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WRUP: The revolution will be available in audio formats edition

Folks, we know that people have been upset about the idea that the revolution will not be televised. Thus, we've made sure that the revolution will be available in audio formats, including narrated audio revolution, a sixteen-track concept album by five guys who swear they absolutely love Pink Floyd, and spoken-word poetry that prominently features the word "revolution" over...

FFXIV Fan Festival 2018: Details from the press conference with Naoki Yoshida

In contrast to the high-octane trailer that had opened the day, the final event for the first day of the Final Fantasy XIV fan festival was quiet and subdued. Of course, it was also for a very different audience, with numerous press representatives gathered into a small conference room for a quick session of questions and answers with producer...

The Daily Grind: Is it better to play MMOs cooperatively or competitively?

It's a fact of MMO life that, sooner or later, we interact with other players in these games. It's kind of one of the big features. And I've noticed that in most of those play interactions, we're either working with or against other gamers. We play cooperatively when we party, band together to overcome PvE content, help each other out,...

Mythology and modernity collide in upcoming action-RPG Breach

In the world of QC Games's upcoming action-RPG Breach, there are two Earths: the one we know and love, and the mythological Earth, where magic and mythical creatures reign. After thousands of years, the veil between the two is collapsing, and -- surprise! -- our Earth is under threat of destruction at the hands of the fantastic...

Betawatch: Torchlight Frontiers’ stress test, Lost Ark’s wild popularity

Torchlight Frontiers' alpha stress test kicked off today; PWE is begging y'all to come stress test the servers. Except literally nobody I know got in, even people who applied ages ago, which seems a little weird? Anyhoo. Get in there and wreck some stuff. The rest of us will be scrutinizing the business model plan. "Torchlight Frontiers Closed...

Magic: The Gathering Arena’s Chris Clay details planned fixes to the ‘fifth-card problem’

Although fan reception to the open beta/soft launch of Magic: The Gathering Arena has been largely positive, there's one glaring issue that's had the community in a tizzy for some time now -- the so-called "fifth card" issue. For the uninitiated, the short(ish) version is this: As MTGA has no trading or dusting system, once a player has...

Rogue Universe brings intergalactic strategy to Android and iOS

The year is 1983. Interdimensional travel is a new reality, and three factions vie for control of the galaxy. Also, there are dogs with spectacles and bears with Tommy guns, apparently. This is the world of MUSTGAMES's newly announced Android and iOS strategy title Rogue Universe, which will see players "engage in galactic battles while venturing through...

Hearthstone explores the lore and Loa of Rastakhan’s Rumble in latest hearthside chat

At this year's BlizzCon, we got our first look at the upcoming Hearthstone expansion, Rastakhan's Rumble, which centers around the Trolls of Azeroth and their mighty Loa. Yesterday, Lead Mission Designer Dave Kosak sat down for a hearthside chat to give players a look at the lore behind Rastakhan's Rumble and preview a few of...

FFXIV Fan Festival 2018: Shadowbringers promises new story, new regions, and new jobs

The plan was to fan a spark into a flame, but now it's getting dark, so who'll remember your name? (Apologies to Lin-Manuel Miranda for that.) Yes, it turns out that we are indeed getting another new expansion for Final Fantasy XIV (not a surprise) called Shadowbringers (also not a surprise), but the keynote for the 2018...

World of Warcraft celebrates its 14th anniversary with a historic event

It might be hard to believe, but this year marks the 14th anniversary since Blizzard changed the landscape of the MMO genre with the release of World of Warcraft back in November of 2004. As the saying goes, time flies when you're constantly saving the world from the threat of complete annihilation. Or something like that, anyway....

Blade & Soul’s Theater of Mystery update takes center stage on December 5th

It's almost showtime for Blade & Soul's next update, Theater of Mystery, which will bring a new heroic dungeon and a new solo dungeon to NCSoft's martial-arts MMO. When the update goes live, players will be able to take center stage in the new Dreamsong Theater heroic dungeon, which will "pit players against a playhouse of evil."...

FFXIV Fan Festival 2018: The next Final Fantasy XIV expansion is Shadowbringers

The third expansion for Final Fantasy XIV has been revealed as Shadowbringers during the keynote at this year's Fan Festival. It's coming out early summer 2019. Your theories were right! Or wrong, if you selected something like Final Fantasy XIV: That's Our Zenos Sitcom Edition for your personal theories. That was always silly. We'll have more information about the expansion following...

The US Army is fielding esports teams for Fortnite, Overwatch, and more

In an apparent effort to connect with America's youth and drive up recruitment numbers, the United States Army has announced that it will be fielding its own esports team. The announcement comes in the wake of a lackluster recruitment year, as military-centric news organization Stars and Stripes reports that the Army fell "about 6,500 recruits short" of its recruitment...

Hi-Rez Expo 2018: King Arthur and Merlin join SMITE’s lineup

SMITE doesn't restrict itself to only ancient deities from various pantheons for its lineup of combatants - it also draws on those giants of myth and legend who wield god-like powers or influence. At the opening of Hi-Rex Expo today, Titan Forge Games announced that two heroes of the round table are coming to SMITE's table: King Arthur...

Bless Online is dropping the Ruber Ossuary dungeon just in time for Thanksgiving weekend

Dog 'em all you want, but Neowiz is plainly not giving up on Bless Online anytime soon. Today's Steam note heralds still more content launching for the newly-out-of-early-access MMORPG, this time landing next week on November 21st ahead of the holiday. "In the update, we will be adding the brand new Ruber Ossuary dungeon! The entrance will be...
When you realize that your Hunter has turned into an FFXI Dragoon.

WoW Factor: The smart World of Warcraft stuff from BlizzCon

Let's get something out of the way first and foremost. I am not going to count Warcraft III: Reforged as a smart thing for World of Warcraft, even though it is literally the thing I am most excited about coming out of the convention. Those models look gorgeous, the game looks great, it's all of the stuff I...

Happy sixth birthday, PlanetSide 2 – Here’s what Daybreak’s got planned for the players

It seems hard to believe that the sequel to SOE's original MMORPG sandbox shooter PlanetSide is itself already six years old, but here we are as PlanetSide 2's birthday approaches. "War has raged on Auraxis for six years, with dedicated soldiers from every empire keeping the battle alive with their fighting spirits," Daybreak says. "This is no small...

Hi-Rez Expo 2018: SMITE is coming to Nintendo Switch with full cross-platform play

The Battlegrounds of the Gods just got bigger. During the keynote address at Hi-Rez Expo today, Titan Forge Games announced that SMITE is coming to the Nintendo switch. But more than that, folks don't need to give up their PC or console progress to partake: The MOBA will also have full cross-platform, cross progression play. But wait, that's not...

This is the cheeky player program that trivializes Fallout 76’s nuke code decryption

Hey, did you think all of Fallout 76's problems would magically disappear once it launched? Welp, you were wrong. As Bethsoft plays whack-a-mole with exploits during the transition from soft launch to hard launch, players are only getting more creative and taking their efforts outside the game. Case in point: NukaCrypt. As Kotaku chronicled, the program basically...

Star Citizen kicks off a free-fly event next week, welcoming non-backers to play over Thanksgiving

Oh yeah, you know a big holiday is coming up when every single game, even the ones deep in alpha, are cranking out demos and free-to-play events. Star Citizen is no different: It's running a free-fly period starting on Black Friday next week and running to the end of November. "From Nov 23 through Dec 1 you’ll have...

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