Jumping into a new MMO can be an intimidating experience for even the most seasoned players, especially those who have little familiarity with MMORPGs in general. Most of us on the site play MMOs like doing so is our job, and yet there are still some times when I start up a new game, or an existing one that I haven’t touched in a while, and feel the familiar sense of panic when I see how many skills or activities are available and realized that I have no idea where I should be going or what I should be doing. It doesn’t help that I have a habit of returning to older titles in which I have mid- or high-level characters replete with what feel like a billion different abilities and talent trees, but I digress. Here are the five best, or at least mildly more accessible, MMOs for new players!
Read more of Som Pourfarzaneh's The List: The Five Best MMOs for New Players.
The Albion Online team has posted a brand new developer diary to show the community the intricate process of map and level design. The blog goes into detail about the initial steps in creating maps through completion.
The process begins with a rough sketch created according to several design rules outlined in a requirement sheet. The next step is to build a map template into Unity, where the level design team sketch the terrain, hills, lakes and important landmarks to get a decent visual representation. Once the rough map is imported, it then undergoes several stages of design, from marking the positions of key landmarks to creating height differences and making the map feel “alive”.
Read more of the article on the Albion Online site.
Visionary Realms has announced that it has secured seed funding to continue the development of Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen. According to Venture Beat, the funding will see the game extended beyond the currently available ten playable levels.
The new seed funding will help the Carlsbad, Calif.-based company take a big step forward in developing its fantasy role-playing MMO, said McQuaid, chief creative officer at Visionary Realms in an interview with GamesBeat at the Gaming Insiders event last week. Indeed, since Visionary Realms is taking on successful MMOs like World of Warcraft, it’s going to need a fair amount of money to get its project off the ground.
Read the full report at the link above.
Contracts give power back to the players, enabling an infinite number of character-driven occupations. The foundation for marriages, guilds, trade agreements, in-game mail systems, families, and even governments, contracts make Chronicles of Elyria one of the first true sandbox MMOs.
Read more of our exclusive developer diary, Chronicles of Elyria: Contracts & Player-Created Professions.
During this past weekend's EGX, the Elite: Dangerous team revealed several interesting tidbits of information including the first portion of the Horizons 'season of expansions', Planetary Landings, that is set to arrive during the 2015 holiday season.
In addition, the team gave a sneak peek into what else Horizons will bring into the game including Multi-Crew that allows for co-op missions with friends, bobbleheads, the loot and crafting system updates and much more. You can watch the presentation in the video below. The second video features a look at bobbleheads.
Magerealm players can now take part in a new guild vs guild mechanic added called turf war. Players of level 40 and above who are members of the top six guilds can compete for resources.
Magerealm has come a long way since its release thanks to the support of our wonderful players. Many of you have been asking for more thrilling guild events and we want you all to know that your voices have been heard! We are happy to unveil the next exciting feature coming to Magerealm - Turf War! Different from PvE focused content like Guild Boss and more causal events like Pool Party, Turf War is the first time guilds will confront each other in the ultimate battle for dominance! Players must protect their guild’s territory while laying siege to rivals as they strive for power and glory. Guilds are set to clash head-on to determine which is the best in the Realm. This is Turf War!
Read more on the Magerealm site.
Pappy here. Today I'm going to talk about some of the greatest stories that players will experience in WildStar. But before we jump into that, I figured I better rewind just a bit for those players who might have never played our game.
Read more of our exclusive developer diary, WildStar: Pappy's Top 10 Stories.
Battleborn is ready to treat players to a huge variety of ways to customize their characters when the game launches in February 2016. In this new video, just a few of the game numbers of importance are revealed including the 1,024 ways that each base hero can be played depending on how a player customizes it. That's just a start too. There are also the nearly 6.5M ways that a 5-player team can be formed and so on. Check it out!
ARK: Survival Evolved has expanded with two brand new biomes for players to survive and thrive in. Included in the swamp and snow regions are new creatures and materials suited to the harsh conditions each represents. In addition, existing creatures better suited to each area have been moved for more appropriate placement in the game.
First, Survivors will encounter the "Swamp," a fetid, hazy, waterlogged expanse filled with prehistoric snakes, gators, bugs, piranhas, and the all-new "Beezlebufo" gigantic frog, which players can ride to vault over obstacles with huge leaps. Poisonous plants abound in the Swamp, but trudging through the muck is worthwhile due to the unique plant life that can be harvested for advanced recipes.
Courageous Survivors can then head to the "Snow" zone, where they will need to quickly don bulky fur armor to insulate themselves from the subzero temperatures. But the cold weather is not the only thing that Survivors will need to watch out for in this Snow zone: vicious “Dire Wolves” roam wild acros these lands, looking for their next meal. However, when tamed, a Dire Wolf can serve as a powerful, incredibly fast mount, useful for hunting down the elegant Megaloceros "Stags" that also call this zone home. High quality resources are plentiful among the harsh natural beauty of the frozen wastes.
Read the full announcement on the ARK: Survival Evolved Steam page.
Bethesda's Pete Hines has gone on record as saying that Fallout 4 DLC will be available for all platforms at the same time and that no deals have been made for platform-only or platform-first content.
