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General : TV + MMO, A Match Made in Heaven?

Posted Jun 03, 2008 by Keith Cross

Snagwiremedia.com is reporting that the Sci-Fi channel has announced plans to create an MMO based on and in conjunction with a new show.

In a fairly bold (and quite possibly stupid) move, the Sci-Fi Channel has announced plans to use missions and campaigns of players in their own developed MMO to shape and guide a new 'ongoing' television show.  They hope to have the project up and ready to air by 2010, as they work with game developer Trion World Network to create 'the ultimate merging of the TV and gaming mediums.'

Read more here.

Champions Online : Snake Gulch

Posted Jun 03, 2008 by Keith Cross

Cryptic Studios has updated the Champions Online page with a new piece of lore taking place in a place called Snake Gulch.

Howdy, partners! Welcome to the Snake Gulch Dude Ranch!

My name is Belle Steele, and I'll be your guide to all there is to see and do in the Wild West!

My daddy's a fella by the name of Tyrell Donaldson, and he created Snake Gulch to give all your tourist folk a chance to play the 1864 way! But since it ain't 1864 no more, he made some … accommodations for modern technology.

I'll let you in on our little secret: All the residents of Snake Gulch are robots. Yep, robots. My daddy made 'em, and they're something to see! The sheriff 'round these parts has got more than a tin star, he's got a whole dang tin body!

Read more here.

Tabula Rasa : Servers Down

Posted Jun 03, 2008 by Keith Cross

NCsoft is reporting that Richard Garriott's Tabula Rasa is currently having a server issue as both The Orion and Cassiopeia are down while the company investigates and tries to solve the problem.

June 3, 2008 - The Orion and Cassiopeia servers are down. We are investigating the reasons behind the outage and hope to have these servers back up and running as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

Read more here.

Dark Age of Camelot : Producer Letter

Posted Jun 03, 2008 by Keith Cross

Christopher Rabideau, the Producer for EA Mythic's Dark Age of Camelot has posted a new letter to player on the DAoC Herald.

Hello Dark Age of Camelot and fellow Players,

Many of you have already participated in the new server poll we have been conducting to gauge interest in what we are calling the ‘Origins’ server ruleset, also referred to as an ‘Old Frontiers’ server. I would like to thank everyone who has participated so far, as well as thank those who have provided the incredible amount of constructive feedback we have received through the Herald and through the various message forums relevant to DAoC. My team and I were pleasantly surprised by how much interest this poll has generated. The poll is still available to the public on the Herald, and we are still watching its results with great interest.

Read the rest here.

Pirates of the Burning Sea : New Build

Posted Jun 03, 2008 by Keith Cross

Last night saw the launch of a new build of Flying Lab Software's Pirates of the Burning Sea and the team has provided us with some info:

The latest version of build 1.4 will be published to Testbed this evening. This build fixes a couple critical bugs related to keybindings and addresses an issue that was responsible for the client crashes experienced by some users.

The good news is that we will be enabling character copies to Testbed once build 1.4.36.0 has been tested and deployed to our live servers during Wednesday’s maintenance window.

Any changes to that schedule will be communicated via a front page news post.

We appreciate your patience, and look forward to activating character copies in the very near future.

Read more here.

D&D Online : Module 7 Launches

Posted Jun 03, 2008 by Jon Wood

Turbine has announced the launch of Module 7, The Way of the Monk for their MMORPG Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach.

WESTWOOD, MA – June 3, 2008 – Turbine, Inc. today announced the launch of the latest update for players of DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ONLINE®: Stormreach® (DDO), The Way of the Monk. This major update to DDO introduces the first new playable class since launch, revamped adventure areas, more monsters, spells, magic items, and traditional dungeons to challenge. DDO is a unique online roleplaying experience where players must use their combat skills and wits to survive dangerous dungeons, fiendish traps, and foes that punish the foolish.

