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Here’s your feel-good gaming story for the day: When Blizzard gated a prestige mount behind World of Warcraft’s toughest raid, the community responded with a surprising initiative designed to help everyone get it.
Last fall, a much-anticipated moose mount was added to the game as one of the rewards for downing Archimonde in Hellfire Citadel on either heroic or mythic difficulty. The difficulty of the raid kept much of the community back from obtaining it — that is, until a group of well-geared raiders got together to create #FriendshipMoose.
The idea behind #FriendshipMoose is that at least once a week, these raiders get together to carry a batch of lower-geared players through the Archimonde fight to get their moose for free. The raiders said that they wanted to show the positive side of the World of Warcraft community, that players could be there for each other instead of being elitist.
You wake up in a cold sweat in the dead of night. “Honey,” you say, “I just had the worst dream. I dreamt that The Elder Scrolls Online was delaying the Dark Brotherhood DLC on PlayStation 4 consoles until June 15th, and also you had the head of an ant.” Then you look over to your husband, and you scream, because he does have the head of an ant, and he’s holding your PlayStation 4 console with a note saying that the Dark Brotherhood DLC really was delayed! It wasn’t a dream!
It’s a horror story that could happen to you. Except for the part about the ant-headed husband and the note on the console. That stuff was all nonsense. But the DLC really has been delayed until the 15th due to unforeseen issues. Xbox One and PC players won’t have to suffer through this delay, so you’ll have to hope that any of your friends on different platforms can avoid being smug about it.
At long last, players of Blade & Soul will be able to properly fight souls with the new Soul Fighter class. It’s a class that does nothing but fight souls. Or it’s a class that uses its soul to fight, that’s also a possibility. Considering the fact that it’s a hybrid ranged and melee class that swaps back and forth between roles as the situation warrants, that seems a bit more likely.
The Soul Fighter’s whole routine is about swapping back and forth by dashing in and out of danger, peppering opponents with frosty powers, then moving in to lay down some righteous hand-to-hand strikes. It’s very dynamic and engaging, and dedicated fighters of souls will find plenty to like in the class overview and the video just below. If you can’t decide between punching and shooting things, this might be just the right class for you.
You wouldn’t know it, what with most of its big announcements having already taken place over the weekend thereby rendering actual attendance a bit of a waste of time, but E3 technically kicks off today. So far we’ve had a few peeks at what’s in store, like The Elder Scrolls Online’s One Tamriel stuff and the Dual Universe trailer, and Massively OP’s Andrew Ross is at the event to scoop up interviews. So before we get too far in, humor us for this morning’s Daily Grind: What MMOs or other games are you pumped to see at E3 2016? Or as in past years, do you think the show’s a has-been?
After all this Civil War stuff split the forces in Marvel Heroes
apart, what could possible bring them back together? Cake! Cakes makes everyone happier, right? And the anniversary event is all about cake. Not just a tasty treat, in Marvel Heroes
it also buys goodies like a new hero, a S.T.A.S.H. tab, a pet, a team up, and more. MassivelyOP’s MJ is diving into Industry City, which she’s heard is simply overflowing with the treat. The goal is to scoop up as many slices as possible in one hour. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. to gorge yourself silly on birthday cake!
What: Marvel Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 13th, 2016
Following its early access release on Steam, Gloria Victis has gotten off to a good start with strong sales and fairly positive user reviews. The studio is boasting that the medieval MMO has topped the chart for early access sales and risen to #14 in Steam’s bestsellers.
Reviewers seem to find aspects to both like and dislike about Gloria Victis. One player cited its graphics, music, and setting as the MMO’s strengths, while dinging it for a lack of guidance and needing a lot of work to flesh out the concept.
Currently the game is 10% off until June 16th, knocking the price down from $19.99 to $17.99. YouTuber TheLazyPeon took a closer look at Gloria Victis following its release, so check out his first impressions video after the break.
Shroud of the Avatar’s novelization is counting down the days to release.
In the game’s latest newsletter, Portalarium has announced that The Sword of Midras novel, co-authored by Tracy Hickman and Richard Garriott himself, is due out on June 21st. Preorders are open now.
“The Sword of Midras is not the version of the novel included in the SotA pledge rewards,” writes the studio. “The original Blade of the Avatar novel has already been delivered as an electronic PDF to all pledges prior to May 31, 2015 (when it expired).” That reward can be downloaded through the official website, while “the physical and signed version of the novel that was a reward at the Citizen (and above) level up through May 31, 2015 […] will be delivered to backers at the same time that all physical rewards are delivered, which we currently expect will be toward the end of this year.”
