It seems that the folks at Auran Games, who announced back in December of '07 that their PvP-centric MMORPG Fury would be moving from a subscription model to a free-to-play model, have run out of time.
Early this morning, the company announced that the game servers and website will be shutting down in 48 hours.
We have reached our time limit to find a solution that would help us keep the Fury servers open. Sadly, no solution has been found and so we have no alternative than to shut the servers down in 48 hours.
To all those players who have enjoyed Fury and played countless battles, I am sorry that we could not find a viable business model that would allow you to continue playing. To all those naysayers and doomsdayers, we know that deep down you wanted Fury to succeed. Have fun with your parting wishes
To the Auran team, who put their heart and soul into making Fury, thanks for your efforts. As I said many times before, we need to be much better than the competition to have a chance of succeeding. We gave it everything we had and history now judges that it still wasn’t good enough.
Whilst this marks the end of the Fury chapter, who knows what the future may bring. There were many gems hidden within Fury and many lessons learned. Hopefully one day the full potential can be realized in some other form.
So for now, so long and thanks for all the fish.
P.S. We informed all stores more than a month ago to remove stock from their shelves. If you have purchased a copy of Fury in the past month, we suggest you return it to the store.
P.P.S. This website will also close down in 48 hours.
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MMORPG.com World of Warcraft Correspondent Robert Duckworth pens this article discussing Wintergrasp, a PvP zone that will be released with the launch of the game's upcoming Wrath of the Lich King expansion.
Lake Wintergrasp is a new PvP zone in the continent of Northrend that will be released with the upcoming expansion pack Wrath of the Lich King (WotLK). Unlike previous attempts by Blizzard to create smaller world PvP objectives, such as the city of Halaa in Nagrand or the Auchindoun Towers, Lake Wintergrasp is going to fill up an entire zone. While the past world PvP objectives created by Blizzard mostly ended in failure, it looks like they learned a good deal from them and will finally get it right with Lake Wintergrasp.
Check out the article here.
The folks at EverQuest II have posted an FAQ informing players of EQII's availability in French, German, and Japanese.
Did you know that EverQuest II supports the French, German and Japanese languages and has servers in each of those languages? In fact, all EQII players have access to these servers, as well as the EU English servers and the US servers. If you're not familiar with these servers or would like to know more, read on as we demystify the international EQII servers.
Is EverQuest II fully translated into French, German and Japanese?
Yes. Text and voiceover are translated into French, German and Japanese. Each version is playable in its respective language when connected to French, German and Japanese-language servers.
The French server is called Storms. The German servers are called Innovation and Valor. The Japanese server is called Sebilis.
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Warhammer Online's Jeff Skalski spoke recently with MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood about the cities system in the upcoming MMORPG, including the recent decision to cut four capital cities from launch.
MMORPG.com's Jon Wood caught up recently with Jeff Skalski, a Features Producer working on Mythic Entertainment's Warhammer Online. In the interview Jeff discusses the cities system in the game, from what players can expect to the decision that saw four of the six capital cities removed from the list of launch features.
GamesCampus has announced that the Open Beta for Asda Story begins on August 5th and they are running a Guaranteed Fun Promotion, which will pay out $30 for players who are unsatisfied with the game and have reached level 40 by September 4th.
San Jose, Calif. (August 4, 2008) - San Jose-based online game publisher, Gamescampus.com (www.gamescampus.com, run by OnNet USA), announced today it will begin the open beta test for its newest game, Asda Story, tomorrow, August 5th, 2008 at 9:00PM Pacific Standard Time.
With the start of the open beta test the company has also announced a special new program for players of the game-The Guaranteed Fun Promotion. The company is certain that players will be satisfied with their Asda Story game experience, so much so, that they are staking money on it. Any player who signs up for and plays the game (for free) for 30 days and isn't satisfied with their experience can ask the company to pay them $30 USD. For the full details visit http://asdastory.gamescampus.com/event/fun.html.
The open beta session will commence on August 5, 2008 at 9:00 PM PST and will run through late August at which point the game will officially launch. Gamers are invited to join the open beta by going to the official website at www.asdastory.gamescampus.com where they can create an account and sign up to participate.
"We chose to bring this game to the west because we believe in its potential. The Guaranteed Fun Promotion is our way of showing our belief in the game and is even better than a money-back guarantee because you don't have to spend a penny to play Asda Story," said David Chang, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Gamescampus.com. "We are just asking you to invest your time in playing our game, and if after playing for 30 days you don't feel it has been the great game experience we feel it to be, we want to hear your feedback and we'll give you $30.00. It is as simple as that."
