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General : Crush Online - Combining MOBA & Persistent MMO Action

Posted May 13, 2016 by Suzie Ford

GamesInFlames and JoyImpact have sent out the first trailer and information about its forthcoming MOBA-MMO hybrid, Crush Online. The game features three factions with players taking part in strategic battles against other players or NPCs. Check out the trailer below before heading to the link above to sign up for beta testing that is expected to begin later this summer.

WildStar : Protobucks Currency Introduced & NCSoft Financials

Posted May 13, 2016 by Suzie Ford

According to the Q1 2016 NCSoft investor report, Carbine's WildStar is still struggling to find its footing and niche. Earnings for the game were down sharply between Q4 2015 and Q1 2016 in comparison to other titles in the company's stable.

In possibly related news, the WildStar team is introducing a replacement for NCoin "in support of the game's launch on Steam". Called Protobucks, the new currency will fully take the place of the currency used by all other NCSoft titles. 

Instead of purchasing NCoin from the In-Game Store (or upcoming Steam overlay) you’ll now purchase Protobucks, and any In-Game Store items you previously purchased with NCoin will be purchased with the new Protobucks instead. And that’s pretty much it! There’s a new name and new look, but Protobucks otherwise work exactly like NCoin did.

Do you think it is a coincidence that a new non-NCSoft currency is being introduced or does it foreshadow WildStar being removed from the publisher's library of games? Let us know in the comments.

The Witcher 3 : New Dev Diary Explores Geralt's Final Mission & More

Posted May 13, 2016 by Suzie Ford

CD Projekt Red has published a brand new developer diary for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt that explores Geralt's final mission in Blood & Wine. In addition, viewers will get a look at some of the new features and locations throughout Toussaint. Check it out!


Black Desert Online : Musa / Maehwa Issues Addressed in Latest Update

Posted May 13, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Pending completion of the Black Desert Online maintenance today, Musa / Maehwa players should notice improvement in both attack and defense thanks to an increase in basic stats for both classes, both AP / DP for Melee, Ranged and Magic. This has been an ongoing issue for the class since its introduction earlier this spring.

In addition to the normal bug fixes, players can also look forward to improvements in the interface, monster changes, mechanic and item changes.

You can check out the full list on the Black Desert Online forum.

Tree of Savior : An Acquired Taste

Posted May 13, 2016 by Suzie Ford

While I would like to dispense with scores in this final entry for my Tree of Savior review, I know that numbers speak volumes when it comes to helping people find out if Tree of Savior is worth playing.

Here’s the thing: Tree of Savior is a fun game, but how much fun you get from it will depend primarily on your sensibilities as a gamer. 

Read more of Victor Barreiro Jr.'s Tree of Savior: An Acquired Taste.

Lifeless : The Foreboding World Revealed

Posted May 13, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Greenman Gaming has posted a new video from Lifeless, the up-and-coming MMO that pits two factions in an epic struggle for survival. The trailer shows off the foreboding locations throughout the game world as well as some of the loot players can expect to collect. Check it out and let us know what you think!

Learn more about Lifeless on the official Steam page.


Albion Online : Darion Update Prepped for Release on May 18th

Posted May 13, 2016 by Suzie Ford

The Albion Online team has sent word that the Darian update to the game is ready to roll on May 18th. Darian brings a reworked Morgana faction to the game alongside Morgana-themed housing drops, new weapon spells, crafting progression, learning point improvements and the typical bug fixes and feature enhancements.

You can find out more details on the Albion Online site.

General : Call of Cthulhu Images Reveal Darkwater Island

Posted May 13, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Focus Home Interactive and Cyanide Studio have released a pair of new images from its forthcoming title, Call of Cthulhu. The screens show an in-game location known as Darkwater Island, an exploration zone where Edward Pierce seeks to find clues about the deaths of the Hawkins family.

