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Star Trek Online : Undine Infiltration Unveiled

Posted Apr 08, 2014 by William Murphy

The latest Star Trek Online blog has just been released, and details a brand new level 50 event called the Undine Infiltration. Read on for more details.

"Undine Infiltration" is a mixed faction queued mission for level 50 characters. The event can be completed in 15 to 20 minutes, and has both a Normal and an Elite version.

During the mission, Captains will investigate Bajorans suspected of being Undine infiltrators in disguise. They will do this by asking a series of questions and based on the answers, deciding whether or not the suspect is an Undine and needs to be quarantined. If the investigator believes a suspect's story, he or she can also clear them from the investigation.

However, the Undine won't simply wait to be discovered. They'll be trying to disrupt the interrogations. So watch out for disturbances.

Be sure to head to the STO site to get the full scoop.

The Secret World : Further Analysis Mission Pack is Live!

Posted Apr 08, 2014 by William Murphy

The Further Analysis mission pack for The Secret World is now live and available for purchase from the Funcom store for 960 points. They're available for subscribers and lifetime members at a reduced call as always.  

Read more at the official site.

Sidestories: Further Analysis gives you the chance to delve into four brand new Investigation Missions! Hone your puzzle solving skills and play through four fresh stories spread throughout the game world.

En epic reward, The Inspector's Gadget and a Deep Mystery Box, awaits those who complete all four missions!

 

You get the Investigation Mission called Immersion from Lisa Hui in the Scorched Desert, where you investigate Orochi comms equipment in Egypt to try and get a signal from Tokyo HQ.

In The Animate Clay you return to Dr Anton Aldini in New York and follow the trail of one of his lost creations as it struggles to find its purpose.

Trials of the Dragon starts you off in the Shadowy Forest and lets you explore the monster hunting prowess of your old friends, Tibor and Luminita. Here you get the opportunity to undergo the Draculesti trials to become a true monster hunter.

The fourth Investigation Mission, The Abandoned, marks a return to the mysterious  Mosul and sweeps you  into the back stories of the fairytale creatures of the Shadowy Forest.

Fortnite : 20 Pages of Coverage in May GameInformer

Posted Apr 08, 2014 by Michael Bitton

If you've been hungry for new information on Fortnite, Epic Games' upcoming F2P fort-building third person shooter, you'll be glad to know that the May issue of GameInformer will feature 20 pages of coverage dedicated to all things Fortnite and Epic Games.

 

The Secret World : Mankini-gate and More

Posted Apr 08, 2014 by Suzie Ford

When I was considering the various topics I could cover for this week’s The Secret World column I was faced with so many options I really didn’t know where to start. First Joel announces new content, then there was Mankini-gate, and finally there has been ARG activity. How could I pick just one? I couldn’t. So we’re breaking it down into four parts. 

Read more of Shannon Doyle's The Secret World: Mankini-gate and More.

Dark Souls II : Taking the PC Version for a Spin

Posted Apr 08, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Dark Souls 2 is a resoundingly good RPG, if our official review is anything to go by. But the original Dark Souls’ PC edition was, let’s face it, an abhorrent nightmare of a port. The studio, From Software, admittedly said (in so many words) “Look, we’re sorry, but we’re not PC guys. We’ll do better next time, I promise.” So it was with cautious fingers and eyes on my monitor that I booted up an early preview edition of DS2’s PC edition. I will say these things primarily: the graphics transferred nicely. The UI and controls, have not… yet.  

Read more of Bill Murphy's Dark Souls II: Taking the PC Version for a Spin.

General : Jon Wood's New Adventure: On a Budget Gamers

Posted Apr 08, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Former MMORPG.com managing editor, Jon Wood, has started a new gaming website for the more frugal members of the gaming audience called "On a Budget Gamers". In one of the site's first articles, Jon takes a look at the newly announced Amazon Fire TV.

This week, we learned that Amazon was jumping into the “hook our tiny box up to your TV to make awesome things happen” business by announcing the launch of the Fire TV.

