New voiceover lines for certain characters are also being added, and players can expect to see those as well as integrated voice chat in the relatively near future following internal testing. There are also plans to show more numbers in the future to help with theorycrafting, although those numbers are unlikely to show up in the next couple of builds. Check out the full rundown for all of the information you could want about the process of making the game polish up and shine nicely.
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Hi-Rez has introduced the goofy, plasticized new loot set to the MOBA with this week’s patch, hot on the heels of its console free-to-play launch earlier this month.
The open beta update (#50!) also includes new announcer packs, the new Bend map, bug fixes, tweaks for existing maps, a balancing pass for heroes, and new skins for Buck, Evie, Kinessa, and Sha Lin.
Check out the patch overview videos below!
D.Va fans now have a choice of two games to get their cute girl-in-a-mech fix. The Overwatch fan favorite made her way over to Heroes of the Storm yesterday, becoming the fifth import from the team shooter to Blizzard’s MOBA.
The playstyle of this character is split into two modes. When D.Va is in her mech, she can bully her way across the battlefield with boosters and punishing attacks. If her mech gets destroyed (by the enemy or herself), she switches into pilot mode to savage foes while building up a meter to call down a replacement mech.
Interestingly enough, foes only get half-experience for killing either D.Va or her mech, suggesting that these two parts make up one complete hero.
Check out D.Va in action after the break!
Get your breakin’-the-law gifs ready: Nexon’s CliffyB-designed online shooter LawBreakers enters its second round of closed beta this week. Last year, Boss Key announced it was going “back in the lab” to work out some of the kinks and take into account feedback from alpha testers, which were on display this past March when its first beta test took place.
Now, the company’s announced another round of closed beta beginning this Thursday, May 18th, and running through the weekend, NDA-free. Notably, this build includes the playable Wraith, new Reactor map, new Blitzball mode, spectator mode, and new customization options. Boss Key posted a studio update vlog too; you can watch that below!
It may sound crazy, but a huge number of people who pour eyeball time and money into e-sports don’t even play the games they’re watching. That’s according to gaming analytics firm Newzoo, which last week broke down its stats on the major e-sports franchises and who exactly is watching them in the U.S., Canada, Germany, U.K., France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Sweden. Key takeaways?
- 70% of viewers stick to one game.
- 69% of gamers play only League of Legends, CS:GO, or DOTA 2 (the overlap of all three is 8%).
- 42% of e-sports watchers of the big three games do not play any of them
- 191 million people will tune in to e-sports “frequently” this year; an additional 194 million will do so “occasionally.”
Howsabout you? Do you watch, play, both, or neither?
MOBA fans, listen up: Just a few weeks after launching its massive 4.0 update, quirky 3v3 MOBA Awesomenauts is going free-to-play on May 24th. If, however, you don’t want to wait that long, you should grab one of these here keys for the game, which will immediately unlock the full F2P experience and get you into the early access a week ahead of the launch. There are no regional restrictions on these keys either — you’re just gonna need Steam!
Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys!
If it’s a fictional girl with purple hair, you just know you’re in for some carefully supervised rebelliousness and attitude! Last week, Paragon introduced its newest hero to the lineup, the periwinkle-haired Phase. She’s a very group-friendly player who can link up with allies to boost their abilities and help them fight longer.
The Age of Intellect update brought more than just another playable character, however. Several heroes were reworked with kit updates, 36 of Paragon’s cards were overhauled, and monthly vault rewards were added to encourage loyal play. The website also introduced a news and community tab to help players keep up to date with the latest news.
Paragon is currently in open beta for PC and PS4. Check out Phase’s reveal trailer after the break!
- They’re not sure about e-sports just yet.
- There are 30 people working on the game.
- Don’t expect the AI to improve over the existing bots — the AI would whup player butt.
- The team is satisfied with its monetization, which it calls “moderate.”
- PvE isn’t off the table in the long-term, but the team is skeptical about how its potential longevity.
- More guild features, long-term achievements, new ships, new races, new modes, crew systems, and holiday content are on the way.
The roadmap for the next half year includes ship balance, the brotherhood system, and Stronghold battles. “In the medium-term perspective, we will redesign crews, captain talents, and treasure maps,” says the studio.
“He blurs the line between Frontline and Support, and doesn’t feel the burden of carrying the p.u.g.s! He’s the royal Hyperion Primus that hefts a massive 2-handed hammer powered by old Reactor tech. His ultimate shields his nearby teammates turn after turn, helping keep his Firepower’s alive to win trades. He’ll launch with a Necrolancer alternate skin that is scary enough to win games through skintimidation.”
Trion’s also rolling out new skins, new achievement tracking and badges for the season, and the return of the Extraction game mode. The ranked component of the season kicks off two weeks from now and also includes special rewards for those who jump in. We’ve got all the new images of Meridian below — enjoy!
At this point, Heroes of the Storm really should stop pretending and just rename itself Heroes of Overwatch.
Blizzard’s underperforming MOBA is certainly capitalizing hard on the roaring success of Overwatch these days. Shortly after introducing Genji to the game as a playable hero, HOTS has started to test D.Va as the game’s fifth import from Overwatch.
D.Va is the popular South Korean character who drives a mech and fights cosmic threats in her spare time. In keeping with her theme, Heroes of the Storm allows D.Va to fight as both a mech and as a pilot if the mech is destroyed (by enemies or by D.Va herself). There are abilities specific to one mode, such as bunny-hopping the mech or firing a big shot as the pilot.
Heroes of the Storm is currently running a promotion for players to earn a police officer skin for D.Va in Overwatch.
The story of DOTA 2 has generally been considered to be a story of racist epithets uttered at strangers in a video game, or perhaps it’s the story of trying to turn video games into the same morass of salaries, egos, and awful behavior that professional sports has been sunk in for years. And yet… now it’s getting another story. An actual cooperative PvE set of story missions. Yes, it’s a thing. The first installment is coming later this month, and the second part should be out some time in July.
Players who take part in the missions will earn campaign experience, with an exclusive Desert Sands Baby Roshan available among the rewards. The only downside is that you’ll need to pick up a 2017 Battle Pass for the game, which will run you the hefty price of… $10. If you’re curious about how you can possibly wring some story out of the game, well, maybe it’s worth it for the curiosity value alone.
Hi-Rez also notes that it’s testing balances changes on the PTS right now that won’t go live with the rest, though they may go live with 4.9. The goal with the tweaks is to fix the “snowballing” problem of a match that appears to be lost just a few minutes in.
“While we see players are able to come back from these scenarios, it can feel devastating and demoralizing to have such a hill to climb off the first few moments of the game. To counteract this, we are adjusting the Experience needed to reach Level 2 to from 308 to 225. What this means is that the first wave of Minions, even when split by 2 players, will provide those players with enough Experience to hit Level 2. Gold Fury is also becoming a bit more difficult and the early game reward toned down to lessen the lead that an early Gold Fury can provide.”
The Bob Ross bundle and associated goodies arrive on May 9th for PC.
Hi-Rez MOBA/shooter Paladins officially launches into its free-to-play open beta on console today, meaning gamers on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 can finally join their 8.5M PC counterparts at no cost. The studio is dubbing the game “the most-played new Steam game of 2016.”
In celebration of today’s launch, Hi-Rez has granted Massively OP piles and piles of keys for Evie and her full Conjuration outfit (head, body, and weapon). The best part is these keys will work on all platforms — PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys!
Update: Hi-Rez has discovered that the original keys will unlock just Evie’s outfit, not Evie too as intended. We now have a batch of Evie-only keys tucked down below as well, so if you don’t have Evie, grab one of those!