Downtime - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

All servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7:00 AM PDT. The servers are estimated to be unavailable for approximately one hour. This update includes the performance updates discussed on the official forums. Patch notes are available after the jump.

Assassin's Creed Unity Season Pass

Ubisoft has released information about the Assassin's Creed Unity Season Pass, the game's first DLC as well as a bonus 2.5D standalone game: Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China.

Final Fantasy XIV: Patch 2.4 Video Preview

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is chugging along wonderfully. To keep up momentum, Square Enix has showcased the upcoming content of Dreams of Ice Patch 2.4. With new classes – the Rogue and Ninja – and several places to explore, it's a solid update.

To see what's coming your way, check out the seven minutes of video below:

Note: Yes, all the videos are in Japanese. Definitely still worth a watch!

Lord of the Rings Online Starter Pack Giveaway

We're back with a fresh Lord of the Rings Online giveaway!

Begin the ultimate adventure with a Lord of the Rings Online Starter Pack! Ride through Tolkien’s Middle-Earth on your very own steed, and use special boosts and potions to help you start your journey off on the right foot.

ArcheAge: Launch Update #2

ArcheAge, the new MMO published by Trion Worlds, is already one week past launch. The big story? Queue times. From 40 minutes to 4 hours, thousands were stuck in wait-screen limbo.

Trion has sprung into action to address the issue. Here's the latest:

Scrolls: Major Price Drop Coming Soon

Mojang announced late last week that its collectible card game, Scrolls, will be lowered in price from $21 to $5. The change comes about due to the upcoming tablet release of the game.

"Our current price of $21 isn’t feasible for tablets. As you probably already know, games are cheap on those things. Free-to-play would be an option, but we’re not keen on the way that that form of monetisation can affect gameplay."

Wowhead Weekly: Episode 11

Join Olivia and Perculia once again for Wowhead Weekly: Episode 11! The two discuss many topics including the Warlords of Draenor legendary questline and CE upgrade, challenge modes and their rewards on beta, dungeon loot tables and more.

Announcing the Autumn Alter Ego Extravaganza

 The ever-popular Alter Ego Extravaganza will soon be returning to Final Fantasy XI, bolstering your repertoire of Trust Initiative allies to even higher levels! Sakura, Ovjang, and Mnejing, special Alter Egos that debuted during the spring edition of the Extravaganza will be making a return, accompanying the three brand-new Alter Egos making their grand entrance during this event. Familiar faces to those who have spent time in the starting cities, adventurers will be able to acquire San d'Oria's Rahal, Windurst's Koru-Moru, and Bastok's Cid to join them in battle! The Extravaganza begins September 30th and runs through to the end of October, so be sure to get your hands on them while you can!

Excited for the new Trust Initiative allies? Let us know over on the ZAM forums!


Final Phase of HotS Technical Alpha Approaches

Since March of this year, players fortunate enough to be chosen to participate in the Heroes of the Storm Technical Alpha have spent hours participating in epic battles, striking deals with ghostly pirates, and summoning horrific golems to lay waste to enemy strongholds. In preparation for the next stage of the game's development, Blizzard has announced that the final phase of the Heroes Tech Alpha is arriving.

Friday Update Arcade: Episode 3

Lindsay "geektr0n" Ferguson hosts ZAM's latest installment of Friday Update Arcade! Topics discussed are:

  • League of Legends World Championships kick off in Taiwan
  • Tokyo Game Show shows off lots of new trailers
  • Minecraft is bought for 2.5 BILLION. With a B.
  • Grand Theft Auto V is getting the next gen treatment
  • ArcheAge goes west
  • Destiny's first raid