Runes of Magic: Treasures of the desert

November 30, 2010 · Filed Under MMO, News · Comment 

The latest Runes of Magic update is available now

Publisher Frogster today released „Treasures of the Desert‟ a new content update to its popular online RPG Runes of Magic. The update adds a new region, the Limo Desert, and a new instance, Kawak‟s Tomb. Gamers are now able to power up characters to level 62 and trade diamonds with a special NPC.

After extensive testing, Frogster has decided to reinstate the option to let Runes of Magic players trade gold for diamonds. The free fantasy online RPG is the only game in the Free2Play segment where players can use the in-game currency to trade for items purchased from the in-game shop. This feature was reintroduced after feedback from the community.

The public battle, the „Yasheedee Catastrophe‟, is also available across all Runes of Magic servers. To prevail in this legendary battle, players have to conquer aggressive foes. In the first phase of the multifaceted encounter, players must use special ropes to capture a horde of nasty worm-like creatures. The second phase challenges players to put as many Resonance Stones as possible in the right place. The more stones they place, the easier it is in the third and fourth phases, where the wicked „Hardskin Yasheedees‟ and the formidable „Crimson Devourer‟, an exceptionally tough boss, await.

A trailer showing the action-packed Limo Desert together with the dangerous Kawak‟s Tomb is also available. The region‟s breathtaking landscapes reveal magnificent buildings and Middle Eastern oases. But caution is strongly advised – conflict has been brewing among the local tribes for centuries, and powerful creatures and wild beasts are preparing for battle. Who will carry the day?

Patch for Europa Universalis III: Heir to the Throne released

November 26, 2010 · Filed Under News, Patch · Comment 

Paradox Interactive have released a brand new patch for Europa Universalis III: Heir To The Throne, the third expansion to the pre-eminent historical strategy game Europa Universalis III,  which bring multiple improvements to significantly enhance the overall gameplay experience.

Major features of patch v4.1b include:
– Dynamic names of countries will now be seen on the map when zoomed out, adapting to borders as they change.
– Large overhaul of the Holy Roman Empire, with benefits to those that stay members and penalties for those attempting to destroy it.
– Dozens of major gameplay enhancements including reinforcing mercenaries, possibility for local naval supremacy, and the ability to annex countries with more than one province.
– Lots of improvements to the AI providing a more challenging experience for veteran users.
– Several Interface improvements, including more detailed information for military units and details on Imperial elections.

Download the patch and get the full patch note here:
http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/content.php?331-Heir-to-the-Throne-4.1b-Released

The patch is now available for all Europa Universalis III: Heir to the Throne owners though the game launcher and on all  leading digital distribution platforms. To avoid compatability issues, please download the patch from the same digital retailer where you purchased the expansion.

Patch your game and prepare for the coming for Europa Universalis III Divine Wind!

Revolution Under Siege is Released

November 24, 2010 · Filed Under News, Wargame · Comment 

Crush the Bolshevik hydra or paint Mother Russia red! This is a Revolution Under Siege!

Matrix Games  and SEP REDS announced the release their new turn-based wargame on the Russian Civil War, Revolution Under Siege! Now gamers can re-fight this intense and pivotal conflict in this totally new and historically rich title based on the award-winning AGE game engine.

Revolution Under Siege also has a playable demo available so gamers can test out the trials and tribulations of Mother Russia for free! In addition, for an in-depth look at Revolution Under Siege be sure to check out the preview at the Wargamer.

David Heath, Director of Operations at Matrix Games, said “Revolution Under Siege brings the classic quality of an AGE engine title to a new and rarely-covered period – the Russian Civil War. With so many interesting factions battling for power, with backstabbing and plot twists as only history can provide and plenty of intriguing weapons at your disposal, Revolution Under Siege is a uniquely fascinating and fun wargaming experience!” Read more

New MMORPG Travia2 at G-Star 2010

November 22, 2010 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Zemi Interactive, Korea’s leading MMORPG developer and service provider of famous free to play MMO “4Story” www.global.4story.com has released its first peak at their new MMORPG project, Travia 2 at G-Star 2010.

