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Wizard101 : There's a Chill in the Air as New World Revealed

Posted Oct 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Wizard101 players finally have uncovered the last of the markers covering a special poster to reveal the new game world coming to the Spiral. Polaris, featuring Pingouins and the tag line "Fishing You Were Here", will be headed to the test realm within the next month!

Each week since the letter was discovered, one of the posters covering the message was removed, until everyone finally got to see the hidden message today. It looks to be a postcard from our Pingouin friends in Polaris! What are they up to and why did they send the Wizards this message?

Keep an eye out as we gather more secret messages throughout the month of October. In the meantime, enjoy the view of this mysterious and magical location.

You can see the image in all its glory on the Wizard101 site.

Star Wars: The Old Republic : The Dark Side of Planetary Scaling

Posted Oct 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

During yesterday's Star Wars: The Old Republic live stream of Knights of the Fallen Empire, Bioware's Eric Musco revealed that planets will be level synched. Players going to low- or lower-level planets will have their levels scaled to match. The forums are aflame with players letting developers know in no uncertain terms (overall) that this is an unwanted feature (go here and here for a couple of examples), though  in fairness, there are big supporters as well.

The discussion in the stream video below begins at about 1:43:00 so you can judge for yourself.

Do you think level synching is a good idea for SWTOR? Leave us your thoughts in the comments.

General : The Dwarves March to KickStarter Gold

Posted Oct 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

KingArt Games has announced the successfully funded KickStarter project for The Dwarves. Originally seeking $260k, the goal was achieved earlier today with just over a week to go to fund some stretch goals.

We’ve got about 8 days left to reach at least one of our Stretch Goals. That should be manageable, don’t you think?! From now on the PayPal money counts. It's about $14.500, so it's only $60k to the first stretch goal!

We will have another update Saturday (?) where we will explain the four Stretch Goals in more detail. Basically, it works like this: For every $75k pledged on top of our funding goal, you – the Backers – will be able to choose one of the four possible Stretch Goals which we will then incorporate into the game!

Check out The Dwarves Kickstarter page for more information.

The team also sent out an pre-alpha game play video. See what you think!

Robert Lashley : Destiny - The Taken King - Reflections on its First Year

Posted Oct 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

A little over a year ago I sat down to review Destiny. While I enjoyed the game I ended up giving it a 7.0. This was lower than what most publications rated Destiny at and I’m okay with that. I wasn’t trying to be a stickler, or “that guy” that “stuck it to the man” on a high profile game. 

Read more of Rob Lashley's Destiny: The Taken King - Reflections on its First Year.

World of Tanks : New Game Mode & Maps to Roll Out with v10.0

Posted Oct 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Wargaming has announced that the v10.0 update to World of Tanks will be rolling out at the end of October. The "Rubicon" update will feature a new game mode called Rampage and a pair of new maps.

Rampage will bring some new mechanics into the game that will include new Artillery and Airstrike abilities that can lay down serious damage on opponents. The new Paris and Berlin maps is an alternative look at history and players will be able to take part in Personal Battle Missions to earn a Tier 10 T22 sr.

Lastly, a brand new PvE tutorial will be added to WoT alongside an altered tank customization system and some new Crew Skill bonuses.

Read more on the World of Tanks site.

Star Citizen : Chris Roberts Responds to Recent Allegations

Posted Oct 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Star Citizen's Chris Roberts has taken to the game's official page to speak out against recent allegations against Roberts Space Industries coming from several quarters. Most notably, Roberts addresses the company's handling of finances raised through KickStarter and employee issues stemming from anonymous 'insiders' over the past couple of weeks.

The article, published on the Star Citizen site, is a direct response to an earlier article from The Escapist. The latter piece is packed with quotes and allegations made by former employees, insiders and anonymous sources and seems to be based on similar accusations made by Derek Smart on his personal blog.

Roberts begins with looking at possible motives behind the article and then moves on to Mr. Smart before taking on the main points of the article and rebutting each.

We are a very public project and rely on the goodwill of gamers to exist. Having a negative article that includes the views or comments of a small number of disgruntled ex-employees with their own opinions on whether things were run well or not, especially when they will be shielded behind anonymity, could give people an impression of the project and company that is 100% false, especially if we are not part of the story. This would be far more damaging to us than a normal developer or publisher. I know that this kind of material is great for clicks but you also have to remember that we are talking about the jobs of 261 people and numerous contractors. Every time a game studio shuts down every outlet and commenter is quick to lament the state of the game industry. Every time a big public company pushes out a game quickly to make the holiday season everyone laments about lack of ambition and taking the audience for granted. Here you have a 100% gamer funded project on the PC, a platform that almost every publisher ignored or pushed crappy console ports to and you have a game in a genre that everyone said was dead to a level that no publisher would dare to – and you want to harm it? Shouldn’t the press be cheering on these kinds of games? The gamers spoke. They wanted something as big and ambitious as Star Citizen. I will deliver it – I have never in my life worked this hard – including when I was 20 and making Wing Commander. There is a huge group of very talented game developers who all share this vision, who are all working as hard as possible to deliver a game that will make all the backers happy. So I implore you to think twice about going for something that while it may be fun to see Rome burn…isn’t in the best interests of the game, the employees of CIG or the 987,217 members of our community. You may say that if it isn’t true what is the harm but we both know in today’s world that’s not how it works, the truth will be lost behind the click bait headlines and the damage will be done.

