Sony’s H1Z1 Won’t Be a “Pay to Win” Type of Game

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Sony recently announced that they’re going the multiplayer zombie survival way with H1Z1, a first person game that draws a lot of inspiration from Day Z and other similar products. Unlike those, though, H1Z1 will be a free to play game, with microtransactions included. Apparently, however, Sony are not planning to ruin the game by making it playable only if you spend money on it – on the contrary!

According to Sony, who are following a nice route with H1Z1, discussing with the community and creating a subreddit for the game, the microtransactions will only be available for the more cosmetic options and will not affect core gameplay. In other words, weapons and ammo and water will be free, but you will be able to purchase clothes and other wearables that won’t directly affect the gameplay.

Here’s what SOE’s John Smedley posted on reddit to explain the situation:

We will be selling wearables. We felt like this will be a good, fair revenue generator. However – we recognize how important finding wearables in the world is so you’ll be able to find and craft a lot of stuff. We agree that’s something important.

We will NOT be selling Guns, Ammo, Food, Water… i.e. That’s kind of the whole game and it would suck in our opinion if we did that.

Nor will we sell boosts that will impact #2.

Emote Pack – of course we’ll have the basics for free. But we felt like this is another good and fair revenue generator.

Character slots – feels reasonable.

Crates – You can find crates sometimes in game. They’re filled with random cool stuff from the store. We’re considering letting you see what’s in them before you buy a key (ala Dota 2.). This idea isn’t fully locked yet.

He went on to explain that all the purchased wearable items can be looted from players that you kill, but the player that purchased it also keeps the purchased item even after death. I already see this turning into an easy to exploit thing as friends will start killing each other just to get the item. There will, however, be some durability attached to all wearables and eventually you won’t be able to wear them, but I still think that this will be heavily exploited by gamers.

However, it’s good to hear that Sony doesn’t plan to ruin the game with microtransactions and instead goes for the “pay for extras” method, which will probably be always accepted by most gamers.

What do you think about this pay scheme? Are you satisfied with it?

Dragon Age Inquisition: Companion and Support Character List Unveiled

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BioWare launched a new Dragon Age Inquisition gameplay trailer yesterday, where the full-cast of the game is featured. The numbers are not new but the revelations are a huge surprise, there are several unknown faces and many names to be confirmed. Nine companions and three supportive characters is the scenario displayed by the Inquisition’s squad image. However, it’s not totally clear who will be a companion or a supportive character. Meet the full list of Inquisition companions and supportive characters unveiled to date.

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Companions (Confirmed and Presumed)

Cassandra Pentaghast (Right Hand of the Divine) – Confirmed + Romance Option Confirmed

Cole (Human Rogue Gifted with Transcendental Powers) – Unconfirmed/Supposed Character from DA: Asunder

Dorian Pavus (Tevinter Magister) – Unconfirmed

Iron Bull (Qunari Mercenary) – Confirmed

Gregor (Grey Warden Warrior) – Unconfirmed/Could Be Someone Else

Sera (Elven Archer) – Confirmed

Solas (Elven Mage) – Unconfirmed

Varric Tethras (Handsome Dwarf) – Confirmed

Vivienne (First Enchanter to the Imperial Court of Orlais)- Confirmed

Supportive Characters (Confirmed and Presumed)

Alistair (King of Ferelden or Grey Warden Captain) – Confirmed

Cullen (Knight-Captain of Kirkwall’s Templar Order) – Unconfirmed/Could be a Companion + Romance Option Confirmed

Leliana (Left Hand of the Divine) – Confirmed

Morrigan (Arcane Advisor to Empress Celene)Confirmed

Scribe Girl (Intellectual and Trade Affairs) – Unconfirmed/Unknown Name and Role

Thamond (Captain of the Inquisition and a commanding officer in Crestwood) – Confirmed

For further details about each character and their confirmations you can check VgamerZ Inquisition Squad article. Dragon Age Inquisition will launch on October 7th in North America and October 10th in Europe for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Dragon Age: Inquisition Gets Release Date, New Trailer

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EA has announced that Dragon Age: Inquisition is coming out on October 7 in North America, and October 10 in Europe. Along with this announcement comes a brand new game play trailer that details much of the plot outline and some of the more vague aspects we’ve not yet seen.

