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Albion Online : The Heretics Take a Starring Role in Latest Video

Posted Apr 27, 2016 by Suzie Ford

The Albion Online team is anxious to show off one of the game's factions with today's release of a new video that stars the Heretics.  Viewers can get some of the back story behind the Heretics as well as information about its origins. Check it out below!


Second Life : Art Imitating Life - Trump Supporters Invade Sanders Camp

Posted Apr 27, 2016 by Suzie Ford

It appears that Second Life players are taking this year's US presidential election into their own hands. After learning that a Bernie Sanders headquarters had been set up, Trump-supporting demons invaded in one of several waves of griefing supporters of Sanders.

Trump supporters have purchased property near the Sanders HQ that sports a gigantic Trump effigy that "spews fireworks from his orange-colored" head as Trump-supporting characters hoisting swastikas and hurling racial slurs wander into Sanders' location.

It's a surreal  look at art imitating life to many and you can read more about the incidents on the NWN Blog.

Thanks to MMOGames.com for a great find.

 

General : Cryptic Hiring Producers - What MMO is Next?

Posted Apr 27, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Cryptic Studios may be looking to its stable of MMOs with yesterday's Gamasutra posting looking for producers for an as-yet unnamed project. Given Cryptic's rich MMO development of games including Neverwinter, Champions Online and Star Trek Online, it seems to be a promising development.

Cryptic Studios is currently seeking full-time Producers.  We are seeking sharp, motivated people to join our team and work on Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) games.

Located in Northern California in Los Gatos, we offer the fun, focused, and casual atmosphere of a small developer.  We actively balance our work with the personal lives of our employees.  At Cryptic, we look for people who have passion for what they do and work well in teams to create and operate fun and challenging online games.

Read the full job listing at Gamasutra.

Dragon's Prophet : New Community-Driven Content Released

Posted Apr 27, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Gamigo has announced that new stability and  technology improvements have been applied to Dragon's Prophet servers in addition to new cosmetic costumes, and a new and simplified hatching function. Lastly, bug fixes for dungeons, quests and items have also been applied.

You can check out the full change log on the Dragon's Prophet site.

 

General : Nintendo NX Console Confirmed for 2017

Posted Apr 27, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Nintendo has finally confirmed the rumors about a new console through a Tweet earlier today. Nintendo of America said that the NX will launch a new Legend of Zelda game simultaneously with the Wii U version. The first showing of the NX, rumored to be Android based, will take place at this year's E3.

The new Legend of #Zelda will be the focus of #E3 2016. It will launch simultaneously on both Wii U and NX in 2017 pic.twitter.com/icfBlybnkm

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) April 27, 2016
  • NX: Nintendo previously announced that it would release more information about its next system, code-named NX, this year. As the first announcement of any NX information, Nintendo confirmed that NX is scheduled to launch in March 2017. NX will not make an appearance at the upcoming E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles in June and will be unveiled later this year.
  • The Legend of Zelda: The latest installment in this classic franchise is scheduled to launch simultaneously for both Wii U and NX, and both versions of the game have been in development in tandem. Because developers need more time to polish the game, it will launch in 2017, but it will be the focus of Nintendo’s presence at E3.

Darkest Dungeon : PlayStation 4 Version Delayed Slightly, Mac Coming This Week

Posted Apr 27, 2016 by Suzie Ford

The Darkest Dungeon team has posted a lengthy note about the latest happenings in the game including the big news that the Linux beta version is now live and that Mac will be coming later this week. In addition, the PS4 version originally slated for late spring or early summer release has been shifted to late July or early August.

We are happy to announce that Linux is officially out as a supported platform! Earlier this month we put out a beta version of the Linux build and with the help of our community members we’ve addressed all the major issues and feel confident in the current stability of the build to give it a wide release.

Read the full report on the Darkest Dungeon Steam site.

General : Curse Introduces New Multi-Function VOIP

Posted Apr 27, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Curse Inc. has taken the wraps off its new VOIP program called "Curse" that brings a new path of communication for gamers with YouTube integration, a fully-featured web client, overlay support, built-in giveaway support, Twitch synch, community engagement abilities and more.

Curse is the quintessential replacement for Skype, TeamSpeak and IRC, providing users an all-in-one app that offers unique features available with the new platform. Driven by fast server-based Voice Over IP (VOIP) technology, Curse equips everyday players, professional gamers and streamers with a high-quality, easy-to-use communication platform. Coupled with a fully-featured web client, Curse is accessible anywhere, at any time, so you never leave your team behind. It also takes extra steps to protect its users against cyber-attacks by not exposing their Internet protocol address.

Check out Curse to see if it fits your VOIP needs.

