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Neverwinter Primer

Saturday April 27, 2013
There have been quite a number of video games based on the iconic Dungeons and Dragons franchise, and now Cryptic Studios is having a go at it with their upcoming MMORPG, Neverwinter. Along with many of the usual MMORPG trappings, they plan to let players contribute content to the game through a toolset called "The Foundry." This is a quick introduction to Neverwinter for the uninitiated.

Eve Online to Inspire Comic Book, TV Series

Saturday April 27, 2013
Eve has always been a game full of political intrigue, treachery, espionage, betrayal, and fraud, so in many ways it could make a great source of material for comic books and television shows. Apparently CCP, the developer of Eve Online, is planning to do just that with the best stories and ideas they can glean from Eve True Stories, where people can submit and rate tales of their adventures in New Eden. PC Gamer has posted an interview with Thor Gunnarsson, CCP's VP of Business Development, with more details on this project.

World of Warplanes Beta Impressions

Friday April 19, 2013
World of Tanks has been a big hit for Wargaming, so it stands to reason they're trying to grow their success by applying the concept to planes and other military vehicles. World of Warplanes is the next project on their roster and it's currently in closed beta testing. I've taken to the skies for a first-hand look at the game.

Darkfall Unholy Wars Launches

Tuesday April 16, 2013
Following several delays, Aventurine's fantasy MMORPG sequel, Darkfall Unholy Wars, is now live. The game has an action-based combat system, open PvP, and what they describe as "the largest seamless and zone-less world of its kind." Unlike most sequels, this one actually replaces the original Darkfall, which was shut down in November of 2012. Unholy Wars uses a traditional subscription model: $39.95 for the game client and a monthly fee of $14.95 after the first 30 days of access.

MechWarrior Online Beta Impressions

Thursday April 11, 2013
Dealing out destruction from the cockpit of a gigantic walker is what the MechWarrior series is famous for, and now we're getting a free-to-play online addition to this memorable franchise. MechWarrior Online lets you slug it out in team-based multiplayer matches, collect a garage full of mechs, and equip them to your liking. The game is currently in open beta so I dropped in for a closer look.

Age of Wushu Arrives

Wednesday April 10, 2013
The martial arts MMORPG Age of Wushu has arrived on Western shores after a lengthy localization process. The setting is inspired by 15th century China and the game featues many sandbox elements, including an extensive crafting system and open PvP, although the latter is not without consequences. Age of Wushu is free-to-play and they have a long list of in-game events planned to celebrate the launch.

A Tale of Two Kickstarters

Thursday April 4, 2013
Kickstarter has been a boon to independent developers looking for alternative ways to fund their games, and several well-known industry veterans have staged successful campaigns on the service. We've recently seen both Richard Garriott and Mark Jacobs go the Kickstarter route to build their dream games, Shroud of the Avatar and Camelot Unchained respectively. Here's a quick comparison of these two crowdfunding efforts and the games being proposed.

Defiance Launches

Tuesday April 2, 2013
Trion's MMO third-person shooter, Defiance, is now available on Steam, beginning the fight for survival in post-apocalyptic San Francisco. This futuristic open-world game is to have a corresponding TV series on the SyFy channel, with the two sharing events and influencing each other. Players are tasked with finding and unlocking a variety of alien technology in both PvE and PvP environments. Defiance sells for $60 and has no subscription fee.

Game Launches: Best Avoided?

Friday March 29, 2013
Launch problems have a long history that most gamers are very familiar with, and in the MMORPG community it's almost taken for granted that there will be some issues in the first few days following the release of a new title. With traditionally single-player franchises taking on more online components, launch problems are unexpectedly affecting games like SimCity and sparking considerable outrage. Maybe it's best to just wait it out for week or two when a new arrives? Here are some thoughts on game launches I've assembled in light of recent events.

Battlefield 4 Announced

Wednesday March 27, 2013
We've known it was coming for quite a while now, but EA and DICE have now officially revealed Battlefield 4. The trailer that accompanies this announcement shows us 17 minutes of gameplay footage, and as usual with this series, the graphics and destruction do not disappoint. They've stuck with the ever-popular modern setting, and the rumor is that we may see a revival of some of the marine vehicles from the original Battlefield 1942. Battlefield 4 is scheduled to launch this Fall, and is available for pre-order on the official site.

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