Issue 426
February 8th, 2014
Sony Online Entertainment has published the EverQuest Next: Landmark road map. The road map lays out in extensive detail what the team has plans to add to the game over the Phase 1, Phase 2 and beyond. More importantly, the team wants players to know why various systems and features are being implemented and the reasons behind the timing of their release.
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Gamasutra is reporting that Turbine has entered another round of lay offs at the Warner Bros. Interactive owned and operated games studio. There is no indication which teams were affected, specifically whether or not Lord of the Rings Online or Dungeons & Dragons Online development teams have been let go. According to the report, Gamasutra is reaching out to Warner Bros. for more specific information.
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There has been a lot of discussion about whether or not The Elder Scrolls Online gets this or that right over the past week or so, but what is really going to make or break ESO is the quality of the game's Alliance vs. Alliance warfare. Face it, AvA is the feature that really has the potential to set ESO apart from its peers; it's the game's secret sauce. Aside from Guild Wars 2, there simply aren't any other contemporary MMORPGs out there that are pushing large-scale three-faction warfare and this is where ESO makes its play.
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Square Enix has announced the beta test schedule for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn's PlayStation 4 version. The Phase 1 beta testing will begin on February 22nd and continue through March 3rd. Phase 2 will begin on April 4th and run through April 7th. In addition to beta news, FFXIV's Naoki Yoshida participated in a PS4 Conversation with Creators video series where he talks about the game on console and much, much more.
Additionally, the Project Copernicus and Kingdoms of Amalur IPs have been put up for auction in recent months but with no buyers in sight.
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Blade Hunter is a browser-based MMORPG that taps into ancient mechanics but brings them into the modern era by introducing many of the standard systems of MMORPGs today. Reality Squared Games is taking a crack at it this time around, and I'm keen to dive in and find out if these two genres can be combined to create something even greater than the sum of its parts.
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Released by Trion Worlds in early 2011, Rift takes place in the world of Telara where players take on the personality of an "Ascended." Two competing factions of Ascended, the Guardians and the Defiant, battle through the monsters of Telara in an effort to bring down Regulos, a dragon god bent on the complete destruction of Telara.
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