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WildStar : Death or Rebirth?

Posted Jan 21, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Are we witnessing the slow death spiral of WildStar, or the start of a new beginning? In this week’s column, Gareth Harmer chimes in with his opinion.

Read more of Gareth Harmer's WildStar: Death or Rebirth?

Hex : Chronicles of Entrath Expansion Launch Window Announced

Posted Jan 21, 2016 by Suzie Ford

The Hex: Shards of Fate team has announced that the first part of the PvE campaign expansion to the TCG, Chronicles of Entrath, will be launching the week of January 24, 2016. According to the site post, there will be many more PvE additions released over time.

This is the first installment of what is to come with many more features and updates on the way. We’re extremely excited with what HEX has to offer as well as what’s to come in the future. When you log into the game, you will be prompted to create a character and your first travels will take you to Crayburn Castle.

Read the full announcement on the Hex: Shards of Fate site.

General : EA CEO Reveals that the Company is 'Not a Corporate Beast'

Posted Jan 21, 2016 by Suzie Ford

IGN is reporting that EA CEO Andrew Wilson, in a speech given at the B.C. Tech Summit, has said that understanding the games business and branding EA as "this corporate beast that just wants to take money from them while people play our games" is not what is intended and not what EA is trying to do.

The comments came during a discussion regarding EA Access, the XBox One subscription service for EA games. Wilson further explained that in the industry's younger days, people bought games and then played them while today, players want to 'try before buying'.

You can read the full report at the link above.

What do you think? Is Wilson right? Wrong? Somewhere in between? Leave us your thoughts.

 

Fallout 4 : Obsidian Dev - 'I'm Always Up for Working on a Fallout'

Posted Jan 21, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Obsidian Entertainment developer Eric Fenstermarker, one of the development team behind Fallout: New Vegas, has indicated via Twitter that he'd be interested in working on another Fallout title.

What do you think? Would you like to see Obsidian return to Fallout? Do you think that Bethesda would be open to such an idea? Leave us your thoughts!

Heroes of the Storm : Diablo 3's Wizard & Diablo 2's Necromancer to Join Up

Posted Jan 21, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Blizzard has finally revealed the next two characters that will enter Heroes of the Storm in the near future. The female Wizard from Diablo 3 and the Male Necromancer from Diablo 2 will be the next two heroes. The Wizard is the final character from D3, though the Necro is the first of the D2 characters leading to speculation that the rest of the crew (Amazon, Assassin, male Barbarian, Druid, Paladin and Sorceress) may also be added over time.

In an interview over at HOTS.metabomb.net, Dustin Browder spoke  about the new characters and more:

"The first build you can take with Li Ming is a Magic Missile build which is a good, midrange build. Li Ming is a little less worried about what her teammates are doing than she is about the battleground and what the enemy is doing. The Magic Missile build is good against teams of mixed compositions, or if you're on a battleground where you're not sure where you'll be fighting. You want to be good at distance and good close-up, and you need that flexibility overall.

You can learn more on the Heroes of the Storm site.

Age of Conan : Romain Amiel Steps Up as New Game Director

Posted Jan 20, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Age of Conan has a new game director in the form of The Secret World lead designer Romain Amiel. Amiel has penned the latest game update, mainly to introduce himself, and to provide his credentials as someone who has worked on AoC in earlier years before moving on to TSW.

While we're on the subject of controversy, I'm also the guy "responsible" for the Enigmata of Yag! This was intended to be the last and hardest dungeon of RotGS and I was challenged to write a design that was like nothing that was ever done before, in a most unique location...  simple! I started with the idea that the players would actually not be fighting the boss. The design evolved from there to keep things interesting and get all players constantly engaged. This may have ended up with a few curses thrown my way (with a keyboard or two...) during some of the internal playtests... but it was all worth it!

You can read Amiel's letter and a 2015 game summary on the Age of Conan site.

Blade & Soul : Server Capacity Expanding, New Servers Incoming

Posted Jan 20, 2016 by Suzie Ford

The Blade & Soul team has taken to the game's official forums with  the welcomed news that steps are being taken to ease the overcrowded servers and to reduce the long queue times that many players are experiencing.

Several measures have been and will be taken within the next 48 hours to relieve the current conditions:

  • server capacity has been raised
  • an auto-kick feature is to boot inactive players
  • new servers will be coming online within 48 hours

With regard to the last point, the community team said that new servers would be for "those of you who have yet to start playing, or those of you who wouldn't mind starting over" but does not address the unique issues faced by founders pack owners who cannot transfer goods from prepurchase of a founder's pack to another server, nor is any mention made of preferred access for founders, both also prominently mentioned by players on the B&S forums.

