The developers of Atlantica Online have provided us with this exclusive developer journal discussing the unique combat system in their upcoming MMORPG. Atlantica breaks with MMORPG tradition to bring players a turn-based combat system that the developers hope will set their game apart from other MMOs.
Unravelling the ancient legend of Atlantis is at the heart of Atlantica Online, a new massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) developed and published by NDOORS. Atlantica, which will launch its closed beta this July, followed by its commercial launch, takes players on a globe-hopping adventure to save the human race, while providing them a rich, strategic RPG environment combined with classic turn-based gameplay.
Life on Earth is threatened when remnants of the fabled lost civilization begins to poison the world’s population. Humanity needs a hero to find and destroy these artifacts. Players must traverse the globe to uncover the clues that will ultimately lead them to Atlantis. During their journey, which will take them to landmarks such as the Taj Mahal in India and Germany’s Marksburg Castle, players will encounter all manner of monsters taken from the myths and legends of cultures throughout human history. Dragons in China and vampires in Romania are just a few of the enemies players must defeat to reach Atlantis.
Read the whole thing here.
In the wake of the recent Jumpgate Evolution site revamp, NetDevil has announced that players will have to re-sign up for the JGE Beta, and they have posted a guide to make the process go smoothly for players.
You will have noticed by now that we have launched a fresh new website and forums through our publisher Codemasters Online’s existing web space. We’ve done this for numerous reasons, but the most exciting of course is that we’re getting ready for the testing process. We know that this may create some confusion for our existing fanbase, so we wanted to send out a letter to help you through the new registration process and address any concerns that you may have.
In order to prepare for this testing process we need everyone to re-sign up to Beta. We know that this is inconvenient for a lot of you, but we feel that by using the CodeM system, we’ll be able to better select from our pool of applicants. We all want Jumpgate Evolution to be an incredible game and believe that by using this system, the process will go more smoothly.
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Cryptic Studios has published a team profile of content designer Brian Gilmore, who talks about what he does in the run of a day and his experiences with the original Champions RPG.
Q: What is your typical workday like?
A: I get into the office in the morning and get all the latest updates to the game. Then I check my schedule and tasks to see what I need to do that day. I'll start the game and then open the editor. And then, I make the greatest MMO content in the world with the best MMO team in the world.
Q: What aspect of Champions Online are you most excited about working on?
A: I'm an old-time Champions player, so I'm excited about everything. In fact, I owe my job at Cryptic, at least in part, to my knowledge of Champions. Seriously – I put it on my resume when I first applied in 2003, and when Jack had me in for an interview he started asking me Champions questions. Midway through the interview, he turns to Craig (Zinkievich, our executive producer) and says "you're not going to understand a word of this for like 10 minutes," and then launches into hardcore Champions talk with me. It was definitely the most unusual interview I've ever had.
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Gala-Net has announced that they will be publishing their MMORPG Luna Online through their game portal at www.gpotato.com.
Sunnyvale, California – July 2nd, 2008 – Gala-Net has announced that it will publish its latest title, Luna Online, a Massive Mulitplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) developed by Eya Interactive, for release in North America, through GaIa-Net’s game portal, www.gpotato.com.
Luna Online is a free to play MMORPG that takes place in a radiant fantasy world where the Human Race has united with the forces of the elves to defend their land against the evil that has spread throughout. Every enemy defeated brings the world closer to peace. Luna Online’s exciting blend of superior graphics, cute character design, and fast paced action, is sure to appeal to all fans of the MMORPG genre. “Eya Interactive is one of the foremost gaming companies currently out there in the industry. Mr. Jungyeon Han, Eya Interactive’s CEO, is among the first generation of online game developers in Korea. We are delighted to work with such a great company and people,” said Jikhan Jung, CEO of Gala-Net. “With extensively unparalleled collaboration between Eya Interactive and Gala-Net, I am sure that this game will be the most successful within the North American Market.”
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IGG has announced the launch of a new server for Tales of Pirates, and they will be holding several contests and competitions to mark the occasion.
