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General : Baldur's Gate Project Y Announced

Posted Jan 08, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Beamdog, the studio behind Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, has announced on its blog that a new game, "Project Y", is currently in development that will bridge the gap between Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition and Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition. In addition, the team will be revealing "Project: Beartrap" this summer, a completely new game from the ground up.

This year, the eagerly anticipated Adventure Y will finally navigate the dark underground caverns of development and venture out into the Sword Coast. We’ve mentioned before that Adventure Y will be an addition to the Baldur’s Gate line using the Infinity engine, bridging the gap between Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition and Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition. Keep an eye on the Beamblog in late spring for announcements regarding the content and release date of Adventure Y. We have an exciting release planned for this game, something bigger than we’ve ever done before. If you’re looking for more information on Adventure Y, check out these pictures which were mysteriously leaked to the forums.

The blog is coy about what Project: Beartrap is, though on some sites, the speculation is Baldur's Gate III. What do you think?

Read the entire post on the Beamdog site.

General : Blacklight: Retribution to Continue Despite Studio Closure

Posted Jan 08, 2015 by Suzie Ford

After twenty years in gaming, Zombie Studios is closing. Zombie is responsible for the creation of over thirty games, most notably for our audience, Blacklight Retribution. BR will continue thanks to Zombie's retiring leaders handing the reins to former employees that have formed a new studios called Builder Box. Builder Box will be working cooperatively with Perfect World Entertainment to keep Blacklight Retribution up and running, though no further details were revealed.

 We have some exciting news for Blacklight: Retribution and its community. As of 1 January 2015 Blacklight Retribution, in its entirety, will be owned by Builder Box. Who and what is Builder Box? In a nutshell we are the former Director of Production and the former Technical Director of Zombie Studios, along with the awesome staff that created, developed, and continually work on Blacklight: Retribution.

What does this mean for you the fan? While ownership of the game has changed, the people behind the scenes who have been constantly contributing to the Blacklight universe for the last four years remains intact. Builder Box will be working with Perfect World so that, as a fan, you can look forward to more updates and exciting changes in the coming year.

Keep track of Blacklight Retribution on the Builder Box Facebook page.

PlanetSide 2 : Playstation 4 Closed Beta to Begin January 20th

Posted Jan 07, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Playstation 4 players will be pleased to hear that the closed beta of Planetside 2 will officially kick off on January 20th. Interested players are invited to head to the official site to sign up as a potential tester.

Starting with a few thousand initial invites, the amount of players with access to the Closed Beta will steadily increase through the Beta period. Players will be invited to the Beta in chronological order of when they signed up. Players can opt in by email for a chance to participate in the Closed Beta through the PlanetSide 2 website:

Find out more at the link above.

General : Warhammer Quest Released Cross-Platform

Posted Jan 07, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Fans of table top Warhammer will be happy to hear that cross-platform Warhammer Quest is now available for PC, Mac and Linux. The turn-based strategy title could be a great way to reintroduce the lore of the Warhammer universe in preparation for Warhammer 40k: Eternal Crusade.

Lead a party of brave adventurers through the dangerous winding dungeons of the Warhammer world in the search for wealth and glory, as players uncover and explore new settlements.  In their quest for legendary weapons, players encounter enemies including evil Night Goblins, dangerous Orcs, gigantic River Trolls and hordes of the evil Skaven, hellbent on destroying the band of adventurers.

Find out more on the Warhammer Quest Steam page.


World of Warcraft : The Journey Doesn't End at 100

Posted Jan 07, 2015 by Suzie Ford

As with all things World of Warcraft, simply hitting the level cap is not the end of the journey, though many might expect it to be. So what should one do upon reaching level 100? We've got a few ideas in mind that can still bring months of quality time to WoW players.

Read more of Suzie Ford's World of Warcraft: The Journey Doesn't End at 100.

Michael Bitton : Three Things We Want from SWTOR in 2015

Posted Jan 07, 2015 by Michael Bitton

Star Wars: The Old Republic may never live up to the lofty expectations many had for it before it launched back in 2011, but the game seems pretty healthy despite all the initial setbacks. 2015 is a new year and with a new year comes new possibilities. Let’s take a look at some things we’d like to see in SWTOR this year.

Read more of Michael Bitton's Three Things We Want from SWTOR in 2015.

