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Last week, Hi-Rez MOBA SMITE
patched in Skadi, the goddess of winter
, and kicked off the 2016 SMITE Pro League Season Ticket
. Oh yeah, and the game is celebrating its second birthday
We’ve got two SMITE giveaways today to help you join in on the carousing. Here comes the first one! Hi-Rez has granted Massively OP a total of 6000 keys that will unlock Bellona and her alternate Battle Maiden skin — a bundle normally worth 300 gems.
Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to take home one of these keys!
Another Warhammer game bites the dust today, and it’s a MOBA.
Whitebox Interactive CEO Jonathan Falkowski told players it will be sunsetting Warhammer 40: Dark Nexus Arena at the end of the month without its ever having emerged from beta.
“We have some unfortunate news to announce, we have decided to stop development of Dark Nexus Arena. We would like to thank our valued customers very much for their patronage and support. You guys have been great. We would like to send out a special thanks to Unrelenting Troll, BForster, Jenbu, GeekByte UK, Solomance, GingerJesus and everyone else for all of their support and help. We would also like to thank Games Workshop for their support and trust in a small company to allow us to work on this amazing project. This means a lot to us. We were really hopeful to provide Warhammer 40,000 and MOBA fans a game that would encompass both aspects but unfortunately we missed the mark. We were in Beta for a year and have taken a lot of valuable feedback from our players. There has been excitement for the game but we haven’t grown enough to maintain development.”
Falkowski says servers will remain up until March 31, 2016.
The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and often we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!
This week, TERA surprised and disturbed all of us by announcing the sale of “mood clouds” that demonstrate the next level of emotes by placing a rainbow-vomiting cloud above your head. Just in case you weren’t being subtle enough with your emotions.
Read on for more bits of gaming news we didn’t want to leave behind!
Primal Zerg pack leader Dehaka is looking to extend his galactic conquest by invading Heroes of the Storm. The legendary character is currently being developed as the next champion for Blizzard’s MOBA, and this week the studio had a preview video showing Dehaka in all of his glory. He’ll even come to the game with a couple of different skins, including Master Dehaka and Mecha Dehaka.
Check out a quick preview of Dehaka and some other hero skins coming to Heroes of the Storm in a video after the break!
Winter might be defrosting fast in the northern hemisphere, but in SMITE
it’s only getting going.
The MOBA introduced the winter goddess Skadi this week in patch 3.4, and she might be the best thing that the season’s produced since Jack Frost. Skadi can summon snowstorms, change into a beast form, fling her spear, and call a winter wolf to her side for battle.
SMITE also started selling its 2016 season ticket to players who want to pursue an alternate reward track this year. The season ticket costs 450 gems to activate and immediately delivers a special Bellona skin to the purchaser. Rewards can be earned by winning matches and voting on esports match-ups and include chests, skins, and announcer packs.
You can watch the Skadi god reveal video after the jump!
One of the big things that makes Heroes of the Storm distinct in its genre is the fact that every single map has a whole lot of nuance to it. Victory need not go to the team with the strongest heroes if the heroes in question play smart and take advantage of a map’s unique features. But sometimes you want to just rush in and have a straight team battle, and that’s what the new Lost Cavern map is all about. Nothing fancy, nothing overly ornate, just two teams on either side with no reason to retreat and no cause to give ground.
Lost Cavern can only be accessed via custom games, so you know what you’re getting into before you log into the match. Hearthstones and starting area heals have both been disabled as well, so you have no reason not to keep pushing forward as a team. If you’ve longed for a mode that was just a straight-up brawl of skill against skill, Lost Cavern is probably going to be your new best friend for single-lane fights.
It looks like it’s not just cult classic Diablo II that’s getting a lick of fresh paint this week, as Blizzard has now released a compatibility patch for its classic strategy game Warcraft III. Patch 1.27a is the first update to the game in over four years and contains mostly fixes to make the game run properly on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, and a new installer for Mac OS 10.10 and 10.11. Older versions of the Mac OS are not supported and are causing crashes, but the patch has been otherwise well received.
