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PAX East 2014 Exclusive: Infinite Crisis Competing in the Cramped MOBA Genre & Launch Date

16 April 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

Creative Director Cardell Kerr and iTZKooPA kick off their latest interview discussing the rise of Infinite Crisis and how it has begun to attract eSports attention well before its release. Need evidence? Simply listen carefully to the background noise featuring an on-going match on the other side of a wall!

With thousands of gamers rediscovering Infinite Crisis after numerous patches, polish and balance changes, it couldn’t be more important for Kerr to reestablish what sets IC apart, aside from the use of the DC universe, including the multiverse storyline. You see, Kerr believes a single word can describe its differentiation, aggression. Players are prompted to be aggressive. Laning is a means to an end, but not necessarily the best way to get there.

The pair also discuss much more in the fact-filled interview, including how heroes and villains are sourced and teases a release date for the first time! Seriously, you can infer when Turbine Entertainment expects to release the game!

Check it after the cut. Continue Reading

Lore Hound Heading to PAX East 2014

10 April 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

Oh, that’s right. There’s that giant convention going on. I should start driving. If you’re attending, don’t miss the AppJunkies panel on Friday at 11:30. Yours truly will be one of the panelists!

Be sure to follow @LoreHound and @iTZKooPA for immediate updates. Full coverage to begin early next week!

Wonder What’s Going on in the Star Trek Universe? (Video)

10 April 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

You need look no further than the above trailer to get caught up. Reminds me, when the heck are they going to make a new show? Movies are good and all, but I need more!

The Elder Scrolls Online – The Siege Cinematic Trailer

4 April 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

ZeniMax Online’s freshman entry and a universe everyone has been clamoring to play in with other is finally upon the greater gaming culture. Gaze at the glory of The Elder Scrolls Online opening cinematic above.

All the Awesome Cosplay from the #SMITELaunch

30 March 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

Words, who needs words when we’ve every single cosplayer available behind the cut. Hit that button. Hit it! Continue Reading

Additional Developers Creating Unified Gaming Platforms

24 March 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

This seems like a no-brainer to the consumers of MMOG, but a pair of multi-title developers have, once again, independently announced their respective intentions to develop a single sign-in platform for their titles. Following Wargaming and Perfect World Entertainment in 2013, this year we should witness the consumer-friendly packaging for the WEBZEN and Trion Worlds games.

Following the purchase of gPotato, WEBZEN will be merging those EU and NA platforms with the system. That will combine some 40 million+ accounts spread across titles such as Age of Wulin, C9: Continent of the Ninth Seal, MU Online and MU Rebirth, to long-time favourites like Flyff, Terra Militaris and Rappelz, and also the upcoming Archlord II.

Trion Worlds isn’t going as gung-ho as WEBZEN, instead rolling its products together via a platform more akin to the Blizzard Launcher. The “lightweight digital hub” is known as Glyph and will roll the more than 10 million gamers across DefianceRIFT, Trove, and, presumably, the upcoming ArcheAge. Sorry, End of Nations fans, no mention, again, there.

In addition, Trion Worlds said the DRM-free platform will be easy to easy for consumer and developer alike. Yeah, it’s going to be made available to Trion’s partners.

WildStar Coming June 3, Pre-Order & Watch Latest DevSpeak (Video)

24 March 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

Carbine Studios dropped a parade of information on those looking to join the cheeky classic RPG fun that WildStar is planning on delivering. The MMORPG dev/pub recently unlocked pre-orders for its title, as well as finally announcing the release date. Come June 3 players can finally get their hands on one of the most highly-anticipated titles of 2014.

The basic pre-order package unlocks playtime for you and some friends as well as a housing decor item. And we all know that WildStar is all about player housing. The Deluxe Digital Edition ups the ante with a custom title, armor dye, an Eldar hoverboard and more.

And if the pre-order perks and early access aren’t enough there’s a nice new DevSpeak video covering a major aspect of any AAA MMORPG, the common distraction of PvP. For the first time you’ll be able to see two types of Carbine’s design after the cut, Arenas and Battleground. Continue Reading

SMITE Introduces Ullr – The Glorious One

23 March 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

Well, isn’t that an aptly timed release of the latest deity for the god-based MOBA SMITE. Following the recent unveiling of Sylla, Hi-Rez Studios has patch in Ullr – The Glorious One. Hailing from the Norse pantheon, Ullr is the nordic version of Artemis, the pantheon’s Hunter deity. The stance-based Ullr is another ranged physical character that features high sustainability, making him far less squishy than his Greek counterpart.

The latest patch contains something unheard of in SMITE, potentially by any MOBA, at least by my ears. Hi-Rez Studios has refunded any player that purchased the Nightmare skin for Hades. The 400 Gem purchase has become his default skin – with updates to the Legendary and Golden skins to reflect this – yet not removed from the game. Any incoming player can purchase the Classic skin. Anyone with Hades is grandfathered in.

Aphrodite received a 3D model overhaul. Still as sexy as ever. Meanwhile Nemesis received the Golden treatment. In what could be the final patch before next week’s launch tournament, Hi-Rez Studios focused its efforts on small balance changes, a lot of General updates and a variety of bug fixes.

Full patch notes after the cut. Oddly, the team must be quite busy, as there was no God Reveal video with the patch notes. Continue Reading