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March 25, 2013

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/.

June 29, 2012

Get Ready for Guild Wars 2

Although I didn’t have time to sign up to the beta for this game, I’ve heard great things about it online and from friends who have been playing the beta. The original Guild Wars, released five years ago, sold over 6 million copies, but wasn’t classed as a MMORPG; this time around Guild Wars 2 is definitely a MMORPG and will be following the free-to-play model like the original. The development team at ArenaNet are adament that it doesn’t fall into the traps of traditional MMORPGs, forcing you onto a grinding treadmill and making you spend hours preparing to have fun rather than just having fun. Love or loathe MMOs they want you to try this game and see for yourselves.

 

Guild Wars 2 is set in the fantasy world of Tyria which has long been ravaged by war between the five races: Sylvari; Norn; Charr; Asura and Humans. Now, the undead Elder Dragon Zhaitan has raised the sunken nation of Orr triggering earthquakes and tidal waves which has caused widespread destruction and devastated cities. With the people of Tyria corrupted the disbanded guild ‘Destiny’s Edge’, made up of the five races of Tyria, must put their rivalries aside and reunite to take down Zhaitan. Definitely check out the Guild Wars 2 website for the whole story, the background to the five races is particularly interesting: www.guildwars2.com/en/the-game/races/.

 

The game is now available for pre-order at buy.guildwars2.com or at select retailers. Pre-ordering Guild Wars 2 gives you guaranteed entry into beta weekend events, three-day headstart access to the final game, and the Hero’s Band in-game item. Players of the original are able to reserve their in-game name from Guild Wars so they can guarantee its availability in the sequel. By logging in since 1st January 2012, a player’s name will be added to an active list, preventing anyone from registering it on the title’s launch day.

 

The next and final beta test weekend is planned for 20-22 July and the release date is set for 28th August 2012.

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