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Asheron's Call Retrospective

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January

Old School RuneScape - Launch: February 24

by Hiddenx, Friday - January 29, 2021 19:01

The old school version of Runescape will be released on February 24:

Old School is RuneScape

The best retro fantasy MMORPG on the planet. Old School is RuneScape but… older! This is the open world you know and love, but as it was in 2007. Saying that, it’s even better than that – Old School is shaped by you, its players, with regular new content, fixes and expansions voted for by the fans!

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RuneScape

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

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Elder Scrolls Online - Gates of Oblivion announced

by Hiddenx, Wednesday - January 27, 2021 19:13

The Elder Scrolls Online gets a new chapter:

The Elder Scrolls Online: Gates of Oblivion - Official Cinematic Announcement Trailer

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Fire and ambition come to Tamriel with The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood, part of the Gates of Oblivion year-long adventure. Explore the diverse region of Blackwood, gain powerful allies with the new Companions system, and uncover the terrible schemes of Mehrunes Dagon, Daedric Prince of Destruction, 800 years before the events of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion!

Pre-purchase The Elder Scrolls Online Collection: Blackwood now to begin your adventure immediately in the Base Game or previous Chapters, gain instant access to the Nagahide Welwa Ravager mount and Nightmare Bear Cub pet (only available now until March 17), and receive additional bonus items at launch. Coming June 1 for PC/Mac and Stadia* and June 8 for PlayStation® 4 and Xbox One.*Available only in limited territories.

Elder Scrolls Online

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

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Elder Scrolls Online - Is this any good now?

by Hiddenx, Monday - January 11, 2021 19:50

Technewstoday checked out The Elder Scrolls Online:

The Elder Scrolls Online Review – Is this any good now?

The multiplayer Tamriel experience has improved so much since its debut

The Elder Scrolls Online is a challenging game to review. It’s the reason why The Elder Scrolls VI still doesn’t exist, even if Bethesda is building a new graphical engine for the game. Even if it exists within the fantasy world of Tamriel, the Online RPG doesn’t feel like a part of the franchise it entails.

Many years after its launch, though, the game is indeed playable. The best thing about this persistent MMORPG world is how it doesn’t require monthly fees or additional payments. Check-in once, and your wallet will be safe to play the rest of the content.

If you want to play the next chapters, though, you’d have to pay for the DLC, albeit most of them carry plenty of extra content.

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Final Say

Ultimately, everything we discussed makes for a great MMORPG game. Yet, it’s not the exact recipe for a great The Elder Scrolls entry.

TESO is a successful game on its rights, but it just falls flat against Skyrim, Oblivion, or Morrowing. The difference lies in its plot, storytelling, characters, and overall writing. The single-player experience has the level of…well, an MMORPG title.

Still, roaming across Tamriel with a squad of friends is a rewarding experience. Even if the combat is not very thrilling, the number of things to craft and create and the multitude of skills to explore make for an immersive experience.

Overall, I say The Elder Scrolls Online as a 7/10 game. It’s worth a try, don’t expect this to be an excellent single-player RPG. It is what it is. TESO is an online, ongoing experience with a broad crafting system plus an okay skill system.

I have to close by saying Bethesda is planning to create an Xbox Series X/S version and a PlayStation 5 version. However, because Microsoft bought Bethesda recently, we don’t know if the title will stay on the PlayStation storefront for long.

Lastly, TESO is commonly on discount on the Steam store, selling for under $10. The standard game includes all of the content except for Greymoor. For that kind of money, TESO is worth it!

 

Elder Scrolls Online

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

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December

WoW - Shadowlands becomes the fastest-selling PC Game

by Hiddenx, Wednesday - December 09, 2020 19:33

World of Warcraft is still the #1 MMO:

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands becomes the fastest-selling PC game of all time

Who said World of Warcraft was dead?

In a recent investor report, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands publisher Activision says that the latest expansion to the popular MMO is now the fastest-selling PC game ever, racking up 3.7 million sales on its first day alone.

Shadowlands beats out the previous title holder, Diablo III (also produced by Blizzard Entertainment), which sold 3.5 million copies on its first day.

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Source: Techradar

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WoW

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

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September

Conan Exiles - Isle of Siptah Expansion Released

by Silver, Sunday - September 27, 2020 04:50

Wccftech reports on a new expansion for Conan Exiles called Isle of Siptah which has been released in Early Access.

