Players will be chasing on the trail of the legend of Strahd, a nobleman who gave the nomadic Vistaria free passage through his lands (sounds like a decent guy) and also damned himself and everyone near him to an eternity of torment (less decent). If you’re unfamiliar with the Ravenloft setting, it’s a good quick primer about why the members of your immediate friend circle who are familiar with it respond to requests to enter with a flip-off and a laugh.
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]
Sometimes, you need to stop and smell the cherry blossoms. Which is a bit of an odd thing to do in Britain, the home of RuneScape developer Jagex; it’s not really known as a place filled with cherry blossoms. Just the same, that’s the theme behind bonus items offered up for any purchase of RuneCoins from today until June 3rd. One of the items you can pick up is a Cherry Blossom Parasol, which may not have a great deal of function to it but should still be very pleasant to tote around.
Of course, the newest patch itself falls into a similar category; it’s all about quality of life improvements from top to bottom, including fixing bugs with four-tick auto attacking and improving the visuals on lodestones. So expected to see the word “fixed” and “corrected” a lot in the patch notes. But that should improve your overall quality of life, so while it’s not new content, the sentiment should still be appreciable.
“Most games that lose 95% of their players in such a short time span aren’t ever able to recover even half of their player base ever again – even when going free-to-play,” the analytics tracker’s blog says,” but even when charging 40 bucks, Conan Exiles regained almost all of its original playerbase, flying back up to almost 50K concurrency after spending a year at the 3K mark. GitHyp attributes the success to Funcom’s “committment to improving the game,” but we suspect Funcom’s extensive media blitz had a lot to do with it too.
The title saw a small patch on PC Friday with bug fixes and the new AFK system; that same patch rolled out to console this morning.
MOP has sent two writers into the depths of Conan’s world since launch: One had little bad to say save for criticism over Funcom’s handling of PvE-C servers, while the other praised how far the game had come since its first steps into early access and said it had “won [him] over.”
Reading through the patch notes is always a bit like some sort of ersatz holiday, because you already know the majority of the things you’re getting but not all of the details until the patch notes come out… and then the patch notes deliberately obscure some things so you still don’t know everything. But I can live with not knowing exactly what quests are in Return to Ivalice just because I can see that there are a lot of them. So let’s start taking this apart before we get to actually play it.
Back in February, Valve took action on MMO studio Insel Games, which published hybrid MMOs Wild Buster and Guardians of Ember, booting the company off Steam having determined that the company had tampered with reviews by coercing employees to buy and positively review the game. While Insel Games denied any wrongdoing, its games have been accessible to new players only through its official website for the past few months. For Wild Buster in particular, updates had been scant.
Now, an update has finally arrived. Insel Games told the Steam community that Wild Buster had “failed to attract enough players to provide a sustainable service and a big enough community to enjoy the game.” Rather than shut down the game, however, Insel Games says it’s transferring publishing rights to IDC Games, which will relaunch the game as Champions of Titan with new accounts and a server wipe. Not coincidentally, this will also allow the companies to get the game back on Steam.
It’s the start of an exciting run of Overwatch with the team shooter moving into an anniversary period. First up? A brand-new match called Petra that looks like it was recently the subject of an Indiana Jones adventure.
“A group of archaeologists have begun an excavation and preservation project among the ruins of Petra, a new Deathmatch map that puts all heroes on their own, facing off against one another until one hero scores enough eliminations to win the match,” said Blizzard. “Take in Petra’s majestic views, from high vistas to twisting passageways and deep caverns. Travel along deadly cliffs, but be careful to not fall off! A dilapidated bridge stretches across the map, and the ground underneath it can crumble away to reveal a lethal pit. Hopping on a green jump pad will boost you up to Petra’s higher levels and unlock new strategic possibilities for you.”
The patch notes cover both Update 18 and Summerset content, including the 10 new armor sets added to the game, the details of Jewelry Crafting, and the mechanics of the new Psijic Portals visible only to those who explore that eponymous skill line. It’ll take you a while to move through all of the notes here, though, so be prepared to take your time and really go through the details; there’s a lot to read.
The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!
Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Hellion, Reign of Guilds, Skyforge, Old School RuneScape, War of Rights, Lineage M, Heroes and Generals, Aurcus Online, ARK Park, Dark and Light, Wild Terra, Citadel: Forged With Fire, and Hearthstone, all waiting for you after the break!
Blizzard is doing nothing to stem your rampant altoholic nature these days, but instead the studio is downright encouraging it. With all of the new allied races currently in World of Warcraft and coming with Battle for Azeroth this summer, the pressure is on to roll up a few new alts. But what if you’ve already maxed out your server’s 16 character slots?
The good news is that the studio is increasing the capacity with the expansion to give you two additional slots: “In Battle For Azeroth, the per-realm character limit will be going up from 16 to 18 to make room for the two new Allied Races (Dark Iron Dwarves and Mag’har Orcs).”
And those new characters are going to need a fun way to get from Point A to Point B, naturally! They’ll certainly have a wide selection from which to choose, as Battle for Azeroth is adding around 60 new mounts to chase. Get a preview of all of these in the video after the break!
You will not, however, want to fill your expanded Dojo with sickness and corruption. That would be a bad thing. But you will have a bunch of additional options with your aforementioned Dojo, including new obstacle courses. That’s in addition to numerous other quality-of-life improvements, fixes, and alterations; check out the lengthy patch notes to get a sense of everything that’s coming. And if you start singing a song about toxicity whilst playing Saryn, we can’t stop you.
Next week’s Seeds of Vengeance update for EverQuest II should give the population plenty to do as the game heads into the summer months. Daybreak continued to expand upong the patch’s offerings with a look at new expert dungeons and fast travel options.
GU106 will add expert and expert event dungeons to all Planes of Prophecy instances. You know the drill: higher challenge equals better rewards. The patch also includes an Elixir of the Expert to boost a character’s stats for such dungeons even if they’re somewhat underleveled.
The devs are also helping players zip around the game: “Druzzil Ro has removed the restrictions from the teleportation platforms in Plane of Magic, and opened two new pathways to Metetherial Plains and Amphitheater of Song. Fast travelling from one location to another is as simple as stepping on your closest teleportation platform and choosing your destination.”
CCP explained what these unique packets of space-time contain and what players can do in them when the Into the Abyss expansion lands: “Abyssal Deadspace is a new type of encounter in EVE focused around short session solo gameplay, with some very ‘EVE‘ type opportunities for interaction. As a player you are making a series of strategic decisions that are different each session. You build up mastery between sessions by learning the patterns in the abyss. If you do well you will be rewarded, if not; you die.”
Among the nicer new quality-of-life inclusions are the option to warp directly to a boss arena when a seal is initiated (no more accidentally locking out a party member), a plethora of new instruments for Bards to enjoy, and additional functionality for the glamour dresser. You can also drop more aquariums into your living space, thankfully. Go ahead and put on a pot of coffee to start reading through the exhaustive list of changes; there’s a lot here to get in your head before the patch arrives on Tuesday.