General: 5 Big Kickstarter MMOs to Keep an Eye On
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 28 February 2015, 8:31 pm

5 Big Kickstarter MMOs to Keep an Eye On

Kickstarter is a massive driving force in game development today. Anyone with an idea and the skills to make it a reality can get their game funded and in the hands of gamers across the world. It's an incredible time for game development. On the other hand, if a major studio with veterans at the helm want to create their dream project without the constraints that AAA development often entail, they can use crowdfunding to circumvent all of that as well.




World of Warcraft: Play to Play for Free
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 March 2015, 5:56 pm

Play to Play for Free

Big news today for World of Warcraft players. Blizzard has announced plans to allow players to purchase game time with gold! Similar to the PLEX system in EVE or C.R.E.D.D. in Wildstar, you'll soon be able to purchase a WoW Token from the auction house using gold that can be consumed for 30 days of game time. This is huge.




Camelot Unchained: Alpha Watch Live Stream NOW
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 March 2015, 8:57 pm

Alpha Watch Live Stream NOW

The path to the beginning of the Camelot Unchained alpha continues tomorrow, Tuesday, March 3rd. Thanks to MMORPG.com user will75, we know that the team will be on Twitch.tv during a planned stress test of the game servers in an effort to see if improvements to the game client's stability have been effective. During the event, developers plan contests, chat with the development team and a live look at the work that's going into getting the Camelot Unchained alpha underway.




Marvel Heroes 2015: David Hayter Chills with Us About Winter Soldier
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 March 2015, 9:07 pm

David Hayter Chills with Us About Winter Soldier

Winter Soldier recently was added to Marvel Heroes 2015. We had the opportunity to talk to WS's voice actor David Hayter, best known as Solid Snake, to find out more about Winter Soldier. Check out what he had to say in our exclusive mini-interview.




Star Wars: The Old Republic: Cancelled: ESL Operation Victory Competition
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 March 2015, 9:14 pm

Cancelled: ESL Operation Victory Competition

The ESL Operation Victory competition has been cancelled according to a new post on the Star Wars: The Old Republic site. The contest was designed for teams of players to race through operations in an effort to submit the best time to Bioware. However, issues cropped up in the Coratanni encounter that produced issues for those attempting to move through quickly. While tomorrow's patch will address some of the issues, the team felt that others remained.




Guild Wars 2: Playing Heart of Thorns is Like Coming Home
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 March 2015, 10:17 pm

Playing Heart of Thorns is Like Coming Home

It's no secret I'm a fan of ArenaNet's Guild Wars 2. But, like many of you, I've been dying for something meatier to chew on than the Living World for some time now. There seem to be so many features and additions we've all be waiting for ages to see added. With Heart of Thorns, the first full expansion to Guild Wars 2, ArenaNet seems poised to offer us all those things and more.




General: Unreal Engine Goes Free For All
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 March 2015, 12:17 pm

Unreal Engine Goes Free For All

Epic has announced that the Unreal Engine will now be available free to all developers. Previously, use of the Unreal Engine cost developers $19.00 per month and a 5% royalty above $3000 per month. Epic is still asking developers to contribute 5%, though the engine itself remains free.




World of Warcraft: The Daily Quest - Will You Buy or Sell WoW Tokens?
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 March 2015, 12:45 pm

The Daily Quest - Will You Buy or Sell WoW Tokens?

With today's announcement of Tokens coming to World of Warcraft (think EVE's PLEX or WildStar's CREDD), we're asking: will you be getting in on the action? Do you think the addition of Tokens will do anything to stave off gold sellers in Azeroth?




Might & Magic Heroes Online: Win a Next-Gen Console in New PvP Effort
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 March 2015, 1:00 pm

Win a Next-Gen Console in New PvP Effort

Might & Magic Heroes Online players have the chance to score a next-gen console for winning a month-long PvP competition that begins today. It's unclear which console is up for grabs, however. Players can also win special tokens and gift cards as the competition moves along. Players can keep track of their progress via the in-game leader boards that will be updated regularly.




World of Warcraft: Tokens Introduced as Currency for Subscription Time
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 March 2015, 1:03 pm

Tokens Introduced as Currency for Subscription Time

Blizzard has announced that a new token system will be introduced to World of Warcraft that will allow players to purchase tokens with real world cash via the Blizzard Store and resell the token in-game at the auction house for gold. Players purchasing a token in game will find it account bound but can use it for 30-days subscription time.




Crowfall: $900K and Counting - Todd Coleman on Kickstarter Success
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 March 2015, 1:40 pm

$900K and Counting - Todd Coleman on Kickstarter Success

We grabbed Todd Coleman to pester him about the Kickstarter for Crowfall, Artcraft Entertainment's new Throne War Simulator MMO. With $900K in just five days, it's time to start looking at stretch goals. We asked Todd about the few that have been announced so far, and what may come down the road after the Kickstarter ends.




ArcheAge: Starter Pack Sweepstakes!
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 March 2015, 5:29 pm

Starter Pack Sweepstakes!

MMORPG.com is very pleased to present this exclusive sweepstakes event! We have partnered with Trion Worlds to give away 10 Silver Starter Packs ($49.99 value) and ONE grand prize of a an Archeum Starter Pack ($149.99 value)!




