All other studios, it’s time to pack it in: Sea of Thieves has won the Trailer Olympics, at least for 2017.
In Rare’s newest video, the team crams a shipload of awesome into a minute-and-a-half as it challenges gamers to “be more pirate.” While the trailer doesn’t reveal anything new, it does a great job showing off the various activities and demonstrating the overall tone of the game, bouncing from crew teamwork to swimming with sharks to, er, “banana crunching.” Also, a buccaneer throws up on the camera lens. Give that team an award!
OK, it might not be Oscar bait, but this continues to get us completely hyped for Sea of Thieves’ launch in spring 2018. Anyone want to join the crew of the S.S. Mighty MOP?
In the Flames of Bel’Xahl patch for Dark and Light that releases today, players will take on the greatest enemy of humanity since time immemorial: convection. Seriously, you are running through a volcano. I don’t care how much Flame Armor you’ve crafted; your body will start to have unpleasant things happen to it long before you can fight new enemies like the Ashen Fist Goblin, Scalding Wyrm, and the eponymous Bel’Xahl. Lava is really hot.
Of course, this being a video game, you can explore this volcano, fight those enemies, craft that armor, and still have a chance to nip off for a dip in the new hot springs added to the game. There are also turkeys running around the world to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. If all of this sounds like the sort of stuff that you live for, you can jump in at a discount when the game is included in the upcoming autumn sale on Steam.
I think we’ve officially passed the zombie craze in online games, or at least it feels that way to me as new zombie games are starting to feel like retro throwbacks. So it is with new isometric “zombie MMO” Dead Maze, which just landed in CBT on Steam.
“Set in the Western United States, where humanity has been devastated by a plague of the undead, player cooperation takes center stage in Dead Maze, with thousands of players having to explore, scavenge, and work together to survive and rebuild society. With the start of the closed beta, players can discover the destroyed world of Dead Maze, build their new home and craft their own supplies, team up with their friends and battle the dozens of different types of zombies, using over 200 different items and weapons. More content will be added to the closed beta and all progress made will be carried over into the full game, when it is released in 2018.”
Intriguingly, this isn’t Just Another PvP Gankbox Where The Player Is The Content. “Player versus player combat is not featured,” says French studio Atelier 801. “Instead, the danger comes from the wide array of aggressive zombies that roam the world.”
It has been a very long time since we have heard anything out of the indie team behind Forsaken Legends, an ambitious procedural sandbox that caught some attention last year. However, the project went semi-dark in 2017 and we started to wonder what had happened to it.
The good news, according to a late October video: “The game is not dead. I’m not giving up on my dream.”
This comes from lead Bobby Baker, who delivers a 13-minute update on the project. He said that he had been working on another game earlier this year to help self-fund Forsaken Legends’ development. However, there have been significant obstacles, such as missing the opportunity to hire its main developer full-time and not getting enough funds from fans to go full-bore on the pre-launch.
Are you tired of MMOs providing you with bland and predictable finite
forests? Thank goodness that Destiny 2
is here to show other MMOs how it’s done with the infinite
forest coming along with the Curse of Osiris
DLC. Sure, it’s a virtual simulation, but that only matters to the people in the world.
All of this is tied to the lair of the eponymous Osiris, of course; the Vex are trying to use the Infinite Forest to find something, and Osiris is hoping that the PCs will help him stop that effort. There’s also more of Mercury to explore, which winds up being a desert wasteland in sharp contrast to the aforementioned infinite forest.
The DLC is also adding in a new raid lair, which is a different way of extending raids than the original game; rather than a whole new raid, this adds new parts on to the existing raid. You can check some of it out in the video clip down below, if you’re not content to simply dream of a forest that’s just… forever.
You know that moment when you just can’t take it anymore? I am there, right on the cusp. I know many folks have gotten to their “I can no longer support <insert name here>” phases for various games and studios for a variety of reasons, but I had never yet reached such a point in my own gaming. (That one studio doesn’t count because I never supported them in the first place.) And now here I am. I don’t think I can continue to support Studio WildCard.
That is definitely a shift for me. I have been an ardent fan of ARK: Survival Evolved. I championed the game pretty heavily: I have streamed it for over two years, I personally host two servers, and this very column was born largely on the back of ARK. I have almost 1500 hours of playtime, and I own the expansions. I had praised the game and Studio WildCard for a long while, holding it up as an example of things done right.
Then things changed. The accumulation of many remarks and actions that ate away at my trust was topped off by the way the studio shows disregard for its current customers, treating them as disposable cash cows. And then came the sequel talk this very week.
If you weren’t convinced that Blizzard defeated Bossland in its string of lawsuits already, you will be today. As The Nosy Gamer noticed, Bossland announced today that it’s ending sales for multiple hack, bot, and cheat programs that affected Blizzard games, including Honorbuddy (for World of Warcraft) and Hearthbuddy (for Hearthstone), though it looks as if Demonbuddy (Diablo III) will remain intact. Support for the discontinued cheats ends on December 31st.
The Bossland announcement is super classy, and by super classy, I mean not at all classy, as you might expect. The developers insist their paid cheat programs “provide no edge” and were intended to help time-starved players. They also claim Blizzard is winning only because of its supposed “decision to compromise the privacy of their players” by using checks that any studio that cares about cheating uses.
