Lineage II players will want to head back into the game now that the Valiance content expansion is in service. Valiance gives players a chance to revisit old haunts such as the Hellbound hunting area and to check out returning raid bosses, Beleth, Darion, Lilith and Anakim.
“The Lineage franchise ranks among the few distinguished MMO titles of our time, and the continuing evolution of Lineage II with these expansive updates reiterates our dedication to the fans of the franchise,” said Richard Zinser, Chief Operating Officer of NCSOFT West. “And as Lineage II approaches its 10th anniversary in North America, we couldn’t be happier to bring this brand-new content for our players to experience.”
Find out more on the Lineage II Valiance teaser site.
One of the most pervasive features of the upcoming Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade is the inclusion of faction warfare. In our latest column, we take a look at a few faction scenarios and how they might play out. Read on and then leave your thoughts in the comments.
Space Marines vs. Chaos Marines
The classic war, the Heresy, this match up will be offset by whatever Behavior Interactive does with Chaos. If the Chaos warriors are given certain gifts and boon then it will add a lot of flavor to them. However, the four chaos chapters we will see in the game at launch are not god aligned, so what types of benefits we will see remains uncertain. Space Marines on the other hand bring firepower to the fight. They also bring brutal assault and some of the best tanks in the game. What will be interesting to see here is how Space Wolves will differ from say Dark Angels and so on. If each chapter is given their own unique abilities it will make for some great lore among the players. I see this match up pretty even all things considered.
Read more of Garrett Fuller's Warhammer 40k: Eternal Crusade - Faction Warfare.
Aura Kingdoms devs have laid out the details on what players can expect when reaching end game. High level players can participate in 5v5 arena matches, collect Eidelons (in-game pets) and work with guildmates to create guild towns.
One of players’ primary motivations throughout Aura Kingdom will be adding to their ever-increasing collection of the battle companions known as Eidolons. While several Eidolons are granted at certain level milestones, the rarest and most powerful will require dedicated groups of adventurers to track down together. Bosses in high-level dungeons will have chances to drop rare key fragments, which will unlock access to new Eidolons once players have collected enough.
Find out more about Aura Kingdom.
The latest EverQuest Next round table asks fans their opinion on whether or not there should be multiple starting areas in games.
Should there be multiple starting areas?
- Yes, but the areas should be limited based on factors like race or class.
- Yes! There should be multiple options, and I should be able to choose any of them.
- Yes, there should be multiple starting areas, but I should be placed in the world based on population or other game needs.
- No. Everyone should start in one area.
You can make your voice heard on the EverQuest Next site.
We recently had a chance to sit down with DCUO's Jens Andersen to learn about DLC 9: War of the Light Part One. Read on for the full rundown!
As Jens explained to us, Part One will see the various Lantern Corps groups converge on Earth in a new version of Metropolis available to DLC owners. In Metropolis, players will notice various multi-colored prismatic mists weaving their way through the city’s streets, affecting the populace in a variety of ways. What is known is that these mists are somehow tied to the emotional spectrum that typically gives Lantern Corps members their powers. In one example Jens gave us, citizens encountering a red mist would then become enraged. Rage, of course, is the source of power for every Red Lantern Corps member.
Read more of Michael Bitton's DCUO:Chatting War of the Light Part One with Jens Andersen.
Nexon's Vindictus has been quietly undergoing major update cycles and making big game improvements over time. We caught up with Matthew McCullough to talk about the recent changes to Vindictus and what the future may hold. Read on before heading to the comments to chat.
MMORPG.com: Vindictus continues to bring high quality content to the online space, tell us what this new patch will do for the game.
Matthew McCullough: Secrets of the Crystals brings a new Season 2 episode to Vindictus, where players must scale the treacherous mountainside of the Misty Summit. As with any episodic update to Vindictus, there are new items and weapons to be had!
Read more of Garrett Fuller's Bringing Vindictus Back into the Limelight.
Thanks to the EVE Online PLEX For Good Campaign, a special fundraising live stream and the generosity of players, CCP and its community raised over $190,000 for relief efforts on behalf of victims of the recent Philippine typhoon.
While the interactive content of the telethon was on the lighter side, the heartfelt thanks from CCP’s development staff to its players is very sincere. Every milestone was reached and well surpassed.“We often talk about how EVE is ‘real’, a simulation of humanity where there are few rules and all the economic, political and social forces of human nature push the boundaries of morality in all directions,” said Hilmar Veigar Petursson, CEO of CCP, “We’ve seen the passionate side of our players over the past decade, but truly nothing could prepare us for this level of generosity from them. It is humbling. It is beautiful. It is what EVE is really about.”
Read more on the EVE Online site.
Today Zenimax Online Studios and Bethesda announced that Elder Scrolls Online will be launching worldwide simultaneously on Mac and PC on April 4th, 2014 (4.4.14). The Xbox One and Playstation 4 will follow in June 2014. In addition, the team put out a detailed new video look at the Alliance War - ESO's Massive PVP system. Read on!
Full pricing and pre-order details are still to come, but while we wait the next five months for the launch of Elder Scrolls Online, it seems that we're finally getting some solid details on the game's much-anticipated PVP system that will allow players to take on the role of emperor of Tamriel. Watch the video below and let us know your thoughts on both the April launch date and the AvA warfare.
Dust 514 has been patched with the Uprising content expansion called by the devs "The Big One". The update brings big changes to factional warfare, new weapons and an overhaul of the vehicle system.
Path to Game and Overall UI
- Made back end optimizations to reduce stalls when scrolling lists.
- Integrated sound effects in the end of match screen.
- Updated tooltips on/off option to be dynamic based on input type.