The genre of this hybrid project ‘Travia2’ is called hardcore action MMORPG. It is a free to play MMO with fast pace game play powered by great visuals. This Diablo style quarter view game play, with endless unique items to be found will blow your mind. The original title Travia was launched in 2004, achieving remarkable peak current concurrent user number of 50,000 in Korea and 100,000 in China. As specialists of Zemi Interactive once again out to shock worldwide gamers by setting unique war environment in the game, this is definitely a game to keep your eyes on for 2011.

“Travia2” will start its CBT in Korea first coming Nov. 25th, 2010. However, Travia2 will soon be introduced to worldwide gamers in 4Q 2010 to 1Q 2011.

Teaser trailer of Travia2 can be seen by following the link below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5A-KcR9-sU

New King Arthur Expansion, The Druids, Announced!

November 17, 2010 · Filed Under News · Comment 

First King Arthur Release Under New Publishing Deal Between Neocore Games and Paradox Interactive

In Wales, the beautiful and fiercely independent realm of tribal lords, wizards and dragons, lies its new leader, King Ryons.

Once known as the most dangerous warlord of the land, King Ryons wants to restore the power of the Old Faith in Britannia and he expects you to lead his valiant effort.

Paradox Interactive and Neocore Games announced the latest expansion of the King Arthur series, King Arthur: The Druids.  Set during the events of its predecessor King Arthur: The Role-playing Wargame, this latest expansion features a stand-alone story with a vastly different ruler. Featuring a new campaign with over thirty hours of gameplay, this expansion requires you to challenge and discover your might. With new customizable features, set your own goals and determine the importance of magic in the world.  King Arthur: The Druids features a complete, new gaming experience with a free sandbox mode where objectives are merely strategic goals, not compulsory elements of the game.  With this new found freedom, can you ensure a victory for King Ryon and restore the reign of the Old Faith?

“This is our first King Arthur release in our partnership with Paradox Interactive,” said Tamás Farkas, CEO of Neocore.  “After our recent work together with Lionheart: Kings’ Crusade, we are confident King Arthur – Druids will exceed our community’s expectations.”

Scheduled for releases in Q4, 2010, the expansion King Arthur: The Druids is a digital download only release and will be available on all leading digital distribution platforms.

The expansion King Arthur: The Druids will require the base game King Arthur – The Role-playing Wargame for play.

Alien Breed 3: Descent announced for Steam launch on 17th November

November 15, 2010 · Filed Under News · Comment 

Throughout 2010, the Alien Breed series has delivered tense moments, frenetic firefights and co-op carnage to gamers across the world.

The opening title, Alien Breed: Impact/Evolution introduced players to the plight of Theodore Conrad, chief engineer aboard the doomed ship Leopold, struggling to regain control of his ship after a collision with a mysterious foreign vessel. Alien Breed 2: Assault saw Conrad fighting back, boarding the newly conjoined ship and delivering doses of old-fashioned revenge on its inhabitants.

Now, with Alien Breed 3: Descent gamers can fight to the stunning conclusion of the latest trilogy from legendary developer/publisher Team17’s Alien Breed canon, with the official release date being confirmed as Wednesday 17th November 2010 on Xbox LIVE Arcade and for PC, via Steam.

With the Leopold and its unwanted attachment breaching the surface of an imposing ice planet, you have only a few hours to wade your way through flooded corridors and locate the origin of the threat that has so far laid waste to your once proud space ship. For the first time Conrad can venture outside of the ship in the breathtaking hull walk set pieces, and for those trigger-happy shooter fans there are vicious new enemies to fight, including the Electro-Shocker alien and the awe-inspiring final bosses. New armaments are also available in Descent, with the Electro-Link gun allowing for shockingly good crowd control whilst the formidable Project X weapon will tear through anything in its path.

