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By on Oct 3, 2014 at 10:22 pm, in ArcheAge, MMORPG, News  |  Comments: No comments yet

Racing to make sure all of my ArcheAge foundations were in place before the original release date of RIFT 3.0: Nightmare Tide on October 8th has been head down, Ferrin cat tail up, but yesterday Trion Worlds Senior Community Manager Eric “Ocho” Cleaver announced the postponing of Nightmare Tide to October 22nd. Ah, a breather. I figured I’d jump on here to share updates and the latest in ArcheAge news.

By on Oct 1, 2014 at 9:50 pm, in MMORPG, News, WildStar  |  Comments: No comments yet

In an official Nexus Report WildStar Twitch stream held yesterday, fans of the game received two disappointing bits of news. First off, Stephan Frost, Design Producer, personally announced that he will be leaving Carbine Studios and is joining another company. “I’m off to a new adventure,” Frost said. “I got an offer that I couldn’t turn down and so I’m going to take it. This is super hard for me. This is one of my proudest achievements. A lot of my heart and soul is in this game.”

We also found out during the stream that much to the disappointment of many MMORPG holiday event enthusiasts (myself included!), WildStar won’t be having either a Halloween-themed or winter-themed holiday event this year. Shade’s Eve– which was already announced before the launch of the game– is the Halloween holiday event that we unfortunately won’t be seeing until next year most likely.

There was some good news delivered yesterday, however. The team announced that WildStar‘s megaservers are expected to go live in the next 2-3 weeks. Drop 3 is also still coming, of course, and is tentatively scheduled for release during the last week in October or first week in November.

By on Sep 29, 2014 at 9:43 pm, in ArcheAge, MMORPG, News  |  Comments: 2 comments

In a recent MMORPG.com podcast interview with Amanda “Amary” Fry and Victoria “FireCait” Voss at Trion Worlds, our very own Kiwi Dream asked some great questions and found out a few interesting tidbits about ArcheAge. Not all of this information is new, but some is. Here are the highlights of what we found out:

  • The queues are improving, and Trion’s being cautious about adding new servers due to ArcheAge‘s population needs.
  • The factions on each server are being kept close watch on as far as population balances go (since they can be turned off to help encourage natural re-balance).
  • Server transfers are being looked at, but Trion anticipates that server transfers won’t be as popular in AA as they are in RIFT, for example, due to AA‘s focus on land/farm permanence. No hint as to whether transfers will be free or paid at the moment.
  • Auroria will be released before Patch 1.7. Trion’s looking to release the zone within the next couple of weeks– not months. They will announce the exact date ASAP since this allows guilds/players to prepare to storm the castle so to speak. The release time will be region-specific.
  • Patch 1.7 is currently being translated. No ETA.
  • In regards to players being scammed by other players for APEX/gold, Trion recommends that players simply approach trading in AA as they would in real life. They caution players to be careful, trade with trusted players, use a third party to help trade, or split the trade into multiple parts. For the most part, scamming and similar player activities are largely left up the players to police themselves. Trion will offer support in cases of player harassment, etc., but overall there’s only so much the team can do in ArcheAge as opposed to a more closed, world-compressed game like RIFT.
  • In regards to the recent complaints about the comparative value between the founder’s packs and the starter packs, Trion is of the opinion that the two types of packs are comparative in value. The Alpha/Beta/Head Start access is what made the founder’s packs valuable, of course, although this value is hard to place in monetary terms.
  • Players who are currently without land or would like a better plot may find that the opening of Auroria frees up quite a bit of land as well as offers them 4 new zones to grab land from.
By on Sep 16, 2014 at 9:00 am, in Gaming, Geek Culture, News  |  Comments: No comments yet
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Although the rumor has been swirling around on the internet for the last week or two, Microsoft confirmed on Monday that they would be purchasing Mojang. The Swedish developer is best known for creating the immensely popular world-building game Minecraft. After its purchase, Mojang will become part of Microsoft Studios, creator of the Halo series.

Microsoft has offered some new directions for the Minecraft series that focus on cloud data and mobile gaming. They hope that these approaches will improve player communications, development tools, and allow for greater world-building. Minecraft creator, Markus “Notch” Persson, has stated that he will have no part of the IP after Microsoft’s acquisition.

By on Sep 3, 2014 at 6:12 pm, in MMORPG, News, RIFT  |  Comments: 3 comments

The buzz is even more real today with the RIFT 3.0: Nightmare Tide Limited Editions going live! Here’s a brief writeup of the different editions along with some community/personal feedback regarding the various benefits and features offered in each:

 

Ultimate Nightmare Edition

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Note: In-game items only.

