MMORPG Update: PAX East 2013 Round-up

TK MMORPG Update PictureLast week­end saw the spec­ta­cle that is PAX East 2013 in Boston. If you were lucky enough to go we hope you had a fan­tas­tic time, if like me you watched from afar, per­haps not as far as the UK though, I thought I’d do a quick update on the MMO side of things at this years event. Bliz­zard Enter­tain­ment promised us some­thing new would be announced and they didn’t dis­ap­point, there was plenty of spec­u­la­tion before hand about them per­haps reveal­ing more infor­ma­tion about Titan or some new con­tent relat­ing to Dia­blo III, but instead they gave us Hearth­stone: Heroes of War­craft which is billed to be a new dig­i­tal card game where play­ers build card decks based around one of nine WoW char­ac­ter classes. With all the excite­ment it def­i­nitely war­ranted a big­ger piece on the blog and you can find the full story about Hearth­stone here: http://www.thegamersblog.com/hearthstone-heroes-of-warcraft/. If you were at PAX East you would have been able to try out the game now and reports com­ing back are pos­i­tive from gamers — although they don’t see any­thing par­tic­u­larly ground­break­ing it’s per­fect for your ‘off-wow time’. For the rest of us the beta should be com­ing soon — there is cur­rently no set date at present.

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On the MMO expan­sions side a few inter­est­ing ones were announced: CCP Games announced EVE Online’s next expan­sion, Odyssey, due for release on June 4th 2013; and Cryp­tic announced the first expan­sion for Star Trek Online, Legacy of Romu­lus, due for release on May 21st, this gives play­ers the abil­ity to play as a Romu­lan and cap­tain a Warbird-class ves­sel. On the flip side Are­naNet con­firmed that we won’t be get­ting an expan­sion for Guild Wars 2 any­time soon, the game’s devel­op­ers are focus­ing instead on more imme­di­ate con­tent releases to make the game as good as it can be.

We recently also had a piece on the blog about Runescape and Jagex announced Runescape 3 at PAX East 2013 which improves on the last 12 years of the orig­i­nal game’s devel­op­ment. You can check out why you might want to play Runescape in our MMORPG Update piece titled ‘Dis­cov­er­ing Runescape’: http://www.thegamersblog.com/mmorpg-update-discovering-runescape/. The release takes advan­tage of a new game engine and will run faster and look bet­ter, although you will still be able to use the old Java client if you want.

New­comer to my world of MMOs was F2P MMO City of Steam from Mech­a­nist Games, described as an “indus­trial age fan­tasy in a fallen world” the game mixes fan­tasy with indus­tri­al­ism. Good reports are com­ing out from the PAX East week­end about this game and it will be going into beta some­time soon, the devel­op­ers tell us that they are hop­ing to launch some­time in the next few months.

Bliz­zard were also show­cas­ing their Dia­blo III’s con­sole edi­tion and hinted that it might not stop at just the PlaySta­tion 3 and 4. Check out the trailer shown to gamers at the Bliz­zard booth here:

There was of course tons more infor­ma­tion avail­able over the week­end and if you are inter­ested in what else hap­pened or other PAX events a good start­ing point is the web­site here at: http://east.paxsite.com/.

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