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DC Universe Online : The Green Arrow Enters Legends PvP

Posted Oct 23, 2014 by Suzie Ford

For the first time ever, DC Universe Online players can take along the legendary Green Arrow when engaging in Legends PvP. According to the team, The Green Arrow is a crafty and agile warrior that should enhance any player's Legends experience.

New Legends Character: Green Arrow!

Green Arrow will be available at 4PM PDT today in-game and in the Marketplace for Legends! Now you can find out what it is like to walk in Oliver Queen's shoes as you take up the hood and bow. Green Arrow is a master archer, and the first bow-user to enter Legends. Utilizing trick arrows and acrobatics, Green Arrow has a solution for any problem.

Read more on the DC Universe Online site.

Guild Wars 2 : Episode 5, Season 2 Message to Players

Posted Oct 23, 2014 by Suzie Ford

They say a picture speaks a thousand words and Arenanet is hoping that this one for Guild Wars 2 players does just that as they prepare for the November 4th launch of the Living Story Episode 5, Season 2. What do YOU think it means?

Might & Magic Heroes: Kingdoms : First In-Game Event Rewards New Units

Posted Oct 23, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Ubisoft has announced the first in game event for Might & Magic Heroes Online. Players are to collect Mercury for the Crimson Traders. Finding and exchanging enough will see players rewarded with new units.

In exchange for Mercury they are offering three limited-time exclusive units, Goblins, Maulers and Thunderbirds, as well as a festive Halloween attire set. These unique units and the attire set are only available during the course of the event, before the Crimson Raiders will continue on their way.To collect Mercury players will need to either complete event quests or fight tough battles against the escaped Beastmen creatures which will appear throughout Ashan. Any remaining Mercury left over will stay available for upcoming events.

Find out more on the Might & Magic Heroes Online site.

General : State of the Game: People Still Play That?

Posted Oct 23, 2014 by Suzie Ford

One issue that's near and dear to my heart is that of dedication to an MMO and MMO community. I wrote about loyalty a few weeks ago, and this goes hand-in-hand with that, but from a different angle. I have a five-stage period I go through when any new game launches. You might be able to relate.

Read more of Shawn Schuster's State of the Game: People Still Play That?

General : Legion of Heroes: A Stunning Mobile MMORPG

Posted Oct 23, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Legion of Heroes, a full 3D epic fantasy MMORPG optimized for all mobile platforms has launched on Google Play. This Free to Play app may change to way you get your MMORPG fix when you are away from your computer. Nexon M brings a huge fantasy based game where you a mysterious hero wielding strange powers and could be the key to the world’s salvation or its destruction.

Read more of Franklin Rinaldi's Legion of Heroes: A Stunning Mobile MMMORPG.

World of Warcraft : Ten Reasons to Look Forward to WoD

Posted Oct 23, 2014 by Suzie Ford

I don’t normally do lists. In the spirit of full disclosure I think I’ve only written one list on this site before. I’m not really sure what sparked me to create a list for this week’s column. It probably had to do with all the David Letterman I watched last week, which is something I also never really do, but they had the Foo Fighters on all week as their house musical guests and had some tremendous performances. I’ve also been on a bit of a World of Warcraft kick since I logged back in last week to check out patch 6.0.2. For those that have missed it 6.0.2 is the patch prepping the game for the launch of the fifth expansion Warlords of Draenor.  So in the spirit of Letterman and with an eye to next month’s WoD release here is my list of the Top Ten Reasons to look forward to Warlords of Draenor.

Read more of Rob Lashley's World of Warcraft: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to WoD.

Shroud of the Avatar : Steam Early Access to Begin November 24th

Posted Oct 23, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Portalarium has announced that Steam Early Access for Shroud of the Avatar will begin on November 24th. Early Access patrons will have an opportunity to help test the build that, with tweaks and fixes, will become the Steam EA build in November.

We are moving full steam ahead (oh yes, I went there) towards our Steam Early Access launch on November 24. We were nervous at first about moving to Steam, but are feeling great now based on the overwhelmingly positive and speedy results of our Steam Greenlight campaign, and the incredible support Steam has been giving us. With that said, we need this launch to be super smooth. So we need your help in R11 to play the game through Steam if you are willing.

