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WildStar : Toric Antevian & Myala Everstar Profiled in Enemies & Allies

Posted Feb 04, 2016 by Suzie Ford

The latest Enemies & Allies article has been published on the WildStar site, this time starring a pair of leaders from the Dominion and Exiles, Commander Toric Antevian and Queen Myala Everstar.

Check it out on the WildStar site.

Elder Scrolls Online : Lore Hound's Delight - Messages from Hew's Bane Part 2

Posted Feb 04, 2016 by Suzie Ford

For those who like the history and lore behind the forthcoming Elder Scrolls Online DLC, Thieve's Guild, today's Messages from Hew's Bane Part 2 will be a delight. Packed with information about the area, its denizens and much more.

Read this document from the Loremaster's Archive to learn more about the history of Hew's Bane and the founder of Abah's Landing, Prince Hubalajad.

Was Prince Hubalajad as foolish and stubborn as tales make us believe? Why would he build Abah's Landing in a place as unwelcoming as Hew's Bane and continue to invest in it regardless of all drawbacks? This text discovered in the archives might help to shine a different light on the reasons and stories behind the colonization of Hew's Bane.

Check it out on the Elder Scrolls Online site.

Heroes of Skyrealm : New Trailer Introduces Game Play

Posted Feb 04, 2016 by Suzie Ford

From the team that brought us City of Steam is a new mobile title called Heroes of Skyrealm. To introduce the game to the world, Mechanist Games has sent out a new game play trailer. See what you think before heading to the official Heroes of Skyrealm site to learn more.


Stronghold Kingdoms : Island Warfare Gift Key Giveaway!

Posted Feb 04, 2016 by Craig McGregor

MMORPG.com has been give special gift keys to celebrate the launch of the all new expansion for Stronghold Kingdoms - "Island Warfare!" These keys will give players items such as random packs, army packs and more! Get your key now while supplies last!

Each key will give players:

  • 5 Random packs
  • 1 Super Random Pack
  • 1 Ultimate Random Pack
  • 5 Army Packs
  • 200 Card Points
  • 2 x 7 Premium Tokens
 

Rift : A Fond Look Back at 5 Years & Plans for the Future

Posted Feb 04, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Rift Executive Producer Chris Junior has penned the latest state of the game letter on the official site. In it, 'Archonix' thanks the community for supporting Rift and for being an inspiration for the development team. In addition, he takes a look back at 2015 and its four major updates, three tiers of raiding, Intrepid Instant Adventures, a new dungeon and the release of the Planetouched Wilds.

From here, Junior discusses some of the things that the team is working on for the future including:

  • improving the Rift business model by bringing more exciting and fair ways to reward those who choose to invest in Rift, investment that leads to more stories and "amazing developments"
  • v3.6: Celebration of the Ascended 5th Anniversary event with new quests, rewards and more
  • the addition of multicore support as part of "the year of tech for Rift"

Read the details by heading to the Rift site.

General : We Are the Dwarves: Gameplay Shown in New Developer Video

Posted Feb 04, 2016 by Suzie Ford

As We Are the Dwarves readies for deployment on February 26th, the team is ramping up the hype meter with today's release of a developer video featuring game play in the tactical adventure. The video shows off the synergistic game play abilities of Smashfist, Forder and Shadow. See what you think and leave us a comment or two.


Crowfall : Ranger Equipment & Animations Detailed

Posted Feb 04, 2016 by Suzie Ford

The Crowfall site has been updated with a neat look at how the Ranger archetype will be equipped in the game. The post is filled with art assets including bows and armors that the Ranger will use as well as an early-stage video showing her most basic animations.

The strategy for the Rangers’ equipment lineup was to have it begin simply and organically, with elements that could feasibly be repurposed organic materials she’d foraged in the wilderness, not only wood but also bone and fur. It made sense that a ‘beginner’s bow’ would be the most simple and crudely made.

Read more and check out all of the awesome art on the Crowfall site.


