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Flyff : Turning Point Part 1 Expected in NA/EU in 2016

Posted Apr 21, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Webzen has announced that the North American and European Flyff servers will be updated with the most current expansion later in 2016. Called Turning Point Part 1, the expansion has been active on Asian servers while players in NA/EU have been waiting for an update that has now arrived.

Find out more on the Flyff site.


World of Tanks : Wargaming to Sponsor Historic Armour & Embarkation Event

Posted Apr 21, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Wargaming has announced that it will be sponsoring the historic reenactment of the buildup of military hardware that took place prior to the D-Day landing during World War 2. Called "Armour & Embarkation", the event will take place on June 18-19, 2016.

“The Armour & Embarkation event will enable spectators to get a real taste of history,” said Richard Cutland, Head Of Military Relations Europe at Wargaming. “As both a retired soldier and a Wargaming Employee I am extremely proud that as a company we are sponsoring this WWII tank experience to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the build-up of D-Day in Dorset, England.”

Learn more about the event by visiting the Armour & Embarkation site.

Atlas Reactor : Closed Beta Key Sweepstakes!

Posted Apr 20, 2016 by Craig McGregor

MMORPG.com is very pleased to present this exclusive sweepstakes event!   We have partnered with Trion Worlds to give away 500 closed beta keys for Atlas Reactor!  This sweepstakes will run from April 20, 2016 to April 23, 2016 @ 9PM EDT.  

As with all of our sweepstakes here at MMORPG.com - the more days you login during the sweeps the better your odds of winning (see official rules for details).  

CLICK HERE NOW TO ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN!

 

Hearthstone : Classic & Basic Cards to Undergo Big Changes

Posted Apr 20, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Blizzard devs have announced a series of changes to several cards in both basic and classic decks. The basic philosophy is that new cards should have an impact on Standard cards and enrich Wild in order for Hearthstone to stay as fun as it is for players.

Changes will go into effect with patch update 5.0 when the "Year of the Kraken" begins at the release of Whispers of the Old Gods takes place on April 26th.

You can read the full slate of changes on the Hearthstone blog.

General : Overpower Steams Its Way Into Early Access

Posted Apr 20, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Hydrant Games has announced that Steam Early Access for Overpower has officially kicked off. Overpower is considered a class-based fantasy game with combat influenced by games such as Quake, Counter-Strike and other MOBA type PvP action games.

  • Skill Based Combat inspired by Counter - Strike, Quake, and the MOBA PvP genre!
  • A variety of class abilities and weapons to customize your unique playstyle.
  • Brand new fantasy twists on classic game modes create new gameplay experiences.
  • 9 Exciting Battle Arenas to destroy your enemies in!
  • 5 different Game Modes keep gameplay fast and refreshing.
  • 4 Classes to choose from with plans to add many more!
  • Both Male and Female Playable Genders included.

Check out the Overpower Steam page and the video below to learn more.


Tree of Savior : F2P Launch Delayed Due to Founders Pack Price Restructuring

Posted Apr 20, 2016 by Suzie Ford

The Tree of Savior team has posted a new note on the game's official site to give players information about the recent spike in the prices of Founders' Packs. Players were able to purchase packs in other regions where prices for Founders' Packs are lower, then purchase tokens and resell them on the market for silver thereby giving them an advantage in regions where the prices are not discounted.

To help combat the issue, prices have been raised and the team has requested that Steam change its policy for regional pricing to equalize bundle costs across locations.

In addition, a South American server will be opening and team transfers will be opening as soon as next week. Additionally, different prices will be applied to South American and SEA servers and tokens will be ineligible for trade on EU and NA servers.

Lastly, we’ve decided to raise the discount on our DLC products. We will be selling them at 50% off instead of the 30% originally planned. The content of the DLC products including the TP amount will not change. Players who have already purchased the DLC products previously will be able to buy the discounted packs as well, since they are treated as new products. This discount will start on the 21st as planned and will remain available until near the F2P transition date. These 50%-off DLC products will not take regional pricing into account as they will be discontinued before F2P and regional pricing implementation for the SA and SEA servers.

