In many genres, the announcement of a purchasable option to skip the majority of content could be seen as a negative, but this is MMO country. In it, EverQuest 2 is one of the older residents, but that doesn't mean it can't occasionally surprise its younger peers. It's now offering "Heroic Characters", which, for a price, give players a direct shortcut to Level 85. Just think how many things you'll no longer have to kill for entirely arbitrary reasons.
CCP have announced the 20th free expansion for the jerk-filled MMO sandbox EVE Online. It's called Rubicon, and it won't just be the usual round-up of new features and balance tweaks. Instead, according to senior producer Andie "CCP Seagull" Nordgren, it marks the first step in a plan to give players "more power over this universe than ever before".
WildStar's DevSpeak series has been slowly filling us in on Carbine Studios' plan to liven up MMO combat. Here, we get to see the grand reveal of that overhaul: moving while casting spells. Okay, so there's a bit more to it than that. The video explains WildStar's "ability mechanics", which is to say, how you go about casting the active abilities of each class.
Really, SOE? You're calling your plan to increase PlanetSide 2's performance "Operation: Make Faster Game"? That's not how you do operation names. You don't see military-minded nations announce Operation: Invade That Country Over There. And, as far as I know, the police have never made mass arrests under the banner of Operation: Lock Up Some Crims. Okay, so maybe I'm focusing on the wrong part of this behind-the-scenes video, and its showcased team's stated aim of further optimising the MMOFPS.
You don't name your splinter faction Nightmare if your plans include wandering the countryside, offering hard-working farmers a cup of Horlicks. As such, it should be little surprise that the depraved arm of the Sylvari have planted yet more seeds of evil, which are due to blossom next week as part of the Twilight Assault update.
That won't mean anything to you if you've yet to try ArenaNet's constantly updating MMO. But thanks to a second, extended trial, you'll have a chance to explore the threatened forests of Caledon alongside the content hungry bands of Level 80 players. Or your could ignore them, and spend your free week doing jumping puzzles instead.
World of Tanks is something of a misnomer. Yes, there are a lot of tanks, but a whole world of them? Not so much. The roster is expanding, though, with Wargaming announcing last week that Japan would become the seventh nation to join the increasingly absurd multi-cultural mechanical mayhem. Before you watch the teaser trailer, try to guess how many Japan-centric cliches it will include.
If you'd stared into the dark heart of the internet, well... you're probably too busy being curled up in the foetal position to read this. For game makers, balancing a lively community with the need to maintain a safe space for both developers and players is an age-old problem. In a profile on GamesIndustry.biz, SOE's director of global community relations Linda Carlson outlined the company's approach to dealing with abusive members of their community. One of the more interesting methods outlined involved holding players accountable for their actions outside of the game. Even players posting abusive messages on Twitter can now find themselves on the wrong end of SOE's banhammer.
I'm pretty surprised by the news that Warhammer Online is scheduled for closure. Mostly that's because I'd largely forgotten about it. Er, whoops, that can't have helped matters. Mythic's fantasy MMO had been quietly existing in the background, after a promising 2008 launch, and a subsequent and continual decline in subscribers. Now, it's due to end this December, with its creators citing the end of their licensing deal with Games Workshop.
Chaos is coming to the elemental planes. Rift's next update, version 2.4 Beyond Infinity, will bring new conflicts, strange environments, and yes, new hairstyles to the free-to-play MMORPG, according to a press release from developer Trion Worlds.
Update: Wargaming.net have announced that the North American release of patch 8.8 has been pushed back to the 18th of September.
Original: A new World of Tanks update has been released, which means a new World of Tanks update trailer is out. That means Wargaming's eternally busy trailer making department have had to come up with another gimmick to spice up their footage of warring tanks. But what to use? Bombastic dub-hell? Nope, they've done that. Crunching metal-on-metal action? Already taken. A variable tempo spinning camera? That sounds more like it.
World of Warcraft's Siege of Orgrimmar update will release in a few hours, and Blizzard want you to know that it's a Big Deal. Their updated patch page provides a blanket of information for you to wriggle through, and the full changelist explains every fix and feature in exhaustive detail. But if you're less interested in learning about the 43% damage increase to the Mage's Ice Lance, community manager Josh Allen has created an at-a-glance video preview of 5.4's new content.
I'm not sure infographics are the best way to impart understandable data. For instance, there are pieces of information that can be processed at a glance. Things like: RuneScape 3 has received 300,000 new players in the last month. That makes sense as a statement. It is some people, finding their way into a heavily updated game. Jagex's infographic version of how popular their game is? "Every minute, 2,076 cows are slain."
Don't worry, they also tell you how many burgers that would make.
If you were worried that Hawken and its giant stompy robots just weren't big enough, fret no further. Though a little later than we expected, the mech-piloting game today got even bigger with its newest update, Ascension, bringing on all sorts of additions and changes—from new game modes all the way through to fashionable Oculus Rift support.
If you’ve booted up Square’s do-over of Final Fantasy XIV, chances are you’re running into the bane of all MMOs—server issues. It can be baffling as to why we run into same issue with every new MMO, but Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn’s producer, Naoki Yoshida, brought answers along with his apologies.
Dragons! Guild Wars 2 may have just re-opened its Super Adventure Box, but that hasn't stopped ArenaNet from giving fans at PAX an early preview of the next update. Tequatl Rising will overhaul the open-world boss battle against the titular plague beast, adding new phases and attack patterns for a more challenging encounter. ANet also revealed that the update, due September 17th, will finally add a much anticipated looking for group tool.
Space, by its nature, is pretty big. Not that you'd realise from The Old Republic, which has up until now struggled to make the best of the giant void that exists around its many planets. At a recent community event in Seattle, Bioware teased a long-rumoured update, and from the hints they gave, suggested that more robust space-based combat is on the way.
It's a bit like Minecraft, quite a bit not like Minecraft, and it sure sounds like it's going to be big: earlier this month, SOE announced EverQuest Next Landmark, a surprise voxel building MMO releasing this winter as a precursor to EverQuest Next. Today at PAX we learned some new things about it—female dwarves can have beards, for insistence—which we've condensed here into an easily digestible info pill.
World War 2 combat simulator War Thunder has come a long way since it got Steam Greenlight approval back in February. Russian developer Gaijin Entertainment has released a gorgeous new CGI trailer for the free-to-play MMO, giving us a slow-motion glance at the human side of its incredibly mechanized battlefield of planes, tanks, and naval warships.
Final Fantasy XIV has become a victim of its own success. Before the recent relaunch, I'd rank that high among the list of sentences I never thought I'd type. But now, a day after the release of the A Realm Reborn overhaul, Square Enix have stopped digital sales of the game in order to lighten the overload currently being experienced throughout its servers.