Blizzard has been responding to questions and comments on the Warcraft III forum and has promised that more patches will follow. The team won’t be limiting itself to just bug-fixes and compatibility improvements either, with “a balance change and new map pool” still to come.
If you’ve been waiting to grab yourself a founders pack for the upcoming MOBA Paragon, they are now on sale. Those who purchase packs will be able to access the game’s Early Access season starting this Friday, March 18th, 2016. Each level of packs includes skins, challenges (which will unlock even more skins and even emotes as you level), and discounts on boosts. As a bonus, the two highest packs — priced at $59.99 and $99.99 — also include a bonus founders pack to give a friend. In a different twist, players can also pre-order a physical founders pack, dubbed Paragon: Essentials Edition. This version, which also includes goodies like the others, will hit shelves on June 7th.
How many minions can you kill during one League of Legends
match? If you want to beat the world record, you’ll have to top a creep score (CS) of 764. That new record was set by Henrik “Froggen” Hansen, a mid laner on the Echo Fox team, during a 67-minute league match. The previous record of 726 CS was also held by a mid laner, Shin “CoCo” Jin-yeong. The moral of the tale: If you want to set records, be a mid laner. Oh, and also be really good at the game and on a competitive team.
Congratulations to Hansen on his accomplishment.
The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!
This week, MMO specialist Nexon launched Legacy Quest worldwide. It’s an action RPG with “3-D retro pixel” voxel-like graphics, 70 unique dungeons, seven levels of difficulty, and of course, mobile gameplay — it’s now on both iOS and Android.
Read on for more bits of gaming news we didn’t want to leave behind!
Hi-Rez has revealed SMITE’s
latest playable toon: Skadi, the Norse goddess of winter, and her puppy Kaldr. They’re both part of the new 3.4 Winter’s Bite patch
. Says Hi-Rez:
“We have a lot on the table for Patch 3.4, Winter’s Bite! First, our newest Goddess joins the ranks; hailing from the Norse Pantheon Skadi and her companion Kaldr are ready to join the Battleground of the Gods. In addition to a new god, the 2016 Season Ticket launches, boasting a large number of new skins and rewards to be earned through playing SMITE and watching SMITE eSports!
This patch also brings some adjustments to a few gods who were under-performing as well as addresses some of the concerns around Solo laners in Conquest gaining too much experience. Additionally, a few items are seeing tweaks to better solidify their identity and their strengths. We are excited for everyone to get their hands on the new adjustments and see how they play out!”
Check out Skadi’s introduction video below and tell me Kaldr isn’t adorable in a “totes gonna bite your face off” way.
Game Informer’s latest digital issue has the scoop on Tracer, one of the many Blizzard franchise toons being ported to the Heroes of the Storm MOBA. She’s essentially a ranged assassin who never stands still and can be specced out for multiple playstyles, from glass cannon to crowd controller.
“Like the crazy two-player controlled Cho-gall and behind-the-scenes Abathur, Tracer comes with unique mechanics that make her character all her own, and as accurate as possible to her speedy, shooty Overwatch counterpart,” GI writes. “Tracer can attack while moving, does away with the mana bar for an ammo/reload mechanic, and brings all of her cool abilities from Overwatch to a different play environment.”
Check out the whole preview over on Reddit. You can also catch a quick peek at Heroes of the Storm’s Tracer in the Overwatch origins edition preview from the end of last year (about the 1:50 mark) and scope out the patch notes for today’s patch too.
The newest addition to League of Legends
has been unveiled in his totality today: Aurelion Sol, the Star Forger
, more informally known to people as “a space dragon who smashes stars.” And he more or less lives up to the reputation, even if he can’t actually just smash everything with intergalactic power due to balance concerns. Instead, Aurelion Sol’s impact is felt by making his simple presence
a major threat to enemies in any lane.
Most of Aurelion Sol’s damage comes from his passive ability, a trio of stars which orbit him and deal damage to enemies caught in their path. The result is that Aurelion Sol provides a sizable threat to anyone nearby, and when coupled with his ability to fly over obstacles or nurse an exploding star as he carries it to its destination, he’ll require attention almost immediately when he shows up. Check out all of the details of his ability and how to make the best use of his kit on the preview page.