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Lord of the Rings Online : Mines of Moria Teaser Trailer

Posted Aug 01, 2008 by Keith Cross

IntroductionTurbine has released a teaser trailer for the Mines of Moria expansion for Lord of the Rings Online, which will be available for purchase in the autumn of this year.

Video Interview Mines of Moria Teaser Video
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watch the trailer here.

General : Fan Faire Pre-Registration Extended

Posted Aug 01, 2008 by Keith Cross

SOE has announced that they have extended pre-registration for Fan Faire until August 8th.

And here you thought that if you could just make it through tomorrow, pre-registration would be over and you'd finally have a good excuse to miss Fan Faire 2008.

NOPE! We're extending pre-registration to 08/08/08.

Yes, that's the day the Olympics start, but you've got until then to go ahead and pre-register yourself. Then you can tune in for all the badminton, synchronized swimming, and table tennis your little heart can take, before joining us the following Thursday in Vegas!

Read more here.

Champions Online : Cryptic Sponsors GenCon

Posted Aug 01, 2008 by Keith Cross

Cryptic Studios has announced that they will not only be attending this year's GenCon in Indianapolis, they will be sponsoring it as well.

Cryptic is pleased to announce that it will be a Contributing Sponsor of GenCon 2008, which will be held from Aug. 14-17 in Indianapolis. GenCon will be the first chance for gamers to play Champions Online!

In addition, Cryptic will be sponsoring the eGame Arena at GenCon. Now attendees can play electronic games during the convention and after hours, something that wasn't possible in previous years.

Be sure to visit Cryptic's booth in the Electronic Gaming Exhibits area of the main exhibit hall (Booth 628), to learn more about Champions Online, play games, win prizes and more!

Read more here.

Jumpgate Evolution : Fans Choose JGE Box Art in Survey

Posted Aug 01, 2008 by Keith Cross

NetDevil has started a survey which gives players the opportunity to coose the retail box art for Jumpgate Evolution.

After months of debating and making tweaks to the packaging here and there, we have finally come up with some really great ideas and we want your valuable input into which will be the best! Make a positive impact on this game and help us in deciding the potential route for the packaging for Jumpgate!

Please fill out this short survey, it will only take 5 minutes to complete and choose the packaging that you think suits Jumpgate Evolution the best!

Read more here.

EverQuest II : Update 47 adds Station Voice

Posted Aug 01, 2008 by Keith Cross

SOE has posted the patch notes for Game Update 47 for EverQuest II, which integrates the Station Voice voicechat feature into the game.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Station Voice is now available!
  • Equipment changes have been introduced to improve item progression from levels 1 – 59 worldwide.
  • Check out the sections below for details on these highlights and other details of "Storm Break" (GU47).

LIVE EVENTS

  • "Storm Break" (GU47): Librarian Feldarn of Freeport's Academy of Arcane Science and Librarian Dungil of Qeynos' Concordium are looking for volunteers to help battle the onslaught of darkness from beyond.
  • Qeynos and Freeport have broken ground on major construction projects just off of the coast of Antonica and Commonlands respectively. Visit the docks to see the new activity!

STATION VOICE

  • A new Voice Bar will appear that provides options and indicates who is currently speaking and when you're talking. It can be docked with any chat windows.
  • A new Voice Users window will show all users in the current channel. This window can be changed to be transparent and show only active speakers if you'd like.
  • Group and Raid windows have speaking indicators to show who is currently speaking.
  • Voice options are available in the Options Menu under the "Voice Chat" tab.
  • If you're not currently in a voice channel, you will be placed in the first channel that becomes available. Subsequent channels that become available can be selected through a dropdown on the Voice Users window, a button on the Voice Bar, or a link that appears in text chat.
  • Left Control is the default push-to-talk key. You can change the key in the "Voice Chat" tab of the Options Menu.
  • If you need more info, do "/help vchat" in game.

Read more here.

Ryzom : Message From The New Team

Posted Aug 01, 2008 by Keith Cross

Ryzom's new team has provided a road map for the game's future and their plans to restore the world of Atys to its former glory.

In order to keep you informed of what is going on with the new team of artisans working hard in the shadows, we wanted to first tell you that we are really very happy and very proud to work, and for some of us - work again, on the magical world of Ryzom.

