European players can experience Mabinogi with the open beta launch today

January 27, 2010 · Filed Under Beta, MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Exclusive open beta launch for Mabinogi Europe plus exclusive events

NEXON Europe, the publisher behind popular online games MapleStory and Combat Arms, announces the launch of their latest release for a brand new MMORPG, Mabinogi.

Following its successful debut in North America, European players can now look forward to experiencing a brand new fantasy life for themselves. This free-to-play game based on Celtic and Welsh mythology embraces key MMO features and offers a robust, universe where people can experience all facets of fantasy life from fighting to farming. Along with content updates and exclusive events, this enchanting game lets you experience another world as you embark on your journey through a magical land.

After completion of the recent closed beta test, fans and newbies alike can now enjoy the latest storyline edition to the game. The Generation 2: Paladin update brings new episodes, quests and unique Paladin skills. By becoming a Paladin, players can boost their character attributes once a day for a certain time period. Hard-core Mabinogi fans and new players should keep an eye out for this content, as this is an update not to be missed!

To celebrate the open beta launch and content updates, Mabinogi Europe is also announcing a number of exciting in-game events, allowing players to immerse themselves in this new found land. Starting from today, users can look out for the Pet Adoption event, where exclusive virtual pets will be offered as rewards to players that complete a request from the NPC Duncan at Tirchonail. Following this an Attendance Reward event and screen shot contest will be launched and users can expect to receive prizes for their participation on both.

If that wasn’t enough to tempt you in then perhaps this is, as In February Mabinogi will also be setting the mood for love with a celebration of Valentine’s Day. Romance is definitely on the cards this month as players will be able to receive chocolates from NPCs and also share these with one another. As well as this heartfelt gesture, players will also be invited to join the Boss-mob video competition where users can get involved by uploading videos of their character in a bid to win a prize.

And finally, players can transfer their character without reset or wipeout right through the open beta and continuing through the official launch – coming soon.

Mabinogi just got busy, so come and try out the fun along with your European friends!

To find out more about the game and to take part in the events visit http://mabinogi.nexoneu.com

Join the Lords Online Beta Test and win Apple Tablet

January 7, 2010 · Filed Under Beta, News, Online · Comment 

Lords Online, IGG’s latest browser-based game, is kicking off the New Year with its Closed Beta Test on Jan 7th. All those who take part in the CB tests will have the chance to win an Apple Tablet (the brand new product from the Apple Company) and become one of the first few to own that gadget of the future!

At 8:00pm EST (GMT-5) on Jan 7th 2010, IGG will be opening the Lords Online Closed Beta. All characters created during Closed Beta test will be saved for future use. Interested players can claim their CB key through the official site and many other popular media sites. Activate the CB key and enter the game to be awarded with a Newbie Pack (valued at $50) and you’ll also be in with a chance to obtain an Apple Tablet.

Every time you reach the 3-level upgrade of the Town Hall in your capital castle you will win a free spin of the wheel to win amazing prizes. The higher level of the Town Hall, the more free spins you get. From Jan 7th, the start of CB test, to Jan 23rd, the Lords Online team will select 20 lucky players everyday to win Point cards, Resource Packs and many more wicked cool rewards. Furthermore, on Jan 24th the luckiest player from among all of those lucky players will win the awesome Apple Tablet! The winner will receive the Apple Tablet at the earliest date after its release in March!

Lego Universe welcomes adventurers at CES 2010 with hands-on demos and beta sign ups

January 6, 2010 · Filed Under Beta, Demo, MMO, News · Comment 

The First MMOG Based on the LEGO Play Experience on Display in Booth #5421; Meet the Developers and the LEGO Fans Co-Creating the Game

LEGO® Universe is coming to life at CES 2010 with hands-on demos, beta sign ups, and the debut game trailer. Booth visitors can also meet LEGO fans helping to co-create the game alongside the professional development team. The first MMOG – massively-multiplayer online game – based on the LEGO play experience, LEGO Universe will launch on the PC during the second half of 2010.

CES takes place in the Las Vegas Convention Center from January 7-10, 2010, and LEGO Universe will be in North Hall, booth #5421. This is the first time that hands-on demos will be made available.

With a creative and building focus, LEGO Universe invites players to explore, battle, make friends, and flex their imaginations with the brick in a vibrant online world. Developed by The LEGO Group and NetDevil, LEGO Universe is a family-friendly online game, appropriate for players aged eight and above. The LEGO brick lies at the center of the experience, and several levels of building are available, from simple gameplay-oriented challenges all the way up to sophisticated brick-by-brick building.

Co-creation with the LEGO fan community is an important element of the development process, and a group of adult fans known as LUPs (LEGO Universe partners) are working alongside the professional team to build content for LEGO Universe. Representatives from the LUP program will be in the CES booth to discuss co-creation and demonstrate building tools.

