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Destiny : Remote Play with the PlayStation Vita

Posted Sep 05, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Sony has announced that Destiny players will be able to control the game via their PlayStation Vita. Bungie optimized the Vita specifically for Destiny game play.

Thanks to Elrenmmazuo for the tip!


Dead Island 2 : Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire

Posted Sep 05, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The success of the original Dead Island has led to a number of spinoff games, even including a MOBA, and there are no signs this trend will slow down. At this year’s PAX Prime, we had a chance to check out one such spin off, Escape Dead Island, as well as the current gen sequel to the original game, Dead Island 2.

Read more of Mike Bitton's Dead Island 2: Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire.

Moonrise : A Mobile Multiplayer Creature-Collection RPG

Posted Sep 05, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Anyone who carries a Mobile Device and loves gaming is always on the lookout for something that can can give you a quick fix or keep you engaged for hours. I recently got an opportunity to visit Undead Labs and check out Moonrise, a real-time combat RPG that really made the obsessive compulsive gamer collector in me get excited. You could equate it to a Pokémon MMO with a few twists.

Read more of Franklin Rinaldi's Moonrise: A Mobile Multiplayer Creature-Collection RPG

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn : The Quest for Flight

Posted Sep 05, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Some of you may be wondering what’s so special about this tribe of beastmen that merits everyone’s support all of a sudden? Simply put, the Ehcatl Nine Beast Tribe Quests mix tangible gameplay rewards for crafters in the game  with the promise of a rousing tale told incrementally as you continue the questline.

Read more of Victor Barreiro Jr.'s Final Fantasy XIV: The Quest for Flight.

Hearthstone : Season 6 Begins - Time to Battle to the Top

Posted Sep 05, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Blizzard has announced that Hearthstone Season 6 has officially kicked off and players are invited to battle their way to the top of the heap. In addition, a new card back has been revealed.

Don’t forget that in Ranked Play, you’ll receive bonus stars based on your performance from the previous season —one bonus star per rank you attained. The further you move up the ladder, the more bonus stars you’ll receive towards the next season! Please note that even if bonus stars from the previous season get you directly to Rank 20 or above, you still have to log in at least once each Ranked Season to qualify for the card back reward.

Grab more details on the Hearthstone site.

Guild Wars 2 : All New Trading Post Revealed

Posted Sep 05, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The latest Arena.Net blog lays out some pretty cool information about the overhauled Trading Post to give players better functionality, more filtering options, an updated interface and much more.

  • Tabs are gone in favor of a left-side series of links that make its look and feel more like the Gem Store
  • Search functionality has been improved with smarter categories and better filtering options. In addition, search functions will be part of the interface rather than something that has to be opened up to access advanced options
  • Prices for items can now be researched without having to leave the buy/sell interface and losing custom search parameters
  • My Transactions can be pulled up through the same side navigation panel
  • Performance improvements
  • More to come later
Read more of the details on the Guild Wars 2 site.
 

Pathfinder Online : Early Enrollment Delayed to September 22nd

Posted Sep 05, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Pathfinder Online's Early Enrollment is being delayed slightly from September 15th to September 22nd. According to the latest blog post, the delay is in response to allow more time to polish some features and include others. Additionally, the team lost development time due to an unexpected server down time.

Step One: Start of Early Enrollment

We will have the top 1/3rd of the Early Enrollment map ready on Day One of Early Enrollment. This area includes Thornkeep. It would not be fair to have 1/3rd of the Settlements in operation and 2/3rds waiting access to their lands so we are not going to turn on the Land Rush Settlements when we begin Early Enrollment. Instead we will have approximately four NPC Settlements seeded around the area of the map and characters will be randomly seeded into those Settlements when they begin play. This should allow us to perform various load balancing tasks and avoid clustering so many players in one place that we break things. No, you won't be able to pick where you start. Yes we know that this means that some people will have to hike across the map to get to where your friends are. This is a short-term solution, not the way the game will be played forever so we ask for your forbearance for a limited time.

Read the full post on the Pathfinder Online site.

Pirate101 : Triple Helping of Piratey Goodness Revealed

Posted Sep 05, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Pirate101 players have a triple dose of piratey goodness with today's announcements. A new level 65 tower instance is now open that rewards players with some of the best gear in the game. In addition, the Crown Shop has an awesome new Grizzly Beast Pack that offers players the opportunity to score a beastly companion with the amazing ferret attack card. Lastly, September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day and the team will have lots up their sleeve.

Attention high level Pirates! If you have completed all of Mooshu (including the quest "The Great and Powerful Turtle") as well as all the Moo Manchu side quests (beginning with "The Moo Manchurian Candidate" given by Lord Chagatai in Subata), you will find a new quest from the Town Crier (or from Lord Chagatai himself) to embark upon a dangerous, and very profitable, adventure into The Tower of Moo Manchu!

