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Crowfall : Creating the Centaur

Posted Jun 16, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The Crowfall team has posted its latest in a series of videos to show the behind-the-scenes creative process that has gone into creating the Centaur, one of the game's archetypes. Check it out!


Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn : Heavensward Launch Trailer Paves Way for June 23 Release

Posted Jun 16, 2015 by Suzie Ford

During Square Enix's E3 press conference, the official Heavensward launch trailer was shown by the Final Fantasy XIV team. Heavensward is slated to arrive on Tuesday, June 23rd. Let us know what you think!


Tales from the Neighborhood : The Influence of Players on Game Design

Posted Jun 16, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The recent debate over flying in Warlords of Draenor has the blogosphere considering an important question: how much of an MMO belongs to the players, and how much should be left in the hands of the developers?

Read more of Jessica Cook's Tales from the Neighborhood: The Influence of Players on Game Design.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided : New Cinematic Trailer & a 2016 Release Revealed

Posted Jun 16, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Fans of Deus Ex will be thrilled to hear that a brand new cinematic trailer for Deux Ex: Mankind Divided has been released at this week's E3. The video contains a bit of gameplay and in-game vistas that just might make your mouth water in anticipation of its release in 2016.


EverQuest II : Time-Locked Expansion Servers Announced

Posted Jun 16, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Daybreak Game Studio wants to put players in control of the game they are playing. With that in mind, the EverQuest II team is introducing something called "time-locked progression servers" in both PvE and PvP flavors. These will be available to All Access members only.

What does this mean?

Essentially, servers are "locked" to a particular point in time, to a particular expansion or content update. More expansion content can be added over time, though whether or not that will happen will remain in the hands of the server community.

The first two server polls, one each PvE and PvP, will launch today and run through June 23rd.

Read the post and the short FAQ on the EverQuest II site.

General : The Daily Quest: Is There Anything New Under the Sun?

Posted Jun 16, 2015 by Suzie Ford

So the big revelations for this year's E3 are out there. EA, Ubisoft, Bethesda and Square Enix have all shown off their stable of games with a lot of excitement generated and yet, it all feels a little hollow. Are we in 2015 or 2009 or somewhere in the 2002? What I mean is that it seems like it's the same titles, the same games, the same characters coming back yet again.

Let's take a look at that list, shall we?

  • Dishonored 2
  • DOOM
  • Mass Effect 4
  • FIFA XXXX
  • Dark Souls III
  • Fallout 4
  • Deux Ex
  • Gears of War 4
This is but a partial list of games that have been presented this year and there are many others that could be added.
 
Don't get me wrong. It's not that there's anything wrong with any of these games or that they will be bad games or that most, if not all of them, won't bring new and even innovative features to gaming. Far from it, in fact. For one, I can't wait to get my hands on Mass Effect 4 and Fallout 4 among others.
 
But my point is that it feels like developers and publishers have found IPs that work for them and that they're unwilling to "think outside the box" with regard to at least the framework of the stories and games that we know and love.
 
Maybe it's something that is purposefully designed to take gamers on virtual trips down memory lane, to bring back beloved IPs from the past to cause players to wax nostalgic. It's hard to say, really and it's not as if gaming is the only industry that seems to be "suffering" from this fascination with the past. All one has to do is look at some of the top-grossing movies of recent days to see that it's represented there as well.

So the question begs to be asked: What's next? How to break out of this seeming malaise in game development? Where do we go from here?

The List : June MTD MMO Rumor Power Rankings

Posted Jun 16, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Rumors don't come my way nearly as often as they did when I was a full-time editor, but even so, it's unusual for more than a few days to pass without seeing any. The period immediately before E3, which opens up today, has always occasioned an uptick in volume, so unsurprisingly, that has happened again this year. Naturally, a lot of what I've heard isn't very credible at all. With this caveat, these five, listed in no particular order, got my attention at least briefly and might also interest you.

Read more of Richard Aihoshi's The List: June MTD MMO Rumor Power Rankings.

Crowfall : Over $2M Raised via Crowd Funding

Posted Jun 16, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Artcraft has announced that it has raised over two million dollars in crowd-funding for its forthcoming MMO, Crowfall. Over nineteen thousand backers have contributed to the cause.

