NCsoft Plans MMO Halloween Events

Halloween is less than two weeks away and NCsoft has its hands full with plans for holiday events in Aion, City of Heroes, Lineage, Lineage II, Guild Wars and Exteel. We've already told you about Aion's "Harvest Revel" event, which begins Oct. 25 and runs through Oct. 31. We've also reported on the festivities in Lineage and Lineage II, so let's jump right into the other MMOs.

The annual Halloween event in City of Heroes returns today as zombies, werewolves, Jack-o-Lanterns and other monsters descend upon Paragon City and the Rogue Isles. The attacks will end on Nov. 3, so you'll have plenty of time to participate.

Mad King Thorn returns in Guild Wars from Oct. 23 to Nov. 2 with a bag of tricks and treats. You can also participate in a new series of quests and a costume PvP brawl. Orange and purple paint will be free in Exteel from Oct. 28 to Nov. 4, and players will receive +50% bonus credits during the Halloween celebration. You can read all of NCsoft's holiday plans after the jump.

Video Tours Beluslan Zone; Letter Discusses NCsoft

Kotaku has posted the newest Aion video tour, and this one focuses on the Beluslan zone. The area is covered in ice, and the official tour guide tell us why: "Kurngalfsberg, once a thriving city, fell under the disapproving gaze of Ereshkigal, one of the Dragon Lords in the world of Aion, and in a fit of ire he encased it in ice. ... Kistenian and his fellow Flame Daevas hope to breathe life back into it with the help of the ancient tree people, the Elim."

If you've watched the video and are still curious about what's going on at NCsoft, you can read a letter written to the community by Lance Stites, the executive producer a NCsoft West's game production studio. The letter basically updates readers on staff additions and changes to the Lineage, Exteel, Lineage II and Aion teams.

Stites lists some of the tasks that are being completed as Aion nears its September launch date. "I know that many fans are extremely anxious, impatient even, awaiting the release of Aion. I can assure you the team is fully engaged in the release of this product," he said. You can read the full letter below.

New Exteel Patch Adds Maps to Battle Modes

Today marks the release of version in Exteel, and the patch adds two maps each to the Clan Battle and Capture the Flag battle modes. Capture the Flag receives the maps Falicia Canyon and Strato Field, and Clan Battle gets Simulation Arena and Strato Field.

In addition, the Fever Rain missile booster has been added for NCcoin, room level filters have been altered, a "repair all" button as been added, and you can now join players on your friend and Clan lists in battles or rooms by clicking the "Contact" button.

You can read the full patch notes, which also contain bug fixes, here.

Credit Reward Bonus, Screenshot Contest Held

The Exteel team is offering a special gift to everyone who logs in until Dec. 29: a 50% credit reward bonus!

To celebrate the Christmas holiday season this year Santa will increase all credit rewards by 50%, starting 12:00AM CST on Wednesday, December 24, and lasting through 12:00AM Monday, December 29.

You can also participate in the Exteel fan screenshot contest, which runs until Jan. 1. Just submit a screenshot on the Exteel Facebook page for a chance to win NCcoin prizes. The full rules can also be found below.

Exteel Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary This Week

Thursday, Dec. 4 marks the one-year anniversary of Exteel, and Clan NCsoft will be battling other clans from 2-4 p.m. CST as part of the celebration. If you'd like to participate, submit your request in the Clan Forum starting Thursday at 9 a.m. CST. It's first-come, first-served, so ask early.

Also, starting tomorrow all XP rewards will get a 50% boost. You have until Dec. 10 to enjoy the extra XP.

Lastly, a content update will be applied tomorrow during maintenance, which begins at 10 a.m. CST. Four new -S grade weapons and four new Ultra skills will be added. The full patch notes can be found here or below.

Q&A Sheds Light on November, December Updates

The Exteel team recently answered 14 questions from fans, ranging from a discussion on clan "seasons" to inventory space and new mechs. Here's what HawkSteel had to say about what we can expect in the game for the rest of the year:

The November Content Update is still being aimed for November. That will feature the first four Ultra skills and the four -S grade weapons you're all probably familiar with by now.

For December, we'll be looking for the new Mechanaught, the Sidewinder, as well as the Maverick booster, three additional -S grade weapons, plus whatever other goodies we can throw in. I wouldn't really call it a light month.

The full Q&A post can be found here or below.

Fan Questions Answered in Qsteel Segment

Every Friday, members of the Exteel staff answer questions in a segment called Qsteel. In the most recent Q&A session, Hawksteel answered seven questions, with the majority focusing on new forums. According to Hawsteel, the new forums will launch hopefully in the next few months.

Hawsteel also said they are looking at adding more graphics options to the game and that there will be new servers.

The answers to every question can be found here or below.

Exteeloween Offers Bonus Exp, Free Paint for Mechs

Exteeloween, Exteel's own Halloween event, will be held from Oct. 29 (11am CDT / 4pm GMT) to Wednesday, Nov. 5 (10am CST / 4pm GMT). 50% bonus credits and experience will be awarded for every match that you play.

Also, orange and black paint cans will be available in the store for free so you can "dress up" your Mechanaut.

Full information on the event can be found here.

NCsoft Updates Graphics, Suggests Current Drivers

Due to small graphical changes in Exteel, NCsoft is recommending that you install the most current drivers for your graphics card. The developer also expects more graphical updates to occur in future patches, as well.

This is actually good advice for any gamer, so we also recommend that you check your manufacturer's Web site for up-to-date drivers.

Content Patch Adds New Mechs

Server maintenance was held today in Exteel to apply this month's content patch, which includes the addition of two new Mechanaughts and two new Boosters.

Keep reading for the full patch notes, or find them here .