Raph Koster's site is being updated frequently as he is taking questions on design decisions made on Star Wars Galaxies. Today's question is "What were the thoughts on Jedi and why were such drastic changes made in patch 9 to the entire system?"
For fans of Star Wars Galaxies, these entries about some of the most controversial design decisions are a terrific read. The site is crawling so be patient and sit down to read Koster's extensive post about Jedi and Storm Troopers and one about Temporary Enemy Flagging. The promise is that more is to come.
Check it out (patiently!) at RaphKoster.com.
A new video has been posted by the EVE Online team to show off some of the massive upheaval going on in the territories outside the center of the game universe. Called "sovereignty", the system allows players to control territory in the non-NPC controlled areas of EVE.
It's a great look at how players are taking a hand in the overall story of EVE Online. Check it out!
Hot on the heels of this month’s confirmation that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt would take 200 hours to complete, we have confirmation that a playtester made his way through the game in only 25 hours. Is this The Order: 1886 all over again?
Read more of Christopher Coke's The RPG Files: The Witcher 3 Completed in 25 Hours.
Blizzard has announced that the third wing of the Hearthstone expansion, Blackrock Mountain, has opened. Blackrock Spire will give players the opportunity to grab some Black Dragonkin to help defeat opponents along the way.
Players can get access to Blackrock Spire by purchasing Wing 3 either through the Blizzard Shop or with Hearthstone gold.
Find out more on the Hearthstone site.
The Temple of Elemental Evil is one of the most widely known modules ever created for D&D. Written by Gary Gygax and Frank Mentzer it was originally designed as an adventure for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons and took place in the World of Greyhawk. Released in 1985 ToEE set the standard for massive modules. And now? Now it's back for more in DDO.
Read more of Rob Lashley's Dungeons & Dragons Online: Reign of Elemental Evil - Capturing an Old-School Dungeon Crawl.
Cryptic Studios has announced that Season 10 - The Iconian War will be released on Tuesday, April 21st. In addition, Cryptic also snapped up another Star Trek: Voyager actor to bring voice talents to Star Trek Online. Robert McNeill will be reprising his Voyager role as pilot Tom Paris. In STO, Paris will be in command of his own ship and will have been living in Star Fleet space with his wife B'Elanna.
Tom Paris will be joining the game when Season 10 debuts later this year.
Read more on the Star Trek Online site.
Also, check out the official Season 10 announcement trailer below to get excited about April 21st's release of Season 10 - The Iconian War.
This is the week, folks. Starting today, we're about to see a ton of new Star Wars info come in from California. From the new movie, to the TV shows, to the new games (and possibly SWTOR?), we're about to be inundated with tales from a Galaxy Far, Far Away. What are you most excited for?
Me personally? I'm obviously most psyched for all the Episode VII material, and I hope we get some really good preview footage between now and the weekend. But I'd be lying if I said I wasn't really hyped up about Star Wars: Battlefront.
Short of a true persistent world MMO shooter set in the Star Wars universe, Battlefront is really high on my "Do-Want" list. It feels like ages since we had Battelfront one to squee over. Indeed, it's been over ten years since the first game was released. And nothing at all against Pandemic, but DICE making this new incarnation is a dream come true.
I can't wait to see footage, read details about the online modes, hopefully get some good info on the single-player campaign (it'd better have one!), and all that good stuff. Since they're aiming at releasing it around the same time as the movie, I hope we get some iconic fights from there as well.
No, it's not an MMO. It's not even an RPG. But every blue moon, I get excited about something else in gaming. So sue me.
What about you all? What are you looking forward to out of Star Wars news this weekend?
GamesIndustry.biz is reporting that Linda "Brasse" Carlson has joined Trion Worlds as the Director of Community Relations. Carlson was formerly Community Manager at Sony Online Entertainment and was subsequently laid off shortly after the company was sold off by Sony and became Daybreak Game Company.
