Hey folks, welcome to another edition of MMORPG.com’s Landmark column. Most of this week’s content actually occurred in last week’s November 14 update, so for those playing Landmark religiously, you’ll likely know what I’ll be talking about.
Read more of Victor Barreiro Jr.'s Landmark: Of Keywords and Claim Expansions.
The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally called "Black Friday" and is replete with amazing sales in preparation for the forthcoming Christmas season. By no means an exhaustive list, we offer a few deals we've run across. Feel free to add to the thread with others you have seen!
World of Warcraft: $4.99 for the base game through Mists of Pandaria
Wildstar: For a limited time beginning on Wednesday, November 26, players will be able to purchase their copy of WildStar from https://shop.wildstar-online.
World of Tanks: Stock up on Consumables thanks to repeatable Missions, and multiple Gold - Credit bundles available for a limited time.
Origin: Up to 75% off of select titles
Torchlight – Receive Torchlight free through November 29
Torchlight II – Receive Torchlight II for 75 percent off at $5 through November 29
Perfect World International: Through December 1, receive up to 50 percent off select items, with 30 percent on Charge Rewards and 20 percent on Spend Rewards
War of the Immortals – Through December 2, 40 percent off all purchases and earn bonus Charge Reward points
Battle of the Immortals – Through December 2, 40 percent off all purchases and earn bonus Charge Reward points
Jade Dynasty – Through December 1, receive up to 50 percent off select items and earn extra charge rewards
Forsaken World –Through December 1, receive over 50 percent off select items and earn bonus Charge RewardsNeverwinter – Through November 30, receive up to 25 percent off select items
Star Trek Online – Through November 30, receive up to 20 percent off select items, and through December 1 receive $100 off Lifetime Subscriptions
Swordsman – Through December 1, receive Spend Rewards 50 percent faster
Champions Online – Through November 29, receive up to 50 percent off select items
Elsword: Up to 50% off item store goods, bonus XP and in-game activities
Hey folks. This is going to be a quick column today. I know not all of our readers are from the US, but the majority of the staff is, so we’ll be busy stuffing ourselves full of spirits and merrymaking with families… and playing games before we go comatose on tryptophan. But before we do that, let’s take a moment to be thankful for you, and for the games we love.
Read on for the rest of Bill Murphy's Be Thankful for What We Have.
The Pilgrims of the Guiding Light are making their move in Defiance’s latest update “Aftermath”. As the Pilgrims make ready to throw the world into Chaos, the stories continue where Season 2 left and lead us to Season 3. With seven new missions, an arkfall below Silicon Valley, a Thanksgiving Event and new features, this update is jam packed. I had the opportunity to talk with Trick Dempsey, creative Director of Defiance about Aftermath and the future of the game.
Read more of Franklin Rinaldi's Defiance: Aftermath of Season 2.
Gaijin Entertainment is ready to unleash the next two US tanks set to rumble into War Thunder when the Steel Generals updates launches into game. We have an exclusive preview of two of the tanks, the Twin 40mm Gun Motor Carriage M19 and the M26 Pershing. Check out the first ever published information and screens about this bruising pair of tanks!
With Planetside 2 a healthy two years old, we had the opportunity to interview Creative Director Matt Higby about the anniversary and what is coming next. Check it out!
Read more of Mike Bitton's Planetside 2: Second Anniversary Interview with Matt Higby.
Fans of Civilization Online will want to check out a pair of new videos showing how character customization has been improved during the ongoing beta test in Korea. Initially, character creation was considered overly simplistic. With tester input, customization is now robust and multifaceted.
According to the latest financials released by Perfect World Entertainment, operations in the United States have had an adverse affect on the company's earnings. While PWE made a slight profit overall in a year-to-year comparison, the increase was due largely to revenue generated by Chinese earnings by DOTA 2 and a pair of mobile games that have scored well with the same audience.
"In view of US subsidiary's recent performance and near-term business outlook that are below our expectations, we recognized acquisition-related impairments in this quarter," said CEO Robert Xiao in a statement.
"However, we are still confident in the long-term prospects of our US subsidiary given its strong R&D and operational capabilities as well as promising pipeline."
Read more at GamesIndustry.biz.
IGN has a new interview with Bioware's Jeff Hickman. In the article, he indicates that if Star Wars: The Old Republic players like what they're seeing in Shadow of Revan, they won't be disappointed when they see what 2015 will bring to the game's story.
"This is the first step on the next great story adventure for Star Wars: The Old Republic," Hickman says. "If you like what you see in Shadow of Revan, wait until you see what we have coming for you next year. Next year is our big year."
Read the full interview at the link above.
What do you think about this revelation? Where could the story go next?
With Thanksgiving here in the US this week, it is probably a good time to talk about food. Namely, the long-awaited Provisioning overhaul that is set to arrive in update 6 of The Elder Scrolls Online. The changes to crafting in the game continue, but Provisioning will not just intend to increase immersion in the game world, but help players with management as well.
Read more of Christina Gonzalez's Elder Scrolls Online: Provisioning Revamp: More Logical, Less Redundant.
Defiance has been updated with new content that builds on the conclusion of this season's Defiance Syfy television show. "Aftermath" takes up where the show ended and features new enemies, pursuits, contracts, and events. In addition the multiplayer experience has been updated.
The full patch notes will be live soon but here’s a preview:
New Missions: Seven new missions, including three instanced missions, which challenge ark hunters to overcome the villainous Melak Vor, the assassin Nujekpe, and the nefarious machinations of LOCI. Do you have what it takes to stop the Arkrise?
New Story Maps: Put a stop to Echelon’s machinations in a bunker deep beneath the Presidio, face Nujekpe and his mercenaries at Eren’s last stand, and delve deep into a huge arkfall buried below Silicon Valley.
