So, that Orc… this seems safe, right? Right? Guys?
The Elder Scrolls Online is bringing back the New Life Festival again this Christmas, beginning on Thursday. “In order to join the festivities, acquire the free New Life Festival Scroll from the Crown Store. Use the scroll to find the New Life Herald Breda in a tent just south of Windhelm, Eastmarch,” ZeniMax says. “She will give you the initial quest, ‘The New Life Festival,’ which will unlock a series of nine uniquely festive daily quests.”
Those quests will ask you to travel around the provinces of Tamriel, taking part in the local wintertime festivities for each of the gameworld’s races. BYO trick swallowing-swords for the Orcish race’s Stonetooth Bash, party with the Nords in the totally-safe-sounding Snow Bear Plunge, and enjoy the Altmeri’s cheerful War Orphan’s Sojourn. Your reward for doing them all? Breda’s Bottomless Mead Mug collectible, which grants a nice experience bonus during the festival. It stacks with other experience bonuses, too.
And what Christmas event would be complete without lockboxes? The good news is you can get some themed ones for free by completing the quests. There are some new goodies for direct-sale too, like the 10K-gold New Life Bonfire.
On December 15th, Final Fantasy XIV
will celebrate the winter holidays once more with the arrival of the Starlight Celebration. And what could be more festive than an enormous bear in a seasonal costume
? That you ride around as a mount? We’re sure that bear is probably just wild about being ridden and about being forced to dress up, that’ll work out great. Happy holidays, we got you an enormous bear.
There are also new tabletop furnishings, a new Orchestrion roll for seasonal music, and a new poster to place on the wall of housing. But the big reward is riding a big bear through the world spreading the joy of the season.
The latest patch delivers a little seasonal joy ahead of the event itself; players no longer have a weekly lockout for Deltascape Crystalloids and can exchange them for weapons more easily, and the turrets in Rival Wings have become somewhat weaker and shorter-range. So that’s not quite as much of a gift as a riding bear, but it should make life happier.
Happy birthday SWTOR
It has been six years since BioWare’s MMORPG launched, and that means plenty of presents for everyone. In addition to previous year’s rewards, players can log into the game to pick up a Valkorian statue (never sick of looking at that guy) and special flair. The Coruscant and Dromund Kaas strongholds are also significantly discounted during this anniversary event, costing only six credits apiece.
Game Update 5.6.1 also went out today, bringing a brand-new Yavin 4 warzone to the game. Additionally, players will see a significant increase in the command XP rewards they get from planetary heroics and daily missions.
Finally, SWTOR is hosting a “double rewards” event from now through January 1st, doubling experience points, CXP, and more.
Who says you have to have launched to have holiday events? Not Ship of Heroes. The City of Heroes-inspired indie superhero MMORPG has a new video out this afternoon teasing what will eventually become its Christmas event once the game is in a playable state.
“Meltdown is collecting Christmas gifts by racing around Apotheosis City,” Heroic Games explains. “As he finds each one, he opens it and receives both in-game money (Dust), and a gift that goes into his inventory. We’re also showing picture-in-picture clips of the most important milestones SoH has achieved in each of the last twelve months. Through the PiP, we are sharing an overall tale of success, of moving from a website with a bit of concept art and story, to our current working game prototype.”
The studio is also reminding fans that it’s still planning on launching open beta by the end of 2018 and that donations – with their associated rewards, including access to the alpha – are still open.
I won’t lie: The Monster Hunter World beta on console last weekend isn’t going to give you the best sense of the full monster hunting experience. It won’t let you explore the world like Link in Breath of the Wild. And it won’t scratch the full MMO-experience itch.
That being said, as someone who’s played multiple iterations of the series and deeply exploring the gaming genre as a whole, I found that MHW still surprised me with its freshness.
Old dog, new tricks
When I first heard about Dauntless, MH’s closest cognate, I was impressed. Simplifying certain parts of the MH experience for a broader audience sounded like a great idea. The game’s execution experienced at E3 and on my own made me feel like it has a potential audience. However, post-E3 MHW leaks had me geeking out hard. While Dauntless has its own weapon combos, art style, and direction, a lot of the more palatable and streamlined design is going into MHW instead – and it’s launching sooner.
Ahhhhh! What’s that thing up in the sky over Divinity’s Reach, the second-best video game city ever? Oh, don’t worry, it’s just Toymaster Tixx’s enormous golem airship, back to celebrate Wintersday
. Nothing to concern yourself with!
