General: MapleStory 2 - Three PvP Forms for CBT1
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 January 2015, 7:19 pm

MapleStory 2 - Three PvP Forms for CBT1

MapleStory 2 will be entering its first phase of its Korean closed beta testing later this month. Included in the CBT will be three forms of PvP: 1v1, Free-for-All and Shadow World. MapleStory 2's first round of beta testing will run from January 21st to January 25th.




War Thunder: Gaijin Releases Game Soundtrack
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 January 2015, 5:11 pm

Gaijin Releases Game Soundtrack

Gaijin Entertainment has released over fifty pieces of music from War Thunder. The music has been split into two albums, Ground Forces and Air Forces and can be purchased at a wide variety of online retailers for approximately $10 per album.




EVE Online: Proteus Update Released
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 January 2015, 5:19 pm

Proteus Update Released

The EVE Online Proteus update has been deployed and players can now begin exploring the changes made to the game in the form of graphical enhancements, new mining locations, rebalanced recon ships and more.




Elder Scrolls Online: Understanding Champion Points
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 January 2015, 5:22 pm

Understanding Champion Points

At the end of December Zenimax announced what players are going to receive when the champion system is released, 30 champion points. If you had at least one character veteran rank 1 or higher you'd receive 30 champion points when 1.6 goes live. It doesn't matter if you've spent the last 9 months playing the same veteran 14 character, or even had eight veteran rank 14 characters, you'd still receive 30 champion points. As you can see there is a major flaw in this.




Moonrise: Long-Form Storytelling
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 January 2015, 5:37 pm

Long-Form Storytelling

In which Ian and Andy discuss how to keep gamers coming back for more delicious story nuggets over the course of hours or years.




WildStar: Focus on the Future
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 January 2015, 8:29 pm

Focus on the Future

WildStar Product Director Mike Donatelli has posted a manifesto of sorts on behalf of the development team as it looks to the future in 2015. The letter to fans and players lays out the focus for the team for the balance of the year.




Neverwinter: XBox One Closed Beta to Begin in February
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 January 2015, 8:34 pm

XBox One Closed Beta to Begin in February

Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios have announced that the long-awaited Neverwinter XBox One closed beta is scheduled for February 5-8, 2015. The team is inviting interested XBox One players to head to the official Neverwinter site to sign up as a potential tester.




Heroes of the Storm: Heroes of the Storm Closed Beta Impressions
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 January 2015, 2:46 am

Heroes of the Storm Closed Beta Impressions

After roughly 10 months of alpha, Blizzard officially moved Heroes of the Storm into closed beta yesterday, and the update included a couple of new features and pieces of content among the expected round of tweaks and bug fixes. We spent some time with the beta version of the game and today we're offering our first impressions of all the new goodies.




World of Warcraft: 6.1 Datamining Yields New Quests, Twitter Integration & More
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 January 2015, 3:44 am

6.1 Datamining Yields New Quests, Twitter Integration & More

Busy little dataminers have been combing through the World of Warcraft v6.1 patch that is currently live on the public test realm. Among expected new items, quests and achievements, is the interesting tidbit that Twitter integration will be included, new video display options, and that Garona will become a player's legendary companion.




General: Xenoblade Chronicles Headed to New 3DS
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 January 2015, 11:01 am

Xenoblade Chronicles Headed to New 3DS

The news about the new version of Nintendo's 3DS squeaked out a bit early but that's OK, especially given today's news that Xenoblade Chronicles is headed to the platform as early as this April.




Guild Wars 2: What Lies Beyond the Point of No Return
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 January 2015, 12:12 pm

What Lies Beyond the Point of No Return

Though speculation has begun with the trademarking of Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns, little else beyond the name is known. That may end, however, on January 24th at PAX South and the main stage presentation to be given by ArenaNet co-founder Mike O'Brien and Game Director Colin Johanson. According to a press release, the pair will reveal what lies beyond the cliff hanger presented at the end of the latest living story update, Point of No Return.




Pillars of Eternity: Release Announced for March 26th
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 January 2015, 12:19 pm

Release Announced for March 26th

Longtime fans of Pillars of Eternity will be happy to hear that the release date has finally been announced for March 26, 2015. Up to today's announcement, the team has been hard at work polishing the game and squashing as many bugs as possible according to a post on the game's official site.




Black Desert: Large Scale PvP Shown in New Trailer
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 January 2015, 2:20 pm

Large Scale PvP Shown in New Trailer

The Black Desert Online team made up of Daum & Pearl Abyss is ready to show off some of the game's PvP features. In the latest video to be released, large scale PvP is spotlighted. Check it out and let us know what you think.




