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General : Vampyr Revealed by Focus Home Interactive & DontNod

Posted Jan 20, 2015 by Suzie Ford

During this week's Focus Next event, Focus Home Interactive and DontNod have announced a new RPG called Vampyr. According to the scant information revealed, the game takes place shortly after World War I with players taking on the role of a vampire physician. The moral quandary pits the needs of the doctor against the needs of his patients.

Read more at TheSixthAxis.com. We'll keep you posted as more information is revealed.

General : The Player's Choice Awards - Part Three

Posted Jan 20, 2015 by William Murphy

This round of the Player's Choice Awards brings out the big guns from 2014. What's the Best Expansion or Update from the year past? What new MMO impressed you the most? What veteran MMO had the best year? Click through and vote!

CLICK THROUGH TO VOTE NOW!

Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen : Two Hour Round Table Reveals Tennets

Posted Jan 20, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen team took to the airwaves over the weekend to take on questions submitted by the community. Brad McQuaid and his team spent two hours to give fans a peek at the foundational principles for the game as well as subjects as diverse as water combat, solo-able content, open world and much more. Give it a listen to learn more.

Check out the Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen round table on Sound Cloud.

World of Warships : RPS Weekend Event by the Numbers & Next Event Announced

Posted Jan 20, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Wargaming has sent out an interesting infographic to show off the numbers from the recent World of WarShips "Rock, Paper, Scissors" weekend. The numbers are pretty amazing and show off the high level of interest in the forthcoming title.

The next beta preview weekend is going live from January 23rd to 25th and will include the new addition of aircraft carriers.

With the introduction of the aircraft carrier class, bringing the total class of warships up to four, players also have the chance to take advantage of stealthy destroyers, stalwart cruisers and devastating battleships.

Aircraft carriers offer a unique angle to combat, delivering RTS style gameplay and the ability to launch three types of warplane squadrons (fighters, dive bombers and torpedo bombers) against any opponent.

Find out more about the weekend or get signed up on the World of WarShips site.

Dragon Age: Inquisition : Patch 3 Coming 'Soon', Fixes Game-Ending Bugs

Posted Jan 20, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The Bioware blog has been updated with the news that Patch 3 for Dragon Age: Inquisition will be released 'soon'. The patch is not the anticipated PC controls fix patch and is mainly focused on important bug fixes. Most notably, companion quests have been fixed that were rendering progression through the main story to stop.

In the upcoming Patch 3 for Dragon Age: Inquisition, our primary focus was on fixing bugs, particularly ones that blocked progression or hampered the player experience.

Based on feedback from our players, we tweaked the banter system to be less random in order to prevent extra-long periods of silence. We fixed quest blockers in the personal quests of Dorian and Sera as well as a spawning issue in Solas’s personal quest (I won’t elaborate to avoid light spoilers).

We targeted several issues in multiplayer, fixing the case that caused keys to not drop, as well as fixing issues with the Reaver’s rampage ability. There were also some balance changes, including tweaks to the Demon Commander and the Strength of Spirits ability to make it more useful.

We added some much-requested features, including key binding that allows walking for PC and push-to-talk functionality in the multiplayer end of match summary and armor upgrade menus. We also added a new multiplayer Destruction route, and players can now challenge themselves in the fiery Elven Ruins.

Read the full notes on the Dragon Age: Inquisition blog.

Trove : Ice Sage Class Trailer Released

Posted Jan 19, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The Trove team has released a brand new trailer featuring the Ice Sage class. "It's not easy being freezing" is the mantra. Check out the cool trailer and let us know what you think!


SMITE : World Championship Wrap Report

Posted Jan 19, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Recently I had the opportunity to cover the Smite World Championship, held at the Cobb Energy Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Hi-Rez invited the top two teams from four regions; North America, European Union, China and Latin and South America, to battle it out for the title of 2015 Smite World Champions.

Read more of Terry O'Brien's SMITE World Championship Wrap Report.