Source: www.LEGOuniverse.com

The Sims 3 free Create a World Tool now available for download

December 17, 2009 · Filed Under News, Sim, Simulator · Comment 

Robust Tool Available as Free Download Today Plus New Game Update for The Sims 3 Introducing Shop Mode Available Now

EA’s The Sims Studio is putting the power of world creation directly into The Sims 3 players’ hands!

The Sims 3 Create a world tool beta

Available today as a free download on www.TheSims3.com, The Sims™ 3 Create a World Tool – BETA allows players to create and share unique new worlds that they design. Registered The Sims 3 players will be able to step into the shoes of The Sims 3 development team by using the same robust world-building tools the team uses to create worlds and towns for The Sims 3.

This massive, creative tool allows players to design and build entire worlds for their Sims or begin their creations with pre-made Sunset Valley or Riverview terrains. Once players are satisfied with their brand new world, they can then share their creations online through The Sims 3 Exchange. The tool allows for endless creative possibilities and countless new stories to be told using a brand new world, designed by the players, as the canvas!

FEATURES
Design Entire Worlds – Players can choose terrain patterns, vegetation and neighborhood accents like water towers and lighthouses, then place lots and roads to create something totally unique.

Players Choice – Players can start with a blank canvas, or modify the terrains that formed the basis of Sunset Valley or Riverview.

For Advanced Designers – Those with design skills can bring creativity to life by creating and importing designs from Photoshop and other programs into their world.

Trees Galore! – Combine objects and items from The Sims 3 World Adventures expansion pack or items from The Sims 3 Store to create a one of a kind landscape.

Share with the World – Created worlds can be shared and downloaded through The Sims 3 Exchange. Sims players will now have additional worlds to choose from beyond the extra town of Riverview, which has been downloaded 2MM times.

The Sims 3 Create a World Tool – BETA is a robust tool for avid Sims players that want to expand their gameplay experience and create an entire world. Players can build anything from mesas, mountains, and waterfalls to their favorite The Sims 2 neighborhood, their own home town, or even the Moon! A walk-through guide is located here to help players get started creating their own worlds. Now The Sims 3 players can be game designers and take their creativity to a whole new level.

Also available for download today on www.TheSims3.com, players can update their copy of The Sims 3 and for the first time ever, shop from The Sims 3 Store right inside their game with Shop Mode. As items are purchased, they will be added to the player’s catalog, while the game is running. Players can browse the full The Sims 3 Store catalog directly from their game and purchase exclusive furniture, décor, hair, and clothing – without ever closing the game. The Game Update will also provide further updates to The Sims 3 and The Sims 3 World Adventures such as an uninstaller for the Mac, some support for recovering saved games and much more.

Grand Fantasia kicks off Open Beta with 1 Million AP giveaway

December 2, 2009 · Filed Under Beta, MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Aeria Games’ celebrates the game’s success with a HUGE prize.

Aeria Games is celebrating the launch of Open Beta for Grand Fantasia by hosting a leveling contest, the winner of which will receive 1 million Aeria Points (AP). The event comes after the conclusion of a successful Closed Beta period, in which the game attracted more participants than any other launch in the history of the publisher.

AP is a form of currency that can be used to purchase virtual items for games published by Aeria. All players who reach level 50 in Grand Fantasia before the contest end date will be entered into a raffle for the 1 million AP grand prize. Additionally, players who achieve the level goal will receive an exclusive in-game item, the Silver Sprite Trophy. Aeria Games has also announced that the first ten players of each class to reach level 35 will win 1,000 AP.

Grand Fantasia is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) set in the magical world of Saphael. In addition to creating their own heroes, players can customize pets called “sprites” and use them to gather resources, create items, and salvage loot for parts. Those seeking a more action-oriented experience can participate in player-versus-player (PvP) combat, team-based battlefields, and challenging dungeons.

The 1 Million AP Giveaway contest will conclude on January 5, 2010.

http://grandfantasia.aeriagames.com/playnow

Battle of Kingdoms now available for download. Play before Closed Beta!

November 27, 2009 · Filed Under Beta, News · Comment 

FUNMILY officially releases BATTLE OF KINGDOMS client, an MMORTS developed by Korea’s MOBICLE. BATTLES OF KINGDOMS adopted a 5 versus 5 strategic gameplay similar to DOTA. In BATTLE OF KINGDOMS, players are have a variety of heroes to choose and destroy their opponent’s castle.

After a series of development and tweaks, FUNMILY’s BATTLE OF KINGDOMS comes with the revolutionary Single Player Mode which stands out from other similar type games. Players are now able to download and instantly try out and explore BATTLE OF KINGDOMS before closed beta begins. All the heroes for the closed beta will be included in the Single Player Mode to facilitate the ease of challenges when closed beta begins.

