Kingdom Heroes Beta Sign Up

Posted by on March 4, 2010 - 2 Comments »

Aeria Games and Userjoy Technology Co. Ltd have announced that beta sign ups for their latest MMORPG, Kingdom Heroes, are now open. Kingdom Heroes is a historical MMORPG where players can participate in large scale battles in a unique Asian setting. The game’s official website is located here, detailed information is below.

Features:

Large Scale Kingdom War

Choose one of three factions and participate, if you desire, in a recurring, full-scale, player vs. player (PvP) battle for control of territory across the entire world map. NPC troops, mounts, ships, and siege engines.

Rule and Conquer Player Cities

Do you fancy yourself a brutal warlord or a savvy politician? Maybe both! Organize a group of players, capture a city, and administer it any way you see fit. Be wary – there are others who will look to wipe you off the map.

Control an Army

As you rise through the ranks of your faction, you earn the respect of your peers. Recruit and customize a variety of NPC soldiers, and build your own personal army. Individual EXP, formations, and specialties.

Dominate By Land and Sea

Organize your very own crew of players and take to the seas in exciting ship battles. Up to eleven players can collaborate aboard the same upgradeable vessel. Raid enemy ships, blockade cities, and more.

Craft of Gods – Second Open Beta Test Starting March 11

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After the success of the first open beta test, the development team have announced that Craft of Gods Open Beta 2 will be starting on March 11. The servers will remain open until the estimated end of the second open beta, March 13. The second test will include many new features, including a new user interface, new spells, a level cap of 20, and many major tweaks and fixes. The game client can be downloaded here. You can sign up for a game account here.

“Craft of Gods” is a 3D MMORPG, based on Slavic mythology.
The world characters live in is called Akvilon, it is a huge world with 25 different maps. There are many wonderful places to discover, many enemies to fight and an infinite number of things to do.
In Akvilon, there are forests, deserts, desolate steppes, magical ancient forests, frozen icy plains, where the cold can even freeze your very thoughts. There are hundreds of different monsters and more than 70 unique creatures, including the legendary Serpent, fiery Dragons, and the slimy Kikimora. But there are also the honeyed-tongued Sirens… honeyed? Are you sure?

Forsaken World Announced

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Perfect World Entertainment have announced the latest addition to their game list – Forsaken World, a new free-to-play MMORPG that promises to bring the best of West and East cultures together. The game is set in a fantasy world filled with color and beauty.

· 5 Distinct Races, each with their own in-depth narrative and history in Forsaken World – Stonemen, Elves, Dwarfs, Humans and the Kindred

· 8 Classes – Warrior, Protector, Assassin, Marksman, Mage, Priest, Vampire and Bard

· 11 Exciting Occupations to choose from including – Socialite, Adventurer, Merchant, Collector, Arcanist, Botanist, Astrologist, Armorsmith, Bladesmith, Tamer and Alchemist

· Mini games related to Forsaken World throughout the website

· The History of Forsaken World through videos, concept art, screenshots and more

More information about Forsaken World is available here.

N.E.O Online Now Live

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N.E.O Online, the free-to-play MMORPG by PlayOMG, has officially released. What’s unique about N.E.O Online, is that the game lets players change the environments and in-game actions by simply interacting with them. Anyone interested in the game can download it right now and login with their PlayOMG/Facebook/Yahoo/Myspace account information. Along with the N.E.O’s release, the item mall opened simultaneously, giving players the chance to customize their avatars in unique ways. Details about the game are available below.

In NEO Online, you don’t have to stick with ONE occupation while playing, unlike all other existing online games. While most games force players to stay within the same occupation throughout the game, NEO Online lets you continue to earn skills through upgrading your level without sticking to ONE Occupation. Players can acquire and utilize items and skills without any restriction upon their occupations. A player can become a warrior with a sword, a wizard or a wizard-warrior using both sword and magic.

Level doesn’t necessarily represent the strength of each character. The freedom to develop your character enables everyone to create their own unique character according to personal preferences. Based on how player distribute capacity points to raise attributes, skills that have been learn, grade of fair stones, and how fair stones are reinforced and appraised, each character will be able to develop its own advantages and irreplaceable value.

Darkfall – "I Love Darkfall" Contest and Special Pricing for March

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To celebrate Darkfall‘s first anniversary, Aventurine has announced a new prices for the game. In March, you can purchase a special package for $59.99, which includes the Darkfall game and three months worth of subscription. Not leaving existing users out of the picture, Aventurine has announced a 30% discount off of the six month subscription package in March as well.

