Elite Dangerous Launches: Spaceships and Joysticks!


 

Joystick Wagglers* old and new are now able to take part in the release version of the online laser-fest that is Elite Dangerous. Those oldies who remember Jumpgate** have probably already splooged the cash and bought into the Beta but as of two days ago, Elite Dangerous is live and stable. Pretty much. The game is rather pretty, and doesn’t need a ridiculous PC to play but that’s no excuse to starve your eyeballs of such beauty as can be seen in 4K

At the moment the on-line cooperation is limited, unsurprising considering the strong bias towards off-line/solo play that existed in the Backer/Alpha community. However, squad mechanics are promised Soon ™ along with many expansions to come in the future. The game costs £40 and does not require a subscription. Future expansions are not included in the initial purchase, but will not be mandatory. Initial reports range from “OMG it’s full of (200bn) stars!” to “How the hell do you even BOOM!”. Helpful hints will be available from experienced OV pilots, as soon as we have some.

*No joystick required, but most of us play in the dark – so why not?
**One former Jumpgate pilot is report to be running round in small circles and biting the furniture. Already.

City of Heroes Closing down

Farewell, from all of us at Paragon Studios

This morning we announced that Paragon Studios will be taking to the skies of City of Heroes for the last time.

In a realignment of company focus and publishing support, NCsoft has made the decision to close Paragon Studios. Effective immediately, all development on City of Heroes will cease and we will begin preparations to sunset the world’s first, and best, Super Hero MMORPG before the end of the year. As part of this, all recurring subscription billing and Paragon Market purchasing will be discontinued effective immediately. We will have more information regarding a detailed timeline for the cessation of services and what you can expect in game in the coming weeks.

The team here at Paragon deserves special praise for all that we have accomplished over the last 5+ years. These developers are some of the most creative and talented people in the gaming industry. By now, we’ve all been given this news internally, but to anyone who may be reading this message after the fact; know that your hard work and dedication has not gone unappreciated or unnoticed. To any potential studios looking to grow your team; hire these people. You won’t regret it.

To our Community,

Thank you. Thank you for your years of support. You’ve been with us every step of the way, sharing in our challenges, encouraging us to make City of Heroes better, more than everyone else thought it could be. We couldn’t have come this far without you. I implore you all, focus on the good things of CoH and Paragon Studios. Don’t dwell on the “how” or the “why”, but rather join us in celebrating the legacy of an amazing partnership between the players and the development team.

Thank you, and I’ll see you in the skies, one last time.

Andy Belford

Community Manager

Paragon Studios.

http://na.cityofheroes.com/en/news/news_archive/thank_you.php

The game will be closing for good on 30th November.

MMO Update, with Vids!

It has been a busy month in the world of MMOs, here is just some of the latest news that has caught the interest of OV members.

Planetside 2 is a game that is certainly being closely followed after OV spent a lot of time as an Outfit in the original. They have currently entered closed Beta and at the same time have released a cinematic trailer. As good as this trailer is, it is a little unbelievable that a Smurf could kill anything without a Jackhammer… Loyalty Until Death!

Planetside 2

Another game that is currently in Beta is Guild Wars 2 , a sequel that looks like it may define the next generation of Sword and Sorcery MMOs, and all for zero subscription fee. It promises to be a living, breathing fantasy world with personal storylines, a dynamic event system and world-class PvP. The pre-order headstart begins on 25th August.

Guild Wars 2

Star Wars: The Old Republic has also announced some upcoming content, complete with a cinematic teaser featuring a droid design that may be familiar to those who have played the previous Knights of the Old Republic games. Not only that, but Bioware have also announced that they will be expanding Star Wars: The Old Republic to include a Free-to-Play option later this year.

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In addition, Star Trek Online has also recently launched Season 6, which features Fleet Starbases and introduces the Tholians, first seen in the original series, to the game.

With so many great games being released or updated, it is going to be a busy second half of the year for Octavian Vanguard. See you in game.

 

City of Heroes : Summer Blockbuster event!