“This latest module offers players an incredible amount of fun and excitement and we are proud to introduce the long-awaited new class – the Monk,” said Jim Crowley, president and CEO of Turbine, Inc. “We are really very excited with how far DDO has come and we have a tremendous amount planned for the game which we look forward to sharing as the year progresses.”

The Way of the Monk continues Turbine’s commitment to delivering fun, engaging and exciting updates for players in our online worlds. This latest update provides a wealth of new features and experiences for players including two new raids, three new monsters, new raid crafting recipes and eldritch rituals, chat and UI enhancements and several new challenging adventure areas.

The Way of the Monk is filled with exciting new features including:

  • DDO’s First New Player Class: The favorite class of many adventurers, the monk features a martial discipline of hand-to-hand combat and kicks, including special abilities that make the Monk even deadlier. Stun your foes, unleash a flurry of blows, and work up to the deadly quivering palm attack, which can kill enemies with a single strike!
  • New Landscape: Players can now explore the all-new, much larger Three-Barrel Cove wilderness and the underground Black Loch outpost. Three new hand-crafted adventures have been added to make this an exciting and challenging area!
  • New Raids: In the wake of the destruction of the Marketplace tent, the scholars of the Twelve have found that dangerous enemies lie below the city of Stormreach. Guilds must return to battle former raid bosses like Velah, the Red Dragon and the Black Abbot Lich to collect the keys needed to unlock the underground raid wilderness. Once unlocked, players will be able to battle Suulomades, the devil general responsible for the attack on the Marketplace.
  • More Solo Adventures: Daily quests in the Harbor provide new adventuring opportunities for solo adventurers. Collect trophies from vanquished monsters, make deliveries, and collect bounties for the meanest enemies around!
  • Gygax Memorial: Set in a wooded alcove near Delera’s Tomb, the adventure series Gary Gygax narrated, a symbolic memorial site has been erected for visitors to pay homage to Dungeon Master Gary Gygax.

DDO is the ultimate online roleplaying game that seamlessly combines the beautiful world of Eberron® and classic Dungeons & Dragons® v3.5 ruleset with the latest innovations in technology to create a breathtaking interactive experience. DDO represents a major step forward for the roleplaying game genre with many compelling features, including real-time active combat, quests that provide a unique, immersive experience for each player, integrated voice chat, PvP and award-winning graphics. Authentic D&D® features include customizable characters; handcrafted dungeons filled with devious traps; monsters and stories from the Eberron campaign setting; a dungeon master and an on-screen 20-sided die.

DDO is based on the world-renowned DUNGEONS & DRAGONS® franchise of Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS), under license to Infogrames Entertainment S.A. Published by Atari, Inc., DDO has been enthusiastically received by many gaming critics, including The New York Times, PC Gamer, Game Informer and many more. For the latest information on DDO, please visit http://www.ddo.com.

Read more here.

General : Exteel: Dev Paper - Trooper Mechanaught

Posted Jun 03, 2008 by Jon Wood

While it doesn't quite meet our requirements for listing, NCsoft's Exteel is certainly an idea that is appealing to MMO gamers. In this developer paper, the game's devs give tips and strategies for Trooper Mechanaught, a weapons overview and the "last stand" battle mode.

Following the entry- and low-tier Mechanaughts like the Pinkett or Mekhi, the Trooper is a solid representative of the next, more powerful group of Mechanaughts available for purchase. At this point in the pilot’s progress, Mechanaughts become more specialized towards specific tasks and styles. Pilots will start to upgrade their own Mechanaught not as a whole set, but part by part in order to create the best mix that suits themselves. The Trooper is a well-rounded offensive and defensive design and is one of the most popular Mechanaughts available in the Exteel universe.

Read it all here.

D&D Online : Part Two - Beyond the Monk

Posted Jun 03, 2008 by Jon Wood

Recently, MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood had the opportunity to sit down for a tour of Module 7 for Dungeons and Dragons Online. In part one of this feature, Wood talks about the additions to the game that go beyond the new class.

