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Star Wars: The Old Republic : May The Fourth Be With You

Posted May 01, 2016 by Catherine Daro

Star Wars: The Old Republic players will have an opportunity to celebrate Star Wars Day on May 4th as well as participate in other celebratory activities. Between now and May 4th, players who log in can claim the Astromech Droid pet that will be delivered on May 5th. Players can also take part in the Eternal Championship Solo Speedrun from May 3rd to 17th that could see players heading to Europe to meet up with the Bioware team at a special Star Wars event.

For those looking to level alts or mains, two Double XP events are planned. The first running May 3rd through May 10th and the second from May 27th through May 30th. 

Lastly, a free trial of Knights of the Fallen Empire is being offered. Players can activate a free trial prior to May 30th, gain access to a level 60 character and check out Chapter 1: The Hunt. 

Read the full details on the Star Wars: The Old Republic site

If you haven't seen it yet, the trailer for the Hero's Saga has been released and you can watch it below. 

Vainglory : Battle Royale Hits

Posted May 01, 2016 by Catherine Daro

A new game feature for Vainglory players has been revealed that is called Battle Royale. In the new mode players are assigned a random hero (even one that they might not own yet) and are sent out to fight the enemy team. 

It's a high action, faster game mode that can be played in about 7 to 10 minutes. It's a blast and great when you don't have the time for a normal VG game but don't want to compromise any of the fun.

You can see it in action by watching the video below. 


Dungeon Hunter 5 : New PvP Mode, Guild Wars, Arrives

Posted May 01, 2016 by Catherine Daro

GameLoft has unleashed the latest update for its mobile title Dungeon Hunter 5. Players who love PvP will be able to participate in the new guild wars global event to try to elevate their guild to the top of the leaderboards for rewards. The developers have released a video that discusses the new feature that you can see below.

The update is already live for iOS and Android devices and will soon appear for the Windows version.

You can find out more about the game by visiting Dungeon Hunter 5 site.


General : Tenebrae - Twilight Of The Gods: New Teaser Shows Combat

Posted May 01, 2016 by Catherine Daro

Troglobytes Games has released a new trailer to show off progress in combat animations for Tenebrae - Twilight Of The Gods, a forthcoming story-driven ARPG that will be released for PC and Xbox One. The date has yet to be revealed, but we will keep you posted over time.

Paying homage to the 80's/90's classics of old such as Ghost n' Goblins, Shadow of the Beast and Metroidvania games, Tenebrae is set to add a whole variety of unique twists to the genre, thanks to the technology of procedurally generated content.


Camelot Unchained : New Stretch Goal Passed, RP Animations To Be Added

Posted May 01, 2016 by Catherine Daro

The Friday update for Camelot Unchained reveals that the crowd-funded title has passed another stretch goal that will see the addition of roleplay animations, including dancing and joke-telling as well as updated combat animations. 

The latest newsletter also shows off some of the other work in progress, including artwork, the customizable UI panel, a player-built village, knife-throwing animation and some armor concepts.

You can read the entire update on Camelot Unchained site

Warframe : Operation Rathuum Event Details Revealed

Posted May 01, 2016 by Catherine Daro

The Warframe site has been updated with details for a new on-going event called Operation Rathuum. Players will cooperatively participate in a new Arena game mode in teams of 1 to 4 fighting increasingly difficult waves of Grineer enemies. Participation in the event will yield Tenno with a number of different prizes. 

The Steel Meridian will compensate the Tenno as they progress through the Rathuum. Rewards include the Rathuum Badge, Rathuum Sigil and the powerful Furax Wraith. The Rathuum Prisoner Coordinates detailing the location where the Grineer defectors are imprisoned will be awarded to Tenno who complete the Rathuum. The Syndicates will take a great interest in this data.

In addition to the above rewards, there are a number of Mods that Kela De Thaym allocates to her Executioners to give them an edge in combat. Perhaps she can be persuaded to part with them.

- Electromagnetic Shielding
- Execution Shells
- Fomorian Accelerant
- Harkonar Scope
- Hunter's Bonesaw
- Nightwatch Napalm
- Rift Strike
- Vulcan Blitz
- Medi-Ray

Operation Rathuum will run through May 9th.

You can read more of the details on the Warframe site.

Epocylipse : Mid-Atlantic Groups Revealed

Posted Apr 30, 2016 by Catherine Daro

Razor Edge Games has revealed the latest "Marauder Groups" from Epocylipse The AfterFall. The Mid-Atlantic group, most notably the Reapers, are in business to harvest souls for Death. 

Gamers can expect the marauders of the northeast to be hearty, skilled, and extremely tenacious. Not everyone is out to kill you, though. The Daywalkers are a group only interested in your goods. Goods, Razor Edge Games says, they will lift right off your person in broad daylight without you ever noticing. Though not everyone is out to kill you, the greater majority absolutely want your head. Encountering the Dead Eyes especially means Adventurers are the perfect target. It might be all fun and games to this marauder duo, but gamers will be laughing considerably less with bullets in their heads.

