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Gamescom 2014: Star Citizen gets racing, FPS, hangar, and Connie teasers

Sci-Fi, Trailers, Video, Events (Real-World), Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, New Titles, News Items, Races, Sandbox, Crowdfunding, Star Citizen, Buy-to-Play

Star Citizen fans, we hope you're sitting down, because Cloud Imperium released not one, not two, not three, but four separate trailers during its Gamescom livestream. Let's see, there's one about racing, one about the upcoming hangar update, a commercial for the Constellation, and oh yeah, how about some FPS combat footage?

Feast your eyes after the cut!

[Thanks Cardboard!]

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Take a virtual trip to Destiny's Mars

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

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Mars is but one of the locales on which Guardians will be making planetfall in Destiny, but it is perhaps the most rust-colored and sandy of them all. In a new video released today, the mysteries and vistas of the Red Planet is, well, not exactly explained in great detail, but at least teased in a visually pleasing way.

It looks as though mankind had made a previous stab at colonizing Mars, but now it's a desolate wasteland where dunes are reclaiming skyscrapers. If the video is to be believed, it's not exactly devoid of inhabitants, however. You can see it for yourself after the break.

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Origins of Malu goes 'back to the drawing board'

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, MMO Industry, New Titles, News Items, Sandbox, Crowdfunding, Origins of Malu

Long-gestating sci-fantasy sandbox Origins of Malu has an updated and now rather cryptic website teasing something called Project: Hail Mary as well as some "upcoming changes" for the game.

Burning Dog says that it has gone "back to the drawing board so to speak and in the next couple of weeks, we'll be unleashing just what OOM has become during our hiatus!" There are also PlayStation, Xbox One, Mac, and Windows logos prominently displayed on the teaser page. Finally, the revamped landing page mentions a video blog scheduled for Sunday, August 17th.

[Thanks Dystopiq!]

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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Gamescom 2014: WildStar reveals new dungeons and raid tweaks

Sci-Fi, Events (Real-World), Endgame, News Items, WildStar, Dungeons, Subscription, Buy-to-Play

Refreshing?
WildStar is on the ground at Gamescom 2014, and it's got something new for players to explore. Specifically, it's got the game's newest dungeons. The Protostar Academy and the Ultimate Protogames are intended for level 10 and level 50, respectively; the former is meant to help introduce players to mechanics found throughout group content, whilst the latter will provide a new top-level experience with heretofore unseen mechanics and content. And, of course, plenty of bosses that tested very well in marketing, because this is Protostar we're talking about. You can see the dungeon in action on this archived Twitch stream, starting at 4:45:00.

But what about players looking into getting into the raiding scene? Will this help bridge the gap? According to the latest dispatch from the developers via the Nexus Report, while there are no content nerfs incoming, attunement processes are being eased. Silver medal requirements are being lowered to bronze, rune slots are being added as definite additions to both crafted and dungeon gear, and attunement item requirements are being tuned down as well to make life just a little bit easier.

[Thanks to Syphaed for the tip!]

The Stream Team: Firefall revisited

Sci-Fi, Video, PvP, PvE, Free-to-Play, Massively Meta, Hands-On, MMOFPS, Livestream, Firefall, The Stream Team

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Massively's Mike Foster is taking Firefall for another spin in this month's edition of Choose My Adventure, which means he needs to spend a little time getting reacquainted with the game, its universe, and its mechanics. Join him live at 7:00 p.m. EDT for a little bit of jetpack-induced, assault rifle-powered shooty chaos. Alternatively, watch in awe as he attempts to complete the account recovery process after completely forgetting his login information.

Game: Firefall
Host: Mike Foster
Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. EDT

Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

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Star Trek Online giving away purple-quality duty officers during event

Sci-Fi, Events (In-Game), Star Trek Online, Free-to-Play, Giveaways

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They may be below decks, but those hard-working virtual duty officers are near and dear to many a player captain's heart. Star Trek Online knows this, which is why the game is hosting a Junior Officer Appreciation Weekend that starts today and goes through Monday morning.

During the event, players will enjoy a 50% boost to commendation XP, additional officers in C-Store purchased packs, and the ability to earn a new duty officer through the Academy partical scanning event. STO is also giving all players who log in during the weekend a free purple-quality duty officer if they didn't claim one from a previous duty officer event.

Defiance goes free-to-play on the PlayStation 3

Sci-Fi, Business Models, News Items, Free-to-Play, Consoles, Post-Apocalyptic, Defiance

The level 1 starting area for PS3 players.
Defiance has already made the transition to free-to-play on the PC, but now players with more focus on consoles are getting in on the free action. PlayStation 3 users can now download and play the game for free without any up-front cost, just in time to coincide with the ongoing second season of the television show. No precise dates have been revealed for the Xbox 360 conversion at this time, although it's still due "soon."

