Shroud of the Avatar: Shroud's Release 14 Walkabout
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 February 2015, 10:11 pm

Shroud

Wednesday night I went on a walkabout of New Britannia with Richard Garriott and Starr Long from the Portalarium team. During that time Richard and Starr showed off what was new in update 14; crafting recipes to include enchanting, a contested point, and two new areas. We also learned what Gordon Lightfoot and Jim Morrison have in common and what the SotA community had to do with that.




Crowfall: Examining The Hunger
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 February 2015, 9:39 am

Examining The Hunger

What is the end game? This is the quintessential question in the making and maintaining the average Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) game. How will it keep players engaged when they hit level cap while the developers furiously work on the next major patch that will expand or change the static world.




Darkest Dungeon: Darkest Dungeon - The Redemption of Early Access
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 February 2015, 9:50 am

Darkest Dungeon - The Redemption of Early Access

The games media has been on fire this week. The topic, not for the first time, has been Steam Early Access - or more precisely, Peter Molyneux, but we'll get to that later. Amidst all the chaos of broken promises and players rightfully feeling taken for a ride, we've had the chance to play a game that does Early Access right: Red Hook Studios' Darkest Dungeon. It's a game with fresh ideas and a sense of style.




World of WarPlanes: New German Planes Fly Into Game with Latest Update
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2015, 7:42 am

New German Planes Fly Into Game with Latest Update

World of Warplanes has been updated to v1.7 that brings new German aircraft into the game as well as a pair of new locations for budding pilots to check out.




Guild Wars 2: The Daily Quest - Got Questions About Heart of Thorns?
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2015, 8:56 am

The Daily Quest - Got Questions About Heart of Thorns?

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is one of the biggest topics in the MMO world right now, being the first official expansion to ArenaNet's sequel. As it happens, we're headed to Seattle to see the game next week, and we want your questions to take with us. Post them, as many as you have, beyond the break.




General: Victor Vran Enters Early Access
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2015, 12:01 pm

Victor Vran Enters Early Access

Haemimont has announced that its forthcoming action RPG, Victor Vran, has kicked off its Steam early access program. Interested players can grab an exclusive costume for participating in the earliest phases of deployment.




Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited - Freedom to Play & Pay The Way You Want
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2015, 1:40 pm

Tamriel Unlimited - Freedom to Play & Pay The Way You Want

Next month, Elder Scrolls Online officially adopts a hybrid revenue system that will include the moniker "Tamriel Unlimited". We caught up to the ESO team to ask a few questions about the upcoming changes and what it means for players.




Star Wars: The Old Republic: Boston Community Cantina Cancelled
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2015, 4:32 pm

Boston Community Cantina Cancelled

Because of freezing weather in Boston, the Star Wars: The Old Republic Community Cantina event has been cancelled.




Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Swag Giveaway!
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2015, 6:00 pm

Heart of Thorns Swag Giveaway!

We've partnered with ArenaNet to give away a bunch of awesome Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns swag.




General: Harry Potter Themed Wizarding World Online Announced
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2015, 6:52 pm

Harry Potter Themed Wizarding World Online Announced

Nearly two years ago, we reported that a Harry Potter MMO was in the works. According to a new report from Bio-hazard Entertainment, Wizarding World Online will indeed become a reality. A team of over thirty has been working on the earliest systems to get things lined up to meet today's start of a Kickstarter initiative.




Skyforge: Producer Talks Transitioning to Closed Beta
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2015, 9:25 pm

Producer Talks Transitioning to Closed Beta

With the release of fantasy MMO Skyforge looming, the game's development director, Eric DeMilt took to the web this week to talk about the effort Obsidian's gone to recently to transition to closed beta.




Pathfinder Online: Early Enrollment = New Base Camps and Smallholdings
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2015, 9:36 pm

Early Enrollment = New Base Camps and Smallholdings

As of February 21, Pathfinder Online released the Early Enrollment 4.1 and along with that update, a range of new deployable structures.




General: AD2460 - Aiming to Revolutionize Web-Based Gaming
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2015, 9:54 pm

AD2460 - Aiming to Revolutionize Web-Based Gaming

A new sci-fi MMO has emerged from the Norwegian development company, Fifth Season AS - a game that hopes to change the way MMO players look at web-based games.




