Trion's new ArcheAge community manager Evan "Scapes" Berman has taken to the ArcheAge Source fansite with a long letter to discuss plans for the game in 2014. Among other things, Scapes mentioned that the alpha, currently in friends and family testing, will be expanded after this week's GDC. The team has big plans for GDC, including a new demo and a live stream event to be held on March 21st.
On that note, I also understand there are concerns about some of the pending changes to the game. Allow me to say this here and now: both Trion Worlds and XLGames want ArcheAge to be a free-to-play sandbox that fits our “No Tricks, No Traps” vision and will make development decisions for to achieve that goal in Trion’s territories. There are a couple of important recent examples we’d love to share: XLGames has agreed to our request that racial quests grant experience (which had been removed) and that mounts/gliders purchased from the cash shop provide solid value and fun, while earned and crafted items are objectively superior.
TLDR: I’m excited to be your point of contact for ArcheAge in the Americas and Europe and we have a lot of news coming up about bringing the game to you as quickly as possible. See you around here on ArcheAge Source and, in a little while, the official Trion forums.
Read the full, and very informative, post at the link above.
The latest Trove newsletter has arrived. In it, the usual game improvements and such are listed but, of particular note, is that Trove is now part of the recently-announced Glyph platform as announced by Trion. By launching Trove with Glyph, the game is automatically updated in a no muss, no fuss kind of way.
Player Created Dungeons: We've released the new Dungeon System offering more varied adventures than ever before. Even better, you'll soon see wonders that your fellow players have created with our Metaforge editor come to life in-game.
New Class Abilities: The Knight, Gunslinger, and (Spoiler!) will soon level up with inherent and ultimate class abilities.
A Whole New World: In the future, not only will you have your own Cornerstone, you'll have your own homeworld, too. Stay tuned!
UPDATE: The latest Trove Patch Notes have also been posted:
Come check out the most recent patch notes! Folly's dungeon, the Rainbow Tree, is now in game.
You now also have a personal Homeworld in which to build whatever you want! Give other people permission to modify them with /grant and remove it with /revoke.
The latest Shroud of the Avatar update has been published with the news that Alienware is sponsoring a key give away for the next several weekends leading up to Release 5 in late April. In addition, the game's first anniversary is coming soon and the team has plans to celebrate with its fans and backers in a big way.
It is hard to believe that just 24 days from now will be the 1-Year Anniversary of our successful Shroud of the Avatar Kickstarter Campaign! It has been one of the most amazing years that any of us have ever experienced in this business of making games, and that is entirely because of all of you, our community of SotA backers! We’re brainstorming some events for the final week leading up to our April 7th anniversary, including:
- One-Hour Daily Developer Hangouts from March 31st thru April 6th
- Morning to Midnight Video Hangout Telethon on April 7th
- Allow Backer Access to SotA Release 4.x from Morning to Midnight on April 7th
- Assorted free prizes to be given away during the final week, including:
- April 7th Drawing for one (1) Alienware Gaming Laptop
- April 7th Drawing for one (1) trip to Austin, Texas for a tour of the Portalarium Studios and some design brainstorming with the SotA Dev Team (flight & 1 night hotel expenses covered)
- Ten (10) Founder Adventure Pledges given away during each daily hangout
- Ten (10) Weekend Access Passes to Release 5 given away during each daily hangout
Read all the news and check out some amazing pics of a castle lot with the Lord of the Manor included on the Shroud of the Avatar site.
The latest patch notes for Darkfall: Unholy Wars have been posted. Of particular not is the inclusion of the new Clan Markets where clan members can exchange goods with one another or, alternatively, clans can set up the group's holding into a trading center. In addition, Darkfall: Unholy Wars now sports realistic weather effects to lend a deeper feeling of immersion to the game.
Clan leaders have the option of opening their individual market buildings to allies, non enemies or even everyone and have them enjoy the same benefits as the clan members. If only clan members have access to the market, individual member permissions will also come into play. In the case of catastrophic events, like the holding changing hands, all market orders are expired forcibly unless another clan building market that belongs to the clan still stands. On that note, a market building that has been damaged enough to reach the deactivation state is not accessible by anyone but order timers still tick away normally.
Check out the rest of the patch notes on the Darkfall: Unholy Wars site after watching this nifty video about clan markets.
GBE Games has announced that the latest content update to The Aurora World has been deployed. Called "Guardians", the patch brings a deeper skill customization system and a higher level cap into the game in addition to more quests, PvP improvements and much more.
The Guardians’ update will be TAW’s largest update-to-date and rightfully so. The new system being introduced will allow players the ability to drastically improve their character(s) stats in a variety of ways that involve collecting and slotting magical stones to their guardian. Based on ancient astrology, the guardians will add a unique flair to all adventurers able to unlock these mysterious entities; appearances will change, reflective on the character class and level of the guardian. Players who’ve unlocked their guardian will be able to enter exclusive-zones where they’ll be able to forage and loot for unique items.
