Bill Murphy hangs out with Todd Carson (Senior Producer at SOE) to talk about all things Dragon's Prophet. They show off the combat, the dragons, the taming, the training, the crafting, and talk about the PVP, Housing, and even Open Beta!
Fans of Ragnarok Online 2 will want to head to the game as soon as possible. RO2 is now officially in retail release as of 3:00 p.m. PDT.
Ragnarok 2 is a fast-paced, 3d fantasy MMORPG, where friends can make parties, groups can make guilds, the friendly can express themselves, and the powerful can battle for top spots and rewards in coordinated PVP combat. Multitudes of monsters all with unique behaviors and appearance, hundreds of unique equipment to gear the adventurer out with the look and benefits that are just right, await discovery. Customize your look and sound to be the gruff swordsman all the way to the dainty dilettante, and accessorize with costumes that redefine what splendid attire means. Participate in daily activities with the Khara quests, find monster cards to trade with others or give yourself a special edge in combat. Groups can also hunt new and familiar MVP monsters and participate in raids to take on the biggest challenge Ragnarok 2 can offer with friends. Craft and gather to share with friends or to make some zeny on the side. If social activities are more your speed, your look and ability to express yourself has been redefined with Ragnarok 2 to offer you any option one could hope for.
Get started by visiting the Ragnarok Online 2 site.
In the latest WildStar Wednesday, the team is ready to take the cover off the first dungeon in the game. Called Stormtalon's Lair, the dungeon is watched over and protected by the enigmatic Pell.
Inside Stormtalon's Lair
Inside the cave, the Pell are engaging in a time-wrought tradition passed down from their ancestors, using an ancient Eldan incubator to transform one of their acolytes into a monstrosity known as Stormtalon. Having chosen a worthy candidate for the ceremony, the Thundercall High Priest is making preparations for the imminent birth of their "god" using a strange mix of magic and technology that the Pell have developed over thousands of years on planet Nexus. Sensing that the momentous event is near, the Pell inside the cavern have been driven into an insane, religious fervor and will attack any outsider on sight.
Read more on the WildStar site.
Sony Online Entertainment has released information about a new zone from Dragon's Prophet. Called "Wynnadia", is a land filled with the undead and is tailor made for the 41-50 crowd.
Players will also get to adventure though the two largest cities in Wynnadia: Zarland, a peaceful city comprised of refugees and outcasts, and Lilia, a military stronghold and home to one of the most powerful naval bases in Auratia. Lastly, players levels 41-50 will get to transverse the beautiful Wynnadia Plains, the alluring beaches of the coast, Warthorne Meadows, The Deer & Prancing Bird, and many more inviting locations.
Find out more on the Dragon's Prophet site.
The second in a series of 'behind the scenes' videos from the Star Trek Online team has been released. This time, Denise Crosby, Empress Sela from Star Trek: TNG and the voice of the same in STO comes aboard to talk about what players can expect in the forthcoming Legacy of Romulus expansion.
Petroglyph Games has announced that Battle for Graxia has officially launched as of May 1, 2013. Battle for Graxia is Petroglyph's first foray in the MOBA style of games and contains some unique features not found in others of its genre.
Features of Battle for Graxia
- A core MOBA experience with unique gameplay features
- Free-to-play download with additional availability on Steam
- Unique Immortals and abilities added regularly
- Artifact items and Skill Trees to customize Immortals with the ability to reconfigure in the picking phase
- Player vs Environment (PvE) and Player vs Player (PvP) modes including 1v1, 3v3, 5v5 and A.R.A.M.
- New Replay Mode and 'White Knight' player replacement features
- Reputation and achievement badge recognition features
- US and European server locations
Find out more on the Battle for Graxia site.
BioWare has released some details on Star Wars: The Old Republic's Game Update 2.1: Customization. We're rounding up what we've discovered so far and offering our thoughts in this week's SWTOR column.
The Cathar species is easily the most significant addition coming to SWTOR in Game Update 2.1. Cathar were unveiled all the way back at E3 2012 as the first new species to be added to Star Wars: The Old Republic. Like everything else revealed back at the show, the Cathar were slated for release some time in 2012, but we all know how that turned out. Of all the features and additions announced at last year’s E3, the Cathar remain the final piece of the puzzle to be added to the game.
Read more of Michael Bitton's Star Wars: The Old Republic: Update 2.1 - What We Know So Far.
Fenrir, The Unbound is the latest god to join the pantheon in SMITE. The team has released a brand new video to explain his lore as well as how he performs in game. Check it out before heading in game to try out this physical, melee bruiser.
Lucky for us here at MMORPG.com that we have the best community ever. Our latest column about all that's happening in the world of ArcheAge and came to us from the hands of our community. Check out what they (and we!) discovered and then head to the comments to chat!
Following that, however, Cyclopsslayer and Inporylemqq sent me more video sources, of which I enjoyed watching Inporylemqq's own channel and the videos on the SpicyMMOTV channel. Of note in the SpicyMMOTV channel is a set of videos following a series of trade quests, which the narrator explains in English for my benefit. The series is a little long, but it's enthralling stuff if you're information starved, to be sure.
Read more of Victor Barreiro Jr.'s ArcheAge: The Community Sieges Forward.
