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  • Guild Wars 2:
    Watch the replay of our live expansion announcement at PAX South

    Watch the announcement of Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns at PAX South again.Read More
    Posted: Jan. 30 @ 06:58 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Update 6 Guide: Collections

    Update 6 introduces a new way to keep track of mounts, pets, and more.
    Posted: Jan. 30 @ 06:30 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Update 6 – Dragonknight Preview

    Hey ESO fans, today ZeniMax published the baseline Update 6 Patch Notes, which are a truly massive collection of changes. In this article, @Phazius is back to continue a series of discussions that examine the potential impact of 1.6 changes on gameplay. He we will focus on the Dragonknight class and will take a look at the skill updates […]
    Posted: Jan. 29 @ 04:37 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    ESO Live’s Next Episode: 1/30

    Join us tomorrow for a discussion of the Justice System, answers to player questions, and more.
    Posted: Jan. 29 @ 11:00 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Play Update 6 on PTS!

    Public testing has begun for Update 6. Try out the Champion and Justice Systems and more!
    Posted: Jan. 29 @ 06:30 AM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Ready Up Returns to Twitch on January 30

    Your go-to resource for all things competitive returns. World Tournament Series and Heart of Thorns, oh my!Read More
    Posted: Jan. 28 @ 04:01 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Global Chat: Can MMO stories rise above mediocrity?

    Filed under: Lord of the Rings Online, Culture, Opinion, Allods Online, Global Chat, Miscellaneous, ArcheAge, The Elder Scrolls Online Players have long debated the importance, relevance, and quality of stories in MMOs. Some have called for an abolishment of dev-driven narrative entirely, some enjoy what's there, and some have pressed for better writing and storytelling techniques. This week we'll hear from one blogger who is struggling with "mediocre" stories in MMOs and what might be done with them. But wait, that's not all! We'll also hear from writers about MMO inventory systems, aging games, and how pretty much nobody in the world was shocked when Elder Scrolls Online ditched its sub.Continue reading Global Chat: Can MMO stories rise above mediocrity?Global Chat: Can MMO stories rise above mediocrity? originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
    Posted: Jan. 28 @ 11:00 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Update 6 – Nightblade Preview

    Hey ESO fans, today ZeniMax published the baseline Update 6 Patch Notes, which are a truly massive collection of changes. In this article, @Xaraan continues a series of discussions that examine the potential impact of 1.6 changes on gameplay.  Here we will focus on the Nightblade class, which received several skill changes and even the addition of a […]
    Posted: Jan. 28 @ 09:30 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Update 6 – Sorcerer Preview

    Hey ESO fans, today ZeniMax published the baseline Update 6 Patch Notes, which are a truly massive collection of changes. This article will be the first in a series of discussions that examine the potential impact of 1.6 changes on gameplay. We’re starting by focusing on the Sorcerer class, which received a number of direct balance adjustments to […]
    Posted: Jan. 27 @ 01:53 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Update 6 – Sorcerer Review

    Hey ESO fans, today ZeniMax published the baseline Update 6 Patch Notes, which are a truly massive collection of changes. This article will be the first in a series of discussions that examine the potential impact of 1.6 changes on gameplay. We’re starting by focusing on the Sorcerer class, which received a number of direct balance adjustments to […]
    Posted: Jan. 27 @ 01:53 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    The Tamriel Town Crier, Issue #4

    Catch up with the latest fan-created podcasts, videos, and articles in today's issue.
    Posted: Jan. 27 @ 12:15 PM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Game Update Notes - January 27, 2015