BATTLE OF KINGDOMS had scheduled 12 heroes to be available for selection during closed beta. These 12 heroes come from different dimension and gathers in the Kingdoms period. Each equipped with unique skills and abilities to conquer the kingdom. These available characters are Lu Bu, Zhuge Liang, Huang Zhong and Da Qiao from the Three Kingdoms Period, Wu Song and Pan Jin Lian from Water Margin Heroes, and various famous Japanese characters such as Hattori Hanz¨­, Abe no Seimei and Miyamoto Musashi to fascinate players. With the combination of other various heroes such as Zhang San Feng, Genghis Khan and Sun Tzu, it is a battle between different time and space which is one of its kinds.

BATTLE OF KINGDOMS comes with a practice mode within the game and it comes with a single lane map for selection. However, all the items and neutral creeps are still available for players to plan strategies and combos to take down the opposing team. Computer AI comes in 3 different grades for players to choose. During the closed beta the lobby will then only be opened up for players to begin their tourney of challenges.

BATTLE OF KINGDOMS CLOSED BETA is scheduled early December and closed beta account is schedule to be given away on the 30th November 2009 through various channels.

Anticipating players please visit the official website for future updates.

BATTLE OF KINGDOMS Official Website: http://bok.funmily.com

Closed Beta phase of Avalon Heroes about to start

November 22, 2009 · Filed Under Beta, News, Online, Strategy · Comment 

Starting now, all players can apply as Closed Beta testers and, with a little luck, be the first to immerse themselves in the impressive online strategy game

This is what adventurers have been waiting for: On November 25, 2009, the games publisher burda:ic will start the Closed Beta phase for the eagerly anticipated free-2-play online strategy game highlight Avalon Heroes. Starting immediately, all registered members can sign up for the one-of-a-kind Closed Beta at alaplaya.net/pages/ahcbapplication. With a little luck, this means that they will already get to marvel at the impressive skills and weapons of the game characters before the release date. Moreover, in the official Closed Beta forum at avalon.alaplaya.net/forum, players will be able to find more detailed information and share what they experienced in the game.

Avalon Heroes is a true genre highlight for adventure fans, combining real-time strategy and RPG with competitive elements. The title is primarily focused on the development of up to a hundred customizable characters whose skills players get to expand in classic role-playing tradition. Single player campaigns and multi-player modes alike prepare adventurers for the greatest challenge of all: fighting and developing a strategy that will lead to final victory. But it is impossible for players to prevail in impressive online battles unless they find the right allies. After all, it takes a team to decide the battle between the two factions, Oriens and Aeonia.

For more information, visit the official teaser website avalon.alaplaya.net.

Karos Online: Open beta begins December 4th

November 20, 2009 · Filed Under Action, Beta, Fantasy, MMO, News, Online, RPG · Comment 

NHN Corporation announced today that the open beta phase for its fantasy MMORPG Karos Online will begin on Friday, the 4th of December. The final event of closed beta, running on the 27th and the 28th of November, will allow beta testers to experience high-level content and reserve their characters’ names for use in open beta.

Karos Online

Especially for the final closed beta event, new characters will come fully-equipped with gear and items to support high-level play, and the rate of experience gain has been dramatically increased so that players can reach a level cap of 44 almost immediately. In addition, the names of characters created during the last closed beta event will be linked to the testers’ accounts for use in open beta and launch (the characters themselves will be wiped after the event). “In the previous Karos Online closed beta weekends, players were able to try early levelling and the starter content of the game,” said Heejin Jeong, Senior Overseas Sales Manager at NHN Corporation. “The third event offers the opportunity to play as a much more powerful character, and there will be new features available this time that players haven’t seen before, including new monsters, weapons and Holy Creatures. This will be the last closed beta event for Karos Online, we think it’s going to be a lot of fun and we hope to see a lot of testers return to help us celebrate the end of a very productive closed beta.”

To apply for beta participation, simply create an account at www.karosgame.com and click ‘Apply Now’. If you have been accepted into a previous beta event, you will receive instructions two to three days before the event begins (there is no need to re-apply).

More details and features of Karos Online will be revealed as the game draws closer to its English release, scheduled for Q4 2009. German and Turkish versions will follow in 2010.

Karos Online – Stunning 3D Action Fantasy MMORPG
Karos Online is a brand new free-to-play fantasy MMORPG developed by Galaxy Gate (lead developers of Laghaim and Last Chaos), to be published in Europe and North America by NHN Corporation. An English release is scheduled for Q4 2009, with German and Turkish versions to follow.

