EVE Online's player-spun intrigue has taken a few new turns recently, with The Mittani getting cozy with Max Singularity and declaring the CFC the new Imperium. Top that with massive-scale space warfare, and you have "the gaming equivalent of House of Cards meets Game of Thrones." (or is that A.D.: The Bible Continues?)
The Mittani giving Lord Maximilian's ring some love and affection.
Yes, everyone playing EVE Online is jockeying for position, which means warfare galore. It also means rampant recruitment as the members of EVE's largest player-based corporation, Brave Collective of the HERO Coalition, squabbles amongst themselves and kick their leader to the curb.
Interested in learning more about this and other space soap-operas going on in EVE Online? Then head on over to EVE's gossip column--er, update page on the game's official website.
CD PROJEKT RED sounded both thrilled and relieved this week to announce that its open-world RPG, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was done and a mere month away from launch.
"We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” said Adam Badowski, Head of Studio, CD PROJEKT RED. “From the corrupt nobles in Novigrad to ancient monsters lurking in deep forests, to the bustling cities, colorful ports and breathtaking vistas; all the people, all the places -- we literally spent tens of thousands of hours to turn all that into an adventure that will kick your ass and make you want to come for more.”
Over the last eight years, almost 4 million characters have been created in the European MapleStory, and to celebrate, publisher Nexon has created a new 30 quest storyline surrounding two of Mu Gong's most famous students, Gold Dragon and Red Tiger.
“In the eight years since we launched MapleStory we have witnessed great experiences from players, and that gives us unlimited pleasure in seeing that the game is still running strong,” said Ronald Schakenraad, Product Manager at Nexon Europe. “We’re always looking to make improvements and providing the community with more enjoyable experiences, whether that’s with more content updates or events, it’s something we strive to give back to the dedicated players who have made MapleStory what it is today. Here’s to another eight more successful years!”
In addition to this new storyline, the Hayato and Kanna classes have been adjusted, and Nexon has created numerous celebratory events including one that sends players to the four countries of Starworld and rewards them with special Andromeda items.
Inspired to help Nexon celebrate? Go to the official MapleStory website to get started playing.
Obsidian Entertainment's been paying attention to player feedback, and the result of that are a range of improvements to the artillery mechanics in its upcoming competitive tank battle game, Armored Warfare.
The changes, which are already live in the game's second Alpha test, include:
- Incoming Artillery Warning - HUD alert warns players of incoming Artillery shellls
- Counter Battery Radar - locations of firing artillery units are flagged on the minimap with pings visible only to Artillery units on the enemy team
- New Camera View - new lower, angled camera ups the ante on the action
- Artillery Unit Balance Changes
- Units per team capped at 3
- More accurate, but shots do less damage and have a wider splash radius
- Increased rate of fire
For full details of the current update, visit Armored Warfare's official website.
Good news Tolkien fans--this week, Bundle Stars released the Shadow of Mordor Bundle, compilation that gives you the base game and ALL of its Season Pass DLC for just $29.99 (a 60% discount off the original price)
The Season Pass DLC includes:
- Bright Lord
- Lord of the Hunt
- Berserks Warband
- Blood Hunters Warband
- Captain of the Watch Character Skin
- Deadly Archer Rune
- Endless Challenge
- Flame of Anor Rune
- Flesh Burners Warband
- Guardians of the Flaming Eye Exclusive Warband
- Hidden Blade Rune
- Orc Slayer Rune
- Rising Storm Rune
- Skull Crushers Warband
- Test of Speed
- Test of Wisdom
- The Dark Ranger Character Skin
- Power of Shadow
To purchase the Shadow of Mordor Bundle, visit the official Bundle Stars website.
Like Elsword couldn't get any cuter, yesterday they launched the Critter's Carnival Pet Dungeon and Events. From April 15-28, players will enter Joaquin's Laboratory of Alchemy in search of the Wild Rider.
