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"Becoming a HelBound means pain and pleasure, power and weakness for we are as our mother, creatures of a dual nature," the backstory intones.
The HelBound is given the choice of a HelMark that will distinguish the character as either a healer or a death-dealing fighter. The class has cool half-masks that channel special effects due to an ancestor hopping along for the ride. According to Jacobs, the HelBound are "quite intriguing and just a wee bit dark."Permalink | Email this | Comments
- Source: HelBound reveal
But sometimes, that player influence isn't always for the best. In the famous words of poet John Lydgate, "You can't please all of the people all of the time." Yet many developers still try. So I threw the question out to the Massively staff to get some fresh opinions. Should we all be able to play the part of an armchair developer, or should we leave the design up to the paid designers?
The Think Tank: How do you feel about community involvement with an MMO's development process? originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
From today through September 23rd, players who purchase ZEN (Perfect World's premium currency) and then transfer it into Neverwinter can receive rewards based on the amount of money spent. If you lock in 500 ZEN, you'll get a Sun Mask sent to all of your characters. Spend 3,000 ZEN and you'll get the mask and the Fey Wolf mount. And if you transfer 6,000 ZEN, you'll get all of the above and a Quickling companion.
The in-game rewards will become available on September 27th.Permalink | Email this | Comments
- Source: Charge rewards program
What can players expect when wandering in Wander? Explorable land totals 64 square kilometres
so far and players will start off as a giant tree exploring a rainforest. Throughout their journeys, they can morph into a total of five different forms: Ent, Polynesian Elf Girl, Griffon, Azertash (sea creature), and Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger). You can get a taste of the world in the gallery below.
[Source: Wander Game press release]Permalink | Email this | Comments
Marvel Super Hero Squad Online has over 100 playable heroes to choose from, including such favorites as Black Widow, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Hawkeye, Thor, Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, and more. The game also offers various game modes, sidekicks, titles, world events, arcade games, and even a collectible card game starring Super Heroes from the game. To play, head on over to the site to sign up.
[Source: Gazillion Entertainment press release]
Marvel Super Hero Squad Online surpasses 6 million and offers free sub originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
"If we know who you are and you're abusing somebody on Twitter, we will ban your game account and we will not accept you as a customer ever again. It's not always possible to identify people [in that way], but we take that seriously." Carlson goes on to say, "A very influential player, high up in a huge guild - we'll still ban them... In our games, if you are an exploiter we don't care who you are, how big your guild is, how many people you threaten to take with you when you go."
Take a look at the entire interview for more on how SOE plans to deal with levels of negativity in its community.Permalink | Email this | Comments
- Source: GamesIndustry.biz
"The introduction of Japanese tanks allows us to explore the design and innovation of a number of legendary armored vehicles and give players the chance to experience their technological evolution throughout the mid-20th century," said World of Tanks Producer Mikhail Zhivets. "Tank models based on original designs of Japanese engineers will offer players a wide selection of authentic upgrade schemes, each tailored for particular combat objectives."
The Japanese tank tree, which will initially consist of nine medium and five light machines, will be the seventh national line added to the game. Be sure to check out the new trailer for this upcoming content just after the jump.
[Source: Wargaming press release]Permalink | Email this | Comments
If pets aren't so much your thing, the game also features a variety of minigames and two-person dungeons to break up the usual format of MMO gameplay. OGPlanet is also giving away a free gamepad to 10 lucky players who manage to reach level 10 between now and the time the beta ends on September 30th. If you'd like a chance to get in and start pocketing monsters, you can sign up for the beta test on the official site.
[Source: OGPlanet press release]Permalink | Email this | Comments
In order for the separation to continue, either the injunction must be modified on appeal or a majority vote by non-Vivendi stockholders must come down in favor of continuing the process. Activision Blizzard's representatives restated that they were dedicated to this course of action and are exploring options to ensure it still takes place. Vivendi has been trying to divest itself of Activision Blizzard for nearly a year now in hopes of boosting its overall stock price.
Court puts a stop to Activision Blizzard independence originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 19 Sep 2013 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Via: Polygon
I'm probably preaching to the choir here, since the game is so popular that Square actually had to stop selling it for a time, but I dunno. I guess I'm surprised by how much I'm digging it, and as a result I'm glad that the two MMOs I'm actually planning to enjoy are quite a ways off.
What about you, Massively readers? Have you ever fallen for a game unexpectedly? Which one?
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!
The Daily Grind: What MMO did you unexpectedly love? originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 19 Sep 2013 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.