Today, Tuesday June 3rd is an important day for fans of Dungeons and Dragons Online as the game, an MMO based on Wizards of the Coast’s smash-hit pen and paper game. Today, you see, marks the launch of the game’s newest Module (their word for update). Module 7: The Way of the Monk, as the name implies, adds the Monk class to the game. While this is certainly the addition that is getting the most attention, the new class isn’t all that Module 7 has to offer.

In a previous article, we talked about the addition of the new class, but now I want to talk a little bit about Module 7: Beyond the Monk.

Read it all here.

Jumpgate Evolution : Exclusive Screenshot

Posted Jun 02, 2008 by Jon Wood

The folks from NetDevil have provided us with this exclusive Jumpgate Evolution screenshot that shows us a Conflux Probe Ship.

Check out the full size image here.

Age of Conan : Q&A With Jorgen Tharaldsen

Posted Jun 02, 2008 by Jon Wood

Recently, MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood had the opportunity to send eight questions over to Jorgen Tharaldsen at Funcom. In those questions, Tharaldsen addresses instances, CS and more.

Some members are complaining that dealing with customer support has been frustrating, and help comes late and sometimes not at all. Can you speak to this?

Jorgen Tharaldsen

We have been known to give some of the best customer services in the MMO industry for years, and while we are striving to meet the same standards for Age of Conan as soon as possible we are not there yet. The reason for this is naturally the sheer amount of people who is playing the game right now, and while we staffed up significantly for the Conan launch it wasn't enough for what we are now facing. We are actively staffing up as fast as we can in order to reduce the waiting times, and get back to our standard of being among the best, which is always our goal.

Check out the whole Q&A here.

D&D Online : Module 7 Launch Tomorrow

Posted Jun 02, 2008 by Jon Wood

For those who may not be aware, the newest addition to Dungeons and Dragons Online, Module 7: The Way of the Monk will launch tomorrow, June 3rd.

Monks are a distinct new character class that you will be able to choose when Module 7: The Way of the Monk goes live on June 3rd.

A Monk's role is that of high speed, control, and discipline. Your senses and wisdom of the elements will be challenged. Becoming a Monk will be unlike anything you've experienced in Eberron. You'll need to learn to become ready for any situation. You'll need to learn The Way of The Monk.

More on DDO here.

EverQuest : Living Legacy: Free Time for Old Players

Posted Jun 02, 2008 by Jon Wood

Due to a new promotion, dubbed "The Living Legacy", former players (in good standing) of EQ and EQII will be able to play the games for free until the end of July.

SAN DIEGO, CA – June 2, 2008 – The EverQuest ® franchise, the groundbreaking, award-winning fantasy series that redefined massively multiplayer online (MMO) video games for a generation of gamers around the globe, is bringing a near decade of success back to millions of fans with a new Living Legacy program from Sony Online Entertainment LLC, which will feature in-game events, promotions, game updates and more.

Living Legacy, announced today, is a brand-new initiative aimed at the millions of players who have experienced the vast, engaging online worlds of EverQuest ® (EQ) and EverQuest® II (EQII) since the original EQ game was launched in 1999. The celebration starts today and continues through the end of September. As part of the promotion, both EQ and EQII subscribers with inactive accounts who left in good standing will be able to log back in to the games and play for free until the end of July.

“The EverQuest franchise has touched so many lives since the launch of EverQuest in 1999, and with the 10th anniversary of EverQuest just around the corner, we felt it was the best time to give back to all the players who made it the cultural phenomenon it is today,” said John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment. “We are grateful for the continued support from our legions of fans and are extremely excited about the groundswell of interest surrounding Living Legacy.”

While the Living Legacy program is aimed at former EQ and EQII players, the program also offers a perfect way for new players to experience the world of Norrath. Nostalgic NPCs and group PvE encounters, as well as brand new raid content, will commemorate EQ’s hardcore heritage. The program features bonus XP weekends, several live events, new content updates and the introduction of new zones all taking place in EQII. Returning EQII players will also be able to experience Rise of Kunark, EQII’s fourth expansion, which just became the game’s best-selling expansion of all time.

