E3 2012: MMOs

This year's upcoming massively multiplayer online games will take us on adventures from civilizations in their infancy on alien planets to bullet-fueled reality shows. There's a startling lack of fantasy in this otherwise fantasy-filled genre: Elder Scrolls fans get a trip back to in time with The Elder Scrolls Online, and Neverwinter is repping the D&D set, but beyond that, it's all foreign planets, post-apocalyptic Earth, and alien hordes. This year at E3, we'll be sorting all of our news and previews from the event into easily consumable genre streams. This round-up of expected games kicks off our MMO stream. Of course, you'll still be able to follow our coverage of the big press conferences, show floor spectacles and everything in between - but if you're only interested in the MMO scene, you'll be able to find news on the games you care about under a single category. For now, check out some of the biggest MMOs we're expecting to see at E3 2012 and make sure to mention in comments the MMOs we didn't include.

Neverwinter makes the Dungeons and Dragons brand proud

Neverwinter might end up being the most faithful digital Dungeons & Dragons game ever made.

I'm not talking about the lore, or the art, or even the die-casting mechanics of the latest rendition of the tabletop game. (That latter honor, funnily enough, would probably go to Heroes of Neverwinter, the similarly-named Facebook title.) No, I'm talking about the spirit of teamwork that defines D&D's most dangerous encounters - the "Don't Split the Party," fellow-man-helping, oftentimes self-sacrificing, dirty job-fulfilling heart of the franchise.

Neverwinter certainly isn't the first D&D video...

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PlanetSide 2 proves love is a hex-shaped battlefield

I cannot remember the last time I was so hesitant to get up from an E3 appointment than I was when my hands-on PlanetSide 2 demo came to an end.

It's partially because I had just gotten my loadouts the way I wanted them — much like a beaten-down piece of college-era furniture, I had worked myself into a "groove" of sorts, and I was reluctant to abandon it. Mostly, though, it's because my PlanetSide 2 demo was instantly and incredibly fun. The learning curve for controlling each of the free-to-play FPS's classes took only a few deaths, but even more surprising: The curve for actually...

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'The Elder Scrolls Online' will let you play in 100-player groups

The Elder Scrolls always lent itself to an open massively multiplayer space, according to Nick Konkle, lead combat designer for The Elder Scrolls Online, ZeniMax Online Studios' upcoming MMO. "I'll tell you what," he says, "it definitely started from the IP itself really lending itself to being in an open space. It's got this open world feel where you can explore the world, do what you want to do and become who you want to become. And I feel that that translates really well to an MMO."

Taking a page from the single player games that strived to allow players to go where they pleased at any...

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Dust 514's Vita companion brings you everything but the action, beta dated

When Dust 514 brings the world of EVE Online to PS3 as a free-to-play shooter this year, you'll be able to expand the experience even further if you have a PS Vita. Using the NeoCom app, you'll be able to access your character on the portable device, tweaking their loadout, buying new gear and chatting with friends.

The way executive producer Brandon Laurino put it to us, you'll fundamentally be able to access all of the game's functionality save for the actual FPS battles. However, Laurino said the company is currently experimenting with ways to bring some sort of real-time functionality...

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'Elder Scrolls Online' teaser highlights vikings, magic, and a fancy logo

The E3 doors have opened, and Bethesda has celebrated by releasing a new teaser trailer for its upcoming MMO spin-off, Elder Scrolls Online.

The very brief video shows quick shots of several fantasy characters, including a Skyrim-esque viking, an elfish woman wielding magical flame, and an army of rangers in a forest.

Could this be a glimpse of the game's reported three factions? Or perhaps a hint at some of the class options available in Elder Scrolls Online? We'll be checking it out on the E3 show floor and should be able to bring you more info soon, so stay tuned.

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E3 2012: The MMOs

This year's upcoming massively multiplayer online games will take us on adventures from civilizations in their infancy on alien planets to bullet-fueled reality shows.

There's a startling lack of fantasy in this otherwise fantasy-filled genre: Elder Scrolls fans get a trip back to in time with The Elder Scrolls Online, and Neverwinter is repping the D&D set, but beyond that, it's all foreign planets, post-apocalyptic Earth, and alien hordes.

This year at E3, we'll be sorting all of our news and previews from the event into easily consumable genre streams. This round-up of expected games...

Continue reading…

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