Tasharen Entertainment has announced that Windward has successfully completed its early access program on Steam and is now in full release for PC, Mac and Linux. Interested players can grab a copy for $12.74 while in its first days of release, or for $14.99 later.
- Thrilling Naval Combat - Battle pirates, NPCs and other players; raid the lands of rival factions and defend your own cities
- Relaxing Gameplay - Explore beautiful uncharted waters, become a master merchant or establish peace as a diplomat
- Cross-Platform Multiplayer - Form a fleet with friends for epic battles or peacefully sail the open seas together
- Beautiful Procedurally-Generated World - A unique experience during every campaign filled with tropical paradises and frigid icy waters
- Modifiable Map - Build new towns, disrupt stable regions and alter terrain
- Deep Customization - Three separate skill trees with 30 talents that players can put more than 100 talent points into
Check out the Windward Steam page for more information.
OnsOn Soft has announced that the closed beta for its upcoming MMORPG Rodinia War has officially kicked off. Interested players are invited to head to the game's official site to sign up for an opportunity to assist the development team with the CBT.
Rodinia War is a unique combination of 2D strategy gameplay and 3D action within one seamless MMORPG, playable for free either in the browser or as a download client. Players found their hometown and build mighty empires by forging alliances or conquering their enemies’ cities. However, gamers not only rest in their castle to watch the war from the sidelines but support their efforts within the strategy part by completing missions and fighting enemies in a huge, open 3D world with their knights. Attracting and developing heroes of one of five knight classes is a key element of the game. Experienced knights will also be useful for the players’ kingdom, as generals in wartime or governors in peace.
Find out more on the Rodinia War site.
The Guild Wars 2 site has been updated with a new Twitch video about the announced Guardian specialization, the Dragonhunter. The The video shines the spotlight on the new skills Guardians will gain access to on choosing the specialization.
The latest Ready Up episode featured a look at the Dragonhunter in action along with the team discussing how its unique skillset will be a new way to play for Guardians and will bring a new level of team support to groups.
Check out the archived video on the Guild Wars 2 Twitch.tv channel.
According to Ubisoft's latest financial report, Tom Clancy's The Division has been pushed back to 2016. Just last week, Ubisoft added a new development studio to the group of teams working on the game. No specific date was revealed, only Quarter 1 2016 which can mean as late as March.
"It is never an easy decision to move launch dates, but we are committed to make decisions that will benefit the players," said CEO Yves Guillemot. "As I said in my introduction, this is our most important driver as it has always benefitted the company in the long run."
Check out the full financial report here.
Studio Wildcard has announced that it is developing a new coop dinosaur adventure game with RPG elements called ARK: Survival Evolved. The game will be released across multiple platforms including Playstation 4, XBox One, Windows PC, Mac, and Linux.
Powered by Unreal Engine 4, ARK: Survival Evolved takes on the survival genre with a unique blend of emergent multiplayer cooperation and competition. Players awake naked and starving on the beach of a mysterious island among a herd of other confused humans. On ARK, they must then hunt, harvest, craft, research technology, and build shelters to protect against scorching days, freezing nights, volatile weather systems, dangerous wildlife, and potential enemies.
Find out more by checking out the trailer below and the ARK: Survival Evolved site.
Final Fantasy XIV players looking to get a look at the Heavensward expansion will want to tune in to this week's Letter from the Producer Live event. The event will take place on Thursday, May 21st at 9:00 am Pacific / 12:00 pm Eastern.
Be sure to sign in on the Final Fantasy XIV Twitch.tv channel next Thursday!
A love-letter to super sentai television series like Power Rangers, Chroma Squad is a tactical RPG bursting at the seams with colorful characters, an insane premise, and a surprisingly robust combat system. Capturing the true spirit of Saturday morning cartoons, Behold Studios’ latest adventure is a testament to the fact that fun comes first, and despite a few flaws, Chroma Squad is first and foremost a ton of fun.
Read more of Steven Messner's Chroma Squad: A Brilliantly Fun & Flashy Homage.
Laid off during the transition from Sony Online Entertainment to Daybreak Game Company, former EverQuest Next content designer Steve Danuser is now working as a senior designer with Blizzard and working on World of Warcraft. The news comes via Danuser's Twitter as seen below.