The good news in all of this is that it s a sign of the excitement that many players have for Blade & Soul. While frustrating at times, crowded is a good thing.

Read the full post on the Blade & Soul site.

Thanks, WNxbadboy3, for the tip!

Michael Bitton : How Gazillion Can Have a Superheroic 2016

Posted Jan 20, 2016 by Michael Bitton

2015 was a bit of an off year for Marvel Heroes. The year was marked by layoffs, lagging release dates, and a real dearth of new content. Fortunately, it appears that Gazillion has regrouped for the new year, and the studio has sent some signals that should inspire hope in fans for a better year. That said, we have a couple of our own ideas for what would help meet those goals.

Read more of Michael Bitton's Marvel Heroes: How Gazillion Can Have a Superheroic 2016.

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Skyforge : New Slayer and Berserker Packages Revealed

Posted Jan 20, 2016 by Suzie Ford

The Skyforge team has sent out a new trailer to show off new package bundles for two popular classes in any one of three special packs. The Berserker brings endless fury to the battlefield while the Slayer stalks through the shadows. In these new specially priced bundles, each class comes with unique costumes, headgear, Argents and more.

Check out the video below.


Blade & Soul : The Weird, Wonky, and Wonderful Things So Far

Posted Jan 20, 2016 by Suzie Ford

I’ve been playing Blade & Soul a lot since its Head Start began late last week, and today I’m happy to report that I’m still having a good time, for now. The core of B&S enjoyment, at least for me, is in the game’s combat, PVP, and group dungeons. The combat essentially being the chief reason I’d recommend people play this F2P MMORPG. But that doesn’t mean NCSOFT’s most recent effort is perfect. Today, we’ll list some of the Weird, Wonky, and a few Wonderful things about Blade & Soul so far.

Read more of Bill Murphy's Blade & Soul: The Weird, Wonky & Wonderful Things So Far.


Is it a spoiler if the game's been out since 2013?

Survarium : Become One of the Lucky Few in This Post-Apocalyptic World

Posted Jan 20, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Survarium is a free to play MMOFPS set in the post-apocalyptic future. Players take on the role of one of the "lucky" survivors. We caught up with Vostok Games PR & Marketing Director Oleg Yavorsky to find out more about this unique game.

Read more of Garrett Fuller's Survarium: Become One of the Lucky Few in This Post-Apocalyptic World.

Heroes of the Storm : Devs Tease Two New Heroes

Posted Jan 20, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Blizzard isn't saying exactly which two characters will be joining Heroes of the Storm, but they've released a short video featuring both a male and female voice that just may lead to some interesting speculation.

From our view, it seems like perhaps the Female Wizard from Diablo 3 and McCree from Overwatch....though we could be wrong.

Who do you think will be the new heroes? Leave us your thoughts in the comments after listening to the sound file!

ArcheAge : The Talent Behind the Music of Mistsong Summit

Posted Jan 20, 2016 by Suzie Ford

The ArcheAge community team will be hosting a special live stream concert on Friday, January 22nd at 1:30 pm Pacific / 4:30 pm Eastern. The concert will feature the women who make up the band Invocation Array and the music of Mistsong Summit. The event will take place in the ArcheAge Twitch.tv stream channel.

Want to hear a bit of the amazing compositions from Invocation Array? Head to the Invocation Array Bandcamp.com page to give a couple tracks a listen.

The Division : Cool Gear Celebrates New 'Agent Origins' Series

Posted Jan 20, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Folks looking forward to the March release of Tom Clancy's The Division can score some extra gear once the game launches by using the code "AGENTORGINS" on the official website. By so doing, future players can snag four gear sets based on The Division: Agent Origins live action video series. The gear sets are: Paramedic, Firefighter, Police; and Hunter.

Inspired by the groundbreaking video game and created in collaboration with innovative YouTube powerhouses CorridorDigital, RocketJump, and Devin Supertramp, Ubisoft proudly presents Tom Clancy’s The Division™: Agent Origins. This thrilling live action video series follows the lives of four agents of The Division as they’re activated and leap headfirst into the fight to save New York City.

Check out The Division site for more information.

General : Trinium Wars to Arrive on Steam Early Access in February

Posted Jan 20, 2016 by Suzie Ford

InselGames and HanmaruSoft have announced that the post-apocalyptic MMO Trinium Wars will be arriving on Steam Early Access beginning on February 17th. Jan Wook Lee, former Lead Artist on Diablo 3, and his team hope to bring a new twist to the sci-fi MMO.

