Launch rushes onward toward The Repopulation like… some sort of extremely fast launch-related thing. The metaphor isn’t perfect. Neither is the game’s combat system, which is why the most recent patch is focused on making combat more interesting for everyone. New stances have been added for healers and pet types, dedicated pet types will have new skills to support the playstyle, and dual-wielders and healers have new skills devoted to dual-wielding and area healing respectively.
It’s not just about combat, though, as the same patch adds storage units to houses and expands the functionality of player-run shops. UI improvements and the Mission system have also been expanded, all making the game that much better-equipped to handle the aforementioned fast launch-related thing. Check out the details on these changes in the patch notes.
You can never be sure if a leak is on the level or if it’s just a bunch of speculation. But you can make an educated guess, and the news that Destiny‘s next expansion, The Taken King, will launch on September 15th certainly seems plausible. It’s not as if anyone was planning on doing anything else in September, right?
According to the leak the expansion will be priced at $40 and will include a new subclass for each of the main classes, a new elemental super ability, and a new raid pitting players against Oryx, father of Crota. This leak lines up with what players already know about future updates to Destiny, but you can feel free to speculate on whether or not it’s completely legitimate or complete hogwash.
Final Fantasy XIV
‘s first expansion launches into early access in just 10 days as of this writing, right after the wrapup of this year’s E3
. Naturally, the team will be there to show off Heavensward
, but fans who can’t attend can still take part in the various video events hosted during the show
. Preliminary patch notes for the expansion will be examined on June 16th, the community live show will be held on June 17th, and another Letter from the Producer LIVE
will happen on June 18th. If you can’t wait for more news on the expansion, it’ll keep you supplied with tidbits.
The game’s official site has also started an art countdown leading into the last two weeks before the expansion’s full launch on June 23rd, with a new illustration each day by part of the game’s art team. It’s the final countdown now; there’s nothing for players to do but get comfortable and wait until the expansion is playable for everyone.
You’d never buy a car without test-driving it, would you? If only that applied to games and you could take Das Tal for a spin before sinking your support into its Kickstarter… Oh wait, you can! Fairytale Distillery wants players to see what they are supporting so the studio has opened the alpha servers for one day. That means for 24 hours anyone can jump in and experience a taste of that this open PvP sandbox has to offer, and that time is right now.
To play, just download the client and use the key free4all. The dev team is also communicating directly with players during the playtests, so it invites folks to also join their teamspeak server. If you happen to like what you see once you play, Das Tal recently added a less expensive backer tier. But you’d have to hurry; the Kickstarter ends the same time the alpha doors close — at 9:00 a.m. EDT, Wednesday, June 10th.
If you can’t personally take advantage of this alpha offer, we’ve got you covered: The Stream Team will be jumping in and sharing the experience with you this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. on OPTV!
On April 1st, Reddit’s big gag for the year was “The Button.” It was a button that started a 60 second countdown, and when someone else pressed the button, the countdown reset and started over. With no information about what happened when the button would finally tick down, what followed was… well, kind of out of control.
And now the countdown has finally run down to nothing. Guess what? Absolutely nothing happened. After two months of keeping the gag running, the community was finally out of Reddit accounts to push the button, and it ticked down to zero. You can read a full recap and marvel at the fact that a single April Fools’ Day gag managed to produce and destroy an entire community in two months. What you can’t do, though, is press the button.
One aspiring Guild Wars 2 PvP team will be sitting on the sidelines when the world tournament comes to a conclusion later this year.
ArenaNet has announced that the European team Majestic Capricorns have been disqualified from the event due to misrepresentation and unsportsmanlike play: “After a thorough internal investigation it has become very clear that the players who signed up to play on the roster of ‘Majestic Capricorns’ in the European World Tournament Series Invitational Qualifiers were not the ones who actually participated in the event, violating a number of rules regarding eligibility.”
The disqualified team’s opposition will move on to the series finals instead, and ArenaNet promised to consider additional penalties against those involved in the deception.
When you first fire up Hearthstone
, the little title screen offers you three options. That hasn’t changed and no one has really expected otherwise; you can play the main game, enter the arena, or take on a solo adventure. Of course, when the official Twitter account for the game posts an animated GIF of a fourth menu option popping into place
, you start to wonder what that option will mean.
