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By Jonathan Balofsky On 24 Nov, 2017 At 12:43 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Naoki Yoshida has mentioned having an interest in bringing FF XIV to the Switch several times, even as far back as 2015 when the system was just called the NX. He has since continued saying this and has revealed that “positive discussions” are taking place.

“I’d like to open it up to as many platforms as possible – we want to include as many players as possible. Not just Switch – even Xbox, if it’s interested in this, we’d like to open it up. We’d like to have it on as much hardware as possible. Even though the hardware might be different, they will be playing in the same world – it has to have cross server function. That’s something that’s at the core of FF14, so we’d want to keep that as a policy.”

“We have no intention to divide the servers per platform – we’re working with one big community. I’m interested in other platforms, of course – I hope those first parties change their policies or mindsets. I’m an MMORPG gamer – I’d love to play with many people globally, and we’ve been talking to those platforms about getting it on their hardware. Positive discussion is ongoing. It’s not as if we’re not doing anything – we are actually talking to them, and the platform holders are showing their attitude in a more positive way.”

This sounds like a possibility. Nintendo has not been opposed to features like cross-play with the Switch and that bodes well here. Would you buy FF XIV on Switch?

 

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and HBO Global Licensing have announced pre-registration for the upcoming mobile game Game of Thrones: Conquest.

Developed by Turbine, the MMO strategy mobile game puts players at the head of their own powerful House, with the ultimate goal of navigating the dangerous political landscape of Westeros and claiming the Iron Throne. Players will see some familiar faces from the hit HBO® show as they play the game, including Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, and Jon Snow. Game of Thrones: Conquest is coming to the App Store and Google Play later this year.

Starting today, fans can pre-register for the game at: https://gotconquest.com

Players who pre-register for Game of Thrones: Conquest will receive the Prepare for War Bundle, which will include exclusive Night’s Watch training gear, as well as gold and resources to aid in their fight for the Iron Throne.

Whether it’s through sheer might or deception, Game of Thrones: Conquest lets players rule their House as they choose. Powerful armies will be raised to march against rivals, while players command their own small councils to sabotage their enemies from within. Westeros won’t be simple to conquer. Players must defend their Houses from each other in player versus player battles or form a strategic Allegiance as they fight for control of the Seven Kingdoms.

This is an interesting looking mobile game. Game of Thrones fans might want to take a look at this one, especially while we wait for the next season.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 30 Mar, 2017 At 11:08 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarActivision and Bungie have released the debut trailer for Destiny 2. The trailer gives us the background on the story and look of the game, while holding off the gameplay for May 18th. The game itself will release on Sep 8th.

 

The game will release for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

The following purchase options are available for the game.
Collector’s Edition:

Destiny 2 Base Game

Destiny 2 Expansion Pass: Get access to both Expansion I and Expansion II, offering brand new story missions, cooperative activities, competitive multiplayer, and a wealth of new weapons, armor, and gear.

Destiny 2 – Frontier Bag
– Customizable bag that can be worn as a backpack or messenger bag
– 15” Laptop/Tablet Sleeve with protective pocket slip

Frontier Kit, featuring:
– Solar panel USB charger with built-in light
– Paracord
– Solar blanket

Limited Edition SteelBook® Case
– Booklet with secrets into the Cabal Empire
– Cabal Schematic
– Collectible Postcard Images
– Cabal Military Pawns

Premium digital content:
– Legendary Sword
– Legendary Player Emote
– Cabal Empire Themed Emblem

 

As well, preordering will give you access to the Beta

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Feb, 2017 At 12:16 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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During the Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival earlier today in Europe, Square Enix discussed a possible version of the game for Switch.  All that was said right now is that it’s under “consideration”.

Previously, in August 2015, Naoki Yoshida, the director and producer  mentioned that Square Enix was open to putting Final Fantasy XIV on Switch,  and that was when it was still called NX. It seems like things are moving along for it to happen bit it isn’t final yet.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 15 Nov, 2016 At 07:33 PM | Categorized As News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda sent out the following

 

We’re thrilled to announce that The Elder Scrolls Online is offering an extended Free Play Weekend starting tomorrow for PlayStation 4 and PC/Mac players, running through November 20th. There has never been a better time to discover the award-winning online Elder Scrolls game and the incredible updates that have made it one of the best MMOs on PC and consoles. And, with the recent One Tamriel update introducing worldwide level-scaling, this is a perfect opportunity for existing players to introduce friends and family to Tamriel and play together from the start – no “alts” required.

