‘Guild Wars 2’ Offering Existing Players A Chance To Play The Game’s First Expansion Early

Heart of Thorns, the first expansion for Guild Wars 2, has no release date yet, but the beta is just around the corner. Players were recently able to test out the Stronghold PvP on the live servers, and soon, PvE content will be available to test. The developer of Guild Wars 2, ArenaNet, announced today that players can play the game to earn a spot in the Heart of Thorns beta.

Beginning on April 28, players have a chance to find a portal within Guild Wars 2. This trophy item grants the player access to the next closed beta event. Since Heart of Thorns takes place in the Heart of Maguuma, these portals can only be found in the Maguuma Wastes portion of the Guild Wars 2 map. Specifically, players will need to play within Dry Top and The Silverwastes for a chance to find a portal.

These portals drop from enemies within these zones and are not tradable between players. Heroes of Tyria who are lucky enough to find a portal item do not need to hold on to the item either. Once the portal is looted it can safely be discarded since the player’s account is flagged for beta upon looting the item.

The developer also provided a handy beta FAQ concerning Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns. Players who manage to enter the beta through the portal promotion in the live game should check it out. There is no non-disclosure on the closed beta tests so players can freely share their experiences in the beta.

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Heart of Thorns is adding a plethora of content to the popular buy-to-play fantasy MMO. Aside from the new zones within the Heart of Maguuma and the Stronghold PvP, players can expect a new Mastery system, a new Revenant profession, and much more. There is no level cap increase, but the Mastery system is poised to offer plenty of progression for max level players.

Even the professions are going to change in a major way. ArenaNet outlined upcoming changes to traits and specializations that are coming with the release of Heart of Thorns. The Inquisitr covered the sweeping changes in a brief summary that affect all of the professions in the game. All professions will benefit from a complete trait overhaul in addition to a new elite specialization that unlocks a new weapon for the class. A new healing skill, new utility skills, and a new elite skill also accompany the new weapon skill when using an elite specialization.

PS4 MMO Wander Only a Few Weeks Away

Wander is a new MMO from an independent development team in Melbourne, Australia. It’s been in the works for some time now and recent trailers have shown the fruits of hard labour with lush settings and beautiful vistas being the backdrop for some interesting characters. If you’ve got any questions about the battle system, keep them to yourselves, this is a non combat, non competition, collaborative exploration experience focusing on the beauty of the natural world. It was recently announced by the team that they are confident on a late April to early May release date, though they are not prepared to state a fixed date yet. The game will be available on PS4 and Steam for PC. I should add that it runs 1080@30 on PS4 since resolution appears to be a hot topic at the moment.

“You begin as a giant tree. Storms that affect the known planets transform you, and continue to influence your path. A rare flower has many powers that can alter your course. Enchanting opera singers guide you.

As you explore, you begin to discover others in the the sprawling rainforest. Working together, you unlock new experiences, piece together the plot and enjoy the varied beauty that Wander has to offer.

Wander features a gorgeous landscape, large scale non-competitive play and immersive sound design to create a world like no other.

Wander: Welcome to the rainforest”

In a market dominated by battle and competition focused titles Wander gives a different take on the MMO scene and hopefully a breath of fresh air to the genre altogether.

Wander has already picked up a good handful of accolades at various events such as Most Innovative and Best Indie MMO at PAX East 2015, was nominated for Best Narrative and received an honourable mention for Best Art and Best Design at FreePlay 2013 and was nominated for Best Accessible Game at the Australian Game Developer Awards, as well as being nominated for Best Graphics at hóPLAY 2013.

Indie games are generating more and more buzz these days. Whether its through Steam Greenlight or the major consoles’ push to include small development teams more or the sweat from their own brows, indie devs seem to be finally getting their time in the sun. Got any thoughts on this non combat world? Or indie games in general? Let me know in the comments!

InnoGames Launches Online City-Building MMO Elvenar

Forge of Empires company InnoGames has announced the U.S. launch of Elvenar, its strategy city-building MMO. First announced last fall, Elvenar allows players to back either the humans or elves, with this decision impacting not only the visual look of the game, but also the technologies and units at a player’s disposal.