Among the Critter-iffic activities are:
The Wild Rider's Hideout - players will receive a map showing the hideout's location (must have this to enter Joaquin's Lab)
The Wild Rider - only lucky players will encounter this elusive entity and if they do, they better be ready to defeat it.
Glave The Critter Tamer - Glave's Soul Sealer Stone used on The Wild Rider when it's at less than 20% HP means an instant win. Successfully using the Stone will earn you either a Corrupted Wild Rider's Soul or Pure Wild Rider's Soul which can be used to acquire a mount.
Wild Rider's Souls- Bring 20 Wild Rider's Soul Sculptures and the equivalent number of Mystery El Shards to Glave and generate a cube that contains a random time-limited or permanent mount. Open it or collect multiples to craft a Pure Wild Rider's Soul.
The Return of Retro Life Crystals 20 of Elsword's most popular pets are being offered in the shop for a limited time.
For more information about the Critter's Carnival Dungeon and Events or just to learn more about Elsword, check out the game's official website.
The Camelot Unchained team has announced that it will be opening the server for alpha testers to participate in a special 24-hour session. The special event will take place on Saturday, April 18th through Sunday, April 19th.
- Alpha/IT Test@ 10AM EDT / 7AM PDT / 2PM UTC
- Twenty four hours!
What we are looking for?
To see if today's fixes are indeed the long-sought, death to the grey bug, fix! And if so, to see how some other things are working. And, to make sure that all of our Alpha/IT Backers, no matter the time zone, can access the Alpha.
Check out the Camelot Unchained site for more information.
The Cabal 2 team has sent out a new video all about the game's dungeons to announced the commencement of the closed beta starting on April 30th. Players are invited to visit the official site to sign up.
Head to the link above to get started!
EverQuest players will have a lot to look forward to with the introduction of what Holly Longdale calls "campaigns". Rather than a single annual expansion, players will enjoy twice-yearly 'campaign' DLC. Longdale explains that this helps keep the world fresh, packed with content and gives the team a very quick turn around on player feedback.
In addition, players can find out about the upcoming beta for the new Progression Server that Longdale hopes will be released in June.
To start with, we’re working on a new Progression Server based on your feedback from earlier in the year. We’re so excited about it we’re going to launch it as soon as possible and still aiming for June. We’re in the process of getting a new server up and running and planning for a Beta. There is a detailed forum post from Aristo about the Progression Server and additional detail to support a new in-game poll that launched last night so we can get more of your feedback on some key decisions.
Check out Longdale's letter on the Everquest forum.
The Final Fantasy XIV site has been updated with new lore to get players up to speed on the story behind the Heavesward expansion due out in June. The Dark Knight, Astrologian, and the Machinist all have their backstories revealed in the update.
Also plan to spend some time reading about the new Raen and Xaela races.
Players can also get some great new information about flying mounts, the level cap increase, and check out several pretty amazing new screenshots.
Check it all out on the Final Fantasy XIV site.
TERA is about to turn three years old. Both new and former players, or players who are not subscribed to the game, are invited to check out a special event that will grant them two weeks of elite status just for playing the game. The team has set up a series of events for players to take part in and, if all are completed, the two weeks will be added to their accounts.
Three of the following will need to be accomplished prior to April 30th, but it is not required that all be completed by the same character:
- Join a guild (or already be in a guild)
- Complete any 10 quests
- Kill any 10 BAMs
- Complete any 3 instanced dungeons.
- Win 3 times in any battleground
Read more about the benefits of Elite Status on the TERA Rising site.
Hot on the heels of all the big Star Wars news this week comes the Star Wars: The Old Republic Cantina Tour making its own stop in Anaheim, California. The team has big plans for Saturday, April 18th that you won't want to miss. Thanks to a special edition live stream, you won't have to.
The live stream event will take place on the SWTOR Twitch.tv channel for a special Developer's Panel at 8:00 pm Pacific / 11:00 pm Eastern.
