As promised, the popular Dark Knight class has awakened in Black Desert with today’s weekly update. “Her awakening weapon, named ‘Vediant’ is a set of phantom blades that are magically summoned in different sizes and grants the Dark Knight special life draining powers as well as powerful ranged offensive abilitie,” Kakao writes. “With her Vediant, she can dazzle her enemies by swiftly dashing through the battlefield while freely delivering powerful melee and ranged AoE attacks. Skillful players can replenish mana, and deal bonus damage by carefully chaining attacks and skills.”
Today’s patch also showers the game world in tulips and cherry blossoms as part of the spring event and kicks off the “Golden Flondor Goose Egg Event.”
Black Desert fans should make sure to take a peek at our ongoing Choose My Adventure series, which this month features a deep-dive of BDO, as well as last weekend’s massive infodump on the upcoming Striker class and Kamasylvia content.
Saddle up, cupcake, because you’re about to experience the fast lane in WildStar!
Carbine announced yesterday that is has another Double XP X-Plosion event coming up this weekend. From April 14th through the 17th, players will earn double XP from all sources if they’re still leveling up or double elder gems if they’re at level 50. The studio notes that the event stacks with other bonuses, including the subscription.
“We recommend maximizing Protostar’s very generous Double XP X-Plosion! by tackling adventures, expeditions, and dungeons, which you can queue for by using the content finder,” the studio advised.
Today’s EVE Online
is a far cry from the empty but hopeful sandbox released back in 2003, having constantly re-invented itself for over 14 years and put together some incredibly ambitious visions for the future. Executive Producer Andie “CCP Seagull” Nordgren
shared one of these visions in her Fanfest keynote speech four years ago
, laying out the long-term goal of having players build their own stargates, explore deep space and colonise previously undiscovered star systems. This trajectory has brought us Citadels, Engineering Complexes, and soon Upwell Refineries, but it isn’t the only plan for evolving EVE
and it may not even be the most impressive one.
Last year we heard from CCP Burger and CCP Affinity on some amazing advances that had been made in NPC AI for the powerful roaming Drifter ships, and broad plans to integrate parts of that more widely into the game, possibly even creating something CCP Burger called “PvPvE.” We got our first taste of the end result after EVE Vegas 2016 when NPC mining operations began appearing in certain star systems and mimicking the activity of real player mining ops — They had mining barges hoovering up rocks in the belts, haulers picking up the ore, and even combat ships using PvP setups and strategies modelled on real players that would chase attackers around the star system. This first iteration of the feature was impressive, but at EVE Fanfest 2017 we discovered that an even more incredible future awaits EVE players.
Read on for a breakdown of the next stage in EVE‘s PvE gameplay and an interview with CCP Seagull on how this feature will be rolled out over high-security space and beyond.
Players who have already wrung out every drop of entertainment that World of Warcraft’s Patch 7.2 had to offer might be wondering “what’s next?” for the fantasy MMO. While Patch 7.3 and Argus are presumably still on the way, the more immediate future is going to be dominated by Patch 7.2.5.
Blizzard outlined what players should expect to see in this half-patch as it started its tour around the public test realm. It sounds like there are several neat features coming, including a time-traveling romp with Chromie, the addition of Black Temple timewalking, and some class design adjustments for several neglected specs.
World of Warcraft also is going to add some new micro-holidays, as the patch will introduce “an assortment of new events, including the Auction House Dance Party, the Moonkin Festival, and a transmog competition we’re calling the Trial of Style.”
If you are a SMITE
dev this week, chances are that you’re probably not getting a lot of sleep. Hi-Rez Studios
made it some sort of insane mission to push out two large updates this week, one for consoles and one for PC.
Both consoles got Patch 4.5: Celestial Voyage yesterday. This update came with spectator mode, a visual update to Poseidon, several new god skins, and the 12-quest Celestial Voyage event. Following a short delay, Patch 4.6: Racer Rumble should arrive for the PC tomorrow with more skins and the wacky new racing mode. We once again remind you that April 1st is over and past, so this is not a goof.
As a bonus to all of the patching fun, SMITE is planning a “double everything” event for this weekend from April 14th through the 16th. During this event, players will earn double XP, favor, and worshipers.
Don’t expect the same-old fireworks display from Lord of the Rings Online
as it hits its 10th birthday this month. Well, there will
be fireworks, but more than that, too.
Today, Standing Stone Games announced a special two-month scavenger hunt that will kick off on April 20th and continue through June 13th with a trio of new quests every week. “Each quest brings us back to the places we have been, and gets us some cool stuff in the process,” the studio said.
Also coming this month is the anniversary fireworks event (see — we told you), a series of special videos with former LOTRO Composer Chance Thomas talking about his favorite pieces, and a 12-hour developer livestream. Presumably there will also be anniversary gifts and other promotional items, so keep your eyes peeled!
