Good news this week if you're the type who just can't be bothered to stop playing ArcheAge to do things like shop or stand in line at the bank. GAMEVIL is partnering with XL Games to bring you a mobile version of the MMO.
Despite mixed response in the U.S., ArcheAge boasts 2 million players in the West. GAMEVIL and XL Games hope to up that number with the upcoming mobile release.
For more information about ArcheAge, visit the games' official website.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn bounced back from a pretty rough start to become a highly successful MMO. To celebrate, Square Enix is releasing a "Game of the Year" edition full of fan-pleasing extras.
The edition comes in a "Book of Diamonds" Grimoire box and features:
- Five exclusive art cards
- 30 days of playtime
- A digital timecard for an additional 60 days of playtime
- Access to the main game as well as all update content: “A Realm Awoken”, “Through the Maelstrom”, “Defenders of the Eorzea”, and the recently released “Dreams of Ice”.
Clothing purveyor musterbrand this week rolled out (pun intended) its newest line of game-themed couture with its unlikely, but attractive World of Tanks Collection.
Now, WoT fanatics can wear their brand loyalty on their olive green sleeves with choices ranging from carbon-coated Tank Gunner jacket to a military-style sweater called The Duty - gunmetal gray with hazard-orange detailing. Prices for these "haute" items run from $99 to $185, so if that sounds a bit rich for your blood, musterbrand also has some more modestly priced World of Tanks accessories such as the Commander Belt and Ranking System badges ($15).
For more information about the new line, check out musterbrand's official World of Tanks Collection.
It's no secret MMO players generally feel their needs are unmet - because of this, Alex Albrecht (former G4 host) and Scott Katz (former co-founder of Maker Studios) have created ZergID.
“We both have played MMORPGs for years -- and suffered all the frustrations associated with trying to find and communicate with our gamer friends – especially after we had shifted to a new game,” Albrecht explains. “Our goal is to create a social network that targets the specific needs of MMORPG players, like us.”
With that in mind, ZergID aims to help players:
- Reconnect with people they once played with
- Better organize guilds/friends
- Schedule play sessions
- Send push notifications to raid flake-outs
- Connect with other MMO players
Webzen's fantasy MMO MU Online this week tossed a slew of new changes into the mix, including a Level 4 Seed Sphere, a new map, and numerous game and class setting changes.
Details regarding game and class changes include:
- PK Changes
- Elf, Dark Wizard and Summoner tweaks
- Weapon durability loss decreased
- Pet System
- PvP Area - Atlans and Aida
- Character Renewal
- Fist Master Skill Tree extended
Marvel Heroes 2015 has added a new game mode for players called Industry City Patrol. Players of level twelve and above can take part in epic battles against new bosses and grab new medallions, artifacts and some uniques found nowhere else in the game.
Industry City Patrol also introduces multi-phase events that affect which mobs spawn in the City and where. This encourages collaboration with your fellow Heroes to progress to the next phase. However, work together carefully, as you can fail phases!
With this added risk comes great reward - Heroes who participate will receive a special Industry City Patrol Reward Box for each phase completed! Each box contains a multi-boss loot drop, so what are you waiting for!? Get out there and BE SOMEBODY!
Read more on the Marvel Heroes 2015 site.
So at BlizzCon this past week we got the announcement of a new Hearthstone expansion. The news that it was Goblins vs. Gnomes made everyone laugh, until they found out it was coming in December! Then everyone got excited, until they started playing with the new cards. One hundred and twenty new cards to be exact. That is a massive expansion and Blizzard’s Team Five is on a role with a huge success in Hearthstone until the Goblins and Gnomes blow the game up...literally.
Read more of Garrett Fuller's Hearthstone: How Will Goblins vs Gnomes Change the Game?
The holiday season has arrived, and with it comes the annual torrent of questions: what games are worth buying? Which games lived up to the hype? And most important of all, which in this diverse sea of games earns the coveted title of “Game of the Year”? We have a new question: even with leveling, and stats, and gear, how many of them – Destiny, Shadow of Mordor, Overwatch? – actually deserve to be called RPGs? The waters are muddy, my friends, and with 2015 just around the corner, they don’t look to be clearing anytime soon.
Read more of Chris Coke's The RPG Files: Is That Even an RPG?
Victor fleshes out some translated information from a Japanese interview held at the FFXIV London Fanfest and reminsces about the time before A Realm Reborn.
Read more of Victor Barreiro Jr.'s Final Fantasy XIV: The Long Wait, an Era's End.
There's nothing that kills procrastination on writing an article more than the fact that the game you're supposed to be writing about is, well let's just say "non-functioning". Yes, I'm talking about the latest World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor and, yes, it's been one of those days.
Read more of Suzie Ford's World of Warcraft - Warlords of Draenor Review in Progress #1.
We sit down with Development Director Eric Demilt of Obsidian Entertainment to talk and play their new MMORPG Skyforge, currently in technical closed beta and launching in 2015. The game is in technical beta, and its framerate and crashing are due to this. As Eric says, it's nowhere near optimized yet, but they wanted to show people what they were working on. Enjoy!
