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EGX London 2014: Guild Wars 2 promotes e-sports

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ArenaNet was in London this past weekend promoting its Guild Wars 2 e-sports angle to show-goers, including some who might never have played or even heard of the MMO. A pair of videos serve to explain how Guild Wars 2 works; the first covers PvE from character creation to skills to armor, and the second, hosted by Competitive Community Manager Joshua "Grouch" Davis, covers all things PvP. We think having a Competitive Community Manager is a pretty serious declaration of your e-sports intent. Enjoy the vids below.

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EVE Evolved: Features coming in Oceanus and beyond

Sci-Fi, Video, EVE Online, Culture, Economy, Expansions, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, Patches, Previews, PvP, Endgame, News Items, PvE, EVE Evolved, Dev Diaries, Sandbox, Crafting, Subscription, MMORPG

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It's been almost four months since EVE Online switched from publishing two major expansions per year to releasing ten smaller updates, and so far it looks like the new schedule has been a huge success. Rather than forcing the industry overhaul out the door in Kronos before it was ready, CCP was able to push it forward to the Crius release window seven weeks later and the extra development time meant the feature launched in a very polished state. It may be too early to tell if the new schedule's success can be seen in the concurrent player graph for Tranquility, but the numbers have remained steady for the past few months in what is typically the annual low-point for player activity.

The Oceanus update is scheduled to go live in just two day's time, adding several graphical upgrades, more difficult burner missions, an experimental new notification feature, and other small improvements. The scale of the update seems to be on par with the recent Hyperion release, consisting of mostly small features and minor iterations on gameplay. While we're told that CCP is still working on large projects behind the scenes, the new release schedule means they won't be rushed out the door and so we may not see them for some time.

In this edition of EVE Evolved, I summarise everything we know about Tuesday's Oceanus update, and take a look at what's to come in further releases.

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The Stream Team: Playing a Dragonborn in Neverwinter

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The Stream Team: Playing a Dragonborn in Neverwinter
Massively's MJ now has access to the newest race to join Neverwinter. Look out, world; here comes another Dragonborn! As a lover of pretty much all things dragon, MJ can't wait to see what kind of Dragonborn character she can create. And because she's rolling a new character, this is a perfect time for you to join in the adventures as well! Hop into game and join live at 1:00 p.m. to check out character creation and then dive into the action.

Game: Neverwinter
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Saturday, September 27th, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT

Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

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How graphics will help H1Z1 set a creepy mood

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Do you care a whole lot about graphical fidelity when you're running away from shooting zombies in the face with a sawed-off shotgun? Fabulous; we have just the video for you. SOE has just posted a Q&A video featuring H1Z1 Art Director Bill Yeatts, who fields player-submitted questions about the upcoming zombie-survival-sandbox's graphics. Yeatts explains how SOE chose H1Z1's art style, how that art style will evolve as early access approaches, and just how he plans to make the game look and feel really scary (obviously, a zombie plague isn't terrifying enough).

Enjoy the dev spotlight below.

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Trials of Ascension will include playable dragons

Betas, Fantasy, Video, Races, Sandbox, Crowdfunding

Pay attention, students: Trials of Ascension is coming up to the head of the class to give a progress report. Don't be timid, fledgling game. We're all listening.

First of all, Trials of Ascension has hit its $60,000 crowdfunding goal. This means that Forged Chaos will be including a playable dragon race at launch, so prepare your Dragonheart names now.

And in a new progress video, Trials of Ascension showed off its new dynamic spawning tech for mobs and plants, its resource gathering system, improvements to combat with full-body animations, items that persist when dropped in the game world, and a naming and chat system that won't automatically identify strangers. There's more to it than that, of course, so check out the full progress video after the break.

[Source: Forged Chaos press release; thanks to Azrile for the tip!]

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The Stream Team: Visiting ArcheAge's Forbidden Shore

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ArcheAge certainly has a variety of things players can do. Last week Massively's MJ and some of the Minions went across the sea to nab some wolf combat pets. This week, MJ is going to poke through an interesting place she noticed during a ship voyage along the coast near Austera. What could possibly go wrong at a cove called Forbidden Shore? Maybe she'll even get some treasure hunting in -- assuming she can find a bigger boat to ride than her rowboat! Want to be a part of the adventure? Join us live at 3:00 p.m. on Tahyang for some exploration and possibly a bit of profit, too.

Game: ArcheAge
Host: MJ Guthrie
Date: Friday, September 26th, 2014
Time: 3:00 p.m. EDT

Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

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WoW's final Lords of War video is not about an Orc

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The fifth and final entry in World of Warcraft's Lords of War video series has arrived, and if you're tired of Orclords of Orcnor, then rejoice because this one is about a Draenei: Vindicator Maraad, the narrator of the series. On the downside, Maraad's backstory is still mostly about Orcs; he's Garona Halforcen's uncle, for example. On the upside, his backstory also involves a lot of killing of Orcs. So there's that.

The full video is below.