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IGG has published an overview of superior equipment sets in Angels Online.
Angels Online, an IGG game, prides itself on its cute characters, rich storylines, and tons of fancy items. In order to help players know more about superior equipment in the game, the AO team has been kind enough to give a brief introduction about these ancient powerful sets.
Suman is the most suitable set for warriors. With 2 pieces of the set, players’ spell defense will be increased 30. With 4 pieces of the set players’ can increase the defensive power of by 200, and with a complete set your HP will increase by 800. As a qualified MT, players should own this set. In order to obtain this precious set, players’ should beat the mighty bosses, and collect enough pieces to find an appointed NPC and exchange for the set.
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The folks at Tabula Rasa have announced three Olympic inspired events which will take place on August 9th on the public test server.
Here are some quick highlights of these events:
- Shooting - It's just like target practice! Level 30s, grey pistols (will be handed out to the fighters), meet up at the Marshes Arena!!
- King of the Hill - PvP event (yes, I said PvP event) mixed with some hungry bane mechanicals! It's a very fun and exciting chance to beat up on each other and see who is the last man standing! This event will be taking place on the CP Wargame map, so we ask anyone who wishes to spectate to stay on the platform.. I personally wouldn't want to get stuck down there with some nasty striders.
- Fencing - It's FnF with blades for level 50s! The catch is that you must wear level 50 grey stealth and have a 50 grey blade. Just like FnF, this will be taking place in CELLAR 3!
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MMORPG.com Correspondent Daniel Stull files this report gathering information and advice from long-time EverQuest II players and presenting it through the eyes of a new player.
While the title of this article is a bit long, it explains much. I am essentially a complete newbie when it comes to Everquest 2, having only played the trial when the game was first released, and I only played the first Everquest for a month. I wanted to learn more, and, though Sony's Everquest 2 website provides a lot of information concerning the classes and races of the game, the only real way to get information would be to go to a source – an Everquest 2 player who has enough experience to put things in perspective for me. As a matter of fact, I ended up finding multiple players who gave me a wide range of information, all of it vastly useful.
Read it all here.
Recently, MMORPG.com caught up with the folks from Firesky's Stargate Worlds to talk about their game. Today, we present this interview with Howard Lyons, the Art Director on the game. Lyons discusses the interactivity and customization of the game's user interface.
MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood recently caught up with Stargate Worlds Art Director Howard Lyons to talk about the user interface in the upcoming MMORPG. Remember, any footage you're seeing is pre-alpha footage.
Check out our combat video here.
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CCP has announced that the Empyrean Age novel by author Tony Gonzales is now available in the White Wolf Online Store.
The wait is over. Tony Gonzales’ EVE: The Empyrean Age novel is now available through the White Wolf Online Store. This epic story, set in the EVE Online universe, sets the stage for the recent Empyrean Age expansion. You can purchase the book in paperback or hardcover.
All copies of EVE: The Empyrean Age purchased through the White Wolf Online Store are autographed by the author.
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Blizzard has provided a preview of the contents of the goody bags for attendees of BlizzCon 08.
For everyone contemplating a trip to this year's BlizzCon (October 10-11 in Anaheim, California), we'd like to give you a glimpse of just a few items you might find in your goody bag when you arrive at the show.
If you've ever been on the verge of finishing off a paladin, only to be foiled at the last second, you'll appreciate the 16” inflatable divine shield ball, complete with a paladin inside in the midst of hearthing away. Half of the goody bags handed out will contain the bubble-hearth ball, while the other half will have...
Frostmourne. The very name of Arthas's runeblade strikes terror into hearts across Azeroth. Now it comes to you in a more convenient package, and you don't even have to travel to Icecrown Glacier to get it. As you go about your daily activities, whether they be raising legions of the undead or just brooding on your throne, carrying this 48” inflatable Frostmourne will grant you an extra touch of sinister majesty.
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The folks at Stone Age 2 have released an Overview of the guild System in their prehistoric MMORPG.
Berlin, 1st August 2008: Is there anything more fun than running as a cave man with a pack of cute, prehistoric pets through primeval forests? Of course there is! Running through primeval forests with a bunch of cave men, all of them with their own pack of cute, prehistoric pets! StoneAge 2 offers great options for all players to interact with each other.