Albion Online : Lessons Learned from Two Months of CBT Detailed

Posted Feb 04, 2016 by Suzie Ford

The Albion Online site has been updated with the latest state of the game letter that lays out a few of the lessons learned from over two months of closed beta testing as well as where the team will focusing its attention in the coming months.

Among other things, devs will be focused on:

  • improving the aesthetic look of the game including biomes, player cities and resource distribution throughout the world
  • work will begin on distributing content more evenly throughout the world as well as enhancing fame and loot acquisition
  • further expansion of character progression
  • strengthening the purpose and identity of 'red zones' (full loot PvP) and 'black zones' (locations where guilds & alliances battle for territory control)
  • revamping of the crafting system
  • introducing special rare items with unique abilities

You can read the entire, more detailed, letter on the Albion Online site.

 

Pillars of Eternity : Features to be Updated with Expansion Release

Posted Feb 04, 2016 by Suzie Ford

With the release of the Pillars of Eternity expansion, The White March Part 2, all owners of the game will benefit from several key feature improvements. These improvements include a streamlined combat UI, the new "story mode" feature, and other general gameplay and location updates.

Check out the video below to get a preview of how Pillars of Eternity will be changing with The White March Part 2.


Shards : Derek Brinkmann on What's Coming Next

Posted Feb 04, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Back in December, Citadel Studios hosted a big party for backers of Shards Online with Pre-Alpha 3. We caught up to the always running Derek Brinkmann to find out more about PA3, what lessons the team took away from the event and what the future holds for Shards.

Read more of Suzie Ford's Shards Online: Derek Brinkmann on Pre-Alpha 3's Success.

Villagers and Heroes : The Copse of the Treants Update Released

Posted Feb 04, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Villagers & Heroes has been patched with a significant content update called "The Copse of the Treants" that brings new high-level content and feature improvements into the game. This marks the second part of the larger expansion called The Voyage Through the Blighted Isles.

For players who successfully completed the journey through Bevyn’s Coille, and who have been eagerly awaiting the next new batch of high level content, the wait is over!  The Copse of The Treants is a magical woodland full of intrigue and danger which holds more than a few surprises and continues the epic quest to put an end to the civil war between the Spriggans and Treants once and for all. This update also features a new level cap raise, all new monsters, new dailies, new stories, and a secret second zone within the Copse where challenge after challenge awaits.

Read the full update notes by visiting the Villagers & Heroes site.


Gloria Victis : Dynamic Events & Overhauled Starter Zones Anchor Update

Posted Feb 04, 2016 by Suzie Ford

The latest update has been applied to Gloria Victis that brings overhauled starter areas and the new dynamic events system on board. The first events will take pace on the outskirts of Dunfen and Mereley and will help introduce new players to the game world.

A new location – fishing docks which can be found West to Mereley – is a first step of the massive rework of the starting locations. The first impression is very important, therefore both Mereley and Dunfen, as well as their suburbs areas, will be redesigned in the in the nearest future and filled with the dynamic events.

You can read more on the Gloria Victis site.

Wild Terra : Latest Update is a Killer

Posted Feb 04, 2016 by Suzie Ford

The latest update has been applied to Wild Terra that allows the construction of a gallows, an executioner's block, pillory and a scaffold. Players will also note updated stone wall graphics, an added wolf head hat animation and will be able to construct stone towers as well.

Devs have sent out a video to discuss some of the changes in the latest version of Wild Terra. You can check it out for yourself on the game's Facebook page.

 

Overwatch : Closed Beta to Resume on February 9th

Posted Feb 03, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Blizzard has announced that the Overwatch closed beta will restart on February 9th, nearly two months after it closed in December. Players can look forward to an all-new reworked progression ssystem, two new maps, a new game mode, hero rebalances, AI matches and a variety of other private game updates.

Closed beta testers who had access prior to the CBT shutdown in December will retain access and the Asian CBT will also be brought online on February 16th.

Read the full announcement on the Overwatch site.

Elite: Dangerous : PAX South - Maybe Elite's Not So Dangerous After All

Posted Feb 03, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Elite: Dangerous is a space sim sandbox, but after my interview at PAX South, I'm starting to think it might not be as rough on new players as I first thought.