@XxThe5sGuyxX we aren't doing a DLC exclusive with anyone— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) September 27, 2015
The response was given to a user question about whether DLC would be released on XBox One before other versions of Fallout 4.
Golden Rush, currently in early access in Steam, provides fans of MOBAs with a new twist to the genre. Rather than seeking to destroy an enemy's base and utilizing the typical 'lane' strategy, players are charged with collecting gold and protecting sources.
"Golden Rush is a bold experiment on the MOBA genre. We have kept the basic principles of the game genre: heroes, artifacts, and a healthy competitive spirit. At the same time, we have upped the unpredictability and excitement of the sessions"
Gambrinous has announced the first expansion to Guild of Dungeoneering for PC and MAC, called Pirate's Cove Adventure Pack. The expansion features three new classes, new monsters and gear.
“Pirate’s Cove is a good indication to fans of Guild of Dungeoneering of what they can expect for the future of this game, good solid content additions at a great price” said Steve Escalante, GM of Versus Evil. “Gambrinous wanted to pack this adventure full of features that touch virtually every aspect of the game. The new challenges, items you find and creatures you face continue this adventure which is just plain fun to play. Stay tuned, they have more to come!”
Pirate's Cove is $4.99, and you can find out more about it on the Guild of Dungeoneering Steam page.
MSI has announced that it is now shipping a line of notebooks featuring NVIDIA GPUs and Intel i7 Skylake Processors. In addition to being available from MSI online store, notebooks can be purchased from Newegg, Amazon, TigerDirect and Fry’s.
Select gaming notebooks, including the GT72 Dominator Pro, now feature Super RAID 4, the latest in multi-disk technology that optimizes hardware and software for extreme speeds; and Killer DoubleShot Pro, the ultimate lag killer that prioritizes network traffic to prevent lags. Select gaming notebooks also come with ESS Sabre HiFi Audio Dac for the crispest sound in a game, and SuperPort, a Type-C master connector that transfers files with speeds of up to 1,000 MB/s, supports up to dual 4K displays with daisy chain capability, doubles as a USB 3.1 port, and can charge mobile devices with a 3A current output.
You can find out more at the MSI site.
Player Versus Player, MMORPG’s bi-weekly debate in text, is back! This week our writers are talking outsourcing. Selling labor is a reality of the times and is also part and parcel of modern game development. Even though most jobs stay in the U.S, we ask are so many hands in the cookie jar a good thing?
Read more of Christopher Coke's Player vs Player - Should Studios Outsource?
Tome of the Sun is one of several games Chinese megapublisher NetEase is hoping will capture western minds and attention spans this year. We caught up with Game Designer Alex Liang to chat about the unique mobile action RPG and how it plays.
Read more of Bill Murphy's Tome of the Sun - A Uniquely Chibi Take on the Action RPG.
Wizards of the Coast has announced the settlement of its 2014 lawsuit against Cryptozoic Entertainment, developers of Hex: Shards of Fate. The lawsuit stemmed from WotC's belief that Hex willfully infringed on the intellectual property behind Magic: The Gathering. The exact details of the settlement were not revealed.
“We recognize that Wizards owns valuable intellectual property in Magic: The Gathering, are happy to have this matter settled and excited to move forward with Hex: Shards of Fate,” said Hex Entertainment President and CEO Cory Jones. “We believe that the gaming community will benefit from knowing that Hex: Shards of Fate is no longer subject to litigation.”
Find out more about each game at the links above.
ArenaNet has revealed a trailer for the upcoming Guild Wars 2 expansion Heart of Thorns during this weekend's TwitchCon. Heart of Thorns will be released on October 23rd.
Check it out and let us know what you think!
Wargaming has announced that update 2.2 has been released for Xbox One and XBox 360, adding new German vehicles and the Soviet BT-SV Tank as well as two new maps.
The latest inclusions to the German artillery line begin at Tier III with the accurate and quick-firing Wespe followed in the tech tree by the versatile Tier IV PzSFL IVb, a powerful force in battle with its high ammo capacity, gun depression and outstanding camouflage factor. Rounding out the trio of new German vehicles is the fast, low profile and agile Tier VIII Spahpanzer Ru 251 light tank. These mighty vehicles will rip their tracks through reworked high definition versions of Lakeville, Westfield and Westfield Rain along with two maps new to console: Dragon Ridge and Ruinberg War!
You can find out more about the update on the World of Tanks official site.
KOG Games has announced tha launch of the new update for Elsword, called Henir's Time and Space. This dungeon fuctions in similar way to others: it has 30+ rooms, each one having a boss of its own, with the addition of special events.
From a 2x's Rewards Weekend Event, Exclusive items, Exclusive Titles, Henir's Time and Space Dimension Cube NPC Cards, and the big bad One-Time Reward: Players who can stay alive for at least 10 minutes will receive a +10 Keeper of Time and Space Weapon Chest that rewards players with one weapon per character. Players have to act fast though, and get into to Henir's Time and Space today. Because these weapons, much like the very essence of time and space itself won't last forever.
Learn more about the game on the Elsword official site.