What is best in life? Some might say it’s to receive a new expansion to one of your favorite games. If Conan Exiles happens to be that game for you, you’re in luck as Funcom has released the Isle of Siptah, a new expansion that’s exclusively available on Steam Early Access for the time being. This major expansion for Conan Exiles adds in more than a dozen new dungeons, a Maelstrom map, and even a special Wartorn Rhino mount skin for picking up Isle of Siptah while it’s in Early Access.

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Conan Exiles

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

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Ultima Online - New Legacy

by Hiddenx, Friday - September 25, 2020 17:55

MMORPG reports that Ultima Online celebrates the 23rd anniversary by announcing Ultima Online New Legacy:

Ultima Celebrates 23rd Anniversary By Announcing Ultima Online New Legacy

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Announced during a livestream today, Ultima Online: New Legacy, as well as released a shiny new trailer to celebrate the announcement. The MMO is meant to be a brand new shard, forgoing the current trend of bringing cassic MMOs as they existing at launch to life again in a modern world. 

"We asked a simple question: 'What is your Britannian Legacy?,"' UO designer Greg Havlusch explained during a celebration livestream today. "And trhe response was overwhelming. And what it showed us was, just like us, people who have had a chance to experience Ultima Online have an incredible connection to it: the nostalgia, the friendships [...] You just can't find that anymore. And started thinking and talking about how we can recreate that. And that's where this idea of Ultima Online: New Legacy came from, that is our ultimate goal: to recreate that nostalgia you once felt when you played UO, without having to be bogged down and face the barriers of entry that you would otherwise face trying to get into a gameworld that is 23 years old."

Ultima Online: New Legacy is leaning into creating a place for new players to jump into the MMO, as well as capture the nostalgia returning veterans can feel about jumping back into the world. New Legacy is the first new shard the team has released in 15 years, and will have an all new ruleset aimed at making the experience more intuitive, including changes to skill and gear progression, resource gathering, crafting and more. The New Legacy shard will be available to free-to-play accounts, though no official date for its release has been given just yet. 

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Thanks Lucky Day!

Ultima Online

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

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RuneScape - Steam Release on October 14

by Hiddenx, Thursday - September 24, 2020 20:49

The classic MMORPG RuneScape will be released on Steam on October 14:

RuneScape

RuneScape is a high fantasy open world MMORPG. Explore an ever changing and evolving living world where new challenges, skills, and quests await. Featuring unprecedented player freedom, you choose how to play, adventure, and grow. 

From ProtoxxGaming:

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RuneScape

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

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June

Conan Exiles - Offline Play Issues

by Silver, Thursday - June 18, 2020 22:25

PC Gamer reports that an update to the server browser for Conan Exiles has disrupted offline play. The update also removed Denuvo DRM.

Players have been struggling to play Conan Exiles since its latest update introduced what the community is calling an always-online requirement.

With Update 41, Funcom announced the introduction of "Funcom Live Services", while also removing the previous Denuvo DRM. While the removal of Denuvo is usually a guaranteed home run for any publisher, this update has been plagued by connection problems and other bugs, leading to accusations from players of Funcom hamstringing the game's offline play modes.

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Thanks Farflame!

Conan Exiles

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

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April

Final Fantasy XI - Interview @Twinfinite

by Silver, Friday - April 24, 2020 12:55

Twinfinite interviewed producer Akihiko Matsui and director Yoji Fujito about Final Fantasy XI which will be 19 years old this May.

Ed: Speaking of Absolute Virtue… Can you please share with me what was going through the minds of the members of the development team during these years where the strategy to defeat Absolute Virtue remained a mystery to players?

Did it torture the developers that players weren’t figuring it out? How tempted were you to just give the secret away over the years? Or, did you secretly enjoy torturing us and watching us suffer at the hands of Absolute Virtue?

AM: Absolute Virtue was created based on a request from Tanaka-san to create an enemy that could be defeated in theory but not in actuality. All our other monsters that were really, really hard but not invincible, were always obliterated the moment they were released. In that respect, Absolute Virtue was the exception. I certainly didn’t enjoy watching players suffer through it!

Ed: The Wings of the Goddess expansion, ultimately, I believe is remembered by many fans as one of the best storylines added in Final Fantasy XI. However, the amount of time it took to fully release turned off many players and, at least from my perspective as a player at the time, was a point where many long-time players started to lose interest.

Could you tell me a little bit about what was going on behind the scenes during Wings of the Goddess that led to such a long period of time between story and content updates? Was it a deliberate choice or were there constraints that players weren’t aware of at the time?