    Last Post: Jan 27, 2015 17:36 01/27/15 – January 27th Release NotesRelease Notes:LIVING WORLDRewards Mordrem eye and kidney extraction devices are now available for purchase with bandit crests in the Silverwastes.BALANCE, BUG-FIXING, POLISHGeneral Might: The power and condition damage provided by this boon have been reduced from 35 per stack to 30. Confusion: The effect of condition damage on confusion has been increased by 33% in PvE. The Log-in Reward Track is now visible from the achievement summary page inside the Hero panel.Items Superior Sigil of Battle: The might granted by this item has been reduced from 3 stacks to 2 stacks. Major Sigil of Battle: The might granted by this item has been reduced from 2 stacks to 1 stack. Rune of the Nightmare: The duration of fear applied from the sixth piece of this rune has been reduced from 2 seconds to 1 second. Its recharge has been reduced from 90 seconds to 60 seconds. Fixed a bug that caused warhorns to drop from the Piece of Guardian Gear boxes in Log-in Reward chests. Fixed a bug that allowed certain items purchased from karma vendors to be salvageable. Updated the icon for the Superior Sigil of Blight.Profession SkillsElementalist Drake's Breath: Burning applied from this skill has been reduced from 3 seconds to 2 seconds per pulse. Lightning Whip: The attack point of this skill has been delayed around .1 seconds on the first and second attacks. The aftercast has been reduced by 0.2 seconds. To compensate for the increased attack-rate potential, the damage of this ability has been reduced by 10%. When used with Signet of Restoration, this ability will only heal if the second attack executes. Comet: The radius of this skill has been increased from 120 to 180. Shatterstone: The casting time of this skill has been reduced from 1 second to 0.5 seconds. Dust Devil: The velocity of this skill's p...
    Posted: Jan. 27 @ 09:36 AM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Guild Wars 2 is replacing its trait unlock system

    Filed under: Fantasy, Expansions, News Items, Guild Wars 2, Buy-to-Play Do you like the current unlocking system for traits in Guild Wars 2? If you don't, you're in good company; very few people actually like it. The good news, at least, is that it doesn't appear that it's going to be a problem in the near future. Game director Colin Johanson spoke out recently on the game's forums stating that the pending release of Heart of Thorns gave the team more freedom for discussing future plans and core gameplay changes. With the inclusions of specializations and account-wide masteries, the existing trait system is going to be replaced by a simpler system to ensure that progress and advancement is where the development team wants it for all Guild Wars 2 characters. More updates on how the system will work are promised as the release draws closer, but if you don't like the existing system, you can at least take heart that it's going to be gone before too much longer.Guild Wars 2 is replacing its trait unlock system originally appeared on Massively on Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
    Posted: Jan. 27 @ 07:00 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Elder Scrolls Online: Are ESO Subs Going to Plummet?

    With the announcement of The Elder Scrolls rebranding itself to The Elder Scrolls: Tamriel Unlimited and utilizing a Buy to Play model a lot of people are questioning if it is worth subscribing to the game after March 17th, myself included. Let me explain why.
    Posted: Jan. 26 @ 05:00 PM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Pact Fleet Survival Pack, Black Lion Chest Update, and End-of-Season Sale Continues in the Gem Store!

    The end-of-season sale continues-25% off Miniature Frostbite, and Lovestruck weapons for 2 tickets!Read More
    Posted: Jan. 26 @ 04:02 PM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Free Access to “Point of No Return” Ends February 24

    Log in to Guild Wars 2 before February 24 to unlock the episode "Point of No Return" for free!Read More
    Posted: Jan. 26 @ 04:01 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Here's how to steal from NPCs in Elder Scrolls Online

    Filed under: Fantasy, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, Patches, News Items, The Elder Scrolls Online "Justice is coming to Tamriel," according to ZeniMax's latest website notice. It's probably more accurate to say that criminality is coming to Tamriel, though. More specifically, Elder Scrolls Online's upcoming Update 6 features the justice system which will enable your avatar to participate in a variety of underhanded activities including murder and thievery. The latter involves relieving hapless NPCs of their valuables while avoiding those pesky town guards, and the former involves assaulting and even killing AI citizens. At some point you'll end up with a bounty on your head, which in turns affects how guards react to your presence. Click through the links below to read the rest of the details.Here's how to steal from NPCs in Elder Scrolls Online originally appeared on Massively on Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
    Posted: Jan. 26 @ 12:00 PM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Current Trait Unlock system will be removed in Heart of Thorns

