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"We can't wait to see what happens when these games collide in the same shared universe," Laurino wrote.
With this move, the team will also be testing out orbital strikes on the battlefield. Players will be able to call down powerful attacks from space onto the heads of their enemies. For right now, the orbital strikes will come from computer-controlled barges, but eventually EVE players will be able to fill the role. Another future feature will be the ability for groundpounders to use orbital artillery to fire on ships in return.
The August 21st build of the game will also include new matchmaking features, plenty of additional environments, keyboard and mouse implementation for PlayStation 3 users, and lots of polish. The team says that its Vita companion app, DUST 514: Neocom, is going live at the same time.
[Source: CCP Games press release]
DUST 514 connects to EVE Online in upcoming closed beta test originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 09 Aug 2012 11:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
In an interesting twist, those wishing to play this new class cannot just choose it, but must undergo a series of trials in order to unlock it for play. These trials allow player to experience the saga of the lost Sage in a bygone age firsthand. Producer Andy Muesse states, "This is the first time that the lore has had something tied to the world's past, a compelling story of the corruption of the Zumi race and why there are no Sages anymore."
[Source: Aeria Games press release]
Eden Eternal expansion Shadows of the Past introduces new class originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 09 Aug 2012 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Funcom's new content initiative continues at next week's Gamescom event as the firm will be releasing details of The Secret World's first raid encounter. According to a report at IncGamers, the raid will "involve a giant monster crawling out of the subway system [and] attacking a partially destroyed New York."
We don't know for sure if the old trailer is related to the new raid, but there are a lot of similarities (including an errant subway car and what looks like the blasted remains of the Big Apple). See for yourself after the break.Permalink | Email this | Comments
- Source: IncGamers
In 8.0, a number of maps will receive updated graphics, including Himmelsdorf, Lekville, Fjords, Arctic Region, and Westfield, among others. If your favorite map isn't included, don't fret; the studio notes that maps not getting the improvements this round will be retouched in future updates. The patch will also introduce new physics for more realistic battles. And along with more Soviet TD's for tiers six through 10, tank commanders will get to storm the battlefield in the first British Premium tank, the Matilda Black Prince.
Feast your eyes on the graphic upgrades (as well as some apparent games of tank chicken) in the teaser trailer past the cut.
[Source: Wargaming.net press release]
World of Tanks teaser trailer gives taste of enhanced visuals in update 8.0 originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 09 Aug 2012 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
When Riot Games added support for Korean League of Legends and OnGameNet began running regular tournaments, I had to check it out. Sure enough, big pro-gaming teams like StarTale and MiG started fielding pro League teams, and most of the things I suspected were true. Korean teams have amazing coordination and incredible mechanics compared to their western counterparts.
This was put to the test last weekend during Major League Gaming's LoL Summer Arena, where Korean qualifying team Azubu Blaze utterly destroyed the other teams, losing only once to Curse Gaming. Most of the matches weren't even close. What's the secret to Azubu Blaze's dominance? Can it be reproduced in the West, or is League of Legends going to end up like StarCraft -- dominated by the Korean scene?
The Summoner's Guidebook: Will Korea dominate League of Legends, too? originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 09 Aug 2012 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Oh sure, I'll dabble in PlanetSide 2 and Guild Wars 2, but as far as my MMO home goes, it's The Secret World by a landslide (at least until ArcheAge heads west). Why is that? Well, plenty of reasons, more than I can relate in this week's column, in fact. I will say this, though: The Secret World's launch feature set has made me a bit pickier in terms of what I'll put up with in competing games.
Chaos Theory: How The Secret World has spoiled an MMO vet originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 09 Aug 2012 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
The update is a scant 26 days away, and not only will it bring the addition of the lands of Rohan and mounted combat, but a couple of classes will be overhauled as well. We told you about the Guardian earlier this week, so today it's the Hunter's turn in the spotlight.
Several Hunter skills are being improved. Chief among them are Agile Rejoinder and Quick Shot, the former of which will always heal a Hunter with an associated legacy, and the latter of which will reduce threat in spite of its damage output. That's not all, as the class is also receiving a new skill called Cry of the Hunter, which dazes up to six enemies and grants the Hunter a movement speed buff. Read all about it at the official LotRO website.
Riders of Rohan brings new skills, skill tweaks to LotRO Hunters originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 09 Aug 2012 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: Dev diary
I hope it goes without saying that there are lore spoilers ahead, as well as Eye of the North, Guild Wars Beyond, and companion novel (Ghosts of Ascalon and Edge of Destiny) spoilers. You have been warned.
Flameseeker Chronicles Extra: A brief history of Guild Wars 2's Tyria, part two originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 09 Aug 2012 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
The updated scroll adjusts to the new specialization and talent system in Mists of Pandaria by allowing resurrected (returning) players to pick their new specialization. Talents won't be preselected for those players, however.
The scroll won't affect the new Monk class, so those hoping for a quick trip to level 80 on a Monk will need to do it the old fashioned way instead. Pandaren characters also need to pick a faction before the scroll's benefits can kick in.
WoW adjusts Scroll of Resurrection for Mists of Pandaria originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 09 Aug 2012 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: Scroll of Resurrection update
While the letter explains that no financial data (like credit card details, real names, and billing addresses) were compromised as a result of the security breach, it does admit that emails, answers to security questions, and encrypted Battle.net passwords of North American players (and others outside of China) were accessed.
"Based on what we currently know, this information alone is NOT enough for anyone to gain access to Battle.net accounts," says Blizzard, but the company is still investigating the breach and recommends that all players change their passwords "as a precaution."
Blizzard internal network hacked, some Battle.net account details compromised originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 09 Aug 2012 18:50:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.