Posted Thu, Aug 28, 2008 by Boomjack
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First, the Ten Ton Pulse, your finger on the beating heart of the MMOG industry.
Our coverage of the GCDC held recently in Leipzig continues with our Exclusive WAR Post-NDA Video Q&A with Jeff Hickman. Tony Jones didn't mess around with his questions, asking about itemization, bounty hunters and auction houses.
Our Champions Online Video Q&A with Aaron Safronoff is also live. Here is how Jeff Woleslagle described the interview between Ten Ton Hammer's Garrett Fuller and Aaron Safronoff, Game Designer on Champions Online,
"In a skill-based game without classes, how do you begin to differentiate between the skills of individual group members in order to make sure you field a balanced group? That's the challenge Cryptic is addressing with the just-announced "roles" system. Basically, group members will assign themselves roles such as "melee" or "support." Players can switch roles as often as they like, but the incentive for choosing a role that matches one's playstyle is a buff to a needed stat for that role (and a slight de-buff to a less important stat for that role). For example, a brick that chooses a melee role would get more hit points at a slight cost to his endurance (needed for certain superhero abilities). It's an elegant solution to a complex problem, and we look forward to hearing more about it in the future.
The roles system is just one topic we discussed with Game Designer Aaron Safronoff. Learn where the game is at on the road to beta, what gives Champions Online its distinctive look, what prompted the recent addition of exclamation bubbles (i.e. Wham! Biff! a la 1960s Batman), and much more in this 10 minute interview from Leipzig GC!" -- Champions Online Video Q&A with Aaron Safronoff
If video isn't your thing, but Champions Online is then perhaps this new interview with Jack Hopler, Lead Content Designer or one of our previous interviews from either GenCON with Jack Emmert, Director of Creative Development or from Comic CON with John Layman, one of the comic geniuses on the team.
We didn't stop there, Phil Comeau sat down with Arend Stührmann, Associate Producer on EVE Online to discuss the Empyrean Age, the winter expansion "Midas" and more. I have tried EVE at least five times and each time I just wasn't patient enough to get to the meat of the game. I have to try it again. It looks great!
In other news, many sites are reporting that Warhammer Online has gone "Gold", which for a MMOG means nothing other than the final version to be put on a CD or DVD has been chosen. Expect a honking big patch when you login on launch day.
In even other news, Blizzard announced or rather one of their CMs posted in the forums that some of the fancy-pants Wrath of the Lich King content will be introduced before the expansion. Haircuts, new arenas, new spells and talents, the guild calendar and a new profession, Inscription will be introduced before the expansion launches.
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