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General : Twitch Set to Stream the Best of MomoCon 2015

Posted May 23, 2015 by Neilie Johnson

MomoCon, an all ages convention taking place May 28th - 31st in Atlanta, Georgia, is growing like mad and announced this week that Twitch will be streaming the best panels of the con.

Among the panels set for coverage are:

  • Borderlands Behind the Characters - Gearbox Software
  • Inside Hi-Rez Game Design - Hi-Rez Studios 
  • eSports - Riot Games, Hi-Rez Studios and Justin Wong
  • Breaking into the Games Industry - 343 Industries, Hi-Rez Studios and Sega 
  • Halo: Panel Evolved - The voice actors for Master Chief and the Arbiter
  • The Art of Smite - Hi-Rez Studios
  • Journey of Art through Disney - art director, thatgamecompany
...and will stream on three Twitch Channels: MomoConTV1MomoConTV2, and MomoConTV3. The full schedule can be found here.
 

General : Abyss Dark Arisen Reveals Feature List

Posted May 23, 2015 by Neilie Johnson

NGames revealed an exhaustive feature list this week  for its new fantasy RPG Abyss Dark Arisen, covering everything from combat to equipment, and PvE to PvP, and insisted "battles will become more furious."

Highlights of the list include:

  • COMBAT: manual operations (non-auto-attack) "furious strike effects," gorgeous transformations, and visceral attacks
  • EQUIPMENT: appearances that change with leveling, random item attributes
  • PvE: lowbie solo dungeon mode for learning, world boss mode, skill differences mean different stage results
  • PvP: solo arena mode, 3v3 group competitions, focus on operations

To find out what this list really means, or to simply find out more about Abyss Dark Arisen, visit NGames' official website.

La Tale : New Episode - Genesis Stars Odin and Kazno

Posted May 23, 2015 by Neilie Johnson

2D fantasy MMO La Tale Friday launched a new episode that along with new story content, brings with it two new maps, a new UI revamp and a new Achievement system.

The two new maps, Vanaheimr and Yggdrasil, come equipped with two new bosses - Odin and Kazno, and beating them should be easier what with the new Messenger and reworked Damage Display. Better still, the new Achievement system means permanent stat improvements for anyone who completes missions in the general, growth, explore, challenge, combat or miscellaneous categories.

For more information on the new episode, or to find out more about La Tale, visit the game's official website.

For an over-long infographic about upcoming Genesis events, see below.

TERA : Free Crown of Gold Gift Key!

Posted May 22, 2015 by Craig McGregor

MMORPG.com has partnered with En Masse Entertainment to bring our community a special in game gift offer! If you redeem one of our special gift keys you will receive the cosmetic item "Crown of Gold" in game! Get your key now while supplies last!

NOTE: These gift keys are only available to players in North America and these keys cannot be redeemed through Steam.

For redeeming these codes, players will receive a permanent cosmetic item called the "Crown of Gold" shown at the right.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR FREE GIFT KEY NOW!

 

 

Guild Wars 2 : Heart of Thorns Closed Beta Event Coming on May 26th

Posted May 22, 2015 by Suzie Ford

ArenaNet has announced that players who scored a portal to the Heart of Maguuma during the special event held recently in certain locations within the game will be invited to the closed beta for the Guild Wars 2 expansion Heart of Thorns. Players are reminded to keep an eye out on their email for special instructions.

Players will be assisting the team by stress testing the outpost system with two hour breaks between sessions. Each session will last for two hours according to the following schedule:

  • 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7) to 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7)
  • 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7) to 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7)
  • 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7) to 9:30 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7)

An NDA will be in place for testers as well.

Read the full post on the Guild Wars 2 site.

ArcheAge : Rum Runner Rapids Event Scheduled for Summer

Posted May 22, 2015 by Suzie Ford

ArcheAge is teasing players with the news of the Rumrunner's Rapids event that will be ongoing this summer. During the event, players will be able to face off against one another in raft races to earn tokens to trade in for summer-themed items and prizes.

Successfully completing this daily event grants River Festival Coins that you can exchange for a variety of prizes. Stylish swimwear, housing decor, and a unique title are all available, plus a selection of stout refreshments and the event’s whimsical star: Carrot Wings, a donkey who dreams of flight.

