Wednesday night I went on a walkabout of New Britannia with Richard Garriott and Starr Long from the Portalarium team. During that time Richard and Starr showed off what was new in update 14; crafting recipes to include enchanting, a contested point, and two new areas. We also learned what Gordon Lightfoot and Jim Morrison have in common and what the SotA community had to do with that.
What is the end game? This is the quintessential question in the making and maintaining the average Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) game. How will it keep players engaged when they hit level cap while the developers furiously work on the next major patch that will expand or change the static world.
The games media has been on fire this week. The topic, not for the first time, has been Steam Early Access - or more precisely, Peter Molyneux, but we'll get to that later. Amidst all the chaos of broken promises and players rightfully feeling taken for a ride, we've had the chance to play a game that does Early Access right: Red Hook Studios' Darkest Dungeon. It's a game with fresh ideas and a sense of style.
World of Warplanes has been updated to v1.7 that brings new German aircraft into the game as well as a pair of new locations for budding pilots to check out.
Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is one of the biggest topics in the MMO world right now, being the first official expansion to ArenaNet's sequel. As it happens, we're headed to Seattle to see the game next week, and we want your questions to take with us. Post them, as many as you have, beyond the break.
Haemimont has announced that its forthcoming action RPG, Victor Vran, has kicked off its Steam early access program. Interested players can grab an exclusive costume for participating in the earliest phases of deployment.
Next month, Elder Scrolls Online officially adopts a hybrid revenue system that will include the moniker "Tamriel Unlimited". We caught up to the ESO team to ask a few questions about the upcoming changes and what it means for players.
Because of freezing weather in Boston, the Star Wars: The Old Republic Community Cantina event has been cancelled.
We've partnered with ArenaNet to give away a bunch of awesome Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns swag.
Nearly two years ago, we reported that a Harry Potter MMO was in the works. According to a new report from Bio-hazard Entertainment, Wizarding World Online will indeed become a reality. A team of over thirty has been working on the earliest systems to get things lined up to meet today's start of a Kickstarter initiative.
With the release of fantasy MMO Skyforge looming, the game's development director, Eric DeMilt took to the web this week to talk about the effort Obsidian's gone to recently to transition to closed beta.
As of February 21, Pathfinder Online released the Early Enrollment 4.1 and along with that update, a range of new deployable structures.
A new sci-fi MMO has emerged from the Norwegian development company, Fifth Season AS - a game that hopes to change the way MMO players look at web-based games.
As of this week, OGPlanet's fanciful MMO Tales Runner is available via Steam.
Mobile MMO Order & Chaos Online this week invites players to celebrate the Lunar New Year by conquering the new dungeon, Rising Flare: Burn Out The Night.
Spanish developers Arpic Games this week announced its upcoming real-time, free-to-play MMO Starriser, touting the beta's expanded fleet options.
Players of Might & Magic Heroes Online will be happy to hear that this week, Ubisoft updated the game with a range of new ways to modify their heroes.
Welcome to Player Versus Player, the bi-weekly column that throws two writers in a cage in a battle of faction warfare. We debate the topics nearest and dearest to your heart and then throw it in the comments to you to decide the victor. This week, we cast our gaze to business models and ask whether it's time for Pay to Play to go the way of the Dodo.
As with all too many other aspects of our lives, it can be temptingly easy to apply either binary or at least not highly differentiated thinking within the context of the MMO category. So, for instance, we tend to regard a game as either good or bad, or if we choose to add a third grouping, as mediocre. However, with a bit of reflection, I suspect many readers can name elements you remember from titles that weren't very well-received overall. Here are some of mine.
With over $72 million in funding raised from crowdfunding, Star Citizen is no doubt an ambitious project that has grown over time. That hasn't happened without its share of criticism. People wonder where the game is by now. Others criticize the developers for consistently releasing new ships to buy for a game that, as yet, isn't out. These ships aren't cheap, either.
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.