Racing fans rejoice! Ubisoft has announced that the starting flag for the PC closed beta test will wave beginning on Thursday, October 15th and will run through Sunday, October 19th.
Players will be able to sample a variety of new features, the upcoming visual overhaul, PvP and PvE, and The Summit (a mobile gathering of players that moves around the US), as well as drag racing, drift cars, motorcycles, and monster trucks.
Read more and sign up for the CBT on The Crew website.
CCP Seagull has taken to YouTube with a look at some of the most significant changes coming to EVE Online between now and Spring 2016. In addition to the overview CCP Seagull on YouTube, more details can be found on the EVE Online site that links up to developer blogs.
The Star Wars: The Old Republic blog has been updated with a new look at how the 1-60 leveling experience will be streamlined once the Knights of the Fallen Empire expansion goes live later this month. Of particular note, a new Critical Path arc will guide players along the most important story and class quests on each planet and will be represented by a special color (purple) for both the map icon and in the quest tracker.
Heroic missions will also receive some attention. All HMs will now be scaled to 2+ for completion and players will be able to pick up the entire planet's set once per week. These podiums will be located outside each planet's space port. In addition, a special transport device will be given to players that will teleport them to a safe location near where the Heroic Mission will take place. Lastly, players will no longer have to turn in anything to a special "box" to complete the missions, most completing while out in the field.
Quests not part of the Critical Path or not part of the Heroic Missions collection will be considered "Exploration Missions" that will continue to reward players with credit, experience, gear and more.
New Mission Iconography Quick Reference:
- Purple Triangle: These are critical path story Missions: your class Missions, planet story arcs, certain Flashpoint story intros, and more, including the new Knights of the Fallen Empire Chapters.
- Gold Triangle: These are critical path side Missions along with additional ones such as the Missions to unlock Flashpoints.
- Arrow Triangle: These are repeatable Missions including Heroics.
- Star Triangle: These are the Exploration Missions, optional Missions on each planet that can be completed at any level. Access can be toggled on via a check box on the Map screen.
Read the entire post on the Star Wars: The Old Republic site.
With Heart of Thorns just weeks away, Jason looks back on his thousands of hours playing Guild Wars 2 and wonders what else he could have done with his time...
Read more of Jason Winter's Guild Wars 2: 18 Days and Counting!
NCSoft has updated the Blade & Soul page with the first in a series of deep-dive reveals of the Summoner class. Beginning with the most basic information, fans will find out more about Summoners throughout the week, culminating in a special live stream event to be held on Thursday, October 8th at 4:00 pm Pacific / 7:00 pm Eastern.
The Summoner and their Familiar are a team, fighting together to overwhelm their enemies. The Familiar rushes into the thick of it, dealing heavy physical damage and holding the attention of their opponent. Meanwhile, the Summoner hangs back, supporting their Familiar with long range skills that both help their feline friend and hinder their shared enemy.
Keep an eye on the Blade & Soul site for more information throughout the week.
Blizzard is pretty cagey when it comes to the release of information about its games but we managed to corner the team behind Diablo III to find out a few interesting tidbits of information about the game's lore and the recently released Kanai's Cube.
Read more of Suzie Ford's Diablo III: Teases & Tidbits - Leah, Cain & the Cube. (Potential spoilers! Readers beware!)
Trion Worlds has announced that Rift's Into the Wilds update will be deployed on Wednesday, October 7th. Rift 3.4 brings a bunch of fantastic new content into the game including a new region to explore, the Primalist calling, a new dungeon and warfront and more.
With a very satisfying boost to crafting, including two all new Planar crafting varieties, and a number of UI improvements sure to make your day, RIFT 3.4: Into the Wilds has a little something extra for everyone. We also have additional major features in the works, like the brand new raiding tier coming later in 3.4! Check out the patch notes when they’re available for all the details.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited will be receiving another big DLC with today's announcement of Orsinium. Orsinium is the ancestral home of the Orcs and players are tasked with helping to rebuild this capital city by order of King Kurog.
