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  • Sign up to enter the Desert of Flames.
    Sony Online Entertainment has opened registration for the upcoming EverQuest 2 expansion Desert of Flames. A crowd of crazed EverQuest 2 lining the streets outisde of EQ2 headquarters were heard singing the following:

    "We are pleased to announce that registration for the Desert of Flames beta is now open! This is your chance to help us test the first EverQuest II expansion pack!
    Desert of Flames expands the world of Norrath by allowing players to explore the vast Desert of Ro. This expansion is intended for characters level 45 and higher, although we will be accepting some lower-level characters into beta to help test our new player vs. player combat, Arena Champions."

    You can read the entire EverQuest 2: Desert of Flames Beta Signup article at The Official Site.
     

    Beta, Official Announcements
    Wed, Jul 20, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Favourite AA Skill: Key Scratch to Shiny Door.
    Eurogamer has posted an Auto Assault interview featuring Scott Brown, the president of NetDevil. Mel Gibson, his eyes wild and his clothes torn, looked madly into the screen and exclaimed:

    "An extended interview with Scott Brown, President of NetDevil, the developers behind Auto Assault, who answers our questions about the fastest, most destructive MMO ever, which will be available from NCsoft simultaneously in Europe and the USA later this year."

    You can read the entire Auto Assault Interview at Eurogamer.
    If you liked that, you'll love AutoAssault.TenTonHammer.com. More AA info., than Mad Max has scars.
     

    Features, Interviews
    Wed, Jul 20, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Biz Model Wars! I prefer swimsuit model wars!
    Next Generation has an interesting article about the MMOG business model wars featuring Richard Garriott of NCSoft. Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your money:

    "It’s impressed the reviewers and it’s topped the sales charts. But Guild Wars has an awesome task to perform. “We have to sell at least five times more copies than a subscriber-based online game in order to get to about the same level of profitability,” says Garriott, matter of factly."

    You can read the entire MMOG Biz Model Wars article at Next Generation.
     

    News
    Wed, Jul 20, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Huxley, in no way affiliated with Bill Cosby. Hey! Hey! Hey!
    FileShack has a Huxley trailer online and ready for your viewing pleasure. MMO, MMOG, MMORPG, MMOFPS, it's all crazy talk, but this isn't:

    "This new documentary style Huxley trailer runs for about four and a half minutes."

    You can download the Huxley Trailer at FileShack.
     

    Video, Media
    Wed, Jul 20, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Huxley, proudly sponsored by Jello-pop puddings.
    GameCloud has posted a Huxley interview featuring Kijong Kang. (Cool name award nominee!) While climbing the Empire State Building King Kong noticed Kiong Kang and said:

    "Kijong Kang of Webzen talks about their upcoming Unreal engine powered MMOFPS."

    You can read the entire Huxley Interview at GameCloud.
     

    Features, Interviews
    Wed, Jul 20, 2005
    Boomjack
  • If it's not Scottish, it's crap!
    An unnamed Scottish MMOG developer is looking for a Senior Games Designer. Mike Meyers closed the door so the wee beasties wouldn't get in and exclaimed:

    "This is a Scottish company has a unique concept and technology that will create new possibilities in massively multi-player on-line gaming. They are currently looking for a Senior Designer to work closely with the Lead on an original Massively Multiplayer Online PC title. Their responsibilities will include contributing to the overall game design, developing the framework of original game-play mechanics, writing and maintaining the game design document and moving with the project into level creation, scripting and mission design. Applicants must be both creative and have a straight-forward approach to design."

    You can read the entire MMOG Senior Games Designer Help Wanted Ad at GamesIndustry.biz.
     

    News
    Wed, Jul 20, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Unlucky screenshots from week #13.
    MMORPG.com has posted two new Hero's Journey screenshots. A help wanted ad, looking for a hero went something like this:

    "The Suwari are one of the highly customizable and unique races that populate Hero's Journey from Simutronics. Today we feature our first image of this feline race as well as a beautiful lake shot that also shows off some of the character customization options."

    You can view the Hero's Journey Screenshots at MMORPG.com.
     

    Images, Media
    Tue, Jul 19, 2005
    Boomjack
  • RYL - $1,000,000
    GameCloud has posted a RYL: Path of the Emperor Interview featuring Mark Politi of Planetwide Games. Who wants to be a millionaire called and said something that sounded disturbingly like this:

    "Launching a new MMORPG is no easy task nowadays but Planetwide Games has already gotten one big ace in the hole in their recent launch of their fantasy MMORPG RYL: Path Of The Emperor (the North American version of the Taiwan based tile from Youxiland Digital) ; a $1 million online in-game tournament that officially began last week. Gamecloud got a chance to chat with Planetwide's Vice President of Sales and Marketing Mark Politi to find out more about the game and the tournament."

    You can read the entire RYL: Path of the Emperor Interview at Gamecloud.
     

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Jul 19, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Even villains like their 15 minutes of fame.
    GameHelper has posted a City of Villains interview featuring Senior Designer, David "Zeb" Cook. The Riddler appeared in our office and said something that didn't resemble this at all:

    "For City of Villains, we’ve created a whole new setting, the Rogue Isles, for villain players.  Located in the Atlantic and beyond the jurisdiction of the heroes of Paragon City, the Rogue Isles are ruled by Lord Recluse, head of Arachnos, a world-wide evil organization bent on – well, the same things all evil supergroups want. This gives us a place where players can be villains without having to worry about being overrun by the thousands of hero characters already out there.  The Rogue Isles fit with the existing CoH timelines hand-in-glove and you will see crossover between the two – story elements, famous characters, and, of course, player interaction in the PvP zones."

    You can read the entire City of Villains Interview at GameHelper.
     

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Jul 19, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Fuel trucks with flame-throwers. What could go wrong?
    RPGVault has posted an Auto Assault Interview featuring on the crafting system. A Biomek looked our way spouting 10001101101100011110000, before banging his prosthetic arm against his head and saying:

    "By consulting with a number of the NetDevil team members, we obtain a variety of opinions on the crafting system"

    You can read the entire Auto Assault Interview at RPGVault.
    Need more Auto Assault Info? AutoAssault.TenTonHammer.com
     

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Jul 19, 2005
    Boomjack
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