Perfect World and Cryptic Studios have announced that the XBox One version of Neverwinter has become the number one free to play title. Over 1.6M players have downloaded the console title since it launched earlier this spring.
In addition to the millions of players currently adventuring through the Forgotten Realms, Neverwinter players have also achieved incredible feats while battling iconic Dungeons & Dragons monsters in the first free-to-play MMORPG on Xbox One. These accomplishments include:
- 2.3 million characters created with over 92,000 reaching the level 60 cap
- 86 million minutes of Neverwinter played
- 16 billion Astral Diamonds earned
- 10 million parties formed
- Over 1 billion enemies slain including Undead, Orcs and Bandits
- 92 players have killed over 1,000 dragons
Read more on the Neverwinter site.
NCSoft has released their financial results for the first quarter of 2015, and the results are a mixed bag of the good and predictably bad. Blade & Soul has seen continued growth, the company is in an overall better position, and second half releases are set to bring in an infusion of cash. There is nothing to worry about.
Read more of Connor Wack's What We Can Learn from the Latest NCsoft Earnings .
One word that comes up over and over again in relation to MMOs is community. But does “community” mean much anymore to modern MMO players and developers?
Read more of Jessica Cook's Tales from the Neighborhoon: The Meaning of Community.
Reto-Moto has announced that its World War II themed MMOFPS, Heroes & Generals, has scored over five million registered accounts worldwide. The explosive growth has taken off since H&G launched its early access program on Steam in the summer of 2014. To celebrate the big news, Reto-Moto will be giving all players a gold voucher code during the upcoming weekend.
Find out more about the gold vouchers and the big news on the Heroes & Generals site.
Bitbox Ltd. is reporting that Life is Feudal, a "hardcore, medieval MMO", has been downloaded over two hundred thousand times on Steam during its current early access period of development. To celebrate the big news, Bitbox has a special Developers’ AMA scheduled on Reddit for Thursday, May 14th at 9:00 am Pacific / 12:00pm Eastern.
NCSoft's financial results for Q1 2015 have been released and show a marked decline over Q4 2014. Guild Wars 2 is the one shining light due to excitement generated by the Heart of Thorns expansion. WildStar's profits declined by nearly half from already dismal sales in Q4 2014.
You can download the results of the investors' call here.
Keep your eyes on MMORPG.com for our own Connor Wack's analysis of the financial report.
Chris and Ryan are joined by special guest and regular Shroud of the Avatar writer, Red Thomas! Together they talk about the WoW subscription plummet, as well as dig deep into Red's areas of expertise, Crowfall and Shroud of the Avatar. Will Crowfall pull subscribers for WoW? Is it finally time to buy into Shroud of the Avatar?
Check it out on the Game On podcast page.
Ever since the switch to a subscription-optional The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited model for PC, along with the console versions coming in less than a month, the chance to get friends to give the game a shot is ever-more tempting. Those of us with time under our belts in the game over the past year can see the improvements in action, and while the game has been busy since the relaunch, and megaserver tech keeps things buzzing, there are two things that would go a long way to help friends get others into the game, as well as one related possible misstep.
Read more of Christina Gonzalez's Elder Scrolls Online: It's Time for Trials to Begin.
Grinding Gears has revealed that sales of Supporter Packs for the upcoming expansion, The Awakening, have exceeded expectations. Ranging in price from $30 to $1,100, players get a wide range of in-game bonuses and perks. Buyers will also be given automatic access to the closed beta phase of the expansion's development.
In addition the fantastic sales, the team also introduced a new feature in the Divination Card System:
Divination Cards are a new type of item that drops from monsters you encounter while playing The Awakening. Sets of cards can be traded to the Act Four NPC Tasuni in exchange for the item referenced on the card. Each card type drops in specific areas of Wraeclast, so careful choice of where to play allows you to maximise your chances of obtaining the desired item.
Check out the variety of Supporter Packs on the Path of Exile site.
Wargaming has put together a compilation video to show off the top ten moments from the recently held World of Tanks Grand Finals held in Warsaw, Poland.
The team also revealed that over 15,000 attendees watched the event in person and over 2.6M unique viewers checked out the tournament's live streams over the course of the finals.
During a fast-paced and constantly evolving year, the Wargaming.net League has continued to grow. Each viewer spent on average 28 minutes watching The Grand Finals streams, compared to 6 minutes during The Grand Finals 2014—over 400% growth. At the arena, fans were more involved than ever. They actively supported their favorite teams, tweeted their impressions about the tournament and shared their match predictions on Facebook.
Check out the video below and let us know what you think.
Former CCP EVE developer Matt Woodward has joined the team working on the forthcoming Albion Online. Once known as CCP Greyscale, Woodward sat down on camera to talk about his hope to make Albion the best sandbox experience it can be.
You want to know more about Matt? Then join the Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session with Matt this week:
- Where? MMORPG Subreddit. Matt will post a special AMA thread on Friday before the start of the session.
