Issue 550
August 27th, 2016
Earlier today, we reported conflicting information about the nature of the Dark & Light revenue model. Snail Games sources had indicated both P2P (subscription) and B2P (one-time purchase). In response, the Dark & Light Facebook page has been updated with the news that the game will indeed be Buy to Play.
Read more here has sent out a brand new trailer for Revelation Online that spotlights the Vanguard class, complete with game play action. Most notably, however, also announced that the first round of beta testing will kick off in October and that Founders' Packs will come in a trio of varieties including Explorer (17.99), Founder (59.99) and Deluxe (89.99). Each will include closed beta access.
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Richard Garriott's Shroud of the Avatar recently saw the final character wipe and the rush for lot claims was conducted. While the game is still in development, we decided this to be the right time for a first review - after all you have to purchase the game if you want to play and progression is now permanent on the servers. Since our first impression in the previous article we tried to look beneath the surface of this complex, yet unpolished sandbox.
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Funcom has posted a warning to players of all of it's games (The Secret World, Anarchy Online, Age of Conan, Longest Journey) that forum account data has been accessed by a third party. This includes email addresses, user names, encrypted passwords and came at the hands of a security flaw in the company's vBulletin forums.
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Gamescom 2016 is in the bag and our team has seen all there is to see and choose the best of the best from Europe's biggest gaming convention.
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Guild Wars 2 is the sequel to ArenaNet's flagship title, Guild Wars. GW2 aims to fix a lot of what's "wrong" in the MMO world. With reworked combat mechanics, a focus on Dynamic Events, voiced quest dialog, several new professions, fan-favorite races, and the massive open world of Tyria, Guild Wars 2 is far more epic in scope than the original... while still retaining the F2P business model. The reliance on a holy trinity of class-roles is gone too, with every profession in GW2 being able to take on several roles, including that of a healer. On top of it all, there are also several unique forms of PvP for the competitive gamer: from match-made contests that any gamer will be familiar with to massive World vs. World vs. World wars that pitch entire servers against one another. ArenaNet hopes there is something for everyone in Guild Wars 2.
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