    Current Trait Unlock system will be removed in Heart of Thorns Arenanet has just confirmed on their official forums that the current trait unlock system, which requires players to complete specific events or activites to earn them, will be removed in the upcoming Heart of Thorns expansion.  It was also confirmed that other grind/annoyance-based progression systems are being evaluated to be placed in the mastery system. The mastery system has been confirmed to be account bound, meaning traits will also become account bound. It has also been confirmed that masteries will be removing some other RNG/grind based system, including the acquisition of a precursor weapon. Now that the HOT is out of the bag, we’re able to update this thread with more details. With the introduction of the new account based mastery system for end-game progression and growth in PvE, we’ll also be re-evaluating our other systems of character progression to ensure they match our over-all pillars and goals for Gw2. In doing so: we’re going to be removing the current trait unlocking system currently on live and replacing it with a more simplified system that supports where skills-traits-specializations are going in the future. We’ll go into more details between now and the release of HOT on how skills, traits, and specializations will work in the new Gw2 world.
    Posted: Jan. 26 @ 10:17 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Elder Scrolls Online: Update 6 Headed to PTS Tomorrow

    For those who can't wait another minute for Elder Scrolls Online Update 6, tomorrow can't come soon enough. The team has revealed that Update 6 will hit the Public Test Server on Tuesday, January 27th. In addition, the massive patch notes will be published that day to give even more detail to the big changes in store with the next big patch.
    Posted: Jan. 26 @ 10:07 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Update 6 Guide: The Justice System

    Find out what to expect from this new system that brings crime—and its repercussions—to Tamriel.
    Posted: Jan. 26 @ 07:00 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    The Elder Scrolls Online answers player questions on its buy-to-play model

    Filed under: Fantasy, Business Models, News Items, Consoles, The Elder Scrolls Online, Buy-to-Play Even if you were among the many players predicting a business model shift for The Elder Scrolls Online, a change in business models can be kind of disturbing. Suddenly the game doesn't behave according to all of the same rules you've been familiar with since launch. To help alleviate that confusion, the ESO dev team hosted a quick question-and-answer session with players over the weekend to help answer some of the major questions about the change, the next major patch, and balance issues moving forward in the game. To start with, if you've still got time cards for the game on your desk, fret not; you can still use them after the model transition to add the equivalent amount of subscription time to your account. You might want to use them ahead of time, though, since there are plans to add in a special veteran reward for players who stayed subscribed during the game's entire subscription lifespan. DLC prices are not finalized, but they are intended to be around the normal DLC price points for other games. Take a look through the whole of the answers for more details on balancing and issues like controller support.The Elder Scrolls Online answers player questions on its buy-to-play model originally appeared on Massively on Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
    Posted: Jan. 26 @ 06:00 AM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Wintersday Contest Winners announcement

    It's now time for us to reveal the five winners of the Wintersday contest!Read More
    Posted: Jan. 25 @ 04:01 PM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    PAX South 2015: O'Brien and Johanson on Guild Wars 2's Heart of Thorns

    Filed under: Fantasy, Events (Real-World), Expansions, Interviews, New Titles, PvP, PvE, Guild Wars 2, Events (Massively's Coverage), MMORPG, Buy-to-Play ArenaNet's Mike O'Brien and Colin Johanson (and Commander Shepard) took to the PAX South 2015 stage yesterday morning to announce Heart of Thorns, the first-ever expansion for Guild Wars 2. If you're not up to speed, check out our post covering the announcement and the official site to get the broad strokes on the expansion's new zone, new profession, new progression system, and more. News of the expansion raised many a question from our readers (and our staff!). Massively's Larry Everett and I sat down with O'Brien and Johanson to try to get those questions answered and dive a little deeper into the changes coming to Guild Wars 2's living world. And no, there isn't a release date.Continue reading PAX South 2015: O'Brien and Johanson on Guild Wars 2's Heart of ThornsPAX South 2015: O'Brien and Johanson on Guild Wars 2's Heart of Thorns originally appeared on Massively on Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
    Posted: Jan. 25 @ 07:00 AM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    PAX South 2015: The Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns experience

    Filed under: Fantasy, Culture, Events (Real-World), Expansions, PvE, Opinion, Guild Wars 2, Events (Massively's Coverage), MMORPG, Buy-to-Play As MMO player surely know by now, Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is the first expansion ever for the ArenaNet MMORPG. In fact, most everyone suspected the announcement thanks to the leaked trademark information. But that didn't stop fans from being excited about it, nor did that bit of information satisfy their hunger. The emcee for the reveal event was none other than voice actor Jennifer Hale, whose voice players might recognize as Queen Jenna's. President and CEO of ArenaNet Mike O'Brien and game director Colin Johanson teased the PAX South crowd of over 1,500 fans waiting in the main theater. But the anticipation for new expansion started well before anyone even came to the stage.Continue reading PAX South 2015: The Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns experiencePAX South 2015: The Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns experience originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
    Posted: Jan. 24 @ 06:00 PM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    PAX South 2015: Guild Wars 2's Heart of Thorns is an expansion

