has been the latter and giving players a fantastic multiplayer component.
2015, however, will see a return to story and each player's progression through the game world.
Shadow of Revan was just the beginning. In 2015, we are committed to bring you more character driven adventures in the Old Republic universe. You're going to see a unified story with themes that unite our eight classes. Everyone is a veteran from the galactic civil war with a complicated past and uncertain future. You'll see a greater emphasis on your character's personal story and on the choices that you make. I don't want to say too much more since we're in the midst of development, but what we have planned really gets back to the Star Wars fantasy at the heart of our game.
Our plan is to deliver two major updates with this new story direction later this year.
In the interim, the team will deliver two hard mode Flashpoints, the start of PvP season 4, a new system called the "outfit designer", a new stronghold, and hints of yet more things to come.
Want to read the full letter? Check it out at Massively.
According to a Tweet from Brian Fargo, The Bard's Tale IV is a reality.
It's official.. And I'm very personally excited to be working on this. More details to follow. pic.twitter.com/OegeiAU28B— Brian Fargo (@BrianFargo) January 24, 2015
InXile Entertainment is planning a Kickstarter for The Bard's Tale IV. Details about the game are still light, but Fargo did say the team will be pulling from the original as far as overarching ideas go. From a story perspective, players will be returning to Skara Brae, where it all began. But on the gameplay side of things, Fargo is planning a deviation.
"Traditional turn-based combat," as Fargo calls it, bases turns on varying factors, creating battles in which different characters attacked at different times, often alternating between opposing sides. But in The Bard's Tale IV, teams attack all at once. This increases the pace of the combat, and allows for a different set of tactics than the traditional system might allow.
"There will be plenty of combat diversity and depth," Fargo said. "You look at something like Hearthstone, for example. It's sort of that going back-and-forth process, and you see the complexity and detail and strategy and nuance that can happen. It's really an amazing system. I love those modern influences. I took a lot away from that, and see things we need to do with our combat system."
Source for quote: IGN.com
ArenaNet has confirmed that Heart of Thorns is indeed an expansion for Guild Wars 2. The confirmation came during this weekend's PAX South convention. We are live blogging the event.
Official Site is Up! - https://heartofthorns.guildwars2.com/en
A few things of interest:
Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns features
Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is the first expansion for Guild Wars 2. Founded on the idea that the journey is the goal, the Heart of Thorns expansion continues the Guild Wars 2 tradition of challenging the conventions of MMOs to fulfill the promise of what online worlds should be.
The Heart of Maguuma
New adventures await you in the heart of the Maguuma Jungle. Confront the growing hordes of Mordremoth’s minions, discover allies from ancient civilizations, and battle new enemies.
- Tackle challenging group content.
- Explore new open world jungle maps.
- Experience new events and storylines.
- Test your mettle in new boss battles.
The Mastery System
We’re reimagining progression with our new Mastery system. Explore new training opportunities for your character beyond level 80 and master abilities like hang gliding in the jungle, tearing the bark off of heavily armored Mordrem, or building new collections that earn precursors to a legendary weapon.
New Profession: Revenant
Channel legendary powers to slaughter foes and unleash chaos on the battlefield with our brand new profession: the revenant. Enter the field of battle heavily armored and equipped with the otherworldly powers of the Mists.
Evolve your gameplay. With profession specializations, you’ll unlock access to a weapon previously unavailable to your profession as well as new traits, skills, and unique mechanics – all of which will transform your profession into something new.
PvP: New Stronghold Game Mode
Gather supply to hire soldiers. Battle for control of heroes. Man the trebuchet to defend your stronghold, and storm the enemy gates to defeat the guild lord! Use our new guild team feature to team up and battle to the top of the leaderboards. Stronghold offers an entirely new way to play competitive PvP in Guild Wars 2!
WvW: New Borderland
Experience epic battlefield combat like never before in World vs. World’s latest core addition, the new Borderlands map. Navigate treacherous heights with traps that blow your foes to the depths below and ferocious defenders to help keep the enemy at bay. Map objectives will be more important than ever before, as they’ll unlock new strategies, tactics, and play mechanics that you’ll want to use to your world’s advantage!
Your guild has roamed the world together. Now, it’s time to claim a piece of it. Work with fellow guild members to claim and grow your own guild hall in the heart of Maguuma.
Today, at 1130AM ET (830AM PT), Guild Wars 2's Colin Johanson, Mike O'Brien, and the voice actress Jennifer Hale will be presenting what lies "Beyond the Point of No Return" live from PAX South in San Antonio, TX. We'll embed the stream here, and update the article with details as they're announced.
Click through to watch and read along beginning at 1130AM ET (830AM PT, 430PM CST).
Blizzard has posted the World of Warcraft public test realm patch notes for v6.1. The PTR will be playing host to several new updates including the overhauled Blood Elf models, the new heirlooms tab in collections, big updates to garrisons, Twitter integration and much more.
New Heirloom Collections Tab
- The Collections system now supports Heirloom items.
- Heirlooms have a tier system to denote the maximum level that the item scales up to.
- New neck slot Heirlooms are now available and allows the character to cast a heal once a minute. This heal shares a cooldown with potions and Healthstones.
- Vendors in Stormwind (Alliance) and Undercity (Horde) now sells Heirlooms for gold.
- Alternate methods for obtaining Heirlooms are also available.
