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  • Guild Wars 2:
    PAX South 2015: O'Brien and Johanson on Guild Wars 2's Heart of Thorns

    Filed under: Fantasy, Events (Real-World), Expansions, Interviews, New Titles, PvP, PvE, Guild Wars 2, Events (Massively's Coverage), MMORPG, Buy-to-Play ArenaNet's Mike O'Brien and Colin Johanson (and Commander Shepard) took to the PAX South 2015 stage yesterday morning to announce Heart of Thorns, the first-ever expansion for Guild Wars 2. If you're not up to speed, check out our post covering the announcement and the official site to get the broad strokes on the expansion's new zone, new profession, new progression system, and more. News of the expansion raised many a question from our readers (and our staff!). Massively's Larry Everett and I sat down with O'Brien and Johanson to try to get those questions answered and dive a little deeper into the changes coming to Guild Wars 2's living world. And no, there isn't a release date.Continue reading PAX South 2015: O'Brien and Johanson on Guild Wars 2's Heart of ThornsPAX South 2015: O'Brien and Johanson on Guild Wars 2's Heart of Thorns originally appeared on Massively on Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
    Posted: Jan. 25 @ 07:00 AM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    PAX South 2015: The Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns experience

    Filed under: Fantasy, Culture, Events (Real-World), Expansions, PvE, Opinion, Guild Wars 2, Events (Massively's Coverage), MMORPG, Buy-to-Play As MMO player surely know by now, Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is the first expansion ever for the ArenaNet MMORPG. In fact, most everyone suspected the announcement thanks to the leaked trademark information. But that didn't stop fans from being excited about it, nor did that bit of information satisfy their hunger. The emcee for the reveal event was none other than voice actor Jennifer Hale, whose voice players might recognize as Queen Jenna's. President and CEO of ArenaNet Mike O'Brien and game director Colin Johanson teased the PAX South crowd of over 1,500 fans waiting in the main theater. But the anticipation for new expansion started well before anyone even came to the stage.Continue reading PAX South 2015: The Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns experiencePAX South 2015: The Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns experience originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
    Posted: Jan. 24 @ 06:00 PM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    PAX South 2015: Guild Wars 2's Heart of Thorns is an expansion

    Filed under: Fantasy, Events (Real-World), Previews, News Items, Guild Wars 2, Events (Massively's Coverage), Buy-to-Play ArenaNet has just announced that Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is indeed an expansion. Speaking from a packed main theater at PAX South 2015, ANet President Mike O'Brien formally confirmed the rumored expansion, saying it will take players "deep into the heart of the Maguuma jungle" and will avoid traditional expansion powercreep and gear treadmills by not raising the level cap. The expansion will introduce new group challenges, new profession specializations, and an account-based "masteries" system for character progression through the new territories. Game Director Colin Johanson told cheering fans that new legendary weapons and precursors are inbound, as are epic quests that help players acquire their precursors. The expansion will include one new class, the Revenant, which is a heavy armor class that channels the spirits of the mists and famous characters from Guild Wars lore. Each existing class will receive new mechanics and weapons that "fundamentally" change how they play; for example, Rangers can become druids and Necromancers will be able to use greatswords. WvW will also finally get some love, and there will be a new GvG game mode called Stronghold, which of course means... guild halls! The official site is live now, and the brand-new trailer is now below the cut. Massively's Larry Everett and Mike Foster are live at the event; we'll have more from San Antonio later this afternoon. Fans can follow the festivities on Twitch.Continue reading PAX South 2015: Guild Wars 2's Heart of Thorns is an expansionPAX South 2015: Guild Wars 2's Heart of Thorns is an expansion originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:35:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
    Posted: Jan. 24 @ 08:35 AM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    [LIVE] The big, PAX round-up topic.