Read more of Jason Winter's Elite: Dangerous - PAX South - Maybe Elite's Not so Dangerous After All.

World of Warcraft : Dungeon Run Live Stream Event on February 9th

Posted Feb 03, 2016 by Suzie Ford

One of the big features coming in the World of Warcraft: Legion expansion is the return to relevance of max-level dungeons. To show off Legion's max-level dungeons, Blizzard is hosting a number of YouTube and live stream "personalities" as they race against time to complete the dungeons. The event will take place on Tuesday, February 9th at 3:00 pm Pacific / 6:00 pm Eastern in the WoW Twitch.tv channel.

Our two teams will be racing through two dungeons: The Maw of Souls, a brand-new dungeon not yet available in the Legion Alpha, and the Heroic difficulty version of Halls of Valor, home of the greatest warriors of the vrykul. While these teams have had some practice with Halls of Valor on lower difficulty, this will be the first time any adventurer has set foot in The Maw of Souls—all these two teams know is to expect the unexpected!

Read more of the details, including a list of the participants, on the World of Warcraft  community site.

Neverwinter : Several Dungeons Returning in New, Overhauled Versions

Posted Feb 03, 2016 by Suzie Ford

The Neverwinter blog has been updated with a new post to inform players about the return of several dungeons in a new, revamped style. Players will be happy to hear that Cloak Tower, Pirate King’s Retreat (formerly Lair of the Pirate King), Frozen Heart, and Caverns of Karrundax will all be reappearing with more streamlined game play and better rewards that extend all the way to those on the top end of the game.

The blog goes on to explain the most significant changes to the dungeons:

  • party size is now 3
  • once opened, dungeons are not level locked and each can be completed at any level with the difficulty remaining the same
  • XP and loot will be appropriate for the level players are when the dungeon is complete
  • at level 70, epic levels of these dungeons open with tiered difficulty and tiered rewards

Lastly, there are a few screens to show off some of the improved graphics.

Check out the full blog on the Neverwinter site.

Elder Scrolls Online : Ready to Hit the Ground Running, Thieves Guild Now On PTS

Posted Feb 03, 2016 by Suzie Ford

The Elder Scrolls Online site is getting players ready for the upcoming Thieves Guild DLC with a brief starter guide to some of the activities and rewards that can be expected when the new content launches.

Players will find a handy guide on getting to Hew's Bane, a listing of some of the more lucrative activities members can find throughout the game world and a listing of rewards for ordering and owning the DLC.

Profit from Criminal Activity

An all-new Larceny System consists of repeatable criminal activity missions with a variety of different goals, but you'll need to be sneaky and quick in order to succeed! Go to the mission boards located in the Thieves Guild Hideout to accept variety of different missions that can take you all over Tamriel. Included is a new mission type called “heists" which allow you to trespass in various locations around Hew's Bane – for these, you'll need to avoid traps and remain unseen during your thievery, but if you are successful, you'll be handsomely rewarded. Speak to Fa'Ran-dar, the nearby master of heists, to get started!

Read the full post on the Elder Scrolls Online site.

Interested in seeing it for yourself? Thieves Guild has arrived on the PTS.

Battleborn : Two New Heroes Added, Details Revealed

Posted Feb 03, 2016 by Suzie Ford

The Battleborn portion of the PlayStation blog has been updated with a look at two new heroes who have been added to the roster and bringing the total to 18 revealed out of 25 that will ultimately be included in the forthcoming title. Attikus is an intelligent brawler while Galilea is an unstable immortal warrior. Check out their teaser videos below before visiting the Battleborn Playstation blog.



Devilian : Fury of the Tempest Brings a New Class & More

Posted Feb 03, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Devilian will be updating on February 18th with the Fury of the Tempest content patch. As the name implies, the Tempest class will be coming on board, a rogue like dual-wielding character that uses surprise and acrobatics to slay enemies.

In addition, the level cap will be increased to 54.

Read more on the Devilian site and be sure to check out the video below.


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