Blizzard have announced some very interesting changes on the PTR. They are as follows:
We are currently performing maintenance and applying a patch to the Public Test Realms (PTRs). This patch includes many changes, not the least of which is the new voice chat functionality. The realms will be coming back up at approximately 6:00 PM PDT today....
The Pre-Order Bonus Pack for Richard Garriott's highly anticipated game - Tabula Rasa - shipped to retailers today. Players who choose to pre-order the game will receive a number of special perks including a three-day head start, exclusive character emotes, exclusive in-game pets, access to the beta and a DVD with the game client, bonus...
In a press release today, Auran - the developers of Fury - announced the business model the game will use once it's released in October.
The base model will be free to play with regular free content updates, though there will also be an optional subscription model for additional benefits. That being said, all players regardless of account type...
Acclaim's latest title - a foray into the MMORPG gamespace called 2Moons - entered open beta yesterday. Well, technically it was announced yesterday, but the open beta actually began on July 30th. The reasons cited for delaying the announcement was the sheer number of people who signed up for the open beta. Acclaim wanted to get another server...
Launched on July7th and closed on August 7th, Myth War Signature Contest has drawn the attention of thousands of players and proved to be a fair success. During that one month the contest page has received more than 15,000 hits and views in total. Here you have the chance to see some great works from our creative players:
To view more...
Tales of Pirates (http://top.igg.com
) Official is announcing their new forum activity - Video Contest.
Time: Aug, 9th ----Sep, 8th
Location: TOP Media Overview （http://top.igg.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?fid=75
Content and Rules:
1. The content of video should be positive and active. No limitation to the video’s theme and style, such as PK, TOP...
The most attractive part of Tales of Pirates (http://top.igg.com
) is the sea battle, and Players wanting to test their mettle on the open water have got to have a vessel. After all without a vessel of some kind how can you conduct a proper sea battle? All rhetoric aside, vessels can be bought from an NPC in Argent City, Shaitan City, Icicle City...
The Guild Wars Sneak Peek Weekend for Guild Wars: Eyes of the North is coming soon. Players will be able to get in on 72 hours of early access to the latest addition to the Guild Wars franchise, and the first true expansion for the game.
Immerse yourself in three whole days of exclusive action-packed early access to the entire Far Shiverpeaks...
It looks like flying mounts will be available in Northrend, per a post by an EU Community Manager, Vaneras. There still haven't been final decisions on when you're able to use them, though. At BlizzCon it was mentioned that you'll likely not be able to use them right away, but will be able to eventually.
Flying mounts will be...
IGG has just introduced the armor for Sun Warriors—one of the clans of Zu Online, seen briefly on http://zu.igg.com/
Sun Warriors, with their strong will and steel-like body, are one of the strongest clans in Zu Online. They are always at the forefront of a battle, acting as a tank to protect their allies. That’s why they are called the master...
Game developer and distributor Internet Gaming Gate (IGG) is announcing the start of Alpha testing for Zu Online (http://zu.igg.com
), a Chinese Kung-fu Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) with a limited number of elite players. The Alpha testing will start on August 28th 2007.
At that time, 500 players will get the opportunity...
Blue Watch - Tuesday, August 7th, 2007
This is the Tuesday, August 7th edition of Blue Watch, covering Blizzard posts on the General and BlizzCon Forums.
Clicking on the title of the thread will take you to our Dev Tracker. Here you can see the initial post in the thread, as well as each Blue post contained therein. Clicking on the icon will take...
We've added a brand new feature for projects called "Project Tickets" - allowing Curse members to create special tickets specific to that project.
This is of course an opt-in feature, it's not turned on by default. The ticket system can be used for a number of things, whether bug reports, feature requests or tasks for the project.
For anyone that hasn't heard of Spore yet - it's a life simulation game being designed by Will Wright - creator of the now-iconic Sims series. To say this game is everything is well... an understatement of epic proportion.
Think of it this way: Pac Man meets Sim Life meets Sim City meets Command and Conquer meets Star Trek, and you have an idea of...
Gameriot releases in-game footage showcasing one of the first 5-man instances, Utgarde Keep, in the upcoming World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King.
The video shows off several new enemies, the first boss in Utgarde Keep (who's decked out in full tier 6), and caught a glimpse of what is to come in the new expansion.
You can find the video...
The Lord of the Rings Online Cloak Design Contest has come back for another go at it. Players can submit, using the cloak design template, their own custom cloak designs. The winning cloak design(s) will be turned into a cloak that players will have access to ingame, so it's a great chance to make your mark on the Lord of the Rings Online...
