MMOG.asia will be handling the first English language publication of Kingdom Under Fire II. KUF2 will join MMOG.asia's stable of games and will be available in the SE Asia region in the near future.
Kingdom Under Fire II requires a relatively low computer specification, suitable for middle-low computer spec. It runs well even with only Geforce 7600GT 256MB 128 bit. Blueside as the developer have put an uncompromising effort to make this possible in the purpose to satisfy all gamers so they will be able to Kingdom Under Fire II requires a relatively low computer specification, suitable for middle-low computer spec. It runs well even with only Geforce 7600GT 256MB 128 bit. Blueside as the developer have put an uncompromising effort to make this possible in the purpose to satisfy all gamers so they will be able to
Check out the Kingdom Under Fire II teaser site.
Montreal-based Jellyfish Games has announced the commencement of a KickStarter crowd-sourcing program for its survival base-building RPG Astrobase Command. The game features a 70s setting and is considered by the team to be a true sandbox game world. Astrobase Command is being worked on by former Funcom developer Dave Williams.
It's often hard to judge a game by the "back of the box features," because there is no agreed-upon definition for common video game terms. So in order to be perfectly clear about the gameplay in Astrobase Command, here are what a few of the words we use mean to us:
Sandbox -- You can actually go anywhere and do anything, and as a core premise the game is built around making this as true as possible.
Actions have Consequences -- Your choices fundamentally shape the world, and also how the world informs your future actions in a feedback system which extends into all aspects of the game.
RPG -- The game encourages attachment and emotional investment in characters by imbuing them with personality, which is expressed during the moment-to-moment gameplay.
Immersion -- You feel like you're inside the game-world to such a degree you forget you're playing software. The world is credible and the characters behave not as scripted plot devices or bags of stats, but as individuals that live and exist in that world.
Science Fiction -- A setting that explores how technology creates novel predicaments for characters, but can also yield the solution to those same predicaments.
Read more on the Astrobase Command Kickstarter page.
When is Defiance's Arkbreaker DLC launching and what does it entail? How about Neverwinter's Shadowmantle Module, bringing with it the Hunter Ranger? And just how good is the Reaper of Souls for Diablo 3?
Watch on to find out. This is MMORPG's MMOrning Report, and this is what you need to know for November 22nd, 2013.
Trion Worlds' CEO Scott Hartsman took time from his schedule to be interviewed by ArcheAge Source about what Trion Worlds has been up to recently with regard to the game's Western release. Hartsman talks about the localization efforts, game improvements and much more.
It’s been a while since we’ve said anything about ArcheAge. What’s the hold up?
I mentioned some of this in my last update on AA a few weeks ago in an MMO is insanely hard. To do it with four different locales lined up behind the initial launch is like doing it on insanely-hard mode, and the job XL has done so far with so many pressures has really been commendable.
While the time between signing and where we are now has also been frustrating for me as a gamer, as a producer I understand that it’s for the best. This is mostly for two reasons:
The great news out of Russia this week, about the Russian closed beta beginning this December, does mean that XL will be able to return focus to Trion’s locales, which is very well timed -- It comes right as we’re able to talk a little about their incoming game improvements, which our version will be benefitting from by launching cleanly with them already in place.
- XL can only work on so many things at a time while they strive to constantly improve their live Korean service, and that’s necessitated them working on the partnered launches serially. Working on all the locales at once would have put them in a spot where they couldn’t succeed with any of them.
- Our locale being where it is in the lineup (after Russia) means that we’ll be benefitting from a lot of what they’ve learned with both their native game as well as the locales in between.
Read more at the link above. It's a terrific interview.
Blizzard Entertainment has announced that a new mount and pet are available for purchase in the Battle.Net shop for World of Warcraft. The mount is the Enchanted Fey Dragon. Fifty percent of sales of the Alterac Brew Pup (pet) will directly benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Alterac Brew Pup will cost $10.
The Alterac Brew Pup is a hardy friend who’s always ready to lend a paw or revitalizing swig of “good cheer” to anyone in need. Bred for rescue duty, the Alterac brewhound's bloodline is famous for having found and resuscitated many mountain travelers trapped beneath the snow . . . and then slobbering all over them. The most famous brewhound of all is Bernard, credited with saving upwards of 50 lives—many of them dwarf and orc soldiers dragged out of the snow beneath the treacherous bridges of Alterac Valley.
Check out the Battle.net Shop for more information.