Thanksgiving Event: Do you have what is takes to face the Bioman barrage of the New Frontier Harvest? Do you want a full set of the Plate Slicer Synergy? Do you like weaponized turkey?
Salvage Matrix Action – Reduce Rating: Reduce Rating brings the rating of an item down to match your current EGO rating.
Perk and Effect Feedback: Triggered effects now display names or effects when triggered. You may toggle this feature on the settings menu with “Show Effect Names”.
Emotes and Callouts: Emotes and Callouts are now available in the Quick Menu!
Find out more on the Defiance site.
I was lucky enough to participate in one of this weekend’s castle sieges as an attacker. I’d love to recall for you an epic tale of bravery and destruction, but nothing of the sort actually occurred. Instead, here’s some tips for castle defenders preparing for the next round of sieges.
Read more of Mark Wilhelm's ArcheAge: How to Defend Your Castle.
According to televangelist Pat Robertson, ArcheAge, Dungeons & Dragons and games like them can be an invitation to demonic possession. You have to see and hear it to believe it.
We just can't make this stuff up, folks.
AckkStudios may be a small development studio comprised of a few family members, but don't call it a family business. "I usually cringe when people say that," co-founder Andrew Allanson joked during a phone interview this week. "But it is, yeah."
Read more of Shawn Schuster's An Interview with AckkStudios on the new JRPG, Y2K.
Sony Online Entertainment has announced the release of the eleventh EverQuest II expansion, Altar of Malice. All-Access members have been playing for a couple of weeks, but the expansion is now open to all. Altar of Malice continues the tenth anniversary celebration and brings players a new zone, new adventures, new quests, monsters, gear and much, much more.
Norrath enters a new age, one darkened by the cold war between Freeport and Qeynos. The end of the last age cost them both dearly and neither can risk making the first move...yet. Outside powers can help them rebuild, like the Far Seas Trading Company, but lately its ports have run mysteriously silent. Emissaries sent from the cities have gone missing and any scout sent to investigate does not return.
Only the bravest adventurers will take on the quest to journey across the mysterious Shattered Seas to face monstrous deinodons, pint-sized yet perilous pygmies, bone-armored lizard men, salty pirates, and other new creatures lurking amongst the shadows. And while there are dangers on the waters, beware the thickening evil plot growing deep in the Kithicor Woods. Its maliciousness could make even the undead's skin crawl...
Read more on the EverQuest II site.
KingsIsle has produced a pretty cool infographic to show off some great statistics in celebration of fifty million players joining the Spiral via Pirate101 and Wizard101. Check it out!
Have you played Wizard101 or Pirate101? Let us know in the comments!
Blizzard promised to give World of Warcraft players a look at the forthcoming character model updates for the game's most popular race, the Blood Elves. Delivering on that promise, here is what players can expect when the updated models go live.
Hello and welcome to the Blood Elf edition of Artcraft! We know that many of you have been waiting for this update, so I’ll just provide some quick background and then get straight into the imagery.
We’re aware that it’s not ideal to see a mix of older player character models next to newer player character models, especially when you happen to be a player of the Blood Elf variety—and we’re working as diligently to remedy that situation as quickly as possible without sacrificing quality. We don’t have an exact ETA for when you’ll see these in-game, but we’re happy with the direction of this update with regards to the model and textures; we’re now focusing on model and texture variations, as well as rigging and animating. We’ve streamlined the process quite a bit, so hopefully (knock on wood) those things will go smoothly and we’ll be able to roll these out quickly.
Senior Artist Dusty Nolting is focusing on the female model—here are his thoughts:
The Horde has classically been about brutes, blood, and thunder. The Blood Elves bring a bit of subtlety to the Horde, and I think that was one of the most important aspects of the Blood Elves to maintain. For the female specifically, something we did often was move things around in small but deliberate increments, to make sure everything was just right. It’s the delicate details like her nose shape or fingertips that represent the most challenging parts of upgrading the female.
Read more on the World of Warcraft community site.
Unbeknownst to many in this part of the world, the latest iteration of G-STAR wrapped up its usual four-day run on Sunday. For observers in this hemisphere, Korea's trade and consumer game industry event has never even remotely approached the levels of visibility and hype that its western counterparts typically generate. Accordingly, it's seldom held in the same regard. Nonetheless, this year's version drew my attention for various reasons.
Read more of Richard Aihoshi's The Free Zone: Long-Distance Thoughts on G-STAR 2014.
Carbine Studios has a metric ton of lore to reveal over the next few months as it begins a new series that will explore the story behind WildStar. In the first short story, "Voyage of the Nomad", the Cassian's journey to Nexus is revealed in all its glory and horror.
Moving forward, every two weeks on Tuesday at 10 am PDT, a new entry will be entered into the story page and its timeline of events until all eleven tales have been told. The stories will unfold chronologically, until they reach the events that players have already experienced in WildStar’s main story.
Check out the first installment on the WildStar site.
With Thanksgiving just a few days away, the KingsRoad team wants to make sure its players have lots to celebrate. Fans can look forward to a special Harvest Tournament and some awesome Harvest rewards. The Harvest event will be live in KingsRoad beginning today, Tuesday, November 25th through mid-December.
Beginning Tuesday, November 25 at 4:00pm PST and running until Monday, December 15 @ 3:59pm PST, players will be able to compete in the Harvest Tournament for their shot at besting the Viperbuff champions. Players who succeed in taking down the idol thieves will gain two all-new, exclusive jewels, deemed two of the best jewels in the game to-date:
- Tristone of Ultimate Dark Harvest - (Max potential - 162 damage, 500 Health)
- Crescent of Royal Luck and Knowledge (Max Potential - 30% Gold find and 12.5% XP)
Find out more on the KingsRoad site.