World of Warcraft: Blackrock Foundry to Open February 3rd
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 January 2015, 5:10 pm

Blackrock Foundry to Open February 3rd

World of Warcraft players ready to move on from the Highmaul raid will be happy to hear that Blackrock Foundry will open the first wing on February 3rd. Both Normal and Heroic levels will open that day, with Mythic a week later and Raid Finder on February 17th.




World of Tanks: Personal Missions to Arrive on Thursday
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 January 2015, 5:23 pm

Personal Missions to Arrive on Thursday

Wargaming has announced that the much-anticipated Personal Missions for World of Tanks will roll out on Thursday, January 15th. Personal missions allow players to play solo and move between missions even if not complete unlike multiplayer missions. The first campaign reward is a female crew member.




General: Shadowrun: Hong Kong Defies KickStarter Fatigue
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 January 2015, 6:16 pm

Shadowrun: Hong Kong Defies KickStarter Fatigue

Like many of you I'm suffering from Kickstarter fatigue. I'm even starting to grow weary of writing about it. Even new IPs from well renowned developers fail to raise my pulse if they are seeking money from players first and plan on delivering a product second. Crowdfunding is definitely a viable financing option for developers, however, and a highly successful developer has gone back to the Kickstarter well.




Star Wars: The Old Republic: But Everyone Else Was Doing It Too!
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 January 2015, 6:27 pm

But Everyone Else Was Doing It Too!

This week, Star Wars: the Old Republic put in a patch that had a fairly large number of tweaks to the game, mostly a lot of bugfixes and updates to various group activities such as changing which comms drop and rebalancing certain encounters. Sadly, however, much of these things were not the topic of many conversations about the game the past few weeks.




General: What to Do When Your Favorite RPG is Over
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 January 2015, 6:49 pm

What to Do When Your Favorite RPG is Over

After nearly one hundred twenty hours, I finished my completionist run through Dragon Age: Inquisition today. As I sat staring at the credits and waiting for the short epilogue cinematic that would come after them, I was left with a curious sense of emptiness with a mental image of an empty calendar filled with endless days stretching out in front of me.




World of Warcraft: Datamined Veteran Accounts Explained
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 January 2015, 7:33 pm

Datamined Veteran Accounts Explained

Earlier this week, it was revealed through datamining the latest PTR version of World of Warcraft that something called a Veteran Account would perhaps be introduced at a later time. Speculation ran rampant that this might mean that lapsed subscribers would be able to play their characters but with heavy restrictions, perhaps also leading to a F2P model of WoW. However, Community Manager Bashiok has explained its true meaning.




Crowfall: Templars, Champions & a Mystery
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 January 2015, 7:42 pm

Templars, Champions & a Mystery

The Crowfall site has been updated with a bit of information about a pair of the game's player character classes: The Templar and the Champion. In addition to those two, a third image that hints at as-yet unrevealed game features shows...what?




Elder Scrolls Online: Devs Detail the New Champion System
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 January 2015, 11:30 am

Devs Detail the New Champion System

The Elder Scrolls Online team has published a handy guide that takes some of the mystery out the Champion System, the overhauled progression system that comes along with Update 6. There is a section for each of the major parts of the Champion System: Points, Constellations, Passives and Enlightenment that will hopefully clear up some of the mystery surrounding the new system.




Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn: Get a Quick Look at v2.5
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 January 2015, 11:44 am

Get a Quick Look at v2.5

The Final Fantasy XIV Lodestone has been updated with a sneak peek preview at some of the upcoming content coming with patch v2.5. This time, the team provides a small look ahead at the new story arc and a side mission as well as information about Gilgamesh and the horrors to be found in Twelveswood.




Skyforge: Combat System Showcased in New Developer Diary
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 January 2015, 3:18 pm

Combat System Showcased in New Developer Diary

Obsidian Entertainment & the Allods team have released a brand new developer diary that gives Skyforge fans some background information about the combat system. Developers give visual examples of what they are talking about with the video packed with gameplay footage. Check it out!




Trove: Beta to Close Soon(ish) & Launch Ahead in 2015
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 January 2015, 3:29 pm

Beta to Close Soon(ish) & Launch Ahead in 2015

If all goes according to plan, Trion's Trove will be launching sometime in 2015. Trove Game Director Andrew "Avarem" Krausnick has written a brand new letter that also lets players know that the team has every intention of releasing wind (flying!), water (swimming!) and 'earthy' effect alongside more building materials to expand the ones already in the game.




General: My Problem with Fallout
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 January 2015, 3:35 pm

My Problem with Fallout

My name is Chris, and I have a problem. In 2009, I realized that I don't like Fallout. I have tried, over and over, to connect with what gamers love in these titles and just can't. Games have been bought and rebought chasing the elusive dragon that is the post-apocalypse. I've made excuses, rolled multiple characters, and forced myself to play. I like Elder Scrolls, so why not this? This is my story.




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