MMO Roundup 8/19/2011 — Slay Deathwing in WoW 4.3, New Bot Reporting Feature for EVE Online, The Savage Coast Adventure Pack for Age of Conan, and More
The MMO Roundup is a weekly recurring feature where we bring you all the news from the world of massively multiplayer gaming.
Here’s some of the biggest news in the MMO world this week — and a dash of the smaller news you may find interesting — parceled out by game and delivered in snack-sized chunks:
World of Warcraft
The Real ID party feature has gone live. With the testing phase complete, the feature is now available for all to use and enables players to invite Real ID friends of the same faction to a 5-player normal or Heroic dungeon, regardless of what realm their friends are on.
News out of Gamescom revealed that when Blizzard patches WoW to version 4.3, players will be able to finally slay Deathwing in the game’s most extensive encounter. The multi-phase battle may involve a stage during which players can ride atop the dragon’s back in mid-flight while still in combat.
Also new to 4.3 will be “transmogrifaction,” a process that allows you to reskin your high-level gear.
Carbine Studios’ newly announced MMO has revealed three races and classes that will be included in the game. The three races include the hulking Granok, the bunny-like Aurin and the Humans. The classes include the melee-oriented Warrior, the ranged Spellslinger, and the mage-like Esper.
At Gamescom, this upcoming title’s first class was announced: the Brawler, which fills the classic “tank” role. At least they didn’t call it the Fighter or Warrior.
A new bot reporting feature has been introduced, allowing players a straightforward means of ensuring that cheaters don’t go unpunished.
In celebration of the game’s upcoming half-birthday, from August 25 to 31, players will be be offered all manner of rewards, such as prizes, ramped-up XP and Prestige gain for subscribers and letting former players and newcomers play for free.
Age of Conan
The Savage Coast of Turan adventure pack has been revealed. Inspired by the upcoming movie Conan The Barbarian, this pack, which will be released August 19, delivers new adventures in the level ranges from 50-80.
The Old Republic
A new trailer has been released: the Huttball PvP Warzone. In the gladiatorial confines of ‘The Pit, two teams compete in a violent game for the amusement of Giradda the Hutt and thousands of spectators.
If you missed last week’s round-up, read about how Age of Conan doubled its revenue in one month, WoW hotfixes, the new Guild Wars 2 video, and more.