Hail and well-met, fellow Crusaders, it is once again time for us to look at what's new in the world of Eternal Crusade. Lots of things to talk about this week, good news for Ork players, the revelation of the winner of the Eldar fifth sub- faction vote, and some changes to the Founder's Program and the store, so let's dive right in.
Read more of Terry O'Brien's Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade - Orks, Altansar & Founders, Oh My!
The Skyforge team has just posted notification that the next closed beta event will kick off on Wednesday, April 22nd.
A new round of beta invites is scheduled to be sent out as well to broaden the tester pool so keep an eye on your mailbox.
Lastly, the following will be included in CBT #3:
Read more on the Skyforge site.
The announcement of the stronghold game type for GW2's Heart of Thorns was really exciting, and it was a real treat to give it a try during the beta yesterday. Twitch was also busy with several great casters showing off this brand new SPvP play type, and rightfully so! Stronghold has turned out amazing, and may be my new favorite thing to play in Guild Wars 2.
Read more of David North's Guild Wars 2: Stronghold First Impressions.
Until The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited hits consoles in June, expect that the team’s focus will be on fixes, picking up some pieces dropped in previous updates, and new ventures like crown store items (some new pets just arrived). For PC players, this lull had plenty of advance warning. It’s still a good time to revisit some of the changes promised before and yet to come.
Read more of Christina Gonzalez's Elder Scrolls Online: So, Where Do We Go From Here?
The DUST 514 team has published a new developer blog that reveals the first details about the forthcoming Player Trading System to be implemented later this month. According to the blog, player trading will be a "trust-based system" with mercs able to send items and ISK back and forth among those on contact lists.
Based on Loyalty Rank 4, Corporation Logistics Officers will also be able to collect and redistribute items among members to facilitate Planetary Conquest battles.
Read more about the basics of Player Trading on the DUST 514 site.
Wurm Online players on the Elevation server will want to head into the game as soon as possible to grab land on the freshly reset and expanded map. After several issues with Elevation, the community voted for reset and today marks the beginning of the new with all land up for grabs.
Find out more on the Wurm Online site.
In a near repetition of the Elder Scrolls Online phenomenon several months ago, Australian retailers have pulled boxed copies of WildStar from store shelves. According to Games.On.Net, both EB Games and JB Hi-Fi have removed all copies of the game, fueling rumors that Carbine Studios and NCSoft may be ready to announced a move to a free to play revenue model.
Would this be a good move for WildStar? Would you return to play if the game went buy-to-play or free-to-play? Let us know in the comments.
We'll keep you posted as the story develops.
The World of Warships team has sent out a new video developer diary that gives players an inside look at the Imperial Japanese Fleet. The diary reveals the creative process behind each ship and gives viewers a look at how each will fare against the U.S. Navy.
World of Warcraft Senior Game Designer Brian Holinka and members of the WoW Community Team will be on hand this Thursday, April 16th in a special Live Developer Q&A session specifically centered around PvP. The event will take place on the official World of Warcraft Twitch.tv channel at 11:00 am Pacific / 2:00 pm Eastern.
Players are invited to submit questions about arenas, battlegrounds, Ashran and other forms of PvP content in WoW.
You can submit your questions via Twitter by using the hashtag #WarlordsQA, or simply by replying to this thread in the General Discussion forum. As we’d like to get to as many questions as possible, we’ll only consider forum questions that use 40 words or less.
Questions need to be submitted by 12:00 am Pacific the day of the event.
Check out the World of Warcraft forum thread about the event for more information.
The Blizzard team has gone on record with a new World of Warcraft feature that is not yet on the PTR but will be soon and that will be included in the v6.2.0 update. Called "Timewalking", it will feature special three day weekend events that will allow players to revisit dungeons long since outgrown, but in a new iteration that will see players' gear scaled down to bring the challenge back.While gear is scaled downward, players will retain all skills and talents.
In addition, loot drops will be appropriately scaled upward to be of value to high level players.
The dungeons mentioned for timewalking, and that will be tested on the PTR over the next several weeks are:
Players of level 71 or higher can take part in Burning Crusade dungeons and level 81 for Wrath of the Lich King dungeons.
Read more on the World of Warcraft community site.