Auran - the Australia based game developer currently working on Fury - has partnered with Codemasters to bring the title to Europe when it releases this fall. The game is entirely focused on competitive PvP and progressing through "levels" is done by competing in arena matches to unlock new skills, obtain items, etc. Fury will also follow in the...
Vaneras posted a FAQ for the Death Knight class on the EU General Forums today. This FAQ is very informative and answers a number of questions regarding the first Hero class to be introduced to World of Warcraft.
There are a lot of things still being worked out with the Death Knight class such as specific spell abilities. Unlike a traditional...
Today EA and NAMCO BANDAI announced the release date for Hellgate: London - the highly anticipated MMOG developed by Flagship Studios, which is headed by ex-Blizzard co-founder Bill Roper.
As a veteran MMO player, this concerns me a bit due to the fact that the game is still in alpha. A 3 month beta period for an MMO really isn't enough to hammer...
The Ultima Online clients(both 2D and KR) received patches today - the notes for each can be found below.
KR Client Version 184.108.40.206
At 2:30PM PDT (9:30PM GMT) on Monday, August 6, the KR client will be updated to version 220.127.116.11. Notes after the jump:
Redesigned Crafting menus (some features will only work on TC 1 until...
This is something fairly cool that the GuildWars team has cooked up. The official site has a feature up that takes a look at the skills used during the July 2007 Tournament Championship, even displaying the number of times the skill was used, the top equipped skills, etc.
Quick overview from the site:
There were 164 unique skills used across all...
Every week the Camelot Herald has a special feature congratulating Dark Age of Camelot players for their achievements in the game, and this Monday is no different. The latest Scroll of Valor is now available, a Herald feature that allows players to send out congratulatory remarks to their fellow players.
Congratulations to the following brave...
We have quite a few videos from the August 2007 Fansite Gathering of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning thanks to our friends over at Warhammer Alliance.
You can check out the Intro and Q&A below, as well as links to all of the videos from the event.
Blizzard Entertainment really outdid themselves with BlizzCon 2007. From the moment the doors open and the crowd cheered, to the moment it all ended - there was an electricity that filled the entirety of the Anaheim Convention Center. BlizzCon saw more than 13,000 spectators visit the event, and Curse was proud to have been invited to such a...
The costume contest at this year’s Blizzcon consisted of a gorgeous Night Elf, OOMkin Druid, Warlock and even Chuck Norris (Barrens chat anyone). Many others made an appearance on stage and you can check them all out by going to HERE.
After some great news about upcoming changes to the battlegrounds, Tom Chilton was back in the spotlight to go over world PvP and its place in World of Warcraft.
World PvP's focus should be for spontaneous PvP where fights can break out on a whim between two, three, or even sixty players. It also needs to be objective based much like its...
The PvP panel saw both Jeff Kaplan and Tom Chilton provide insight into the history of PvP design in World of Warcraft, as well as some things we can expect to see in the future - both on new and old battlegrounds.
It started off with Tom Chilton giving a brief overview of battlegrounds and their place in the World of Warcraft.
The Professions and Items panel provided an incredible amount of information both on the philosophies behind creating them and what we can expect in the future.
A quick consumable introduction showed us that there are now more than 1900 recipes, 945 pieces of armor, 289 consumables and 137 weapons in the game that can be made by players.
The class panel started with Rob Pardo giving a brief history of the World of Warcraft classes, stating that they were designed with both traditional RPG roots and Warcraft III Heroes in mind. There were some classes that didn't make the final cut of the game either like the Necromancer and Blademaster.
The team's design philosophy is one of...
LAS VEGAS, Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Fans of EverQuest(R) and EverQuest(R) II, as well as strategy game enthusiasts received a special surprise from Sony ( Nachrichten) Online Entertainment (SOE) president John Smedley during his Fan Faire Community Address today when he revealed plans for Legends of Norrath(TM), the first online trading card game...
The Dungeons & Raids Panel was a great panel to sit in on. From the insight Jeff Kaplan gave on the core design of a dungeon to the details Scott Mercer provided on encounter design, to some hot new info on upcoming dungeons and UI features to support raids.
A quick recap:
A new raid dungeon harder than Black Temple will be added before the...
During the Dungeons & Raids panel, Tigole mistakenly reveals the next 25-man instance (and the last to appear before the nex expansion. It supposedly connects the lore between Outlands and Northrend. It consists of 6 bosses and contains loot better than the Black Temple or Mount Hyjal. It is unknown as of now whether a tier 7 will appear or if the...
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
Q: What are the features of the new expansion?
A: Wrath of the Lich King builds on the rich foundation established in World of Warcraft and The Burning Crusade, providing a wealth of new content for players to explore. The harsh, forbidding continent of Northrend, home of the Lich King and his...