Realistically, it means a new way to play, especially since the text on the button is deliberately blank and it wouldn’t be something as simple as “Options” or “Exit.” But what will it be? We have no idea. But you can join in on the speculation yourself.
Console players had a long wait time before they could get their hands on copies of The Elder Scrolls Online, but the game has launched on consoles, and at least it had months of gameplay refinement first. Unfortunately those months of refinement don’t seem to have helped in the bottleneck department, as there are widespread player reports on the official forums and Reddit that logging into the game is utterly impossible on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for both NA and EU players.
Developers have stated that they’re working overtime to get the login issue fixed, which is cold comfort to people eagerly anticipating the game’s console debut today. On the plus side, if you’re artist Tyler Kirkham and spent $50,000 on a basement themed after the series, you can at least get some of the experience of being in the game just by sitting downstairs.
We’ve got the shiny new launch trailer below.
It’s been a week of mixed feelings in the land of MOBAs, with the thrill of a new game launch juxtaposed against the background of another’s impending closure. Heroes of the Storm officially launched with a series of events and celebrated with the release of new tank hero Johanna from Diablo III. Turbine announced that its DC Comics based MOBA Infinite Crisis will be officially shutting its doors on August 14th, just a few short months after launch. SMITE‘s furry little squirrel god Ratatoskr officially made his way out of the test server and into the wild, and Dota 2‘s compendium reached $12.5 million as players pump hundreds of dollars into it in attempts to win rare cosmetic skins.
League of Legends revealed plans to overhaul its user interface and revamp the skillshot code to eliminate hitbox bugs, and LoL commentator Martin “Deficio” Lynge was suspended pending an investigation of his deep connections with a pro team. Destiny increased the drop rate of Treasure Keys in patch 126.96.36.199 and fixed an exploit players were using to loot Ether Chests multiple times. And Path of Exile revealed that several new low-level unique items will be coming out with its upcoming expansion, The Awakening.
Read on for detailed breakdowns of the stories above and other news from the wider world of online gaming in this week’s Not So Massively, and don’t forget to subscribe to the RSS feed for weekly updates!
Steparu has posted a brief look at Korean MMO Record of Lodoss War Online, which he calls a “classical MMORPG.” His impressions aren’t overly favorable, but he has uploaded a gameplay video that will give you an idea of what the title is all about.
The footage was captured in the game’s first closed beta test. Click past the cut to have a look!
You can’t win them all, kid. And while $226,000 is an impressive chunk of money to raise for a game, it wasn’t enough to launch Starfighter Inc. into development.
The spiritual successor to the popular X-Wing space shooter, Starfighter Inc. was attempting to utilize Kickstarter as a fundraising platform to raise a quarter of a million dollars. Even though it had a strong start and was eyeing stretch goals early on, Starfighter still fell thousands short of hitting the mark.
The good news is that Impeller Studios doesn’t look to be giving up on the project, encouraging fans to stay tuned: “We’ll update the front page later today and send an announcement on our partners as well as the roadmap via the newsletter this week.”
Old School RuneScape is gearing up for its first-ever competitive tournament. The contest runs from July 24th through July 26th, and it will feature a total cash prize pot of $10,000.
Three game modes are in play: King of the Hill, First to X Kills, and Last Team Standing. Eight teams of five players will compete in the game’s Clan Wars area. “This summer, we can’t wait to adapt Old School RuneScape for the e-sports community and watch teams battle their way to victory in this inaugural $10,000 competitive tournament,” says Jagex product manager Matthew Kemp via press release. You can apply on the official website.
Source: Jagex press release
Cygnea may roll off the tongue like an ugly medical condition, but in truth it’s a rather gorgeous zone that’s coming to Aion with June 17th’s Upheaval update.
The zone used to be at the bottom of the ocean but is now well above the waves and ready for the onslaught of player tourism. It boasts a heavy aquatic theme, of course, although there are elements of dragons peppered about as well. Because it’s an MMO and that’s sacred MMO law.
You can enjoy a non-stop flythrough of Cygnea after the break, so buckle up!