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2015-03-12

Asheron's Call Retrospective

Fluent takes us back to the past in his new retrospective article for Asheron's Call.
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2014-09-19

In Defense of the Subscription-Based MMO

Aubrielle provides arguments why it is good to have subscription based MMOs amongst the multitude of F2P MMOs.
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Aug: Fable Legends
Jan: Pantheon

February

Black Desert - Beauty More Than Skin Deep

by Aubrielle, Friday - February 05, 2016 14:36

Rock, Paper, Shotgun's Steven Messner says that Black Desert Online's beauty could be "more than skin deep", and says some intriguing things about the upcoming MMO...

Thanks, Lostforever.

I am bored to death of MMORPGs. Not their potential mind you, but the execution. The seemingly endless chains of quests, the sole focus on murdering everything that doesn’t give you a quest (and some things that do), and, perhaps most of all, the way developers think that shoving more quests into the meat grinder is the solution to prolonging a game’s lifespan.

This is exactly what I was expecting to see when I sat down and hesitantly logged into Black Desert Online for the first time. Here we go again, I thought. But within my first hour of playing, Black Desert Online revealed that it was more than just a pretty face (and some not-so pretty faces). It made me feel something that I haven’t felt while playing an MMORPG in a very long time: I felt lost. The good kind of lost.

More.

Black Desert

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Black Desert - New Trailer

by Aubrielle, Tuesday - February 02, 2016 02:14

Daum Games Europe has released a new teaser trailer for Black Desert OnlineBDO will launch on March 3.

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Black Desert

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

Details

January

Star Citizen - Free Fly Event

by Hiddenx, Saturday - January 30, 2016 22:27

Joxer spotted the Star Citizen Free Fly Event starting next week:

Greetings Citizens,

On the fence about Star Citizen? Why not give it a try and see what we’re building! For the next week, we’re enable Free Fly access to all accounts… which means that anyone can jump in to Star Citizen Alpha 2.1.2 today! The Free Fly event gives everyone access to three unique parts of the Star Citizen experience:

  • Star Citizen Alpha 2.1.2 – Also known as Crusader or the “mini-PU,” this is the nucleus of the world we’re building! Featuring multiple space stations and environments, scripted missions, places to explore and more, Alpha 2.1.2 is your first look at a much larger universe!
  • Arena Commander – Arena Commander is a ‘game within a game’ that we’ve used to develop our flight mechanics and ship combat balance. Take on human opponents or an AI swarm in single seat fighter.
  • Social Module – Interact with other players while you explore our first landing zone, ArcCorp! The Social Module is intended as a starting point for our world building,

You can register for an account here to get started. If you already have an account from a previous Free Fly, you’re all set! Just log in via the Star Citizen launcher. This is the first Free Fly that includes Crusader, so there’s more to explore than ever before. Free Fly accounts will have access to the Hornet F7C military fighter, the Aurora LN starter and the Mustang Delta interceptor.

Star Citizen

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

Details

Fable Legends - Interview w/Stuart Whyte

by Aubrielle, Saturday - January 30, 2016 01:21

Couch found an exclusive interview with the director of Lionhead Studios, Stuart Whyte, on the upcoming Fable Legends.

Thanks, Couch.

The highly anticipated Fable Legends is expected to be a truly next-generation title that will revolutionize the world of multiplayer gaming, and also go down in history as one of the best experiences overall. The game will follow the highly successful and increasingly popular Free-to-Play model (F2P), and include micro-transactions for various in-game purchases.

The much-loved Fable series has given us an entire world of imagination and possibilities, and kept us mesmerized by the gripping tales and enchanting world. This is where the upcoming Fable Legends takes its core inspiration from. The amazing and unique designs, the stylized characters, and the beautifully vibrant graphics are simply unbelievable, and yet still familiar to Fable fans.

Bidness Etc spoke exclusively to Stuart Whyte, Studio Director for Microsoft’s Lionhead Studios, the team responsible for titles such as Black & White, and the Fable series. If you are not aware of the game, you must be wondering why and how it will “revolutionize” the genre, and why we think it is truly next-gen. Read on.

More information.

Fable Legends

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC, Xbox One
Release: In development

Details

ESO - Thieves Guild Launches in March

by Aubrielle, Saturday - January 30, 2016 00:46

The Elder Scrolls Online's new Thieves Guild DLC will launch for PC on March 7.

