The Kelethin City Festival Starts Tonight!

The Kelethin City Festival is back! It will run from February 1st at 12:01am PT through February 7th at 11:59pm PT. 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!

Letter From the Producer

"Erollisi Day" events, the upcoming Improved Looting System, and EverQuest's 16th anniversary are among the topics touched upon in this latest letter from the producer:

Greetings Norrathians!

We hope that 2015 finds you well and that your New Years resolutions are still intact. This year, we resolve to post to Sense Heading once a month and we're going to start by barely squeaking in our January post before the buzzer.

The team is hard at work on various projects that will land later this year. It's good to get back into the swing of things after a relaxing winter holiday break. But it's not fair to keep the fun all to ourselves, so allow us to tantalize you with a glimpse into the future. Here's what to look forward to in EverQuest in 2015!

(More after the jump...)

Mog Gardens Additions and Adjustments

Final Fantasy XI's Mog Garden system will be seeing a number of changes and additions in the upcoming February version update! New monster families and mementoes will be implemented and the Monster Rearing skill will be raised up to three, allowing for adventurers to raise multiple monsters at the same time. Most notably is the planned changes to the graphics for the Mog Gardens!

What are you looking forward to the most from the planned Mog Gardens update? Let us know on the ZAM forums!

 

The Adventuring Primer Has Been Updated!

 Square Enix has announced the next installment has been added to their ever-useful Final Fantasy XI Adventuring Primer guide. Among the new information added is details on the newest Walk of Echoes, as well as various missions, both original and for expansions!

For a link to the primer, check below the break. Has the Adventuring Primer been useful to you? Let us know over on the ZAM forums!

Friday Update Arcade: Episode 17

Lindsay "geektr0n" Ferguson hosts ZAM's latest installment of Friday Update Arcade! Topics discussed include the Guild Wars 2 expansion reveal, Dying Light reviews, Grow Home, Witcher 3, Hatred and Dragon Age: Inquisition.

AOL To Close Shop on Joystiq (UPDATED)

UPDATE Jan 30, 2015: Massively confirmed that the sites will be shutting down on February 3, 2015. We wish everyone involved the best.

"This week, we learned our AOL overlords have decided that they no longer wish to be in the enthusiast blog business and are shutting all of them down. This mass-sunset includes decade-old gaming journalism icon Joystiq, and therefore, it includes us. February 3rd, 2015, will be the final day of operation for Massively-that-was." —Bree Royce


Joystiq has been around since 2004 and is a well-known source of news in the gaming industry. Late last night, tech news site Re/code posted that according to their sources, Joystiq is up for closure as "part of an extensive house-cleaning of its underperforming content properties that is taking place over the next weeks."

Film Friday: Eight New Trailers

To speed you on your way to the weekend we've collected eight new trailers!  Enjoy!

 

PlayStation Plus February Game Collection

February is around the corner and with it comes a fresh batch of free PlayStation Plus games! The collection features several games for the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita, available beginning on February 3rd.

New Gifts

 In the upcoming February version update of Final Fantasy XI, a number of new Gifts will be made available to players. In addition to normal upgrades such as physical attack increases, adventurers may also be able to obtain new magic, improvements to job abilities, and much more!

What are you hoping for the most from these new Gifts? Let us know over on the ZAM forums!

Sid Meier's Starships: First Look at Gameplay

This past weekend at PAX South, Firaxis held a panel discussing the link between Civilization: Beyond Earth and their upcoming game, Sid Meier's Starships. Creator Sid Meier had a live gameplay demo of Starships near the end of the panel, which you can watch below!