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General : Rainbow Saga Reveals Classes

Posted Jul 13, 2014 by Neilie Johnson

Hong Kong-based publisher NGames will "soon" be adding to its considerable stable of free-to-play online games with the upcoming arcade style MMO, Rainbow Saga. This week the company revealed three playable classes from the cartoony fantasy RPG.

Elementalist:  overpower their opponents with a wide range of attack and team buff capabilities. Summoning massive energy waves to boost their team, calling upon Divine Arrows to cause holy damage to the enemy's frontline, or simply using hypnosis to send opponents to sleep – an intelligent Elementalist can deal with any challenge the Devil Lord throws his or her way.

Holy Knight:  pure warriors, utilizing skills such as Triple Hit and Flame Wave to inflict massive damage on their enemies. In tight spots, Holy Knights can call upon higher powers and activate Divine Defense and Sacred Storm skills to give themselves a combative edge against the Devil Lord's minions.

Shadow Ranger: attack with Star Darts and earn additional stars for successful strikes. Collect enough stars and powerful Starburst, Meteorite and Eclipse skills can be unleashed to devastating effect. They look great too – Shadow Rangers are the rock stars of the battlefield when they let loose.

An actual release date for Rainbow Saga is TBD, but for more information about it and other Ngames offerings, visit



TUG : New Partnership with Yogscast

Posted Jul 13, 2014 by Neilie Johnson

Open-world, social-science experiment/RPG TUG is following up its recent alpha launch on Steam Early Access by collaborating with "The UK's kings of YouTube", Yogscast.

“We’re always looking for great new gaming experiences to share on our channels and as massive fans of what the guys have been doing with TUG, we are really excited to be partnering with Nerd Kingdom,”said Lewis Brindley, co-founder of Yogscast. “We’re looking forward to having a key role in helping Nerd Kingdom deliver a game that all Yognau(gh)ts will want to play and making some really cool videos along the way.”

Yogscast's CEO Mark Turpin also announced that backers of the now-defunct Yogventures will receive a free copy of TUG.

For more information or to download TUG, visit the game's Steam Early Acess page.

To pay homage to the UK's kings of YouTube, visit Yogscast's official website.

General : Dark Horse Comics to Publish The World of the Witcher

Posted Jul 13, 2014 by Neilie Johnson

Dark Horse Comics and CD Projekt Red are working together to bring fans of the Witcher series a collector's quality hardbound book featuring never-before published art.

"Dark Horse is very enthusiastic about expanding our collaboration with CD PROJEKT RED with The World of The Witcher. This book is a perfect way for fans to take a deep dive into the vast and compelling lore RED has created with The Witcher franchise, whether they are longtime followers of the games and novels or are being introduced to this world for the first time,” said Nick McWhorter, VP of licensing, Dark Horse Comics.

Called appropriately enough, The World of the Witcher, the book is considered a companion to the game series and will be released February 24th, 2015. Pre-orders are available now on Amazon.

For more information about The Witcher series, visit CD Projekt Red's official website.

Albion Online : Guild Alliances

Posted Jul 12, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Creating an alliance is similar in many ways to creating an individual guild. The leader of an alliance is the leader of the alliance's founding guild, and they have the power to invite guilds, cancel invitations and dismiss guilds from their alliance. They can also choose to completely disband the alliance.

Read more of our exclusive developer diary Albion Online: Guild Alliances.

Elder Scrolls Online : Panel - The Future of ESO

Posted Jul 12, 2014 by Neilie Johnson

For QuakeCon attendees, the countdown is on and one of the reasons for their giddiness is the upcoming Future of ESO Panel and Q&A session. For anyone who can't attend in person, don't despair - beginning at 5 pm CDT, Friday, July 18th, Bethesda's Twitch channel will be broadcasting the panel and subsequent Q&A.

Panel speakers include:

  • Lead Content Designer Rich Lambert – Veteran City of Ash dungeon, region three of Craglorn, dungeon replayability, and grouping improvements
  • Lead PvP Designer Brian Wheeler – the Imperial City
  • Lead Client Programmer Jesse McIntyre – facial animations
  • Creative Director Paul SAGE – the Champion System and the Justice System
  • Lead Gameplay Designer Nick Konkle – Spellcrafting
  • Art Director Jared Carr – combat responsiveness and new PvE content
For more info or to discuss the panel, visit the ESO forums.

Elite: Dangerous : Newsletter #31 - Countdown to the End of Premium Beta

Posted Jul 12, 2014 by Neilie Johnson

The clock's ticking on the Elite: Dangerous Premium Beta + Lifetime Expansion Pass; soon it'll no longer be available. Time's also growing short on other game packages including the standalone Lifetime Expansion Pass, package Upgrades and access to the Standard Beta.