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The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited’s first DLC of 2016 will arrive in March with the Thieves Guild pack, launching March 7 on PC, March 22 on Xbox One and March 23 on PlayStation 4.

Following this announcement, a new trailer giving us an indepth look into the DLC pack was also released.

The Thieves Guild DLC pack will feature an all new passive skill line following the Guild, new Justice gameplay and hours of new story content. It will also add a new area in the southern lands of Hammerfell, Hew’s Bane, where players of all levels can initiate the DLC content. A new 12-player trial, Maw of Lorkhaj, will also be available as well as new group bosses and unique costumes, motifs and item sets inspired by the Thieves Guild.

This DLC will be available at no cost to those with an active ESO Plus membership, but it will cost 2000 crowns in the Crown Store for others.

The game will also receive a base-game patch which will affect all players, featuring a 64-bit client for PC and Mac, scrolling combat text, combat and gameplay balances and grouping improvements and incentives. The patch will add improved facial animations on Mac and prioritisation of animations during combat too.

Check out the video above to take a look at the new content to be added. Sneaking through the shadows does look like a nice change from constantly annihilating everything in my path!

More information.

Source: Pixel Dynamo

Elder Scrolls Online

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

Details

Shroud of the Avatar - Final Wipe in July

by Aubrielle, Friday - January 29, 2016 02:06

Rune_74 tipped us off to Shroud of the Avatar's goal.  They plan to do their final lot selection and final character wipe in July.  Launch is still TBA, and they admit that a normal launch may not happen...

Thanks, Rune_74.

Greetings Avatars,

We are incredibly excited to announce that we have scheduled final lot selection and our final wipe, including all social data (names, friends, guilds), for Release 32, July 28, 2016! After Release 32, we will no longer be wiping the game state. Your characters and your properties will be persistent from that date forward!

Please understand that final wipe is not “launch”. We will continue to be working to finish the game's story content well past final wipe, while we remain in Early Access. Until then, the game is neither "launched" nor complete, but as mentioned below, the concept of “launch” may not even be applicable to this development model. Launch will be when we pull the game out of Early Access and we start marketing / public relation campaigns to pull in new customers. We have no plans to do those things in July. We know that this plan will generate a lot of questions and stir up plenty of emotions, but we firmly believe this is the best possible course of action for the project.

More information.

Shroud of the Avatar

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

Details

Elder Scrolls Online - Creative Director Speaks

by Aubrielle, Saturday - January 23, 2016 01:01

Elder Scrolls Online's creative director, Rich Lambert, tells us a little more about the upcoming Thieves Guild DLC.

Thanks to Couch for tonight's news.

The Thieves Guild will be Elder Scrolls Online's first DLC of 2016, and it's shaping up to be pretty massive in terms of content included. We caught up with ESO's Creative Director, Rich Lambert to ask a few questions about the recent info dump on the content pack.

MMORPG: Will the Maw of Lorkhaj (a new 12 player Trial) be scaled so that players of all levels can try it?  

Rich Lambert: Yep – the Maw of Lorkhaj will scale like our dungeons do. The leader of the group determines the level of the Trial. Note – in order to get on the leaderboard, the leader must be VR16 and the trial difficulty be set to Veteran. It’s also our very first Trial that has both a Normal and Veteran mode!

MMORPG: What's this about Trespassing? Explain!

RL: We’ve added in more criminal activities into the justice system. Specifically:

Trespassing - Certain locations in Abah’s Landing are off-limits where just being seen there is considered a criminal act. These locations are accessible via clearly labeled entrances that make it clear you will be trespassing. While doing so, the on screen justice indicator will notify you of your illicit status.

Criminal Mischief – A bunch of different actions fall under this criminal category. (forgery, vandalism, etc) While you are on quests or exploring Hew’s Bane these actions will be highlighted in red before performing them to indicate their criminal implications. Being witnessed performing criminal mischief will incur bounty, just as with other crimes.

Bounty Pardons - Given the Thieves Guild has certain “connections” they may at times reward their members with documentation which conveniently erases some of your accrued bounty.

MMORPG: Can you preview any of the skills we'll see in the Thieve's Guild line?

