Black Desert Online
Black Desert Online Review
Aubrielle sets out to uncover why Black Desert Online isn't your average MMO.
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Asheron's Call: Throne of Destiny
Asheron's Call Retrospective
Fluent takes us back to the past in his new retrospective article for Asheron's Call.
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Shroud of the Avatar - Interview @ Shane Plays
Shane interviewed Starr Long and Mathew Anderson from Portalarium about Shroud of the Avatar:
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Highlights: Portalarium's Starr Long and Mathew Anderson join to talk about Richard "Lord British" Garriott's fantasy MMO Shroud of the Avatar!
Star Citizen - New Trailers
Star Citizen published two new videos about shipwrecks and new developments:
Star Citizen: Lost & Found
In Star Citizen, ships are filled with personality and potential danger whether in space or crashed into the ground. This video explores some stunning shipwrecks and the people drawn to them.
Star Citizen: Around the Verse - The Shape of Derelict Ships
Derelict ships are the star of this week’s episode. Learn all about how we’re designing a diverse set of shipwrecks. Sandi Gardiner and Chris Smith host the show, while Eric Kieron Davis provides an update from our LA studio.
Tabula Rasa - Looking Back
RPS looks back at Tabula Rasa, the MMO Richard Garriott worked on before the MMO/MP/No-SP game he is working on now.
Tabula Rasa cost NCSoft a fortune, so sure were they that combination of a legendary developer and spaceguns in a World of Warcraft structure would be the MMO to end all MMOs. It didn’t exactly work out like that (and we’d see remarkably similar folly from them half a decade later, with WildStar). Which is a shame, as the fault was less with the game and more with impossible expectations – both from the people behind the game and from the millions of people they spent a couple of years convincing it would be the answer to their every prayer.
What a strange time 2006-2008 was. So many of us were so desperate for a World of Warcraft alternative, specifically because we spent our every waking hour for months playing World of Warcraft, loving it to bits, then burning out of it. How could any game using the same approximate structure somehow achieve that? We had all seen Oz behind his curtain by that point, and no self-proclaimed WoW-killer stood a chance.
Tabula RasaSP/MP: Massive
Elder Scrolls Online - No MMO?
PCGamesN reports that Zenimax don't call The Elder Scrolls Online an MMO anymore:
Why Zenimax don't call The Elder Scrolls Online an MMO anymore
If there was an underlying problem with The Elder Scrolls Online at launch, it was perhaps too online. Along with that anachronistic name, it took on the traditions of the ‘90s MMORPG and muffled some of the best traits of Bethesda games: a sense of place and permanence.
In the years since, however, developers Zenimax Online Studios have worked consistently to shed the strictures of their parent genre.
“We don’t even use the term MMO with The Elder Scrolls Online anymore, because really it’s not,” game director Matt Firor says. “MMO was a term coined in 1997 with Ultima Online, EverQuest, and Dark Age of Camelot – we are not that game.”
Zenimax dedicated their first 12 months after launch to making the game “feel more like The Elder Scrolls.” They wound up with a world more tactile and reactive – where the thing you touch might be an NPC’s purse, and the reaction might be a cold sword through the guts, courtesy of a player enforcer in Zenimax’s justice system.
Elder Scrolls Online - Morrowind Review
HardcoreGamer has reviewed The Elder Srolls Online: Morrowind:
Review: The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind
Ever since the original release for PC in 2014, The Elder Scrolls Online has received countless updates and numerous expansions, revamping the gameplay and adding new content to keep players interested. The newest addition, The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind, is meant to be more than just another basic expansion with a vast new location, new character class and other additional content and features. This new chapter is designed in a way to not only cater to veteran players but also serve as a good entry point for newcomers, where a freshly created level one character can travel alongside someone at level 50 and the game will make it work for both players.