Remember a week ago when Black Desert
dataminers dug up dirt on the game’s so-called hidden stats
, only to be booted off the subreddit by mods doing Pearl Abyss’
bidding? Remember how the dataminers just put it all up on a different sub beyond the reach of PA, practically daring PA to follow through on the legal action it threatened dataminers with earlier this year?
Consider the situation effectively defused. Kakao has apologized for creating “confusion among [its] beloved players by failing to deliver accurate information,” promising clarity on those stats. Indeed, clarity is arriving in the form of a producer letter from Pearl Abyss (which also apologizes profusely).
Executive Producer Jae-hee Kim says PA now plans to add accuracy, evasion, and damage reduction numbers to tooltips, noting that while hidden stats seemed like a fun idea originally, there is now too much of a “gap” between people in the know and everyone else. The studio also aims to tweak “ambiguity” on elixirs, boost drop rates party to the node level system, and provide transparency on future stats.
In case you ever wanted to sniff the distinct scent of internet dumpster fire, you probably should’ve gone to the Star Wars Battlefront II DICE developer AMA on Reddit yesterday and watched that EA world burn. Almost 30,000 comments later, EA’s handpicked community masseuses didn’t walk back any of the specific business model shenanigans or the “sense of pride and accomplishment” blither, and players are actually madder now than they were when they downvoted EA’s comments 677,000 times on Monday.
- Wall Street is freaking out over the potential stock hit to EA should the game launch poorly thanks to angry gamers.
- Belgian authorities are reportedly investigating SWBF2 (via GIbiz) to determine whether its design amounts to a money-fueled game of chance, in which case it would be subject to gambling laws and potentially be fined or censored.
- Players have assessed that it’d take over 4500 hours of play or $2100 to unlock everything in Star Wars: Battlefront 2 as the game’s monetization is currently set.
- Finally, that “EA dev” who claimed he’d received death threats? It’s no longer clear he’s an EA dev, let alone that he received death threats, and he disappeared from social media after Kotaku went digging. Astroturfer? Hmm.
. With thanks to Sorenthaz and Miol.
Do you have fond memories of fighting the Dragons of Nightmare in World of Warcraft back when they were relevant? Or even when they were no longer relevant, but still present? Because it appears that for the game’s 13th anniversary, you’ll have a chance to do that all over again, taking on the old bosses to pick up some level 900 loot. The trivia questions of last year have also returned, giving you a chance to earn a corgi pup as a pet as well as a new pair of sunglasses.
In other good news that’s unrelated to the anniversary celebration, Blizzard announced today that it’s going to start doing local currency conversion for Canada, New Zealand, and Japan. No need to convert currency just to subscribe to World of Warcraft! Which is going to feel rather intangible to the game’s US user base, but it’s good news for people living in the rest of the world. (Or a larger portion of the world, anyway.)
A lot of things have changed for Crowfall over the past year, several of them being pretty darn significant. Decoupling races and classes alone was a pretty big deal. So it probably comes as no huge surprise that the game is officially not going to be ready for a soft launch by the end of the year. Instead, the game is setting its sights on a soft launch at some point in 2018, with no hard dates provided beyond that.
The letter announcing the delay notes that this puts the game a year out from its originally intended launch date, noting that the target dates were optimistic and hoping that fans are mollified by the progress that has been made. It also promises that the team is going to be hard at work finishing up the features needed to reach a soft launch state, as the goal is for as early in 2018 as possible. Time will tell how early that turns out to be.
Marvel Heroes players are dealing with the fallout of yesterday’s announcement that the superhero MMO is being shut down by Disney and will officially sunset on December 31st. At least before this happens, the community will have the opportunity to play or wear anything they want.
This is thanks to Gazillion’s decision to dish out 1,000 Gs — Marvel Heroes’ premium currency — every singe day from now to its closure. Even better, all store options are now 50Gs across the board. “This is the best current solution we have with limited resources and technical limitations of the PC, and wanted to make sure this got out to you,” the studio said.
Former Creative Director Jeff “Doomsaw” Donais popped back up on the forums yesterday to praise the work that the team did on the game and urge other studios to hire those laid off: “The actual people who worked in every department on Marvel Heroes were the definition of epic. They accomplished an amazing amount of work with a relatively small budget and an approval process that made everything a little tougher.”
Turns out that World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is already setting records well before it releases. How? Well, it had a very nice diorama at BlizzCon. A very nice, very big diorama, one that featured a huge number of attendee characters individually printed in 3-D and arranged on the sprawling battleground between the Horde and the Alliance. And said “very big diorama” apparently qualified as the largest video game diorama ever at 1,300 square feet. That is a lot of individual characters in a single diorama.
No, your characters were not in the mix if you were not at BlizzCon. We’re sorry.
Meanwhile, StarCraft II has gone more or less completely free-to-play, and the team behind it has decided to take the opportunity to rather thoroughly troll the people behind Star Wars: Battlefront II’s notably less-than-free business model. This segues nicely into the game’s newest commercial, which couldn’t possibly have been made just to joke about that… but is still pretty funny all the same.