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General : Battletech KickStarter Begins - Mechanized Mayhem!

Posted Sep 29, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Harebrained Schemes has announced the release of the Battletech KickStarter initiative. The base game has been self-funded by Harebrained Schemes with backers assisting in the funding of further development of Battletech. The team is looking for backers to provide funds to $250,000 in the next 35 days.

BATTLETECH is set in a universe at perpetual war, fought by militarized factions utilizing huge, mechanized combat vehicles called BattleMechs.

Following centuries of space colonization and the rise of six Great Noble Houses, treachery undermined the Star League and toppled its First Lord. The rulers of the five remaining Houses each proclaimed themselves the new First Lord, and so the Succession Wars began - hundreds of years of mechanized armies, scavenged technology, and political machinations.

Check out the Battletech Kickstarter site for more information.

The List : 5 MMO-Related Things I Hate

Posted Sep 29, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The word hate can have very different levels of meaning. So, to be sure it's clear, the topic of this article refers to things that fall pretty low on the intensity scale. To illustrate what I mean, my wife thinks I hate turnips. I don't. However, when given the option to take or leave them, I'll almost invariably do the latter. This doesn't mean I passionately detest them. It simply indicates that I mildly dislike them. Within this level of meaning, here are some of the MMO-related things I hate. 

Read more of Richard Aihoshi's The List: 5 MMO-Related Things I Hate.

General : Might & Magic Heroes VII Launches

Posted Sep 29, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Fans of hybrid RPG-RTS games will be happy to hear that Might & Magic Heroes VII has officially launched after a successful beta run. MMHVII continues the twenty year legacy of the series and was developed by Limbic Entertainment.

Might & Magic Heroes VII puts players in the middle of a civil war that changed the ruling dynasty of the Holy Empire. The Empress’ murder has left an empty throne, a realm in flames and too many hungry rivals intent on claiming it. The Duke, Ivan, calls together a prestigious council of six trusted advisors in search of a viable strategy to bring this war of succession to an end. This new episode in the series will offer players a more detailed world than ever to explore and conquer, a complex economic system to master and legendary creatures to face in epic battles.

Check out the Might & Magic Heroes VII site for more information.

Divergence Online : Ethan Casner 'Ask Me Anything' -- TOMORROW!

Posted Sep 29, 2015 by Michael Bitton

Join us tomorrow at 7PM ET in The Pub for an "Ask Me Anything" Q&A with Divergence Online's Ethan Casner.

If you've got questions for Ethan on Divergence Online, this is an event you won't want to miss!

Please keep in mind that tomorrow's Q&A is NOT a discussion thread. Simply submit your questions in the thread (or follow-up questions to any of Ethan's answers) and allow him a chance to answer.

If you haven't had a chance to play Divergence Online, you can download the game ahead of the event and check it out. Ethan will be glad to answer any of your questions about your experience during tomorrow's AMA.

Remember to be respectful and courteous with your questions. Disrespectful questions, comments, or outright trolling will be dealt with harshly by our moderation team.

The below comments thread is NOT the Q&A thread. Again, the thread will be posted tomorrow in The Pub.

Gloria Victis : Get Into the Lore

Posted Sep 29, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Although Gloria Victis is highly focused on skill-based combat and great PVP experience, immersion and credibility of its world are crucial as well. That entails a need for complex, believable lore, as well as a deep and mature storyline. Characters that the players will meet have their own personalities, stories to tell, personal beliefs and value systems. While some eager patriots and dedicated defenders of the weak can be found among them, most of the people just struggle to make it through another day and handle the burdens of everyday life.

Read more of our exclusive developer diary, Gloria Victis: Getting Into the Lore.

Neverwinter : A Chat with RA Salvatore About Underdark and D&D Storytelling

Posted Sep 29, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Last week we got the chance to talk with renowned fantasy and D&D author R.A. Salvatore. Salvatore is responsible for some of the best Dungeons and Dragons fiction ever written. He is also the writer who put dark elves on the map with his famous stories about Drizzt Do’Urden. Recently, while finishing up his latest novel, Salvatore took up the chance to write a quest line for Perfect World’s D&D MMO Neverwinter. With the Rage of Demons plot running and Neverwinter: Underdark now launching, it was the perfect time to get R.A. involved in the story arc for players.

Read more of Garrett Fuller's Neverwinter: A Chat with RA Salvatore About Underdark and D&D Storytelling.

Neverwinter : Bruenor & Drizzt to Join Up in Underdark This Fall

Posted Sep 29, 2015 by Suzie Ford

This Fall, Neverwinter players will have a trio of fantastic Wizards of the Coast D&D goodness to experience this fall with a quest line written by RA Salvatore and the chance to adventure alongside two of D&D's most iconic heroes: Drizzt Do'Urden and Bruenor Battlehammer.

