Nintendo has released a brand new battle trailer to show off some of the B-I-G monsters that players will face off against in Xenoblade Chronicles: X. See what you think!
Xenoblade Chronicles: X will launch for Wii U on December 4th.
The Blizzard corporate web site has been updated with three key positions on the World of Warcraft team: Art Director, Assistant Art Director and Lead Producer. Currently, Chris Robinson is the Art Director and John Lagrave is listed as the Lead Producer for WoW. Whether these two are moving internally to other Blizzard projects will remain to be seen.
Heroes of the Storm players have a new battleground to explore thanks to today's release of the Towers of Doom. Blizzard describes it as a "tug-of-war" style fight. From today through December 1st, Quick Match, Ranked and Vs AI are limited to six maps, one of which is Towers of Doom. After December 1st, all regular maps will return to the rotation.
To give players an overview of the fight and some strategic tips, devs have released a new video. Check it out and then head to the Heroes of the Storm site for more information.
On a semi-related side note, the Black Friday Sale has started with some great deals on HotS items.
Build and customize your house and other buildings using Chronicles of Elyria’s player-created blueprints and modular housing. Also, learn how houses help store your extra inventory, make survival easier, and support CoE’s unique family system.
Read more of Jeromy Walsh's developer diary, Chronicles of Elyria: Player Housing Part 1 – Architecture & Construction.
MMORPG.com has been given some very special gift keys for Wizard101 to share with our community. These gift keys will grant you a Jewel Pack for free! These packs include Circle and Triangle Jewels specific to the school of the pack (plus Shadow if you are Level 90+) as well as Square and Tear Jewels from any school. They also include a chance at exclusive new mounts!! Get your key while supplies last!
The codes will give the redeemer a chance at winning one of several jewels with a rare chance at winning one of the school-themed jewel packs.
For more information about these new Jewel Packs check out this link: https://www.wizard101.com/game/school-jewel-packs
Trion Worlds has sent word about the forthcoming plans for Devilian. The open beta is now announced as ready to go on December 2nd beginning at 10:00 am Pacific followed by Founders' Head Start on December 8th and final retail launch on December 10th.
Devillian combines the frantic nature of an action RPG with all the depth and social aspects of an MMO. Gamers play the role of the last guardians of Aelkeina – unique half-devil heroes battling to save their world from a fallen god – and experience fast-paced, visceral action combat paired with MMO features like crafting, quests, trading, cities, mounts, pets, guilds, alliances, wars, and dungeons.
Read more on the Devilian site.
During the heady days of post-Azeroth consumer boom and investor interest, the MMORPG was booming. So many new games… and so many that didn’t meet expectations of consumers or investors. Now, 11 years after the launch of World of Warcraft, it’s clearer now than ever before: we need a hero to save us from extinction.
Read more of Bill Murphy's We Need a Hero.
Bioware's Michael Backus has written an extensive post on the Star Wars: The Old Republic site to let players know that their voices have been heard with regard to recent changes to the way companions were buffed when Knights of the Fallen Empire launched last month. In it, Backus details why changes were made, but acknowledges that "we didn't realize how with Knights of the Fallen Empire gameplay had evolved."
Going forward, the team has several alterations to the current way companions are working in SWTOR:
All of the above are, however, dependent on influence level and character level to determine the precise amount.
Read the rest of the post that also details forthcoming changes to Star Fortresses on the Star Wars: The Old Republic site.
Star Trek Online players have raised $35,000 for an anti-bullying organization founded by former Deep Space Nine actor Chase Masterson (Leeta)called Pop Culture Hero Coalition. The funds were raised through the sale of a a limited quantity of T1 ships and shuttles and T6 ships that were released on Groupees.com on November 12th.
The contribution to Pop Culture Hero Coalition will be used to promote the organization at pop culture events and fund anti-bullying campaigns in inner-city schools that aren’t able to afford programming. The organization’s mission is to take a stand against bullying, racism, misogyny, cyber-bullying, LBGT-bullying and other forms of hate through the popularity of media. It was founded in 2013 by Chase Masterson (Star Trek Online, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”) and co-founded by Carrie Goldman and Matt Langdon.
ESTsoft has announced that the next major update for Cabal 2 will be called "Challenge Mode" that pits players against ever-increasingly difficult waves of monsters. These challenges will see players in familiar dungeons, but ones filled with new twists and challenges.
Along with rankings, players will be rewarded with the introduction of Runes as they complete each Challenge Mode dungeon. Runes offer players an increase in player stats and are upgraded to become even more powerful and useful through the Rune Transformation System. Additionally, warriors can earn Runes through challenge points, which are also given as a reward for completing Challenge Mode dungeons. Claim victory in the Challenge Mode dungeons to build a collection of Runes and gain the strongest of attributes.
Find out more on the challenge mode microsite on the Cabal 2 page.
For those looking for a true old school feeling to their MMO, Daybreak Game Company has announced that a 'true box', one account per player, progression server called Phinigel. Players will need to make friends, participate in chat and talk to be able to make it in the game world. The new server is scheduled to open on Wednesday, December 9th.
Make Friends; You’ll Need Them
Make friends. Form groups. Join guilds. Kill dragons. Become a part of the server community!
The player community we have in EverQuest is something that makes us unique and special. While we each explore Norrath and defeat raid bosses, we’re all part of the same community that enjoys playing EverQuest together. As the community on Phinigel starts to develop, it’s important to work to get along with the other players on your server.
