This weekend, space trading, dog-fighting, space-MMO Age of Ascent is taking its PvP system for a spin and is looking for willing players to see how fast it can go.
4X turn-based strategy game Worlds of Magic announced the arrival of a range of new features, including a new Dwarven race and a new Hot Seat mode.
Survival MMO Wurm Online this week added a new 8x8 kilometer Challenge mode. Each Challenge will last one month, with prizes given to winners at the end of each cycle. Characters within this speical server begin with all the skills they need to build the best in battlefield offense and defense.
Medieval castle builder Stronghold Kingdoms this week launched a new Europe map. Accurately based on the modern map of Europe, it provides players the opportunity to build in 33 different countries.
Obsidian Entertainment gifted would-be Skyforge players with some images of Naori Island, a one-time tropical resort located on Aelion.
OK, so maybe dailies aren't exactly the first thing on anyone's wish list to be revamped. Still, despite their relatively small impact, they're something you encounter every, uh, day, so they're still important - important enough for ArenaNet to tinker with them for a third time since the game's launch.
I found it rather amusing that this is the 13th major release for Shroud of the Avatar, and that it comes after their hugely successful debut on Steam. Last month saw the game added to Steam's list of available Early Access titles, and the results were a sweeping victory for the team at Portalarium. With a whopping 87% positive reviews, and really strong sales that put the game in the top 10 on Steam's list of top sellers, it's been a fantastic month for Shroud of the Avatar.
I thought it would be fun to attempt to rank the new class legendaries in the Goblins vs. Gnomes expansion based on how I've seen them played thus far.
Thirty years ago, programmer David Braben created the ground-breaking, but controversial space trading game, Elite, a game that sparked many a debate among computer enthusiasts, and served as a precursor to games like Wing Commander: Privateer and EVE Online. Next Tuesday, Braben's releasing Elite: Dangerous, an ambitious sequel that could very well be the next ground-breaker/debate-maker, and I was fortunate enough last week, to get an early look at it.
It's that time of the year again. Depending on where you live, snow is falling, wind is blowing, the air is chilly, and fireplaces are roaring. Or if you're like me in Northern California, weather is slightly colder on most days, but generally sunny and not all that much different most of the time. Either way, it's the Holiday Season.
Android fans must wait no longer with today's announcement that Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is now available for mobile devices in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. According to Blizzard, other locations will be added in the coming days. The Android version joins the desktop and iOS versions of Hearthstone and is considered one of the year's top games.
Hearty players can head to the north in KingsRoad to take on new adventures during this month's Winterstone Tournament. From now through December 25th, the city hub will be winterized and give players the chance to win winter-themed items and boosts. In addition, the new 'offline' mode will enter the game that allows players to send hirelings off on missions when they are not currently playing. On return, players will score loot gathered by apprentices.
Firefall players will have plenty of opportunity to take part in the holiday themed Wintertide Event when it kicks off later today and continues through January 6th. During Wintertide, players can try their hand at Whack-an-Elf or take part in a grand melee snowball fight. Completing Wintertide events makes players eligible for some awesome gifts courtesy of special vendors in Copacabana, Dredge, and Kanaloa Research Station.
Fans of the upcoming Darkest Dungeons, an RPG built around the mental trauma of being a hero, will be pleased to know that the Steam Early Access program will begin on February 3rd. No similar date has been set for the PlayStation 4 version announced last week.
The Elite Eight in our MMO Face-Off of 2014 have been selected, and so we're nearing the finals of this year's contest. Will WoW manage to topple Tolkien? Will The Secret World dethrone Guild Wars 2? Read on and make your vote.
Previously released for iPad, Chilled Mouse has announced that it is working in a partnership with Games Workshop and Rodeo Games to bring Warhammer Quest for PC, Mac and Linux. The game is a mixture of roleplaying, strategy and adventure genres and will launch on January 7th.
Last week we got the chance to sit down with Origins of Malu's Michael Dunham to discuss the current state of development and some of the new changes coming to the game for 2015. The game is set for Steam early access coming up in the next few weeks and Mike's team has been working hard to get everything ready to go. Mike explained a few of the exciting new goals coming up with early launch as well as some of the pitfalls the team faced when developing an independent MMO.
CD Projekt Red hinted last week that a second playable character would be included in the forthcoming The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Today, the company announced that it will be Ciri, mentored by Geralt himself. Players will play as Ciri at critical junctures in the story, though she will not be able to be selected as the default player character.
Introducing new environments to explore is a staple of MMORPG expansion packs, and Shadow of Revan does not disappoint. After the prologue missions, the new content kicks off on the relatively obscure planet of Rishi, home to some interesting looking bird folk and a whole lot of pirate business. Bioware reached way back and dipped into the classic trilogy for the second planet (or rather moon), Yavin 4, recognizable to fans as the home base to the Rebellion in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
Back in 2012 there was this little MMO darling that was loved by many, one that I personally wanted to try out but never got the chance to. That gem of a game was called Glitch. MMO bloggers that I follow spoke nothing but praise and the announcement of the shutdown hit fans hard. Thankfully, unlike many MMOs that shut down Tiny Speck was able to put the art and code from Glitch into the public domain.
Hail fellow Crusaders, and well-met. This week we are going to look at the recent reveals of the UI/HUD for Behaviour's upcoming MMO-shooter, Eternal Crusade. Last week, on the Eternal Crusade Twitch show, Into the Warp, Nicolas Brunoni, the lead designer of the User Interface and Head Up Display, along with Peter Rockwell, who is the guy who takes Nicolas' ideas and determines if they are feasible, and if not, determines how to make them work within the game engine.
The other night I was participating in an annual tradition by getting ready sit down to think about starting to consider a possible temporary return to EVE Online, a tradition in my house since I first started my account in July of 2004. EVE Online will either pull you in completely, tempt you once in a while, or turn you off immediately. I fall in the category of the occasional temptation. Now that the game says you can "train multiple characters at once", I was once again tempted.
The Lord of the Rings Online forum has been updated with the latest update notes. Included among the general bug fixes and feature enhancements is the news that unique essences from Central Gondor will no longer be stackable. Players will only be able to equip one of each type. The team detailed how retroactive changes will be applied alongside the long list of other patch contents.
Those participating in Dragon Age: Inquisition multiplayer will be happy to hear that the DAI HQ has been released. Players can use a web-based or mobile version of the DAI HQ to track their multiplayer characters including accumulated experience and equipment, which challenges have been completed and leaderboard information. The Dragon Age: Inquisition HQ is very similar to the one created several years ago for Mass Effect 3's multiplayer component.
BundleStars.com is featuring a sweet deal for Tolkienites around the world with its Lord of the Rings Bundle released to celebrate the arrival of the latest Hobbit movie. The bundle contains LEGO: The Hobbit, LEGO: The Hobbit Complete DLC, Lord of the Rings War in the North, Guardians of Middle Earth, Guardians of Middle Earth: Smaug's Treasure and LEGO Lord of the Rings. All this comes with a sweet $9.99 price tag and all games are playable only via Steam.