Mutable Realms president tells fan sites that subscription-base projections resulted in Wish cancellation:
The letter/e-mail states: “Wish has been shut down because with the data we gathered during the first 10 days of our Beta 2.0 test, even with our best-case projections for player numbers, we could not have reached enough subscribers for Wish to sustain itself."
GamerZone has the entire article.
SOE announced today that they will be increasing the level limit to BR23 as a reward to the PlanetSide community. Currently in development are cert costs re-adjustments for various weapons platforms, including reductions in cost for the ATVs and harrasser scout buggy. These changes appear to coincide with the upcoming release of Merit Commendations, of which there are reportedly 50 to earn and brag over, with more to come as the game continues its development. The following was taken from the news post on the official site:
In the years since the War of Auraxis has began, soldiers from all Empires have proven their excellence in combat and advanced their cause through fierce combat. Many of these soldiers have reached the highest echelons of ranks and achievements, and battle on for the glory of their Empire and the adrenaline rush of deadly combat. In recognition of the ongoing struggle and achievement of these soldiers from all Empires, the Battle Rank system is being expanded to include another three levels of advancements. Starting January 17, soldiers will be encouraged to strive to reach Battle Rank 23, earning additional Certifications to further enhance their capabilities. The battle rages forth, Warriors. Maximize your versatility, status and value to the Empire. Battle Rank 23 is ahead. Don't let anyone stop you!
Battle Rank Extension
In the years since the War of Auraxis has began, soldiers from all Empires have proven their excellence in combat and advanced their cause through fierce combat. Many of these soldiers have reached the highest echelons of ranks and achievements, and battle on for the glory of their Empire and the adrenaline rush of deadly combat.
In recognition of the ongoing struggle and achievement of these soldiers from all Empires, the Battle Rank system is being expanded to include another three levels of advancements. Starting January 17, soldiers will be encouraged to strive to reach Battle Rank 23, earning additional Certifications to further enhance their capabilities.
The battle rages forth, Warriors. Maximize your versatility, status and value to the Empire. Battle Rank 23 is ahead. Don't let anyone stop you!
Our own Richard Duffek has just completed his interview with Stephane Quilichini - the Lead Designer for Dark and Light. In this special feature we also took many questions from our own community and had them answered. The article also feature 3 never before seen exclusive screen shots! Below is a snippet from the interview:
To read our full interview click here!
News on the Official Site states that the Final Part of Chapter 2 has been patched to the servers today:
|The servers are being patched today with the final part of Chapter 2, featuring encyclopaedia and mektoub mounts ! The chapter 2 description has now been updated to include a description of the new animal leading and riding features. Read more... As time unfolds, an ever increasing number of ritual missions will be made available in the game, unlocking successive chapters of the encyclopedia.|
IGN PC just published an exclusive interview with Jason Hall, Senior Vice President of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, about the upcoming release of the Official Matrix Online Magazine, or Fanzine, due out later this month. The interview shows three pages of the actual magazine, including the cover.
Check it all out right here.
MMORPG.com is proud to announce the final phase in our beta giveaway contest for Face of Mankind! This time we will be giving away 100 beta accounts and a copy of eDimensional's Voice Buddy "RPG Edition" software!
As with the past 2 contests you will have to correctly answer 3 questions about the game that can be found on the official site.
When you are ready to enter - click here!
A story entitled A Light in the Forest has been posted on the official EQ2 site:
|"If we are planning to honor the Overlord, we must get flowers from all the lands," said Minra. "It's quite an honor to be chosen to plan the festivities; I want this celebration to be the best in his memory."|
You can read the entire story here.
If you live in the Northwest USA and are interested in breaking into the video game industry, you might be interested in the following release:
SEATTLE VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY JOB CONFERENCE AND RESUME WORKSHOP TO TAKE PLACE ON FEBRUARY 12, 2005
For Students and Professionals Desiring a Job in the Computer and Video Game Industry.