Phinigel players have expansions to unlock, continents to explore, and loot to be… looted. All of this will be a much better experience if players and guilds work to get along!
Read the full details on the EverQuest forum.
What about you? Is something like this enough to bring you back to Everquest? Leave us your thoughts in the comments.
Webzen has announced that ELOA, Elite Lord of Alliance, has ended the open beta phase of development and officially entered into full retail release. With today's launch, the in-game shop has arrived packed with cosmetic looks and potions.
To celebrate the official release, ELOA is holding a launch event where players will fill up a Monster Journal by defeating different types of monsters in the vast world of ELOA. Players that completely fill up the Monster Journal between November 24th and the weekly maintenance on December 8th, 2015 (UTC), will receive Claire's Chika Box, granting them a chance to acquire a unique pet.
In addition to this in-game event, the ELOA team will be running the ELOA Official Launch Gift Key Giveaway Event from today through to December 8th, 2015 (UTC). Players can visit any of WEBZEN’s media partners to obtain a special gift key. Keys are limited to only one per WEBZEN account, and each key will grant a free gift pack, which includes Server chat (light purple) x5 and Eva’s Survival Pack x1 (Eva’s Tear x5, Eva’s Authority x5, Eva’s Breath x3).
Read the full announcement on the ELOA site.
The World of Warships team has sent out the latest video developer diary that covers how the score and sound for the game. It's a fascinating look behind the scenes at the creative process in action. Check it out!
Over the past several months, Marvel Heroes 2015 players and community members have been asked to vote for the character they'd most like to see enter the game. With today, the results are in and it will be Magick, voiced by Tara Strong, who will be joining the fray alongside her brother, Colossus.
Anyone who’s seen Illyana Rasputin in the comics knows that she has one of the most complex power sets of any mutant. Bringing it all to life proved challenging for the development team – but it was a challenge they met with flying colors. “As such a versatile character, we had to ensure that we were representing as many aspects of her history, combat skills, and mutation abilities as possible,” says May. “It would have been easy to focus strictly on her Soulsword and make her a pure melee fighter, but she has so much more to offer to a game of our genre. We structured the Soulsword as the core of all of her builds, but utilized her minions, teleportation discs, and sorcery to supplement and enhance her melee combat.”
Find out more on the Marvel Heroes 2015 site.
Battlestate Games is featuring a huge reveal today with the first-eve gameplay footage from their hybrid action MMORPG/FPS/TPS title called Escape from Tarkov. The footage was shot during a pre-alpha event. Check it out!
With the commencement of the limited "limited alpha" that includes VIPs, streaming notables, members of the games press, and some rank-and-file players, the information about the World of Warcraft: Legion expansion has flooded out the gate. Blizzard places no limits on its alpha players and, in fact, encourages them to stream game play, write about it, post impressions and screenshots and much more. But is it too much of a good thing? What does it leave players when the expansion really launches in 2016? Not. Very. Much.
Read more of Suzie Ford's and Catherine Daro's World of Waracraft: Legion Information Overload - Too Much of a Good Thing?
Several World of Warcraft community members, including a few of the admins at WoWhead, are reporting that their invites to the Legion beta have arrived. With friends and family, the internal beta begins and, over time, select community members, streamers, ViPs and more will be added before the more extensive beta begins. All in all, it's a good sign.
We'll keep you posted on what comes out of the beta. In the meantime, go check your mailboxes!
Homestead is a new feature coming to League of Angels that will allow players, as the name implies, to create their own patch of heaven, complete with city building mechanics and the ability to grow a community starting with the player's own family.
This is the core part of Homestead. It includes many normal activities you can think of about making a living in a totally natural way. You can set components to decorate your yard. You need to plant seeds to get necessary food, and you can get rare resource by mining, and there is even a Logging camp for you to collect wood. The most important thing is that all this land belongs to you and it can boost your stats in battle! Isn’t it exciting to have your own place in League of Angels?
Read more on the League of Angels site.
Citadel Studios has announced that the pre-alpha for Shards Online will kick off on December 3rd for $75 backers, December 10th for anyone backing the game at $40+. Servers will be up 24/7 for the duration of the pre-alpha event with no wipes.
The major focus of game system updates for the Pre-Alpha 3 phase is on controls and the new player experience. As such, we’ve completely revamped the controls, added a brand new targeting system to make combat far more responsive and accurate, and we’ve extended the new player quest that includes 7 profession quests and 4 exploration quests to get players acclimated to life before setting them out on their own.
You can find out more on the Shards Online site.
On Tuesday, November 24th, Continent of the Ninth Seal will be updated with the Ancient Arena content expansion. New conent includes a new PvP tournament system, a new competitive PvE dungeon, both complete with new gear and rewards.
In addition, PvP enthusiasts with a level of 45 or higher will be able to take part in a new 1v1 PvP tournament every Sunday, with winners gaining special Auspice and even more rewards.
Along with these new features, the update will introduce many improvements for the game, such as the Fishing Bait & Auspice Exchange System and the Hero Support Chest Rework.
The Hero Support Chest will contain over 8,000 Wcoin (80 USD) worth of new and useful items, such as highly enhanced weapons corresponding to a player’s class, Inventory Expansion Scrolls, Skill Reset Scrolls, Teleport Wings and more.
Read more about the update on the Continent of the Ninth Seal (C9) site.