The Elder Scrolls Online lead designer Nick Konkle hosts a new developer diary, showing off character progression. The upcoming MMO will feature the same style of leveling as the single player games, allowing players a tremendous amount of freedom on how they want to kit out their character.
Last July, a 19 year old modder Alexander Velicky produced
a Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim mod called "Falskaar", which took him a year to produce. The mod was a land mass a third the size of the game's main continent and included new quests, NPCs and soundtrack.
Why no PC love with Bungie's new sci-fi Destiny? The studio is worried they'd spread themselves a little too thin with a release on PC as well as four other platforms, explains Bungie senior writer Eric Osborne.
They're aware PC gamers "would willingly give us money," but don't want to risk diluting Destiny by overtaxing their team with PC, and so are focusing "right now" on consoles.
Zenimax Online and Bethesda have posted the latest Ask Us Anything for MMO The Elder Scrolls Online, and they spill more details on PvP, weaponry aesthetics and getting mix and match our armour.
Veteran Rank also 'replaces' XP when high enough in level, with increases granting more stats and access to better gear. Skill points are still earned when levelling up veterancy.
The MMO and dynamic nature of The Division means "potentially limitless, unlimited gameplay," remarks Ubisoft Massive's Ryan Bernard. Details on how that could be achieved are 'saved for another time'.
Endgame and player retention is "very important" to the team. While The Division is an RPG, the usual grind-fest will come under fire by emergent gameplay and story.
Xbox 360 gamers will be getting a major Mass Effect-themed DLC pack for Minecraft, which will add tons of new content.
Bethesda has posted the 6th "Ask Us Anything" Q&A page, answering six questions posed by fans to the developer on The Elder Scrolls Online, which will be coming to PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
A few days ago, it was announced that The Elder Scrolls Online would be a subscription-based MMO at $14.99 USD a month. Bethesda has revealed that there would also be a real-money store as well. However, the store would not be for advantages, making the MMO "pay to win". Rather, it seems it'll just be a shop for cosmetic items.
Linda Carlson, director of global community relations at Sony Online Entertainment, has said developers are now "terrified of players," referring to the surge in 'toxic' feedback and personal attacks.
It leads to "severely demoralised" teams when an update displeases the community, causing volatile threats. However, she says, some of this is partly their own fault.
Trion Worlds has announced the first major add-on pack for their MMO Defiance, the Castithan Charge Pack, for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The add-on pack will be available on the 20th August, and adds new story missions, gameplay rewards, vehicles, and customization enhancements, among other things.
MMO developer Trion Worlds has closed its San Diego office, shortly after laying off the Defiance dev team and re-forming End of Nations into a MOBA.
World of Warcraft has been declining in recent months, down to 7.7M paid subscribers, and questions have been posed about what the next Blizzard MMO would be, and what the status of Project Titan is. Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime has confirmed that Project Titan has been overhauled.
Former developers from Blizzard and Sony Online Entertainment have formed their own free-to-play AAA MMORPG studio Molten Games, based out of San Diego, CA. The key devs in the new company are former Blizzard senior director Paul Della Bitta and former SOE and Relic Entertainment lead designer Blaine Smith.
Troubled MMO Final Fantasy XIV will be rebooted on the 27th August, and will be coming to PC and PlayStation 3. A PlayStation 4 version is planned as well. The reason there's no Xbox 360 or Xbox One version coming isn't due to any exclusivity - Microsoft just won't allow it.
In place of an 'Ask Us Anything' feature this week, Bethesda has decided to dish the dirt on "player roles and enemy behaviors" we can expect from dungeons in The Elder Scrolls Online; they're designed for groups.
There's plenty to do on your own in ESO, stress Bethesda. Traditional MMO roles are "still important" even with ESO's "open-ended skill system" mixing it up. Roles can be changed 'on the fly'.
Wargaming.net is rolling out beta keys this weekend for Xbox 360 World of Tanks. Playtest sessions are scheduled between 9.00 pm and 5.00 am BST, so not really for the UK or EU crowd.
Access to the beta is strictly invite only and limited to those who've previously registered for access. Keys are being sent out from tonight. This just marks the beginning of the beta.
The announcement of Tom Clancy's The Division during their E3 2013 media shindig elicited quite the attention, but also dampened spirits when it was announced as Xbox One and PS4 only. What about PC?
It seems Ubisoft are likely to
cave in listen to the growing number of signatories to petitions for PC The Division. It's due out winter 2014, and they're "not ruling out" PC.
Zachary Prast is the first Defiance player to win a cameo on the SyFy television show of the game name. The MMO is a third-person shooter on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
There won't be an Xbox One version of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn because Square-Enix stated it wouldn't be able to tie into the game's cross-platform servers, which allow PC players to play with PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 players.
Wargaming.net's free-to-play tank simulation MMO World of Tanks was announced for Xbox 360 at E3 2013, and now the developer is accepting beta registration for it.