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Shards : Housing Shown in New Video

Posted Dec 10, 2014 by Suzie Ford

With three days left in the Shards Online KickStarter campaign, the team has put together a short video to show off housing. Check it out and let us know what you think.


Elder Scrolls Online : How the Justice System Will Change the Game

Posted Dec 10, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The world is about to get a whole lot more dangerous for those of you tempted by swiping shinies and causing mayhem in Tamriel. Zenimax revealed much about The Elder Scrolls Online's long-awaited Justice System, giving details not just on how it will work for players who decide to take things that don't belong to them, but also how the very game world will continue to see changes. With a stated goal of making the game more immersive overall, the Justice System looks like it will do just that, as part of next year’s first major update.

Read more of Christina Gonzalez's Elder Scrolls Online: How the Justice System will Change the Game.

General : WAKFU & DOFUS See the Eliotrope Class Added

Posted Dec 10, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Both WAKFU and DOFUS players have a new class to try out with the arrival of the Eliotrope. Eliotropes attack at range and move through the battlefield via a portal system that also allows them time to heal party members and more.

This class will challenge even the most skilled players with unique gameplay based on mastering WAKFU energy and portals. The mix of martial arts and teleportation will make this new character class a highlighted feature in both MMORPGs. Players will have to be careful in their tactical choices. They will have to move around the map, launch long-range attacks, and use the portals carefully, because their opponents can use them too. Thanks to their knowledge of the elements, Eliotropes can assume the roles of positioner and healer, launch their enemies into the air, and redirect an ally or opponent’s spell.

Find out more on the Wakfu or DOFUS sites.

EVE Online : Rhea Update Goes Live

Posted Dec 10, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Calling players to "Embrace the New Age", CCP Games has announced that the Rhea update for EVE Online has officially launched. Rhea brings new systems to explore, improved graphics, and new ships among other things into the game. The team has said that Rhea marks the beginning of a series of updates that will see EVE undergo major changes.

Fruits of a Galaxy Torn Asunder

More than 100 new wormhole systems have been revealed in the wake of mysterious events in New Eden. Among the shattered remnants of heavenly bodies and celestial debris are pieces of a curious puzzle. Twenty-five of these wormholes have been identified as small-ship systems, allowing nothing larger than frigates and destroyers to pass through.

A Massive New Star System

The most curious of the recently discovered wormholes is Thera, a system unlike any other in the EVE universe. It is a shattered wormhole system, but is also home to four fully-equipped stations, each operated by The Sanctuary. It contains a staggering number of wormholes and measures over 340 AU end-to-end, making it the largest system known to date.

Read more on the EVE Online community portal.


Celtic Heroes : iOS/Android Cross Platform Engine Released

Posted Dec 10, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Celtic Heroes is now a true cross-platform experience thanks to the release of its iOS version of its Destiny Engine. Thanks to the powerful new engine, players will experience dynamic lighting, improved shadows, and hundreds of new animations. In addition, Celtic Heroes is now updated with this season's holiday experience.

Yes—Jack Frost has come to the lands of Dal Riata to help fight the minions of the dark god of storms and lightning, Taranis. Players will do battle with Monoliths of the Maelstrom to gain impressive cold-dealing Frostiron weapons, rings or bracelets designed to enhance each class. A visit to Kennis of the Snow or Serena of the Ice in Farcrag will allow players to embark on fun seasonal quests.

Most of the Yule content is already up on iOS and will be added to Android soon. Stay tuned for the *12 Days of Christmas* special event. You’ll hear from us again next week!

Find out more about Celtic Heroes.


Guild Wars 2 : Season 2 Returning in January

Posted Dec 09, 2014 by Suzie Ford

ArenaNet has announced that the Guild Wars 2 Living Story Season 2 will make its return on January 13, 2015. The story will pick up as the assembled heroes are ready to break the seal on a mysterious cave. Between now and then, however, players will also be able to take part in the annual holiday events.

As we count down to January 13 and enjoy the holiday season, we’ll feature a number of exciting events across our core game modes in Guild Wars 2. On December 16, our annual holiday festival, “A Very Merry Wintersday,” will make its return at its new home in Divinity’s Reach. Queen Jennah has graciously agreed to host the event to celebrate the Pact Fleet’s coming assault into the jungle, and to lighten the burden on Lion’s Arch during its rebuilding efforts in the wake of the city’s destruction.

