Formerly Hardcore: 5-Man Dungeons in 6.2

Hello and welcome to the 5th edition of Formerly Hardcore, ZAMs column on Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft. For this column, we’re going to take a look at some of the features from the patch 6.2 Public Test Realm. Right after I posted my previous column on the remaining bosses of Blackrock Foundry, Blizzard announced the PTR was coming up for the next patch – and here I thought I’d be doing something on Garrisons or pet battles for this week’s column.

Along with the PTR announcement came the first set of patch notes, which were massive. Since then we’ve seen a few iterations on those patch notes, datamined information from Wowhead and other sites, boss videos from guilds trying out the new raid encounters and so much more. I won’t try to cover everything that’s shown up in patch notes and build update posts in a single post, despite what the length of some of my columns might imply. Instead we’ll focus on a couple of new features from the PTR notes that immediately caught my eye: Mythic and Timewalker Dungeons.

Unity Concord

 In the upcoming May version update of Final Fantasy XI, a number of changes will be implemented to the Unity Concord battle system. Upon completing certain conditions, players can call forth alter egos of their respective Concord leaders to aid them in battles. In addition, the amount of accolade points required to undertake Wanted objectives will be lowered for all the various content levels.

What are your feelings about the Concord changes? Let us know over on the ZAM forums!

Red Bull Battle Grounds: Dota 2 NA Qualifier

Kicking off at 2pm PT (5pm ET) today is the final region qualifier round for the Red Bull Dota 2 Tournament Series! Today's competitor's include Team Tinker, Not Today, Root Gaming and Summer's Rift (which includes Red Bull athlete Jimmy ‘DeMoN’ Ho among its ranks).

Winning teams from the other qualifying rounds thus far have been:

  • Team Malaysia (SE Asia)
  • Invictus Gaming (China)
  • HellRaiser (Russia)
  • Team Secret (EU)

Rum Cellar Downtime - Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Players will NOT be able to play this campaign until after this patch has completed, even if they purchase the campaign prior to this maintenance.

US and EU servers, as well as the EQ2 website, will be brought offline on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 7am PT (~3pm London Time) for the Rum Cellar campaign patch. Estimated downtime for both sets of servers is approximately three hours.

For more details about Rum Cellar and to help contribute to its guides, check out our wiki page. Patch notes are now available after the jump.

Guild Wars 2: Earn Beta In-Game!

ArenaNet today announced how players will be able to get access to the next Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns PvE closed beta event and it is pretty nifty. Starting on Tuesday, April 28th, monsters in the two maps added during the Living World Season 2 (Dry Top and the Silverwastes) will have a chance to drop a rare portal item. Upon looting these portals, the player's account will be flagged to gain access to the next PvE closed beta.

Daybreak Unveils New Site and Logo

Daybreak Game Company finally unveiled their revamped website and logo after months of waiting. The new logo features the eye of an owl who appears to be glaring at the rising sun. As for the website, www.daybreakgames.com is finally active and has received a makeover. The top part has jumbo-sized features while the bottom allows you to navigate between their different posts and social media feeds. Also of note: Station Cash is now called "Daybreak Cash" on the new site (it's just renamed; your balances remain the same).

What do you think of the new logo and website? Check after the jump for more info on celebration livestreams and in-game bonuses happening this week. UPDATE: A letter from Smed to the community is also below the jump.

Wowhead Weekly Episode 32

Join Panser and Perculia for Wowhead Weekly: Episode 32! This week the ladies discuss the EU WoW Token, Warcraft's movie delay, the contents of the 6.2 PTR and more.

Alter Ego Adjustments

 In the upcoming May version update of Final Fantasy XI, several changes to the Trust Initiative system will be implemented. Among the changes planned will be adjusting enmity generation for various alter egos, the ability to call them into additional battlefields than they're presently able to, overall attribute increase, and changes to be made available upon progression through the upcoming Rhapsodies of Vana'diel content!

What are your thoughts on the new alter ego changes? Let us know over on the ZAM forums!

Daybreak Maintenance: Mon, April 27, 2015

Daybreak Games will perform a general maintenance beginning at 7:00AM PDT on Monday, April 27th. The current estimated downtime for this maintenance is three to five hours, depending on the service.

This maintenance may impact the following Daybreak services across all games:

  • Commerce functions, including purchases, for all games
  • Game logins
  • Web logins for all Daybreak sites, including account creation
  • Forum access (login, posting, and viewing abilities) for all Daybreak games.

Here's our handy Time Zone Conversion Tool to help you plan.

El Presidente on the PS4: Tropico 5 Review

Tropico 5 released on the PC in May 2014 and since then has been slowly rolling out onto consoles, with the latest being Tuesday's upcoming PlayStation 4 launch. Here's a quick summary of the game for those that haven't tried their hand at it yet.

You play as a dictator leading the island nation of Tropico, expanding your Dynasty and taking both a political and economic foothold, all while trying to keep the stronger world powers from becoming angry and decimating your lands. Build up your town, explore the island, claim resources, engage in sea trade, and attract voters to keep your reign. Research new technologies, establish a constitution to setup how you wish to rule and perform missions to earn rewards or prestige. Multiplayer breathed new life into the Tropico franchise as you compete head-to-head or go co-op while striving to make El Presidente's dynasty the greatest.