This week on the WoW Factor we touch on the PvP Season 14 transition and the current state of Patch 5.4.7 on the Public Test Realm. Then we check out what some Hearthstone devs have to say about where the game is and what's to come.
Continuing to reveal new and interesting information to EverQuest Next: Landmark fans, Sony Online Entertainment unveiled its latest "Building Blocks" video to show off the desert regions that players can choose to build and gather in. Check it out to see if this sometimes harsh environment is for you.
Sony Online entertainment and the PlanetSide 2 team have announced the World Domination Series (WDS) Preseason 2 Challenge Event. According to the team, major adjustments to the event have been implemented after player feedback from the inaugural event. Each week, SOE will compile each Empire's score. At the end of the preseason the overall winner will be announced, with players receiving a commemorative in-game item as a reward.
The Guild Wars 2 Living Story started out strong offering nice bits of narrative, and introducing us to a whole new cast of characters. Over time updates began to showcase less story, and focused more on combat. It seemed the "story" part was missing. Then came the newest additions to Guild Wars 2: The Origins of Madness, and The Edge of the Mists. The tale ArenaNet wants to weave is now once again becoming the main focus, which is something players have been wanting.
The Entertainment Software Rating Board has issued Dark Souls II a "T" for Tean rating, indicating that the game contains blood, gore, mild language, partial nudity and violence. Dark Souls II is due to be released across multiple platforms on March 11, 2014.
Always active, the Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen site has been updated today with a look at one of the game's races. This time, the tiny, but formidable gnomes are put under the microscope. Included in the update is a look at the lore behind the race and how it will fit into the overall game.
Slightly Mad Studios has lifted the cover off its action-racing MMO, World of Speed. The team has released a new video to show off the game in action and shows off racing locations from Moscow to London and more. According to press information, the game will allow interconnected players to "team up and compete in an ever-expanding number of gameplay modes where completing team-based objectives determines the victor."
Last week, EA and Mythic announced a partnership agreement with indie studio Broadsword Online Gaming to take over the development side of both Ultima Online and Dark Age of Camelot. We caught up with the team to find out what that means for two of the genre's most beloved titles.
This week marks the beginning of Gamer Safety Week hosted by Merchant Risk Council's (MRC) sister organization, Gamer Safety Alliance. Recent history has shown increasing activity in the hacking front and the loss of player information. To that end, the goal of the week's event is to provide concrete ways that game companies can keep their players' information secure.
Our own Bill Murphy has a list of the good and bad from our recent preview weekend, and I'd encourage you to check it out. But, like a doctor judging a problematic patient, he's also asked me to chime in with a second opinion. While we agree on a several areas about what makes ESO a blast to play, I'm a little concerned about some of the game's more vital organs.