- When? Friday, May 15th, at 5pm CEST (Berlin time) or 11am EDT (New York time).
Check out the video below to see what Woodward has to say.
MMORPG.com and Digital Extremes have teamed up for a key giveaway to unlock a Dragon Mod pack plus 75 Bonus Platinum in celebration of the upcoming Tubemen of Regor update!
Forsaken World Mobile will be coming to a handheld device near you very soon. Today Fedeen Games unleashed the first game play trailer to show off the robust options and play available on a mobile device. Joined by new screenshots and concept art, those looking forward to playing FWM will be pleased. Check it out!
UPDATE: Less than twelve hours after the Steam Greenlight campaign began, Tree of Savior has officially reached its goal!
If you voted to bring Tree of Savior, tell us why in the comments.
An English language version of Tree of Savior has arrived on Steam Greenlight though there is still no word yet on a publisher for either North America or the EU. Those interested in seeing a Steam release should log into Steam and vote it up.
Head to the Tree of Savior Steam page for more information.
J. Todd Coleman has penned a new developer diary that lays out how in-game currency will function in Crowfall. Rather than a single currency, materials will be available that can be used to create coins, barter and to find its own value as capital for goods and services.
Players will be able to find ore throughout the game world, the more valuable ones found in locations of more risk to the player. Crafters will be able to use recipes to create coins that can be carried by players. Monsters will rarely cough up coins on death and alchemists may be able to use salvaged materials that can be turned into ore and further refined into coins.
Most notably, Coleman wrote:
But we AREN'T going to provide common (system-run) vendors. Our goal is to facilitate and enable the flow of goods and services -- but keep it player-driven.
Read the full blog on the Crowfall site.
Tasharen Entertainment has announced that Windward has successfully completed its early access program on Steam and is now in full release for PC, Mac and Linux. Interested players can grab a copy for $12.74 while in its first days of release, or for $14.99 later.
- Thrilling Naval Combat - Battle pirates, NPCs and other players; raid the lands of rival factions and defend your own cities
- Relaxing Gameplay - Explore beautiful uncharted waters, become a master merchant or establish peace as a diplomat
- Cross-Platform Multiplayer - Form a fleet with friends for epic battles or peacefully sail the open seas together
- Beautiful Procedurally-Generated World - A unique experience during every campaign filled with tropical paradises and frigid icy waters
- Modifiable Map - Build new towns, disrupt stable regions and alter terrain
- Deep Customization - Three separate skill trees with 30 talents that players can put more than 100 talent points into
Check out the Windward Steam page for more information.
OnsOn Soft has announced that the closed beta for its upcoming MMORPG Rodinia War has officially kicked off. Interested players are invited to head to the game's official site to sign up for an opportunity to assist the development team with the CBT.
Rodinia War is a unique combination of 2D strategy gameplay and 3D action within one seamless MMORPG, playable for free either in the browser or as a download client. Players found their hometown and build mighty empires by forging alliances or conquering their enemies’ cities. However, gamers not only rest in their castle to watch the war from the sidelines but support their efforts within the strategy part by completing missions and fighting enemies in a huge, open 3D world with their knights. Attracting and developing heroes of one of five knight classes is a key element of the game. Experienced knights will also be useful for the players’ kingdom, as generals in wartime or governors in peace.
Find out more on the Rodinia War site.
The Guild Wars 2 site has been updated with a new Twitch video about the announced Guardian specialization, the Dragonhunter. The The video shines the spotlight on the new skills Guardians will gain access to on choosing the specialization.
The latest Ready Up episode featured a look at the Dragonhunter in action along with the team discussing how its unique skillset will be a new way to play for Guardians and will bring a new level of team support to groups.
Check out the archived video on the Guild Wars 2 Twitch.tv channel.
According to Ubisoft's latest financial report, Tom Clancy's The Division has been pushed back to 2016. Just last week, Ubisoft added a new development studio to the group of teams working on the game. No specific date was revealed, only Quarter 1 2016 which can mean as late as March.
"It is never an easy decision to move launch dates, but we are committed to make decisions that will benefit the players," said CEO Yves Guillemot. "As I said in my introduction, this is our most important driver as it has always benefitted the company in the long run."
Check out the full financial report here.
Studio Wildcard has announced that it is developing a new coop dinosaur adventure game with RPG elements called ARK: Survival Evolved. The game will be released across multiple platforms including Playstation 4, XBox One, Windows PC, Mac, and Linux.
Powered by Unreal Engine 4, ARK: Survival Evolved takes on the survival genre with a unique blend of emergent multiplayer cooperation and competition. Players awake naked and starving on the beach of a mysterious island among a herd of other confused humans. On ARK, they must then hunt, harvest, craft, research technology, and build shelters to protect against scorching days, freezing nights, volatile weather systems, dangerous wildlife, and potential enemies.
Find out more by checking out the trailer below and the ARK: Survival Evolved site.