Secrets of Ayanad: ArcheAge Post-PAX Interview

Secrets of Ayanad—the name given to the final 1.2 Korean version of ArcheAge—was launched by Trion Worlds this past Tuesday. We spoke to the newest and very passionate producer on the team, Merv Lee Kwai, about the update what it brings to the players.

"You know, I think it was our best launch to-date for ArcheAge! It was smooth, servers have been stable the entire time and we're really proud of the content we pushed out." Merv explained that one reason the team thinks that the update was such a success is thanks to two weeks of live player data collected on the test realm.

Secrets of Ayanad increased the level cap by five, so players can now go from 50 to 55 on all ten possible classes. There are five new skill points (one for each new level) available—raising the cap to 28—giving better flexibility in your class builds, and each class gets a new skill at 55.

Diamond Shores is the new zone introduced in this update, found to the northwest on the continent of Auroria and is part of the war cycle. The zone has a new housing area, "about 200 houses, only on the west coast."

We Happy Few: PAX East Demo and Interview

At PAX East we had the chance to speak to Sam Abbott, COO of Compulsion Games, the developer of Contrast. We Happy Few, still in pre-alpha, is best described as a dystopian story-driven survival game; if you enjoy games like Don't Starve, you'll really dig this title.

"With the game, we wanted to try and look at what we did really well with Contrast, and what we could have done better. For We Happy Few, what we felt we did really well with Contrast was atmosphere and story, so we wanted to make sure that we did well with that again.

"And we wanted to do a couple of things that were a bit more different this time around in terms of developing the game. We wanted to involve community early on, which is why we're showing this way earlier than we did with Contrast."

We Happy Few is a systemic game that follows a linear storyline. Sam likens the art style to that of BioShock. The game is played in first-person view inside a procedurally generated world. It has an estimated 2-3 hours of gameplay, but with good replayability.

The Weaponographist: PAX East Interview

If you're a demon hunter, it doesn't pay to be mean.

We caught up with Danny Garfield of Puuba to chat about The Weaponographist during PAX East. This hack-and-slash dungeon crawler is full of action, with a plethora of unique and amusing weapons, a wide variety of enemies and an interesting story.

In The Weaponographist, you play as Doug McGrave, a world-famous demon hunter who is, as Danny succinctly put it, "super-powerful and kind of an unrepentant jerk." When a town needed some saving due to an infestation of demons, he chose to not help and was immediately struck by a curse.

This curse isn't your ordinary run-of-the-mill curse, but instead inflicts Doug such that he cannot carry any power-ups or money. To make things worse, the weapons that he finds in the town's dungeon constantly degrade and fall apart thanks to his curse. Everything that you kill drops a weapon, though, and "you'll need almost all of them!"

Guild Wars 2: PAX East 2015 Interview

ArenaNet is at PAX East this weekend showing off the Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns demo. For more information about the demo, check out The Scrying Pool for the demo impressions. You can also check out our interviews from PAX South and our recent studio visit.

With a couple interviews already, it only made sense that our own Ann Hosler would track down the ArenaNet developers at PAX East for another interview. Luckily, she had already leveled her tracking abilities and found Jon Peters, Game Design Lead for Heart of Thorns, and Kristen Bornemann, Guild Wars 2 Development Director.

Guild Wars 2: Pre-PAX Interview

This weekend, ArenaNet will be at PAX East with the first demo build of the upcoming Guild Wars 2 expansion Heart of Thorns. Last week we had the chance to visit the ArenaNet studio to get an early look at the demo. While there, we were able to interview Jon Peters and John Corpening of ArenaNet.

Eternal Crusade: Interview with Nathan Richardsson

News rolled in over the weekend that Nathan Richardsson was taking up the reigns of Senior Producer at Behaviour Interactive for Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade. Interested in all-things-Warhammer and a self-professed lover of spandex as well as technoviking, Nathan brings with him over a decade of experience in the industry.

Earlier this week we chatted with Nathan about his knowledge, interests and how things are looking over in Eternal Crusade.

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Interview

At PAX South this weekend, ArenaNet took control of the Main Theater to announce their first expansion for Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns (HoT). We got a chance to sit down with GW2 Game Director Colin Johanson as well as President and Co-Founder of ArenaNet Mike O’Brien to get more details about HoT. If you missed the announcement, you can find an overview of all the features the two revealed during the announcement here on ZAM.

Interview with Eternal Crusade's Miguel Caron

Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade has had quite a busy year. They launched their Founders Program after E3, shown numerous demonstrations of the current build on their Twitch livestream, talked about their design philosophies, and constantly polled their fans to make sure they were both staying true to the WH40K lore as well as making a game that will actually be fun. As 2014 comes to a close, Behaviour Interactive will do their final Twitch stream of the year today at 1:30pm ET, but theyre planning on going out with a bang.

Theyll have a never-before-seen war zone, a Razer giveaway, and more! On top of all that, they released more details on what F2P players will get to experience on Arkhona as one of the Ork Boyz. To bring us up to speed prior to the stream, ZAM spoke with BIs Studio Head Miguel Caron to learn whats happening in this corner of the 40K universe.

Shards Online: An Interview With Derek Brinkmann

An Interview With Derek Brinkmann

Shards Online, the upcoming sandbox RPG featuring player-run servers from Citadel Studios hit its Kickstarter goal on Wednesday and is now looking toward the future. We spoke to Citadel's Founder and CEO Derek "Supreem" Brinkmann about stretch goals, Shards' playable female character, customization and more.

Eternal Crusade: An Update With Miguel Caron

 

Warhamer 40,000: Eternal Crusade saw a successful launch to its Founder's Program following E3 this summer. Since that time the game has seen additions and tweaks, as well as the kickoff to some fun promotions.

We recently spoke to Behaviour Interactive's Head of Studio, Miguel Caron, to catch up on all things Eternal Crusade.