Trove is really leaving beta for real, and to celebrate, the developers want players to break the servers tomorrow. If necessary. Ideally, the servers will handle any load without so much as flinching. But the goal is to have a stress test on June 25th, and if you aren’t naturally inclined to flood the game’s servers with login efforts to see how they hold up, you can be motivated to do so via rewards.
Every player who logs in during the end of beta event will receive a Flask Coin to unlock any Flask or Emblem from the game’s store for free, and players at 30+ Mastery will also receive five piñatas to smash open for more goodies. If the stress test does break the servers, you’ll still get your items for the attempt, and if it doesn’t… well, now you have items and a stable game to play. Win-win!
Console fans rejoice: After a lenthy beta-testing period, PlanetSide 2 finally launched on the PlayStation 4 in both North America and Europe today. Now folks who don’t want to want to sit at their monitors to play this MMOFPS can hunker down with their PS4s and televisions to join the ongoing war that their PC counterparts have been participating in for the last couple of years. Interestingly, what those players will see when they log in is not exactly what they expect. I sat down with Andy Sites, the game’s director of development, at E3 2015 to discuss what awaits when players jump into the game on their consoles.
Star Wars: The Old Republic
fans are still hungry for more Knights of the Fallen Empire
information, and we can’t blame them. As we noted in yesterday’s part one of our BioWare interview
with Lead Designer Michael Backus
, Studio Creative Director James Ohlen
, and Senior Producer Bruce MacLean
, this new expansion will be quite a departure from how the game has developed up to this point. Today, we bring you part two, which focuses on companions, new content, some tidbits on the Eternal Empire, and what goodies players get when they grab the expansion. Oh, and did we mention the regular class stories are getting overhauled as well?
We know what you are thinking: What’s a Marvel Heroes
anniversary celebration without cows? Lots of cows. Thankfully, you don’t have to find out! The Cowpocalypse descended on the ARPG over the weekend, and MassivelyOP’s MJ is diving into the thick of Bovineheim. But she’ll have to keep moooving to avoid being trampled by the herd because these bovine are out for blood! Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. as OPTV
‘s infamous Stream Team
What: Marvel Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 22nd, 2015
It’s been a big week for online gaming, with several high-profile reveals and announcements made at E3 2015. The latest version of MOBA-esque space dogfighter EVE: Valkyrie was playable on the event floor using the Crescent Bay Oculus Rift. MassivelyOP freelancer Andrew Ross also got some hands on time with newly announced MOBA Gigantic and picked developer David Braben‘s brains on Elite: Dangerous‘ recently announced Close Quarters Combat feature. Cory Jones discussed the history of online card game HEX, and Bethesda announced its own card game named The Elder Scrolls Legends.
Blizzard showed up at E3 this year to reveal the next character coming to Heroes of the Storm and demo the latest progress of its upcoming team-based shooter Overwatch. We also heard of online racing game The Crew‘s upcoming expansion that adds motorcycles and monster trucks, and H1Z1 revealed plans to let players build their own structures. The biggest news for online gaming is that we finally got to see gameplay footage of the highly anticipated Star Wars: Battlefront reboot, and the game got a firm release date of November 17th. The Division will be entering closed beta at the end of this year and releasing on March 8th 2016.
Read on for detailed breakdowns of the stories above and other news from the wider world of online gaming in this week’s Not So Massively, and don’t forget to subscribe to the RSS feed for weekly updates!
So what’s with Knights of the Fallen Empire
? Inquiring Star Wars: The Old Republic
fans want to know! That’s why we sat down with the BioWare
devs at E3
to suss out some answers for you. We also got to see some of the expansion in action; Senior Producer Bruce MacLean and Studio Creative Director James Ohlen walked us through a demo of part of chapter three in the new story sequence. Afterward, Lead Designer Michael Backus fielded more of our questions.
What is Fallen Empire? It’s more than just the biggest SWTOR expansion to date. MacLean summed it up succinctly by arguing that this expansion is “a return to BioWare’s cinematic storytelling — it is a Star Wars epic where you are the central hero.” He emphasized that this expansion is about going from heroic story moment to heroic story moment and described the game as “cinematic action-packed RPG experiences thick with plot twists, surprises, betrayal, redemption, and hard choices.”