The Witcher 3 : System Specs Revealed

Posted Jan 07, 2015 by Suzie Ford

CD Projekt Red has released the system specifications for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The game is set to be released in May of this year. Check the specs to see how your system will fare.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt launches on May 19th, 2015. If you are looking to play the game on PC, here are the minimum and recommended system requirements.

Minimum System Requirements
Intel CPU Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz
AMD CPU Phenom II X4 940
Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 660
AMD GPU Radeon HD 7870
OS 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
Direct X 11
HDD Space 40 GB

Recommended System Requirements
Intel CPU Core i7 3770 3,4 GHz
Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 770
AMD GPU Radeon R9 290
OS 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
Direct X 11
HDD Space 40 GB

Read more at The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Facebook page.


Wizardry Online : Fans Seek to Revive the Game

Posted Jan 07, 2015 by Suzie Ford

A group of fans is making an effort to bring back Wizardry Online. Originally published in the west by Sony Online entertainment, Wizardry never found its footing and service was terminated in July 2014. According to information received, WO's developer, Suba Games, has taken notice. Petitions have been initiated in the hopes that Wizardry Online can make a comeback sometime in 2015.

Afternoon everyone, it's always great to see people passionate enough to pool together and try to have their voices heard. In this case i want to let you know you all have been heard and Suba is interested in reviving this game. They have actually made contact with the developer but have yet to conclude an outcome with them yet.

That is all the news i am able to offer at this point in time. I also want you all to know each suggestion brought to Subagames is considered and thought about respectively. Feel free to continue bringing game suggestions to Suba, whether it's to revive a game or for Subagames to simply acquire for themselves to publish.

Check out the Wizardry Online Revival video below and let us know what you think.

Elder Scrolls Online : Six-Month Sub Disappears & Those F2P Rumors

Posted Jan 07, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Recently, some players of The Elder Scrolls Online noticed that Zenimax had quietly removed the option to subscribe for six months at a time. Given the game’s somewhat rocky start and time spent since release revamping the game, as well as the upcoming console versions, naturally, the whispers began to swirl. Was the removal of the six-month option an indicator that the game would go free to play or even become a buy to play game?

Read more of Christina Gonzalez's Elder Scrolls Online: Six-Month Sub Disappears & Those F2P Rumors.

DC Universe Online : Name Reclaim 2015 Announced

Posted Jan 06, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Sony Online Entertainment has announced that the great Name Reclaim 2015 initiative will be happening soon for DC Universe Online. Beginning January 20th, accounts that have been inactive for the past eighteen months or so will see character names 'reclaimed' so that other players can use them for newly created characters. Characters and names will not be deleted, but will have an underscore and a Roman numeral placed after the name.

If you haven't logged in since July 20, 2013, and do not want to lose your characters' names, you have between now and January 20, 2015, to log into the game. Simply logging in once will preserve your names. The actual renaming will then take place a few days later. Check back for the exact date.

If you know of friends or league mates who might have stopped playing but would want to keep their names, please help us spread the word before January 20, 2015, so that they won't miss out.

For everyone else, get ready to name or rename your characters with some new, old names!

Read more on the DC Universe Online site.

General : Crowfall: A Game Where Decisions Matter

Posted Jan 06, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Last week, the site went live with the attendant news that Todd Coleman, formerly with KingsIsle, and Gordon Walton, lately with Bioware, had formed the studio to make a game that players wanted to play, a game with meaning and depth. Today, the game was officially named and the first details have emerged.

The site has some cryptic references and welcomes fans to "Crowfall", though devs are cagey about any further details and ask fans and community members to log in over the next few days for additional details about Crowfall.

 If you’re here, it’s because you’re looking for something.

Something deeper than a virtual amusement park. More impactful than a virtual sandbox. More immersive. More real. A game where decisions matter.

We are, too. We’ve been looking for years, and we still haven’t found it…. because it doesn’t exist. Yet.


It’s not THE game; the name of THIS game is “rampant speculation.” Every few days, we’re going to be dropping hints and teasers for our upcoming new game title. We invite you to jump into our forums and challenge us. Ask questions. Debate our ideas. Make bold pronouncements about what the game might or might not be. By the end, you’ll have an idea what we’re up to… but we’re willing to bet that you’ll still be surprised, once you see it laid out in detail.

Check it out for yourself on the Welcome to Crowfall page.