This is not to be confused with the Apple TV, though, because that’s a device that hooks up to your TV and (among other things) makes it easier to move content onto the TV from a fancy tablet that’s also kind-of an e-reader. It is completely different from the Fire TV; a device that hooks up to your TV and (among other things) makes it easier to move content onto the TV from a fancy e-reader that’s also kind-of a fancy tablet.

Read more at the link above.

Elder Scrolls Online : The Challenge is Welcome

Posted Apr 08, 2014 by Suzie Ford

While there have been a few bumps in the road for the launch of The Elder Scrolls Online, these have been typical for MMOs. Launch has worked out mostly as anyone with MMO experience might expect, with some players experiencing issues, and some painful growing pains that began once the gates opened up to the masses. Yet this will concentrate more on some pain of a different kind - the kind inflicted upon players through gameplay.

Read more of Christina Gonzalez's Elder Scrolls Online: The Challenge is Welcome.

Black Desert : CBT 2 Character Creation Video Amazes

Posted Apr 07, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Steparu.com has posted a new character creation video from the Black Desert closed beta phase two. It's an amazing creation feature that you won't want to miss. Check it out and let us know what you think!


ArcheAge : MMOZG.net Interviews Jake Song About Russian Version

Posted Apr 07, 2014 by Suzie Ford

MMOzg.net has another fantastic interview with ArcheAge's Jake Song. The team started with a list of questions and added more as answers were given. See what he had to say in this comprehensive new interview with our friends at MMOZG.net.

Read more ArcheAge: MMOZG.net Interviews Jake Song About Russian Version.

Child of Light : Speed Painting Video Features Renowned Japanese Artist

Posted Apr 07, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The Child of Light team is working concert with renowned Japanese artist Yoshitaka Amano to bring the game world to life. Child of Light is a "playable poem" and is a re-imagining of childhood fairy tales.

Child of Light is a re-imagining of classic fairy tales set against a picturesque background inspired by the watercolor artworks of The Golden Age of Illustration. As a playable poem, Child of Light puts players in the shoes of Aurora, a young princess who must win back the sun, the moon and the stars held captive by the mysterious Queen of the Night.


Darkfall: Unholy Wars : Territory Control to Be Main Focus of the Next Patch

Posted Apr 07, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Aventurine has revealed that territory control will the the main focus of the forthcoming Darkfall: Unholy Wars patch. To show what they are working towards, the team has produced a video to give players an idea of how the feature will work.

You have caught glimpses of them in our Facebook posts and our developers have shared some details about how they work. Essentially, this is the basis of the whole territory control system. All control points that can be captured (holdings, villages and sea fortresses) have an area attached to them and the clan that owns the control point is considered the owner of the area of influence around it as well. On its own, this system offers a visual element to the map so that anyone can have an overview of what and how many territories are owned by which clans. Its true potential lies in the features that are tied to it.

Read more on the Darkfall: Unholy Wars site.


TUG : The Flexibility to be a Sandbox RPG We Want to Play

Posted Apr 07, 2014 by Suzie Ford

In every gamer’s life, there comes a time to take a look at the horizon and see what new and innovating things are in the works. I hit that point recently and began a search to see what could peek my interests. Was there really anything out there that had the potential for different in either its mechanics or its development? This search lead me to TUG (The Untitled Game) by Nerd Kingdom where I read this description and was instantly intrigued. 

Read more of Franklin Rinaldi's Tug: The Flexibility to be a Sandbox RPG We Want to Play.

World of Tanks : $10M Investment in eSports Touted

Posted Apr 07, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Wargaming announced this weekend that it is prepared to invest $10M dollars to develop the eSports side of its games, most notably World of Tanks. This is an additional $2M over last year's $8M investment into the eSports side of the gaming company.

"With our eSports team we founded a company within the company," he said. "They take care not only about game features to cater to spectators, but also about the physical organisation of the tournaments.

