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After claiming that the matter was being investigated, Sony Online Entertainment representatives locked some of the threads related to the topic while simply stating that suspensions had been issued and further discussion did not help the community. No statements have yet been issued regarding permanent bans or any potential rollbacks to the environment. What long-term effects this will have on the game's viability remain unclear, although several players are protesting SOE's apparent lack of action quite vigorously.
Wizardry Online hit by duping and hacking, bans issued originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 03 Jul 2013 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
I return now a grizzled man. My time on the frontlines was as brutal as it was enjoyable. I'm not sure my loved ones will recognize the old me behind the thousand-yard stare that has taken over my face. In short, I've seen things.
Unfortunately, none of those things was an invasion.
Choose My Adventure: Firefall's content bomb and a missed invasion originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 03 Jul 2013 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
As I was patching -- and, in some cases, uninstalling -- I couldn't help but compare and contrast all the different business model flavors, and I figured that such an exercise would make for a serviceable Leaderboard. So, head past the break to vote for your favorite MMO business model. If yours isn't listed, share it in the comments!
Ever wish that you could put to rest a long-standing MMO debate once and for all? Then welcome to the battle royal of Massively's Leaderboard, where two sides enter the pit o' judgment -- and only one leaves. Vote to make your opinion known, and see whether your choice tops the Leaderboard!
Leaderboard: Which game's business model do you like best? originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
In today's Neverwinter dev blog, Cryptic outlined one of Fury of the Feywild's key new additions: an all-new dungeon known as Malabog Castle. The castle is home to a corrupt king who seized control with the aid of a blue dragon, and it is from this dark throne that he seeks to rule all of Sharandar. Players brave enough to enter the dungeon will face a menacing Cyclops and the dark King Malabog himself.
Fury of the Feywild is due for launch this summer.
Neverwinter's Malabog Castle is not a great place to vacation originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: Dev Blog
According to Zadorojny, the end goal is to provide the same sort of content as in an expansion, simply at a faster pace with a more episodic nature. He likens the experience to television, providing constant motivation to tune in next week for something new and exciting. While he declined to offer hard numbers on the game's performance, he did say that the game is doing quite well and has no plans to sell powerful items in the gem store, with the current business model supporting the game without any need for an expansion.Permalink | Email this | Comments
- Source: Eurogamer
This update didn't stop at just the move to F2P; Steparu.com reports that XLGAMES also introduced a new 10-man dungeon called Island of Eternity as well as new houses with underwater farms. Additionally, a new coin system has been implemented that will allow players to purchase potions to replenish labor points -- used in the game's non-combat activities -- up to three times a day. This last bit of news could be highly beneficial for the free players, since labor points will not naturally replenish unless an account is paid.Permalink | Email this | Comments
- Source: Steparu.com
What bothers me about e-sports is how the genre takes something that comes from a wonderfully chaotic place -- play time -- and wraps it in a set of rules and expectations. I used to say that humans could make a sport out of anything, and it turns out I was right. I joked that holding your arm into the air could be a game if they made rules concerning the activity. While it's not quite a spectator sport, I recently discovered that there are people in this world who literally hold an arm in the air -- sometimes for years -- to prove their dedication. All we need now is a bit of commentary and we'd have a sport.
And now here we are with news that one of my favorite games, PlanetSide 2, is about to introduce major league gaming-styled instanced Battle Islands into a world that is unique because of its massive, open scale. This week I have heard the words "instanced" and "MOBA" and references to Team Fortress 2 enough to scare my pants off.
Free for All: You got your e-sport in my PlanetSide 2 originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 03 Jul 2013 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
That's not entirely true, really. There was some news about superhero games all through June; it's just that most of it had very little to do with the here and now. Most of it focused around what will happen, where games will be going, and what players can expect in the future. There was a decided lack of news about what's going on right now.
Still, that makes it no less worthy of review. So let's hop in the not-very-far-back machine and take a look at the news from June, which also featured some sort of gaming convention or another. I can't remember which one, exactly. It'll come to me in a minute.Permalink | Email this | Comments
It's also a game about to finally shed the open beta title. Piranha Games has announced an official launch of September 17th, 2013. How much will actually change versus the current open beta is up for debate, but it's good to see a game fixing a launch date and sticking to it. So if you're a die-hard MechWarrior Online fan, get out there and start raising those destructive totals one 50-ton target at a time.
[Source: Piranha Games press release]
MechWarrior Online runs the numbers and announces a launch date originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 03 Jul 2013 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
The browser-based game client will transition to HTML 5, enabling players to avoid Java or any additional plugins. The new client will also boast improved graphics, longer draw distances, an upgraded camera system, and superior audio, according to a Jagex press release.
RuneScape 3 will also usher in a new era of user-generated content, with the future of Gielinor's inhabitants and scenery now resting in players' hands. The Battle for Lumbridge, a community-focused world event, kicks things off on July 22nd.
[Source: Jagex press release]Permalink | Email this | Comments