Starting December 16, and running through January 13, we’ll host our first-ever test ladder season in Player vs. Player! Using our new matchmaking and ladder formulas, you can battle your way to the top of the ladder in PvP for the next four weeks to earn prestige, honor, and prizes!

Read the full list of happenings on the Guild Wars 2 site.

ArcheAge : A Christmas Nightmare

Posted Dec 09, 2014 by Suzie Ford

This past week, ArcheAge players had the distinct privilege of being unable to access both North American and European servers for over 24 hours. We still don’t know exactly what happened.

Read more of Mark Wilhelm's ArcheAge: A Christmas Nightmare.

Hearthstone : Amateur Open to Kick Off on December 19th

Posted Dec 09, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Good Gaming has announced that it will be hosting a special Amateur Open Tournament for Hearthstone that will include a $10,000 guaranteed prize pool. Good Gaming is focused on players of all ability levels joining the single-elimination tournament for a chance at the prize package.

Qualifying rounds for the Good Gaming $10,000 Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft – Amateur Open are scheduled to begin Friday, December 19th, 2014.

The tournament consists of a series of Constructed Play Phases, each player in the tournament will be required to bring and declare constructed decks to be used throughout the single elimination. The tournament will take place in a best of five match style play tournament format. Tournament finals are scheduled to begin on Sunday, December 21st, 2014 and will be streamed live on Twitch via GOOD GAMING's official Twitch channel. In addition, the tournament finals will be shoutcasted by renowned casters and eSports personalities Kevin Knocke and Ken Mitts.

To enter the tournament prospective contestants must be a registered member of GOOD GAMING by Thursday, December 18th, 2014.  Limited Silver Memberships start at just $5 and include a Free Entry Ticket into the Tournament and 1,000 GOOD GAMING Points that can be used to access premium content across the site.

Find out more at GoodGaming.com.

Perfect World International : Illusionary Crystals to All Players for Instant Level 95

Posted Dec 09, 2014 by Suzie Ford

From December 17th through January 16th, Perfect World International players will receive a free Illusionary Crystal via in-game mail that will instantly boost a single character to Level 95. This comes just as the latest expansion, Eclipse, is ready to launch.

New to PWI, the Illusionary Crystal is a fantastic tool for players ready to test alternate classes, boost their main character to the endgame experience, or get themselves a new alternate character to group with friends. Now, more than ever, is an ideal time to jump into PWI with the upcoming launch of PWI: Eclipse, bringing the new Nightshade race, the saber-wielding Duskblade and the scythe-equipped Stormbringer classes, and the brand new starting zone – Celestial Vale.

Read more on the Perfect World International site.

General : The Great MMO Face-Off of 2014 - Round 2

Posted Dec 09, 2014 by William Murphy

Last week had some pretty expected victors (results here), and some tough match-ups to boot. This week we're back with round two of the 2014 Great MMO Faceoff. Who will advance to this time? Well, that's up to you. Click through and vote!

 GET TO VOTING FOR YOUR FAVORITE MMO!

WildStar : Loremageddon & the Future of the Story

Posted Dec 09, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Carbine Studios has been giving players and fans a treat with the recently started WildStar Loremageddon series that will span eleven episodes and lays the groundwork for future installments and much more. We caught up with Carbine's Chad More to talk about this and other topics. Read on!

Read more of Gareth Harmer's WildStar: Loremageddon & the Future of the Story.

Destiny : The Dark Below Expansion Launches

Posted Dec 09, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Destiny players have a lot to look forward to with today's release of the first expansion, The Dark Below. The expansion features key improvements including a level cap increase, new story missions, new weapons and equipment and much more.