"Linda is a unique talent and a strong advocate for player communities," said Trion CEO Scott Hartsman in a statement. "She's had tremendous success in fostering and growing communities both inside and outside of games companies, and we couldn't be happier to welcome her to the team."
Read more at the link above.
The frog-like Hylek will be the stars of this week's Guild Wars 2 Points of Interest. Game Designer Andy McLeod and Content Designer Matthew Medina will join the show to talk about the Hylek, their design and how they will be a force in Heart of Thorns. In addition, Hugh Norfolk will be on hand for the latest lesson in the PvP 101 series.
Learn a lot more about the Hylek in a new developer blog on the Guild Wars 2 site and be sure to tune in to the Guild Wars 2 Twitch.tv channel tomorrow, Friday, April 17th at 12:00 pm Pacific / 3:00 pm Eastern.
In addition to the Hylek, players can check out a new series called "Hidden Arcana" penned by Anatoli Ingram and designed to give players an inside look at the "people and design philosophies" behind Heart of Thorns. The first article deals with the brand new Masteries System.
Masteries are contextual. What makes this system different? The abilities you’ll gain through the Masteries system can be employed in content designed from the ground up. This provides a better sense of progression by letting players power up their character to challenge specific content instead of building generalized, stat-based power through gear and levels.
The latest Echo of Soul character class is now revealed in the latest official trailer. The Guardian is a support and tanking class with two specializations: AoE specialist Stormguard and the Earthguard, a defensive specialization. Check out the trailer to learn more.
Invasion: Nexus is shaping up to bring a massive number of big changes to Wildstar and lots of new content as well. In a new deep dive on the WildStar site, Adventures Team Lead Matt Tobiason reveals the Bay of Betrayal.
The Bay of Betrayal challenges players to use their technopathic abilities against other teams participating in the Adventure as all are aimed at the same goal. What makes this adventure different from others is the ability for players to scale the difficulty by earning medals. Medals are counted collectively, with the adventure scaling based on that number. But beware: Competitors get tougher too.
Key to success in Bay of Betrayal is the ability of a team to work in concert with one another to accomplish coordinated attacks and to overcome challenges that await. Combat, puzzle solving and coordination will all be key to success.
While in the instance, players are granted a new ability called "technopathy" that allows access to and use of energy from power sources in order to gain access to technology scatted throughout the area to overcome the challenges presented.
Of course, no adventure would be complete without loot. Gear for the most part will be on level with lower-end Veteran Dungeons while higher levels of difficulty will also see high end gadgets as rewards.
Read the full deep dive on the Wildstar site.
Former beta testers who never purchased a copy of Elder Scrolls Online are being welcomed back this weekend to try out the new Tamriel Unlimited, the buy-to-play version of ESO. Starting today, Thursday, April 16th at 10:00 am Eastern / 7:00 am Pacific and running through Monday, April 20th at 10:00 am Eastern / 7:00 am Pacific, the invitation is extended.
The team gives an incentive to log in with the potential to score some swag for playing ESO for a mere two hours during the special weekend. Players who accomplish the two hour requirement will automatically be entered to win one of ten prizes.
- Twenty Five Dollar ($25) gift certificate to the Bethesda Store – 3 winners
- Bristlegut Piglet pet code – 2 winners
- Mudcrab plushie – 1 winner
- Symbiote Nord figurine – 1 winner
- The Elder Scrolls® Online Imperial Edition (for a non-current game owner only) – 1 winner
- 3,000 crowns to spend in the ESOTU Crown Store – 1 winner
- 1,500 crowns to spend in the ESOTU Crown Store – 1 winner
The team will also hold some "orienteering" contests with a Bristlegut Piglet as reward and tons of live stream events are planned as well.
Check out the Elder Scrolls Online site for all of the details.
Heroes & Generals has been updated with one of its largest-ever patches. Named for German General Willibald Utz, the update brings a huge new assault map called Forward Airfield to the game. In addition, bug fixes and feature enhancements play a prominent role in the patch.
