Community-created Secret World Legends MEGAversary events start June 29th

The Secret World Legends first anniversary event is already in full swing (check out our guide so you don’t miss anything), but there is even more than that in store for SWL fans. Members of the community have put together an array of additional events from July 29th through July 14th that fellow players can participate in, from bike races to boss fights to radio events to a special ARG. Want to hear/share stories? Try the story night night on Friday, July 13th, at 8:00 p.m. EDT at Axel’s firepit in Agartha. Know how to butcher a song? Enter the warped songs contest. There is a whole schedule of events, so peruse the calendars below and find even more details on the event post on the official forums.

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The Stream Team: Creating a robot army in Outpost Zero

Massively OP’s MJ got a taste of commanding robots in Outpost Zero, and she wants more! She wants to build up a full robot army to help colonize the planet (not to mention protect her from the native wildlife!). But that means lots of harvesting, and we know what happened last time she was harvesting. It looks like the bug has been fixed a bit — as long as she stands back from the resources. So join us live at 3:00 p.m. for a (hopefully) non-seizure inducing jaunt into…

What: Outpost Zero
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 25th, 2018

Enjoy the show!

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SpatialOS MMORPG sandbox Fractured has just gone live with its $116K Kickstarter

If you’ve been following Fractured and SpatialOS as long as we have, then you’re probably right on top of the game’s Kickstarter launch today. If not, then now is the time to pay attention, especially if you’re a sandbox MMORPG fan. Dynamight Studios is making its pitch:

Fractured is the first open-world sandbox MMORPG mixing action combat with fully interactable environments, appealing equally to lovers of competitive and cooperative gameplay. Jump right into the fray from day one. Defeat your enemies through your own skill and cleverness, not equipment or level. Gather resources, craft, trade and venture into legendary travels as a solitary hero, or start a settlement with your guild and grow it into the next empire.”

The game features races with significant impact on the game, an anti-grind horizontal leveling progression system (“enjoy the freedom and level playing field of a MOBA without losing the persistence and sense of progression of a real MMO”), a knowledge system, action combat, dynamic content, player cities, and a proper trading system. Oh, and did we mention it’s sci-fantasy, so there are multiple planets and ecosystems in play.

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EVE Online’s ousting of an epithet-slinging CSM candidate was part of a corporate plot because of course it was

If this isn’t the most canonically EVE Online story, I have no idea what is.

Remember earlier this month when we reported on the drama in the elections for the Council of Stellar Management? CCP Games had caught wind of the racist comments of one particular candidate for the council had made in-game and disqualified him. That candidate, Creecher Virpio, apologized for what he characterized as “casual racism.”

As it turns out, CCP Games didn’t learn about Creecher’s indiscretions by accident. As The Nosy Gamer notes, Creecher is a high-ranking member of Test Alliance Please Ignore and a “vociferous proponent of shield-tanked supercapital-class ships.” Had he been seated on the council, he surely would have voted against the interests of Pandemic Legion, which favors armor-tanked supercapital ships.

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RIFT datamining uncovers the gear and pets of Summerfest

It’s summertime, and that means seasonal events will flow like wine in MMOs. Why go out into the heat and sun when you can make your character do it? So it goes for RIFT, but you needn’t wonder what this year’s celebration will bring thanks to the latest round of datamining from The Ghar Station. Mounts, outfits, face gear, even new backpacks have all been uncovered for the event.

Players will be picking up a new grass skirt along with masks for the summer celebration, parrots as a seasonal pet, and a new surfboard for mount purposes. There’s also a new seal and a new pair of backpacks available, and even some non-summerfest items uncovered in the latest roundup of datamining. Check out the whole thing right now if you don’t mind being spoiled about these items when they’re officially revealed; the important thing is that you get to celebrate the weather while staying inside and surrounded by air conditioning.

Source: The Ghar Station; thanks to Potato Pancake for the tip!

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Check out the landscapes and legendary local lore of Fallout 76

We’re not allowed to forget about Fallout 76 for even an instant, apparently: Bethsoft has posted up the epic Welcome to West Virginia video that it showed during its presentation at E3, essentially offering a tour of the area the company has picked for the multiplayer entry in the franchise.

“All-new graphics, lighting and landscape technology brings to life six distinct West Virginia regions. Watch Welcome to West Virginia, featured during the Bethesda E3 Showcase, to get a look at the newest location in Fallout. From the forests of Appalachia to the noxious crimson expanses of the Cranberry Bog, each region offers its own risks and rewards. Post-nuclear America has never looked so beautiful!”

You’re getting a glimpse of the bunker, the map, and the rolling hills of post-apocalyptic Appalachia. There’s a look at some concept art and some spooky local baddies too. Enjoy!

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Citadel of Sorcery shuts down after 14 years of development

Chances are that you have never heard of Citadel of Sorcery. MJ, our resident “has played every MMO in the universe” expert, only vaguely recalled this very indie title. But now it looks like you won’t be getting to know the game better, as the developers have announced that the game’s development is shutting down.

The fantasy MMO, which has been in development for 14 years and hung off of a promise of a truly dynamic world, operated on donations from fans alone. That wasn’t enough to keep it going, nor was the slower-than-expected engine development from another company.

“You made some amazing progress and worked hard to make this dream come true,” the team said. “Unfortunately, there just weren’t enough believers to get sufficient funding to push this to completion.”

