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August

WoW - Classic Version Released

by Myrthos, Tuesday - August 27, 2019 13:02

The classic version of World of Warcraft has been released yesterday and is supposed to give you back the game of World of Warcraft, before the updates came in.

From Wikipedia: Classic recreates the game in the state it was in after patch 1.12.1, September 2006, before the launch of The Burning Crusade expansion. The maximum level of the player characters is set to 60, all expansion content is absent, and all the gameplay mechanics of the original version have been exactly replicated. As the game's multiple expansions have dramatically changed the gameplay since the launch version, Classic greatly differs from the modern version of the game. 

Thanks Porcozaur.

WoW

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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June

Elder Scrolls Online - Previews

by Silver, Saturday - June 22, 2019 11:08

PixelOpinions and DigitalChumps previewed The Elder Scrolls Online - Elsweyr

Similarly, the new world activity that has continued the trend of finding replacements for the base games dark anchors are the Dragon hunts. Public events that will see a dragon spawn and eventually land allowing a group of players to engage in battle. These are much more challenging and demanding versions of public bosses which will require larger groups as well as those people playing their role, unlike public bosses which can be beaten by as little as a couple of experienced players. While these are very fun and rewarding experiences, you will quickly realize that they are not as dynamic as they first appear and even take place in predetermined areas. I have concerns about how manageable they will be once the initial population spike due to a new expansion subsides again. It gives off the impression that like their impact in the main campaign, they will end up just being there.

I realize that it seems like I am being very critical of the storytelling but I don’t mean to be, it isn’t bad by any means, it just doesn’t meet its full potential. In fact, much like everything before it, what is here is very well written and exceptionally voice acted to its usual high standard. Just make sure you are a fan of the Khajiit and their unique way of speaking, otherwise you will find yourself a little annoyed since they are the most prominent race in Elsweyr. Truthfully, where the main campaign is lacking, the experience is more than made up for in the side quests which are amongst the best we have seen yet. This is the furthest from your boring kill x, collect y quest template of past MMOs. You will come across a wide variety of colorful quest givers with their own personalities and agendas that will send you on what feel like meaningful tasks.

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The Dragons

These aren’t you 2011 Skyrim dragons, nor are you the Dragonborn. The dragons in Elsweyr pose so much more of a threat, and you better make sure that you are prepared. These dragons believe that Elsweyr is theirs, and will make sure nobody is in the way to stop them.

The first time the player gets to see a dragon up close and personal is in the tutorial. The dragon is brought down by a horn the player blows that grounds them for a bit. A couple of the adepts and the player go to confront the dragon while it is grounded. It becomes rapidly apparent that the player is not yet ready to kill a dragon. The dragon is called away by a voice on the wind, and honestly, that was a lucky break. For the player and adeptorium alike.

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Elder Scrolls Online

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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May

Elder Scrolls Online - Elsweyr Interview

by Silver, Monday - May 20, 2019 08:53

AusGamers interviewed the Rich Lambert, Creative Director at Zenimax Online Studios, about Elsweyr for The Elder Scrolls Online.

Alongside dragons and getting to see the homeland de los gatos, Elsewyr is also introducing a new playable class – the Necromancer. Something that, no matter the fantasy setting, fans always seem to be asking for. In the world of The Elder Scrolls, Necromancy has been a major presence throughout the history of Tamriel. “Necromancy is a really big thing in Elder Scrolls lore,” Rich confirms. “It’s kind of the precursor to the Mages Guild. The Mages Guild was started because there was infighting in the Psijic Order, around whether Necromancy was good or bad. One of the Daedric Lords is all about Necromancy. It’s something we've always wanted to do and something that our players have always wanted us to do. Even during the initial beta, they were asking, ‘Where's the Necromancer class?’”

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Elder Scrolls Online

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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April

Conan Exiles - Treasures of Turan DLC

by Silver, Tuesday - April 16, 2019 09:33

Some new DLC for Conan Exiles has arrived called 'Treasures of Turan'.

Treasures of Turan Pack now available

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The riches of the eastern kingdom of Turan await you, exiles! Our latest cosmetic DLC, the Treasures of Turan Pack, brings the opulent gilded palaces of Turanian culture right to your fingertips.

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With the Treasures of Turan Pack you can build palaces adorned with glittering statues, tame rhinos and elephants as pack animals, and dress in the finest Turanian silks and Phalanx armor.

Treasures of Turan comes with new building pieces, placeables, armor sets, weapon sets, warpaints and pets. As Turan is one of the wealthiest nations in Hyboria, it's fitting that this offers the most ostentatious gear and building pieces in Conan Exiles yet. Enjoy the golden decorations of the building pieces and finely wrought weapons and armor.