As the final round of the Korean MapleStory 2 closed beta testing nears, Nexon has released a brand new trailer. See what you think and let us know in the comments.
Goblinworks' CEO Ryan Dancey has taken to the Pathfinder Online forum to ask players for assistance regarding the issue of shrine camping. In his brief post, Dancey indicates that there are legitimate reasons that shrine camping is acceptable, but realizes that it can also cause issues even in a PvP-centric game world.
It has come to my attention that some players have decided that camping shrines and repeatedly killing respawning characters is acceptable.
There are times when I would agree - open PvP windows in hexes for example. Or when trying to hurt a character that has tresspassed or is misbehaving enough to induce that player to desist or leave. But that is a very arbitrary line that a rule cannot be written that will not be abusable.
I would prefer not to issue a blanket rule against shrine camping. Help me not do that by suggesting a policy that would preserve the strategy without enabling the greif [sic].
What do you think of the issue of shrine camping? First swing by the Pathfinder Online forum to check out the discussion and then leave us your thoughts in the comments.
Thanks again, Anonymous Tipster!
During this Friday's Twitch.tv broadcast, the Skyforge team will be taking the opportunity to show off the next playable class in the roster, the Necromancer. During the event, Community Manager Michael "Spunky" Dunaway and other members of the team will be taking on the Daren Facility as part of the Necro showcase to show off its power against the undead.
Check in to the Skyforge Twitch.tv channel on Friday, April 17th at 11:30 am Pacific / 2:30 pm Eastern (7:30 pm CET) to check out the action and to potentially score a beta key.
Thanks for the link, Anonymous Tipster!
Nexon Korea has announced that beta applications are now being accepted for its new mobile strategy RPG called Fantasy War Tactics. Fantasy War Tactics is the first major entry into the US mobile gaming market, as well as in other international locations. The game features depth, cooperative game play, social elements and more.
Players can expect:
MMORPG.com has been given special gift keys for Stormthrone, the all new browser MMORPG by R2Games where you wield the power of six unique character classes to battle for Aeos! Get your key now!
Each key will grant you:
Trion has announced that the next major update to Defiance will be arriving today, Tuesday, April 14th. Called "Alcatraz", players will have the new Expeditions feature to explore with up to four other players working cooperatively together to defeat ever-increasingly difficult waves of opponents for exponentially better rewards.
The reward will come in the form of special chests that can contain Expeditions' most sought after prizes: Cyber Chips and Cyber Rigs that greatly benefit players.
In addition to the Alcatraz update, Syfy announced that Season 3 of the Defiance serial will kick off on June 12th at 9:00 pm Eastern / 6:00 pm Pacific.
Read more about today's Alcatraz update on the Defiance site.
A new trailer has come out for an upcoming title called The AlterVerse. Developers Dogstar VR describe it as "part MMO, part creation kit, and part VR universe".
The AlterVerse is currently in "pre-alpha" and will be launching a KickStarter initiative in May.
To show off the game's potential, a debut trailer has been released and you can also check out The AlterVerse site. Check it out and let us know what you think.
It feels like everywhere you turn these days, there's another zombie themed something-or-another being shoved in your face. Personally, I blame The Walking Dead since it seems as if the entire pop culture theme arrived en masse when it debuted on AMC in 2010. In gaming, we've seen more than a few zombie-themed RPGs and pseudo-RPGs lately. Not to be left behind, MMOs have embraced the undead apocalypse too. Big studios and indies have taken to the new genre with wild abandon. Enter Bigmoon Studios and Headup Games with Trapped Dead: Lockdown.
Read more of Suzie Ford's Independency - Trapped Dead: Lockdown - Too Many Tired Tropes.
Cryptic Studios has announced that veteran actress Lisa LoCicero will be reprising her role as Miral Paris from Star Trek: Voyager. She will be joining players as they take on the Iconian threat when Season 10 launches later this year.
Miral has to walk a delicate balance in her life. Her status as the Kuvah'magh makes her revered by some Klingons and reviled by others. But all she wants to be is a good Starfleet officer and live up to the standards set by her parents, grandfather and all of her surrogate family from Voyager.
Read more on the Star Trek Online site.
Players looking for a Hearthstone fix while on the go will be happy to hear that both the iOS and Android phone versions of Hearthstone on the Phone have launched as of today, Tuesday, April 14th.