A year ago, or just about, I sat in a large banquet hall in Las Vegas as Dave Georgeson outlined the next big project for Sony Online Entertainment. The speech centered on a list of “Holy Grails” in MMO development, and how their EverQuest Next team would be reaching to achieve those lofty benchmarks.
Read more of Red Thomas's EverQuest Next: Of Sony & Skynet.
Elder Scrolls Online fans won't want to miss the reappearance of everybody's favorite Guar plush toy. The Guar plushie comes with an in-game code as well so players never have to be without this adorable companion.
Featuring high quality cloth materials and an internal skeleton inside hind legs to allow for posing, the Guar plush is an awesome addition to your Elder Scrolls Online accessory collection!
Every guar comes packed with a code to redeem on your ESO account management page that unlocks an adorable in-game vanity pet for the PC and Mac versions of the game. Get yours now and never be guarless again
Check it out on the Bethesda Store site.
According to a brief report on Kotaku, Persona 5 will be coming to both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles sometime in 2015. This is a change from the original development announcement that the game would be released only for PS3.
Perhaps signaling the imminent arrival of the pre-expansion v6.0 patch, Blizzard has announced that the Gaze of the Black Prince buff for World of Warcraft will be in effect from September 2-14. The Gaze of the Black Prince assists players with obtaining the necessary resources to create their legendary Pandaria cloaks, a lengthy process that is shortened measurably with the buff.
Blizzard's post specifically states that this is the final time players will have an opportunity to take advantage of the buff, a likely portent to the arrival of the pre-Warlords of Draenor patch, v6.0 that will bring significant changes to all classes and introduce the "bridging" lore preparatory to November's release of the expansion.
Beginning Tuesday, September 2 at 10:00 a.m. PDT, through Tuesday, September 16 at 9:00 a.m. PDT, we’ll be applying the Gaze of the Black Prince buff for the final time before the Warlords of Draenor expansion. This buff will increase the reputation gained with the Black Prince by 100%. It will also increase the chance of obtaining items from his foes needed as a part of the Legendary Cloak quest line including: the Secrets of the Empire, Sigil of Wisdom, Sigil of Power, or Titan Runestones.
Read more on the World of Warcraft community site.
Beamdog has announced that preorders for Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition have officially kicked off. Fans can preorder the game for $20, though no release date has yet been revealed. Beamdog is the same team that brought enhanced editions of both Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate 2 to PC, Mac and mobile devices over the past year.
In the northernmost reaches of the Forgotten Realms lies the region of icy tundra known as Icewind Dale. Journey deep into the Spine of the World mountains, a harsh and unforgiving territory settled by only the hardiest folk. Beneath the carven glaciers and mountainsides, you must confront an evil that schemes to wreak destruction upon the face of Faerûn. This is the world of Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition.
Originally released in 2000, Icewind Dale is a Dungeons & Dragons game set in Wizards of The Coast's legendary Forgotten Realms. This Enhanced Edition allows players to experience the epic adventure on PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Android tablets and phones, and includes a host of new features:
- Swords and Sorcery: Discover dozens of new spells and items, including new magic armor and weapons.
- Blackguards and Wizard Slayers: Select from over 30 new kits and classes to create the perfect adventuring party.
- Bring A Friend: Join your fellow adventurers in cooperative, cross-platform multiplayer games.
- See The Unseen: Explore quest content cut from the original game, now finished and restored.
- More to Experience: Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition includes both the Heart of Winter and Trials of the Luremaster expansion packs.
Find out more on the Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition site.
A new post has appeared on the City of Titans site by Missing Worlds Studios President Nate Downes. According to the lengthy post, the team behind City of Titans has been in negotiations with NCSoft to acquire licensing for City of Heroes in some form or another.
Downes explains that Korean business practices are vastly different than those in the West and that the team has been working for a year to build the framework of relationships that would allow for a discussion of City of Heroes possible. After nearly nine months of communication with NCSoft's Business Manager Jae Soo Yoon.
Introductions in place, Downes and team were ready to make a proposal to NCSoft regarding utilizing City of Heroes licensing. As it stands:
Want to read the full post and to participate in the discussion? Check it out on the CoHTitan.com forum.
What do you think of the news? Let us know in the comments!
Game developers like torturing people. Or at least they seemed to enjoy doing it more often back in the 80s, when a 'game over' meant something. The development of the new modernized and expanded version of the adventure-RPG Shadowgate keeps all of this in mind. I had the opportunity to demo the game at PAX and step into this old school adventure for myself.
Read more of Christina Gonzalez' Shadowgate: A Beautiful Nostalgia Trip at PAX Prime 2014.
September is here, which means Guild Wars 2 is going to go through some big changes. Lately PvP has been the center of attention, with new features announced, and the launch of some exciting tournaments. However, we saw a huge shift this past week, showing more attention towards making the game more appealing to new players, but will these changes actually work?
Read more of David North's Guild Wars 2: New Players Will Have It Rough.
Senior Designer Jimmy Whisenhunt was pretty sure about what he wanted for SOE's upcoming Zombie apocalypse survival MMO, H1Z1. “It’s got to make sense,” he said, “the game design has to be accessible and logical.”
Read more of Carolyn Koh's H1Z1: It's Us Against Zombies.
