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Granado Espada Online : New Trailer and Class Overview

Posted May 17, 2007 by Ben Krueger

We've added a new trailer to our videos section and also following up yesterdays Fighter Class screenshots we've added an overview of The Fighter to our resources section.

New Trailer
Check out the new trailer for this exciting upcoming MMO. Featuring multi-character control this MMORPG boasts the ability to allow players to control up to 3 distinct characters.

You can read The Fighter class overview here. And be sure to checkout more MMO videos here.

General : City of Zeroes on MMORPG.com

Posted May 17, 2007 by Keith Cross

We've added a sixth comic to the MMORPG.com comic line up. The popular City of Zeroes by Derek Sweet is a tale of the life and times of some of the regular residents of Paragon City, and can now be seen along with all of your other favourites in our comics section.

You can read City of Zeroes here.

Lord of the Rings Online : Explore Middle-earth: Ost Ringdyr

Posted May 17, 2007 by Keith Cross

The folks over at Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar have updated their site with more information about various locations across Middle Earth. This time around it's Ost Ringdyr, the mighty sentinel of the Ettenmoors.

After Glân Vraig was firmly entrenched, the Free Peoples of Eriador, led by the elf Lainedhel, pressed further into the Ettenmoors. In the far eastern reaches, they established another, greater fortress - Ost Ringdyr - which houses the main body of Lainedhel's host. Here, the Free Peoples found two new allies: lesser eagles, distantly akin to the Great Eagles of the Misty Mountains, and a great and ancient race of bears.

The leaders of the Free Peoples established their command at Ost Ringdyr, planning, organizing, and orchestrating their defence of the Ettenmoors and the North. Ever do the forces of the Enemy seek to behead the alliance and press through into the Trollshaws, but Ost Ringdyr remains a daunting sentinel against them.

Ost Ringdyr was created to be the counterpart to Dâr-gazag, the mighty fortress of Angmar's army in the western reaches of the Ettenmoors. While battles may take place here and monster-players have quests which may bring them into conflict with Free Peoples players at Ost Ringdyr, this fortress is too strong to be captured.

Read more about Ost Ringdyr here.

General : Gamasutra Wins Webby

Posted May 17, 2007 by Keith Cross

MMORPG.com would like to congratulate the CMP Game Group for their recent wins at the Webby and Maggie Awards. Gamasutra.com was named the Best Games-Related site of 2007, while Game Developer magazine won the Maggie for the Best Computer/Trade Publication of 2006.

SAN FRANCISCO - May 15, 2007 - The CMP Game Group is proud to announce that two of its hallmark brands received high honors recently. The Webby Awards, the leading international honor for websites, has named Gamasutra.com, the CMP Game Group's site for game developers, as the Best Games-Related site of 2007. Other nominees in the category included CNET Networks' GameSpot, AOL's GameDaily, and LucasArts' official websites for the games LEGO Star Wars II and Thrillville. The Maggie Awards, the most prestigious magazine publishing awards in the western United States, has awarded Game Developer magazine the Best Computer/Trade Publication of 2006. Other finalists in the category included Network Computing, Redmond Channel Partner, RTC Magazine, and Technology & Learning.

"The CMP Game Group is passionate about providing valuable, inspirational and actionable information about game development to the entire game industry," noted Simon Carless, Publisher and Editorial Director for Gamasutra.com and Game Developer. "These awards solidify our position as the definitive editorial outlets - both online and in print - for video game professionals wanting to master the art, business, and science of making games."

Gamasutra.com is an internationally recognized online community with more than 370,000 registered members. The leading game development site since 1997, Gamasutra.com provides features, industry news, product news, job listings, comprehensive resume and contractor databases, and a directory of schools and training programs relevant to game developers. In essence, Gamasutra addresses everything game developers need to improve their skills, interact with other developers, learn about products, find work and locate services in their areas.

The site will be honored at The 11th Annual Webby Awards on June 5, which will be hosted by comedian Rob Corddry (The Winner, The Daily Show) and will feature the Webbys' famous five-word speeches. (Al Gore's 2005 speech was, "Please don't recount this vote.") Hailed as the "Oscars of the Internet" by The New York Times, The Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 550-person judging academy whose members include Vinton Cerf, R/GA's Chief Bob Greenberg, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening, Arianna Huffington, and Harvey Weinstein.

"The Webby winners and special achievement honorees represent the very best in online creativity and innovation," said Webby Awards executive director David-Michel Davies. "We're proud to salute the people and organizations whose ideas and vision are transforming how we experience the world."

Game Developer, the print publication written specifically for creators of entertainment software, provides technical and industry information to more than 35,000 professional game developers. Each month, industry leaders and game development experts share technical solutions, review new products, and discuss strategies for creating innovative, successful games. Professional game creators count on Game Developer for the most relevant and respected content in the game industry.

