ArenaNet has published a compilation video for the Great MMO Migration contest. Players were invited to enter a video contest where they recite the Guild Wars 2 oath renouncing other MMOs. Check it out and let us know what you think!
Piranha Games has published its look back at MechWarrior Online's 2013 along with a bit of forward-looking news for 2014. The team is hard at work on UI 2.0, Community Warfare, a new game play mode called "skirmish" and much more. In addition, Community Warfare packs have gone on sale that include boosts and more.
The first set of features for Community Warfare have been broken down and reviewed by engineering. The systems engineers have a roadmap and schedule in which they will start addressing the needs of all new systems required by Community Warfare and are working on the core layout for faction/unit gameplay. What this sums up is… engineering has done all project management breakdowns and specs for the upcoming feature and code clean-up and preparation is being worked on in a special new branch build (much like PTS). Some of the core new features, like database sharding for improved load handling, have been completed and are in that branch now.
We will update as each feature of Community Warfare enters development so you will know what order to expect things to start appearing. Right now all development is heavily, under the hood.
Another feature that will be updated is the Match Maker. A full analysis has been performed on the current system and fixes/updates are now planned. This is not a trivial update and may be included with the release of Phase 1 Community Warfare. Tonnage limits, grouping, Elo calculations are all reliant on these changes and we will fill you in with more detail, as these tasks move into production.
Read the full letter on the MechWarrior Online site.
Fans of zombie action will want to head to Steam to grab a copy of DayZ as the alpha launch day has arrived. Players can gain early access to the game with a one-time purchase.
KEY FEATURES IN ALPHA
- Chernarus - 230 sq. km chunk of post soviet state, featuring deep forests, cities, villages, abandoned military bases, and more..
- Up to 40 players per server - Rich server / client architecture developed from scratch.
- Persistent player profile - Key player data is persistent across all servers.
- Inventory – Combine various clothing items, equipment and carry all of the items that you will need to survive the harsh new environment in the open and intuitive inventory system developed to answer the needs of crafting and character customization.
- Crafting - In the apocalyptic world of DayZ, resources are sparse and every useful bit should be utilized. Items or equipment can be improved, turned into something else or fixed using the new crafting mechanisms.
- Weapon customization – Use customizable firearms with authentic ballistics and weapon characteristics as well as melee weapons to protect yourself against all the dangers a survivor may face.
- Customizable clothing – Customize your survivor with a multitude of new clothing items that can be scavenged from the remnants of civilization, which provide various degree of protection against the elements, infected, and other survivors.
Find out more on the DayZ Steam page.
The year in review for Star Trek Online has been published. Along with a look back at all the team accomplished in the year that was, the team also hinted that the next expansion will arrive in late 2014 and will Delta Quadrant will play a prominent role in it.
Season 8 introduced the Voth, our first space adventure zone, and our first battle zone. It also kicked off the storyline that takes us into the coming year. What is the real back story of the Dyson sphere? This story will unfold in featured episodes planned for the fourth anniversary and in Season 9. We won’t give too much away just yet, but we can hint that the Delta Quadrant, as explored in Star Trek: Voyager, will be taking a larger role in the coming year.
All told, it’s been a fantastic year for STO, and we’re really looking forward to 2014. We thank you all for spending your time in Star Trek Online with us, and wish you all the best in this holiday season!
The Star Trek Online Team
Read the full letter on the Star Trek Online site.
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing may not be an MMO, but as an independently made ARPG, it's something we think you all ought to take notice of. Reaching cult-hit status via Steam success, a sequel has recently been announced. We interviewed NeoCore games about the first game and its forthcoming sequel. Read on!
MMORPG.com: For lore and story, there is a lot you can do with Van Helsing, what were some of your favorite parts to add into the game?