This summer, City of Heroes® brings you an exciting double feature event of pulse-pounding action in the Summer Blockbuster Event! In these new back-to-back adventures inspired by classic movie themes, you battle through time or plan the perfect heist. The Summer Blockbuster Event is more action-packed and exhilarating than this year’s summer flicks. The best part? You’re the star!

Summer Blockbuster

Time Gladiator

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You are thrust through time into a time-lost gladiatorial arena. To escape, you must defeat the three champions of the coliseum and their bizarre and dangerous henchmen. Waiting for the most brilliant and deadly of combatants, at the end of it all, is the great God-Champion. Deadly assassins, gunslinging outlaws, cybernetic soldiers, and mythical monsters come at you tooth and nail in a frenzied and ferocious battle! Sway the arena’s crowd with your ferocity or cleverness to gain valuable buffs in this quintessential combat set piece.

The Casino Heist

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A vast fortune hides behind the doors of the Tyrant’s Palace Casino. With the right plan and a smart crew, this job could set you up for life. The only things in your way are armed guards, a state-of-the-art security system, and an impenetrable vault. It’s time for a no-holds-barred battle for fistfuls of cash! Form a crew with a hitter, a hacker, a grifter, and a thief. Each team member has a unique role and abilities that let you pull off the biggest job ever!

City of Heroes : Issue 23: Where Shadows Lie is now Live!

The Praetorian War comes to a dramatic conclusion in Issue 23: Where Shadows Lie! The Heroes and Villains of Paragon City, still reeling from the deaths of the legendary Statesman and Sister Psyche, must rise to stop the ruthless Emperor Cole of Praetoria before his mad plans can shatter the dimensions.

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 New Zone: Night Ward

  • A Realm of Magic: Dark forces hide in Night Ward, threatening to destroy the world. Night Ward is a Level 30-35 co-op zone where characters encounter strange magical allies and foes. This Praetorian zone is connected to First Ward, and is a realm trapped between the land of the living and the world of the dead.
  • New Mystical and Undead Enemies: Encounter the creatures of Night Ward: the Animus Arcana, sentient spells that crave power; Drudges, who seek to guide souls (living and dead) to the realm of the dead; and the Black Knights, who run the eternal prison that is the Night Ward. The powerful Arch-Villain Shadowhunter also prowls this realm with his deadly army of beasts. 

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Blockbuster Conclusion to the Praetorian War

  • The Magisterium Incarnate Trial: The dimensional war against Emperor Cole comes to a climax in the new Magisterium Incarnate Trial. You’ve defeated all of Emperor’s Cole’s lieutenants and strongholds, and will now use knowledge gained in taking down Diabolique in an epic showdown against the Well’s Champion to determine the fate of two worlds!

Quality of Life Upgrades

  • Improved Free Player Chat and Grouping: Now all players (VIP, premium, and free) can join a new serverwide Looking for Group chat channel that allows them to communicate freely with each other. Free and premium players can also now join Super Groups, regardless of their status in the Paragon Rewards program.
  • Easy Portal Travel: The new Interdimensional Tunnel System makes getting from one world to another quick and easy. Get to outlying areas like Praetoria and the Shadow Shard easily with a quick dimension jump through conveniently located portals.

New VIP Content and Benefits

  • Signature Story Arc Series 2: “Pandora’s Box”: Both Heroes and Villains are being supercharged with new uncontrollable powers. Heroes team up with the remnants of the Freedom Phalanx to discover the secret menace behind the chaos, while Villains lay the groundwork for a new organization to rival the power of Arachnos.
  • New Mecha Armor Tier 9 Costume Set: The Mecha Armor costume set turns you into the sleek giant robot or high-tech warrior you’ve always dreamed of. Select from a new sword, rifle, backpack, and wings offered in this latest free costume set available only to VIP players as part of the Paragon Rewards program.