As a result of the above, the F2P launch of Tree of Savior has been delayed until all of the measures mentioned above are in place. The anticipated release window is early- to mid-May.

You can read the full letter on the Tree of Savior site.

Source: MassivelyOP

Neverwinter : Combating Bots with Skill Node Changes

Posted Apr 20, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Cryptic Studios has implemented a series of measures to combat botting in Neverwinter. A new post today indicates that another action will be implemented soon. Based on community feedback, refinement item drops will be removed from all skill nodes. According to the post, Enchantments and Runestones will become more available through an increased drop chance from creatures throughout the game world.

For those looking to utilize skill nodes for something beyond professions, we are increasing how often they drop Insignias. Insignias are used in the recently improved mount system that was part of the Neverwinter: The Maze Engine expansion. In addition to being available in skill nodes, bound, uncommon Insignias will now have a chance to drop from most critters. Both of these updates will give adventurers more options to further customize their mounts.

Read the full post on the Neverwinter site.

Dark Souls II : Outcast Odyssey Pays Tribute to DS2

Posted Apr 20, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Bandai Namco has announced that Dark Souls II has invaded its collectible card game called Outcast Odyssey. Players can look forward to new gameplay elements, card content, and weekly featured events themed around Dark Souls II.

The Dark Souls II invasion brings all-new game elements to Outcast Odyssey, including counter-attacks, wandering enemies, and even player invasions inspired by Dark Souls II, where players will encounter other players throughout the Umbral Cabal dungeon and have to battle them in spontaneous combat.  The new roster of content includes 17 new cards with custom artwork inspired by Dark Souls™ II, each with four evolved forms. Along with these new cards are two new realms, Luminous and Umbral, two forces that are strongest when in opposition against each other, but are neutral against the other realms.

Learn more by visiting the Outcast Odyssey Google Play site (also available on iOS).


Wizard101 : Mounting Pressure

Posted Apr 20, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Winnie the Pooh fans might think the new mount that was introduced with Mount-A-Palooza looks and sounds a bit familiar. Wizard101's newest mount, the Wuffalump, is an adorable baby elephant that you can customize in the dye shop by changing the colors of its saddle and toenails. In Winnie the Pooh, there is a giant purple elephant that goes by the name of Heffalump. As someone who grew up with Winnie the Pooh, I definitely approve of this cute nod. 

Read more of Vanessa Mythdust's Wizard101: Mounting Pressure.

Marvel Heroes : Ubitus & Gazillion Ink Deal for Asian Publication

Posted Apr 20, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Gazillion Entertainment and Ubitus have entered into a publication and localization deal for Marvel  Heroes 2016. Under the terms of the agreement, Ubitus will bring the game to Asian markets with localized versions for Korea and Japan this summer with China and other Asian nations at a later date.

“Marvel itself has done an excellent job of further popularizing its iconic characters in Asian territories, and now is the perfect time to bring the ultimate game set in the Marvel Universe to those regions,” said Dave Dohrmann, CEO of Gazillion. “Marvel Heroes 2016 has gotten a great reception from our fans, and by broadening the reach of this game to a global scale, we are thrilled to have our game enjoyed by millions of new players.”

Source: Email press release

Learn more about Marvel Heroes 2016.

Bless : Learn More About Aeria's Publishing Deal in Ongoing AMA

Posted Apr 20, 2016 by Suzie Ford

The Senior Product Lead for Aeria Games is participating in an active and informational "ask me anything" event taking place on the Bless Reddit. Folks are invited to head over and ask questions they have about yesterday's announcement that Aeria would be publishing Bless for both North America and Europe, or just about the game itself.