The developers have also announced the “I Love Darkfall” contest, to encourage players to show their love for Darkfall. No matter how. You can write a song, make a video, do a dance, and everything else you can imagine that will prove how much you love the game. The reward? 5,000$!

Allods Online Item Shop Overhaul; Is It Enough?

Posted by on March 3, 2010 - No Comments »

The rise and fall of Allods Online can be broken down into two categories, before the item shop and after.  The game kicked off to to stellar reviews, fanfare, and lots of positive feedback.  Really everything a developer could ever want.  gPotato added the item shop shortly after the game went live, and all of that positive movement was gone.  *poof*

Players frothed at the mouth over incredibly high prices for items such as an additional six bag slots for $20.  Ouch.  gPotato initially said ‘tough,’ standing by its decision.  It appears the company realized its mistake, as it has announced a reduction in prices to key items, including the aforementioned bag.

List of changes in the item shop:

  • Vial of Perfume reduced from 75gP to 25gP
  • Large Perfume Kit reduced from 1350gP to 300gP
  • Holy Rune reduced from 1500gP to 1000gP
  • Rough Dragon Hide Backpack reduced from 2000gP to 600gP
  • Small Deposit Box reduced from 1500gP to 1000gP
  • Small Bag of Crystal Chips reduced from 250gP to 100gP
  • Medium Bag of Crystal Chips reduced from 1200gP to 350gP
  • Potions reduced from 250gP to 200gP

A gP, or gPotato, is $0.01, so the Rough Dragon Hide Backpack has gone from $20 to $6.  A more reasonable $1 per slot.  The changes put the desirable items more in line with other F2P shops, like the one I broke down for Runes of Magic.

Seeing as Allods Online has so much competition in the field of F2P games, the damage may already be done.  Is the reduction enough to draw people back in, or are the potential customers that left during gPotato’s stonewalling a lost cause?

The developer has backpedaled, but now a show of good faith is needed.  My idea – offer a discount on gPotatoes for a limited time to try to win over the angered players.

The World of Cars Online: Open Beta Started

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Disney Online has announced that the Open Beta for The World of Cars Online, the MMO based on their popular multimedia franchise, Cars, has hit open beta status and is waiting for you to start the engine. In the open beta, players will be able to race against each other, explore the world, play games, make new friends and.. earn coins. Detailed information is available below.

WELCOME TO OPEN BETA!

Hey all! Sparks here!

Guess what I am? I’m TOTALLY PSYCHED! Open Beta’s here. What are you waitin’ for? Drive on in!

The World of Cars couldn’t have opened without all your awesome ideas and feedback. You created this World. So keep making it better by voicing what you want.

This is only the beginning, and Open Beta gives the Pit Crew a chance to fix stuff before the World officially launches.

Is something not working right? Is there something you like or something you’d like to improve? Let us know.

During Open Beta, you can race against each other on the local tracks, explore the World, play games, make new friends, and earn lots of Coins.

There will also be special events where you can try out being a Sponsored Car.

What does Sponsoring your Car mean? After we close our Beta, you can get your Car sponsored by paying a monthly subscription fee to get extra stuff. You’ll be able to race on the Pro Tracks in the Piston Cup Series and use Coins to buy cool gear to customize your Car and Home.

Remember to check back often. We’ll be updating you on stuff, like when you can try out the Sponsorship features. Let us know what you think about the World.

Who knows what World of Cars will look like in a year from now? It will be what YOU want it to be. So drive on in and start the fun!

Keep Coolant!
SPARKS

P.S. Check out our Known Issues List (for updates on those tricky bugs), and don’t forget to Report a Bug if you see something not working.

Lord of the Rings Online – New "Player Feed" Social App

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Turbine has announced the release of a brand new social application for Lord of the Rings Online, entitled ”Player Feed“. The new application will allow fans of the game to share their in-game status and achievements with the world through Facebook, and is powered by my.lotro.com. This is not the first time an MMORPG integrates itself with a social network or portal, we’ve seen this happen with Twitter, MySpace, but mostly with official websites. This makes up for a brand new level of interactivity. Additionally, game tracking services such as XFire and Raptr have offered achievement tracking for World of WarCraft, and we can expect more and more web-integrated MMO’s in the near future.

You can view more information here, including a detailed installation guide, or you can just grab the new app here.