On a separate note, Blizzard also included this information:
Philippines Typhoon Relief
As many of you know, the Philippines was recently struck by Typhoon Haiyan, and you may be looking for a way to help those affected by this disaster. Internally, Blizzard is matching employee donations for typhoon relief made to the American Red Cross—if you’d like to support the Red Cross’s relief efforts yourself, we encourage you to visit the Red Cross Typhoon Appeal website to make a donation directly.
The Allods Online blog has been updated with the news that the PvP system in the game is going to be significantly overhauled with changes going into effect with the next game update. The Dominion system is going to be divided into two parts designed to balance gameplay to make it more fun for all.
A lot of new content is coming with the next update, Wind of Changes, some major game features will be rethought, and one of the most important changes being made is in the new Dominion!
With Wind of Changes, the Dominion is significantly altered. You can say goodbye to all the Allods and sectors, seeing the larger guilds taking all the big slices of the cake and having to face a guild that is not of the same level. This is no fun and we decided to implement a fairer system that will allow everybody to participate and to compete against enemies on the same level. No more randomness, no more strategies to avoid fighting, or benefiting by simply being at the right place at the right moment. The New Dominion will be more fairly balanced and you will have to earn your place at the top.
Read more on the Allods Online site.
A couple of weeks ago, Anaheim, California was invaded by Blizzard and the Blizzcon convention. US TV celeb Conan O'Brien attended as well and he has released a brand new (and hilarious!) video about O'Brien's impressions of World of Warcraft. And, yes....O'Brien's character fell off a cliff into the snow and...died.
During an interview with Creative Lead Trick Dempsey, it was revealed to MMORPG that Arkbreaker is set to launch on December 10th, 2013 (barring any issues that may pop up of course). The new expansion will feature tons of new features from actually calling down and entering fallen Arks and securing the loot inside, to brand new weapons, UI enhancements, and much much more.
They're all highlighted today in an official blog at the Defiance site, and on MMORPG tomorrow morning in an exclusive interview.
Stay tuned for more details!
Nexon has announced that the latest update has been deployed for Atlantica Online. Called "Crucible of the Dragon", the update features a new Dragon Trial, featuring a timed dungeon with five stages for players to clear.
Dragon Trial is geared toward higher level users who are Level 140 and above, and is comprised of five stages. Each stage must be cleared before progressing to the next, and can only be completed once every 20 hours within a one hour time limit. Players must defeat bosses to complete missions.
The goal is to obtain as many points as possible before time runs out determined by how many monsters were defeated and how fast the stage was cleared. At the beginning of each month when point calculations are done, the player who accumulated the most points will win a 30-Day Black Wyvern Mount!
Find out more on the Atlantica Online site.
The Pathfinder Online site has been updated with a new developer blog to talk about the battle mechanics utilized by both Fighters and Rogues and how the two character classes differ from one another.
This week the designers want to focus on a deep dive into the mechanics for how various types of characters will be implemented. We've got the core elements of the Fighter in a playable state and we expect to have Rogue in a similar state by the end of this milestone, so this week Stephen talks more about the mechanics that define each role.
Read the full post on the Pathfinder Online site.
Funcom has announced the deployment of the latest update to The Secret World, Issue 8: The Venetian Agenda. This brings the game version up to 1.8.2. The patch contains several key fixes including bug squashing in the GUI and in the scenario system.
- Added a new "/roll" command, which rolls a random number from 1 to 100 and sends the result to your team
- Trade, LookingforGroup, and the Faction channels are now shared between Venice, London, Seoul, and New York
- Fixed a location in the Sunken Library that allowed players to exit the playable area
- Collision around the servers in the Sunken Library has been raised to better match the visual appearance of the area
- Fixed a typo in the tooltip for Impenetrable Augment Resonator
- Updated the description of Unattuned Serendipitous Augment Resonator to reflect that it actually requires 60 Pure water to attune
- Clarified tooltip text on various abilities
- Fixed the tooltip for the menu option Enable Double Tapping For Dodge
- Fixed an issue that caused the Ellri Cleavers in Blue Mountain to become stuck
- Enter the Filth and The Cleansing Protocol are now categorized correctly in your mission journal
Read the rest of the patch notes on the Secret World's site.
In case you missed it, MMORPG.com is giving away a three-day trial to The Secret World complete with a No Bad Pugs t-shirt and coat plastered with Bill Murphy's face on them. You can grab yours right here.
Welcome to Player Versus Player, the column where we take PvP out of the arena and into your feed reader. This week’s column focuses on an all too common case in all of videogame design: when is a game merely “inspired” by one of its forebears, and when is it just outright copying another’s design? Today, we’ll try to make sense of the common practice in so many aspects of media and art, and come to terms with it if we can. Let’s get into it.