If you don’t yet own The Elder Scrolls Online but want to see if it’s worth owning ahead of the Morrowind update, you’ll get your chance today. Starting at 10:00 a.m. EDT everyone can download the game and log in for free. You’ll have full access to the base game, although you won’t be able to hop into the various DLC areas or quest lines. Unless, of course, you purchase them, which is a bit more doable at this point since the game is currently knee-deep in its anniversary sale.
If you’ve participated in a previous free week, you’ll be happy to know that your characters and progress have all been retained, so you won’t have to start over from the bottom. And you’ll get 500 Crowns for free just for logging in, so you have even more reason to be tempted by cash shop shinies. The free week lasts until April 18th at 10:00 a.m. EDT, so go ahead and jump in as soon as you’re ready.
As players fight through the Broken Shore in World of Warcraft, it’s important to know which of the various support structures are up at any given time. Right now it’s the Command Center, which is probably the least loved of the buildings. Of course, it’s also the building which promises random aid during outdoor fights and a world quest with Legionfall reputation, so perhaps it deserves more affection than it’s getting after all.
A number of hotfixes have also been rolled out to make artifact challenges easier, Cathedral of Eternal Night easier on all difficulties (especially Mythic), and to slightly boost a few underperforming artifact talents. Last but not least, there’s a story now floating around Reddit about a player being gifted the deluxe edition of the expansion by a GM, which is… unusual, to say the least. (And not a buff you can receive from buildings on the Broken Shore. Seriously, we checked.
Let’s rip off this band-aid quickly: There will be no SWTOR
Update 5.2 today. BioWare
announced on the forums that it is delaying the patch
, which contains the MMO’s first new raid in two years, to next week. In the meantime, SWTOR will be extending its XP/CXP event
through the 18th as compensation.
The studio said that the delay was due to a quality issue with the update: “At this point in time, we are not satisfied with the quality of the Iokath update. For that reason, we are delaying the release of 5.2 by one week, to release on April 18th. This allows the team more time to make improvements to address some of the issues still pending.”
And as one Old Republic game sees a delay, another might be forthcoming. Scuttlebutt this week is that BioWare Edmonton is working on a Knights of the Old Republic game. The rumor’s source said that it is unclear whether this is a remake of the original, a revival of the franchise, or something else entirely, but that BioWare is currently working on Star Wars games exclusively.
Congrats are due this week to the University of Texas at Arlington, whose Heroes of the Storm e-sports team pretty much walked away handily with the Heroes of the Dorm trophy given at the Las Vegas National Championships on Saturday. UT Arlington finishes its competitive year with a 29-0 record and blots out its huge loss to Arizona State last year.
The five students pick up free college tuition for up to three years (up to $75,000 total) as their prize, so not a bad deal at all. Google says tuition at UT Arlington is just under $10,000, which is dirt cheap in the States, in case you’re wondering, so Blizz got away easy!
In other Heroes of the Storm news, Kotaku has a whimsical report out on two lovebirds who met while playing Heroes of the Storm, and against really all the odds everywhere, married each other last week. They didn’t cosplay at their wedding, in case you’re wondering, but they considered it!
Have you ever met an evil demon starfish? Massively OP’s MJ is about to hunt one in DCUO
. Starro the Conqueror has invaded
, and facing him leads to the acquiring of cool event items, so naturally MJ has to get in on the action. To save the universe from evil really — not just get the wacky cosmetics. Join us live at 3:00 p.m. to watch either MJ or the starfish get slapped silly.
What: DC Universe Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, April 10th, 2017
Have you been itching to pop into The Elder Scrolls Online ahead of the launch of Morrowind in June? Good news for you: Bethsoft has just announced it’s plotting a free play week beginning tomorrow and ending on April 18th. The event is for PC, PS4, and Xbox One (and Mac!), so you’ll have seven days to try it out without dropping a penny.
On a fresh account, you’ll have access to the whole base game (but not the DLC). You also pick up 500 crowns to spend in the cash shop. “Any characters created, Crown Packs purchased, or Crown Store items bought, as well as any progress made during the Free Play Week will carry over when you purchase the game,” ZeniMax says, in the hopes that you will indeed purchase said game. Plus:
“During the Free Play Week, you’ll enjoy a discounted price on either The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited (the base game) or The Elder Scrolls Online: Gold Edition, which includes the base game as well as the four major DLC packs: Imperial City, Orsinium, Thieves Guild, and The Dark Brotherhood.”
Missed out on this year’s EVE Fanfest
? There’s still a chance for redemption, comradery, and geeky fun with this October’s EVE Vegas
event. For three days, from October 6th through 8th, players will congregate at the Linq Hotel and Casino for a keynote, speakers, a party, tournaments, hands-one demos, and even a pub crawl.
Tickets are now on sale for the convention from $80 to $225, depending on when you get them and what type of pass you desire. The tickets include a t-shirt, access to the Saturday evening party, and an unnamed EVE Online in-game item.
The organizers make a point of saying that this isn’t strictly a western Fanfest: “EVE Vegas is a different event in another part of the world, originally established by EVE players who still make up large part of presentations. The event has enjoyed support from CCP Games throughout the years and is now run and managed by the company, with the programming being conducted in cooperation with EVE players.”