    Filed under: Fantasy, Events (Real-World), Previews, News Items, Guild Wars 2, Events (Massively's Coverage), Buy-to-Play ArenaNet has just announced that Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is indeed an expansion. Speaking from a packed main theater at PAX South 2015, ANet President Mike O'Brien formally confirmed the rumored expansion, saying it will take players "deep into the heart of the Maguuma jungle" and will avoid traditional expansion powercreep and gear treadmills by not raising the level cap. The expansion will introduce new group challenges, new profession specializations, and an account-based "masteries" system for character progression through the new territories. Game Director Colin Johanson told cheering fans that new legendary weapons and precursors are inbound, as are epic quests that help players acquire their precursors. The expansion will include one new class, the Revenant, which is a heavy armor class that channels the spirits of the mists and famous characters from Guild Wars lore. Each existing class will receive new mechanics and weapons that "fundamentally" change how they play; for example, Rangers can become druids and Necromancers will be able to use greatswords. WvW will also finally get some love, and there will be a new GvG game mode called Stronghold, which of course means... guild halls! The official site is live now, and the brand-new trailer is now below the cut. Massively's Larry Everett and Mike Foster are live at the event; we'll have more from San Antonio later this afternoon. Fans can follow the festivities on Twitch.Continue reading PAX South 2015: Guild Wars 2's Heart of Thorns is an expansionPAX South 2015: Guild Wars 2's Heart of Thorns is an expansion originally appeared on Massively on Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:35:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
    Posted: Jan. 24 @ 08:35 AM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    [LIVE] The big, PAX round-up topic.

    The big, PAX round-up topic Today, Arenanet is presenting their heart of thorns panel.  This thread will be updated with all announcements, important quotes, and information that is relevant.  If you wish to view the panel, you can view it on the official twitch channel.  Be sure to refresh this thread a lot... prepare your F5 keys! Status:  LIVE AND TRACKING.  All time are in GMT +1. 17:16- Arenanet's Rubi Bayer confirms that that next weeks' point of interests show will be a more in-depth look at many announcement of Heart of Thorns. 17:13 - Live Stream has begun, with Jennifer Hale (the voice of Queen Jennah, among many) doing some pre-show speculation.  Discussion is about the amount of people and audience polling.
    Posted: Jan. 24 @ 08:06 AM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    PSA: Arenanet aware of ongoing disconnection issues, stay tuned to Guru for a liveblog

    PSA:  Arenanet aware of ongoing disconnection issues As Arenanet prepares to announce what comes beyond the point of no return, their servers have also reached the point of no return and are throwing gamers out of the game with constant disconnects.  This issue has been ongoing for 12 hours since the evening of the 23rd of January.  Arenanet has updated players stating they are working on a hotfix for the issue, and that this is a problem on their end We are aware of some connectivity issues for players, and are working on a solution. Thank you for your understanding and patience. ^RD Be sure to stay tuned to Guru for coverage of the announcements later today, including a liveblog of the announcements for those that cannot watch the stream.
    Posted: Jan. 24 @ 03:51 AM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Limited Time Offer: Save 75% on Guild Wars 2

    From now through January 25*, we're offering both Guild Wars 2 Digital Heroic Edition and Digital Deluxe edition for 75% off.Read More
    Posted: Jan. 23 @ 04:02 PM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Announcing the First Guild Wars 2 Expansion

    We are thrilled to announce our first expansion, Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns!Read More
    Posted: Jan. 23 @ 04:01 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Loremaster’s Archive: Trail and Tide

    Read a new lore book by Moon Bishop Hunal and see answers to your questions about the Khajiit.
    Posted: Jan. 23 @ 08:07 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    The Think Tank: Analyzing Elder Scrolls Online's B2P model