RL: For Thieves Guild skill line we’ve added in all new passive skills. The focus of this line is to improve your toolset as a thief – the easier it is to either escape the law or reduce being noticed during criminal activities, the easier it is to be a successful thief. A really good example of this would be Clemency, which is the ability to sweet talk your way out of being arrested by a guard for a limited amount of time.

MMORPG: What are the benefits we'll see with a 64-Bit client?

RL: Players will see some pretty significant stability improvements (i.e. – less crashing or stuttering) as well as overall performance improvements as the 64-bit client will be able to take advantage of larger memory pools.

More information.

Source: MMORPG.com

Elder Scrolls Online

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

Details

Elder Scrolls Online - Thieves Guild

by Aubrielle, Friday - January 22, 2016 01:12

Bethesda has released a first look at ESO's upcoming DLC pack, Thieves Guild.

Thanks to Couch for tonight's news.

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Thieves Guild DLC Game Pack Features & Content

  • Join the iconic Thieves Guild for the first time in ESO
  • Hew's Bane, a new zone available to characters of all levels and home of Abah's Landing, the Thieves Guild headquarters, located in the southern peninsula of Hammerfell
  • Hours of exciting new story content and quests that will take you through all your favorite areas of Tamriel
  • A challenging, new 12-player trial: Maw of Lorkhaj
  • Formidable new group bosses and delves to conquer
  • The addition of new criminal activities
  • A new passive skill line exclusive to members of the Thieves Guild
  • Unique costumes, motifs, and item sets inspired by the devious Thieves Guild

Base Game Patch Features & Content

  • A 64-bit client for PC and Mac
  • Improvements to grouping including incentives and cross-alliance grouping outside of the Grouping Tool
  • Tons of combat and gameplay balance changes
  • Scrolling combat text (SCT)
  • Improvements and updates to Cyrodiil and its campaigns
  • Access to content from other alliances in any order you choose upon reaching Veteran Rank 1
  • Prioritization of animations during combat
  • Improved facial animations for Mac
  • …and more!
  • Source: Bethesda Softworks

    Elder Scrolls Online

    SP/MP: Single + MP
    Setting: Fantasy
    Genre: MMORPG
    Platform: PC
    Release: Released

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    Black Desert - Free Character Creator

    by Aubrielle, Wednesday - January 20, 2016 01:26

    Everyone has seen screenshots of just how gorgeous Black Desert Online's character creation system is.  But now you can see for yourself - a free version of their character creator has been released.

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    If you haven't been following Black Desert Online's development, you probably know it as 'that one with the crazy character creator', and you'd be right—we're approaching Black Desert's second and final beta, and the character creator has been deemed special enough for a standalone release ahead of time. You can download it and marvel at the results (hideous or uncomfortably beautiful) here. Any characters you make in the creator can be imported both to the beta and the finished game.

    More information.

    Source: PC Gamer

    Black Desert

    SP/MP: Massive
    Setting: Fantasy
    Genre: MMORPG
    Platform: PC
    Release: In development

    Details

    Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Patch 2.4.0 Live

    by Aubrielle, Wednesday - January 13, 2016 08:25

    Diablo III's patch 2.4.0 is now live.  Greyhollow Island has been added, along with 24 new dungeons and a new combat mode, among tons of other things.

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    The Diablo 3 2.4.0 patch has been unleashed upon the Americas, and as promised, it's a biggie. It adds a new forested locale called Greyhollow Island, new additions to the Ruins of Sescheron and Leoric's Manor zones, 24 custom-designed “set dungeons” built around specific class sets, empowered Rifts, Season Rebirths, a revised Buff Bar, and the addition of "Action Combat," which is apparently a popular feature on the console versions of the game, to the PC edition. And those are just the big bits.

    The patch also makes a multitude of smaller changes and additions to the game, which you can learn more about by way of the video above. Blizzard noted that the patch is currently only live in the Americas region, so there's no need for alarm if you're not prompted to download it right away. However, if your home region is set to the Americas, you won't be able to log into Europe or Asia until those regions have also been patched. When that will happen, Blizzard did not say.

    A detailed breakdown of the Diablo 3 2.4.0 patch can be found on Battle.net.

    Source.

    Source: PC Gamer

    Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

    SP/MP: Single + MP
    Setting: Fantasy
    Genre: MMORPG
    Platform: PC
    Release: Released

    Details

    Lord of the Rings Online - Dev Diary

    by Aubrielle, Friday - January 08, 2016 13:08

    LOTRO executive producer Athena "Vvyvanne" Peters comments on what happened in 2015 and what's to come in 2016 for the popular MMO.

