SAN DIEGO, CA - January 17, 2005 - Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), a worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online (MMO) gaming, today announced the forthcoming Adventure Packs for EverQuest II, a content release strategy intended to give players access to new content between traditional game expansions. The first Adventure Pack is scheduled for digital release in March 2005 for $4.99.
"Today we're announcing a new content strategy for EverQuest II that presents online games in an entirely new manner, like that of a television series, or serial movies," said John Smedley, president, Sony Online Entertainment. Players will be able to unlock ongoing storylines that appeal to them, while enabling us to deliver more content than ever before.
The planned content release strategy involves a mixture of purchasable bi-annual expansion packs along with periodic releases of story-driven Adventure Packs adding new content and gameplay elements to the world of Norrath, in addition to continued updates to the game at no additional charge. The first Adventure Pack will be centered on the Dark Elves of Neriak and an unbridled evil in the tombs below the surface of Norrath. The US version of the Adventure Pack will be available to European players as well at release in English, followed by localized versions.
Adventure Packs will feature new quests, zones, storylines and story arcs that will allow players to further immerse themselves in the shattered lands of Norrath. All players will have access to certain levels of the Adventure Packs; however in order to complete the content, players will need to purchase the Adventure Packs for a small fee. Additional details on the first Adventure Pack will be revealed in the coming weeks.
EverQuest II carries a monthly subscription fee of $14.99 for continuing access to the game world. Players can subscribe using a credit card, or purchase 30-day and 90-day SOE Game Cards, which open the new world of Norrath to those who choose not to use a credit card. Additionally, Adventure Packs will be included as part of the Station Access subscription at no additional charge for those accounts that have been subscribed to Station Access for at least the prior 60 days at the time of release of the Adventure Pack. Station Access includes all SOE-published games for $21.99 per month.
The preceding text comes from the official SOE press release found here.
SAN DIEGO, CA - January 17, 2005 - Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), a worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online (MMO) gaming, today announced the formation of Station Publishing, a new distribution label within the company. Station Publishing will focus on distributing interactive entertainment products licensed from external content providers for the PC and game console market. The first titles due from Station Publishing will be Turbine Entertainment Software's Asheron's Call: Throne of Destiny and Asheron's Call 2: Legions.
"Station Publishing is dedicated to growing the overall Sony Online Entertainment product catalog with titles produced outside of our own studios," said John Smedley, president, Sony Online Entertainment. "This new label gives Sony Online Entertainment the ability to work with talented developers and publishers and to give them access to the high caliber retail and marketing resources that we have developed over the past six years. Turbine's Asheron's Call games are the perfect titles to be the first on this new label. The AC franchise has attracted hundreds of thousands of players to the online medium over the years, and SOE is very happy to be distributing these high quality products."
"Having Sony Online Entertainment distributing the titles produced and published by Turbine gives us direct access to the strongest retailers in North America," said Jason Bell, executive vice president, Turbine Entertainment Software. "We're excited to see our games get onto store shelves and into the hands of our passionate and loyal players."
Throne of Destiny is the third installment in the original 3D massively multiplayer online role playing game series Asheron's Call, first launched to critical acclaim in November 1999. In the new expansion pack, players will enjoy a graphics upgrade, a new playable race, the Viamontians, and a challenge to experienced gamers with a new high-level play system that rewards players with skill credits.
Legions is the first follow-up to the graphically ground-breaking MMORPG Asheron's Call 2: Fallen Kings. Legions will provide players with an ambitious new storyline complete with an extensive array of new content for hours and hours of additional online adventuring. The expansion provides players with a new playable race, the mystical Empyreans, a massive new continent shrouded in mystery and an innovative new hero system.
Asheron's Call: Throne of Destiny and Asheron's Call 2: Legions is scheduled to hit retail shelves in the first half of 2005.
The preceding text comes from the official SOE press release found here.
A few weeks ago, Blizzard gave you a hint of what a Battlegrounds experiance would be like, and also introduced you to some new concepts for player-versus-player combat, such as a slightly tweaked death system and capture-able graveyards. Now to explore in greater detail how the battle for Alterac Valley can truly be won.
The complete description can be found here.
IRVINE, Calif. - January 17, 2005 - Blizzard Entertainment today announced that World of Warcraft will officially launch in Korea on January 18, 2005. Following a highly successful beta-testing period, the game is now being prepared for availability throughout the country. Once released, players can sign up for various subscription plans and experience the epic adventure of the Warcraft series in an immersive and continually evolving online environment.
Read the offical press release here.
We are proud to announce that we have just opened up forums for Hero's Journey - the upcoming fantasy MMORPG being developed by Simutronics. The game features breathtaking 3D graphics and fast-paced action and RPG elements.
You can access our new forums at this link.
