Investment firm, KDB Daewoo Securities, has published its buyers' prospectus for NCSoft. In it, several scenarios are presented for potential investors that project data on how NCSoft can remain solvent and avoid any corporate takeover by Nexon. Both Lineage Eternal and the Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns expansion come into play as major components of NCSoft's success or failure this year.
Best Case: Daewoo projects that if mobile games are released without delay, if Lineage Eternal completes a successful beta and if Guild Wars 2 crosses the 3M mark for copies sold, NCSoft has a good chance to see a stock price increase and the possibility that Nexon will sell its shares.
Even Ground: If mobile games do not generate enough revenue, if Lineage Eternal beta testing slips, if Guild Wars 2 sold copies remain at or about 2M and if 2014 revenue levels are repeated, Daewoo predicts that investors may be supportive of a Nexon takeover.
Worst Case: If mobile games are delayed or sales fall flat, if there are delays to Lineage Eternal's beta and / or negative reception to the beta, if the Guild Wars 2 expansion slips to 2016 and if GW2 sales remain below 2M copies, Daewoo predicts that Nexon will dominate the board and be widely supported by investors.
As is evident from the above, Carbine's WildStar is not part of the overall financial strategy for NCSoft's success or failure and only makes an appearance in the charts comparing potential financial gains / losses by IP.
At this point, Daewoo recommends a "buy low, sell high" strategy for potential investors.
Check out the full report here.
Back before Guild Wars 2 was released the Sylvari were already captivating the minds of future players. We had the chance to see the Sylvari undergo dramatic changes as more news poured out of the gates of ArenaNet into the internet. When we finally got the chance to be one of these unique people, we found that they weren’t only visually stunning, but had an incredible story that will only get more complex with HoT.
Read more of David North's Guild Wars 2: Sylvari - A People Torn.
At PAX East Blizzard announced details for the next Hearthstone Adventure, Blackrock Mountain. This week we go over all that we currently know about this mini-expansion. But first, BlizzCon!
Read more of Reza Lackey's All Things Warcraft: A Return to Blackrock.
Today marks the official sixteenth anniversary of the launch of EverQuest. To celebrate, let's take a look back at the original launch trailer from 1999 (and let's party!) reposted by the EQ team in 2012.
What are some of your favorite EverQuest moments? Let us know in the comments!
As the Crowfall fundraising initiative approaches the $1.3M goal for adding mounts and caravans to the game, the Artcraft team has released an FAQ to detail how the feature will work in the game.
Mounts will be obtained either through a magical item that summons a mount from inventory or by taming one in the wild after learning a skill that allows for such to happen. Players will have to have a certain amount of skill at taming / riding for creatures. In fact, to keep a mount tamed, players will need to raise their riding level with the additional benefit of being able to tame higher level creatures and so on.
In addition to mounts, players will be able to tame beasts of burden, pack animals in a sense. Pack animals will also have their own separate inventory.
Mounts will take damage, will attack if the master is attacked and can die. Mount figurines (inventory items) are also subject to the campaign loot rules so a player dying can potentially lose mounts carried along. This can also apply to KickStarter mounts which can be lost, but their appearance will be able to be recovered.
Read the full FAQ on the Crowfall KickStarter page. Be sure to check out the Behind the Scenes video below, this time featuring Lead UX Artist Billy Garretsen and Concept Artist Larissa Angus.
Right now we are in a bit of a lull in the MMO release schedule. Crowdfunding campaigns like Crowfall keep on trucking and the astronomically high level of hype around Star Citizen continues to escalate, but both of those games are pretty far off from a real release. This list isn’t going to mention any current crowdfunding games, nor will it mention stuff that will go into a closed alpha of any kind – only open betas and full releases. This list will however include expansions and ports of MMOs to different consoles.
Read more of David Jagneaux's The List: Top 10 Most Anticipated MMO Releases of 2015.
The same team behind Google's Ingress has announced its next title, Endgame: Proving Ground. According to released information, Endgame is a mobile location-based title that will ask players to join one of twelve of humanity's original Lines and will create opportunities for PvP 'battles' with their customized champions based on their current location in the world.
Endgame will be heading to closed beta later this year, but players are encouraged to visit the official interactive site where the game is already beginning to unfold.
Find out more about Endgame: Proving Grounds at AncientSocieties.com.
When Final Fantasy Type-0 HD came out originally in 2011 for the PSP handheld (minus the HD), it didn’t make a huge splash. Chances are that’s because no one had a PSP. But Type-0 HD brings the Action-RPG spinoff of the Fabula Nova Crystsallis series of Final Fantasy games to the Xbox One and PS4, along with a host of graphical upgrades and tweaks. But is this a must-play in storied franchise? Read on for our full review.
Read more of Bill Murphy's Final Fantasy Type-0 HD: A Spin-Off Worthy of the Name.
The Hawken Facebook page has been updated with the news that Reloaded Games is now the owner of the IP. The team is working in conjunction with Reloaded to get the forums back up and running and that other back end systems are being overhauled.
The team has promised more news once the forums are functional again. We'll keep you posted as the story develops.
Follow the conversation on the Hawken Facebook page.