If it wasn’t obvious from the title, the new location in The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind is Vvardenfall, an island in the Dunmer province of Morrowind, which is the setting of the third mainline Elder Scrolls game. This content takes place approximately 700 years before The Elder Scrolls III Morrowind, but despite some differences, the unique environment of Vvardenfall is recognizable immediately when starting this area, taking only a couple minutes of exploration to find a domestic Silt Strider ready to ferry the player to a new destination. New and old characters have immediate access to Vvardenfall, and while there is plenty to do here, traveling to the other parts of Tamriel can be done at one’s leisure.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind is an impressive new addition to an already solid MMO. The Elder Scrolls Online has been constantly evolving since its initial launch, and the new content introduced in this chapter builds upon these improvements. There’s plenty to do in Vvardenfell, a land with consonants to spare, but one of the greatest strengths of this title is the level of accessibility. Any type of character build can work in this game, and players of all levels can play together and things will balance themselves out so everyone can have a good time. Plus, for the times when you may want to play alone, this MMO does actually provide a good solo experience. Whether someone is a long time player, new to the game, or has played before and taken a lengthy break, anyone can jump in and experience new adventures in Vvardenfell.
Habitat - World's First MMO is Back
Alrik spotted that the world's first commercial MMO Habitat, has been brought online again by the people of the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment (MADE).
31 years after Lucasafilm Games launched a beta version of its groundbreaking massively-multiplayer online game Habitat, the game is being brought back online by the folks at the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment (MADE) in Oakland, California.
This is a big deal because when Lucasfilm launched it on the Commodore 64 in 1986, Habitat (seen below) was basically the world's first commercial graphical MMORPG.
MADE founder Alex Handy and the rest of the restoration team have been working for years to rebuilt Habitat, ever since Handy (in the course of preparing an exhibit about the historical value of the game) unexpectedly received the game's source code (which has since been publicly released) from Habitat lead Chip Morningstar in 2014.
MMORPG NewsSP/MP: Massive
Release: In development
Elder Scrolls Online - Morrowind Review
The Gaming Boulevard has reviewed TESO: Morrowind:
Review: The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind
The official launch of the original Elder Scrolls Online wasn’t without failures. The game had some downs due to a great number of irritating bugs but luckily it has made one hell of a comeback thanks to the free-to-play model. After this major update, people started to enjoy it more thanks to the unbelievable support Bethesda has offered. With some tweaks here and there, the game became a lot more stable and even a lot more fun to play. This week, the game launched with their first big expansion “Morrowind” where The Elder Scrolls veteran players will find their way back home and feel at ease…
Vvardenfell has a lot of PVE content to go through. This expansion is definitely a buy when you’re ready to sink in some hours within this universe. The Warden class feels versatile and will definitely amp up the metagame. The option to choose what kind of weapon you want to fight with, is still there and talent trees can be expanded when you’re becoming a member of one of the guilds within this game. The island looks good and the best thing is, the developers stayed true to the original Morrowind. Old veterans will feel like a familiar place has evolved into the same place worthy of this online world. There’s a lot to check out: a new PVP mode, a new raid, the Warden class and of course the loot. If you’re ready to start playing the ESO, now’s the time to start! Experienced players will probably already have bought the expansion and if you’re an experienced MMO player and you want to try ESO out again, go ahead and play the game, it’s the best time to (re-)visit the game but don’t expect something new when it comes to the gaming mechanics. It still is an Elder Scrolls game and it will stay true to its origin.
Elder Scrolls Online - Morrowind Review
Twinfinite has reviewed the Morrowind addon for the Elder Scrolls Online:
The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind Review
The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind on PC
Disclaimer: This review is being written from the perspective of a new player. The Morrowind expansion to The Elder Scrolls Online (TESO) is fairly unique that it can be the starting point of a new player and its main quest can be completed by anyone at any level unlike other MMORPGs. Thus, our review score will be focused on the new player experience in TESO: Morrowind and its story content. Any impressions of high-end content geared towards returning, experienced and well equipped players will be done separately and will NOT factor into our launch day review score.
The release of TESO: Morrowind is the perfect time for fans of the Elder Scrolls single player games to jump in and give the MMORPG a try if they’ve been hesitant so far. Even if you just play as a lone wolf and want to experience the game’s stories and quests as well as explore past Vvardenfell, it’s worth the price of admission. Whether you stay for the long haul, or convert from a different MMORPG is going to depend on how much you enjoy the game’s PvP and end game structure, which has both its strengths and weaknesses. If you’re already playing, you’ve likely figured that out already and don’t need this review to tell you. If you’re playing something else, the only way to know for sure if you’ll like it is to try, and TESO: Morrowind is an expansion worth giving a shot.
Score: 4/5 – Great - Editor's Choice
- Main quest has both steak and sizzle.
- Quests and characters overall have the quality of main numbered Elder Scrolls games.