In Neverwinter: Underdark players will dare to descend into the Rage of Demons storyline from Wizards of the Coast, adding even more content for players to explore throughout the Forgotten Realms. The update for the free-to-play MMORPG will see players battle against the two-headed Demogorgon, the Prince of Demons, alongside classic Dungeons & Dragons characters including Drizzt Do’Urden, Regis and Bruenor Battlehammer. Prior to tackling the new 10-player battle, Neverwinter players will take part in a special quest line written by New York Times Best-Selling Author, R.A. Salvatore, whose recently released novel Archmage kicks off the Rage of Demons story.

Find out more on the Neverwinter site.

Star Trek Online : Go Forth & Conquer - Admiralty System Revealed

Posted Sep 29, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The latest developer blog to hit the Star Trek Online site covers the upcoming Admiralty System, a way for players to send their Admiralty ships on missions hoping to reap the rewards in both tangible means and in terms of prestige and influence. Major political forces in the galaxy will seek assistance that coincides with progress earned in various campaigns.

The Admiral's fleet will consist of starships currently accessible to the player, even thoughs that have been dismissed from active duty. As new ships are accessed, a corresponding ship of the same type will be added to the Admiralty Ships fleet. The Admiralty Ships fleet is limitless in terms of the number of available ships.

Campaigns are the 'bread and butter' of the Admiralty System. Each Campaign is made up of multiple groups of assignments, each with its own rewards and theme. Campaigns also feature ten tiers with ever-improving rewards for completion.

Players will gain access to this new system once it arrives on the Tribble Test Server in the near future, or once it goes live with Season 11: A New Dawn later this fall.

Read the full blog on the Star Trek Online site.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn : v3.1 and Beyond Revealed During Tokyo Game Show

Posted Sep 29, 2015 by Suzie Ford

MMOGames has a nice write up of the recent Final Fantasy XIV presentation during the Tokyo Games Show. During the panel, the team revealed the first details about what players can expect with the v3.1 update called "As Goes Light, So Goes Darkness".

Of notable inclusion in 3.1, players can look forward to:

  • Void Ark Raid - 24-player raid with similarities in difficulty and requirements to Crystal Tower
  • Airship Exploratory Missions - Free Company ships will be able to head to the skies in search of floating islands packed with bad guys and loot
  • Lord of Verminion - a new Gold Saucer mini-game that incorporates RTS elements with minions duking it out in any one of four difficulty modes
  • A new relic weapon quest
  • Housing glamors
  • New outfits and hairstyles
  • Ninja improvements
Check out the full write up at the link above.

Armored Warfare : Set Cannons on FUN! Head Start Begins Oct. 1, OBT on Oct. 8

Posted Sep 29, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Obsidian Entertainment and have revealed new details about the forthcoming open beta test for Armored Warfare. Head Start to OBT will begin for Founder's Pack owners on October 1st with the full open beta to kick off for everyone on October 8th. OBT will feature five classes of vehicles, 9 PvP maps, 15v15 PvP battle mode, 25 PvE maps and player military bases. 

To show off some of what players will find during OBT, the team has sent out a new trailer. Check it out and then head to the Armored Warfare site for more.

WildStar : Reloaded and Overloaded

Posted Sep 29, 2015 by Suzie Ford

WildStar is back! Well, it didn’t really go anywhere to begin with, but to say that Carbine’s freshman game was an underappreciated title would be an understatement. WildStar has always been a bit of an underdog, and today marks the relaunch of the MMO as a Free to Play game.  And at least so far, the relaunch seems to be working from a hype perspective, because those megaservers have definitely been feeling the pressure.  

Read more of Bill Murphy's WildStar - Day One Thoughts on a Free to Play Nexus.

World of Tanks : Blitz Players Embark on Rise of Continents Event

Posted Sep 29, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Mobile World of Tanks: Blitz players have kicked off the Rise of Continents event sponsored by Sennheiser. During the event, each region will be working collectively to accomplish goals including most tanks destroyed, most victories, etc. Commanders demonstrating exceptional skills in battle also have the chance to win various Sennheiser headsets.

Players can keep track of the regional standings on the World of Tanks: Blitz Rise of Nations page.

WildStar : Ready, Set, Go! Free-to-Play Version Launches

Posted Sep 29, 2015 by Suzie Ford

NCSoft and Carbine Studios are pleased to announce that today marks the free-to-play iteration of WildStar. The game launches with a host of quality of life improvements, updated features and systems and much, much more. To celebrate the F2P launch, Carbine has released a brand new trailer.