    The big, PAX round-up topic Today, Arenanet is presenting their heart of thorns panel.  This thread will be updated with all announcements, important quotes, and information that is relevant.  If you wish to view the panel, you can view it on the official twitch channel.  Be sure to refresh this thread a lot... prepare your F5 keys! Status:  LIVE AND TRACKING.  All time are in GMT +1. 17:16- Arenanet's Rubi Bayer confirms that that next weeks' point of interests show will be a more in-depth look at many announcement of Heart of Thorns. 17:13 - Live Stream has begun, with Jennifer Hale (the voice of Queen Jennah, among many) doing some pre-show speculation.  Discussion is about the amount of people and audience polling.
    Posted: Jan. 24 @ 08:06 AM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    PSA: Arenanet aware of ongoing disconnection issues, stay tuned to Guru for a liveblog

    PSA:  Arenanet aware of ongoing disconnection issues As Arenanet prepares to announce what comes beyond the point of no return, their servers have also reached the point of no return and are throwing gamers out of the game with constant disconnects.  This issue has been ongoing for 12 hours since the evening of the 23rd of January.  Arenanet has updated players stating they are working on a hotfix for the issue, and that this is a problem on their end We are aware of some connectivity issues for players, and are working on a solution. Thank you for your understanding and patience. ^RD Be sure to stay tuned to Guru for coverage of the announcements later today, including a liveblog of the announcements for those that cannot watch the stream.
    Posted: Jan. 24 @ 03:51 AM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Limited Time Offer: Save 75% on Guild Wars 2

    From now through January 25*, we're offering both Guild Wars 2 Digital Heroic Edition and Digital Deluxe edition for 75% off.Read More
    Posted: Jan. 23 @ 04:02 PM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Announcing the First Guild Wars 2 Expansion

    We are thrilled to announce our first expansion, Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns!Read More
    Posted: Jan. 23 @ 04:01 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Loremaster’s Archive: Trail and Tide

    Read a new lore book by Moon Bishop Hunal and see answers to your questions about the Khajiit.
    Posted: Jan. 23 @ 08:07 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    The Think Tank: Analyzing Elder Scrolls Online's B2P model

    Filed under: Fantasy, Business Models, Culture, MMO Industry, Opinion, Massively Meta, The Elder Scrolls Online, The Think Tank, Buy-to-Play Yesterday's reveal that The Elder Scrolls Online will go buy-to-play in March has prompted much speculation about the nature of the cash shop, the ethics of the switchover, the continued viability of the game, and the quality, cost, and frequency of the promised DLC. In today's Think Tank, the Massively staff will discuss the decision. Is B2P the right call for ESO? Was the exceedingly long delay of the console launch a huge mistake? What do we expect from the DLC? And is "Tamriel Unlimited" in fact the worst rebrand ever?Continue reading The Think Tank: Analyzing Elder Scrolls Online's B2P modelThe Think Tank: Analyzing Elder Scrolls Online's B2P model originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
    Posted: Jan. 22 @ 05:00 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Here's a 23-minute Elder Scrolls Online 'supercut' CG trailer

    Filed under: Fantasy, Trailers, Video, MMO Industry, News Items, The Elder Scrolls Online ZeniMax has released a 23-minute "supercut" of its Elder Scrolls Online trailer series. The firm says that the CG production was "over a year in the making," and the final bit -- dubbed The Confrontation -- brings the battle for Imperial City to an end and reveals "a new and horrific threat to Tamriel." Click past the cut to have a look.Continue reading Here's a 23-minute Elder Scrolls Online 'supercut' CG trailerHere's a 23-minute Elder Scrolls Online 'supercut' CG trailer originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
    Posted: Jan. 22 @ 12:00 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Guild Spotlight - The Worlds Watchmen

    Looking for a French-speaking guild that’s all about mutual aid?
    Posted: Jan. 22 @ 11:25 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Cinematic Trailer: Three Fates

    Watch all four episodes of our dramatic trailer series in its full, uncut glory.
    Posted: Jan. 22 @ 08:29 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Elder Scrolls Online: New Mounts, Costumes & Pets Showcased

    The Elder Scrolls Online site has been updated with a bevy of in-game images of new mounts, costumes and pets that will be added to the game shortly. Costumes range from a jester to a wedding gown and everything in between. Panthers and hounds are among the pets, with new horses and guars rounding out the mounts.
    Posted: Jan. 22 @ 08:00 AM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    PAX South 2015: Jennifer Hale will host Guild Wars 2 panel, herald 75% off sale

