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Nosgoth Headed to PAX Prime 2014

Jeremy Dunham, Psyonix

The headline says it all!

Starting Friday, August 29 through Labor Day, September 1, our Nosgoth LAN party will be yours to play at PAX Prime in Booth 3630!

As part of the fun, we've modified the "PAX Edition" of Nosgoth to feature shorter, five-minute rounds so we can get as many people into games as possible. Plus, we just like to watch things get more intense at trade shows; we're sadistic that way. Oh, and as added bonus, we're also giving away FREE and EXCLUSIVE PAX Prime "Sentinel" t-shirts and our classic Hunter/ Reaver lanyards to anyone who drops by to play (while supplies last)!

But wait, there's more! If our undercover staff spots you wearing a Nosgoth t-shirt or lanyard somewhere outside the Square Enix booth during the event, you'll have a chance to be stopped and rewarded with a limited edition lithograph that has been signed by the Psyonix development team! We'll even snap your pic and upload it to our official Facebook page to boot!


(A "Work-in-Progress" version of the PAX lithograph)

These short-run lithographs will be ONLY be available at PAX Prime 2014, with no more than 100 copies ever printed -- so make sure you drop by our booth and play to increase your chances of getting one!

Finally, don't forget to join us on the official Twitch.tv PAX Channel on Friday, August 29 at 7:00pm Eastern/ 4:00pm Pacific. On that day, you'll be able to watch and interact with Nosgoth Game Director, Corey Davis, and Art Lead, Eric Majka, as they give away beta keys, show off live gameplay footage, answer fan questions, and generally tear it up for 30 straight minutes.

See you at the show!

Play Nosgoth at Insomnia52 this weekend!

Cat Karskens, Square Enix

With Gamescom finished, and now a distant but very fond memory, we set our sights on the next stop of Nosgoth On Tour... Multiplay's i52 (Insomnia) LAN in Coventry!

This August Bank Holiday, we're bringing Nosgoth to the RICOH Arena in Coventry (UK), for three days of multiplayer fun, at the UK's biggest gaming festival (LAN): Insomnia.

Running from Friday August 22nd through Sunday August 24th, you'll find us in the exhibition hall with a 16 PC LAN setup, where you'll be able to get some hands-on time with Nosgoth, and battle it out in our team deathmatch mode.

During the course of the weekend we'll have a few goodies for our visitors, in the form of Closed Beta keys, and exclusive Insomnia 52 Nosgoth t-shirts, made especially for the event. Insomnia 52 will feature a host of other special activities, including tournaments, YouTube stars, LAN gaming, and a live Friday Night DJ set from headline act Zane Lowe. It looks set to be the best one yet, so you won't want to miss this!

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a Nosgoth pro-gamer in training, stop by the booth to ask about our tournament, that will be taking place on Saturday.

 

 

Follow us on Twitter to get the latest updates, as we announce more detail on the tournament, and special visitors to our stand!

http://insomniagamingfestival.com/

Hello from Gamescom!

Cat Karskens, Square Enix

It's day two of the Gamescom consumer show, and Nosgoth is a big hit with all the lovely gamers visiting our booth! We are here every day with a 16 PC setup, where you can battle it out against (or with) your friends on the show floor. We have had a fantastic response from everyone, with a lot of repeat visits from people immediately hooked on Nosgoth!

Everyone that plays Nosgoth at the booth will receive a Closed Beta access key, granting them instant and permanent access to the beta. Not only that, but it comes with 3 extra keys to share with friends as well!

The treats don't stop there, as we have these exclusive Gamescom 2014 Nosgoth t-shirts, for anyone that plays a full round. You won't be able to get these anywhere else, and are branded especially for the event.

We'd like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to everyone that has come by to play Nosgoth so far, and for all their amazing feedback. If you're at Gamescom this weekend, make sure you stop by to play and get your exclusive t-shirt!

Tschüß!