In Elvenar, humans are described as experienced city builders, and are ambitious and determined, while elves are magical beings living in close harmony with nature. Once the choice has been made, players will build their society by balancing the use of key resources, including coins and supplies. Players are led through the game via a quest system, but users do have some choice in the way they advance.

Players collect coins from their citizen’s homes, while supplies must be manually created inside workshops. These buildings can be upgraded to increase their productivity, but upgrades reduce the kingdom’s culture. The more culture a society contains, the more coins and supplies produced over time, so players are encouraged to purchase additional cultural decorations as the need arises.
Early on, players can begin researching new technologies for their kingdom using Knowledge Points, a separate currency. These Knowledge Points are earned for free over time, or can be earned by interacting with the NPC characters inhabiting the land around a player’s kingdom. These interactions can go one of two ways. Players can spend resources on peaceful negotiations, or send their units into combat.

During battle, units are positioned on a hexagonal grid, and players take turns moving across the grid, clicking on enemy units to attack. If players want to attack, but aren’t interested in actually participating in the battle, they can trigger an auto fight instead, taking them straight to the results screen.

Once players have collected enough Knowledge Points, they can spend them on the game’s research tree. Gamers can focus on military power, researching a barracks, armory and increased squad sizes (as examples), or focus on their town’s economy, unlocking the ability to produce additional resources, including planks or marble.

For social features, players can visit other users’ kingdoms and give them free resources, even if they’re backing the other race. In addition, the game’s leaderboard allows users to compare their progress with others, based on each user’s working population and culture.

As a free-to-play title, gamers can spend real money on multiple items within the game, including Knowledge Points and Diamonds, the game’s premium currency. These can be used to speed up building and upgrade timers, among other uses.

Elvenar is available to play for free on the Web, with mobile versions of the game also planned for future release.

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team TOTW 30-featuring Cristiano Ronaldo

EA Sports have released their latest edition of FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Team of the Week and the headline news is undoubtedly the inclusion of an in-form Cristiano Ronaldo at 96, after the Real Madrid man hit five against Granada.

Over the past few months Ronaldo and Madrid have been coming under increased pressure from fans and the media but they responded in the perfect way on Sunday by thrashing Granda 9-1 as Ronaldo once again moved ahead of Lionel Messi in the race for the Pichichi.

Ronaldo is joined in the team by Manchester United star Ander Herrera after he scored twice during the club’s 3-1 win over Aston Villa.

The Spaniard produced two cultured finishes and overall another excellent performance as United continue their revival in recent months as they look to try and stay ahead of arch rivals defending champions Manchester City.

Everton fans will be thrilled to see Phil Jagielka make the team as a SIF after his winning goal and all round excellent display in the 1-0 win over Southampton.

Blaise Matuidi is rewarded for his goal and performance in PSG’s Classique victory with a SIF card of his own, up at 85.

Quaresma and Hulk lead the line along with Ronaldo whilst Jeremy Mathieu and Ricardo Rodriguez join Jagielka in the defence.

The team will be available from 6pm UK time and you can see the full team below.

New FIFA 15 TOTW 29 now available

The new FIFA 15 Team of the Week 29 is now available and fans knew the list of players would be revealed at 6PM UK time. As per normal, TOTW 29 will end at 5:45PM on Wednesday April 8, 2015, as explained within a tweet just moments ago on the official EA Sports FIFA account.

We have included the featured image with the said tweet below, which includes the list of players and their stats for FIFA 15 Ultimate Team this week. Take a look and let us know if this is what you expected, and of course what your thoughts are on the list.

You can see the debate that has started within this tweet announcing TOTW 29. The messages quickly turn to complaints about problems with FIFA 15 and EA servers, even with some reports that the official status has changed with servers down right now.

Are you happy with FIFA 15 TOTW 29 and also the state of online play in 2015? Leave your comments below in regard to the players and need for another game patch to fix issues. We just tried FUT and couldn’t login, although this might be a rare issue with our PS4 and network.