MOBAs are multiplayer online battle arenas, PvP-centric, non-persistent online games that share some but not all mechanics in common with traditional MMORPGs. We formerly categorized MOBAs as “Not So Massively” games. You may also be interested in our Multiplayer category for other multiplayer online games that aren’t fully massive. [Follow the MOBA category’s RSS feed]
If they bring a knife, you bring a gun. If they bring a stylized goofy fighter, you bring a war machine. That’s the Paladins way.
There’s a new champion in Paladins’ beta wreaking havoc all over the battlfield. Ash, the war machine, is an armored lady who sports a truly gigantic mobile cannon. With her gun, Ash can fire shrapnel rounds and kinetic bursts. She’s got a few other tricks up her metallic sleeves, including a siege shield, shoulder bash, and a banner that creates a damage immunity zone for eight seconds.
The game’s open beta 51 update also included a change to its skins: “We are reorganizing how we package our skin cosmetics in order to accommodate players seeking full outfits. Players will still be able to equip parts individually and mix & match as they like. But accessory and body pieces (along with voice packs when available) can now be acquired together as a unit referred to as a ‘Champion Skin.'”
Check out Ash’s champion trailer after the jump!
The good news for fans of Gigantic
is that the game is getting very close to its launch state. The bad news is that there isn’t an exact date to discuss right now, and as a result of the team working hard to prepare the game for launch, updates have slowed down a bit. But the further good news is that the latest dispatch from the team talks about exactly that
and promises a big update by the end of the month replete with all sorts of fixes and improvements.
Bots and voice chat, for example, are both fully integrated in internal builds an should be a part of the game’s next major update. The developers are also working on improving the experience of playing the game for new or returning players, creating an experience that does a better job of explaining the complexities going on beneath the surface. They’re also hard at work solving disconnection issues, so you can make matches and play with confidence. Don’t take our word for it, though; you can hear a lot of it straight from the team in the video just below.
Malthael, otherwise known as “that wicked-looking scythe guy on all of the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls covers,” has been announced as the newest playable character for Heroes of the Storm. This assassin uses skills like soul rip and death shroud to destroy foes on every level.
“Once the Aspect of Wisdom, Malthael abandoned heaven after the Worldstone’s destruction,” Blizzard introduced. “In secret, he had resolved to end the Eternal Conflict by becoming a Reaper of Souls and eliminating everything affected by demonic corruption, including humanity.”
While Malthael is playing hooky from the franchise, Diablo III has kicked off its beta test for the upcoming Necromancer class. Blizzard’s also posted video of the female Necro to complement the male cinematic shown earlier this week. You can check out the class (along with the new challenge rifts) by following the directions on the patch notes page and installing the beta test via the Blizzard Launcher.
is in the midst of a major reorganization
of its League of Legends
e-sports organization, at least in North America. The company is replacing relegation with a different system for punishing underperforming teams and making selected teams permanent partners in the league – at least if they can afford the $10M buy-in
. The takeaway is that pro player salaries within the LCS will start at a staggering $75,000, with a proper revenue-sharing scheme for both players and teams to share the wealth. Perhaps even more importantly, Riot is helping players set up a Players’ Association this year, initially funded by Riot but eventually to be taken over by the pros.
“Players will vote on independent reps to be their voice in league decisions and the Association will provide easy access to core resources like skills training, financial planning and legal help. We’ll be funding the launch of the Association, however the representation that the players vote on and elect is responsible solely to them. The goal is that this Association is an independent voice of the players to work with Riot and the teams. It’s our hope and expectation that as the association grows, the players assume full financial control over the organization.”
Heroes of the Storm might not be making its soundtrack available for purchase (yet), but Blizzard has released the score on YouTube and via streaming services so that you can get your MOBA music fix.
“Starting today, we’re taking the songs of Heroes of the Storm out of the Nexus and into your hands,” the studio posted. “Now you can use these epic backing tracks to help you battle those weights at the gym, tackle stacks of homework, or liven your evening commute; they’re yours to enjoy as you please!”
Give it a listen after the jump!
Master X Master
is launching in North America and Europe on June 21st
, NCsoft just announced. The game is a hybrid MOBA-MMO with PvE elements that has charmed our writers
in spite of some tone-deaf City of Heroes inclusions
earlier this year.