From bare wastelands to fresh forests, Trinium Wars offers diverse landscapes, exciting fights with native mutants and an enthralling storyline around the two competing factions. The Narc who came to Earth in the quest for a new home and who bring with their cat ears a slight fantasy touch to the grim Sci-Fi universe of Trinium Wars. The second faction are the Humans, who had to leave Earth after the nuclear devastation of World War III. After 200 years living in space they are now reclaiming what once belonged to them. 

The MMORPG offers three classes at total: Warrior, Ghost and Esper, representing the most popular class types Tank, Healer and Dealer but with a free skill system. Players can add and change skillsets to their liking and their play style. 

Learn more on the Trinium Wars Steam page.


Eorzea Reborn : On Two Different Kinds of Content Grind

Posted Jan 20, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Victor compares two games with differing attractiveness when it comes to content grinds: FFXIV and Warframe.

Read more of Victor Barreiro Jr.'s Eorzea Reborn: On Two Different Kinds of Content Grind.

General : Nintendo 3DS to Become an RPG Fan's Dream in 2016

Posted Jan 20, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Nintendo has revealed an amazing list of RPG titles to be released for the 3DS platform throughout 2016. Titles include Fire Emblem Fates on February 19th, Bravely Second: End Layer coming on April 15th and more.

From the press release:

Fire Emblem: Fates

Players can choose to purchase one of two versions when the Fire Emblem Fates games launch on Feb. 19 at a suggested retail price of $39.99 each. In Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, players battle a corrupted king. And in Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest, a misguided kingdom must be changed from within. Each path is a complete story and a complete game. Playing both will show players two different sides of one brutal conflict. After completing Chapter 6, players will have the option to download the other version of the game and experience a new adventure for only $19.99. In addition, a third story, Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation, which finds the game’s main character choosing neither the “Conquest” nor “Birthright” path in the story, launches as DLC on March 10 for $19.99 for players that already own the “Conquest” or “Birthright” version of the game.

Bravely Second: End Layer

When Bravely Second: End Layer launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on April 15, a Collector’s Edition will also launch alongside it at a suggested retail price of $69.99. A demo version of the game, Bravely Second: End Layer – The Ballad of the Three Cavaliers, will launch in the Nintendo eShop prior to the full game’s launch.

Other RPGs

[R]ole-playing fans are in for an absolute treat in the first part of the year, as a wide variety of RPGs will soon launch for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. These games include FINAL FANTASY Fantasy Explorers from Square Enix on Jan. 26, Project X Zone 2 from Bandai Namco Entertainment America, Inc. on Feb. 16 and the original Pokémon games (Pokémon Red Version, Pokémon Blue Version, as well as Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition) in the Nintendo eShop on Feb. 27. Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past will launch this summer, with Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King launching later this year.

Find out more about each at the links listed above.

WildStar : Did F2P Conversion Work? Korean Investment Bank Weighs In

Posted Jan 20, 2016 by Suzie Ford

The largest investment bank in Korea is predicting that NCSoft's stable of games will have had a fantastic year overall, but that Carbine Studios' WildStar did and will continue to struggle for survival even after a free-to-play conversion in late 2015. Daewoo Securities has published its estimate for the results of the forthcoming 2015 investor report to be revealed later in Q1 2016.

Daewoo Securities further predicts that large gains will be made in 2016 based on the Lineage IP and on mobile titles releases based on the same.

We'll be keeping an eye on the release of NCSoft's year-end financials and will update the story as needed.

Source: MMOCulture.com

Survarium : Free Gift Key Giveaway

Posted Jan 19, 2016 by Craig McGregor

MMORPG.com has been given special gift keys for Survarium. This gift keys will give players 30,000 silver and 7 days of a Premium Account! Get your key while supplies last!

Each gift key will give players:

  • 30,000 silver
  • 7 days of Premium Access
 

Clash of Avatars : Open Beta Gift Key Giveaway!

Posted Jan 19, 2016 by Craig McGregor

MMORPG.com has partnered with AMZGame to bring our members an exclusive gift key event for their newest MMORPG - Clash of Avatars. Clash of Avatars is a free-to-play browser game inspired by anime and cosplay. These gift keys will give you free gold, spirit and much more!

Each of these gift keys will grant players:

  • Gold x100,000
  • Spirit x20,000
  • Horn x1
  • Complete Stone x2
  • Magic Drill x20
  • HP Potion x50
 
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