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Bless has been delayed ‘indefinitely’

Korean fantasy MMO export Bless Online has been delayed “indefinitely,” according to MMO Culture. The site sources developer Neowiz Bless Studio, which it says is currently working to improve nine major game elements. These include server tech, the user interface, character customization, the quest system, and both combat movement and dungeon difficulty.

Bless uses the Unreal Engine 3 and features a soundtrack by renowned film composer Hans Zimmer. Small group focus tests are scheduled to resume in December.

Source: MMO Culture


World of Tanks’ next update adds two unique maps

The forthcoming 9.12 patch for World of Tanks will add a couple of “unique” maps, according to the game’s latest website update. The Ravaged Capital and Berlin zones are a combination of street blocks and open spaces which resemble the landscape of the meatspace areas on which they’re based.

Wargaming says that Ravaged Capital and Berlin are the first World of Tanks maps to be created specifically for the new rampage game mode.

Source: New maps


Are gamers too cheap for VR?

A new report by research firm GreenlightVR says that only 11 percent of people are willing to pay the projected $1000 entry fee to get started with virtual reality gaming in 2016.

The $1000 figure factors in the cost of a PC that will power hardware like the Oculus Rift, though the company says that roughly 60 percent of those surveyed would not pay more than $400 for a VR headset. Other data points include the fact that racing game enthusiasts are the most excited to try VR, followed by action gamers and sports gamers.

The survey also says that minorities are more interested in VR than whites, which the authors chalk up to the fact that older age groups aren’t as ethnically diverse as their younger counterparts. You can pick up GreenlightVR’s full 134-page report when it goes on sale tomorrow, if you fancy spending $795 to read it.


PSA: GuildPortal is shutting down this month

If your guild’s web presence depends on GuildPortal, you may want to start looking for a new home. The long-running web host, which first opened its doors way back in 2001 and which provided everything from forums to rosters to raid calendars for those of us who lacked web development skills, “will be going offline (permanently) by the end of the month,” according to a tiny notice at the top of the main page.

Source: GuildPortal; thanks Duane and Robenix!


Lineage Eternal and Peria Chronicles are skipping G-Star

Steparu reports that a couple of big-name titles with MMO ties are no-shows at this week’s G-Star 2015 gaming megacon in Korea. NCsoft will forego new Lineage Eternal info in favor of Master X Master and Blade & Soul stuff, according to a company press release.

Similarly, the Nexon team responsible for anime sandbox MMO Peria Chronicles will be skipping G-Star. Steparu says that the dev team is purportedly focusing on the game itself instead of showcasing it to the public. You can click past the cut for a couple videos that introduce both Peria Chronicles and Lineage Eternal.

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DOTA 2’s Korean server shutting down, Valve to take over

Nexon will no longer be handling Dota 2 in Korea, as the publisher announced that it will be shutting down the MOBA’s server in the country soon. The last day for Dota 2’s operation on Nexon’s servers will be Thursday, December 10th.

Fortunately for Korean Dota 2 players, this will not spell the end of their game experience. Nexon said that over the next month it will be working with Valve to transfer all accounts and information to Steam’s own server so that players can continue to enjoy the game through that digital platform.

Source: MMO Culture


Paladins has founder’s packs

I guess founder’s packs are the new early access, that being the developer weapon of choice for separating gamers from their money in the age of free-to-play. The next man up is Paladins, a team shooter from Hi-Rez that was announced last summer.

The good news is that these particular founder’s packs aren’t too outrageous, since their pixels cost a relatively paltry $19.99. Hi-Rez hasn’t started selling them as of press time, though they are marked with a big “coming soon” sign on the front of the game’s official website.

Beta access with a founders pack begins on November 17th.

Source: Paladins; via: MMO Culture


Massively OP Podcast Episode 38: BlizzCon strikes back

What did you expect? Of course we’re going to be talking about BlizzCon on today’s show. While there were no major surprises, there’s certainly enough to chew on, especially in regard to Overwatch and World of Warcraft. Bree and Justin (but mostly Bree) have a lot to say about the convention and its reveals.

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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World of Warcraft Mages won’t change radically in Legion

Blizzard has released a new dev blog previewing the changes in store for Mages in World of Warcraft’s upcoming Legion expansion. Mages are “in a very strong place compared to most classes,” Blizzard says, while noting that there’s a lot of distinction between Arcane, Fire, and Frost, both in terms of character specialization and each of the three schools having “strong themes and consistent properties.”

Mage changes in Legion will therefore focus on quality-of-life improvements and will “prop up existing gameplay.” As an example, Blizzard lists Summon Refreshment, which “now automatically provides you with a stack of food if you’re adventuring out on your own, or a table of refreshments when in a party or raid.”

Source: Mage preview


Tree of Savior’s Korean open beta starts next month

Tree of Savior’s open beta is starting this December… in South Korea. The news comes to us from Steparu, who posted about a Tree of Savior advertisement that was recently sighted in the wild. The print hypes up the game’s appearance at South Korea’s upcoming G-Star 2015 convention, and it features a tag line that reads “2015.12. Open Beta.”

Steparu predicts that new game info is forthcoming, including a new trailer and possibly details on rank 7 classes.

Source: Steparu


Moonlight Blade is using famous fight choreographers

Moonlight Blade, the kung fu MMO developed by Chinese megacorp Tencent, will be published in South Korea by Nexon, according to Steparu. Famed martial arts choreographer Woo-ping Yuen (The Matrix, Drunken Master, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and director Chen Kexin were hired to “bring film-like details to the game.”

Steparu says that due to the vast world and the martial arts, Moonlight Blade “is one of the few Chinese games that’s actually worth trying out and playing.”

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PC maker offers MMO-related deals

Need a new PC? You might want to check out Origin. No, not that Origin, but Miami-based PC maker Origin. The firm is running a November special that includes a $100 Amazon gift card as well as Trion cash shop currency and a digital copy of Star Citizen if you purchase a new desktop or laptop.

You’ll also get digital copies of Just Cause 3 and either Rainbow Six: Siege or Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, but those don’t have much to do with MMOs, now do they?

As always, be sure and read the fine print. The Star Citizen bundle, for example, is only available with “select qualified AMD GPUs.”

Source: November promo; thanks Zariarn!


The Repopulation is ‘in a holding pattern’ thanks to Hero Engine woes

Last week, we reported that The Repopulation had suffered a patch delay as a result of contract and financial renegotiation on the part of Hero Engine. While Above & Beyond was reluctant to discuss the matter in depth due to confidentiality agreements, studio co-owner Joshua Halls did say that the team was “blindsided” and was working with Hero Engine to “minimize its impact.”

This weekend, Hero Engine owner Idea Fabrik PLC gave more information on its internal problems. As the company’s chairman explained to its community, it’s about money.

As some of you have learned already, we are facing difficult times at Idea Fabrik PLC. Because of outside 3rd party related issues, we may be facing some down time to all our HeroEngine and HeroCloud services.

Though we are confident that Idea Fabrik is not going out of business and the HeroEngine and HeroCloud services will be restored, the issues we face right now mean a possible black out (or interruption) of all services. This will include all HeroBlade services as well as all web services.

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