Downtime - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

All US servers will come down on September 3rd, 2014 at 7:00 AM Pacific Time for a hotfix. The expected downtime is approximately one hour. EU servers will come down beginning at 9:00 PM PT (6:00 AM CET September 4th, 2014) for the same hotfix. Downtime is anticipated to be approximately one hour. Here's the patch notes:

Collection items and adornments now sell for status to specific status merchants!

Temple of Veeshan: Guardian's Edifice
Members of the Aerakyn Commanders ring event have had their health lowered.

PAX Video Coverage Mega-Drop: Day 1

ZAM had a great weekend at PAX Prime, with Mike Bailey and Lindsay Ferguson capturing some great interviews. We'll have five more videos for you to enjoy tomorrow as well, so be sure to come back to check them out!

Tuesday Title Wave: The Sims 4 & More

Tuesday is the day for new games. This week, we’ve got five!

They span a wide array of genres: life sim, third-person shooter, dance, shoot ‘em up and...murder mystery? What a group! Check out all the latest releases below:

Details on the Upcoming Version Update!

 The upcoming September version update of Final Fantasy XI is less than a week away! With several new job adjustments, new Walk of Echoes challenges, adjustments to Monster Rearing and the Trust Initiative, party member sorting, and the new Incursion battle content, there's something available for everyone! Look for this new version update to land September 8th!

Excited about this version update? Let us know about it over on the ZAM forums!

Eorzea Examiner #22: FFXIV F2P?

Hello and welcome to the 22nd edition of the Eorzea Examiner, ZAMs column on Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. For this weeks column, I’m going to be looking at that most common of complaints/suggestions for modern MMOs: going Free to Play. If you read articles about nearly any MMO, watch YouTube videos, etc, there’s a couple of comments that keep showing up on those posts. “I’ll check it out once it goes F2P.” “They’re crazy to use subscriptions! No one pays a monthly fee these days!” “I give it two months tops before it goes F2P.” All of these commenters see the F2P model as either the savior of the modern MMO/gaming industry or this absolute final destination for all of those games once they’ve gotten that silly “asking for money regularly” thing out of their systems. The question is: are they right or is there room in the MMO world to ask for a subscription fee?

A Haunting Weekend in Wayward Manor

Over the weekend, I spent some time liberating Wayward Manor of its fleshy inhabitants. The casual puzzle game, based on a tale and narrated by author Neil Gaiman, was released on July 15, 2014 to mixed reviews. While I enjoyed my time within developer The Odd Gentlemen's manor, completing a game within three hours can leave much to be desired.

Campo Santo Reveals Mystery Game: Firewatch

Set for a PC, Mac and Linux release in 2015, Firewatch is a mystery game where your only lifeline is the person on the other end of your handheld radio. Set in the Wyoming wilderness, your job is to look for wildfires and keep the woods safe. Something strange will draw you out from your watch tower and lead you into a world full of questions and choices.

Wowhead Weekly: Episode 8

Join Olivia and Perculia once again for Wowhead Weekly: Episode 8! The two discuss a plethora of topics including Patch 6.0, the implications of scaling in the Proving Grounds, Wowhead's database updates, Garrison Transmog gear, and the Blasted Lands beta updates.

Dizzel Golden Gun Giveaway

We've teamed up with OGPlanet for an awesome Dizzel Golden SG552 Assault Rifle giveaway!

New Battle Content: Incursion!

 Feeling a rush for new challenges? How does the prospect of yourself and a handful of other battle-hardened adventurers facing off against waves of deadly Velkk sound? If such a fight sounds appealing, you're in luck, for in the upcoming September version update of Final Fantasy XI, the new Incursion battle content will be added. Up to eighteen adventurers will be able to enter deep into the stronghold of Adoulin's reptilian beastmen, for both the spoils of war and for the challenge of some of the most dangerous fights yet!

 Excited to be facing off against the Velkk? Let us know all about it over on the ZAM forums!