[Update: Alpha is now live as of this evening! Thanks to Amber for the heads-up! More in the morning.]
Camelot Unchained had to delay the start of its alpha testing for everyone over the weekend, but it doesn’t seem as if it’s going to be pushing back very far. An update from yesterday evening announced that today will see a full-day stream running from the City State Entertainment crew, with the staff working hard to break the game during the display. If everything’s stable, the alpha will be left on overnight.
Compensation is still planned for the delay in testing, with the particulars to be determined once the decision is made to turn on access or wait a little bit longer. For those who want to watch the antics of the team trying to break the servers in any possible way, the stream will start today at 10 a.m. EST. A surprise is also promised for backers in the near future, although details haven’t yet been made available.
[Source: Evening Update for March 2nd
. Thanks, Will.]
It might be premature, but I’m pretty sure that the Revenant is my favorite profession in Guild Wars 2. And strangely, it’s because it offers a twist on the usual process of swapping between skill sets.
When the Revenant was first announced during this year’s PAX South, I was more than a little leery. At a glance, it was yet another figure in heavy armor with vaguely death-related powers, the sort of thing that’s so ubiquitous now as to beat out characters named after figures from Game of Thrones. It also evoked the Ritualist, which was one of the classes from Guild Wars that a lot of people loved but held no real resonance for me. Having played it now, though, I think it was a bit undersold because I was reminded of one of my favorite classes from the original Guild Wars as I played, and I was pleasantly surprised at just how novel the game’s take on a rather familiar lineup of tropes felt in action.
It’s pretty definite that Second Life is not a game in the strictest sense of the word, and by “the strictest” I of course mean “basically any.” It’s more of a toolbox in which you can make a game, sort of. But then, so is Landmark, and I don’t think anyone would argue that isn’t a game. You might argue whether it succeeds at its goals as a game, but that’s a different discussion.
After a madcap week, I got to come home to the Gold Saucer. Traveling to Seattle on short notice was a mixture of the good and the bad, and I was certainly happy to be back home, but I was all the happier when I had Final Fantasy XIV
‘s den of gambling-but-not-really to look forward to upon arrival. What could be better?
Well, a system that was actually ready to account for the vast influx of people who wanted to take part in the minigames would have been a good idea, but let’s not get crazy, hmm?
Thematically, the Gold Saucer comes at a highly inappropriate time, since Eorzea is kind of tearing itself apart at the seams while people gamble ceaselessly. But it’s also something that’s both fun and almost infinitely expandable, a feature that will fit well into the game after the initial rush has worn off. So let’s take a look at the Saucer, the many games therein, and how everything shakes down on the average.
At the start of the week, I journeyed far across the land, venturing into the wilds of the northwest armed only with my wits and boundless determination. There, I was set upon by many ills and challenges, but I was undeterred in my charge. Today, I have completed my journey, and I tell you now that the great best Iktho-Mar has been slain by my hand!
For reasons that I am not entirely clear upon, that means I finally have What Are You Playing back in my hands, which means I get to open off with absurd non sequiturs once again. I’m sure you’re all thrilled. Here, have a picture of a capybara, and check out what we’ll be playing down below. Also, let us know what you’re doing in the comments!
Big battles in EVE Online take place over long distances. Players need to be able to zoom out and get a sense of the battlefield, which means that they are almost entirely reliant upon the icons displayed for the various ships around them. As part of the current project to modernize the game’s UI, the team at CCP is working on changing up the display icons for the game, starting with a comprehensive re-do of the icons shown for ships, structures, and other objects that players will see out in space.
The goal was to create distinct icons that would be obviously different at a glance without radically changing the overall shape or profile. If you’re an avid EVE player, take a look and see how well you can unpack new information from the field.
[Source: Icon dev blog
All right. The end of last week’s column
did not, in fact, finish starting new in Final Fantasy XIV
. It brought you up to the point where you could no longer really be considered starting
, but there’s so much more to do. So while I could leave it there, I think we should at least learn how to unlock Jobs before the expansion.
So let’s keep rolling on, assuming that you’ve been progressing along in the main story to unlock the other two “intro” dungeons. These three dungeons are all a bit on the tedious and tutorial side, but they at least unlock your low-level roulette (immensely valuable) and start you down the road to understanding the game’s dungeon mechanics. It’s a game of easy enemies and hard bosses, and the next leg of the journey demonstrates exactly how much emphasis is placed upon the boss battles.