- Warden is fun to play.
- Vvardenfell is worth exploring. It’s beautiful, full of surprises.
- Lovely soundtrack and ambiance.
- Leveled content made combat a bit dull.
- Group play never felt needed.
- Battlegrounds felt out of place and probably won’t convert anyone that doesn’t already enjoy its PvP.
Elder Scrolls Online - Morrowind Review @ IGN
IGN has reviewed the Morrowind addon for The Elder Scrolls Online:
ReviewA triumphant return to one of The Elder Scrolls' most memorable locations.
Stepping off the boat in Seyda Neen at the beginning of The brought back a flood of memories from 2002’s The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. Seeing the plain wooden dock extend out in front of me toward the small hamlet made me feel as though I were 15 years younger, ready to tackle the world laid out in front of me. In every pixel, The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind strives to create this feeling. And the centerpiece island of Vvardenfell, coupled with a new interesting class and stellar writing, make this a great new expansion.
[...]The VerdictMorrowind adds a lot of good content to the library, with the fresh new look of Vvardenfell staring at the center of a great expansion. The storytelling and writing are taken to new heights, continuing a trend of improvement in each content release since Orsinium in 2015. The addition of the Warden class gives new and returning players alike a fresh and versatile way to play through the 25 hours of content. While the Warden’s bear companion skill disappoints and the Battlegrounds need work, what Morrowind does well has kept me enthralled in the world of Tamriel. Morrowind feels like it begs you to come home, and what a welcome it has in store when you get there.
Shroud of the Avatar - Golden Castle for 30K
PCGAmesN reports that Shroud of the Avatar is finding new ways to get money:
Invest $30,000 in Shroud of the Avatar to get a golden castle
With the first episode of Ultima Online successor Shroud of the Avatar hoping to release in July, developer Portalarium is looking for more crowdfunding to continue development. Following a Kickstarter, independent crowdfunding and investment from outside parties, the studio still needs more cash to create this expansive fantasy MMORPG.
Founded by industry veteran Richard “LordBritish” Garriott, Portalarium has to raise a whopping $2 million in the next two months in order to keep Shroud of the Avatar going. As they have already had a Kickstarter, Portalarium have taken to the crowdfunding website SeedInvest to raise the cash needed to develop and now publish Shroud of the Avatar. There are special investor rewards for this round of crowdfunding, but you have to invest a minimum of $500 to even support their campaign. They range from a golden cloak and golden clockwork armour if you invest $500, right up to a solid gold castle and airship if you invest $30,000.
Shroud of the Avatar - Running out of Cash?
CGM reports that Portalarium will start another crowdfunding campaign for Shroud of the Avatar:
Shroud Of The Avatar Developer Announces Crowdfunding Campaign
Portalarium announced an equity crowdfunding campaign to help alleviate their transition into publishing.
Shroud Of The Avatar, Portalarium’s latest game release which is set to come out in a few months, comes on the heels of the company’s decision to move forward with their transition from being a games developers to a publishing company.
Portalarium is an Austin-based games company. Their title Shroud of the Avatar is their first major project. The new game promises to mix the nuances of a strong, single-player narrative-driven story with the sandbox of massively multiplayer or MMOPRG games together in their upcoming, flagship title.
“We are forever grateful to our backers under our current funding campaign who have helped us reach levels of support that we never dreamed of having; that support has helped us develop Shroud of the Avatar to where it is today,” says Richard Garriott de Cayeux CEO of Portalarium. “And with a commercial launch now in sight, it’s time to focus more on marketing and user acquisition as we scale up our player base and the service. It’s also a chance for our supporters to invest in our company as we take this next critical step with equity crowdfunding.”
Star Citizen - Development Update
Farflame spotted a new video about Star Citizen. Some nice enviroment is shown starting at the 8:35 mark:
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Sean Tracy and Josh Herman host this week’s Around the Verse, which features an update from our German office and a Ship Shape segment focused on the Aegis Eclipse.
Elder Scrolls Online - Early Access on May 22
Early Access for The Elder Scrolls Online - Morrowind will be available on May 22:
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It’s almost time to return to Morrowind in The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind, and today we have exciting news for existing PC and Mac ESO players. ZeniMax Online Studios has revealed that PC and Mac players who purchase the digital upgrade version of ESO: Morrowind, or the Physical Collector’s Edition, will have the option to begin their adventures in Vvardenfell a little early – starting May 22 – via a special “Early Access” launch of the game.