Today's images give you a first glimpse of the locations players will have to visit: from the sinister docks, to the manor of the deceased family, Call of Cthulhu offers a dark and oppressive ambiance that shall pay tribute to Lovecraft's work and universe. Indeed, this banal investigation might lead you to more sinister forces and darker secrets buried deep within Darkwater Island. 

Sign up for the Call of Cthulhu newsletter on the official site.

Overwatch : 9.7M Players Take Part in Beta, Symmetra's Comic Arrives

Posted May 13, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Overwatch was a huge hit over its open beta weekend with 9.7M players taking part. Those numbers are a record-breaker for Blizzard and far outpace similar games including Destiny (4.6M) and The Division (6.4M). Players racked up 4.9 billion minutes of game play.

In other Overwatch news, the latest online comic has been released that reveals the backstory of one of the game's support heroes, Symmetra.  You can read "Symmetra: A Better World" here.

Did you take part in the Overwatch open beta? What did you think?

Heroes of the Storm : What Inspired the Overhaul of the Ranking System?

Posted May 12, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Last week Blizzard revealed its two latest playable characters for Heroes of the Storm and announced some major upcoming changes to their ranking system. We had a chance to sit down with Production Director, Kaeo Milker to find out more about the process that goes into selecting new heroes and what inspired the major overhaul to their ranking system. 

Read more of Blake Morse's Heroes of the Storm: What Inspired the Overhaul of the Ranking System?

Black Death : New Community Site Arrives

Posted May 12, 2016 by Suzie Ford

With The Black Death safely in Steam Early Access, the time had arrived to bring an official and informational web site online. The new site is packed with information about recent patches, the forward-looking development road map, a "suggest a feature" submission form, expanded information about the game and much more.

From the latest patch notes:

Animals

  • Wolves have begun to return to Mercia, beware!

Infection

  • Virus mutation – The plague virus has become slightly less aggressive, the amount of infection contracted from other players has decreased and the infection radius has decreased. Maybe it’s the warm summer months?

You can see it for yourself by visiting The Black Death official site.

Via: MassivelyOP

General : Musterbrand Sweepstakes!

Posted May 12, 2016 by Craig McGregor

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Wizard101 : UPDATE: Layoffs Part of 'Reduction in Force' Effort

Posted May 12, 2016 by Suzie Ford

UPDATE:  We have received word from KingsIsle confirming the layoffs:

To verify, many talented employees were released as part of a reduction in force today at KingsIsle Entertainment, and we wish them the best. This coincides with a couple of unreleased mobile games being cancelled. The strategy is to refocus our efforts on our MMO games and polish our more promising mobile projects, many of which are still slated for a 2016 release. Fans of our MMOs should know that Pirate101 is soon to receive an update and will be going to Test Realm most likely next week.  Wizard101 has new content updates in the works for both Summer and Fall 2016.

At least a pair of Twitter posts are reporting that Wizard101 and Pirate101 studio KingsIsle is undergoing 'massive layoffs'. While unconfirmed at this time, we have reached out to sources at KingsIsle to find out more.

KingsIsle had massive layoffs today. I ended up in that dreaded office that gave the bad news to us. So that means I…https://t.co/Xynig8i9MW

— Jp Self (@ComicBookBeard) May 12, 2016

Well the place I worked at, Kingsisle, just exploded with mass layoffs. So right now I'm out of a job. Hope I can get something close by

— Ben Mangum? (@Mystery_Ben27) May 12, 2016

Via Gamasutra

Chronicles of Elyria : KickStarter Initiative Within $100k of Completion

Posted May 12, 2016 by Suzie Ford

In just a few short days, the Chronicles of Elyria KickStarter fundraising initiative is now short less than $100k of the $900k goal. With twenty-two days yet to go, it is virtually a sure thing that the project will fund and that new reward tiers (as opposed to game features) will be added as stretch goals.

Soulbound Studios is excited about nearing their goal and hopeful that fans will get out and spread the good word. We'll keep you posted if and when the project fully funds.

Check out the Chronicles of Elyria KickStarter page for more information.


