OnRPG Shotgun News 3/27 Continued: Origins of Malu, SMITE, Square, and Much More!
By Shannon Doyle (Leliah), OnRPG Elder Scribe
RuneScape 3 Announced
Jagex has announced that not only will there be a RuneScape 3 it will be released this summer! The update will give RuneScape a huge leap forward in technology as it goes to an HTML5 engine, gets new graphics, new audio, and much more.
Origins of Malu Prepares for Closed Beta
Origins of Malu has announced an upcoming closed beta, and Alienware has your beta key. As of the time this was written there were 3,400 codes left. All you have to do is register for an account on Alienware Arena, and Origins of Malu then download the client.
SMITE Reveals Apollo
SMITE has revealed the latest God to join the roster, Apollo, God of Music. As with every God reveal the video talks about the God, his powers, and how best to play him. Check it out for yourself below.
DUST 514 Gets Updated
A new massive update has come hot on the heels of EVE’s 10th anniversary. The update focuses on unifying the two games more than ever. It does this by introducing planetary conquest, and new content. In addition Uprising brings a graphic enhancement and an improved user experience.
Square Enix CEO Steps Dow
Yoichi Wada has stepped down from his position as CEO of Square Enix after a the revision of its fiscal forecast down $175 million. He will be replaced by Yosuke Matsuda.
WB Opens New Studio
A new studio for Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment has opened in San Francisco. They will focus on free to play mobile, social, and browser based games. It will be run by WBIE Senior Vice President of Digital Games Greg Ballard.
Rift Korea to Shut Down
Trion has announced that after a year of service Rift will shut down in Korea. Despite converting to free to play Rift couldn’t overcome the competition. The game will shut down on April 25th. Refunds will begin being processed April 17th and the cash shop will cease operation March 28th.
Vanguard Merges to One Server
SOE has announced that the last two servers of Vanguard would be merging into one. All characters over level 10 will be transferred automatically as well as those under level 10 which have been active since October 3rd. Character name conflicts will be fixed by giving the name to the character who has been logged in most recently.
Phantasy Star Online 2 NA Launch Delayed
Sega has confirmed to Polygon that the North American launch of Phantasy Star Online 2 has been delayed. It was originally given an early 2013 launch window but that has recently been changed with no date.
SWTOR Servers Merging
SWTOR is merging the Asia-Pacific servers with the North American West coast servers. This is to give the APAC players the chance to be on higher populated servers.
Defiance Releases the First 14 Minutes
The first 14 minutes of the upcoming TV show Defiance have been released on the syfy website. But you have to be in North Americato enjoy it. Check the link below.
Gamigo Cancels Grimlands
Gamigo has announced that production on Grimlands has been cancelled. This has happened despite the fact that it was in public beta last year. The announcement cited, “the intensified focus on publishing and distribution and reduction of high-risk development projects” as the reason for the cancellation.