Posts Tagged ‘closed beta’

Dota 2: The Beta is Over! Lore Hound Has You Covered!

9 July 2013 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

Spanning a massive two-year beta phase – giving Firefall a run for its money – Valve announced moments ago that its entry to the MOBA ring has dropped the beta tag. Dota 2 and its more than 3 million players and a concurrent max of over 300,000 have helped Valve crunch the data and optimize to a point that Valve, a company known for perfection, feel comfortable with an official launch.

Impressive numbers, correct? Indeed. In fact, they make Dota 2 Steam’s largest active community in history. That’s more than just impressive. There is a slight drawback to such a large community, Valve will be releasing the full version in waves. This is to avoid overloads on the server infrastructure preventing ridiculous queues that have been experienced at peak times for League of Legends.

Not in yet but looking to join the action? There’s a Steam app for that. A friend invite can help you race to the top of the launch queue. The launch also means that you’ve missed your chance to snag an Early Access Pass or Starter Pack.

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The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot Rolls Out the Red Carpet

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

Interested in the world of Opulencia, home to countless towers to pillage and one to call home? Then you’ll be happy to know that Ubisoft Montreal is rolling out the red carpet for anyone interested in deploying diabolical traps and ridding the world of countless monsters. Coming July 2-5, The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot will be available for every and anyone with an Internet connection and the skills to pay the bills.

 Gamers simply need to fire up the official website, register and prepare for the madness to begin at 4:00 PM July 2. It may only be a scant four days in Opulencia, but Ubisoft Montreal will not wipe the progress allowing characters to retain dungeon designs, gold, experience and skills throughout the open houses in closed beta. And if you enjoy the game that much, which will be free-to-play upon release, there’s always the Founder’s packages.

See you over the holiday event! I’m in as – can you guess it? – iTZKooPA. Hit the jump for the latest screenshots and get ready for Painhammer! Or BogartContinue Reading

Opening Cinematic Released for Marvel Heroes (Video)

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

Marvel Heroes has been in the wild for quite some time, but June 4 marked the official launch for the any interested gamer. Gazillion’s dungeon crawling Marvel title saw a mini-series focusing on the rise of Doctor Doom. This four-part motion comic was not part of the opening cinematic. Nope. Players beginning their adventure were meet with a completely different production.

Presented as an animated short, the trailer introduces players to numerous Marvel mainstays, from Iron Man to the Hulk, and a quick synopsis of their origins. However, the main reason to watch is the discussion of The Watcher and how it ties into the aforementioned motion comic mini series.

“For over three years we’ve been building Marvel Heroes to be an exciting, free-to-play massively multiplayer action game, and we are ecstatic to finally put it in the hands of Marvel fans and gamers alike,” said David Brevik, President and COO of Gazillion Entertainment. “The creation of Marvel Heroes has been a labor of love.  As a die-hard Marvel fan, it’s an honor to give players the chance to take on the roles of their favorite Marvel Super Hero in an epic adventure.”

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Marvel Heroes Now Live! LoreHound Has You Covered

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

We’ve been watching this one for quite some time, so we’re happy to see that despite some recent troublesMarvel Heroes will be meeting its June 4 launch date. Penned by Marvel scribe Brian Michael Bendis, the dungeon crawling MMOG is now upon us. Recent beta improvements include a much cleaner heads-up display, the doubling of available powers and the addition of a new crafting feature.

Hit the jump for the Lore Hound coverage over the years. We’ve got everything from the rise of Doctor Doom, exclusive interviews, changes in the currency and Founders packages and, oh, so much more. Continue Reading

“Chonicles of Doom: Episode 4″ Ushers in Marvel Heroes Launch (Video)

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

Just hours ahead of the launch of Marvel Heroes, Gazillion Entertainment has released the final installment of the motion comic. Doctor Doom’s epic rise to power culminates with the fourth and final installment. The tale, penned by Brian Michael Bendis, wraps as Gazillion prepares for tomorrow’s full launch.

The Chronicles of Doom mini series develops the beginning lore for the dungeon crawling MMORPG designed by David Brevik, a co-creator of Diablo. The premise of Doom’s capabilities are based on the Cosmic Cube, a device originally capable of turning any wish into a reality.

Marvel Heroes allows players to experience unique leveling experiences for each of the superheroes as they explore locations throughout the Marvel universe. Previous closed beta players will be happy to see numerous changes to the user interface, a customization system and overall polish.

Marvel Heroes unlocks to the F2P world tomorrow, June 4, 2013. Hit the jump for the full trailer.

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Marvel Heroes Founders Delay Can’t Contain Doctor Doom’s Rise (Video)

31 May 2013 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

The leaders of the universe, quite literally if you think about it, tried to stop Doctor Doom from increasing his foothold in the Marvel universe but failed. Despite delaying the launch of early access for Founders of Marvel Heroes, Doctor Doom’s epic storyline continues. The tale, penned by Brian Michael Bendis, continues today with the third installment in the four-part motion comic.

Episode 3 develops the beginning lore for the dungeon crawling MMORPG designed by David Brevik, a co-creator of Diablo. The premise of Doom’s capabilities are based on the Cosmic Cube, a device originally capable of turning any wish into a reality.

Marvel Heroes allows players to experience unique leveling experiences for each of the superheroes as they explore locations throughout the Marvel universe. Previous closed beta players will be happy to see numerous changes to the user interface, a customization system and overall polish.

Marvel Heroes unlocks to the F2P world on June 4, 2013. Hit the jump for the full trailer. Continue Reading

Marvel Heroes Dealing with Gazillion Oopsie, Pre-Launch Delayed

29 May 2013 | 27 Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

And now Marvel Heroes is in the spotlight for it’s first bit of bad news. After wrapping up open beta testing in the earlier half of May and beginning the run up to Doctor Doom’s rise to power, Marvel Heroes is experiencing its first bit of unspinnable bad news. Gazillion Entertainment announced yesterday that the Founders launch date of yesterday, May 28, has been delayed.

Mr. David Brevik, the Creative Director of Gazillion Entertainment, went to the blog to deliver the bad news. Brevik and his team promised “We will not leave this studio until you can play the game.” The culprit? An undisclosed “serious issue” that the team found late last week and has worked on for 96 hours in preparation of launch.

There hasn’t been a follow up since the post late yesterday evening. We’ll have more as it comes.

“Chronicles of Doom: Episode 2” Continues Opening Lore for Marvel Heroes (Video)

24 May 2013 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

Hot on the heels of stand-alone motion comic’s launch comes Episode 2 of Chronicles of Doom. The second of four installments to the mini-series, Episode 2 continues the story of the rise of Doctor Doom, the main antagonist for Marvel Heroes. Penned by Marvel scribe Brian Michael Bendis, the second comic clocks in at a lengthier 3+ minutes of original story and art.

Marvel Heroes is rapidly approaching its June 4 full release, with Founders access opening on May 28. Continue Reading