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]

TERA replaces new player zone, offers returning vets a helping hand

How do you feel when your MMO completely redoes its newbie experience? That’s a question that TERA players are going to have to ask themselves when En Masse releases The Lost Isle next Tuesday, October 13th.

The upcoming patch will replace the Island of Dawn with Stepstone Isle as the launching pad for a million great adventures. En Masse is advising new players and alts from starting a character until the 13th, as Stepstone Isle offers a faster path up to level 11.

The Lost Isle will also revamp the character creation and selection screens, deliver a new mid-range PvP battleground, and provide returning players with resources to get back in the groove with their high-level heroes.

Source: TERA

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Neverwinter explains what the deal is with the Underdark

The next Neverwinter expansion is sending players to the Underdark. All the way to the Underdark! Which is great if you know what the Underdark is and significantly less great if you’re mostly of the mind that it sounds vaguely like a metal band name. Not to worry, though; the official site has you covered with an explanation of just what the Underdark actually is, something that players might not have realized even with earlier adventures exploring bits of it.

Put simply, the Underdark is the labyrinth of caverns, tunnels, and underground lakes that stretch under the whole of Faerun. It’s home to countless creatures, magical and otherwise, and offers few protections for regular surface dwellers while also promising great power for those who can navigate its depths. Check out the full article for more details on this home of Drow and Illithid alike, the great underground wilderness.

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Stream Team: 12 days of TOR, day 6

Today marks the half-way point for 12 Days of TOR, and it also marks the end of chapter one, which is just about the half-way point for the Imperial Agent storyline. Chapters two and three are quite a bit shorter than chapter one.

MJ has been singing her way through the early planets to track down the Eagle and his terror cells as Larry guides her. And we found him and defeated with him, despite the chatroom wanting us to flirt with him.

Today, join our Stream Team at 2:00 p.m. as we let you, the stream chatroom, choose our alignment as we play all the way through the complete Imperial Agent story in Star Wars: The Old Republic.

What: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Who: MJ Guthrie and Larry Everett
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Enjoy the show!

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Trove patches in an invasion of ladybugs

If you want to play Trove today, you’re going to have to wait until 1 p.m. EDT. Why the wait? Because the game’s latest patch is on its way, and it brings with it ladybugs. Lots of ladybugs. An entire invasion of ladybugs. Seriously, this is far too many ladybugs for any game to handle, and you’re going to need to deal with it. In this case, “deal with it” is naturally synonymous with “kill lots of ladybugs.”

Smashing your way through ladybugs will reward you with new helms and special ladybug wings, so you can understand the heart of a ladybug after your extensive battles with the insects. A new costume pack and several quality-of-life improvements round out the patch; you can check out the patch notes for all of the details.

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Exclusive: Elsword’s Sander Secret Dungeon video

A new dungeon is on the way to the Western version of Elsword: a secret dungeon hidden away in Sander, the City of Sand.

Years ago, the means of all life and power, Sander’s El, had become unstable and detonated due to a horrible mistake by the Alchemist Vapor. Due to the explosion of the Wind El by Vapor, the fabric of space and time in Elrios had been shaken… The surge sends the El Party back in time to the most dominant and historic battle that had one time, was fought between every tribe of the vast Sander Desert.

Due to Vapor’s atrocious mistake, once the El had exploded, the nightmarish Behemoth’s colossal power and inherent anger intensified beyond belief. The Behemoth rears its ugly head and now sets to use the tribe infighting to lay waste to all who oppose the demonic blight. The El explorers take on the daunting undertaking of stopping the Behemoth once and for all in hopes of restoring peace to the tribes.

Enjoy the exclusive preview video below!
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Not So Massively: Cloud Imperium threatens a lawsuit (October 5, 2015)

Online gaming and e-sports are getting bigger by the day, and there are literally hundreds of popular online games out there that don’t really fit into the MMO category. Join me each week for Not So Massively, where I gather together the top stories from the biggest MOBAs, competitive card games, first person shooters, and other popular online games in one place.

The big story this week is that the ongoing drama surrounding Star Citizen has now reached boiling point as Cloud Imperium Games is now threatening to sue The Escapist Magazine unless its demands are met. Dota 2 players are up in arms over details of the new Fall digital compendium, and player activity has dropped by 16%. We also have some awesome new characters from SMITE and Heroes of the Storm, a hacking rumour from Splatoon, a $70,000 prize pool for mobile MOBA Vainglory, and Jagex’s Block N Load is now free-to-play!

If there’s a game or story you’d like to see covered in next week’s Not So Massively, please drop us a tip and let us know.

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Destiny: The Taken King’s Legendary edition is all of Destiny for a lower price

With all of the changes brought to Destiny with The Taken King, it’s entirely understandable that you might want to get into the game. But it’s also entirely understandable if you didn’t want to buy the expansion’s Collector’s Edition with a whole lot of extra stuff when you weren’t even sure whether or not you’d like the game. So why not pick up the Legendary Edition, which contains the base game, the two DLC packs, and the expansion without any further extraneous stuff?

