How would you rate your dance skills in Skyforge? What about the rest of your pantheon? If the lot of you have the moves, you could win something in the game’s latest community contest, which asks players to submit videos of their pantheons dancing and generally showing why they’re fun pantheons to be part of. Winners receive the Heavy Metal Fan costume before it’s available to purchase and the knowledge that the winning pantheon contains the best video game dancers possible.
But where will you hold this dance off? Perhaps on Naori Island, the latest zone in Skyforge to get both a lore description and a panoramic view to scroll around. It’s a tropical paradise, assuming you can overlook the army invading it from beneath the sea. But hey, maybe those amphibious invaders don’t just want to destroy; maybe they’ll join you in your dance hall ambitions.
If you ever thought that RuneScape was a piddly title beneath your notice, then here’s a wake-up call for you today. The game’s upcoming October 3rd convention in London, RuneFest, has completely sold out since ticket sales began in mid-July. “The demand for tickets to RuneFest 2015 has been astounding, and we’ve sold out in record time — bonds and money sales alike,” Jagex posted.
Fortunately, there will be a way to attend digitally, as the convention will be livestreamed on Twitch. RuneFest will feature reveals and panels for the hybrid free-to-play MMO.
Meanwhile, a passionate team of players have been working on the RuneScape History Project to catalogue the entire backstory of the game’s development and events. As a result, the team released a 324-page online book this past week detailing the past decade-and-half of RuneScape’s history. If only all MMOs had such devoted fans.
Limbo is returning to Marvel Heroes
, retuned for a new challenge and a new era. Yesterday, Gazillion unleashed a preview of the upcoming Mystic Mayhem event
in which players will charge into the Infernal Limbo to stop a demon from invading Earth.
The plus-sized event, which could be activated later this month, will turn on the loot faucet with new legendary limbo scrolls, eternity splinter bundles, mystic chests, unique neck items, and hero tokens dropping. Players can team up in groups of five for a new mission to invade Limbo and beat down the boss as quickly as possible. There will also be “mystic achievements” with clues for the community to deduce.
The first Mystic Mayhem should come out by the end of the month, but in the meantime players can enjoy a weekend of Odin’s Bounty, which is currently running.
In case you had forgotten, Infinite Crisis is shutting down for good on August 14th. That makes today the last real day to play and enjoy the game before it’s gone forever. If you have any last-minute tasks you’d like to accomplish or some final screenshots to take, today would be the day.
Infinite Crisis announced its shutdown back in June and cited a failure to find sufficient audience in the crowded MOBA market following its March launch. You have today to get in your last bit of superheroic arena antics; we recommend you make the most of it.
The Electronic Sports League will test pro Counter-Strike players for cannabis and other banned substances at the $250,000 ESL One Cologne later this month. Eurogamer reports that the decision is a first for e-sports drug testing, though the ESL is only banning the use of cannabis during the competition. So, puff puff pass before and after, apparently!
ESL will administer random saliva-based tests. Punishments for testing positive include deductions in tourney points and prize money, disqualification, and a two-year ban from ESL events.
If you missed last week’s Star Citizen event at Gamescom, Cloud Imperium has recapped it for you on the game’s official website. Included are textual summaries of the social module, Star Marine, and the multicrew demo, in addition to relevant video from the live presentation specific to each piece.
The social module, which will be playable in part this month, features two different presentations: one for the fan event and one that was showcased for gaming press. Ditto for the multicrew module. Both sets of vids are viewable after the cut.
Hi-Rez Studios pulled quite the ace out of its sleeve during Gamescom with its freshly announced new addition to the shooter market, Paladins. The earliest playable build of the game was quite a crowd pleaser and was great frantic fun to both play and watch on the booth’s large screens. I spent some time crushing foes at lightning speed and equally getting splatted against the battlements myself and am happy to give you a full battle report that includes my first impressions. That’s the kind of risk I take for you, fair reader!
Dark Age of Camelot released the third chapter of its Otherworlds Campaign today. If you missed the prologue as well as chapters one and two, you can read through a handy campaign calendar to get yourself up to speed.
An update post on the DAoC website contains instructions on how to access chapter three, whether you’re coming in directly from the end of chapter two or you need to go back and talk to the appropriate NPCs to begin the campaign. Chapter three features an otherworldly bracer reward as well as the ability to access the final area of the Otherworldly Lyonesse, Vanern Swamp, and Bog of Cullen zones.
Do you think you’ve got what it takes to be the king of H1Z1’s Battle Royale hill? Daybreak is giving you a chance to prove it! One lone survivor will walk away from the post-apocalyptic game’s first live invitational this September with all the glory of being the last man/woman standing as well as a cash prize. Sound like something you want to be apart of? Producer Steve George and Senior Game Designer Adam Clegg shared with us the details on how to get in on the action of the event, which will take place at TwitchCon in San Francisco on Saturday, September 26th, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. EDT (10:30 a.m. to noon PDT).
The announcement that WildStar developers Carbine Studios plan to make the MMO the latest addition to our ever-growing free-to-play piles happened a while ago now, and superfans have been waiting patiently since then to see how the transition would affect the game. The wait is officially over as the F2P version of WildStar is in closed beta right now. Players who have been granted access to the beta will now be able to see for themselves the changes that were presented to me by Product Director Mike Donatelli and Lead Designer Mike Barr during Gamescom. Stick with me to read more about the closed beta and the changes you can expect for the F2P version of WildStar, or if you prefer, check out the new trailer below.
Elder Scrolls Online will be the Elder Scrolls title of record for the next little while, according to Dualshockers. The publication interviewed Bethesda VP of Marketing Pete Hines at last week’s Gamescom, and Hines intimated that the studio is completely focused on Fallout 4 and ESO, even though the previous installment of its tentpole franchise, 2011’s Skyrim, is nearly four years old.
Since ESO recently launched on consoles and is prepping for a major DLC at the end of August, Dualshockers concludes that it will be “the Elder Scrolls game Bethesda will be talking about for a while.” Hines told the website that it will be a “very long time” before Bethesda will discuss its post-Fallout 4 projects.
Everyone who cares about World of Warcraft wants to know more about Legion, even though the details are likely to remain vague for the next few months. Another interview took place on the Gamescom floor centering around customization options, confirming that among other things players will likely be able to transmog other weapons in place of the artifact weapon that will dominate most of the expansion. There are no plans to allow other customizations for races outside of the elf-only Demon Hunter, however.
Blizzard also hosted its Q&A at the end of the event, but if you’re hoping for extensive new information regarding the expansion you will be sorely disappointed. You can check out the archived stream down below, but the majority of it is taken up with recaps of the central reveals. One bright side that comes out of both sources is the confirmation that players will get an additional character slot in Legion, so you needn’t worry about deleting a character to have one of every class on a given realm.
On the opening day of Gamescom 2015, I crept away from the buzzing hum and dazzling lights of the show floor to sit down with Guild Wars 2 Lead Designer Crystin Cox to discuss Heart of Thorns and the horizontal progression development system we now know as the mastery system. I was treated to a full breakdown of each mastery branch with a live demo, and it was full of great information about the masteries involved and the thought process behind the system’s development. We also hit on specializations, verticality, and the beta weekend during my follow-up questions, so be sure to keep reading for all things HoT.