    Filed under: Business Models, Events (Real-World), Events (In-Game), Game Mechanics, Previews, News Items, Guild Wars 2, Events (Massively's Coverage), Community Q&A, Promotions, Buy-to-Play So you already knew about Guild Wars 2's big event at PAX South this Saturday, the Point of No Return panel, which has players crossing their fingers for an expansion announcement. If you can't go in person, you can watch the whole shebang on Twitch for the low, low price of nothing. And that deal just got even sweeter, as ArenaNet has just declared this morning that gaming icon and voice actress Jennifer Hale, known to GW2 fans as the voice of Queen Jennah and to everyone else as the voice of approximately eight million other characters, will be hosting the livestream. Meanwhile, the studio has vowed to slash the price of the buy-to-play MMO to $9.99 on Saturday and Sunday in honor of the hoopla, marking the biggest sale for the game it's held to date. Characters in-game will be showered with sales on boosters and a free double-experience bonus that lasts all weekend. Massively GW2 expert Anatoli Ingram speculated about the possible expansion and analyzed the final season 2 episode in his most recent columns.Continue reading PAX South 2015: Jennifer Hale will host Guild Wars 2 panel, herald 75% off salePAX South 2015: Jennifer Hale will host Guild Wars 2 panel, herald 75% off sale originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
    Posted: Jan. 22 @ 06:00 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    The Daily Grind: Will you play Elder Scrolls Online once it's B2P?

    Filed under: Fantasy, Business Models, MMO Industry, Opinion, Massively Meta, The Daily Grind, The Elder Scrolls Online, Buy-to-Play Yesterday's news that The Elder Scrolls Online is going buy-to-play in time for its console launch surprised... well, not many of Massively's readers. You pretty much saw it coming. Some folks around here said this move was a certainty even before launch and consequently refused to buy it, deciding that patience would pay off. (And it did!) But what about now? I admit I'm much more tempted by a game that isn't charging an unwarranted fee and isn't abusing a cash shop. B2P is a great model for gamers, especially when they avoid lockbox crap (yay!). How about you? If you didn't play ESO when it launched last April, will you give it a try in March when it's down to just a box fee, a mild cash shop, and more traditional DLC? Every morning, the Massively bloggers probe the minds of their readers with deep, thought-provoking questions about that most serious of topics: massively online gaming. We crave your opinions, so grab your caffeinated beverage of choice and chime in on today's Daily Grind!The Daily Grind: Will you play Elder Scrolls Online once it's B2P? originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
    Posted: Jan. 22 @ 05:00 AM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    This Weekend: Guild Wars 2 at PAX South, an Unprecedented Sale, and Double XP for All

    This weekend promises to be one of the biggest in Guild Wars 2 history - and you're invited to join in the celebration!Read More
    Posted: Jan. 21 @ 04:01 PM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Guild Wars 2 player redesigns ANet's UI

    Filed under: Fantasy, MMO Industry, News Items, Guild Wars 2 A Guild Wars 2 player who goes by the name of Amax on the official forums has redesigned the game's UI to correct "some flaws in the game's user experience." Changes include the character panel, the guild tab, the LFG panel, the story journal, and the addition of a lore journal. You can peruse a 28-page PDF complete with design notes and logic or check out a JPG screenshot showing off the concept just past the break.Continue reading Guild Wars 2 player redesigns ANet's UIGuild Wars 2 player redesigns ANet's UI originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
    Posted: Jan. 21 @ 04:00 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    ESO B2P Reactions Livestream

    Hi TF community, there’s been a load of great discussion already today about the recently announced B2P transition for ESO to precede it’s console launch later this Spring. I invite you all to join myself, @Atropos, and @Deltia in a live discussion hosted by @Erlexx tonight at 9pm EST on http://twitch.tv/erlexx. We’ll share our thoughts on the […]
    Posted: Jan. 21 @ 03:56 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Leaderboard: Is time or money more of a hindrance to your MMO habits?

