As LOTRO: Rise of Isengard and League of Legends: Dominion launch, Boomjack takes a look at some other 2011 launch day surprises in today's Ten Ton Hammer newsletter.
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Sometimes a game comes out of nowhere to grab hold of the MMOG community. It surprises gaming veterans and acquires a groundswell of exposure because it was simply so unexpected.
World of Tanks is this type of game. It was literally unheard of, but before you could say M3 Stuart it had a fanbase of tens of thousands and was growing faster than anything in the genre.
“Claim your key and we'll get you behind the controls of your own M3 Stuart, the first US light tank that saw extensive service in WWII. The M3 Stuart has reasonable armor for its class and the upgraded 37mm guns are fast and accurate. Speed and stealth are the keys to survival for light tanks and the M3 excels in both. As a bonus, you'll also have a premium World of Tanks membership for one day and 300 gold.”
What games surprised you when they launched? For me it was the original Portal. There was plenty of hype, but none of it prepared me for the game.
In other news, League of Legends players are clamoring about the Dominion Update. How can you not check out a game made in Dublin, Ireland?
When our team wasn’t driving a tank or going all MOBA in League of Legends they were talking to Richard A. Knaak, the author of the latest World of Warcraft novel, Wolfheart.
If you prefer to play WoW rather than read about it, Byron has posted a guide to stat caps. How much hit, expertise, etc. do you really need?
Last, but not least Gameindustry.bizhad interviewed Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk on the plan for Star Wars: The Old Republic post launch.
That’s it for today. Thanks again for reading and as always, may your dreams be big and your worries be small.
Rise of Isengard is here! The servers are updating and the clients are patching as of this writing, so during this downtime, let's have a look at what's about to happen by digging into the slew of developer diaries and patch notes.
This last week has seen Blizzard reveal a massive amount of info on World of Warcraft patch 4.3. The most interesting is not the Tier 13 gear or the set bonuses, or even the details about the Deathwing fight. It’s the lore of the five-man content.
Some crafty EVE Online players managed to figure out a way to get their own video to stream in-game a couple of weeks back and while some devs would patch the discovery up and write it off as a bug, CCP decided to keep it and allow players to convert and play their own video.
BioWare is getting some new support with a little luck of the Irish. Today the developer announced the opening of BioWare Ireland, a new state of the art facility that will serve as a global customer service center for the upcoming launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR).