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Starriser takes a stab at space empire strategy

Have you ever had a whim of dropping your normal, ordinary life and taking to the stars, not to peacefully explore them, but to conquer and rule over them as a merciless dictator? Haven’t we all, really. Fortunately for both you and the real galaxy, Starriser has appeared on the scene to give us a virtual taste of this experience.

A “massive online strategy” title, Starriser promises to allow players to build up a space empire and duke it out with fellow emperors. Currently the website is skimpy on specific game features, but it is currently accepting beta sign-ups for those interested.

[Source: Starriser]

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Datamining suggests The Division’s alpha test is en route

Dataminers on Reddit have unearthed publicly accessible but undisplayed code on The Division’s website that suggests alpha is on the way.

There’s no official announcement, but if set live, the code appears to link to what will eventually be the game’s alpha signup page.

Earlier this month, Ubisoft confirmed that The Division is still on track for a 2015 release. Last spring, developers delayed the game from 2014 to 2015, citing a desire to fully finish the game rather than shove out an incomplete concept piece. It’s being billed as an open-world online shooter with RPG elements.

[Source: Reddit via VG247]

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Crowfall is launching a Kickstarter campaign tomorrow

“Throne war simulator” Crowfall has been tick-tocking its way down a 40-day timer for the last, well, 39 days. Now ArtCraft Entertainment has foreshadowed tomorrow’s big reveal by announcing the Kickstarter campaign we all suspected was coming.

We also need your financial support. Three weeks ago, we announced our intention to crowdfund this game. Our kickstarter campaign begins tomorrow morning– at 9am EST/6am PST. We sincerely hope that you will support Crowfall, and let us build this game for you! […] There will be some limited tiers available for our “core following”, i.e. the people who spend the most time on (and have been the most vocal on) our forums. We know you guys will be the first to see the campaign — as an FYI, backing early could pay off!

The team is also promising pre-alpha game footage (“so you can see Crowfall is more than just design documents and concept art”) and super sekrit info to be released on “major game news sites.” Guess you’ll know where to be at 9 a.m., eh?

[Source: Crowfall site]

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Microtransactions on tap for Diablo III, but not in the US or EU

Blizzard is likely adding microtransactions to Diablo III. The proposed funny money and its associated features won’t be coming to European or American versions of the game, at least for now.

Blizzard announced its intentions on the Battle.net forums by calling attention to “new features that may start to show up in data-mined information for patch 2.2 that will not apply to all regions.” Things like timed experience boosts, platinum currency, and new cosmetic items were mentioned, along with associated UI tweaks that will purportedly benefit players worldwide.

“While we may explore [microtransactions] in some regions, we have no immediate plans to implement such purchases or the aforementioned features anytime soon for the Americas region,” Blizzard says.

[Source: Battle.net via: Eurogamer]

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PlanetSide 2 soon expanding PlayStation 4 beta to Europe

European PlayStation 4 players will soon have no reason to feel left out of the PlanetSide 2 fun, as Daybreak informed the community over the weekend that the console beta will soon include the region.

“Rest assured that as soon as we launch in EU we will send out a huge batch of codes to our EU players,” Executive Producer Clint Worley promised. He also mentioned that the team is hard at work addressing some issues players have had with beta key redemptions.

Worley said that the next beta patch will open up three new continents, add a tutorial continent, and apply “a massive amount of bug fixes and updates.” The patch will also trigger a full wipe, so be forewarned.

[Source: Official forums]

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EverQuest is getting a new progression server

EverQuest has made a reputation for itself over the years as an MMO that isn’t afraid to experiment with progression servers, and as such Daybreak has announced that it is planning yet another such server for players to experience.

“The cool thing is that the entire team’s been talking about a progression server, and that’s one of the ongoing discussions we’re going to have and will hopefully wrap up in the next week or two,” Executive Producer Holly Longdale announced during a video Q&A session. “It’s less now about should we do a progression server and more about what kind of progression server will we do as a team.”

The devs said that players can expect a poll regarding different progression server “flavors” in the near future.

[Source: Forums, YouTube @ 15:45]

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Check out a video tour of Guild Wars 2’s Revenant

Are you looking forward to the newest addition to Guild Wars 2‘s class lineup, the Revenant? Do you stay awake at night wishing that you could see the Mist-wielding warrior in action? Well, don’t do that. Staying up at night is bad for you; a full eight hours of sleep is ideal. Besides, you could just jump on past the break and check out Friday’s stream from the development team, which shows off an hour of Revenant gameplay.