The 2015 Smite World Champions: COG Prime

Elder Scrolls Online : Provisioning to See Big Changes in Update 6

Posted Jan 19, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Zenimax is giving provisioners some great news today with the list of changes coming with Update 6. The team has a new post on the Elder Scrolls Online site that details the changes, including a reduction in the number of ingredients required, a simplified UI, new recipes and better effects on drink buffs.

What's coming in Update 6:

  • There are far less ingredients, saving you inventory space and making it easier to craft useful products.
  • The UI has been updated to organize recipes more sensibly.
  • Many new recipes have been introduced.
  • Ingredients relate directly to the type of buff they produce. For instance, meat dishes increase your health, and fruit dishes increase your magicka.
  • Food and drink additives increase the quality of your creations.
  • Lootable objects yield the type of item they represent—for instance, you’ll get apples from baskets of apples in the world.
  • Grocers, chefs, and brewers sell non-rare ingredients appropriate to their vendor type.
  • Your hireling will deliver a larger volume of ingredients to you than before.
  • Non-trophy fish acquired by fishing can be skinned and used as meat, and critters like cows or chickens can be killed for their meat.
  • Drink buffs have been improved greatly to make them competitive with food buffs.

Read more on the Elder Scrolls Online site.

All Things Warcraft : Chronicle

Posted Jan 19, 2015 by Suzie Ford

This week we learn about a new Warcraft project, World of Warcraft: Chronicle and take a look at what’s next for the raiding scene with the Blackrock Foundry.

Read more of Reza Lackey's All Things Warcraft: Chronicle.

Guild Wars 2 : An Expansion, Finally!

Posted Jan 19, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Is this real?  Has the moment I, and countless other Guild Wars 2 players, have been waiting for finally come?   I mean, why else would ArenaNet register another name?  What other reason would they possibly have to book an entire room to themselves at Pax?  If this doesn’t all lead to the official announcement of an expansion, then I have no idea what ArenaNet has around the corner.  I guess they could producing a series of Amiibo like figures to act as adventuring buddies. 

Read more of David North's Guild Wars 2: An Expansion, Finally!


Hopefully we will see some major changes to underwater combat. It’s a fun concept, but the experience feels incomplete.

The List : 5 Tips for Surviving the Apocalypse

Posted Jan 19, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The zombie survival genre has grown to become something decidedly different from anything else in the industry. With a combination of elements from several different existing conventions, zombie survival games have worked out their own niche that continues to rise in popularity. It makes sense when you think about it. The exhilaration of playing, the huge consequences for dying, the desperate struggle, and of course the fear of zombies and your fellow players, all add up to create a chilling atmosphere.

Read more of David Jagneaux's The List: 5 Tips for Surviving the Apocalypse.

Albion Online : New Trailer Shows Off Updated Features

Posted Jan 19, 2015 by Suzie Ford

In preparation for next week's Albion Online alpha event, the team has put together a new video to show off some of the improvements made to the game and some of the features added. The alpha test event will kick off on January 26th.

The trailer includes footage of many new updates to the game for this next alpha phase, including updated textures and environments, the addition of a farming system, new spells and visual effects, as well as large-scale multiplayer PvP combat.

Find out more about how to get involved in testing on the Albion Online site.


H1Z1 : It May Be Monday Tomorrow, But a Patch is Incoming

Posted Jan 18, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The SOE H1Z1 team was on hand much of Saturday to put the finishing touches on a small patch that will be deployed on Monday, January 19th. The patch will deal with some server stability issues as well as sorting servers by populations and getting rid of the ever-annoying floating arrows.

1) Floating Arrows - yeah they are annoying as heck. 2) Further analysis and improvements for server frame rate 3) Buffing shelter doors. 4) Sorting servers by population 5) Properly refreshing server list. (also thinking about a button for it)

This is meant to be kind of a starter list. The team is off today. The game is stable and the team needs a breather. Tomorrow is a holiday for SOE but we're going to be in here anyways because we want to address these issues. Please add any immediate fix stuff here and we'll try and get it in. Again, your help with self policing threads and getting a positive community going is requested. We're only trying to focus on the stuff we all feel is important. Please help us with focusing on what we need to.