We also want to sincerely apologize for not having been able to talk to you earlier. Unfortunately we had a lot of work to do to revive our fabulous planet; tonnes of terrabytes of blood, sweat and tears... hard drives to recover, check, and deal with... countless Kami, Karavan, Kitins and tools to find and put in place... all in an effort to prepare for your next visit.

We are all really pleased to share our joy that now the hardest part is behind us.

Along with your new entrance tickets to Ryzom we have also decided to redo the website, which will soon be made public.

But we must warn the old members among you: do not expect major visual changes; the new site will look much like the previous one, but in fact it has been redeveloped and entirely rebuilt. This site will be much lighter, faster, cleaner and more efficient in order to bring in and not to scare away our future adventurers, all with the slogan: "Less is more".

Read more here.

Fallen Earth : Mutant Monster Bestiary

Posted Aug 01, 2008 by Keith Cross

The folks at Fallen earth have published new images of some of the mutant creatures that will roam the lands of this post-apocalyptic MMORPG. 

In the wake of the Shiva Virus, a wide variety of mutants emerged to claim the world of Fallen Earth, ranging from the massive and deadly sandworms to the voracious porkupine. Some have been utilized as sources of food or materials for survivor settlements, such as the prairie chicken, whose meat has become a staple food in many diets. Other creatures, such as the vicious pack hunters known as blight wolves, are a constant threat any time you step outside the walls of a settlement. Worst of all are the Shiva’s Favored and the Cult of the Dead. Shiva’s Favored are mutants from deep in the wastelands who seek to spread the radiation and toxins they need to live across the fertile Grand Canyon Province, while the Cult of the Dead are parasitic mutants who must consume the flesh and blood of humans to survive. Not all the mutants of Fallen Earth are hostile; the vast majority are none too friendly.

Read more here.

World of Warcraft : Blizzard Exec: Some Left to try Conan

Posted Aug 01, 2008 by Jon Wood

It may not be news to some, but it's surprising to hear that:

Blizzard president Mike Morhaime told Computerandvideogames.com that when Age of Conan launched back in May, Blizzard did notice players leaving to try the game (though 40% have now returned).

Blizzard president Mike Morhaime said during an Activision Blizzard earnings call on Thursday, "Age of Conan released with some initial success a couple of months ago, and we did see some of our players leave to try the game. However, we've seen about 40 percent of those players return to World of Warcraft."

Check out the original article here.

Lord of the Rings Online : Moria Concept Art

Posted Aug 01, 2008 by Jon Wood

The folks from Turbine's Lord of the Rings Online have provided us with these five new pieces of concept art depticting some of the environments that players will be introduced to with the upcoming release of the game's first expansion, Mines of Moria.

Check out all five images here.

Warhammer Online : Correspondent - About Those Cuts...

Posted Aug 01, 2008 by Jon Wood

MMORPG.com Warhammer Online Correspondent Tom Giblin pens his debut article on the recent Mythic Entertainment announcement that four classes and four capital cities had been cut from the game.

Over the multi-year development cycle of a game, many things change.

Features are scaled back or cut, others are added, designs change; it's a reality of game development. No developer can say with absolute certainty that a specific feature will be in game at launch with months or years left in the development cycle. Due to that, it should come as no surprise that information is released slowly rather than all at once. Despite slowly releasing game features and designs, things are still bound to change particularly with MMOs, which have dozens and dozens of interconnected systems.

As you're undoubtedly aware that Mark Jacobs, Vice President and General Manager of Mythic Entertainment, revealed to MMORPG.com's Jon Wood earlier this month that four capital cities and four classes would be removed from Warhammer Online. The news quickly caused a stir among those following the game. Some stated the game's release should be pushed back to allow for the cities and classes to be included at launch. Others defended the move to release the information rather than springing it on customers after they had already purchased the game, as other companies have done in the past. Still others simply said they cancelled their pre-order or claim that they will not purchase the game.

Read the whole thing here.

Age of Conan : Ellingson Interview

Posted Aug 01, 2008 by Jon Wood

At Comic Con San Diego, MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood caught up with Funcom's Erling Ellingson to talk about the game since launch and the direction for the future.

Comic Con Funcom Interview

At Comic Con, MMORPG.com caught up with Erling Ellingson, the Product Manager for Funcom's Age of Conan.

Funcom Interview

 

D&D Online : The Stormreach Chronicle

Posted Jul 31, 2008 by Keith Cross

Turbine has published the Stormreach Chronicle, which takes a weekly look at community activities in Dungeons and Dragons Online.