There are group functions and friend lists, and of course a comprehensive guild system. But unlike in other games, the guilds of StoneAge 2 are not intended to separate players from each other or for mere battling in guild wars. The guild system of StoneAge 2 has been created for cooperation and interaction, including non-member players in fact.
For this purpose, guilds have multiple sponsoring functions. They can organize custom made quests for other players or hold a PVP tournament for the best pet teams to compete with each other. They are able to erect a totem pole not only for showing the glory of their guild but also to offer useful field functions like an item bank and a warp portal to teleport to distant places in the game world. Some of these features can be used by non-members, too. Yet, the most glorious achievement for any guild in StoneAge 2 is to build a legendary guild tower. Legend relates that these buildings can open a portal to unknown worlds.
Because guilds in StoneAge 2 have such unique features, creating them is a challenging task. Two high level characters have to successfully finish a difficult quest line in order to create a guild. But all efforts and hard work will surely be repaid by the fun and possibilities that the guild functions do offer. Of course, guilds will have member-only functions like a guild bank, guild housing (so-called “guild den”), guild mail, guild chat and guild ranks – not to forget interaction and group play under the same guild name and guild tag. Beta registration for StoneAge 2 has already started on www.stoneage2.de.
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IGG has provided a preview of six new guild quests in Myth War II.
Today the Myth War team is going to give their players a sneak preview of six brand new captivating and essential guild quests.
1. Devil Slain Quest
Hateful Devils always look to make trouble for the guilds, and the Manager has ordered you to teach them a lesson. You can defeat these Devils with your friends and gain handsome rewards. The guys who help you will gain gold and experience points as rewards; those in the same guild will gain points in Guild Construction also.
2. Gathering Quest
The guild’s Warehouse lacks some materials, so the Manager asks you to buy them for him. You can buy all of the required materials from vendors in the major cities.
3. Mora Quest
The last time the greedy Manager played Morra with the Devil he Lost badly, and he took it hard. To save face, he asks you to play Morra with the Devil to see if you can win his money back. If you can then he will reward you greatly.
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IGG has announced that theyu will be launching a new US server for Wonderland Online.
Wonderland Online officials will be launching a new US server named “LEO” after the weekly server maintenance on August 5th EDT (GMT-4). The new server has 3 server branches and its name will be at the top of the Server List. Therefore, players can have more server options when entering the game and the population stress on Aries server will be relieved.
In addition, a new European Server is currently being tested and will be released in August.
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The folks at Mythic Entertainment have posted a FAQ about pre-orders for Warhammer Online Age of Reckoning.
Below are some frequently asked questions concerning pre-order offers, we will continue to update this page as with answers to your questions.
I live in Canada how can I pre-order? You can pre-order your copy of WAR from FutureShop, EB Games Canada, the EA Store and other fine game retailers.
Where are my codes when I pre-order online?: Each retailer may do it differently, we have no control over the distribution of their codes to pre-order customers. However, you will generally receive a separate email specifically containing your codes (in some cases I've seen it take a few days). Please do not contact EA Mythic Customer Support concerning this - you must contact your retailer as we will be unable to assist you further.
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MMORPG.com has teamed up with IGG to bring our community some free in game gifts for Zu Online. These gift keys will give you the following goodies:
All you need to get your free key is your MMORPG.com login. Registered members of our community can GET THEIR KEY AT THIS LINK!
NOTE: We are only issuing one gift key per IP address, with no exceptions.
MMORPG.com has teamed up with Perfect World Entertainment to help them celebrate the beta test launch for their new MMORPG - Perfect World International. What better way to do this than to give away 5 smoking hot video cards! From now until Sept 1, 2008 at 9PM we will be taking entries into this random drawing contest and we will select 5 winners - one prize per winner.
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NCsoft has announced that players can now purchase Character Respecs in City of Heroes/Villains.
City of Heroes has expanded their suite of available purchasable services to include Character Respecs (short for Respecifications). Over the course of leveling up, there are many powers that a character can choose from. A Character Respec allows the character to re-select their powers from their chosen primary and secondary powers, along with any other pools of powers they have access to. To be clear, this optional purchasable Respec does not allow the primary or secondary powerset to be reselected; it functions like existing respecs currently available in game.
Optional Character Respecs are available via the in-game store found at the character select screen for the per transaction price of $9.99 USD.
There are already multiple in-game methods that players can obtain a Respec. Now, if the convenience of purchasing a Respec is desired, it is available. Having a purchasable option has been an often heard desire from the game's customers.
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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.
Mines of Moria Teaser Video
watch the trailer here.