How do you prevent a hostile takeover? In NCsoft‘s case, you buy something. Specifically, you buy a large portion of shares from Netmarble while also engaging in a large-scale swap of stock between the two companies to provide a buffer against Nexon‘s moves toward a hostile takeover. The deal in question involved a purchase of $345 million worth of Netmarble shares along with a stock swap worth roughly $635 million, providing a larger financial hurdle for Nexon to jump if it still wants to take NCsoft by force.
Nexon is currently the largest single shareholder in NCsoft and recently put forth a list of demands for the company. A hostile takeover is still possible during NCsoft’s next shareholder meeting in March.
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The face of war is changing in EVE Online with the Tiamat update, and not just because of the introduction of a mysterious new faction known as the Drifters. Players will have to deal with a new Tech 3 destroyer capable of transforming into three modes with an eye toward projectile weapons, which comes along with a rebalancing and improvement of projectile weapons in general. The rebalancing should provide more diversity and quality in fittings, making the weapons more appealing and allowing more specialization.
Players can also deal with CONCORD interactions in corporate warfare with the new update, which improves management tools while also allowing “friendly fire” incidents to be considered legal. Top that off with a variety of visual and audio improvements and players will have plenty of new potential threats and advantages to keep in mind when gliding through the depths of space. If you’d rather see the update bullet points explained by the developers, you can check out a video doing just that past the break.
February’s a short month, so it’s easy to not expect much out of it. The team behind Final Fantasy XI is still bringing new content for the month just the same with the February Version Update planned for February 19th. Headlining the update is a new Alluvion Skirmish in the Yorcia Weald wherein players summon monsters to help assault an enemy stronghold. The new skirmishes reward new armor and improved forms of the older weapons.
Players can also look forward to further improvements to job point categories and new gifts for each job. For those who don’t feel like investing too deeply in combat for this update, there will also be new quests, improvements to the Mog Garden, and quality-of-life boosts. You can get a decent picture of what’s coming with the update by checking out the official trailer just past the break.
When you jump into a World of Warcraft raid, you’re hoping to get some keen new armor, maybe a weapon or two, that sort of thing. You are not hoping to get a fresh case of unexpected motion sickness. Surprise! That might be exactly what you’re getting when you jump into the Hans’gar and Franzok fight in Blackrock Foundry, which already has a lengthy thread on the official forums in which people have complained of getting motion sickness during the fight.
The fight involves a large number of moving conveyer belts and moving elements, and even players with no history of motion sickness are reporting feelings of disorientation, nausea, and the like. Player solutions include aiming your camera at the wall rather than the floor, taking over-the-counter medications, and playing in a more brightly lit room to help alleviate the problem. No word yet from Blizzard on the matter, but it seems reasonable to bet that nausea and severe disorientation are not intended parts of the loot table.
In other WoW vision news — yes, really — Blizzard revealed the new colorblind-friendly UI options due in patch 6.1.
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Starting out fresh in Final Fantasy XIV
can be pretty intimidating, I freely admit. I find it all old hat at this point, but I’m coming at the game as someone who has leveled every single available class to 50. It would be more surprising if I were still starting out and wondering when I can get my first mount or when I’m allowed to completely ignore the story and just craft forever if that’s more my speed.
The answer to both is largely level 20, for the record.
Let’s assume, then, that you’re starting the game new for the first time. Once you’ve made your character (and your birthdate and starting deity have minimal effect upon your character, so don’t sweat them) and watched the far-too-long opening cutscene, you’re dropped into a quick series of tutorial quests. What do you do from there, where do you go, and how do you make the most out of your time in Final Fantasy XIV when we’re on the cusp of the game’s first expansion?
You know, folks, I am all about getting my dungeon ride on in Final Fantasy XIV. I’m a roleplayer, to boot. I like being social in my games. And yet when I find myself playing World of Warcraft, I find myself actively preferring a bit of solitude far more often than I’d expect. This isn’t meant as a commentary on that game’s player culture or anything of the sort; I just like to have more stretches of not doing dungeons, just quietly doing my own thing and playing out the events in my character’s head.
Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is bringing a new type of PvP to the game with Strongholds. There are shades of the original game’s Guild vs. Guild battles along with some touches of MOBA flavor. But you don’t have to take our word for it; you can see for yourself in a new article explaining how a Stronghold battle functions, with two teams each trying to defend a base while defeating the opposing team’s lord.