    Hello all!

    2015 was a great year for LOTRO, and we hope you agree! We had many large beats to cover this year as we built out more of Gondor including the two great cities of Osgiliath and Minas Tirith. Additionally we took on major service upgrades including building a brand new store and consolidating our servers to a core ten worlds which are buzzing with activity these days.

    Unfortunately we also missed a beat this year with our plans to move into a brand new Datacenter. We wanted to have this new center launch by the end of this year, and while all of the hardware is up and ready to go. However, this upgrade in hardware also came with an upgrade in operating system from 32-bit to 64-bit. When we started load testing the new hardware, we learned that our chat system does not function properly on the new OS. As a result we have to architect a new solution for chat which will delay us into 2016. Updates to come as we work through the problem.

    Our story continues in 2016 with Riding with the Rohirrim to the Battle of Pelennor Fields and then taking the battle to the enemy as we push towards the Black Gates! It is going to be an exciting year to be sure.

    Major 2016 Initiatives:

    Level Cap increase to 105: Build on your heroism and power with 5 more levels of character advancement. Your Imbued Legendary Items will not need to be replaced, but will continue to grow and level with you.

    New Fellowship Challenges: The Battle of Pelennor Fields will contain a new instance cluster as well as a long awaited 12-man raid!

    New Collections: We will be adding UI elements to help you see and catalogue many of the items you can already find in game. Our first collection system will be around emotes. Ever wondered what emotes are available to you, what they look like or where you can get them? Now you will know!

    Quality of Life: Much like last year, we will continue to make quarterly patches that focus on bug fixing and general improvements to Quality of Life.

    Thank you for your continued commitment to this team and to our game. We look forward to seeing you in Middle-Earth as LOTRO enters its 9th year!

    More information.

    Source: GameBanshee

    Lord of the Rings Online

    SP/MP: Massive
    Setting: Fantasy
    Genre: MMORPG
    Platform: PC
    Release: Released

    Details

    Shroud of the Avatar - Update #157

    by Aubrielle, Tuesday - January 05, 2016 04:24

    Shroud of the Avatar rings in the new year with a huge update.

    Greetings Fellow Avatars!

    Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

    • Happy New Year!
    • Only 4 Days Remaining Until the Winter Reward & Price Expiration Deadline
    • Resolute
    • North Varisalla Foothills
    • The Making of The City of Aerie – Part 2
    • NPC Submissions Requested for Aerie and Resolute!
    • Dev+ Asset Packs Galore in December!
    • Brass Clockwork Raven
    • White Stone Castle Wall
    • Release 24-25 Christmas Decoration Contest Winners!
    • 24 Hours of New Year’s Parties!
    • New Years Day Costume Party In Obsidian Caverns
    • 4B’s Get In Shape Maze
    • In-game Community Events
    • Upcoming Events
    • Recommended projects to back

    More information.

    Shroud of the Avatar

    SP/MP: Single + MP
    Setting: Fantasy
    Genre: MMORPG
    Platform: PC
    Release: In development

    Details

    Black Desert - Interviews

    by Aubrielle, Tuesday - January 05, 2016 04:16

    Black Desert Online's project manager and marketing manager discuss the upcoming mmo's gameplay, localization, business model, and more.

    A big thanks to Couch for today's haul of news.

    Black Desert Online is certainly an interesting entry in the MMORPG field, with absolutely beautiful graphics, what can probably be defined as the best character creation features in the industry, and fast-paced action oriented combat.

    It will be released this year in North America and Europe for PC with a buy to play business model.

    In order to know more we asked a few question to Marketing Manager Rick van Beem and Project Manager Daniel Loehr, who talked about the reasons behind the decision to go buy to play, how the business model will be handled, the challenge behind the western localization, gameplay and much more.

    You can check out both interviews below.

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    Black Desert

    SP/MP: Massive
    Setting: Fantasy
    Genre: MMORPG
    Platform: PC
    Release: In development

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    Star Citizen - The Stars of Star Citizen

    by Aubrielle, Saturday - January 02, 2016 01:20

    Chris Thursten of PC Gamer tells us what a day in the studio is like with Mark Hamill, John Rhys-Davies, and other A-list talent as they bring the characters of Squadron 42 to life.

