Lyra Studios has updated the website for their developing MMORPG title: Reclamation. Today the Dreamsmith crafting focus has been revealed, a new story called "Alone" and a profile on level designer, Marc Leglise. The latest contest is still ongoing, draw your own nightmare creature for submission.
You can get more details over at the official site by following this link.
The official City of Heroes web site has posted a page full of new features that will be available in the next free update to the game. From the looks of the list, it may help with a lot of the "I'm tired of doing the same old thing" syndrome that we hear from many players. Here is a snippet from the update page:
The new generation of heroes knew they would find chaos in Paragon City. They knew they would find the wreckage of war, the cruelty of the wicked, and people badly in need of aid. They didn't know the half of it. Now, new threats reveal themselves. The heroes must journey beneath the streets, where an ancient evil lurks. And they must travel to a twisted realm beyond this dimension, to confront:
- 2 new zones
- New villian groups
- Mission Enchancements
- Capes at level 20
- New visual effects at level 30
- Power re-specification
- Lots more!
To check out all of the updates in full details, please visit this page on the official site!
This is shaping up to be a busy summer for the Middle-EarthTM Online production team! While we continue to craft the highly anticipated Tolkien-based MMORPG, we are also in full swing preparing for MEO to take over Turbine Nation 2004 (insert maniacal laughter). MEO will take center stage at the annual online role playing games players' event. Some of the highlights include:
o 50 lucky attendees will walk away with a reserved seat in the Middle-Earth Online beta
o Completely interactive MEO demos taking you into the depths of Middle-earth
o In-depth panels with open discussions about the game
o Turbine's Middle-Earth Online production team will be on hand to meet, mingle and answer your questions about the game
o Numerous exciting door prizes
Turbine Nation takes place at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island on Saturday, August 7, 2004.
If you'd like to attend Turbine Nation and get in on all the MEO action, tickets are still available! Admission is just $30 per person, if tickets are purchased online before Aug. 2, 2004. Purchased at the door, tickets will be $40 per person. You can get your tickets at http://store.turbinegames.com.
The MEO Team
Turbine has added a new feature over at the official Asheron's Call 2 website. You may now see the leaders overall and per server in the areas of experience and crafting. It's quite interesting to note that, as of this post, the top overall XP champ is named "Zero Z" (who, presumably, is getting zero ZZZs each night) and the overall crafting champ is named "Gettyn Phattre" (which tends to happen to people who do little aside from play MMORPGs).
The official site for Wish has just updated their bestiary with a new entry from the gnome historian Kitterwen, in which he examines the goblin's larger cousin, the Hobgoblin.
"The hobgoblin is a larger cousin of the goblin and, as a consequence, proportionately more powerful. They have a strong sense of smell and can often scent an enemy before they see it. Once battle is engaged, hobgoblins go into a state of berserk savagery and usually will fight until the end. Hobgoblin territory is normally well known in local circles and it's always a good idea to ask around about such things before heading out into the wilderness."
You can see images and get more info on this creature at this link.
Limitless Horizons has just released a set of 10 mini-videos that show off some of their new spell effects in the game. From what we can see so far they look really nice! Just click the image below to link to their forums where you can download all the videos:
Lineage 2 Online - a fan site dedicated to Lineage 2 has posted a new contest which gives players a chance to win cash prizes - including a grand prize of $100.00. In order to enter you must submit to them a guilde article about Lineage 2...these will then be judged and the best articles will get the prizes.
For more information you can visit this page at their site.
SOE has just announced that the new bundled edition of EQ - "EverQuest Platinum" has shipped to stores everwhere. This new edition will feature EQ with all 7 expansion packs. Here is their press release:
SAN DIEGO, CA - July 26, 2004 - Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), a worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online gaming, announced today that EverQuest®: Platinum, an affordable, all-inclusive collection that offers the original game as well as the first seven expansion packs, The Ruins of Kunark®, The Scars of Velious®, The Shadows of LuclinTM , The Planes of PowerTM , The Legacy of YkeshaTM , Lost Dungeons of NorrathTM , and Gates of DiscordTM will be available in stores tomorrow for the suggested retail price of $29.99.
"If you have yet to experience the online gaming phenomenon known as EverQuest, now is the perfect time to do so," said Don Vercelli, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Sony Online Entertainment. "EverQuest: Platinum offers players the opportunity to experience an enchanting online fantasy world that took five years of hard work to create in one comprehensive package at a very reasonable price."
Perfect for the new player or a great addition for the current player, EverQuest: Platinum offers a living, breathing online fantasy world filled with hundreds of thousands of players. Journey as a fierce barbarian warrior or an evil dark elf shadowknight, the choice is yours as you explore over 350 square miles of virtual environments filled with over a million non-player characters to encounter and over 40,000 unique items to discover. The world of EverQuest is a land with no limits where adventure and excitement reign supreme.
We were recently approached by James Vallord, the CEO of Hypernia.net - a leading provider of networking technology for the online gaming industry about putting up a recent article that he put together titled "The Glorious Path to Massively Multiplayer Success." We have published the article on our site. Here is a snippet:
I've noticed games are starting to copy each other more and more. While this is good when it comes to user interfaces and game control, it's bad for the rest of the gaming experience. This happened already with the current Anarchy Online clone, Star Wars Galaxies. (Did I say that? Sorry!) I hate to add wood to the fire, but ever since Star Wars Battlegrounds, came out I've looked at Lucasarts games a little differently. Battlegrounds was to be front runner for real-time strategy game awards. Instead it appeared to just be an Age of Empires mod. It was if they just took that game engine and put a Star Wars skin on it. That aside, Star Wars Galaxies is terrific and important to the industry because it's helping bring online gaming to the mainstream. What I don't like is that when I play it, I feel like I'm playing an Anarchy Online with R2D2 units running around. Come on, George Lucas, you can do better than that!