Separate from the Public Test Server beta, “Early Access” players will receive the full game, play on live servers, and will retain all progression when the game officially launches on June 6. “Early Access” is available for players who purchase the Digital Upgrade or Digital Collector’s Edition Upgrade versions of ESO: Morrowind for PC/Mac at any time prior to launch, as well as those who purchased the PC/Mac Physical Collector’s Edition. Physical Collector’s Edition owners will need to contact Customer Support at the following link to activate Early Access: https://help.elderscrollsonline.com/app/mw_notification
New players purchasing the full ESO: Morrowind game for PC/Mac will begin play on launch day -- June 6.
Whether starting a new Warden or bringing their existing heroes over to Vvardenfell, PC/Mac upgraders will have a two week jump on the epic storylines and new areas in the massive new Chapter. The “Early Access” period will allow for final gameplay tuning and polishing before the game launches for everyone in June.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind will launch on PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on June 6. For more information, or to pre-order the game for a variety of in-game and other rewards, players should visit www.ElderScrollsOnline.com.
Elder Scrolls Online - Morrowind Video
Morrowind returns on June 6:
The Elder Scrolls Online:
Morrowind – A New Chapter in Vvardenfell
In celebration of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind’s 15-year anniversary, we look ahead to the next chapter in Vvardenfell’s story. Set 700 years before the events of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, you’ll help the demi-god Vivec ensure that the Morrowind you remember comes to be. Watch our latest video to find out why Elder Scrolls fans are so excited to rediscover the home of the Dark Elves, and prepare for your return to the island of Vvardenfell with The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind on June 6.
Elder Scrolls Online - Morrowind Preview
Trusted Reviews checked out the upcoming ESO expansion Morrowind:
Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind preview
Vvardenfell is a land teeming with life. Wander past the Seyda Neen's bustling streets to find lush, verdant forests, with a scattering of lightly-animated flora writhing from side-to-side. With the appropriately-named vvardvarks scuttling past, Morrowind feels very much alive.
Set 700 years before the events of the original Morrowind, the gargantuan Ink-Cap mushrooms sprouting into the sky will be immediately familiar to returning players. Naturally, many cues are taken from the physical landscape of the original RPG, so the lava-coated wastes of the Red Mountain make a return alongside boggy marsh lands and grassy highlands.
Following the main quest, however, will lead you to the gleaming grandeur of Vivec City, where the life force of legendary warrior-poet Vivec is dwindling. In exploring his mysterious illness and uncovering the true nature of the ancient daedric threat hanging over the island, you’ll happen upon plenty of lore and political intrigue in the land of the Dunmer (otherwise known as Dark Elves).
Morrowind is an intensely divided society and it’s the tension between its rival houses and tribes that drive the more interesting quests you’ll take on. What unites the Telvanni, Dres, and Redoran houses, the Ashlander barbarians and the Morag Tong, is their hatred of “outlanders”. Where Morrowind first timers will be engrossed as they unravel these divisions, ZeniMax has prepared many nostalgic treats for veterans.[...]
What's striking about Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind is how polished the game was for me. I did have occasional connection issues whilst queuing for PvP matches and some textures were very slow to load at times, but overall the expansion looks very promising ahead of its June 6th launch. Ever since 2014, ESO has clearly been one long learning curve for ZeniMax and Bethesda, with the excellent Morrowind the result. With an intriguing narrative holding together a refreshing new class and PvP modes, Morrowind represents an MMO going from strength to strength.
Elder Scrolls Online - Morrowind: Warden Gameplay Trailer
A new class is coming to The Elder Scrolls Online - the Warden:
The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind –
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In The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind, Tamriel has a powerful new protector. On June 6, you can take control of the first new class to join ESO since launch: the Warden. These guardians of the wilds protect Nirn with a host of unique, nature-based abilities. Watch the Warden Gameplay Trailer for a look at the kind of hero you can become, and learn more here.
Elder Scrolls Online - Warden Class Gameplay
@PCInvasion The Elder Scrolls Online will be getting a new class with the Morrowind content come June 6th called the Warden class.