In Dragon Age: Inquisition, the expansive, beautiful world of Thedas is being torn apart by a massive, mysterious breach in the sky. Players must assume the role of the Inquisitor and lead a team of legendary heroes to uncover the truth behind the impending devastation.

Well, I’m excited. It seems like Bioware is trying to show that they’ve learned their lesson as far as Dragon Age goes. With an entirely new combat system, robust world to explore, and a plethora of characters to interact with, we can all hope that it succeeds in delivering a polished and redemptive close to the trilogy.

If all of that weren’t enough, EA also released several screenshots and the official box art for your viewing pleasure.

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Here’s the Guy Who Completed all the WoW: Mists of Pandaria Achievements

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While many of us are still struggling to get their characters all the way to level 90 in World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, others have greater goals in mind, like how to complete all the player achievements in the game. And one of them has already managed to do so – and it was a clan matter too. Pretty incredible!

The player who managed to complete all the World of Warcraft Mists of Pandaria achievements comes from Russia, is known as Хируко and is slowly becoming a celebrity because of all these achievements. It was a move well planned too, especially for getting the Realm First achievements on all classes. In order to get these achievements which require the character to be the first in the realm to reach level 90, he joined some low population PvP realms with multiboxing and while his clan mates were killing all the other players in the realm who tried to get to level 90, he was leveling up like a pro. And it certainly worked!

And if you’re curious to see how a desktop computer of a WoW pro looks like, here it is:

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Pretty impressive achievement!

Source: MMO Champion

Dragon Age Inquisition: Rumors Point Towards a Dye System in Armor Customization

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There are rumors circulating the internet concerning Dragon Age Inquisition’s armor customization system. According to BioWare, this system will clearly differ from the previous two games, as VgamerZ reported two days ago. Equipment customization will be more complex, extensive and diversified. However, Dragon Age fans are curious if whether or not the upcoming system will feature dyes. Today, in response to a player, BioWare’s GM Aaryn Flynn indicated that was affirmatively said in the past is true until proven otherwise. Check the Twitter conversation here:

@Jorori22: Can I change the color of my companions armor?

@BioMarkDarrah: We will talk about crafting later. It’s too big a topic for twitter.

@AarynFlynn: It’s a “we can’t talk about it yet”. Sorry, but thanks for your patience!

@Jorori22: Long ago were saying yes.

@AarynFlynn: OK then please assume that’s still accurate until you hear anything else 🙂

Nothing is certain yet but it appears to be that color changing and dyes will be part of Inquisition’s armor customization system. The rumor suggests that players won’t simply be able to modify their equippment, they’ll be able to customize their companion’s gear as well.

Dragon Age Inquisition is expected to be released during this Fall for current and next-gen platforms, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Tom Clancy’s The Division: Ubisoft Reveals the Potentials of Environmental Interactivity

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Ubisoft announced today that the upcoming hybrid game Tom Clancy’s The Division will feature an advanced environmental interactivity. A new in-doors screenshot has been published as well, revealing that safety is nothing but an illusory perception in this post-apocalyptic world. Even inside buildings, no one is truly safe, especially if there are any windows nearby. As part of The Division, players must face a new reality and fight for what’s left of humanity but first of all, strategy must be considered. As Ubisoft stated, traveling in numbers is a good tactic, however walking near potential dangers is not:

Strength in numbers is never a bad idea, but being close to those windows… that could be. 😉

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Indeed, walking close to windows can be the very end of any group, no matter how skilled and experienced it might be. Enemy snipers and other soldiers might notice the presence of strange forces nearby and that’s when windows become the ultimate weapon of success. Vulnerability is something players can not afford in this world torn apart by chaos. Therefore, players must avoid all types of structural weaknesses or take advantage of them, in an offensive scenario.

Tom Clancy’s The Division doesn’t have an official release date yet but it will be available for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Destiny: New Action Screenshot Shows the Vex Race in Combat

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A new action screenshot of Destiny has been published by Bungie today and it features the upcoming alien species, the Vex. This ruthless biorobotic, time-traveling race is responsible for the destruction of Earth and its population. They come from Venus and they’ve got just one purpose – annihilate the human race. And this screenshot expresses their vicious intentions and the will to kill human soldiers. As Bungie stated, the Vex are implacable but so is the human resistance: “The Vex are relentless, but so are you, Guardian.”