Zoltán Pozsonyi: The basic idea was a twist on the lore in itself, and it soon became the guideline during the entire development of The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing. It all started with one question: what would happen if Van Helsing, the well-known monster hunter found himself on the monster's side? What could be so terrifying that makes even the old-fashioned monsters tremble? It was fun to play with the traditions of monster-hunting and the character of Van Helsing. Secondly, this Van Helsing is only loosely based on the well-known character from Bram Stoker's Dracula and the setting is an alternative version of 19th century Europe, which leads us to another favorite part of the process: the creation of this alternative reality and our own Van Helsing.
Read more of Bill Murphy's Van Helsing: Van Helsing: Staying True to Action-RPG.
While not fully committing to the idea that WildStar players will be able to use a controller to play the game, Carbine did reveal to Strategy Informer that it is a "passion project" at the company and is indeed in development.
Carbine has revealed that controller support for Wildstar is in development, but it remains a “passion project” within the studio, and not something the company wants to officially commit to.
Speaking to Strategy Informer, Creative Director Matt Mocarski mentioned, “Very early one in development, we actually hooked up an Xbox Controller to our PC’s and started playing with that. It actually felt really cool.”
Read more at the link above. Our thanks to Strategy Informer for the tip!
As part of our continuing coverage of WildStar, we take a look at the Stalker class, the assassin in the group. See what we found out and then head to the comments.
Being a Brit, I have a penchant for all things Dominion. This time round I decided to check out the other side, rolling a green-furred Aurin. I just hoped he’d be packing something a little sharper than carrots, or this was going to be one long journey through the levels. As it was, the choice quickly felt comfortable, largely due to those fluid animations that Carbine explained were the reason behind having a single weapon per class. Whatever you might think about ol’ Longears, he behaves as though he was born with razor blades on his fists.
Read more of Gareth Harmer's WildStar: The Stalker - The Silent Assassin.
Now that The Nightmare Ends story arc is drawing to a close, we want to take a look back at the things that went right in the Guild Wars 2 adventure that ran for the past four months. See what we think and then leave your own thoughts in the comments.
The introduction to the Nightmare storyline sends players into an instance, that helps tell the story, not only through character interactions, but through discovery in game play. The first time I saw the hallucinations was a very exciting moment! It used cool visuals, and strange audio to make it seem like my character was going mad! ArenaNet could have just made another boring NPC that told us what the spores do, but instead we got to discover, and witness it for ourselves. That instantly got me hooked into the story.
Read more of David North's Guild Wars 2: Things the Nightmare Did Right.
In this week's WoW Factor, we take a look at all the WoW news of the past week including a film update and a first look at the new quest helper. Read on before heading to the comments.
One of the long term design goals for WoW has been to have players spend more time in the game when they're playing. It's common practice for us to tab out several times to access resources outside of the game to help us with our quests, tips on defeating bosses and what to do next. For example, the recently added dungeon journal offers dungeon and raid maps, boss information and the ability to sort through loot tables. While add-ons have offered similar features, I'm of the belief that the fewer add-ons that I need to use, the better. This week on the WoW factor we're checking out the upcoming Adventure Guide that will ship with the Warlords of Draenor expansion. But first, some news.
Read more of Reza Lackey's The WoW Factor: Adventure Time.
T3Fun has announced that Mythos Global will shut down on January 22, 2014. No reason is cited for the closure. As a result of the announcement, the game's cash shop will close on December 18th and players will be compensated at a later time.
It is with great sadness that we would like to inform everyone that Mythos Global Server will close on January 22, 2014. We appreciate the time that you've spent for Mythos Global and we know how much pain this decision would bring to our beloved players.
In line with the upcoming closure of the servers, the in-game cash shop will be closed on December 18, 2013 during the maintenance period. A Compensation Model is currently at work mainly for users who made recent purchases. Additional details about the said compensation will be posted in the future.
Mythos Global Team
Check the Mythos Global site for more information.
