Funcom has unveiled the third anniversary event boons and bonuses for The Secret World. Players will be able to score event bags that can include new hippie outfits or a Mythos Machine Motorcycle. Bohemian Bags also drop that can include a Bohemian Party Sack that gives up to 20 players surrounding the one opening it a special prize.
The anniversary runs from now through July 15th with other special bonuses available through July 8th:
- Double Ability Points: Every time you would earn an Ability Point you get one extra! This effect stacks with the Timed AP Boosts you can get in the Item Shop.
- Extra Black Bullion: Every time you would earn Black Bullion you get one extra! This bonus also applies when you open Mystery Boxes and Deep Mystery Boxes.
- 50% more Aureus of Initiation: Every time you earn Aureus of Initiation in Scenarios you earn 50% extra!
- 50% more Rewards in PvP: Every time you earn Marks of Venice from PvP you earn 50% extra. In the Fusang Warzone the period between each rewarding of Marks is reduced by 50%.
- 50% more AEGIS Reaserch XP in Tokyo: Every time you loot defeated enemies in the Tokyo adventure zone they yield 50% more AEGIS Research.
- Huge Bonus for Recruiting: For every new player you recruit during this period you get a free month of Membership and a Bohemian Party Sack in addition to the Veteran Points you normally get.
Read more details on The Secret World site.
Much like stealth most MMOers seem to have no middle ground when it comes to dragons. We seem to either love them or hate them. If you think they are an example of trite MMO tropes or if you think no fantasy MMO is complete without them, I ask you this, what are they doing in Camelot Unchained? Before we can get to that we need some background so let’s see if there are any clues hidden in what we know about them already.
Read more of Tim Eisenzimmer's Camelot Unchained: Here Be Dragons!
The latest Neverwinter developer blog is an interesting one for those who enjoy the "how to" type article. In this post, Senior Character Artist Jonathan Nascone discusses how a creature goes from concept art, to modeling to animation to rigging, to texturing and, finally, to inclusion in the game. It's really a fun read for both creative types and for those who love the creative process.
Read it on the Neverwinter site.
Following up to the cult classic Cabal, Cabal 2 is a new free to play MMORPG jumping into open beta on July 2nd. While I've never played the original, I was definitely excited to jump in and see what all the buzz was about. What I've seen in my first handful of hours, however, is nothing but a depressingly boring game without a shred of originality. In fact, Cabal 2 seems so willing to embrace the concepts trampled to death by other MMORPGs, that I felt like I was playing the Frankenstein of games, with visuals, mechanics, and inspirations borrowed from elsewhere—often with worse results.
Read more of Steven Messner's Cabal 2 Review in Progress.
Obsidian Entertainment and My.com have released a brand new video that shows off the PvE component in Armored Warfare. Teams of four to five players take on AI-controlled enemies to complete missions across three tiers of difficulty. See what you think about PvE in AW and let us know what you think.
Gaijin has announced that the Cold Steel update has been applied to War Thunder servers. The patch brings the Enduring Confrontation mode to the game that allows players to realistically simulate battles. In addition, twenty new vehicles have been introduced and a new map has been included. Check out the overview video below for more information or head to the War Thunder site.
Just a mere three weeks after the console launch of the Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unchained, Paul Sage leaves the project to become Creative Director for an unknown project at Gearbox Software. If you’re not familiar with Gearbox Software they are the creators of the Borderlands series. But what does this mean for the future of ESOTU?
Read more of Ryan Getchell's Elder Scrolls Online: What Does Paul Sage's Departure Mean for the Future?
Spacetime Studios has announced that the latest expansion for Arcane Legends, Rage of the Ren'gol, will be released when players have completed a global goal to protect the Gnomes from a band of ravaging Orcs. In addition to protection, players will be charged with rebuilding Garetta. Once finished, the expansion will be released.
The expansion brings these features into Arcane Legends:
- Dungeon Crawling – Three new dungeons jam-packed with loot and fiendish bosses await brave players to conquer them.
- New Fantasy Races – Two new fantasy races have made their way to the land of Arlor. Work alongside the ingenious Gnomes and do battle with a ferocious clan of savage Orcs!
- Loot, Loot and more Loot - Hundreds of shiny new items are available for players to discover, craft and equip.
- Dynamic Environments - A dynamic visual upgrade to Arcane Legends will evolve the world according to player actions - when a “rebuild goal” has been achieved, the town of Garetta will transform from ruined to repaired before the players’ eyes.
- Level Up Instantly - Players will be able to instantly jump to level 41 with a new premium character and dive directly into the high-level dungeon fun.
- In-game Immortality - The players who contribute the most during the limited-time event will be immortalized by a hand-crafted statue of their character, erected by Spacetime artists to stand forever in the town of Garetta.
Find out more on the Arcane Legends site.
Square Enix has revealed the details for the PlayStation 4 Collector's Edition for Dragon Quest Heroes that will set players back $99.99. Called the "Slimetastic" Edition, it comes with a collectible treasure chest, a slime plushie and keychain as well as nine downloadable weapons and two exclusive maps.
Dragon Quest Heroes is expected to be released on October 13th. Find out more at the page linked above.
SMITE has been updated with a new god. Ravana, Demon King of Lanka, joins the pantheon as the game's first martial arts user. Ravana uses his body as a living weapon. Check out the trailer that provides both lore and game play, all centered around Ravana.
