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General : Karos Returns - Official Launch April 3

Posted Apr 04, 2015 by Neilie Johnson

Hardcore, PvP-focused MMO Karos Returns launched Friday after completing a successful beta.

"After a successful Closed Beta, We’re excited to be able to push through to launch so quickly.” Says Karos Returns Producer Elliott Coward.  “Player feedback was fantastic, we’ll be making some small changes here and there, and of course adding all the awesome new features at launch!”

Karos Returns features:

  • Large scale, open world PvP action with morality system
  • Castle sieges
  • Four races: Human, Vaneese Human, Seroine and Shadow
  • Seven Classes: Bow, Mystic, Mistress, Paladin, Rogue, Gunner and Sorceress
  • Fletta system - used to increase stats, give buffs, buy resources, and enchant items
For more information or to play Karos Returns, visit the game's official website.
 

World of Warcraft : The Forging of Gorehowl

Posted Apr 03, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The legendary weapon of Grommash Hellscream is being brought to life by Hollywood blacksmith Tony Swatton. Blizzard and the World of Warcraft team have produced a mini-documentary about the forging of Gorehowl. It's a fascinating journey.


The RPG Files : The Witcher Will Take Hundreds of Hours To Complete

Posted Apr 03, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The Year of the RPG continues to steam along with more and more quality titles releasing as the months march along. This week is no exception, with new titles coming out and old favorites being updated. Add in a dash of general news about some and it works out to another great week for RPG fans.

Chris is off this week, so Suzie's filling his rather big nerdy shoes with a wrap-up of the week's news in RPG-land.

Read more of Suzie Ford's The RPG Files: The Witcher Will Take Hundreds of Hours To Complete.

General : Izle KickStarter Begins

Posted Apr 03, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Izle, introduced late last year and winner of several European innovation awards, is ready to begin its Kickstarter initiative to complete the game's development. Ynnis Interactive seeks to raise a modest $80,000 to bring the procedurally generated title will allow players to build their own islands and then explore them along the way.

To give potential backers more information about the game, Ynnis has released a new trailer. Check it out before heading to the Izle Kickstarter page.


Pillars of Eternity : Game Ending Bugs to be Squashed in New Patch

Posted Apr 03, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Obsidian Entertainment has announced that it will be pushing out a Pillars of Eternity patch today that will squash some of the game-ending bugs that have plagued players since the game's release last week. The so-called "inventory bug" and the Raedric's Hold crash will both be addressed in the patch that, as of this writing, has yet to be deployed.

Check out the full list of fixes on the Pillars of Eternity site.

 

Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate : New Free DLC Released

Posted Apr 03, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate has even more to offer 3DS players with today's release of a free DLC that gives access to collaborative costumes from both Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario Bros.. Players can also take part in fourteen new quests, grab some new gear and much more.

Find out more about the DLC in the Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate trailer below.


Cabal 2 : All About Abysmo Cores

Posted Apr 03, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The Cabal 2 team has released a new video to show off some of the core game features that players can expect in the forthcoming title. Today's video centers around abysmo cores and the creatures that dwell inside. Check it out!


Crowfall : An Early Roadmap

Posted Apr 03, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Crowfall is now funded with a few stretch goals under its belt, and the team is gearing up for development.  Red Thomas reached out to Co-Founder Gordon Walton to talk about where the team is heading next and then Red speculates about what backers should be expecting over the next several months.

Read more of Red Thomas's Crowfall: An Early Roadmap.


Mounts and caravans will now be in the game, a core feature that should add a lot of economic depth to Crowfall.

General : The Daily Quest - What Role Do You Play?

Posted Apr 03, 2015 by William Murphy

No, this isn't a question about whether you roleplay (that could be a whole other topic another day), but rather what kind of role in a party you prefer to play.  While there have been some attempts to veer away from the traditional class archetypes, it seems that most people like playing heals, DPS, tanking, or some other support class. So we ask you... what's your preferred role?

Me, personally? More often than not, I like to go DPS. I like killing things, and trying to boil down their HP as fast as I can. It's just as relied upon as the more necessary roles like tank and healer, but chances are there are so many DPS players and DPS is so easy to come across that you will rarely find a party in need of a good damage dealer.

Tanks and Healers get the most thanks, but being a solid DPS and making sure you know when and where to strike can be just as crucial.  Now... if only I didn't have such long dungeon queue times.  I dabble with tanks and healers, but I'm just not very good at either in most games. I'd much rather have a more enemy-whacking focused job when it all comes down to business.

So? Let's hear it. What role do you like to play in a party and why?

 

Som Pourfarzaneh : The Multiplayer RPG Experience

Posted Apr 03, 2015 by Suzie Ford

180+ hours into Guild Wars 2, I’ve only recently begun digging into its assortment of dungeons.  Sure, I’ve dabbled in my fair share of pre-level cap PvP and open world small parties, but I’ve been waiting to hit 80 to sink my teeth into the game’s group content.  As I mentioned in last week’s column, I’m no stranger to dungeons and raids in MMOs, and have historically sought out group content commensurate to my level. 

Read more of Som Pourfarzaneh's The Multiplayer RPG Experience.