January 11, 2005 - The Game Initiative today announced its “Seattle Video Game Industry Job Conference and Resume Workshop” will take place in the Seattle suburb of Shoreline, Washington on February 12, 2005 at the Shoreline Center. The event is designed for students and professionals looking to get into the computer and video game business. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with industry insiders, including game top recruiter Mary-Margaret.com, hiring managers from local game companies as well as network and meet with industry veterans.
“The detailed resume workshop and casual atmosphere of the conference with the allows attendees an unprecedented opportunity to interact with industry veterans, ask questions, gain valuable contacts and resume secrets of getting into the business,” said Christopher Sherman, Game Initiative Executive Director. “The comprehensive program will provide an overview of the industry, identify technology trends and requirements as well as the qualifications and skill-sets that are in demand.”
Students will learn how to build an early professional road map to a career in the game industry. Professionals looking to move into the business from other industries will learn how their experience and transferable skills can gain rapid entry into the game industry. The event will also provide a great opportunity for local game companies to meet potential new talent. Also, attendees will be able to participate in the Demo Reel Showcase, where can bring their laptops to showcase their demo reels to industry insiders for direct feedback and job opportunities.
Seattle Video Game Industry Job Conference – February 12 - Agenda
8:30am - 9:00am Registration and Networking
The cost is $45 in advance or $60 at the door. The event takes place at the Shoreline Center in Shoreline, Seattle. Registration is available online at http://www.GameConferences.com/seattle/
SOE has finally unveiled their newest upcoming expansion for EverQuest® titled Dragons of NorrathTM! An overview of the expansion:
|A series of events has transpired across the world of Norrath and the familiar faces of Firiona Vie and her nemesis Lanys T’Vyl return to find themselves at the forefront of the events. Unbeknownst to them, a dark influence has seeped into the world of Norrath causing new tensions to arise and conflicts to intensify as the dawn of a new age emerges. The Age of War is upon the people of Norrath and heroes return in this ultimate, unending battle between good and evil. |
Prepare for EverQuest: Dragons of Norrath and return to the lands between Halas and Lavastorm as you seek out the Nest, the ancestral birthplace of all dragons, long sealed away and hidden from the eyes of Norrath. But beware, if the Nest is exposed too early during the Brood Dawn, all dragons and their eggs will be cursed for eternity and death will storm down on all Norrathian's not in their service.
Featuring new lands with enhanced graphics, bold new storylines, and updated creatures including goblins, drakes and the ominous Frost Giant, EverQuest: Dragons of Norrath is the next great expansion pack for the fantasy saga that is EverQuest. Make ready with new features such as the ability to regenerate your mana/health before a battle, use your potion belt to access your inventory quickly, and quickly swap from Sword and Shield to Great Sword using the bandolier. Plus, with the all new guild management tools you can easily get your guild ready to encounter anything that comes your way! EverQuest: Dragons of Norrath is bursting with new adventures and intense battles for players of all levels.
For complete details, visit this page.
We have just been informed that a new company 404 Gaming is developing a new MMORPG title and they have secured the help of DJ Pooh - the writer of Grand Theft Auto: San AndreasTM and the movie FridayTM. Their press release is below:
|Atlanta, Georgia. - January 10th, 2005 - DJ Pooh "a.k.a Mark Jordan" the writer of the critically acclaimed movie Friday™ and the mega-successful video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas™ has joined the 404 Gaming team as Senior Executive Writer. DJ Pooh will be creating the many stories that will define the Hip-Hop Urban based MMO 404 Gaming is currently developing. Pooh brings his many years of Urban story telling talents to the cutting edge team and technology that is 404 Gaming. Marlon Campbell, the president of 404 Gaming, says DJ Pooh is an invaluable addition to the team. For more information visit http://www.404Gaming.com .|
We recently received a cool movie from a World of Warcraft guild that shot it during a large raid. We are temporarily hosting this movie and you can download it by clicking on one of the thumbnails below:
It is with great sadness that we inform our community that Wish - the MMORPG under development by Mutable Realms has been cancelled. Mutable Realms did not provide many details about what led up to this decision -only that the data gathered in the final beta phase brought them to this conclusion. The post from the official site reads:
|Dear friends of Wish:|
Unfortunately we have bad news.
