2014 saw quite a few changes to Guild Wars 2, both good and bad. Now 2015 is right around the corner, and we’re all wondering what ArenaNet has in store. While they have their own plan for the game, there will always be what we, the players, are hoping for. Here’s the 5 things players hope to see in 2015.
Read more of David North's Guild Wars 2: Top 5 Things We Want in 2015.
Fans of The Repopulation will be glad to hear that the Steam Early Access program has started. Along with that heady news also comes the announcement that the non-disclosure agreement (NDA) has lifted that will give the opportunity for much more information to be learned as players are given the opportunity to write and speak about their experiences. To celebrate these two big announcements, The Repopulation's team has put together a new video. Check it out!
The biggest news is the launch of Alpha Round 4 this weekend. This will be the final stage of alpha testing, and includes a new client and three new servers: One in central Europe, and one on each U.S. coast. Invites went out this weekend to all of our backers, be sure to check your mailboxes. If anyone hasn’t received an email yet, please contact us using the Support System.
We are also happy to announce that the Repopulation has hit Steam Early Access this morning. As a special Christmas gift you will be able to purchase Gold Memberships at a 15% discount over the holidays. Backers from Kickstarter or our on-site Early Adopters will also soon have the option of using the Steam Based Client if they prefer.
Read the full announcement on The Repopulation site.
Wargaming has announced the deployment of World of Tanks patch v9.5 in both Europe and North America (with Korea and SEA getting the patch later this month). Update 9.5 brings ten new British tanks into the game as well as the return of three classic maps.
Check out the British tanks:
The newest update to World of Tanks brings a new force of British vehicles rolling out onto the battlefield with a line of impressive British Tank Destroyers. Beginning at Tier 5, the line includes the very distinct Archer with its backward facing gun, the powerful and agile Charioteer, and the FV4005 Stage II. In addition to the Tank Destroyer line, the British tech tree receives 3 new Medium vehicles including the iconic and highly anticipated Sherman Firefly, Sherman II and Grant, along with 2 Light Tanks, the M2 and Stuart I-IV.
Along with the patch news, Wargaming also revealed this interesting information about individual missions coming soon:
Beginning Jan. 15, 2015 tankers will be able to put their skills to the test in new missions called Personal Missions. Unlike the current Mission system, Personal Missions allow players to select the mission they want to complete and missions will not have a time limit. Upon completion of these missions, players will receive a variety of great rewards including unique high-tier vehicles, medals and female crew members.
Find out more on the World of Tanks site.
During a weekend fan event, Final Fantasy XIV's producer Naoki Yoshida announced that a new race will be included in the forthcoming Heavensward expansion. Called the Au Ra, little else was revealed other than a screenshot. Also in Heavensward, players will be able to check out a pair of new Astrologian and the Machinist.
Keep your eye on the Final Fantasy XIV site for more information as it becomes available.
Just over a year ago, in December of 2013, a little game known as DayZ was released to the public on Steam Early Access. Just last week, an anniversary notice, video, and a 2015 roadmap were released to show where the game has been and indicate where it is going. Along with that came an update to the experimental build. Altogether, the game has sold 2,830,000 copies as of December 16th, 2014. With a consistent presence on the Steam charts, frequent updates, a favorite of streamers, and as a platform for friendly and not so friendly trolling, DayZ might just be the best current example of Early Access done right since Steam launched the program. I’ve been thinking about trust in this age of so many ways to pay for games before they’re ever remotely finished.
Read more of Christina Gonzalez's The Social Hub: Trust - Why DayZ is Early Access done Right.
Industry veterans Todd Coleman (W101, Shadowbane) and Gordon Walton (Ultima Online, Star Wars Galaxies) just announced the formation of their own new studio ArtCraft in Austin, Texas. Guess what they're making? That's right... a brand new MMORPG.
From the press release:
Founded by two of the most experienced executives in the history of online gaming, ArtCraft is dedicated to pushing the design of Massively Multiplayer Online games in bold new directions. A teaser website and signup page for ArtCraft’s first unannounced title is now live at http://www.play2crush.com.
"In the last decade, Gordon and I have had the opportunity to work with almost every game artist, designer and engineer in Austin,” said Coleman, CEO and creative director. “We drew on those contacts to recruit a team of all-stars – and we’re building something completely different, completely unique. We believe the MMO industry has grown stale. It’s time to create something new.”
