Soul Master Details Revealed

Posted by on May 21, 2010 - 2 Comments »

Publisher GamesCampus has revealed details about Soul Master, their “genre-bending” MMORTS, which is also free-to-play, by the way. Soul Master will combine the character advancement of an action RPG with the depth and gameplay balance of an Real Time Strategy game. The game tries to bring together the best of both worlds, with you being able to create and progress a character, take them on various quests and missions just like in any other ORPG, but you will also be able to send your character out hunting for resources, constructing buildings and producing and upgrading their very own army of units with which to battle the enemies. More information on Soul Master is coming soon, and the game is looking nice. If you like anime styled characters, that is.

Runic Games Acquired by Perfect World Entertainment

Posted by on May 21, 2010 - No Comments »

Have you heard of the developer Runic Games? A small studio, started by whatever was leftover from Flagship Studios. And Flagship Studios was a small studio started by whatever was leftover from Blizzard North. And Blizzard North we know best for bringing us what is considered to be the greatest hack and slash RPG of all time, Diablo. Anyway, Runic started small. They quickly started working on their first game, Torchlight. Well, the game was a huge success and apparently the publisher of Jade Dynasty and Perfect World likes owning companies that make good games, go figure. So, Perfect World Entertainment acquired most of Runic Games. This means that PWE will be the new publisher for the upcoming Torchlight MMORPG. Great news, I say.

Final Fantasy XIV – New Wave of Beta Testers

Posted by on May 21, 2010 - No Comments »

As Final Fantasy XIV makes its transition from alpha to beta, the public are given another opportunity to apply for a testing position. It seems that the Playstation 3 beta will also begin shortly, as users are given the option to enter the code that was received when registering the Playstation 3 version of Final Fantasy XIII through the Square Enix members site. Apart from access to the beta, the code will also grant the user an exclusive in-game item.

For more information on the Final Fantasy XIV beta, head on over to the official beta registration website.

EverQuest II Jumps on the Sparkle Pony Bandwagon

Posted by on May 20, 2010 - 5 Comments »

It was only a matter of time. Members of the WoW audience were not the only ones who took notice last month when Blizzard made the move to sell its first mount for IRL dollars. Of course not. At 25 bucks a pop, those sparkle ponies sold like hotcakes (and I, too, am guilty of this indulgence.) And in result, Blizzard surely made millions off of one single in-game item that looks pretty. How could the world not take notice of such a large amount of real-life cash being spent on a virtual item?

Some of us worried that this would set a precedent for things to come. And it looks like that is starting to unfold. Today, Sony Online Entertainment announced that it would sell its first ever marketplace mounts, called the Prowlers — available in “Ethereal” purple, “Sinister” green and “Ulteran” blue. And unlike the Celestial Steed that looks pretty but pretty much offers no advantage otherwise, these guys come with built-in buffs:

“Each mount comes in your choice of one of the following versions: Fierce and Arcane. The Fierce version increases Slashing, Aggression, Ranged, Piercing and Crushing of caster by 5, while the Arcane version increases Focus, Ordination, Disruption, Subjugation and Ministration of caster by 5. Both versions of the mount have a 65% run speed.

The Prowlers are guaranteed to be available for at least one month and adventurers can now purchase these new mounts for 2500SC (Pixie’s note – this equates to $25 each, the same as the Celestial Steed) from the Marketplace.  These are the first Station Cash items of their kind and are immediately available in-game, upon purchase.

So even though we all pretty much saw this coming, it still bothers me. One of the huge caveats that supporters of the Celestial Steed — including myself — have been saying all along is that they support it because it does not provide any in-game advantage over other mounts. Not the case with The Prowlers. Does this raise the bar for what we’ll see in the future? Slippery slope, folks. That’s all I’m sayin’.

I love my shiny pony. But what will be the price that we ultimately pay for this service? Would those of you who supported the Celestial Steed like myself still agree with the idea  if we start seeing more items that provide an in-game advantage?

More Realms Added to Mobile AH Beta

Posted by on May 20, 2010 - No Comments »

Itching to use the new mobile auction house? Do you have a character on Cyclone or Bloodlust battlegroups? Well, you are in luck! Check out the list of realms added to the beta:

Remote Auction House Beta Test – Update

The World of Warcraft Remote Auction House beta test is now open for business! The Remote Auction House is a new service in development that lets players access the World of Warcraft Auction House from the Armory website ( or the Mobile Armory app for iPhone and iPod touch ( Players can browse their characters’ local Auction Houses with the same search functionality available in the game, as well as see the real-time status of each of their current bids and auctions.

As we’d mentioned previously (, certain features of the Remote Auction House will be premium-based. Once the beta test is complete and the Remote Auction House is live, players will be able to subscribe to a new service called World of Warcraft Remote (, which will allow them to buy items; post items for sale from a character’s bags, bank, or mailbox; collect gold from their bids and auctions; and more. During the beta test, players can try out these features for free, and each World of Warcraft account will be able to perform up to 25 transactions per day. (Please note this limit will be increased at launch.)

The list of realms eligible to participate in the beta test is displayed below. If your realm is not on this list, please check again soon, as we plan to eventually open the beta test to all realms.

Update 5/20 – The supported list of realms has been updated to include the Bloodlust and Cyclone battle groups.
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Guild Wars 2: Designer Interviewed about Dynamic Events System Details

Posted by on May 20, 2010 - No Comments » recently sat down with lead Guild Wars 2 designer Colin Johanson to discuss some questions and debates that were raging around forums concerning their newly mentioned Dynamic Events system.

Some of the most pressing issues were whether the Dynamic Events system would have any kind of resetting feature or if it worked on some other, less familiar principal. The discussion also targeted if players will miss any content considering the style of questing that Guild Wars 2 hopes to implement.

To read the full Guild Wars 2 designer interview about the Dynamic Events systems, click here.

Aika Online: 3 New Screenshots from the Expansion and Patch Note

Posted by on May 20, 2010 - No Comments »

Following up on Joar’s recent post concerning the new expansion pack coming in Mid-June, Aika Online has released three new screenshots to gaming website

Along with this news, Akia Online has recently released a new patch note. Client updates include: Distribution of CSS prizes, minor changes to clarify item names and descriptions, and small changes to the user interface of the Aitan Arena for clarity purposes. Other updates include continuations of their popular youtube series of webcasts.

To see the new pics from’s original article on Aika Online’s new screenshots , click here.

Final Fantasy XIV – Beta Screenshots

Posted by on May 20, 2010 - No Comments »

If you’ve been excited for Final Fantasy XIV, then you are certainly in for a treat as we have a huge amount of screenshots for the upcoming beta testFinal Fantasy XIV is currently still in alpha, however that hasn’t stopped Square Enix from promoting its game. We also have the entire map of Eorzea – Final Fantasy XIV’s world.

Visually, the beta is quite the significant leap over the alpha version. Below are some comparison screenshots:

Keep on checking MMOCrunch for all the latest news on Final Fantasy XIV.