    Filed under: Fantasy, Business Models, Culture, MMO Industry, Opinion, Massively Meta, The Elder Scrolls Online, The Think Tank, Buy-to-Play Yesterday's reveal that The Elder Scrolls Online will go buy-to-play in March has prompted much speculation about the nature of the cash shop, the ethics of the switchover, the continued viability of the game, and the quality, cost, and frequency of the promised DLC. In today's Think Tank, the Massively staff will discuss the decision. Is B2P the right call for ESO? Was the exceedingly long delay of the console launch a huge mistake? What do we expect from the DLC? And is "Tamriel Unlimited" in fact the worst rebrand ever?Continue reading The Think Tank: Analyzing Elder Scrolls Online's B2P modelThe Think Tank: Analyzing Elder Scrolls Online's B2P model originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
    Posted: Jan. 22 @ 05:00 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Here's a 23-minute Elder Scrolls Online 'supercut' CG trailer

    Filed under: Fantasy, Trailers, Video, MMO Industry, News Items, The Elder Scrolls Online ZeniMax has released a 23-minute "supercut" of its Elder Scrolls Online trailer series. The firm says that the CG production was "over a year in the making," and the final bit -- dubbed The Confrontation -- brings the battle for Imperial City to an end and reveals "a new and horrific threat to Tamriel." Click past the cut to have a look.Continue reading Here's a 23-minute Elder Scrolls Online 'supercut' CG trailerHere's a 23-minute Elder Scrolls Online 'supercut' CG trailer originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
    Posted: Jan. 22 @ 12:00 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Guild Spotlight - The Worlds Watchmen

    Looking for a French-speaking guild that’s all about mutual aid?
    Posted: Jan. 22 @ 11:25 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Cinematic Trailer: Three Fates

    Watch all four episodes of our dramatic trailer series in its full, uncut glory.
    Posted: Jan. 22 @ 08:29 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Elder Scrolls Online: New Mounts, Costumes & Pets Showcased

    The Elder Scrolls Online site has been updated with a bevy of in-game images of new mounts, costumes and pets that will be added to the game shortly. Costumes range from a jester to a wedding gown and everything in between. Panthers and hounds are among the pets, with new horses and guars rounding out the mounts.
    Posted: Jan. 22 @ 08:00 AM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    PAX South 2015: Jennifer Hale will host Guild Wars 2 panel, herald 75% off sale

    Filed under: Business Models, Events (Real-World), Events (In-Game), Game Mechanics, Previews, News Items, Guild Wars 2, Events (Massively's Coverage), Community Q&A, Promotions, Buy-to-Play So you already knew about Guild Wars 2's big event at PAX South this Saturday, the Point of No Return panel, which has players crossing their fingers for an expansion announcement. If you can't go in person, you can watch the whole shebang on Twitch for the low, low price of nothing. And that deal just got even sweeter, as ArenaNet has just declared this morning that gaming icon and voice actress Jennifer Hale, known to GW2 fans as the voice of Queen Jennah and to everyone else as the voice of approximately eight million other characters, will be hosting the livestream. Meanwhile, the studio has vowed to slash the price of the buy-to-play MMO to $9.99 on Saturday and Sunday in honor of the hoopla, marking the biggest sale for the game it's held to date. Characters in-game will be showered with sales on boosters and a free double-experience bonus that lasts all weekend. Massively GW2 expert Anatoli Ingram speculated about the possible expansion and analyzed the final season 2 episode in his most recent columns.Continue reading PAX South 2015: Jennifer Hale will host Guild Wars 2 panel, herald 75% off salePAX South 2015: Jennifer Hale will host Guild Wars 2 panel, herald 75% off sale originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
    Posted: Jan. 22 @ 06:00 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    The Daily Grind: Will you play Elder Scrolls Online once it's B2P?

