This week Rob takes a break from his normal staple of the MMO and RPG genre and dives into something new. Read on for his impressions of Rise of the Tomb Raider.
Former WildStar developer Tom "Hildogen" Cassera has joined a new team called Empyrean Interactive. According to the official site, MMOs are in development that are considered "MMOs you can beat" and are called "persistent cooperative adventures.
White Wolf seems to be on the move to bring the Vampire IP back to life. On April 26th, the company filed a trademark for Vampire Bloodlines related to "role playing games; downloadable publications in relation to computer games; video game software; application software for mobile phones; computer game software".
After collating feedback from open beta players, Ian Fischer has penned an extensive look at changes coming to Orcs Must Die! Unchained.
ArcheAge: Ascension will be arriving soon and with it comes a slew of castle upgrades. Guilds will be able to construct new buildings around the Archeum Lodestone that can even unlock elite quests. Construction of new buildings will require a special currency that comes in three types: Territokens, Lord's Pence and Lord's Coin.
The latest producer's letter for H1Z1: King of the Kill has been released with notable news that a new game mode is now available that is a weekend event only. Called Skirmishes, these battles have special rulesets that might be, for instance, "Small Arms", which would limit the types of weapons used during the fight.
Gaijin Entertainment has announced a series of events taking place in War Thunder in remembrance of Victory Day. Players can take part in battles to earn special rewards including a Victory Decal and PPSh SMG decoration. In addition, several items are on special sale through the game shop.
CCP Games is celebrating 13 years of EVE Online with a special blog post and a developer video from CCP Seagull sharing the game's rich history. CCP Falcon has also penned a brief timeline of major events in EVE's past.
KOG Games has announced that its anime-themed RPG HeroWarz will be entering its closed beta phase of development on May 18th. In addition to traditional RPG experience, players can also enter a stand-alone PvP element called Arena TV, a MOBA-based environment. Those interested in signing up can head to the HeroWarz site.
Juvty Worlds has released the 8.3 update for its survival sandbox MMORPG Wild Terra. The update features a number of improvements for cloaks, including animations and colors. Players can also look forward to permanent mounts, new colors and breeds of horses and new mounts added to the game shop.
Carbine Studios recently solicited feedback from the community regarding race / class combinations. This past Friday the team announced several new choices for WildStar players.
Blizzard has announced on the official Overwatch forums that the open beta will be extended through 10 am Pacific / 1 pm Eastern on Tuesday, May 10th. The reason for adding more time to the open beta is to continue to collect feedback from the community.
Fragmented has been patched with the largest update since early access began. Localization has started with Spanish and Simplified Chinese with other languages to come in the future. In addition, the guild system has been overhauled and guild leaders will have more control over what buildings will be placed in guild bases.
Starmourn, a new MUD in development for release in 2017, has been updated with a new lore article to reveal the backstory for the human race. It features a character named Captain Maddox and a military group called Omega Company.
Turbine has revealed the first information about the next free update to Dungeons & Dragons Online. Called Gnomework, the content expansion will feature several all new quest lines that send players on discovery missions in a classic choose-your-own adventure story.
Exile Gaming Studio has opened up its KickStarter campaign to generate a bit over $43K in funding to complete development of Exile Online and prepare it for release in mid-2017. Exile Online is set in the distant future in a cyberpunk universe.
Having had a very busy week I've not once logged into Black Desert Online. My time has been short and when I did want to go on the computer recreationally I wanted something immediate. In many ways I'm grateful that Black Desert Online is Buy to Play so that I don't feel pressured to log in. On the other hand, I still feel somewhat anxious when I don't. Years of a gear treadmill or handing over for a subscription fee tends to have that effect.
Just over a month ago, EVE: Valkyrie launched on the Oculus Rift. At EVE FanFest, we sat down with Lead Designer Andrew Willans to look at what they've learned, how the community's developed, and what's coming up in the next year.
Greetings fellow Crusaders, it's been a long while, but we're back with more coverage of Behaviour Interactive's upcoming Eternal Crusade, a third person Shooter set in Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000 universe. Since last we spoke, Eternal Crusade has been early-released on Steam, to positive reviews from those who ventured into the early-release, and a lot of things have changed and grown since then.
Duncan Jones has released a two-minute segment of the Warcraft movie soundtrack, this portion composed by Ramin Djawadi. The untitled composition has a very "orc-ish" and militaristic sound to it, perhaps masses of the Horde moving through the Dark Portal? What do you think?
World of Warcraft YouTube fan Ivan Kuzkin has remade the Warcraft movie trailer using in-game assets. In the first, the entire trailer is shown solely with in-game character and environmental assets, the second shows the released trailer compared to the game-created trailer. Enjoy!
The latest Das Tal update has been deployed that brings a number of changes to the game including a vastly improved new player experience. In addition, combat balance, an improved UI and more polish to movement abilities are now live via the patch.
World of Warcraft fan and YouTube videographer has posted a new work in which he restores the Blood Elf starting zone, Quel'Thalas. It's a very early work in progress but shows what the area might have looked like prior to the Scourge invasion. WoW players have been calling for the restoration of Stormwind park which will take place in Legion and others have similarly called for the repair of Silvermoon and the surrounding areas. Time will tell if it will ever happen. Regardless, check it out!
Trinium Wars has a new location, new quests and a new level cap thanks to the addition of the Puton Conflict update. Players reaching level 30 can head to the high-level location to check out the new content as well as the upcoming Resource War every Saturday with players going head-to-head to gather as much as possible and outdo the competition.
Wii U players with Minecraft installed will be able to get hold of the Super Mario update when it is released on May 17th. Players will be able to take on appropriately blocky Hammer Bros. and Dry Bones in a place where worlds collide. In addition, a series of skins, Super Mario-themed pre-made world, music and item textures will be included.