Posts Tagged ‘anniversary’

Wow, What an Massive WoW Infographic

28 January 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

Publishers and developers love showing off the numbers of their babies. From subscribers to users to concurrent users the MMORPG genre is probably more open than most others in the industry. World of Warcraft, one of only a handful of games to approach the 10 years of service mark, is back at it. And you’ll be hard pressed to fathom the reach of some of these figures.

Every wonder which country could be filled by WoW characters? How about how many characters have been created? The overall /played amount? Perhaps you’re more into geography and which countries have WoW? Or the balance between the worthy Alliance and dastardly Horde? Query the amount of auction transactions or number of words in the quest dialogue you overlook?

Every one of those questions and many more are answered in the massive 10-year anniversary infographic. Even if that watershed moment is still some 9+ months away.

E3 2013: TERA F2P Conversion Helps Approach 2 Million Users

14 June 2013 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

I know what you’re thinking, “What does En Masse Entertainment consider a user.” The company was kind enough to lay it out for us. The two million mark will be bestowed upon TERA in short order thanks to registered users, not active users. The upcoming milestone comes just over a month after TERA’s birthday celebration.

Apart from typical shenanigans, En Masse Entertainment is preparing a large collection of content for the upcoming summer months. General MMOG playing tends to decline during the warm timeframe, but that isn’t going to stop TERA. The first round of content comes July 2 and will be equally summer themed. Pirates are indicative of summer, right?

Who cares, it means a new 20 v 20 map, siege-based gameplay, new loot and an advanced matchmaking system. There’s also the barely detailed Alliance system which will retool the ambitious, yet faulted, Alliance system.

Happy Birthday, TERA!

2 May 2013 | 1 Comment » | Pherephassa

Ever play a game and wonder what’s the most popular race? Class? What about the deadliest monster or the richest player? Race and class especially, those are near the top of the list of questions I see in every game I’ve played. And to celebrate the first anniversary of TERA, En Masse Entertainment has fulfilled these burning questions with a special infographic displaying a few of these statistics! Plus, there are a host of special events and celebrations happening throughout the month of May. Who doesn’t love a birthday celebration, especially one that has gifts for everyone?

Hit the jump for the details, as well as some delicious tidbits about upcoming content!

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RIFT Wants to Celebrate the Terrible Twos With You

4 March 2013 | 1 Comment » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

Over the weekend, the freshman entry from Trion Worlds entered its second year as a premium MMORPG. RIFT, a fantasy MMORPG rocking a classless system filled with dynamic content, launched in March 2011 to a solid reception. Since this time, Trion Worlds has met an aggressive content schedule, releasing a myriad of patches large and small and an entire expansion, Storm Legion. On March 1, the title turned two and received a new content patch, Carnival of the Ascended – Patch v2.2, to celebrate.

There’s a smorgasbord of activities for players of any type of dedication, from mini-games to games of skill to simple collections, spread across Storm Legion zones. There’s also the excitement of randomized PvP scenarios. The patch brings core (non-seasonal) content as well, including the addition of Tier 3 Planar Attunement, and hard modes of Endless Eclipse and Frozen Tempest.

Past and present players can rekindle their relationships during the anniversary’s free weekend, March 21-25, which coincides with the 20% increase to various statistics – XP, Favor, Prestige, etc – that runs from March 21 until April 4. Not to mention PAX East! Coincidence?

You can read the full breakdown of the Carnival of the Ascended here. Be sure to hit the jump for the Second Anniversary trailer. Interested in seeing what you missed in the preceding 24 months? Massively’s Karen Bryan has you covered. Continue Reading

World of Warcraft Invites You To Its Eighth Birthday, Entices with New Trailer

20 November 2012 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

Just wanted to point out that the horde didn't make the original cover. Losers.

