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The two factions -- The Resistance and The Federal Government -- are said to be set up with good and bad on both sides, opening up the world of morality and ethics to players. Producer K.J. Lin speaks about the features we can most look forward to, including vehicles like magnetic hover cars and motorcycles, companions to act as bodyguards, three main classes that will grow and change according to your faction and game choices, and much more. Give the entire video interview a look after the cut below and check out some tracks from the game's soundtrack while you're at it.
Total Recall Online trailer shows off the game for the first time originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 07 Nov 2012 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: Lorehound interview
To uncover all of El Oriente's secrets, Tecmo Koei's Director of Production Takeda Tomakazu has a look at the update and the real-world history behind it. Hit the jump for this exclusive dev diary!
Massively Exclusive: Uncharted Waters Online sails to China originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 07 Nov 2012 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: El Oriente update
All accounts in good standing created before 2:59 a.m. EST November 7th are eligible to participate. We'll keep you posted as more details come in.
Guild Wars 2 is getting a refer-a-friend free trial weekend originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 07 Nov 2012 18:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Is it all because of Mists of Pandaria? Not quite; because of the way that the quarters are spaced out, the expansion is still a fresh release, and we won't know until the beginning of 2013 how much of a bump it gave to the game's overall numbers. The company as a whole also saw positive revenue from Diablo III and the Skylanders franchise, while Call of Duty titles have experienced a slight downturn.
Investor call reports World of Warcraft subscriptions back above 10 million originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 07 Nov 2012 18:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
First off, the team wants to ensure that all players can reach level 50 without paying a single dime if they so desire. Of course, subscribers will have some advantages over F2P players (such as an increased rate of XP gain, extra hotbars, and so forth), but the team is adamant about ensuring that all players can experience the entirety of BioWare's intricately crafted story without digging into their wallets. Secondly, the team aims to ensure that subscribers will not see any degradation in the quality of their gameplay experience, which includes making sure that subscribers don't feel obligated to make Cartel Market purchases in order to remain competitive. Schubert confidently asserts that the team "not only met these goals... but exceeded expectations." We'll find out for sure soon enough, but for now, head on over to the official post to find out what to expect when SWTOR goes free-to-play later this month.
Star Wars: The Old Republic dev blog outlines upcoming F2P transition originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 07 Nov 2012 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
The jarring emptiness of Metrica Province has left me wondering whether some of GW2's events are scaling improperly, are set too high, or aren't scaling at all. Nevertheless, there were plenty of events for me to take part in, and they've been my main source of experience for this week's Choose My Adventure. I've also come across some bugs and glitches that Massively's resident GW2 expert, Elisabeth Cardy, has helped me with.
My greatsword is proving incredibly handy, mixed with clones of myself to distract the Inquest and random grumpy animals. I couldn't resist zapping some of the innocent critters littering the landscape. I'm sorry. Pippy is a sad, depressed, maybe narcissistic little Mesmer. Every once in a while, he takes his aggression out on the local fauna.
Setting up a reasonable amount of polls is proving to be difficult. There are so many options for traits, weapons, and skills. It's staggering. Instead of trying to be all-inclusive for every aspect of the game, I'm trying to take into consideration how readers feel from votes and comments and use that as a guide. So what has Pippy has gotten himself into this week?
Gallery: CMA: Guild Wars 2
So what can players expect? Abilities are replacing the special attacks found on weapons with several new options for battle, and a new resource (Adrenaline) will go into activating your more powerful combat skills. Characters will also be able to make full use of both hands via dual-wielding, offering more aggressive options as well as more equipment options for mages. The announcement also promises a livestream this weekend to help players learn about and understand the changes before they go live in a couple weeks.
[Thanks to Andrew for the tip!]
RuneScape announces launch date for Evolution of Combat patch originally appeared on Massively on Wed, 07 Nov 2012 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
A lot of games don't relaunch -- the majority, even, unless you count now-ubiquitous free-to-play conversions. But those that do so change a lot about the game, some of it good, some of it bad. Today, we're not asking for all of the things you'd change if you had the choice; today, we want to pick a single element of a game that you like. A lone thing that bothers you that you would want changed.
Maybe you'd like to enhance the game's crafting. Maybe you'd like to improve the storytelling. Maybe you even would just add in a few more travel options around a particularly annoying point. If your favorite game was relaunching, what's the one thing that you would want to see fixed in the new version?
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: If your favorite game relaunched, what one thing would you fix? originally appeared on Massively on Tue, 06 Nov 2012 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Until they saw the whales.
Flameseeker Chronicles: There's something in the water in Guild Wars 2 originally appeared on Massively on Tue, 06 Nov 2012 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
The HD format of this video really shows off the world; although the dragonback transport route is predetermined, the trip takes viewers through some of the beautiful vistas and locals in Bless. Be sure to check it out after the break.
Latest Bless gameplay video treats viewers to HD visuals originally appeared on Massively on Tue, 06 Nov 2012 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.