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General : Immune: Cartoon Top-Down MMO Releasing March 25th

Posted Mar 13, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Vidiludi has let us know that Immune will be released on Steam on March 25th. Developers describe Immune as a top-down, post apocalyptic, cartoon, survival, sandbox MMO. If that's not a mouthful, nothing is. Immune was recently 'greenlit' on Steam, also where the game will be released.

You can find out more about the game on the Immune web site or on the Steam page.

Want to see a bit of game play? Check out the video below.

Neverwinter : Elemental Evil Module Pushed to April 7th

Posted Mar 13, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Cryptic Studios has announced that the next Neverwinter module, Elemental Evil, will be released on April 7th. Originally slated for a March 17th release, Cryptic felt that, given the scope of the module, the team needed more time to deliver a high quality, finely tuned module to players.

Over the next few weeks, Cryptic will be presenting new developer blogs to keep the community informed about progress.

Check out the Neverwinter site for more information.

Som Pourfarzaneh : Hanging Our RPG Hopes on Sword Coast Legends

Posted Mar 13, 2015 by Suzie Ford

There’s no denying that the Baldur’s Gate series is foundational in the evolution of single-player RPGs.  The gameplay in Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn, along with their expansions, inspired a generation of isometric RPGs, including genre favorites Planescape: Torment and the Icewind Dale series.  Thematically, these games also gave rise to spiritual successors Neverwinter Nights and pretty much every Bioware title thereafter, along with a number of indie games that have sought to recreate the zeitgeist around the original releases.

Read more of Som Pourfarzaneh's Hanging Our RPG Hopes on Sword Coast Legends.

Skyforge : Closed Beta First Impressions

Posted Mar 13, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Skyforge, part of a joint development initiative between Allods Team and Obsidian with as the publisher, recently hit closed beta status. Expected to launch just a little bit later this year, the F2P MMORPG is one we’ve been following for a while. We’ve been dabbling in the beta, and these are our initial thoughts.

Read more of Bill Murphy's Skyforge: Closed Beta First Impressions.

Sevencore : Aimon Race Revealed in New Trailer

Posted Mar 13, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Webzen has sent out a new trailer to show off the Aimon race that will be coming to Sevencore soon. Aimon, though small, are often underestimated in a fight and bring a few racial buffs to teammates including mount energy and regeneration out of battle.

Aimon will be making their way to Sevencore after maintenance on Wednesday, March 18th.

Check out the trailer to find out more or head to the Sevencore site.

General : Victory Command: Now Accepting Closed Beta Applications

Posted Mar 13, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Petroglyph has announced that its upcoming battle arena game, Victory Command, is ready to begin accepting closed beta applications. Victory Command is new twist on MOBAs that utilizes an RTS setting. Players begin with three basic units, with new units unlocking as the player progresses.

Check out the trailer below for a look at the game before heading to the Victory Command site to sign up for beta testing.

Victory Gameplay Trailer #1 from Victory Command on Vimeo.

General : The Daily Quest - What Makes You Return to a Game?

Posted Mar 13, 2015 by William Murphy

We've all come and gone from our favorite MMOs. I can't count how many times I've made a return to World of Warcraft, even if just long enough to remember why I left in the first place. But what makes us return? Nostalgia? A new update? Boredom? Perhaps a mix of all three? That's today's Daily Quest.

Personally, I always find myself returning to WoW, even when I was at my "peak" of being sick of the game. And often, it has nothing to do with new content... it's just me being bored of most games and deciding to check out Azeroth in the hopes that it can pull me in for a bit again.

Guild Wars 2 now does this a lot too, and probably more than Warcraft because it doesn't require a $15 investment each time. I love GW2's B2P model, because it allows me to come and go as easily as I please. And while I've never stopped playing ESO since launch, I play it pretty seldom, and look forward to the same luxury of returning at will next week.

I used to do this with Ultima Online, but lately I just cannot go back to that world. There is such a thing as a game being too old to go home to in my book. I have fond memories of my time in UO, but with the exception of a brief nostalgia hit, I just can't get into playing that one these days. Perhaps that's why I'm so looking forward to Shards Online, as it looks to be a brand new updated take on a world I miss dearly. 

In fact there's an online playtest for backers tomorrow that I am super jazzed about.

In any case, what gets you to try out a game you left again? What magic notes must an update hit to lure you back? The Secret World's new changes have me redownloading the game today, that's for sure.

