Most players in an MMO band together to form guilds. Members of a guild can call upon one another for help, or to join in on a tough dungeon. I’ve made a lot of friends playing in guilds over the years, in several different MMOs. There’s one game that really made the guild experience feel important, and that was the original Guild Wars, which had a nice feature called the guild hall... a feature that Guild Wars 2 is sadly missing.
Read more of David North's Guild Wars 2: The Importance of the Guild Hall.
By design, MMOs are more fun to play with your friends. Most of them encourage or even require grouping for a lot of the best and most rewarding content, which necessitates either being social in the game world, or coming into the experience with a pre-determined group of friends to play with. Sometimes though, it can be hard to find people. Not everyone that plays MMOs hang out with others that play MMOs. Maybe your group of friends sticks to the latest shooters and single player RPGs, or maybe your significant other just doesn’t pick up the controller or keyboard to game very often. Whatever the case may be, every MMO player wishes X friend would play in their favorite virtual worlds with them.
Read more of David Jagneaux's The List: 5 MMOs to Play with Non-MMO Players.
We've published this week's live stream schedule for the MMORPG.com Live Stream Team. Check it out and be here at the appointed time to join in!
Monday - 7/21
Tuesday - 7/22
Wednesday - 7/23
Thursday - 7/24
Friday - 7/25
Saturday - 7/26
Sunday - 7/27
MMOs are among the most intimidating genres for entry-level gamers, second only perhaps, to flight simulators. Mash the two concepts together and you've got one heckuva scary-sounding game—well, not really, but that's the impression many people have—one the fanatic flyboys at 1C Game Studios are hoping to dispel with their new-player-focused flight sim, Il-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad.
Read more of Neilie Johnson's preview of Il-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad.
MMORPG.com is very pleased to present this exclusive sweepstakes event! We have partnered with Blizzard Entertainment to give away 1,000 beta access keys for the new World of Warcraft expansion: Warlords of Draenor!
As with all MMORPG.com sweepstakes the more days you login during the event the more chances you have to win! (one login per calendar day is counted to a max of 5)
This week Bungie kicked off the first stage of the Destiny beta with the new 2-hour Iron Banner event. The event will include two new maps and a new gameplay type and Bungie says Guardians will be playable on both Next and Legacy Gen consoles within the same system.
Designer Lars Bakken says of the event:
"We’re not just giving you new ways to play. We’re expanding on the arenas where you’ll fight. “Two maps get added into the new playlist,” says Lars. “The fan favorite Rusted Lands returns from the Alpha, and we take you to Mars for the first time ever with Blind Watch. Iron Banner is the ONLY way to see these maps in the Beta.”
He then adds, "Get ready to kick ass. You will be tested here unlike anywhere else in the Beta.”
The Iron Banner begins Saturday, July 19th at 2pm PDT and will last for two hours. For more information, check out Destiny's news page.
MMORPG.com has been given special gift keys for R2Games latest side scrolling MMORPG game - Crusaders of Solaria! Get your key now!
Each gift key will give you:
1. Each R2Games.com account is eligible for one code per character, to be redeemed on Crusaders’ servers.
2. Each Code may only be redeemed once.
KCON, the largest Korean-entertainment-centric convention in the U.S. has plans this year to host a special "Ongamenet League of Legends Champions Festival - Special Greet & Match". The celebration will include four Q&A sessions, autograph/photo sessions with LoL pro-gamers and friendly 5v5 pro-gamer LoL matches.
“E-Sport is an important part of the Hallyu wave,” said Mark Shaw, CEO of CJ E&M. “That is why teaming up with ‘League of Legends’ to bring this special event to KCON is a no-brainer.”
Two sessions will run each day from 11-1:30 and from 3:30 to 6pm, and tickets go on sale Monday, July 21st.
KCON is happening August 9-10 in Los Angeles. For more information, visit the show's official website.
Fantasy browser brawler Crusaders of Solaria began its open beta Friday, July 18th which means all account data has been the way of the dodo. The good news is, now that beta's live, players can recharge accounts and buy currency, items and VIP subscriptions.
FOr more information about the beta, visit the Crusaders of Solaria website.
This week, Bandai Namco introduced two quirky new heroes who will be starring in its upcoming RPG, Tales of Xillia 2. First, there's spy-turned-salesman Alvin who's having a hard time staying on the straight and narrow. Then there's Elize, a fragile (some might say neurotic) girl just trying her best to fit in.
Tales of Xillia 2 will be available in North America as a PS3 exclusive August 22, 2014.
For more information about the game, its heroes or to preorder, visit the Tales of Xillia 2 website.
Earlier this month, Transformers Universe celebrated a pair of open beta weekends. During each weekend, players were invited to climb to the top of the leaderboards to grab a share of the $75,000 prize pool. Today, Jagex announced the winners, each taking home $3,000, $1,500 or $500 depending on placement on the leaderboard.
We have witnessed an intense couple of weekends, with people around the world dedicating hours upon hours of gameplay to fight for their faction, and reach the top of their game.
The dust has now settled, and we can announce the winners from both the Skill Score and the Recruit-A-Friend competition.
Congratulations to all that won, and to all that participated these last two weekends. We’re extremely excited to be in Open BETA, and look forward to seeing you all in battle soon.
