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WildStar outlines pets and wardrobe mechanics

Have you longed for a Rowsdower companion of your very own as you venture about in WildStar? Did you hate the game's costume system with a passion? Do you just like anything that lets you customize your character more extensively? All three needs are getting addressed in the game's next major patch, and a new development post on the patch outlines how the minipets will work as well as how the new holo-wardrobe will function.

The patch contains 54 companion pets obtained through a variety of means, from vendors to random drops. Like most games with non-combat pets, WildStar offers no benefit from having your pet at your side, but you can summon it anywhere. The holo-wardrobe, meanwhile, is closer to the system already used in Guild Wars 2, with account-wide appearance unlocks and a revised dye selection menu to make coloring your outfit easier and more intuitive. Take a look at all of the changes on the official post and skim the new pics below.

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One Shots: Memories of those long lost

Sometimes we start silly, and sometimes we start weird, but today we're going to start somber and reflective. Reader Becca made a discovery that touched upon the passing of real-life players, which I'll let her explain.

"I recently joined a new guild in EverQuest II and was checking out its wonderfully decorated hall," she sent in. "I came across a cemetery -- which is fairly common in guild halls -- except when I clicked on the player written book, I found it was actually an area dedicated to some of their members who had passed. It was incredibly touching as I also lost a gaming friend last year and a 'feelsful' reminder of the wonderful communities we have in MMOs."

Enjoy your brief trip to a western MMO because from here on out it's going to be all eastern titles, all the time. Well, at least for this week.

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SWTOR livestream introduces new planet, outfit designer

Star Wars: The Old Republic teased at the Community Cantina and in the producer's letter that 3.2 would be one of the biggest patches to date. And if the information given on the latest livestream is any indication, it will be.

Community Manager Eric Musco hosted Producer Bruce Maclean and Lead Designer Michael Backus in a livestream yesterday to tell the SWTOR fans about the upcoming update 3.2: Rise of the Emperor.

One of the two biggest items on that list is the cold, rocky planet of Ziost. We know from Star Wars lore that this is the original capital planet of the Sith Empire, but strange things have been happening here. And there is every sign that the dreaded Sith Emperor has awakened from his slumber here.

However, the biggest thing to be introduced in the presentation beyond Ziost was the Outfit Designer, which will allow players to equip armor specifically for aesthetics while maintaining the stats of the other armor underneath it.

The full video for the livestream is past the cut along with a truckload of images. However, if you'd like to see it for yourself, it's live on the PTS right now.

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One Shots: A clear commute

Sometimes simple can be beautiful. I don't know what it is, exactly, that attracts me to this week's title pic, but I think its simplicity is a huge draw. If you'll pardon the expression, it is what it is, and even though I don't much care for dragons, I like the setup of this shot.

This comes to us courtesy of Evan, who took it while airborn in World of Warcraft. "During the end of an expansion lull, I usually wind up flying through old zones reminiscing with about three pairs of rose-colored glasses layered on top of one another," he said. "Caught this at one such moment."

Well it's clear flying through our weekly screenshot commute, although someone may have spilled a truckload of reptiles on the expressway. Be warned!

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Age of Wulin's Betrayal & Forgiveness update has launched

Age of Wulin, the European version of martial arts MMORPG Age of Wushu, went live with its Chapter 4: Betrayal & Forgiveness patch earlier this week.

Calling the update its third expansion, the hardcore PvP sandbox adds new dynamic events and six new factions for players to join, including a neutral faction. Notably, the game has been enhanced with new day-and-night cycles.

Age of Wulin players receive free VIP time in honor of the update. We've got the chapter 4 video and gallery below.

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One Shots: The face of doom

What would you do if you went up against a giant face intent on bringing forth your personal doom? I don't know about you, but I would finally use a wizard's staff for its clear purpose as an oversized Q-Tip and make sure that the boss' nasal passages were cleared out. Then we would become the best of friends and would never speak of the incident again.

Reader Wolfyseyes may have gone a different way with this confrontation from Final Fantasy XIV. "During the madness of fighting the Cloud of Darkness, I managed to snag a main tank position as well as this screenshot from the fight," he said." Not the cleanest shot I've ever snagged, but certainly one of the more thematic."

We've got giant heads, great pictures, and a new surprise for you after the break!

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Elder Scrolls Online releases update 6 trailer

Elder Scrolls Online's huge update 6 patch went live last night, but the celebration begins today. ZeniMax has released a new video exploring all of the update's major features, but it's the new justice system that imbues online Tamriel with that classic Elder Scrolls ambiance and has recaptured MMO players' attention.

Quipped a player tweeting as Shank last night, "Picked a pocket. Got caught. Didn't pay bounty. Panicked. Ran for my life. Killed by a wolf in the chase. Justice system 10/10."