Important dates are as follows:

Premium Beta + Lifetime Expansion Pass - no longer available after July 14th

Lifetime Expansion Pass (access to all future expansions) - no longer available after July 29th

Beta Pass Upgrades - no longer available after July 15th

Standard Beta - starts July 29th, but pre-order is open now with immediate access to single player combat build.

For more information or to sign up for the beta, go to the Elite: Dangerous website.

Shroud of the Avatar : Update #81 - SotA at RTX, PvP and Robot Lord British

Posted Jul 12, 2014 by Neilie Johnson

RTX's main mission is to celebrate Internet culture in a general way, but Shroud of the Avatar made a strong impression on this year's attendees. And with the game's PvP nearly ready for prime time (Release 8 launches this month), is it any wonder?

In other news:

  • The community continues to have an impact on the game as the development team this week took member Duke Violation's suggestion and decided to implement Open PvP for player towns.
  • Dame Lori and Sir Frank were awarded Orders of the New Britannia medals by Robot Lord British. You can watch the video on SotA's Facebook page.
  • Winter--er...that is PvP--is coming and this week Chris Spears hosted a special PvP edition of Hangout of the Avatar.
  • Spears also began public posts that track Release 8's PvP/Combat.
To read about all this as well as details regarding the Sword of the Ba'Heer, Starr Long Keynoting the DragonCon Videogames Track, the Player Owned Towns Layaway Plan and more, check out SotA's Updates page.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn : When Two Lives Intersect

Posted Jul 12, 2014 by Suzie Ford

I tell you about the awe-inspiring and terrifying power of connectedness to others because someone told me a tale that remindedly deeply of how the bonds that tie us together can also be the very one that break us entirely. This is the tale of a young woman named Edda, her adventuring band, and the severed head she carried in a box after our first fateful meeting.

Read more of Victor Barreiro Jr.'s Final Fantasy XIV: Eorzea - When Two Lives Intersect.

Destiny : Enter For A Chance To Win A Beta Code!

Posted Jul 11, 2014 by Craig McGregor is very pleased to present this exclusive sweepstakes event! We have partnered with Bungie and Activision Blizzard to give away 40 beta access keys for Desinty on the Xbox 360/One and PS3/PS4 console systems!

This sweepstakes will end on July 14th at 9PM EDT.  Please allow up to 48 hours from this time for us to select the winners and issue keys via email.

We will be giving users one bonus ticket per day you login to during the event duration (3 days max).  Only one login per calendar day is counted based on EDT time zone.

Good luck all!



Marvel Heroes : Mr. Fantastic Suits Up for Action

Posted Jul 11, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Marvel Heroes 2015 players have yet another super hero with whom to take on the game with the arrival of Mr. Fantastic. Mr. Fantastic is part of the Fantastic Four and can be found in the Mr. Fantastic Hero Pack. The pack comes with two costumes as well.

A member of the Fantastic Four, Reed Richards received the powers of amazing elasticity after being bathed in cosmic rays. He uses his ability to stretch his body seemingly infinite lengths to form giant fists, shrug off attacks, and form various shapes to traverse the environment. In addition to his super powers, he also possesses incredible intellect, capable of creating and wielding amazing inventions that have saved the universe countless times.

Find out more on the Marvel Heroes 2015 site.

Heroes & Generals : Now Available on Steam, New Trailer Released

Posted Jul 11, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Fans of Heroes & Generals will want to head over to Steam to grab a copy of the game that has freshly arrived as of today, Friday, July 11th. Heroes & Generals was in the first crop of ten games to be Steam "Greenlit". It is free to play in this new standalone version.

1.5 million players have already registered an account for Heroes & Generals and current players will still be able to use their existing Heroes & Generals account to play the game using the new stand-alone client for Steam. The browser-version will also still be operational and both versions offers the same game and access to the same wars.

Heroes & Generals is avalilable for all players through Steam Early Access and is localized into English, French, German, Spanish, Czech, Polish and Russian.

To celebrate the big day, the team has released a brand new trailer. Check it out and then head to the Heroes & Generals Steam page.

Dragon Age: Inquisition : E3 Gameplay Demo Part 2: Redcliffe Castle

Posted Jul 11, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Bioware has posted the second video from this year's E3 convention where a demo version of Dragon Age: Inquisition was shown. In this edition, the team narrates the game play and introduces viewers to Redcliffe Castle. Check it out!