    Filed under: Fantasy, Business Models, MMO Industry, Opinion, Massively Meta, The Daily Grind, The Elder Scrolls Online, Buy-to-Play Yesterday's news that The Elder Scrolls Online is going buy-to-play in time for its console launch surprised... well, not many of Massively's readers. You pretty much saw it coming. Some folks around here said this move was a certainty even before launch and consequently refused to buy it, deciding that patience would pay off. (And it did!) But what about now? I admit I'm much more tempted by a game that isn't charging an unwarranted fee and isn't abusing a cash shop. B2P is a great model for gamers, especially when they avoid lockbox crap (yay!). How about you? If you didn't play ESO when it launched last April, will you give it a try in March when it's down to just a box fee, a mild cash shop, and more traditional DLC? Every morning, the Massively bloggers probe the minds of their readers with deep, thought-provoking questions about that most serious of topics: massively online gaming. We crave your opinions, so grab your caffeinated beverage of choice and chime in on today's Daily Grind!The Daily Grind: Will you play Elder Scrolls Online once it's B2P? originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
    Posted: Jan. 22 @ 05:00 AM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    This Weekend: Guild Wars 2 at PAX South, an Unprecedented Sale, and Double XP for All

    This weekend promises to be one of the biggest in Guild Wars 2 history - and you're invited to join in the celebration!Read More
    Posted: Jan. 21 @ 04:01 PM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Guild Wars 2 player redesigns ANet's UI

    Filed under: Fantasy, MMO Industry, News Items, Guild Wars 2 A Guild Wars 2 player who goes by the name of Amax on the official forums has redesigned the game's UI to correct "some flaws in the game's user experience." Changes include the character panel, the guild tab, the LFG panel, the story journal, and the addition of a lore journal. You can peruse a 28-page PDF complete with design notes and logic or check out a JPG screenshot showing off the concept just past the break.Continue reading Guild Wars 2 player redesigns ANet's UIGuild Wars 2 player redesigns ANet's UI originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
    Posted: Jan. 21 @ 04:00 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    ESO B2P Reactions Livestream

    Hi TF community, there’s been a load of great discussion already today about the recently announced B2P transition for ESO to precede it’s console launch later this Spring. I invite you all to join myself, @Atropos, and @Deltia in a live discussion hosted by @Erlexx tonight at 9pm EST on http://twitch.tv/erlexx. We’ll share our thoughts on the […]
    Posted: Jan. 21 @ 03:56 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Leaderboard: Is time or money more of a hindrance to your MMO habits?

    Filed under: Business Models, MMO Industry, Opinion, Leaderboard, The Elder Scrolls Online Elder Scrolls Online's forthcoming buy-to-play conversion is a hot topic at the moment, but sadly it doesn't do much for me on a personal level. Even if I hadn't already played and enjoyed ESO for a significant chunk of 2014, I don't have the time for another grindpark, however well made it may be and however well it scratches my IP-related itches. But hey, maybe I'll have time at some point in 2015. I hope so! What about you, Massively readers? Is time or money more of a hindrance when it comes to your personal MMO habits? Vote after the cut! Ever wish that you could put to rest a long-standing MMO debate once and for all? Then welcome to the battle royal of Massively's Leaderboard, where two sides enter the pit o' judgment -- and only one leaves. Vote to make your opinion known, and see whether your choice tops the Leaderboard!Continue reading Leaderboard: Is time or money more of a hindrance to your MMO habits?Leaderboard: Is time or money more of a hindrance to your MMO habits? originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
    Posted: Jan. 21 @ 01:00 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    ESO Console Launch and B2P Transition

    Today, ZeniMax Online Studios confirmed two major transitions for Elder Scrolls Online coming in the next several months. First, the long awaited ESO console launch has been scheduled for June 9th, 2015 for both Xbox One and PS4. Secondly, this heralds the major announcement of Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited , a buy-to-play version of the game with the accompanying ESO Plus […]
    Posted: Jan. 21 @ 10:37 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Elder Scrolls Online to nuke subs ahead of June 9th console launch