Thanks

Smed

Check out the H1Z1 Reddit for more information.

Xsyon : Kicks Off Event Season

Posted Jan 18, 2015 by Neilie Johnson

This week apocalyptic sandbox MMO Xsyon: Prelude began its Event Season, starting with a Treasure Hunt event on Friday set around the central lake basin on both the PvP and PvE servers.

Events will run on weekdays and weekends and will include things like timed battles (January 21-22), team navigation competitions (Maze Craze, January 31), scavenger hunts, and a special Valentine’s Day event (events on the latter are TBD).

For the full schedule, visit Xsyon: Prelude's official website.

Rift : Planar Research Institute Looking for Arclight Riders

Posted Jan 18, 2015 by Neilie Johnson

From January 16-21st, Rift's hosting a new event called Arclight Ascendancy and unveiling Arclight Riders in Moonshade Highlands. Players can help test pilot these new hovering hogs and thus rack up Enduring Sourcestone Battery.

For a preview of these majestic new mounts, check out the video below.

For more information about Rift, visit the game's official website.

Wizard101 : Celebrates the Five B.O.X.E.S. Event Through Feb 1st

Posted Jan 18, 2015 by Neilie Johnson

Dr. Who fans will be flipping their fezzes once they hear about Wizard 101's Five B.O.X.E.S. Event. The event stars a very Tom Bakerish character called "The Professor" who's come to tell the denizens of Wizard City about crisis points in history that threaten the entire Spiral!

Players will seek out this mysterious character (recognized by his groovy broad-brimmed hat and overlong scarf) to get instructions on how to prevent a certain dark force from disrupting the history of the Spiral.

For full details, check out the Wizard 101 website.

For a sneak peek at the event, check out the video below.

 

Defiance : Get Double Arkforge Jan 16-18

Posted Jan 18, 2015 by Neilie Johnson

Yes, notice is a bit late, but there's still one whole day to take advantage of Defiance's Double Arkforge Event. Through 11:59 pm PST, January 18, players can earn 200% Arkforge from Incursions, Sieges and Expert Co-op Runs.

Players can also look forward to Special Delivery Lock Boxes that yield things like costumes, synergies, and a jackpot APS Courier sawed-off.

For more information, visit the official Defiance game website.

H1Z1 : Hack Revealed?

Posted Jan 17, 2015 by Suzie Ford

It appears that in very short order, Sony Online Entertainment's H1Z1 has been hacked. According to a gif revealed on the MMORPG.com forums (thanks to Kiyoris), an aimbot / flying / speed hack is now present in the game.

UPDATE: John Smedley took to Reddit to post this about the hacking.

This is a situation we are extremely on top of. When we first launch we get a good survey of what people want to do.. we watch them do it, then we ban them into the nether world of scumbaggery they belong in. You'll be seeing us ban and shut down the few things we see on a regular and very rapid response basis.

What we have is extremely robust in terms of detection and prevention. Now that we started with detection, you'll be seeing the prevention go nuclear.

Smed

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn : A Few More Days Before the Fall…

Posted Jan 17, 2015 by Suzie Ford

A few more days before the Fall… a claim to splendor, one and all. A world of darkness does await, with little glories that won’t abate!

Read more of Victor Barreiro Jr.'s Final Fantasy XIV: A Few More Days Before the Fall...

General : LoL, WoW December 2014's Top PC Games

Posted Jan 17, 2015 by Neilie Johnson

If anyone trash-talks Riot Games' League of Legends or doubts the relevancy of Blizzard's decade-old MMO World of Warcraft, 2014's Raptr numbers should shut them up.

According to numbers provided by the social networking website, League of Legends still claims a 24.81% market share among PC gamers for "Most Played PC Game", and World of Warcraft follows with an impressive 16. 37%. LoL's dominance could be attributed to a significant patch and skins sale, while Warlords of Draenor could be the reason gamers are sticking with WoW.

Other games on Raptr's top 20 list include perennial favorite, DoTA, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Smite. For the whole list, check out this infographic:

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