Tales of Pirates has released a new server called Mist Isle at 4:00am on July 3rd to cope with the ever-increasing numbers. ToP welcome you to join the fun on this new server, and to kick things off, there have three exciting activities to celebrate the launch:
1. Leveling Contest
From the release of the new server Mist Isle until July 9th , the 25 players who reach the highest levels within this week will be recognized as Mist Isle Leveling Heroes, and will be rewarded with the following prizes:
- First Prize(3): Level 20 normal pet fairy (players can choose their favorite pet fairy) +Chest of Enigma
- Second Prize(5): Level 10 normal pet fairy (players can choose their favorite pet fairy) +Chest of Enigma
- Third Prize(12): Chest of Enigma
- Lucky prize(20): Chest of Demonic World
Double Experience will start from 12:00 a.m. July 3rd to 12:00 a.m. July 14th
3. Who will be the next Newbie King?
At 1:00 pm July 5th, many monsters with high defense and low attack will be roaming around the new server – defeating a monster will bring players considerable experience.
Read more here.
IGG has posted a guide to help Zu Online players get the most out of the game on their PC.
Zu online team has released a guide to help players with lower specification PCs get the most out of the game.
Players can choose the most suitable level of image rendering for their computer and also toggle effects such as Cartoon Lightshadows and Fog Effects to improve gameplay and memory usage.
Read more here.
Lockpick Entertainment and Areia Games has announced that they have signed an agreement that makes Aeria Games the sole North American distributor for Dreamlords, Lockpick Entertainment's MMORTS.
Swedish online game developer Lockpick Entertainment has signed an exclusive distribution agreement for the North American market with well-known gaming community Aeria Games.
The agreement sees Aeria Games as the sole distributor in North America for renowned MMORTS game Dreamlords – The Reawakening, its first RTS game ever. As in other territories, the game will be available for free and there will be the option to purchase in-game items and equipment (in North America through the use of Aeria Points — the universal currency on the Aeria Games portal).
“For a long time, gamers have been looking for a fun MMORTS game to play, and Dreamlords answers that demand,” said Spencer Chi, producer at Aeria Games.
“As part of our long-time strategy we’re always looking for partners to help us bring Dreamlords to new audiences. Aeria Games is a serious player on the online games market and we’re impressed with what (Aeria Games) has done with other games in their portfolio and how they work with their community and feel they are an excellent partner for bringing Dreamlords - The Reawakening to the people” said David Rosén, CEO of Lockpick Entertainment.
Read more here.
BigWorld Ltd has announced the latest upgrade for their Big World Technology Suite, their tool set for creating massively multiplayer online games and virtual worlds.
This new release contains an advanced terrain engine that enables support for unlimited texture layers, higher level of detail and configurable height/shadow/normal/texture map resolution.
“BigWorld customers and developers currently evaluating the technology are very excited by this release as it enables them to implement some pretty amazing scenery in their games that would otherwise be difficult to achieve” said Simon Hayes, BigWorld’s Chief Technology Officer.
“We have incorporated a number of optimizations to the development suite including revisions to patrol paths, enhanced web integration and support for Perforce, SVN and CVS. Additionally, there are significant improvements to the skybox and weather systems and there is improved support for partner technologies such as SpeedTree and Umbra. Both Mandarin and English language are supported in the development tools user interface and art pipeline”.
Read more here.
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MMORPG.com's own Joe Iuliani provides the questions for this interview with Jadefox Hu of IGG's Myth War II. In the interview, Hu introduces us to this follow up to Myth War.
In your opinion, what makes Myth War II stand apart from all the other free to play games on the market today?
Myth War II (http://mw2.igg.com) is a free 2D online game. Its classic feel makes it comfortable and relaxing for experienced players who have grown up with similar styles. One of the highlights of this game is its unique ATB combat system. The ATB combat system means players should be familiar with turn-based strategy combat while also giving players the sense of tension that they expect from modern games. The distinct “Rumor” system will keep players guessing.
Read the whole interview here.
The folks over at CCP have started a series of stories chronicling the leaders of each of the four faction heads that made their appearance with the launch of the Empyrean Age expansion. This is the second in the series, looking at Souro Foiritan, president of the Gallente Federation.
The Garden was a man-made construct through and through, several acres of carefully tended flora and woodland encased in a massive transparent dome. Souro Foiritan, president of the Gallente Federation, had it constructed long ago as a meeting place between dignitaries of the various empire factions.
In this it served its function admirably, for a twofold reason. First, a peaceful garden was much more conducive to a genial atmosphere and agreeable spirits than a meeting room ever could be. A visiting diplomat, weighted by worries and demands, would feel so much more calm sitting by a babbling brook or a tree in budding bloom than he ever could on the top floor of a high-rise, no matter how good its view. And second, it was so well secured with anti-eavesdropping technology that visitors could discuss the darkest topics of their hearts' desires without so much as a glance over their shoulders.
