BlizzCon 2015 is less than a month away, and fans of World of Warcraft, Diablo III, Hearthstone, StarCraft II, Overwatch, and Heroes of the Storm have much to look forward to when the convention opens.
To help you suss out what might be revealed and what will be discussed during the two-day event, there’s the new convention schedule, which covers both Friday and Saturday’s panels, tournaments, and activities.
As might be expected, there are several panels scheduled to discuss World of Warcraft: Legion, including those discussing game systems, cinematics, the new zones, and the expansion’s dungeons. Fans who weren’t able to snag a ticket or head out to California for the convention can attend via a virtual ticket for $40.
Expansion? Who is thinking about expansions when Halloween is prowling about? Guild Wars 2 players will have plenty with which to keep themselves occupied later this month, as The Shadow of the Mad King event returns right in time for Heart of Thorns‘ launch.
The Tyrian Halloween festivities come back for another go on October 23rd, giving players two weeks to get that candy, loot the Mad King’s lair, fight their way through the labyrinth, and (shudder) jump to the top of the clocktower. The revamped Lion’s Arch will be decorated for the holiday, and new rewards will be added into the mix including an assemble-your-own batwing shoulder piece.
TERA is one of those rare MMORPGs that seems to do better the longer it runs, and today, it’s celebrating Halloween in a big way. Thanks to En Masse Entertainment, we have 1000 keys for a fun Halloween bundle for you today, just in time for today’s The Lost Isle update! Here’s what the key will unlock:
- Fresh Pumpkin Mask (Permanent, Hair Slot) – Straight from the fields and onto your head.
- Boneshaker (7-day Character Mount) – Your bones may shake, but your enemies will quake as you ride into battle on this skeletal mount.
- 100% XP Boost (1 Day) – Increases your hunting XP reward by 100% for 1 real-time day. Can only be used on characters level 64 or below.
Be one of the first 1000 folks to snag a key in our giveaway today and you can score one of these Halloween bundles for your own account. Onward to the giveaway!
[Update]: All the keys are gone, thanks for playing!
Were you too busy gaming this week to pay attention to MMO news? Get caught up every Sunday with Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review!
Star Citizen’s CitizenCon pretty much owned this weekend, and yeah, it was the “convention” kind of con, not the other one. Here’s a quick run-down of the big news:
- Star Citizen’s mo-capped, CGI single-player campaign, Squadron 42, will star Gary Oldman, Mark Hamill, Gillian Anderson, Liam Cunningham, Andy Serkis, John Rhys-Davies, and Jack Huston, among a dozen other notables. “Take the role of a rookie UEE Navy combat pilot in a cinematic single-player epic adventure set in the Star Citizen universe,” blares the website. Commence squeeing.
- CIG showed off the game’s massive star map and recapped the story of Star Citizen’s creation — so far. You can even play with the star map in your browser.
- The studio pubbed two new demos for alpha 2 highlighting the persistent universe elements. Lookin’ pretty damn good for supposedly impossible “vaporware,” yeah?
- A new Around the Verse discussed explosions and the Drake Caterpillar module development.
- Wanna play? CIG posted a two-week free-play code for Arena Commander: CITCONFLIGHT2K15. There’s also a brand-new referral program to reward players who rope in their friends.
We’ve lined up all the big videos below: the full presentation, star map, clip from S42 and behind the scenes, the alpha 2.0 live demo and press demo, facial animation tech for S42, and the Bishop senate speech. Check ’em out, then read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.
Beer: The cause of and solution to all of life’s problems. Or so sayeth the wise sage. In Aion
, at least, beer is an excuse to throw the month-long festival of Octoberfest
Octoberfest has already begun in the game and will continue through November 4th in two phases. In the first phase, players can undergo a daily quest to collect barley and exchange it for lite beer and claim tickets. In the second phase, which begins on October 21st, players submit their claim tickets to brewmasters for a shot at various rewards (and yes, there’s a consolation prize for non-winners).
Aion recently rolled out its Wind of Fate update and celebrated its sixth anniversary.
Only a little time remains before EVE Online players congregate in Las Vegas for the EVE Vegas event. If you don’t already have your ticket, you’re almost out of time to buy one (and while it’s a valid approach in the game, you probably shouldn’t plan on blowing up someone who already has one). So what will actually take place in Vegas? We’re glad you asked because that’s what the official schedule is for!
The three-day event will host a variety of panels, roundtable discussions, and previews of what’s coming for EVE Online through the end of this year into the start of the next. If you’ve already gotten your ticket and can’t wait to see what’s going to be happening, check out the full schedule now.