There are several extra NPCs that can be summoned for various purposes as well as elite guards defending the lord, but the NPCs are meant to add more tactical considerations rather than turn the match into a PvE experience. Even the powerful heroes that players can summon are focused on objectives, not mixing it up with players, which means that players will need to work to defend their NPCs from the other team. If you’d like to see all of this in action,
[Source: .Stronghold overview
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Are you ready to go head-to-three-heads with Cerberus, guard dog of the Underworld? Because that’s what you’ll be doing when you pop into the newest DLC pack for DC Universe Online, Amazon’s Fury part II. You’ll also wind up facing off against Ares and Hades and picking up new Amazon-themed equipment to make yourself look the part, assuming that you don’t find beating the snot out of a dog with three heads to be its own reward.
In terms of content, the new DLC includes new solo content with two instances, two new four-person bits of content, and three new eight-person raids including an Elite version of one raid. You can also pick up new base items and select Hades’ Palace as a character selection background. Check out the official launch trailer just past the cut, and then get in there as furiously as possible. It’s not called Amazon’s Mild Irritation, after all.
The last set of patch notes for Defiance noted that an event was right around the corner, but the details on that event were not specified. Obviously it would be related to Valentine’s Day, but what would it involve? It turns out that’s a silly question: It involves love. Hellbug love. The love of horrible, enormous, devouring arthropods that require high-powered firearms to be dealt with. It’s Hellbug Season.
While this might not sound like an ideal time to take the object of your affection out for a date, it really depends on what you want to do during that date. The event runs until February 22nd and allows players to grab the new Heartbreaker weapons or mods, which provide bonuses when armor or shields break. There are also three new titles and a new costume piece available via completing arkfalls. If you find shooting a whole lot of stuff to be a romantic outing and can’t get enough of horrifying nightmare bugs, this is the Valentine’s event for you!
After yesterday’s news it’s understandable that fans of Daybreak Games‘ software lineup might be somewhere between nervous and upset. Former PlanetSide 2 producer David Carey took to Reddit yesterday to caution against some of those feelings, stating that neither Daybreak nor Columbus Nova (the investment group backing the former Sony Online Entertainment) deserves the ire or animosity of players. Carey explains that far from being the villains of the piece, both groups are simply doing what they should be, upsetting though it may be.
“The fact is, there are no (or at least, extremely few) permanent gaming jobs,” says Carey, saying that while several people lost their jobs, many of them will be in new jobs in very short order. High turnover is simply one of the perils of the industry, he argues; Columbus Nova and the shakeup of what was once SOE was necessary, something that the ur-studio had needed for quite some time. He goes on to state that if you enjoy the games, you should continue subscribing and playing rather than place blame at a company’s feet.
, Via: EQ2Wire
You know, for some reason we didn’t have a whole lot of discussion about the Sony Online Entertainment buyout and name change when it first happened. We posted about it, but we never had a chance to ask our readers about it or have a round of staff opinions. That reason probably had something to do with our own huge and sudden changes that sort of forced their way to the forefront, so we’re hoping you can forgive us for that lapse in discussion. The world is a crazy, crazy place sometimes.
What sort of character are you going to make in Skyforge? A new user video shows off the character creator and classes from the most recent Russian test event, walking viewers through the various creation options in some detail. The video is embedded just past the break, and there are plenty of sliders, idle pose options, and the like to customize your character’s look. There’s even an option to wear a silver minidress into battle if that’s really your speed.
You can also take a look at how stats and abilities will work in the game, but that’s the sort of character customization that comes in after you’re already in the game.
Maybe you’re the sort who would rather wait and see the game with your own eyes instead of the test version, though? We can’t give you that just yet, but you can take a little tour of Alakur Island with a new scrolling panorama on the official site. It’s not as good as being to explore the zone on your own two feet, but it shows off the environmental design and the visual flow of the area.
Are you doing big things in World of Warcraft that the whole world urgently needs to know about? Maybe not. Do you want to let everyone know about it anyway? Of course! That’s why the new Twitter integration feature (with a preview video just past the break) will allow you to tweet about whatever’s going on for you in the game. The integration is account-wide and allows support to immediately tweet achievements, drops, and screenshots, but you can also just tweet out from the game whenever you feel like it.
But maybe you’re not the tweeting sort and would rather have more stuff to do in-game to theoretically tweet about. In that case, you’ll be happy to take a gander at the new racing minigame being rolled out to the Darkmoon Faire event. The race is currently on the test realm and involves special racing mounts along a course filled with hazards, speed boosts, and the like. You can trot along in style! And maybe tweet about winning afterward.