BILL: Let’s acknowledge the point of this week’s topic, to start: I get the ire that Trove caused last week, to a point. People look at Trion as some massive corporation that’s taking the ideas of a game like Minecraft or Cube World and looking to steal them to make a profit. That’s the “evil” way to put it. But I don’t think that’s the case here. Instead, I look at Trove as any other game: it’s a sign that developers and suits at Trion alike recognize and appreciate the draw of a voxel-based game and are making their own take on it.
Read more of Chris Coke's and Bill Murphy's Player versus Player: Copying vs Inspiration in MMOs.
MMORPG.com has partnered with Funcom to give out codes for a three day trial to The Secret World along with a 'No Bad Pugs!' t-shirt and trench coat. And yes, that is Managing Editor Bill Murphy on the in-game apparel. We don't blame you if you don't wear his face on your back and/or chest.
If you want to make Bill's day, be sure to take a picture of yourself wearing the shirt or jacket and tweet it at him @TheBillMurphy or post here in this thread!
The title of the article says it most clearly: The old debate about instant leveling was reignited by Blizzard when it was announced that players would get an instant boost for a character when the World of Warcraft expansion goes live. We take a look at both sides of the argument. See what we think before leaving your own ideas in the comments.
Let’s all take a giant step back for a minute and remember why most of us started to play videogames in the first place. They are fun right? They help us relieve stress, they allow for a little escapism. Tired of being the bug hitting the windshield throughout the day? This is your chance to be the window, with a giant axe! We get to explore new worlds and conquer them, or explore new lands and save them from being conquered. It is also cool to see what the developers will throw at us next.
Read more of Rob Lashley's The Instant Leveling Debate.
Perfect World and Cryptic Studios have announced that the Neverwinter content expansion, Shadowmantle, will go live on December 5th. Shadowmantle brings the Ranger class into the game and gives players the opportunity to face off against Valindra herself.
We’re proud to announce that Module 2: Shadowmantle, the second free content expansion for Neverwinter, will be live on December 5, 2013 - just a few weeks away! We’re excited for you to experience everything Module 2 will have in store for you, including a new adventure zone, the Dread Ring Campaign, Collections, Artifacts, new Paragon Paths for existing classes, and of course the newest character class, the Hunter Ranger.
“We’re incredibly excited to share the release date of Shadowmantle - our second free expansion. With Neverwinter, our plan has always been to release massive regular updates that provide new unique online experiences with exciting new content for players to explore.” – Cryptic Studios Executive Producer and COO, Craig Zinkievich.
Read more on the Neverwinter site.
In our latest WildStar column, we take a look at tons of new and interesting information about the game that cropped up during the past week. See what's new with WildStar and then head to the comments.
The Esper Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’ brought plenty of detailed information about how the class works, but Carbine’s livestream delivered a couple of additional gifts: a tour inside Stormtalon’s Lair (a level 20 dungeon), and some interesting PvP action. If you’ve been desperate to find out how healing will work in an action combat MMO, this is a must-watch.
Read more of Gareth Harmer's WildStar: Snazzy Heals.
Snail Games has sent out a new trailer that shines the spotlight on one of Black Gold's PvP gems: Vehicular combat. Players will be able to utilize over a hundred different types of mounts and vehicles and will have the ability to use them in the PvE world as well. Check out the video and let us know what you think.
The Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls expansion is set to hit live service sometime in March. The Friends & Family closed beta has expanded to include more players. We were lucky enough to score a spot and have some first impressions to share. See what we think of the "new and improved" Diablo 3, now with radiant action, and then leave us your thoughts in the comments.
Ah, gear...the Diablo player's fondest desire. Blizzard has done well with allowing players to feel a sense of "WHOOT!" again when even the most ordinary yellow drops are tons better than what you already have. My monk, for instance, was well-geared in the Inna's set with tons of resistances, high damage weapons, great life on hit, etc. Within about a half hour, I'd taken all of that off and replaced it with yellow gear I found in Reaper. Re-dressing your companions is essential too and, as with my own gear, simple.
Read more of Suzie Ford's Diablo 3: The New & Improved D3.
Who's the star class in the latest WildStar devspeak video? Hint it may be something akin to a space cowboy, but has nothing to do with Steve Miller. What new race is being added to the venerable Lineage II? And which game turned one year old and caused me to die repeatedly last night?
Watch on to find out. This is MMORPG's MMOrning Report, and this is what you need to know for November 21st, 2013.
Zenimax has published a brand spanking new map of Tamriel, the world of Elder Scrolls Online. The map is fully interactive and gives players some information about factions and more.
Check it out on the Elder Scrolls Online site.