    Filed under: Business Models, MMO Industry, Opinion, Leaderboard, The Elder Scrolls Online Elder Scrolls Online's forthcoming buy-to-play conversion is a hot topic at the moment, but sadly it doesn't do much for me on a personal level. Even if I hadn't already played and enjoyed ESO for a significant chunk of 2014, I don't have the time for another grindpark, however well made it may be and however well it scratches my IP-related itches. But hey, maybe I'll have time at some point in 2015. I hope so! What about you, Massively readers? Is time or money more of a hindrance when it comes to your personal MMO habits? Vote after the cut! Ever wish that you could put to rest a long-standing MMO debate once and for all? Then welcome to the battle royal of Massively's Leaderboard, where two sides enter the pit o' judgment -- and only one leaves. Vote to make your opinion known, and see whether your choice tops the Leaderboard!Continue reading Leaderboard: Is time or money more of a hindrance to your MMO habits?Leaderboard: Is time or money more of a hindrance to your MMO habits? originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
    Posted: Jan. 21 @ 01:00 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    ESO Console Launch and B2P Transition

    Today, ZeniMax Online Studios confirmed two major transitions for Elder Scrolls Online coming in the next several months. First, the long awaited ESO console launch has been scheduled for June 9th, 2015 for both Xbox One and PS4. Secondly, this heralds the major announcement of Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited , a buy-to-play version of the game with the accompanying ESO Plus […]
    Posted: Jan. 21 @ 10:37 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Elder Scrolls Online to nuke subs ahead of June 9th console launch

    Filed under: Fantasy, Trailers, Video, Business Models, Events (Real-World), Launches, News Items, Consoles, The Elder Scrolls Online, Buy-to-Play ZeniMax has this morning formally announced what the internet has been suspecting for months: The Elder Scrolls is going buy-to-play and dropping its required monthly subscription on March 17th for PC players, the same deal that will go live on June 9th for console players when it launches on PS4 and Xbox One. Rebranded as The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, ESO will still have an optional premium subscription membership called ESO Plus, which will provide "exclusive in-game bonuses, a monthly allotment of crowns to use in the store and access to all DLC game packs." The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited includes all the great gameplay from the original PC/Mac game, plus all the updates and content additions, including the exciting new Justice and Champion systems. All existing PC/Mac game accounts, open or closed, will be updated to the Tamriel Unlimited edition in March and former players will be invited back to the game at that time to experience all that is new in the world. New players will make a one-time purchase of the game and play, without restrictions, for as long as they like - without game subscription fees. Tamriel Unlimited will be supported with special, optional downloadable content available for purchase and an in-game Crown Store for convenience and customization items. Regular updates and new gameplay will be offered to all players to enjoy free of additional charges. The studio will host a livestream at noon EST today to further explain the announcement, but for now, you'll have to be contented with The Confrontation cinematic trailer -- that, and your smug satisfaction if this announcement validated your own hunch.Continue reading Elder Scrolls Online to nuke subs ahead of June 9th console launchElder Scrolls Online to nuke subs ahead of June 9th console launch originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
    Posted: Jan. 21 @ 07:00 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    ESO Heads to Consoles June 9th

    Get ready for our console launch on June 9th, and start exploring Tamriel with no game subscription fees on PC/Mac March 17th.
    Posted: Jan. 21 @ 06:55 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Your Guide to ESO Plus™ Premium Membership

    Find out more about the excellent in-game benefits that all ESO Plus members will enjoy in Tamriel Unlimited.
    Posted: Jan. 21 @ 06:53 AM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Global Chat: Guild Wars 2's economy is broken

    Filed under: EverQuest II, Culture, Opinion, Guild Wars 2, Global Chat, Miscellaneous, The Repopulation, Elite: Dangerous Guild Wars 2's economy remains a hot-button issue even two-and-a-half years after its release. In this week's exploration of the blogosphere, one writer pulls out all the stops to let you know what's broken about this MMO's economy -- and how it can be fixed. In addition to this thoughtful read, Global Chat will hear some snark on silly hotbar icons, pontificate about poor MMO names, deliver The Repopulation first impressions, and invite you to participate in a grand MUD experiment. Let's get going!Continue reading Global Chat: Guild Wars 2's economy is brokenGlobal Chat: Guild Wars 2's economy is broken originally appeared on Massively on Tue, 20 Jan 2015 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
    Posted: Jan. 20 @ 05:00 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited - The Surprises & Questions of B2P