Nosgoth Matchmaking: The Past, Present, and Future

Jeremy Dunham, Psyonix

As you may have seen last week, the August 4 Game Update included the first steps (of many planned) in a significant addition to Nosgoth that, when finished, will considerably improve your gameplay experience; i.e. The new Party and Matchmaking systems!

Because adding smarter and more useful matchmaking takes time, however, we thought we'd explain what we ultimately have planned for release before the summer is out.

The Old System
Prior to the August 4 update, Nosgoth relied entirely on built-in Steam party and matchmaking tools. While this allowed us to easily queue games, it didn’t have the ability to identify multiple games that could have been combined to launch matches quicker and/or avoid creating unneeded rooms. Identifying higher-quality players and putting together gamers of equivalent skill weren't part of the equation either.

Today’s System
Starting August 4, we have taken the first steps towards building a better system:

  • We've added temporary Party balancing so that Parties that significantly tilt the scale are appropriately divided to keep the experience fair for everyone
  • If there is Party redistribution, however, we ensure that members of that Party still play together and are not split off into different games
  • There is now a Level requirement for Team Deathmatch (Level 3). Players who don’t meet that requirement are delegated to “New Recruit” rooms. This setup allows new players to better understand the game, while also cutting down on potential “n00b farming” from the vets

Coming Soon
Over the next several weeks, we’ll introduce a number of other improvements and additions as well, including:

  • A Skill Matching system that uses a new Skill rating to group players based on ability rather than level (which is what we do now). Skill Ratings will be updated constantly, of course
  • Automatic Empty Slot Filling. Because Nosgoth is a team-focused game, losing a player in the middle of a match can have a major impact on the outcome and fun of that contest. That’s why one of our new features will be the ability to fill an empty slot from a dropped player as quickly as possible without interrupting the action
  • Pubstomping Solution. This replaces the temporary Party balancing feature we had originally included in the August 4 patch, but rolled back because of technical issues. Once finished, Parties will be paired against each other automatically
  • Population Counts. While the display is still being fine-tuned, a list of the total number of players logged in, sitting idle, and available per playlist will eventually be visible to everyone
  • Notification Improvements. We think we can do better in regards to letting you know what’s happening during matchmaking. When all is said and done, you will be more informed when looking for a game, with a specific focus on superior "Error" messaging when it happens

And that’s what's on tap for Nosgoth’s matchmaking improvements. If all goes according to plan, each and every one of these features will be up and running by the end of the summer -- with plenty of bug fixing and screw tightening in the months that follow. As always, you have our sincerest grattitude for your continued support and patience. Thank you very much.

Thanks for taking part in our Nosgoth Free Weekend!

Cat Karskens, Square Enix

Now the Nosgoth Free Weekend has ended, we'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all the fantastic support this weekend. We had such a great response to Nosgoth from gamers everywhere, we were thrilled to see so many of you playing and loving the game!

 Nosgoth is Free To Play, and currently in Closed Beta until this Winter.  All of your progress has been saved against your Steam profile should you want to come back to Nosgoth when we move to Open Beta.  If you cannot wait until Open Beta, and you want to carry on taking part in the brutal war between Humans & Vampires you have two choices:

  • We regularly invite players who have registered for access into the Closed Beta.  To register your interest simply complete the registration process here and wait to be invited.
     
  • You can get immediate and permanent access to the Closed Beta when you become a Nosgoth Founder.

 

Leading on from the Free Weekend, we're aware that some of you have been experiencing issues with party matchmaking during that time, and we want to let you know that resolving these issues is our top priority. We're sorry for any inconvenience it caused during this weekend, when playing with friends, and we're working to resolve that as soon as possible. Keep an eye on our forums, Facebook, and Twitter, for notifications about our patches.

We hope to see you again in Nosgoth, and we'd love to hear your feedback, so make sure you stop by our forum.  Our Free Weekend FAQ is available here.

We are always grateful for community feedback as we strive to give players the best experience possible. Thanks once again for taking part, and we hope you all enjoyed your time with Nosgoth.