World of Warcraft: The Top 5 Free-to-Play WoW Clones
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 November 2014, 8:00 pm

The Top 5 Free-to-Play WoW Clones

The term "WoW Clone" gets thrown around a lot these days. While it may not really be fair to claim that any game should be labeled a clone of another game, it is the reality that we live in. World of Warcraft is, by far, the biggest and most popular MMORPG in the world and as the old saying goes, "If you can't beat 'em, copy 'em," or something like that.




Aion: Invasion Update: New Zones, Instances
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 November 2014, 1:13 am

Invasion Update: New Zones, Instances

Aion online this week continues its epic saga with new content including open world PvP zones Kaldor and Levinshor, new instances, free gifts and new world bosses.




World of Tanks: Update 9.4: Two New Combat Modes
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 November 2014, 1:20 am

Update 9.4: Two New Combat Modes

Wargaming is continually improving their existing games, and this week they've added two new combat modes as well as improvements to Strongholds, Team Battles and the Stalingrad map.




The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt: Offers 16 Free DLCs
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 November 2014, 1:29 am

Offers 16 Free DLCs

CD PROJEKT RED is getting ready for the February 24th 2015 release of its open world RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and in light of that, are unveiling plans for 16 free chunks of downloadable content.




World of Warcraft: BlizzCon 2014 - Warlords of Draenor & Anniversary Interview
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 November 2014, 10:15 am

BlizzCon 2014 - Warlords of Draenor & Anniversary Interview

During BlizzCon 2014, we caught up with WoW's Cory Stockton, Lead Game Designer, to chat about the game's 10th anniversary and the future of Azeroth as it prepares for its 5th expansion.




Guild Wars 2: Why Echoes of the Past is Important
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 November 2014, 2:38 pm

Why Echoes of the Past is Important

Players have had a long wait for a content update for Guild Wars 2, but the wait is finally over. This long wait is just one of several reasons players feel unsure about the games future. While season 2 of the Living World has made serious improvements, it's also plagued with it's own faults. Still, it has helped to keep your hopes up, at least a little bit. Echoes of the Past has been live now for nearly a week, and it seems that hope can grow a bit more.




Swordsman: Gilded Wasteland - The Role of PvP in a Story-Driven Game
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 November 2014, 2:57 pm

Gilded Wasteland - The Role of PvP in a Story-Driven Game

Last week, we had the opportunity to sit down with Swordsman Online's Associate Product Manager Wayne Song to discuss the guild aspect of the new Gilded Wasteland expansion. This week, we're continuing that interview with some more from Song on the importance of PvP in the game and what role it plays in the endgame.




ArcheAge: Aurorian Upheaval
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 November 2014, 9:19 pm

Aurorian Upheaval

Trion Worlds dropped the ball this week. A triple-whammy of bad decisions has managed to push players away from the game just in time for the holidays. Let's take a look at what went wrong.




Civilization Online: CBT #2 Slated for November 25th
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 November 2014, 11:26 am

CBT #2 Slated for November 25th

XLGames is soliciting players for the second Korean closed beta test of Civilization Online. Potential testers can begin signing up on the official site. Winners will be selected on November 24th, with the beta kicking off on November 25th. More testers will be added daily through November 29th.




Dragon Age: Inquisition: Bioware Reclaims the RPG Crown
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 November 2014, 3:30 pm

Bioware Reclaims the RPG Crown

There is no better way to begin a review of BioWare's Dragon Age Inquisition than to say that anyone who has been hungering for a magnificently crafted role-playing game will find a place to love and in which to play for years to come. DAI stretches a player's abilities and emotions all the way from the game's first moments through the final epilogue following the credits, all wrapped up in some of the most visually stunning environments ever created.




EverQuest II: Tenth Anniversary Documentary Teased in New Trailer
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 November 2014, 5:36 pm

Tenth Anniversary Documentary Teased in New Trailer

This year marks EverQuest II's tenth anniversary and Sony Online Entertainment is putting together a retrospective look at the game's first decade. To entice people, SOE has released a teaser trailer about the documentary. Check it out!




WildStar: Mordesh & Draken Featured in Latest Loremageddon
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 November 2014, 5:40 pm

Mordesh & Draken Featured in Latest Loremageddon

The latest WildStar Loremageddon article has been published on the game's official site. The series lays out the lore behind the game. This is the third installment specifically focused on the races in WildStar, in particular this time, the Mordesh and Draken.




General: Recent Unanswered & Unanswerable Questions
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 November 2014, 5:48 pm

Recent Unanswered & Unanswerable Questions

While I won't go as far as to say it usually happens, neither is it uncommon that when I look back at the recent past in order to decide what to write about, I end up with unanswered or unanswerable questions. This is at least partly due to how my mind works in relation to the MMOG space; I seldom take what I see or hear at face value. Some of the titles I've had cause to wonder about lately are Overwatch, Dawngate, WildStar and Otherland.




