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.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, everyone. No, not December; it’s October and a month full of Halloween-related festivities. World of Warcraft is gearing up for Hallow’s End celebrations as it does every year, complete with pumpkin-themed vanity gear, costumes, candy, and presumably a visit from the Headless Horseman. Players can also decorate their garrisons in holiday finery as well, because who doesn’t want to bring a bit of Azeroth to Draenor?
Of course, that’s not the only event happening this month; players can also get into the tail end of Brewfest, take part in a returning Darkmoon Faire, or catch up on various tournament-related antics. But the question is how many of those activities have anything to do with pumpkins. None? That’s what we thought.
So here’s a funny thing: When I watched the TwitchCon streams for Star Wars: The Old Republic
, I wasn’t exactly looking to get new story reveals because most of those had already been spoiled for me. In fact, thanks to some dataminers, I even know what happens after
the choice BioWare didn’t let people click on during the stream. I was looking for the information I had to be confirmed, so you can imagine my surprise when I discovered many new things.
What I’d like to do is take a few moments to discuss these new findings and the story items that were revealed during the livestreams from TwitchCon. Of course, there will be spoilers, but I would encourage you to keep reading because I will drop the spoilers behind our nifty spoiler tags, so you don’t even have to worry about things accidentally being spoiled. Here are four brand-new things we learned from the TwitchCon streams of Knights of the Fallen Empire.
Guild Wars 2 has plenty in store for player organizations when Heart of Thorns launches later next month, and because of that, ArenaNet is throwing an entire week to highlight those new and improved offerings.
Guild Week will kick off tomorrow and go through Thursday, sporting a series of developer livestreams on various guild features. Some of the topics include guild initiative headquarters, expeditions, guild halls, arenas, and PvP and WvW missions. Players who want to learn more about these should tune into the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel at 3:00 p.m. EDT on September 29th, 30th, and October 1st.
So what is your guild doing to get ready for Heart of Thorns?
Have you been following that month-long Survival of the Fittest tourney in ARK: Survival Evolved? If your answer is no, but I meant to, then you should watch a new video released this week that captures a few of the finest moments to date.
The tournament concludes on October 24th, so you’ve still got time to watch as it happens, but if you’re curious about the game itself or its competitive scene, do yourself a favor and enjoy two-plus minutes of dino-related carnage after the cut.
If you need a reason to log into RuneScape this weekend, how does double XP grab you? Jagex says that the majority of training methods are doubled for paying customers, while freeloaders get a 20 percent boost.
The event lasts through 12:00 UTC on Monday, September 28th.