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  • Gamecloud has 10 new screenshots of the Guild Wars upcoming expansion Factions.

    Check out our Guild Wars Community.
    More news on Guild Wars.

    News
    Wed, Apr 19, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • A look inside the Auto Assault war room...

    It's always nice to see MMOs make the mainstream news (well, except when the headline decries parental neglect or Chinese communist ambitions). This is, in fact, the second or third professional piece from the land of Rocky Mts. and microbrews I've seen in the last week or so.

    Included is a interesting look inside NetDevil's hub during the last hours before the game went gold:

    Speaking last week on the precipice of opening the floodgates to his company’s virtual word, Brown said NetDevil’s future could hinge on the success of the game.

    “I’m not worried about bugs (in the game); there’s going to be some weird stuff,” he said. “It’s just launching that scares me.

    “That’s what I’m mostly scared about, having too many or too few players.”

    Too many, and the desolate earth of Auto Assault could crumble under the strain; too few and NetDevil might.

    Check out this very worthwhile read at Rocky Mountain News. (Thanks to Shacknews for the link!)

    You're intrigued about Auto Assault, you say? Good! Read on!

    News
    Wed, Apr 19, 2006
    Ethec
  • Last year Ten Ton Hammer had the chance to visit the Gods & Heroes booth at E3 and since then, we've been on the edge of our seats waiting for the latest and greatest information that they have to offer. With two highly anticipated games, they've broken into the industry big time with not only Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising but also Star Trek Online.

    I had the chance to talk with Stieg Hedlund, the Design Director for Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising. Stieg is very passionate about the game and the information that he gave me was "epic".

    They want to make sure Gods & Heroes is easy yet complex. With that said, there is such a thing as too easy. We've been grousing lately about the lack of adrenaline and the lack of "epic" proportions to games since we played EverQuest. Because Gods & Heroes is set in such an epic backdrop, I wanted to see how Perpetual was dealing with this issue.

    "Without revealing too much, our game is geared toward that and the whole reason that we wanted to pursue the players having minions with them is to really get to a level of grand scale warfare. So with a group of five players with 8 minions each, that's a bunch of guys in a group. If you get together a group like that, it's already equivalent to a raid group. It will get much larger as you level."

    You can read the entire interview here.

    You can also see the two screenshots we got along with the interview here.

    More news on Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising.

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Apr 18, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Blizzard says "Nein!" to The9.

    Blizzard is shopping around for a new Chinese operator, according to a press release late last week. Methinks this says a lot about about how the company operates, but first: a quote.

    In a press release issued on Thursday, Blizzard said it is "actively exploring and discussing cooperation opportunities and further expansion of its business with local potential partners for mainland China".

    The reasons why Blizzard's dropping hints about a change in China: "poor customer service" and "overloaded servers". Poor customer service is always inexcusable, but over-crowded servers? Come on! Given World of Warcraft's historically unreliable performance on North American servers, perhaps they should reevaluate their US partnership with... themselves. Let's make the attempt to shift blame a little more obvious.
    Read the entire article at gamesindustry.biz.

    News
    Tue, Apr 18, 2006
    Ethec
  • There's a beta update to be had for The Legend of Ares.

    In order for players to participate in The Legend of Ares Closed Beta, they will
    need to receive a digital key and download the client from Fileplanet.

    In addition to this, in order to play the game, players will have to register and
    activate their key on our website The Legend of Ares.

    This process will be available to players on April 24th.

    Go check their site out and sign up!

    News
    Tue, Apr 18, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • There are new beasts to be had in World of Warcraft's upcoming expansion Burning Crusade.

    The orcs of Outland were not the only ones to suffer the Burning Legion's demonic corruption. The Broken, led by the great Akama, fell prey to the
    demons' sinister influence, and just like the orcs, they too were changed by the corruption. Though they lost some of their former powers, the Broken still present a clear danger to all of Illidan's enemies throughout Outland. It almost seems like a miracle that the Broken somehow managed to preserve their shamanistic heritage, yet no one can say for sure how many of their traditions are still intact. From the safety of the fortified villages the Broken hold in Outland, they lord over their lesser cousins, the wretched Lost Ones.

    Orcs always get a bad name.

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    More news on World of Warcraft.

    News
    Tue, Apr 18, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Have you been following Seed but have not yet been able to get into the game itself? Now is your chance.

    Aarhus, Denmark - April 18, 2006 - Runestone Game Development, developers of the upcoming genre-shattering massively multiplayer game Seed, announced today that starting on Tuesday, April 25th, its beta testing program will be open for an entire week to all who apply.

    "We are looking forward to seeing crowds of players experiencing our game world as well as stressing and testing our systems to the limit," said Lars Kroll Kristensen, CEO of Runestone Game Development. “This will mark the home stretch of the development process as we prepare for next month’s launch.”

    Everyone is invited to enter the Open Beta Week. Players need only apply at www.seedthegame.com no later than Monday, April 24th.

    This open testing phase will end just prior to the Seed launch on May 2nd, 2006. The client will then be available for free download, along with its 14-day free trial, at www.seedthegame.com.

    You've got the dates. You've got the information. You've got my email, tell me how this game plays. I'm so bloody tired of WoW right now.

    More news on Seed.

    Beta, Official Announcements
    Tue, Apr 18, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Voodoo Extreme is running a poll to vote for the next big MMO.

    What game are you most looking forward to? Right now it's neck and neck between Warhammer Online and Pirates of the Burning Sea. Get in there and vote for the love of all that is holy! I see two of my personal favorites being dusted. I'm not going to say who, but if you want to send me an email. I'll tell you.

    News
    Tue, Apr 18, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Good news everyone! There's an update for Final Fantasy XI : Treasures of Aht Urhgan. I hear that it's highly anticipated. You can get the details right here.

    More news on Final Fantasy XI.

    News
    Tue, Apr 18, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Just in case you weren't paying attention, the team at Granite Games snuck in a bunch of new in game images into the official Dusktreaders site. It's like a mini Easter egg hunt. They've revealed a bit more of the game in process. If you dig Vampires and Werewolves, want to occasionally stake them and would be happy to do that in game, you should check it out.

    More news on Dusktreaders.

    News
    Tue, Apr 18, 2006
    Awenyddion
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