During a special live stream event where Blizzard is hosting World of Warcraft streamers and YouTube personalities from both Europe and North America, viewers will be among the first to view some never-before-seen Legion alpha content that is not yet in the live alpha version currently running. Teams will be running the Maw of Souls dungeon (never before shown) and the Halls of Valor in a race against the clock...and each other.
Assistant Game Director Ion “Watcher” Hazzikostas will join Community Manager Josh “Lore” Allen to provide commentary and insight as each team fights through the dungeons in a race to earn the fastest time possible. The winning team will claim victory not only for themselves, but for the region they represent!
The event will take place in the World of Warcraft Twitch.tv channel beginning at 3:00 pm Pacific / 6:00 pm Eastern.
Ahead of its investor presentation, Activision-Blizzard has released the 2015 full year financial results. According to the report, A-B grew 32% year-over-year with record digital revenues leading the way both for Q4 2015 and the year overall.
Destiny is described as having 25+ million registered users with over three billion hours played. Activision-Blizzard is anticipating a significant expansion for Destiny in 2016 and Destiny 2 in 2017.
Blizzard titles are experiencing all-time high MAUs in 2015 with high player engagement. Hearthstone is reporting 40M registered users. Heroes of the Storm will leave beta and be fully released in 2016. The only mention of World of Warcraft is that it "remains the #1 subscription-based MMORPG in the world". This is the first quarter where subscription numbers have not been revealed for WoW, keeping to Blizzard's vow not to reveal sub numbers but to focus on player engagement.
Head here to see the full Activision-Blizzard Full Year 2015 Investor Report. You can also view the Power Point presentation.
Listen up Trove fans: your game is about to get its biggest update ever in the coming weeks when the Mantle of Power expansion lands on the live servers. Focused intensely on progression, there are 10 new levels per class, and a brand new Gem System that augments each of the game’s 14 classes with dozens of new abilities. Read on for the full details on this and more.
Read more of Bill Murphy's Trove: The Mantle of Power Changes the Game Forever.
Psuedo-Professor Red Thomas delves into the details of what makes virtual economies function, and conducts an analysis of the component pieces. Warning - Hardcore nerdiness within. Readers should click at their own risk.
Read more of Red Thomas's ECON 4024 - Macro-Economics in Virtual Environments.
Blizzard has revealed that over $1.7M has been raised for the Make-A-Wish America and Make-A-Wish International through the sales of the World of Warcraft battle pet, Brightpaw. During the month of December, 100% of all pets sold went to Make-A-Wish.
This week on Game On, Chris, Ryan, and Braxwolf sit down to discuss Jeff Grubb's departure from Arenanet and into the vacuum of Amazon Game Studios. A little later we talk about the much needed and long overdue tech overhaul coming to RIFT, just how well Ubisoft did with The Division beta, and much more.
Check it out on the Game On podcast page.
Techland and Game UK are offering fans of Dying Light a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a star in an upcoming film based on the popular survival RPG. One person, one very rich $10,000,000 spending person, will be given acting lessons, and star in a supporting role in the forthcoming movie.
Charlotte Knight, UK Retail MD at GAME says: “Dying Light is one of the most exciting survival games around and what’s more – it’s Oscar season so what better time than now to head to the Hollywood hills! We know our community like to get in character and will have no doubt been inspired by the leading actors on the big screen – so this is a really exciting opportunity for any gamer wanting to hit the silver screen in style!
For $10,000,000, the buyer will also receive the following:
Find out more by visiting Game UK Dying Light site.
Fans of survival type games with a twist will want to check out The Culling and sign up for the closed alpha that is expected to kick off later this month. In addition, interested fans can grab an early access copy of The Culling for $14.99 during the week of March 8th to March 14th on Steam.
Check out The Culling site for more information and to sign up for closed alpha testing.
Women are becoming an increasingly significant sector in games development, taking part in every aspect of bringing games to life. As one of the often lesser-known sectors of the industry, we wanted to shine the spotlight on some incredible leaders including our once (and future!?) columnist, Sanya Weathers from Undead Labs.
Read more of Suzie Ford's Women in Gaming: Undead Labs' Sanya Weathers.
Gamesco has announced that it is developing a new survival PC title called Grimm: Dark Legacy that is based on the Grimm television show. The game will take place several hundred years prior to the events of the television show and will challenge players with tactical survival combat, mission-based game play, and cooperative multiplayer opportunities.
The game will encourage players to explore the expansive Old World while completing different types of missions to win rewards, transform themselves and their equipment and become formidable Grimm hunters. Combat will also be integral to the gameplay with gamers having to fend off ferocious Wesen attacks by equipping a wide variety of weapons similar to the ones that Nick wields in the series.
Find out more and sign up for beta testing by visiting the Grimm: Dark Legacy site.
Bossa Studios is inviting fans of Worlds Adrift to head to the game's official site to form an Alliance, the WA version of clans or guilds. Once registered on the site, leaders can create an Alliance. Those not interested in leadership can browse the available Alliances to find one worth joining.
By way of incentive, Bossa has a number of pretty cool prizes available for those creating or joining an Alliance including an Alienware Alpha or a Razer Chroma Keyboard.
Find out more on the Worlds Adrift site and be sure to check out the step-by-step Alliance creation video below.
Phoenix Online publishing has announced that its open world fantasy RPG, Cornerstone: The Song of Tyrim, will be launching on April 26th. Players are invited to preorder through the Phoenix Online Studio store, GoG, the Humble Store or through other online vendors. The game retails for $15.99.
Action role-playing, puzzle solving, and crafting combine in this sprawling open-world fantasy epic, which invites you to take on a range of sweeping quests, battle unforgettable adversaries, and experience the adventure of a lifetime. An interactive, physics-based world of wonder bursting with colorful characters and exotic islands filled with tricks, traps, and treasures to explore awaits your conquest as you gather fantastical artifacts and equipment which can be crafted into playable vehicles and more.
