The most recent patch for WildStar is Primetime, and it is indeed all about making it the time for Prime. The Genetic Archives raid is now available in Prime difficulty, Protogames Academy is available in Prime difficulty, and both Space Madness and Infestation have been available for Prime challenges. That’s a raid, a dungeon, and two expeditions. But that’s not all, as the dungeons and expeditions can now go to prime level 15 with accordingly better rewards. Plus, there are new rewards available for renovating your housing plot, which isn’t exactly a Prime difficulty but does get your home plot ready for primetime.
The patch should get you primed for the various events coming in November, as detailed in the latest DevConnect dispatch. A free level 50 boost will be available through November 5th, Residential Renovation will run from November 10th to November 17th, and doubled experience is available from November 24th to the 27th. There are also new pets from Madame Fay and new items coming to the shop this month, so check out the full rundown to prime your engines.
There’s a difference between predictions and hopes. Predictions are what you think is actually going to be there. Hopes are what you’d like to be there. So I have my predictions about this year’s BlizzCon, and you’ll all get your chances to publicly share your own in the near future. But that’s not the same as what you hope for, and perhaps more importantly, that’s not the same as what would surprise you.
Case in point: No new World of Warcraft expansion would surprise me. Heck, anything other than a standard boxed expansion would surprise me. It’s not outside of the realm of possibility, but it’s certainly unexpected.
So today, let’s talk about surprises. What would surprise you from BlizzCon? A new game being revealed? New modes for Overwatch or Heroes of the Storm? No expansion for Hearthstone? What sort of things wouldn’t be on your prediction list but would definitely throw you fora loop while still feeling remotely plausible?
Just because it is All Saints’ Day doesn’t mean that that Halloween reveling is over! No, Massively OP’s MJ will continue celebrating the season as long as possible. And Dauntless will allow her to do just that. The Dark Harvest event just started, and she’s hoping to get in on the action. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. to get a glimpse of this event; you might even win a code to join the closed beta and try the Dark Harvest for yourself.
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017
Just as a reminder, Diablo III fans, you’re not getting any announcements at BlizzCon this year. You are, however, getting the game’s next season starting on November 9th. And at the risk of sounding a bit flippant, well, you probably know what this means. New class sets? Yes. New seasonal conquests? Naturally. New opportunities on the season journey? Of course. Cosmetic rewards? Most decidedly.
This season’s cosmetics allow you to take on a decidedly angelic look with a new set of angelic wings, celestial portraits, and new pieces of the game’s seasonal cosmetic set. In short, it’s a new season, and if you enjoy collecting as much as possible from previous seasons you’re going to probably have a fun time with this one. If not… well, you’re likely already a bit bored. Regardless, you can start earning rewards (or consciously abstaining from same) on November 9th.
Hey, Xbox One peeps. Have you tried The Elder Scrolls Online on your platform yet? If not, then you should definitely feast your eyes on ZeniMax’s latest promotion, which includes a free-play event for you starting tomorrow and running through the weekend.
“The Xbox One Free Play Days event runs from November 2 until November 5. If you’re a new player, this is a great opportunity to check out the game and experience a world where you can go anywhere and do anything. Even better, all new ESO accounts are gifted 500 free crowns for use in the in-game Crown Store, allowing you to pick up some useful items such as potions, XP Scrolls, food, or an adorable pet!”
Participants in past freebie events will find their characters still intact and playable. Take heart, PC and PS4 players; the studio implies there’ll be an event for you in the near future as well.
What happens when you take a city full of trigger-happy mercs and toss in even more weapons and instruments of destruction? Escape from Tarkov is finding out this week thanks to a “major” update that introduced 70 new items, more communication commands, better optimization, improved starter gear, and advanced weapon handling.
Not stopping to even take a brief break, the dev team is barreling to bigger and better things: “The next important stage in project development will start with the open beta, which is scheduled for launch at the end of 2017. By that time, the game will be expanded with new game mechanics, improvements of existing ones, more optimizations of graphics and network components, as well as additional game content, including new weapons and locations. Also, in the coming months, we plan to localize the game into new languages, including German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese (Simplified), Polish, Czech, Portuguese, Japanese, and Korean.”