During the opening ceremony, Mike Morhaime invited Frank Pierce out to talk about World of Warcraft. He first talked about some upcoming live updates, and then gave us the news we've all been waiting for.
Blizzard today announced the second expansion for their award winning and record breaking game, World of Warcraft - titled World of Warcraft:...
Today, Gameriot's Michelle Martinez was personally escorted into Blizzcon by Blizzard's Paul Della Bitta, head of the eSports division, to get an exclusive look at the competitive side of the upcoming release Starcraft 2.
The entire footage can be found at BlizzCon Footage: StarCraft 2
BlizzCon kicked off this morning at 9am with a loud cheer from the waiting crowd as the doors to the convention floor opened. Hundreds of diehard Blizzard fans poured into the showroom, all intent on scouring the area to find everything that's available to them.
The opening ceremony at 11am looks to be an exciting time and we'll make sure to...
With BlizzCon kicking off tomorrow, we've opened a portal dedicated to the event. You'll be able to find all the latest news, videos, and images as well as being able to see what Curse members are attending!
Joining the list of attendees is simple, head over to the BlizzCon Portal and click the I'm Attending button.
Make sure to keep an eye out on...
If you're heading to BlizzCon, then you'll want to take advantage of this opportunity. Blizzard has opened up character copies for folks attending the event so that they have a chance to play their level 68-70 characters during the World of Warcraft Hands-On experience.
BlizzCon attendees are now able to copy up to four level 70 characters to an...
Cell-shaded style racing game available to play for FREE on a time limited beta.
NHN - the largest Korean internet company - announced that Drift City will be coming to ijji.com - its US subsidiary.
Drift City is an online racing game with customizable cars where players can mount their vehicles with performance-enhancing components.
Daelo dropped by the Raids & Dungeons forum on the official WoW forums last night to let everyone know of some upcoming changes to raid encounters in 2.2.
I wanted to update everyone and highlight some upcoming changes in the 2.2 patch for some of our raid encounters. Many of these changes are not on test yet, and this isn't every...
The BlizzCon website was updated last night with information on the BlizzCon store, showing off a number of pieces of the merchandise that will be available this year. The posters are very cool - especially the first two.
You'll also be able to buy an assortment of T-shirts, keychains, soundtracks, magnets, and calendars, among other things.
ZeniMax Media Inc., parent company of Bethesda Softworks announced yesterday the plans to form a new development studio to focus entirely on MMOG's. This hopefully means that the Fallout MMO will be developed faster to satiate players' hungers for the game.
If you want to read more about ZeniMax Online Studios, you can do so by visiting their...
As a cool game with the a navigation theme, the trade system on the sea is very important in Tales of Pirates Online （http://top.igg.com
）. It is an ideal way for players to get money.
1. Requirements for Trade
The players can trade with each other in every port where he/she can reach by boat. Players can get a first-degree boat after they hit...
Although it has not been released into the market yet, Zu Online（http://zu.igg.com
） has attracted a lot of attention with its novel design idea, abundant in-game experiences, unique water-ink painting style, game characteristics and its original game modes. Although many have expressed interest, lots of players are dying to know more about the...
) is pleased to release the latest screenshots of Voyage Century(http://vc.igg.com
) this week. 5 screenshots are available for view as below:
For more screenshots, please visit the official site: http://vc.igg.index.php
The FFXI Fan Festival returns for yet another year of exciting festivities for players of the popular MMO in the Final Fantasy franchise.
The event will be taking place in November, from the 15th to the 17th at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel in Anahiem, California.
Players visiting the festival can look forward to the following:
An in-depth look at...
There are new keep designs going in with the next DAoC patch - version 1.90 - and the Camelot Herald has an update about a special playtest that will occur on Pendragon to help test them out.
The playtest will take place in the Thidranki Battleground on Sunday, August 5th, at 4:00 PM EDT. NPC's will be added to the capitol cities allowing access...
The BlizzCon Goody Bag page has been updated to include most of the things you'll receive as a BlizzCon attendee.
With the date for BlizzCon rapidly approaching, we're excited to reveal more information about what attendees have in store. Here are some of the noteworthy and exclusive BlizzCon goodies contained in the goody bag.
Note: You will...
New rumors are coming in about the next World of Warcraft expansion, and yet again they involve the continent of Northrend. It's very important to keep in mind that these are just rumors right now, but there has been a feature list found(in German - presumably for the Games Convention in Leipzig) as well as a FAQ. The FAQ is in English, and I've...
BlizzCon is just 3 days away and there's tons of new information pouring in. Curse will be there, so we'll be sure to bring updated information for you as it happens.
The schedule for both days has been announced, and there's something very interesting. Take a look at the Hands-On Gaming schedule. What's going to happen with the World of Warcraft...