Find out more about the Cantina Tour on the Star Wars: The Old Republic site.
Making sacrifices to the Gods in a remote sanctuary dedicated to a particular deity is so cliche, yet it a perfect scenario to drive an objective for a Campaign. Gathering the right item, moving it to the appropriate location and then sacrificing said item all in the name of Victory Points and of course appease the Gods with your righteous sacrifice.
Read more of Franklin Rinaldi's Crowfall: Bleeding the Bloodstone.
The Crowfall team has revealed the Myrmidon, the minotaur earned through stretch goals from the KickStarter campaign. The site has been updated with the myrmidon's backstory. As is befitting a minotaur, the archetype features prodigious strength and survivability making it the perfect tank. Find out more about the myrmidon at the link above.
Lastly, the team has a new video showing the creation of the female Confessor. Check it out!
This week at Star Wars Celebration we got to see early pre-alpha footage of Star Wars: Battlefront. Now, before we get started, the launch date is Nov. 17th. Not only that, but on December 1st if you pre-order the game you will get the first free DLC for The Battle of Jaku. Wait, time out, I know the planets of Star Wars, where the heck is that? Well, it happens to be the desert planet you see in The Force Awakens. That alone surprised us yesterday at the press demo. However, let’s get down to the nuts and bolts of the blasters in this game.
And yes, we know it's neither an MMO or an RPG. But it's Star Wars... and in the spirit of all things nerdy, just give us this one.
Read more of Garrett Fuller's Star Wars Celebration - Sneak Peek at Star Wars: Battlefront.
Spacetime Studios has announced that it is partnering with several League of Legends pros to assist in development of Call of Champions, a MOBA being built for mobile devices from the ground up. The trio include James “PhantomL0rd” Varga, Joedat "Voyboy" Esfahani and Stephen “Snoopeh” Ellis, each bringing unique expertise to the table in consultation with Spacetime.
Call of Champions is a next-generation MOBA refined for mobile and designed for competition. In the game, players will be able to control one of over twenty different Champions across five distinct classes, each equipped with their own unique playstyle and special abilities. Each match is packed into a thrilling 5-minute time limit enabling players to enjoy quick competitive games with anyone, anywhere, anytime. Call of Champions features a robust social toolset, allowing players to recruit team members, plan matches, and earn achievements, plus spectate or broadcast matches live.
Find out more on the Call of Champions site.
Although I haven’t played The Lord of the Rings Online since about the Siege of Mirkwood / Rise of Isengard era, there was a time when it was my go-to MMORPG regardless of what else I was playing. I’ve spent countless hours in Turbine’s representation of Middle-earth, and find that I still measure other MMOs up against the quality of their flagship title.
Read more of Som Pourfarzaneh's Three Things LOTRO Does Right.
Blizzard took to the Diablo 3 forums with the news that the exploit causing Blood Goblins to drop insane numbers of blood shards has been hotfixed in the PC version and that the ban hammer has swung mightily against those who took gratuitous advantage. The console versions, however, are not yet fixed, and the Blood Goblin has been disabled pending a permanent fix to the issue.
Blood shards are used to 'gamble' items from Kadala, along with the chance at legendaries, rares, or set items. The exploit came at the start of the new season and many players were concerned that the crazy number of shards dropped would give a significant advantage to those chasing world and server first achievements.
The hotfix notes can be read on the Diablo 3 forum.
Raph Koster's site is being updated frequently as he is taking questions on design decisions made on Star Wars Galaxies. Today's question is "What were the thoughts on Jedi and why were such drastic changes made in patch 9 to the entire system?"
For fans of Star Wars Galaxies, these entries about some of the most controversial design decisions are a terrific read. The site is crawling so be patient and sit down to read Koster's extensive post about Jedi and Storm Troopers and one about Temporary Enemy Flagging. The promise is that more is to come.
Check it out (patiently!) at RaphKoster.com.