Read more on the ArcheAge site.

Van Helsing III : Steam Launch Day Arrives

Posted May 22, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Neocore Games has announced that the final act in the three part story of Van Helsing has launched on Steam. The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III brings to a close the story, with all three parts launching on this very day. To celebrate the game's release, Neocore has sent out a brand new trailer. Check it out!

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III will uncover the past of the cheeky companion, Lady Katarina, while carrying over features from the second game, including the tower-defense mini-game sequences, and offers six unique character classes.

Check out the Steam page for The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III for special launch week and loyalty discounts.

Eorzea Reborn : The Heavensward Hype Train Keeps Going

Posted May 22, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Victor discusses some new videos as the hype train for Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward chugs along.  Today’s talk is less of me talking and more of you folks watching a bunch of videos. To wit, there are actually four videos we’ve got in store for you today with regard to Heavensward, so we’ll start with the order they’ve been presented in YouTube, save for this one video that’s already been shown in a previous news release.

Read more of Victor Barreiro Jr.'s Eorzea Reborn: The Heavensward Hype Train Keeps Going.

Lord of the Rings Online : Summer Plans Include Server Merges & New Datacenters

Posted May 22, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The Summer Producer's Letter has been published on the Lord of the Rings Online forum to give players a forward look at the happenings of the next several months.

In game, players will see a new PvP match, a new episodic quest called the Adventures of Bingo Boffin and can look forward to some mysterious and exciting news about Minas Tirith in the fall.

Outside of the game, Turbine will be upgrading servers and moving to a new datacenter. As part of the preparation, game servers will be merged. Datacenters will be provided for North America and Europe. New store options will be added as well.

Read the full letter on the Lord of the Rings Online forum.

The RPG Files : 25 Tips for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Posted May 22, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The day has finally arrived. The long awaited The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt hit store shelves this week and has quickly taken the gaming world by storm. The 200-hour playtime has panned out, the open world is rich with stories and hidden content, and the game as a whole can be taken as one of the achievements of this generation of video games. It’s also deep. But never fear! We’re here to help you get started with our own set of 25 handy tips.

Read more of Christopher Coke's The RPG Files: 25 Tips for The Witcher 3 - Wild Hunt.

EverQuest : Ragefire Progression Server Reopens

Posted May 22, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Daybreak Game Company has announced that the Everquest progression server, Ragefire, has reopened. The server will run alongside current servers, but players will be able to experience the game as it was at launch in 1999 and as expansions launched over the years.

Q: Which versions of zones will be on the server?

Like the previous two Progression Servers, zones that were graphically revamped (Freeport, Commonlands, Nektulos, Lavastorm, Ro) will be in their revamped form. Our Progression servers have to co-exist with live servers, so we need to have the same geometry running on all of them. In cases where the geometry was the same but population changed, we will use the original populations where possible:

  • Splitpaw - Will begin in its first revamped form (with the Ishva Mal).
  • Cazic-Thule - Will begin in the form after Rubicite was removed.
  • The Hole - Will begin in its first form (with Master Yael).
  • Plane of Hate - Will be in the current layout, but with population much like the original zone after the first loot revamp.
  • Plane of Fear - Will have population the same as the first loot revamp.
  • Droga/Nurga - Original population.
  • Firiona Vie - Original population.
  • Veeshan's Peak - Original population, but no death restrictions.
  • Plane of Mischief - Original population. The "easy" entrance will not be active until it changes to the current version.
  • Grimling Forest - Original population.
Zones that are set up in this manner will transition to their current datasets in roughly the same timeframe as they originally changed.

The team has a great Q&A for players interested in Ragefire on the EverQuest forum.

Age of Conan : Shadow of Vanaheim - Matthew Bennett Interview

Posted May 22, 2015 by Suzie Ford

This week we had the chance to talk with Matthew Bennett from the Age of Conan team on the game’s seventh anniversary and their recent update, Shadow of Vanaheim. The game has come a long way over its lifespan and still maintains a loyal audience. Players continue to return for updates and remain active with the achievement system and PvP. With Shadow, the team was able to unlock more areas of the Hyborian world and offer players a unique story to experience.

Read more of Garrett Fuller's Age of Conan: Shadows of Vanaheim - Matthew Bennett Interview.

