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The Elder Scrolls Online tweaking game opening, combat based on beta feedback

ZeniMax Online Studios is making changes to <i>The Elder Scrolls Online</i> based on feedback collected during beta testing, including tweaking the game's opening and leveling curves as well as parts of its combat system, according to a post on the game's official blog.<p>Over the past weeks, more than 5 …

Eve Online game designer recalls game's hot mess of a policing system

Massively-multiplayer online game <i>Eve Online</i> is known for having a fairly robust policing system, but this wasn't always the case, according to senior game designer Matt Woodward.<p>Speaking at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco today, Woodward said until the studio rebooted its Crimewatch …

EA exec: Our games won't 'require an online connection'

After raising suspicion at Gamescom, EA's Peter Moore clarifies that EA games will continue to include "single-player, offline modes."<p>Peter Moore, chief operating officer of Electronic Arts, took to his company's blog on Tuesday to clarify a statement he made last week at Gamescom in Germany …

Sony Online Entertainment makes the rules, and the players make the games

SAN FRANCISCO — Sony Online Entertainment was one of the first developers to learn that massively multiplayer online games need to be continuously evolving in order to keep potentially millions of players engaged over the course of many years. In today’s market, players need to have a hand in …

Sony Online chief turns directly to gamers on Reddit and Twitch to promote his zombie apocalypse game H1Z1

When Sony Online Entertainment wanted to tout H1Z1, an upcoming game where thousands of players can gather online as humans holding out against the zombie apocalypse, it didn’t take out an ad in a slick magazine or run a TV commercial. Rather, John Smedley, president of SOE, a division of Sony and …

Why Capcom wants to make more games like Deep Down

Capcom has a plan, and it involves making more games in the style of the upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive role-playing game <i>Deep Down</i>.<p>As part of its Digital Contents plan, Capcom lists one of its "strategic objectives" as developing "titles exclusively for online games, such as <i>Deep Down</i> for the PS4."<p>…

Black Gold Online brings a 'Red Dead Titanfall' vibe to online fantasy games (preview)

Why settle for sword and shield when you can grief other players with a giant assault mech? Snail Games is looking to distinguish its upcoming free-to-play fantasy massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Black Gold Online, with some destructive mounts and a law-enforcement system with …

Bethesda brings out buckets of blood with Battlecry, its new online team action combat game (hands-on preview)

Bethesda Softworks is unveiling a new online game called Battlecry today that enables players to engage in stylistically bloody combat that will leave them laughing after every blood-soaked match. That was my reaction after playing, or rather slaughtering, a bunch of press colleagues at a recent …