This has certainly been an epic week for role playing games, this free-to-play announcement for EverQuest by Sony Online Entertainment entering the ranks with both Diablo III and the refresh of Baldur's Gate. I suppose these gaming companies think it's time to bump up the ol' gaming engines now that summer is approaching - wouldn't want to get a tan this year, would we?! The game EverQuest has seen 13 years of gameplay and a total of 18 expansions to its basic build, and this is the first time its ever had a free model, it now having a total of three - this plus Silver ($5.00/mo) and Gold ($14.99/mo) memberships.
If you're a big fan of games in the Elder Scrolls universe such as Oblivion and the new Skyrim title, I would bet you been very intrigued at the thought of The Elder Scrolls Online, which has been talked about a bit. According to sources, Bethesda will offer gamers the very first look at the online MMO game in a few months. That's hardly a firm date, but enough to get fans excited, nonetheless.
After a week of teasing with a countdown clock on the Baldur's Gate webpage, we now know what all the fuss is about. Despite the immediate server crash upon counting down to zero, a release was thankfully issued via email revealing that the big announcement is for a Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition that will be arriving this summer for PCs.
A countdown meter reading less than 24 hours now sits on the original Baldur's Gate website, the launchpad for the epic 2 and soon to be 3-part digital Role Playing Game series set in the world of Dungeons & Dragons. This entry in the series was originally slated to be developed and released in 2002, but was cancelled in 2003 when the 3D Engine developed specifically for the game was used for Black Isle Studios Van Buren, also known as Fallout 3. Fast forward to 2012 and the Forgotten Realms-set RPG is being whispered as having new life in the form of an actual release of The Black Hound, better known as Baldur's Gate III.
The massively multiplayer online first-person shooter (MMOFPS) game Dust 514, which is slated to be available exclusively on PS3, will be a completely free-to-play affair. Game maker CCP had originally planned to charge a nominal price for gamers to download the title from the PlayStation Store, but that plan has been scrapped because, CCP says, it didn't want to confuse gamers. The experience inside the game itself will not change at all.
The unconscious body of a 23-year-old sat slumped over at a Taiwanese Internet cafe for several hours before anyone noticed or said anything. The man was playing the online game League of Legends. When he passed out, there were as many as 30 other players surrounding him in the crowded space. It is unclear how long he had been at the cafe before his untimely death.
There's nothing quite like a good ol' game of Diablo to get you out of the everyday hum-drum of normal human life, and as Blizzard has proven with their eternally entertaining first two installments of this birds-eye-view hack and slash adventure game, Diablo III has a lot to live up to -- today we get our first glimpse of the first three minutes of the game as it's set to be released in 2012, cinematic one and the start of the continued hellish storyline. What you're about to see is Deckard Cain, also known as the dirty old man whose fortune it's been to both be the keeper of the lore of this game series and the one who's always burning in hell while you fight the forces of evil. Cain has a niece now too, and as a meteor shower is about to prove, his ramblings about the return of the forces of hell to the earth to bring about a new terror are more than just a little bit true - great holes of flame!
It's been several years now since Blizzard Entertainment played an April Fool's prank on its World of Warcraft base by saying the fifth race in the game would be panda-humanoid in flavor - today we find that in their newest WoW expansion, it's no joke. There's a whole new expansion for World of Warcraft coming out soon by the name of "Mists of Pandaria." This race of fuzzy lovable killers has since the first "JK" announcement made several appearances in both WoW and StarCraft II, and both story characters and a playable Monk class will be coming with this next expansion pack.
Of all the places in the world to open a support facility, it had to be Ireland that took on the task of providing support to masses for the new Star Wars MMORPG game The Old Republic as it ramps up for launch on December 20th and 22nd. Of course I and we have no reason to be saying such a thing, in fact such an island base will likely be the greatest place to avoid the craziest of game players that'll more than likely try to swim to the support group in hopes of getting their lightsaber license re-activated after having chopped up too many ewoks. You following me? If you are, this is definitely going to be the game for you.