"We weren’t sure what would happen post-Kickstarter. We knew that we would offer pledge bundles on our website, but would they get any traction?” mused Coleman, who also serves as Crowfall’s creative director. "Obviously we hoped so, since the additional funding will only serve to make the game that much better, but would it grow or flatline? We had no idea what to expect.”

Find out more about Crowfall.

Echo of Soul : Preview - Not Bad, But Nothing New Either

Posted Jun 16, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Echo of Soul is a free-to-play fantasy-themed MMORPG that was originally released in Korea in 2013 and now is making its way to North America and Europe with Aeria Games. The game’s story tells of a goddess who sacrificed her life to save the world, causing her body to disperse into souls scattered across all of its inhabitants which later has a play in the game’s key feature: Soul Skill system.

Read more of Catherine Daro's Echo of Soul: Preview - Not Bad, But Nothing New Either.

World of Tanks : Launching July 28th for Xbox One

Posted Jun 16, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Wargaming has announced that the XBox One version of World of Tanks will be launching on July 28th. In addition to the core gameplay, both XBox One and XBox 360 will be able to engage in cross-platform warfare.

“We’re very excited to expand the World of Tanks experience to the Xbox One. There’s a lot of cool and exciting new features designed to bring out the best on that console,” said TJ Wagner, Executive Producer at Wargaming Chicago. “The introduction of some first-ever features including cross-platform multiplayer and voice between Xbox 360 and Xbox One and the exciting new PvE mode is going to give gamers, whether they’re already players or not, a whole new World of Tanks experience.”

Read more about it on the World of Tanks site.


EVE Online : Chronicles of New Eden - The Angel of Luck

Posted Jun 16, 2015 by Suzie Ford

If you've ever walked around with a large amount of cash in your pockets, you're probably familiar with that paranoid feeling that follows you everywhere. Odds are you'll be just fine, but that doesn't do much to stop thoughts from filling your head as you wonder if today might just be your unlucky day. While ferrying $1,500 worth of cargo in EVE Online, Angel was all too familiar with that feeling. The only difference was that this was his unlucky day.

Read more of Steven Messner's EVE Online: Chronicles of New Eden - The Angel of Luck.

General : Final Fantasy VII Reboot for PlayStation 4 Confirmed

Posted Jun 15, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Square Enix announced today that the much-rumored remake of Final Fantasy VII is indeed a reality and will be heading to the PlayStation 4, though no release or anticipated window was announced. The team did, however, send out a great new video. Check it out!


Destiny : The Taken King Expansion Coming September 15th

Posted Jun 15, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Destiny players will be happy to hear that the next expansion to the game will be in players' hands on September 15th. Bungie made the announcement today at E3 2015. Check out the brand new trailer to get excited!

Oryx, The Taken King has arrived in our solar system, bringing with him a corrupted army to exact revenge on the Guardians who destroyed his son, Crota, and to consume our worlds. Arm yourself with newfound abilities, weapons, and gear. Defeat the Taken hordes. Make your way aboard the Dreadnaught, and face Oryx himself within his inner sanctum.

Destiny: The Taken King launches on September 15th, 2015.

Find out more about the game and how to preorder The Taken King on the Destiny site.


General : South Park: The Fractured but Whole Announced

Posted Jun 15, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Ubisoft today unveiled the sequel to last year's South Park: The Stick of Truth during today's press event during the first day of E3. Called South Park: The Fractured but Whole, players will take on roles as The New Kid and join South Park characters to investigate the dark heart of South Park alongside Coon and Friends.

As The New Kid, players will join Mysterion, Toolshed, Human Kite, Mosquito, Mint Berry Crunch and a host of others to battle the forces of evil while Coon strives to make his team the most beloved superheroes in history.

Ensuring another truly authentic South Park experience, creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker are involved in every step of the development of the game.

Check out the South Park: The Fractured but Whole site for more information after watching the E3 trailer below.


The Crew : Wild Run Expansion Announced

Posted Jun 15, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Ubisoft unveiled the first expansion to The Crew during today's press conference at E3. Called "Wild Run", the expansion promises to take players to 'the summit', a huge gathering of drivers facing off in locations throughout the United States.

No challenge is ever the same at “The Summit” – the largest challenge in a driving game to date, where players will showcase their talents across a wide range of skillsets and terrains. From qualifiers to finales, players can earn exclusive rewards and rare bonuses based on their performance. To accentuate every driving nuance, a major graphical update will be applied, creating stunning environments, enhanced by new lighting effects and redesigned areas adapted for all vehicle types.