Star Trek Online : Captain Nog to Participate in the Iconian Wars

Posted May 22, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Cryptic has announced that Aron Eisenburg, aka Captain Nog from Deep Space Nine, will be joining the cast of Star Trek Online to take the fight to the Iconians. Eisenburg joins Robert McNeill and Lisa LoCicero who are also bringing their iconic characters into the game.

The development team has a short interview on Soundcloud to talk about Nog and the reprisal of his role in Star Trek Online.

See more on the Star Trek Online site.

The Witcher 3 : Make 100k Crowns in About an Hour

Posted May 22, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Financial schemers on console have figured out a way to gain about 100,000 Crowns in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. It takes about an hour and comes via an exploit that can be seen as somewhat tedious, but that can net some big bucks from virtual NPCs.

Take that for what it's worth. It is a single-player game, after all. Right?



Take it for what it's worth. It is a single-player game, after all.

 

Destiny : House of Wolves - Rounding Out & Spicing Up the Content

Posted May 22, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Destiny has been a polarizing force in gaming since its launch last September. It came out to middling reviews and an incredibly vocal base of Bungie fans who expressed intense disappointment at the lack of the same kind of narrative drive they had come to love in the developer’s Halo series. Even still, people kept logging in and playing. According to Activision Blizzard, Destiny and Hearthstone combined had 50 million registered users as of March 31st this year.

Read more of Pete Schwab's Destiny: House of Wolves - Rounding Out & Spicing Up the Content.


All is quiet in the Reef.

Crowfall : The "Why" of Design - Centaurs

Posted May 22, 2015 by Suzie Ford

J. Todd Coleman has penned a new article on the Crowfall site that details the Centaur Archetype that will be included in the game. Coleman explains his lifelong fascination with Centaurs and its history in all games he has worked on prior to Crowfall.

From his history with the archetype, Coleman then goes into its backstory, how The Hunger affects their story, and gives a bit about their overall society and its history.

It's a cool read to flesh out some of the "whys" of Centaurs' inclusion in the game. Read the full post on the Crowfall site.

Xsyon : Improvements to Player Trading Added

Posted May 22, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The second in a series of updates to Xsyon has been released that brings several key improvements to player trading into the game. Trading Posts have been added, the first of many new buildings that include infirmaries, taverns, toll gates and more.

A new building function, the Trading Post, has arrived. Players create Trading Posts to trade with ‘tribes beyond the mist’ to obtain valuable patterns, schemes and blueprints for crafting and building.

Check out the patch notes and player discussion on the Xsyon forum.

Pathfinder Online : Early Enrollment Patch Rolls Out

Posted May 21, 2015 by Suzie Ford

The v8.2 early enrollment patch for Pathfinder Online has been deployed and comes packed with content. Of significant note is the overhauled New Player Experience, changes and additions to outposts and holding, company "feuds", the introduction of elementals, and a bit about recruitment and buddy keys.

Every player with an active game subscription has the ability to send a Buddy Invite ticket to 2 people.

You can either send a friend a Buddy Invite directly from goblinworks.com, or you can send them a Buddy Invite code any way that you wish. If you send an email they'll receive an invitation with a link they can click to activate the invite, and if they use the code they can enter that code after creating a new account on goblinworks.com to get the benefits.

Read the full Pathfinder Online newsletter.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn : Dragonsong Theme Trailer & a Chocobo Racing Contest

Posted May 21, 2015 by Suzie Ford

As the release of Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward expansion nears, the team is ramping up the excitement. Today's comes in the form of a new music video that features the main theme of Heavensward, "Dragonsong". Give it a listen and let us know what you think in the comments.

In addition to the above, Square Enix also announced a Chocobo Race contest. Sign up, Tweet to your friends and the more they retweet, the faster you race. Prizes are fantastic too and include a laptop, gaming peripherals and more. Check it out on the official contest page.


General : Shadowrun: Hong Kong Teased

Posted May 21, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Harebrained Schemes is celebrating the third anniversary of the original Kickstarter for Shadowrun Returns with a big sale and a first look trailer for the upcoming Shadowrun: Hong Kong. You can find out more about Hong Kong and get information about preordering it on Steam. Shadowrun: Hong Kong is due out in summer 2015.


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