Overwatch : Celebrities to Take Part in EU Events After Launch

Posted Apr 27, 2016 by Suzie Ford

The Overwatch team has announced a series of live events that will bring celebrities together to take part in epic battles. Sports personalities, entertainers and game developers will fight for supremacy in England, the Netherlands and Scandinavia.

Overwatch stalwarts Lalna and Sjin from The Yogscast will be joined by the amazing Hollie Bennett from PlayStation Access, as well as Alan Ismail, better known as MoreConsole. Influencer favorites like the hilarious YouTuber Slogoman and the irrepressible Mantrousse will also head in to battle with the well-known Jamal Edwards MBE, founder of SBTV!

Check out more of the details on the Overwatch site.

General : SoulWorker Headed to the EU and NA Via Gameforge

Posted Apr 27, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Gameforge has sent word that it will be bringing SoulWorker to both North America and Europe. SoulWorker is an action MMO with an anime art style that supports both keyboard / mouse and controller.

  • Enthralling Anime story based on humanity's battle for survival - Hordes of enemies threaten the barely standing world of SoulWorker: there's not only beasts from other dimensions, but also a private military conglomerate and other power-thirsty peoples trying to wipe out all of humanity.
  • Four classes at launch - At launch there'll be four classes to choose from, each exuding a true Anime feel. Players can decide between the 'Soulum Sword', 'Mist Scythe' 'Gun Jazz' or 'Howling Guitar'. An optimised third-person camera lets the action-laden battles shine and serves to highlight the beauty of the real-time effects.
  • Large PvE content with adventurous dungeons - Over 100 PvE dungeons with episodic final bosses are split across different difficulty levels. In doing so, the initial instances tell the story behind SoulWorker, whilst adventures in regions with a higher level or daily challenges offer opportunities for big rewards.
  • Crafting, guilds, housing and plenty more - There is a wealth of items to be crafted using blueprints. Players can also form a group or guild and fight to earn their own lands. Once acquired, their own four walls can then be made to feel like home with a selection of furniture pieces. A user-friendly marketplace also offers a chance to trade for armour, weapons and also special cards that promise strengthening magic.

There is not yet a site available, but we'll let you know  when it's live!

Chronicles of Elyria : Latest Tech Video Shows Off Aging & Dynamics Tech

Posted Apr 27, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Soulbound Studios has posted the second in a series of tech videos to show off core mechanics in Chronicles of Elyria. In this installment, both aging and body dynamics are shown. The aging process is revealed from age 25 to 75 and the differences in body visuals in relation to profession and more.

In this video, a character ages from 25 to 75 years old. This process normally takes approximately 7 months, but has been radically sped up to showcase the gradual transition in a more obvious way.

In addition to the aging system the video showcases the Body Dynamics feature. In Chronicles of Elyria, character customization doesn't end with character creation. Instead, it continues after you enter the world based on how you play your character. As a result, a baker, barkeep, blacksmith, librarian, alchemist, or champion will all look visibly different to reflect their chosen profession.

Check it out and let us know what you think!


Skyforge : Reapers' Revenge Begins

Posted Apr 26, 2016 by Suzie Ford

My.com and the Allods Team have announced that the latest Skyforge update, Reapers' Revenge, is now live on all servers. The patch brings a number of additions and improvements, including gamepad controller support, into Skyforge.

Players can look forward to Distortion Vectors, mount upgrades to make them faster and spawn more quickly; and D-Series Distortions for Pantheons to test their mettle.

Check out the full update notes on the Skyforge site.

The Repopulation : Fragmented Early Access Begins

Posted Apr 26, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Early Access for The Repopulation: Fragmented, a survival title based on the same game world as the original, has officially kicked off on Steam. Those choosing to buy Fragmented for $18.74 (25% off for now) will automatically be granted access. Backers of the original title have already been granted Early Access status. 

As part of today's Fragmented launch, devs deployed a brand new patch with several new features and bug fixes. 

You can check it all out by visiting The Repopulation: Fragmented Steam page.

Trove : Mantle of Power Expansion Arrives for All

Posted Apr 26, 2016 by Suzie Ford

All Trove players are invited to head into the game beginning today to enjoy the big expansion that Mantle of Power represents. There are new worlds to explore, a higher level cap, gems to help bring new power to players and new enemies to face off against.

To celebrate the Mantle of Power release, Trion has five days of bonuses for logging in that will start on April 28th:

  • Thursday – 10 Gem Booster Boxes
  • Friday – 100 Dragon Coins
  • Saturday – 1 Empowered Gem Box
  • Sunday – Starry Shmeep – new mount
  • Monday – Ninth Life Gem Level Up Booster

Read more about Mantle of Power on the Trove site.


