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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor releasing November 13th

World of Warcraft, Fantasy, Video, Expansions, MMO Industry, Subscription

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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor will be coming to players this November 13th.

"The age of the whimsical panda is over!" Chris Metzen proclaimed to a crowd of cheering fans at the Ace Theatre in Los Angeles.

During the street date announcement, Blizzard talked about the lore of the expansion and showed the first episode of a new five-part animated lore mini-series called Lords of War. The studio also showed the opening cinematic for Warlords of Draenor, after which the release date was mentioned for the first time.

We've got the first episode of Lords of War, the animated series teaser, and the cinematic for you after the break!

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Neverwinter's Tyranny of Dragons expansion live today

Fantasy, Video, Classes, Expansions, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, Patches, News Items, PvE, Dungeons, Neverwinter

Perfect World has officially launched Tyranny of Dragons, the latest expansion for Neverwinter. The update features a new class (the Scourge Warlock), new heroic encounters, a new dungeon, and a new skirmish. Don't forget to check out the gameplay clip after the cut!

[Source: Perfect World press release]

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War Thunder aiming for 360-degree panoramic VR view with Project Morpheus

Historical, Real-Life, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, News Items, Free-to-Play, Virtual Reality

War Thunder's been on board the virtual reality train for a while now, given its compatibility with the Oculus Rift. Gaijin isn't stopping there, though, according to a new website posting that touts War Thunder on Sony's PlayStation 4 Project Morpheus VR prototype.

There's no launch date just yet, but Gaijin promises "a 360 degree panoramic view of the battlefield."

WildStar and Guild Wars 2 boost NCsoft profits

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Aion, Lineage, Lineage 2, Economy, MMO Industry, Guild Wars 2, Free-to-Play, Blade & Soul, WildStar

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The second quarter of 2014 was a very good time indeed for NCsoft, as the publisher announced today that revenues and profits are up thanks to WildStar's launch and Guild Wars 2's move into China.

In today's earnings report, NCsoft shows that sales went up 20% and operating profit increased 46% from the previous quarter. The company said that it saw a marketing expense increase due to WildStar and that Lineage "recovered meaningfully" during this period.

As for sales per game, Lineage is still at the top with 32.2%. Following that is WildStar (15.9%), Guild Wars 2 (12.6%), Blade and Soul (10.8%), Aion (10.4%), and Lineage II (7.7%).

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."

The Daily Grind: Do you want round number level caps?

Culture, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, Opinion, The Daily Grind

Archlord 2 is bumping its level cap to 46. For some reason this bothers me. I don't play Archlord 2, but still. Why 46? Why not 45 or 50? OK, so probably not 45 because the cap was already 45, but why not structure the content in such a way as to invite a nice round number like 50 for the next increase?

What about you, Massively readers? Am I alone here or does silly stuff like that give you an eye twitch? Do you want round number level caps?

Every morning, the Massively bloggers probe the minds of their readers with deep, thought-provoking questions about that most serious of topics: massively online gaming. We crave your opinions, so grab your caffeinated beverage of choice and chime in on today's Daily Grind!

Wargaming claims over 100 million registered users

Historical, MMO Industry, PvP, News Items, War, Free-to-Play, World of Tanks, World of Warplanes, World of Warships

How many players has Wargaming amassed via its ubiquitous World of titles? Over 100 million registered souls across all platforms, according to the firm's latest press release. The company of course neglects to mention how many of those 100 million players are active or how many of them have spent money, but we suspect it's doing OK for itself in both departments.

You can read the full blurb after the break.

[Source: Wargaming press release]

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Elder Scrolls' Update 4 coming next month, here's a trailer

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Elder Scrolls Online's next major content drop is scheduled for September. That's only a couple of weeks away, crazily enough, so ZeniMax has released a new teaser vid designed to whet your appetite for Update 4. It focuses on Craglorn and includes a new adventure zone, a new trial, and the new Dragonstar Arena group challenge.

See it all via the new vid embedded after the cut.

