14 April 2010
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Have I informed you about the undead pirates yet? Because this one has an undead rat buddy to prove his swashbucklin' status.
Apparently, when a community of people unites behind one voice they really can make an impact. Turbine is axing the “Offer Wall” after the community spit acid and security concerns were discovered.
“Recently, we opened an Offer Wall with a selection of ads that got a strong negative response. There were also technical issues that raised valid questions about security. Overall it was a poor user experience that was not up to our standards, and for this we apologize.
Based on your feedback, we’re stepping away from the ‘Offer’ category for now. We’ll keep exploring alternate ways for players who want points to get them. We’ll also continue to innovate in pricing and accessibility because that’s who we are. As of today, the Offer Wall is coming down. We’ll collect all the feedback we’ve received over the last few days and will use it to guide future decisions.”
Trashing the project was the quickest and safest way to address the situation in a reasonable manner. Turbine’s tact and speed addressing (valid) community concerns is a shining example of how to deal with a PR gaffe in the MMOG industry. Are you following this Cryptic?
Read the full backpedal by Marketroid on the forum.
13 April 2010
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Over the past two weeks I’ve been spammed with news coming from Turbine Entertainment. Topics have run the gauntlet of the company’s games, from Lord of the Rings Online to Asheron’s Call. Yes, Asheron’s Call, the game that started the company off on the right foot way back in late 1999. The title is still going strong despite its failed sequel, Asheron’s Call 2. Strong enough to warrant further development.
The company announced today that the ten year-old game is going to receive a new playable race and some further features. Asheron’s Call is not one of the MMOGs that I have ever followed, but it’s pretty cool so see the game getting some love this far out. Not many details were revealed on the Shadow race, but Turbine did create a teaser video. Perhaps the more astute Asheron’s Call players can fill us in on the hidden details and the potential impact?
Packed alongside the new race are a few other new features, including the addition of a new type of magic (Aetheria), multi-slot armor, Barbers and their ability to change hairstyles and tailoring. Tailoring allows characters to move the look of armor from one piece to another, which sounds pretty cool.
Hit the jump for the announcement from Turbine that has the MMOG-friendly Internet in an uproar. Continue Reading