According to press information, Orsinium is the largest DLC to date and offers players "well over 20 hours" of content including a new zone, new quests, a new single-player arena, new public dungeons and much more.
New PVE Content for All Players: Adventure through hours of captivating new content, no matter your level.
The Maelstrom Arena: A new solo arena challenge, The Maelstrom Arena, features nine combat rings and two different difficulty levels. Test your might against the fiercest enemies imaginable as you, and you alone, fight for your life and if victorious, are granted generous rewards.
New Public Dungeons: Old Orsinium and Rkindaleft, Orsinium’s sprawling public dungeons, feature all new-challenges for both solo and group play.
Orisinium-Exclusive Rewards and Items: Enjoy powerful new gear, unique crafting styles and other rewards inspired by the history and denizens of Wrothgar.
Orsinium will be released for PC/Mac on November 2nd, XBox One on November 17th and for PlayStation 4 on November 18th. ESO Plus members will receive the DLC for free, or it can be purchased for 3,000 Crowns in the ESOTU Crown STore.
Find out more on The Elder Scrolls Online site and be sure to check out the trailer below.
Because of an issue with the raiding system being turned off for most of the Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns beta weekend, the event has been extended until 12:00 pm Pacific / 3:00 pm Eastern today. Players will be able to check out the new raid system along with the squad UI up until the event ends later today.
We are going to extend the beta until Noon PST on Monday - Raiding will be available the entire time (pending non disasters)! GOGO!— Shazbawt (@Shazbawt) October 5, 2015
The Gloria Victis team has sent word that some new combat mechanics have been introduced that should make game play even more engaging and fun. Players can take advantage of the new headshot mechanic that allows players to both utilize and detect them. In addition, players can now revive unconscious players and new blocking mechanics have been added.
There are also important changes in the territory control and building systems. We have implemented saving the statuses of flags and fortifications in database, so their upgrade will remain in the game’s world despite the servers restarts. There is also an overhaul of Original Faith Order’s keep – its size has been doubled with an addition of a massive stone donjon and an inner circle of walls!
Read more details on the Gloria Victis site.
After monitoring player feedback over the last several weeks, Obsidian Entertainment and My.com have announced that Armored Warfare's progression system will be undergoing a complete rebalance. Of notable inclusion will be an improved progression mechanic with regard to players reaching higher tiers and faster progress on Military Base progression.
To help facilitate a smoother curve, several changes to the economy will be implemented including reduced ammo and repair costs in PvP, increased reputation and credit income in PvE and increased reputation gains, crew XP and commander experience when playing in a premium vehicle.
Check out the specifics on the Armored Warfare site.
The beauty of Sword Coast Legends is that not only will players control their own characters, but if they're playing Dungeon Master, they'll be able to control a whole cadre of monstrous beings pull straight from pen and paper Dungeons and Dragons. Over the next couple of weeks, we'll be doing some deep dives in to some of these monsters. Today, we're starting with the wondrous and terrible Beholder, and the monstrously strong Troll. Read on!
Read more of our exclusive developer diary, Sword Coast Legends Monster Journal: Beholder & Troll Revealed.
It seems that Diablo III fans have a lot to look forward to in next month's Blizzcon as it appears a new franchise expansion or title is going to be announced. The Blizzard jobs page has been updated with an advertisement for an Art Director for an "unannounced project" in the Diablo series and that the idea candidate should have "a passion for games with a deep understanding of the Diablo franchise".
Whether or not the position is for an expansion for Diablo 3 or for something along the lines of Diablo IV remains to be seen, though the former is more likely.
What do you think will be announced at Blizzcon? Expansion or new game? Leave us your thoughts.
This week on Game On, Chris and Ryan are joined by Allie Murdock of Motiga to discuss their upcoming genre-blender, Gigantic. If you're a fan of MOBAs, shooters, or PvPvE MMO battlegrounds, this is an episode you won't want to miss!