This ten level tower is full of danger and is meant for groups of players to bond together in the quest for rare loot, multiplayer chests, special badges, and to survive the nefarious trials that await you as you attempt to conquer the Tower of Moo Manchu. There’s even a special badge that will - never mind, we’ll let you discover this on your own . . . .

Find out more on the Pirate101 site.

Aura Kingdom : Latest Update Focused on Dungeon Features

Posted Sep 04, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The latest Aura Kingdom update has been deployed that brings a host of new content on board as well as new dungeon features and improvements / additions to the fishing and crafting systems.

In response to player requests a new solo mode is now available for all existing dungeons. New dungeons are added to the game, respectively at levels 65 and 70 with even more items to unlock. The new Eidolon companions include the powerful female warrior Kusanagi and the God of Light, Baldu. Additionally, the Eidolon companions Serif, Merrilee, Grimm, and Alessa are all now able to evolve into their powerful, three-star versions.

Find out more on the Aura Kingdom page.


ArcheAge : Open Beta Begins

Posted Sep 04, 2014 by Suzie Ford

ArcheAge fans who have not yet had the opportunity to score a closed beta code now have a chance to get into the game and explore thanks to the commencement of the open beta. The open beta is scheduled to run from now through Monday, September 8th with the head start program for Founders beginning on September 12th.

Created by Jake Song, best known for his international online blockbuster Lineage, ArcheAge is a vast MMORPG adventure free from pre-defined paths and progression. Players can create unique and elaborate homes, build farms that drive the world economy, and sail their ships to uncharted lands where they can construct massive castles as they lay claim to rich and vibrant realms. ArcheAge’s PvP system allows players to fight for glory in huge battles on land and sea, or even shun the two factions and live the life of a pirate!

Find out more about the open beta on the ArcheAge site.

Rift : Goboro Reef Part 1 Explored

Posted Sep 04, 2014 by Suzie Ford

The first part of an exploratory series of articles about locations in the Rift expansion, Nightmare Tide, has been published on the official site. In the inaugural article, Goboro Reef, including its denizens, is detailed with the promise of more to come in the second piece to be published at a later date.

When you first arrive in the domain of water, you’ll find yourself immersed in the mesmerizing beauty of Luminous Passage. This is the plane as you might imagine it: gorgeous plumes of living reef curl and stack one on top of the next, covered in writhing plants and circled by strange denizens out to catch their next meal.

It’s an environment full of hidden nooks, stunning surprises, and creatures dying to make your acquaintance. Trust the skelf on the latter, and trust the mermaids about everything else. Their emissaries will be the first to greet you, and it won’t take them long to dispel any illusion that the rest of the plane is this tranquil … or sane.

Find out more on the Rift site.

In addition to the preview, the Rift site has also been updated with information about special Nightmare Tide Collector's Editions:

RIFT's Nightmare Tide Collector's Editions are now on sale here on the RIFT website! Prepare for RIFT 3.0 with an Instant Boost to Level 60, new Equipment Slots, an amphibious Shark Mount, and much more – including an exclusive Abyssal Satchel Bag Slot and Companion Pet. Even better, select items are ready to be delivered today including the Cobalt Thresher mount, Abyssal Crab Combat Pet Skin, Abyssal Satchel, and Void Source Accelerators used to upgrade Raid Tier 2, Tier 3, or expansion armor. Jawsome, right? Click here to preview the Typhoon, Infusion, and Ultimate Nightmare Editions and stay tuned for all the expansion coverage before RIFT 3.0 launches Oct. 8!

Runescape : In Game Currency Buys Way to Runefest

Posted Sep 04, 2014 by Suzie Ford

A pair of RuneScape players have taken advantage of the "Bond" system in the game to earn virtual goods to exchange for real world items. The two exchanged bonds to fund every portion of a trip to London and the annual Runefest celebration, including airfare, spending money, hotel and a ticket to the fan festival.

Since their September 2013 debut, around 2.3 million Bonds have been purchased; more than 80 percent of those Bonds have been redeemed for membership, with 27.6 million membership days obtained to date. The introduction of Bonds also had a swift and dramatic effect on the levels of gold-farming in the game, which plummeted by 81 percent within weeks, and also helped bring a more stable in-game economy for players. Over the past year, more than 316.5 billion in-game gold pieces have been sunk into Bond trades by the community.

Find out more on the RuneScape RuneFest site.

WildStar : The Hour of the Megaserver

Posted Sep 04, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Technologically speaking, servers are dead. During yesterday’s livestreamed Nexus Report, Carbine Studios confirmed that existing realms will be thrown out and replaced with four giant megaservers – two for each region. The idea is that it will concentrate players together in the open world

Read more of Gareth Harmer's WildStar: Hour of the Megaserver.