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  • New Chain Mail and Leather Armor Costume Set: All VIP players have access to the Chain Mail and Leather Armor costume set. Look the part of a crusading knight, yeoman archer, or a rowdy barbarian in this versatile set.
  • New Incarnate Powers: Level 50 VIP players can now unlock the Hybrid Incarnate Tree, which grants them new powers based on the core Archetypes in City of Heroes®. You can choose a style that shores up a weakness, or one that further strengthens existing abilities. The Assault Tree increases your damage, the Control Tree raises your ability to lock down foes, the Melee Tree increases your defense and status protection, and the Support Tree grants bonuses to you and your teammates.

Full patch notes are available here.

Jumpgate Evolution evolved : Squad Wars

Take control of a state of the art spacefighter in SQUAD WARS™, the new free-to-play team based space combat game from END Games Entertainment.  The team behind Squad Wars includes the creative forces behind the classic groundbreaking space combat MMOG, Jumpgate, and numerous other online games from the last 15 years.

Form a Squad and fly into harrowing dogfights and zero-G furballs as you vie for dominance of the stars against competing Squads. Gain rank, experience and cash to upgrade your ship. Hack your CoBot™ to upgrade in-flight support abilities, and rack up achievements or purchase unlocks for new fighters and ever more devastating weapons. Forge your Squad’s unique identity and battle other Squads for control of entire systems (in the name of the Interstellar Conglomerates, of course).

  “Create an elite squad of mercenary space pilots with your friends to seek fortune and glory across the galaxy.”

Squad Wars is space combat the way it’s meant to be; furious, uncompromising and totally intense. This is no on-rails space game, this is true hardcore PvP space combat. Space is stone cold dangerous; here in the fields, it’s get to flying or get busy dying.

Learn more at their Kickstarter page or join the community at the games official website.

Star Wars: The Old Republic – Legacy

Bioware have released their biggest content update yet, Update 1.2 – Legacy, for Star Wars: The Old Republic.

The update includes a new flashpoint, new operation and introduces the Legacy system, which allows players to unlock features and abilities that are shared across all characters on a server.

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Highlights of the new patch, including video trailers can be found here. Full patch notes can be found here.

Octavian Vanguard plays regularly on the Rogue Moon (Imperial) and Hydian Way (Republic) servers.

Jumpgate Classic to Close Down

It’s the game where it all started, a space combat MMO that saw squadrons of fighters engage in PvP combat across a vast three dimensional universe. One such squadron was Octavian Vanguard, who have endured since the early days of Jumpgate Classic, which was launched in 2001.

The game itself, however, will be shutting down at the end of April, leaving no traces of its existance except for the communities and friendships that were created during it’s 11 year run. A message from the team behind the game has been left on the Jumpgate Website.

Jumpgate Classic Screenshot

A sequal to the original game, Jumpgate Evolution, had previously been announced. However, it is believed that this game is longer in development.

Even without the Octavian Empire to protect, you can be sure that Octavian Vanguard will continue to thrive in other online games. Should some smart forward thinking games developer think to make another game featuring high quality first person space combat, in depth logistical challenges and a degree of team based action, you can be sure that OV will be there to once again challenge for the position of best squadron out there.

City of Heroes : Issue 22: Death Incarnate is now Live!

The fog has cleared from the streets of Dark Astoria, revealing a horror so terrifying that even the restless spirits dare not roam its streets. Heroes and Villains alike seek to master the powers of darkness that rest with the Demon God, Mot. Experience the all new revamped Dark Astoria, the new Dilemma Diabolique Incarnate Trial and the all new, free for VIPs Power Set: Darkness Control! Issue 22: Death Incarnate has arrived to your favorite super heroic MMORPG, City of Heroes Freedom!

Sentinel Elite

With tons of new content, including the all new mid level trial Drowning in Blood, new Powersets, the new Olympian Guard costume set (free for all VIP subscribers), new low level missions found in Steel Canyon, and the much anticipated solo Incarnate Path in the newly revamped Dark Astoria, Issue 22: Death Incarnate is a great time for you to take to the skies in City of Heroes Freedom! So log in today and experience what’s new to Paragon City!

Diabolique Incarnate Trial

You can find an overview  for Issue 22: Death Incarnate here and the Patch Notes here!