    Filed under: Fantasy, Trailers, Video, Business Models, Events (Real-World), Launches, News Items, Consoles, The Elder Scrolls Online, Buy-to-Play ZeniMax has this morning formally announced what the internet has been suspecting for months: The Elder Scrolls is going buy-to-play and dropping its required monthly subscription on March 17th for PC players, the same deal that will go live on June 9th for console players when it launches on PS4 and Xbox One. Rebranded as The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, ESO will still have an optional premium subscription membership called ESO Plus, which will provide "exclusive in-game bonuses, a monthly allotment of crowns to use in the store and access to all DLC game packs." The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited includes all the great gameplay from the original PC/Mac game, plus all the updates and content additions, including the exciting new Justice and Champion systems. All existing PC/Mac game accounts, open or closed, will be updated to the Tamriel Unlimited edition in March and former players will be invited back to the game at that time to experience all that is new in the world. New players will make a one-time purchase of the game and play, without restrictions, for as long as they like - without game subscription fees. Tamriel Unlimited will be supported with special, optional downloadable content available for purchase and an in-game Crown Store for convenience and customization items. Regular updates and new gameplay will be offered to all players to enjoy free of additional charges. The studio will host a livestream at noon EST today to further explain the announcement, but for now, you'll have to be contented with The Confrontation cinematic trailer -- that, and your smug satisfaction if this announcement validated your own hunch.Continue reading Elder Scrolls Online to nuke subs ahead of June 9th console launchElder Scrolls Online to nuke subs ahead of June 9th console launch originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
    Posted: Jan. 21 @ 07:00 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    ESO Heads to Consoles June 9th

    Get ready for our console launch on June 9th, and start exploring Tamriel with no game subscription fees on PC/Mac March 17th.
    Posted: Jan. 21 @ 06:55 AM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Your Guide to ESO Plus™ Premium Membership

    Find out more about the excellent in-game benefits that all ESO Plus members will enjoy in Tamriel Unlimited.
    Posted: Jan. 21 @ 06:53 AM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Global Chat: Guild Wars 2's economy is broken

    Filed under: EverQuest II, Culture, Opinion, Guild Wars 2, Global Chat, Miscellaneous, The Repopulation, Elite: Dangerous Guild Wars 2's economy remains a hot-button issue even two-and-a-half years after its release. In this week's exploration of the blogosphere, one writer pulls out all the stops to let you know what's broken about this MMO's economy -- and how it can be fixed. In addition to this thoughtful read, Global Chat will hear some snark on silly hotbar icons, pontificate about poor MMO names, deliver The Repopulation first impressions, and invite you to participate in a grand MUD experiment. Let's get going!Continue reading Global Chat: Guild Wars 2's economy is brokenGlobal Chat: Guild Wars 2's economy is broken originally appeared on Massively on Tue, 20 Jan 2015 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
    Posted: Jan. 20 @ 05:00 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited - The Surprises & Questions of B2P

    So here we are, as reported earlier, The Elder Scrolls Online will be rebranded as he Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited as of March 17th on PC, with the console versions released in June under the same format. Buying the game will allow access to the full content released before the rebranding, and "downloadable content" will be included with the now optional subscription.
    Posted: Jan. 20 @ 03:37 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Goes Unlimited on St. Patrick?s Day

    The rumors can end now, folks. It's official, as of this moment in time. Elder Scrolls Online is ditching its subscription model in favor of a model more akin to Guild Wars 2. Simply buy the base game, gain access to all of its content, and never pay another dime. In addition, the PS4 and XBOX One Editions will be launching officially on June 9th. It's all coming up Tamriel this year, it seems. However, that's not quite all she wrote. Read on for the full details.
    Posted: Jan. 20 @ 12:35 PM

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    The Tamriel Chronicle, Issue #77

    Catch up on community events and see some great art, fiction, and other fan creations! 
    Posted: Jan. 20 @ 10:15 AM

  • Guild Wars 2:
    Flameseeker Chronicles: Rooting through Guild Wars 2's Point of no Return

    Filed under: Fantasy, Lore, Patches, Opinion, Guild Wars 2, Races, Flameseeker Chronicles, Buy-to-Play How about that Guild Wars 2 season finale, huh? Although it's not the major event last year's was, it threw a huge chunk of fuel on the ol' rumor bonfires. Despite the buzz surrounding GW2 lately, I know a lot of players expected ArenaNet to underplay the last chapter of season two. Instead, we got a massive reveal and a surprise look at what ArenaNet plans to show off at PAX South on January 24th, and it's more full of exciting possibilities than I could have predicted. This article will necessarily contain spoilers, more spoilers, and even more spoilers, so make sure you're up to speed before reading further. Or don't, and suffer the consequences (I love saying that).Continue reading Flameseeker Chronicles: Rooting through Guild Wars 2's Point of no ReturnFlameseeker Chronicles: Rooting through Guild Wars 2's Point of no Return originally appeared on Massively on Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
    Posted: Jan. 20 @ 09:00 AM

 
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