Eorzea Reborn : A Spoiler-Less Post on Patch 2.55

Posted Apr 03, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Don’t have time to scroll through the often-long FFXIV patch notes? Here’s an overview you can get through in 5 minutes.

Read more of Victor Barreiro Jr.'s Eorzea Reborn: A Spoiler-Less Post on Patch 2.55.

VoidExpanse : Steam Version Launched

Posted Apr 02, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Atomic Torch Studio has announced that VoidExpanse, a top-down space exploration RPG, has officially launched on Steam. To celebrate the momentous occasion, a new trailer has been released to entice players into the game.

Grab a copy on Steam for $13.49.

Check out the trailer and let us know what you think!


DC Universe Online : Checking Out the New Munitions Power Set

Posted Apr 02, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Yesterday we were able to catch a livestream with the DC Universe Online team at Daybreak Games, focused entirely on the brand new Munitions power set coming to the action MMO in the next couple of weeks. Based around obscure heroes like Sgt. Rock, Munitions is all about the firepower.

Read more of Bill Murphy's DC Universe Online: Checking Out the New Munitions Power Pack.

Kyn : Come hang with the devs and Bill tonight!

Posted Apr 02, 2015 by William Murphy

We first previewed the strategic Action RPG Kyn a few months back on our stream, and tonight we're getting an update from the duo of developers as Bill plays the updated build and chats with the guys about their upcoming launch. Join us!

WHAT: See Kyn in action, and hear the devs answer Bill's rambling questions!

WHEN: 930pm EST (or thereabouts)

WHY: Because Kyn is awesome, and you should check it out:

WHERE: http://www.mmorpg.com/streams.cfm

See you then!

Hearthstone : Blackrock Mountain Expansion Arrives

Posted Apr 02, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Hearthstone players will want to head be sure to grab a copy of the latest expansion, Blackrock Mountain. The expansion brings new cards and adventures to the game. Over the next five weeks, new wings will be added that can be purchased for 700 gold or $6.99 from the Blizzard Store. All five wings can be purchased for $24.99.

Find out more about the Blackrock Mountain expansion on the Hearthstone site.


Star Trek Online : Delta Recruitment Event Begins

Posted Apr 02, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment have announced the Delta Recruitment event for Star Trek Online has launched. It is part of an ongoing story arc that has been building for the past five years. The Iconians are poised to invade the universe resulting in all races putting out a call for recruits to fight the threat.

The 8-week event has some nice perks for new captains created during the event that include special events, upgrade materials, gear, and individual and community goals. Existing players will get a new character slot for a Delta Recruit with a progression perk that is account-wide to keep all characters on a player's account up to speed.

Find out more on the Star Trek Online site.

H1Z1 : A Big Damn Patch Deployed

Posted Apr 02, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Daybreak Game Studio has revealed the deployment of the self-titled "Big Damn Patch" for H1Z1. True to its name, the BDP brings a host of bug fixes and improvements to stability and game play, as well as a new male character model and the news that customization options are on their way.

In addition, players can look forward to a new small caliber pistol, workbenches for creating recipes and converting ammo to other types, a new pickup truck interior, an overhauled crude map to give players a better ability to find friends.

Lastly, the team is still working hard to keep the cheaters at bay by implementing new and improved anti-cheat features.

You can read the full patch notes on the H1Z1 Reddit or you can check out yesterday's live stream for a visual preview.

Star Wars: The Old Republic : The (B)Austin Cantina Tour Stop, Including Spoilers

Posted Apr 02, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Fulfilling their promise to make up the canceled Boston Cantina Tour stop with a livestream on Twitch, BioWare Austin's team presented a rather meaty event that promises better, more fan-satisfying events in the future.  In this one, jokingly referred to as the (B)Austin Cantina Tour, they went over many of the details of Game Update 3.2, which will include the Outfit Designer and new story on the Imperial homeworld of Ziost, and also revealed some plans for their upcoming event at Star Wars Celebration in mid-April. There will be story spoilers in this article.

Read more of Jean Prior's Star Wars: The Old Republic - The (B)Austin Cantina Tour Stop, Including Spoilers.

General : Victor Vran Devs Add 4-Player Coop Mode

Posted Apr 02, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Victor Vran early access players will be pleased to hear that Haemimont Studios, developers of the action RPG, have added a 4-player cooperative mode. This is the latest in a series of updates that have been applied to the game since Steam early access launched in February.

To celebrate the launch of cooperative multiplayer, Victor Vran is on limited time sale via Steam.

Find out more, including getting a look at the road map, on the Victor Vran Steam page.


Guild Wars 2 : Points of Interest to Cover Heart of Thorns Story

Posted Apr 02, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Tomorrow's Guild Wars 2 Points of Interest live stream will be a fascinating one for players looking forward to the upcoming Heart of Thorns expansion. The broadcast will take place at 12:00 pm Pacific / 3:00 pm Eastern in the Guild Wars 2 Twitch.tv room. Lead Writer Bobby Stein and Narrative Designer Scott McGough will be discussing how story will be embedded in every part of the expansion.

To pave the way for tomorrow's discussion, the Guild Wars 2 site has been updated with a blog post that reviews the story up to the point where Heart of Thorns will kick off.

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