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If you're looking for a live-action trailer that falls in the "uh, what" category, it's hard to beat this head-scratcher for Guild Wars 2. But if you want to see a live-action that more successfully integrates real-life and video games, BioWare's new commercial for Star Wars: The Old Republic is pretty spot-on.
The ad accompanies BioWare's announcement that new players, active subscribers, and lapsed subscribers who reactivate between today and October 20th will receive a JA-3 Subversive Battle Droid Mini-Pet and a JA-3 Subversive Speeder. Additionally, the studio confirmed that Game Update 2.4, slated for October 1st, will include new 4v4 Warzone Arenas and PvP tweaks.
Check out the new ad after the break, and don't miss our coverage of SWTOR Game Update 2.4.
Watch BioWare's lightsaber-fueled live-action SWTOR ad originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 12 Sep 2013 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Kern said that less than 3% of the player population in the game engages with PvP: "Firefall started with PvP. We have gone through several iterations, and for some time, pursued the controversial e-Sports route. As many of you know, its not working very well."
As a result, Red 5 will be shutting down the PvP side of the game in the "near future" to retool and relaunch the system.Permalink | Email this | Comments
- Source: PvP letter
Trion Worlds took us on a whirlwind tour of RIFT's four new instances, giving us an oh-so-brief taste of the terror and exhilaration that is to come. Care to join our raid group to see?
To Infinity Gate and beyond: Previewing RIFT 2.4's instances originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 12 Sep 2013 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
You didn't think we were going to spoil this right here on the front page, did you? If you're still playing the game and want to see the end on your own, that's fine. If you would rather just find out the answer now, though, you can find the answer buried within our sister site WoW Insider's considerate-of-spoiler-warnings post right over here. (It's actually a Sickly Gazelle riding on a Spectral Tiger mount, but that's just a placeholder model.)
World of Warcraft reveals the next Warchief of the Horde originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 12 Sep 2013 12:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Unfortunately, American fans with a working knowledge of Korean will still have to sit this one out, as the first test will be IP-locked and will not allow non-Korean players to participate. But it at least means the game is closer to seeing its domestic release and that much closer to a possible localization. So it's good news, even if you're going to have to sit this first round of testing out.
[Thanks to WNxArcticwolf for the tip!]Permalink | Email this | Comments
- Source: Black Desert CBT coming
An alternative is to PUG it and advertise for more guests in general chat. The upside is that you'll be able to do the raid, but inviting in the unknown can bring plenty of new problems. Like the misfit toys above, there are plenty of players who have their own set of flaws and can make even the best-planned raids a true test of patience. Can a PUG raid work, or is it a recipe for disaster? Let's consider that question in this week's Guild Counsel.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Now that the launch date is announced, Turbine is also willing to take your money for the expansion. The base edition costs $39.99 and includes a cosmetic chestpiece, a title, and 1000 Turbine points, while also providing a new mount and experience booster usable right now. The Premium edition costs $59.99 and offers everything in the base edition along with another title, a full suit of cosmetic armor, 10 extra quest log slots, another 1000 Turbine points (so 2000 total), and an item to add a Legacy to your weapon. Oh, and a special cloak to use right now. Click on past the break to see the trailer, and get ready for the siege starting in November.
[Source: Turbine Entertainment press release]
Lord of the Rings Online: Helm's Deep launches on November 18th originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 12 Sep 2013 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: Expansion release announcement
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I also love the news because MMOs and studios constantly surprise me. Hey, maybe you're an amazing clairvoyant person who can not only predict but accurately foresee all of the jukes and twists that the industry makes. I am not. When mental superpowers were being handed out, I got "setting people on fire with a mere thought" instead of what appears to be the widespread "know it all" ability. I don't regret it. I mean, you probably already knew that I was going to post a picture of Daniel-san and Mr. Miyagi being attacked by bees on the front page of Massively.
But I think that the surprises are part of the fun. No matter what we've seen in the past and no matter how knowledgeable any of us is about MMOs, the strange developments keep on coming. So this week I want to list 10 stories that I really didn't see coming at all.
Perfect Ten: MMO industry moves I didn't see coming originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 12 Sep 2013 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
I was having the discussion -- again -- with some friends the other day, and I kept thinking about the biggest MMO battles I've seen since I started playing way back when. I don't have exact numbers, but I do remember some engagements in both Battleground Europe and PlanetSide that involved several hundred people at a minimum.
What about you, Massively readers? What's the largest MMO battle you've experienced?
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's the largest MMO battle you've experienced? originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 12 Sep 2013 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.