17 January 2013
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It hasn’t been long since Defiance was in the news. Just days in fact. Now it all makes sense as Trion Worlds announced that the first beta test for the open-world MMO shooter is scheduled for this weekend. If you’re not ready to go already, you can still register for the beta and hope to make the cut.
The NDA prevents players from discussing experiences. Actually, pretty much the game in general is off limits. Unfortunately, that prevents us – or anyone for that matter – from explaining why you should be excited for the title’s first beta session. How about you just go sign up and see for yourself?
The closed beta session, or Advance Mission Beta 1, begins at 8:00 AM PST on Friday, Jan. 18 and runs through 9:00 PM PST on Sunday, Jan. 20.
16 January 2013
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It appears that Jagex will be running the Transformers Universe beta weekends for the foreseeable future, assuming the past and currently scheduled tests are any indication. Following the successful beta last weekend, Jagex has announced that the planned January 19 beta will contain yet further updates.
The third beta will continue to focus on the just added Capture the Flag mode. To that end, a new Achievement system has been added to the game, in addition to two new Transformers for each faction. Unfortunately, these mechs aren’t adding to the total selection, but replacing the two previously available.
Be sure to have your Java, DirectX and VSRuntime ready for January 19. If you haven’t already succumbed to beta, you can still sign up to the anticipated browser-based MOBA.
8 January 2013
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After a successful first closed beta session in mid-December, Jagex has just announced a follow-up CB weekend for Transformers Universe. Interested parties that have yet to sign up can still do so ahead of the January sessions.
At the moment, this blogger is a bit confused as to what’s going on, so we’ve reached out for additional information. The confusion stems from the announcement, which says the beta will open on January 12, 2013 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM EST. That’s followed up by a notice that the next session is a week later on January 19 at the same time.
Regardless of the confusion, the main point is that the closed beta session will have new content for the MOBA! Following in the footsteps of SMITE, the company is already adding extra game modes well ahead of release. The second session will introduce a Capture the Flag mode and an all-new arena, The Island.
Get your Java, DirectX and VSRuntime prepared for the closed beta of the upcoming browser-based MOBA.
3 January 2013
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Defiance, the TV-show-meets-video game combination from Trion Worlds and Syfy, is preparing to enter its closed beta testing well ahead of its expected April release. The open-world shooter is now accepting applicants over at its ARG site.
Not breaking the fourth wall but still informative, the Von Bach Industries website informs readers that the mission, or first closed beta, is only 14 days away. The first session will run from January 18 until January 20 and feature the entire game tutorial, Mt. Tam, a PvP map and a pair of PvE boss battles. Plenty to test in two days time.
Defiance is scheduled for an April 18 release, the same date as the show’s premiere. The first beta session is PC-only, but Trion is preparing PS3 and Xbox 360 versions for launch.
Good luck getting accepted into the beta.
11 December 2012
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Those of you that took heed and signed up for the Transformers Universe closed beta opportunity earlier this year may have seen something drop in your email today. Jagex has held details to the game close to its collective chest, and as we recently found out, it was with good reason. But for those invited, the day is upon us – yes, us! TU will begin its closed beta testing tomorrow, Wednesday, December 12 for the two-hour span of 6:00 PM-8:00 PM EST.
A second session is planned for four days later on Sunday, December 16 from 2:00-4:00 PM EST.
To join the battle as quick as possible make sure your Java, DirectX and VSRuntime are the latest versions. There may only be 8 bots and team deathmatch available for these sessions, but Jagex felt it was enough content to warrant launching a preliminary Game Guide that we can consume while we wait.
Unfortunately, Jagex has included a non-disclosure agreement with closed beta invites. This means that once we agree to it we can’t report on any juicy Transformers Universe details that we gather from our play sessions. That won’t stop our news by any means, just that we’ll have to stick to official disseminations before op-eds and the like can be drummed up.
5 December 2012
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Last week, publisher Trion Worlds announced that End of Nations has had its Open Beta phase delayed “until further notice.” An MMORTS from developer Petroglyph Games that we at Lore Hound have been following for a few years, we hoped the news wasn’t a death sentence. Today’s follow-up ushers in the presence of a sickle-wielding darkness.
If the refunds for early adopters wasn’t daunting enough, Petroglyph Games has reportedly laid off some 30 staffers responsible for End of Nations at the Las Vegas studio. The rumor was alluded to and then confirmed by a sad tweet from designer Adam Stevens:
“Layoffs at Petroglyph. Looking like I’ll be Leaving Las Vegas“ read his follow-up tweet.
End of Nations is certainly the most marketed game in development by Petroglyph Games, but it’s not the only title in production. The firm is developing its own twist for the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) genre that has seen far less attention to this point. Battle for Graxia hasn’t been splashed across trade shows, but MOBAs seem to be where MMOGs were about 6 years ago.
Everyone’s doing it.
End of Nations may make a return to the scene in 2013. Best of luck to those impacted by the layoffs.
4 October 2012
| | Randy Denosha
Stephen Reid, the Community Director for Gazillion Entertainment, has posted the first part of the ‘Developer Blog’ on Marvel Heroes’ site. And what a first post! The introduction opens up the registrations for the closed beta of this upcoming MMO Action RPG. Stephen calls upon you, the Marvel fans, to sign up and help them out with constructive criticism and testing of the game.
Unlike many of today’s ‘closed betas,’ he made sure that everyone knew that this meant testing and not playing a demo or playing the game early. A fact many players (and companies) seem to forget. They have three steps to go by, step one is to register an account on their site. The second step has them sending out surveys which you have to answer to become eligible for closed beta testing. The last stage has them selecting the people that are going to be in the closed beta.
Good luck to those that apply!
The three steps are in detail after the cut. Continue Reading
3 October 2012
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Editor’s Note: Originally titled ‘Trion Worlds Lifts End of Nations NDA, Closed Beta 4 Planned,’ this post has been reclaimed to offer details on tomorrow’s final Closed Beta for the MMORTS End of Nations.
Asked in our lastest interview about the status of End of Nations heading to open beta, Chris Lena responded that it would make the move when the company felt that a closed beta phase went nearly perfect. Today’s announcement of Closed Beta 4 means the senior producer wasn’t kidding about the commitment to the beta process. However, the dropping of the non-disclosure agreement means the game is that much closer to open beta.
But you’re not reading this for a bit of anecdotal evidence leading to wild accusations of the game heading to open beta in the immediate future. You want the skinny on Phase 4 of the closed beta process. CB4 will begin bright and early at 8:00 AM PST on Thursday, October 4. That’s roughly 15 days away. It will culminate at 9:00 PM PST on Sunday, October 9.
Hit the jump for the latest features and maps to test and a special perk to those that come out for CB4. Continue Reading