Host Rubi Bayer joins game designer Roy Cronacher and game design lead Jon Peters to walk through several of the Revnant’s abilities and show off the class in active content, sure to delight any fans of its unique brand of legendary empowerment and wearing blindfolds all the time. Of note, the hosts show off what the expansion will borrow from its older brother in the form of stances inspired by Guild Wars lore.

Check it out just past the break, then perhaps go back to bed. You need to sleep.

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Runes of Magic plans server merges

North America and Australia Runes of Magic players, buckle up: You’re about to experience some server merger turbulence. During this period, drink service will be suspended and the devs have asked that you remain in your seats with your seatbelts fastened.

The team announced the incoming merges last year and recently posted a FAQ about how plans are progressing. The six current servers between the regions will be condensced down into two: Artemis and Govinda. There aren’t any “defined dates” as of yet for the merge, but the team assures its fans that game updates won’t be affected by the move.

If you have a Runes of Magic character on one of these servers, you’ll need to log in (or have logged in during the past year) to make sure that your character is flagged for the transition.

[Source: Official forums. Thanks to Kailenn for the tip!]

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MMO Week in Review: February 22, 2015

Were you too busy gaming this week to pay attention to MMO news? Get caught up every Sunday evening with Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review!

Up-and-coming PvP MMORPG Crowfall has been counting down a 40-day timer that ends next week, biding its time with announcements about its destruction-oriented voxel-based tech, physics engine, and new classes. Any guesses as to what’s happening when that timer runs out?

Read on for a look at the rest of this week’s top MMO stories.

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Destiny is adding strike matchmaking to patch 1.1.1

If you’ve been having a hard time finding companions to help you through your weekly heroic strikes in Destiny, then Bungie is sending patch 1.1.1 on a mission to rescue you (and others in your situation, of course).

In this week’s update post, the team said that a major addition with 1.1.1 will be a matchmaking service for weekly heroic strikes. According to the devs, most players didn’t have enough friends to participate in them and would benefit from being automatically grouped up with strangers. This change means that the weekly heroic cannot be soloed.

Bungie has thus far resisted adding any type of matchmaking or looking for group service for its raids. Other changes coming with 1.1.1 include balance tweaks, a reputation screen, and a fix to the heavy ammo bug.

[Source: Bungie weekly update]

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EverQuest Next may not be F2P

SOE Daybreak has been all about “F2P your way” for a couple of years now, but comments by EverQuest Next senior producer Terry Michaels and lead designer Darrin McPherson in a recent dev team Q&A indicate that the business model for both EQN and Landmark is very much up for discussion.

“Not every model for monetizing a game fits with every game type,” Michaels says. “Right now we believe that they’re going to be F2P games, but we’re not willing to say absolutely that’s what they’re going to be at this point in time.”

“We do not want to lock ourselves into one thing,” McPherson continued. “We want to make the best game possible.” Click past the cut to watch the video. If you want to skip ahead to the business model segment, it starts around the 16-minute mark.

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Star Citizen’s Roberts talks upcoming release schedule

How big is 2015 shaping up to be for Star Citizen fans? Pretty freaking big, if Chris Roberts‘ latest Letter from the Chairman is any indication. “We are entering into the tightest schedule we’ve ever had for public releases,” Roberts writes. “In short order, you will see Arena Commander 1.1 (now with REC!), the FPS module, and the so-called social module, our first foray into the persistent universe.”

Roberts has a lot more to say, including bits about the aforementioned REC, upcoming community events, and a playable version of the FPS module that will debut at PAX East.

[Source: Letter from the Chairman]

 

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Shroud of the Avatar talks economy, online vs. offline modes

This weekend’s Shroud of the Avatar post is a big one. Update of the Avatar #113 explains how the game’s single-player offline mode will function as compared to the online world, with particular emphasis on save games, companions, and spawning rules. Portalarium also says that a few items available for purchase in offline mode (like the castle and keep-sized lots) will not be available online. Finally, there will be no character transfers between the two modes.

SotA tech director Chris Spears also has a lot to say about the game’s economy, but you’ll need to click the source link below to read it!

[Source: Update #113]

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