This new gameplay trailer showcases the class skills with their nature-based magic and their versatility of being damage dealers and healers. You can also summon a rather large War Bear which is always helpful, summon healing plants, or even place yourself in a block of ice to cool off. These guys are at one with nature.
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Star Citizen - News @ DualShockers
Farflame spotted some Star Citizen info on DualShockers:
Star Citizen Gets Fantastic Screenshots and Videos Showing Update 3.0, Javelin Destroyer and More
Star Citizen shows off its planetary content, the Aegis Javelin destroyer and more future goodies.
Chris Roberts’ Cloud Imperium Games released a batch of new screenshots and videos showcasing some rather interesting upcoming elements for the game.
First of all, we get a batch of screenshots from update 3.0, which will introduce the game’s planetary tech. Alongside the screenshots we also get a video showcasing of the schedule for the update has been determined, giving an interesting look at the workflow of the studios under the Cloud Imperium Games umbrella.
The detailed schedule can be found here, and we learn that the currently estimated release date for 3.0 is on June 29th.loading...loading...
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Elder Scrolls Online - Morrowind Province Primer
So let's assume that you're a regular MMORPG player who's never really been into Elder Scrolls series, wasn't around for TES III: Morrowind, never picked up Skyrim's Dragonborn DLC, or didn't side with the Ebonheart Pact in The Elder Scrolls Online. Or maybe you just have nothing but antipathy for dark elves in fantasy. If you're in those groups but are still interested in The Elder Scrolls Online as just a solid themepark MMORPG rather than fanservice, you might be wondering just why the heck everyone is freaking out in anticipation of the Morrowind expansion.
Shroud of the Avatar - Free to try
PC Gamer reports that Shroud of the Avatar is free to try until Thursday:
Richard Garriott's Shroud of the Avatar is free to try until Thursday
From now through March 9, a slightly limited version of Shroud of the Avatar is free to try. Players who sign up can't swap items with other players via trade, for example, and cannot purchase or sell items via Player Vendors nor Public Vendors. Players can't own property either, interact with public chests, move or interact with items on a plot even if given permissions, or create ransom items when they kill or are killed in PvP. The free trial also prevents players from playing in Offline Mode.
Elder Scrolls Online - Return to Morrowind Trailer
Bethesda has released their 'Return to Morrowind' gameplay trailer for The Elder Scrolls Online.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind - Return to Morrowind Gameplay Trailer | PC Xbox One & PS4
The Elder Scrolls Online is a massively multiplayer online role-playing (MMORPG) video game developed by ZeniMax Online Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. It was originally released for Microsoft Windows and OS X on April 4, 2014.It is a part of The Elder Scrolls series, of which it is the first open-ended multiplayer installment.
As with other games in The Elder Scrolls franchise, the game is set in the continent of Tamriel and features a storyline indirectly connected with the other games. The Elder Scrolls Online had been in development for seven years before its release in 2014. It initially received mixed reviews, but these improved significantly with the re-release and rebranding as The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, with the majority of reviews praising the changes.
Elder Scrolls Online - Become a Homeowner
Yo can now become a homeowner in Elder Scrolls Online:
It’s time to take the big leap and become a homeowner … in Tamriel.
Today PC/Mac players of The Elder Scrolls Online receive the first major DLC of 2017 – Homestead – a free update that will allow them to buy apartments, homes, manors – and even an island – in Tamriel. Available for both in-game Gold and through the Crown Store, homes can be customized with more than 2,000 decorating items, including furniture, décor, books, barrels and a whole lot more.
Homestead will release on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on February 21.
Tons of Homes!
Homestead releases with nearly 40 instanced homes to choose from, each styled after one of the game’s 10 playable races. Anyone who would like to grab their own Tamriel digs can get one for free through an initial tutorial quest. Once that introductory quest is completed, players can move on and up, owning multiple homes of various sizes that can be shared across all of their in-game characters.
Not Your Friend’s House
Owning a house is only the beginning of Homestead – it’s not truly a home until you decorate it. Players can make their new residences truly unique by acquiring and placing more than 2,000 items with the game’s new Housing Editor. Furniture and other décor are available through in-game vendors and the Crown Store, but players can also craft their own using existing crafting skills. Available décor includes tables, chairs, chests, beds, bars, counters as well as decorating items like books, food, barrels, paintings, light fixtures, plants, trees, and more. Looking for more utility? Players can also place items like combat dummies, crafting tables and assistants in their homes.