MMO Roundup 8/25/2011 — New Secret World Trailer, Global Agenda’s Largest Expansion Coming in Early Fall, RIFT’s Half-Birthday Celebration is Underway, 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
All 12 matchup VoDs covering last week’s North American Battle.net Invitational are now available for viewing. The winning team walked away with a cash prize, and the two finalist teams are headed to BlizzCon 2011 to compete in the global Battle.net Invitational.
The EVE is Real image and video contests have begun. Players can vote for their favorites among over 4000 user-created images and videos. Voting ends September 1, 2011.
RIFT’s half-birthday celebration is underway, during which subscribers earn bonuses to XP and Prestige, while new and returning players get to experience RIFT for free for a limited time. Until August 31, all players can enter up to four contests to win prizes like new HP PCs, video cards, and game time.
The Secret World
A new introduction trailer for the Secret World Experience has been released, which aims to capture the essence of the conflict between the game’s three secret societies. The map at the end of the video also offers a unique glimpse into the Secret War experience, which launches tomorrow.
Game Update 61: The War of Zek is live and includes dynamically scaling dungeons, the Plane of War Heroic dungeon and raid, Velious Dungeon rare encounters, a Dungeon Finder match maker system, and a Beastlord prelude event. The War of Zek covers the next chapter of the Age’s End Prophecy storyline from the Destiny of Velious expansion.
Global Agenda’s largest expansion is coming in early fall, and it will be free for all players. The Recursive Colony expansion will include a new post level 20 open zone with several instanced missions, quest chains, mid-high level content, vendors, and social spaces, and much more.
Battle of the Immortals
Without the bards to tell their tales of glory and splendor, are Immortals truly immortal? From August 24th to September 4th, you can enter the Tales of Immortals Forum Event and relate your best war story, or your funniest moment playing BOI. The BOI team will then pick the 10 best entries and award the winners with a Soul Gear piece closest to their current character level.
If you missed last week’s round-up, read about how you can slay Deathwing in WoW 4.3, the new Bot Reporting feature for EVE Online, the Savage Coast Adventure Pack for Age of Conan, and more.