The MMORPG that hooked me on the genre forever is approaching its eighth birthday and Blizzard wants you to have the proverbial pony. Players can login now to begin claiming phat lewtz, including a Feat of Strength achievement. Players can also celebrate WoW’s new found addiction to fire by cracking open their Celebration Package. The bundle includes a tabard, fireworks show and, for those that are still leveling, an 8% bonus to experience and reputation gains.

Few games have lasted as long as World of Warcraft, and none have done so as the top of the pile throughout. What are your favorite memories of WoW? The camaraderie? Boss clearing? The Ever changing, ever growing (if slowly) universe and lore? Meet your significant other in Azeroth by any chance?

Leave your stories in the comments and don’t forget to hit the jump for the new anniversary video.

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Star Trek Online November State of the Game Addresses Season 7, Anniversary Teaser

5 November 2012 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

Can you believe it’s been nearly three years since we were able to step into the first persistent Star Trek universe? Star Trek Online launched as a subscription MMORPG in February 2013. There’s been much change in the game since, including six major patches and a business model change. In November’s State of the Game, Executive Producer Daniel Stahl details what players can expect with Season 7 and the approach to the yearly milestone.

Dubbed New Rumulous, players get to see Earth as it would be in 2999. Just kidding. New Romulus offers a collection of new missions and additional personal progression opportunities. What’s most interesting is the Season 7 content patch will take the first look at end-game rewards, like STFs, since they were introduced in S1 and S2.

Revisiting old systems is a nice touch, but the new content is the most exciting. As you may have guessed, New Romulus brings players to bear a new storyarc for the opportunistic cousins of the Vulcans. Season 7 will show players the ramifications for the destruction of the Romulan homeworld, diving into the core of the STO storyline.

Season 7 is going to be a big one, from features and systems to dramatic changes in the story. Hit the jump for new media and the above link for all juicy details. Continue Reading

Anniversaries Abound: Warhammer Online Turns Four, Has Own Party

19 September 2012 | 1 Comment » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

Wow, a lot of games really do get released after the summer. Unlike their console brethren many MMOGs get better with age, thus the assortment of anniversary celebrations currently going on. Everything from superhero to fantasy MMORPGs are marking off the years or substantial monthly milestones. Now Wahammer Online: Age of Reckoning, the MMOG so many expect to go F2P at any moment (for the past three years), is turning four!

To celebrate the anniversary of its dark fantasy title, EA Mythic unleashed 10 days of bonus XP and RP on all players yesterday. In addition, those that have been with the PvP-focused title for the long haul can enjoy an all-new portable mailbox.

Anniversaries are hunky dory, but the future is what truly matters for most players. To that end, EA Mythic took the time out to remind players that patch v1.4.7 is on target for release at the end of the month once the Wild Hunt completes.

Not the biggest party we’ve heard of, but bonus XP and RP is more XP and RP than we’d have any other day.

Champions Online Tops 3.5 Million Characters, Celebrates Third Year of Operation with New Event

19 September 2012 | 2 Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

It’s hard to believe that Champions Online came out three years ago. Not only because it makes me feel old, but because of the tumultuous ride the title has gone through. A too-early launch thanks to publisher Atari led to a lack of polished content, yet a smooth release technologywise.

The move left a sour taste in many a player’s mouth, mine included, which Cryptic Studios routinely replaced with sweetness. The company kept at it, adding in more and more enticing content before the big shift to the F2P model under new owner Perfect World Entertainment. The largely positive momentum has only continued and today that means 1.7 million players have created  over 3.5 million Champions.

And the world will need every single one of those Champions because Dr. Destroyer and his army of Destroid robots have already begun rampaging Millenium City. Starting Saturday, September 22 the Mega-Destroid bots will break through to the city center, putting civilians and heroes at risk.

Be sure to jump online pronto to help defend the city and collect your anniversary gifts, including Legacy health armor and vanity pets. Hit the jump to entice your eyeballs with the pixelated pleasures of three years of CO. Continue Reading