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As a bonus, it's the perfect time for players to get in on the beginning of TSW's first multi-month event, The Whispering Tide, and be a part of ushering in the Tokyo expansion. But remember: While this event is long-term, the sale is not, so act fast if you want in on the action. Want a sneak peek before you decide? Then watch Massively TV tonight at 7:00 p.m. EDT for a two-hour stream of the event and more.
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- Source: TSW Steam sale
Minstrels have always been a versatile class, and the new trait lines arriving with Helm's Deep continue that tradition. Minstrels who choose to follow the Watcher of Resolve trait line will be masters of raising morale thanks to a number of traits that buff outgoing heals, increase critical heal potency, and reduce cast times. Those who prefer causing wounds to closing them will find their calling in the Warrior-Skald line, which can turn even the most timid troubadour into a battle-hardened balladeer specializing in single-target damage. And finally, Minstrels who wish to embolden their allies and enfeeble their foes will be right at home in the Protector of Song trait line, which focuses on bestowing powerful buffs and debuffs to shift the tide of battle.
Lord of the Rings Online details Minstrel changes in Helm's Deep originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 26 Sep 2013 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
The studio's CEO, Chris Roberts, is quite pleased -- and more than a little surprised -- by the campaign's success. "Honestly, we never dreamed we'd reach this point so quickly," he says. Of course, it wouldn't have happened at all without the game's dedicated fans who Roberts calls "the best community in all of gaming."
Despite this monumental milestone, Cloud Imperium's gaze is fixed firmly ahead. The press release promises "plenty of game updates" in the near future, including "some surprise announcements" coming on October 10th.
[Source: Cloud Imperium Games press release]
Star Citizen crowdfunding campaign breaks $20 million originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 26 Sep 2013 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Rubicon marks a turning point in the game's vision, as the devs are centering this and upcoming expansions around a core theme of space colonization. "What if we weren't bound to the universe?" the studio teased on the Twitch TV reveal.
The expansion will include features such as putting customs office abilities it in the hands of the players, deployable structures such as siphon units and depots, a fix to EVE's warp acceleration, transforming spaceships, and plenty of ship balance changes.Permalink | Email this | Comments
- Source: CCP Twitch
This wipe isn't unexpected. Blizzard noted at the beginning of beta that data would be reset at some point during the testing phase. The wipe coincides with what Blizz is calling a "pretty major" beta patch, the details of which will be revealed in the near future. Once the wipe goes through, testers in Hearthstone will be effectively starting the game as new players.
For those that spent real money on card packs, Blizzard is reimbursing the value via in-game gold. Those players will be able to purchase the same number of packs and arena tickets without paying a second time, though replacing the exact cards is not a guarantee due to the random nature of the packs. This is the last planned reset for Hearthstone; Blizzard is aiming for a full release before the end of the year so no further progress wipes are expected through beta and launch.Permalink | Email this | Comments
- Source: News Post
The chart, which is still an ongoing project, spotlights the ship sizes from many of the most popular sci-fi universes out there, including Star Wars, Star Trek, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica, and more than a dozen more. Heck, it even has the Red Dwarf on there.
Head over the ~DirkLoechel's page to see more from this monstrous chart.
Sci-fi ship chart compares size of ships from EVE, Star Wars, and more originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 26 Sep 2013 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: DeviantArt page
EVE Vegas, organized by EVE pilot Zapawork, will be held from October 18-20 this year, and CCP promises more official support than ever before. This includes eight CCP-run panels, and Oculus Rift HD presentation for Valkyrie, PvP tournaments, and more.
Check out the recent dev blog for more information on what to expect from this year's EVE Vegas.
CCP offers more support for fan-run EVE Vegas event originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 26 Sep 2013 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: EVE Vegas dev blog
This beta version 0.5.3 also adds new advanced mouse control options, new achievement and crew skills, and 11 gift and premium planes. You can sign up for the beta on the official site.
[Source: Wargaming press release]Permalink | Email this | Comments
Community interaction and open development is allowing CIG to build a more relevant title, Roberts says. "We had all of these things like bounty hunter, mercenary, pirate, merchant, explorer. And I was shocked that 67 percent of the people [Cloud Imperium surveyed] said that they wanted to be an explorer," Roberts said. CIG wouldn't have known how many players prefer non-combat gameplay under the old design-your-game-in-a-vacuum model.
Roberts also talks at length about the benefits of developing publisher-free. For one thing, Roberts says, developing SC at EA or Activision would require $40 to $50 million, whereas doing it at a more efficient indie outfit allows him to get the same functionality for half that cost. "I do feel like there's a shift in the business with what's happening right now, with the ability to be online and connect directly to the community and the fans," Roberts says. "We essentially don't need any publishing functions because we're connecting directly to people, and normally that's what a publisher would do for you."
Roberts on Star Citizen's exploration gameplay, publisher-free development originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 26 Sep 2013 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: Gamasutra
More details about the upcoming patch and the new region will be coming over the next few days. Until then, get a glimpse of these upcoming dangers in the trailer after the break.
[Source: Infernum Productions press release]
Dragon's Prophet EU trailer introduces new region of Aluntia originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 26 Sep 2013 12:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.