Coleman brings a wealth of creative and entrepreneurial experience to ArtCraft. He founded Reliant Data Systems (acquired by Compuware Corporation in 1999), Wolfpack Studios, Inc. (acquired by Ubi Soft in 2004) and was the VP of production and creative director for KingsIsle Entertainment, Inc. As the co-creator and creative lead ofShadowbane, Wizard101 and Pirate101, Coleman has built a reputation for pushing the boundaries of MMO design. His games have received numerous awards (including Game of the Year, Audience Choice and Family Game of the Decade) and he was personally recognized by Gamasutra as one of the top 50 developers in the industry and by Massive Gamer magazine as the #1 Most Influential Game Developer in the World.
“Todd’s creative vision is what makes this partnership work, and my job is to ensure his vision gets realized,” said Gordon Walton, president and executive producer for ArtCraft. “Our mission is to create must-play experiences that redefine existing genres. We must delight and challenge players in equal measure.”
Walton has been building games and managing game development for more than 35 years, with the last 20 years managing massively multiplayer online games. He has been VP of online at Origin Systems, managing Ultima Online, VP and executive producer at Maxis, managing the Sims Online and VP and executive producer at Sony Online Entertainment on Star Wars: Galaxies. Walton then went on to become the Co-studio GM at BioWare Austin, on Star Wars: The Old Republic and was most recently the VP and executive producer at Disney Playdom. Walton has personally developed more than 35 games and overseen the development of more than 200 games.
If you head to the teaser site: www.play2crush.com, you'll find a bit more hint at what they're building, with a simple email opt-in beta sign-up. What do you think of their motto? The game, still unannounced, but with a timer counting down to 63 days from now will be an epic fantasy MMORPG. We'll be waiting and watching with the rest of you.
WHERE DID WE GO WRONG?
There was a time when our industry took CHANCES.
Our games didn’t have to appeal to everyone, and we didn’t judge ourselves solely on mass market success.
With amusement park games, it’s impossible to lose. With sandbox games, it’s impossible to win.
If you can’t win and you can’t lose, then
WHAT'S THE POINT OF PLAYING?
I don’t want to kill more rats, fill another experience point bar or collect another meaningless badge.
I want to play a GAME, against PLAYERS where my actions, my decisions and my SKILL will determine if I win or lose.
Allies. Enemies. Alliances. Betrayal. Risk. Conquest. To compete with THOUSANDS of other players for a chance to claim the THRONE.
Even if I lose, the experience won’t feel hollow. I don’t want another worthless trophy.
I WANT TO PLAY TO CRUSH.
Fast forward the intervening 21 years to last week. Elite: Dangerous officially launched. Is there a credit bug? I doubt it. Is there the wormhole bug? I have no idea yet.... but I hope so. Where my first exposure to Elite was wide eyed wonder and my first experiences with it amounted to a lack of foresight, I decided I was going to take this easy. Work my way into the experience. Learn. Do it right.
Read more of Jonathan Doyle's Elite Dangerous Review in Progress #1 - Pre-Flight Check.
Well, 2014 is almost over. It has been a year full of…stuff. Overall, the gaming industry as a whole was pretty disappointing. It seems like the biggest moments of the year are underscored by horrible launches, broken games, greedy publishers, and lazy developers. There were plenty of bright spots, no doubt, but overall it’s hard to argue that the year wasn’t disappointing.
Read more of David Jagneaux's The List: The Top 5 Things We Want From MMOs in 2015.
The latest Final Fantasy XV trailer has been released. In it, fans get a look at the game's towns as well as some familiar faces, including 'Cid", a non-playable female character players will recognize.
Victor rounds up two more features that Everquest Next might want to take from its rivals!
Read more of Victor Barreiro Jr.'s EverQuest Next: Rivals' Features for EQNext, Part 2.
Side-scrolling action MMO Dark Blood Online this week debuted ranged specialist class, the Elf Hunter. Elf Hunters are not only bow experts, they can also use harpoons and grenades.
The Elf Hunter can ascend to one of two elite classes: Shooter or Trickster, thus choosing between a short or long bow specialization. For a look at both of these specializations in action, check out the video below.
To find out more about Dark Blood Online, visit the game's official Steam page.
Entropia Universe AB, the largest MMORCE around (that's Massively Multiplayer Online Real Cash Economy game)this week invited billionaire businessman Warren Buffett to try his financially astute hand at the game.
EU invited Buffett to buy up some Calypso Land Deeds (which went public back in 2011 at $100 and have appreciated to $140 over the last three years) noting that these yielded a better return than his own Buffett's own company, Berkshire Hathaway. It also noted that as rich as Buffett is, he still doesn't own a single space ship.
