Fans of RPGs will be happy to hear that Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor has had its release date moved forward. The North American release will take place on September 30th, with the rest of the world seeing the game arrive on October 2nd.
While PR says that the game has been moved up due to "player excitement", it's more likely that October is viewed as a very crowded games release time that includes games such as Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and Assassin's Creed Unity (among others). The new date gives Shadows ample time to captivate its audience.
I really liked Firefall last year when it went into open beta. But like everyone else, I saw the writing on the wall that Red 5 was having direction issues with the title, and it seemed like their MMO shooter would never quite make it out of the development seesaw it was consistently riding. Firefall was a game that didn’t seem to know what it wanted to be.
Read more of Bill Murphy's Firefall: Red5's Second Shot Nails Its Target.
It’s no secret that RIFT has a generous business model. The slogan “No Tricks, No Trials, No Traps” has proven true and made the game a beacon for free-to-play design. There is a store, and Trion would sure like it if you used it, but if you don’t, there is still a whole game to explore, all the way through endgame. That raises the question: why exactly would you subscribe and is it even worth it when so much is available for free? That’s the question we’re out to answer today.
Read more of Christopher Coke's Tripping the Rift: Is the Patron Status Worth It?
Bioware has sent out a teaser video called "You've been chosen". The video shows a dreamlike state with a man running through an alley towards a car, a man with smoke for a head. On arriving at the car, the man finds himself driving the car. It is possible that Bioware is teasing Shadow Realms, a trademark for which BW applied earlier this year. What do you think?
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At the conclusion of the World of Warcraft-based web series, "Azeroth Choppers", fans voted the Horde version of a real world chopper as the winner. According to a new post on the World of Warcraft site, players need to log in by September 30th to claim their new mount! The chopper will arrive with the Warlords of Draenor expansion later this year.
The Horde chopper is on its way, and you need to log in now to claim it!
Your votes for Azeroth Choppers were counted, and one faction’s war cry roared loudest: the Horde bike will now be turned into a mount in World of Warcraft! Anyone who logs in to the game between now and September 30, 2014 will automatically have their account flagged to receive the Horde chopper upon the release of the upcoming Warlords of Draenor expansion. Everyone can (and should!) claim their chopper by logging in now, but as a reminder, only your Horde characters will be able to mount up and take it for a ride.
Read the official post on the World of Warcraft community site.
All hopeful Destiny players on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 now have access to the game's beta, according to a new post on the official site. Potential testers need to check that requirements are met and check out the handy dandy FAQ before heading into the game. This means, even if you didn't pre-order, all who want to try the game before September's launch can.
Help us deliver the game you deserve. Before we shut this party down, we’ll welcome everyone who wants a preview of this brave new world. If you have yet to play Destiny, look for offers to download the Beta directly from your console later on this afternoon.
If you have played the Beta, please prepare for new arrivals. We know you won’t go easy on them in the Crucible. Show no mercy.
Zojoi, in cooperation with indie games partner Reverb Triple XP, has announced that the reimagined Shadowgate will be arriving on Steam on August 21st. The original Shadowgate launched almost thirty years ago and the team is set to bring classic gaming to a new generation. To celebrate the release announcement, a new trailer has been produced to show off a greatly expanded game world.
In Shadowgate, intrepid gamers step inside the dark halls of Castle Shadowgate as "The Seed of Prophecy," the only one who could hope to defeat the traitorous Warlock Lord that dwells within. Designed with compelling cut-scenes that greatly expand the original Shadowgate universe, gamers navigate from room to room via the classic first-person perspective, using their wits to survive dangerous traps, devious puzzles, and ruthless enemies. If successful, they can assemble the Staff of Ages, a powerful relic capable of keeping this ancient enemy from destroying the living castle and the world of Tyragon itself.
Find out more about Shadowgate on the official site.
With bombs, mounts and air strikes: WildStar’s Daggerstone Pass seems to offer a potent blend of PvP styles. But how does Carbine’s latest battleground stack up? In his latest column, Gareth Harmer pulled on his armor and went hunting for glory.
Read more of Gareth Harmer's WildStar: Drop the Bomb.
When it comes to FPSs the last game I played through the entire campaign and enjoyed was Turok: Dinosaur Hunter for the Nintendo 64. Needless to say FPS games really aren’t my thing. Sure I’ve dabbled with Goldeneye 007, played some Timesplitters, and got my can kicked in a few matches of Halo multiplayer but I know when a genre just isn’t meant for me. I’m content to stick to MMOs and RPGs and let millions of other gamers virtually slaughter each other over and over again.
Read more of Rob Lahley's Destiny: How It Really is an MMO.
Just announced by Motiga last week, the team is already priming the hype meter with the release of a brand new pre-alpha game play video for Gigantic, its up and coming MOBA. Give it a view and let us know what you think in the comments.
The female tauren is the subject of the latest World of Warcraft "Artcraft" series. The team reveals the new, updated character model. See what you think and let us know in the comments.
The original female Tauren had a lot of issues with too-angular geometry and stretched-out textures. It’s not her fault—it’s just what we had available to us at the time. Our new process has allowed us to add a lot of detail to her hair, fur, horns, and hooves, to build a far more detailed and expressive face, and to add a lot of definition to her musculature (while retaining her shape and silhouette).
Read more on the World of Warcraft community site.
