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Fan-Run Vanilla World Of Warcraft Server Elysium Coming Online Next Week

Preserving games can be a tricky thing, particularly when it comes to MMOs. Expansions and additional updates fundamentally change the way players engage with those virtual worlds. Fan servers attempt to give players a way to experience these games the way they once were, and old-school World of Warcraft fans will soon be able to revisit the game's vanilla version.

The Elysium Project is launching on December 17 at noon EST. It's the culmination of working with the team behind Nostalrius, which had earlier operated an unsanctioned WoW server. Blizzard shut it down, but the resulting online support inspired the company to invite Nostalrius' members to Blizzard's offices for a discussion.

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Nothing came of that meeting, however, and Nostalrius eventually passed along its tech to Elysium. Now Elysium has taken over, and it's launching in a little less than two weeks. Players will be able to check out the game at no cost once it's live.

[Source: Eurogamer]


Our Take
I stopped playing WoW after the first expansion, and it would be fun to check it out again. Since this is also an unauthorized project, there's no telling how long it will stay live, but players will at least have a chance to rewind the clocks for a while – if this release-date announcement doesn't give Blizzard the time it needs to squash it preemptively. – The Feed

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New Digimon World: Next Order Trailer Shows Off Story, Second Digimon Partner

Bandai Namco released a new story trailer for Digimon World: Next Order ahead of the title's upcoming North American and European releases.

The trailer sets up the game's story, which begins seven years after players' last adventure in the Digital World. Since then, the powerful Machinedramon has wreaked havoc in the floating city, and players will be joined by a second Digimon partner to set things right. You can watch the full trailer below.

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Additionally, Bandai Namco revealed bonus DLC for players who pre-order the game:

  • 2 x Game soundtracks

    • Original Digimon World Game Soundtrack
    • Digimon World: Next Order Game Soundtrack

  • Omegamon Ultimate Digivolution Core

    • “Use this special core to digivolve one of your Digimon partners into Omegamon!”

  • Adventure Aid Item Set

    • “The Adventure Aid Set contains consumable items that will assist you as you start out on your new digital adventure”

Digimon World: Next Order debuts on PlayStation 4 in North America January 31. – The Feed

Horizon Zero Dawn Dev Diary Details Its Expansive Open World

Horizon Zero Dawn is a step in a different direction for the team at Guerrilla, who are known for their Killzone franchise. Horizon Zero Dawn mixes both role-playing and action mechanics, and plops you in a world where society has regressed to a primitive way of life and robot dinosaurs roam the wilderness.

"Storytelling in an open world and in an RPG is not something we had done before," says managing director Hermen Hulst in the video. "But I think all of us just really welcome it as a wonderful opportunity to create something that's so fresh, so new, that it's a wonderful challenge for us."

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The game will feature several different eco-topes, which are distinct areas that have unique machines with their own behaviors. Some of these places include forests, deserts, mountain peaks, jungles, and more.

To learn more about Horizon Zero Dawn, click the banner below or check out our hub of exclusive content by clicking here. Horizon Zero Dawn releases on February 28. – The Feed

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Steven Seagal Teaches Martial Arts In World Of Warships Ad

Under Siege 2 star and martial artist Steven Seagal appears in a new TV spot for World of Warships.

The ad depicts a player arriving at a remote mountain temple where Seagal apparently teaches Aikido to everyone who comes in the door. His new student eventually introduces Seagal to the massively-multiplayer free to play online naval combat game.

Check out the video below for the full experience. Then, read editor Dan Tack's thoughts on the game here.

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Mario Enters The World Of The Dead In This Fan-Made Short Film

Super Mario: Underworld isn't the first fan-made project exploring the concept of what happens when Mario falls into a bottomless pit, but it's definitely among the most vivid.

Just in time to inspire some new Halloween costume ideas or make sure you never sleep again, Nukazooka, a Youtube channel specializing in fan-made films like World War Nerf, is behind Super Mario: Underworld. the film chronicles a short trip to the bottom of the Mushroom Kingdom and is incredibly well-done. The CG effects are top-notch and evoke the look of the games. It's a short, but evocative trip. You can watch the video below.

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What To Watch This Weekend: The League Of Legends Worlds Final, Overwatch’s World Cup, And Street Fighter’s Canada Cup

We have a cavalcade of tournaments upon us this week, both major and minor. Between League of Legends' biggest tournament wrapping up, to Dota 2's Boston Major entering its early stages, a bunch of Blizzard games having their pre-Blizzcon runups, and couple of major fighting game events, you should have more than enough to watch this weekend.

You can expect record-breaking viewership numbers for this year's League of Legends Worlds Final, which culminates a month of ridiculously intense competition in the world's biggest eSport. (Stream / Schedule)

As one major MOBA tournament sees its conclusion, another began this week. The Dota 2 Boston Major is having its regional qualifiers this week. Watch teams from the Americas, Europe, China, and Southeast Asia compete to move on to the next stage of the tournament, which will take place in (you guessed) Boston. (Stream Hub / Schedule)

We also have what could be the start of Overwatch's biggest tournament yet this weekend: The Overwatch World Cup. The initial group stages, which will determine which teams will face off next week at Blizzcon, will be going on all weekend. (Stream / Schedule)

In other Blizzard tournament news, we have the Hearthstone World Championship, (Stream / Schedule) The HGC Tournament for Heroes of the Storm (Stream / Schedule) The StarCraft II WCS League Finals (Stream / Schedule), and The World of WarCraft Arena World Championship (Stream / Schedule).

In the world of Counter-Strike, we have the ESL Pro League, which is having its finals this year in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Stream / Schedule).

And for fighting games, there's quite a bit to watch. On the Capcom Pro Tour, we have the Canada Cup (Stream / Schedule), one of the year's biggest tournaments, which will also feature tournaments for a number of non-Capcom fighting games. We also have the Latin America Regional Qualifiers. (Stream / Schedule). 

That's it for this week! Did we miss something? Let us know if the comments.

[This story previously listed the RCLS as going on this weekend. They'll be back next week.] – The Feed