For more information about Entropia Universe AB, check out the game's official website.
Last Wednesday marked the last of three updates for Legend of Edda: Global Edition and publisher JC Planet says it's the best. This "Big Expansion" brings a slew of new zones, dungeons and a new 55 level cap. The store also has new winter and holiday-themed items like snowboard costumes, a new baby snow dragon pet, and festive reindeer mounts that come in whtie, purple and brown.
In addition to these things, LoE is currently hosting a global Christmas party with a special daily item giveaway through December 31st.
For more information about Legend of Edda: Global Edition, visit the game's official website.
It's the time of year when every MMO feels the need to include yule logs, snow queens and Santa Claus proxies - Here's a mere partial list of in-game holiday activities for anyone feeling a sudden urge to be jolly.
Armored Warfare Giveaway: My.com is giving away new premium commander Anthony Diaz to all players who log in or sign up for beta access before January 18th, 2015. To do one either, players should go here.
Might and Magic Heroes Online: From December 19-26 a special Christmas event giving players the chance to win five exclusive new troops Shadow Lurkers, Highland Clan Minotaurs, Ghosts of Vengeance, Soul Seekrs and The Drifting Faceless), a Winter Deer pet, and a special Christmas attire set.
Order and Chaos's Merry Mayhem: The mobile MMO is introducing a new Capital City, Haradon, a new dungeon Rising Flare: Into the Darkness, new Tier 4 PvE armor sets, a special holiday-themed battle zone, and an exclusive holiday mount, the Winter Oryx.
There's far too much holiday cheer to fit into one news item so prepare for a jolly barrage!
Runescape's Winter of Content: Runescape 's "Festive Cheer" event sets the holiday mood by sending players to talk to Santa Claus, then having them cooperate in building a giant "Christmas cracker" (It's a British thing - an exploding tube generally containing a lame gift). If that's not exciting enough for you, then maybe Snowverload, the new snow man boss monster will float your boat. No? Then grab a snowboard and hit the slopes.
SOE's in the holiday spirit: The entire online Sony family is getting festive as DC Universe Online, Dragon's Prophet, EverQuest, EverQuest II and Planetside 2 all celebrate in their own unique ways.
I’ll admit, when I first heard about Alienware’s plans to release a handful of console-sized PCs with a modified version of Steam’s Big Picture (a prelude to their own SteamOS), I was a bit confused. It seemed almost as though Alienware just wanted to be one of the first to put out a Steam Box, before the competition. And maybe that’s the case, because one could simply install Steam OS on the Alpha and be done with it. But instead what I’ve found in my two weeks with the loaner console from Alienware is a beastly little gaming rig in a tiny package. Read on for our full review.
Read more of Bill Murphy's The Alienware Alpha: Our Review.
MMORPG.com has partnered with 37Games to bring you a special gift pack for Siege Lord - the Medieval SLG browser game! Each gift pack will give you free food, timber, gold and more!
NOTE: Keys will not be valid until December 20, 2014.
Each key will give you the following:
Roberts Space Industries has released an amazing new trailer for Star Citizen. Called "Imagine", the entire trailer was made with images created using the game's engine. Check it out and let us know what you think!
When Guild Wars 2 launched, ArenaNet informed its player base that it would be pursuing a fairly aggressive update schedule, especially pertaining to its Living World. Rather than implementing simple content updates or full-blown expansions, the developers would focus on building out the world and lore of the game while taking players along for the ride.
Read more of Som Pourfarzaneh's Alternatives to Guild Wars 2’s Living World.
Perfect World International has expanded today with the launch of Eclipse. The expansion brings a unified starter zone, a new endgame dungeon, an overhauled skill training system, optimized dailies, and new ranked gear. In addition, every player logging in between now and January 17th will receive a free Illusionary Crystal that, on use, instantly boosts characters to level 95. Lastly, the Nightshade race enters the game with two distinct classes, the Stormbringer and the Duskblade.
With the launch of PWI: Eclipse, all players now begin their adventure in the new Celestial Vale starting zone, uniting all of the player races and classes into one introductory region. Also new isthe ethereal Nigthshade race, who are the descendants of the Reapers and thus the god Pan Gu himself. Powered by the Moon, their arrival brings two new classes, the saber-wielding Duskblade and the scythe-equipped Stormbringer.
Check out the Perfect World International site for more after watching the launch day trailer below.