Yes, Wintersday has returned to Guild Wars 2 today, bringing with it Tixx’s Infinarium, the Winter Wonderland jumping puzzle, Toypocalypse, the most epic snowball fight ever, and all the other shenanigans ArenaNet has on offer. Expect a revamp to winter achievements and awards clutter (like the old snowflakes) as well.
Today’s patch has more than just holiday hijinks, however, including modifications to the way conditions work in the game.
People: This is not, I repeat, not a drill. Kris Kringle is missing in RuneScape, and Christmas might have to be canceled entirely. Or this could be an opportunity for a new and exciting quest, because that’s just how our brains are wired.
RuneScape sent out a press release announcing that Santa has gone missing this season in the new quest, “The G-Nome Project.” Jolly Saint Nick was apparently trying to turn a clockwork Gnome into a real boy (Pinocchio-Christmas fanfic writers are going nuts right about now) when he vanished. Now players have to find him, save Christmas, and plunder the depths of Santa’s bag for the best loot.
Whether or not Santa is found, all players will enjoy a 50% XP boost and icy cosmetic effect through January 8th. There is also a daily advent calendar that offers free gifts for anyone who logs in to claim them.
The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!
Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Crossout, Ultima Online, Monster Hunter World, Hellion, EverQuest II, Wakfu, RuneScape, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Elsword Online, Ragnarok Zero, Lord of the Rings Online, Dreadnought, Sword Art Online Integral Factor, and Heroes of the Storm, all waiting for you after the break!
Have you fought a Kramp’Ihri? Massively OP’s MJ hasn’t. Star Trek Online
introduced this new holiday horror, and MJ is taking her first trip into Q’s Winter Wonderland so she can fight this foe. There’s also something called Klingon ice fishing that she’s eager to try. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. as OPTV
‘s infamous Stream Team
brings you brings you holiday cheer in…
What: Star Trek Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, December 9th, 2017
For a limited time, Dungeons and Dragons Online
is allowing players to leapfrog over a ton of advancement and create level 10 characters right out of the gate
to enjoy the new Mists of Ravenloft
There is a catch, though. To access instant level 10 characters, you’re going to need to have the new Veteran Status III applied to your account. You can either earn this with in-game favor or by purchasing the status through the game store. The upside of this, in addition to getting a character who has advanced essentially 40 levels in any other MMO, is that he, she, or it will be given a set of level 10 gear and a Cleric hireling contract.
The Veteran Status III event is running through December 17th.
Well, here’s a weird situation to be in as both a game and a player of said game. Guardians of Ember pushed out a sizable content update this week to the community — but did so as beta, as the team does not have the capability to perform full QA testing in the office.
“Why did we roll out the expansion as a beta?” the team asked. “Act VI is a big update and as a small team we need your help to QA it. We decided against a separate test server so not to split the population… but playing Act VI is completely optional and you could easily hold off until full release hopefully later this month.”
Act VI brings a level cap increase to 60, more maps, and legendary gear to this MMOARPG. The team also activated its Christmas event with special daily quests and a new mount.
Winter Wonderland is indeed returning to Overwatch next week on December 12th, and Game Director Jeff Kaplan is not doing anything to quell the anticipation for snowy antics. If anything, he’s stoking the fire at the lodge, telling players that new skins are incoming, including one for Hanzo from the comics and a couple of ones for the two “junkers” of the game.
There’s plenty more on the way as well: Seasonal overlays for King’s Row, Hanamura, and Black Forest are coming, with the latter map pass debuting this year. Players can enjoy some snowball fights in the Black Forest and Antarctica.
Kaplan also introduced a brand-new event: Mei’s Yeti Hunt. One team will be five Mei characters against a single “Yeti” (Winston) in Nepal village. If the Yeti finds enough meat to trigger his primal rage, the Mei team will go from hunting to escaping.
Get the full skinny from Blizzard after the (ski) jump!
With so many Christmas events popping up this month, there’s no time nor space to spread them out. Perfect World Entertainment seems to think so, too, because it sent out a press blast with a list of what’s going on in all of its MMORPGs. Let’s run down all six live games:
Neverwinter: The Winter Festival of Simril is running from December 14th through January 4th, with free Starlight vouchers, sled racing, ice fishing, bonuses, and the possibility of earning sled mounts.
Star Trek Online: Q’s Winter Wonderland is back through January 18th, giving players plenty of time to compete in crazy activities to earn a free T6 starship and Wesley Crusher’s ski outfit (seriously).