Our own Bill Murphy will be hosting a livestream event with the Runewaker and SOE devs to tour Dragon's Prophet. Join the team and Bill in our MMORPG.com live stream channel at 7:00 p.m. EDT / 4:00 p.m. PDT tonight!
En Masse Entertainment's TERA is celebrating its first year and the changes that those 365 days have brought. We managed to catch up to Patrick Sun to talk about TERA. It's a terrific interview that you will want to discuss in the comments after reading!
MMORPG: What makes players go with the Warrior over the other classes, do you think?
Patrick Sun: Various reasons in my opinion. Aesthetically, players love to dual wield, and this is the only class that allows them to do that. The warrior is also a very unique class that is a blend of DPS and evasive tank that offers a challenge for players to master. In the wrong hands it’s probably an average class, but a skilled warrior can go toe to toe with almost any other player or BAM in the game.
Read more of Bill Murphy's TERA: Rising - First Anniversary Interview.
Last week, Wayback Wednesday took a trip down memory lane with Thom Terrazas, SOE Producer for EverQuest; as well as first time guests Jonathan Caraker, Lead Designer for EQ; and Josh Augustine, Designer all of the EverQuest team. Check out what they had to say and some spiffy game play during the chat. Head to the comments to chat about it when you're finished!
Fourteen years ago EverQuest was released and the world of online gaming has never been the same. I’m normally not one for grandiose statements but the validity of that comment is hard to refute. I started Wayback Wednesday with the hopes of getting a chance to take a close look at older MMORPGs and pointing out what features they brought to the genre and how they have made their impact. With EQ, you cannot really just point out one thing. You have to point out the whole thing.
Read more of Rob Lashley's EverQuest: Wayback Wednesday with the EQ Team.
Kill3rCombo has teamed up with MMORPG.com to bring our readers (and viewers) the first-ever information about the new Elsword character, Chung, the Shelling Warrior. Find out more about Chung in our exclusive developer diary, screenshots and introductory video. Then head to the comments to discuss.
After countless adventures, Chung had gained the skill he needed to create the enhanced Shelling Guardian armor and cannon. With the new equipment, he gained remarkable new skills. He learned the art of creating and wielding explosive grenades, as well as the skill to fire at foes from great distances, leveling the battleground with an explosive force never before seen. With his devastating new powers, Chung began his long journey to rid the land of shadow demons and reclaim the lost power of El.
Read more of Kill3rCombo's Elsword: Introducing the Shelling Guardian.
Defiance players will want to head into the game to begin hunting the nefarious Hellbugs infesting the game world. The event will run for the next three weeks with factions asking for help thinning the herds.
Make sure to check your Contracts as factions will be requiring your assistance in clearing out Hellbugs for in game rewards. We also have 2 new Pursuits – “Thinning the Herd” and “Unconventional Methods” – ready to be completed in the Bay area to reveal hidden items and more rewards.
Read more on the Defiance site.
KingsIsle has teamed up with MMORPG.com to bring our readers the first news about Pirate101's coming world expansions. If that's not exciting enough, KingsIsle is expanding the game with not one, but two big new worlds. Check out our exclusive first look at the lore behind the worlds and some exclusive concept art.
Adventures await you in the highly anticipated Books 13 and 14 of Pirate101! With the introduction of both the war-torn skyway of Marleybone and the legendary beauty and danger found throughout Aquila, high-level Pirates can now continue their journey against the evil Armada!
This is the largest expansion to date for this family online game by KingsIsle Entertainment where young Pirates rebel against the evil Armada who are bent on destroying the Spiral. These worlds and much more are coming to the Members Only Test Realm, and will be available to the Live Game soon.
Cryptic Studios & Perfect World Entertainment are inviting everyone to partake in the goodness of the Neverwinter open beta that officially kicked off today at 9:00 a.m. PDT. If you haven't yet, be sure to swing by the Neverwinter site to get started!
Gazillion Entertainment has announced the "Power Up" Open Beta Weekend for Marvel Heroes. The open beta event coincides with the theatrical release of Iron Man 3 in movie theaters around the world. Marvel Heroes “Iron Man 3” Open Beta Weekend begins on Friday, May 3rd at 7:00 PM PDT and runs through Monday, May 6th at 10:00 AM PDT.
As part of the “Iron Man 3” Open Beta Weekend, new players who participate will be able to select an Avenger as their starting hero - including Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America and Black Widow.* There are over 14 Iron Man armors that will be available in Marvel Heroes spanning the Golden Avenger’s illustrious career in comics and movies (Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, The Avengers).
Register for access on the Marvel Heroes site.
Joel Bylos has taken to the Age of Conan: Unchained site to post the latest game director's letter. In it, Joel discusses the multi-phased transition to single server tech similar to what is utilized by The Secret World. Then Bylos goes on to announce several significant changes including some PvP revamps and a delay in the overhaul of the tradeskill feature.
Let me try and give you a little inside information on how the process is currently looking.
Functionally it works in our internal builds, in that you can break down items (not all of them) and combine items and discover recipes.
However, it is missing most of the background work that needs to be done in order for it to work in the game and the game systems. This includes the Guild Renown system which will need to be updated to use the new crafting system, Battlekeeps and Guild Cities and even the much-loved Shrines of Bori PvP game. All of these features interact with the old crafting system on some level and they all require updates to be able to be used with the new crafting system.
Read more on the Age of Conan: Unchained site.