Blizzard has announced that the WoW Token will be headed to the EU Region on April 21st after normal maintenance (approximately 5:00 pm CET). WoW Tokens will cost 20 Euro and buyers will be able to place the tokens for sale on the special regional auction house. The initial price to purchase a token that can be traded for 30-days subscription time will be 35,000 gold.
Players have also been informed that current subscribers can use WoW Tokens to pay for a month of game time. Use of the Token will pause the paid subscription for 30 days.
Read more on the World of Warcraft community site.
This week, Jason enlists the help of the Jedi Order to explain his approach to making MMOs feel more like fun and not work.
Read more of Jason Winter's Guild Wars 2: Slow & Steady Wins the Enjoyment Race.
The Firefly Online Facebook page has been updated with the news that series actor Nathan Fillion will be returning as Captain Malcolm Reynolds for the forthcoming game. A special interview was recorded with Fillion that you can check out below.
Firefly Online is due out in 'late Spring' according to the team.
Check out the Firefly Online link above or the game's official site for more information.
Blizzard has announced that Heroes of the Storm will officially launch on June 2nd. In addition, a period of open beta testing will kick off on May 19th. The game will ship with thirty Heroes, 130 skins, fourteen mounts and seven individual maps.
Blizzard has also indicated that there will be no further server wipes and that all progress will be retained for current closed beta testers.
Blizzard will celebrate launch day with a special live stream event to take place in London. More details will be published as the launch nears.
Read more on the Heroes of the Storm site.
The creator and writer of the first Borderlands game, Matthew Armstrong, has confirmed via Twitter that he is no longer working for Gearbox. Armstrong was also instrumental in BL 2 and The Pre-Sequel. According to Game Informer, Armstrong waited until now as it seemed a perfect time to go in the lull between games.
Things changed. No longer working at @GearboxSoftware. I will always love Gearbox, but it's adventure time.— Matthew Armstrong (@MisterArmstrong) April 17, 2015
This news comes on the heels of the 2K Australia closure last week.
Read more at the links above.
In almost two decades of watching and writing about the massively multiplayer landscape, the announcement of a new project has never failed to catch my attention. That said, they don't all do so to the same degree; some interest me far more than others. Over the years, I've seen at least several hundred titles enter development. For a variety of reasons, they didn't all make it as far as launch, including some that had exceptional appeal for me.
Read more of Richard Aihoshi's The List: Five More Intriguing MMOs that Didn't Launch.
Behind all the major Star Wars excitement last week, one little detail came out of the SWTOR camp: 12X experience gains on class quests is coming back for all subscribers starting May 4th. Will it be enough to get you playing, and more importantly, paying?
It's funny, because while I really enjoy SWTOR's storyline, I dread going through the collect and fetch quests. What's funny about that is that I don't seem to care about doing them in WoW, WildStar, Neverwinter, or countless other theme parks. Perhaps is the stark contrast between's SWTOR's excellent story-based questing and it's sub-par "filler content" that make this an issue.
In any case, even though I'll be knee deep into reviewing The Witcher 3 for the site, I do plan on subscribing to The Old Republic for a bit, as there are loads of class quests I wanted to finish before the 12X experience boost ended the last time. It's pretty great that they're bringing it back for subscribers, and I'm betting more than a fair few former subscribers will opt in to level up alt characters or finish leveling some older languishing ones.
What about you? That's today's quest... will the 12X XP gains bring you back, and get you to sub, even for a bit?
As part of the livestream of the Anaheim Cantina event at Star Wars Celebration this week, Bioware devs announced something that'll make SWTOR fans very happy - the return of 12x XP for Class quests.
Bioware peeps Michael Backus, Charles Boyd, Jesse Sky and Eric Musco said that starting May 4th (and running indefinitely?), subscribers will enjoy this perk, which enables them to quickly level up alts or convince friends/new subscribers to join and catch up to them quickly.
For more information about what you can do with this 12x XP boost, visit the game's official website.
