The folks at Fallen Earth have prepared a brief preview of the recently revamped tutorial and new player experience in Fallen Earth.
In recent months we’ve completely revamped the new player experience in Fallen Earth, rebuilding the tutorial from the ground up and restructuring many of the starter towns. These screenshots show some of the work that has been done in the tutorial, which now takes placing during the Fall of Hoover Dam and introduces the player to some of the more advanced parts of the game, such as vehicle operation and rocket launchers. The player will face everything from White Crow commandos to genetically engineered super-soldiers in the tutorial, and will interact with the six main factions. After the tutorial, players will be able to select what town they wish to start in, each of which has a different focus (crafting, combat, support, PvP).
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The guys from MMORPG.com attended this year's SOE block party where we walked away with a great look at SOE's upcoming made-for-kids MMO, Free Realms.
MMORPG.com recently attended the SOE block party. While there, the guys got a first time demonstration of the made-for-kids (of all ages) MMO.
NCsoft has published the patch notes from the latest update for City of Heroes/Villains.
On Tuesday, August 5th we updated City of Heroes to a new game version that includes a number of improvements and revisions. To read all the details of this update, please visit the Patch Notes web page.
Additionally, the Training Room Test Server was updated on August 5th to a new version for public testing. This is our next candidate to promote to the Live servers and we invite anyone interested to check it out. Visit the Training Room patch notes and log in to the Training Room to experience this new version firsthand.
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NCsoft has updated their Aion FAQ to include information on the Aion beta test. Instead of a traditional beta, they will be providing fans with several opportunities to try the game at a number of preview events.
The Aion FAQ has been updated with new information concerning beta testing. The entry is now as follows:
"When will beta testing begin?
In lieu of beta testing, Aion fans will be given opportunities to participate in a small number of Preview events before the game's release. In addition to soliciting player feedback, the Preview events will help prepare for Aion's release, as well as provide a great gaming experience on launch day and beyond.
As with Aion's release date, the schedule of these Preview events will be announced in coming months."
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The folks at Codemasters are showing off some of the new armor sets that will be released with Episode 3: Spirits Awakening for Archlord.
First of the new armour added in Episode 3: Spirits Awakening is from the Frozen Infinity, the Ice Spirit Realm.
The increased skill level effect of the Chest Armour piece can increase a skill beyond its learning cap, so a skill learnt to Rank 5 becomes Rank 7 and includes all the bonuses of those two additional ranks based on the normal progression of the skill.
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The folks at GameTribe have announced that they will be holding an Olympic themed event in Dream of Mirror Online.
Dream of Mirror Online (DOMO), the Free-to-Play social MMORPG has today announced the details for its first August update which includes The Quest for the 5 Rings, in celebration of this month’s Olympic Games.
The Quest for the 5 Rings is a huge new quest chain involving Olympia and 3 of the ancient Greek gods, Apollo, Athena and Artemis where players can earn special rewards and items.
Also in this update comes 3 new items for the Item Mall including a new Bullfighters costume and a Double XP Booster Badge.
The new update will be available to players after the weekly Wednesday maintenance window.
DOMO is a Free-to-Play social MMORPG based on ancient Chinese mythology. Join with thousands of other gamers in an amazing anime-inspired world where you can socialize, form friendships, craft and master a variety of jobs, all within the underlying quest of trying to solve the riddles of the ancient myth of the Kunlun Mirror.
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IGG lists five features which make Zu Online a unique and enjoyable gaming experience.
IGG has just revealed the most outstanding features, that cannot fail to impress players deeply, of their published 3D MMORPG Zu Online.
There are many reasons why players like or dislike a game. For example, the 3D MMORPG Zu Online; which is based on immortal beings, has many features that will captivate and astound players:
1. Traditional Chinese style and water-and-ink rendered graphics: The Zu Online developers use advanced 3D engines and cartoon rendering technology, as well as manual ink and wash paintings to create the amazing graphics. That all add to the refreshing and unique look of the game. Different from other online games, Zu Online has created a brand-new online world
2. Unconfined flight and air fight: In Zu Online, you can not only fly anywhere but also fight in the sky, which makes the combats in Zu Online especially fantastic.