Do you feel like you could be a community leader in Dark Age of Camelot, the kind of person who would volunteer to serve as a liaison between the developers and the community? If so, perhaps you would be well-served by applying to be a Knight. Applications for the Knight program are now open, offering dedicated community members the chance to receive a comped account in exchange for serving the community and fostering positive communication between the developers and the players.
If the responsibilities of Knights are too great but you still want to have an influence on the game’s development, applications are also open for joining the game’s internal forums, allowing players to provide feedback on upcoming features behind the scenes. These are purely unpaid positions, but they’re a good way to interface with the development team and make sure that the community’s needs and wishes are being heard. No end date has been set for applications, so feel free to fill one out if it sounds like your kind of exercise; it’s not the sort of program many other games run.
The launch day of The Elder Scrolls VI shall not be seen by you, or your children, or your children’s children. Not for a few years or so, at least. Bethesda’s Todd Howard spoke to Kotaku about the franchise at E3 and confirmed that while the company does have plans for the future of the franchise, it’s likely that players will hear about other projects before the next installment of the series is being announced to eager fans.
This may be partly about keeping players tuned into The Elder Scrolls Online, which was revealed to be doing quite well for itself; Skyrim is also receiving a remastered edition for consoles. It’s bittersweet news for players who wanted something completely new from the series, but it does mean that you needn’t worry about your online adventures in Tamriel being derailed by a new game any time soon.
We got our first look at sci-fi MMORPG sandbox Dual Universe back in February when it first hinted at an alpha and announced its sandbox features — including walking on planets, so to speak. Since then, developer Novaquark upped the ante by calling it a truly “boundless” massively multiplayer title. And hey, lookie here, it brought a trailer to E3!
“All the footage used for the trailer were captured in-game from a pre-alpha build. Starting with a camera view zooming in from space into a colorful planet revealing landscape and environmental details such as oceans, mountains and forests, a pilot enters a space ship that he can customize on the fly before taking off. The space ship zips through the planet’s atmosphere in a third person view and continues to travel through space seamlessly passing by a massive space station and other space crafts before it dives down through the atmosphere of another planet to land above a futuristic city located inside the banks of a desert valley. Novaquark demonstrates that Dual Universe’ 64bit Planetary Engine enables smooth transitions from planet surfaces, through atmosphere and into space with no limits to how far the player can travel or see. It is also highlighting its Unlimited LOD (Level Of Detail) technology, coupled to smooth voxel edition, allowing planet-sized construction to be built, as well as large procedurally generated planets, revealed as players explore further and further.”
First announced back at least year’s E3, Sea of Thieves has emerged with two brand-new trailers at this year’s event: a cinematic trailer and a gameplay video, the latter showing multiple players tricking out and sailing a pirate ship. Rare is stopping short of calling it an MMO, though an interview last year suggested “large scale co-op,” but you can definitely put checkmarks next to “online” and “multiplayer” so far. Arrrrr!
Is your favorite MMO going to be at E3
this year? There are some games there and many that aren’t, so it’s a bit of a toss-up. But picking up this year’s Humble Bundle for the convention will offer you plenty of online goodness
. The bundle contains bonus items for WildStar, Blade and Soul, Armored Warfare, Neverwinter, Warframe, SMITE
, and War Thunder
, along with beta access to Paladins
and a trial membership to EVE Online
. And a bunch of other single-player stuff too, if you weren’t getting enough.
As with previous bundles, purchasers get to name the price to pay; paying more than the average unlocks additional items, and paying past a certain amount unlocks still more stuff. As of this writing, it’s going to set you back about $10 to get a whole bunch of stuff for your online game of choice. If that sounds like a bargain to you, head on over and buy yourself a bundle. Heck, you could even forget that it grants you a digital ticket to E3 along with all of the games.
When Star Trek Online
launches Agents of Yesterday
, players will be able to fly around in the ships of the line from the mid-23rd century rather than the early 25th century. That’s a bit of a transition. It’s also good cause for four new ships designs for players to fly through the stars, and the stats for those ships have just been revealed on the game’s official site
for those eager to take on the new ship classes, each of which has interesting new traits on offer.
The Daedalus class is the science vessel of the bunch, able to fire a temporal probe to slow enemies while making use of a high natural turn speed. Perseus class escorts can utilize the M6 tactical computer for a massive weapon boost, while Gemini class cruisers can destabilize the area and weaken all nearby ships. Last but not least, Ranger-class battlecruisers can deploy phantom images that bait enemies into attacking and counter with powerful debuffs. Check out all of the stats on the official page, and get ready to start taking on enemies in classic style.