Read the full letter, including the entire communication string between RSI and The Escapist on the Star Citizen site.

In short? The drama between Smart and RSI is likely far from over. But it's really nice to finally see Chris Roberts putting out his own comment. We here at want just one thing from all of this: a complete and playable Star Citizen when all is said and done. That, above all the noise, should be everyone's chief concern.

The Secret World : New Dungeon to Contain 'Interesting Challenges'

Posted Oct 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

A snippet of this month's The Secret World newsletter hints at a dungeon that is in development that will "contain interesting challenges" for players. According to the post, bosses will utilize Aegis tactics and heretofore unseen ways.

In addition, players can look forward to a Nightmarish version of the New York raid that will see new loot as well.

The team has plans to share more about the v12.5 update during special live stream events.

Check out The Secret World site for more information.

Neverwinter : Meet the Underdark Crew in Latest Blog

Posted Oct 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The Neverwinter site has been updated with a new developer diary to introduce players to the crew they will be working alongside when the Underdark module goes live. Fans of the works of R.A. Salvatore will be familiar with the names Drizzt Do'Urden, Bruenor Battlehammer, Regis and Thibbledorf Pwent.

Pwent also accompanied Bruenor and Drizzt in their decades-long search for the fabled city of Gauntlgrym. Pwent ended up staying in Icewind Dale due to his knees being worn from many years of battleraging. But when Gauntlgrym was eventually found, Pwent came to the aid of his friends. After the lich Valindra Shadowmantle summoned a pit fiend that mortally wounded Bruenor, Pwent helped him seal away the primordial the lich was attempting to unleash.

Shortly after, Pwent’s throat was slit by the vampire Dor’crae, and Drizzt believed him dead…

Check it all out on the Neverwinter site.

Gloria Victis : Latest Game Update is a Big'un!

Posted Oct 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

It's been a while since I stepped foot in Gloria Victis, with real life travels taking me to different lands, it was nice to venture back into this virtual gameworld and get some brand new updates directly from the Dev team themselves. To say there is a lot happening in Gloria Victis is an understatement, they are forging ahead with not only updates, but complete overhauls to systems that will indefinitely change the game for the better.

Read more of Ripper X's Gloria Victis: Latest Update is a Big'un!

Marvel Heroes : Win a Blade Pre-Sale Pack in our Create-a-Guide Contest

Posted Oct 01, 2015 by Michael Bitton

Do you know Marvel Heroes inside and out? Are you excited for the release of Blade later this month? Well, here's your chance to put your Marvel Heroes knowledge to use and possibly snag yourself a Blade pre-sale pack in the process!

Throughout the month of October, users who create Marvel Heroes guides on our forums will be automatically entered to win one of 10 Blade pre-sale packs. At the end of the month, we'll select our 10 favorite guides and award winners their Blade pre-sale packs as soon as they become available to us. Multiple entries are allowed, so create as many guides as you want, but be sure to focus on quality, not quantity!

All you have to do to enter is head over to our Marvel Heroes guide subforums and put together a guide on anything Marvel Heroes. Hero guides, system guides, event guides, and content guides are all great ways to enter to win. Entries will be accepted through October 25, 2015.

Armored Warfare : Ready to Rumble! Head Start Portion of OBT Begins

Posted Oct 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford and Obsidian Entertainment have released a brand new trailer and information about Armored Warfare in celebration of the Head Start access for the open beta test. Head Start is limited to Founder's Pack owners who can play for a week prior to the start of the full open beta.

OBT will include the new "Reactor Map", centerpiece in today's trailer.

Give the trailer a look and then head to the Armored Warfare site to find out more.

Crowfall : The Great Cash-Grab Debate

Posted Oct 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The words "cash grab" get thrown around to represent how some feel that Crowfall might be set up to take all of our money without actually giving us anything real in return. This is a scary reality for many crowdfunded games, but it's always been a risk that developers have shouldered. And despite the high price of in-game items already being revealed, ArtCraft is very forthcoming with information stating that these high-dollar store items will not affect the overall game (Campaigns), and they are there mainly as cosmetics for the Eternal Kingdoms.

Read more of Shawn Schuster's Crowfall: The Great Cash-Grab Debate.