Robert Lashley : Valkyria Chronicles Remastered: Soldiering On

Posted May 12, 2016 by Suzie Ford

A unique strategy RPG from Sega gets a remastered edition for the PS4. Read on for Rob’s review of Valkyria Chronicles: Remastered. 

Read more of Rob Lashley's Valkyria Chronicles Remastered: Soldiering On.

The Division : Ubisoft Profits Soar - Game Scores 9.5M Registered Players

Posted May 12, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Ubisoft has released its latest investor information. Alongside the good news that the company's profits are up ~12% year-over-year, it was revealed that The Division is sporting a healthy 9.5 million registered users with players logging three plus hours per day in game on average.

Yves Guillemot, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, stated "We ended fiscal 2015-16 on a very positive note, having effectively executed our plan: the performances delivered by The Division and Far Cry Primal exceeded our expectations, we continued our major come-back in the multiplayer segment and we saw a significant increase in player engagement levels for our games. The Division currently has 9.5 million registered users, and active players are playing the game an average of three hours1 per day. These successes resulted in our digital segment outperforming our targets for the fiscal year and positively impacted our profitability."

You can read the full financial statement on the Ubisoft investor site.

Mass Effect Andromeda : 'It Looks F*ing Amazing' According to Leaked Information

Posted May 12, 2016 by Suzie Ford

NeoGaf has a new post by well-known information conduit Shinobi602. According to the post, Shinobi602 got a look at Mass Effect: Andromeda and has deemed it "f*ing amazing!"

Further into the post, Shinobi602 opines that the game is currently playable from start to finish but the delay to 2017 is to add a few more layers of polish.

It’s a huge step up from DAI though, some things are comparable to Battlefront, and Bioware’s implemented things in Frostbite 3 that even DICE hadn’t yet, so they’re no slouch in the technical department. The explorable spaces in Andromeda are massive so it’s hard to compare directly to Battlefield."

Other things he noticed:

  • a huge step up in facial animations
  • character models look incredible
  • animations have a huge upgrade
  • lots of new techniques for Andromeda
  • music is reminiscent of Mass Effect 1

Read the full Mass Effect: Andromeda thread on the Neogaf forum.


Star Trek Online : Headed to XBox One & PlayStation 4 in Fall 2016

Posted May 12, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Perfect World Entertainment has announced that Star Trek Online will be launching for both PlayStation 4 and XBox One in the fall of 2016. On launch, players will receive two expansions and eleven seasons of content, including 130 featured episodes to bring the iconic Star Trek universe to life.

Each player’s adventure will begin as they choose from classic Star Trek factions including Federation, Klingon and Romulans, as well 32 species to customize their own Captain with millions of customization options available. While playing through content in Star Trek Online, players will be able to visit iconic locations including Vulcan, Deep Space Nine, Earth Space Dock and more. Fly through the galaxy of Star Trek Online, with hundreds of classic Star Trek ships available, and engage in ship-to-ship combat. Players will be able to play through the game’s story content and reach the level 60 cap, all for free.

Read more on the Star Trek Online site.


Exiles : Devs Want to Know Your 'Do' Style

Posted May 12, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Funcom is asking for community input on, of all things, hairstyles. Fans are given five choices and asked to vote which one they'd like to see included in Conan Exiles once early access begins later this summer. Eventually all five will make it into the game, but the team needs a place to begin, hence the voting.

You can vote by visiting the Conan Exiles Google Docs page.

CABAL Online : Episode XV: Clashing Nations Launching Today

Posted May 12, 2016 by Suzie Ford

ESTsoft has announced that the latest free content update to CABAL Online has been deployed. Called "Episode XV: Clashing Nations", the patch brings fifty new quests per faction throughout a newly overhauled mercenary system.

The update also features a fully redesigned mercenary system, new accessory items, and countless opportunities to battle for glory. Continue the epic adventure. Explore and conquer new lands. Senillinea awaits.

Find out more on the CABAL Online site.

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