No one is more excited for tomorrow's update than ArcheAge's Merv Lee Kwai. Called "Dread Prophecies", the update is the largest yet for the game since it launched. There's a huge feature list for Dread Prophecies and what makes it especially cool is that it affects all phases of life for players. There is literally something for everybody.
Daybreak Game Company has announced that the Rum Cellar Campaign for EverQuest II is now available for purchase. The new content features two brand new solo zones, three heroic zones, tons of fantastic new loot, new achievements and collections and much more. In addition to the Rum Cellar Campaign, today's update brought a host of other fixes and balances to EQII.
The Elder Scrolls Online is coming to console in just over a month. With the console beta in the books, and players sharing their experiences with the game in various places around the internet, as a PC player, several few patterns stand out and make me wonder if the console versions will be the definitive version of ESO, and if this game just might be a breakthrough for MMORPGs on console overall.
What's the hot story this week? We're highlighting posts from the blogosphere about SWTOR operations tuning, Blizzard's eSports triumphs and WoW token adjustments, and, yes, Steam's Mod Marketplace.
CCP has sent word that the Mosaic Update for EVE Online is now available. Mosaic brings a host of new additions, effects, cruiser-sized burner missions, and much more into the game.
Our own Beau Hindman will be hosting a special live stream event tomorrow with Tecton from Achaea, a MUD from Iron Realms Entertainment. The stream will take place on Thursday, April 30th at 5:00 pm Eastern / 2:00 pm Pacific. The two expect to give some inside tips for new and veteran MUD players. Be sure to head to the MMORPG.com Streams page to check it out on Thursday!
This year's Grand Finals in Warsaw, Poland marked a maturation point for Wargaming.net's fledgling eSports league, and eSports director Mohammed Fadl had some interesting observations about Wargaming's progress and the overall evolution of entertainment.
Week Three was only significant in that it opened up the potential for Dragon Paladin, but let's still dig through it and talk about the wing and new cards.
Warner Bros. Interactive has announced a new Game of the Year Edition for Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor. The special edition of the game comes complete with two story packs, a host of skins and runes, a missions pack, challenge modes and a special 'photo mode'.
The Crowfall site has been updated with a new look at the way that campaign modules will function within the game. Said to be based on both attributes and modules, campaigns are Artcraft's way to keep Crowfall from becoming static and unchanging.
In the latest developer diary on the Lord of the Rings Online site, Ben Schneider has a pleasant surprise for players looking for, as he put it, "hard". In the next update, currently scheduled for next week, players will be able to take part in two three-player instances and one full fellowship instance that will scale from levels 50-100.
Ons On Soft has announced that its innovative new strategy MMO hybrid, Rodinia War, is coming to the EU on May 7th. The game features a city building / defending 2D strategy portion alongside an open 3D world for players to quest through. According to Ons On Soft, the game will be browser-based or available for desktop download.
Obsidian Entertainment and My.com have announced that Founder's Packs are now available for purchase that will grant automatic entry into the first early access event currently scheduled for May 27th - June 3rd. Three Founder's Packs are available: $14.99, 29.99 and $69.99, each with its own set of in-game items and swag.
Runewaker and Infernum have announced that a significant content expansion has been released to the EU version of Dragon's Prophet. Called "Shadow of Betrayal", the game world will expand with a new zone, two new adventure dungeons and one new raid dungeon, tons of new quest items and gear, and a level cap increase to 105.
I have enjoyed Defiance since the very beginning, but it hasn't always been a smooth road of development. Trion Worlds still shows the game love, but do they concentrate too much on content that segments players away from the rest of the open world?
As part of the big changes coming to Landmark, the basic building materials will have the resource cost eliminated. Dirt, ice, sand, snow and stone were, however, once part of a Marketplace package. As a result, when the server wipe is implemented, any players who purchased these basic materials will find some compensatory goods added to their accounts. These "orbs of reclamation" can be traded for a different bundle of equal cost.
This week we bid farewell to Jessica as a host and remind everyone to read her new column, Tales From the Neighborhood! We also welcome Braxwolf as a regular co-host. This week we break down the pros and cons of Steam's paid mod program. Good or evil? [NOTE: after our recording, the Steam program was quickly cancelled.]
KOG Games is ready to pull out all the stops in celebration of the fourth anniversary of Elsword. Part of the festivities will take place on the KOG Games campus with a select group of players who will spend the day with the dev team, even including a spirited game of laser tag.
We didn't think we'd be reviewing Pathfinder Online anytime soon... until we discovered the game is both a.) taking money and b.) done wiping progress. As mentioned many times here, that's all we need to consider a game ready to be reviewed. If a studio is confident enough in a product to do both of those things, then we're confident that it deserves a score and review. Read on for the beginning of our Pathfinder Online adventures.
The Guild Wars 2 site has been update with a brand new blog post that is sure to set the community buzzing with the revelation of the Mesmer's Elite Specialization, the Chronomancer. As the name implies, Mesmers will gain some awesome new ways to manipulate time in both constructive and destructive ways.
Red Thomas sat down with Gordon Walton and Todd Coleman to talk about what early access players will be seeing first from Crowfall, and to explore the nature of the audience building around the game.
The Aion site has a new landing page that teases and upcoming expansion called "Upheaval". There are no other details available at this time but we'll keep you posted as we learn more.
Several members of the Skyforge team will be on hand this Friday to show off the Daren Facility dungeon and the Slayer playable class. The event will take place at 11:30 am Pacific / 2:30 pm Eastern in the Skyforge Twitch channel.