DC Universe Online : Check Out the New Munitions Power

Posted Mar 12, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Daybreak Game Studio is on Twitch right now to show off the new DC Universe Online hero power called "Munitions".

Head to the link above RIGHT NOW to see what Munitions are all about!

General : Etrian Mystery Dungeon: Sovereign Class Announced

Posted Mar 12, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Atlus has revealed the first information about the Sovereign class in Etrian Mystery Dungeon. To show off the Sovereign's abilities and more, Atlus has sent out a terrific new trailer. Check it out!

The Sovereign is no slippery and subtle knave like the Ninja. No! As a descendant of royalty, breathing the vapor of dungeons clad in heavy plated armor is a class staple of the Sovereign. Taking strikes for their people and inspiring commoners with their own magnanimity is an everyday task. Forsooth, because of the Sovereign's natural tendency to buff and protect those below them, they art the most wonderous of companions. Though do keepeth this in mind: thou doth not chooseth the Sovereign to beest in thy party. No, the Sovereign chooseth thee.

General : The Daily Quest: What Book Series Would Make a Great Game?

Posted Mar 12, 2015 by Suzie Ford

We trot this topic out every now and again. Truly, it never seems to get old, does it? With today's passing of Sir Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series among others, it seems a fitting tribute to a great author who will be sorely missed.

So today's question is a short one: What book series would you like to see made into a game? The genre of game is irrelevant. It is the sharing of great literature that would appeal to fellow gamers that matters most.

General : With Seven Dragon Saga, the Gold Box CRPG Returns

Posted Mar 12, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Earlier today Rob Lashley chatted over the phone with David Klein and David Shelley of TSI about the Kickstarter for their upcoming cRPG Seven Dragon Saga. Read on to see what the SSI vets had to say about their new game that has roots in the cRPG gold box golden days.

Read more of Rob Lashley's Seven Dragon Saga Interview.

General : Gameplay Video With Commentary or Without?

Posted Mar 12, 2015 by William Murphy

We recently asked you all about what kind of MMO videos you like to watch, and this week’s TGN column is piggybacking on that as well. This time, we want to know: do you prefer videos with player commentary or videos where we get out of the way and just let you watch?

Read the rest of Bill's TGN Army: Gameplay Video with Commentary or Without?


Triad Wars : Beta Key Giveaway!

Posted Mar 12, 2015 by Craig McGregor has partnered with United Front Games to bring our community an exciting beta testing opportunity. We have been given beta keys to get you instant access to this open world sandbox game about the crime underworld in Hong Kong. Get your key now and Own the Underworld while supplies last!


About Triad Wars

Triad Wars is an online open-world combat adventure game where you experience high-octane violence and non-stop martial arts action as the #1 badass in a hard-hitting Hong Kong Cinema-styled world of crime. Forge your personal empire in the dark heart of Hong Kong and manipulate the Triad underworld as the ultimate criminal mastermind. Succeed through strategy via extortion, hacking & money laundering or muscle your way to the top with the lethal combination of guns, knives, & fists. Own the streets before they own you.


WildStar : Next Big Update, INVASION: Nexus coming to PTR Today

Posted Mar 12, 2015 by William Murphy

Today Carbine Studios is bringing their next major update titled "INVASION: Nexus" to the public test realms for WildStar.  It's live on the PTR now, and can be expected on the live realms in coming weeks.

INVASION: Nexus brings tons of new, community-feedback based content to the game. Contracts give players who are short on time a new way to earn awesome gear, while aesthetic-related improvements like the Holo-Wardrobe and brand-new vanity pets let players cruise Nexus in style. Also incoming is a swath of new content, like a 20-player raid, a new adventure and expanded PvP options!

The official blog post can be found HERE.

The update includes major overhauls to the wardrobe and customizing of your character, making it easier than ever before to switch outfits and keep track of your looks. In addition, the vain players out there will be pleased to see a bunch of new vanity pets added to the game as well.

But what about content? WildStar is also adding a new 20-man raid, a new adventure, and expanded PVP options as well.

Initialization Core Y-83 is the brand new raid which delves deeper into the Eldan facility responsible for the techno-phage virus that plagues the world of Nexus. Meanwhile Bay of Betrayal gives more casual players a brand new adventure to run, on a mission to infiltrate the Ascendency itself and take care of its leader. And finally, the expanded PVP options (no doubt due to the population imbalance) now allows players from either faction to take part in Battlegrounds against and with each other.

