24 April 2013
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Turbine Entertainment is certainly keeping itself busy. Launching Riders of Rohan late last year and into early this year, the company followed that up by announcing the DC Universe-based MOBA Infinite Crisis between PAX East and GDC. Today, the developer and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, revealed plans to release Helm’s Deep, a digital expansion for Lord of the Rings Online, during fall 2013.
The expansion will include all the usual for LotRO. The level cap will be raised from 85 to 95, complete with new skills and specializations. Helm’s Deep will unlock a massive amount of new content for all characters level 10 and over and the Westemnet of Rohan will be fully explorable. The epic storyline will continue with the presence of such namesakes as Aragorn, Éowyn, and Éomer.
“With Helm’s Deep, we’re bringing the War of the Ring to players on a monumental scale,” said Kate Paiz, Executive Producer of The Lord of the Rings Online, Turbine. “Our team is thrilled to create another iconic moment in Middle-earth, and put players in the center of the action.”
Time will tell if we see the same massive technical updates to the game as we did with RoR. Stay tuned to Lore Hound for all the updates on Helm’s Deep as they’re announced.
29 March 2013
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In just a scant few days the first expansion for the monster hunting MMORPG RaiderZ will go live. Come April 3, MAIET Entertainment and Perfect World Entertainment will expand the adventures of Rendel to appease the free-to-play games growing fanbase. Only revealed on February 1, PWE has kept details of the Broken Silence expansion close to its chest. It wasn’t until early March that the company unleashed its first press blast, including the official trailer.
RaiderZ: Broken Silence will increase the level cap to level 40, unlock additional unique boss battles in the new zone of Cowen Marsh complete with delectable armor and weapon drops. Outside core content, the South Korean developer has added a few features, including a new PvP Battle Arena and much needed improvements to the party matching system.
Considering partying is so ingrained in the title’s design, the overhaul to the matchmaking is the best feature of Broken Silence in this blogger’s humble opinion.
Hit the jump for the latest and greatest from the world of Rendel and the upcoming Cowen Marsh zone. Continue Reading
26 February 2013
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Adventurers in the growing world of Dungeons & Dragons Online we’ve big news for you. Turbine Entertainment has just announced that that Eberron is going to get much larger thanks to the MMORPG’s second expansion, Shadowfell Conspiracy. Players will be able to enter the new Forgotten Realms journey in summer 2013.
“Last year we expanded the world of DDO into the Forgotten Realms universe with the launch of our first expansion,” said Erik Boyer, Senior Producer of DDO. “This year we’re introducing more content and making it even easier to experience the latest content with the introduction of Iconic Heroes that begin at level 15, allowing players to jump right into the action.”
Shadowfell Conspiracy is bringing players two new Adventure Packs, Wheloon and Stormhorns, introducing a prison city and treacherous mountain passes. The upcoming expansion will introduce iconic heroes to players of level 15 or higher. These prestige characters can be outfitted with iconic gear, customizable options and new abilities. Lastly, the level cap increase. Players will be able to attain Epic Level 28 and all the spells and abilities that come with the increase.
Stay tuned to LoreHound.com for more on DDO as Turbine dumps it.
1 February 2013
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Be happy I didn't use a silence pun.
Perfect World Entertainment unveiled Broken Silence, the first expansion for its monster hunting MMORPG RaiderZ. The MAIET Entertainment developed expansion will be released “soon.” That’s literally all we’ve been given as far as a time frame. Going by the announcement, the expansion may be focused towards the high-level players, which have easily hit the level cap of level 30 since the November release.
Granted, that won’t be the level cap for much longer. Broken Silence will push RaiderZ players to level 40 “soon.” In addition to the typical cap increase, “soon” players will be able to partake in new unique monster battles “piece by piece”, duke it out in an updated PvP battle system and “much more.”
“Players have been asking for more content – and that’s something that we wanted to address with the upcoming launch of RaiderZ: Broken Silence,” says Senior Producer Mark Hill. “The Grand Wall of Silence has fallen. Now, the Kingdom of Rendel and its citizens face a new threat from the north. I can’t wait to share more details about this expansion. Expect more info very soon.”
Hit the jump for the first screenshots to come from Broken Silence and stay tuned for an exclusive interview with Mark Hill. It’ll be up “soon.” Continue Reading
22 January 2013
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Already have an excuse for March 12, 2013? If not, perhaps the opening cinematic for the first StarCraft II expansion will force your hand. The zerg-focused Heart of the Swarm expansion will unveil the Zerg-focused storyline over the course of ~20 missions, in addition to introducing new multiplayer units for all of the three races.
HotS will be priced at Blizzard’s regular expansion price, rather than a full $59.99 MSRP.
Expect a Collector’s Edition to be announced soon. Nevermind.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer in all its HD glory. Continue Reading
15 January 2013
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Insert horrible joke here.
The folks over at Fox News are at it again, bastardizing video games, an entertainment medium many of us love, for the sake of ratings and feeding the company’s 24-hour news cycle. BioWare, a common target due to its Mass Effect franchise, is under the gun again for content in the upcoming expansion to Star Wars: The Old Republic.
The title’s first expansion, Rise of the Hutt Cartel, is introducing a new planet, Makeb, the home for the Hutt’s, as the major content addition for the expansion. Another point of the expansion, BioWare’s return to allowing players to decide their partner, be they the same gender or not. Those two tidbits are all Fox News needed to deem the expansion a “gay planet” and that BioWare is segregating gay players to Makeb.
Nevermind that both of these statements are simply false. It’s not a “gay planet” and there isn’t any segregation. Just the expansion introducing the ability to have same-gender romances (SGR) in addition to tons of quests that have nothing to do with romance.
Hit the jump to continue on and join the discussion.
27 December 2012
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The newer sibling of Final Fantasy XI may be going through extended growing pains, but that hasn’t stopped Square Enix from continuing development on the original MMORPG in the Final Fantasy universe. The RPG specialist officially announced Seekers of Adoulin earlier today complete with an updated website and reveal trailer.
According to early teases at Vanafest 2012, the title will unlock a new continent, add two new job types, including the party-friendly Geomancer and Rune Fencer, unlock the Reclaim the Land system, new mob types and more.
Available for purchase on Xbox 360 and PC, the fifth expansion will be available to players on March 26, 2013, with servers following the next day. It’ll be available as a stand-alone SKU or and Ultimate Collector’s Edition, which includes all previously released expansions and content. The units are $29.99 and $39.99 respectively. It looks like the sun has set on PS2 support for FFXI.
Hit the cut for the latest reveal trailer. Continue Reading
18 December 2012
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Large and in charge.
Hey, kids, it’s the first digital expansion to Star Wars: The Old Republic! **applause**
BioWare is most pleased to announce the Rise of the Hutt Cartel. The first expansion for the recently-transitioned F2P title will be completely digital. Subscribers to TOR will receive a hefty 50% discount on Huttmana, dropping the price from $9.99 to $19.99. Pre-ordering before January 7 earns players early access and Preferred Status. RotHC is expected in Spring 2013.
Now that the business is out of the way, let’s get to the fun stuff, gameplay.
Rise of the Hutt Cartel is to introduce five new levels, raising the cap to 55, including expanding the story-driven missions that many players have loved. Naturally, gear, abilities and skill points will be incorporated with the expanded cap. Obviously, the fearsome Hutt Cartel will be the main enemy across the galaxy, but players must also do battle on the new planet of Makeb.
We’ll have more as BioWare releases the information.