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H1Z1 eyes battle royale season pass

Would you pay for a season pass to H1Z1's popular battle royale content? And if so, how much would you shell out for it?

Daybreak President John Smedley was publicly musing about this idea on Twitter yesterday. "Seriously considering doing a season pass for BR. What would the right price be for a season pass?" he asked. In a follow-up tweet Smedley added, "H1Z1 is not just a game. We view it as a platform for other games. Battle royale is just the start."

The battle royale mode throws players into an intense PvP match where the world boundaries begin to close in with the help of toxic gas. Some players decided to recently rebel against the setup by staging a hilarious mass "stop the violence" campaign even as their toxic doom approached. You can see how that ended in a video after the jump.

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Guild Wars 2's Revenant is powered by legends of the past

Ever since hearing about Guild Wars 2's ninth and newest class at PAX South, we've been dying to know more about the Revenant. Well, today is a glorious day indeed, as the team has issued a dev diary to talk all about this "Master of the Mists."

While not every skill or weapon is revealed, the diary does outline what will make the Revenant special. It's a heavy armor-wearing class (with a medium health pool) that will choose both a passive and an active "legend" to configure most of its hotbar. The Revenant's weapons include the axe, mace, and hammer, although all of these are used with a twist (for example, the class can throw the hammer, Thor-style).

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Minsc and Boo will headline Neverwinter's sixth expansion

Perfect World has just announced that Neverwinter's sixth expansion, Elemental Evil, is set to launch on March 17th.

In what PWE is calling the game's largest update since its original release in 2012, players will be able to roll up a character from the new Paladin class, level up to the raised cap of 70, and tinker with new quests, feats, and special class powers ("slottable class feature powers").

But the best news is that the update will feature Baldur's Gate's beloved ranger/hamster duo Minsc and Boo. "The fan-favorite duo will be assisting players on their journey to discover the true nature of the Elemental Evil cults," says the studio.

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Is Treasure Arena the cutest MOBA ever?

If you're looking for a quick, simple, and charmingly adorable MOBA experience, then we might have the fluffy pick for you. It's called Treasure Arena, and it marries four-player arena action with retro-style sprite graphics.

The goal of the game is simple: Grab weapons, kill enemies, avoid death, and collect the most coins to win. This author played a few quick rounds and found himself charmed by the SNES graphics, peppy soundtrack, and ability for a knight to blow goblins' heads off with a shotgun.

You can play Treasure Arena in your browser or pick it up on the Chrome Store.

[Source: Treasure Arena]

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Star Trek Online's command ships will buff friends

It seems as though there is always room in Star Trek Online to add more ships, and the team is hard at work putting the finishing touches on a bundle of command battlecruisers that are coming to each of the factions.

Lead Systems Designer Phil Zeleski penned a new dev diary yesterday to talk abut the creation and details behind these tier 6 powerhouses including the new inspiration mechanic: "Since their primary purpose is team support, it made sense to have a number of team buffs that they could use."

The command ships will vary slightly between factions, but all will be able to equip cannons and use their hanger bays to launch small craft to help with the fight.

[Source: Making of command ships]

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World of Warcraft's patch 6.1 goes live on February 24th

There are lots of reasons why you might be looking forward to patch 6.1 in World of Warcraft. If you play a Blood Elf, you want your upgraded character models. If you like racing around, you want the new racing feature put into the game. If you have a joke Twitter account for your main character, you want that Twitter integration. Good news for all of those groups: You don't have to wait much longer, as the new patch goes live on February 24th.

Blizzard has released a new video to herald to launch, offering a quick rundown of the patch features, which also include improvements to garrisons and another step in the legendary ring quest chain. The heirloom interface is also en route; it will allow players to more effectively pass heirlooms between characters for leveling. That's on top of the usual quality of life improvements. Check out the video just past the break for a quick overview, and get ready for the patch going live when next Tuesday rolls around.

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The Crew unveils the Speed Live update

Would you like to take part in a race that's all about eliminating your opponents just through skillful driving? The most recent update for The Crew adds the new Elimination format to PvP races, reminiscent of a similarly named mode from Split/Second. Each player starts with a certain number of lives, and there's a timer ticking down; when the timer hits zero, the player in last place loses a life and another countdown starts. You'll be taking down your opponents, but you'll be doing so just by staying in first.

The update also adds in new tuning options for six cars and several new faction missions for players who don't feel like trying out the PvP race option. There's also a new pack of DLC available with three new cars for those who feel the current crop of vehicles just isn't robust enough. Check on past the break for the update trailer.

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Pantheon devs want your feedback

The Pantheon dev team has turned the tables on its fanbase in a new community Q&A. Developers -- including Chief Creative Officer Brad McQuaid, Lead Programmer Daniel Krenn, and others -- want to know a bit more about player preferences, and their survey covers questions including adventure zone themes, independent vs. restricted crafting, and more.

"We would really like to see some genuine answers to get a better idea of what you all want and expect to see in Pantheon to help us going forward," the team says.

[Source: Community survey. Thanks Paganrites!]

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Elder Scrolls Online's Tales of Dead contest seeks lore entries

If you fancy yourself a storyteller, and you're an Elder Scrolls Online fan, ZeniMax has a new contest that you might want to enter. Tales of the Dead tasks you with providing the backstory for that grim screenshot up yonder. You could win a $25 Bethesda Store gift certificate and an ESO t-shirt for your efforts.

Entries must be 500 words or less, and you have until Friday, February 20th, at 11:59 EST to post them in the contest thread.

[Source: Tales of the Dead]

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Warhammer 40K aiming for early access this fall

Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade Senior Producer Nathan Richardsson posted a State of the Crusade letter today, saying that the team is moving forward with "a rapidly advancing schedule."

Richardsson revealed that the team has been quiet lately because it's been reviewing its plans and isn't quite ready to discuss specifics (it's noteworthy that he did mention "expansion" as one of the forbidden topics). However, Richardsson did point at "autumn 2015" as a target for early access and clarified that fans will need to be paying founders to get into the multi-month alpha and beta tests.

[Source: State of the Crusade]

 

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Final Fantasy XIV unveils more about the Gold Saucer

Final Fantasy XIV patch 2.51 is expected to drop on February 24th, and it's bringing the long-awaited Manderville Gold Saucer as its main attraction. A recent live letter from producer and director Naoki Yoshida explained several of the Gold Saucer mechanics and events in depths, including Chocobo Racing and the Triple Triad card game. And now there's an official translation, so if you were desperate for more information regarding the den of iniquity, now you have it right at your fingertips.

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World of Warcraft dev spills the secrets of Patch 6.1

We can't blame World of Warcraft fans for being in an excitement tizzy (that's a thing, right?) over the upcoming Patch 6.1, as it looks to add a slew of improvements to the game. While we can't shorten the wait for you, we can point you to the following informative video interview with Blizzard Lead Game Designer Ion Hazzikostas.

Hazzikostas fields questions on 6.1 for 25 minutes, including the Blood Elf visual upgrade, the heirloom UI, summonable raid bosses, Twitter integration, customizable music for strongholds, and efforts being made to encourage players to visit friends' strongholds. He also hinted that the team is already hard at work on stories and other features for Patch 6.2.

If you've got a half-hour, give the interview a watch after the break!

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