Destiny Expansion I: The Dark Below features the following:

  • o   New Loot - Earn new weapons, armor, and gear, including new Legendary and Exotic items.
  • o   Level Increase - Raise your Light Level to 32
  • o   New Story Missions and Quests - Journey through new Hive-themed story missions and quests where you are tasked with stopping the resurrection of an ancient god, Crota
  • o   New cooperative Strike - The Will of Crota, pits you and your Fireteam against Omnigul as she works to expand the Hive army at the command of her master, Crota
  • o   New six-player Raid - Assemble your six-player Fireteam to attempt Crota's End, set deep within the depths of the Hellmouth with all-new gameplay mechanics and enemy bosses
  • o   New competitive multiplayer arenas:
    • Pantheon - Set in an ancient Vex temple inside the Black Garden that features Vex-designed landscapes and tight corridors
    • Skyshock - An old interplanetary defense array that offers engagements for both vehicle and infantry
    • The Cauldron - An abandoned Hive ritual site that offers close-quarter combat
  • o   New EV-30 Tumbler Sparrow - Players that purchase and redeem the Destiny Expansion Pass or Destiny Expansion I: The Dark Below by January 15, 2015 will receive the EV-30 Tumbler Sparrow, enabling its riders to drive fast, take flight, and perform a set of mid-air tricks
  • o   PlayStation Exclusive Content* - PlayStation® players will also get access to an exclusive cooperative Strike, The Undying Mind, and exclusive exotic weapon, The 4th Horseman shotgun

Find out more on the Destiny site.


Continent of the Ninth Seal : Valkyrie Class Added

Posted Dec 09, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Continent of the Ninth Seal players now have a new class with the addition of the Valkyrie. The Valkyrie brings a lot of versatility to C9 in that it specializes in both ranged and close melee combat with some impressive evasive maneuvers.

Her primary weapon is a Gunlance, a long, piercing weapon with a mechanism inside which can fire a blank round. The Gunlance can be used for basic melee attacks with a lance as Spear Technician, as well as basic ranged attacks with a cannon as Shell Technician.

Find out more on the Continent of the Ninth Seal page.

General : Echo of Soul Trailer Details Back Story

Posted Dec 09, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Aeria Games has sent out a new trailer for its upcoming MMO, Echo of Soul. The video goes into the game's back story, an epic battle between Giants and Gods. Check out the video to learn more about how mortals join the fight.

As the God's chosen ones, MMO players will be able to pick between five different classes in the game: Warrior, Guardian, Rogue, Sorceress, and Archer. No matter which class, gamers who step into the world of Echo of Soul are faced with the promise of an exciting endeavor with thousands of hours' worth of PvP and PvE content, including quests, raids and challenges. Providing an incredible sense of freedom and adventure, the game is also available on-the-go with a dedicated mobile app that includes chat and item trading features.


World of Warships : Rock-Paper-Scissors 'Sneak Peek' Weekend Upcoming

Posted Dec 09, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Wargaming has announced that fans around the world will have an opportunity to participate in a special sneak peek weekend for the highly anticipated World of Warships. Called 'Rock-Paper-Scissors', players will have a chance to check out three ship classes: Cruiser, Destroyer, and Battleship. The weekend is designed to give players a firsthand look at the RPS approach to naval combat. The event will take place from December 12th to 14th. Keep your eye on MMORPG.com for your chance at a key!

“This weekend with World of Warships, we are starting with a new model of testing and are looking forward to seeing the results of this new approach,” stated Daniil Volkov, World of Warships Development Director. “The game is still in the early stages of development. Opening it to a larger audience will allow us to get a lot of relevant feedback that will be instrumental in defining player expectations and outlining what we are to focus on in the coming months.”

Check out the World of WarShips page for more.

The Free Zone : Nexon, Tencent, Most-Played PC Games

Posted Dec 09, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Unless you've been hiding from the world, it should be clear that for the past few years now, the major Asian game publishers have outstripped their western counterparts in terms of increasing annual revenue. The recent weeks have brought interesting information on two of them, Nexon and Tencent. In addition, some new market data came out last month about the most-played PC games in North America and Europe.

Read more of Richard Aihoshi's The Free Zone: Nexon, Tencent, Most-Played PC Games.

