Bookahneer’s Geekwatch (June 8, 2011)!

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Welcome to today’s Bookahneer’s Geekwatch! The place about LotRO, Guild Wars 2 and any other interesting news related to gaming. E3 has brought us quite a lot of fascinating news, so here we go:

Trailer/Teaser videos: Warhammer 40k: Dark Millenium Online published a trailer which allows a tiny little glimpse into the game.

Neverwinter developed by Cryptic also shows off a trailer:

Trion Worlds, developer of Rift, is working on Defiance, an open-world shooter MMO. You can find a trailer on their website. It doesn’t show that much yet but I really love the flowers in the beginning. ;)

Last but not least: Sims Social – yes, the Sims as a Facebook game. Talking in cliches: Maybe now all those old, male MMO gamers that are still living in their mothers’ basements can actually get a date? *cough* Yes, this looks exactly like the kind of game we were missing.

Lord of the Rings Online: Rise of Isengard‘s release date was announced (September 27, 2011) plus you can already preorder it and get at least one mount and some cosmetics. There’s also a pocket item which grants your characters 25% bonus XP on killing mobs until you’re level 65. Since it’s a pocket item, you choose whether you want to use this bonus or not. If you rather want to level slowly, just don’t equip it. There was some confusion but the item will definitely work even after Isengard has launched. For more questions, have a look at this FAQ that a player composed. If you’re not sure which colour you want your armor and mount to be (if you decide to buy the heroic version), here is an overview that Rekun (Kin leader of the Shadowfax Alliance on Eldar) put up. A Casual Stroll to Mordor show pictures of a female hobbit wearing those armors.

Blur Studio doesn’t develop MMOs. But they’re responsible for several gorgeous cinematic trailers. One that a lot of you have probably seen in just recently is their trailer for Star Wars: The Old Republic. They’ve also made the trailer for Warhammer Online. Unfortunately, we know that a great trailer won’t automatically make a great game. ;) So let’s hope that SW:TOR will be more successful.

Speaking of The Old Republic: Frank Gibeau, President of EAGames, is making fans jealous by claiming that he’s playing Star Wars: The Old Republic. It seems that he’s playing a slightly different version, though, with only 6 classes. ;) On the other hand, he states that the Star Wars: The Old Republic will be released this year… while at the same time saying that they “want to ship it when it’s right”. Let’s hope both of those statements fit together.