    So here we are, as reported earlier, The Elder Scrolls Online will be rebranded as he Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited as of March 17th on PC, with the console versions released in June under the same format. Buying the game will allow access to the full content released before the rebranding, and "downloadable content" will be included with the now optional subscription.
    Posted: Jan. 20 @ 03:37 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Goes Unlimited on St. Patrick?s Day

    The rumors can end now, folks. It's official, as of this moment in time. Elder Scrolls Online is ditching its subscription model in favor of a model more akin to Guild Wars 2. Simply buy the base game, gain access to all of its content, and never pay another dime. In addition, the PS4 and XBOX One Editions will be launching officially on June 9th. It's all coming up Tamriel this year, it seems. However, that's not quite all she wrote. Read on for the full details.
    Posted: Jan. 20 @ 12:35 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    The Tamriel Chronicle, Issue #77

    Catch up on community events and see some great art, fiction, and other fan creations! 
    Posted: Jan. 20 @ 10:15 AM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Flameseeker Chronicles: Rooting through Guild Wars 2's Point of no Return

    Filed under: Fantasy, Lore, Patches, Opinion, Guild Wars 2, Races, Flameseeker Chronicles, Buy-to-Play How about that Guild Wars 2 season finale, huh? Although it's not the major event last year's was, it threw a huge chunk of fuel on the ol' rumor bonfires. Despite the buzz surrounding GW2 lately, I know a lot of players expected ArenaNet to underplay the last chapter of season two. Instead, we got a massive reveal and a surprise look at what ArenaNet plans to show off at PAX South on January 24th, and it's more full of exciting possibilities than I could have predicted. This article will necessarily contain spoilers, more spoilers, and even more spoilers, so make sure you're up to speed before reading further. Or don't, and suffer the consequences (I love saying that).Continue reading Flameseeker Chronicles: Rooting through Guild Wars 2's Point of no ReturnFlameseeker Chronicles: Rooting through Guild Wars 2's Point of no Return originally appeared on Massively on Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
    Posted: Jan. 20 @ 09:00 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Hungry? Elder Scrolls Online is revamping provisioning

    Filed under: Fantasy, Game Mechanics, Patches, News Items, Dev Diaries, Crafting, The Elder Scrolls Online, Subscription When The Elder Scrolls Online's Update 6 launches later this month, characters with the provisioning skill should go make us a sammich. Just kidding. But if you do decide to make us a sammich, you'll find the process much more streamlined and effective, as ZeniMax is plotting a major overhaul of the profession. In a dev blog posted last night, the studio explained that it will be reducing the overall number of ingredients in the game, adding new recipes, updating the cooking UI, and giving food additives some oomph. Roleplayers will be happy to learn that lootable food-related objects will soon yield appropriate ingredients (apples from apple baskets, for example), and food buffs will make a bit more sense, like "meat dishes [that] increase your health and fruit dishes [that] increase your magicka." If you're not actually a cook yourself, all you really need to know is that you should start skinning fish, cows, and chickens for meat and that drink buffs won't suck anymore. Hooray!Hungry? Elder Scrolls Online is revamping provisioning originally appeared on Massively on Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
    Posted: Jan. 20 @ 07:00 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Battlemaster’s Corner – The Berserker

    Not every Nightblade relies on subtlety and stealth. Discover today’s brutal player build!
    Posted: Jan. 20 @ 06:30 AM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Arcane Outfit, Mini Braham, and Pact Fleet Finisher in the Gem Store!