Game Developer was honored as the Best Computers/Trade publication at the 56th Maggie Awards banquet, which was held April 27 in Los Angeles. The awards encompass both consumer and trade magazines and span categories from political issues to alternative lifestyles. The Maggies, organized by the Western Publications Association, received more than 2,000 entries representing 400 magazines. For the past 55 years, the Maggie Awards have recognized the hard work, dedication and creative talents in the publishing industry today.

Check out Gamasutra at www.gamasutra.com and Game Developer Magazine at www.gdmag.com.

General : MixMaster Begins Service

Posted May 17, 2007 by Keith Cross

SeedC Pacific has announced that the English version of their anime will start its official commercial service on Friday May 18. To mark the occasion, they will be adding new features and new content to the game, including the MixMall, new dungeons, and more.

Anime MMORPG, MixMaster Online will be starting its official commercial service for its English version from Friday 18 May 2007. MixMaster has enjoyed a huge success globally and currently has over 6 million registered users worldwide. Creators of the first English version, SeedC Pacific will be looking to increase this number and create a huge in game community by releasing a brand new feature of MixMall as well as more in game contents.

The major upgrades for the commercial version are;

  1. the addition of cash item shop, MixMall,
  2. addition of Premium Zone maps,
  3. addition of new dungeons,
  4. implementation of 2nd class skills,
  5. increase over 150 items and
  6. increase over 100 monsters.

To promote the usage of the Premium Zone, MixMaster Game Masters have organised a special in game event for the grand opening of the Premium Zone. In this unique event, Premium Zone monsters will drop 3 unusual items. These items have special effects, one leads the users to a secret dungeon, another can be sold for a significant amount of in game money and the last item has an undisclosed effect.

"We hope the special items will tease the users about the premium zone... in a good way" said Takuya Matsunaga, Chief Operating Officer of SeedC Pacific. "Although all users can continue to enjoy the game as it is, the Premium Zone is a great extension which will add a new dimension to the game. We chose the items carefully so all users can enjoy it. The secret item is great. I'm sure all users will be very happy when they get this!"

Jin Joo, Project Manager of MixMaster added "Although we are starting cash item sales, we want to point out that the game is still enjoyable for free. And as most of our users have asked, we will not be selling any monsters and the best weapons are not sold either."

"There will be weapons sold but they are primarily to change appearance more than to be an effective weapon. The cash items will accelerate players to be stronger but it will not make them automatically stronger. We will make sure free gamers will continue to enjoy the game."

SeedC Pacific will continue to work on the game. They are planning to sustain a continual frequent update of MixMaster. Their plan is to make MixMaster a game that a user can enjoy up to 3 years.

For more about MixMaster visit www.mixmaster.com.au.

EVE Online : Exclusive Screens: Week One

Posted May 17, 2007 by Jon Wood

Today, we kick off our weekly series of exclusive screenshots from our friends over at CCP's EVE Online with three great shots.

To view the full size images click here.

General : Creativity in MMOs

Posted May 17, 2007 by Jon Wood

Carolyn Koh's most recent article from the Online Game Developers Conference investigates the idea of player creativity in MMORPGs, pointing to games like: Second Life, Pirates of the Burning Sea, Lord of the Rings Online, and more.

One underlying theme in many of the panels I attended and the meetings I had (admittedly, with Community folk) was the need to engage and serve the player community. Building loyalty is the keyas each game seeks to grab and hold the imagination of the fickle MMOG player of today, distracted as they are by the myriad choices available to them.

"User created content is one way of engaging our community," Troy Hewitt, Director of Community Relations at Flying Lab Software told the audience during his panel. "We use player created and submitted sails and ships in Pirates of the Burning Sea."

Read Carolyn's whole article here.

Warhammer Online : Career Profiles Added

Posted May 16, 2007 by Ben Krueger

Voyage Century Online : VCO Teaches You Anti-Deceiving

Posted May 16, 2007 by Keith Cross

Player trading in Voyage Century is increasing. Along with the increase in trade has come an increase in fraud. To combat cheating in the game, they have released a few easy tips to help players protect themselves from those with deceitful intentions.

Trade between players in game becomes frequent as the game is opened for free and becomes more and more popular. Accompanying this, a lot of deceiving appear in game. Voyage Century (http://www.voyagecenturyonline.com ) now lists some conmanship here to reveal the cheats:

1. Digit

While purchasing large-denomination items from stall, players may misread the price and spend 10 times of the normal price in buying something because of the too many digits of price as well as the misguide of the vendor's advertisement. For example, a compressed provision bag is usually quoted 1600000 but there may be players adding another "0" behind the normal price. In this occasion, if you are not careful enough, it will be very likely to be deceived. However, some vendors may also not input enough "0". So be careful while purchasing items from stall.