Shards : The Development Road Map

Posted Jul 11, 2014 by Suzie Ford

If you have been a regular around the site for the past few months you have probably seen the name Shards Online. Under development by Citadel Studios, Shards is being billed as a new generation in sandbox multiplayer gaming. In fact it made such an impression on the team around here that it was awarded the Best Indie MMO at PAX this year.

Read more of Rob Lashley's Shards Online: The Development Road Map.

The RPG Files : Dragon Age's Hinterlands Unveiled

Posted Jul 11, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Another week has gone by and that means more RPG news is on the offer. Thankfully, the RPG Files is here with all the news that’s fit to print, presented to you in the special, snarky way that only we can. This week we have a victory for gender equality, an extended look at Dragon Age: Inquisition, a new game from one of the producers of The Witcher coming to stores, the many collector’s editions of Bungie’s Destiny, and more. There’s always more.

Read more of Christopher Coke's The RPG Files: Dragon Age's Hinterlands Unveiled.

Tripping the Rift : Ten Hopes and Fears for Nightmare Tide

Posted Jul 11, 2014 by Suzie Ford

It has been two weeks since Trion announced RIFT: Nightmare Tide. Since our announcement interview, the development team has taken to the forums and social media to tantalize us with new tidbits of information. A series of behind the scenes articles has gone up, as well as a slew of new screenshots and concept art. With all of these things in mind, it’s time we outline just what we’re hoping for – and what we’re afraid of – in the next expansion.

Read more of Christopher Coke's Tripping the Rift: Ten Hopes & Fears for Nightmare Tide.

General : F2P Has a Limited Shelf Life According to MMO 'Pioneer'

Posted Jul 11, 2014 by Suzie Ford

MMO "Pioneer" Richard Bartle, co-creator of MUD1 and author, has gone on record with as saying that, in essence, the free to play bubble will burst when players realize that they are about to be "nickled and dimed to death". Bartle engaged in a healthy debate with F2P proponents during the Develop conference held recently in England.

"It will tail off because there is a fixed amount of people willing to spend enormous amounts of money, and there's too much competition for those people.

"It will also tail off because the type of games people want to play will change. The more games you play the more sophisticated the content of the games you will want. And when you want a more sophisticated game, then the overlay of free-to-play will be more of a problem for you. You will get a more moral sense of fair play."

Read the full article at

Strife : Harrower Arrives in Latest Patch

Posted Jul 11, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The Strife team has deployed the latest game patch that brings a new hero into the game as well as several significant changes and updates to existing features. Harrower is the latest playable character to enter the game, and a formidable one at that: He can shift from melee to ranged in the blink of an eye.

Harrower is a versatile attack damage dealer with a trick up his sleeve: he can freely transform between melee and ranged forms. Should you choose to give up his crossbow, you’ll in return become a near-unstoppable melee bruiser. Harrower excels at both kiting his enemies and hunting them down aggressively. In order to play Harrower to perfection, you must deftly alternate forms - adapting to new combat situations as they arise.

Read the full patch notes on the Strife site.

General : Get Your Indie On at

Posted Jul 11, 2014 by Suzie Ford is featuring a large number of independently developed RPGs for sale ranging in price from $0.79 to $5.99. Check the image below for a list of what's on special for this weekend only.


Swordsman : More 'Hack' Than Slash

Posted Jul 11, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The "kung fu" aesthetic in the MMO genre typically acts as a deterrent for me when I'm searching for my next delicious timesink. Still, having given Age of Wushu and similar departures a try here and there, I felt that Swordsman Online could be the breath of fresh air I needed to cleanse my palate for a while of grittier, more frustrating affairs. And while it's certainly not perfect, completely polished, or even difficult (at least as far as the lower levels go so far) it's an interesting alternative to succumbing to games with subscription fees or steep entry costs.

Read more of Brittany Vincent's Swordsman: More "Hack" Than Slash.

World of Warcraft : Artcraft & the Male Draenei

Posted Jul 11, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The latest Artcraft has been posted on the World of Warcraft site. This time, the team reveals the updated character model for the male Draenei that will arrive with the Warlords of Draenor expansion set to be released later this year.

Welcome once again to Artcraft! I’m Chris Robinson, art director of World of Warcraft. This Artcraft is another quick one, but still packed with goodies. Today we’re showing you our work on the male Draenei. The original was one of the better character models in the game, so it didn’t require a ton of translation—but with higher-resolution textures and more polygons to work with, we were able to bump up his fidelity quite a bit, as well as improve how we convey emotion through a new animation rig.

Check out Artcraft on the World of Warcraft site.

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