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The Vex are technological advanced creatures with a half-robotic body. They seem to have access to lethal weaponry, including laser guns.

To save what’s left of humanity, players must unveil the mysteries behind Earth’s protector, The Traveler orb, as well as prevent the advancement of alien forces bent on the destruction of man. It’s rumored that other mysterious extraterrestrial species will be part of the Destiny world but for now, the Vex seems to be the principal enemy faction.

Destiny is a first-person shooter role-playing game scheduled to release on 9th September, 2014 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Dragon Age Inquisition: Equipment Will Be Customizable

BioWare’s Creative Director Mike Laidlaw announced today that equipment will be customizable, confirming the rumors that both Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II armor systems will differ from Inquisition’s. In the previous games, the protagonist’s equipment couldn’t be customized and the companion’s armor couldn’t be changed either, but that will radically change in the third game of the series, as Laidlaw stated:

@Mike Laidlaw: We’ve mentioned you can customize your armor, yes. Not specifically boots that I recall.

Apparently, boots won’t be customizable. Could that mean that the Inquisition’s armor will be displayed on sets? That would clearly explain why players won’t be able to customize single armor parts, such as boots. However, when it comes to party members the system seems to work slightly different. Armor pieces will be interchangeable between companions and each one will look differently according to its specification and class. Additionally, it hasn’t been confirmed yet if armor dyes will be effectively existent.

Mike Laidlaw has also stated that Inquisition’s specs are not available yet but they’ll certainly be out before launch. Dragon Age Inquisition is expected to be released during this Fall for current and next-gen platforms, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Tom Clancy’s The Division: New Action Screenshot Exposes Stunning Enviroment

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Tom Clancy’s The Division is currently under development but that doesn’t stop Ubisoft from releasing fresh updates, including in-game images. A new action screenshot has been published and it exposes a stunning environment. This imagery piece clarifies any doubts regarding The Division’s graphics and effect quality. Additionally, the whole context reveals a decaying society –  the refugee camp, the agents shooting enemy forces and the deserted bridge – indicate the profound situation led by the Black Friday incident. Now, to save what’s left of humanity, players must unite forces to restore order and annihilate chaos, as Ubisoft stated:

This imagery piece clarifies any doubts regarding The Division’s graphics and effect quality. Additionally, the whole context reveals a decaying society –  the refugee camp, the agents shooting enemy forces and the deserted bridge – indicate the profound situation led by the Black Friday incident.

Fighting to prevent the fall of society, the agents will find themselves caught up in an epic conspiracy!

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Team working and cooperation will be crucial in the days to come. In a world falling apart, players must rely on each other to survive. Danger is everywhere and with a very limited amount of resources, war becomes inevitable. This screenshot, where two division agents fight side by side, exemplifies this very same concept.

Tom Clancy’s The Division doesn’t have an official release date yet but it will be available for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

WildStar: Carbine Studios is Hosting a Beta Weekend for Everyone

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Carbine Studios announced today that the following WildStar beta weekend, 18th-20th April, will be accessible for everyone with a beta key. This means that WildStar’s pre-order is not a restriction for this event, as it happened in the previous beta weekends. To take part of this beta key event, players must pick a serial key from one the multiple gaming media sites, as Community Manager Mark Hulmes stated:

We have another Beta Weekend approaching and we wanted to provide a list of all the partner websites giving away weekend keys (so you can be sure they are legit!). If you know a friend who is still on the fence about pre-ordering WildStar, get them to grab a key from one of the sites listed and introduce them to the wonderful world of WildStar this weekend!

WildStar UI 2.0 Patch is arriving this week, so there will be plenty of new things to test in the upcoming event. Check the full list of WildStar’s partners and how to get your free serial key. This MMORPG will launch on June 3rd, 2014 on PC.

Beta Weekend approaching and we wanted to provide a list of all the partner websites giving away weekend keys (so you can be sure they are legit!). If you know a friend who is still on the fence about pre-ordering WildStar, get them to grab a key from one of the sites listed