Tales Runner: Expanding Onto Steam
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2015, 10:09 pm

Expanding Onto Steam

As of this week, OGPlanet's fanciful MMO Tales Runner is available via Steam.




Order & Chaos Online: Celebrates The Lunar New Year With a New Update
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 February 2015, 2:42 am

Celebrates The Lunar New Year With a New Update

Mobile MMO Order & Chaos Online this week invites players to celebrate the Lunar New Year by conquering the new dungeon, Rising Flare: Burn Out The Night.




General: Starriser - New Space MMO Now in Open Beta
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 February 2015, 2:58 am

Starriser - New Space MMO Now in Open Beta

Spanish developers Arpic Games this week announced its upcoming real-time, free-to-play MMO Starriser, touting the beta's expanded fleet options.




Might & Magic Heroes Online: Update - "Better, Stronger, Faster" Hero Improvements
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 February 2015, 3:11 am

Update - "Better, Stronger, Faster" Hero Improvements

Players of Might & Magic Heroes Online will be happy to hear that this week, Ubisoft updated the game with a range of new ways to modify their heroes.




General: Is P2P Doomed?
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 February 2015, 7:25 pm

Is P2P Doomed?

Welcome to Player Versus Player, the bi-weekly column that throws two writers in a cage in a battle of faction warfare. We debate the topics nearest and dearest to your heart and then throw it in the comments to you to decide the victor. This week, we cast our gaze to business models and ask whether it's time for Pay to Play to go the way of the Dodo.




General: 5 Best Features From Closed MMOGs
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 February 2015, 12:30 pm

5 Best Features From Closed MMOGs

As with all too many other aspects of our lives, it can be temptingly easy to apply either binary or at least not highly differentiated thinking within the context of the MMO category. So, for instance, we tend to regard a game as either good or bad, or if we choose to add a third grouping, as mediocre. However, with a bit of reflection, I suspect many readers can name elements you remember from titles that weren't very well-received overall. Here are some of mine.




General: Star Citizen’s Ship Rentals Are A Good Thing - And Worth Criticizing
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 February 2015, 12:45 pm

Star Citizen’s Ship Rentals Are A Good Thing - And Worth Criticizing

With over $72 million in funding raised from crowdfunding, Star Citizen is no doubt an ambitious project that has grown over time. That hasn't happened without its share of criticism. People wonder where the game is by now. Others criticize the developers for consistently releasing new ships to buy for a game that, as yet, isn't out. These ships aren't cheap, either.




Guild Wars 2: It's (Mostly) About The Money
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 February 2015, 12:54 pm

It

This week, we take a look at Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2's financial numbers and how they relate to what ArenaNet does to please fans of both games.




Shards Online: Random Events and the Shape of Many Worlds
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 February 2015, 6:02 pm

Random Events and the Shape of Many Worlds

Since their successful Kickstarter last year, Citadel Studios' Shards Online has largely gone dark in terms of PR and outreach. Contrary to other KS games with multi-million dollar budgets, they've been focused more on making the game that adding pledges, because their staff and budget dictate as much. I caught up with Citadel's Derek Brinkman to chat about the state of Shards and their plans for Alpha and Beta this year.




Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen: State of the Game Update
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 February 2015, 1:55 am

State of the Game Update

This weekend, Visionary Realms Inc. posted an extensive update on its Facebook page regarding where the upcoming MMO is headed. At this point, the main developments are about the new version of the Unity engine and related graphic upgrades.




General: The Daily Quest - What Could Make Crafting Interesting?
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 February 2015, 7:42 am

The Daily Quest - What Could Make Crafting Interesting?

It's an age-old discussion, or at least as old as the MMO itself. Some players love crafting, others tolerate it, while others still ignore the act entirely. But everyone agrees that it's a necessary feature in the MMORPG. So today's quest is a simple one... what could or would make crafting more interesting for you as a player?




EverQuest Next: Consoles Possible in the Future, Storybricks Ties Cut
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 February 2015, 10:01 am

Consoles Possible in the Future, Storybricks Ties Cut

In last Friday's EverQuest Next / Landmark live stream, Terry Michaels revealed that, while the team is currently focused on the PC version of the game, there is the possibility it will be delivered to consoles at some point in the future. "It's really in our heads to see it on consoles." Michaels said.




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