After careful consideration of all the facts and analyzing all the data which we have gathered from the Wish Beta 2.0 test so far, we have decided to cancel the Wish project.
Our Beta test will end this evening at 6pm EST, and at this time our Beta forums will close as well.
We enjoyed working together with our fans very much, and we are very sorry about this development. We wish you the best of luck in the future, and hope that you continue to enjoy online gaming, even with Mutable Realms and Wish not being available anymore.
We also wish the best luck to our competitors, and hope that they will not suffer the same fate as us.
Best regards, Your Mutable Realms Team
We would like to add that it has been a pleasure interacting with the team at Mutable Realms and we wish them the best of success in their future endeavors. We will miss covering this product.
Blizzard Entertainment has just announced that the final beta test for the EU World of Warcraft begins TODAY! Their announcement is below:
|Saturday, 8th of January 2005, Paris, France: |
Following the rapid sell-out of the European pre-order campaign and the successful start of the localised Closed Beta Test, we are happy to announce that the first phase of the European Final Beta Test of World of Warcraft starts now, in English, French and German. The first phase of the Final Beta Test will allow access to a select group of players: those who attained a beta key through the official Blizzard pre-order campaign, and current Closed Beta testers.
The first phase of the Final Beta Test will also allow the testing of the World of Warcraft localized server infrastructure under heavy loads. As soon as system stability allows, the second phase of the testing process will begin and more players will be added into the Final Beta Test. We will make every effort to accommodate all requests for beta accounts but there is always the possibility that we will be unable to meet demand, and we therefore strongly encourage motivated players to register an account as quickly as possible once the second phase of the Final Beta Test begins. More details regarding the second phase will be given shortly on www.wow-europe.com.
See you in Azeroth,
The Shadowbane team at Ubisoft have recently annouced that they will be bringing 'Wrath', a new world online soon:
|The Shadowbane Team is proud to announce that we will bring a new world online in the very near future. The projected arrival for Wrath, the latest game server, is late next week, though unforeseen issues may keep it from coming online until the following week. Wrath will use the Vorringia Mapset, with some modifications: several high-level zones around Safeholds have been swapped with low-level zones that exist elsewhere in the world, to better accommodate mid-level play. These changes will only appear on Wrath: the server layout of Damnation and Entropy will remain unchanged. Additionally, a new hamlet has been added to the newbie island between the adventuring zones, offering better access to low-level content. These changes were made from feedback from Beta participants during Shadowbane: Throne of Oblivion testing.|
Read the rest of the article here.
Sony Online President John Smedley has written a letter addressing updates, the adventure packs and future expansions in EQ2. Here's a little bit:
Hello fellow Norrathians,
The letter in it's entirety can be viewed here.
This weeks Fansite Friday edition answers the top 3 questions culled from throughout the Guild Wars community. Snippet follows:
Has there been a character wipe?
Also, I wanted to point out that resets are different than and preferable to an outright “wipe,” because you still have the placeholder character and therefore still have the name connected to your account. The reset leaves the character in place as a level 1, with professions and starting skills all ready to go.
You'll find the rest here.
MMORPG.com is proud to announce that we have added a major upgrade to our screen gallery system. Our new screen browser now allows you to post comments about any screen as well as give it a 1-10 rating. Below you will see the new button that opens this new area:
After this you will be taken to the area to view and add comments/ratings:
Lastly, we have given our users the ability to add their own screen shots! In each of our galleries you will see an option to upload your own screens, this is shown below:
We hope that you enjoy these new features. This is just one of many exciting updates that we will be adding in the near future.