Marauder groups are communities of enemies that are not aligned with any of the larger factions within the game. You can read more by visiting the Epocylipse The AfterFall site.

Kingdom Under Fire II : New Elven Ranger Trailer From CN Version

Posted Apr 30, 2016 by Catherine Daro

The Chinese version of Kingdom Under Fire II has a new trailer available featuring the elven ranger. The video shows plenty of gameplay action. Be sure to check out her abilities and equipment by watching the video below.

via GoHa.ru


Shroud of the Avatar : Duel With The Devs Telethon Coming May 2nd

Posted Apr 30, 2016 by Catherine Daro

The Shroud of the Avatar team will be on hand on Monday, May 2nd, from 10 AM Pacific / 1 PM Eastern to participate in the Duel with the Devs Spring Telethon. During the event, participants can duel with the devs, earn prizes, including t-shirts, store credits and more, and can expect some surprises along the way. 

Drinking / Dancing / Singing Rules:

  • For every $2500 spent (new money only) Chris, Richard, and Starr (and other Devs that choose to participate) have a choice of 1 of the following:
    • 1 Shot/Sip
    • 1 dance (audience suggestions considered)
    • 1 verse of a song (audience suggestions considered)

Other items in this week's newsletter include a Brittany video walkthrough, a pair of new player-run towns, new community events and more. 

You can read the full newsletter on the Shroud of the Avatar site. 

General : WEBZEN Celebrates Its 7th Anniversary

Posted Apr 30, 2016 by Catherine Daro

Seven years ago the Webzen games portal opened and the team is ready to celebrate with its tens of thousands of fans. Special events will be taking place in all of Webzen's titles, including ASTA, C9, Flyff, MU Online and Rappelz to name a few. Events will continue through May 24th.

Along with the anniversary events, CONTINENT OF THE NINTH SEAL (C9) also launches its latest content update for C9 actionists, bringing six new daily dungeons for solo play only. Daily dungeons are special dungeons that can be entered once a day, where players can obtain precious artisan materials. Players can enter one dungeon each day of the week, and on Sundays will be able to choose which dungeon to enter themselves.

You can find out more by visiting Webzen's portal.

The Secret World : New 10 Day Trial Offered

Posted Apr 30, 2016 by Catherine Daro

Have you ever wanted to play Funcom's The Secret World? If so, you have a new opportunity thanks to the new 10 day trial available on the official site. 

You can get started by visiting The Secret World site and signing up for the trial.

Thanks BlueTurtle13 for the tip. 

In other news from The Secret World, there is a small Q&A with the lead system designer Mags. The answered questions were selected from submissions by the community.

Brightmoon - If you could get a do-over on any existing system, what would it be and how would you change it? 

If I could get a do-over on any existing system, it'd have to be the Ability Wheel. There are a lot of good points about the Ability Wheel, but there are a few things I'd like to improve even more. One such thing is improving weapon identity and diversity. To take one small example, currently you don't have to look far to find both AoE and single target abilities in any weapon. If, for example, Hammers only had columns and AoEs and Blades only had powerful single target attacks, you'd know that as a melee character Hammers is where you go if you need to take down packs of enemies and Blades is better for taking down bosses and tough monsters. The flip side of this coin, and the reason the game is how it is, is that players have a lot more freedom in making the build they want with the weapons they want.

You can read the rest of the Q&A on The Secret World forum.


General : HeroWarz: Cross-Genre MOBA Enters CBT On May 18th

Posted Apr 30, 2016 by Catherine Daro

KOG Games, developers of Elsword, have announced that their cross-genre MOBA HeroWarz will enter Closed Beta Testing on May 18th. According to the team, the game features RPG elements and in-depth story line, character progression, PvP and more. 

HeroWarz is the ultimate action RPG where players select and cultivate unique heroes to build their personal assault force. Dive into an ever expanding, in-depth, story-driven character lineup and prepare for action-packed battles like no other! HeroWarz isn't just for RPG and action gamers. Enter: Arena TV, the standalone PvP element of HeroWarz. Arena TV will be a stand-alone, MOBA based PvP environment that promotes competitive, fast paced action with a character lineup that goes even beyond that of what's offered on the RPG character lineup.

Interested players are invited to head to the HeroWarz site to sign up for testing.


Final Fantasy XIV : Yo-Kai Watch Crossover Content Coming in v3.3

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

UPDATE: Check out the Letter from the Producer Live brief summary.

Final Fantasy XIV players and fans of Yo-Kai Watch will be happy to hear that, like the Lightning crossover a few months ago, content from the Square Enix RPG series will be heading into the game. The announcement came as part of the larger discussion of the v3.3, "Revenge of the Horde" update that will also see a pair of new dungeons, new main scenario quests and other questing content as well.

Yo-kai are the physical embodiment of everyday problems, and they live everywhere in our world—under cars, near vending machines, in the river—you just can’t see them.

With the power of the Yo-kai Watch, though, you can find these hidden Yo-kai, befriend them, and call upon their powers when you need their help. There are over 200 different types of Yo-kai just waiting to be discovered!