Having originally launched with a subscription model in June of 2014 to critical acclaim, WildStar was the highest-rated MMO on Metacritic for the year. The game’s free-to-play launch marks a major moment in the game's development, improving the overall experience for both old players and new. In addition to the new business model, the game is getting its most comprehensive update yet. Titled WildStar: Reloaded, the update brings new content, enhanced game systems, special in-game events and tons of quality of life improvements. Many players have returned to the community over the last few months, reinvigorated by the game’s improvements and new, exciting content.

Find out more on the WildStar site.

WildStar : Hitting the Ground Running - Bill Live at Midnight Eastern!

Posted Sep 28, 2015 by Suzie Ford

WildStar is ready to go with the free to play version that has been kept under wraps for the last several months. Set to go live at midnight Eastern / 9:00 pm Pacific, our own Bill Murphy will be on hand to show you exactly what Carbine has been up to and why you will want to become one of the faithful.

Log in to the Streams page at the witching hour (for Eastern folks)!

General : Preta Mobile RPG Debuts in Select Nations

Posted Sep 28, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Nexon Korea has announced the "soft launch" of its action adventure RPG, Preta. The game is available for Android devices in Australia, Canada, India, Mexico, Russia, Spain and Thailand.

Preta features:

  • customizable play style to cast devastating combos and use skills to inflict massive damage;
  • three bone-smashing weapon classes to master including sword, chain, and wand;
  • rare and mystical elements to collect and use to strengthen the hero;
  • action packed game modes including Raid Mode to destroy towering bosses, Defense Mode to defend player’s tower against waves of enemies, and Special Mode to collect as much gold as possible.

Find out more on the Preta Google Play site.

Runescape : DarkScape - An Opportunity to Create a Game that Embraces PvP

Posted Sep 28, 2015 by Suzie Ford

With the launch of DarkScape, a hardcore PvP version of RuneScape, Jagex has given players free rein to take part in no-holds barred player vs player action in a shadowy world reminiscent of the gentler version. We spoke with Jagex's Conor Crowley to find out more.

Read more of Garrett Fuller's DarkScape: An Opportunity to Create a Game that Embraces PvP.

The Witcher 3 : Hearts of Stone Adds More Everything to the Witcher 3

Posted Sep 28, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Hearts of Stone is the first of several planned expansions to this year's phenomenal RPG, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. We reached out to CDProjektRed with some questions about what we can expect from the add-on, and we were not disappointed with the answers.

Read more of Bill Murphy's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Hearts of Stone Adds More Everything to the Witcher 3.

General : ArenaNet's Eric Flannum Joins Amazon Game Studios

Posted Sep 28, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Former Guild Wars 2 lead designer Eric Flannum has announced via a LinkedIn recruitment article that he has joined Amazon Game Studios in its Seattle location. Flannum was with ArenaNet for ten years. Amazon Game Studios is ramping up development on its as-yet unannounced title.



Guild Wars 2 : The Gang's All Here - Guild Week Begins

Posted Sep 28, 2015 by Suzie Ford

ArenaNet's Rubi Bayer will be on hand all week on the Guild Wars 2 channel to show off some of the upcoming guild functionality coming with the Heart of Thorns expansion set to be released at the end of October.

This week's schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, September 29

  • Guild Initiative Headquarters
  • Expeditions
  • Guild main panel
  • New guild mission panel
  • Guild mission changes
  • PvP missions
  • WvW missions

Wednesday, September 30

  • The Lost Precipice guild hall
  • Resource management
  • Building upgrades in your guild hall

Thursday, October 1

  • The scribe crafting discipline
  • Assembling guild items
  • Decorating your guild hall
  • Arenas

Be sure to log into the link above at 12:00 pm Pacific / 3:00 pm Eastern each day to find out more.

The List : The Five Best MMOs for New Players

Posted Sep 28, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Jumping into a new MMO can be an intimidating experience for even the most seasoned players, especially those who have little familiarity with MMORPGs in general.  Most of us on the site play MMOs like doing so is our job, and yet there are still some times when I start up a new game, or an existing one that I haven’t touched in a while, and feel the familiar sense of panic when I see how many skills or activities are available and realized that I have no idea where I should be going or what I should be doing.  It doesn’t help that I have a habit of returning to older titles in which I have mid- or high-level characters replete with what feel like a billion different abilities and talent trees, but I digress.  Here are the five best, or at least mildly more accessible, MMOs for new players!

Read more of Som Pourfarzaneh's The List: The Five Best MMOs for New Players.

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