EVE Online's player-spun intrigue has taken a few new turns recently, with The Mittani getting cozy with Max Singularity and declaring the CFC the new Imperium. Top that with massive-scale space warfare, and you have "the gaming equivalent of House of Cards meets Game of Thrones." (or is that A.D.: The Bible Continues?)
The Mittani giving Lord Maximilian's ring some love and affection.
Yes, everyone playing EVE Online is jockeying for position, which means warfare galore. It also means rampant recruitment as the members of EVE's largest player-based corporation, Brave Collective of the HERO Coalition, squabbles amongst themselves and kick their leader to the curb.
Interested in learning more about this and other space soap-operas going on in EVE Online? Then head on over to EVE's gossip column--er, update page on the game's official website.
CD PROJEKT RED sounded both thrilled and relieved this week to announce that its open-world RPG, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was done and a mere month away from launch.
"We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” said Adam Badowski, Head of Studio, CD PROJEKT RED. “From the corrupt nobles in Novigrad to ancient monsters lurking in deep forests, to the bustling cities, colorful ports and breathtaking vistas; all the people, all the places -- we literally spent tens of thousands of hours to turn all that into an adventure that will kick your ass and make you want to come for more.”
Over the last eight years, almost 4 million characters have been created in the European MapleStory, and to celebrate, publisher Nexon has created a new 30 quest storyline surrounding two of Mu Gong's most famous students, Gold Dragon and Red Tiger.
“In the eight years since we launched MapleStory we have witnessed great experiences from players, and that gives us unlimited pleasure in seeing that the game is still running strong,” said Ronald Schakenraad, Product Manager at Nexon Europe. “We’re always looking to make improvements and providing the community with more enjoyable experiences, whether that’s with more content updates or events, it’s something we strive to give back to the dedicated players who have made MapleStory what it is today. Here’s to another eight more successful years!”
In addition to this new storyline, the Hayato and Kanna classes have been adjusted, and Nexon has created numerous celebratory events including one that sends players to the four countries of Starworld and rewards them with special Andromeda items.
Inspired to help Nexon celebrate? Go to the official MapleStory website to get started playing.
Obsidian Entertainment's been paying attention to player feedback, and the result of that are a range of improvements to the artillery mechanics in its upcoming competitive tank battle game, Armored Warfare.
The changes, which are already live in the game's second Alpha test, include:
- Incoming Artillery Warning - HUD alert warns players of incoming Artillery shellls
- Counter Battery Radar - locations of firing artillery units are flagged on the minimap with pings visible only to Artillery units on the enemy team
- New Camera View - new lower, angled camera ups the ante on the action
- Artillery Unit Balance Changes
- Units per team capped at 3
- More accurate, but shots do less damage and have a wider splash radius
- Increased rate of fire
For full details of the current update, visit Armored Warfare's official website.
Good news Tolkien fans--this week, Bundle Stars released the Shadow of Mordor Bundle, compilation that gives you the base game and ALL of its Season Pass DLC for just $29.99 (a 60% discount off the original price)
The Season Pass DLC includes:
- Bright Lord
- Lord of the Hunt
- Berserks Warband
- Blood Hunters Warband
- Captain of the Watch Character Skin
- Deadly Archer Rune
- Endless Challenge
- Flame of Anor Rune
- Flesh Burners Warband
- Guardians of the Flaming Eye Exclusive Warband
- Hidden Blade Rune
- Orc Slayer Rune
- Rising Storm Rune
- Skull Crushers Warband
- Test of Speed
- Test of Wisdom
- The Dark Ranger Character Skin
- Power of Shadow
To purchase the Shadow of Mordor Bundle, visit the official Bundle Stars website.
Like Elsword couldn't get any cuter, yesterday they launched the Critter's Carnival Pet Dungeon and Events. From April 15-28, players will enter Joaquin's Laboratory of Alchemy in search of the Wild Rider.