    We may be down, but we're never out! New outfit, mini, and finisher available.Read More
    Posted: Jan. 19 @ 04:02 PM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    The Winter PvP Ladder Test Season Has Ended and the Winners Have Been Chosen

    Join us in congratulating those who claimed the top spots on the leaderboard.Read More
    Posted: Jan. 19 @ 04:01 PM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    PAX South Pass Opportunity

    In an effort to fuel the hype train even more, ArenaNet has given us ten single day badges for PAX South this Saturday. And since we love you all so much, we're giving them to you on a first come first served basis. Though keep in mind there are a few points to consider before you place dibs on a pass.You need to already have the means to attend the San Antonio, Texas area for the convention. The passes will be on hold for you at will call at the convention center.In order to claim the pass at will call, you will need a valid government issued ID. Also, you need to post in this thread by 11:59 PM Tuesday (yes, tomorrow so we can give your name to ArenaNet in time. There are only ten badges available, so make sure you post sooner rather than later if you want one. (Note: I will edit your post saying your pass is reserved.) If you have any questions, let me know via private message and I'll do my best to answer them. Thanks!
    Posted: Jan. 19 @ 01:12 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Elder Scrolls Online: Provisioning to See Big Changes in Update 6

    Zenimax is giving provisioners some great news today with the list of changes coming with Update 6. The team has a new post on the Elder Scrolls Online site that details the changes, including a reduction in the number of ingredients required, a simplified UI, new recipes and better effects on drink buffs.
    Posted: Jan. 19 @ 10:52 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Update 6 Guide: Provisioning

    Provisioning is getting some major changes in Update 6. Find out what to expect.
    Posted: Jan. 19 @ 07:30 AM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Join Us for the Guild Wars 2 Community Party at PAX South

    We're coming to San Antonio to hang out with our fans during PAX South. Join us!Read More
    Posted: Jan. 18 @ 04:01 PM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Guild Wars 2 to nerf might, buff confusion

    Filed under: Fantasy, Patches, Previews, Guild Wars 2, Buy-to-Play There will be a few small but significant balance changes coming to Guild Wars 2 with its January 27th patch as outlined in a new dev diary today. The devs declared that the might boon is "exceptionally strong" and will see a nerf with the patch, bringing down the amount of power and condition damage that might stacks emitted. On the flip side, confusion will hit for 33% more, but in PvE combat only. Other patch balance changes include nerfing a few items and tweaking professions due to the might nerf. "The profession-specific updates this time around will be a bit more focused on the general usability of certain skills, with targeted reductions on outlier skills," the team said.Guild Wars 2 to nerf might, buff confusion originally appeared on Massively on Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
    Posted: Jan. 16 @ 11:00 AM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Preview of Upcoming Balance Changes

    A look into the balance changes coming on January 27.Read More
    Posted: Jan. 15 @ 04:01 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    ESO Live’s Next Episode: 1/16

    Stay up-to-date on ESO happenings, watch developer interviews, and more in tomorrow’s show.
    Posted: Jan. 15 @ 12:00 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Elder Scrolls' new Champion Point progression system detailed

    Filed under: Fantasy, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, News Items, PvE, The Elder Scrolls Online Elder Scrolls Online's Update 6 will introduce the Champion System, which is a "new way to continue your character's growth and customization" at endgame. Once you reach Veteran Rank 1, the system unlocks across your account and allows you to gain Champion Points for participating in activities that normally grant experience. Only VR-level characters can earn the new points, but once earned the points are available to any of your avatars. There's also a new account-wide mechanic called Enlightenment that builds over time regardless of whether you're logged in or not and grants a bonus to Champion Point progression. More details on the new system are available on the official ESO website.Elder Scrolls' new Champion Point progression system detailed originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
    Posted: Jan. 15 @ 11:30 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Elder Scrolls Online: Devs Detail the New Champion System

    The Elder Scrolls Online team has published a handy guide that takes some of the mystery out the Champion System, the overhauled progression system that comes along with Update 6. There is a section for each of the major parts of the Champion System: Points, Constellations, Passives and Enlightenment that will hopefully clear up some of the mystery surrounding the new system.
    Posted: Jan. 15 @ 08:30 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Update 6 Guide: The Champion System

    A new way to continue your character’s growth and customization is coming. Learn how it works.
    Posted: Jan. 15 @ 07:00 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Elder Scrolls Online boxes continue to vacate store shelves