This option is obviously not recommended if you already have the base game and the DLC, but it may well be appealing to people who want to jump in but don’t want to buy the full CE sight unseen. You can check out a trailer for the game just below if you want a bit more motivation.

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World of Tanks’ Rubicon update is on a rampage

World of Tanks’ October Rubicon update is introducing a brand-new game mode for Wargaming’s flagship tank game: Rampage.

In this latest and permanent addition to World of Tanks, Rampage mode will feature a series of new mechanics set to take the challenge to the next level. New in-game additions such as respawns, garage battles, repair spots and capture the flag will force commanders to adapt their gameplay in order to claim victory. Players will also have the new abilities Artillery and Airstrike available to inflict major damage against their opponents in battle. These two Rampage variants have unique victory conditions and different team setups, letting players choose one to their liking and embark on the quest of collecting more Victory Points than their opposition—offering a new spin on standard tank warfare.

The update further includes a new PvE tutorial and improved tank customization system, framed by alternative history Rampage maps of Paris and Berlin. Check out the preview video below.

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The Crew announces Wild Run expansion for November

Insert exciting driving metaphor here, for The Crew announced today that it is coming out with an expansion next month.

Called Wild Run, the expansion will revolve around a continent-wide competition with new PvP and PvE missions, speed and skill challenges, stunt contests, and more. Players will also be able to hop into different types of cars, such as dragsters, monster trucks, and motorcycles.

Wild Run is running a beta from October 15th through the 19th and will release on November 19th. It includes a graphical update for all players whether or not they purchase the expansion. We’ve got the Wild Run trailer after the break.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic outlines changes to the core worlds

Given the fact that Star Wars: The Old Republic‘s upcoming expansion is very much focused around stories, it’d be a bit odd if all of the old missions went away entirely. At the same time, the path through planets was pretty bloated and not always very story-focused. A new development diary outlines the changes coming to the core worlds and the renewed emphasis on story progression, making the most critical storyline missions the focal point for players moving through planets and class stories.

Critical missions – the thrust of the main story and each individual planet’s story – will be marked with different icons and will be the only missions shown by default. If you want to explore a planet in more depth, you can opt to see the Exploratory missions offered on every planet, with the planetary level sync ensuring that you never wind up too far above the planet’s power level. Heroic missions are also being restructured to two-person affairs available via a weekly console; check out the full diary for details.

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Lineage II goes Underground on October 14

Suit up, Lineage II players, because you’re about to embark on your most amazing adventure yet.

On October 14th, NCsoft will be releasing the game’s Underground update. Underground not only continues the year-long storyline that began back in April, but adds one of the most intriguing locales in the game: the Mystic Tavern. This bar not only serves excellent ale but also the ability for parties to travel back in time and experience three of the game world’s most historic moments first-hand.

The patch also includes a revamp of Lineage II’s soul crystal system. Korea, which is ahead of the eastern version, already put out the second part of the Underground update called Hymn of the Soul.

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Firefall aims for an update every six to eight weeks

Firefall isn’t keeping its players in the dark regarding the game’s future plans. Red 5 posted a development schedule that includes the next four updates and some of their features.

While there are no specific time frames attached to the updates and feature pack, Red 5 said that they should be coming out every six to eight weeks. Update 1 will include the Coral Forest and Sertao, Update 2 will raise the level cap to 45 and toss in the Devil’s Tusk zone and new PvP modes, Update 3 will push the level cap to 50 and bring in a new raid, and the Feature Pack 1 will add major PvP features.

Red 5 noted that it will continue to push the game in China and other regions with the intent of making Firefall “a global game.”

Source: Firefall. Thanks to thegirlwiththehair for the tip!

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Reforge Orsinium in Elder Scrolls Online’s new DLC, due in November

Landing on The Elder Scrolls Online’s public test server today is the game’s next DLC, set in Orsinium, the ancestral home of the Orcs. Says Bethsoft,

Orsinium, the ancestral home of the Orcs, is being rebuilt deep in the Wrothgar Mountains, and King Kurog has sent out a call across Tamriel for intrepid adventurers to assist in its rebirth. The latest DLC game pack for the award-winning The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited takes you to the mountains of Wrothgar, and to the Orc capital itself, to unravel plots and counter-plots, and encounter all-new enemies and allies. Orsinium, ESOTU’s largest game pack to date, features a colossal new zone to explore, new quests and mysteries, a new single-player arena, new public dungeons, and much more!

The studio promises over 20 hours of content and a staggered launch: PC/Mac on November 2nd, Xbox One on November 17th, and PlayStation 4 on November 18th. If you already have an ESO Plus membership, the DLC is included, but if not, you can snap it up for 3000 crowns in the cash shop. Check out the new trailer below!

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