The ultimate collection for select Ascended, the Ultimate Nightmare pack contains everything from the Typhoon and Infusion Editions, plus an assortment of powerful relics for all characters on your account.

Includes:

  • 2 New Equipment Slots*
  • Exclusive Nightmare Tide Bag Slot*
  • Manugo League Membership
  • Planewalker: Water
  • Title: the Typhoon
  • “Instant Level 60″
  • Additional Bank Vault Slot*
  • Aquatic Dimension Pack
  • Exclusive Bloop the Jellyfish Companion Pet
  • Additional Minion Slot*
  • Nightmare Portrait
  • Shimmering Nightmare Orb
  • 6 Void Source Accelerators – available immediately!
  • 6 Abyssal Crusader’s Accelerators
  • Delving Diver’s Helm
  • Cobalt Thresher Mount – useable on land and in water! – available immediately!
  • Abyssal Satchel 36 slot bag - available immediately!
  • Dimension Shadow Scion
  • Planewalker’s Call
  • Prefix Title: Planewalker
  • Nightmare Cosmetic Weapons
  • Unlimited Nightmare Black Dye
  • Combat Pet Skin: Abyssal Crab - available immediately!

 

Infusion Edition

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Note: In-game items only.

Prepare for your voyage (and cast off in style!) with an Instant Level-60 Character Boost, everything from the Typhoon Edition, and more:

Includes:

  • 2 New Equipment Slots*
  • Exclusive Nightmare Tide Bag Slot*
  • Manugo League Membership
  • Planewalker: Water
  • Title: the Typhoon
  • “Instant Level 60″
  • Additional Bank Vault Slot*
  • Aquatic Dimension Pack
  • Exclusive Bloop the Jellyfish Companion Pet
  • Additional Minion Slot*
  • Nightmare Portrait
  • Shimmering Nightmare Orb
  • 2 Void Source Accelerators – available immediately!
  • 2 Abyssal Crusader’s Accelerators
  • Delving Diver’s Helm

*Additional Slots are only applied to accounts that have not purchased a RIFT: Nightmare Tide Digital edition in the past. If you have already received these benefits they will not stack.

 

Typhoon Edition

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Note: In-game items only.

Grab the essentials and embark on your journey to the planes! Everything in this Collector’s Edition applies to all characters on your account.

Includes:

  • 2 New Equipment Slots*
  • Exclusive Nightmare Tide Bag Slot*
  • Manugo League Membership
  • Planewalker: Water
  • Title: the Typhoon

*Additional Slots are only applied to accounts that have not purchased a RIFT: Nightmare Tide Digital edition in the past. If you have already received these benefits they will not stack.

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Points of Interest:

Instant Level 60 – Is causing a stir early as game trending indicates the need for new players or those who choose another new character to have access to instant levels so they can join in on expansion fun. Re-rolling myself to Mage recently (ex-Cleric), the benefits of this means having more fun as many are in the same zone achieving the same goals with the only major pitfall pending the question whether leveling from 60-65 will be enough content and interaction to grasp the chosen class competently at max level?

Two New Equipment Slots – Staying true to MMO styles, earring slots will be available in 3.0.

Void Source Accelerators – 6 are available with the Ultimate Edition, giving the ability to upgrade tier 2 up to 3.5 pieces which will last until Expert Dungeons in 3.0. Only one piece will be upgradeable and those who are currently in tier 3 content are not very happy with this decision.

Limited Edition FAQ:

No word yet on the next currencies available in Nightmare Tide, but the Limited Edition FAQ suggests there definitely is one as expected. Information preparing for RIFT 3.0 will be available here at Junkies Nation very soon.

Limited Edition Loyalty:

Bill “Daglar” Fisher also confirmed that the Limited Editions will grant loyalty:

150,000 Nightmare Tide: Ultimate Nightmare Edition
50,000 Nightmare Tide: Infusion Edition
20,000 Nightmare Tide: Typhoon Edition

Note: This has already gone live in game!

Lastly, when enjoying your Cobalt Thresher shark mount in the waters of Telara just remember we won’t have the ability to breath underwater until the new zones in 3.0!

By on Sep 2, 2014 at 6:43 pm, in MMORPG, News, WildStar  |  Comments: No comments yet

A significant portion of the WildStar playerbase has been requesting something in the way of server merges for a little while now. Carbine Studios had been fairly quiet on all fronts lately– until today, that is. In a stickied forum post, the team announced that they will be implementing megaservers to WildStar in the near future. As announced later in the day, the time frame looks to be 3-6 weeks from now precisely.