General : The Player's Choice Awards - Part One

Posted Jan 06, 2015 by William Murphy

With the new year upon us, it's time to look back at 2014 and pick our favorite games across a range of categories. The first week of voting is all about the Biggest Surprise of the Year, the Most Improved MMO, the Most Anticipated MMO of 2015, and the Most Anticipated RPG of 2015.  

Different categories will be opened next week, with voting on the first part of the awards closing this Saturday! 

Click through to cast your votes!

Destiny : A Legendary Token of Gratitude

Posted Jan 06, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Bungie is thanking Destiny players with a legendary token for everyone. Keep an eye on in-game mail as the team said that the tokens will be delivered later this week.The announcement was made yesterday on Bungie's Twitter.

Any thoughts what it could be? Let us know in the comments!

The Free Zone : Some Intriguing 2015 Questions

Posted Jan 06, 2015 by Suzie Ford

What a difference 12 months can make. Although the MMOG category did see some notable occurrences in 2014, I don't know many people who felt it lived up to the potential it seemed to have at this time a year ago. I wouldn't call it a disaster by any means, but neither did it knock my socks off. Entering 2015, I'm quietly optimistic. That said, I have questions about the what lies ahead, involving Landmark, The Elder Scrolls Online, EverQuest Next and more.

Read more of Richard Aihoshi's The Free Zone: Some Intriguing 2015 Questions.

Guild Wars 2 : Rytlock "There is No Turning Back" T-Shirt Giveaway!

Posted Jan 06, 2015 by Michael Bitton has partnered with ArenaNet to give away 20 Rytlock Brimstone "There is No Turning Back" t-shirts. These shirts celebrate "Point of No Return", the upcoming season 2 finale of Guild Wars 2's living story.

Entering to win one of these awesome shirts is simple: all you need to do is post in the comments below telling us what you've enjoyed the most about this latest season of Guild Wars 2's living story.

We'll accept entries through Tuesday, January 13 and announce winners on Wednesday, January 14.

Please only submit a single entry. Users found to have submitted multiple entries will be disqualified.

This giveaway is open to North American entrants only.


A Casual, Cornered : Why Are NPCs So Robotic?

Posted Jan 06, 2015 by Suzie Ford

When I play an MMO, I love the feeling of walking through a virtual world. Sure, it’s fun to kill great beasts and to find epic adventure, but in the end I mostly look forward to meeting new virtual people that fill those virtual worlds. The problem is that crafting a living, virtual world is hard.

Read more of Beau Hindman's A Casual, Cornered: Why are NPCs So Robotic?

SMITE : New Trailer Released to Celebrate World Championships

Posted Jan 06, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Hi-Rez Studios has released a brand new SMITE trailer called "Battleground of the Gods" that arrives just in time for this week's commencement of the SMITE World Championships. The event is scheduled to run from January 9th to 11th in Atlanta, Georgia. Check it out!

Elite: Dangerous : Review in Progress #3 - Frame Shift

Posted Jan 06, 2015 by Suzie Ford

It’s a big galaxy. 400 billion stars big. There’s room enough to make your fortunes, room enough to find your fights and room enough to see things most people won’t pass by if you really work at it. In a galaxy like that, what you make of it is up to you. You… and others. It might be the little action of a few players bringing in the goods or it might be the larger actions of empires.

Read more of Jonathan Doyle's Elite: Dangerous Review in Progress #3 - Frame Shift.

Guild Wars 2 : Season 2 Finale, Point of No Return, Teased in New Trailer

Posted Jan 06, 2015 by Suzie Ford

ArenaNet has released a brand new teaser trailer that sets the scene for the finale of the Guild Wars 2 Living Story Season 2. Called "Point of No Return", players will reach a decisive moment. Check it out!

General : Revival Site Goes Live

Posted Jan 05, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Fans of Revival, called by developers a return to old-school sandbox MMOs, will be happy to note that the official site is now live. The site is packed with information about Revival including a release schedule, game philosophy and more.

Revival is the rebirth of the player-driven, sandbox, fantasy role-playing world.

Player agency, world persistence, and absolutely zero compromises are the cornerstones of our quest for a living, persistent, dark fantasy role-playing world. Revival is much more than a game. It is, in fact, an ongoing drama where each and every player has an opportunity to enjoy a starring role. Revival is our effort to revive the promise of the virtual world, and bring back a truly open-world sandbox role-playing experience.

Check out the Revival site for more information.

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