Sony Online Entertainment's CEO John Smedley announced today that in late June they will be adding new servers which will have mechanisms in them to facilitate "virtual trading" of in-game items for real world cash. An excerpt from his announcement is below:
To read the entire letter - click here.
Richard Duffek spent last weekend participating the Guild Wars sixth and final Beta Weekend Event. His diary of these events along with 10 exclusive screen shots has now been posted at MMORPG.com. A preview is below:
|It was almost a year ago that ArenaNet shocked the world by allowing everyone who had an So Friday morning I realize that if I want to get in on the Charr killing excitement I'm going to need a Preorder box... After reading all the nightmare stories online of all the people who can't find them in their area due to being sold out; I was not looking forward to driving all over town to find one. I decided to try my trusty neighborhood EB Games first. The know me there and seem to like me for some reason; even going so far as to try to get me to work there on several occasions. When I get there luckily the manager is the one working and not one of the newer people who don't really know me that well. When I explain what I'm looking for and why I need it he promptly pulls the last 2 copies of the Preorder box out of the "Reserved" cabinet behind the counter and hands them to me. His logic was that if they reserved them and hadn't picked them up by now they probably forgot about them. Well, I wasn't about to argue with him; so I paid him and ran home. After quickly hopping online and handing out the 3 spare keys I had (gratz to those of you who got one, sorry to those of you who emailed me and I couldn't hook you up) I popped the disk in and got it installed. |
The installation and patching process was still as amazingly quick and painless as I remember it from last year. And of course the graphics are still drop dead gorgeous, so far what's not to love about this game? The first option presented to me of course is the RP or PVP screen; feeling like I wanted to get a feel for the game again and go through some of the storyline I pick the RP side first. Heading into character creation I decided I wanted to go with my typical tank character but with a little something extra. A couple minutes later I'm logging in as Kunou Everhate, Warrior/Mesmer extraordinaire. Ok, so there's really nothing special about him, he's level one and kinda sucky at the moment, but one day he'll be extraordinaire!
To read the entire article, click here.
AwareDreams has made available version 1.2 of Rhynn, the MMORPG for cellphones. The game now offers better performance and new features like automatic inventory sorting and simplified trading. Also, Rhynn has been ported to various Sony Ericsson handsets and is still free to play until the upcoming commercial release hits the streets.
See http://www.AwareDreams.com for details.
Descriptions from left to right:
Thanks again to Simutronics for the shots, this game looks better every time. Don't forget to drop your comments in the comment thread and voice your opinions on our hype meter.
Mythic Entertainment has recently released a new 5 minute introduction movie that does a great job of showing off their MMORPG Dark Age of Camelot. The movie provides a walkthrough of the different realms and the classes in those realms - as well as some great footage of tower sieges. We have some stills from the video below:
To download this video you can use the links below:
This just in from Wolfpack Studios regarding the latest update - "A Call to Arms":
|More than two full moons have passed since the advent of Oblivion, when all Aerynth felt the wrath of Ithriana the Lich-Queen. These have been weeks of wonder and horror, but new rumors now whisper of… hope? Though the War of Crowns still rages, fought by the would-be emperors of Aerynth, there are new signs that the peoples of Aerynth stand firm against the undead tide. The Conclave of Magi have never relented in their study of recently-unearthed Ardani texts, and have at last revived the ancient science of Alchemy! The mysterious Refiners of the Order of Transcendence have gained new powers, and new notoriety: instead of merely altering their clients' memories and knowledge, they now reshape the very bodies and minds of any who will pay their price, offering a chance to correct a life lived in error. Finally, the new Lords of Aerynth have issued a Call to Arms; Recruiters now shine like beacons in the shadow, calling any who lack a home to join their master's cause. Will these new inventions save the war-worn peoples of Aerynth, or destroy them? Not even the sages know...|
Tuesday morning, the latest Shadowbane patch entitled A Call to Arms will be placed on the production game worlds! To view the patch notes for this update, click here (http://chronicle.ubi.com/Articles/News/20050418_patch5notes.htm).
MMORPG.com is proud to announce our latest exclusive contest for our community. From now until May 15, 2005 @ 9PM EST we will be taking entries into a giveaway for 20 copies of Star Wars Galaxies: The Total Experience. This bundle pack will release on May 26th, 2005 and will feature the original game "An Empire Divided" along with the expansions "Jump to Lightspeed" and "Rage of the Wookies".
All registered members of MMORPG.com are encouraged to enter the contest. As with all of our contests, the more days you visit MMORPG.com - the more chances you have to win! (see offiicial contest rules for details)
To kick off a new program of planned events on Legend of MIR 3 (http://www.mir3europe.com), Quality Games Online is offering players a chance to level up faster with a bonus experience event. The official announcement is below:
Monday 18 April 2005 - As of Wednesday 20th April Quality Games Online will be applying double experience rates to all the monsters lurking into the lands of MIR 3. The double experience event will last until the following Wednesday 27th of April.
Players will be able to enjoy this great opportunity to get that extra level or start a new character and level it fast. Hunting in groups will get the most out of the event.
LucaArts has announced that they will be offering a bundle pack for Star Wars Galaxies called "The Total Experience". This will feature the original Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided, the first expansion "Jump To Lightspeed" as well as the upcoming expansion "Rage of the Wookies".
Players new to the Star Wars Galaxies experience will jump right in to exploring familiar places like Luke Skywalker’s Tattooine, the Ewok village of Endor and the Wookiee home planet of Kashyyyk. In a matter of minutes, The Total Experience will have players battling across space with their friends, dodging debris from the remnants of the Death Star. And with the new adventures in Rage of the Wookiees, players will discover the true relics of Episode II’s Clone Wars as well as the future of Episode III’s villain, General Grievous.
