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Forsaken World : Blood Harvest to Feature New Class & Level Cap Increase

Posted Apr 16, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Perfect World Entertainment has announced that the next expansion to Forsaken World, Blood Harvest, will include a new class and a level cap increase to 90. Players will also see two new skills added to each class and a new zone in which to adventure.

Additional new content includes two new skills for all existing classes, new gear tiers, and an onslaught of new instances, events, and bosses. The general player experience is seeing a major overhaul as well, with new training camps for players above level 60, increased quest rewards for quests under level 70, optimization of leveling overall, and a streamlined Soul Power system, enabling players to reach high-level play faster than ever.

"Between the Reapers and the new level cap, returning players will find a ton to experience with this latest expansion," said Perfect World Entertainment Product Manager, Justin Scoggins. "We’ve made some major optimization changes for players of all levels and it’s now easier than ever to make headway into the far reaches of Eyrda, and the frosty new region of Freedom Islands.” 

Find out more about Blood Harvest on the Forsaken World site.

Age of Wushu : Weather Effects & Dynamic Events Previewed in New Trailer

Posted Apr 16, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Snail Games has released a new trailer that shows off the forthcoming weather effects and dynamic events that will be incoming to Age of Wushu with the Tempest of Strife expansion. The expansion is set to go live later this spring. Check out the video and let us know what you think!

If you need a reason to get immersed in Age of Wushu: Tempest of Strife, here it is! With a resounding desire for making the martial arts world more realistic, we will introduce dynamic weather effects. Snowfall, rain and sandstorms will affect the landscape, buildings, mobs and player characters. Actually it’s more than that. Different weather conditions will also trigger a variety of mysterious events.


WildStar : In the Pink

Posted Apr 16, 2014 by Suzie Ford

A rocket ship of WildStar news came out of PAX East last weekend, but what does it all mean? In this week’s column, Gareth Harmer breaks it down. 

Read more of Gareth Harmer's WildStar: In the Pink.

Elsword : Secret Dungeon: Temple of Trials Released

Posted Apr 16, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Elsword players have a new dungeon to explore that is not-so secret any more. The Temple of Trials is part of the massive overhaul of the Secret Dungeon system for players level 60 and above.

The new Secret Dungeon update has a new, easier way to enter. Like all new Secret Dungeons, to enter Temple of Trials all Hamel dungeons must be completed on the “Very Hard” difficulty level. Then, players must slay monsters and complete dungeons to acquire the “Luto’s Secret Key” item. Once players have these keys, they will be able to enter the Secret Dungeon. Secret Dungeons will be available in two difficulty levels “Normal” and “Hell.” The “Hell” difficulty will require two of Luto’s Secret Keys to enter.

For the veteran Elsword players that traverse Secret Dungeons to gather Bethbites: there’s no more need to scramble collecting scads of the different types of Bethbite pieces. Now, there is only one type of Bethbite piece to attain, and you can earn Bethbites by completing quests! Exchange Bethbites with Luto to craft and trade. The old outdated Bethbite pieces can be traded in as well.

Find out more on the Elsword site.


Defiance : Arktech Revolution is a Revelation

Posted Apr 16, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Trion World’s Defiance continues to entice players with more DLC content, coming fast and furious since the studio reconfigured the live team last year. The fifth addition, Arktech Revolution, launched yesterday. We got the chance to talk with Trick Dempsey, Creative Lead on the game, about some of the boosts players will be getting as well as more upcoming content. Defiance has lots of plans and with season two of the show coming up, and Trick was happy to tell us where things are going.

Read more of Garrett Fuller's Defiance: Arktech Revolution is a Revelation.

Elder Scrolls Online : Adventure Zones as End Game

Posted Apr 16, 2014 by Suzie Ford

End Game, those two little words can spark major debates. What exactly constitute as “End Game” content? Is End Game content in a MMO raiding, clearing high tier level content, receive epic items as a reward? Or is it just added quest and story arcs that progress the overall game timeline? Perhaps it is Tri-Realm PvP content. Whatever you consider to be End Game, the Elder Scrolls Online has it. 

Read more of Ryan Getchell's Elder Scrolls Online: Adventure Zones as End Game.

World of Tanks : v9.0 New Frontiers Launches Tomorrow

Posted Apr 16, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The latest World of Tanks patch will launch on Thursday. Called "New Frontiers", the v9.0 update brings a new game mode, enhanced graphics in all battle arenas, new graphics for tanks and in-game objects as well as new hi-def models for ten popular tanks.

In New Frontiers, the American M4 Sherman, Soviet T-54, and German Tiger I are among the first ten iconic tanks to be revamped with high definition models and textures. New physics functions including blow-off turrets upon explosion of the ammo rack, and realistic suspension behavior in the HD models, create a more realistic environment allowing players to delve deeper into tank battles. 

