Introducing the "Daily MMO Round-Up" column!
Titan Focus will always focus on Titan (doh!), but what to do when there's really not much to focus on? We could just retreat into our "den" and wait there until "spring" comes around again, but maybe there's a better way to pass the time? After a lot of back and forth with some of the more trusted and active members here on TF, we decided to create a second stream of news, focused on MMOs in general.
The first part of this new plan is a (hopefully) daily news column called "Daily MMO Round-Up". I won't go into details about it because you can see its first episode just below. There are two very important aspects about all this though:
- The front-page will stay 100% Titan. We'll still be searching for news, rumors and everything in between. Nothing changes from this point of view. The new daily column and anything that will accompany it (see next point) will be featured on a second "front-page" and also on the forums, in the MMOs section. So if you're visiting us only for Titan news, absolutely nothing will change. You won't have to dig through the general news about MMOs clutter to see what's new in the Titan world. But with just one additional click (see the sidebar or the News tab at the top), you'll be able to access a new stream of news, which are from the same domain as Project Titan, namely the MMO genre.
- This second stream of news is open to contributions. While I'll be handling the daily news round-up, anyone wishing to start his own column about any subject related to MMOs, no matter if it's a daily / bi-weekly / weekly thing, is more than welcome to contact me so we can set something up!
So without further ado, here's the first installment of the new column! Future articles won't appear here on the main frontpage, but on the pages I mentioned and linked above. As always, any feedback is more than appreciated!
World of Warcraft [Patch 5.4 class changes summarized] - TenTonHammer
Everquest [June 2013 Producer's Letter - Hero’s Forge Armor, Hardcore Heritage, Hot Zones, the return of Big Bags and SOE Live!] - Everquest Official Site
Upcoming / Beta
The Division [Petition to Ubisoft: bring the game to PC as well - 109.000 signatures and counting] - Change.org
RIFT [Expansion Reveals and Teasers] - RIFTScene
BrainStorm [a F2P MMORTS "powered by knowledge" that is now in Closed Beta. Click the link to sign-up and / or watch the trailer below] - Official Site
Final Fantasy XIV (PS3) [Screenshots and narration about the beta into a 15-minute video. Technically video footage is not allowed yet, hence the SS galore] - Massively
EverQuest Next [John Smedley (president of SOE) is quickly out-doing Rob Pardo when it comes to teasing upcoming super secret projects]
ArcheAge (KR) [upcoming features to the korean version of the game] - Sandboxer.org
Beach Houses - Players will be able to build beach houses in shallow water.
Submarines - Submarines will be introduced into the game
“The Island of Eternity” - New underwater dungeon for players to explore
Appearance Changes - Adding appearance changes (you have to pay for these)
New summer swimwear - Name speaks for itself
Starter areas - Changing the starter areas to make them more streamlined and easier
“Elder Dragons” - AA will be adding Elder dragons
Guides, Tips, Giveaways
Guild Wars 2 [Sky Pirates of Tyria update - Guides, Coverage & Giveaway] - GuildWars2 Hub
Guild Wars 2 [Complete Game Giveaway] - MMORPG.com
RIFT [F2P Store guide]
ArcheAge (KR version) [Free To Play - How It Works. Useful to know since a similar system might be used for the English version as well] - ArcheAge Source
1) Free to play users...
- can freely choose servers
- can level up to 50
- start with 50 labour points (remember that labour points are account-wide)
- can NOT own houses or scarecrows
- do NOT regenerate labour points
- can NOT pay taxes (if you have houses you will lose them if your account goes F2P)
Videos / Pics
Opinions / Interviews
CPP CEO, Hilmar Petursson [about the company's evolution, handling multiple products and what's in store in the future - "A big company can become very dumb, very quickly"] - GamesIndustry.biz
The Top 5 TV shows that should be made into an MMOG [while not one of my top favorites, I'd definitely add Jericho on the list!] - MMO Play
While Stargate was never the most popular series to start with Star is was still an amazing show with plenty of room to create a fantastic game around. Whether you decide to suit up with SG1 or battle the Goa’Uld as a Jaffa you’re bound to have an exciting time jumping through worm holes and fighting off your enemies.
Dungeon finders are dangerous? [No for themepark, yes for sandbox, seems to be his conclusion. I say yes to both and any other game that aspires to the MMO tag] - Keen and Graev
Console controls for MMOs are not for me [impressions on his recent FF XIV beta experience on PS3] - Tobold's Blog
Group Monetization [a study on how creating a persistent gaming collective (MMOs being the ideal medium for this) and nurturing the players through fair mechanics can lead to substantial revenue increases, especially with certain optimizations to the payment model] - Gamasutra
Misc / Off-Topic
PS4 [Sony to announce more PS4 games at Gamescom (August 21st - 25th)] - Gamechup.com
The Last of Us [Ellen Page, during an AMA on Reddit has said that The Last Of Us "ripped off my likeness". You could argue she has a point, since I was actually incredibly surprised when I realized, after reading this statement, that the voice actress and the model of Ellie from LoU were not done or based on Ellen Page.] - GamesIndustry.biz
BattleField 4 [Official Frostbite 3 Feature Video]
Daily AMA: Got any questions about today's news or MMOs in general? Leave them in the comments. You'll probably get quick and awesome answers from TF's members, but if not, I'll give it my best to give you an answer in tomorrow's article.
Stream Highlight: 2GD - Despite what the title usually says, this stream is pretty darn entertaining, especially if you're into DOTA2. James is also the main guy behind 2GD Studio, also a must watch if you're a fan of eSports (SC2, DOTA2 mainly).
Featured TF Forum Thread: EverQuest Next - All abord the hype train!