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Transformers Universe accepting closed beta sign-ups, testing begins tomorrow

Posted: 14.03.2014 by Technet2k

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The next closed beta event for Jagex's Transformers Universe is right on our doorstep and so sign-ups for more Autobots and Decepticons have opened. The closed beta runs Saturday and Sunday, March 15-16.

New Transformers are introduced as Front-Line joins the Autobots and Conduit the Decepticons. The first is "a slugger" while the second "part healer and part killer." Trailers are out for both.

Funcom "back in full production the day after" police seized "a handful" of PCs

Posted: 13.03.2014 by Technet2k

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Recently Funcom has been in a spot of trouble with Norwegian authorities as they were suddenly under investigation for 'financial impropriety' and even got removed from the Oslo Stock Exchange.

CEO Ole Schreiner has now spoken out on the matter and said "though it was quite a dramatic event," it was soon over. The police only seized "a handful" of PCs.

NCSoft and Carbine announce June 3rd launch for WildStar, pre-orders next week

Posted: 12.03.2014 by Technet2k

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The sci-fi action adventure MMO WildStar from Carbine will be officially launching June 3rd, announces NCSoft. Next week from March 19th will begin the pre-order campaign, with early access from May 31st.

Other pre-order bonuses include a Rocket House, a mini-ship house decoration, a 10-slot storage bag and the chance to reserve character and guild names prior to launch.

Strategy Informer's beta key giveaway for The Elder Scrolls Online

Posted: 11.03.2014 by Technet2k

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We've raided the Bethesda vaults for some beta keys to The Elder Scrolls Online, and now we're looking to fence these goods as they're cursed we're generous. These keys will grant beta access starting this week.

From March 14th to the 17th you'll be enjoying this beta access before Tamriel opens for all in early April. These keys only work during the beta event starting this weekend.

MMO veterans form Citadel Studios, working on first project 'Shards'

Posted: 11.03.2014 by Technet2k

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A veteran band of travelling MMO devs have escaped the "soul-crushing, corporate" tyranny of their former employers, and set up their very own independent empire Citadel Studios. They have their first game in the works.

It's codenamed 'Shards' and the studio is ready with sneak peeks. They take inspiration from Ultima Online, and want to offer a "platform for players to express their creativity."

Warlords of Draenor releasing this autumn, character boosts now available

Posted: 11.03.2014 by Technet2k

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Blizzard's fifth expansion to World of Warcraft is due this autumn, announces the studio. Pre-purchasing has begun which includes Dread Raven Mount and Dread Hatchling Pet in WoW, and other goodies.

The level 90 boosts are now available to buy standalone, and are charging £40 in the UK. Warlords of Draenor introduce new lands and adventure, as well as garrisons.

BioWare to introduce player housing in Star Wars: The Old Republic

Posted: 07.03.2014 by Technet2k

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Eric Musco from BioWare aired a player housing announcement trailer via the official Star Wars: The Old Public channel, which concluded with the caption "Welcome Home" in the 40 second trailer.

It starts with the Coruscant skyline but pulls back until we're through a window of a spacious apartment, which is then revealed to be player owned. What about our starships?

Curse of Icewind Dale expansion for Neverwinter due "later this spring"

Posted: 05.03.2014 by Technet2k

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Perfect World is releasing the third free expansion to MMO Neverwinter "later this spring" and is taking adventurers to Icewind Dale. All-new PvE campaign as well as a PvP campaign for the first time.

Module 3: Curse of Icewind Dale has just been announced but the studio will be providing weekly updates on the new "iconic region" for Neverwinter, teasing its many new features.

Funcom revenue falls but large-scale MMOs remain "cash flow positive"

Posted: 05.03.2014 by Technet2k

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The latest investor call from Funcom reveals revenue for Q4 2013 is down from last year's $7.78 million in the same period, to $4.27 million this year. Deferred billings, weaker sales and competition are cited.

However their big MMO projects are "relatively stable" with Age of Conan and Anarchy Online their primary revenue. All their MMOs are providing a "cash flow positive".

Turbine ceasing production on MMO Asheron's Call after 15 years

Posted: 04.03.2014 by Technet2k

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The sun is setting on Asheron's Call as creator Turbine announces they are ceasing ongoing production operations, but that doesn't mean the MMO is having its plug pulled, nor is support stopping.