Lastly, level-capped folks will want to head back to Levian Bay currently held by the Dominion, as things have changed quite a bit since the early stages of the game. See the screen below...

World of Warcraft : Blizzcon Announced for November 6-7, 2015

Posted Mar 12, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Blizzard has announced that Blizzcon will be held on November 6-7, 2015 in Anaheim at the convention center. Tickets will be sold on April 15th and 18th.

What will we see this year? I'm placing my money on new WoW expansion, and a Diablo 3 expansion... maybe one of their mystery new games as well? Doubtful, but who knows. There is that Warframe-esque game rumor to contend with.

Aside from that we'll for sure see the final Starcraft 2 chapter, more Hearthstone, and Overwatch will be in beta. I'm betting Heroes of the Storm will be close to officially launched too, if not already.

In any case, we'll all be there! Hope to meet some of you too.

Not So MMO : Why MMO Discussions Should Include Clash of Clans

Posted Mar 12, 2015 by Suzie Ford

I would like to apologize to my readers for my recent grumpiness; I tend to lash out when I feel that gaming and many of its fans are causing the genre more harm than good. If you have kept up with the last two or three years of gaming news, you’ll know why I am so adamant about pressing the opinion that of all of the forces that are hurting the genre, entitled gamers will always be the biggest source of damage.

Read more of Beau Hindman's Not So MMO: Why MMO Discussions Should Include Clash of Clans.

General : RIP Sir Terry Pratchett

Posted Mar 12, 2015 by Suzie Ford

While not MMO-related, many here will be saddened to hear of the death of one of the world's most prolific and best-beloved authors, Sir Terry Pratchett. Pratchett wrote over seventy books based in and around Discworld. He died earlier today at age 66 in his home surrounded by his family. Pratchett had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's and had largely retired from public life in recent years.

For those familiar with his work, these quotes will make great sense.

The world is a dimmer place with the death of Sir Terry.

What's your favorite Pratchett book? Let us know in the comments.


Crowfall : More Details About Crafting Revealed

Posted Mar 12, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The Crowfall team has released a new FAQ that reveals additional details about the crafting system as imagined for the game.

Archetypes will each come with a package of skills and abilities from the start. Some Archetypes will feature crafting abilities, such as the Forgemaster. This does not, however, preclude other Archetypes from gaining crafting abilities, but it does mean that they will have to find Discipline Runestones to gain crafting skills. Each Archetype will be able to specialize in up to three (currently) Disciplines.

The goal crafting in Crowfall is to make it a viable full time play style in much the same way that a tank or healer or DPS Archetype is crucial to success. As items decay and lose durability over time, death, and repairs, crafters will be essential members of any guild. In addition, guilds will want to have their crafters spread across all types as the creation of items will require interdependency.

Artcraft is looking into ways to incorporate a Star Wars: Galaxies type of system where crafters can create multiple copies of items by using a blueprint that is destroyed on use. They will provide more detail on this at a later time.

Crafters will not also be 'gated' by having to level their profession. Recipes of all item levels or rarity can be found from the start. However, getting access to high-level materials will be an issue as will the failure rate for low-level crafters trying to create a top end item.

Crafters will be able to sell goods through "vendor thralls" "both in Campaign Worlds (to service a guild or faction) and in Kingdoms (to foster trade for use in the Eternal Kingdoms, or Campaigns with less strict import restrictions."

Read the full FAQ on the Crowfall KickStarter page.

What do you think of the Crowfall crafting system? Raise your hand if you think the idea of a full time crafting archetype is cool! Let us know in the comments!

World of Warships : Wargaming's Latest Cruises Into Closed Beta

Posted Mar 12, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The World of Warships has officially entered closed beta testing and servers are live. Best of all, all NDAs and embargoes have lifted to give players and streamers a chance to post their impressions of the highly anticipated title. Check out the CBT launch trailer and keep your eyes peeled for more news out of the WoWS camp.

Utherous : First Look: Utherous

Posted Mar 12, 2015 by Suzie Ford

We sat down with the folks from Utherous at PAX East to have a first look at their new game.  Using the Atavism MMO Creator, Thomas Timothy and his team have created a sandbox where players can build up their towns, siege other towns, or take on the local wildlife and other beings inhabiting the world of Utheria.  Paired with Bionic Marine Command Online in a Steam bundle that recently got greenlit, Utherous shows a very strong sense of identity within a full-to-bursting genre.

Read more of Jean Prior's First Look: Utherous.

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