Players who elect to purchase a copy of the game on the PS3 will receive 1000 Arkforge, four character slots, five loadouts, up to 75 Ark Keycodes, and a 70-slot inventory. They'll also receive 30 free days of Paradise Patron status, which boosts gains on everything from XP to scrips along with a 10% discount on cash shop items. If you like the look of the game but wanted to play it for free on your console, your time is now.

[Source: Trion Worlds press release]

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%).

Gamescom 2014: SWTOR boasts over a million monthly players

Sci-Fi, Trailers, Video, Expansions, Free-to-Play, Star Wars: The Old Republic

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"Every month, more than a million players are logging in, playing with their friends, and embarking on their own personal Star Wars Saga," EA claimed today at its Gamescom press event.

If you're one of those million players, then you'll also want to know that Galactic Strongholds will release next Tuesday, August 19th, for subscribers. We've got the new trailer from Gamescom that quickly demonstrates the expansion's selling points, including its player housing system, guild flagships, and plantary conquest. What are you waiting for? You can bask in its glory after the jump!

[With thanks to Hagu.]

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

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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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BioWare announces Shadow Realms, a D&D-inspired co-op dungeon crawler

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, New Titles, PvP, Dungeons

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BioWare has just announced a brand-new IP for the studio: Shadow Realms, a "4v1 story-driven online action RPG" that was inspired by the team's love of tabletop Dungeons & Dragons.

Shadow Realms isn't a full-fledged MMO, but will put players in the shoes of contemporary Earth heroes who will jump between our world of technology and another of magic. The twist for the game is that a team of four heroes will be opposed by one player who will assume the role of a dungeon master-like Shadowlord.

"With Shadow Realms, we decided that the Shadowlord should interact with and see the gameplay world in a similar way to the hero players –- albeit with better tactical knowledge," BioWare wrote. "Their objective is to stop the group of heroes by haunting them, setting traps, casting spells, summoning monsters, and controlling any monster in the level."

The game will grow with episodic storytelling, offer "deep combat customization," and feature six classes. Shadow Realms is set to go into closed beta this fall.

Choose My Adventure: Firefall is finally a real game

Sci-Fi, Polls, Launches, New Titles, PvP, PvE, Free-to-Play, Hands-On, MMOFPS, Choose My Adventure, Firefall

Forgive me, Massively readers, for I have sinned. It has been six months since my last Choose My Adventure. Luckily, absolution is readily available via a 50-pound desktop computer, a mostly stable internet connection powered by one of the most hated companies in the United States, and three or four Hail Proudmoores. In summary: I have stared into the face of an eternal offline purgatory, clenched my teeth, and growled, "Not today."

No, today I'm going to play Firefall. And you're coming with me.

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Warhammer 40k: Eternal Crusade discusses Razer Comms integration

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Yes, we've all longed to forever hear people chattering about whatever when we log in, like Xbox Live only forever.
Warhammer 40k: Eternal Crusade is positioning itself to be a blend of MMO elements with third-person shooter elements, and like its source material that means everyone's trying to shoot everyone else. So you're going to need a way to communicate with other players, and if typing out "please help me shoot these guys" is going to take too much time, you'll need a voice chat solution.

The development team behind the game has taken this fact to heart, and rather than forcing players to rely on a third-party solution, it's working on integrating the Razer Comms system into the game directly. This also includes filters to help you fully immerse yourself in the setting, tying the game's normal sound and voice chat together. If that sounds like something you'd like to see in action, take a look at the full announcement for more explanation of the integration and what it offers the players.

Star Trek Online highlights the path of Voyager

Sci-Fi, Expansions, Lore, Previews, News Items, Star Trek Online, Free-to-Play, Subscription

You're allowed to start humming the theme song, really.
Captain Kathryn Janeway led the crew of the USS Voyager across the Delta Quadrant, traveling 70,000 lightyears in seven years and encountering a variety of species and phenomena during the journey. Star Trek Online's next expansion, Delta Rising, is retracing her steps, bringing players back into the Delta Quadrant to explore both strange new worlds and ascertain the fate of the known ones. The most recent development blog takes a look at Voyager's journey through the region as well as where players will wind up relative to that lengthy trip.

The expansion will cover a region of space starting at the Nekrit Expanse and extending toward the Alpha Quadrant, including encounters with races heretofore unseen in Star Trek Online such as the Kazon, the Ocampa, and the Talaxians. Players will also encounter the Borg Cooperative (a splinter group from the Collective) and the Benthan Guard, as well as a mysterious adversary that's harassing the entire region and giving every race pause. Whether you want to see the long-term effects of the Borg's failed Alpha Quadrant invasion or just pick up a Talaxian officer to handle your ship's mess hall, it seems you'll be getting the chance.

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