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Lineage Eternal's first closed beta coming to Korea this winter

Betas, Fantasy, Trailers, Video, MMO Industry, New Titles, News Items

We haven't heard much about Lineage Eternal since its late 2011 announcement. Now, though, ThisIsGame brings word of the title's first closed beta coming to Korea this winter. Lineage Eternal is a hack-and-slash game that features a "drag action" combat system in which skills are activated by mouse gestures made on the screen, according to Steparu.

You can watch a 14-minute gameplay trailer after the break.

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SOE Live 2014: Combat comes to Landmark August 27th

Betas, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Video, Classes, Game Mechanics, PvP, Free-to-Play, Events (Massively's Coverage), Sandbox, Player-Generated Content, Landmark

If you've got a thing for combat, have we got the perfect date for you! Landmark launches the ability to fight -- and die -- on Wednesday, August 27th. That means everyone who's been waiting in the wings for the new sandbox to get more systems before diving in only have to hold out two more weeks before they can finally experience Landmark.

Are you ready to die? The first phase of combat includes death, armor, weapons, landmines, PvP, and many possibilities! We got the scoop on this much-anticipated system at SOE Live from Creative Director Dave Georgeson and Senior Producer Terry Michaels at SOE Live, including some great video clips of the upcoming content.

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Wakfu relaunch moves into open beta

Betas, Fantasy, Free-to-Play

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Wakfu's continuing with its "relaunch" strategy by fine-tuning its free-to-play offerings and now announcing the start of its open beta program. As of today, anyone can jump into the game to see how the MMO's improved with its new format.

Ankama Managing Director and COO Olivier Comte makes the pitch that Wakfu is definitely worth checking out: "As we open the updated world of Wakfu to an even broader set of fans, we will continue to focus on the core and essence of our gameplay –- the players. In addition to a broad range of classes to suit varying tastes, colorful environments and our well-known sense of humor, Wakfu gives players a chance to impact the entire game world through their strategic and even political decisions."

[Source: Ankama press release]

Ubisoft explains why The Crew isn't coming to PS3, Wii U

Betas, Real-Life, MMO Industry, New Titles, News Items, Consoles, Races, Buy-to-Play

As we reported yesterday, Ubisoft's open world racer The Crew is launching on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 platforms this November. The game will not be coming to the PlayStation 3 or Wii U, though.

"The Crew is originally built for the new generation of consoles so when we made the decision to port it to the previous generation of consoles, we decided to focus solely on the platform closest to the new-gen's technical infrastructure, which is the Xbox 360," an Ubi rep told VideoGamer.

Ubisoft has also announced that closed beta on next gen consoles is coming "in late September."

Archlord 2 increases level cap and adds 600 quests

Betas, Fantasy, Patches, Free-to-Play

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While still in open beta, Archlord 2 is nevertheless prepping its first major update to expand both the game's level cap and overall content offering.

With the upcoming patch, the level cap in Archlord 2 will rise to 46. This will not only add more statistical power, but new weapon masteries and a higher tier of gear. But wait -- that's not all! With the acquisition of this fabulous patch package, you'll also get a pair of additional zones, 600 quests, a PvP contested area, and four new dungeons! Download soon, operators are standing by!

Warhammer 40k: Eternal Crusade lays out future history in new trailer

Betas, Sci-Fi, Trailers, Video, MMOFPS, Warhammer 40k

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The in-game footage may be blurry and obscured by a HUD overlay, but Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade's new trailer does do a good job of teasing the game that is to come.

Most of this new trailer is concerned with laying out the factions and underlying conflict between them, finishing by asking the player to choose her or his faction. No dirty neutrals here, champ! Check it out after the break and see if this gets your blood pumping (and then gushing from an Ork-caused head wound).

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Here's a preview of Black Desert's CBT3 updates

Betas, Fantasy, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, New Titles, News Items, Sandbox, Black Desert

We still don't have any inkling of when Black Desert's western client will arrive, but we do have a preview of some new stuff being added to the Korean fantasy sandbox MMO courtesy of next month's third closed beta test.

Updates include the decorating system, readable books, easier fishing, armor dyes, new pets, and new world bosses.

World of Warcraft spotlights Draenor's new Troll models

World of Warcraft, Betas, Fantasy, Previews, News Items, Races

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Today's World of Warcraft Artcraft blog is all about Trolls. No, not the trolls who plague internet comment sections everywhere; the playable Troll race that outcools all the other Horde races. Blizzard's Chris Robinson spotlights the new models for both the male and female Trolls, noting that the race's tusks posed "unique challenges":
In the character customization options, you have the ability to select from a number of tusk "styles." While other race models (like the Tauren) have similar customization options, the additional modeling, texturing, and animation articulation of the Troll face-and mouth especially-made this a distinctive challenge. We actually had to model the Troll with a flat lower lip; then, for each facial customization option, we went in and posed their lips to naturally wrap around each tusk option.
We've included a pic of the female Trolls below.