3. Various events and gameplay: There are various events and gameplay in Zu Online, including the Sinuous Maze event, treasure hunt, Monster Slaying Contest, Round Quests, Commercial Travel, instanced region and much more.
4. An almost perfect combination of delicate graphics and absorbing music: It is difficult to find an online game that combines graphics and music as well as Zu Online. It has cartoon-styled characters, flaming graphics and colorful spell effects all neatly synchronized with spellbinding music, which gives players the best audio and visual experience around.
5. Flexible PVP system: In Zu Online, players have many choices in how to develop their character. For example, they can easily join in or choose to keep away from all PVP combats; as the PVP design of Zu Online is so flexible. What’s more, Zu Online offers players a dynamic game world, where every player may determine their own future and can even change the world.
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The Champions Online official site has been updated with a profile of Michael Cavallaro, the lead VFX artist on Champions Online.
Q: What do you do on Champions Online?
A: I am the lead VFX artist for Champions Online, which is the most awesome job in the world no matter what Christopher Chamberlain tells you. :) Working with Chris, I oversee the look and style of all of the FX in the game.
Q: How long have you been working in gaming, and what did you do before Champions Online?
A: What time is it now?
I'm fairly new to the gaming industry, but I've been doing this type of thing for about 14 years. I've been here at Cryptic for a year and a half. I come from a film VFX background where I did a lot of compositing, animating and FX.
Q: What is your typical workday like?
A: I am creating the player powers for Champions Online, so I start with lots of research to see how a particular power has been visualized in comics, movies and other games. Sometimes I'll set one of the animators on fire to see what flames should look like when someone is running around … on fire! It kills two birds with one stone because then that same animator can use the video to make the "guy running around on fire" animation.
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Cryptic Studios has announced that Leonard Nimoy will be on hand when they reveal Star Trek Online game play footage at the Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas.
We are thrilled to announce that legendary Star Trek actor and director Leonard Nimoy will be our special guest at the reveal of the first gameplay footage from Star Trek Online!
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MMORPG.com has just been issued an additional 3,000 beta keys for Atlantica Online. This second phase of beta testing will begin August 7 at 6PM PDT.
Get your key while they are still here, the first batch we offered went very quick so get your now!
TO GET YOUR BETA KEY CLICK HERE! (MMORPG.com login required)
Well, the day has finally come. Instead of hearing about a launch date of "Fall, 2008" we now know that Mythic Entertainment's Warhammer Online will launch on September 18th.
FAIRFAX, Va. - Hot on the heels of spectacular showings at E3 and Comic-Con, Mythic Entertainment, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) studio, today announced that fans will be able to enter the gritty fantasy world of Warhammer® Online: Age of Reckoning™ (WAR) on September 18th, 2008 when the highly-anticipated MMORPG goes live. After three years in development by Virginia-based Mythic Entertainment, WAR will open its North American, European and Oceanic servers and offer players a variety of flexible subscription options. Gamers who pre-order WAR in North American will enjoy special benefits including open beta admission, a live game head start, and bonus in-game items.
Based on Games Workshop’s epic and longstanding tabletop fantasy war game, WAR is a unique MMORPG that features revolutionary Realm vs. Realm™ (RvR) gameplay that will immerse players in a world of perpetual conflict for years to come. WAR has been recognized for its unique play style that appeals to novice MMO players while offering incredible depth for more seasoned players.
Consumer demand for WAR is mounting with all units of the game’s Collector’s Edition having been pre-sold in North America. In addition, the title is receiving significant media attention, picking up numerous critic awards at this year’s E3, including “Best PC Game” from G4’s XPlay, “Best MMO” from IGN and Voodoo Extreme, and “Top 10 PC Game” from Gamespy, as well as being nominated for the prestigious Game Critic’s Awards “Best PC Game”.
“The countdown has officially begun. Mark your calendars! September 18th is the Day of Reckoning,” said Mark Jacobs, founder and general manager of Mythic Entertainment. “For the last three years, the entire team at Mythic has poured their hearts into making Warhammer Online the next great MMORPG. We are so excited to open up this world and share it with the fans that will live in it, quest in it, go to war in it and make it come alive.”
