MMORPG.com Warhammer Online Correspondent Andrew Bobb writes this look at RvR in Tier Two for the popular Dark Elf Witch Elf career in Mythic's RVR-centric game.
After completing the first ten levels as a Witch Elf, you should be familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of the class. Tier One RvR has also given you a feel for how you want to play the class. As you begin leveling through Tier Two, you will begin to focus on a career mastery path. Each point you dedicate to a path increased the effectiveness of that path's core abilities and progresses you towards path exclusive skills.
Read the Teir Two RvR Guide: Witch Elf
IGG has announced details on the next update for Zu Online which adds a new pet and minion, a new reward system, a promise to fix all known bugs, and more.
The new version of Zu Online is coming very soon. With the release of the new version, a cool new pet--Aurora Tiger, a new minion--Hades Fire Beast for level 240+ Summoners, the Pumpkin-Q Head, weekly cards, monthly cards, and the daily regular rewards system will all be added to the game. In addition, many game features will be adjusted, all the known bugs will be fixed and the max level requirements for receiving quests will be canceled.
Read more here.
With talk of EVE Online's next expansion, Apocrypha, getting more and more frequest, we thought it might be a good idea to ask EVE Online expert Andrew Wallace to write a review of the game's last expansion, Quantum Rise.
EVE is no stranger to upheaval. It is a constantly evolving beast, and has been since its release back in 2003. Rather than consolidating all of their updates into a single release every year or so, CCP releases two major expansions for free each year, but it would be wrong to say that just because they appear more frequently and cost nothing that they are lacking somewhat. Each one is substantial enough to bring about a new age for the game, requiring players to adjust their strategies accordingly, and Quantum Rise was no different. It was also not short on controversy, with some players heralding that the speed changes it was bringing would ruin EVE; that this was it, the apocalypse was on its way, and it had a November release date. Well, shockingly enough, November has come and gone, and EVE is still here; stronger than ever, perhaps, having recently reached a new Peak Concurrent User (PCU) record of 45,186 at the beginning of 2009. Anyway, is the latest expansion for EVE Online any good? Yes. That's the simple answer; it's a good expansion, but not for the reasons you might expect. There isn't a swarm of fancy new ships to look at, no new weapons to blast each other with; not much new stuff at all, oh no. What makes Quantum Rise deserving of the score below and has caused such an impact to the game has much more to do with the balances and upgrades to what was already there. Let's pop the hood and take a look.
Read the Quantum Rise Review
IGG has announced a series of events to celebrate Valentine's day in Myth War II.
Since Valentine’s Day is coming around the corner, the air is thick with the sweet scent of roses and chocolates. Myth War team from IGG has prepared the wonderful event series for Myth War inhabitants to express their sentiments.
Love does not begin or end in one day. Since the day Cupid’s arrow penetrated the hearts of Kelina and Andrew, these two young men could never bear to part. But before we give them our blessing, their love must be tested. Team up with your beloved and complete our quest to find out the strength of love. Love Guru and take part in fights. Special prizes like Saint Pet are on offer.
A grand wedding ceremony will be held for 10 players with the most glorious deeds in PK battles. On Valentine’s Day, the GM will act as the Master of Ceremony to host the ceremony. Those heartfelt and touching wedding vows, beautiful flowers and the ringing of bells will be combined to give a most romantic feeling. Your wedding will be a splendid spectacle. February 14, for the whole day, let’s indulge ourselves in love.
We will hold a Valentine’s Day Screenshot Contest. You can take screenshots in the game or hand draw something game based, then submit them to us. Photoshop or other graphics programs can be use to process or edit images.
Read more here.
To celebrate Valentines Day, IGG and MMORPG.com have teamed up to give our members special gift keys that will give new players in game goodies within Angels Online. Get yours while supplies last!
Each gift pack contains:
EuroGamer is reporting that the boxed copy of EVE Online will come loaded with a few perks to help get new players started, after confirming details released on the website of a UK retailer with Atari, the publisher of the boxed version.
Atari has confirmed to Eurogamer that the box copy of EVE Online that it's releasing next month will come with a few exclusive perks.
The bonuses - usable by both new players and existing subscribers - include 60 days of game time, a special edition ship, a head-start in faction standings and an insider's guide to careers in the space MMO's persistent online universe.
The details first appeared on UK retailer Game's website earlier this week (click on the 'product details' tab). Atari has told Eurogamer that they are genuine.
Read more here.
The folks at EverQuest have posted a preview of the Lavastorm Revamp that is coming in Game Update #51.