So far, participants have covered their anxiety at Aeria's ability to handle the game, whether or not it will be pay to win and other areas of concern in addition to general questions about the game.

Many people express lots of worries about its going to be a big P2W. What can you say about that? When will we see a beta and launch? ;)

Well, I understand your concerns and I share them. As a player, I really understand where you´re coming from. As a guy working on games, my stance is: fair F2P is good for user retention, P2W is not (maybe for the spenders, but not for the entire population of a game). In my role as a Product Lead, I´d like to focus on retention. As for beta and launch, "it´s done when it´s done" ;) seriously though, we´re working on it and it will be a couple more weeks or even months before we can announce more details.

Head to the Bless Reddit to get your questions answered. The event will be ongoing throughout today and tomorrow.

Elder Scrolls Online : The Dark Brotherhood to Take Center Stage in Next DLC

Posted Apr 20, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Zenimax has released the first information about the next DLC coming to Elder Scrolls Online. While no release date has been announced, we do know that the Dark Brotherhood will be taking center stage in the DLC along with a host of new content focused on the Gold Coast and a new Dark Brotherhood-specific passive skill line, unique costumes, motifs and item sets also inspired by those with a talent for homicide.

Never fear if the DLC is not purchased:

  • The removal of Veteran Ranks
  • Poison-Making, for those who want to be especially nasty to their enemies
  • Toggle-able nameplates for all characters
  • Character name display for Xbox One and PlayStation®4
  • Item locking to help prevent accidental deconstruction of your most valuable items
  • Further improvements and new features to the Grouping Tool including a group ready check, vote-to-kick system, and updated queue timer
  • Tons of updates to the Crown Store including additional character slots, motif previews, and hats
  • Craft Bags for ESO Plus members
  • Improvements and adjustments to Item Traits
  • Ongoing Cyrodiil performance improvements
  • Sanctum Ophidia Trial scaling, rebalancing and the addition of a Normal and Veteran mode
  • Balance improvements to combat and gameplay abilities including the Fighters Guild skill line, Vampires and stamina abilities
  • …and more!

In addition, we have numerous changes and improvements for previous DLC game packs including a new District capture system for Imperial City, and rebalancing for the Imperial City dungeons. 

Read more on the Elder Scrolls Online site and check out the introductory video below!


Albion Online : Four New Spells Headed into Game Soon

Posted Apr 20, 2016 by Suzie Ford

The Albion Online team has sent word that several new spells will be added to the game client in the near future. While many are currently under development, four will definitely make the cut when the time for updating the game comes.

In their most recent development update, the studio puts the spotlight on four new spells that will find their way into the sandbox-MMORPG:

  • Flame Orb, an area damage spell for the two-handed Fire Staff.
     
  • Tackle, a rush skill for the two-handed Hammer
     
  • Charge, a skill to charge and disable for the Claymore
     
  • Tornado, a ranged option for for the Quarterstaff

Find out more by visiting the Albion Online site.

Hex : Steam Play Enabled

Posted Apr 20, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Gameforge and Hex Entertainment have sent word that Hex: Shards of Fate is now available on the Steam gaming platform. Players will be able to download Hex for free from the game shop and will have new achievements and trading cards available.f

Learn more by visiting the HEX: Shards of Fate Steam page.


Winning Putt : What's Next for the Golfing MMO?

Posted Apr 20, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Namco Bandai’s latest MMO, Winning Putt, is an arcade-style golf game and it’s getting ready to take you to outer space and beyond! We recently played the latest build at a press event in California.

Read more of Blake Morse's Winning Putt: What's Next for the Golfing MMO?

SMITE : Hi-Rez GM Quits After Ranting Over Selfishness of Suicide

Posted Apr 20, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Hi-Rez streamer Brandon 'DM Brandon' Nance has left the company after ranting to a donor about his attempted suicide. The viewer had made a $5 donation to Nance during a SMITE live stream and indicated that watching his streams had helped him overcome a suicide attempt. After that, Nance went on a tirade about his controversial views on the subject.