We have lots of new content for you to play with (over a hundred!), and some major changes, including the addition of advancement (finally a sense of progress through gameplay), modifications to combat systems (movement penalties, sprinting, encumbrance, durability, etc.), crafting (cooking, repair, alchemy), and a major change to how wilderness scenes work on the Overworld map (see below for more details).

Find out more on the Shroud of the Avatar forum.

Dungeon Fighter Online : Building to Beta

Posted Oct 23, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The Dungeon Fighter Online team has let us know that it is running a special Facebook promotion to raise 'likes' to 30,000 by the end of the month. If reaching the goal, fans will be awarded a special avatar when the beta goes live in March 2015.

Find out more on the Dungeon Fighter Online Facebook page.


Swordsman : Expanding into the Gilded Wasteland

Posted Oct 22, 2014 by Michael Bitton

Gilded Wasteland is a new expansion launching tomorrow for free-to-play wuxia MMO, Swordsman. Perfect World Entertainment recently treated us to a demo tour of the new additions players can expect to find when it launches.

Read more of Michael Bitton's Swordsman: Expanding into the Gilded Wasteland.

EVE Online : Ready to Strike Out in Bold New Directions

Posted Oct 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The EVE Online Fanfest held last weekend in Las Vegas contained surprises for longtime players and fans alike when it was announced that EVE will be moving in new directions to support more sandbox like play. Starting with the next two updates, Phoebe and Rhea (November and December respectively), the game will be showing off new changes and herald 'drastic' changes coming to EVE in 2015.

Specifically she emphasized two key design intentions: that changes to EVE should have a degree of unpredictable outcomes and that gameplay within EVE should mean “leaving room for players to be innovative and come up with ways to outplay each other.” Proof of these intentions come as early as Phoebe on November 4th, with an alteration to an unlimited character skill queue and a significant change as to how the universe’s most powerful ships deploy throughout the stars. The contentious travel changes have already caused significant upheaval in the player-controlled areas of space ahead of their live date, as massive alliances and coalitions anticipate that more meaningful military and logistic choices will have to be made in Phoebe and that territory will either have to be taken, fortified or abandoned in advance of early November.

EVE Game Designer Joshua “CCP Fozzie” Bayer also revealed unannounced features for Phoebe in new exploration content which will bring a line of “glass cannon” weapons and in the first of many steps for a planned corporation and alliance overhaul. Looking a bit ahead to Rhea in December, he revealed a new line of Tech 3 tactical destroyers, a massive “tug” industrial ship that can haul several battleships at once, and an updated look for the Blackbird hull. These all come amidst dozens of other features and improvements for both Phoebe and Rhea, some of which are aimed at directly improving the new player experience and easing the learning curve.

Find out more by watching the keynote address below or by visiting the EVE Online site.

Star Wars: The Old Republic : Revanite Lore Revealed

Posted Oct 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford

A new in-character lore post has cropped up on the Star Wars: The Old Republic site that gives players some background information about the Revanites and how they came into their current state of existence. Revan and his followers will feature prominently in the forthcoming Shadow of Revan expansion set to be released before the end of the year.

I first learned of the Order of Revan when a sleeper asset stationed on Dromund Kaas was approached to become one of their adherents. The order was presented to asset I-29 as a group of like-minded Imperial activists looking to reshape the Empire from within so they could impose their particular ideals throughout the galaxy. Their hope was that I-29, who was then posing as caretaker of a prominent Sith Lord’s estate, would be able to provide intelligence.
Naturally, I instructed I-29 to accept.

I-29 proved herself useful to the Revanites--just useful enough to remain in their good graces--and under my guidance she mapped out the composition of their organization. I ultimately found them to be a poorly structured and ill-resourced cult. Interesting, but without potential. I decided to have I-29 fake her death for reassignment offworld. I would hear rumblings every now and then about the order after that, but none of it would have led me to believe what I believe now.

Read the full post on the Star Wars: The Old Republic site.