World of Warcraft : Robin Williams Memorial Island Datamined in Warlords Beta

Posted Sep 04, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Wowhead has a report and several screens that have been datamined from the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor beta that shows the Robin Williams memorial. The information was datamined by beta players. After Williams' death last month, Blizzard confirmed that it would memorialize him in WoW and it has kept its word.

You can summon Robin by rubbing the Ever-Burning Lamp. When first summoned, he exclaims "INFINITE COSMIC POWER" and then shrinks and waves goodbye, saying "itty bitty living space."

Nearby is a large broken egg, a tribute to the character Mork. We have datamined an alternate version of Robin dressed like Mork with overalls, so perhaps he will make an appearance here as well.

There are also some stuffed animals and tanks, hinting at a potential tribute to Toys. Our third datamined Robin NPC is also dressed like Mrs. Doubtfire.

Finally, we have datamined a Comedian title--it currently has no source, but it would be fitting if it was tied to this tribute in some way.

Check out all of the screens at Wowhead.com.

Edge of Space : It Might Just Be What You're Looking For

Posted Sep 04, 2014 by Suzie Ford

When we previously stepped into the world of Edge of Space, the game was playable, but in a definite early state. We loved what we saw at PAX East this year enough to name the game Best Indie RPG. Fast forward to this year’s PAX Prime, and the large improvement in graphics was the first sign that things in the game have come a long way since those early builds. Still in Early Access, the team at Handyman Studios has been updating and adding to the game at a consistent clip.

Read more of Christina Gonzalez's Edge of Space: It Might Just Be What You're Looking For.

Lords of The Fallen : Taking the ‘Dark Souls’ Formula to Next Gen

Posted Sep 04, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Players looking for a real challenge in their games found it in From Software’s ‘Souls’ series and the success of ‘Souls’ has inspired quite a few developers to try their own hand at creating similar experiences. One such game on the horizon is Deck13’s Lords of the Fallen, but the game is not without some key differences.

Read more of Mike Bitton's Lords of the Fallen: Taking the 'Dark Souls' Formula to Next Gen.

Albion Online : Founders Pack Giveaway!

Posted Sep 04, 2014 by Michael Bitton

MMORPG.com has partnered with Sandbox Interactive to give away five Founders Packs (two Legendary, three Epic) for Albion Online.

Entering to win is simple: just post in the comments below telling us why you're excited for Albion Online. That's it!

Entries will be accepted through Sunday, September 7. We'll select five winners at random on Monday, September 8.

Please only submit a single entry. Users found to have submitted multiple entries will be disqualified from the giveaway.

Star Wars: The Old Republic : PAX Weekend Roundup

Posted Sep 04, 2014 by Suzie Ford

In the latest news roundup for Star Wars: the Old Republic, we have some information on upcoming content, but never enough to satiate ardent fans of the game, and there have also been some insights into the game's past construction.  It still leaves so many questions and we're more than happy to speculate as necessary.

Read more of Jean Prior's Star Wars: The Old Republic - PAX Weekend Roundup.

Star Conflict : Version 1.0 Launches, Oculus Rift DK Version Included

Posted Sep 04, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Star Gem and Gaijin Entertainment have announced that both the v1.0 standard and Oculus Rift DK versions of Star Conflict have been released. Players can now take part in the Invasion Mode and take part in special in-game events to earn rewards.

To celebrate this occasion, all players are invited to join the launch event which, for one week, tasks players to join the battle to defend their home bases against an alien onslaught. The more alien spaceships vanquished the bigger the reward for all, so don’t hold back and start kicking some alien butt! Star Conflict is also now playable with Oculus Rift DK2, so the owners of this device can enjoy space battles in breathtaking stereoscopic 3D and with positional tracking.

Now publicly available, the new “Invasion Mode” features an underlying story in which an alien race invades human-controlled space. Star Conflict players must team up in parties of four to explore the new ‘Open Space’ areas and combine forces as they take on new quests and engage in PvP and PvE battles. With materials salvaged during exploration, gamers will be able to craft unique armor, guns and even whole new spaceships.

Want to know more? Check out the Star Conflict page.


Shroud of the Avatar : Checking in on Update 9

Posted Sep 04, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Last week I hosted a livestream interview with Richard Garriott and Starr Long of Portalarium. Portalarium is currently working on Shroud of the Avatar. When I caught up with Richard and Starr they were at DargonCon in Atlanta showing off their game. At the same time other members of the Portalarium team were present at PAX Prime in Seattle. I asked Richard and Starr about the latest news with update 9 and about what we could expect in update 10.

Read more of Rob Lashley's Shroud of the Avatar: Checking In on Update 9.

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