Find out more on The Crew: Wild Run site and be sure to check out the trailer below.


Star Wars: The Old Republic : Jeff Hickman Talks SWTOR & Knights of the Fallen Empire

Posted Jun 15, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The EA conference is underway and Jeff Hickman has taken to the stage with the announcement of more story, Bioware type story!

Knights of the Fallen Empire: Your story, your way.

October 27, 2015!

New worlds, a dynamic story based on choices, new companions. Knights of the Fallen Empire will be free to subscribers.

Mass Effect Andromeda : New Trailer, New Name, New Site!

Posted Jun 15, 2015 by Suzie Ford

EA's press conference is ready to begin. While they have an extensive stable of games, and we're likely to see a lot about Star Wars: Battlefront, we also know that Bioware is on hand. We hope to hear more about Mass Effect 4. What about you?

MASS EFFECT 4 KICKS IT OFF!!!!

Mass Effect Andromeda, finally a name, a site and a trailer! ME:A is expected to be released in Winter 2016.

Today we debuted the first cinematic trailer for our next game, Mass Effect™: Andromeda. While we are still many months away from the game’s release date in holiday 2016, we’re excited to show you a bit of where we’re at. First, though, some background on the game itself.

When we wrapped up the original Mass Effect trilogy with Mass Effect 3: Citadel in early 2013, planning and design on Mass Effect: Andromeda was already well underway. We knew we wanted to start with a foundation composed of the best parts of any Mass Effect game: exciting new worlds to discover, great characters, and intense action. At the same time, we clearly wanted to expand the definition of what you should expect from a Mass Effect game.

While we aren’t ready to go into too many details just yet, as you saw in the trailer and can tell by the name, this game is very much a new adventure, taking place far away from and long after the events of the original trilogy. You will play a human, male or female, though that’s actually not the character you saw in the trailer (more on that later). You’ll be exploring an all-new galaxy, Andromeda, and piloting the new and improved Mako you saw. And through it all, you will have a new team of adventurers to work with, learn from, fight alongside of, and fall in love with.

We built this trailer in Frostbite™, our game engine, and it represents our visual target for the final game. We are thrilled by what we’ve already been able to achieve in bringing Mass Effect to Frostbite and by putting our entire focus on PC and current gen consoles. With the time remaining in development, we’re excited about the possibility to push things even more.

Thank you again for all of the support you keep showing us, and we’re looking forward to sharing more details with you near the end of the year. Until then, the teams in our Montreal, Edmonton, and Austin studios will be hard at work creating an entirely new adventure for you to lose yourselves in.

Thanks,

Aaryn Flynn, Studio General Manager, BioWare Canada

Yanick Roy, Studio Director, BioWare Montreal


 

WildStar : As Part of Humble E3 Bundle, Grab It for $1 or More

Posted Jun 15, 2015 by Suzie Ford

As part of the E3 Humble Bundle, fans and interested folks can grab a copy of WildStar by naming a price of at least $1 that will also include 30 days of subscription time.

Here are of the details:

  • All of the proceeds that would normally go to NCSOFT, go to the ESA Foundation dedicated to supporting positive programs and opportunities that make a difference in the lives of America's youth.
  • Game keys for both North America and Europe are available. 30-days of game time is included with your purchase.
  • The keys are not stackable and codes cannot be used on existing accounts.
  • All keys are region-restricted. Please make sure you buy for the appropriate region.
  • Keys expire on December 31st, 2015.

Want to take part? Check out the E3 Humble Bundle and WildStar.

Guild Wars 2 : Heart of Thorns Might Take a While, and That's OK

Posted Jun 15, 2015 by Suzie Ford

This week, Jason examines why Heart of Thorns taking a long time to come out isn't such a bad thing, in the long-term.

Read more of Jason Winter's Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Might Take Awhile, and That's OK.

Gigantic : Exclusive Release for XBox One & Windows 10 in Late 2015

Posted Jun 15, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Motiga has announced that Gigantic will be exclusively released later this year for XBox One and for PC Window 10 systems. Gigantic will feature "Cross-Play" support as well.

To celebrate the release, Motiga released a brand new trailer.

Sign up for closed beta testing on the Gigantic site.


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