Welcome to the Chronicle - a weekly look at what's happening around the forums! Read on for tips, community spotlights, Turbine info, and more!

Letter from the Editors

"We're very happy to bring you this regular weekly feature, filled with spotlights on the great player activities around the DDO forums and in game! You'll also be able to find summaries of recent Turbine discussions and news, and links to helpful resources. Be on the lookout for rotating features in the Chronicle, and more segments. If you're interested in sending a submission in for the Chronicle you're more than welcome to contact any member of our Community Team. Please keep in mind that due to the volume of requests, we might not always be able to feature all submissions we receive. We appreciate your readership, and hope you enjoy the Chronicle!

Read more here.

Aion : Aion Going to PAX

Posted Jul 31, 2008 by Keith Cross

The folks at NCsoft have announced that they will be in attendance at the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle to give players some hands on game time in Aion: The Tower of Eternity.

How would you rather spend the last holiday weekend of summer, 2008? Will you do the same thing that you've been doing in years past or would you rather take a sneak peek at NCsoft's highly anticipated Aion: The Tower of Eternity?

NCsoft will be showcasing Aion: The Tower of Eternity at the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, Wa., from August 29th through the 31st. Not only will you have a chance to get some cool swag, meet fellow Aion players and members of NCsoft's North American Aion team, you will also have an opportunity to play Aion: The Tower of Eternity.

If that's not enough, there's more! Stop by the NCsoft booth and play Aion. Talk to one of the team, trade your e-mail for one of the bracelets we will be handing out and you just picked up an opportunity to participate in a very special event to be held in the future. How cool is that?

Read more here.

General : Station Voice Available in EQ2 and SWG

Posted Jul 31, 2008 by Keith Cross

SOE has announced that Station Voice, SOE and Vivox's in-game voice chat feature, is now available in EverQuest II and Star Wars Galaxies.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – July 31, 2008 – Station Voice™, a service powered by Vivox® that allows players to talk to each other in online games, is now available in the role-playing games EverQuest® II and Star Wars Galaxies™, Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE), announced today. Station Voice, which is scheduled to be available next month in EverQuest, is available for players at no additional cost with their current subscription plan.

“In-game voice chat is an enhanced new feature gamers of all levels can enjoy. Now, SOE’s players can easily talk to one another and better enjoy the online gaming experience,” said John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment. “The integration of Station Voice into these initial games was seamless, and we look forward to incorporating this added gaming experience into other SOE titles, as well as implementing the next phase of features to come soon.”

The initial launch of Station Voice will allow players to:

  • Talk person-to-person in game with any microphone and headset combo
  • Chat with their party, guild or any other group in game
  • Play and communicate without worry of a significant increase in game lag
  • Manage group/user participation with moderator controls
  • Individually mute and set volume per user
  • Set up easily without the need for separate software, accounts or registration

Read more here.

Age of Conan : Russian Version Coming

Posted Jul 31, 2008 by Keith Cross

Funcom has announced that they have signed an agreement with 1C Company to work on the Russian language version Age of Conan.

Durham, USA – July 31, 2008 – Funcom and 1C Company announces the signing of a Service Partnership Agreement for a Russian version of Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures. According to the agreement 1C will fully localize voice and text and operate local customer service, communities, websites and in-game support for Age of Conan in Russian, while Funcom takes care of back-end technology, server infrastructure and continuous development of the game. A dedicated Russian realm is to be created, giving the Russian community an opportunity to stay together and communicate with each other in their native language.

The agreement shows Funcom and 1C Company’s full dedication to the growing Eastern European market, and is another important step in ensuring long-term success for Age of Conan through-out numerous languages and regions.

“1C Company is a clear leader in the Russian speaking regions, and we are confident we have found the perfect partner,” said Trond Arne Aas, CEO of Funcom. “We have already shipped a substantial amount of English boxes into Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, but we know that the real key to success is achieved through localized servers and services. Together with 1C Company we will do our uttermost to make Age of Conan a success for many years to come.”

Read more here.

Myth War 2 : New Events

Posted Jul 31, 2008 by Keith Cross

IGG has announced two new events in Myth War II.

Myth War II, the new sequel to the classic MMORPG from IGG, continues the tradition of excellent play and an exciting community of players. With the month of August right around the corner, the Myth War team will be holding 2 captivating events featuring BIG rewards.