Key features of the Living Legacy program include:

All qualified returning EQ players will receive the EverQuest Secrets of Faydwer all-in-one compilation and bonus in-game items at no additional cost.

All qualified returning EQII players will receive the EverQuest II Rise of Kunark all-in-one compilation and bonus in-game items at no additional cost.

All software provided during the promotional period will be credited to any EQ or EQII account that is converted to a valid, paying monthly subscription.

Current EQII players who recruit a friend to play the game who converts to a valid subscription will receive free gameplay-time added upon conclusion of their then-current subscription .

In the spirit of honoring the players, the Living Legacy program is supported by an online and print advertising campaign that features real EQ and EQII players.

More on the promotion here.

EverQuest II : Festival of Unity Kicks Off

Posted Jun 02, 2008 by Jon Wood

Yesterday folks in EQII kicked off The Festival of Unity, a player-run event taking place on the Antonis Bayle server that will run until June 7th.

The Festival of Unity, A Celebration of Life, Love and Friendship kicks off this weekend in EverQuest II!

Players on the Antonia Bayle server can participate in the Festival of Unity! The week long massive event starts June 1st and runs through the 7th on the Antonia Bayle server in Antonica! This event is FULLY player designed and run, with a little support from local guides and community reps.

Each day players will see more than 20 events full of fun and games such as a Mage Tourney, Scavenger Hunt and the always interesting Feyiron Chef!

Here’s a video of last year’s festivities: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3317789586889505029&hl=en

A complete schedule of events can be found here.

 

General : Rohan Online Gets Good Numbers for OB

Posted Jun 02, 2008 by Jon Wood

The makers of the upcoming MMORPG Rohan: Blood Feud have announced a great turn-out for their open beta which began on May 28th.

MMORPG.com is currently working to get Rohan listed on our Game List.

Orange County, Calif. – May 30, 2008 – Online PC game publisher YNK Interactive experienced an overwhelming amount of players as they began Open Beta testing of their massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Rohan: Blood Feud. “The initial turnout of Rohan: Blood Feud is an unexpected but great surprise,” said Jay Suh, COO of YNK Interactive. “We have more than doubled our servers since then, and our team has been working around the clock in order to give our players the experience they expect and deserve.”

Players from around the world participated in Rohan: Blood Feud’s open beta that began on May28th. Within the first few minutes, the game servers reached maximum capacity, leading the company to add another server within the first hour. Over the course of the following 36 hours, two more servers were added due to the continuing increase in demand. YNK Interactive reports that they will continue to add game servers during this testing period until there are enough tocomfortably and stably house the large population that has gathered to support the game. To be part of its growing community, register at www.playrohan.com.

Find more info here.

Huxley : NA Publisher

Posted Jun 02, 2008 by Jon Wood

Huxley now has a North American publisher as the company announced today that it would partner with NHN USA.

IRVINE, CALIF. – June 2, 2008 –It’s official. NHN USA, a subsidiary of NHN (KOSDAQ:035420), the largest Korean Internet company, announced today that it has secured the rights to publish the long-awaited Huxley in North America and Western Europe. Bringing online gamers everywhere closer to the chance to exercise their fragging skills against thousands of other players in the first twitch-action massively multiplayer online first-person shooting (FPS) game Huxley, the online shooter is slated to arrive on the PC via ijji.com in late 2008.

“Huxley is one of the most anticipated online games currently in development, and we are very excited to bring the triple-A title to Western audiences,” said Whon Namkoong, CEO, NHN USA, Inc. “Huxley provides gamers with a unique and compelling experience that gamers everywhere are sure to enjoy. The revolutionary online shooter is a welcome addition to ijji.com, the site where millions of fans can play it later this year.”