Star Wars: The Old Republic : Shadow of Revan Review In Progress #1

Posted Dec 09, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Since the first official announcement of Star Wars: the Old Republic, BioWare Austin has not been shy about letting its audience know that story is one of the main pillars that they felt was missing from the MMORPG space. A bulk of their effort developing the game went into creating a richly-told, voice acted story that would ease the pain of the traditional level grind. It seemed like the perfect melding of two great things: both BioWare and the Star Wars franchise have an amazing reputation for telling some of the most seminal stories of several generations now, and the opportunity to play an MMO without quest text boxes sounded like the Promised Land.

Read more of Pete Schwab's Star Wars: The Old Republic - Shadow of Revan Review In Progress #1.

Hearthstone : Goblins vs Gnomes Goes Live

Posted Dec 08, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Blizzard has announced that the Hearthstone expansion, Goblins vs Gnomes, is now live. The expansion brings over a hundred new cards to the game. Anyone logging into the game between now and December 19th will receive three free packs of cards from the expansion.

Goblins vs Gnomes throws a big wrench into the Hearthstone works,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Players are already having a blast coming up with inventive new strategies and deck ideas—we’re looking forward to seeing what happens now that they can put those plans into action.”

Goblins vs Gnomes throws players in the middle of the epic rivalry between Azeroth’s audacious goblin engineers and their equally “adventurous” gnomish counterparts—and these pint-sized tinkerers are ready to stir up trouble. Their incredible inventions and mechanical monstrosities are marvelous to behold . . . but when Hearthstone players deploy them in a duel, the results can be quite unpredictable.

What are you waiting for? Get logged into Hearthstone: Goblins vs Gnomes now.


H1Z1 : Early Access Begins on January 15th

Posted Dec 08, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Sony Online Entertainment's John Smedley has posted to the H1Z1 Reddit that early access will begin on January 15th. The team had originally planned to push H1Z1 out by the end of 2014 but felt it needed more time to give the game more polish. Early Access will not be a full game but is, according to Smedley, a fun game to play. Players can gain access to H1Z1 for $19.99 and "a more expensive one that we will announce here shortly".

Hey folks,

After a lot of hard work, we've decided to make the release date January 15th, 2015. This gives us just enough time to polish what we have and put out something we'll be proud of and hopefully you'll be excited to play.

Why did it take longer than we originally thought? It's a fair question. The simple answer is once we saw what we could have had earlier it wasn't good enough and we wanted to put something out that we would be proud of. What you'll be playing January 15th is a really fun game, but it's early. It's everything Early Access should be - a fun and compelling game that isn't finished. Our goal is to have you help us finish it and have it be a game we can build a large community in over time.

Is it going to be a finished game? Absolutely not. If that's what you're expecting, DO NOT BUY EARLY ACCESS. The goal here is to let you in early and help us mold it into a game you want to be a part of for quite a long time.

We'll have 2 SKUS when we launch. The basic early access sku for $19.99 - which will let you into the game and have a great time, and a more expensive one which we'll announce here shortly. The difference between the two will be things like access to some of our different game mode servers (which you can get access to by purchasing tickets or earning them as well) and other specifics we'll be outlining soon.

Is H1Z1 going to be better than Day Z day 1? No it won't. We'll get asked that question a lot and I wanted to be up front about it. We're not as feature rich and they have a lot of really cool stuff we just don't have yet. That being said, we're also a different game. We're an MMO and our goals are to create a large scale world that gives you the incredible feeling of being a survivor in a zombie apocalypse.

We'll be starting out with roughly 64k square Kilometers, but we plan to grow it right away.. and over time create our virtual version of the US post apocalypse. Look for us to start adding land right away post launch.

Check out the H1Z1 Reddit conversation.

Destiny : A 10-Year Plan That Includes a Sequel

Posted Dec 08, 2014 by Suzie Ford

In a new interview at IGN, Bungie's David Dague let players know that the Destiny long-term plan includes ten years of content and that character progress from the original game will carry over into the planned sequel. There is no word when that sequel will arrive, but it is a sure bet that it will be built on and include aspects of the first.

"The idea is that the Guardian you have created is something you can bring along with you on that adventure. If you take a look at the way people have played other games for a long period of time, they've had a relationship with the same character for a very long time."

He added his personal interest in bringing over the character he's been playing, saying "I've gotten attached to that little guy."

Read more at the link above.

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