"There are a lot of streamers out there that would appreciate that message. I'm just going to call you an asshole.

"It's a selfish, stupid thing to do.

"If you don't like my opinion about that, you can find someone else to watch who's gonna tell you killing yourself is okay. "Go f*** yourself, kid."

After the statements came to light, Hi-Rez issued a statement stipulating that Nance's opinion on suicide is not indicative of the company's philosophy.

At Hi-Rez, we care about our community deeply and we take topics like suicide, depression and mental illness not lightly. All our employees are free in their opinions, but when people don't respect the values we stand for as a company, we treat it seriously.

If any good comes from this episode, we hope it shines a light on mental illness issues, and the need for broader education, support and open conversation about how these devastating illnesses are perceived and discussed in our society. All of us have important people in our lives that have been touched by mental illness. How we talk about these diseases is important.

As a result of the issue, Nance has left Hi-Rez and the company has, according to Eurogamer, made a donation to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

You can check out the video for yourself below.

Elder Scrolls Online : There's No Such Thing as Too Much Communication

Posted Apr 20, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Communication is key when it comes to letting players know more about Elder Scrolls Online. There is no such thing as too much communication but there is such thing as not enough communication. Not enough communication is something that a lot of players saying about Zenimax. But is it true? And if it’s not true, how much information as players do we deserve?

Read more of Ryan Getchell's Elder Scrolls Online: There's No Such Thing as Too Much Communication.

Crossout : Devs Detail the In-Game Marketplace

Posted Apr 20, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Gaijin devs have posted the latest in a series of developer diaries to discuss various Crossout features, this time the Marketplace. Market prices for components needed to construct vehicles is solely determined by the players utilizing information the Marketplace provides including how many players are seeking a particular component, what the average price is and more.

Transactions are not conducted player to player, but rather based on supply and demand, with the most cost-effective items being selected for purchase.

The Market is designed in such a way that you won’t be able to buy or sell something to a particular player. Since the system works automatically and selects the most profitable option for each player, you always sell or buy from players, who currently have the most suitable offers for you. This equalizes all players in the market, and the only determining factor is the price.

Read the full post on the Crossout site.

General : Kings & Heroes Release Delayed to May 31st

Posted Apr 20, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Industry Games has posted notification that the release of Kings & Heroes is being delayed until May 31st to give the team more time to tweak world content and the crafting system. The game was originally scheduled for release at the end of April.

This additional month will give us the time to improve these areas and provide a better experience. We feel it’s something special that you’ll want to play for a long time. Our plan has always been to deliver a great game and use Early Access as a time for testing and refining. We hope you’ll be understanding of this delay and can bear with us as we improve a couple areas of the game. I know this additional time will be well worth it when you are able to join us in Everdale.

Read the full post  on the Kings & Heroes Steam portal page.


Survarium : The Road for the Next Year Revealed

Posted Apr 20, 2016 by Suzie Ford

The Survarium team has posted an extensive look at what they will be working on during the forthcoming year as well as a look back at the features and improvements the game has undergone since October of last year.

The most notable information is that the PvP system is 80% feature complete with players soon to be able to take part in a clan PvP system, a pair of new game modes, a new map, a clan battle map, player rankings, new skilltrees and supplies and new weapons and gear.

For the next year, development will continue in these areas:

Technical innovations

  • Improvement of the new graphics renderer.
  • New character controller and navigation mesh (required for introducing bots).
  • Network synchronization improvements (continuous tickrate, ping impacts).
  • Server-side anticheat.

PvP-elements

  • 1-2 new game modes.
  • New game map.
  • Global map mode (clan battles).
  • Proper system of player rankings.
  • The remaining skilltrees and supplies introduced.
  • New weapons and gear items.

PvE-elements

  • Non-player characters (bots).
  • Co-operative missions.

Read the full report on the Survarium site.


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