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SMITE kicks off the Rising Dawn promotional event

Amaterasu is the Japanese goddess of the sun, a new deity within SMITE‘s deific roster and a flexible one besides. But bringing Amaterasu alone into the game wouldn’t constitute an event. No, her arrival brings along plenty of other Japanese-themed skins for the various deities, so even if she’s not palling around with her fellow pantheon members right now, she can feel right at home around Kaiju Sobek.

The timeline there may be a bit weird.

The overall event pattern is similar to the Odyssey events, with bonus rolls for chests unlocking time-limited skins. Only two skins are on display now, but three more are promised, with one of them possibly a reward for unlocking the first four (based on the pattern of other events). Whether you want to get in on the sun goddess action or not, there’s plenty of new stuff arriving with the the dawn this time around.

Hi-Rez also released an infographic in the wake of its recent tourney; we’ve included it below.

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Devilian begins 20v20 guild tourneys, grants 15 days of bonus gifts

Devilian players know that the game is absolutely shameless in its attempts to get you to log in and play it, with daily rewards, friend presents, and guild buffs abounding. Now Trion Worlds is adding even more incentive to play its action-RPG with 15 days of bonus gifts.

Between January 11th and the 15th, Devilian will dish out a “mysterious special delivery” to everyone who plays. Level 50 players get an extra gift between the 13th and 19th as well.

Speaking of reasons to log into the game, Devilian has plans to debut guild tournaments in this month’s update. These 20v20 battles will give guilds a chance to claw their way up four tiers of awards, but they’ll have to qualify first by being among the top guilds on the server to be able to participate.


SWTOR runs January events to make up for December’s problems

There were a lot of events planned for Star Wars: The Old Republic in December. Sure, they were the game’s usual repeating events, but there were still a lot of them. Unfortunately, due to various unexpected problems, the events failed to trigger correctly and players missed out on some of those events, with the Rakghoul Resurgence being the most notable omission. As such, January’s event schedule has been updated and expanded in the hopes that everyone can get some time in with these events before they head off once again.

The current schedule has the Relics of the Gree event starting tomorrow and running through the 19th, with the Rakghoul Resurgence running from the 19th through the 26th, followed by the Bounty Contract event from the 26th to February 2nd. That’s a full week of events with rewards, reputations, and some third thing that starts with the letter “R.” If there’s more stuff you want to accomplish in any of those regular events, start planning for the rest of the month.

Source: Official Site; thanks to Bob for the tip!


Shroud of the Avatar’s alpha testing is ‘on the horizon’

Alpha testing for Richard Garriott’s Shroud of the Avatar is “on the horizon,” says a newsletter published for followers this past weekend. It’s been in early access pre-alpha for backers and Steam buyers since 2014.

Portalarium will be running what it’s calling a “Wondrous Winter Telethon” all day today, ending at 11 p.m. EST tonight, in an effort to push fundraising to $8 million. Expect deep dives and real-world loot.

The newsletter also gave players a preview of Sanctus Spine, a snowy mountain range in the game modeled on Asia’s Karakoram Range. Portalarium’s SorcerousSteve discusses how he’s used Unity’s Gaia Terrain Tool to home in on the details of the mountaintop fortress and make “some of the highest peaks in Novia yet.”

Massively OP’s Matt Daniel is playing Shroud of the Avatar all throughout the month of January as the featured game in his Choose My Adventure column. Check out some of the new images below.

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DC Universe Online makes fifth anniversary plans

Daybreak’s DC Universe Online is about to turn five years old, believe it or not, and the studio is planning a pair of streams (and more than a pair of player gifts) to celebrate the occasion.

“Happy 5th Anniversary, DCUO! January 11, 2011, still seems like just yesterday to a lot of us, but come Monday DCUO will be celebrating the big fifth birthday as a live game. Make sure you log into the game to celebrate (and claim your anniversary gifts!), and make sure you tune into Kinda Funny Games for TWO news-filled livestreams to see what’s planned for DCUO in 2016.”

The more pertinent of the two streams is the one that begins at 4:30 p.m. EST on Monday; it will include a walkthrough of Daybreak’s plans for the game in 2016 as well as a playthrough of selected Episode 21 content.


Dark Age of Camelot temporarily disables its housing zones

Ask any homeowner: The biggest headache is having to keep up with all of the things that keep breaking around the house. Broadsword knows this all too well, as it’s had to take Dark Age of Camelot’s housing system offline to fix some unspecified issues.