ArcheAge : Players Purchasing Gold May See a Reduction in Wallet Size

Posted Oct 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Trion has launched the warning that those ArcheAge players who have purchased gold via gold sellers may see the currency removed from their wallets as part of the company's efforts to clean up the 'dark side' of the game.

A number of you have mentioned that you're seeing gold disappearing.

As we broadcasted in yesterday's initial blast of rapturing hackers, gold farming bots, mules, and storage accounts, we're now also taking the step of removing the gains passed on by them.

What that means is: If you bought or were gifted gold from one of them, you may see it disappear. We do have the ability to trace coin, and that's the gold that's being cleaned up right now.

The best bet is to not buy gold - It's the same people trying to crap up chat with spam and trying to fill the game with bots and landgrabs. If you bought gold from one of those sites, you are absolutely welcome to try to go back to them for a refund, but we will not be returning gold purchased or gifted from goldsellers and botters. It's off in the ether from whence it came.

Participate in the discussion on the ArcheAge forum.

Vanguard : Three Things Developers Can Learn from Vanguard

Posted Oct 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford

A few columns ago, I offered an analysis of Vanguard after its sunsetting by Sony Online Entertainment.  I presented my case that the game could be considered a success in its presentation of an amazing open world, three “spheres” of gameplay, and a plethora of races and classes.  I also touched upon how Vanguard’s bug-ridden launch, lack of features to justify its long-standing subscription, and inconsistent leadership led to its inevitable demise.

Read more of Som Pourfarzaneh's Three Things Developers Can Learn from Vanguard.

Rift : Nightmare Tide Launches with New Trailer

Posted Oct 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The latest Rift expansion has launched as of today. To celebrate the Nightmare Tide release, Trion has sent out a brand new trailer. Check it out!

The Banner Saga : A Gorgeous Handcrafted Game

Posted Oct 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The Banner Saga began its life as a Kickstarter created by Stoic, a new company founded by former employees of Bioware Austin. That lineage is unsurprising; The Banner Saga is a story-driven, branching dialogue tactical RPG in the great Bioware tradition. After being very successfully funded in April of 2012, it was released on PC and Mac in early 2014 and was released for iOS devices in early October. Stoic has mentioned in Kickstarter updates that the Android release is imminent, but for the time being we took the opportunity to review the iOS version and evaluate what kind of fit this already critically successful RPG is on mobile devices.

Read more of Pete Schwab's The Banner Saga: A Gorgeous Handcrafted Game.

F.E.A.R. Online : Steam Launch is a Go

Posted Oct 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Aeria Games has let us know that F.E.A.R. Online is now available for worldwide release via the Steam games platform. With the approach of Halloween, the time is just right for a horror-themed game.

Fans of the celebrated franchise will be able to engage in new, terrifying experiences within the F.E.A.R. universe. Players can team up with their friends for the game's Cooperative Story Mode, or take on rival players and deadly monsters on ominous maps in the game's fast-paced multiplayer mode. With a unique crafting system that allows for making one-of-a-kind weapons, F.E.A.R. Online delivers a thrilling and chilling FPS experience.

Find out more on the F.E.A.R. Online Steam page.

Elder Scrolls Online : Crafting Writs - A Reason to Log In Every Day

Posted Oct 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford

One thing that has always bugged me about The Elder Scrolls Online was the lack of a need to login to do something. As much as it bugs me to admit this, World of Warcraft did it right with dailies. Dailies give an additional reason to login every day, and give another avenue for players to feel like they are progressing.  At least they had that in WoW, no so much ESO. However patch 1.5 is trying to change that.

Read more of Ryan Getchell's Elder Scrolls Online: Crafting Writs - A Reason to Log In Every Day.

Moonrise : Building the World of Moonrise

Posted Oct 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Some might ask, “Why bother with story? I just want to fight monsters.” I’ve always believed that good story can only help a game, even for players who don’t consciously pay attention to it. A cohesive, compelling world seeps into your unconscious mind, making the game more immersive, more intriguing, and ultimately more fun to hang out in for hours and hours.

Read more of our exclusive developer diary Building the World of Moonrise.

General : Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition Release Date Announced

Posted Oct 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Beamdog's Trent Oster has announced via Twitter that Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition will be released on October 30th. IWDEE will be playable across multiple platforms including PC, Mac, and on iOS and Android tablets. Preorders for Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition are open and will set you back $19.99.

In the northernmost reaches of the Forgotten Realms lies the region of icy tundra known as Icewind Dale. Journey deep into the Spine of the World mountains, a harsh and unforgiving territory settled by only the hardiest folk. Beneath the carven glaciers and mountainsides, you must confront an evil that schemes to wreak destruction upon the face of Faerûn. This is the world of Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition.

Originally released in 2000, Icewind Dale is a Dungeons & Dragons game set in Wizards of The Coast's legendary Forgotten Realms. This Enhanced Edition allows players to experience the epic adventure on PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Android tablets and phones, and includes a host of new features:

  • Swords and Sorcery: Discover dozens of new spells and items, including new magic armor and weapons.
  • Blackguards and Wizard Slayers: Select from over 30 new kits and classes to create the perfect adventuring party.
  • Bring A Friend: Join your fellow adventurers in cooperative, cross-platform multiplayer games.
  • See The Unseen: Explore quest content cut from the original game, now finished and restored.
  • More to Experience: Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition includes both the Heart of Winter and Trials of the Luremaster expansion packs.

General : FOnline 2 - An Indie Labor of Love for Fallout

Posted Oct 21, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The FOnline 2 team has let us know that the game will be ready for launch on October 25, 2014. FOnline 2 is an independently developed project with its roots planted firmly in the Fallout niche. After nearly two years in development, the team is ready to open the doors to players.

FOnline 2 is a 100% free Fallout MMORPG based on the original Fallout 1 and 2 games, using the FOnline Engine.

Fallout fans can take a trip down memory lane and fight, co-operate, and discover their way through a brand new world using the original Fallout 1 and Fallout 2 setup, taking place in year 2237, just 4 years before events known from Fallout 2 took place.

Enjoy the game through the main quest line or just take your time and mind your own business. Form a player faction and get recruits, get bases and cars, craft items, trade with NPCs or other players by setting your own shop or just go solo and fight your way through the various dungeons. Want to be a thief, a sniper, a big-gunner, or scientist? No problem, it's all up to you. Tailor your character to your play style. FOnline 2 is offering deep PvP experience. Calculate your moves, use strategy and tactics, in order to be the last man standing during Turn-Base fights in random encounters all over the Wasteland, or take part in massive Real-Time battles between rival factions in order to take control over the towns and profit from the tributes.

From the technical point of view, the game brings back the 2D isometric view known from original Fallout 1 and 2. FOnline 2 supports english, polish and russian languange versions. Game is being constantly developed and upgraded - sky is the limit!

In this game, you can:

  • Experience the dramatic story through the main quest line and many side-quests.
  • Create your own character from many balanced classes and enjoy intense PvP in fights over control of the towns and many other occasions...
  • Become a member of the Enclave and participate in restoring United States' lost glory...
  • Or join the Brotherhood of Steel and fight to preserve the balance in the Core Region.
  • You can also avoid taking sides and be about your own business playing in a seperate, player-created faction.
  • Get a profession, gather resources and craft variety of items.
  • Join one of the caravans traversing the wastes, and make a living as a caravan guard... or earn money as a trader by establishing your own shop in one of many cities.
  • Hunt bandits, raiders, mutants and other foes, or kill other players and take their belongings.
  • Explore the dungeons and the immense world by wandering through the irradiated deserts, old warehouses, city ruins, abandoned Vaults and other mysterious places... or buy yourself a vehicle to cross the Wasteland faster and safer.
  • Establish a base, and invite your friends to unite your forces.
  • Play as a peaceful, law abiding citizen, or a villanous crook in a player driven city - Shady Sands, the capital of the New California Republic, run by NCR Rangers - player driven faction. But watch out, as all your actions have their consequences...
  • Take part in exciting global events, and carefully designed Game Master driven events.

Want to know more? Head to the FOnline 2 site.

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