Players Get Ready to Embrace Their Animal Instincts
NCsoft, the world’s premier publisher and developer of Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) games, and Paragon Studios, home of the world’s most popular super-powered MMO, City of Heroes, are excited to announce the wildly anticipated City of Heroes Animal Pack. Building on the most comprehensive character customisation tools in the market, players will now be able to create their characters with the traits of the world’s most powerful beasts.
As players get in touch with their inner animal the City of Heroes Animal Pack brings a slew of new feral features to help bring their animalistic personas to life. In addition to physical upgrades including new heads, body patterns, tails and customisable manes and teeth, players can also enjoy moving with the elegance of a deadly predator using the new Beast Run travel power.
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In-Game Events Offer Valuable Prizes, Powerful Buffs, Bonus EXP, and More
Joymax, an independent developer and publisher of interactive entertainment for the global market, today announced that they are ringing in the New Year with a quartet of in-game events for Fantasy MMORPG Silkroad Online. From now through March 15, players will be able to earn valuable prizes and powerful buffs for everything from collecting letters to simply logging in. For more information about how to join in on the fun, visit the official home of Silkroad Online at www.joymax.com/silkroad.
The four events kicking off this week include:
• Lucky Letter Collection: Jan 25 through March 15. If players are able to gather letters to spell out “happy,” they’ll win a variety of useful prizes and boosts.
• God’s Blessing: Jan 25 through March 15. The God’s Blessing buff will be bestowed upon players once an hour during this period, and the longer a user stays logged in the more blessing they’ll receive.
• Attendance Check: Jan 26 through Feb. 21. Simply for logging in, players will be rewarded with many different prizes.
• Weekend EXP: Jan 28 through March 13. During this period players will enjoy a 20% increase in EXP.
January 22nd marked the third anniversary of the release of Flying Lab Software’s highly acclaimed and award-winning MMORPG – Pirates of the Burning Sea.
3 years is a long time in the life of a MMO, and Pirates of the Burning Sea is not slowing down. In fact, the team has just added myriad more features that players can look forward to on the eve of game’s anniversary.
A special Anniversary mission – This mission involves a barrel race and a fancy soiree, complete with party games. Complete this mission and you’ll get a very handsome commemorative coat.
Anniversary Pets – To celebrate this black tie occasion, Monkeys wearing top hats can be found in the Treasure Aisle, and a rare black cockatoo will complete your anniversary ensemble. Get ‘em while you can, because they’re available only for a limited time.
A complete graphic overhaul of San Juan – Flying Lab Software’s artists have been busy giving the Spanish capital a brand new look!
New characters – Community members Ubert le Danois, Jon Smith-Tank, Bennet, and Paul Kingtiger have been added to the game as NPCs in various locations so keep an eye out!
New feathered friends – New pets are available in the Treasure Aisle: a Seagull, cranky and vaguely menacing, as seagulls always are, a Cockatiel, and a Raven!
Captain’s Club members will notice a nice new perk – double Conquest rewards after map wins. See the Captain’s Club benefits or sign up http://www.burningsea.com/page/f2p today!
“Making Pirates of the Burning Sea free-to-play has made the Burning Seas awash with ship-to-ship combat and swashbuckling action. We are looking forward to celebrating many more anniversaries with our loyal and fast-growing community,” said Russell Williams, CEO of Flying Lab Software.
Set against the backdrop of the New World of the 18th century, Pirates of the Burning Sea™ is an MMORPG featuring high-seas action and adventure in a bold world of pirates and plunder, where players can choose to play as one of three nations — England, France or Spain — or choose the role of a Pirate and battle it out for glory and power. To sign up, go to burningsea.com
Sony Online Entertainment and Night Owl Games invite Facebook users to explore their inner thirst for world domination with the new game, Dungeon Overlord. Playable now on Facebook, Dungeon Overlord is a quirky, massively multiplayer online strategy game encouraging players to take on the role of a villainous dungeon overlord to build an evil lair and create an empire bent on conquering everything in its path.
The Evil Lair: Beginning in an underground pit of lava, players must craft a dungeon to begin their quest for world domination. To help players gain power, the dungeon can be mined for valuable minerals.
Attract an army of minions and put them to work building, customizing and defending the lair. Established domains will need to be defended against looting overlords and conniving heroes who can hinder even the best laid plans for accumulating power.
The Expanding Empire: Every evil overlord grows tired of their current possessions and thirsts to expand their reign. When players have built up enough power, they can venture out of their underground domain to raid neighboring villages for resources and treasure. With sufficient resources, players can establish additional dungeons in their expanding empire.
Play with Friends: Even the strongest villains need help sometimes! Team up with allies by assisting with their dungeon maintenance and defending them against attacks. Work with friends to conquer new dungeons and take control of valuable resources, or battle against them in player versus player combat to establish who reigns as the most powerful overlord.
Dungeon Overlord is available now on Facebook at http://apps.facebook.com/dungeonoverlord/
Trion Worlds announced that the upcoming MMORPG Rift is scheduled to launch in North America on March 1st and in Europe on March 4th. Today also marks the start of the game’s pre-order program through both digital and retail channels.