“As most of you know, we’ve had some issues with the housing zones and have had to disable them temporarily,” Producer John Thornhill posted. “We’ve been hard at work testing and re-testing our fix and still feel confident that we’ll be able to restore/fix the missing and incorrect housing data. However, after testing some more today, we’ve found some additional issues that need to be accounted for as well. These issues will take most of tomorrow to implement into our fix, which then needs to be tested some more.”

Thornhill said that the devs will be correcting the issue next week. To make it up to the playerbase, the team is extending both the Midwinter Event and RvR bonuses for a week or more and is looking into “additional compensation” for those affected.


Sword Coast Legends postpones free update in favor of Rage of Demons expansions

Development schedules are tricky things. From the outside it’s easy to look at them as promises, contracts made between players and developers, but in reality they’re more like educated guesses wherein the developers are simply stating their plans and hoping that everything works. This is all a roundabout way of saying that the development plans for Sword Coast Legends changed, and players waiting for the third community pack should probably stop waiting, as the free update has been put on the back burner in favor of the upcoming Rage of Demons expansion.

The expansion will feature a new playable race (tieflings), a new class (warlock), new objects, new creatures, new spells, new WASD controls, and a variety of other additions that can be prefaced with the word “new.” What this means for the community pack in the long run remains to be seen, although it has been confirmed that some of the features which would have been in that pack are now being rolled into the expansion. Players will need to keep their eyes peeled for future developments.

Source: Official Site; thanks to Midgetsnowman for the tip!


SMITE hosts World Championship and Xbox One Invitational this week [Updated]

Ten teams are going head-to-head today in the SMITE World Championship to compete for the $500,000 grand prize. The tournament runs from today through Sunday, January 10th, and can be viewed on Twitch.

Hi-Rez is expected to make an announcement during this event concerning new champions coming to the MOBA. The studio is also hosting an Xbox One Invitational today and tomorrow with a $25,000 prize pool.

You can watch the keynote address beginning at 11 a.m. EST today on Twitch.

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The Stream Team: Galavanting in EverQuest II’s Gorowyn city festival

MassivelyOP’s MJ has run many of EQII’s city festival races, and each has its own little quirks. In Gorowyn, a wrong move can leave you reeling like you’ve gotten severely sauced at your local tavern during Brewday activities! Of course, MJ won’t let a little thing like that deter her from the race! Join us live at 8:00 p.m. and see if you can beat MJ on this track.

What: EverQuest II
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

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WildStar challenges players to hunt world bosses this weekend

WildStar‘s world bosses are big, ornery, and the general sort of thing that lots of players need to band together to defeat. Nothing wrong with any of that, obviously; they’re not called “world bosses” because they’re incidental to kill. So how would you like to strap on your best monster-hunting gear and go on a nice long hunt for those world bosses? Because that’s the event that’s running this weekend.

From January 7th until January 10th, players who help in taking down a world boss will earn a Shiny Token and a lockbox key, while creatures worldwide will have a (small) chance to drop a Shiny Token as well. Shiny Tokens can be used to purchase lockboxes which contain several random rewards, including new dyes and rewards. So why not start heading around the world and hunting every boss you can? Along with several friends, that is. Alone it’s a bit more difficult.


RuneScape throws a month-long party for its 15th anniversary

Yes, believe it or not, RuneScape is turning 15 years old this year, and by the look of it, this MMO is still doing incredibly well for itself. To mark this festive occasion, Jagex is throwing a full month of events and activities to give RuneScape the proper birthday celebration that it deserves.

The party includes special livestreams, a statue collection quest, a trivia contest, and a new in-game birthday hub with presents for all. One of the big rewards that can be earned through these activities is a 15th birthday emote that will actually grow longer and more complex as the year progresses.

Happy birthday, RuneScape!

Source: RuneScape. Thanks, John!


World of Warcraft invites you to ring in the new year with fireworks and pet battles

It might not be World of Warcraft’s most content-filled event, but it is its most explosive. The New Year celebration for Azeroth kicked off last night with fireworks on the hour, every hour, above all of the major citie, continuing through today. Blizzard notified players that the guards will be turned off in Booty Bay for the duration of the celebration.

If you’re looking for something more substantial to do in the game, then the studio suggests a few rounds of pet battles. Through January 4th, all pet battle experience will be increased by 200%. There’s even an ultimate battle-training stone to be won by engaging in pet battles against other players.


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