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The Crew coming to Xbox 360

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Open world racer The Crew was already scheduled to hit PCs, the PlayStation 4, and the Xbox One on November 11th. Now we can add one more platform to that launch date, as Ubisoft has said via press release that the game is also heading to the Xbox 360.

The 360 version is being developed by Asobo Studio with assistance from Ivory Tower, Ubisoft Reflections, and Ubisoft Shanghai.

Have a look at the game's new "Playground" trailer after the break.

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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.

Gamescom 2014: SMITE heading for the Xbox One

Fantasy, MMO Industry, News Items, Free-to-Play, Consoles, MOBA

Allowing you to play a scowling dude with a beard, except he's fat instead of muscular.  Groundbreaking.
Has your purchase of a next-gen console been reliant on finding out which one of them will get a MOBA on it? Your wait is now over. SMITE is set to launch on the Xbox One via the platform's ID@Xbox program at some point in 2015, as announced today during the Xbox Gamescom event. No specific dates have yet been announced for the port.

COO Todd Harris stated that the game's third-person viewpoint makes it a natural fit to control with a console gamepad rather than a mouse and keyboard, leading to an easy conversion. Details of how the program will work with online connectivity and the possibility of requiring an Xbox Live subscription have not yet been revealed (unsurprisingly, since the program was only just announced). Keep your eyes peeled for more information through the tail end of the year, since the launch won't be happening until 2015.

[Thanks to Sorenthaz for the tip!]

Massively Speaking Episode 309: Expantastic

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Will this cute little doggie make you forget all about how subscriptions are taking a beating in some of the industry's biggest MMOs? No? Well then how about news of several expansions and updates from this past week? If podcast hosts Larry and Justin can do anything well, it's provide excellent distractions from your despair!

Get all of our opinions and analysis on the most important stories of the past week right here on Massively Speaking, the industry's leading MMO podcast. And if you have a comment, question, or topic for the podcasters, send an email to podcast@massively.com. We may just read your email on the air!

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Petition to memorialize Robin Williams in World of Warcraft allegedly gets Blizzard's attention

World of Warcraft, Events (Real-World), MMO Industry, All Points Bulletin, Miscellaneous

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Everyone is talking today about the passing of the great comedian Robin Williams, and while it certainly is sad for those of us who grew up loving his TV and movie work, we're also celebrating his legacy and learning a lot about his life. For instance, did you know that Williams was an avid video gamer who spent quite a bit of time in World of Warcraft under an anonymous name?

One fan did and thought that a great way to remember Williams would be to add him into World of Warcraft as an NPC. Thus he started a Change.org petition earlier today to do just that. With over 10,000 signatures added since then, the movement apparently caught the attention of Blizzard. "An amazing development has just happened," the petition author added in an update. "Celestalon has seen the petition and has been quoted as saying, 'We're taking care of it.'"

Robin Williams is being memorialized in other MMOs as well. One player took the above screenshot from APB, noting how a fellow gamer created and uploaded the in-game poster as a tribute to the man.

[Update: The official WoW Twitter account just tweeted, ".@robinwilliams Thank you. You gave us so much joy in our lives, and we hope you enjoyed your time in our world. We'll see you in-game."]

Darkfall quests 'coming soon'

Fantasy, Darkfall, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, News Items, PvE, Sandbox, Subscription

Quests are coming soon to Darkfall, according to the latest blurb on the fantasy PvP sandbox's website. Aventurine says its quest system has allowed it "to craft some fairly open-ended journeys," and that players will find both readily available and "hidden and obscure" quests.

Crafting tutorial quests are in the works as well, not to mention player-created quests drawn from a recent contest.

Gamescom 2014: Obsidian and My.com release Armored Warfare trailer

Trailers, Video, Events (Real-World), MMO Industry, New Titles, News Items, War, Free-to-Play

Obsidian and My.com have released a new trailer for Armored Warfare at this week's Gamescom convention in Cologne, Germany. The clip runs for just over a minute and it features plenty of heavy metal war machines doing what they do best in urban environments. See for yourself after the break.

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