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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
The World of Warcraft site has been updated with a new blog post called "The Adventure Continues" that is a nice little write up of some of the additional features coming in tomorrow's v6.1 update. The post is designed to introduce players to some of the new content for their followers and themselves.
My.com Senior Producer Josh Morris is on hand in a new video for Armored Warfare enthusiasts as he takes fans on a tour of the five vehicle classes that will arrive with the game. The video is packed with game play footage of the battle tanks, light tanks, armored fighting vehicles, tank destroyers, and self-propelled guns. Morris provides pretty detailed information about the relative strengths and weakness of each vehicle. Check it out!
The EverQuest team was on hand last week to give players the thumbs up on continuing development for the game. Among other things, it was announced that seven player-created missions will be arriving in next month's anniversary update, as well as the new loot system. In addition, a progressive server is still very much at the forefront but without solid plans at the moment pending a possible survey of players to see how they would like it to manifest.
The Crowfall curtain is about to lift and Artcraft is beating the drums of excitement for the game that has yet to be fully revealed. Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 24th will see the final pieces of the puzzle revealed as the timer that has been running for the past two months finally expires.
The Final Fantasy XIV site has been updated with new information about the forthcoming "Manderville Gold Saucer" update. The update is scheduled to go live tomorrow, Tuesday, February 24th and the updated site gives players information about the new mini-games.
As Terry wrote in his column yesterday, there's a new sheriff in town with Eternal Crusade. Filling the large and vibrantly energetic shoes of Miguel Caron is Nathan Richardsson. From CCP, Trion, and Ubisoft with a pedigree in MMO gaming like few others, the new Senior Producer of the Warhammer 40K MMO chatted with Rob Lashley about the future of Eternal Crusade and his gaming past.
Earlier this week, we posted our musings about Sony Online Entertainment's acquisition by Columbus Nova and transition to Daybreak Game Company. It's big news for fans of SOE...err...DGC's games, particularly when considering the potential for seeing their titles released on platforms other than PC and PS3/PS4.
Dying Light is Techland's third foray into the world of first-person zombie survival horror. Have they learned from the Dead Island series or is the game washed out to sea alongside Dead Island: Riptide? Find out in our full review.
Welcome to Player Versus Player, the column that pits two MMORPG writers against each other in a battle wits, tears, and experience points. Twice a month, we take to our podiums to debate both sides of your most heated arguments. This week, Elder Scrolls Online rocked our newsfeeds with the bombshell that the game would be going buy-to-play before its summer console launch. Our topic: Is this a good thing for the game or the beginning of the end?
Last Thursday, Wargaming began an event in honor of carnival that gives players 3X the XP for your first battle and extra gold in each purchased bundle.
Heroes in the Sky welcomes new pilots from February 5th to March 4th with a special item set and a near-complete lack of details regarding the opening events.
This week fantasy MMO Rift saw the abyssal passage open to 20-player raid, Tyrant's Forge. Legion technicians are busily working on a new body for the Dragon of Air, so get your armored butt in gear!
Names... they're kind of a big deal. Especially in MMOs where they can often telegraph what kind of player you are. Know those guys who call themselves Goku this or Drizzt that? Probably not taking the game as seriously as Lord Reginald Wellingsworth the 3rd. But how much does your character's name matter to you?
The Final Fantasy XIV Reddit has been updated with some newly translated material from the Japanese site Famitsu that indicates Square Enix is on board with more frequent updates and yearly expansions. Updating FFXIV from v2.0 to v3.0 took roughly 18 months. According to the post, that should shorten dramatically in the future, down to about three months between updates.
In 2012, Nexon purchased a block of stocks in NCSoft and became the largest shareholder. Pledging at the time not to interfere with NCSoft's management, Nexon has since rescinded that statement and has inserted itself, or tried to, in the day-to-day affairs of NCS. Calling Nexon's style vastly different from its own, NCSoft is keeping track of outstanding stock purchases and calling on Nexon to back off its stance as injurious to shareholders and stock prices as well as its ability to compete.
DC Universe Online Members now have access to the game's thirteenth DLC, Amazon Fury Part II. Non-members will have to wait until February 12th to be able to purchase Amazon Fury Part II.
Dying to check out Origins of Malu? Your chance is incoming as the team is ready to put servers online for a couple of hours on Saturday, February 7th. There are keys up for grabs and no NDA in place for the event. Developers are quick to point out that this is neither the MMO release build nor the final early access build that will roll out on Steam later this spring. According to the post on the Origins of Malu forum, early access should kick off very soon after this weekend's event.
Victor chimes in with some positivity regarding Sony Online Entertainment's transition to Daybreak Game Company.
This month, Second Decade Collector's Edition Mystery Code holders get a bonus in the form of six new time-exclusive clothing items.
From February 5th until February 9th, fantasy MMO Aura Kingdom is offering players the opportunity to earn a range of cool loyalty rewards.