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Matchmaking/ Party System Progress Update

Jeremy Dunham, Psyonix

To: The Nosgoth Community

Last month, we presented our plan for the future of Nosgoth's Party and Matchmaking systems with an expected release date of "...before the summer [was] out."

Unfortunately, it's going to take us longer than expected.

As a whole, the entire Nosgoth development team wants to ensure that whatever we do, we do it right -- and that our solutions are exactly that: real solutions and not temporary compromises.

It's with that dedication to quality in mind that we've changed our date for the new Matchmaking and Party systems. They will now debut during the Open Beta launch window later this winter.

We sincerely apologize for this delay. On the plus side, we'll continue to provide as much transparency as possible regarding our progress, and we'll also begin limited testing of the new systems with select members of the Nosgoth community as soon as we can.

Thank you for patience, your understanding, and your continued support.

Sincerely,

- The Nosgoth Development Team

Nosgoth Comes To Australia!

Cat Karskens, Square Enix

We have some exciting news to share today for our followers in the southern hemisphere. Starting today, we have launched servers in Sydney, Australia! With the introduction of this new server location, it means Nosgoth will be available to players in Australia, New Zealand, and surrounding regions (Oceania).

 

The release follows our Free Weekend last month, where we received a lot of feedback from players in Australia, eager to join the fight between Humans and Vampires. You spoke, we listened, and we're delighted to be able to launch servers in Sydney, to make that happen.

 

To take part in the Closed Beta, you have a few options:

  • You can register for our Closed Beta on the official site here. Invites are sent out regularly, and will now include Australia, New Zealand, and surrounding regions.
  • You’ll now also be able to take part in our Founders Program, granting you instant access as well as extra goodies, available through our site and the Steam store.

 

Once you have access to Nosgoth, playing on these servers is easy. With your region selection set to "Any", you'll automatically be connected to the nearest and fastest server location. To manually select the Australian servers, you can choose the new location in the drop down menu.

So, the only thing that remains is to welcome all these new players to Nosgoth! Make sure you stop by our forum to tell us what you think, and make some new friends while you’re there!

New - Nosgoth Item Sale!

Cat Karskens, Square Enix

Summer is now officially over, but we're here to cheer you up with a few special offers in Nosgoth. Here is a round-up of the in-game sales you can expect to find when you load up Nosgoth right now!

These items are all discounted by 20% for a limited time, so grab them while they're on offer, from the in-game store:

 

 

  • All Booster -  100%   (100% extra gold & XP)
  • Tinkerer (Human Perk)
  • Bloody Vitality (Vampire Perk)
  • Brimstone Vest (Alchemist Skin)
  • Face of Malus (Prophet Skin)

 

Deck your Alchemist or Prophet out with a new look, earn extra XP/gold with the booster, or swap out your perks for some new ones, with these discounted items. Remember, you get 20% off right now, and when the sale ends they'll return to full price!

Nosgoth @ EGX London

Cat Karskens, Square Enix

 This week looks set to be a treat for UK gamers, with the annual EGX London show (formerly known as the Eurogamer Expo) taking place from Thursday, September 25 through Sunday, September 28. Thousands upon thousands of gamers will descend upon Earls Court, and over the course of those four days, they'll get hands-on with a ton of unreleased games, tournaments and activities, at the UK’s biggest game show.

 

 

As previously announced, we will be attending EGX London with Nosgoth, and today we’re happy to share more detail with you.

 

Play Nosgoth!

Every day (Thursday through Sunday) we’ll be on the show floor in the over 18 area (upstairs), with Nosgoth playable on a networked 8 player session. Battle your friends, enemies, or random strangers, in our intense Team Deathmatch mode. See for yourself what all the fuss is about.

 

Beta Keys

Attendees of the show will be able to receive a key, giving them instant and permanent access to the Nosgoth Closed Beta. Everyone that plays Nosgoth at our stand will also be able to receive a key pack, giving them four keys in total, so they can instantly bring their friends in.

 

T-shirts

Play Nosgoth at our stand, and you will receive this amazing exclusive EGX London 2014 Nosgoth t-shirt (while stocks last). The sleeve is branded especially for EGX London 2014, and you won't be able to get this shirt anywhere else!

 

 

Prizes

The four players on the winning team from each match will receive a special prize: a Nosgoth Founders Pack worth £7.99. This not only grants you access to the game, you get additional in-game content to boot!

 

Twitch.tv

On Friday (September 26) at 3PM, popular streamer Sacriel will be showing off his Nosgoth skills during a live stream from the event itself. Details to follow.

 

Yogscast

A few members of the intensely popular Yogscast crew will be stopping by the Nosgoth stand on Saturday at 2PM. Stop by to watch them play the game, meet and greet fans, and maybe you’ll even get a chance to play against them. Don’t miss out!