Check out our exclusive Skyforge Live Stream.
In what is becoming sadly normal on a game's launch day, Blizzard has confirmed that World of Warcraft servers are under DDOS attack from an outside source that is resulting in server disconnects and lag rendering the Warlords of Draenor expansion unplayable by many. Blizzard is undertaking a series of fixes in order to return server stability and will be keeping the community informed.
We’re excited to finally launch Warlords of Draenor and explore this new world with you, but we know that the experience has been less than ideal as we approach our first full day of launch.
Europe was our first region to launch, and we encountered a few issues due to the sheer number of players attempting to enter Draenor from a single location. We worked to add multiple new ways to access Draenor, and this helped ease some of the initial rush into the new expansion as players were able to access it from their capital cities, as well as from the shrines in Pandaria.
While that solution helped a ton for our North American launch, we ran into a few other issues, including a distributed denial of service attack, that resulted in increased latency.
To help correct for this and other issues, we’ve temporarily lowered maximum realm populations. This means there will be high queue times experienced on high-population realms.
Here are some of the other important issues we’re currently working to address:
- Instance servers timing out, which may impact dungeon access
- Continent server issues, which are resulting in Player Not Found and disconnection issues
- Garrison server issues, which are resulting in phasing and performance issues
We’ll post updates here as we make progress against these issues. Thank you for your zeal to face down the tyranny of the Iron Horde—and for your continued patience as we work to improve the current experience.
Check out the forum thread on the World of Warcraft forum.
Earlier this week, WildStar’s Drop 3 finally hit live servers. It’s been three long months, but the Mysteries of the Genesis Prime are now open for us to explore. For many of us, the release marks the start of Carbine’s road to recovery. But does this latest update really tick all the boxes?
Read more of Gareth Harmer's WildStar: Digesting Drop 3.
Tonight, at 8pm ET (5pm PT, 12am CET), we'll be going live with Eric DeMilt, Development Director of Skyforge from Obsidian and Allods Team. Get an early look at the technical alpha, how the combat works, and ask tons of questions of Eric... plus, we just might have some beta keys to give away! Don't miss it!
See you there!
WildStar is going through a time of transition. There’s no way around it. Server populations have been on the decline. Key Carbine team members like Jeremy Gaffney, Chris Lynch, and Stephan Frost left for various reasons and that was before NC Soft let roughly 70 people go. The update timeline was officially stretched. About a month ago, the Shade’s Eve Halloween event and the Christmas event, Winterfest, would not be held at all. Megaservers were announced and implemented.
Read more of Christina Gonzalez's The Social Hub: WildStar’s Gambit and the Community’s Power.
The Triad Wars team will be on hand via Twitch live streaming to give fans a first look at how both raids and operations will function when the game launches. Fans can ask questions for possible inclusion via the game's social networks and will also have the opportunity for a closed beta key for watching.
Find out more about Triad Wars.
Earlier this week, Nilden had an awesome idea and one that we honestly should have been doing sooner. Basically, we’re going to start using my column space here as a “Letter to the Editor” sort of piece. For this week, we’re going back to 2001 and the beginning of MMORPG.com. Read on to learn some history of our site and some perspective on its future as well.
Read more of Bill Murphy's The Beginning & Present of MMORPG.com.
On Wednesday November 12th, hours before the launch of World of Warcraft’s fifth expansion Warlords of Draenor in Europe and the rest of the world, Lead Game Designer Ion Hazzikostas and Lead Class Designer Kris Zierhut from Blizzard took part in a live Q&A hosted on Twitch by WoW Community Manager Josh Allen.
Read more of Rob Lashley's World of Warcraft: Live Q&A Recap.
World of Warcraft will be welcoming the Iron Horde on November 13th with the Warlords of Draenor expansion. To celebrate the imminent release of Warlords, Blizzard has sent out a brand new trailer to set the stage for one of the most anticipated expansions in its history. Check it out!
Warframe players will be attempting to get themselves listed in the Guinness Book of World Records this Friday between 3:00-4:00 p.m. PST / 6:00-7:00 p.m. EST. Players are trying to set a record for "The Largest Gathering Of People Wearing False Mustaches Simultaneously In A Video Game" using mustaches provided earlier this month.
Earlier this month Warframe released a variety of virtual mustaches players could equip in-game. As new Movember donation levels were met on the official site -- www.warframe.com/movember -- a new in-game mustache was released. Now, to further raise awareness for men’s health, Warframe will set the world record for The Largest Gathering of People Wearing False Mustaches Simultaneously in a Video Game.
Warframe is asking its players worldwide across PC, PS4™ and Xbox One to gather online wearing their virtual mustaches, Friday, November 14th from 3pm – 4pm EST to help set the world record. The record setting hour will also be aired live on the Warframe Twitch channel at www.twitch.tv/warframe for all to see and participate in the hair raising festivities.
Find out more on the Warframe page.