My wife loves to game, but she doesn’t like MMORPGs, as a rule. So finding an MMORPG that we can play together has always been a frustrating process. Me, I’ll play anything. An entire generation of milquetoast WoW-rehashes and Korean grindfests imported via Google Translate have lowered my expectations to basically rock bottom. My wife, however, has standards. And she’d like to tell you 5 things, just 5 things, which really piss her off…
Read more of Scott Collins' My Wife & The Unlikely Hero of Landmark.
Gamasutra is reporting that EVE Online's developer, CCP Games, has closed its San Francisco offices and fired two US executives. According to the report, overall revenues at CCP are down this year, likely prompting the layoffs.
Revenues for the first six months of the current fiscal year were $36.5 million, down from $36.7 million year-over-year, while earnings before interest, taxes and depreciation were $4.5 million, down from $8.3 million year-over-year.
Joe Gallo, CFO at CCP Games, and David Reid, CMO at the company, have both left the company, said CCP in its latest financial statement.
Read more at Gamasutra.
Citing the need to fine tune Gauntlet for multiplayer goodness, Warner Bros. Interactive has announced that its reimagined Gauntlet will be arriving on September 23rd.
PAX Prime 2014 will feature a special opportunity for an early look at the game with "The Gauntlet" -- a four-day livestream event where notable Penny Arcade personalities and other gaming / nerd celebrities will go head-to-head in a special tournament. "The Gauntlet" tourney will be held outside the Main Expo entrance in South Hall, where attendees can also get hands-on time with the game during the show. Both the tournament and participant gameplay will be streamed to the official PAX Prime Twitch channel.
Find out more about Gauntlet.
For those of you who aren’t in the know, Ubisoft Blue Byte recently posted an article where business analyst Teut Weidemann criticized the globally recognized MOBA League of Legends and their parent company, Riot Games, for not focusing on their profits. Okay, so that’s not the way it was worded, but it’s easy to read between the lines and see that this analyst is essentially taking a jab at Riot, pointing out that they have a questionable business model which should, in theory, be making substantially more money than it currently does.
Read more of Derek Czerkaski's The Soapbox: Calling Out UbiSoft.
I’m more confident at this point that Dragon Age: Inquisition’s multiplayer will be awesome than I am about the single player game. Inquisition seems to hit the right notes in terms of enhancing the series’ combat without overdoing it and stripping things away like Dragon Age II did, and this bodes well for a multiplayer component that focuses squarely on the game’s combat systems.
Read more of Michael Bitton's Why Dragon Age: Inquisition Co-Op Will Be Awesome.
Pillars of Eternity’s crowdfunded development by Obsidian shows just how much people love their 90s RPGs. The Infinity Engine was the base of classics RPGs like Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale, and with Pillars of Eternity, Obsidian hopes to recapture the make of that golden era. But is there such a thing as going too old school with your design? Read on for our preview.
Read more of Bill Murphy's Pillars of Eternity: The Infinity Engine's Back.
If you went to any ESO related community forums prior to launch you’d see a common topic being discussed, Will ESO go Free to Play? This topic sparked some of the largest debates I’ve seen in the MMORPG community. However, after discussions comparing the pros and cons of the F2P model, the majority of the Elder Scrolls Online community did not want the F2P model. They wanted ESO to be a subscription based game.
Read more of Ryan Getchell's Elder Scrolls Online: Is ESO Going F2P?
Chaos Heroes Online is a new MOBA hitting the market that is setting out to be something new in the genre. Find out more about Chaos Heroes Online in our exclusive interview.
Read more of Bill Murphy's Chaos Heroes Online: First Look Interview.
In a new and lengthy post on the Wildstar forums, Carbine Studios' Jeremy Gaffney has announced that he is stepping down as the company's president and will be taking on more of an advisory position within the studio and, as he says, perhaps elsewhere in the industry at a later point.
I have a personal “no bullshit” policy (which I think I’ve infused Carbine with as well), so let me give some context here without getting too personal.
“Focusing on family” is most often, in my opinion, a horseshit excuse you hear from executive types (usually departing with a forcible shove).
In my case, it is part of my reason for stepping down - through 2013, my wife and I lost six members of our families to various reasons – mostly cancer. I myself was diagnosed at the end of last year with a fatal-if-untreated form of skin cancer. I had let it go untreated/undiagnosed for over 9 months while focusing on work instead. I dodged a bullet; surgery was successful and I’m cancer-free - but (if you ever go through anything similar you’ll know) that’s a hell of a wake-up call.
Read the full post on the WildStar forum.
NeocoreGames, the minds behind the Amazing Adventures of Van Helsing series, has announced a new title called "Deathtrap". According to information received, Deathtrap is a hybrid between action-RPGs and tower defense games. Neocore is expecting Deathtrap to be released in the fall of 2014.
Beyond the veil of this world, deep in the whirling mists of the otherworld there are islands in the void. They give home to a chain of strongholds that were once built to keep the horrors of the void at bay. And now the monsters are returning to conquer and kill. Legendary beasts are waking up from their slumber, creatures of mad science flee from the secret laboratories and the eternal night breeds living shadows once more.
Only you can stop the horrors before they break through to the everyday world. Choose your hero carefully and defend the underground mazes and the silent forts. Use, rebuild and improve the ancient traps and rusty machines that fill the vaults.
Find out more about Deathtrap on the NeocoreGames blog.
TERA's site has been updated with a new parody of KickStarter to encourage players to run on a thirty day rampage against BAMs, or Big Ass Monsters. The site is keeping track of the number of BAMs killed with specific goals reached earning in-game rewards for players.