 

The North American PlayStation 4 Free Play Weekend will begin at 12:01 am US eastern time tomorrow. PlayStation Plus is not required to participate. The PC and Mac Free Play Weekend on Steam will begin at 1 pm eastern time tomorrow. Information on a Free Play Weekend for Xbox One will be revealed soon.

 

As always, there is no subscription required to play The Elder Scrolls Online.  Players simply need to download the game, create an account, and begin their adventures in Tamriel. The Free Play Weekend will include:

 

  • No Restrictions: Access to the full The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited base game
  • Free Crowns: 500 Crowns to spend in the Crown Store on fun costumes, unique pets, helpful scrolls, and more
  • Progress Retention: Any characters created, Crown Packs purchased, or Crown Store items bought, as well as any progress made during the Free Play Weekend, will carry over if the player purchases the game
  • Win a “Trip of a Lifetime”: Free Play Weekend players will also qualify to enter the Trip of a Lifetime Giveaway, which offers the chance to win one of five incredible trips to exotic locations around the world, with full accommodations, meals, and exciting adventure excursions with expert local guides. To enter, all that’s required is to play the game and register. For more information and to register, players can visit the official Giveaway site.

 

All Versions of The Elder Scrolls Online, Crowns On Sale

In celebration of the Free Play Weekend on PlayStation 4 and PC/Mac, Bethesda will offer discounts through November 28 in North America on Crown Packs as well as all versions of the game, including The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited base game and The Elder Scrolls Online: Gold Edition, which includes all four major DLC game packs: Imperial City, Orsinium, Thieves Guild, and Dark Brotherhood.

 

How to Get into the Free Play Weekend

PlayStation 4 players should navigate to The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited on the PlayStation Store to download the game starting at 12:01 am US eastern time tomorrow. Players on PC and Mac should download the game via Steam at http://store.steampowered.com/app/306130/ starting at 1 pm eastern time tomorrow. Once the game is downloaded and players have created an account, they can login and play immediately.

This is really cool news and I hope people check this out. The game has come a long way from when it was launched and is now quite a good game with a good play model.

 

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By Wade Hinkle On 6 Sep, 2016 At 10:37 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarStar Trek Online has been available on the PC for six years, now current and new players can play the game on either the Playstation 4 or Xbox One as of today.

Steve Ricossa, the Executive Producer of Star Trek revealead everything in a post on the Perfect World’s website, the publisher of the game. The console version will have all six years of content from the PC version which is over 125 episodes The game has more than over 15 actors that voice characters from every Star Trek era.

The game’s lighting engine was upgraded and the UI was also completely redone when the game was ported from the PC version to the consoles.

Star Trek Online is a free-to-play MMO and all future content updates will remain free. Check out the new trailer released with the console announcement.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 31 Aug, 2016 At 01:16 PM | Categorized As News, PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun has announced that EVE Online will be going Free-to-Play this November.

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Space-bastard MMO EVE Online [official site] will go free-to-play in November, devs CCP announced today. It’ll introduce a new limited character type that anyone can play for free, keeping The Good Stuff for people who pay a subscription fee. Which is probably a good way to get more people into EVE. It has brought us exciting space-stories of grand betrayals, bankers funding wars and maybe destabilising EVE, propaganda, blockading trade hubs, notorious space-lords, and more than I can reasonably fit in this one sentence, but EVE is not an inviting game. This might help.

November’s update will introduce characters who are free for everyone to play but who can only train certain skills. This ‘Alpha Clone State’ rabble will be able to learn to basic skills, flying low-level ships – Frigates, Destroyers and Cruisers – from their faction along basic weapons and modules, but won’t get to play with the really fancy stuff. They’ll also learn skills slightly slower (remember, EVE doesn’t use XP to level, instead training specific skills passively in real time).