What this means exactly is that there will only be one PvP realm and one PvE realm per data center when megaservers go live. The character cap will be increased to 12, and players who currently have more than 12 characters will still have access to all of them– they’d just be unable to create new characters. On the downside, this means that RP players will have to find their own communities within their megaservers. Carbine is adding in-game chat channels that are region-wide to help roleplayers and players who speak different languages find one another easily.

Carbine will also be adding in last names with the megaserver transition. Players will be prompted to add a last name for each character upon logging in. Players can add a space in between the first and last names, and they’ll be able to choose a name (including the space) that uses up to 30 characters.

Up until the change, players are now also able to transfer across servers for free. For more information, Carbine has posted an FAQ about the upcoming change.

By on Sep 2, 2014 at 6:30 am, in MMORPG, News, RIFT  |  Comments: No comments yet

On Friday night we enjoyed sharing news from Trion Worlds at their PAX Prime Party in Seattle. Now we bring you more in-depth teasers for RIFT 3.0: Nightmare Tide– the expansion launching on October 8th– from a video recorded by MMOReporterNetwork on Youtube interviewing Bill “Daglar” Fisher and Simon “DeadSimon” Finch. Here are all the important tidbits that were revealed in one handy list:

Traveling Around the Plane of Water

  • Fast swimming
  • No breathing bar
  • Shark mount jumps
  • Bloodfire Army storylines add the burned elements
  • 10% of content takes place underwater
  • Vertical, layered environment map is large as well as high over and under land
By on Aug 29, 2014 at 9:24 pm, in Breaking, MMORPG, News, RIFT  |  Comments: No comments yet

PAX Prime began today, so Twitch has been the place to hang out for those of us who couldn’t make the journey to Seattle. Trion Parties in Seattle! Trion has been sending out PAX invitations and teasers about special announcements all week via email, networks, and Twitter regarding all of their games– RIFT, ArcheAge, Defiance, and Trove– and fans were enthusiastically waiting to hear what was going on! So, what we did find out? Let’s take a peak:

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  Trove! We found out that the Closed Beta for Trove will be beginning on September 25th, 2014.

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  RIFT’s Nightmare Tide Expansion! Next up, RIFT! Nightmare Tide will launch October 8th, 2014. We also found out that there will be three different Collector’s Editions available for purchase.

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  ArcheAge Launch! We heard some big news for ArcheAge, too. We’re looking at a September 12th Headstart that will last four days with the game’s launch on September 16th, 2014. Right around the corner!

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Finally, the team announced that Defiance will be getting a new patch. It’s great news for all games across Trion Worlds as Syfy’s Defiance Season Two ended this week. We’ll look out for more news as future developments of the TV series and its game progress. All pictures were taken from Twitter– Thank you to all photographers!

By on Aug 27, 2014 at 12:00 pm, in Gaming, Geek Culture, News  |  Comments: No comments yet

While gamers and streamers alike have been expecting to hear the news that Twitch had been purchased, it came as a surprise that the purchaser was Amazon. Twitch had been in talks with Google until recently, when it’s presumed that Google backed out due to the competition between Twitch and YouTube. Once Google had stepped back, Amazon stepped in. Amazon has been trying to get a hold of the gamer market for a while (see the gaming features of the new Fire TV), so they made the strategic decision to purchase Twitch for $970 million.

While the acquisition holds a lot of potential, it’s really too soon to tell how the sale will lay out. What do you hope that Amazon will bring to Twitch? What makes your nervous about the change in ownership? Sound off in the comments!

Update: Twitch.tv was the victim of a DDoS attack only a few hours after the Amazon purchase was announced. It is widely believed that the culprit was Lizard Squad. Although the attack occurred around the time of the announcment, it is unclear whether or not it was a motivating factor as Lizard Squad also took down League of Legends and Battle.net.

By on Aug 27, 2014 at 9:00 am, in Geek Culture, News, TV  |  Comments: No comments yet
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While Twitter didn’t exactly get its wishes grated by Disney magic, it was announced on Tuesday that Donald Glover is going to voice one of the incarnations of the famed web-slinger on Disney HD’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors. Glover will voice Miles Morales, the pre-teen who takes the place of Peter Parker after his death. The casting is certainly apt, since the campaign to case Donald Glover in the Spider-Man reboot inspired the creation of the character.

Of course, it doesn’t take long for things to get awkward when Parker comes face-to-face with his successor. USA Today has already published an exclusive clip of the characters’ meeting.

The season premiere of Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors will air on Disney HD Sunday, August 31st at 9am ET.

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