Moonrise: Setting the Tone
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 November 2014, 8:12 pm

Setting the Tone

Today we're discussing the tone of our game's story. Tone is one of the hardest things to define for a game, especially before you start writing. Everyone can sit down, talk about touchstones, and agree on a target, but at the end of the day, tone is something that develops during the creation process, not something you just decide to do in advance.




Elder Scrolls Online: Time to Slow It Down, ZeniMax
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 November 2014, 8:30 pm

Time to Slow It Down, ZeniMax

Timing is everything. The last time in this space, I wrote about The Elder Scrolls Online rebounding from mistakes and negative first impressions moving forward. Since that was published, a major error happened with the latest round of patching, causing discrepancies between what was supposed to be included and what actually made it to the live server, as well as additional bugs, and, for a time, major login errors.




WildStar: Mystery of the Genesis Prime Update Arrives Today
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 November 2014, 5:29 am

Mystery of the Genesis Prime Update Arrives Today

Carbine Studios and NCSoft have announced that the latest WildStar update, Mystery of the Genesis Prime, will be released later today. The update is focused primarily on lore but also introduces high level players to a new zone, quests and adventures.




Guild Wars 2: Tangled Path Revealed as Next Episode in Season 2
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 November 2014, 5:33 am

Tangled Path Revealed as Next Episode in Season 2

ArenaNet is paving the way for players on their journey through Guild Wars 2. The next episode in Season 2 is called "Tangled Path" and is teased in the latest video released by the GW2 team.




Firefall: Update 1.2 - Together Toward Victory - Revealed
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 November 2014, 9:09 am

Update 1.2 - Together Toward Victory - Revealed

Red 5 has put up a teaser page for the forthcoming Firefall update scheduled to hit live service next week. Called "Together Toward Victory", the update will deliver new open world events and instanced adventures outside the normal campaign missions. Together Toward Victory is expected to go live on November 18th.




World of Warcraft: New York City? Conquered. Next Stop Azeroth
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 November 2014, 9:16 am

New York City? Conquered. Next Stop Azeroth

Blizzard has posted a fun new image on its Twitter and Facebook pages. If pictures are worth a thousand words, then this one speaks for itself. Enjoy!




WildStar: Digesting Drop 3
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 November 2014, 9:16 pm

Digesting Drop 3

Earlier this week, WildStar's Drop 3 finally hit live servers. It's been three long months, but the Mysteries of the Genesis Prime are now open for us to explore. For many of us, the release marks the start of Carbine's road to recovery. But does this latest update really tick all the boxes?




General: Blizzard’s Moving On to Smaller and Better Things
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 November 2014, 1:20 am

Blizzard’s Moving On to Smaller and Better Things

I feel this doubling of efforts towards World of Warcraft is all you're going to see on the MMO front for the foreseeable future. So, what now? What does it all mean for Blizzard? Well, it seems to me that the studio is looking to move on to smaller and better things.




EverQuest: The Darkened Sea Flows Into Game
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 November 2014, 7:19 am

The Darkened Sea Flows Into Game

The twenty-first EverQuest expansion has been released and will give players lots of time at the beach in pursuit of new quests, new gear and much more. Called "The Darkened Sea", the expansion gives players an opportunity to revisit characters and locations from the past that have been reimagined in new ways. Of note is the new "mount keyring" that places all mounts in a single location in order to free up inventory space.




Pillars of Eternity: Pre-Orders Open Up Worldwide
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 November 2014, 7:24 am

Pre-Orders Open Up Worldwide

Paradox Interactive has announced that pre-orders of Pillars of Eternity have opened up worldwide. Players can grab a copy of the game from various digital retailers that will include in-game items and much more. In addition, Josh Sawyer will be on hand on November 13th for a special live stream event that will showcase never before seen locations and game play.




Runescape: Lost City of the Elves Opens Its Gates
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 November 2014, 7:38 am

Lost City of the Elves Opens Its Gates

Runescape players can now enter the entire Lost City of the Elves, Prifddinas. The city first opened its gates in September and with the latest update, the entire city is available for player exploration. Prifddinas specifically caters to the high level Runescape player community with several features that can only be found here.




EverQuest II: Altar of Malice All-Access Play Begins
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 November 2014, 7:42 am

Altar of Malice All-Access Play Begins

Sony Online Entertainment has announced that the EverQuest II expansion, Altar of Malice, is now available to All-Access members who can jump into the game to start adventuring through the eleventh expansion. Players will be able to progress to level 100 and have new quests, gear and zones to explore.




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