The Guild Wars 2 site has been updated with a new post that addresses some of the major concerns that many players and community members have had since the beginning of the Heart of Thorns pre-purchase program announced at E3.
Veteran players will be glad to hear that if they registered the core game prior to January 23rd, 2015 and pre-purchased and registered the expansion key, they will receive one additional character slot. There is no timeline on when the slot will become available, but the team will have the community updated.
Anyone who purchased the base Guild Wars 2 game between January 23rd, 2015 and June 15, 2015 will have the purchase price refunded if the Heart of Thorns expansion is bought and registered prior to July 31, 2015.
Those who purchased Guild Wars 2 during the same dates, but who are no longer interested in Guild Wars 2, will have the entire purchase price refunded and their accounts closed by request.
Those who purchased Guild Wars 2 from a third party vendor such as Amazon will be unable to receive a refund from ArenaNet, however, if the game was registered between January 23, 2015 and June 16, 2015 and upgraded to any edition of pre-purchased Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns, an additional character slot will be added to the account.
The process of delivering your additional character slot will be the same as described above. If you would like a refund, you will need to contact that third party, as refunds are dependent on their policies and rules.
Read all the details on the Guild Wars 2 site.
ArenaNet is hosting an ongoing special Guild Wars 2 livestream event today through 5 p.m. Pacific / 8 p.m. Eastern. The team will be showing off a preview to skills and balance changes.
Head to the Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel to check it out!
After 15 years with Square Enix Yoichi Wada steps down as the chief executor officer of the company. He will be focusing on Shinra Technologies in order to build a cloud gaming technology.
Read more at Gamesindustry.biz
Patch 6.2 launches this week and we have the full raid schedule for Hellfire Citadel. We also take a look at the first week of Tavern Brawls.
Read more of Reza Lackey's All Things Warcraft: Fury of Hellfire Dated & Bar Fights!
With the Fury of Hellfire update for World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor going live tomorrow, Blizzard has published a new Survival Guide video and Feature Overview.
Head to the link above to see the new content and features introduced in 6.2.
As the World of Warships' beta continues, WarGaming has revealed a new video in Naval Academy series showing off incredible fire power of battleships.
Check it out and let us know what you think!
The fifth game in The Elder Scrolls series, Skyrim, has been supported by a huge modding community since its launch. Now, a Reddit user Siegfre has released a modification for the game which allows you to explore the world together with your friends.
Siegfre notes that the mod, called Tamriel Online, is still in early stages of development. The creator used it for some time with a friend and at the moment is looking for help to improve the mod. Right now Tamriel Online allows only a cooperative exploration of the world: the enemies attacked by one player become invisible for the other. Several users at Reddit have mentioned that mod allows for much bigger amount of players than just two.
You can read more about the modification and download it here.
It seemed like an eternity as we all sat and waited for the announcement of an expansion to Guild Wars 2, and when it came it was like a breath of fresh air. That is until the next day when we began our wait to pre-order the expansion Heart of Thorns. That has come, and rather than cheers, you will mostly hear an outrage from players all over the forums. Are players feeling too entitled, or has ArenaNet marred what should have been a good day?
Read more of David North's Guild Wars 2: Pre-order Mayhem.
The latest update to Survarium brings a host of feature overhauls and a brand new location, London, into the game. Key systems were reworked for the v0.29 update including redesigned balance, significantly altered changes to the game's sounds and improved graphics.
The team created a new video to show off some of the changes. It's in Russian, but the visuals should speak for themselves. Check it out below and then head to the Survarium site for more information about the update.
One of the absolute highlights of E3 2015 was finally getting hands on with n-Games upcoming multiplayer RPG Sword Coast Legends. You’re likely following this one already, but just in case you’re not: it’s essentially the second coming of Neverwinter Nights, and it looks and plays gloriously. What’s more? It’ll let you build your own campaigns from scratch and lord over four players as a benevolent (or in my case, sadistic) dungeon master.
Read more of Bill Murphy's Sword Coast Legends: Being a DM Has Never Been So Fun.
The Armored Warfare site has been updated with the news that the next Early Access event will feature Tier 8 tanks. The blog post features a full line of screenshots of each of the tanks that will be featured, including the M1A1 Abrams, the Soviet T-90, the Italian C1 Ariete, and the German Panzerhaubitze 2000.
Check out the Armored Warfare site to get a look at them all.
E3 2015 was a historic event for the gaming industry. Whether you’re an old-school gamer that was dying to finally see Final Fantasy VII’s remake announced, one of the few people that held out hope The Last Guardian was still a thing, or just a fan of gaming looking forward to the biggest and best new games the industry has to offer, there was something for everyone. Hell, we even got the first ever PC Gaming Show this year! That has literally never happened.
Read more of David Jagneaux's The List: The 5 Best Games and Announcements from E3 2015.
