- Archlord 2's open beta began, complete with a brand-new patch.
- Pathfinder Online released a new alpha client.
- World of Warcraft showed off its updated male Draenei models for Warlords of Draenor.
- We got our hands on two in-testing dino-survival MMOs: Beasts of Prey and The Stomping Lands.
- Destiny announced beta starts for PS4 on July 17th and Xbox on July 23rd.
- R2 Games' browser MMO Shadowbound opened its alpha on July 8th.
- Landmark enshrined its beta contest winners in the game world.
- We took a peek at Shroud of the Avatar's bonus test weekend.
Attendees can buy one-day passes for $30 or a three-day pass for $65. PAX South is limiting purchases to four badges per person, with children six and under admitted free with a paying adult. There are no refunds.
The convention will take place in San Antonio, Texas, from January 23rd through the 25th, 2015.
"I would rather have 10,000 people who play my game for two years, than a million people who only play for a short time," Matthew Wiggins of mobile studio Jiggery Pokery states. The discussion, as reported by Gamasutra, focused on the unsavory practices of quick in-and-out publishers who were only out to make gobs of cash as quickly as possible.
But one industry vet thinks that the F2P bubble has burst. "I think we're moving away from the aggressive initial monetization," CSR Racing studio boss Jason Avent says. "Those people who love your game are happy to pay for it. It's getting people into that longer game... We need to move away from exploiting a small number of people, and instead work to make lots of people stick around."
Friday, August 15
- 11:00 am - 12:00 pm -– EQ2U & Dragon's Armory
- 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm –- Live Together, Die Alone: Surviving H1Z1 as a Group
- 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm –- Inter-Outfit Operations in PS2
- 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm –- Become Your Character: Tricks and Tips for Cosplay
- 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm –- Military Gamers: Taking Care of Each Other
- 10:00 am - 11:00 am -– Social Media/Steaming & Fansites
- 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm -– Effective Guild and League Management
- 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm –- Improving Your EverQuest
- 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm –- DCUO – Advanced Raid Tactics
- 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm –- The New Conglomerate
- 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm -– Hardcore Decorating in EQII
- 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm –- EQII Game Macros, ACT Triggers, and You!
- Marvel Heroes is boasting a "Red, White, and Loot" boost to rotating game modes, including increased loot drops.
- Neverwinter has unleashed the Celebration of Lliira event, complete with fireworks and rewards.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic is granting double experience all weekend.
- The Guardians of Gaia event returns to The Secret World in honor of its anniversary.
- EverQuest II features a summer rebate sale on holiday items and more; classic EQ turned on double XP last night.
- Age of Wushu has 10 different events going on this weekend. TEN.
- TERA's gone live with a double-drop weekend.
- World of Tanks celebrates Canada Day and Independence Day with discounts on cash-shop stuff and experience bonuses.
- Fallen Earth is running sales and a new summer combat patch.
- Champions Online has introduced Stars Tights and new Liberty Grav Bike. Vrooom.
- The Brits behind RuneScape are hosting an in-game BBQ and offering Uncle Sam hats.
- Enjoy a holiday bonus weekend in Dark Age of Camelot.
- Black Gold Online has dedicated an in-game monument and promises streams and contests.
- War Thunder offers discounts and RP boosts for USA victories.
- DUST 514 is running an accelerated SP week.
- Dungeons and Dragons Online has a double bonus point promotion in the official store.
- SMITE still has the Ramerica eagle skin we can't stop giggling over. Wheeee.
- Pirate101 has a Red, White, & Blue sale going on mounts, pets, and teleporters.
Turbine wrote in May that the last sub payments would be processed on June 30th and that the game would become buy-to-play thereafter. Massively can confirm that logging into the Turbine account site and attempting to resume an old account currently allows players to select a "Lifetime AC Plan" for $9.99, which matches the buy-to-play price for all gamers who wish to play for the first time. Players who were subbed at the transition should be grandfathered in and will no longer be billed every month.
While both games will continue in maintenance mode, Turbine still plans to facilitate player-run servers this year.
[With thanks to Arpeggio.]