Read more on the Aurora World site.
This week I've stolen my editorial title from Albion Online's new promo trailer, “You Are What You Wear.” Though in real life, that expression might be only superficially true, in an MMO it's quite literally the case. Wearable items define not only what your digital alter-egos look like, they determine what those characters can do and where they stand in the MMO genre's level-dependent pecking order. Currently in development by Sandbox Interactive, free-to-play fantasy MMO Albion Online hopes to spin that idea in a new direction making it possible for players to wear anything they want. Considering this could result in a game full of players dressed like thrift store refugees, is that such a good idea?
Read more of Neilie Johnson's MMO Wearables: You Are What You Wear
The League of Angels team will be hosting a special Q&A session via the official forums with participation by one of the game's most noted cosplayers. Maridah, will be taking questions from fans about her portrayal of the Angel “Lorelei” and cosplay work in general.
In addition to the Q&A, fans will also have a chance of winning a Lorelei cosplay print signed by Maridah herself. Further details on the giveaway are provided here.
Find out more at the link above.
Old School RuneScape players have a long history with The Wilderness. In the latest update, the team has taken the iconic location and overhauled it to suit any player's taste. Players can find PvP action, plain old monster killing, or an area ripe for the honing of one's skills.
The Wilderness has just received its biggest update to date and there's something for everyone, whether you're interested in PvP, monster hunting or just plain skilling. The pack of updates includes six new bosses, as well as a new resource area, plus new armor, weapons and much more.
Read more on the Old School RuneScape page.
The Arcane Legends forums are all a-twitter following an announcement that the game will be expanding soon with Dragon Enclave. Fans of the mobile MMO will be happy to hear that new maps, new elite legendary equipment and much more will be incoming with the expansion. In addition, the team has plans to implement a new itemization system.
There won't be any new Mythic items released when the expansion drops, but they will be coming alongside future updates and events. This is part of the new itemization that we have implemented with this expansion. We will be staggering new item release over time. There will be less new items to farm at the initial release. Then, a little further down the road, we will release additional content that hold the potential for different or improved items.
With the staggered release of new gear, you’ll have new things to get excited about more often. Rather than just getting everything there is at the very beginning and a longer wait for something new, we will be offering more frequent content with gear improvements.
Read more on the Arcane Legends forum.
According to an updated version of the Sony All Access Pass FAQ, all Sony Online Entertainment titles, including both EverQuest Next and EverQuest Next: Landmark, will be part of the "one subscription, all games" model that will be put into place in April.
Q: How does the new All Access program differ from the old one?
A: The price for SOE All Access will be reduced from $19.99 to $14.99 and will replace existing SOE game memberships, on or about April 16th, 2014, for the following games: DC Universe Online (PC), PlanetSide 2 (PC), EverQuest, and EverQuest II, as well as Vanguard: Saga of Heroes*. We have confirmed that Dragon’s Prophet will be included in the program as well, and are working closely with Runewaker to determine additional benefits. Finally, the new plan will also expand to include our upcoming titles, EverQuest Next and EQN Landmark!
How does it work? As an example, if you are a gold member in EverQuest II, you’ll soon be upgraded to SOE All Access with full member entitlements in ALL eligible SOE games! You don’t need to lift a finger – it will all be done automatically.
You will be able to log in to claim a monthly grant of 500 SC (one grant per account), and will receive 10% off ALL Marketplace purchases. Some exclusions will apply, including Station Cash top-ups, Krono and membership purchases. SOE All Access members will also be eligible for exclusive promotions and offers throughout the year.
Read the full FAQ on the SOE forum.
Trion Worlds is anxious to introduce Rift players to the Arbiter – a Mage tank who weaves wind, lightning, and ice into defensive abilities on par with the best in Telara. Check out the lore behind The Arbiter and then let us know what you think in the comments.
Read more Rift: New Mage Soul - The Arbiter.
After a successful alpha, the Elite Dangerous team is ready to roll out v3.0 with new features and progression. Players will be able to take on what the devs called the "notoriously difficult" docking procedure in the original game to see how things have changed with a new iteration. Players will also be able to try out rudimentary hyperspace jumps and gain the ability to improve ships.
Ship upgrades include modules such as heat sinks and cargo scanners, a variety of weapons, and extend to the repair of any damage sustained in combat. They can also clear bounties and, once they have earned enough credits, even purchase a firm favourite from the Falcon de Lacy shipyards, and one of the most notorious ships in the galaxy – the Cobra Mk III.
The final weekend of the inaugural New Eden Open PvP event will take place this coming weekend. Pilots will face off in 8v8 matches to the death in an effort to score a share of cash prizes. The finals will take place on Sunday and those interested in checking out the action leading up to this weekend's final event, will want to head to the EVE Online YouTube page for more information.