    In June I spent two days at The Imaginarium motion capture studio at Ealing Studios, London. Founded in 2005 by actor Andy Serkis, it has been used for Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It is also where Squadron 42’s substantial narrative component is being pieced together, using a cast that includes Mark Hamill, John Rhys-Davies, Gary Oldman, Gillian Anderson, Mark Strong, Andy Serkis and many others.

    By the time I arrive filming has been progressing, on and off, for several months. Mark Hamill and John Rhys-Davies are working through what is left of their parts, and the production as a whole is coming to a close. It is the first time I have seen what over $100 million in funding looks like. That number can be difficult to parse, if you’re not a big-budget game producer. In Ealing, I learned that it looks like a lot of very expensive cameras, skintight suits covered in ping-pong balls, and a cast of top-flight actors.

    Bolted onto Squadron 42’s open-ended structure is a scripted narrative told through conversations in the open world and story missions. That world-class motion-capture rig is being used to map the likenesses of the cast into the game, striking for the sense that you’re inside a sci-fi TV show. This is a modern way of achieving what Wing Commander struck for in the 1990s. FMV is gone, but Hamill and RhysDavies are back. They’re no longer Christopher Blair or Paladin (and the aliens are no longer men in giant cat costumes) but this really does feel like a spiritual successor.

    “Right from the beginning it was something I wanted to do,” Chris Roberts says. “It’s fun—I haven’t done this in a game for quite a long time. We can take modern technology, fuse it with great acting... take it up a level, like Wing Commander took it up before.”

    More information.

    Source: PC Gamer

    Star Citizen

    SP/MP: Massive
    Setting: Sci-Fi
    Genre: MMORPG
    Platform: PC
    Release: In development

    Details

    Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Greyhollow Island

    by Aubrielle, Saturday - January 02, 2016 00:36

    In this Lightning Talk, Matthew Berger tells us about some of the new content coming in Diablo III's 2.4 patch, including Greyhollow Island.

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    More information.

    Source: Blizzard

    Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

    SP/MP: Single + MP
    Setting: Fantasy
    Genre: MMORPG
    Platform: PC
    Release: Released

    Details

    Black Desert - 7 Reasons to Be Excited

    by Aubrielle, Friday - January 01, 2016 02:05

    Here's seven reasons to be excited about the highly-anticipated Korean MMO, Black Desert Online.

    Thank you, Couch, for tonight's news.

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    Unless you’re a MMO connoisseur like myself, you’ve probably not even heard about the upcoming Black Desert Online MMORPG slated to release hopefully early 2016. So what is Black Desert Online and what makes it stand out against the plethora of competition?

    Black Desert Online is an open world sandbox MMORPG created by Korean developer Pearl Abyss and is finally making it’s way to North American shores after already being in open beta in Korea, Japan, and Russia for awhile now. Overseas it will be F2P (free to play), but here and Europe it is slated for a B2P (buy to play) release instead, both with an in-game cash shop with cosmetic and convenience items.

    Hold on, I can hear the rolling of your eyes already. There are some really interesting design decisions that I think will make Black Desert stand out among the competition. Only time will tell if it’s successful, but here’s a few reasons I’m excited for the upcoming release after a few dozen hours with the first closed beta.

    More information.

    Black Desert

    SP/MP: Massive
    Setting: Fantasy
    Genre: MMORPG
    Platform: PC
    Release: In development

    Details

    December

    Final Fantasy XIV - Difficulty Concerns Addressed

    by Aubrielle, Thursday - December 24, 2015 04:14

    It wasn't that people were whining about it being too hard.  Patch 3.15 seems to have been causing real problems, both for players and devs.  Patch 3.2 will address this.

    Following feedback on the difficulty of content patched in since the release of Heavensward, Final Fantasy 14 director Naoki Yoshida has announced that patch 3.2 will be a major rebalance. The message to the community is more of a tome, but adjustments will focus primarily on the Alexander: Gordias (Savage) raid, Exploratory Missions, and the Anima weapons that were added in patch 3.15.

    Regarding the raid, Yoshida states that while the aim was to introduce a greater challenge at the request of players, the devs may have gone too far, the result being that:

    • The difficulty was high to the point that players were transferring to different Worlds in search of groups to beat it.
    • The difficulty was high to the point that players were unable to clear the content, and the time in which they were unable to obtain items grew too long.
    • Due to the severity of DPS checks, it’s not possible to supplement with item levels only.

