In his first report from Gamescom, Gareth Harmer goes hands on with playing an evil Shadowlord in Bioware's brand new modern-day RPG.
This isn't a newbie's thoughts on Destiny, this is instead a discussion into the companion app which we got to see during a short interview and other topics of conversation including Destiny off the console, real life compatability, and more.
Over the years MMOs have become well-known for lots of different things. Endless hours of grinding, epic battles on a massive scale, and deeply immersive worlds immediately come to mind. One thing that you probably don't think of however, is User Generated Content. By nature of the inherent design and network challenges associated with persistent online worlds, it's difficult to create User-Generated content systems that actually work well.
Last time around, I discussed free to play and so-called entitlement in the MMO community. While I do think that some are called out or made to feel guilty for simply enjoying what developers and publishers are putting out, that could've perhaps been a narrower discussion. Again, this time around, payment models get another look, and it's in part due to some recent topics that have come up in both the greater gaming community and among MMO players.
Fantasy MMO developer Portarium Inc. this week introduced players to the lands of Shroud of the Avatar with a sexy new intro cinematic. With only six days until Release 9, they're celebrating with events, items, and a new Weekend Access Sweepstakes.
Behaviour Interactive has scheduled the next Warhammer 40k: Eternal Crusade live stream event for today, Friday, August 8th. During the now-weekly event, the team will be showing off tank vs tank game play with the Lascannon and Quad Gun. The team will also be on hand for a live Q&A with stream attendees.
For the last three years, the heroes of Telara have done their best to staunch a seemingly-endless flow of planes-spawned elementals. Perhaps though, it's time to stop the flow at its source? Trion Worlds seems to agree, and this week they invited us to explore a world beyond Telara--the beautiful, treacherous, and surprising Plane of Water.
The Defile, WildStar's 3rd monthly drop, has arrived on Carbine's Public Test Realm, just as the heavy convention season gets underway. From regular class updates to significant housing improvements, columnist Gareth Harmer takes a look at what's arriving in this update.
The World of Tanks team is on hand in a special live stream event pitting four of the game's best teams against one another in an elimination competition all leading to the finals of the Gold League Championship. The event has just kicked off and is scheduled to run for the next several hours.
Grinding Gear Games' Path of Exile is set to receive its second major expansion on August 20th, and we caught up with CEO Chris Wilson to reveal two of Forsaken Masters' big new features: the Witch Catarina, Master of the Dead and the Standard Challenge League coming with the expansion: The Rampage League. Read on for all the details.
The third in a series of Bioware's "You've Been Chosen" videos has been released to get fans curious about the big Gamescom announcement regarding the famed RPG studios' next project. In the new video, a young woman walks through grass muttering "It's not my fault" as the camera pans back to a scene of devastation. As the video ends, the cryptic question "Can you control your power?" is asked.
When you build your corporate game development reputation on high-end storytelling, there shouldn't be much surprise when your fanbase expects the same level of quality out of any subsequent release. BioWare is synonymous with some of the richest stories in all of PC gaming, and with an intellectual property like Star Wars to play with, our expectations are understandably high.
The Pathfinder Online site has been updated with a new developer blog post that gives fans and backers a look at how premium items for purchase with real-world dollars will work. Of specific note is the blog's acknowledgement of player concerns that the game will become "pay to win" and, somewhat conversely, how players who purchase these buildings can rest assured that their purchases are persistent even through "destruction".
Aeria Games has sent out the first teaser trailer for Chaos Heroes Online, its forthcoming MOBA. The trailer reveals several of the game's heroes and their unique fighting abilities. Check it out to see what you think!
The Das Tal team has let us know of a pair of interesting tidbits of news. In the first, Das Tal is now part of the Steam Greenlight campaign, with players able to head to the portal to vote the game for inclusion on the mega-games portal. In addition, a new video featuring alpha PvP footage from July's testing events has been released.
Cryptic Studios has announced that the next Star Trek Online expansion will be called Delta Rising and will take players on a journey to follow in the footsteps of Voyager. In Delta Rising, as the name indicates, players will head to the Delta Quadrant to reexamine what was mapped by Voyager three decades before. The expansion will also feature Voyager series star Garrett Wang reprising his role as Harry Kim.
nGames has announced that the closed beta for its next MMO, Demon Rising, has officially kicked off. Demon Rising takes elements from both Western and Chinese mythology and uses them to send players on an epic journey to protect the Demon Temple.
The latest blog on the ArcheAge site takes a look back at the second closed beta event and gives players some insight into what changes may be in store for the third beta event set to begin today and run through the weekend. The team is taking a hard look at the Labor System and its attendant costs, working closely with XLGames in the process.
Trion Worlds has announced the release of Rift v2.8, Madness Wakes. This update introduces the players to the storyline that will ultimately lead to the release of the expansion "Nightmare Tide". To celebrate the Madness Wakes update, the Rift team has a brand new video to show off some of what players can expect.
The San Diego Comic-Con showcased quite a few of our exciting video game panels, one of which was focused on the Action-RPG genre. David Brevik (Gazillion Entertainment) visionary behind Diablo and Diablo II, Jared Gerritzen (Major League Gaming), David Eddings (Gearbox Software), James Schmalz (Digital Extremes), and Chris Lee (En Masse Entertainment) joined me on location to discuss the evolution of Action-RPGs.
Last week, Trion opened its doors to some of its most dedicated players and invited them in for an inside look at their favorite games. They called the event "Trion Community Day 2014" and attendees have returned with a whole slew of new information on RIFT's upcoming expansion, Nightmare Tide. This week we're talking new zones, nightmare rifts, mentoring UP, minions, and more. Read on for all the details.
Instead of a small number of long updates, we seem to have a lot of little awesome things to discuss this week, from free trials, to hunt theorycrafting, to a 14-hour Japanese extravaganza commemorating the first year of A Realm Reborn. Join me as we round up the awesome for a bit of discussion.
After a couple of slow weeks in RPG news, the presses are back with a vengeance. The most interesting news of the week is easily Undead Labs new RPG, Moonrise. While it's not exactly Pokemon, it certainly scratches a similar itch and we couldn't be more excited. In other news, we have a new IP from Bioware, an expansion for Path of Exile, and Ultima: Forever proving that, sadly, nothing is forever. Read on for that and so much more in this week's RPG Files!
Ubisoft Canada has a new post on Twitter that should excite fans of The Crew as they are announcing the next closed beta test.
Trove's Twitter is afire today with a pair of nifty notes for players. First off, the Dracolyte is headed into the game today and for anyone who has yet to try out Trove with instant access, the $20 Adventurer package will be on sale for only $5 this weekend only!