This year the second annual New Eden Open features the premiere PVP experts putting their skills to the test in an 8 v 8 deathmatch format.
This weekend’s schedule can be found here, with the finals and some special in-studio activities to be streamed before Sunday’s finals.
So far many ships have exploded and we have no doubt many more will this weekend.
Tune in at www.twitch.tv/ccp
Also, be sure to swing by the EVE Online site to check out the latest changes to Rubicon.
During an event on the "Bullroarer" server for Lord of the Rings Online, it was announced that a new, as-yet-unnamed class will be coming to the game. Executive Producer Aaron Campbell let it be known that he had been in talked with Tolkien Enterprises about the class and that it is on that fits the lore. In addition, Campbell also let it be known that the class would be one that would be accessible to all players.
What class do you think it could be? Let us know in the comments!
The DUST 514 community is invited to partake in a unique opportunity this weekend to destroy a million clones. If successfully managed, each participating player will receive a million skill points. Failing that, there are lesser rewards based on the number of clones eliminated.
During this period, the total number of mercenary clones destroyed by the player community will be tallied and for each milestone achieved, active player characters will be rewarded with commensurate skill points. The clone kill milestones are the following:
- For 250,000 clones destroyed, all active players will receive 250,000 skill points
- For 500,000 clones destroyed, all active players will receive 500,000 skill points
- For 750,000 clones destroyed, all active players will receive 750,000 skill points
- For 1,000,000 clones destroyed, all active players will receive 1,000,000 skill points
Read more on the DUST 514 site.
Jagex has announced that beta applications for Transformers Universe Online are now being accepted. Players chosen to participate will have an opportunity to do so as early as this weekend so the team urges interested parties to sign up now! In addition, Jagex revealed new characters that players will have an opportunity to take charge of and, as the press release states, "wreak havoc with".
So just who are these new characters that fans will be able to take charge of and wreak havoc with? First up is Front-Line, a big Autobot brawler. He's the first in, and the last out, of any fight. He's a slugger with an instinct for mayhem. Armed with a mini-gun, axe and hammer attack, this is a bot that definitely shouldn't be messed with. Conduit is a Decepticon who is part healer and part killer. He's fully in touch with his darker side and, while able and primed to heal and keep his allies fighting for the cause, there's no mistaking the lethality of his attacks.
Sign up for beta testing on the Transformers Universe Online site.
Perfect World Entertainment has announced that the latest game to be added to its stable of free to play MMOs is called "Swordsman". The game is based on the wuxia novels of Louis Cha and features ten schools of martial arts, with players battling one another and the common enemy, the Ming Dynasty.
"We’re constantly looking to add to our library of games,” said Perfect World Entertainment’s GM of Publishing, Andrew Brown. “Bringing Swordsman to a Western audience is something we’ve wanted to do all along. With its rich story and engaging gameplay, Swordsman is a cultivation of our previous and successful titles we’ve brought over from our parent company Perfect World Inc. We’re currently in an alpha testing phase and the game simply looks amazing. We look forward to bringing it in to closed beta to give players the chance to check it out for themselves, so stay tuned!”
Find out more about Swordsman and register for the forthcoming beta.
To celebrate EverQuest's fifteen anniversary, Sony Online Entertainment has published a terrific inforgraphic to show off some amazing stats gained over the decade and a half since the game's launch.
Fun facts that can be found on the infographic include:
- EverQuest launched with ~70 zones. Today, there are over 1,500!
- In 1999, there were ~13,000 NPCs in EverQuest. Today, the NPC population size of EverQuest nearly matches that of Oakland, Calif. or Miami, Florida: 400,000
- EverQuest has won an Emmy and was featured on the cover of TV Guide.
- EverQuest entered the GDC Video Game Hall of Fame in 2011
- Less than 50% of US households had home computers or Internet access when EverQuest launched in 1999. Those numbers have doubled today.
Empire by Goodgame Studios in Germany is an MMORTS played across three Kingdoms much in the same vain as Travian or Snail Game’s Ministry of War. It has all the hallmarks of RTS games – you build your base, farm resources, recruit soldiers and do a little raiding of your neighbors for fun and glory, not to mention swiping all their goodies.
Read more of Carolyn Koh's Empire: A Marvelous Example of an MMORTS Done Right.
Members of the original Titan Quest team banded together to form Crate Entertainment, now hard at work on another action RPG, Grim Dawn. Grim Dawn uses a modernized version of the game engine developed for Titan Quest and is currently in alpha testing on Steam. As the name implies, the world is a grim and depressing place. Humanity is quite literally on the verge of extinction with two warring factions bent on its destruction.
Read more of Suzie Ford's RPG Files: Grim Dawn - A Gritty Visceral Action RPG.