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Star Citizen hits $54 million with a letter from Chris Roberts

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Your money helped us construct and then blow up this moon, because we really wanted to see what it looked like.  Development?  Oh, right, we'll release a module about it in a year.
Star Citizen's ongoing funding drive has put the game up to $54 million now, and that means another feature off of the stretch goal page and into the full game. Chris Roberts addressed the community in a letter following this most recent landmark and explained that this level of funding will allow the game to launch with advanced AI behavior from NPCs in planetside environments. He also showed off a new video highlighting the Retaliator bomber, demonstrating the level of detail inside the ship that players can anticipate.

Roberts went on to detail the cannon that will be awarded to every backer who joins before the game hits $55 million and offered another poll for players to determine what rewards they'd prefer for the next million-dollar increment. You can check out the Retaliator video just past the break.

[Thanks to Oliver for the tip!]

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The Stream Team: Throwing fire in Guild Wars 2

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Guild Wars 2
Massively's Mike Foster continues his investigation of the changes made to Guild Wars 2's starting experience, dropping flaming dragon's teeth on every bandit that stands in his way. Tune in at 7:00 p.m. EDT to catch ArenaNet's streamlined introduction to its massive fantasy game, and feel free to ping Mike in-game (Elerit) if you'd like to tag along. When it comes to Guild Wars 2, more is always merrier.

Game: Guild Wars 2
Host: Mike Foster
Date: Thursday, September 25th, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. EDT

Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

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Age of Wushu shows off the Silver Hook and Delightful Island

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Judging by the preview, this is where you get your mack on.
How would you like to go somewhere delightful in Age of Wushu? Odds are good that Delightful Island will fulfill that goal. Or possibly not; Delightful Island is a locale where literally anything goes, with no criminal ratings or pesky laws to restrict your behavior. There are also plenty of missions to be done and treasures to be found on the lawless island, so if any of that sounds like a delight to you, well, you've found your destination.

Of course, first you have to get to the island, and to do that you'll need to board the hidden boat the Silver Hook, a gambling ship replete with intrigue and conspiracy. This special Forbidden Instance will test player abilities to cut through schemes and conspiracies while hopefully avoiding becoming a pawn of those same schemers. Jump past the break for a trailer, and look forward to taking your own delightful trip very soon.

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The Stream Team: The lay of Landmark's land

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There's no question about it: Landmark has a lot of land to cover for explorers. There are so many islands and so many builds that even during beta you can never see them all. It doesn't help that player creations are constantly changing, either! That's not going to stop Massively's MJ from trying to see every little nook and cranny though. She's heading back in for another tour around a few various islands in hopes of checking out a number of impressive builds that litter the land. If you have something to show off, let us know! Then join us live at 8 p.m. to discover the latest in player creativity.

Game: Landmark
Host: Your Name Here
Date: Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
Time: 8:00 p.m. EDT

Enjoy our Stream Team video below.

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RuneScape's Lost City of the Elves is open to players

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Herein lies our ancient lost city, which we call 'Ancient Lost City.'  We aren't very good at names.
It's been a decade of waiting, but RuneScape players are finally able to enter Prifddinas, the capital of the elves and the culmination of a storyline that's been going for a very long time. Players can jump into the zone right now and start exploring the districts of the long-locked city, taking on various clan challenges in an area designed to reward high-level play.

Challenges include defeating 10 sequential bosses with stacking debuffs after each match, maximizing one's skills, or proving one's familiarity with trades like mining and farming. There's also more content throughout the city, with plans to roll out even more parts of the city before the year is out. Click past the jump for the trailer, and jump on into the game if you just can't wait to get your elvish exploration going.

[Source: Jagex press release]

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EVE shows off Oceanus' features

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Oceanus is coming next Tuesday to EVE Online, and if you haven't been reading the novelization of the patch notes in the form of dev diaries as of late, CCP has a more succinct video overview of the changes coming with the update.

In fact, there's a new dev post that's a gripping tale of how CCP saves spaceship data. It's a wild ride through numbers, software modules, and save files. Of course, such technical rejiggering must mean a vast improvement for you, the gamer, right? "What does this new system change for players?" CCP asks. "Visually? Nothing right now actually."

OK, maybe it's a dull dev diary, but there's a much more fascinating video after the break. Promise!

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See Trove's greatest alpha creations

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Alpha is but a memory for Trove while beta begins tomorrow, but in the meantime you can check out a snappy video featuring the greatest player creations from the previous round of testing. From soccer stadiums to literal theme parks to gigantic statues of public domain characters, these constructions are pretty amazing considering the limit of using blocks to make them.

You can check out the video after the break!

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Infinite Crisis recruits Nightmare Robin and Atomic Joker

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An absolutely massive update for Infinite Crisis has landed, boasting over 6,000 changes and tweaks, not to mention the addition of a pair of new champions: Nightmare Robin and Atomic Joker.

Nightmare Robin is actually Bruce Wayne's son Damian, who got infected with the vampiric curse and is a little miffed at being one of the undead. At least he has two large knives and a lot of bleeding-edge training to compensate. Atomic Joker is a bit more lighthearted, what with being a head in a jar who is trying to rebuild civilization in his image.

The September release overhauled the launcher, improved the new player experience, polished many of the map visuals, tweaked animations, and added a Crime Alley map where champions can test out skills against the computer.

You can check out Atomic Joker and Nightmare Robin in the gallery below and in the videos after the break.

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