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Elsewhere in the beta world, Icarus Online Flying is entering open testing in Korea during the first half of this year, although whether or not the game will make it over here eventually remains to be seen. Mark Jacobs has also promised that Camelot Unchained will not be delayed due to the addition of any stretch goals, so that just limits potential causes for delays to everything else that usually delays MMO launches.
Our usual list of games along with our testing notes are just past the break. As always, if a game added a cash shop, moved to open testing, or otherwise crept under our radar, please let us know down in the comments.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Tonight, Massively's Mike Foster is taking the somewhat dangerous route from EVE's market hub out to the site of the EVE gate. The pilgrimage is one completed by many EVE players wishing to see where the game's story began. Check it out live at 7:00 p.m. EST.
Game: EVE Online
Host: Mike Foster
Date: Friday, February 14th, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
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"Giants will be used as both player races and as inhabitants of The Depths," says the update. "Each giant race will be unique to their Realm (no mirrors used here either). While the concept of giants isn't new, it wouldn't be Camelot Unchained if we didn't do things just a wee bit differently." Details as to what "differently" means are pretty scarce at this point, but keep on eye on this space for more Camelot Unchained news as it happens.
Camelot Unchained meets Depths stretch goal, Giant race next originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: CU update
You can read up on the school's ability descriptions on the official Darkfall website. While you're there, you might also want to look through the forum thread that explains the new requisition mechanics in more detail.
New Darkfall patch features Chaos Primalist, village requisition originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 14 Feb 2014 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: Feb. 14 patch
So the best bet is to say they happened without acting them out.
Yes, I'm saying there are bits of roleplaying that are best acted out only in reference. And I'm not just talking about your characters' bathroom visits; I'm talking about things like dates and shared experiences. So when is it actually an advantage to roleplay by not actually roleplaying at all? How do you determine the scenes that you know happened and are important but aren't important enough for you to actually play them out?Permalink | Email this | Comments
Players will be set against Queen Atziri and the Vaal corruption she has spread throughout the land, as they try to harvest these malicious powers for their own ultimate ends. It's also hinted that players may have to sacrifice before the expansion is over if they want to put down this threat. The development team is hoping that Sacrifice of the Vaal will be the start of a four-month update schedule for the game, so players should keep their eyes peeled -- more reveals are coming before the March 5th launch date.
Path of Exile previews its first mini-expansion, Sacrifice of the Vaal originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 14 Feb 2014 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: Sacrifice of the Vaal preview
Lawmakers hope that the bill will encourage settlements by shielding defendants from further litigation. Involved parties say that this bill will pave the way to recover as much as possible of the $90 million that Rhode Island is responsible for paying following the defaulted loan to 38 Studios.
Rhode Island Governor signs 38 Studios settlement bill originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 14 Feb 2014 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
In the first phase that's coming in "the next few weeks," SOE will be adding in player ratings for claims, key mapping, voice chat, groups and grouping bonuses, social media integration, quick travel options, better building tools, underground caves, claim expansions, required upkeep for claims, and an improved chat system that includes links for map waypoints.
Phase two will happen about four weeks later, with guilds, SOEmote, naming freedom, mini-hubs, health, dying, basic combat, buffs, plant harvesting, water, a tree harvesting revamp, a journal system, achivements, salvage, treasure chests, claim storage, and more movement options including flying.
SOE was a little more vague about the third phase, saying that it will include PvP, advanced combat, more physics, and better AI.
[Thanks to Michael18 for the tip!]
EverQuest Next Landmark lays out development roadmap originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: EQNext Landmark roadmap
Tobey chronicled her history with RIFT and Defiance on her personal blog. "Trion's taught me a ton," she wrote. "I learned what it meant to run an MMO community (which, in comparison, makes anything I'd ever done before look like child's play). I also not only launched RIFT's first expansion but also helped it transition into (in my completely unbiased opinion) the best free-to-play MMO on the market."
She also testified to the addictiveness of ArcheAge: "ArcheAge, you are going to blow people's minds. I could write an entire swan song on the awesomeness of raising livestock, charting the open seas, and hijacking my fellow coworkers as they try to complete trade routes, but I want everyone to experience that for themselves. Trust me, it's better than any blog post."
[Thanks to Sanguinesun for the tip!]
Trion's Elizabeth Tobey departs, denies downsizing rumors originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Enter The Elder Scrolls Online and my excitement for it. I knew a lot of the series' famed freeform gameplay would be cut back in exchange for letting me play alongside my friends, but that was something that I, as a series newbie, was willing to sacrifice. But while my overall impression of the game was positive, I still have this lurking sensation that something important was missing.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Fitting into the genre or forging its own? originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 14 Feb 2014 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.