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I've written before about how developers use clever mechanics to lower the barrier to entry in order to encourage more people to play MMOs, but how do they keep players interested after they have rolled a new character? More often than not, MMOs greatly benefit from hanging onto players for as long...

January 29th 2014 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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Blackguards is a recently released strategy roleplaying game from Daedalic Entertainment that features an obscene level of character detail, as evidenced by this look at the game's skill trees. Functionally, assigning skills in Blackguards is pretty simple. You earn experience which gives you po...

January 29th 2014 at 4:30am 0 Comments
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The next big patch for Age of Wushu is due out next month, which should be reason enough for players to be excited about it. But it's hard to get excited about an update with no idea what's in it. So it's a good thing that the official site has posted a small preview detailing the coming update, a...

January 22nd 2014 at 11:30am 0 Comments
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Guess what, Repopulation fans? It's time for another update, that's what. Above & Beyond has posted a list of alpha weapon abilities on the game's website. The post notes that "some weapon lines are still under construction and missing abilities," but it's nonetheless an extensive info dump tha...

January 21st 2014 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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Are you wondering what you'll get when you become emperor of Elder Scrolls Online -- other than a fancy suit of armor, that is? The Official Xbox Magazine discovered that player emperors will gain a skill line that they will retain for the rest of their time in the game. The skills will persist ev...

January 6th 2014 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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The latest installment of ZeniMax's "Ask Us Anything" question-and-answer feature is all about progression in The Elder Scrolls Online. Players from ESO's French and German fansites, Game-guide.fr and TESOnline.de, have submitted a great deal of questions which are added to the usual variety of in...

December 9th 2013 at 5:00pm 0 Comments
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Ready for more Elder Scrolls Online progression info? We hope so, because ZeniMax has dropped a fairly meaty dev blog this afternoon that details the upcoming fantasy MMO's skill lines. Wait, isn't ESO a class-based game? Well, yes, but ZeniMax says that classes won't "chain you to any one playsty...

December 4th 2013 at 5:00pm 0 Comments
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ArenaNet devs Karl McLain and Roy Cronacher have taken to YouTube to give Guild Wars 2 fans a preview of tomorrow's patch. The duo focuses on "balance, skills, and combat," according to Cronacher, so if you've a hankering for info of that sort, click past the cut to watch the livestream recording....

October 14th 2013 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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I haven't played Age of Wushu since beta, but I love reading about the title. For one thing, it's a martial arts sandbox and how badass is that? For another, it's got the best skill names I've ever seen. How can you not love a game with a skill called Devil Slay Lovers or a style called Demon Heart...

October 14th 2013 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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Before I dive into the next installment of my new player tips, I'd like to let everyone know that the Star Trek Online site has issued a few new dev blogs hinting at some of the cool news about the upcoming Season Eight: The Sphere. There are some great new blogs featuring the concept art of the ne...

October 7th 2013 at 5:00pm 0 Comments
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Back in April, EVE Online Senior Producer Andie Nordgren delivered an incredible long-term vision for the game's future that included deep space colonisation, player-built stargates, and players controlling practically everything that's currently run by NPC empires. This vision sets the tone and di...

September 29th 2013 at 6:00pm 0 Comments