“The launch of Rift is the culmination of our tireless efforts over the past several years to bring players the most complete, full-featured, and dynamic online game they’ve ever experienced,” said Lars Buttler, CEO of Trion Worlds. “Through the dedication, creativity, and incredible track record of our veteran development team, we’ve been able to create an exceptionally polished and immersive online world filled with adventure, surprise, and beauty. We can’t wait to share Rift with players around the world.”
Beginning today, customers who pre-order Rift receive their choice of one-of-three exclusive in-game pets, and are eligible to participate in the head-start period anticipated to begin February 24th. Pre-order customers will also be granted access to play in all remaining closed-beta events. Beta details, including a regularly updated event schedule, are available at http://www.RIFTgame.com/beta.
Available for purchase online and at select retail outlets, the Standard, Digital Collector’s and Retail Collector’s Editions of the game will sell for $49.99, $59.99 and $79.99 USD, respectively. The standard monthly subscription rate for the game will be $14.99 USD.
Rift will also offer a limited-time “Founder’s Pricing” for players, featuring a $9.99 USD/month price for a multi-month subscription. For more information on Founder’s Pricing and subscription details, visit http://www.RIFTgame.com/subscriptions.
Two Out Rally, Baseball MMORPG announced that Season 3 will begin with new features, including team ownership options and a referral rewards system. Combine that with a user base growing at a surging 40% clip, and users have a lot to look forward to this season.
As the only free and no-download role playing baseball simulation, Two Out Rally sees its tremendous growth among three key communities: gamers, fantasy baseball fans, and forum dwellers.
“While those are often the same person,” Walter Fulbright, President of Game Logic & Design said, “we really have something to offer for everyone, whether you like baseball, closely-knit communities, or you just seek out addictive games. It’s a neat opportunity to provide all three in a way that’s never been done before.” Read more
On December 22, publisher burda:ic will release the biggest patch in the history of the free-to-play online RTS RPG highlight.
Is it Christmas already? Not quite, but the free-to-play game Avalon Heroes will indeed be bringing the big day forward this year – by several days! Fans of the online RTS RPG will receive a superlative update on December 22: two quick-witted heroes, an improved guild system, the game modes “Elimination” and “Deathmatch”, plus many smaller updates, as well as plenty of yuletide spirit. Thus, Avalon Heroes is really cranking it up toward the end of the year, and is sure to have strategists and role-players alike glued to their screens.
Fighting for honor and glory here is just pure enjoyment! The new “reconnect system” being introduced on December 22 for the first time allows hero and game data to be saved, enabling players to reconnect to matches they started previously. The guild system will also be completely overhauled: The “guild war system” in battle mode will allow extra EXP to be collected; the “guild benefit system”, reminiscent of a popular MMO system, holds additional rewards in store for successful guilds. Moreover, there are two brand-new game modes to discover. In “Elimination”, the team still standing after 25 minutes of playing wins. In “Deathmatch”, on the other hand, the aim is to defeat more heroes in a given period of time than the opposing team.
However, no Avalon Heroes update would be complete without new heroes! There is Humbaba, an exemplary melee fighter capable of taking on several enemies at once. Or you might prefer Rukselam, whose HP and defense stats are excellent. Whichever of these two heroes a player might choose, collecting and mastering the skills of these unique heroes is about to become more motivational than ever, as the plaza market is resplendent in white, and new costumes will almost allow certain heroes to pass for Santa Claus on the battlefield.
Avalon Heroes is free to play! The games client is available for free download at www.avalonheroes.alaplaya.net/download.
Tibia, one of the oldest MMORPGs worldwide, is facing its annual winter update. The major game update consist both of map enhancements and feature additions.
The most exciting addition is without any doubt the introduction of mounts. For the first time in Tibia’s 13 year old history, players are now able to choose between several creatures (i.e. midnight panthers, war bears, etc) which can be tamed and ridden. More mounts are already planned and will be introduced with future updates.
For Tibia’s community, map enhancements have always been an important and inherent part of every new update. This time, two big free-to-play areas (Kazordoon, Outlaw Camp) have been completely overhauled and polished.
In addition, many new world quests have been introduced with this winter update, which will all be launched during the course of next year. World quests are time consuming challenges, which can only be mastered if many players of one game world work together in a coordinated and peaceful manner – sometimes for many days in a row.
As usual, the update is accompanied by the introduction of new items, spells achievements, quests and many more.
Atlantica Online, a strategic turn-based MMO, will be launching a large scale update that is set to include a new dungeon, an overhauled Tactical Battle System, new journeys, and more for the month of December.
The independent dungeon, “Ancient Lava Valley,” allows players and up to two friends join together to battle the Flame Guardians. Defeating all monsters within the given time limit will award players exciting new items and treasures.
Fans will also be able to try out Atlantica’s Tactical Battle System facelift, which features a bigger and bolder interface. Camera angles, alert messaging, and battlefield grid indicators have undergone major modifications so players are able to efficiently manage in-game activity. Additionally, a Solo Mode battle system has been added to the Trojan War Missions, which will offer solo players faster paced action, better speed upgrades, and stronger attack power.
Several new storylines and journeys have also been added to Atlantica Online, providing more adventures for players to enjoy. Additionally, players will see a new change to their mansions with the addition of stables. Players will now be able to house 2 of their mounts for display at their mansion for all to admire.
For the holidays, players can look forward to Santa’s Villa, which will feature special Christmas-themed quests and items.
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