The new video and some fresh wallpapers are below; let us know if you're playing! We might just be bringing back our old Elder Scrolls Online column next week...

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Strongholds and the Jungle in Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns

While I was taking my test drive of the Revenant class at ArenaNet's recent press event, I wasn't just playing through old familiar portions of Guild Wars 2. No, I was being welcomed to the jungle, mercifully without having to listen to that tired old Guns N' Roses chestnut in the process. And then I was taking on Strongholds, which meant less dusting off my withered PvE skills for the game and more immediately developing PvP skills I'm not entirely sure I ever had.

So how were they? In the former case, I honestly think I didn't get enough of a playground to say much about it one way or the other, but it certainly didn't have me leaping for joy at the content. In the latter, though, I was very thoroughly pleased with how balanced the gameplay felt and how much fun the whole thing was, though it was buoyed somewhat by the fact that I kept being on the winning team. Let's hit this one point by point.

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Non-combat sandbox Wander reveals new video

Remember Wander, the unique, upcoming sandbox that eschews combat for exploration? Creator Loki Davison has posted a new video for the game today along with a new creature, character renders, and an amusing reveal on skydiving and flight.

For those of you who've ever gazed into the infinite depths of the sky and thought: "Man, I'd sure like to fall like, a really long way down, and maybe land on a friendly griffin while I'm at it"... well, soon you can! You'll be able to skydive! I don't know about you all, but I think that's freaking rad, and a really good incentive for you to make friends with some griffins. "But, Crystal," you say. "I just want to take a regular, non-death-defying ride on a griffin!" Well, to this I reply: why do you hate joy? And also, you can totally do that! If you're a hira, and you have a griffin pal who is willing, you can ask them if you can "hop on" for a jaunty ride! This is an awesome way to get places faster, especially if one of you really wants to show the other one something amazing. Just don't be too offended if your offer is refused. Maybe the griffin just thinks you're not ready to move to that stage in your relationship yet, so just chill, bro.

We've got the video below, and you can check out the renders on the official site.

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Skycastles take flight in TERA's newest patch

Hope you're not afraid of heights, for skycastles have arrived in TERA. The gravity-defying guild houses are just part of yesterday's Patch 30.09.

Guilds won't be given their own skycastles, however; they must earn one by competing in PvP and PvE activities against fellow guilds. If a guild lands among the top of its league for that month, it'll earn one of only a handful of customizable skycastles. These houses have an associated time limit; after four weeks, the guild will have to move out unless it re-earns its place in the competition.

Other additions that went live with the patch include the new Sky Cruiser Endeavor instance, a hard mode of the Bathysmal Rise dungeon, and an update 5v5 arena. We've got the new video and pics below!

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Crowfall pushes its Game of Thrones connection

If you've gotten the eerie feeling that Crowfall is not-so-subtly trying to establish a connection in fans' minds between the MMO and the hit fantasy franchise Game of Thrones, you're not crazy. From ominous bird imagry to ending campaigns in winter (because winter is... y'know), Crowfall is not shying away from latching its wagon to George R.R. Martin's series.

Now there's an even stronger connection, as ArtCraft has posted two pieces of concept art done by Game of Thrones artists. We've got those pieces in our new (and growing) Crowfall gallery, which is waiting for you after the jump. As a bonus, we've also thrown in the new Kickstarter video pitch for the game.

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Final Fantasy XIV's gold saucer patch is live

In its bid to prove that it's got wacky in spades, Final Fantasy XIV has launched the much-anticipated 2.51 patch, an unassuming name for an update that inserts an entire amusement park into the MMORPG.

Insider the newly installed Manderville Gold Saucer, the denizens of Eorzea can participate in chocobo races, the Triple Triad card game, the Cactpot casino games and lottery, and multiple "GATE" minigames. Expect new outfits, titles, recipes, and quests gallore.

We've included the gallery below.

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One Shots: Dragons can be heroes, too

I've given dragons a lot of flack over the years for being overused, underwhelming stock MMO bosses when bears deserve top billing. But what about player dragon heroes? Where do they stand in my estimation?

I guess I'll give them the scaly benefit of the doubt that they can do actual good in the world and be self-sacrificing for those in need, although it wouldn't surprise me if most of them turned out to be raid villains in the making.

Our first One Shot for the day is from dragon-loving Jake: "This is Kahdesh'Hadhi, an Argonian Dragon Knight from Elder Scrolls Online. I think this game is beautiful, and I've taken more screenshots here in the past week than I have in any other game. It helps that the UI is so minimal that I'm much more immersed in the environment and aware of my surroundings on a regular basis."

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