"In the beginning, it was not so much us who wanted to introduce World of Tanks to eSports, it was the players themselves who wanted to be more competitive."

Read more at GamesIndustry.biz

Dragon Age: Inquisition : The Exalted Plains Zone Revealed

Posted Apr 07, 2014 by Suzie Ford

As part of Bioware's commitment to revealing new information about Dragon Age: Inquisition, the team this week turns to a zone profile. The Exalted Plains is part of the Dales and is a contested zone in the midst of the Orlesian Civil War.

The Exalted Plains of the Dales are characterized by equal measures of beauty and strife. It was here, centuries ago, that the elven nation met its bitter end. On these fields, the holdouts of the elven army faced the forces of the human Chantry and died, defending their promised land to the last breath. This legacy of conflict has endured, and battle once again rages in the Dales.

Read more on the Dragon Age: Inquisition.

World of Warcraft : New Tauren Model Profiled in Latest Artcraft

Posted Apr 07, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The venerable Tauren race is the latest subject on the World of Warcraft community site and is detailed in great depth in Artcraft, a look at the new models coming in the Warlords of Draenor expansion due out later this year. The new model keeps many of the basic animations of the old but features a smoother appearance and facial expressions.

Before we even started animating him, we already knew the Tauren was going to be a blast to work on based on all of the detail the character art team added.

As we begin applying animations, we’re extra careful not to stray too far from the original. It’s important to us to retain the essence of the original animations, because how a characters walk, move, and carry themselves help to define their personality. We use all of the original animations as a starting point, and then go through the process of cleaning them up and adding additional articulation. Let’s delve into what that process looks like.

See the rest on the World of Warcraft site.


ArcheAge : Team Live Stream Published

Posted Apr 07, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Trion Worlds has published its latest live stream video for ArcheAge. The group conducts a casual discussion of Trions' vision of the game. In this episode, construction is detailed and features a ton of in-game footage. Check it out and thanks to Rawfox for the forum post.


Guild Wars 2 : The ArenaNet Team on the Aftermath of Season 1

Posted Apr 07, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Now that the year-long story arc that embodied Guild Wars 2 season one is finished, we caught up with the ArenaNet team as part of a retrospective on the event and a sneak peek at the future. We checked in with the Lore, Story and Art departments to find out more. Check it out!

Read more of David North's Guild Wars 2: The ArenaNet Team on the Aftermath of Season 1.

Elder Scrolls Online : Craglorn Content Update Trailer Revealed

Posted Apr 07, 2014 by William Murphy

The first major content update for Elder Scrolls Online is due out in May, and this trailer from Zenimax Online studios highlights some of the things you'll get access to when the free update hits the live servers.

Guild Wars 2 : Megaservers and You

Posted Apr 07, 2014 by Suzie Ford

ArenaNet saved the best – or at least the biggest – announcement for last. Megaservers will fundamentally change how Guild Wars 2 operates, altering the dynamics of its social structure and its biggest events. Change of this magnitude is rarely universally accepted, and a quick browse through the forums and social media will tell you that's the same in this case. So what's the good and what's the bad of this new, Tyria-shattering tech?

Read more of Jason Winters' Guild Wars 2: Megaservers & You.

Celtic Heroes : Mobile MMO Launches Via Android

Posted Apr 07, 2014 by Suzie Ford

One Thumb Mobile has announced the release of its mobile MMO, Celtic Heroes, for Andoid devices. Mobile users join desktop and browser players in the fully-fledged MMO based on the Unity game engine.

Set in the mythical land of Dal Riata, Celtic Heroes challenges hundreds of thousands of online players to compete, collaborate and battle fearsome enemies.

Warriors have been summoned from across the Celtic lands to fight back the spreading darkness of the villainous god Crom with steel and magic: Warriors in their battle armour; Druids commanding the powers of nature; Rangers who can slay their foes from afar; Mages wielding elemental fire; and Rogues who can strike from the shadows. 

Find out more about Celtic Heroes.

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