Neverwinter: Elemental Evil Module to Drop March 17th
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 March 2015, 5:59 pm

Elemental Evil Module to Drop March 17th

Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios have announced that the Neverwinter Elemental Evil module will hit live service on March 17th. The module includes a level cap increase, the new Oathbound Paladin playable class, new locations and, of course, the return of Minsc and Boo to a D&D game. The Neverwinter team has put together a nice summary of many of the new and improved features that players can expect to find when Elemental Evil launches in a couple of weeks.




Star Trek Online: Overhauling Sector Space
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 March 2015, 6:14 pm

Overhauling Sector Space

The Star Trek Online team has posted a lengthy developer blog about how Sector Space is being overhauled to make it a more seamless journey through space without invisible walls and dead ends to hang players up. One of the best pieces of news for players and fans of the entire Star Trek IP is the realignment of sectors to place them in the correct locations based on existing Star Trek lore. Cryptic acknowledges that over time several key sectors had been placed outside the norm.




Rift: Carnival of the Ascended Celebrates Four Years
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 March 2015, 6:43 pm

Carnival of the Ascended Celebrates Four Years

Rift players are heading into the game to try out the new Carnival of the Ascended that is ongoing now through March 18th. The event will feature new masks, pets, treasures, and more. All players have to do is head to Sanctum or Meridian to get started.




General: Virtual Reality Making a Splash at GDC
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 March 2015, 7:11 pm

Virtual Reality Making a Splash at GDC

Virtual Reality is making itself felt at this week's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. During today's events, both Sony and Valve made major announcements about VR technology.




Shadowrun Chronicles: New Name Applied & Launch Date Announced
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 March 2015, 8:29 am

New Name Applied & Launch Date Announced

Cliffhanger Productions has announced that Shadowrun Online will now be known as Shadowrun Chronicles. The team has been considering a name change for awhile and took community input in order to come up with the new name.




General: The Daily Quest: Incremental Info or One Big Announcement?
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 March 2015, 11:04 am

The Daily Quest: Incremental Info or One Big Announcement?

A trend that seems to be gaining a lot of ground in games development these days comes in the way that information is released to the public. In days past, new information about an upcoming title was teased out in a series of big announcements over time. Such a way of releasing news about anticipated games was both frustrating and exciting. Frustration set in when we wanted to know more, more, more. Excitement set in after a big revelation that gave us tons to discuss and analyze.




Crowfall: The Embargo Vault & Account Bank Explained
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 March 2015, 11:17 am

The Embargo Vault & Account Bank Explained

The Crowfall KickStarter page has been updated with an FAQ that goes into some detail about the two main types of storage to which players will have access.




Skyforge: Ultimate Founder's Pack Giveaway #5
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 March 2015, 12:05 pm

Ultimate Founder

MMORPG.com has partnered with My.com to give away five of their recently announced Skyforge Founder's Packs. These aren't the entry level packs, either! We've got five of the Wrath of the Gods Ultimate Edition packs today. Read on to learn how to enter for your chance to snag one!




General: PC Gaming to Dominate to the Tune of $35B by 2018
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 March 2015, 12:36 pm

PC Gaming to Dominate to the Tune of $35B by 2018

Those proclaiming the death of the PC may want to consider a new report that shows steady and dominating growth in PC gaming over the next three years. Open Gaming Alliance has released a detailed graph showing the growth of PC gaming from its current $26B to $35B by 2018. The growth is attributed heavily to the eSports movement popularized by games like League of Legends and Hearthstone, among many others.




General: The Pros & Cons of Free-to-Play
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 March 2015, 1:24 pm

The Pros & Cons of Free-to-Play

The traditional "pay wall" (pay a single price and play forever) or subscription (pay an up-front cost plus a monthly maintenance fee) models are every bit as valid and stable as free-to-play, but there are plusses and minuses to each of the models. To compare them, let's outline the pros and cons for free-to-play and discuss the others as we go.




General: The Blame Game
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 March 2015, 1:38 pm

The Blame Game

Normally I just find a way to blame players for the problems in the market, wait for the accusations of being "a dev kiss-ass" or "biased" (if that word is ever used correctly, I wouldn't know) or "a troll" and then move on to the next piece. The freelancer is just a handyman with words; we have to keep moving on to the next one and the next one so a little hate doesn't hurt us. This process is nothing new.




General: Storybricks Closing Down
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 March 2015, 5:57 pm

Storybricks Closing Down

A Tweet from the Storybricks team just cropped up on Twitter that indicates that the company is closing its doors. This comes quickly after last week's announcement by Daybreak Game Studio that it had severed ties with Storybricks for EverQuest Next.




Dragon Age: Inquisition: David Gaider Moves on to Unnamed Bioware Project
Posted by MMORPG.COM News [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 March 2015, 6:02 pm

David Gaider Moves on to Unnamed Bioware Project

Lead Writer of the Dragon Age series, David Gaider, has announced via Twitter that he is leaving the DA team and moving to the as-yet-unnamed Bioware project. Patrick Weekes, author of The Masked Empire and also a DAI team member, will take over the lead on the series from now on.




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