ARK: Survival Evolved is transforming to ARK: Fear Evolved — at least for one week at the end of this month! The survival game will herald the holiday with a brief seasonal change that makes the nights longer, turns the days colder, and colors the moon red. And what Halloween would be complete without some spooky creepy crawlies or other undead wandering around? In the case of ARK, those bumps in the night come in the form of a mythical Dodorex and its legion of bloodthirsty Dodo zombies! Survivors who manage to dispatch the terrors will get some limited-edition treats for their reward. For those really handy with a knife, there will also be pumpkins to carve.
Tucked down at the bottom of the announcement are plenty of other fun tidbits of news, such as the introduction of half-height railing structures next week, the addition of skeletal items on alpha creatures to mount on the trophy bases, the shortening of the life span of lone foundations, and much more.
. Thanks to Tanek for the tip!
I don’t believe I’ve ever been more excited — and simultaneously nervous — about a beta test than I was for Guild Wars 2‘
s third beta weekend that just passed. Raiding is by far my favourite MMO activity, so it’s not surprising that I’ve been exceptionally keen to see for myself how raids work in the upcoming Heart of Thorns
expansion. We know that the raid design team has been hard at work for the past year to pull together what it promises will be the most challenging group content the game has seen yet, and this weekend we got to see the fruit of ArenaNet’s labour for ourselves.
In this edition of Flameseeker Chronicles, I’ll give you a brief overview of the raiding content while it is currently in development alongside my initial impressions from my time spent testing while talking a little bit about boss mechanics, and I’ll even throw in a video of The Sickest Guild’s world-first (is that a thing in beta?) Vale Guardian kill for those who have missed it.
Watch out: Elite Dangerous just might be stealing everyone’s thunder this week with a double-whammy release day.
First up is the game’s long-awaited close quarters combat (CQC) update, which allows players to fight in arenas with smaller, more agile ships. There are three fighter craft from which to choose with this update: the Federal Fighter, Eagle, or Sidewinder. Frontier is preparing a $100,000 CQC tournament for the occasion that includes visits to the game studio and $15,000 payouts for winners.
In addition to the CQC patch, Frontier is launching Elite Dangerous on Xbox One today. It can be purchased through the system’s digital store for $37.49 and contains console-specific changes, including a new control scheme, achievements, and support for friends lists.
If you want to play Trove today, you’re going to have to wait until 1 p.m. EDT. Why the wait? Because the game’s latest patch is on its way, and it brings with it ladybugs. Lots of ladybugs. An entire invasion of ladybugs. Seriously, this is far too many ladybugs for any game to handle, and you’re going to need to deal with it. In this case, “deal with it” is naturally synonymous with “kill lots of ladybugs.”
Smashing your way through ladybugs will reward you with new helms and special ladybug wings, so you can understand the heart of a ladybug after your extensive battles with the insects. A new costume pack and several quality-of-life improvements round out the patch; you can check out the patch notes for all of the details.
MMOTCG HEX: Shards of Fate
begins its multi-month, multi-phase Hex Invitational Tournament
today, and all you have to do to have a chance at entering is… play the game. (And not suck at it.) Playing daily will ensure you can claim qualifying tickets for the later phases.
The best players from the first round will subsequently play off against one another in fixed qualification tournaments for the HEX Invitational. Requirements for participation include a qualifying deck, which includes the starter decks, and 10 Qualifying Tickets. Players surviving this knock-out phase will then travel to the USA for the grand offline final to determine the ultimate winner of the tournament.
The tournament will employ the Swiss system and then a knock-out, single-elimination format to select finalists to compete at the offline finals in California and their $100,000 prize pool.
The official tourney vid is below.
Jagex made bold declarations about the future of RuneScape at this past weekend’s RuneFest in London.
2016 will be a big, big year for RuneScape. There will be no overarching theme – instead, our objective is a simple one. We want every update in 2016 to feel essential. We want you to be wowed by everything that we release, and that means a couple of significant changes.
Specifically, in response to player polling, the studio plans to switch to monthly major releases in addition to “smaller, regular” updates (sound familiar?). Those updates will include content voted on by the playerbase itself, beginning with a fresh solo-oriented God Wars Dungeon, a mining and smithing rework, a new storyline, more raids, a new invention skill, and a new game client, among about a zillion other features.
At the end of August 2015, the fledgling Shroud of the Avatar community gathered together for a massive PvP fight. This wasn’t to be a normal battle, however, as Lord British (Richard Garriott’s in-game avatar) waded into the fray and was the focus of a fierce fight to see who could kill him. Down he went in the end, prompting cheers from the participants — not because they hated him but because it was a reprise of one of the most famous moments of MMO history.
A little over 18 years before that Shroud of the Avatar gathering, a similar group of beta players had congregated in the Ultima Online beta for a stress test. In the crowd lurked a would-be assassin who had a dastardly plan: to attack and kill the most revered figure in the Ultima franchise in front of a live audience.