Huxley is the first massively multiplayer online (MMO) game to combine the twitch-based fast-action game play of a first person shooter (FPS) with the cerebral character development of an MMO to deliver an intense and exciting online entertainment experience of a complete MMOFPS. Players will be drawn into the genre-bending game play, riveting cinematic graphics and intricate setting of Huxley, where they will choose between two races, Sapiens or Alternatives and struggle to obtain a powerful energy source while fighting endless battles against the Hybrids, a mysterious third group born of the two races.

Developed by Webzen, Huxley will be released by NHN USA for the PC and be available to play on the publisher’s renowned gaming portal ijji.com in late 2008. More information will be available shortly at www.ijji.com.

Read more on Webzen here.

Elf Online : Summer Leveling Event

Posted Jun 02, 2008 by Keith Cross

Elf Online has announced a new summer leveling event.

Elf Online (http://elf.happymmo.com/) creates a fantasy world for the child deep inside everyone’s hearts. As the arrival of summer vacation is here, Elf Online is pleased to hold a leveling event special caters for this summer to grant some gifts to celebrate this joyful moment. Let’s have a hilarious and spectacular summer!

The leveling event will last from June 1st to July 1st. During this one month period, all players whom reach the required level will gain generous rewards in Elf Online (http://elf.happymmo.com/).

Players who meet the requirements for the rewards may contact us via Live Support. After our GMs have verified your personal information, we will trade you your rewards in game.

Read more here.

Stargate Worlds : 10,000 Posts en Espanol

Posted Jun 02, 2008 by Keith Cross

Stargate Worlds has announced that the Spanish Community for their upcoming MMORPG has reached over 10,000 posts.

Stargate Worlds Forum prides itself on being multi-language friendly. This week our very special Spanish community has just reached 10,000 posts!

"I'm proud to tell you that the Spanish Community has reached today the incredible number of 10.000 posts," said moderator Rojo19. "It's a happy day for us, we've been growing day after day and every week the number of active users in our community also grows."

The official forum also supports the languages of German, French, Russian, Czech, and many more! Check out our Other Language Forums section and contribute your special skills!

Congratulations again to our Spanish community!

More on SGW here.

Tabula Rasa : Feedback Friday

Posted Jun 02, 2008 by Keith Cross

The folks at NCsoft's Richard Garriott's Tabula Rasa have released a new Feedback Friday for our readng enjoyment.

Welcome to this week’s Feedback Friday. Currently, we are in the second week of working on Deployment 10 and adding our final touches to Deployment 9 (which should be on PTS soon!). In this week’s Feedback Friday we’ll talk about a new map on PTS, Clan Lockboxes, and a good old-fashion patch note preview.

Read more here.

Age of Conan : Fan Song

Posted Jun 02, 2008 by Keith Cross

Age of Conan fans seem to bea  rabid lot, and the band Linkin Purpz is no exception, having written a song about AoC.

We have great fans, we already knew that for years now, but sometimes even the wildest expectations are not wild enough as it seems.

We present you the fan song from Linkin Purpz, a german Metall band who wrote this song over the last four weeks, to show the world how much Age of Conan rocks their world.

Many thanks to Linkin Purpz, your song has been well received and we rock to it at least daily (promise!) ;)

Check out the song here.

General : IGG 2 Year Anniversary Giveaway!

Posted Jun 02, 2008 by Craig McGregor

MMORPG.com has teamed up with IGG to help them celebrate their 2 year anniversary of bringing free-to-play MMORPG games to players!  From now until July 1, 2008 @ 9PM EST we will be taking entries into a contest where we are giving away over 203 prizes including tickets to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China!

In addition to the Olympics tickets we have thousands of dollars in prizes for virtual game items for Tales of Pirates, Angels Online, Wonderland, Myth War, Zu Online and Voyage Century!

In total there are over $6000 in prizes for our community!  Are you ready to enter to win? JUST CLICK HERE!

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