Treasures of Turan Pack contains:

  • 39 Turanian building pieces
    • A full set of building pieces with the same stats as existing tier three
  • 15 new armor pieces in three sets, such as the Turanian Mercenary armor
    • Light, medium and heavy sets with an epic end-game version of each
  • 9 new weapons in one Turanian weapon set
    • Same power as iron weapons with an epic end-game version of each weapon
  • 5 new Turanian warpaints
    • Decorative warpaints symbolizing opulence and glory
  • 9 new placeables, such as the standing lamp and brazier
    • Craft them at the new Turanian Artisan table
  • 2 new exclusive pack animal pet skins
    • Adorn your rhinos and elephants with rich and golden trimmings


All the new content from Turan is exclusive to this DLC and adds a host of new visual options but does not give any in-game advantage in power. All the new items have comparable stats to existing items.

Conan Exiles

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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March

Elder Scrolls Online - Elsweyr - Zone Trailer

by Silver, Monday - March 25, 2019 18:32

The Elder Scrolls Online has a new trailer for Elsweyr.

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The Khajiiti homeland is under attack and it's up to you to defend it from dragons, undead, Imperial Necromancers, and more. Overcome new and exciting challenges as you venture into Elsweyr.

Explore fertile grasslands with stalking predators, winding canyons whose shadows hide bandits and worse, and wild borderlands where the Khajiit grow their famous moon-sugar crops.

Experience all of this and more in The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr. Pre-purchase The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr now to gain immediate access to the otherworldly Rahd-m'Athra Mount, the base Elder Scrolls Online game, the Morrowind and Summerset Chapters, plus get the Noble Clan-Chief costume, Blue Dragon Imp pet, Baandari Peddler Crate, and more when Elsweyr launches.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr will be available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on June 4, 2019, with PC/Mac early access starting May 20.

Elder Scrolls Online

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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February

Neverwinter - Undermountain Announced

by Silver, Tuesday - February 19, 2019 19:35

Bluesnews reports that Neverwinter: Undermountain has been announced for this Spring.

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Neverwinter's biggest expansion arrives this Spring! Team up with Durnan, the proprietor of the famed Yawning Portal to seek the truth behind the mysterious visions and forces beckoning Faerûnians to the halls of Undermountain. Neverwinter: Undermountain introduces a new level 80 cap, a complete overhaul of class powers and feats, new Adventure Zones, a new Endgame dungeon, and a much more! Are you ready to enter the realm of the Mad Mage?

Neverwinter is a free-to-play action MMORPG that features fast-paced combat and epic dungeons. Players explore the vast city of Neverwinter and its surrounding countryside, learning the vivid history of the iconic city in the Forgotten Realms and battling its many enemies. Neverwinter is currently available on PC, PlayStation®4, and Xbox One, available free-to-play with Gold*.

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Neverwinter

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Elder Scrolls Online - Wrathstone Next

by Silver, Saturday - February 02, 2019 20:03

ExpansiveDLC reports that The Wrathstone DLC will be released next for The Elder Scrolls Online.

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The Elder Scrolls Online website has confirmed the next DLC – Wrathstone – will be releasing soon along with Update 21.

This will be the first of three DLC packs this year, along with the next major Chapter, Elsweyr. The four packs combined make up the Season of the Dragon.

Wrathstone will release before Elsweyr on May 20th and will add two new group dungeons – the Depths of Malatar, and Frostvault.

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Elder Scrolls Online

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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January

Elder Scrolls Online - Elsweyr Expansion Trailer

by Silver, Wednesday - January 16, 2019 01:12

A new expansion has been announced for The Elder Scrolls Online which is set in Elsweyr.

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In "The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr" the dragons return to Tamriel! "Elsweyr" is part of the "Season of the Dragon", an all-year ESO adventure. Explore sun-drenched savannahs and gorges, defend the Khajiite homeland, and command the merciless undead necromancer in the brand new chapter of the award-winning "Elder Scrolls Online" saga!

Elder Scrolls Online

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Conan Exiles - Seekers of the Dawn DLC Released

by Silver, Monday - January 07, 2019 20:34

@GameGrin Conan Exiles has a new DLC available called Seekers of the Dawn.

Funcom has released their Conan Exiles - Seekers of the Dawn Pack DLC pack for Windows, with an Xbox One and PS4 becoming available coming soon. The fourth DLC release for Conan Exiles adds Yamatai themed weapons, buildings, armour and pet skins.

Thanks Farflame!

Conan Exiles

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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December

Star Citizen - Chris Roberts Interview

by Silver, Wednesday - December 26, 2018 20:22

VentureBeat interviewed Chris Roberts about why Star Citizen needed to raise 46 million in venture capital.

For me, I think the investment is very important for our independence, because it gives us the ability to take our time. We have the ability to take care of our marketing and not be beholden to someone else. For the future of the company, it’s a really good sign. And it’s a good sign to show that, even at this stage, the company is worth this kind of money. As we grow and get bigger, it should only increase beyond that. That should give people who are worried about whether we’ll be around tomorrow — they shouldn’t be so worried about that.