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Wisdom of Nym: The Final Fantasy XIV beast tribes, bottom ranks

I have mentioned before that I’m a big fan of the beast tribes of Final Fantasy XIV. Final Fantasy XI, too; there’s a charmingly alien and exotic quality do them that hits a perfect balance for me, a race of adversaries and allies both that’s painted in far more complex shades than you might otherwise expect. But alas, not all of the tribes are created equally, and while FFXIV might not have quite caught up to the diversity of FFXI, we still now have a large number to choose between.

We aren’t likely to see any new tribes until the next expansion, but that doesn’t mean now is a bad time to talk about the various tribes and which ones are really cool, and which ones are… not. Thus, we start our ranking at the bottom and work our way up. So let’s kick things off with the worst tribe that’s currently in the game, but you’ll have to click past to see what it is. Go on, take a guess.

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Warframe’s crackdown on platinum resellers wrecks their innocent victims too

A massive thread on the Warframe subreddit this weekend shows just the sort of problems MMO studios have waded into in their haste to crack down on goldsellers in order to run cash shops themselves.

Apparently, Digital Extremes is tracking platinum sent around the community, and that includes platinum that has been tracked coming from the accounts of people actioned for platinum reselling. The issue is that the Warframe team isn’t just stopping at banning goldsellers and chargeback abusers; it’s also punishing people who traded with those goldsellers, even if those players had no way of knowing the money was tainted.

Redditor lazarus2605 posted an in-game mail from Warframe support that essentially chides him for trading with a plat reseller, warns him that he could have been banned, and informs him that DE is deleting all of the “fraudulently obtained” plat from his account, with no apparent recourse. Worse, when DE reclaims the plat and drives a victim’s account into the red, the victims say they are then expected to pay DE the difference to regain account access.

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Elite Dangerous previews the redesigned Krait ahead of this week’s Beyond: Chapter Two launch

Elite Dangerous is in the home stretch ahead of the launch of Beyond: Chapter Two later this week, and you know what that means: infodumps and videos!

PCGamesN has a deep-dive focusing on the Krait “design and reissue,” which has apparently been a bit of a surprise for the update. Frontier says the new version is “analogous to modern updates of the real-world Mini Cooper or Volkswagen Beetle […] a reimagining of a classic that connects conceptually and aesthetically with the ship from 1984s Elite, while offering enough innovation and quality to compete with contemporary rivals in Elite Dangerous.” But can I get it in candy pink metallic with a convertible top?

The chapter will also introduce the Alliance Challenger, new wing missions, new settlements, and new anti-Thargoid tech. It drops Thursday. And by the way, Frontier is hiring! The video’s down below.

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Trion just bought up Gazillion’s assets to beef up its MMO publishing arm

Did you see this one coming? VentureBeat has a piece out this morning interviewing Trion Worlds CEO Scott Hartsman, who’s apparently just revealed that Trion’s bought up all of Gazillion Entertainment, or what’s left of its assets, anyway.

Gazillion, of course, infamously shuttered along with its core MMORPG, Marvel Heroes, last autumn following weeks of missed content, an apparent failed contract renogotiation, a sexual harassment scandal, and ultimately Disney’s rescinding of the Marvel license, driving the studio into bankruptcy. At the time, we called it the worst-managed MMORPG sunset of all time.

It looks like the goal for Trion here isn’t necessarily to save or remake Marvel Heroes (although that would be fun, and VB notes Trion has picked up an isometric game engine as part of the package) but to bolster its publishing for MMOs specifically, something MMO players will recall Trion’s been working on for the last few years with Glyph, where Trion’s existing games – including RIFT, Trove, ArcheAge, and Defiance – currently dwell.

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Dark Age of Camelot delays its free-to-play shift to 2019

While we reported in December 2017 that Broadsword was aiming for a free-to-play option for Dark Age of Camelot, we haven’t seen a lot of movement on that front — until now. A recent producer’s letter informed the community that the Endless Crusade update with its business model shift has been delayed to the first part of 2019.

“Once patch 1.125 has released, we’ll be shifting our development resources towards the Endless Conquest update,” the team said. “As mentioned in some previous grab bags this option will now be made available to returning and new accounts rather than just newly created ones. This change does increase the scope of the Endless Conquest update considerably but we strongly believe it’s the right way forward for Dark Age of Camelot!”

In addition to working on the F2P version, Broadsword is busy focusing on this summer’s Patch 1.125 (which includes RvR currency, RvR reward streamlining, and two new class/race combos per realm), a new fall harvest event, and a new website.

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APB Reloaded lays out its roadmap, hopes to bring the game to Unreal 4

With multiple projects in the works and an effort to bring the console and PC versions into parity, APB Reloaded is enjoying actual development and direction these days.

New owners Little Orbit published a roadmap for the troubled MMO, breaking it down into several different tasks. Strengthening the game’s infrastructure (including “cleaning out the cobwebs”) is a high priority, as is integrating a new client-side anti-cheat system and exploit fixes. Other projects include reducing lag, bringing the game up to the Unreal 3.5 engine, adding console features, and actually adding some new content.

Little Orbit said that it also has a second team devoted to working on an Unreal Engine 4 version of the game: “This will not be a short project, but it has lots of miilestones along the way. We are initially focused on getting the third-person shooter mechanics of APB up and running in one of the existing districts.”

Source: APB Reloaded. Thanks Pasha!

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