The Star Citizen team has released an awesome new trailer from this past weekend's SXSW event to give fans and players a look at the potential of the persistent world being created for the game and how it is shaping up. It's an early sneak peek at the inter-connectedness of Star Citizen with five minutes of footage. Check it out and let us know what you think!
According to the counter on the Shroud of the Avatar site, the game's fund raising efforts have netted over six million dollars. the KickStarter campaign run earlier brought in approximately $2M with another $4M brought in during the subsequent months.
The funding count is attached to this week's newsletter that also discusses:
Heroes & Generals saw its largest update ever this week, and among other changes was the addition of the Soviet Union Faction. Named after Soviet commander Semyon Timoshenko, the update augments the game with 1,000 new European battlefields, 14 vehicles and planes, and more than a dozen new weapons.
Along with the content additions, the Timoshenko update signifies:
- A rebalance of all weapons and weapon upgrades
- The retirement of the old weapon mod system
- Refunds for all previously-purchased mods
- Resource pooling - all units in battle
Czech developers TEAM 21 this week launched a Kickstarter page for their upcoming hardcore RPG, Dungeons of Aledorn, calling it a "spiritual successor" to old school dungeon crawlers.
“The worlds created within games such as Dungeons of Aledorn are really complex, huge and ambitious; so for indie projects like ours, crowd-funding is a great way to make it possible. We’ve chosen Kickstarter as, for us, nowhere else offers the same visibility and presence.” said producer Danny Nezmar. “The campaign is also an incredible opportunity for us to speak with our backers and receive some valuable feedback, which will also allow us to form a closer, more meaningful community, which will ultimately deliver a better game.”
Among the game's features are:
- Classical high-fantasy game setting that places emphasis on realism
- Heroes chosen from a combination of seven races and six classes
- Branching skills and further specializations
- An enormous archipelago realm with various climates and landscapes
- Original and atmospheric soundtrack
- Intriguing quests with multiple solutions
- DRM free
Action RPG KingsRoad is upping the supernatural ante with its next in-game event, the Tournament of Sorcery. In it, players will journey to the tower of the Mad Wizard and those who successfully face his 13 challenges will win the first ever War Banner item.
Starting March 10 and running until April 6, players can challenge the Mad Wizard and enjoy other features like item fusion and playing the game on iPad.
For more information about KingsRoad, visit the game's official website.
Group-oriented MMO Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen has been keeping the community up to date on its process via Soundcloud, and this week the Visionary Realms team released part 2 of their Developer's Round Table.
To hear the half-hour talk, check out the RotF page on Soundcloud.
For more information about Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen, check out the game's official website.
Rogue Factor's adaptation of Games Workshop table top game Mordheim: City of the Damned is changing all the time, and this week Early Accessors will notice it's switched from Unity 4 to Unity 5. They'll also enjoy other changes such as three new skirmish maps (the Bridge, the Library, and one procedurally-generated) as well as max-level Warbands for all four races.
For more information about Mordheim, or to make sure you don't miss any Mordheim news, visit the game's official website.
This weekend, four North American World of Tanks teams go head-to-head (to-head-to-head!) in San Francisco, battling it out for $150,000 in prize money, as well as the right to move on to the Grand Finals this April in Warsaw, Poland. Sunday, March 15, finalists S.I.M.P., I Love Lamp, eLevate and The Cunninghams will duke it out at San Francisco's Folsom Street Foundry.
Tickets to the event are free at the door, but if you can't make it to the event, tune into Twitch March 15 - Semifinal matches start at 12:15 PM PST and Finals start at 5:00 PM PST.
For more information about the Finals, visit Wargaming's World of Tanks website.
In the meantime, enjoy the official trailer of the WGLNA Season 5 Finals.
This spring, Lineage II players will enjoy a new expansion named Infinite Odyssey, and will have the chance to name five new high-end skills in a "Name That Skill" contest.
The expansion will bring a range of new content, including:
- New hunting zones
- A new raid boss
- New skills
- A new chapter of the ongoing saga
- One Ancient Scroll: Enchant Weapon (R-grade)
- One Sealed Talisman - Longing.
- All participants will receive one 1-hour Vitality Maintaining Potion.
You have to respect a game that uses a very bad (and by bad, I mean good) pun in its title. Life is Feudal is a sandbox MMO led by Vladimir 'Bobik' Piskunov and features some very intriguing realistic gameplay. We had a chance to catch up with Piskunov at PAX East to discuss the game and see how it would be different from other medieval or fantasy sandboxes.
Read more of Jean Prior's Life is Feudal, Not Futile.
Want to know what all the fuss is about with regard to Star Citizen? Look no further than a PAX East code given out last weekend that entitles users to download a flight demo and try out the game for free through tomorrow, Sunday, March 15th. The demo client is about 20Gb and requires an account on the Star Citizen site. Once the account is in place, enter PAXEASTFREEFLY2K15 and start soaring through the stars.
Demo players will be able to fly in the Arena Commander portion of Star Citizen in the Anvil Hornet F7C and be able to walk around the hangar.
Follow the instructions on this page to get started.
If you try out Star Citizen, let us know what you think!