In preparation for an upcoming livestream with the developers of Wakfu, I logged into the game in the hopes of touching up on my skills. Wakfu can be challenging for casual players, with abilities and systems that often need to be played with a lot in order to understand them. One of the coolest aspects of the game – other than its original setting, artwork, systems and animations -- is its turn-based combat.
Read more of Beau Hindman's A Casual, Cornered: Taking Your Turn in Turn-based MMOs.
Das Tal has come a long way since my preview of it last year. Fairytale Distillery’s vision and approach for it is ambitious, with the goal of offering an accessible but hardcore sandbox MMO experience that focuses on PvP, crafting, and skill-based combat. From what I’ve seen so far, Fairytale looks to be on the right track.
CD Projekt Red has announced that preloading for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has begun on both Steam and GoG.com for PC and XBox Live for XBox One players. The final game in the trilogy of Witcher titles is set to launch next Tuesday, May 19th Warsaw time, or late afternoon / early evening on May 18th for NA players.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be officially released and unlocked on May 19, at 1:00 AM CET (Warsaw time), i.e:
- May 18th, 4.00 pm PT (Los Angeles)
- May 18th, 7.00 pm ET (New York)
- May 19th, 00.00 am BT (London)
- May 19th, 2.00 am UT (Moscow)
- May 19th, 8.00 am JT (Tokyo).
No, we're not talking about daylight savings time, but the official launch date for the EverQuest progression server coming on May 20th. Named "Ragefire", the team anticipates that the server will be ready to go on the 20th in the afternoon after receiving a bit of "attention" after it's enabled earlier in the day.
What are your thoughts about the EQ progression server? Does playing the game as it originally debuted interest you? Why or why not? Let us know!
World of Warcraft is celebrating a fantastic cultural phenomenon today by remembering everyone's favorite charge into battle moment: Leeeeeeeeeeeeeroy Jenkins! It was such a brilliantly funny moment that perfectly captured the grace and strategy of WoW raiding that Blizzard even named a pair of achievements after the erstwhile player (both classic and modern versions) after the erstwhile player. Those finishing the achievement are granted the "Jenkins" title.
Check out the video below to see how it all went down.
Guild Wars 2 players will want to keep eyes on email thanks to the news that invites for the Desert Borderlands WvW stress testing are being sent out. Initially few in number, ArenaNet promised to raise the number as time goes on.
There are also plans to stream some of the events so even without being invited, players and fans will be able to check out the frenetic action.
Read more on the Guild Wars 2 site.
The Trove site has been updated with a pair of articles to show off some of the new features coming in the Monster Bash update later this month.
Boomrangers will shake up the game with some impressive abilities including a fearsome third attack that can be launched from a bow, sword or hidden bomb.
Customizable flasks are also incoming with players able to, for instance, create a draft that will heal less but offer more attack power and so on. Forging is also going to be buffed up with players able to create stronger, better gear.
Read it all on the Trove site.
The ArcheAge site has been updated with a look at the winners from the recent Omen of Dread Prophecies screenshot contest. The winners will haul home a huge trove of goodies for their ships and the screens definitely show both the artistic eye of the player and the beauty of ArcheAge. Check out the one below before heading to the ArcheAge site to see the rest.
The latest developer diary has been posted on the Star Trek Online site that gives players and fans of the game an inside look at how the new pilot ships were designed, both from a gameplay perspective and from a purely aesthetic perspective.
The blog details the art and design and the difficulty of designing what amounts to the same ship for three factions with similar stats but to still maintain a unique racial feel to them.
It's an interesting read for those interested in the "whys" of game design. Check it out on the Star Trek Online site.
During last week's Live Stream event, the Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade team announced the winners of the recent cosplay contest as well as the fifth Ork faction.
Check out the winner below. Cosplay winners will take home both in game and real world prizes. You can also see the runners up here.
In addition, the fifth Ork faction was announced as the Blood Axes.
AAA development is taking a back seat to small teams and niche games, and almost all of the attention-earners have one thing in common: PVP. This isn’t the first time PVP has come to save the MMO world, and we at MMORPG love us some player on player combat. But there’s something special going on when the year’s most exciting games each list it as their most prized bullet point. The question is, is this trend here to stay, and Crowfall and Camelot: Unchained -- harbingers of the future or just the latest fad?
Keep your eyes on the Guild Wars 2 site this week as the latest Twitter post by ArenaNet teases the Necromancer. What the image implies remains to be seen, but it's definitely something to look forward to in the coming days. What do you think it implies?