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ArcheAge adds three servers for next round of closed beta testing

Betas, Fantasy, Free-to-Play, ArcheAge, Sandbox

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Trion Worlds is anticipating a flood of new players for the third ArcheAge closed beta test, saying that it expects the weekend event will be "four times" the size of the first test. The studio is sending out "hundreds of thousands" of email invites, noting that players will need a new CB3 invitation to participate and cannot rely on an old CB2 key for access.

The team is adding three new servers for CB3: two in North America and one in Europe. These servers will plug into the cross-server auction house that's shared by their associated regions.

ArcheAge's beta will "pick up right where it left off," as the devs promise that progress made during CB2 will be retained and characters will not be wiped. The beta test begins on August 14th and continues through August 18th.

Gamescom 2014: Destiny's first expansion, The Dark Below, arrives in December

Betas, Sci-Fi, Trailers, Video, PvP, MMOFPS, Destiny

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Bungie Director of Production Jonty Barnes just announced at Gamescom that Destiny's first expansion, The Dark Below, will arrive in December, just a few months after the game officially launches.

Bungie also released a new competitive multiplayer trailer. Aliens are threatening our way of life and our very existence, but that doesn't mean that we can't take a break from combating this common threat and squabble amongst ourselves, right? Destiny will allow just that with its competitive multiplayer mode, also known as "PvP" if you're new to MMOs.

This game mode will take place in the Crucible, a skirmish arena full of good hidey-holes and a ton of objectives for teams to accomplish. There will be special gear that can be attained by duking it out, so at least you have that justification when your commanding officer asks why you're not out there fighting the invaders.

The video is below.

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ArcheAge highlights its trade mission mechanics

Betas, Fantasy, Game Mechanics, Previews, News Items, Free-to-Play, ArcheAge, Sandbox

See?  You can indeed be productive while sitting on your... donkey.
There's plenty of stuff to do in ArcheAge besides attack people in PvP. For example, you can be one of the people who are attractive targets to attack in PvP. That's not the biggest reason to get involved in the game's Trade missions, however. Sure, you'll be carrying around valuable cargo that's attractive to marauders, pirates, and scavengers alike, but successfully bringing a package from one point to another can provide you with plenty of wealth and fame, so it's got an appeal.

Trade Packs allow players to earn valuable crafting materials as well as Gilda Stars, valuable for endgame play. The further you transport a pack, the more rewards you receive for its transport. However, packs also slow you down and force you to forego the use of World Gates or gliders, making the journey that much more harrowing. For the full rundown, check the official preview and get ready to start shipping things around the world.

Not So Massively: Diablo III's 20M sales, The Crew's beta, and Heroes of the Storm's alpha

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Welcome back to No So Massively, where every Monday we round up the highlights from the past week in the world of MOBAs, roguelikes, MMOTCGs, and other games that aren't quite MMOs.

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The Stream Team: Check out glass, guilds, and get your Landmark codes before SOE Live!

Betas, Fantasy, Video, Free-to-Play, Giveaways, Livestream, Sandbox, The Stream Team, Player-Generated Content, Landmark

With SOE Live starting later this week, fans can look forward to an earful of Landmark news. But that doesn't mean that there aren't cool new things to check out now! Massively's MJ jumps in to show off the newly released glass building material as well as the first iteration of guilds. She'll also demonstrate easy ways to make arches and cylinders. And better yet, she'll be giving away more beta and goodie codes! There's no better week to try out Landmark, so join us live at 7:00 p.m. for some building tips and tricks and a chance at winning phat loot (including the Colonist's Flight Suit!).

Game: Landmark
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Monday, August 11th, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. EDT

Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

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The Crew revs up for second beta test on August 25th

Betas, Real-Life, Miscellaneous

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Gas up those cars and wipe down the upholstry, because the second beta test for The Crew is set to begin on August 25th and end on August 29th.

Ubisoft promised to hand out more keys for this second round of closed beta testing, saying that players will now be able to register for it through Steam if desired. You can get into the beta by pre-purchasing The Crew prior to the start of this next test, having played the first beta test, or snagging one of the new keys. Ubisoft announced that there will be no NDA for the beta later this month.

According to a new infographic, over 237 million miles were driven during the first beta test, in addition to 387,113 police chases and over a million skill challenges attempted. You can view the full infographic after the jump.

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An early look at Heroes of the Storm's alpha

Betas, Fantasy, Culture, Game Mechanics, Previews, PvP, Opinion, Free-to-Play, Hands-On, First Impressions, MOBA

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Heroes of the Storm: Just another MOBA, right? Well, maybe. I have to admit two things before we jump into this article. First, I like MOBAs, but I'm an MMO player first and foremost. I keep trying MOBAs as they come out, and I've sunk some serious hours into the genre, so I do have a decent working knowledge of the bare basics, especially starting experiences.

Second, I'm neither a fan nor a hater of Blizzard. Blizzard often sticks to safe rather than unique features, but it also makes games for the masses, which is great because I love to drag my friends into my games. But a game that attracts everyone also attracts the kind of people I don't want to play with.

So why should I -- or you -- play Heroes of the Storm?

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