Upcoming Games and Expansions
This report will give readers a tidbit of information on upcoming games and latest expansion.

Aion: The Tower of Eternity

Aion is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) where characters wield devastating powers and sweeping wings to explore a celestial world of beauty and adventure. Characters play a pivotal role in the fate of ‘Atreia’ where the enemy is not only the other player faction but also a deadly ancient evil.


The Story of Aion:

In the beginning, Atreia was created by the god Aion along with the ‘Tower of Eternity,’ the magical foundation of the planet. Atreia’s inhabitants prospered until one day, the draconic Balaur race stood up against the gods. The god Aion sent twelve gods to Atreia to protect the Tower of Eternity and fight the Balaur. A long, drawn-out war forces the world into chaos with either side giving up.

A cataclysmic event devastates the planet Atreia and splits it into two separate planes; each under a vicious struggle to demolish the other side’s remaining tower for its own protection and survival. The divided inhabitants of Atreia become the angelic Asmodians and the dark Elyos. In this eternal battle, the existence of the Balaur constantly threatens the survival of the two races and further stokes the flames of war between the Asmodians and Elyos.


Aion Features:

Aion has a robust list of features that are unique even to the MMORPG genre. This, paired with stunning graphics and exciting gameplay make for hours of fun.


Aerial Combat – fight on land and in the air seamlessly. Flight gives combat a whole dimension in Aion


PvPvE – Player vs. Player vs. Environment means that you compete against other player factions and a hostile NPC faction.


Classes – choose from warriors, scouts, mages or priests and specialize in different subclasses.


Full Character Customization – change facial features, colors, height and tailor your character to be your very own.


Crafting – different crafting skills allow your character to make various components, weapons and armor that you can use or sell for Aion Kinah.


Aion is set to be launched for the US and EU territories on September 25, 2009.


Recent Games and Expansions
1. Warhammer Online:

World of Warcraft is currently the world’s largest MMORPG. However, this upcoming game (Warhammer) has the potential to step in to its place!

From EA Mythic, also the developers of Dark Age of Camelot, comes Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning (WAR) which was taken from Games Workshop’s popular Warhammer fantasy war game series. Upon entering WAR, players must determine their allegiance and join an army. Those inclined towards the good side may fight for the Armies of Order as a tenacious Dwarf, noble High Elf, or loyal human soldier of the Empire. Those apt towards evil may side with the sinister Realm of Destruction as a savage Greenskin (Orc or Goblin), corrupt Dark Elf or marauding human worshiper of Chaos.

Features:
  • Join one of the six armies and fight for the Armies of Order (Dwarf, High Elf and Empire) or the Armies of Destruction (Greenskin, Dark Elf or Chaos).
  • Next generation Realm vs. Realm (RvR) combat. This takes place within three different racial pairings: Dwarfs vs. Greenskins, Empire vs. Chaos, and High Elves vs. Dark Elves.
  • RvR game system integrates both Player vs. Player (PvP) combat and Player vs. Environment (PvE) quests on the same map in support of the greater war.
  • A robust combat system allows players to customize their character’s combat abilities with Career Masteries, Tactics and Morale Skills.
  • WAR features a “Tome of Knowledge” (ToK), a multi-purpose reference tool that is designed to provide the player with a great deal of detailed information about the game world.


2. Diablo

An action-adventure game developed by Blizzard North and released by Blizzard Entertainment in December, 1996.

The story of Diablo is based on the foundation of a war between Heaven and Hell… Diablo, the Lord of Terror and one of the Three Prime Evils of Hell, who has been imprisoned in a Soulstone and buried in caverns deep beneath the town of Tristram. Although he was sentenced into eternal damnation, the power of the Soulstone weakened over time, eventually allowing Diablo to rouse form his forced slumber.

Diablo was able to possess a human host, but he is far from his full power. So he bides his time, at the same while summoning his minions to the town of Tristram, making it his new region of the underworld. While regaining his strength and preparing for the time that he would once again emerge to seek his brothers – Baal and Mephisto, to free them as well.

Shortly after, the player enters and takes control of a lone hero as he or she battles to save the town from the attack by the demons. He or she fights their way through sixteen levels to face Diablo, they encounter various monsters, quests, tomes, scrolls, weapons and other miscellaneous items.

At the end of the game, the player character has again trapped Diablo in a Soulstone. The hero then pierces his or her head with the Soulstone, attempting to contain the Lord of Terror. But Diablo’s soul was too strong for the unnamed hero, thus corrupting.

In Diablo II which was released in 2000, the player is an adventurer appearing in the wake of the destruction caused by Diablo, who attempts to find the out the cause of the destruction, starting with the corrupted warrior. The rest of the story is revealed through the different levels, he faces off against the Great Evils, as well as his equally malevolent brothers Mephisto, Lord of Hatred and Baal, Lord of Destruction, both whom Diablo released. In the end, the player eventually reaches and slays Mephisto and Diablo.

The story continues in the expansion to the game, where the player chases after the last of the Greater Evils, Baal. In this expansion pack, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction which was released in 2001, the unknown hero return to follow the path of Baal, into the Barbarian Highlands. The Lord of Destruction, together with his hordes of minions, intends to corrupt the Worldstone, which protects the whole of the mortal plane from the forces of Hell. Player here faced a new series of quests and challenges to prevent Baal and his minions from destroying the Sanctuary.

This 2008 Diablo III, a sequel to Diablo II will soon be released...Two decades have passed since the Three Prime Evils of Hell wandered the world of Sanctuary in a ferocious rampage to shackle humanity into slavery. For those unnamed heroes who fought the Prime Evils directly, the memory fades slowly but the wounds of the soul still burn.

The game takes place on Sanctuary, a world of dark fantasy. Unbeknownst to most of its inhabitants, Sanctuary was saved some twenty years ago from the demonic forces of the underworld by a few brave and powerful heroes. Most of those warriors who directly faced the armies of the Burning Hells — and were fortunate enough to survive — went mad from their experiences. And most of the others have buried their haunted memories and pushed the horrors from their thoughts. In Diablo III, players will return to Sanctuary to confront evil in its many forms once again.

3. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

For WoW, another expansion is at works… With the opening of the Dark Portal, and the renewed war to stop the Burning Crusade’s destruction of worlds, the heroes of Azeroth have given little thought to the frozen wastes of Northrend - and the terrible, ancient powers that wait there. Yet the brooding evils of the fallen Nerubian Empire and their malevolent sovereign have not forgotten Azeroth…