"Upon hearing these concerns, the IeSF convoked an emergency session of the IeSF Board to respond," the Federation posted on the official site. "As a result, IeSF shall have two event categories: 'Open for All' events and events that are reserved for women. The events which were initially set aside as the male division will now be open to all genders, and the events which were initially set as the female division will remain as they were."
The IeSF defended its former rationale for segregating men and women in the event, saying that it did so to encourage female players to engage in the tournaments: "The IeSF's female-only competitions aim to bring more diversity to competitive play by improving the representation of women at these events. Without efforts to improve representation, e-sports can't achieve true gender equality."
[To clarify since there's some confusion in the comments: Men can now participate in all five games. Women can now participate in all five games on the same teams as the men. Women can additionally play in women-only brackets for SC2 and Tekken Tag. Those two games are included in the games men can play in the mixed gender lineup (Tekken Tag wasn't available to men originally, just as Hearthstone was blocked from women, but this has been rectified). Neither men nor women are now barred from any game in the tourney.]
- Guilds will have both a capital ship and a headquarters.
- Sitting, lying down, and leaning are not tied to a specific item; they're slash commands.
- Multiple groups of people (up to 70 on the livestream) can visit your stronghold.
- You can place jukeboxes (four were shown) in your stronghold for ambient music.
- Your stronghold can be decorated only by you.
- Guild headquarters and ships can be decorated by different people within the guild.
- You can place your starship (among other large vehicles) on the landing pad.
- There's no rent or maintenance for upkeep.
- Strongholds can be bought with both credits and Cartel Coins.
- Dueling is an uncertain possibility.
- NPCs can be placed in multiple spots around the stronghold.
- The legacy bank is an item.
- Twi'lek NPC table-dancing has been confirmed!
Players will be competing for a grand prize of $600,000, a pool which is expected to grow over the next half-year in the lead-in to the event. You can check out the official e-sports site for the game to find out how to register your team and try to make it into the big leagues, or just check out the trailer below. Maybe you just like to spectate, after all. It's cool.
Beginning July 2nd and continuing on Wednesdays thereafter, the BioWare devs will dust off the official SWTOR Twitch channel to preview the houses arriving in the Galactic Strongholds expansion this August.
From live tours of the various strongholds like the Nar Shaddaa Sky Palace to a behind-the-scenes look at the decoration items and tools, get an inside preview of all the ways you'll be able to customize your own stronghold in the new Digital Expansion, Galactic Stronghold[s].The first show starts at 4:30 p.m. EDT tomorrow.
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- Hearthstone's expansion, Curse of Naxxramas, launches in July.
- Star Citizen topped 47 million in crowdfund money; we examined the game's complexity.
- Stunlock Studios released a trailer for the Dead Island: Epidemic MOBA (below).
- Dota 2's The International prize pool surpassed 10 million bucks.
- The Oculus and ZeniMax legal smack talk heated up.
- Snail Games announced King of Wushu, a MOBA based on Age of Wushu.
- Elite: Dangerous entered its second round of premium beta.
- MOBA SMITE added new playable god Rama and Fourth of July skins.
- Destiny's COO outlined the game's 10-year-plan and business model and promised more work to come on the much-maligned voice acting.
- ÆRENA: Clash of Champions updated with a new character and game mode.
- The Orcs Must Die devs waffled over the role of toxic players.
- CCP kicked off a DUST 514 contest; kill enough players and you'll get to win a weapon.
- God of Destiny, another new MOBA, was greenlit on Steam. We've got the trailer below!
Landmark players will enjoy the largest number of events, including a special mega-build event on Thursday and a panel explaining how the game will interact with EverQuest Next. There will also be details about the next EverQuest II expansion, previews of combat for EQN and Landmark, and plenty of community Q&A sessions. Take a gander at the full schedule if you need a little more information to justify your attendance.
First #Warlords beta invite wave on its way! Check your account for flagging. Targeting first wave toward WoW veterans. (Realms up tomorrow)Players can check their Battle.net accounts to see whether their accounts have been flagged prior to the arrival of the emails. Bashiok further reminded followers that additional waves of invites are coming; this first round targeted "accounts that have been playing recently, with a long history of active subscription."
The closed beta itself begins today at 5 p.m. EDT.
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