R2Games has announced that its retro-flavored MMO, Magic Barrage, will officially enter its open alpha stage of development on Tuesday, December 17th. The game is a browser-based title that fuses several different game styles.
Along with standard MMO features like crafting, pets, PvP and guilds, the game offers a few twists of its own. With hectic combat to test reflexes, countless enemies that show no mercy and epic bosses that pack a challenge, Magic Barrage takes players back to a time when developer efforts went into more into gameplay than aesthetics, while still offering the polish of a modern game. As a browser-based game, no download is required to play.
Sign up to join the alpha on the Magic Barrage site.
The live stream schedule for the week is now posted for your viewing pleasure. Find a stream that interests you and join up at the indicated time!
Monday - 12/16
Tuesday - 12/17
Wednesday - 12/18
Thursday - 12/19
Friday - 12/20
Saturday - 12/21
Sunday - 12/22
Star Wars: The Old Republic is getting ready to celebrate its second anniversary in style come Tuesday, December 17th. Bioware has revealed all the rewards that players can expect for the big day.
We are excited to celebrate two years of Star Wars™: The Old Republic™! As our thanks to you, we’ll be rewarding all players with exclusive Scout Starfighter Paint Jobs and 25 stacks of faction-based fireworks on December 17, 2013.
With the YR-02 Imperial and Republic Scout Paint Jobs, you can take your battle to space with style and fight intense space PvP battles in the new Digital Expansion Galactic Starfighter. Plus, gather with friends and show off your factional pride as you set off Republic and Imperial fireworks!
Find out how to claim your rewards on the Star Wars: The Old Republic site.
New studio, Molten Games, is working on a "core game for eSports" called Blunderbuss. 2P.com discovered a new screenshot and basic information about the title from Molten Games.
Based in San Diego, Molten Games is a new game development company which received millions of dollars investment from NCsoft. It has a development team consists of famous game veterans from Blizzard Entertainment, Electronic Arts, Relic Entertainment and Sony Online Entertainment.
Find out more about Molten Games.
Welcome back to another episode of Game On: Epic Slant Press Edition! This week we’re pleased to announce that Jessica “Liore” Cook will be joining us as a regular host! Please give her a warm welcome and follow her on Twitter @Liores! On this episode we talk about Wildstar’s new classes and what constitutes a good value in gaming these days. Thank you to Syl of MMO Gypsy for the topic suggestion.
Check it out on our Game On Podcast page.
In celebration of the recently released module for Neverwinter – Shadowmantle – MMORPG has for readers a special title pack, granting players a brand new character title and consumable items to make their journey into the Dread Ring an event to be prepared for.
Each gift pack will grant the in game title "Just Thayin" as well as many other free in game items!
Hello and welcome to MMOFTW for December 14th, 2013. I'm your host, Bill Murphy, and this is the week that was in MMO news at MMORPG.com. This week it's all about WildStar, as Carbine let us into the beta and dropped the NDA for the first fifteen levels. So we're recapping our coverage here, to give you the skinny on all we've uncovered so far.
Guilds are an integral part of most MMOs but there is a right way and, conversely, a wrong way to go about putting a guild together. Read our latest Fair Game to find out more. Leave your thoughts on guilds in the comments.
-Begin at the beginning: Who, what, and why
Before you start designing heraldry or making plans for matching gear, it’s important to decide what kind of guild you actually want. To do that, you have to figure out what you want from a guild, what you hope to achieve, and just how much you’re willing to put into it to get there.
Do you prefer guilds that are small and intimate? Then consider building from the people you already know personally, online or off. Or do you envision an enormous guild, with a complex hierarchy and overflowing with a never ending stream of new recruits?
Read more of Lisa Jonte's Fair Game: Guilds, How to Make Friends and Influence People.
Most MMOs are celebrating the holiday season in one for or another in game. We have rounded up the latest press announcements for holiday cheer that have already started in the games listed below and present them here in one big bundle. Find your favorite title and head into game!