2. Change Figures

There may be players purchasing expensive items by setting stall. But some of them may change the price and purchase quantity each other. For example, while purchasing treasure map pieces, this kind of cheats often show the price--60000 in the shop name but they set the price to 1 and quantity to 60000 in the shop actually. Then if you are a bit careless, you will be possible to sell those items at a unit price of 1 coin.

3. Pretend to be Other Player

Players can also trade with one another in game. At this moment, if any cheater created a character named the similar name with the trade target, players would be probable to give money or items to cheater.

Most losses caused by those ways of deceiving above are because of carelessness. Thus, as long as you are a bit careful while trading, you will be able to avoid the unnecessary losses.

For more information on Voyage Century visit www.voyagecenturyonline.com.

Star Wars Galaxies : New Screenshots

Posted May 16, 2007 by Keith Cross

We've added 16 new screenshots to the Star Wars Galaxies gallery, showing some familiar characters and locations, scenes re-created from the original trilogy, and more.

To view the full size images, and to see the rest of the new screens, visit our gallery here.

Dreamlords: Resurrection : Second Era Begins

Posted May 16, 2007 by Keith Cross

Lockpick Entertainment, the company behind Dreamlords, has announced that the game's "second era" has begun. The new era comes as a team called CV Boot Camp completed the final quest to end the first era.

Swedish online game developer Lockpick Entertainment is proud to announce the beginning of the Second Era (and the end of the first) in Dreamlords. CV Boot Camp [BC] was the first team to succeed in beating the final quest of the first Era in Dreamlords!

When the first Era now has ended, new features have been added and went live with the Era restart. Among the many things that will be added are:

  • The Recruitment Hall is where players go to find CVs that are recruiting new members. CV chancellors can now place "job ads" here, from the convergence page.
  • We have changed the FOV (field-of-view) in the RTS-client. This means that players will now be able to see 4x more of the world on screen than before. It will provide better overview of the battles.
  • We have revisited all missions and quests in the game and improved them. Many of these have new game play and some are spanking brand new.
  • To make the web part of the game faster and more efficient, we have released an improved Patria manager. Most of the improvements have been made "under the hood", but the art theme is visibly new.
  • And this is just the beginning of it all. During the Era we will introduce the new PvP system, combat GUI, a new RTS-lobby and much more. So always keep an eye open for the latest news.

And to make sure no one has missed the new lower recurring subscription rates (€9,99/$11,99 a month) and invite-a-friend program; All paying players can now invite up to 3 friends for a 7-day trial period of Dreamlords completely for free! If anyone then subscribes, the inviting player receives additional subscription time.

Read more on Dreamlords here.

Fury : Lore Update: Age of Peace

Posted May 16, 2007 by Keith Cross

The folks over at Fury have released the latest update to the game's back story titled the Age of Peace. In this era, the remnants of Altaian civilization rediscover their Gods and put aside their knowledge of war, living for a thousand years in peace until the magic of their sanctuaries begins to fail.

Age of Peace

For hundreds of years, the Altaians clung to life in the Sanctuaries. They forgot their knowledge of war and re-discovered the worship of the true Gods. Magical combat was totally outlawed in the Sanctuaries, as destructive magic could cause the Sanctuary wards to fail and so the knowledge of this magic was also lost.

Portals were constructed between every Sanctuary and by trading and co-operating, the people managed to survive. By the time a millennium had passed, the Altaians had become a new race, calling themselves the Sorelans.

Yet, many remnants of Altaian civilization remained. The Sanctuaries became known as Realms and each was named for the Kingdom that had founded it. Altaian songs and stories survived, as did the legend of the Chosen.

Unfortunately for the Sorelan people, their lives of peace would not last forever. After many years of protecting them, the ancient wards that surrounded the Sanctuaries began to weaken and fail.

Numerous Realms were lost forever to the Fade, until the problem was finally discovered.

The great magical crystals that protected the sanctuaries were finally running out of energy and new Essence was required to sustain them.

Read about The Age of Peace here.

Final Fantasy XI : Next Version Revealed

Posted May 16, 2007 by Keith Cross

SquareEnix, the company responsible for the Final Fantasy MMORPG, FFXI, has released a list of additions and adjustments for the game's next version update.

The following is just a handful of the additions and adjustments planned for the next version update:

New Missions

The next episode in the Treasures of Aht Urhgan mystery is about to unfold. What role does the "mystery knight" play in this epic tale?

Chocobo Raising & Racing

Issues with text display during chocobo races will be addressed. In addition, players will now be able to receive condensed updates from trainers, as well as give multiple servings of feed to their chocobos at once.