The new Historical Battles game mode pits enemies against each other in some of World War II’s most legendary tank encounters. Tankers will command historically-outfitted vehicles and relive three of history’s iconic battles: Operation Spring Awakening, the Battle of Kursk, and the Ardennes Breakthrough.

Read more on the World of Tanks site.


WildStar : More About Warplots

Posted Apr 16, 2014 by Suzie Ford

At PAX East this past weekend, Carbine Studios unveiled more information about the much-anticipated PVP feature known as Warplots.  Lead PVP Designer Jen Gordy took us through an overview of how the system would work and showed us some of the customization options available for the plots.  She called it a teamcentric system, 40 on 40 PVP featuring fortresses that are prepared for battle whilst aloft and then plopped down hard onto the ground to duke it out with an opposing Warplot.

Read more of Jean Prior's WildStar: More About WarPlots.

CasinoRPG : Launch Day Arrives After Year-long Beta

Posted Apr 16, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The launch day for CasinoRPG has officially arrived after a year long beta. CasinoRPG blends several game types including role-playing, tycoon and city-building with casino games. Players use winnings to build their empires.

Thousands of social casino games exist today, but they all have one thing in common - you can't do anything with your winnings. CasinoRPG changes this by creating a massive world around these casino games. Players start as janitors at a casino (all casinos in the game are owned by other players), and through jobs, missions and gambling, one can eventually work their way up to buy a plot of land and build their own casinos.

CasinoRPG has been under development for over two years, most recently completing a successful Kickstarter campaign and closed beta testing in 2013. Open beta testing has been progressing since September of last year, with over 17,000 players actively participating. During this span, all of the artwork in the game has been completely revamped, hundreds of new features added and thousands of bugs squashed. 

Find out more about CasinoRPG.


Monkey King : Free Beta Gift Key Pack!

Posted Apr 16, 2014 by Craig McGregor

MMORPG.com has been given some special gift codes for players taking part in the Monkey King Online beta test! Each gift key will give you HP and MP orbs, vouchers and more! Get your key now while supplies last...

Each gift key will grant you:

  • HP Orb x3
  • MP Orb x3
  • Mount Orb x2
  • Double Reward Orb x2
  • 100 Vouchers x5
 
 

Eldevin : A Tale of Sands and Shards Gift Pack Giveaway!

Posted Apr 16, 2014 by Craig McGregor

To celebrate the first expansion for Eldevin we have partnered with Hunted Cow to give players a limited-edition gift of epic proportions! Get free XP boosters and more!

Each gift pack will give you:

  • 2 x Ultimate XP Booster (6 hours of Double XP!)
  • 1 x Shard Stone (Additonal Character Slot Unlock)
  • 1 x Gruff 'n' Tumble Vanity Pet
 
 

Defiance : Arktech Revolution DLC Launches

Posted Apr 15, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Trion Worlds has announced that the fifth DLC for Defiance has officially launched. Called "Arktech Revolution", the new content brings a ton of new features to free players including an increased EGO rating cap, EGO rating progression, expert co-op maps, dynamic event scaling and much more. Subscribers will also receive a Chimera Arktech Kit, access to daily Chimera contracts and more.

  • Expert Co-Op Maps: Team up with your fellow ark hunters to tackle new expert versions of all co-op maps featuring the new enemy difficulty tiers! Defeating these challenging instances will not only reward you boasting rights but also new special tokens that can be spent to purchase legendary weapons and mods directly from certain vendors.
  • Dynamic Event Scaling: Events will now dynamically adjust their difficulty based on the players participating in or joining them. Low EGO rating players will be able to stand in fights with these high-level foes by means of a special temporary buff.

Read the full patch notes on the Defiance site.

Star Wars: The Old Republic : PvP Season 2 Changes Outlined

Posted Apr 15, 2014 by Suzie Ford

A new blog entry has been posted on the Star Wars: The Old Republic site that details some of the forthcoming changes to PvP Season 2 that will arrive with the v2.7.1 patch. Among other things, daily and weekly PvP quests will give players incentives to queue up for otherworldly domination and a shorter, more brutal season will come into play.

This also means two things: with shorter seasons this also means that we won’t have new tiers of gear for each season and that rewards will be coming much sooner. Shorter seasons means not as many rewards per season. In Season 1 we had five tiers of rewards and in Season 2 we are going to have three tiers but we still endeavor to create rewards you are excited about. We are interested in hearing about what rewards PvPers value for future Seasons so please share your desires for rewards in this thread.

In addition to these rewards we feel that we should do something for the best of the best in both Ranked modes! Starting at the end of Season 2, the top three characters of each Advanced Class in Group and Solo will be given a unique reward. That means that the top 96 players in the world will get something to show off their elite status! 

Read more on the Star Wars: The Old Republic site.

