EQII Downtime - Friday, April 25, 2014

The US EverQuest 2 Servers will come down on April 25th, 2014 at 7:00 AM Pacific Time for maintenance. The expected downtime is approximately one hour.

EU servers will come down beginning at 9:00 PM PT (6:00 AM CET April 26th, 2014) for the same maintenance. Downtime is anticipated to be approximately two hours.

Note: This downtime is for maintenance and not for a Game Update.  There are no patch notes.

Carbine Donates Rocket House to Child's Play.

If you attended PAX East 2014 this year, you might have seen LEGO Artist extraordinaire, Mariann Asanuma, constructing a WildStar Rocket House made entirely from Lego pieces. As promised, Carbine Studios donated the entire 50,000 piece Rocket House, along with a $10,000 check, to Child's Play, a game industry charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games.

Hearthstone World Championships at BlizzCon

Do you have what it takes to become a Hearthstone World Champion? Starting with Ranked Play Season 1, Blizzard will be seeking out the best players, four each from four different regions: Americas, China/Taiwan, Europe and China.

Alter Ego and Fellow Additions and Adjustments

 In the upcoming May version update of Final Fantasy XI, Square Enix plans to make your Alter Ego and Adventuring Fellow battle companions stronger than ever! Two new Alter Egos, the Martial Master Maat and the Yagudo ninja Gessho, will be implemented, and your Alter Egos will be summonable in the Wings of the Goddess expansion areas.

 A number of changes are also in store for the Adventuring Fellow NPCs, including the raising of their level cap to 99, the ability to go past lv. 99 based on item level gear, and a decrease to the exp penalty suffered by players while they have an adventuring fellow out.

Excited for the new changes? Let us know all about it over on the ZAM forums!

EVE Online: Fanfest 2014 Schedule Released

With another year comes another incredible Fanfest.

Each year, fans of EVE Online and the EVE universe gather to celebrate the home they've created. This year's event is only a week away, from May 1 - 3. To help you plan ahead, CCP Games just put out a blog post detailing the festivities. In addition to the huge array of panels and presentations, there are special events occurring throughout the week:

FFXIV Patch 2.25 Has Launched!

Square Enix released Patch 2.25 earlier today. It features the PvP rank cap being raised to 40, various new achievements, a new quest and more. Full patch notes are available at the official site!

Watch_Dogs: Two Hands-On Articles

Hype? Check. Dubstep? Check. Giant Mechanical Spider...Check?

We’re one month away from its May 27th release date, so Watch_Dogs coverage is kicking into full gear. Joining the fray are the PlayStation Blog and the Xbox Wire with their semi-official, hands-on thoughts.

FFXIV: A Realm Reborn - PlayStation 4 Review

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn launched on the PlayStation 4 last week. I’ve been a long-time Final Fantasy RPG fan, but when it comes to the Final Fantasy MMOs I have only had done beta testing for both XIV 1.0 and A Realm Reborn. It’s been a while since I've played in Eorzea and I’ve been looking forward to checking it out on the PS4. Square Enix was kind enough to send over a copy of the game to review; here are my impressions of how it plays out so far on the console!

Red Orchestra 2: Free for 24 Hours!

EDIT: This offer is no longer available.

Free, that's right! For 24 hours, Red Orchestra 2 is on sale – at 100% off.

Why? Who knows! Offer ends April 24th at 10AM Pacific!

WildStar: Beta Content and Beyond

As April nears its end and summer rapidly approaches, Carbine Studios, remains hard at work in preparation for the launch of its upcoming MMORPG, WildStar. This latest MMO, scheduled to hit the market in early June, takes place in an expansive universe that blends science fiction and fantasy elements into one action packed space. While this brand new IP has heads turning with interest, WildStar will still need to go blow for blow with some of the biggest names in the genre in order to come out successful. According to the President of Carbine Studios, Jeremy Gaffney, they’ll be battling with giants!

If you’ve been following my coverage of WildStar here on ZAM, then you probably know that one thing the game definitely has going for it: its ridiculous amount of in-game content. In truth, it will probably be the only MMORPG in history to launch jam-packed with this much stuff on day one. Coupled with the fact that, according to Jeremy, over 50% of beta weekend participants are giving WildStar a 5 out of 5 “fun factor” rating, it seems to be on the right path for launch. While long-time fans and beta testers may already be familiar with the game’s plethora of activities, new players just dipping their toes into beta may not know all of the options they have available as they make their journey across Planet Nexus. In order to shed some light for those players, I recently received the opportunity to sit down with Carbine’s Jeremy Gaffney himself to talk about a few different types of content that new players can expect, how beta has been faring in general, as well as the team’s plans for launch and beyond. So sit back and relax as we take a journey to Planet Nexus!