    Filed under: Fantasy, Business Models, Events (Real-World), News Items, Rumors, The Elder Scrolls Online, Subscription More Australian retailers have apparently lined up to pull boxed copies of The Elder Scrolls Online from store shelves. Aussie gaming site Games.On.net reports that both Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi have deleted copies of the game from their physical stores. The unnamed Games.On.net source, who said he/she had seen the paperwork confirming the recall, claims that "all game cards and copies were pulled out of Harvey Norman, and the ONLY reason that would happen is because it has become a free product [...] if it was being brought out in a different format, it'd have a price drop, not a recall." Last week, EB Games in the land down under began destocking ESO boxes, and Microsoft abruptly updated the game's scheduled release on Xbox One to February 24th, 2015. ZeniMax removed long-term subscriptions from the game back in December, claiming that players prefer shorter billing options and prompting widespread speculation about a possible impending business model change.Elder Scrolls Online boxes continue to vacate store shelves originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
    Posted: Jan. 15 @ 07:00 AM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Points of Interest Is Back for 2015

    Join Rubi, Colin Johanson, Steven Waller, and Hugh Norfolk to talk about Guild Wars 2 Living World Season 2 and more!Read More
    Posted: Jan. 14 @ 04:01 PM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Archive Changes on January 20

    Last Post: Jan 14, 2015 17:21 On January 20, we will be removing the archived sub-forums listing from the front page of the forums. The archived forums are not being deleted but simply are being removed from the index page. You may browse these forums in read-only mode by navigating directly to the URL of your desired sub-forum.We have compiled a list of URLs below:Dynamic EventsPersonal StoryCraftingBlack Lion Trading CompanySuggestionsProfession BalanceAudioForum and Website BugsGuildsGuild MissionsPvP EventsMatch-upsAsuraCharrHumanNornSylvariHalloween EventThe Lost ShoresWintersdayFlame and FrostSuper Adventure BoxLast Stand at SouthsunDragon BashSky Pirates of TyriaBazaar of the Four WindsCutthroat PoliticsTwilight AssaultClockwork ChaosQueen's JubileeTequatl RisingSuper Adventure Box: Back to SchoolFracturedBlood and MadnessA Very Merry WintersdayTower of NightmaresThe Nightmare WithinThe Edge of the MistsThe Origins of MadnessBattle for Lion's ArchFestival of the Four Winds
    Posted: Jan. 14 @ 09:21 AM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Join us January 24 on Twitch

    ArenaNet co-founder Mike O'Brien and Game Director Colin Johanson will be appearing together at a very special Guild Wars 2 PAX South presentation.Read More
    Posted: Jan. 13 @ 04:01 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Elder Scrolls Online: Understanding Champion Points

    At the end of December Zenimax announced what players are going to receive when the champion system is released, 30 champion points. If you had at least one character veteran rank 1 or higher you'd receive 30 champion points when 1.6 goes live. It doesn't matter if you've spent the last 9 months playing the same veteran 14 character, or even had eight veteran rank 14 characters, you'd still receive 30 champion points. As you can see there is a major flaw in this.
    Posted: Jan. 13 @ 02:22 PM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    There's a Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns teaser in today's update

    Filed under: Fantasy, Expansions, MMO Industry, News Items, PvE, Guild Wars 2 Guess what awaits you at the end of Guild Wars 2's Point of No Return living story arc? Yes, it's a brief teaser for Heart of Thorns along with a reveal date. If you're attending PAX South you can see the reveal in-person at 11:30 a.m. EDT. If you can't make that, you can catch it on Twitch. We've embedded the Point of No Return cutscene just past the break, but don't click on it if you're concerned about spoilers! [Thanks Pete!]Continue reading There's a Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns teaser in today's updateThere's a Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns teaser in today's update originally appeared on Massively on Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
    Posted: Jan. 13 @ 01:00 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    The Tamriel Town Crier, Issue #3

    The Town Crier makes a triumphant return in the new year with more fan creations.
    Posted: Jan. 13 @ 10:45 AM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Update Notes for 01/13/2015: Point of No Return