Event I: Wheel of Fortune

Players will have a 100% probability of winning a prize. The top prize is an ultra rare Saint Pet! Below images give you a preview of Saint Pets:

Event 2: Level up to win a gift

In order to help newbie players to level up quickly, the Myth War team will be offering them a present, Growth Paradise.

During the event, players need to finish some quests in order. They will start their adventures at scene 1, after reaching level 50, they can advance to scene 5, and then after reaching level 80, they will advance to scene 6, and win an advanced gift bag.

Note: Only players who have not played the game before until 1:00am, August 1st are eligible for this event.

Read more here.

Zu Online : Intro to the Submarine World

Posted Jul 31, 2008 by Keith Cross

IGG has posted a lengthy introduction to the world beneath the seas and the creatures that inhabit it in their Chinese martial arts MMORPG, Zu Online.

In Zu Online, Zu Mountain is not simply the name of a world but the general term for the human world, ghostdom and paradise. Thus, Zu Mountain is a space as vast as the universe. In Zu Online, there exists a gorgeous submarine world, where there is beautiful scenery everywhere. In the submarine world, there is a luxurious palace called Ziin Palace. Ziin Palace's main shrine is Yellow Crystal Palace which is built and decorated using the most precious materials available and is especially luxurious and splendid. That's why Ziin Palace is called a submarine paradise. However, this beautiful submarine world is not as quiet and peaceful as it looks, it's also filled with danger.

Read more here.

EVE Online : Chronicle: Masks of Authority

Posted Jul 31, 2008 by Jon Wood

The folks at CCP's EVE Online have released a new fiction story. This one is about the para-military arms of the eight Caldari mega-corps.

Since the early days of the Caldari State, the eight corporate police forces of the Chief Executive Panel have played an important role in Caldari society. Figures of great public attention, reviled and worshiped in equal measure (often by the same person), these eight private militaries collectively match the official Caldari Army in numbers and far exceed it in training.

What are these forces, how do they operate, and how did they come to be?

Read it all here.

Pirates of the Burning Sea : Test New Ships, Win Prizes

Posted Jul 31, 2008 by Keith Cross

The folks at Pirates of the Burning Sea have announced that players who log on to the test server on Saturday and test some of the new ships from the 1.6 patch will be entered to win PotBS t-shirts and time codes.

As you may have read in Taelorn’s recent devlog, we are introducing several new level 50 ships with the 1.6 patch.

This weekend, we’re giving all players who have a level 45 or higher character on the live servers a chance to preview those ships!

All characters on Testbed will be automatically given the deeds when they log in on Saturday, however we will also be handing out outfittings and boosting levels to help you test the ships to their full potential. Additionally, all players who turn up for a boost will be entered into a raffle to win Pirates of the Burning Sea t-shirts and 30-day time codes. There are 5 of each up for grabs!

Read more here.

Lord of the Rings Online : Warner Bros. to Distribute Moria

Posted Jul 31, 2008 by Keith Cross

Turbine has announced an agreement with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to distribute both the Collector's and Complete Editions of The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria.

WESTWOOD, MA - July 31, 2008 - Turbine, Inc. announced today its partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to distribute The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria at retail in North America. As part of the announcement, Turbine unveiled its fall product lineup which includes two titles that will be available at retail, The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria Complete Edition and The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria Collector's Edition, as well as a digital only title for existing subscribers, The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria Digital Expansion.

The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria - Fall 2008 Product Lineup:

The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria Complete Edition will include the original The Lord of the Rings OnlineTM: Shadows of AngmarTM game (Volume I), all content updates released since launch, and The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria (Volume II). The Complete Edition will be available at retail stores nationwide and offers new players who wish to journey through the most complete and authentic recreation of Middle-earth the full, award-winning experience.

The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria Collector's Edition will feature the content of the Complete Edition as well as compelling digital and physical items for collectors. Limited quantities of the Collector's Edition will be available at retail outlets in a unique leather-bound book packaging and will include:

  • 3 exclusive tokens that can be exchanged for the player's choice of 8 different in-game items
  • 22" x 22" premium quality cloth map of the Mines of Moria
  • Special gold-plated ring complete with chain and pouch
  • Mines of Moria poster
  • The Lord of the Rings Online Art and Music Collection with the official Mines of Moria Soundtrack
  • A full color Collector's Edition Starter Guide

Read more here.

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