Gamescom Recap: August 5, 2015

Gamescom opens its doors tomorrow, but convention news has already begun flowing out today. Microsoft held its Xbox press conference, showcasing titles such as Quantum Break, Crackdown 3, Halo Wars 2, Just Cause 3, and Scalebound. New videos from Guitar Hero Live, Dark Souls III, Forza Motorsport 6, and ARK: Survival Evolved were also released this afternoon.

Formerly Hardcore #12: What's After Draenor?

Hello and welcome to the 12th edition of Formerly Hardcore, ZAMs column on Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft. For this week’s column, we’re going to do some speculating. On Thursday, August 6th at gamescom, Blizzard will unveil the newest expansion for WoW. If you’re like me and there’s 15+ hours of flight between you and gamescom, they’ll be livestreaming it on their dedicated gamescom page. Now the question is: where will this new expansion take us and what changes will it bring to the game? Quick spoiler alert for those who haven’t fought Archimonde at the end of Hellfire Citadel and seen the cinematic afterwards – we’ll be talking about that right after the jump.

EverQuest II Producer's Letter: August 2015

Yesterday, Executive Producer Holly "Windstalker" Longdale took to the forums to give the latest update on what we can expect over the coming month for EverQuest II. In it she discusses preparation for server consolidation (expect testing by end of month and voting on renaming the servers), a new alternate process to vote on and submit game bugs using Jira, and a reminder that the Community Roundtable selections are coming soon. The guide program (it's expanding), fall campaign (more info coming in September), and a teaser about upcoming surprises are touched on as well.

You can read the entire letter after the jump and leave your feedback over on the official forums.

Downtime - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

US servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 7am PT for an update. EU servers will come down at 9pm PT (5am London Time on August 5th) for their update. Estimated downtime for both sets of servers is approximately one hour. Here are the patch notes:


  • Mitigation will no longer display as debuffed (red) on the TLE servers due to the server mitigation reduction.
  • Repeatable quests will now give a reduced coin reward.

Time-Locked PvP

  • Server mitigation reduction will no longer effect PvP combat.


  • Chris Weathers is now selling the "Kelethin Mossy Table" for City Token, as intended.
  • The Tome of Tinkering - Quest is now listed in the World Event category in the quest journal.


  • Corrected and issue that prevented pyrorock dust from dropping.

Wowhead Weekly Episode 45

Join Panser and Perculia for Wowhead Weekly: Episode 45! This week the ladies discuss the Draenor Dungeon Event, the 6.2.1 PTR, and plenty of Gamescom expansion news!

The Scrying Pool: The Tempest


The Scrying Pool is a Guild Wars 2 column where I simply ask what if? Nothing is off the table as I dive into possible features and future content, looking at what currently exists in Guild Wars 2 before I answer my own what if question with how I think the feature and content could be implemented.

Normally that intro holds true, but with the Elementalist’s elite speculation reveal I will be flipping the tables. Instead of looking forward, the Scrying Pool will be looking back as we pick the Specialization series back up. The specialization series focuses on my impressions of each of the Elite Specializations after they get revealed while throwing in some of my previous articles and speculation for flavor.

The City Festival Starts Tonight!

The Kelethin City Festival is back! It will run from August 1st at 12:01am PDT through August 7th at 11:59pm PDT. The Far Seas Caravan can be found in Greater Faydark on the Green Knoll. Visit the caravan merchants to see all of the local specialities and other festival goods, and check out the Greater Faydark Aether Race!

There are new specialty items this month!

Film Friday: Sixteen New Trailers (Part Two)

The second half of this week's Film Friday has eight more flicks from Diablo III, Endless Space 2, Final Fantasy Explorers, The Swindle, Total War: Warhammer, Toy Soldiers War Chest, Van Helsing, and ZOMBI.

Film Friday: Sixteen New Trailers (Part One)

The first half of this week's Film Friday has eight flicks from Corpse of Discovery, Gryphon Knight Epic, King's Quest, Legend of Kay, Lost Dimension, No Pineapple Left Behind, Rocket League, and Tinertia.

Guild Wars 2: First Beta Weekend Announced

ArenaNet is going to be at Gamescom next week for the Guild Wars 2 World Tournament Series which will face the top four teams against each other for the first time on a stage in Europe. Those attending Gamecom next week will get an early preview of the first official Beta Weekend Event (BWE) which ArenaNet is today announcing for players that have pre-purchased Heart of Thorns. Players won't have to wait long as the first BWE will launch next weekend starting on Friday, August 7th at Noon Pacific and lasting to the following Monday, August 10th at Noon Pacific.