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.
Trion Worlds has announced the commencement of the first closed beta event for ArcheAge. The CBT will run from today through Monday, July 21st. In addition to the news of the closed beta start, Trion also announced that over a million players have signed up for the opportunity to test out the highly-anticipated title.
With this version, we bring you updated combat balance, improvements to the economic game of ArcheAge, and a host of great new features. In ArcheAge you can create a farm and breed native animals for unique mounts, build a ship and travel the high seas to trade in your goods for coin, make a name for yourself crafting the best gear in the game, stalk and slaughter your fellow players, or build your own castle on Auroria!
Our first Closed Beta Event, “A Brighter Age,” starts today, and continues on through Monday, July 21st. This is just the first of our Closed Beta Events! We’ll have events during the week as well as overlapping weekends. We’ll have specifics closer to each event, as the results of a given event will affect the schedule.
Read more beta thoughts on the ArcheAge site.
Proof that the international competitive gaming scene is a legitimate sporting event, Valve has announced that the International DOTA 2 Championships will be broadcast via ESPN 3. The International will take place this weekend and feature a prize pool of over $10,000,000 USD.
Valve today announced that coverage of The International Dota 2 Championships will be presented in collaboration with ESPN on its live multi-screen sports network, ESPN3. In addition, an exclusive show previewing the final match will be presented on ESPN2 on Sunday at 8:30 pm Pacific. Live access to ESPN2 is also available on digital platforms via WatchESPN.
This year's International, happening at a sold out KeyArena in Seattle, WA this Friday thru Monday (July 18-22), features a record-breaking prize pool of over $10 mil - the largest ever for a competitive gaming tournament. And for the first time, viewers can watch all the matches, interviews, and analysis happening over the course of the four-day event on ESPN3, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
On Sunday, viewers can tune in to ESPN2 for an exclusive preview of the tournament's final match, featuring highlights from the games, expert analysis, plus interviews with the players and Valve's Gabe Newell.
Find out more, including this weekend's schedule of events, on the DOTA 2 International tournament page.
Bungie has announced that the Destiny beta has officially kicked off for PlayStation consoles. Players can now log into the game and try out one of the most keenly anticipated shooters slated for release this year. In addition, testers playing on Saturday, July 26th will receive a special in-game badge to remind them of their participation.
In addition, players can keep track of several in-game features with the use of the Destiny Companion app:
From the creators of Halo and Bungie.net, the official Destiny Companion App connects to your Destiny adventure wherever life finds you. Inspect your Guardian, analyze player stats, and compare your Grimoire score. Keep in touch with your friends in the Bungie Community via forums, groups, or private messaging and track them down on the PlayStation Network or Xbox LIVE. And, receive the latest news and updates about Destiny.
Need to know more? Check out the Destiny site.
Hearthstone's first 'adventure', Curse of Naxxramas, is set to be released on Tuesday, July 22nd. Naxxramas will be released episodically, with one wing per week for five weeks hitting live service. The first wing, The Arachnid Quarter, will be free to play for the launch event, scheduled to last approximately a month.
Curse of Naxxramas: A Hearthstone Adventure is just about ready to open its gates to the world. There’s a whole host of undead monsters inhabiting the halls of Naxxramas, ready and waiting to defend their lair against Hearthstone’s heroes. If you . . . somehow . . . manage to defeat them, you’ll be rewarded with ghastly new cards for your Hearthstone collection!
Curse of Naxxramas goes live globally for Windows, Mac, and iPad on Tuesday, July 22, starting with the Arachnid Quarter, the first of five creepy wings that will be released weekly after the gates are opened. The Arachnid Quarter will be free to play during the Curse of Naxxramas launch event, which will last roughly a month. Those brave enough to step foot into the Arachnid Quarter during the launch event will unlock it permanently for free.
Read more on the Hearthstone site.
Hopping back into Firefall's long-awaited relaunch, I noticed right away that they added a new tutorial. This one shows off and explains some of the various suits and then thrusts you into your first combat mission. This mission starts you off slow enough that you should get a good feel of how to maneuver your character and aim effectively. It won’t take long but it is only here to teach you the basics before you are tasked with some more advanced missions. Slowly nudging you to start the campaign.
Read more of Rob Lashley's Firefall: A Second First Look Preview.
This week is a seminal one for the Camelot Unchained team as they take to the airwaves to talk about the game that man are looking to as a return to old-school MMOs with definite new-school elements. Today in the second of our CU features, Mark Jacobs et al are ready to talk about the progression system. Check out our exclusive interview before heading to the Camelot Unchained Twitch.tv channel right about now to participate in a live stream event where even more will be revealed.
Read more of Rob Lashley's Camelot Unchained: The Progression System Revealed.
What do you do when you reach level cap in an MMO? While some leave you stranded in a content desert, WildStar floods you with a huge range of options. In this week’s column, Gareth Harmer goes through his top 5 picks on what to do at level 50.
Read more of Gareth Harmer's WildStar: 5 Things to Do at 50.