Transportation

  • Aht Urhgan

    New NPCs have been stationed in Bastok, San d'Oria, and Windurst offering teleportation to Aht Urhgan Whitegate. A small fee is planned for the service.

  • Choco-gals

    Choco-gals will now offer chocobo rentals from the teleport crystals in the Eastern Altepa desert and the Yhoator Jungle, as well as from the leypoint in the WaENom Woodlands

  • Outpost Teleportation

    The level restriction on players allowed to use the outpost teleportation services located in Bastok, Windurst, and San d'Oria will be lowered. In conjunction with this change, a fee adjustment is also being considered.

Read more about FFXI here.

EverQuest II : Audio Dev Diary

Posted May 16, 2007 by Keith Cross

Barbars "Babs" Saito, an Associate Producer on Sony Online Entertainment's EverQuest II has released a new, audio developer diary.

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be an Associate Producer for a game like EverQuest II? Momochi spent time with Babs Saito and recorded a Developer Diary about the average day in her life here at SOE. You can listen to the diary by clicking on this link.

Get more on EQII here.

Dark Age of Camelot : Servers Down

Posted May 16, 2007 by Keith Cross

For those who might be trying to log in to EA Mythic's Dark Age of Camelot, and are having problems, the game's servers are down today from 8am to 5pm EDT for "emergency maintenance". Here's what they had to say on the Herald:

All live servers and Pendragon will need to be brought down at 8:00 AM tomorrow, Wednesday May 16th, in order for the Operations team to perform emergency maintenance. We estimate that servers will up by 5:00 PM EDT.

Read the Camelot Herald here.

World of Warcraft : Patch Preview

Posted May 16, 2007 by Keith Cross

Our friends over at Blizzard have released a Patch Preview for the upcoming Patch 2.1. Patch 2.1 will include a new 25-man raid called the Black Temple.

Long ago on Draenor, the Temple of Karabor was the center of draenei worship. But the devout priests who prayed there are long dead, slaughtered by marauding, demonically corrupted orcs. In the massacre's aftermath the warlocks of the Shadow Council seized the structure and bestowed upon it a new name: the Black Temple.

The most difficult new challenge that awaits players in Patch 2.1 will be the hunt for Illidan in his own dark citadel - a quest to bring the reign of the evil overlord to an end. Watch our new Black Temple Trailer now to learn more about this new 25-man raid, and check out the Black Temple preview page to learn more about the history of Illidan's fortress - and why freeing it from his evil taint is of paramount importance...

Learn more about WoW here.

City of Heroes : OGDC: Cryptic Animation Rig

Posted May 16, 2007 by Jon Wood

Carolyn Koh files her third report from the recent Online Game Developers conference. In this article, Carolyn had the opportunity to talk to some of the people over at Cryptic Studios about their recent decision to release their animation tools to the general public.

Cryptic Studios announced that they were sharing their Animation Rig (known as Cryptic AR) on Wednesday, May 9th and launched their website www.crypticar.com at the same time, following immediately with a presentation by Sean Burgoon - the talented programmer behind CrypticAR and Shayne Herrera, Cryptic's Art Development Director.

Shayne opened the talk with a simple greeting, "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash." This writer chuckled appreciatively at his deep voice, a fair imitation of Cash's distinctive opening, and waited to see if he would be talking about CrypticAR with evangelistic fervor.

The Cryptic Animation Rig has been released under the GNU General Public License and is free to download and use. CrypticAR will allow animators of all experience levels to familiarize themselves with some of the tools used in a professional development environment. Unlike other free animation rigs, Cryptic AR is not an approximation of production tools, but the very tools currently being used to produce next-gen game visuals at Cryptic Studios. This is the same software that is being used to animate the upcoming Marvel Universe MMOG. The core concept of the rig is to provide the artist community with a free set of tools.

Read the whole article here.

Granado Espada Online : Five New Screens

Posted May 16, 2007 by Jon Wood

Today, the good people over at Sword of the New World have sent us five new, exclusive screenshots showing off their Fighter class.

You can view the full size images and all of the other screens, here.

Gods and Heroes : New Video

Posted May 15, 2007 by Ben Krueger

Perpetual Entertainment released a new video from their upcoming MMO Gods and Heroes during the recent Sony Online Entertainment Gamers' Day events. It's a great video and we've hosted it here for everyone to see.

Gamers' Day Event Video
Perpetual Entertainment released this new video for Gods and Heroes during the Sony Online Entertainment Gamers' Day events in New York and Los Angeles.

Checkout more MMORPG videos here.

EverQuest : New Screenshots

Posted May 15, 2007 by Keith Cross

Today we've added 8 new images to the EverQuest gallery, showing of various locations, characters and monsters of Norrath.

To view the full size images, and to see the rest of the new screens, visit our gallery here.

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