“For those of you who purchased a Soldier or Master Founder’s Pack, the Name Reservation period will start on June 16! If you haven’t purchased a Founder’s Pack yet, what are you still reading this for!? Packs include tons of great benefits, including Masters, Skins, and Membership time, all at a steep discount. Grab or upgrade to a Solider or Master Pack prior to June 21, and get everything inside—including early name reservation—before they’re gone for good!”
The South Korean studio has launched a lengthy story cinematic to cap off the launch announcement; we’ve included it below.
If you didn’t win SMITE’s
newest god — Da Ji, The Nine-Tailed Fox — in MOP’s raffle over the weekend, never fear! Massively OP’s MJ has you covered. At least she has a few lucky viewers covered: She’ll be showing off this new god while giving away keys. Death, destruction, and a devilish diva… who’d want to miss that? Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. for your chance to win.
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 29th, 2017
It’s been two years since Heroes of the Storm first launched, which seems a little weird; it feels like it’s been less time. But the calendar says otherwise, and Blizzard is celebrating with special in-game events from May 30th through June 12th. Log in to play to earn daily Loot Chests, just by showing up and getting into the action. It’s a celebration and an incentive to get back into the game all at once!
You can also earn a special two-year anniversary banner, spray, and portrait by playing three games during the anniversary; you don’t need to win them, you just need to play them. Considering the time period, this shouldn’t be a difficult hurdle to overcome. These items will only be available during the anniversary, so get in the game and start celebrating now if you’ve got an overwhelming need to tell people you were around for the two-year mark.
If your goal in Cloud Pirates
is to pilot the most specialized ship possible, you probably aren’t going to enjoy the Heavy Reinforced Galleon. The ship is quite explicitly not meant as the most focused ship of the line, being solidly middle-of-the-road and versatile. Of course, while that makes it not specialized, it also means that it can be kitted out for almost any situation and
it means that a skilled player can have an answer for almost any situation. A new guide on the official site
explains how the Heavy Reinforced Galleon can be used to deliver impressive results while retaining its high flexibility.
Players who reach tier 4 with the galleon will be able to shut down ship technology and increase the vulnerability of other ships in the area, a valuable tool for any confrontation. Players can also kit out these ships in more defensive or offensive roles while retaining the overall versatility of the class, allowing you to shut down or dampen enemy damage and firing while healing your own ship. If you’d prefer to be behind a diverse arsenal, you could do worse than working the skies in a heavy reinforced galleon.
If I never read another story about a woman whose beauty ruins everything, I’ll be thrilled. However, the Da Ji of Chinese mythology at least has a twist: She was possessed by a fox
spirit. So it all makes sense now, right?
SMITE hopes so as it’s introduced Da Ji, The Nine-Tailed Fox, as a playable hero today. She’s a melee assassin toon who slashes and burns with her flaming claws. Today’s patch also has new skins for Camazotz, Medusa, Kuzenbo, Jing Wei, and Ganesha, and Hi-Rez has canceled plans to rescale player experience level, though it’s still working on the snowballing match play problem.
Hi-Rez has granted us a slew of keys for Da Ji and her special “vixen” skin. Read on to enter to win one!
It’s not very interesting to see a big company take knockoff companies to court to argue that the knockoff companies are violating intellectual property. It is, however, quite interesting when the argument of the knockoff companies is that the big company doesn’t actually own said intellectual property at all… and that claim has some actual basis. There’s no question whether or not Valve owns Dota 2 itself, but there’s some actual legal ambiguity over whether or not the intellectual property of the characters is owned by Valve or not, which is the case being brought to federal court as Valve sues mobile developers Lilith Games and uCool.
The fundamental argument is that the original Dota map made for Warcraft 3 could legally be considered to be abandoned by its creator, which would render the intellectual property public domain. There’s also some basis to argue that as a Warcraft 3 map, everything in the map was already owned by Blizzard and couldn’t be bought and sold in the first place. In other words, it’s a quagmire of specific definitions and legal edge cases, which is sure to delight the more law-minded members of our audience as the case moves forward.
The development of Gigantic
has moved on to the stage of polishing and refining the content already in the game, which is a good thing for players. The latest official set of community answers
focuses on exactly that, dealing with the balance and quality-of-life changes planned for the game’s open beta testing. Matchmaking issues are still being investigated and worked on, and players can expect at least one more major update during this test phase to address balance and bugs.
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.
Paladins would like to invite you to Get Rekt — the REKT Chest, that is.
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!