Fans looking forward to laying siege to their enemy’s capital city will have several pricing options available, beginning with a $14.99 monthly subscription. Additionally, collectible 30- and 60-day prepaid Game Time™ Cards will be available at many game retailers. WAR subscription options include:
Players can now pre-order their copy of WAR to secure their spots on the frontlines with a special pre-order package that includes:
Participating pre-order partners include Amazon.com, Best Buy, Circuit City, Direct2Drive, EAStore.com, EB Canada, EB Games, Fry’s, Futureshop, GameCrazy, GameStop, GoGamer.com, and Walmart.com. (Pre-order offers will vary by retailer.) The European pre-order program is scheduled to begin in late August. For more information about the North American pre-order program, visit www.warhammeronline.com/preorder.
Available for the PC, WAR is rated “T” for TEEN by the ESRB. WAR will be the first MMORPG to launch servers simultaneously in North America, Europe, and Oceania when it goes live on September 18th, 2008. For more information, visit http://www.warhammeronline.com/.
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BLizzard announced that World of Warcraft players can have the opportunity to earn an exclusive Zhevra mount, free game time and more with thier new Recruit-A-Friend program.
With the new Recruit-A-Friend program you can earn an exclusive Zhevra mount, receive a FREE month of game time, and gain access to other exciting in-game benefits. From the moment your friend creates a character and starts playing you’ll both earn triple the experience when grouped together and have the ability to summon one another from anywhere in the world. Also, for every two levels of experience your friend earns, they can grant one level of experience to one of your lower-level characters.
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IGG has announced details of a wedding event that will be held in Myth War II on August 7th, and that a new game client will also be released on that same day.
Myth War II team announces its launch of a magnificent online wedding ceremony on Chinese Valentine’s Day.This Wedding Party will be held on August 7th starting at 10:00am. Players can sign up on the forum to hold their own wedding parties. However, the players must first qualify to hold these sumptuous events by passing a test. The winners of the test will not only be qualified to have their wedding parties but also get astounding gifts. And as an added bonus all expenditure incurred by the celebrations will be decently rewarded.
Besides, the latest game client Version 220.127.116.11 will be released on August 7th; Please keep a close eye on our download site.
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Zero Online is holding a Warchip Casino event this weekend.
Welcome to the Warship Casino! This weekend, from 9:00 to 4:30 of the next day, Officer Chris will provide you guys chances to be billionaires overnight!
Find Officer Chris on Steel Warship to place your bet. There are 3 options for you: 100 thousand Galaxy Gold, 1 million Galaxy Gold and 10 million Galaxy Gold. After that, choose 4 numbers out of 1 to 36, you will obtain a Number Recorder which records the numbers you've selected. You should keep in mind that the Number Recorder needs to be well kept. If you win the lottery later, it will be the only voucher to claim your prize.
The Alliance will announce 4 lucky numbers every half an hour. If all the 4 lucky numbers coincide with the numbers you've selected, you will be awarded 20 times of your original bet. If you've selected 3 lucky numbers, 10 times of your original bet will be awarded to you. 2 lucky numbers will bring you 5 times of your original bet and 1 lucky number will bring you 1 time as well. However, if you've got no lucky number...terribly sorry, pilot, your original bet will be donated to the Alliance's fund. You know, we need weapons and ammos...
Moreover, if you've got any of the lucky numbers, you need to claim your prize from Officer Chris within half an hour, in other words, before the next round's 4 lucky numbers are announced.
Be brave, soldier. Money is not everything.
Life is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you gonna get.
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Simutronics has announced that HSC Labs has liscenced the use of the Hero Engine for their upcoming MMO project.
(Gaithersburg, MD, August 5, 2008) Simutronics announced today that HSC Labs of Las Vegas, NV has licensed the Simutronics HeroEngine. HSC Labs will use HeroEngine in connection with their massively multiplayer game (MMO) project currently getting underway.
HeroEngine is rapidly being recognized throughout the industry as a leap forward in MMO game development middleware compared to competing products from BigWorld, Multiverse, Unreal, and others.