At first glance, Armored Warfare
definitely looks like a World of Tanks
clone. That’s not by accident, either. A recent article
highlights the genesis of the game from concept to the present; apparently, the designers were very consciously designing a direct competitor for World of Tanks
right down to the vehicles featured. That meant covering modern weapons of war, ranging from main battle tanks to artillery, jeeps.
Obsidian also tells Polygon that the team sought to set the game in a historical timeframe that its rival doesn’t touch, which allows the game to feature modern vehicles and keeps the general feeling of a tactical competitive shooter without simply slapping on some newer tanks and calling it done. Read through the full article for a more thorough look under the hood at elements like trading tank commanders; it’s very strongly inspired by World of Tanks, but the game is striving to be more than simply a clone.
We’ve got a video showing off the five vehicle classes below.
I really didn’t want Massively Overpowered’s inaugural column about World of Warcraft to focus on the negatives. But I can’t in good conscience ignore the fact that patch 6.1 for Warlords of Draenor is not getting the Iron Docks that many players were expecting. It’s not that I think it’s a grand betrayal of player trust; it’s not. Things get shifted around in development. Stuff gets held back for the next patch. It happens. This feature was never promised for Tuesday, and it isn’t coming out then. Seems fair.
No, the problem here comes down to one of perception, presentation, and the simple fact that there’s plenty to do at level cap in Warlords of Draenor… but also absolutely nothing to do.
It seems ironic that an expansion that led to an enormous subscriber surge is also seemingly tone-deaf on a number of points, but it also seemed ironic when Cataclysm followed Wrath of the Lich King by undoing a good portion of what made the prior expansion so popular. So why is there so much negativity, even from people who do like the game? How can a game be replete in things to do while at the same time have nothing to do?
Are you looking forward to the newest addition to Guild Wars 2‘s class lineup, the Revenant? Do you stay awake at night wishing that you could see the Mist-wielding warrior in action? Well, don’t do that. Staying up at night is bad for you; a full eight hours of sleep is ideal. Besides, you could just jump on past the break and check out Friday’s stream from the development team, which shows off an hour of Revenant gameplay.
Host Rubi Bayer joins game designer Roy Cronacher and game design lead Jon Peters to walk through several of the Revnant’s abilities and show off the class in active content, sure to delight any fans of its unique brand of legendary empowerment and wearing blindfolds all the time. Of note, the hosts show off what the expansion will borrow from its older brother in the form of stances inspired by Guild Wars lore.
Check it out just past the break, then perhaps go back to bed. You need to sleep.
Diablo III‘s next major patch is a quality-of-life patch, meaning that it’s not going to come with a huge influx of new content. If you’re tired of seeing the exact same rift layouts every single time you jump into a rift, though, it’s a very good thing. The patch will include new tilesets and new layouts both, so you’ll be finding something new to explore instead of familiar and worn-out places.
And what awaits you for exploring? New armor, for one. Three new endgame armor sets are being added to the game with the patch, along with 15 new Legendary powers. You’ll also have new bounties, new goblins to chase, and a new cosmetics window for all the pretty toys that don’t affect gameplay. Along with the usual variety of bugfixes, it’s not going to be a patch replete with new content, but it should make playing through familiar content more enjoyable.
[Source: First Look: Patch 2.2.0
Are you looking forward to the Iron Docks quests in World of Warcraft‘s patch 6.1? Even though they haven’t been mentioned in any patch notes or by developers or shown any signs of materializing? Because despite what was expected by players, they’re not in there. Community manager Bashiok confirmed that the Iron Docks, which were expected to be a new quest hub centering around Blackrock Foundry, have been moved to patch 6.2. He also took the time to stress that this is simply a quest chain, not a hub or any “substantial content.”
Player reaction has been intensely negative, with patch 6.1 and the current expansion already meeting with significant critique on the lack of meaningful content at the level cap. The changes coming to Apexis Crystals may serve to ameliorate some of the frustration, but it’s still easy to feel a bit slighted by the absence of new content in this patch. But on the bright side, you will be able to post to Twitter with your updated Blood Elf models whilst you explore the same content that has been in place since the expansion launch.
, Gearing up with Apexis Crystals
, via: Blizzard Watch
I’m sure this won’t serve as a grand surprise to anyone reading this, but I’ve been thinking a lot about the future of WildStar ever since we saw NCsoft’s financials last week. While it’s all well and good to try and cast the news as a positive by pointing out that it’s nearing the range of City of Heroes in terms of revenue, it behooves us to remember that CoH was unceremoniously shut down. Considering the hostile takeover NCsoft is facing, I think it’s enough to start one seriously thinking about the future.