    LIVING WORLD Point of No Return Heroes stand at a precipice as Tyria hurtles toward a point of no return. The Pact Fleet is poised to launch its assault on Mordremoth. The search for Caithe—and Glint’s egg—is narrowing, yet the future is uncertain. What answers will be revealed inside the cave? Achievements After completing Point of No Return, showcase your tactical mastery as a hero of Tyria by completing challenging, episode-related achievements. RewardsPlayers can now complete their Carapace and Luminescent armor sets! Collect Carapace Headgear Boxes by completing the Point of No Return episode. Additional boxes can be purchased for bandit crests.Collect Carapace Coat Boxes by defeating the imposing Mordrem Vinewrath.Complete the Bioluminescence collection to receive a new title, a choice of ascended armor pieces, and five transmutation charges.Want some help completing your Luminescent boots and leg armor? Mordrem spleen and bladder extractors are now available for purchase with bandit crests.Complete the Point of No Return episode to receive various rewards, including a bandit chest for your home instance!Players who go up against the Mordrem Vinewrath will receive the Hero of the Wastes boon that grants 50% bonus magic find and extra bandit crests from various events throughout the map. BALANCE, BUG-FIXING, POLISH Profession Skills GuardianHammer Swing / Hammer Bash: Fixed a bug that prevented the Number of Targets facts on these skills from displaying.Sanctuary: Fixed a bug that caused the Master of Consecrations trait to create a duplicate skill fact. MesmerIllusionary Leap: Removed the ability to use this skill in midair. NecromancerLich Form: Deathly Claws: Added a Pierces skill fact.Marked for Death: Updated the Damage skill fact to correctly scale with the Spiteful Marks trait. RangerPiercing Arrows: Added Pierces and Targets per Arrow skill facts.Mighty Swap: Added a Combat Only trait fact.Vigorous Training: Added a Combat Only trait fact. WarriorFan of Fire: Added Pierces and Targets per Arrow skill facts.Combustive Shot: Fixed a bug that caused the Damage skill fact to display a lower amount than the actual damage when Burst Mastery was equipped. Structured Player vs. PlayerAdjusted matchmaking for parties with higher-skilled players.Added an accumulating grace period for disconnects, allowing players to reconnect and finish the game without receiving dishonor or taking a loss.Losses will not count toward the leaderboard standings if a teammate outside your party has deserted.Party members will receive a desertion leaderboard standing if a member of their party has deserted the game, but only the deserting player will receive dishonor.Matchmaking ratings will not be updated if a game has player desertions.Fixed a bug that prevented players from properly leaving a queue.Fixed a bug that caused players to receive dishonor multiple times for the same infraction. The winter PvP Ladder Test Season has ended. The following rewards will be distributed to players based on their leaderboard position at end of the season:The top 5 players in each region will receive two pieces of Glorious Hero’s armor and one Mini Llama.The top 20 players in each region will receive one piece of Glorious Hero’s armor and one Mini Llama.The top 250 players in each region will receive one Mini Llama. World vs. WorldThe Toxic Unveiling Volley skill no longer displays on an arrow cart’s skill bar until the skill has been unlocked.Updated guild arrow cart skill damage tooltips to properly reflect their superior level of damage.The WvW Sneak Attack special event has completed. Player kills no longer score 1 point. Finishing a player while your world has Borderlands Bloodlust will award 1 point.Objectives under attack will now display the white crossed-swords icon in World vs. World. BLACK LION TRADING COMPANY GEM STORE New Items and PromotionsMini Rox is now available in the Toys category of the Gem Store for 350 gems.A new Mordrem weapon set is available from the Black Lion Weapon Specialist for the limited-time price of 1 Black Lion Claim Ticket. Tickets and ticket scraps can be found in Black Lion Chests.The new Ghostly Mail Courier mail carrier is available in the Upgrades category of the Gem Store for 500 gems.New exclusive colors for hair and eyes are now included in Total Makeover Kits, available in the Services category of the Gem Store for 350 gems. Bug FixesFixed a bug in which finishers would sometimes reset to the default finisher after interaction with the Hero panel. Source.
    Posted: Jan. 13 @ 10:39 AM

 
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