Among the Critter-iffic activities are:
The Wild Rider's Hideout - players will receive a map showing the hideout's location (must have this to enter Joaquin's Lab)
The Wild Rider - only lucky players will encounter this elusive entity and if they do, they better be ready to defeat it.
Glave The Critter Tamer - Glave's Soul Sealer Stone used on The Wild Rider when it's at less than 20% HP means an instant win. Successfully using the Stone will earn you either a Corrupted Wild Rider's Soul or Pure Wild Rider's Soul which can be used to acquire a mount.
Wild Rider's Souls- Bring 20 Wild Rider's Soul Sculptures and the equivalent number of Mystery El Shards to Glave and generate a cube that contains a random time-limited or permanent mount. Open it or collect multiples to craft a Pure Wild Rider's Soul.
The Return of Retro Life Crystals 20 of Elsword's most popular pets are being offered in the shop for a limited time.
For more information about the Critter's Carnival Dungeon and Events or just to learn more about Elsword, check out the game's official website.
The Camelot Unchained team has announced that it will be opening the server for alpha testers to participate in a special 24-hour session. The special event will take place on Saturday, April 18th through Sunday, April 19th.
- Alpha/IT Test@ 10AM EDT / 7AM PDT / 2PM UTC
- Twenty four hours!
What we are looking for?
To see if today's fixes are indeed the long-sought, death to the grey bug, fix! And if so, to see how some other things are working. And, to make sure that all of our Alpha/IT Backers, no matter the time zone, can access the Alpha.
Check out the Camelot Unchained site for more information.
The Cabal 2 team has sent out a new video all about the game's dungeons to announced the commencement of the closed beta starting on April 30th. Players are invited to visit the official site to sign up.
Head to the link above to get started!
EverQuest players will have a lot to look forward to with the introduction of what Holly Longdale calls "campaigns". Rather than a single annual expansion, players will enjoy twice-yearly 'campaign' DLC. Longdale explains that this helps keep the world fresh, packed with content and gives the team a very quick turn around on player feedback.
In addition, players can find out about the upcoming beta for the new Progression Server that Longdale hopes will be released in June.
To start with, we’re working on a new Progression Server based on your feedback from earlier in the year. We’re so excited about it we’re going to launch it as soon as possible and still aiming for June. We’re in the process of getting a new server up and running and planning for a Beta. There is a detailed forum post from Aristo about the Progression Server and additional detail to support a new in-game poll that launched last night so we can get more of your feedback on some key decisions.
Check out Longdale's letter on the Everquest forum.
The Final Fantasy XIV site has been updated with new lore to get players up to speed on the story behind the Heavesward expansion due out in June. The Dark Knight, Astrologian, and the Machinist all have their backstories revealed in the update.
Also plan to spend some time reading about the new Raen and Xaela races.
Players can also get some great new information about flying mounts, the level cap increase, and check out several pretty amazing new screenshots.
Check it all out on the Final Fantasy XIV site.
TERA is about to turn three years old. Both new and former players, or players who are not subscribed to the game, are invited to check out a special event that will grant them two weeks of elite status just for playing the game. The team has set up a series of events for players to take part in and, if all are completed, the two weeks will be added to their accounts.
Three of the following will need to be accomplished prior to April 30th, but it is not required that all be completed by the same character:
- Join a guild (or already be in a guild)
- Complete any 10 quests
- Kill any 10 BAMs
- Complete any 3 instanced dungeons.
- Win 3 times in any battleground
Read more about the benefits of Elite Status on the TERA Rising site.
Hot on the heels of all the big Star Wars news this week comes the Star Wars: The Old Republic Cantina Tour making its own stop in Anaheim, California. The team has big plans for Saturday, April 18th that you won't want to miss. Thanks to a special edition live stream, you won't have to.
The live stream event will take place on the SWTOR Twitch.tv channel for a special Developer's Panel at 8:00 pm Pacific / 11:00 pm Eastern.
Find out more about the Cantina Tour on the Star Wars: The Old Republic site.