WildStar: Reloaded to Launch September 29th

This morning, NCSoft and Carbine Studios have announced that WildStar will rocket into its Free-to-Play launch on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. The second phase of CBT of the FTP transition kicks off today, which will have a focus on final fine-tuning touches, including testing out the new in-game store. Testers who purchase NCoin during CBT2 will have that currency transferred to their live characters when the FTP transition goes live.

General News
Crowfall Reveals Hunger Dome Game Mode

After a successful Kickstarter campaign and a thousand backers prepared to enter Crowfall's pre-alpha testing phase, ArtCraft surprised players with the announcement that a PvP team game mode, Hunger Dome, will be the focus of the initial pre-alpha test. In Hunger Dome matches, teams participate in a single-elimination deathmatch, scavenging for weapons and armor as the map is consumed by the devouring maelstrom called "the Hunger".

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
Hearthstone Deck Tech: Midrange Paladin

HS Spacewizard is back with another Hearthstone Deck Tech, helping players get an edge each week as he builds, tests and breaks down a new deck.

World of Warcraft
Formerly Hardcore #14: Demon Hunters

Hello and welcome to the 14th edition of Formerly Hardcore, ZAMs column on Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft. Last time we talked about one of the major features coming with the recently announced Legion expansion, Artifact weapons. This time we’ll be talking about the next, arguably bigger, bullet point from that announcement list: the addition of the Demon Hunter class. For all of those players who have been clamoring since Burning Legion to play their own Illidan Stormrage, you’ll now have the opportunity to don a pair of warglaives, pick out your horns/tattoos/blindfolds, and then wreak havoc and vengeance upon your enemies in demon form.

Ragefire to Lockjaw Transfers Disabled Soon

Posted on the EverQuest forums:

Greetings Norrath!

We will be disabling paid character transfers from Ragefire and Lockjaw starting this Wednesday at noon PDT. This is required as part of the preparation for the Ragefire progression server vote results next week particularly if the server votes to proceed with the expansion.

Transfers from Ragefire to other servers will still be available.

EverQuest II
Downtime - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

US servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 7am PT for an update. EU servers will come down at 9pm PT (5am London Time on September 2nd) for their update. Estimated downtime for both sets of servers is approximately one hour. Patch notes are available after the jump.

EverQuest II
EverQuest II: Server Consolidation FAQ

The EQ2 team has put together a FAQ from recent questions and concerns they've spotted from players. Some topics of interest are below, but make sure to read the entire FAQ over on the official forums.

Q: How is this server consolidation different than server merges of the past?
We’re not merging one server’s data into another. A consolidation means all characters from the designated origin servers are moved onto a new server.

Q: How will we be able to retain names if others have the same name?
In the event of duplicate character names during the consolidation, priority will be given to the character who has logged in to the game within the past sixty (60) days. If multiple characters have logged in within the past sixty (60) days, then the character which was created first will retain their name. Other same-named characters will have an "X" (or several) added to their names automatically until their name is unique. Each player that is auto-renamed this way will get a rename potion to change their name.

Q: If my character’s name is taken or modified, will I be given a rename potion?
Yes, every character that is automatically renamed will be granted a rename potion to use at your convenience.

Q: Will we get free character transfers?
A: Once the consolidations are complete for all of the worlds, we will open up a one-time free character transfer period for one week for those characters who were moved. This free transfer option will expire after one week.

Q: When is this server consolidation going to happen?
A: We don't have a definite date for the consolidations yet. We're currently looking at the end of September, but that may change.

Q: I have numerous dungeons that are used for storage for my decorating items. Will we need -- and be provided enough time -- to move items from dungeons to a house prior to consolidation?
: No need, they'll all get moved to the new server.

Q: Will paid house rent transfer?

Q: Will depots transfer?
A: Yes, personal as well as guild depots will transfer.

Q: Do we need to empty house vaults ?

Q: Should I be emptying my guild hall office so I don't lose the furniture I crafted and placed there?
No, all guilds and guild halls will be moved onto the same server. All housing will be moved as well.

Q: How will you handle guild names?
Guild names will be handled similarly to character names. If two or more guilds have the same name, we will append "X" to conflicting guilds and both guilds will be offered a free guild name change. If there is no leader in your guild, you'll need to /petition to initiate a vote for a new leader.

EverQuest II
The City Festival Starts Tonight!

Tomorrow is September, which means it's time for the Neriak City Festival! The festival is planned to start on the 1st at 12:01am PT and will run through the 7th at 11:59pm PT. You can find the Far Seas Caravan in Darklight Wood just over the chasm outside of Neriak.

Visit the Far Seas caravan merchants to see all of the local specialities and other festival goods, and don't forget to check out the four City Festival achievements (listed under Live Events in your journal).

An Aether Race will also be available in Darklight Wood during the festival. Participate and finish the race in 89 seconds or less to earn the Fearless Flyer prefix title! Begin the race by speaking to the referee near Neriak.

World of Warcraft
Wowhead Weekly Episode 49

Join Panser and Perculia for Wowhead Weekly: Episode 49! This week the ladies discuss some new merchandise on the Blizzard Gear Shop, 6.2.2 PTR updates, Method's Mythic Hellfire Citadel guides, and more.

Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV to Release in 2016; New Video

Square Enix has announced that their upcoming RPG, Final Fantasy XV, will be released in 2016; a more exact timeframe is expected to be revealed next March. Make sure to catch the upcoming Active Time Report during September's Tokyo Game Show for more details on Luna and Regis, as well as information about the fishing minigame and chocobo-related features.