GU #51, Elements of Corruption, brings with it the much anticipated revamp of the Lavastorm zone! We've all spent many happy hours there slaying Sootfoots and those crawly bug guys, not to mention the trek up to Sol Eye! The zone you know and love will still be there. Nothing is being removed, but some very exciting additions are being made, not the least of which is easier travel through the minefield of lava pockets.
Why has the face of Lavastorm changed? The Mistress of Elemental Magic, Najena, is making her presence felt!
The inhabitants of Lavastorm are feeling a presence they know well; a presence they felt long ago. Najena lurks deep within her fortress, The Ward of Elements, preparing herself for conflict. The armies of Theer are storming the coasts of Lavastorm! The Order of the Flame works frantically to place in motion plans to aid Najena in her fight against the invaders. By no means will it be an easy fight, though. An adversary from Najena's past has returned and he is set to corrupt and control the minds of all who dare to oppose him.
Read more here.
IGG has prepared an overview of their recently announced strategic game, Galaxy Online, which introduces players to the world and the game's concept.
Galaxy Online is a massive real-time strategy game set in the vast expanses of the universe.
The game design is very flexible, allowing players a great amount of freedom in dictating where they go and what they do. Players can find new planets, study their resources and decide, how and when to utilize them to their advantage. However, players must remember they are not alone in the galaxy and they must compete with other players for these resources. You can lead the simple and exciting life of a businessman, assessing profit and loss from material resources, or lead a fleet of warships into battle to expand your inter-galactic empire.
While most MMORPGs confine their players to a strict set of rules, and a highly structured gaming environment, Galaxy Online takes the opposite approach. We set down the basic rules of operation and let players discover the rest. Adventures, battles, exploration and more are all left to the players to discover for themselves. Concepts like character levels, experience gained, and others do not retain the same significance, instead, a higher priority is placed on strategy and success, whether economically or militarily. Before players can begin to develop a planet, they must consider how to efficiently exploit the planets resources, how to use those resources, and how to protect those resources. Careful consideration must always be taken or your empire may fall.
Read more here.
MMORPG.com Runes of Magic Correspondent Pamela Blalock writes this look at the first few dungeons players will encounter in the upcoming game.
As you're levelling in Runes of Magic, you're bound to come across a few dungeons. RoM offers a varying number of dungeons. You'll encounter your normal instanced dungeons and raids. But you might also see camp dungeons, PVP dungeons, and dungeon gates according to the RoM website. During your early levels you'll visit the normal instanced dungeon for you and your party to conquer.
PlaySpan has announced that they have implemented a system in Ragnarok Online which allows for automated in-game delivery of goods.
PlaySpan Marketplace announced today that it has teamed up with Gravity Interactive and its immensely popular game Ragnarok to provide automated in-game delivery of virtual items bought at the PlaySpan Marketplace. Players purchase exclusive virtual items, such as the Weekend Hunting Pack, at the PlaySpan Marketplace and then visit a special Ragnarok character to take delivery of them. The new service enhances the player experience while ensuring speedy and secure delivery.
“Ragnarok players can enjoy both unique packages and the easy, secure convenience of in-game delivery through the PlaySpan Marketplace”, said Jason Koerperich Community Manager of Gravity Interactive, Inc.
In addition to Gravity Interactive’s Ragnarok and Rose Online, Gamers can also buy virtual items for 25 other popular titles. PlaySpan Marketplace customers can purchase virtual items, subscriptions, time codes, starter packs, and virtual currencies in a secure publisher authorized environment.
“For the first time, online gamers have a quick and simple way to buy virtual currency and in-game items without having to use the risky and unreliable grey market,” said Karl Mehta, CEO of PlaySpan, which provides the only comprehensive monetization solution to the online games industry. “With these additions to the Marketplace catalog, we can serve an estimated 100 million-plus players.”
PlaySpan Marketplace enables gamers to use several convenient payment methods including credit cards, Ultimate Points™, PayPal, PayByCash, and the Ultimate Game Card. For those customers who don’t have access to cash or a credit card, they can earn Ultimate Points to make free purchases by completing surveys or advertising offers. In addition, Customers receive 100 free Ultimate Points™ for creating an account.
“We’ve made it super easy for customers who lack traditional payment options such as credit cards or PayPal to use alternate payment methods to play premium games,” said Mehta. “And the process is completely safe and convenient.”
Read more here.
The folks at Dreamlords have announced a series of end of era bonuses as the game's latest era draws to a close.
The time of World's Dusk has come - and with it a strange Celestial Exaltation, pouring up as fumes from below. Treasure seem more common than before and workers more exalted than they've ever been.
Celestial Exaltation is the extreme version of the Celestial Surge event. Unlike Celestial Surge, this eent consists of one more bonus in addition to the Double Gain Bonus, which is the Double Research Speed.