Aion : Wind of Fate Update Reveals Drastic World Changes

Posted Oct 01, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Gameforge has announced that the v4.8 "Wind of Fate" update has been applied to all EU language variants of Aion. Players will find a world drastically altered since last logging into the game, particularly in Katalam, Sarpan and Tiamaranta. At the same time, two new zones, Vengar and Signia, have risen out of the sea.

Vengar and Signia, share a new world

The grand invasion and Beritra’s thirst for power had consequences for all of Atreia. The destruction of the lost continent’s seal generated a tremor that then broke open the surrounding land masses. Sarpan, Tiamaranta and also parts of Katalam sank into the depths of the sea and a new continent rose out. Surviving Daeva daringly ventured into this strange land and set up outposts in order to start their research. The Elyos settled in the west and pitched their tents in Signia. The Asmodians moved to the eastern territories, known as Vengar. Both regions act as designated PvP zones for high-levelled characters.

Check out the EU Aion site for more information.

World of Warcraft : Changing It Up - Character Services Move to Game Client

Posted Sep 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

World of Warcraft players will no longer be required to log out of the game to change details about their characters now that several once-online only services have been moved directly into the game client via the in-game store. Players will be able to change appearance, faction, name or race directly from the shop interface on the character-select screen (not while logged into the game itself).

Source: World of Warcraft Community Site

EverQuest II : Sundered Ground Expansion Stream This Thursday

Posted Sep 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Sundered Ground is the next EverQuest II expansion and will be released on November 3rd. Beginning today, EQII players can take part in a prelude event that will run until the expansion release in November. The event includes a special "currency" called Primordial Malice Baubles that can be used to buy special event items while it is live.

You can check out a special live stream on the Daybreak Game Company channel on Thursday, October 1st at 10:00 am Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern.

Find out more on the EverQuest II site.

EverQuest : Expansion Announcement Stream Tomorrow

Posted Sep 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

EverQuest's Holly Longdale has posted a new producer's letter to announce that the team has been working for the past year on a full-fledged expansion for the game. Longdale indicated that this expansion will bring content to high-level players along with new and updated 105 zones, fifteen raids, level-scaling missions, Heroic Adventures and two instanced raid zones, Plane of Fear and Plane of Hate, for players from 75-105 to experience together.

A special live stream event will be held on the Daybreak Game Company channel at 3:00 pm Pacific / 6:00 pm Eastern on Thursday, October 1st.

You can learn more about the expansion by reading Holly Longdale's letter on the EverQuest site.

General : ZergID and Its 500k Strong Army

Posted Sep 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

ZergID has been in public beta for less than a year and already over a half-million users have joined up and created 750k characters to site profiles. ZergID also announced that it has acquired perennial World of Warcraft site OpenRaid and will be bringing its special brand to the ZergID network.

Developed to specifically target the needs of MMORPG players, ZergID gives users access to a multitude of tools to make organization and communication with fellow MMORPG fans much easier, while optionally maintaining the anonymity their favorite genre provides.

New features are on the horizon for ZergID users. Coming later this year, users will be able to employ a matchmaking feature to discover people at similar ranks and levels in the same games they play, enabling users to easily form parties or teams and schedule events.

Find out more by visiting the ZergID site.

Do you use ZergID? Leave us your thoughts in the comments.

DOFUS : New Mobile Version Unveiled

Posted Sep 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

After ten months in development, the Dofus team has sent world that Dofus Touch will be coming to mobile devices around the world. Dofus Touch is a separate game from the main version, but it brings ten years of adapted content to bear. The French closed beta will be coming soon.

Though DOFUS Touch wants to attract new players, the tablet version of the MMORPG has the features to appeal to those who already love the PC version and are curious about thisnew way to play their game. Why not take advantage of this opportunity to create a new character from the beginning? A new start on a new server, with other players? Makes you want to play DOFUS on your tablet, right?

Read more on the Dofus site.

Firefall : Its Groove Found, Its Future Bright

Posted Sep 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

To say Firefall has had a long and controversy filled history would probably be an understatement. There was a time when developer Red 5 Studios seemed destined for a fate similar to that of Flagship Studios. But problem child founder Mark Kern was ousted, Chinese company The9 invested 20 million dollars, and perhaps most telling... Chris Whiteside was brought on to lead the studio and future development of Firefall.

Read more of Bill Murphy's Firefall: Its Groove Found, Its Future Bright.

General : Nexon's FPS First Assault Beta Event Begins October 1st

Posted Sep 30, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The first beta event for Nexon's FPS First Assault will be held from Thursday, October 1st through Sunday, October 4th. Players are invited to take part in the event to earn an exclusive weapon skin, win Logitech prizes and take part in several map challenges inspired by "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex".

Check out the First Assault page for more information.

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