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Fable Legends might not be as dead as we thought

With Microsoft shutting down Lionhead Studios it looked like Fable Legends would die with it., but now it appears like it might not be as dead as previously thought.

A month ago Microsoft Europe announced that they were shutting down two studios, Press-Play and Lionhead Studios UK. Lionhead was developing Fable Legends at the time the studio was shutdown and the project was canceled.

According to reports from MCV, who has three sources at Lionhead, supposedly "discussions are on-going about saving the free-to-play RPG."

The report went on to detail that "staff are being surveyed as to whether they would like to continue working on Legends, or just accept the redundancy package that has been put before them and leave at the end of April." 

So Fable Legends might not be dead after all, as of now, it is in a sort of limbo.

Most of those who worked at Lionhead has quit already, but sources claim that Microsoft's consideration on whether or not to continue on Fable Legends is founded on a few Lionhead employees who are considering independently developing the game. MCV's other sources could not verify if that was why Microsoft was questioning the remaining Lionhead employees.

A spokesperson from Microsoft said "We aren’t sharing additional details beyond that we have ceased development on Fable Legends, and are in discussions with employees at Lionhead about our proposed closure of the studio as well." 

So Fable Legends is not entirely dead, it is still a tad bit alive. But don't get your hopes up.

Blizzard invites Mark Kern and the Nostalrius team to private meeting

The Blizzard legacy and vanilla server circus just keeps on going. The latest is that Blizzard has invited former World of Warcraft Team Lead Mark Kern and the Nostalrius team to a private meeting.

When Blizzard shutdown the private server Nostalrius the whole WoW community started rumbling, including former WoW Team Lead Mark Kern. The former Blizzard developer sent an open letter to Blizzard asking them to reconsider legacy servers aruging that they were a piece of gaming history. It seems like Mark Kern's open letter video got to Blizzard.

Mike Morhaime himself, one of Blizzard's co-founders, has invited Mark Kern and the Nostalrius team to Blizzard HQ, but what they are going to talk about is still a secret. Though talks about legacy WoW should be expected to be on the agenda.

The qustion is, will Blizzard try and convince both Kern and the Nostalrius team the their "Pristine Realms" are a better idea or will they try and get the Nostalrius guys to make legit legacy WoW?

The Nostalrius team has promised to keep us all updated on what goes down at Blizzard HQ. Until then we just have to wait and see what happens.

DC Universe Online coming to the Xbox One

DC Universe Online is making its way to the Xbox One. After being out on all major platforms besides the Xbox One the superhero MMORPG is finally coming to the Xbox.

The official DC Universe Online (DCUO) Twitter page has been tweeting out two teasers for the Xbox One version and been saying that more information on the new version of the game will come during PAX East on 23 April.

DCUO is an MMORPG set in the DC Comics world where players get to pick side between the heroes and the villains and fight for whichever side the player chooses. Players also gets to pick what type of hero he wants to play as and what type of powers the hero, or villain, will have. Players gets to live the dream of being the virtual superhero of their dreams.

DCUO got ratings between 65-75 and according to the critics it was a good alternative MMO. 

Also, Mark Hamill brings his iconic Joker voice to the game and Kevin Conroy once again shows who the true voice of Batman is.

After 15 years RuneScape says farewell to Java and hello to new graphics

After 15 years of service RuneScape has said its farewell to Java in favor of a new game client called NXT, making the game both look and run better.

The creators of RuneScape, Jagex, have re-launched the game with a new launcher, NXT, which means the end for trusty Java. The new launcher and all the improvements have been in development for about two years and will according, to Jagex, improve the game greatly.

"This means better RuneScape performance than ever before, and it looks great too – vast viewing distances, dynamic shadows and beautiful lighting effects."

The new launcher has basically no requirements, "Requirements: None." NXT is designed to get the most out of the user's computer so RuneScape will work on almost every system, and if it's not working then there is an error "flag" button to push and a team should fix it.

Launching alongside the new launcher a new quest line has been released, Benedict's World Tour, with eight quests for free players and eight more for paid members. These new quests will, according to the RuneScape team, show off all the new features that comes with the NXT launcher.

The biggest difference between the old RuneScape and the new one is that with the NXT launcher RuneScape will no longer be a browser game, players will have to download it to be able to play.

World of Warcraft: Legion has an official release date

Blizzard has revealed the release date for World of Warcraft's next big expansion, Legion.

It's been a while since some good news about World of Warcraft got out, it's a nice change.

Legion was shown at BlizzCon 2015 and a beta was available for a while, but now the release date for the expansion is out, and Legion rolls out August 30, 2016, just in time for the long summer break to end for everyone in school.

Legion picks up where Warlords of Draenor left off; The Burning Legion is invading Azeroth and it's an all around not a good time for anyone. The new expansion ups the level cap to 110, adds a new class, a whole new story, and much more.

The Standard Edition will cost $50 while the Digital Deluxe edition will cost $70, the Standard will be available in both digital and physical stores and an option to upgrade to Digital Deluxe later on. A Collectors Edition will also be released with items like a hardcover art book, behind the scenes Blu-ray/ DVD, a soundtrack CD, and a Legion mouse pad.

Those who pre-purchases Legion get the following:

  • Early access to the new Demon Hunter class before the expansions release
  • A level 100 boost
  • The "Illidari Felstalker" mount
  • The "Nibbles" pet
  • A Heroes of the Storm "Felstalker" Mount
  • Starcraft II portraits
  • Diablo III wings and helm

Former World of Warcraft Team Lead to take Vanilla server petition to Blizzard

Fans of vanilla World of Warcraft have started a petition to get Blizzard to add vanilla servers to World of Warcraft. If the petition gets 200,000 signatures the former WoW Team Lead, Mark Kern, will personally deliver the petition to Blizzard's CEO Mike Morhaime.

To recap: The whole vanilla WoW circus started when one of the biggest private servers, Nostalrius, got shut down via a Cease and Desist letter from Blizzard. When the servers died many players made in-game suicide pacts and met their fate together. After that, someone decided to DDoS all of Blizzards games and servers, making them unusable while also leaking some employees personal information. Lizard Squad claimed to have initiated the DDoS attack and hack, but no external sources has confirmed it.

The latest news in the vanilla server world is that the main team behind Nostalrius have started a petition to show how many people love vanilla WoW and want to play the game prior to all the game changing expansions.

The goal of this petition is to get Blizzard to create "real" vanilla servers that are legal and supported by Blizzard. Mark Kern, former Team Lead for WoW, will personally hand the petition over to Blizzard if it reaches 200,000 signatures. At the time of writing, it has already reached 159,419 signatures.

In an alleged message from Mark Kern on the petition page he said "Mike, I helped build this game for you, I hope you'll hear me out. Support these fans and dedicated gamers."

Maybe someday a real, legit, and Blizzard supported vanilla WoW server will exist. Starting a petition is a way better method to get Blizzard's attention than hacking and DDoSing them.