Exclusive to players with the Star Wars Galaxies: The Total Experience box is the BARC Speeder. The land vehicle of choice for the specialized Biker Advanced Recon Commandos during the Clone Wars, this speeder will take players to the edges of the 11 Star Wars planets Galaxies has to offer on May 26th!
Current players can download the new planet of Kashyyyk with over 100 new adventures starting May 5th. The digital download of Episode III Rage of the Wookiees includes the Varactyl, Obi Wan’s gorgeous and sure-footed mount, exclusively.
The screenshots from left to right are described by the team as follows:
XFire, the premier online gaming community tool has just added some cool new features to their client software which will allow members to download files - including many MMORPG-specific files using peer-to-peer streaming methods. They have also announced that they will be offering the Dark Age of Camelot 14 Day trial as part of their lineup of MMORPG files. Others include:
For more information please visit this page.
MMORPG.com is proud to announce the first in our new and exclusive bi-weekly series of Tactica Online mini Q&A's. A preview is below:
To read the entire interview, click here.
In addition to this we have also launched brand new Tactica Online forums here at MMORPG.com! Keep an an eye out on our boards for "Trismegistus" and "SaintGermain" - these are a couple Tactica Online devs who will be lurking in the boards waiting to answer your questions about the game.
For many weeks things have been quiet over at NCSoft with regards to the highly anticipated Tabula Rasa MMORPG from Richard Garriot, the man behind the Ultima series. Today, an announcement answers fan questions. The game's official website has been replaced with the following message of changes to come.
For those of you who’ve been following the development of Tabula Rasa, you may be aware that the game underwent a major transformation over the last year. We’ve hesitated to share more information about these changes as we wanted to be absolutely confident with this new direction. At present, we are pleased to report that this project is shaping up to be a truly outstanding massively multiplayer online game.
The reasons we have undergone this transformation are many and complex. Simply put, our team felt that the first incarnation of Tabula Rasa was not the game we felt it should be. We felt this way from our own reactions playing the game as well as others external to the team playing it. We believe that the change for the positive will be obvious to all.
Over the next few weeks you will see changes to the Tabula Rasa website. The site will be receiving a major overhaul in advance of this year’s E3 event. You can look forward to new creatures, new features, and new information. Everyone here at Destination Games and NCsoft is excited about the new look and feel of this highly anticipated game. We hope you’ll be excited too.
Richard Garriot and the Destination Games Development Team
Thanks to Moriender at MMORPGDot for passing along the news!
Mythic Entertainment Community Manager Sanya Thomas has released her weekly Friday community Q&A where she addresses the top issues that players have been asking for the past week. Here's a snippet:
|Short and sweet:
Q: While for the most part I think the rearranged zones are working well, I did notice that a previously simple quest now takes me into a great big mass of purple cons from hell.
A: Please appeal these as bugs for the time being - the odds are probably pretty good that we didn't mean to do that. If you can let us know the zone name, quest name, and /loc of the problem, we'll investigate and look into making adjustments.
With the addition of these two new servers, the European customers are assured they will not miss out on the live events;
The Matrix Online team is pleased to announce the addition of two new servers: Input and Output. These two servers were created in an effort to assure our European customers would not miss out on the Live Event Team’s storyline endeavors. You will see these servers represented on the list like this:
While the addition of Input and Output allows us to better schedule events that serve our European community, the new worlds also provides access to those players that are unable to participate in events during American prime time hours. In that way, these two new worlds are open to all, regardless of their geographic location.
We will be opening these servers for your use later today, Thursday, April 14th.
Described by the developers from left to right:
Be sure to let everyone know what you think over on their hype meter!
|Middle-Earth Online concept artist Jeff Murchie has written a dev diary about his work. Included in the diary is the unveiling of Middle-Earth Online's one and only dragon, and an updated version of the Rogmul, as an example of how the concepts are tweaked and revised.|
Ramen, the AC2 Online Community Manager, has announced in this post on their official boards that they AC2 Legions NDA has been mostly lifted for a select few beta testers. Here is the info:
|As we move closer to the launch of Asheron’s Call® 2: Legions™, we’ve asked some of our players who’ve participated in the Asheron’s Call 2: Legions Preview Program to share their experiences with the rest of the player community. To that end we’re lifting most of the NDA restrictions for these individuals, and will begin by kicking off this thread in which they can talk to you about the Legions Preview. Forum members who are participating in this disclosure opportunity will be noted as “Legions Beta” in blue. Feel free to ask them whatever you like, but bear in mind that some topics remain subject to the NDA for now, such as Hero 2.0 (this is because we will be releasing the official details for Hero 2.0 in the near future).|
The folks over at The Matrix Online have announced the events schedule for the next six months. They have also posted a summary of the first event dubbed The Menace of Red Eyed Agents, you can read all those details right here.
Following the success of The Race to Find the One live event, WBIE and Monolith Productions are proud to announce our Live Events Team schedule for the next six months. Beginning next week, The Matrix Online moves forward with a new cinematic and accompanying mission pack. Morpheus continues his quest for Neo's body as Niobe, The Merovingian and Agent Grey rally their followers, culminating in another live global event.
WBIE and Monolith are focused on bringing The Matrix Online to life through regularly scheduled live events, expanded gameplay, and the constant presence of the Monolith Live Events Team. As the schedule below demonstrates, the Live Events Team will be planning and running live events regularly throughout the next six months while continuing its ongoing constant presence inside the game.
Continue to check back for more details.
Posted by MxO Team , 04-13-05