The conclusion of AQ3D’s Camp Gonnagetcha meant the beginning of Mogloween, and that means Massively OP’s MJ gets to dive back in and shove that giant gourd back into its own dimension! Who wouldn’t enjoy a little virtual pumpkin smashing on Halloween? Tune in live at 3:00 p.m. and join in the fun.
What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 31st, 2017
If you’ve followed any of our Halloween 2017 MMO coverage or even just skimmed through our great big guide to Halloween events in the MMORPG world, you’ve probably figured out that the one thing you can’t do on Halloween is everything. There’s just not enough time in the day for somebody to visit every single game and max out his or her Halloween skill. It can’t be done.
That doesn’t mean we didn’t try, however. MJ bravely trekked into 17 games so far to explore their Halloween offerings: Elder Scrolls Online, Guild Wars 2, Black Desert, Secret World Legends, Lord of the Rings Online, Dungeons and Dragons Online, RIFT, Citadel Forged With Fire, Trove, Wizard101, Gigantic, DC Universe Online, AdventureQuest 3D, RuneScape, EverQuest II, Fortnite, and SMITE, with Hide & Shriek coming tonight! It may not be every game, but it’s a lot! We’ve rounded up all her tours and travails down below — it’s a good way to peek in on games you didn’t have time for. Be safe out there tonight!
Do skellys turn your legs to jelly? You might want to give Worlds Adrift a wide berth this Halloween season, then.
The dev team treated its loyal founders to a special gift this Halloween: a spooky glow-in-the-dark skeleton costume. Only current testers will ever be able to get this outfit, so if it’s a “must have” for you, you’ll need to buy your way into the game to secure it. The costume can be found in testers’ stashes and will only be available to claim during the closed beta period.
Apparently, this outfit was quite fiendish to create, which is why the lead artist spent over eight minutes discussing the tricks and techniques he used to make it. Check it out after the break.
Despite its utopian idealism, Star Trek isn’t a stranger to the occasional scary tale or horror-themed outing. Captains in Star Trek Online
have faced many terrors in the night, but perhaps none are as creepy as the one in Hearts and Minds
This special quest only pops up in the game on Friday the 13ths and Halloween, so you have a very limited time to check it out before it goes away again. It’s a “mad science” theme with a total of 13 (!) enemies that is decidedly different in tone than the rest of the game. The mission features some neat rewards, like a rare duty officer and a Vulcan Lirpa, and since it’s relatively short, it’s worth running to snag these items before they vanish.
Star Trek Online is also running a Halloween costume contest on Risa tonight at 6:00 p.m. EDT that will be judged by the development team.
Project Gorgon isn’t going to let a little thing like “being in alpha” stop it from indulging in the greatest monster-themed holiday of the year.
The fantasy MMO kicked off its brand-new Halloween event today. When players log in, they’ll be treated to a new quest that will branch depending on the choices they make. These choices may lead them to becoming a giant bat or gaining more bat abilities. C’mon, you know you’ve always secretly wanted to roleplay as a flapping terror of the night.
The quest and battiness isn’t all that’s new: “Some monsters now drop Halloween loot! The affected monsters include all undead plus giant bats, nightmare creatures, animals from the dimension of darkness (e.g. Misery Yaks), and various creepy humanoid wizard-types. Also note: to prevent abuse by high-level players, the very lowest-level undead, such as the ones on the newbie island, drop only a very limited assortment of Halloween items.”
This year’s Witches Festival in Elder Scroll Online
includes an achievement that grants a new house. Housing and Halloween: Could anything be more perfect for Massively OP’s MJ?! It may not even be likely that she can obtain said abode, but she’s certainly going to enjoy some spookiness while trying for it. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. for a haunted holiday edition of…
What: The Elder Scrolls Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, October 30th, 2017
Guess what, folks: It’s almost that time again. BlizzCon 2017 is almost here, featuring all the stuff Blizzard has to discuss about World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, and… Dabble III and Stay-caff Z? It’s hard to read those last two, the writing is smudged. Anyway, the important thing is that the event is coming, and there’s stuff to expect, starting with the big opening keynote on November 3rd at 11:00 a.m. PDT.
Of course, the list of what to expect does not specifically say that the keynote will announce expansions and the like, but we are all expecting it. There’s also a concert by Muse, various attractions on the floor, and plenty of panels you can dive into with a virtual ticket. If you’re hoping for another Massively Overpowered liveblog of the events, though, you can just tune back in here and witness us filtering through news and offering appropriate commentary.