Patches & Expansions Category

We’re not even going to try to sort out the patches from the updates from the iterations from the campaigns and expansions and expanshalones. If it’s something going into an MMO that’s already out, it lands in this category! [Follow this category’s RSS feed]

The Stream Team: Facing Path of Exile’s first Ascendancy trial

MassivelyOP’s MJ got to sneak into Path of Exile’s new Labyrinth courtesy of the alpha server, but now she has to earn the right to go there on her own character! Today she faces the first — and possibly the second — of the Ascendancy trials. MJ is even playing in the new league. Tune in live at 7:00 p.m. to watch her witch wind her way through the traps.

What: Path of Exile
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, March 18th, 2016

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ARK poop as planned suicide, and new dinos will add to the pile

If you learn nothing else today, you’ll have this: ARK: Survival Evolved’s poop was designed as a suicide measure. Seriously. According to Studio Wildcard co-founder Susan Stieglitz, she came up with the idea so players would have an out when they were stuck somewhere. This is why there is no /unstuck button! She said, “If you’re trapped in a room, it’s the only conceivable biological function you could kill yourself with. Originally, we were debating putting in a suicide key to escape situations like that.” Now you know. At least the resource is useful for other things in game besides death; it also makes fertilizer and oil.

If you are hungry for more info, there are three new dinosaurs coming in patch v237, slated for March 23rd. The Whooly Rhinos will be adding their contributions to the poop piles, and the waters will be far more dangerous with the Eurypterid (the killer lobster in the video below), and the Dunkleosteus. On top of that, the swamp and snow caves will be added to the map, and tribes will be able to set ranks as well as customize permissions for those ranks.

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Landmark’s next big update arrives Monday, wipes claims and characters

Daybreak has been amping up communication about Landmark this past week following the news that it’s plotting a spring launch for the sandvox MMO in lieu of completing EverQuest Next’s development, and its next update is on the way:

“We are still in the process of internal testing, but if all goes well, we plan to roll out the big update for next Monday, March 21 at 10am pacific time. There will likely be 24-48 hours down time due to the extensive changes. If we find some issues during testing that mean we need to push this date, we’ll let you know!”

The studio promises a stream during the downtime and reminds players that characters, claims, and guild names will indeed be wiped.

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The Division promises that a new update is coming next week

After many delays, The Division is out and in the hands of players everywhere. The development team has posted a quick state of the game update, promising players to provide weekly articles regarding the state of the game and the community alike. This first week promises that a new patch will be incoming at some point next week, although no further information was given.

The community team has also pulled together a few videos from across YouTube of players highlighting funny moments, easter eggs, and dramatic showdowns within the game. You can check one of those out just below if you’d like a little post-ruin New York giggle over absurdity. Keep your eyes peeled for more details about next week’s patch.

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World of Warcraft: Legion alpha patch revises class and artifact traits

June 30th release or no, World of Warcraft: Legion continues on with its alpha test program. Today Blizzard patched in several adjustments to various class, artifact, and PvP traits to hopefully bring the expansion in line with its final vision.

The studio made several significant adjustments to classes based on testing and community feedback. Several builds have been treated to completely new talents, such as the Enhancement Shaman, while other skill mechanics, such as Rogue’s Roll the Bones, have been tweaked somewhat. Holy Paladins? Sorry to say that you’re on the receiving end of a level 100 talent nerf.

Blizzard also revised several artifact traits and PvP talents with this update. If you’re on the test server and want the full skinny, check out the patch notes to see if any of these changes impact you and your character.


SMITE brings in the winter goddess Skadi, starts selling 2016 season ticket

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!

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Heroes of the Storm’s Lost Cavern is a straight-up one-lane slugfest

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.


SWTOR announces KOTFE Chapter 12: Visions in the Dark, due April 7

BioWare has just announced the next story chapter for Star Wars: The Old Republic’s Knights of the Fallen Empire expansion: Visions in the Dark.

“In Visions in the Dark, releasing April 7, players will venture deep into the savage wilderness of the planet Odessen to face the immortal Emperor Valkorion for the first time since becoming the Outlander. As part of the confrontation, you will uncover dangerous secrets about your destiny that bind you to your dark enemy. For those that can master the challenge, there is a great reward waiting – a powerful new weapon inspired by some of the greatest Force™ users in the galaxy. Meanwhile, your Alliance will risk everything in a life-and-death mission to strike at the very heart of the Eternal Empire – this intense battle offers the chance to shatter Arcann’s forces forever.