 

So, a pretty busy few days, and we absolutely cannot wait! Make sure you come by to play, say hi, and get some goodies. Follow us on Twitter @Nosgoth for tweets from the show floor, including swag and cosplay pictures.

For more details on EGX London, head to the official site here: http://www.egxlondon.net/

We'll see you there!

Community Spotlight: DFA

Jeremy Dunham, Psyonix

We have amazing fans in the Nosgoth community and it's time that you get some recognition for it! And so, starting with today's inaugural post, we will regularly shine our community spotlight on the people who make our game THAT much more fun to play. Since this is feature is all about you, however, we're also pleased to announce that YOU will also determine who we focus on next. Simply tweet @Nosgoth with the hashtag #spotlight and the name of the player you'd like us to feature next and we'll use those nominations to find our next subject.

But first things first: Our premier Nosgoth community spotlight points to longtime supporter, DFA! A longtime player who first started in the alpha days and still plays and streams to this day, DFA has proven time and again just how much he loves the game. Let's meet him!


DFA smiles for the camera during our SDCC 2014 event in San Diego.

Username: DFA
Real Name: Dustin
Twitter: @dfa6987
Twitch: SOMTrickster
YouTube: dfa6987
Humans or Vampires? Vampires!
Favorite Class: Sentinel

Tell us about your username. Why DFA?
"When I was 10, I started playing PC games online with Half-Life mods. I came across a mod called "Vampire Slayer" and my favorite thing to do was to climb to the top of buildings with very agile vampires, glide down, and land on the Slayers with a surprise attack. I went through a few names and clans [during this time] until I joined the top clan and someone called me "DeathFromAbove (DFA)." From then on my nickname stuck."

 

You've also been known as SOMTrickster, why the different names?
"I've always been into competitive gaming, and I had a few great friends online who got me into League of Legends and wanted to start a team. After playing the game for a year or so, we stepped into our first Go4LoL tournament and placed 4th. Afterwards, my friend created a gaming community called "State of Mind Gaming" and we all started streaming our scrims and tournament games. So SOM was from State of Mind. Trickster was the name of an old World of Warcraft character back in 2002, so I just put the two together."

 

How did you get into playing Nosgoth?
"Vampire Slayer had a great community of veteran players and most of us kept in touch throughout the years after the game died. We found a few Half-Life and Half-Life 2 mods that came close to VS, but all [of those] eventually died too. One day, a friend sent me a link to the Nosgoth Alpha and I signed up. Within the next three days I had an email with my invite, and I've been playing ever since."

 

What is it about the game that keeps you coming back?
"For me, Nosgoth has a lot of potential to be a competitive game and I strive to be one of the top players. [It] is fun and easy to pick up, but other than the game itself, it's the game's [development] team that keeps me coming back. I was fortunate enough to fly out to San Diego to hang out with everyone from Psyonix and it was an amazing opportunity. Nosgoth has one of the most hands-on, community-driven dev teams of almost any game I have ever played."


DFA, politely destroying the opposition.

Why is the Sentinel your favorite class?
"The moment I entered my first game and saw the vampire with wings, I jumped straight to it. After two to three games, I [understood how to use him]. The fact that he can fly AND that he fits my tag was perfect. His mobility and ability to harass the enemy from a distance makes him the perfect fit for my play style. His taunts are some of the funniest in the game. Also, it's just so satisfying to swoop in and grab a guy who isn't paying attention, then fly away and drop him to to hear his knees go 'crunch.'"

 

Any tips for new players who are just starting to play?
"Be patient. Nosgoth isn't a game most people can pick up after one to two games. For the average player, it [will probably] take around 10-15 games before everything feels fluid and [doesn't feel as] overwhelming. Communicate and stay with your team. Remember that a higher level doesn't always mean higher skill or better weapons. Don't get frustrated, just like all new things it takes time."

 

Any parting words?
"Nosgoth has a lot of potential and I'm excited to see where it's headed. The game has kept me up many late nights playing with friends and teammates, or just from talking to people on my stream; I see it continuing to do so in the future. If you see me in-game or happen to come by my stream, don't be afraid to say hi or ask any questions. I have a lot of things planned for when the game is a [closer to] finished, that will allow me to interact with my viewers more.

I would like to personally thank Greg [Nichols - QA Manager], Eric [Majka - Art Lead], Mark [Lozano - QA], Corey [Davis - Game Director], Jeremy [Dunham - Community Director], and the rest of the Psyonix team; not only for making a game that I have come to love, but for the great friends and opportunities that Nosgoth has given me. I also want to say thank you to all of my viewers who come in night after night and give me all of their support."