Russian publisher Mail.ru Group has announced that the company has teamed up with Obsidian Entertainment to help Allods Team develop a new free-to-play MMO Skyforge.
Blizzard has announced that the 5.3 update for World of Warcraft, "Escalation", is now live. Along with the usual class tweaks (or nerfs, as most WoW players will complain), the update adds four new Scenarios each with a new Heroic mode, and Heroic modes for 2 existing scenarios.
Gazillion has released the first of four cartoons in a "Chronicles of Doom" series in anticipation for the launch of their free-to-play MMO, Marvel Heroes, on the 4th June. The animated films are written by Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis.
The latest update to World of Warcraft is this week with Patch 5.3. It tweaks a number of things as well as adding all-new stuff like Heroic Scenarios and a continuation of the legendary quest line.
There are also several new mounts like the Enchanted Fey Dragon. Four new scenarios, a new battleground and a new arena await in 5.3. Pandaria now levels up all mining and herbalism.
Developer ArenaNet has announced that all support for their original subscription-free MMO Guild Wars would now be automated and no new content would be coming to the game.
Bethesda has released a new developer diary for The Elder Scrolls Online, showing off gameplay and some of the gathering and possible crafting that the player will be able to engage in.
Back in December, MMO developer Trion Worlds was hit
with a round of layoffs. The studio chalked it down to "a response to market conditions."
The addition of the Romulus race is almost upon the Star Trek Online community as Perfect World begins pre-patching through the MMO's launcher. The next expansion officially releases May 21st.
It lets you create Romulan characters in all-new story-driven missions. This also adds Warbird Class starships to captain. There are also new improved traits and an improved UI.
What happens when you mix the massively multiplayer open world survivalist shooter Day Z with Turok: Dinosaur Hunter? You get The Stomping Land, where players not only have to survive starvation and predatory dinosaurs, but other players as well.
Carbine Studios' WildStar has had a "very successful" first closed beta phase according to the studio, and now it enters a second one. This however "focusses solely" on the second faction within the game.
That means new zones, dungeons Battlegrounds and other stuff. Closed beta invites are no longer region-locked, courtesy of feedback from non-US beta testers. Hooray for globalisation!
Free-to-play MMO studio Wargaming.net is tuning up and spit polishing those tanks ready for a right rumble to mark the 15 years they've been in business. They'll follow a 7 vs. 7 tournament format, common to eSports.
Yes, some tourney action is happening this month with the final games due June's end. 2nd and 3rd places won't walk away with empty-hands, but overflowing with "massive in-game gold prizes".
For those adventuring in Star Wars: The Old Republic it just suddenly got a lot more diverse. The 2.1 update is now live meaning you can adopt a feline disposition with new Cathar race options.
However it goes beyond just turning furball, because update 2.1 lets you alter your characters' physical appearance, hairstyles, colour, or even species - now that's a makeover.
Vostok Games has announced that the developer is getting ready to pick applicants for the closed alpha test of its first person shooter open world MMO, Survarium, a spiritual successor to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games.
Sony Online Entertainment has announced the seventh DLC pack for DC Universe Online, called "Origin Crisis", which brings a host of what-if scenarios? (What if Batman's parents were never killed or Superman teamed up with Lex Luthor?) and a brand-new power set, Quantum.
Rift, EVE Online and World of Warcraft were three of the major MMOs to stick with a subscription model, and the former will be adopting a free-to-play structure on the 12th June, according to developer Trion Worlds. According to the studio, gamers "will be able to experience the entire game world; every dungeon, every zone, and every level and get full access to all current and future game updates."
Free-to-play games aren't some fad, they're getting bigger and now starting to nip at the heels. Xfire has stated, in a recent report, that F2P with micro-transactions are becoming mainstream among gamers.
Xfire runs a free chat and server browser client and has seen their World of Warcraft numbers tumble, while League of Legends rockets upward. The "rapid ascension" of F2P took them by surprise.
World of Tanks is rolling its treads once again to Tankfest this year, for the third year running, but this time they're being a lot more pro-active in their attendance. An £80k grant is being given to build a classroom.
It'll mean The Tank Museum in Bovington, England will open up a room dedicated to a "state-of-the-art" education centre to help establish links with schools for "better appreciation" of national heritage.
In their Q1 fiscal 2013 report, NCSoft has revealed that Guild Wars 2 has dropped significantly in sales figures, but the company is far from in trouble. A 35% drop in sales from last quarter is revealed.
However operating profit, while down 51% from last quarter, is in fact a huge 348% boost year-on-year as it hits ₩55,512 million. Last quarter held the launch for Guild Wars 2.
The SyFy television show Defiance about a post-apocalyptic alien invasion has been picked up for a second season, and Trion Worlds has announced that the cross-media MMO of the same name will be getting five major expansions during the next year.
Trion Worlds will be releasing a major DLC pack for their action-MMO Defiance. A major patch, version 1.020 will tie the game into the SyFy show and add a "Siege" game type; however, the developers are mum on what else the patch will add.