Find out more on the Cornerstone: The Song of Tyrim store page.
It’s almost Valentine’s Day and love is in the air! This week, Chris talks about sweet, sweet love, erm… workin’ it, and how modern RPGs really seem to hate monogamy.
Plus, Dragon Age loses its lead writer, Dying Light launches its expansion, Sword Coast Legends is super cheap on consoles, and more Dark Souls 3 footage makes its way to the internet and looks a lot like Bloodborne!
Read more of Christopher Coke's The RPG Files: Sister Wives - The Tale of the Modern RPG.
The World of Warships team has produced a new developer diary video to show off how team battles function in the game. Team battles will feature 7v7, with up to a 10 player pool to participate, will be launching soon, a feature that players have been asking for since the game launched last year. Team battles are the next step on the way to clan battles. Check out this work in progress and leave us your thoughts in the comments.
Battlestate Games has posted a new video to show behind the scenes footage of how the first cinematic trailer for Escape from Tarkov was made. Scenes include motion capture actors as well as 'gray box' footage prior to the addition of textures and more. It's a fascinating look at the process behind a very detailed cinematic. See what you think!
The first in a series of developer diaries to give behind the scenes look at Conan: Exiles, an upcoming survival title by Funcom and based on the Conan IP. The video diary gives players a first look at some of the features in the game as well as a look at several locations throughout the game.
Conan: Exiles is due out in Early Access this summer.
Check it out!
NCSoft has released its Q4 2015 revenue report that shows quarter-over-quarter growth across the board, including a significant surge for Guild Wars 2 seemingly tied to the release of the Heart of Thorns expansion.
Lineage, Lineage 2, Aion, Blade & Soul and WildStar all experienced growth from Q3 2015 to Q4 2015. You can check out the graph below or download the full PDF here.
You can also check out this MMORPG.com forum thread for more reactions.
The Elder Scrolls Online site has been updated with a comprehensive look at the new Thieves Guild systems and skill lines that will arrive with the new DLC later this month. Players can look forward to a new TG passive skill line, the Larceny System, Mementos and Assistants.
In the Passive Skill Line, players will be able to choose from six passive abilities that will add to the already-existing lockpicking.
Here is a brief summary of the Thieves Guild skill line passive abilities:
- Finders Keepers: Thieves Troves are special caches that are located all around Tamriel. They have a distinct blue glow around them. If you happen to spot a Thieves Trove, it's yours to keep if you can open it. You'll need this Thieves Guild passive to secure your prize!
- Swiftly Forgotten: Experienced thieves know the value of being inconspicuous. Swiftly Forgotten decreases your accrued bounty and heat after three seconds, making you a distant memory with those who would have you arrested.
- Haggling: The art of haggling is admired among members of the Thieves Guild. With this passive, your haggling skills grant you the ability to get up to 10% more for stolen items you sell to any fence. Haggling won't give you benefits for Laundering—fences have to make a living too, after all.
- Clemency: Every thief has at least one tale of giving town guards the slip. With Clemency, you can do just that. When used, a guard that was going to arrest you will have a turn of heart and won't take your money and stolen goods. Also, guards will not attempt to accost you for one minute after you use Clemency unless you commit other crimes. Clemency is usable once a day, so use it wisely!
- Timely Escape: “Thick as thieves" is more than just a saying, especially among members of the Thieves Guild. If you find yourself in a sticky situation, a fellow thief may come to your aid. With Timely Escape, there is a chance a “Footpad" may appear in any town with an Outlaws Refuge when you have heat and are in combat. Interacting with the Footpad will whisk you away to the safety of the nearest Outlaws Refuge.
- Veil of Shadows: Long shadows and dark alleys are a boon to any thief. With Veil of Shadows, witnesses and guards have their detection range decreased by 10%. With decreased detection range, witnesses are less likely to notice crimes and guards won't challenge you until they get closer. They can't catch what they don't see!
The Larceny System allows players to make a bit of coin by completing quests and repeatable content through the use of the Tip Board that send players across the game world to pickpocket, unlock safeboxes, gather specific consignment items and more. Even more options are available to steal additional items.
With the Heist Board, members will see their skills pushed to the max in sneaking, trap avoidance, lockpicking and more. These take place in instanced locations that can be completed alone or in groups. Each also comes with a bonus objective with all leading to a lucrative reward at the end.
The Reacquisition Board that sends players on quest item recovery in and around Hew's Bane.
Mementos are unique trickets with a special effect that can be obtained in lots of different ways. Mementos also don't take up bank space, but instead have their own collection tab!
Lastly Assistants are summonable NPCs that provide specific services. These Assistants can sometimes only be used by those summoning them, or can be used by anyone in the vicinity. Assistants can be bankers, merchants, or fences.
Read the full guide on the Elder Scrolls Online site.
With the latest game update, the ability for EVE Online players to remove their own accrued skills through something called a Skill Extractor. These are then used to create a Skill Injector that can be traded or even sold for in-game currency via markets with buyers able to use them to boost skill levels on a character of their choosing.
In essence, Skill Trading is trading character experience from one character to another, a particular bonus for any secondary (or “alt”) characters if a player’s main character has a surplus of skillpoints in areas he or she might not currently use. It’s also a way for any pilot to reassign skills and further craft their characters, accelerate supporting skills, quickly get into an Alliance’s fleet doctrine, or jump into a new ship class a bit quicker than waiting out the training time.
Today's update also brings new camera controls, new seeded skills to prepare for the Citadel expansion and much more.
You can read more about Skill Trading on the EVE Online site.