Though, there is more! We also bring you the event of World's Dusk which means that you will get the opportunity to confront the evil Nightmare Seeders, crawling around with hate and destruction on your precious patria. Kill these, and get a chance to recieve some of the Greatest Rewards of the entire Era.
Read more here.
Frogster America has announced that Runes of Magic will officially launch on March 19th, 2009.
SAN FRANCISCO – February 4, 2009 – Frogster America, Inc. today announced that Runes of Magic, the Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) that is redefining the standard for free-to-play titles, will officially launch on March 19th, 2009. Following a three month open beta test, that has seen the number of players grow to more than 450,000 players, the initial content for the game is in the final polish stages leading up to launch. Once launched, the development team will continue to update the game with new areas, quests and content to keep the world compelling and immersive.
“Since open beta began in December, the population of Taborea has soared and we have worked closely with the community to fine tune the Runes of Magic experience,” said Daniel Ullrich, director of product management at Frogster. “The launch is only the next milestone in delivering the full Runes of Magic experience as we are already planning and creating the next release of new content for the game.”
Runes of Magic started the open beta with a localized English and German version in the middle of December 2008.
Read more here.
Mythic has announced the official launch of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning in Russia.
At 4:00 PM EST, Warhammer Online opened its servers to eager players throughout Russia, welcoming them into the Age of Reckoning. WAR has come to Russia! Now a new set of players can conquer their enemies and bring glory and honor to their realm, forever!
Welcome to WAR and we will see you on the battlefield...WAAAGH!!!
Read more here.
MMORPG.com Dofus Correspondent nathan Swanson writes this guide to an interesting Sram build for Ankama's MMORPG, Dofus.
Here's an unconventional build for a Sram - a +damage build (levels 1-90). You might see these kinds of build in other classes, but not Srams (none that I've met anyway). I stumbled on this build when the Turko Set was made available to be crafted for the first time. I wanted the extra AP, and as a side-effect I got a bunch of +damage. To make a long story short, I realized that a lot of spells that are typically looked over by Sram players suddenly become quite useful - namely, tricky trap (can you believe it?), poison trap, and leek pie (fire damage from Sram, YES!!).
Read Damage Sram Guide
As many EVE players already know, the war between the alliances BoB and GoonSwarm entered a new chapter yesterday with the fall of BoB caused by what looks to be corporate espionage. A director at BoB was able to make off with a sizable amount of ISK and goods before disbanding the alliance and causing their sovereignty to reset in their territories. This means that the alliance has lost the hard earned rights that sovereignty grants, along with the loss of their alliance name.
The exact events that led up to the current situation, and the fallout from it, are still hazy and we'll be following this story as it develops.
This thread on the EVE Forums recounts the events.
This thread on the EVE Forums looks to explain the events to new players and non players.
Or check out this thread on MMORPG.com's EVE Forums.
The good folks over at Perfect World International have provided us with this visual representation of some of the ways that their game is being localized from the Chinese version to a North American version.
Not all Chinese people like American food, and not all Americans like Chinese food. You can probably find more Americans that like Panda Express (Americanized Chinese Cuisine) than Americans that like genuine Chinese food.
This is a simple analogy to the approach we took with our concept art for Perfect World International.
Some of the differences between these characters are extremely subtle, while others are quite obvious. One thing that we put a strong emphasis both in China and the United States is that these characters need to be representative of each country’s respective culture.
Reports have surfaced about another, more extreme round of layoffs at Warhammer Online studio Mythic Entertainment. This article reveals the nature of those reports, response from Mythic and some commentary from MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood.
On Tuesday, Electronic Arts announced that Mythic’s Warhammer Online ended the third quarter of 2008 with over 300K subscribers from North America and Europe. This number, which is significantly lower than the 1.5 million units sold to retailers (not units purchased by the public, stock purchased by retailers) for launch, and the 750,000 registered players reported back in October (albeit these numbers included Australia as well), is still above the 250,000 number that had been previously thrown around.
This announcement, combined with the reports of layoffs in late January that saw the company lay off “21 customer service employees, half of QA and all of the playtest group”, has led some players to speculate that more cuts, and perhaps even the demise of the game itself are on the horizon.
Yesterday, according to reports at joystiq.com, at least a part of those predictions seem to be coming true. Joystiq cites “several well placed sources” when it writes that a second round of layoffs has taken place, this time taking out some of the development staff and perhaps even some Senior Designers. The report puts the number of layoffs at “between 60 and 130” people.
The folks from Icarus Studios have been kind enough to provide us with this new video demonstrating some of the dances available to players in the upcoming post-apocalyptic MMORPG Fallen Earth.
Watch Dance, Dance, Fallen Earth