Archive for June 2011
Interview: Designing Guild Wars 2 – Part 1
Apparently, making an MMO is not easy. I can’t see why, thousands of players, constant updates, exhaustive levelling, loot and guild systems… sounds easy if you ask me.
Despite that, we sat down once again with ArenaNet’s Eric Flannum, lead game designer on Guild Wars 2, to chat about how the MMO space has changed since the first Guild Wars, how the team generate new ideas and the difficulty in making each player feel unique and valued.
First World of Warcraft free to play model announced
Last night Blizzard revealed a new free to play sub model for new players joining Azeroth.
World of Tanks Update 6.5 rolls out
Wargaming.Net is set to release the next update for their tank MMO tomorrow.
Brief beta footage from Tribes: Ascend
A day after Tribes: Ascend was revealed as being a free-to-play shooter, developer Hi-Rez has released a spot of beta footage from the game.
IGDA to investigate ‘unacceptable’ Team Bondi working conditions
The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has promised a full investigation into reports of 100 hour work weeks at LA Noire developer Team Bondi and menacing behaviour by boss Brendan McNamara.
World of Tanks heading to US retail
Wargaming.net and Interactive Gaming Software (IGS) have announced a partnership that will bring World of Tanks to US retailers.
Winners of E3 Game Critics Awards revealed
The E3 Game Critics Awards have become a staple of the event since their beginning in 1998, and the results are now in for 2011.
Portal 2 ‘summer mapping initiative’ winners announced
The Portal 2 mapping community Thinking With Portals have concluded their ‘summer mapping initiative’ contest and announced the winners.
Tribes: Ascend revealed as free-to-play
Tribes: Ascend, the persistent world FPS from Hi-Rez (not to be confused with their more MMO-based outing, Tribes: Universe) will follow a free-to-play model.
Crysis 2’s PC prettification patch released
Crytek have released two optional patches for the PC version of Crysis 2, adding DirectX 11 support and new, high-res textures.
David Bateson dropped from Hitman: Absolution
David Bateson, the voice actor for Hitman’s Agent 47 since the start of the series, has been dropped for Hitman: Absolution according to reports.
Boulder Dash-XL coming 13 July
Sneaking in just before the ‘Summer of Arcade’ launches, Boulder Dash-XL will bring the ‘reinvented’ classic to Xbox LIVE Arcade on 13 July.
Author of ‘violent game’ law responds to Supreme Court decision
Senator Leland Yee, the man responsible for writing California’s ‘violent game’ law, has responded to todays Supreme Court’s 7-2 ruling in favour of the EMA.
EVE players cancel 4,500 accounts, ‘riot’ in-game
There’s been an angry reaction from EVE Online players to the introduction of not-so-microtransactions by developers CCP, and leaked documents which suggest more on the way.
Operation Flashpoint: Red River – Valley of Death DLC trailer
Codemasters has released a new trailer this afternoon for the Op Flash DLC whic is due at th eend of this month.
US Supreme Court rules on ‘violent game’ case
As expected, the US Supreme Court has now issued its verdict in the Brown vs EMA case that would have restricted the sale of ‘violent’ videogames to anyone under 18 and would require such games to adopt a special label.
Gods & Heroes replica helmet revealed
Last week Heatwave Interactive launched their mythological Roman MMO RPG Gods & Heroes and they are now going to be selling replica Roman helmets.
Guild Wars 2 Fan Day – A narrative
The IncGamers: Guild Wars 2 community admin spends a couple of days at ArenaNet.