HSC Labs Director, Daniel de la Cruz says, “I believe that middleware software is the future of gaming, and that Simutronics is currently the leader in this industry. I also believe that the efficiency and dependability offered by Simutronics is going to push production dates backwards for the first time“
Simutronics first launched HeroEngine as a licensed development platform in 2006 after five years of development. Since that time the Simutronics team has added dozens of new features and integrated key technologies from the leading middleware vendors in the videogame industry. HeroEngine is being used worldwide by development teams looking for faster time to market through the HeroEngine’s unique collaborative development as well as unique tools for rapid prototyping and world building and a content pipeline that is optimized for the needs of MMO development teams.
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The folks at Eudemond have announced four new upcoming events.
Great news! More events coming soon and many at that! Specifically there will be 4 new events that you will be able to take part in. To commemorate the eternal battle against the enemy forces the queen has the following events planned: Fortune Mouse, Trolls Hunting, Seal Troll, and a Skyrocket event.
In the 'Fortune Mouse' event you will gather Fortune coins from an NPC and bring them to the greedy mice that just love them, of course. They will give you lottery chances so that you may win even more gold!
Throughout the duration of the 'Troll Hunting' event, any monster you kill has the possibility of causing a Troll to appear. We need you, acting as Troll Hunters, to go forth and suppress these creatures. You must kill as many Trolls as possible in order to rid the land of these vile beasts.
For the 'Seal Troll' event, you must buy a chest that obviously has a Troll sealed within. By killing the troll you receive experience, but be wary of where you release the Troll! Others can also kill the Troll before you; stealing the experience bonus!
The Skyrocket event will dazzle and amaze in exploding proportions, literally. During this event there will be two sizes of 'Powder' that you will combine with the skyrockets to fire them off. The small size will only give you experience while the big size will give those in the surrounding area (hopefully your friends) experience too.
More details coming soon...
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The folks at Conquer Online are celebrating Chinese Valentine`s Day beginning on the 7th of August.
Dear Conquer players,
The 7th of August is the Chinese traditional festival, Qi Xi, also known as Chinese Valentine's Day or Magpie Festival. To celebrate this Chinese Valentine's Day, we have prepared a cultural introduction and a special quest in game for our players!
Qi Xi Cultural Introduction: The festival stems from a romantic tragedy about the 7th daughter of the Emperor of Heaven and an orphaned cowherder. We have made the introduction into an e-magazine. Please click to enjoy the full content. (requires Abode Flash Player to view)
Qi Xi Special Quest: Available after the server maintenance on Aug 6th, in the quest, at first you have to help some separated lovers to find each other. Then players will get together to summon the magpies to build a bridge for the separated Herd-bay and Weaving-girl. (Details)
Duration: Aug 6th to Aug 11th
We hope all the players can enjoy this Chinese Valentine's day!
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Blizzard has updated the World of Warcraft Region Level page with information on the new zones on the continent of Northrend, which will be introduced with Wrath of the Lich King, WoW's next paid expansion.
We've updated our Region Level page with the zones comprising Northrend, the new continent in Wrath of the Lich King. This is the first of many Wrath of the Lich King updates planned for the World of Warcraft Game Guide.
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MMORPG.com Star Wars Galaxies Correspondent Jef Reahard writes this article on crafting and the recent crafting changes that have come with Update 5.
The crafting game within-the-game of Sony Online Entertainment's Star Wars Galaxies was easily the most complex, rewarding, and intricate MMORPG economic system this side of EVE Online, and it was one of the great tragedies of the infamous New Game Enhancements (NGE) that this sublime system of resource management, trade, and customization was nearly blown away in an attempt to appeal to a larger audience. Happily, all is not lost, as the current Star Wars Galaxies development team has been taking baby steps in the general direction of recapturing the magic of the old system, despite runaway server inflation and the misgivings of some players weaned on the simplistic auction house systems of other games.
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MMORPG.com spoke recently with Dan Elggrin about the AI in Stargate Worlds.
Dan Elggrin, the Studio Head over at Stargate Worlds sits down for a quick conversation about the Artificial Intelligence being used in the upcoming MMORPG.