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DCUO cracks down on Hades raid exploit

Players who took advantage of an exploit in the new DC Universe Online Hades raid faced the ire of the Daybreak Game Company this past week.

The raid, which was part of the new Amazon Fury Part II DLC, apparently had a loophole that allowed players to beat it in a much easier manner than intended. The dev team disabled the raid for a couple of days to fix the exploit and have since turned it back on in live.

Daybreak said that it will be removing looted gear and feats achieved via this method and threatened account termination to those “purposefully abusing an exploit.”

[Source: Actions to be taken]

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Path of Exile has plans for ‘years’ of expansions

A rather extensive (and we do mean extensive) Path of Exile developer Q&A revealed that the game and studio is growing nicely. “There are many years of Path of Exile expansions lined up,” the team posted. “We’ve expanded up to 57 staff at our office and are hopefully moving to a larger office location in the next couple of months!”

There are many questions regarding the spring expansion for the game, which is currently referred to as Act 4. In addition to more content and improvements, Grinding Gear will be adding localizations for German, French and Brazilian Portuguese (as well as a South American data center).

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Guild Wars 2 allows you to preview locked dyes

Want to know exactly how that new dye is going to look before you drop some serious money on it? Guild Wars 2 understands, which is why it now allows players to preview locked dyes in the wardrobe screen.

Yesterday’s patch also officially ended the Lunar New Year event and added a finisher randomization option. The latter works exactly as you might imagine: by rotating through a player’s finishers roster in PvP and selecting a different one upon a kill.

[Source: Patch notes. Thanks to Siphaed for the tip!]

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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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Linkrealms reboots as an open PvP server

As the name of the brand-new Phoenix server implies, Linkrealms is rising from the ashes of oblivion to deliver a fresh experience for players.

Linkrealms, a free-to-play sandbox MMO in the vein of Ultima Online, is opening up its first new server in years. The Phoenix server is an open-PvP server that “[harkens] back to the roots of classic online roleplaying games where your choices mattered.”

The server features a brand-new world, the fruits of game balancing work, and constant support in the form of a live dev and CS team. Players can try out the Phoenix server beta starting on February 27th for a few weeks, and following that the server will be wiped and then presumably launched for good.

[Source: Linkrealms is reborn, FAQ. Thanks to Chris for the tip!]

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Guns of Icarus now has a ship knockback cannon

It’s been a long while since we checked in with Guns of Icarus, and shame on us for that! Muse has released patch notes for its 1.4.0 update, which features a redesigned capture point mechanic, an updated gunner tutorial, various balance changes and bug fixes, and a new minotaur heavy cannon that “knocks back enemy ships.”

“Capture and de-capturing are based now on superiority of ship numbers at the capture point. Once a team has more ships at the point than the enemy ship, the team can start capturing or de-capturing,” Muse says. “Teams no longer have to wait to root out the enemy team completely. Also, each ship kills is now awarded 20 points toward the goal as well. With the change, capture point maps should be more fluid and dynamic.”

[Source: Release notes]

 

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SWTOR’s Gree event is back through March 3

Dulfy reports that Star Wars: The Old Republic’s Relics of the Gree event returns today and continues through March 3rd. The event is intended for level 60 players, but there is a bolstering stat boost that “appears to work if you are level 50 or above.”

Relics of the Gree involves questing for reputation gain, killing world bosses, and obtaining various achievements and event-exclusive pets, weapons, armor, and more.

[Source: Dulfy]

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World of Warcraft goes live with Patch 6.1

It may be one of World of Warcraft’s smaller content updates, but Patch 6.1 still squeaks into that category with several quality-of-life improvements to the fantasy MMO.

Players logging in today will enjoy new Blood Elf models, an heirloom tab, certain graphical improvements, support for colorblind players, a racing minigame, and various tweaks to the garrison system. This update may also go down as one of the vainest that WoW has ever done, as a new feature will allow players to take character selfies and then tweet them to the world.

You can watch the video “survival guide” to Patch 6.1 after the break, and don’t forget to read Eliot’s column on what this update is missing.

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H1Z1’s Hizzy Awards showcase player achievements

Now that the Oscars are over, where will award show junkies go to get their fix? Never fear: Daybreak has you covered with the Hizzy Awards, a show that serves to highlight some of the interesting achievements from H1Z1’s alpha testing thus far.

“After we did the first server and player wipe, we came away with a lot of awesome stats. Things like, who crafted the most arrows? Who was the first person to die to a zombie? Who killed the most people using a vehicle?” the team teased.

You can watch the full award ceremony after the break.

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Ultima Online is working on a new expansion

Broadsword has today announced that it is working on a new expansion for the classic Ultima Online sandbox. Time of Legends, the devs say in a new video uploaded today, will draw on Ultima lore and add new clothing, armor, and lands; it will also will expand the virtue system, the housing customization system, and skill masteries. Time of Legends will be the first large-scale UO expansion since 2009’s Stygian Abyss.

The team notes that it’s focused on improving the new player experience before the 1997 game can launch on Steam. Broadsword was spun out from EA in 2014 to manage the MMO properties of the former Mythic Entertainment team.

Ultima Online’s Publish 89 is live on both the EU and NA shards as of last night; of note, the patch introduces changes to IDOC (in danger of collapsing) housing. When a house enters the condemned stage, all access will be removed. When it collapses, grubbers will spawn and make off with its loot, so get ready to chase them down if you’re one of those fine people who stand around at IDOCs waiting for free stuff!

We’ve included the full video including the expansion announcement below.

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Pantheon reveals dwarven lore, concept art

The Pantheon team has released some new lore and a piece of concept art on its Facebook page. The Dwarves of Khadassa are the subject and are in fact one of the fantasy title’s playable races. There’s no info on racial stats or abilities or anything of that nature, but there’s a good chunk of exposition dealing with the race’s origins at the hands of a god named Khazas of Oldassa.

“No other creation has remained so united with their creator as the dwarves are to their king,” the piece explains. Click the source link below for more details.

[Source: Facebook]

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Neverwinter coming to Xbox One on March 31

Perfect World has announced that Neverwinter is coming to the Xbox One on March 31st. The launch will feature all of the content from the PC version including classes like the Scourge Warlock and the Tyranny of Dragons expansion.

Neverwinter on Xbox One brings a full-fledged roleplaying experience with a living social world allowing players to experience Dungeons & Dragons adventures with their friends,” says PWE’s press release. “Neverwinter on Xbox One will also utilize console features including friends list integration and optimized controls to easily transition the MMORPG experience from PC to console.”

[Source: PWE press release]

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