We have also added 6 new screen shots from the official site into our gallery:
Our friends over at COHComics.com are running a new contest where they will be giving away a DVD Collector's Edition of City of Heroes as well as some t-shirts and bumper stickers.
Their contest will be a random hat drawing. You can get more details at this page.
From the Guild Wars website:
|How would you like to make a little Guild Wars history? The Guild Wars Team would like to invite all Guild Wars fans to participate in our Build a Guild Emblem contest. You've played Guild Wars and you know how the emblems help to distinguish one guild from another. Well, now we want to invite all Guild Wars fans to design a new and attractive guild graphic and submit it to us for judging. The prize? Up to 10 of the best symbols will be placed permanently into the Guild Wars emblem catalogue and will appear in the release version of the game!|
All the complete information can be found by clicking here.
MMORPG.com is proud to unveil our new forums for Auto Assault - the new vehicular combat MMORPG from NetDevil and NCSoft. Our community is very excited about this upcoming title so we decided to give them a place to discuss the game!
To access these new forums, click here.
In related news, NCSoft gave the Auto Assault site a major overhaul - giving it a new look, hot new screenshots, and the first installment in what will be weekly updates to their "Recon" section. We have also added 19 new screen shots, including 3 concept renderings of motorcycles. A sample of these below:
GameSpot has announced today that they will be giving away 500 beta keys to members of GameSpot Complete. Members will be able to enter a contest next week for which the prize is a beta key for The Matrix Online.
For complete details regarding this contest, visit GameSpot.
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FunCom announced today that their free trial for Anarchy Online has been such a massive success that they will be extending it into 2006. They are reporting more people online now than when they launched the game over three and a half years ago. Their press release is below:
|Durham, USA - January 14, 2005 - Funcom announces that the free Anarchy Online offer has been a tremendous success and will be fully extended throughout all of 2005 and into 2006*. Anarchy Online now has more users than ever before, and the player feedback about the experience Funcom is offering has been fantastic. The game is setting records on an ongoing basis, with more active players now than seen in the month of launch more than 3.5 years ago. |
It's currently the long-term goal for Funcom to make sure that the removal of subscription fees, client costs and the need to have a credit card when registering for Anarchy Online will become a permanent offering, making sure that anyone curious about the heralded qualities of the ultimate sci-fi MMORPG can play without any financial commitments.
"The free initiative has been a tremendous success" says Ole Schreiner, Project Director for Anarchy Online. "Throngs of new players have entered the game and created a vibrant pioneer feeling for all those who see the wonders of Anarchy Online for the first time. Even though our servers and customer service have been under strong pressure, it's assuring to see our technology holding up with such stability".
"Seeing the great feedback from the free offer we are aiming to extend it into 2006 and beyond should it prove to be a continued success" said Trond Arne Aas, President and CEO of Funcom. "We are happy to be part of something which has sent such positive waves throughout the MMO communities, while significantly lowering the entrance barrier to enter Anarchy Online."
This new and totally free approach allows everyone tired of elves, fairies and gnomes to enter a futuristic RPG world full of fun action totally free of cost, and makes it possible for all sci-fi fans to explore a world hailed as the best sci-fi MMO available today.
If you would like to take this sci-fi MMORPG for a free spin for more than a year - click here!
LucasArts announced today that they will be holding a developer chat on Wednesday, January 19th at 5PM PST. They will be discussing:
If you would like to join in on this chat session you can get more information at this page.
The official site has posted a new article named 'The Art of the Duel'.
Streamlining Your Loadouts Only load those disciplines and abilities which are necessary for an upcoming duel. Try and refine everything down to the last detail. You should be very practiced and familiar with your best combat combinations so that you can adjust your attacks, or defenses, to any situation or attack that your opponent may throw against you. Flexibility, adaptation, and execution are the three keys to success against a canny opponent.
If you have the $Information to pay for it, you should always level up your primary dueling abilities as high as you can make them go–either to the cap for the ability or the cap for your redpill's level. This ensures that you fight with maximum effectiveness. For example, you must always have the Awakened ability loaded, so it should be at its maximum for your level. Each level added to Awakened also adds to your combat tactics, viral deflection bonus, and melee damage bonuses, among other things, so you will be at a distinct disadvantage if you do not keep this ability as high as possible. Since Awakened is a starting discipline, many redpills forget to focus their training in this crucial skill set before advancing in others.
Streamlining Your Loadouts
Only load those disciplines and abilities which are necessary for an upcoming duel. Try and refine everything down to the last detail. You should be very practiced and familiar with your best combat combinations so that you can adjust your attacks, or defenses, to any situation or attack that your opponent may throw against you. Flexibility, adaptation, and execution are the three keys to success against a canny opponent.
You can read the entire article here.
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!