Companion characters have been a constant presence in BioWare games for as long as I can remember, and IGN confirmed the presence of companions in Star Wars: The Old Republic in an interview with James Ohlen, lead designer of the Old Republic.
First, a non-answer on the crafting system implied that they’ll have something that uses the function of crafting, but isn’t specifically crafting per se. It will be interesting to see how Funcom innovates this area of gameplay, especially since Funcom is quite known for innovation.
Second, the lack of levels has people curious how the game will keep people engaged. Ragnar, in two different questions, revealed several different systems that will easily take the place of levels, such as an experience system and achievements. There will also be a point system relating to the secret societies. I can easily see how an experience system will replace a leveling system. All one needs to do is look to Asheron’s Call and Anarchy Online to see how levels can be made obsolete, while character development would remain a crucial part of gameplay.
There’s more information on lore and other systems in the game, so be sure to read the entire thing.
Those of you who can’t wait to get a jump on Aion’s 1.9 Patch are in luck. In a notice posted on their official website, the Aion team leaked some interesting info concerning the latest patch set for release on Wednesday, June 2, saying:
“You can already prepare for this by pre-loading the patch and have it ready for installation on launch day. Your NCSoft Launcher will now begin to incrementally download the update over the next couple of days leading up to launch.”
Need For Speed World has announced its released date, July 20. There will be a free web client available for gamers to check out the action. The Need For Speed World Free Web Client allows players to advance to level 10 and participate in all forms of races and pursuits. Users can then opt to spend 20 bucks and open up the full game allowing for a level cap of 50, Nitro boosters, limited edition wheels and the SpeedBoost ability.
NFSW will feature a similar payment/purchase system as EA’s other MMO, Battlefield Heroes. Player are allowed to enter online matches free, but it will cost you if you want to gear up and get other add-on’s.
NFSW will feature 150 miles of tracks and other areas. The game will also boast some social elements like allowing players to challenge friends or top racers on leaderboards.
For those of who want to jump right in on the action immediately, the NFSW Starter Pack can be preordered through their website.
While other companies have ban hammers, ArenaNet, creators of Guild Wars, has been flexing its ban scythe this week. Nearly four thousand accounts were banned from Guild Wars, but rather than a simple denial of service message, the other players of the game were treated to the cheaters’ executions by Dhuum, former God of the Underworld. Enjoy his terrible justice for yourself below:
IGG has released a press release, unveiling the final eight classes for its popular MMORPG, Tales of Fantasy. At Level 40, players can advance to the following Titans:
Wielding a shield in battle, the Sentinel has mastered using it to both attack and defend. While they won’t dish out the most damage, they will strike when least expected. With the highest defense and HP of all the classes, it is impossible to score a quick victory over them. Their amazing vitality makes them invaluable when taking on BOSSes.
Nexon has announced that their hit MMOFPS Combat Arms has added a new map in its latest update. The map is called “Vertigo” and will also introduce a new training mission. The update also added a new weapon – the M-200 which you can purchased using Gear Points(points that you earn from playing the game). The in-game cash shop known as the Black market has also seen two new weapons – G3 and REC7 Rangers.