Subscribers of Star Wars: The Old Republic can play the Knights of the Fallen Empire story and unravel the truth of their destiny in Visions in the Dark for free during their subscription period. Players subscribed by April 1 will receive added firepower with the bold new HK-55-inspired Weapon Set that includes in-game items such as HK-55’s Sniper Rifle, Blaster Pistol and Vibrosword.”

Visions in the Dark launches April 7th, 2016. Check out the trailer!

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RIFT starts testing its multicore tech

We’re betting that there are some of you in the Massively OP audience that gets an involuntary shiver whenever someone uses a sexy technical term, such as “multicore.” Please try to keep your shrill squees to a minimum while in the workplace or classroom as you read the rest of this article.

Trion Worlds started testing out its new multicore support for RIFT this week, and it’s invited players to check out the beta. The feature’s already been incorporated with the game, so there’s no special download required, just a change of the settings if a player is interested.

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Rumor: Retailers pegging World of Warcraft: Legion’s release as June 30th

The cycle has begun. Every time a World of Warcraft expansion doesn’t have a fixed release date, retailers begin assigning a release date to the expansion, and people watch carefully because they might know something we don’t. Because they really might! So let’s kick this off: There’s now a rumor that Legion is coming out on June 30th according to retailers in Poland, the Netherlands, and the United Arab Emirates.

Of course, there’s also the possibility that these retailers are setting a date due to the way that preorders and such work in their individual systems, so it cannot be said with any certainty that Blizzard is considering a June 30th release. It’s worth noting that the date is specifically at the end of the month and at just the right point to technically be within the earliest possible release window. Still, feel free to speculate!

As an aside, this reporter would like to note that if this turns out to be correct, I called it.


Star Trek Online previews the new Strategist secondary specialization

Starship captains in Star Trek Online will be able to be just a bit more tactical with the launch of Season 11.5. The interim patch is adding a new secondary specialization, the Strategist, a specialization centered around the Threatening Stance ability added in the game’s skill revamp. Players who take on the specialization can toggle the stance on and off to serve as exceptionally durable tanks or to restore themselves quickly in space engagements.

Three abilities have been previewed thus far. Logistical Support serves as a major health barrier when Threatening Stance is on, while boosting damage when healed once it’s turned off. Show of Force allows you to toggle between an incoming healing bonus and a stacking critical damage buff, while Attrition Warfare boosts your ability speed or boosts your hull regeneration. If you want to be able to take charge of the ebb and flow of the battlefield in a tactical sense, it should give you plenty of options for enhancing your captain’s abilities.

Source: Official Site; thanks to ThatLanteshGuy for the tip!


Blade & Soul’s Silverfrost Mountains expansion includes eight dungeons

NCsoft has just announced more content coming to Blade & Soul this spring in the form of what it’s calling the Silverfrost Mountains expansion.

“The Silverfrost Mountains expansion for Blade & Soul is coming soon, and unlocks an entirely new continent full of new zones, new quests, and new challenging endgame content—while also increasing the character level cap to 50, and Hongmoon Level to 10. It’s also the biggest leap forward in the ongoing story, bringing players one step closer to unraveling the engaging world narrative, and revenge for their school and master.”

The company says to expect a new capital city, Zaiwei, as well as eight new dungeons, “new and vast 24-member open world instances,” a new world pvP zone, and upgrades to clan crafting too.


DC Universe Online announces a tournament for Batman vs. Superman

There’s not much time left before the latest DC Comics movie makes the old geek argument of “who would win in a fight, Batman or Superman” into the plot of a two-hour film. DC Universe Online isn’t about to answer that question before the film releases, but it is asking players to choose their allegiances in a new Batman vs. Superman-themed arena tournament. There’s also a whole video just below to show off some of the prizes available to players who take a side.

Also note that you are disqualified if you mention you’re on “Team Stark.” Different movie with superheroes fighting each other.

If you’re looking to hone your skills before you go fighting on the behalf of DC’s two headliner heroes, the servers are currently down for maintenance to apply update 58 to the live servers. That includes all of the BvS stuff along with the St. Patrick’s Day event along with mechanical updates. Downtime started at 9:00 a.m. EDT and may last for up to 8 hours, so you’ll probably need to get your practice in this evening.

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