8 June 2011
| | pixiestixy
Rabid for more footage from Star Wars: The Old Republic? We now have a little bit more to feed you, courtesy of GameTrailers.com.
First up, check out this new trailer on the Belsavis raid that shows you what some of the later-game challenges you’ll be up against.
And if that doesn’t get you pumped, this will: BioWare is ramping up excitement about The Old Republic with an on-camera interview with Gabe Amatangelo, lead PvP designer for the game. The interview is a good starting point to get up to speed on the game for anyone who hasn’t been following the news as it comes out. But he also talks a bit about the Belsavis raid as the video shows clips from the trailer above. He explains about how the raid centers around an ancient prison that has a compromised security situation.
Beyond the raid, the video also has a couple of clips of other scenes, including some from a world which Star Wars fans will be very interested to see in-game: Alderaan. And Amatangelo also talks a little bit about the aspects of the game that he thinks will draw in both experienced MMO players and those who are new to the genre.
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26 May 2011
| | pixiestixy
You know he’s the end boss of the upcoming World of Warcraft Firelands raid releasing with Patch 4.2. You know that his very name strikes a combination of fear and nostalgia in old school raiders. You probably know his catch phrase, even if it’s been permanently fixated in your brain as an utterance of his mini-me.
But there’s much more to Ragnaros, and plenty of lore to refresh in your memory before heading to extinguish his flame in the upcoming patch.
Ragnaros the Firelord has been influencing Azeroth as the master of all fire elementals into antiquity in Azeroth. He once served the Old Gods and fought against the Titans in hopes of dominating the world. But the Titans won, and banished Ragnaros to the Elemental Plane. There, he had been ruling over his kingdom, Sulfuron Keep, and harboring a grudge against all of Azeroth for millenia –up until a fortunate accident brought on by the Dark Iron Dwarves during the War of the Three Hammers 300 years ago.
After launching an unsuccessful attack on Ironforge, the Dark Iron Clan leader Sorcerer-thane Thaurissan sought to call upon a supernatural minion in a last-ditch effort to defeat the Bronzebeard Clan. He summoned a great power that lay at rest beneath the surface of Azeroth — but got more than he bargained for and paid the ultimate price for awakening Ragnaros once again. Continue Reading
6 November 2007
| | LHStaff
Earlier today, in a joint press release with NCSoft, Cryptic Studios announced that they will no longer be running the CoH/CoV games, and has thus decided to sell the IP to the publisher. It is very shocking news, and we can’t even contemplate what might happen to the game. However, that is not what we are here to discuss. Today, we look at the future of Cryptic Studios, the company that gave us one of the most unique MMORPGs that still exists today.
If you were to look at the Cryptic website you’d notice they have placed a F.A.Q. (here) detailing the issues of the move. Unfortunately, within this F.A.Q. is very limited information on what the company plans on persuing next. So what could be in their future as a company? Three words: Marvel Universe Online.
Marvel, after losing its original lawsuit against Cryptic, has now decided it would be better to bring them into their midst and have them develop their newest endeavor, an MMORPG based off the Marvel comics. This can be seen as a good and bad thing. First off, for those who loved the character creation within CoH, you can expect the same type of creation within Marvel Universe Online only with, presumably, more options and much better graphics. No doubt there will also be more powers and other such things comic book fans love. However, with Cryptic signing on to make this their new MMO can we expect there to be more grind as well? What about the endgame? CoH was notorious for having almost no end-game material.
Cryptic has a good history, but only time will tell whether they have learned from their past mistakes or not. Personally, I think it is a bad idea to have the same company who has developed a Super Hero MMORPG already, develop another one. Although, I wouldn’t mind being proven wrong. The ball is in Cryptic’s court.