A trailer can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPA89iqRtEc

Alien Breed 3: Descent will retail at the following amount, dependent on region:

  • Xbox LIVE Arcade – 800 Microsoft Points
  • PC Steam – UK – £6.99, US – $9.99, Europe – €8.99

Alien Breed 3: Descent carries the following age ratings:

  • ESRB: Teen – Animated Blood, Language, Violence
  • PEGI: 16+ – PEGI Online, Violence
  • OFLC: M – Violence
  • USK: 16 Jahren

Website for Runes of Magic Comic Flo-n-Andy Launched

November 9, 2010 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

The latest adventures of the MMO-loving duo are now available online

Berlin-based publisher Frogster is launching an official Flo-n-Andy website in cooperation with the prize-winning graphic design agency, Stenarts. Launched at GamesCom 2010, the series starts its run today. Fans can read the fifth and latest installment of the Runes of Magic comic online.

Flo is a zookeeper at the Berlin Zoo, but ever so often in the evening, she likes to swap her furry little friends for virtual ones and roam the world of Runes of Magic as a nature-loving Druid. Her new boyfriend, Andy, studies sport sciences and works as a bicycle courier to make a little cash on the side. Unlike Flo, he’s never had much contact with games like Runes of Magic, but she’s intent on changing that.

Follow this unlikely duo as they experience the world of the award-winning MMO Runes of Magic and see out how often Flo has to rescue her butterfingered boyfriend from sticky situations – Andy’s a real klutz even with level 1 monsters!

For more information on the new Runes of Magic comic and all available issues to date, visit our website at http://www.flo-n-andy.com or the facebook-profile at www.facebook.com/FlonAndy. New adventures will be published every two weeks

GodsWar Online: Mastering the Medusa’s Island Instance

November 4, 2010 · Filed Under News, Online · Comment 

Medusa’s Island was one of the earliest instanced zones in GodsWar Online. Since then it has become a classic, and while it’s not too difficult to make it all the way through, the GodsWar team would like introduce you some tips that can help you complete the entire instance within 10 minutes. As with any challenge, teamwork will play a vital role, making this instance ideal for honing your ability to work well in a team.

The Challenge of Medusa’s Island
Medusa’s Island is actually made up of 3 isles, each of which has 2 BOSSes. The final BOSSes, Medusa and Stheno, are located on the third isle. To get credit for fully exploring the instance, the group must defeat all of the BOSSes and earn 3,000+ points.

Recommended Party Composition
Each Medusa’s Island party can include a maximum of 5 players, and must have at least 1 Mage, 1 Priest and 1 Champion. These requirements give you a solid foundation when assembling your team, because Mages are good at both dealing damage and protecting themselves, Priests excel at healing allies, and Champions specialize in dealing physical damage. Since Stheno is immune to physical attacks and Medusa is immune to magic attacks, Mages are good at battling Stheno and Champions are good at battling Medusa. When filling out the remaining 2 slots, good damage dealers are recommended. Read more

The Lord of the Rings Online: Free to play in Europe

November 3, 2010 · Filed Under MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Codemasters Online Launches Award-winning Online Game Across Europe Today

Wednesday, 3rd November 2010… Codemasters Online is delighted to announce that the much anticipated release of Turbine’s The Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) is now free-to-play for players across Europe.

Players can now download LOTRO at www.lotro.com and join with millions of other adventurers as they explore the most complete and authentic recreation of Middle-earth ever created and participate in LOTRO’s award-winning story up to level 50 for free. Players can also choose to visit the new LOTRO Store to purchase expansions, quest packs, items, and account services à la carte, or join the VIP program that provides unlimited access to the game for one low monthly price.

This major update will also extend the game’s epic story and expand the world of Middle-earth with the new region of Enedwaith while continuing to deliver state-of-the-art graphics and gameplay, as well as a rich set of features that until now could only be found in premium subscription-based online games.

“We are thrilled to finally be able to launch LOTRO as a free-to-play game and introduce the new store and updated content in Europe today. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our players for their patience. It is very much appreciated.” said David Solari, Vice President and General Manager of Codemasters Online. “We anticipate the LOTRO’s new free-to-play model will significantly increase our customer base and we look forward to welcoming everyone to Middle-earth.” Read more