- Added Separate sensitivity settings when aiming down sights and hipfire for both keyboard/mouse and controller.
- Increased granular sensitivity options to 0-100 (previously 0-10).
- Improved spawning in Ambush. Reduced possibility of spawning into a group of enemies when battle starts.
- Transport Assists are no longer reduced when passenger accrues negative war points during assist window.
- Added intel kill assist rewards for vehicle scanners.
Read the full patch notes on the Dust 514 site.
Dungeon finders: the tool we love to hate. There hasn’t been a more divisive mechanic introduced into the mainstream since questing itself. If the game doesn’t have one, but still has dungeons, there will be threads wondering where it is and when it’s coming. In either case, you can expect players decrying the evils of the auto-group boogey-man and others begging for it like a cool rain. With dungeon finders quickly becoming a staple, it’s time we take it to the podium.
Carbine Studios has released the latest Dev Speak video that shines the spotlight on the newly-announced Engineer class. The Engineer is a tank class and is equipped with heavy armor, launchers, bots and an exo-suit. Check it out and let us know what you think.
Find out more about the Engineer and get a look at the new Tales Beyond the Fringe web comic on the WildStar site.
What top-dawg MMO just added an in-game store to sell pets and mounts? What's ESO teasing on their Facebook page? And what game just had a Youtube video taking a look back at its history before it sunsets?
Watch on to find out. This is MMORPG's MMOrning Report, and this is what you need to know for December 11th, 2013.
MMORPG.com and Hi-Rez Studios have partnered to give away five codes for Nu Wa, the latest God to join the SMITE roster. In addition to unlocking the god for play, each code will also grant Nu Wa's Amethyst alternate skin.
Entering to win is simple: all you need to do is post in the comments below telling us what you think makes SMITE an awesome game. We'll accept submissions between now and tomorrow at 7PM ET.
Winners will be selected at random and announced in an update to this post. Users found creating duplicate entries will be disqualified.
World of Warcraft players wanting to buy the latest mount or pet for their collections (among other things), can now do so via an in-game store. Blizzard has laid out the details on the World of Warcraft blog.
You can now browse and purchase a bevy of mounts and pets* from directly within World of Warcraft through our newly added Shop interface. Just click the Shop icon on the menu bar once you’ve logged in to a character, and you’ll be able to pick out a new friend to add to your collection and start your adventures together right away. By combining the best of cutting-edge goblin and gnomish technology, we’ve also made it possible for you to receive your new pal right in your inventory (or via mail if your inventory is full).
Read more on the World of Warcraft site.
The latest poll results and the EverQuest Next team impressions of the vote tally has been posted in a new Round Table video, hosted by Omeed Dariani along with Lead Building & UI Designer Jake Sones. The pair take on one of the recent polls where players were asked how they felt about moddable UIs. Check it out!
A new teaser image has cropped up on the Elder Scrolls Online Facebook page that indicates the team is ready to reveal tons of new information about the game. It asks fans to keep an eye on the site and on official channels so as not to miss anything.
As the days of Warhammer: Age of Reckoning draw to a close, a terrific fan-created video takes a look back at the game, its lore and history. With nearly a half-hour of game footage, it's a fitting tribute for the game's final days.
Thanks to Warhammerbp for the tip.
ArenaNet has sent out a pair of announcements to let players know about important news surrounding Guild Wars 2. Players can now enter the Wintersday holiday events and participate in them for the next six weeks. In addition, ArenaNet has published a "year in review" blog that goes over the amazing year that was for Guild Wars 2.
After December 10, there will be just four releases left in the current major world story arc, which we like to think of as season one of the Living World. There are some major unanswered questions that remain: What is Scarlet trying to do? What is the motivation behind her actions? What are the “do not touch” devices? What will Scarlet do with the knowledge she has gained from her various collaborations? The answers to all of these questions, and one epic finale that will rock Tyria to its very core, await you in 2014.
Our first release in the new year will be on January 21 as we begin our countdown to the end of this story arc. We’ll use the longer break to spend extra time to ensure that our final four releases are as polished and exciting as possible.
Read the rest of the year in review blog on the Guild Wars 2 site.
Find out more about Wintersday.
Both DOFUS and Wakfu players can take advantage of the latest update and the arrival of "multimen", companions to share the burden of battle with players. In addition, Ankama announced that new holiday events are now available in both games.
The Multimen are here
Every hero needs a brother in arms on the hard road to justice. Now players of DOFUS and WAKFU can call on the Multimen to fight alongside them, bringing a thrilling new dimension to the gameplay. Lumino, Shadow, Trank, Skale, Beelzebug and Krobax each bring their own characteristics and fighting style to the party to turn the tide of battle.
Players of DOFUS can receive two Multimen free via achievements, with two more available to purchase in the DOFUS shop using the Ogrines virtual currency. Four Multimen are available to buy in the WAKFU shop. Subscribers to DOFUS and WAKFU will receive two Multimen as a gift, and can also try out one new Multiman each week for free.
Square Enix has announced several great incentives for players to return to Final Fantasy XI in celebration of its eleventh anniversary. Most enticingly, players can download the Ultimate Collection Seekers Edition for free from now through December 23rd to give them a jump start back into the game.
The Vana’diel Experience Campaign
Planned to begin at 7:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) today, all inactive players who have previously subscribed to FINAL FANTASY XI will automatically have their accounts reactivated and will be able to play free of charge during the campaign period. To participate, the player’s PlayOnline account must be inactive, as well as transferred to the Square Enix Account system. This campaign will end on Monday, December 23rd at 6:59 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST), after which a subscription will be required for continued play.
Find out more on the special eleventh anniversary page on the Final Fantasy XI site.