Check it out on the MMORPG.com Game On podcast page.
The Lineage 2 team has announed that the next major update to the game, called the Underground, will be released on the October 14th. As the name implies, players will be traveling to the Gainak Underground and can enter three new instances, based on the legends of Freya, Tauti and Kelbim.
Prepare yourself for the opening of the Atelia Command Post, the newest construction of the forces of Embryo. Kelbim’s second-in-command is gathering their troops and bolstering their forces before renewing their assault on Aden.
You can read more on the Lineage 2 site.
We are combing the Net, looking for Halloween activities in some of our favourite MMOs. We will be presenting several to you each week between now and October 31st.
World of Warcraft - Hallow's End is a celebration of the break between the Forsaken and the Scourge. Many tricks and treats await adventurers seeking holiday fun, including defeating the Headless Horseman, visiting inns and cities for fun items such as masks and costumes, and eating way too much candy in one sitting.
Wizard101 - There are lots of Halloween decorations, bubbling cauldrons, apple tubs, pumpkins and ghosts and surprises all over Wizard City. But beware, a boss is waiting to test your skills!
Pirate101 - Now through November 1st 2015, enjoy Halloween fun in Pirate101! Skull Island is filled with fun Halloween decor plus we have new items in the Crown Shop and much more!
Dragon Nest - It’s October, the season of spooky monsters and trick-or-treat! But why wait until Halloween when you can celebrate all month long? This weekend, TREAT yourself with double drop rates for all dungeons!
The Revival team has posted this week's update with an interesting look at how the game world comes alive through player and NPC "tagging". In addition, several forum topics are highlighted as being of keen interest to the community and a teaser is launched about a day in the life of a caravaneer.
Tagging is an invisible mechanic that is attached to a player or an NPC based on deeds performed in the game. For instance, if a player was asked to protect an NPC but let him die, he might be tagged as a "betrayer". If the NPC was tagged, he might be tagged as "goodguy". As a result of any given tag, the player may run into "fans", NPCs who cheer for him, or into "foes" who hiss at him for betraying his contract.
Tags make the world’s heart beat and they play a huge part in making its people live, because just like characters, NPCs have tags too. Honestly, everything in the game has tags, and it’s the interaction between the triggered game effect packages on tags and the drives of the NPC AI that allow the NPCs to make in-the-moment decisions and ensures that every element of the game reacts, not to some static design, but to conditions as they actually exist.
You can read more on the Revival site.
Russia's premier gaming convention, Igromir 2015, has been going on for the past several days. During the event, GameNet producers spoke with GoHa.ru and Dave Jones about Black Desert Online and the localization efforts among other topics. The following are some of the most interesting questions that were asked during those interviews and include work points, P2P/F2P launches, store items and more.
Read more of Catherine Daro's Black Desert Online: Igromir Producer Interview Report.
Cryptic Studios has announced that it will be hosting a special live-stream event with Chase Masterson, aka Leeta from Deep Space Nine, on Tuesday, October 6th at 11:00 am Pacific / 2:00 pm Eastern in the Star Trek Online Twitch.tv channel.
The team is asking for your questions and you can submit them at the Star Trek Online forum.
CyberStep has announced that their free-to-play MMORPG Onigiri will get XBox One and Playstation 4 versions to join already available PC version. The XBox One version has been released as of October 2nd with Playstation 4 version coming October 6th.
Onigiri thrusts its players into mystical Japan, a land filled with mythical creatures of Japanese legend. Starting as a lone Oni, players fight against the malevolent influence of the Kamikui as their miasma spreads over the land. 8 NPCS, each with their own distinct personality and skills, ally themselves with the player to help build a legend, and quell the evil that has arisen. As you grow stronger together, so do the bonds binding you to each other.
You can find out more about Onigiri on the official site.