Perfect World has announced that a new race will be introduced into Neverwinter on August 14th. The Dragonborn race will be coming to the game in the Dragonborn Legend Pack that will also feature several items of particular use to the race. The pack will run players $74.99, $25.00 off the regular price of $99.99.
Included in the Dragonborn Legend Pack are:
- The Dragonborn Race – An account-wide unlock that grants players full access to the Dragonborn
- A Race Change Token – A one-time account-wide unlock that lets players change their existing characters to Dragonborn while retaining their level and in-game items
- Heart of the Dragon – A new artifact allowing players to breath fire, and Dragonborn players do extra damage
- Ring of Dragon Slaying – An enchanted ring that allows players to do extra damage against dragon foes
- The Gemfinder Enchantment – An enchantment with draconic essence that summons Will O’ the Wisps that find valuable gemstones as players fight
- Dragon Glyphs – Two overload enchantments that power weapons with elemental fury and heightened defenses
- ·Dragonborn Ceremonial Fashion – Gold flecked fashion items used for special occasions
- Dragonborn Warrior Fashion – A roughen leather fashion set for epic battles
- The Draconic Enchantment – A powerful enchantment that adds three separate stats in either an offensive or defensive enchantment slot.
- One Character Slot
- A 30 Slot Bag
- Bahamut Regalia – Normally obtainable by attending real-world events, the Bahamut Regalia is five pieces of extra powerful gear granted by the metallic dragon god Bahamut
Find out more on the Neverwinter site.
It's not unusual for a game studio to gather their crew to initiate some buzz for their latest release. This summer, BioWare's been revving up the Galactic Strongholds hype freighter more and more as we approach the August launch of Early Access for subscribers, and they've all but confirmed that Manaan will be the focus of the later expansion this year whose title has yet to be revealed.
Read more of Jean Prior's Star Wars: The Old Republic - All Aboard the SWTOR Hype Freighter!
With regular updates, including a new Research feature, Edge of Space is growing its way through Steam Early Access. In our latest interview, Handyman Studios’ Jake Crane talks about his approach to getting players in during this raw phase of development
Read more of Gareth Harmer's Edge of Space: Pushing the Frontier.
Minethon is a 72-hour marathon featuring Minecraft that will directly benefit the Able Gamers Foundation. Players pledging $2.99 or more on the Minethon site will gain access to a special 1,000 player server where special events, contests, and visits from Minecraft celebrities will take place throughout the three day event.
The ceaseless volunteers for MineThon, lead by Ethan Smith, will be streaming their last 72-Hour marathon in MineCraft. Starting July 25th at 5am EST, the MineThon team begin their marathon on their new 1,000 person MineCraft server donated by CreeperHost. MineThon will feature raffles, auctions, and guest appearances from Minecraft celebrities. Visting www.minethon.com and donating $2.99 or more to AbleGamers will give access to the server, allowing viewers to play alongside the MineThon streamers.
“The outpouring of support from the MineThon stream and community over the years has been overwhelming,” said Steven Spohn, Chief Operations Officer of AbleGamers Charity. “Between the raffles, special guests, mini-games, and auctions, there's no shortage of exciting events happening over the 72 hours.”
Find out more at any of the links above to get involved in this worthy project!
My.com will be on hand at next week's Gamescom to show off a trio of games, World of Speed, Armored Warfare and Skyforge. We will have boots on the ground at Gamescom to check out all of these titles that you won't want to miss!
- World of Speed - Slightly Mad Studios will reveal major multiplayer features of the game including the elaborate team mode and team tactics plus unique team objective system. The premier will be also flavored with a new race track together with a variety of new cars.
- Armored Warfare - Obsidian Entertainment will showcase the extensive Progression Tree and Arms Dealers gameplay feature for the first time. This will also be the first hands on preview of the game in Europe for press to play through an all new PVE mission on a new map with new tanks.
- Skyforge - For the first time ever, Obsidian Entertainment and Mail.Ru’s Allods team will reveal the massive gods end-game feature and how the system will work in-game. The presentation at Gamescom will also be a first look at two classes, brand new locations and much more.
Keep your eye on MMORPG.com over the next couple weeks to find out more about each title.
Our own Rob Lashley will be joined today by Trion's Bill Fisher to talk about all the recent additions to Rift, the new Patron bonuses, in-game events and more.
WHEN: Today, July 24th at 2pm PT (5pm ET, 9pm UTC).
WHERE: Right here at http://www.mmorpg.com/streams.cfm
We'll be uploading the stream in its entirety afterwards, so stay tuned!
2P.com is reporting that the publishers for both the North American and European versions of Black Desert Online have been revealed. According to the site, Daum Communications will be publishing the game in both regions. Daum is also the Korean publisher of BDO. Black Desert Online will be published by Gamenet.ru in the Russian Federation.
The Korea-based company, Daum, should not be new to people who have been keeping up with black desert news (since they have hosted two closed beta events of Black Desert Korea), but for those who don't know Daum is a web portal in South Korea, like Naver and Nate. Daum offers all sorts of services to its "netizens" (web users) like a popular free web-based e-mail, messaging service, forums, shopping and news. Daum officially marched into the game publishing industry in 2011 and is also the publisher of many online games in Korea including PlanetSide 2 and Winning Putt.
Read more at the link above and thanks to WNxbadboy3 for the tip!
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