Turbine will continue to address technical troubles and even some balancing, but for the long run they're helping the community set up their own servers.

Trion Worlds puts End of Nations development on “hold”

Posted: 04.03.2014 by JamieSI

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End of Nations was originally meant to be a MMORTS, although when the game's development team shifted from Petroglyph Games to Trion Worlds, it was decided that the direction would change and the game turned into a MOBA.

Wargaming's 'Fundamental Improvements' dev diary for World of Tanks

Posted: 27.02.2014 by Technet2k

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Enhancements in the works at Wargaming for World of Tanks this year have been teased in a new developer dairy from the studio. They hail 2014 as a "truly transformative year" for the free-to-play behemoth.

They intend to "overhaul the look and feel" throughout the year with these changes, as they pursue a new graphics renderer for greater details to models and environments.

Nosgoth Closed Beta Access to start on 27th February

Posted: 26.02.2014 by JamieSI

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Square Enix and Psyonix announced this morning that closed beta access to its free-to-play third person team based online multiplayer game, Nosgoth, will begin on 27th February.

To celebrate the launch of Nosgoth's closed beta phase, an all-new mode will be made available called Siege. In this mode humans must capture specific locations and keep them safe from Vampires, while the Vampires aim is to hunt down their Human opponents.

Hines: Subscription model "fit best" with The Elder Scrolls Online

Posted: 25.02.2014 by Technet2k

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Why is Bethesda going down the ole timey route of subscriptions with The Elder Scrolls Online? Bethesda VP of PR and marketing Pete Hines has admitted he's "anxious" about it especially for the Elder Scrolls series.

They plan on regular content updates to feed hungry gamers, and that subs "fit best what we wanted to do," which is to provide "meaningful content support" regularly.

Blizzard: Character boosting at $60 avoids 'devaluing accomplishment'

Posted: 25.02.2014 by Technet2k

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Blizzard has confirmed that character boosting in World of Warcraft will be sold as a separate service at $60, which they feel is necessary given Warlords of Draneor offering one level 90 boost.

They didn't want people buying multiple copies of the expansion just to secure another boost, as that would be "tremendously awkward" to tell fans. $60 'is fair'.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn receives major patch 2.16

Posted: 20.02.2014 by Technet2k

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Square Enix has set loose over 650 MB of patch 2.16 on MMO Final Fantasy XIV, adding a number of UI changes, as well as expanding the company profile of 'free companies', i.e. guilds or clans.

There have been many smaller tweaks and polishings throughout the MMO, and groups may now 'ready check' for battle. The studio has posted a rather lengthy changelog.

World of Warcraft maintenance reveals 'Level 90 Character Boost' for $60

Posted: 19.02.2014 by Technet2k

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For a brief time after the US servers for World of Warcraft came back online following maintenance there was an interesting peek at the character upgrade interface. It includes a boost too level 90 for $60.

As part of the Warlords of Draenor expansion, Blizzard is offering everyone a free character boost with pre-purchases given early access. The level cap is being raised to 100.

Square Enix launches Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn on Steam

Posted: 18.02.2014 by Technet2k

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The MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has come to Steam as Square Enix officially launch it on the digital platform. A special promotion is in effect for US and EU users with 50% off all editions.

This little deal will run from now until Tuesday, February 25th. Then Square likely wants you spending time with Eidos Montreal's Thief which releases the same day in the US.

Smedley: Content-driven MMOs "unsustainable," players consume it all too fast

Posted: 12.02.2014 by Technet2k

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Sony Online Entertainment boss John Smedley has posted a lengthy blog on explaining why a 'sandbox' approach to MMO design is the way forward, as the content-driven experience burns out too fast.

New content is done with "nearly immediately after it's released," with websites giving spoilers and loot drop rates. TESO 'follows content model' and will end up like SWTOR.

Major Guild Wars 2 city attacked in Escape from Lion's Arch update

Posted: 11.02.2014 by Technet2k

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The villain Scarlet Briar continues her campaign against the world as ArenaNet release a new trailer for the Escape from Lion's Arch update for Guild Wars 2. It's another of their Living World additions.

The major city of Lion's Arch will fall prey to her schemes as Aetherblade airships cast looming shadows, with havoc poised to explode. This new content update is live February 18th.
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