Last week, at E3, I had the opportunity to meet with Vladimir Piskunov, the CEO of Bitbox and see Life is Feudal, for the first time. My goal was to see just what features and systems were featured in this pure sandbox game. To say that I was pleasantly surprised would be something of an understatement. Vladimir is incredibly polite and passion for this project just exudes from him. He is also a realist and pretty insightful about games, sandbox games in particular. He knows that currently sandboxes are a bit of a niche genre, albeit a growing one, with many entrants coming in the next year or two.
Read more of Terry O'Brien's Life is Feudal: Passion & Dedication Set the Game Apart.
Path of Exile is ready to expand with The Awakening on July 10th. While lots of time has been spent on beta testing and developers have been sending out information to players, there still remain a few hidden nuggets of information and content that are worthy of a lot of excitement. We chatted with Chris Wilson about those things that may have remained unspoken. See what he had to say!
Read more of Suzie Ford's Path of Exile: The Awakening - Something to Get Excited About.
Heroes of the Storm has exited maintenance that comes packed with the new Eternal Conflict that brings legendary Diablo characters into the game including The Butcher, Treasure Goblins, Leoric and the new Battlefield of Eternity map.
The forces of light and darkness will stop at nothing to emerge victorious, so they’re sending their most capable champions into the Nexus. Johanna, the heavily armored Crusader, has established herself as one of the Nexus’s most stalwart Warriors, but today she faces a familiar foe—a bloodthirsty demon known as The Butcher. Despite his formidable bulk, the Butcher is a damage-dealing melee Assassin who gains strength by gathering “fresh meat” from the remains of his fallen enemies. The Butcher’s Brand ability debuffs enemies so that he gains life with each attack, and he can also bring Lambs to the Slaughter, chaining his hapless victims to a post for the four longest seconds of their puny lives.
Find out more on the Heroes of the Storm page.
Trion Worlds is pleased to announce the next game it’s bringing stateside as publisher, Bluehole Ginno’s Devilian Online. Yes, the development studio behind TERA has a new game, and it’s an Action RPG with a persistent MMO world. For the sake of not having to say that over and over, we’ll just call it an Action MMORPG. So, what’s Devilian Online all about, and where the heck did it come from? Read on to find out.
Read more of Bill Murphy's Devilian Online: The Studio Behind TERA Has a New Game & It's Headed Our Way.
Unikrn is seeking to bring the next level of eSports to the world with its new platform designed from the ground up for competitive game play. Unikrn has secured $7M in funding from sources that were early backers of worldwide companies including Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and others. This latest round of funding raises the total to over $10M.
By visiting www.unikrn.com (on either mobile or desktop), Unikrn customers can watch the world’s best professional gamers participate in live gaming tournaments around the world. Unikrn features tournaments for AAA titles such as League of Legends, Dota2, Counter-Strike, Heroes of the Storm, and others. For customers located in jurisdictions that permit online betting, the Unikrn platform provides an opportunity to bet on the outcomes of matches and tournaments through a range of bet types common in more traditional sports betting markets.
Visit the Unikrn site to find out more.
Otherland has been updated with a new feature especially for guilds. Clans will receive an instanced plot of land on which to build and to improve. Reaching a certain point will allow clans to attack one another on specially designated portions of clan property. Successfully beating another group will allow the victor to make improvements of its own holdings.
In addition to the new ClanLand feature, Otherland has been updated with significant improvements to skills and abilities, performance and more.
You can find out more about the ongoing beta and get signed up on the Otherland site.
E3 is a great way to find out about upcoming video games, both for new titles and for titles with updates or re-releases. The latter is true for Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment.
Read more of Genese Davis's Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment - Take 2!
Gameforge and Robot Entertainment have sent word that tomorrow's big update to Orcs Must Die Unchained closed beta client will contain a brand new PvE mode. In addition, PvP mechanics and core game features have been tuned to keep the franchise fresh and growing.
Get ready to be unchained!
A well-organised team can now also profit from another new mechanic in PvE: the Unchained Meter. A barometer fills up as you eliminate enemies through combos, i.e. in a combination of traps and hero attack damage. Once charged, the group enters Unchained Mode and unleashes a greater level of destruction. All heroes get a health and mana bonus as well as reduced cooldowns for their skills. The difficulty rises in spite of all advantages however, rising from wave to wave and demanding the whole team’s attention during special boss waves. New bosses, such as Dread, a heavily armoured orc, or Sarge, a plate-armoured soldier, ensure that groups soon start to feel the heat.
Supreme performances will be rewarded with a high ranking in the leaderboards, on which players can compare their results with others.
Read more about the beta update to Orcs Must Die Unchained.
When enemies are assaulting one of your systems, most pilots would exercise caution and attempt to gather intel before engaging. But when the call went out about a raid from Gallente militia forces on the Caldari system of Esesier, Mr Duffo took the more direct approach. For the average faction warfare pilot, warping to the large Caldari outpost and seeing the eight enemy pilots capturing it would have caused most to flee, but, then again, Mr Duffo isn't like most.
Read more of Steven Messner's EVE Online: Chronicles of a New Eden - Let's Make This a Fair Fight.
After today's maintenance, XBox Neverwinter players will be able to log in and check out the new content and improvements contained in the Rise of Tiamat expansion.
Releasing alongside this new content are a slate of updates to improve player experience across the board. These include an onscreen mini-map, performance upgrades, adjustments to queuing and more. Neverwinter: Rise of Tiamat follows the events of Neverwinter: Tyranny of Dragons campaign and the recent Siege of Neverwinter event. Along with new quests and heroic encounters on the path to completing the final chapters of the Tyranny of Dragons campaign, players can anticipate the upcoming 25-player battle with five-headed draconic goddess Tiamat.
Find out more on the Neverwinter site.