Read it all here.
SOE has announced the Player of the Year Contest for EverQuest II, which calls on players to nominate outstanding community members for the chance to head to SOE Fan Faire on SOE's dime.
The time when SOE players from near and far gather in one place to celebrate their favorite MMOs by engaging in fun, food and fraternization! But there will be some that walk among the crowd... a couple of players so respected by their gaming peers that they will have the distinct honor of being crowned SOE's second annual Players of the Year!
Will you be one of them?
To celebrate the 2008 Las Vegas Fan Faire (Aug. 14-17), Sony Online Entertainment will select and bring two lucky players to the Hilton Hotel to join in the festivities. So, here's your chance to nominate a friend (or even yourself) for this coveted title! We want to know who YOU think is the most deserving and why.
From Wednesday, July 2, 2008, (12:01 am, US Pacific Time) through Friday, July 11, 2008 at (11:59 pm, US Pacific Time), Sony Online Entertainment will be hosting the Official Fan Faire "Players of the Year" contest. Participating games include EverQuest, EverQuest II, Star Wars Galaxies, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, EverQuest Online Adventures, The Matrix Online and PlanetSide.
Read more here.
NCsoft has announced a number of promotions and reassignments within the Tabula Rasa team, with Sr. QA Tester Neal Johnson taking on the position of QA Lead from Dane Caruthers, who has been promoted to Assistant Producer, and TR Community Manager April Burba will be moving to an Associate Production role on Dungeon Runners.
It is my distinct honor to announce the promotion of Dane Caruthers from QA Lead to Assistant Producer. Dane has had a distinguished career in the industry and at NCsoft and has been fighting Bane and Bugs since before ship. We expect great things from him. You will be seeing more of Dane on the Forums as call sign Entropic. Congratulations Dane!
It is also my honor to announce the promotion of Neal Johnson from Sr. QA Tester to QA Lead. Neal too has had a distinguished career at NCsoft and has been so knowledgeable about TR that he has been mistaken for Lead Designer at conventions. Congratulations Neal!
Finally, it is with deep sadness that I announce that I have been reassigned to another game within the NCsoft family and will be assuming the Associate Production role on Dungeon Runners. The bling gnomes have run amok and believe they can turn my ban-hammer skills into gnome-hammer skills. All joking aside, it has been an honor serving in the AFS with each of you. Your knowledge and passion for the game are unparalleled and I look forward to watching how the community and the development team work together to make TR great.
Read more here.
The folks at NetDevil recently updated the official site for Jumpgate Evolution with a completely new look.
Today marks the launch of the brand new Jumpgate Evolution community website. The slick new design offers you all the latest news and information about Jumpgate including feature updates, screenshots, movies, competitions, beta sign-up and much, much more.
Read more here.
EA Mythic has announced that Russia has been added to the list of countries for which Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning will be fully localized.
EA Mythic, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), today announced that Warhammer® Online: Age of Reckoning™ (WAR) will be released in Russia for the PC and will be fully localized. Along with MMORPG fans all over the world Russian gamers will have a chance to enjoy the rich world and extensive possibilities of one of the most anticipated MMORPG's of the year - Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning.
"Over the past 25 years, Warhammer has become a beloved hobby experience around the world, and it is a honor to bring Age of Reckoning to the Russian fans," said Mark Jacobs, VP and General Manager of EA Mythic. "Russia's MMO industry is growing rapidly, and we consider it an important territory for Warhammer Online."
"We are very excited to bring Warhammer Online to Russian consumers, fully supported in the Russian language," said Tony Watkins, EA Russia Country Manager. "EA Russia has put together a highly experienced team for launch and consumers can expect an enormous level of support."
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Following the announcement of Age of Conan's recent 700,000 player milestone, Funcom has noted that Age of Conan occupies the #1 position on many PC game sales charts across Europe and North America.
Funcom is proud to announce that Age of Conan continues to dominate the PC sales charts in all markets where the game is available.
Over the last few weeks it has remained the overall #1 PC game in most European markets, while also performing tremendously well on several all-format charts. In the US, Age of Conan impressively conquered the #1 PC spot for the first two weeks of available NPD data. Due to the amazing interest surrounding the game, more than 700.000 gamers have now signed up for an Age of Conan account. In the second month after release it is also clear that Age of Conan has taken the position as the undisputed #2 subscription MMO in the western world.