Last week’s list of The Top 5 Worst Types of MMO Players was so successful, we decided to listen to you guys and put together another list of the other worst types of MMO players. We took some tips from the comments and have five more for everyone to read about and, more importantly, try to correct in games. With the impending launch of ArcheAge so close on the horizon now, an influx of new players and elite players alike will surely shape that community quickly.
Read more of David Jagneaux's The List: 5 More of the Worst Types of MMO Players.
After a turbulent beta, FireFall has finally launched, surprising us all with a much improved MMO shooter. During Gamescom, columnist Gareth Harmer caught up with Red 5 designer David Williams to get an update on the current state on the game, and a couple of hints on what’s coming down the pipeline.
Gearbox and 2K announced they plan to release four add-on packs for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Packs can be bought individually for $9.99 each, or in a four-pack bundle for $29.99. This Season Pass gives PC, PSN and Xbox LIVE players all four packs. Shock Drop Slaughter Pit bonus content is not part of the Season Pass, but gamers can get it by pre-ordering Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel or purchase it separately at a later date.
Content packs will include "new characters, missions, experiences."
For more information about the Season Pass, visit the Borderlands website.
Our second look at Darkest Dungeon this year comes from PAX Prime. In the last 5 months the team has been building in a lot of character options and new dungeons. Bringing in the town elements of the world to rest your party as well, Darkest Dungeon continues to be the thinking player’s RPG with loads of options for an independent game.
Read more of our hands on with Darkest Dungeon from PAX Prime.
September 3rd marks the release of Black Gold Online's first major content update, Campaign of Ashes. The update sees the addition of two new carriers, as well as new maps, quests, weapons, and the new Surge Skill system.
- New area - The Ashen Copse
- Surge Skills - upgrade your skills at level 40 by collecting Potential, then use it to earn Surge points which can be used to increase skill power.
- Advanced Gear - the first Tier 2.5 gear, the Dawn Set, Legendary Orange Cloaks
- Updated Military Battlefield
- New 10v10 Battlefield - Death Hills
- New Battle Carriers - Fog Devourer and Reaper
- New Cross-Server PvP
- Updated Chambers of Greed
- Refurbished Instance UI
Super Hero Squad Online is celebrating Labor Day by adding the only superhero with bark to the lineup. Groot of Guardians of the Galaxy fame will be joining Thanos, Silver Surfer, Dark Surfer, Nova, Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel in granting players bonus XP.
Players can also take advantage of the Bonus Gold and Subscription Sale - through Monday, September 2nd, get 10% bonus gold or 20% off subscriptions.
To join the family-friendly superhero fun, visit the Super Hero Squad Online website.
For a Groot preview, check out the video:
August 30th, the Showbox SoDo in Seattle, Washington will host the best North American World of Tanks teams as they battle for a piece of an $83,000 prize pool. The Season Four Finals will feature tank squads Fnatic, RBIS, SIMP and _RU_ who all hope to win the $50,000 Grand Prize and a chance to go to the global Grand Finals.
“We saw many big surprises and extreme battles take place throughout the season,” said Mohamed Fadl, eSports Director Europe & North America at Wargaming. “Now all eyes are on Seattle where four of the most elite tank teams will compete for fame. These Finals are the ultimate test in skill and strategy between the teams and we look forward to following their road to glory.”
The event is free to the public with on-site prizes for spectators including World of Tanks bonus codes and goodie bags. Live stream viewers will also have the chance to win invite and bonus codes.
ESL will broadcast the event on the Wargaming.net League NA Twitch channel at 4:30 p.m. PDT.
For more information about World of Tanks, visit Wargaming.net's official website.
Every so often you will come across a game that absolutely captivates you and begs to be played. There are so many different things that attracts a player to a game, whether it is the art style, genre, concept or as simple as the way it plays. This Saturday morning at PAX I had one of the moments when I was able to get hands on with the new game being developed by Motiga. Gigantic, from the moment I sat down in front of the PC, just had me enthralled.
Read more of Franklin Rinaldi's Gigantic: Hands On At PAX Prime.
ArcheAge is not exactly unknown around these parts, but to much of the larger gaming world XLGAMES' and Trion's ArcheAge still has a lot to prove. And the time has finally come to do so. We met up with the team at PAX Prime in Seattle to discuss the forthcoming launch of the long-awaited sandbox MMORPG.
Read the rest of Carolyn Koh's ArcheAge: At Long Last Launch is Coming.
Did you know that Nexus, the focal planet of WildStar, used to be called Meridia? Or that a player-created addon is now pivotal to Carbine’s debugging process? During Gamescom, I got the chance to sit down with three of the studio’s development supremos: Lead Client Engineer Jon Wiesman, Lead Content Designer Megan Starks, and Technical Design Lead Nick Roth.
Read more of Gareth Harmer's WildStar: State of the Game Interview - Part 2.
Frogdice is, in many ways, the Little Engine That Could. It's a company that has set a standard for itself and has maintained that standard by successfully funding and deliveringtwo previous titles. Not ready to hang it up and revel in that astonishing record, Frogdice is attempting a trifecta of games with its newest Kickstarter project to fun Stash, a turn-based RPG that seeks to bring some of the best features from RPGs of yore to the modern generation.
Read more of Suzie Ford's Stash: Blending Past and Present Into Something Special.