We'll keep you posted when the Letter From the Producer Live summary is posted on the Final Fantasy XIV forum.

Via DualShockers.com


General : Metronomicon - Mixing Rhythm Games & RPGs in a Fun New Way

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Being a fan of RPGs and Rhythm games it’s sort of weird to realize I’ve never considered the possibilities of mixing the two together. It might seem like mixing these two genres would be a bit weird but Metronomicon manages to meld them into a wonderfully entertaining and exciting package.

Read more of Robin Baird's Metronomicon: Mixing Rhythm Games & RPGs in Fun New Ways.

Black Desert Online : Hacker Hunting Initiative Announced

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Black Desert Online is giving players a chance to take part first hand in the effort to hunt down hackers and cheats in the game. A new post on the BDO forum has announced the "Hacker Hunting Initiative" that gives players the opportunity to report bots, hackers and "disruptive hackers" (i.e. griefers). The reward? Elion's Tears and GM's Blessings.

Now to be clear all submissions will be reviewed by our staff and the video needs to visibly include the server, channel, evidence of cheating and name of the player in question.  When you submit a video as described above and it leads to the removal of the cheater you will earn one of the following rewards.  Please note these rewards are only given to the first five confirmed reports and reports on players that have already been banned will not receive an reward.  Once the investigation is complete and ban is finalized rewards will be sent out.

Read more and participate in the conversation on the Black Desert Online forum.

Chronicles of Elyria : Bolstering Introduced to Equalize the Playing Field

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

The Chronicles of Elyria site has a new blog post that lays out a neat new in-game mechanic to help players maximize their time in game by equalizing the playing field when members of a "family" travel together. When a player of a higher level is partnering with others of a higher level, stamina is raised to the level of the highest character, though no additional abilities are added. In addition, "bolstering" as the CoE calls it, brings other stat increases to bear.

One thing I should point out is that Bolstering doesn't change the number of skills you have available to you. It only makes you better at the skills you do have. Learning new skills is a different mechanic.

The other thing I should make sure to highlight is that Bolstering only works with in-game family members. It doesn't work with guilds, dynasties, etc... This prevents people from going around Bolstering everyone, as it only effects those people they likely know in real-life. It also creates an additional disadvantage for Wards, as they have nobody to Bolster them.

In addition, a new in-game "currency" is being introduced that awards players for time in game and for anything that leads to advancement of skills or that rewards an achievement.

By granting Story Points it allows us to reward players who are contributing to the story without otherwise penalizing those who can’t play as much.

Another note about Story Points is that they are awarded in larger amount based on a character’s reputation or fame. Why? Because completing achievements and being productive in the world is more dangerous when one is a Count, Duke, King, or Legendary champion.

Lastly, CoE will allow players to 'earn to play':

In Chronicles of Elyria, the Story Points you earn while playing can be traded in between lifetimes in order to buy Sparks of Life. This is what we call the “Earn-to-play” model of funding. Now, we’re not the first to do this. There’s been a couple other games that have done something similar. But, as far as we know we’re the first to use a currency that rewards people for participating in the story, and as far as we know we’re the first do this that doesn’t use a subscription model.

It's a comprehensive read that you can check out on the Chronicles of Elyria site.

General : Vivendi Secures 18% More Stock in Ubisoft

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

While still denying a takeover attempt, Vivendi has increased its stock holdings in Ubisoft by 18% which gives the company a nearly 18% ownership stake in the gaming studio and 16% of the voting rights. Ubisoft has been actively seeking other investors to stop a takeover by Vivendi which only needs to gain an additional 12% of the available stocks to force takeover negotiations.

Source: GamesIndustry.biz

Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade : See the Swooping Hawk and the Striking Scorpion Today

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

During today's weekly Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade live stream, players will get a look at two Eldar leaders, the Swooping Hawk and the Striking Scorpion. The event will take place at 11:00 am Pacific / 2:00 pm Eastern in the Eternal Crusade Twitch.tv channel. This gives fans an excellent opportunity to chat with the team, check out more game footage and ask their burning questions.

Be there!


Robert Lashley : What’s the Deal with Early Access?

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

We’ve all seen the glut of games that are begging for your money in the guise of early access but where did they come from? Rob tries to tackle that topic this week.

Read more of Rob Lashley's What's the Deal with Early Access?

World of Warcraft : Pirate Server Admins Invited to Blizzard Campus

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

According to a Twitter post from the admins of the now-closed World of Warcraft pirate server Nostalrius, the group has been invited to Blizzard's headquarters this coming weekend though the agenda seems to remain unknown to them or they cannot reveal what the plan is as yet.

In addition, former Red 5 CEO Mark Kern will be attending the meetings this weekend and has gone on record as thanking Blizzard for listening.

Speculation is high among former players that this heralds Blizzard's announcement of vanilla / classic realms, though the weekend will reveal more.

See the Twitter post below for details.

Thanks to our anonymous tipster!!

@Blizzard_Ent is willing to meet us in their campus! An announcement is coming this weekend! pic.twitter.com/TnddNoSm3N

— NostalriusBegins (@NostalBegins) April 29, 2016

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