Not many MMOs can boast that they’ve been around long enough to receive a whopping 25 expansions, but inveterate fantasy MMO EverQuest will receive that exact distinction when its next expansion, The Burning Lands, launches this December. The Burning Lands, as the name may suggest, will be taking players from the environs of Kunark and into the elemental planes. “The expansion name might give you some clues, but let’s just say that air and fire will play a big role in your upcoming adventures,” Daybreak’s official announcement says, in a textbook example of subtlety. Aside from the fact that players will apparently be venturing forth into the elemental planes of air and fire, however, details about the expansion’s content are scarce: “From new monsters, zones, items, raids, and more, we can’t wait for you to return to the Planes, but you’ll have to wait a bit longer for additional information,” the announcement says. In the … [Read more...] about EverQuest announces its 25th expansion, The Burning Lands, coming this December
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The fact that City of Titans is still planning to have “issue zero” playable for backers by the end of the year is indisputably the biggest piece of the latest news up on the game’s site. There’s a reason it’s the big takeaway from the latest status update by the development team. But there is other important stuff in motion, and an equally important part of the dispatch is that the team is still working away even if its’ sometimes taking longer than expected. Progress is being made, and the title is coming together over time. While there was a rather nasty crash affecting the project’s shared resources earlier this year, the development has continued on the game’s content and avatar creation tool. There’s even a new website on the way that promises more informative content and a more professional feel. If you’re in the “can’t wait” camp, you unfortunately will need to wait just a little longer, but it does … [Read more...] about City of Titans is still on track for Issue 0 by the end of the year
According to Polish gaming magazine "Gram" (via PokemonHub), it appears that PvP will be coming to Pokemon Go by the end of this year. The magazine interviewed EMEA Marketing Manager Anne Beuttenmuller, who said, "Now we are working on the PvP mode, which will appear soon." The team is also working to introduce new Pokemon to the game as well as improve the recently released Trading Mode and "constantly improving the elements that we have available in the game". We just introduced an improvement so you can add a note to your friend. The point is that you can have many people on your friends list and do not remember who is who. You can add a comment to that person. You can also segregate your friends list. The next thing that we want to add at the end of this year is the PvP Mode. Check out the links above to learn more. What do you think of PvP in Pokemon Go? How do you suspect it might look? … [Read more...] about PvP Mode Will Be Coming By the End of the Year
A chain of business connections could have a real and dire impact on Daybreak Games Company following the freezing of company assets by the U.S. government. On April 6th, the U.S. Department of the Treasury targeted several Russian oligarchs and froze their assets due to “destabilizing activities” by these figures (including suspected interference in the 2016 U.S. election). One of the oligarchs so punished was Viktor Vekselberg, who owns the Renova Group conglomerate and its subsidiary, Columbus Nova. Columbus Nova, you may recall, is the parent company of Daybreak Games. The U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control has given Renova and other Russian companies until June 5th to “wind down operations, contracts, or other agreements” involving these figures. Between $1.5 and $2 billion assets from Vekselberg have been frozen as the result of these sanctions. It is unclear if any of Columbus Nova’s assets are part of this. Renova isn’t commenting on the … [Read more...] about Daybreak’s Russian parent company’s assets are frozen by the U.S. government
Of all the fascinating things the EVE Online community has embraced over the game’s almost 15-year lifetime, perhaps the most bizarre is space pope Max Singularity. The character of the space pope started out as a joke among players who discovered Max doling out words of worldly wisdom in the in-game chat channels and counselling players who were going through tough times. This most cutthroat of online communities embraced Max’s kindness, and he embraced his new in-game role as a religious leader of the Amarr empire. The space pope is actually NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory employee Charles White in real life, but at EVE Fanfest 2018 this week he was in full papal garb with an entourage of space monks and space nuns. If you’ve never heard of the space pope, well, I promise I am not making this up. Today at Fanfest, lucky EVE players Tairon Usaro and Irma Amatin were married by the space pope himself in a traditional Amarrian ceremony in front of hundreds of … [Read more...] about EVE Fanfest 2018: Two EVE players were married by the space pope. Yep.