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SOE has announced the "Fight with Legends" recruitment campaign, where current players are rewarded with free game time for each friend they bring in that becomes an active subscriber.
The Living Legacy "Fight with Legends" recruitment campaign scheduled to begin July 3rd is a unique promotion rewarding current EverQuest®II players with free game play rewards (to be added to the end of your current subscription) for each new player you bring into the game who becomes an active subscriber of EverQuest II. Take advantage of the opportunity to play with your friends and earn free time for your friends' loyalty and your dedication. Keep the Legacy alive by joining the Guides program or utilize the Mentoring System and teach new Legends the ways of Norrath.
Read more here.
The Lord of the Rings Online Lorebook has been updated with a look at Cachúnir, a gatherer of Elven lore who dwells in the house of Elrond.
Cachúnir is a High Elf who dwells in the House of Elrond in Rivendell. With the coming of the Shadow, he has felt the desire to leave the darkness behind and sail into the West but hesitates to do so. He fears that once his kindred have passed out of Middle-earth, much of the history and lore of that world will be lost with them. Thus Cachúnir has initiated efforts to gather as much lore as possible at Rivendell so that the days of old will not be forgotten, even when the Elves have all left the shores of Middle-earth.
Read more here.
Our apologies to the dev team over at Funcom's Anarchy Online as we wish their game a belated happy birthday.
On June 27th, Anarchy Online officially turned the ripe old age of 7. Congratulations to the past and present dev team of the game on reaching this milestone.
On June 27th, Anarchy Online turns 7 years old, and we have prepared several great offers and fun, in-game surprises for the players. We look very much forward to celebrating the anniversary of the game together with you!
Keeping in the theme of “7”, we’re delighted to present several great offers to all of you, both the old and the new, and the free players.
Anniversary gifts and offers
Active Anarchy Online players will receive 700 paid points for free. You can use these on whatever in-game items you want, ranging from jet bikes and hover boards, Jobe Luxury Apartment and pet leets, to social clothing to add a dash of color to the game world! We are also giving you 7 buddy keys to invite friends to try the game. With these buddy keys your friends will be able to discover and enjoy the wonders of Rubi-Ka! These keys give a full 30 days of free play with all expansions enabled.
Previous subscribers should keep an eye on their e-mail inboxes for a very special offer giving them the opportunity to return to Rubi-Ka.
Finally, we have a special offer to our free players. For only $7/€7, you can upgrade to the full game experience, including all expansion content. This offer also includes 7 days of free play time!
All of these special offers are only available until July 4th, so be sure not to miss the opportunity, and join us in celebrating the wonderful history of Anarchy Online!
Like we have done previous years, we have prepared some in-game surprises and gifts for our players. From June 27th and one week forward, you will be able to find a special party planner NPC, who is happily giving away gifts to anyone who asks her, plus she has a fun little stock of party treats!
Among the items players can get for the birthday celebrations are a special birthday placard, a leetzilla doll, a cake fixture, XP buff items, a couple of clothing pieces suited for partying, a beautiful painting of a familiar place on Rubi-Ka, and finally a small item to tribute a certain barbarian and the story about his world.
Players will also have access to some classic party effects, like the monster sunglasses, the funny arrow and the propeller hat!
Want to party the night away?
Ever helpful and present, ARK has planned parties the entire birthday weekend. Lots of fun, good music and all sorts of unexpected surprises are on the agenda. Find details on when and where here! There will be plenty of available activities for the players who find themselves online this weekend!
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More on AO here.
The folks over at Darkfall have released a new internal Q&A where the developers answer some of the fans' questions.
Here’s the QA…we worked with lists sent to us by community members and tried to answer as many as possible without too much embellishing. There was an effort to answer question categories that weren’t addressed in the previous Q&A’s. We didn’t address the questions having to do with beta and publishing due to recent developments, we would like more time before we get into that.
Do different weapon types damage them (mobs) easier, like a spear, mace, etc.?
Different monsters are vulnerable to different types of attack. In some cases they could be nearly immune to certain attacks like a fire elemental may not take fire damage. This applies to various armors and protections as well, the varying degrees in which they could protect the player against specific types of damage. There’s a whole system in place behind this, and players will learn from experience and through various information sources within the game.
Read it all here.