In Karos Online, players take the role of a hero determined to defeat the curse of darkness falling over the world of Asmara and ascend to ultimate glory by becoming the mythical Karos warrior. Through questing, guild clashes and mass PvP, they enter the fight for domination over the world’s vital energy source, Fletta. Fletta provides the basis for the game’s unique and complex alternate progression system; alongside traditional leveling within the game, Fletta energy can be used to increase stats, give buffs, buy resources and enchant items.

With a strong RPG component, wide range of class skills and fantastic visual combat effects, Karos Online offers a rich player experience and an exciting end-game for guilds, including castle sieges and resource control points. There are a variety of dynamic dungeons to explore, with shifting paths and surprises to challenge players as they progress in level. The economy is well-developed, with mining, fishing and crafting elements, and a consignment system for storage.

Karos Online offers rare graphical quality for its small client size, has low minimum requirements, and will be accessible to a vast range of computers. Videos demonstrating graphics and gameplay are now available on the official website at www.karosgame.com, and more features will be revealed as the closed beta test continues.

Karos Online features
• Breathtaking 3D graphics and combat action effects
• 5 different races and 9 original classes, evolving into 36 different specialized classes
• Dynamic, evolving dungeons with shifting paths and surprises
• Guild wars, territory control and large-scale castle siege battles
• Alternate Fletta level progression system
• Elaborate mining, fishing and crafting system
• Small client size (760MB) and low minimum PC requirements
• Keyboard and mouse control both available

Neverland Online now in open beta

October 20, 2009 · Filed Under Beta, MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Neverland Online, the hugely popular fantasy browser-based MMORPG developed by China’s Oak Pacific Interactive (OPI), is now accessible to players in North America and Europe through a new English-language version that entered open beta testing on October 15. Players can register for a permanent account at http://in.neverland.hithere.com/in1.html and, for a limited time, log in and receive a free virtual lucky bag containing US$100 worth of goodies.

Defeat the Demon Army with the aid of nearly 200 million pieces of equipment and a vast array of pets as you navigate through a mythical ancient Chinese world and search for the secret to immortality in Neverland Online….

Neverland Online joins Empire Craft in OPI’s growing suite of English-language browser-based games published on HiThere.com. For more information, visit neverland.hithere.com.

Award-winning
Just months after its launch in June 2008, the Chinese-language version of Neverland Online won the ChinaJoy Golden Plume Award for “Best Webgame” in 2008. Neverland Online remains popular in 2009 and was recently named a “10-year Best Webgame” by Sina.com.

Earth Eternal – 3D, browser-based, free-to-play MMOG enters open beta

October 14, 2009 · Filed Under Beta, MMO, News, Online · Comment 

Sparkplay Media Announces the Open Beta Launch of Earth Eternal

Sparkplay Media announced the Open Beta launch of Earth Eternal, a new, browser-based MMO set in a fantasy universe. Combining real-world history, legend, and myth with original creations, Earth Eternal delivers a rich MMO experience without the burden of a mandatory subscription. Truly free to play, players can enjoy the entire world without paying any fees.

“With Earth Eternal, we’re raising the bar for browser-based MMOs, while simultaneously lowering the barriers to entry,” said Matt Mihaly, CEO and founder, Sparkplay Media. “We’ve stripped away roadblocks like subscription fees and massive downloads that discourage many people from playing MMO games. At the same time, people are going to be surprised by the sophistication and depth we’re offering in a free-to-play game that runs in the browser.”

Featuring deep, original content, Earth Eternal has a 3D graphical look and feel that is more typical of top tier downloadable MMOs. The game takes place in an expansive world where players will encounter everything from verdant valleys to desert oases to dark, corrupted forests to major cities like Camelot and Heartwood, the tree city. While Earth Eternal is a true browser-based 3D MMO, Sparkplay Media will also offer an optional download. The gameplay experience will be the same whether in the browser or via the downloadable client.

No rookie when it comes to micro-transactions, Matt Mihaly originally devised the idea of selling virtual goods in games for real world money while running text MUD Achaea back in 1997. This experience was put to use building Earth Eternal’s robust virtual economy. Players can purchase, for real world currency, various cosmetic and functional advantages, including backpacks for increased inventory, ability points, charms and new gear for their character. Everything that can be purchased can also be earned by playing the game, so there are no limits to what players can achieve in the game, whether they pay or not. What’s more, players will be able to trade purchased game currency (credits) for currency earned in game (gold/silver/copper) with other players in an online marketplace.

Earth Eternal offers players a highly personalized approach to character building. At launch, players will have 22 different character races from which to choose, including the bear-like Ursine, hawk-like Atavians and the mechanical Clockwork. Players can also select from four classes – Knight, Rogue, Mage, and Druid. Unlike most MMOs however, players are not limited to skills and spells from a particular class. They can select abilities from other classes as well, allowing players to either go deep or broad in their character builds.

Earth Eternal is ready to explore at http://www.eartheternal.com/.

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