Player teams face off against one another in and around a small town that is housing a rough airstrip. Game play will feature three main objectives to control: the airfield, village church, and bridge controlling access to the village. Both long- and short-range combat are integral to success.
Find out more about the Utz update on the Heroes & Generals site.
Nintendo has revealed the first game play footage from Attack On Titan for 3DS, an upcoming RPG and cooperative multiplayer title based on the popular anime series. Check it out and let us know what you think.
The Rift team has let us know that the Echoes of Madness update has gone live on all servers. This update is notable for the overhauled 20-player Hammerknell raid, improved Instant Adventures, and the extensively redesigned Wardrobe system.
Check out the Rift site for more information.
The latest State of the Crusade letter has been posted on the Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade site. The letter discusses several big topics including the notion that game design is influenced by change, something the team has embraced when it comes to combat.
In addition, the discussion heads to the topic of the in-game store, something that many fans are concerned with. To that end, several key points are mentioned:
- The store will not have better items than found in-game, just different ones
- The store will have exclusive items, which are not available elsewhere, but their differences will be largely cosmetic
- The store will have unlocks, which could be something like being able to play Necrons and these will cost, because we need to develop, run and operate the game for the next 10 years
- You will be able to attain the in-game currency and some RTPs in-game
- You will have fun without having to use the store
- You will still want to use the store
What do you think of the State of the Crusade, the ideas surrounding the store? Let us know in the comments.
Be sure to head to the Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade site to read the entire letter.
Another week, another wing of Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain. Last week’s wing took us into the depths of the infamous Molten Core with a new trio of bosses to conquer and new cards for both the Shaman (who desperately needed some love) and the Warlock (who didn’t). Let’s dig in.
Read more of Michael Bitton's Hearthstone: Blackrock Mountain Week Two Postmortem.
KOG Games has announced that today marks the final day of service for Grand Chase in North America. Grand Chase has been running for the past seven years and to thank the community, the team will be hosting a special live stream event to say goodbye.
Read more about special events and the live stream (6-9 pm Pacific tonight) on the Grand Chase site.
That's the big question, right? With news coming in today that Australian retailers are being asked to pull WildStar from their shelves, something which similar preceded the announcement of ESO's Tamriel Unlimited, it seems a freemium version of WildStar is en route.
Me? I'm still playing WS, not as often as I once was at launch, but it's in my current rotation. To me, it's a fun and unique take on the WoW formula (unique in its setting and combat mechanics). But I completely understand why many folks don't see the need or desire to keep paying a subscription for WildStar.
Yet the game has come a long way since launch in both content and polish, and frankly, it's worth a second look for fans of these kinds of theme park MMOs. If there's one thing WS needs these days, its players. Even on just a couple of mega-servers, the leveling zones are emptier than they should be. With a lower barrier to entry, I have little doubt that WS will see the same sort of resurgence ESO is seeing and that other games who made the change to F2P have seen.
WildStar is fun. And many times here I've seen people say they'd gladly play it if it didn't need a subscription. What about you then? Would you give Nexus another visit?
While you're mulling over your decision, check out the new mounts coming to WildStar. These are fresh off the PTS!
The latest monthly newsletter has been published on The Secret World site. Letter writing duties have fallen to Senior Community Manager Laurie “sezmra” Payne since Joel Bylos has moved on to some other unnamed project within Funcom. This month, Payne reviews March including Golden Week, the #IAMTSW contest and the newly implemented Enhanced Player Experience.
Wrapping up the letter, Payne talks a bit about the forthcoming Issue 11. The Orochi Towers will be the centerpiece of Issue 11, along with some new randomized encounters to "keep things fresh" for players. Missions will feature only a single day's cooldown and players will work their way through the towers while simultaneously discovering more about the Orochi Group.
Read the full letter on The Secret World site.