If you want a proper character who can learn and use anything like EVE spacemen can right now, you’ll want ‘Omega Clone State’. This can be earned by paying a subscription fee or cashing in a PLEX timecard (which can also be bought in-game for in-game cash). Alpha characters can pay to upgrade to Omega, naturally. Omegas will fall down to Alpha if they don’t keep paying, becoming unable to use skills and items (and ships!) beyond the Alpha limits until they go back up to Omega status.

Given the way EVE works, analogies to other MMORPGs are tricky. Alpha characters will definitely have fewer options but they’ll be able to do a fair bit and find useful roles in high-end play – you couldn’t say, for example, “it’s like a level 20 character in a game with a level 80 cap” so I won’t. Here’s what CCP say:

“By specifically selecting skills in this way, we can ensure that the EVE ecosystem and the value of Omega state are both protected, while still providing a wide-ranging, exciting EVE experience for Alphas. The clone state prevents access to powerful skills like Cynosural Field Theory and Cloaking, and limits farming through skills that control scaling and efficiency. We are also able to react to unexpected issues by refining the Alpha clone skill list further, should the need arise. Of course, Alphas also have enormous freedom. They will be doing everything from rampaging null sec in Caracal fleets to exploration sites in high sec to playing a major role in faction warfare.”

EVE has offered free trials for yonks but they’re not quite long enough to get much of a handle on what the game is or what you might like to do. It sounds like this will be a lot better. EVE will still be mighty unforgiving and full of space-bastards, of course, but at least it’ll give you a better idea of if that’s something you want.

I’m curious to see how established players and organisations will try to use/weaponise/scam this influx of new players. Newbies aren’t necessarily useless – I know the Goons used to (and maybe still do?) get their newbies joining operations very quickly as irksome fodder to snare enemies. Enough newbies on free accounts itching for those there space-fights they’ve heard so much about might lead to interesting things, or at least entertaining stories.

I only played EVE for a few months but I’d recommend going Minmatar then buying yourself a Rifter (that cool spaceship in the middle ? up there) to engage in a gentle spot of low-level mischief and piracy. I still miss that mean little scrapheap.

This is exciting news. Do you play EVE Online?

By Jonathan Balofsky On 2 Jun, 2016 At 02:29 AM | Categorized As News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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The PlayStation blog has announced the following

 

We’re proud to announce that Neverwinter is coming to PlayStation 4 in summer 2016! Almost three years after our initial launch on PC, millions of adventurers have travelled along the Sword Coast to slay the mightiest of foes and to form the most courageous of parties. We can’t wait to welcome in a new group of adventurers to Neverwinter and eagerly await their arrival. Here’s your first glimpse of the adventures you can look forward to!

Neverwinter is a free-to-play MMORPG that transports players into the Forgotten Realms, where they will explore a fully realized experience based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise. When Neverwinter arrives on PlayStation 4, it will feature all existing content from the base game, including eight playable classes and nine expansions worth of content, giving you hundreds of quests to play through.

Fight against the likes of Tiamat, Demogorgon, Orcus, Valindra and many more sinister enemies from Dungeons & Dragons lore. Adventurers will also travel through iconic locations such as Icewind Dale and the Underdark while teaming up with characters straight from the novels of acclaimed author R.A. Salvatore, including Drizzt Do’Urden.
We are also happy to announce that Neverwinter on PlayStation 4 will be free-to-play for all PlayStation 4 owners as you will not require PlayStation Plus to dive into this full-fledged MMORPG experience.

Are you ready to defend the realms? What class are you planning to play? We look forward to seeing you all in the city of Neverwinter later this year.

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This is great news. Neverwinter has been a major hit on the other platforms it is available on. The MMO is one of the best there is and for it to be free for all PS4 players and not tied to PS+ is a great way to increase the user base.  We plan to review the PS4 version when its available and will let you know how it is. Check out the trailer below.

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 12 May, 2016 At 08:23 PM | Categorized As News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarIn an update to our earlier story about Star Trek Online coming to PS4, We can now confirm the Free To Play MMO will come to Xbox One as well.

 

See the full trailer below

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 12 May, 2016 At 05:38 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarThe Free To Play Star Trek MMO will be coming to PS4 this fall. The game has received critical acclaim on PC, with many of the cast of the various shows making appearances. Will you join Starfleet this fall?

Check out the announce trailer below