Super Hero Squad Online : Celebrating Three Years in a Heroic Way

Posted Apr 15, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The Super Hero Squad Online team is ready to unleash a series of anniversary events as the family-friendly MMO turns three years old. The fully-featured MMO features a whopping 144 Marvel characters and has implemented some massive changes over the past year sure to please each of the seven million registrants.

To celebrate the three-year anniversary, Marvel Super Hero Squad Online will be having a series of events and content releases:

  • New characters including Spider-Ham, Captain America Stealth, Falcon EXO-7, and Winter Solider
  • New World Event Heroes including Armored Spider-Man, Arctic Iron Man, and Mystique
  • Hero Every Day Sale featuring a different hero on sale every day in April
  • Facebook Free Hero Give away for the month of April
  • 20% Off Subscription Sale
  • Birthday Card Contest with winners announced on April 15!

Find out more on the Marvel Super Hero Squad Online site.


DOFUS : First Major Update of the Year Brings New Features

Posted Apr 15, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The first major update for DOFUS is now live and is packed with several new features. The update is the first in the game's celebratory tenth anniversary. Features include dimensional travel, treasure hunting, and monster wave mode.

The Divine Dimensions, the theme of the year

Divine Dimensions are the new theme of the year, shared by both DOFUS and WAKFU: they’ll be at the heart of upcoming updates. 

Originally, Divine Dimensions were private spaces, reserved to gods and some of their most deserving followers. But now, every adventurer of the World of Twelve can access them. For this to happen, they will need to follow the clues to find the portal leading to a divine dimension. But… in DOFUS, the location of the portal changes regularly!

These areas offer players a real challenge, thanks to dungeons that use the new monster wave system; to combat modifiers (a buff and a debuff are applied to each fight within the dimension) and to other survival constraints. 

Read more on the DOFUS site.


Swordsman : New Trailer Shows Off Three Character Classes

Posted Apr 15, 2014 by Suzie Ford

A new Swordsman trailer has been released by Perfect World Entertainment that shows off three of the ten martial arts schools. The trailer features a bit of game play footage from each that shows the incredibly different battle styles.


Dragon Fin Soup : This RPG-Roguelike Blends Humor & Fun

Posted Apr 15, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Dragon Fin Soup isn’t trying to start a revolution, but it is bringing the nostalgia factor and blending it with modern gameplay and a ton of humor. The upcoming RPG blended with roguelike gameplay elements is inspired by the kinds of games the developers (Grimm Bros, a five man team) want to play and spent much time playing. When they got together and left AAA development, where they had decades between them, it came down to deciding just what their first project would be as an independent studio. Dragon Fin Soup is that project, and it’s a fun, darkly humorous take on the 90s JRPG that draws inspiration from fairy tales and then twists them.

Read more of Christina Gonzalez's Dragon Fin Soup: This RPG-Roguelike Blends Humor & Fun.

Dragon Fin Soup : KickStarter Campaign Ends Successfully

Posted Apr 15, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Dragon Fin Soup is now a fully funded project for the Grimm Bros. The KickStarter campaign has successfully completed funding the indie-RPG at 500% of the original goal.

The Kickstarter stretch goals gave gamers the opportunity to determine the scope and scale of Dragon Fin Soup, and allowed backers to unlock four new features including the endless labyrinth mode, Asian weapons pack and clothing sets, the sheep quest, and playable skeletons in survival and labyrinth mode. Rewards for backers include limited edition music boxes, art books, plushies, t-shirts, art prints, engraved crystals and hand-drawn illustrations. 

Find out more about the cross-platform RPG on the Dragon Fin Soup KickStarter page.


EVE Online : CCP Posts $21M in Losses for Fiscal 2013

Posted Apr 15, 2014 by Suzie Ford

CCP Games is reporting over $21M in losses for fiscal 2013 according to a report at GamesIndustry.biz. While overall revenue increased significantly, huge corporate investment in research and development contributed to the decline.

A note in CCP's full financial presentation seems to support the theory that a large factor in this $40 million increase in R&D costs was the removal of asset value previously attributed to World of Darkness.

"During the year the company assessed its capitalized development assets and determined that a portion of those assets would likely not have future economic benefits," a statement accompanying the report explains. "IAS 38 requires that such assets should be derecognized and removed from the balance sheet. The expense related to the derecognized assets are presented as part of research and development expense in the statement of comprehensive income."

Read more at the link above.

Guild Wars 2 : PAX East Signed Tablecloth Giveaway!

Posted Apr 15, 2014 by Michael Bitton

Yeah, you read that right. We're giving away a tablecloth. But it's not just any tablecloth! It's the Guild Wars 2 tablecloth from PAX East, signed by ArenaNet's Colin Johanson and Jon Peters.

Entering is simple:  just post a picture of yourself with your favorite Guild Wars 2 swag in the comments below between now and Friday, April 18. We'll announce our winner on Monday, April 21. That's it!

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