Skill Score – Final Result
The Skill Score competition took into account a player’s highest score throughout the duration of both Double XP weekends. We looked at the best Skill Score, and at what level they achieved it. This is to not penalize those who scored greatly in one category, and moved to a higher category afterwards. Commanders who won in more than one category will only receive the highest prize earned, and the next commander will be rewarded.
Check out the full list of winners on the Transformers Universe site.
Ubisoft has announced that interested fans can play every hero in The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot for free over a series of four weekends, starting today. Each weekend will see another character available to all for no cost and will feature a special event to unlock in-game rewards.
The Archer will be the first hero to be featured, and he is available for all players from July 18, 12pm EST to July 22, 11.59pm EST. If the community completes the challenge of successfully completing 100,001 attacks with the Archer, all participants will unlock the Archer’s Darkness Costume. The Knight’s turn to show off his skills will come next, followed by the Mage and finally the Runaway will close the draft with her mighty musical axe.
Players looking to permanently sign new draft picks heroes can also earn a discount of over 60% of in-game currency price of the heroes by leveling them up during their free weekends. The higher they level the character, the larger the discount amount.
Find out more about the event on The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot site.
The Trove team has put together a nifty new video diary where they show off some of the finest user generated content seen so far as well as reveal the new Dragonfire Peaks biome, a new zone built with the community. See what you think!
MMORPG.com has partnered with Perfect World Entertainment and Arc Games to give away two Hero Packs for Swordsman.
Valued at $60 each Hero Pack contains:
Not only is ESO proving to have retained nearly 800,000 subscribers through June, but apparently SWTOR, LotRO, and TERA (even Lineage) are all doing quite well as well according to new research from SuperData. Read on for details.
As GameIndustry.biz reports on the research:
Star Wars: The Old Republic remains one of the top five subscription MMOs in the world, according to new research from SuperData.
EA's ambitious MMO, which launched with a subs-only model but eventually integrated freemium options, made $165 million in revenue worldwide last year. That figure is from subscriptions, expansion packs and microtransactions, and it makes Bioware's MMO the fourth biggest in the world in terms of earnings.
As expected, Blizzard's World of Warcraft remains the global leader by a wide margin, with just over $1 billion in revenue. The first game in NCSoft's Lineage series was a distant second with $253 million in revenue - a truly remarkable amount given that it was launched in 1998. Indeed, NCSoft games occupied four of the top ten.
See the charts below for subscription info. What's more interesting though is what came out about ESO and WildStar so far (though it's admittedly early).
WILDSTAR AND ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE CHALLENGE STATUS QUO
When Bethesda Softworks released Elder Scrolls Online, the industry took notice as the publisher fearlessly announced a subscription model, rather than going free-to-play like its direct competitor Guild Wars 2(NCsoft). So far, a subscriber base of 772,374 (June) indicates that its strategy is working. And perhaps its because of this that NCsoft released its own subscription-based title, Wildstar, over one month ago. As the initial purchase included a free first month, NCsoft is about to find out how strong the demand for sci-fi action really is. Traditionally, sci-fi styled MMOs tend to generate three times as much in monthly revenue compared to fantasy-based titles. And the early signs are good. According to Carbine, the game has so far seen “four to five times” as many concurrent users than during its open beta stage. Combined with NCsoft’s expertise, having four titles in the worldwide top 10 for subscription-based MMOs last year, Wildstar is a strong contender in the current market.”
Definitely some intriguing numbers, and strong hints that maybe the sub model isn't going anywhere... yet.
The mega San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) event is right around the corner, taking over southern California July 23rd-27th. SDCC celebrates every genre of the entertainment industry, bringing together over one hundred thousand attendees to celebrate epic fandom, esteemed creators, and breathtaking artwork. And our own Genese Davis will be there, representing MMORPG.com on five star-studded panels.
The first tank to roll off the War Thunder assembly line with the multi-turret option will be the Soviet T-35, which was the only five-turreted heavy tank in the world. Gaijin Entertainment carefully reconstructed the T-35 using the last known real version left in the world, which is stored at the State Tank Museum of Kubinka, near Moscow. The development team captured every detail from inside and out including the growl of the engines, the crunch of the tank’s treads on the ground and the sound of multi-turret functionality (click on the video link to see more). Additional multi-turreted ground forces will roll off the fully functional War Thunder assembly line in future updates. And of course, update 1.43 will bring along a lot of other exciting features - stay tuned!
While I do most of my online and PC gaming on a desktop, there’s certainly a big part of me that would like to have a top-of-the-line gaming laptop on hand, just because. It’s probably the same part of me that wants a Lamborghini Sesto Elemento so that I can drive it around the streets of San Francisco at 25 MPH when the traffic is light. At least the gaming laptop would cost a tiny fraction of the Sesto Elemento’s $2 million+ price tag, and would allow me to play The Witcher 3 comfortably on my couch.
Read more of Som Pourfarzaneh's MSI GT72 Dominator Preview: More like GT72 Sominator, amirite?
It’s Friday and that means it’s time for another edition of The Week in RPGs, your weekly breakdown of all things roleplaying games. This week we’re talking Girls Make Games, new extended gameplay video for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mass Effect 4, Dark Souls 2’s first DLC, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel invading Borderlands 2, and even a new Final Fantasy game.
Read more of Christopher Coke's The RPG Files: Teenage Girls Create Their First RPG.