YF: It was an issue of how quickly we could create the story. Any time we deal with past events, we are filling in a backstory that has to be consistent with the existing lore and verifying that everything matches up takes a tremendous amount of time. Additionally, the number and quality of cutscenes we added only increased from expansion pack to expansion pack, and the work that had to be put into creating the story increased as a result.

When people say that they enjoyed the story, much of the praise we got revolved around the way the story was expressed, particularly in animations and the like that aren’t necessarily related the actual text itself, and the amount of work-hours put into ensuring they were high quality is difficult to overstate.

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Thanks Farflame!

Final Fantasy XI

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

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January

Elder Scrolls Online - New Greymoor Chapter

by Silver, Friday - January 17, 2020 21:32

The Greymoor Chapter has been announced for The Elder Scrolls Online. Greymoor is set in Western Skyrim. Expect Greymoor on PC and Mac May 18th, and Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on June 2nd.

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THIS YEAR’S INCREDIBLE NEW CHAPTER – ESO: GREYMOOR
Set more than 900 years before the events of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Western Skyrim isn’t exactly how players may remember it. An ancient vampire lord leading a terrifying army of vampires, witches, and werewolves, has twisted a once idyllic land into a dark and sinister one.

Greymoor is packed-full of new stories, adventures, and challenges, including:

  • A gigantic new zone, Western Skyrim, and within it, the deep and dark Blackreach cavern. Combined, this is ESO’s largest zone yet.
  • An epic main story quest line with around 30 hours of new adventures that ties into the Dark Heart of Skyrim year-long adventure, plus tons of new side quests and exploration
  • Antiquities: this new system features two skill lines and will challenge players to travel beyond Western Skyrim and across Tamriel to recover lost artifacts to uncover the world’s hidden history and unlock powerful and fun rewards for all types of players
  • A challenging new 12-player Trial: Kyne’s Aegis
  • New World Events: Harrowstorms
  • A vast amount of unique Delves, Public Dungeons, and standalone quests, as well as a host of performance updates and quality-of-life improvements

Elder Scrolls Online

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

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November

Citadel: Forged with Fire - Released

by Silver, Monday - November 18, 2019 09:08

Wccftech reports that Citadel: Forged with Fire has been released on Steam.

Citadel: Forged with Fire, the fantasy-themed online sandbox RPG developed by Blue Isle Studios, has officially released out of early access and is now available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for a recommended price of $39.99.

Alex Tintor, founder and CEO at Blue Isle Studios, said:

There is so much to do in Citadel as players can craft their own spells and control the magic that is woven throughout the world of Ignus. We spent two extra years developing the game alongside the community and pouring in more content. Head in game to lead giant raids with friends, tame and fight fantastic creatures, craft custom spells, clash in epic PvP battles and build a massive kingdom to fortify and defend. Each time you log in, a new adventure awaits.

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Citadel: Forged with Fire

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

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Pantheon - October 2019 Video Newsletter

by Silver, Tuesday - November 05, 2019 19:59

The October video newsletter for Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen.

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In this episode Creative Director Chris Perkins outlines racial passive abilities. JN Gerhart shows us the Spriggans from concept to model. And we wrap up it all up with some Burning Questions from the community.

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Pantheon

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

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October

Elder Scrolls Online - Matt Firor Interview

by Silver, Saturday - October 19, 2019 20:58

Matt Firor of The Elder Scrolls Online was interviewed by SECTOR.

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At Gamescome, we had the opportunity to go to Bethesda's stand to find out more about the current status, stage version and future of the well-known MMORPG The Elder Scrolls Online, as Matt Firor, head of The Elder Scrolls Online and ZeniMax Online, told us.

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Elder Scrolls Online

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

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Conan Exiles - Debaucheries of Derketo DLC

by Silver, Friday - October 18, 2019 11:16

Twinfinite reveals some new DLC for Conan Exiles called Debaucheries of Derketo. Screenshots at the link.

If you know who Derketo is in the Conan lore, you likely know what to expect, and there is that and more.

The set will focus on roleplay and aesthetics, so it’ll come with more elements to express yourself and less functional stuff.

Starting with the functional elements we get 11 new building pieces including handy Treehouse Foundations, Hanging Bridges and Rope Bridges in different sizes, and stages in different shapes.

29 new placeables will include a lot of what you need to build a tavern in Conan Exiles including counters, barrels, tables, stools, wineshelves, and more.

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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

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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