Diablo 3 : Time to Hunt for Treasure - Patch v2.4.1 Arrives in NA

Posted Apr 26, 2016 by Suzie Ford

North American Diablo 3 players will automatically have their game updated to v2.4.1 on launching Battle.net. The latest update brings some pretty neat cosmetic items into the game for players to find as they journey through the game world.

A few noteworthy parts of the patch include:

  • the ability to salvage legendary potions for a Forgotten Soul
  • legendary gems have been reworked in significant ways
  • several pieces of legendary gear have had legendary powers applied to them
  • a new Treasure Goblin, the Menagerist, has been added that drops non-battle pet companions
  • the addition of cosmetic gear

Check out the full update notes on the Diablo 3 site.

EVE Online : EVE TV? Maybe!

Posted Apr 26, 2016 by Suzie Ford

According to Wired, CCP CEO Hilmar Petursson is on record saying that the studio is "actively working on a serial adaptation of the popular game" alongside best-selling author Ridley Scott.

"We're actually exploring that with Ridley Scott's production company and Baltasar Kormákur, an Icelandic director," Pétursson says, speaking at EVE Fanfest 2016. "We're actively working on that. I think we have some traction on it."

Read more at the link above.

Would you watch EVE TV? Leave us your thoughts in the comments.

Thanks to BlueTurtle13 for the tip!

General : Bioware's Mike Darrah Teasing Next Project?

Posted Apr 26, 2016 by Suzie Ford

In a new Twitter post on Mike Darrah's Bioware Twitter account, a teaser video showing a wolf's head over a castle turret appears on the cover of a book, or perhaps a script. The video continues with the book being opened where it says, "Internal use only. Property of Bioware / EA". What it means remains a mystery, though Bioware has previously gone on record as saying they have a secret project currently in the works. Maybe this is the first notion about what it may be.

Oooh what's this?
Oh sorry pic.twitter.com/8Nt95nnORr

— Mark Darrah (@BioMarkDarrah) April 26, 2016

Thoughts?

Fallout 4 : Creation Kit Hits PC Open Beta

Posted Apr 26, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Fallout 4 players and builders will want to take note of today's PC open beta release of the Creation Kit. The tools included in the release are the same ones that developers used when building Fallout 4.

To get access to the v1.5 Steam Beta Update, players will need to follow these instructions:

  • Log into Steam
  • Right Click on Fallout 4 in your Library
  • Select Settings
  • Select Betas
  • A drop down menu will appear. Select beta
  • Select OK
  • Wait a few minutes and Fallout 4 should update
  • When done, Fallout 4 should appear as Fallout 4 [Beta] in your Library

The XBox One version will be ready to roll out in May and the PlayStation 4 version in June.

You can check out more by heading to the specially created Fallout 4 blog post.


Crowfall : More Than Our Weekend Lover

Posted Apr 26, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Just when I was marking out over Siege Perlious Artcraft hits us with Throne War(no not another game in the Total War franchise) but rather a scaled down sampling of a full on Crowfall campaign! “The Throne War will be comprised of three factions with plenty of room to spread out and lay claim to multiple keeps. To capture an enemy's keep, players will need to utilize siege mechanics that can take place over the course of several days with no break except for maintenance. Factions will need to capture and control resources required to enlarge, repair and maintain keeps.” Thanks for the snippet Suzie ;)

Read more of Timothy Tierless's Crowfall: More Than Our Weekend Lover.

Dead Island : PS4 Definitive Collection Available for PreOrder

Posted Apr 26, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Deep Silver and Techland have revealed that the Dead Island Definitive Collection for PlayStation 4 is now available for preorder for $39.99. The digital edition of Dead Island Definitive Edition, Dead Island: Riptide Definitive Edition and Dead Island Retro Revenge will become available on May 31st.

The Definitive Edition will feature:

  • Higher Quality Textures
  • Photorealistic new lighting system
  • Physically based shading
  • Image quality enhancements via anti-aliasing
  • Improved-quality game models and geometry assets
  • HBAO and motion blur effects
  • Updated game UI
  • The Current-gen Console Experience
  • Power Fists Power-up

Grab more details and / or preorder your copy of the Dead Island Definitive Edition for PlayStation 4.

Fantasy Tales Online : Immersing Players in an Epic Handcrafted World

Posted Apr 26, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Fantasy Tales Online is a new title currently in Steam Early Access that developers call a handcrafted pixel world with an epic journey for players. We had the opportunity to chat with Lead Developer Benoit Girard and 'Jack of All Trades' Gabriel Perez to learn more.

Read more of Suzie Ford's Fantasy Tales Online: Immersing Players in an Epic Handcrafted World.

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