    The difficulty of the encounter will be lowered with patch 3.2, in addition to rejigging the item level of the Savage weapon concerned.

    More information.

    Source: PC Gamer

    Final Fantasy XIV

    SP/MP: Massive
    Setting: Fantasy
    Genre: MMORPG
    Platform: PC
    Release: Released

    Details

    Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Season 5

    by Aubrielle, Thursday - December 24, 2015 04:09

    Blizzard has detailed what's coming for Diablo III in Season 5, starting on January 15.  They're doing away with Legendaries, new conquests will be added, and more.

    Patch 2.4.0 is live on the PTR for testing and headed soon to live realms, stuffed to the brim with great new features for Diablo III. For our Seasonal heroes out there, we’ve prepared this guide to Season 5 so you can roll right into a fresh start on day one.

    Several changes are coming to Seasons with Season 5, including the removal of Season-exclusive Legendary Items, the introduction of new and varied rewards, and a whole new feature in the form of Season Rebirth. Let’s check it out!

    More information.

    Source: Blizzard

    Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

    SP/MP: Single + MP
    Setting: Fantasy
    Genre: MMORPG
    Platform: PC
    Release: Released

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    Black Desert - Beta Impressions

    by Aubrielle, Tuesday - December 22, 2015 01:49

    For anyone that's been excited by the upcoming release of the MMO Black Desert Online, HardcoreGamer's beta report will be welcome news.

    I had the chance to spend some time in the closed beta of Black Desert Online, the new MMORPG from Korean developer Pearl Abyss. The game has been in development since 2010 and will be coming to Europe and America as a full release in 2016. The game shows a huge amount of promise.

    Anyone who has seen screenshots or video of Black Desert Online will be awed by the visuals. Even on a midrange PC, with a lot of settings dialed back, the game simply looks better than any other MMO currently on the market. Its artistic design is basically High Fantasy 101, set in environments — at least in the sections of the beta that I played — that suggest the geography and flora of the Mediterranean coast. A full day and night cycle, dynamic weather, and very effective use of lighting — not uncommon in games, but rarely done so well in an MMO — bring the world to life. The photorealism brings to mind the graphics of Star Wars Battlefront in their crisp detail.

    By far, the game’s character creation tool is the most powerful in any current game, genre aside. The level of photorealistic detail that can be manipulated is simply amazing and made me wish that this tool could be used in other RPGs or a game like The Sims, where creating a lifelike and distinct character is so important. It’s a huge bummer then that when tossed into the world, my character was wearing the exact same starting gear as every other in my class, which to me is one of the most immersion-breaking things an MMO can do. I get the need to start with newbie-level gear, but why not allow for some small degree of customization, especially given the tools available?

    In recent Western RPGs, we’ve come sort of expect class-less characters that can be developed in any direction and with whatever combination of skills we want to use, whether or not those builds are ultimately effective. Black Desert Online sticks to a traditional class/gender/race character development model. Want to be a melee fighter with sword and shield? You will be a human male. Want to be a dual-wielding, fast attack ninja? You will need to be a female. Only six classes were available in the beta, but it may be that the final release includes more, with options for all classes to be open to both genders.

    More information.

    Black Desert

    SP/MP: Massive
    Setting: Fantasy
    Genre: MMORPG
    Platform: PC
    Release: In development

    Details

    Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Class Revisions

    by Aubrielle, Monday - December 21, 2015 01:12

    Diablo III is about to have its class sets totally revamped in patch 2.4.0.

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    Diablo III Patch 2.4.0 draws ever closer!

    In Patch 2.4.0, in addition to adding over 50 new Legendary powers, we’re focusing on revising nearly every class set in Diablo III! Take a look at the gameplay of some of our most serious overhauls, then whet your appetite for even juicier Legendary updates in our latest blog feature here: http://blizz.ly/240ItemPreview

    More information.

    Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

    SP/MP: Single + MP
    Setting: Fantasy
    Genre: MMORPG
    Platform: PC
    Release: Released

    Details

    Fable Legends - Open Beta Coming in Spring

    by Aubrielle, Tuesday - December 15, 2015 02:45

    Fable Legends announces that its open beta will begin in Spring of 2016.  Thanks, Couch.