It is a very interesting read and might be an inspiring article to anyone seeking to dive into the ever-expaning MMO industry. You can link to this article right here.
Late last week Quality Games made some announcements about the status of Mir3. This included datacenter plans, details of the installation CD, and beta details. Here are some highlights from the news item:
Work has now been completed on commissioning the data centre and all the associated servers / firewalls. This small setup occupies 7 full height racks all interlinked with fire optics and other stuff. We can?t tell you the exact specification of the machines used or the total number but to give you an idea we have twenty four game gate servers per world set.
A few "interesting" points/features for you are that the client fits on 1 CD and can be run as a windowed application. We are also releasing Mir3 with the latest version of the game engine and client Mir3 v2 This is only just out in Korea and is a total rewrite of things and includes all the latest versions of the anti cheat/exploits programs. As for what content will be in the final release (Maps, Mobs, and Quests etc) this has yet to be "frozen" and although we have all the current Korean version content translated and ready we are more than likely to release this as small patches on a regular basis. The reasoning behind this is to "open" areas as players reach the appropriate levels to be able to explore them.
Very very tentative dates are as follows. Closed Beta Commences: 28th July. Open Beta Starts: 14 August 2004, Pay to play September 2004 (please do note these are very tentative and subject to change, we will keep you posted.)
The full news post can be found at this link.
Gamespot has just reported that three of the high profile developers from the "Tabula Rasa" team have parted ways with NCSoft. Here is a excerpt from the article on GameSpot:
After more than three years in development, massively multiplayer role-playing game Tabula Rasa is in "good hands" according to a spokesperson for its publisher, NCsoft North America. But, as of today, it's not in as many hands. Three of the higher-profile members of the TR team--lead designer Carly Staehlin, lead programmer Bill Randolph, and artist Scott Jones--have left the project and the company.
While he gave no reason for the trio's departure, NCsoft director of PR David Swofford confirmed to GameSpot that the three had made their exit. "Project development is a dynamic process," Swofford said. "There is restructuring going on, and Carly Staehlin is no longer on the team or with NCsoft." The cuts to staff occurred earlier this week, according to Swofford.
You can read the full article at GameSpot by following this link.
Everquest Online Adventures has recently added the option to become infeceted with Lycanthropy to the game. Players can become one of five were races (werewolf, werebear, wererat, werelion, or weregator). Infection grants massive stat bonuses, opens up new options for character development, and carries heavy faction penalties in many good and neutral settlments.
Also recently implememted is the ability to train as a Were-hunter. Details are sketchy at this point, but it seems to be a new suite of abilities and character development options for any character that chooses not to become infected with lycanthropy.
There have also been many recent character balance additions to the game. You can get more information about Lycanthropy at the official site.
SOE announced their recent partnership with Gamania - a pan-Asian online gaming leader to better deliver SOE online products to Asian players. Initially this will lead to the release of EQII in several Asian countries. Here is the official press release:
Taipei, Taiwan - July 23, 2004 - Gamania Digital Entertainment Inc. (Gamania), a pan-Asia industry-leading publisher and developer of online interactive entertainment content, and Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), a worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online (MMO) gaming, today announced what is potentially the largest global strategic alliance in the history of online gaming. The alliance of Gamania and SOE will include four primary undertakings: establishing a joint venture, Asia Pacific products operation, core technology transfer, and potential investment in China. This international collaboration of industry leaders will further solidify Gamania's leading position in the pan-Asian market, as well as satisfying SOE's global strategic planning, all together bringing a new level of influential elements to the global online gaming market.
The initial task of the strategic alliance will be to assist in the launch and operation of the culturalized EverQuest® II (EQII) in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, as well as Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines to support Gamania as the publishing and operational licensee for EQII in the aforementioned territories.
Flying Labs Software has release a new "teaser trailer" of Pirates of the Burning Sea that shows in game combat footage! It is very, very impressive. You will get to see pieces of wood ripping off the boat from massive cannon fire and get a feel for the grand scale of naval combat. Click the image below to get the movie from the nVidia website:
They have also added 4 new screen shots to the official gallery that really show off the combat system in high detail. We have added these to our gallery which you can access below:
Temerarious.net a gaming site dedicated to "girl gamers" is looking for a writer to produce columns for Anarchy Online. The pre-requisites for the job are:
Perks will include a free account to AO. Interested? Contact email@example.com to apply.
Today was the last work day for Peter Tyson, the "community liaison" for Dragon Empires. He is now heading to New Zealand to start a new life with his wife-to-be. Before he took off, he wrote a nice letter to the community which is up on the official site. Here is a snippet:
It looks like this will be my last official task as a community liaison. Sam has cornered me just as the crack of the door was open and the warm winds of freedom were wafting over my face and hooked my back in to strap me to a keyboard one. last. time.
Not that I mind! To be honest I've very much enjoyed the past two years with Dragon Empires. The project is interesting, the team are a crazy mix of characters with amazing talent and the community has been the best I've seen in gaming; not only creative and mature but patient! ;)
You can link to the article at the Dragon Empires site at this link.
According to the Tibia website, the community is growing quickly. As a result, some changes have been made including longer account codes and revised documentation, which contains some nice drawings by the team's graphic artist.
Visit the official Tibia website here.