Funcom has announced that LEGO Minifigures Online will be launching across multiple platforms in its new buy-to-play iteration on June 29th for $29.99. The game will be released on PC, Mac, Linux, iOS and select Android devices and players will be able to adventure together across all platforms.
To ensure a fresh, new, and even higher-quality experience for everyone, the developers at Funcom have spent months overhauling the game in preparation for this launch. New features and content, such as unique events, cinematics, voice acting, and a fun and engaging story are included, as well as numerous gameplay additions and major improvements throughout the entire game.
Learn more about the launch on the LEGO Minifigures Online site.
The latest State of the Beta and Timeline Until The Awakening Release letters have been posted on the Path of Exile site. Both give a great overview of the progress Grinding Gears has been making during the beta process for The Awakening expansion. According to the State of the Beta letter, the team is shooting for an early July release of the expansion.
According to the Timeline post, most of the core content for The Awakening is complete and work is progressing on balance and bug fixing. It is expected that The Awakening will be the strongest release yet. Players will be gratified to learn that beta testing will continue up to a few hours before the launch of The Awakening.
Learning more about how the beta is progressing at the links provided above.
Do you play Path of Exile? What are you most looking forward to in The Awakening? Leave us your thoughts.
WEBZEN has announced the release of a content update for Archlord 2. The update includes a new PvP-zone, Stardust Land, level cap increase, new instance, quests and equipment, including some legendary items.
Following the events that unfolded over the course of the last major update in the “Land of Corruption” and “Sunny Garden”, players will discover that the great evil that plagued these lands has not yet been vanquished. With the help of a mysterious sect called the “Nightfall Emissary” the Dark Priest Galia fled from the heroes of the Azuni and Crunn, setting his sights on a new territory: Stardust Land. Now corrupted by the Dark Priest, players must liberate this area from the ancient evil summoned by the Nightfall Emissary and venture into the “Wraith Valley” dungeon to confront one of Galia’s most powerful henchmen: Death Master Kwatrika. Eliminating this boss won’t be an easy task for any adventurer, but the rewards are appropriate for the challenge: a new tier of equipment!
Read the full patch notes on the Archlord 2 site.
IGG has announced that its mobile title Castle Clash has been updated for all devices. The patch includes the level cap increase on heroes, skills and buildings among several other things.
The update will also feature new talents that debuff players' enemies: Condemnation, Heaven's Wrath, and Corrode.
Finally, the update includes a brand new hero: Treantaur.Treantaur is a support hero that can prevent damage and revive allies, making him an indispensable part of any team.
You can find out more on the Castle Clash site.
Despite the fact that E3 was held the last week, Shroud of the Avatar devs were busy detailing new features added to the game. Of particular note is the inclusion of the new player owned swamp template and Order of Vengeance PvP Tournaments.
Port Phoenix is the third player-owned town template to be added to the game next week. It is located in the swamp biome. The weekly update has several great screenshots to show exactly how it will appear in the game.
Added in Release18, Vengeance is the second player-owned town in the game and has played host to several community created PvP tournaments including Moon Tower Power and Siege the Keep.
The newsletter has other interesting information so read it all on the Shroud of the Avatar site.
During E3 the past week Razer unveiled what it calls "the world's most advanced gaming mouse" Razer Mamba. In addition, the Tartarus Chroma gaming keypad is now available to order and will be in Best Buy stores beginning Monday, June 22nd.
Some of the features are:
- 16,000 DPI laser sensor
- 210 inches per second / 50 G acceleration
- Adjustable Click Force Technology mouse buttons
- 9 programmable buttons including the tilt-click scroll wheel
- Wired and wireless connection mode with 1 ms response time
- Magnetic charging dock
- Battery life: Approximately 20 hrs (continuous gaming)
- Chroma lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
You can find out how to pre-order your own on the Razer site.
The Tartarus Chroma gaming keypad sports 25 programmable keys and an eight-way thumb pad. The keypad is specifically designed with gamers in mind and is considered to be an "efficient alternative" to traditional keyboards. The Tartarus sports an $80 price tag and can be ordered from the Razer Store.
The Defiance team has taken a bevy of player questions and posted them to the official site in a brand new Q&A. Topics include rewards for PTS participation, whether or not new permanent arkfalls will be added and even one about the possibility of Defiance cropping up on Xbox One thanks to Microsoft's announcement of backwards compatibility.
We will be introducing some testing in the future that will require a higher than usual amount of players on PTS. When that comes around, we are absolutely looking into rewards for players who participate and help us test. That is not to say we will forget all the players who have helped us until now, but the goal is to get something out there once we need more players. These rewards will be unique ONLY to PTS testers, and we will hopefully have more details when we get closer to the PvP balancing.
You can find out more details on the Defiance official web site.