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Thanks Farflame!

Star Citizen

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Elder Scrolls Online - Murkmire Review

by Silver, Sunday - December 16, 2018 13:29

The Elder Scrolls Online: Murkmire was reviewed by Sknr.

The main quests are some of the most interesting to come out of ESO in quite some time. Upon entering Murkmire you will meet an archaeologist named Famia, who’s scouring the temples to find Argonian artifacts for her museum. Her heart is in the right place, wanting to preserve Argonian culture, but it is unfortunately at the expense of taking those artifacts out of The Black Marsh. The quests you embark on with (and often times for) Famia, have a Tomb-Raideresque feel, carefully tumbling and sneaking your way past various traps throughout the temples. This definitely gives the expansion a more Raiders of the Lost Ark vibe, as opposed to the traditional sword and sorcery feeling you get by playing Summerset Isles.

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Elder Scrolls Online

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Star Citizen - Crytek Loses Lawsuit

by Silver, Tuesday - December 11, 2018 05:37

@YouTuber Law Crytek has lost its lawsuit against Star Citizen.

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Crytek Loses. Star Citizen Wins.

In the long running lawsuit between Crytek and CIG, we finally have a resolution. Crytek's lawsuit has been dismissed by the court. Yes. It's true. Crytek can go back and amend (for the third time) the complaint, but for all purposes, this lawsuit is done. Everything has been dismissed. Let's talk.

Star Citizen

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Conan Exiles - DevKit Free on Epic Games Store

by Silver, Tuesday - December 11, 2018 00:51

Conan Exiles dev kit has been released free on Epic Games store.

Update:

From the looks of it, this is only the dev kit for Conan Exiles. Both Epic and Funcom did not clarify on the store page whether this was only the Unreal Engine 4 dev kit or not (which is a bit misleading if you ask us). After downloading it, we can confirm that it’s only the dev kit.

Thanks Farflame!

Conan Exiles

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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October

Shroud of the Avatar - Free to play

by Hiddenx, Wednesday - October 31, 2018 20:52

Rock Paper Shotgun reports that Shroud of the Avatar is now a free-to-play game:

Shroud Of The Avatar virtuously goes free-to-play today

Blimey – Richard Garriot’s Ultima successor MMO Shroud Of The Avatar: Forsaken Virtues only launched back in March. Despite leaving early access just seven months ago (to tepid critical response), Portalarium’s dragon-bothering epic has now gone free-to-play. This second debut (third, if you count its 2014 early access launch) comes with an overhaul to the game’s criticised earlier areas, hopefully making for a smoother ride for newcomers. Below, a trailer featuring dungeoneering, dragon-bothering and jolly online co-operation.

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Thanks henriquejr!

 

Shroud of the Avatar

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Elder Scrolls Online - Murkmire Available

by Silver, Friday - October 26, 2018 09:46

The Murkmire DLC is available for The Elder Scrolls Online.

The Murkmire DLC Game Pack

Now available on PC/Mac free with ESO Plus™ membership or for 2000 crowns from the in-game Crown Store. Coming November 6 for PlayStation®4 and Xbox One.

Brave the Forbidding Black Marsh

Wade into the perilous bogs and mossy ruins of the Argonian homeland and explore a strange land

Learn the Secrets of the Mysterious Hist

Venture deep into the strange and colorful history of Murkmire to recover a powerful Argonian antiquity

Prove Your Mettle in the Arena

Enter the dreaded Blackrose Prison and face waves of enemies in a battle for treasure and glory

Collect Murkmire’s Hidden Treasures

Acquire unique items, collectibles, and gear from this mysterious and dangerous new world

Elder Scrolls Online

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Conan Exiles - Adds Pets, New Dungeon, Religion

by Silver, Saturday - October 13, 2018 10:13

@WorthPlaying A new update for Conan Exiles adds pets, a new dungeon, and religion.

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Five months after Conan Exiles' launch, Funcom has released the biggest update since the game left Early Access.

In this update, free for everyone who owns the game, players finally get the chance to tame animals and use them in battle or even build a farm where they can produce materials for you. The update also introduces an epic new dungeon called Midnight Grove and a new religion allowing players to summon the massive flying avatar of Jhebbal Sag.

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Thanks Farflame!

Conan Exiles

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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August

Elder Scrolls Online - Murkmire Impressions

by Silver, Tuesday - August 21, 2018 07:51

The Elder Scrolls Online 'Murkmire' impressions by GameReactor.

We were also introduced to a puzzle within the dungeon - something which has been a rarity within the Elder Scrolls Online series so far. This required us to match the heights of corresponding plates that were seen on some pillars and a set of pullies. Lambert told us that this was another example of how players are trained to pay more attention to the environment in this update, as our friend offers a clue to solving it during dialogue. He also told us that this was to make things seem a lot more obvious for the player so that they don't have to search for answers online.

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Elder Scrolls Online

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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