- Darkmoon Faire sells Heirlooms for Darkmoon Prize Tickets.
- Argent Tournament sells tier-1 and tier-2 Heirlooms for Champion's Seals.
- Some world events now sell either tier-2 and tier-3 Heirlooms for currency obtained through the event.
- Collecting all heirloom items awards a special mount usable by level 1 characters.
Read the full notes on the World of Warcraft community site.
- T-150, tier VI
- KV-3, tier VII
- KV-4, tier VIII
- ST-I, tier IX
- IS-4, tier X
The update also brings a new South Coast map, which gives players the opportunity to blast their way through a relaxing beachside resort. A range of different terrain - rocky outcroppings, sand beaches, rolling hills - provide ample occasion for ambush and subterfuge.
To see what the Iron Brotherhood has in store for Xbox 360 tankers, check out the video below.
Lately, it seems The Witcher franchise is infiltrating every platform, and this week, CD Projekt Red and Fuero Games announced its MOBA incarnation for mobile. In The Witcher Battle Arena, two teams battle it 3v3 style on smartphones and tablets.
The game features the following:
- RPG-ish mechanics
- Every item unlockable via gameplay - no "pay-to-win"
- Two maps - Nilfgaardian Arena and Korath Desert
- 9 playable heroes from The Witcher universe such as Geralt of Rivia, rebel elf Iorveth, and the sorceress Phillippa Eilhart
MapleStory and "Attack on Titan" fans are in for a treat through mid-February as the two cross over in a special themed event.
From January 21 to February 18, MapleStory players will help the Cadet Corps and fight to survive the Titan invasion. Episodic story content has them defending Wall Rose and mastering omni-directional mobility gear, thus earning special medals and totems. Players will also be able to purchase exclusive "Attack on Titan" items (like Cadet Corps uniforms, omni-directional mobility gear, accessories and chairs) in the cash shop.
Here's just a sampling of what the event has to offer:
- Fight against a gigantic humanoid – the Colossal Titan –who has appeared in the south of Shinganshina District
- Dress as a member of the Scout Regiment, a group of expeditionary soldiers looking for information on the origins of the Titans. Players can complete the outfit with their own omni-directional mobility gear, which provides the ability to jump onto walls, trees or nearby buildings to attack Titans
- Engage in multiple Attack on Titan story episodes, including escaping Titans in an obstacle map and training in various minigames
Welp, those Titans aren't going to defeat themselves, so MapleStoryites, better get moving! To find out more about MapleStory, check out the game's official website.
This past week, we asked our readers to vote in three categories: Best Expansion or Update of 2014, Best Veteran MMO of 2014, and Best New MMO of 2014.
And the winners are:
Trion Worlds has announced that the next Rift update will officially launch on Tuesday, January 28th. Called "Storm at Sea", the update will see a new 20-player raid, a new Chronicle, a Nightmare Raid rift, an expansion to planar attunement and much more.
The island of Tyrant’s Throne is a mysterious disc of earth and iron adrift in the Dreaming Sea. Lost in open water and shrouded by storms, it has served as a refuge for Crucia while she recovers from her defeat in Frozen Tempest. Now, while Ascended battle akvan for control of the plane, Crucia’s army readies metal monstrosities for a new planar war….
The journey into RIFT 3.1 Storm at Sea is nearly at hand. On January 28, players will make landfall at the harbor of Tyrant’s Throne – just in time for titanic zone events that bring ancient akvan lumbering out of the abyss! Ascended will have one week to wipe them from the island before the opening of Tyrant’s Forge, a new 20-player raid pitting the strongest Guardians and Defiant against the Dragon Queen of Air.
Read the full post on the Rift site.
MMORPG.com has been given special gift keys for Summoner's Legion - a new browser based card collecting game from Reality Squared! Get your gift key and get free in game items such as Magic Dust, Silver and more!
Each key will grant you:
Star Citizen is one of the most highly anticipated games being developed in years. The game has defied expectation, time and again, and built up one of the most dedicated fanbases on the internet. This week, fans were lucky enough to receive an official path to release, a timetable for what to expect this year and the starry-eyed “commercial launch” of 2016. As a fan eager to hop behind the wheel of my own spacecraft, I’m beyond excited. But I can’t shake the feeling that a lot of players are going to be disappointed and what that might mean for the future.
Read more of Christopher Coke's The RPG Files: Can Star Citizen Live Up to the Hype?
I’ll admit it: Borderlands is one of my favorite single-player/multiplayer RPG series du jour. There’s something about Gearbox’s tried and true formula of wacky humor, satisfying gameplay, and insane amounts of loot that gets me hooked and looking forward to whatever kinds of crazy DLC updates they have planned. I’m also not the only one who’s thought that the series would lend itself well to an MMORPG setting, with some gameplay tweaks and world expansions to make space for thousands of other players.
Read more of Som Pourfarzaneh's The List: Five Things We Want from a Borderlands MMO.
An MMO set in the universe of Mad Max is something I've been clamoring for for years, but as with any popular IP-turned-online game, it's a touchy subject for die-hard fans. With the Fury Road movie and the single player game both on the horizon for this year, I thought it'd be a good time to revisit my favorite topic of all time: building a Mad Max MMO.
Read more of Shawn Schuster's State of the Game: Building the Mad Max MMO.