Are you playing TERA
? Do you have friends who are not playing TERA
? Are said friends also swayed by the thought of both of you receiving shiny new stuff in the game? Then perhaps you’ll want to take full advantage of the game’s new recruitment drive
, starting today and running until July 12th. It’s a chance to earn prizes for both of you just by getting them into the game, although the prizes are definitely tilted toward the new player.
Every player with a newsletter subscription and a TERA account active since May 1st will receive five referral codes. Players can send out these codes to whomever they wish, receiving items for players who sign up, reach level 65, join their guild, and so forth. Take a look at the full reward matrix and other restrictions in the official announcement; it’s a great way to try grabbing a huge duck to ride around on if that’s your major goal in the game.
I’m standing with my PR contact at the Life is Feudal
booth when suddenly a guy with a thick Russian accent walks up to me, picks up a toy of a wooden bear at a computer, and starts to move it so the bear paws at the keyboard. “This is how we make games in Russia” he laughs.
This was my E3 2015 introduction to Vladimir Piskunov, CEO of Bitbox and friend to veterans of Shadowbane, Darkfall, and other PvP games (or at least, the guy inviting the veterans to Life is Feudal‘s alphas).
How would you like to play Diablo
with David Brevik
? Well… you can’t! You might be able to do the next best thing, though, which is play Marvel Heroes
with David Brevik. Yesterday’s Marvel Heroes
patch notes mentions that Brevik will be playing as the Cow King and grouping with players, dropping rewards, and granting special buffs at some point today.
Friday’s patch also tweaked items and team-up functionality as well as fixed a few bugs related to achievements, item stacks, and more.
After covering the development of Ubisoft’s The Division since 2013, I finally got my hands on the game itself — and its PvP — at this year’s E3. It’s not exactly a true MMO, but it’s got online co-op,
tablet-assisted play, and an “end of the world” setting free of zombies, all of which should translate to hype. [Apparently that tablet app has been canceled as confirmed earlier today.] New details on the Dark Zone may have scared some people off, but my interest was piqued.
For my part, I’m a big fan of organic, open-world PvP; instanced PvP doesn’t do much for me unless it’s about more than just accruing points or climbing ranks or even loot. Unfortunately, the Ubisoft PR rep at E3 began the demo by telling the participants our objective was to kill the other teams in a 3v3v3 “match.” Up until that point, I hadn’t realized that Dark Zone was being billed as an arena for loot gain. In fact, the official description of the demo implied a much more free-form experience.
While Heroes of the Storm just released, Blizzard is not resting on its laurels. The Eternal Conflict is coming, first on the public test realm June 23rd, then in a hoped-for release on June 30th, but the overall push will last a few months.
This expansion has had a quick cadence, especially after Technical Director Alan Dabiri and Senior Artist Phill Gonzales admit that the game’s basically been released in all but name for awhile now. I spoke to the pair at this year’s E3 2015. Read on!
Just a heads-up: If you have friends who play Final Fantasy XIV
, you may not be seeing them at all today. That’s because early access has begun
for the Heavensward
expansion, which will go on to officially launch June 23rd.
The patch notes for the expansion are up and cover the incredibly long list of additions, changes, and features. Heavensward adds several new zones to the game, increases the job cap to 60, introduces the Au Ra playable race, and throws in a trio of new classes. Oh, and there might be something about flying.
The last few years around convention time, I took a moment in The Daily Grind to ponder whether E3 had become irrelevant for MMO gamers in particular. This year, I can’t even ask that question with a straight face. While the con wasn’t swarming with true MMOs, the MMO announcements circling the expo were huge. Star Wars: The Old Republic is doing what to its storyline and factions? Guild Wars 2’s expansion is prepurchasable at what price? EVE: Valkyrie hasn’t been abandoned yet? (I kid, I kid.) Never mind that there’s an expansion on the way for Final Fantasy XIV, a patch for World of Warcraft next week, Blade & Soul en route and a F2P relaunch for WildStar, and oh yeah, Elder Scrolls Online console launch anyone? Almost every major MMO player showed up with something big this week.
But what was the biggest? What was the MMO highlight of E3? Bonus question: What was the highlight of E3 overall?