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    Fable Legends

    SP/MP: Single + MP
    Setting: Fantasy
    Genre: MMORPG
    Platform: PC, Xbox One
    Release: In development

    Details

    September

    Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Developer Q&A

    by Silver, Thursday - September 03, 2015 04:12

    Over at diabloiii.net there is a transcript of a reddit AMA where the Diablo 3 developers answered some questions on what they have been working on. With the new patch having recently gone out theres been a bit to discuss.

    Under discussion are General and UI, Crafting, Kanai’s Cube, Bounties and Rifts, Story
    Art, D3X2 Expansion

    From General and UI:

    Q: Right now the gap in efficiency between solo play and group play is quite large, does your team have any plans to not necessary completely close the gap but at least narrow it somewhat?
    WyattCheng: I realize this is a hot topic right now in the community and I know a lot of people are eager to understand how we determine the right rewards for single player versus multiplayer game modes. I'd like to go in depth on this question especially.

    For us it is an issue than the efficiency of groups who are stacking XP% don't get to wear their awesome, face-melting gear. The game should be about slaughtering monsters to get rewarded with epic loot. It's a lot less fun when you don't get to do the slaughtering.

    Exacerbating the situation isn't experience farming itself, it's how different the activity is from other activities in the game...

    Go here to read the whole thing.

    Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

    SP/MP: Single + MP
    Setting: Fantasy
    Genre: MMORPG
    Platform: PC
    Release: Released

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    August

    Star Citizen - Multicrew Demo @ GC 2015

    by Hiddenx, Sunday - August 09, 2015 11:14

    DArtagnan spotted this awesome Star Citizen video:

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    Star Citizen

    SP/MP: Massive
    Setting: Sci-Fi
    Genre: MMORPG
    Platform: PC
    Release: In development

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    Project: Gorgon - The First Let's Play Online

    by Fluent, Saturday - August 01, 2015 00:24

    Hello everybody! Sealed

    In today's exciting video, I start the first official Let's Play of Project: Gorgon currently online! I create my character and venture forth into the tutorial cave, where lots of fun and adventure are there to be had. 

    In this Let's Play I will be exploring the game mechanics, systems, lore and explore the wide continent of Alharth. I plan on updating this Let's Play often, so stick around and stay tuned for more, and follow along every step of the way. Wink

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     Hey everyone! In this exciting first episode of A Fluent Let's Play of Project: Gorgon, we take a look at the wonderfully creative, unique and inventive MMORPG, Project: Gorgon!

    Keep in mind, this is an alpha version of the game, so there are still some rough spots. The Kickstarter is going on as of typing this and there are over 20 days left, so if you like what you see, please go and support the developers of this fine RPG gem! 

    You can find their project on Kickstarter by going to this link - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/projectgorgon/project-gorgon-pc-mmo

    Enjoy! Smile

    Project: Gorgon

    SP/MP: Massive
    Setting: Fantasy
    Genre: MMORPG
    Platform: PC
    Release: In development

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    July

    Project: Gorgon - A Fluent First Look Video

    by Fluent, Tuesday - July 28, 2015 16:28

    Hi everyone!

    In this 39-minute video, I take a look at an early alpha version of the Kickstarter MMORPG, Project: Gorgon! The video is a bit long and I don't use a script, so feel free to grab some popcorn and watch the fun unfold!

    The game is an MMORPG in the vein of early MMORPGs, such as Asheron's Call and Everquest 1 & 2. 

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    Hey everyone! In this exciting video I take a look at the upcoming MMORPG, Project: Gorgon.

    Okay, you read that it's an MMO and want to stop reading. Well, don't! This is a true sandbox/open-world MMO that we haven't seen since the likes of Asheron's Call many years back! This is not your typical WoW clone or anything even close to that. This is a true explorer's dream game, so watch the video and see how unique and fantastic this fascinating MMORPG really is!

    If you'd like to support their Kickstarter to make this game even better, you can go here and support them! - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/projectgorgon/project-gorgon-pc-mmo

    You can also join the forums and find more information about their game here - http://projectgorgon.com/

    Please support them! Check out the game yourself and see if this is something you would like. =)

    Ciao!

    Project: Gorgon

    SP/MP: Massive
    Setting: Fantasy
    Genre: MMORPG
    Platform: PC
    Release: In development

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