For the next 21 days, from August 26 to September 16, each BAM defeated by TERA players in the dungeons or the world contributes to the overall BAM kill count. If we kill 5 million BAMs within 21 days, we can slow down the exponential BAM growth to the previous, much more manageable rate.
With the extra time we'll have, we should be able to fortify our reality-game teleportals and return both TERA and our world back to normal! We turned to you, our community, because we believe that together, our TERA players can rise up and accomplish any challenge.
Read the entire parody site on the TERA Rising BAMKiller page.
Bioware has revealed good news for fans of both their epic single player game, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and of cooperative multiplayer work similar to that found in Mass Effect 3. In an interview with IGN, the team said that multiplayer will run alongside the campaign and that cooperative 'squads' of players would work through random maps of monsters. Additionally, all new heroes will be provided via free downloadable content.
Single-player is aiming for a smart marriage of narrative and gameplay systems. Multiplayer is pure, meant to attract role-playing junkies with a passion for loot, combat, and team-based battles in the gorgeous, brutal world of Dragon Age. After completing a multiplayer quest, you’ll take home your found gold to spend on treasure chests, which include items such as item recipes, new equipment, potions, grenades, and salves of varying rarity. Some may even unlock a new hero or character skin. Nine heroes join Dragon Age: Inquisition’s multiplayer roster at launch -- three for each mage/melee/archer class, each unique in their appearance, abilities, and characterization.
If you’d rather not grind, you can purchase Platinum, which is an “optional time saver” currency. “Nothing is behind a paywall,” Costa said. “We will never sell you an item.”
Read the full Dragon Age: Inquisition multiplayer interview at IGN.
And no, singleplayer content is NOT locked behind MP.— Mark Darrah (@BioMarkDarrah) August 26, 2014
The Heroes of the Storm blog has been updated with a new profile of none other than the Queen of Blades herself, Sarah Kerrigan. Not only is her in-game persona revealed, but fans of the Starcraft series are treated to a look back at Kerrigan's life and times in an interesting series of information tidbits.
- Use Kerrigan’s “Primal Grasp” [E] to pull siege giants into tower range.
- “Impaling Blades” [W] can be combo-ed with “Primal Grasp” [E] to stun multiple enemies. To perform the combo, place Impaling Blades in front of Kerrigan and follow up immediately with Primal Grasp. Any enemy hit by the blades will be stunned.
- Auto attacks and abilities proc Kerrigan’s Trait, “Assimilation” which gives you a temporary shield when you're attacking enemies. Use this to your advantage in team fights!
- Kerrigan’s Heroic: “Summon Ultralisk” [R] is great for singling out Assassins. Click and unleash the beast (It’s totally fine to giggle as they run in terror)!
Read the full post on the Heroes of the Storm page.
Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios have released a brand new trailer for the upcoming Star Trek Online expansion, Delta Rising. Delta Rising follows in the footsteps of the Voyager mission that returned thirty-two years earlier.
Set 32 years after the events of Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek Online: Delta Rising will bring players into the Delta Quadrant – a mysterious region of space recently made easily accessible through an ancient Iconian gateway. As players explore uncharted worlds and interact with alien species, they will partner with well-known crew members of U.S.S. Voyager to investigate an unknown enemy presence.
Read more about Delta Rising on the Star Trek Online Arc page.
APB: Reloaded has joined up with Perfect World Entertainment to become the first-ever third party game to be hosted on the Arc games platform. Interested players can use a unified log in for all Arc titles, including APB: Reloaded.
Perfect World Entertainment announced today the release of APB: Reloaded on Arc, its platform for publishing and accessing the best free online games. The Arc community can now divide between Enforcers, the vigilante justice faction, and Criminals, the anarchist faction, to protect or destroy the city of San Paro in this open-world action shooter. APB: Reloaded is the first game by a third-party developer to launch on Arc.
Check out the brand new APB: Reloaded arc page.
Isaiah Wright has posted a fantastic new blog that lays out the details for the forthcoming September 2014 Feature update. Players will be pleased to see the specifics of the update that includes instance ownership, crafting UI updates and game client performance improvements.
We‘re always working on the performance of the game with every update, but we have a big batch of improvements coming in this feature pack. We’ve changed the way many of the underlying systems work, making them more cost-effective, which will reduce how often players will be seeing issues caused by performance. This is most notable in large combat situations like WvW and at the PvE world boss events. These improvements affect both the server and client performance, so in these situations, you should see increased frame rates as well!
Read more on the Guild Wars 2 site.
Ever wanted to try your hand at steering two thousand tonnes of metal through incredibly dangerous waters? That’s exactly what Wargaming is working on with World of Warships, the latest in their military series. During Gamescom, columnist Gareth Harmer managed to go hands-on with an early alpha build.
Read more of Gareth Harmer's World of Warships: Captain on Deck.
MMORPG.com and Ubisoft have partnered to give away beta access keys to The Crew - the all new racing MMO that allows you to explore the entire United States in the hottest cars on the planet! Get your beta key while supplies last!
Black Gold Online will be receiving its first major update in the near future. Snail Games has detailed some of what players can expect when Campaign of Ashes goes live, including a new world map, new PvP features, a reworked interface and more.
Some new features coming in the Campaign of Ashes:
- An all new world map, the Ashen Copse, with new Quests, new World Bosses, and high level open world PvP!
- Customized character growth with increased max level, more equipment and a new “Skill Surge” system
- New content across the board: Battlefields, Battle Carriers, Instances, Adventures, Chambers of Greed - you name it, we've added to it
- Reworked interface, with integrated queuing and cross-server PvP system
- Updated Energy Wells system for competitive world domination
- Optimized client for smoother and faster game play
Read more on the Black Gold Online site.