This turned out to be quite the week. Not as many “releases” as previous weeks, but a hell of a lot more popcorn moments.Weekly Byte of MMORPG News! Let’s kick this off with some positive news, first.World of Warcraft: Classic will be launching in Summer 2019. WoW: Classic isn’t so much of a vanilla server like the old Nostalrius days, but rather, a modern reinterpretation of the vanilla days – featuring all of the back-end improvements made to the game over the years.Battle for Azeroth can opt in to the new Classic server and vice versa without having to pay any additional fees, ever. Next up, we have news of another buy to play MMO going the free to play route – Portalarium, the Texas-based gaming developer released Shroud of the Avatar officially earlier this year as a buy to play MMORPG to.. to say mixed results would be an understatement.Shroud of the Avatar is now 100% completely free to play.Ultima Online, and aimed to provide … [Read more...] about MMORPG News: Ascent Infinite Realm, Kurtzpel Closed Beta, WoW Classic, Diablo Immortal and More!
Chinese classic songs
While we are not sure how many China companies were over at E3 2019, we were certainly surprised to know that Seasun Games was there showcasing its latest Chinese mobile MMORPG. The company, known as 西山居 in China, is a highly-respected developer in the country and made high-quality fantasy wuxia games for the PC. The mobile MMORPG at E3 2019 had an English name, titled Eastward Legend: The Empyrean, which launched in China this past week published by Tencent Games. As we are still wondering if Seasun Games is aiming to bring the game to the west, we decided to take a quick 2 hours spin. Faithful to the game’s original PC version, Eastward Legend: The Empyrean delivers a vast and immersive MMO experience on the mobile platform. There are 5 different schools, each with 4 playable characters, but 3 of them need to be unlocked via in-game achievements. These “extra” characters are much more powerful, and can be switched any time in-game once unlocked. … [Read more...] about – Classic Chinese wuxia MMORPG debuts on mobile
Pull up a chair and quaff some hearty ale, for today we’re going to look at Blizzard’s game-within-a-game-universe, Hearthstone. Now, Hearthstone’s soundtrack is a lovely, generally mellow experience, but that’s not what I wanted to explore. I mean, maybe some other time — Blizzard certainly doesn’t skimp on its music — but a while back I started to clue in to the fact that the Hearthstone team had way too much fun creating these catchy and clever jingles for the game’s trailers. These trailer songs usually bounced from genre to genre, delivering high-energy tunes that often reveled in the zany and bizarre. That seemed very much worth a column, and so after listening through the entire list of trailer songs to date, I pulled out eight of the best that deserve a listen or two. Goblins vs. Gnomes This one is kind of opera mixed with a children’s Saturday morning cartoon theme, and the result is a snappy but oh-so-short ditty that … [Read more...] about Jukebox Heroes: Hearthstone’s hilarious trailer songs
In the 1980’s and 1990’s, Japanese RPG (JRPG) was at its height of popularity with games such as Fire Emblem and Final Fantasy. In 1991, another classic was born. Langrisser was a brand new tactical RPG IP, but developer Masaya Games was not a newcomer to the strategy RPG genre having already made a mecha-themed strategy RPG titled Gaiflame in 1987. The original Langrisser was released in Japan and North America in 1991, and it remained as the only English launch in the classic series until now with Langrisser Mobile. The game just completed its Closed Beta test, and will launch worldwide in January 2019. Fun fact, Langrisser was actually launched in North America under the name Warsong, which most veteran gamers might heard of. However, the game then re-released for the PC Engine (not really the PC) under the name Langrisser: The Descendants of Light. As you can tell from the simple comparison chart below, Langrisser did not have as many titles when compared to its rival … [Read more...] about – A deeper look at the classic JRPG series
Still pumped for the full Fallout 76 reveal from last night? Or maybe concerned over the potential for PvP abuse? Regardless of your current position, Bethsoft is already moving to capitalize on the hype for the game with a charity promotion, and it’s for a great cause. “In the spirit of Fallout 76 and global rebuilding, we’re proud to team up with Habitat for Humanity – a global nonprofit working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries, to advance the vision that everyone deserves a decent place to call home,” the company announced this morning. “Starting July 4, visit the iTunes store to purchase the Inkspots-inspired cover of the classic John Denver song ‘Take Me Home Country Roads’ as heard in the Fallout 76 official announcement trailer. Bethesda will donate 100% of its proceeds, with a minimum donation of $100,000, from sales of the single to Habitat for Humanity to assist in the … [Read more...] about E3 2018: Fallout 76 partners with Habitat for Humanity for charity – you can contribute for a song (literally)