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 Daily Grind: What’s your first priority in a new MMO expansion?

The start of Heavensward access in Final Fantasy XIV has me running around like it’s the end times. I need to level the new jobs, I need to advance in the storyline, I need to get to work crafting and gathering… basically, I need to be doing anything and everything other than what I’m actually doing. The joys of trying to write about a new expansion!

Of course, I’m going to bet that the vast majority of you reading don’t have quite that particular collection of stresses; you can just enjoy what you’re doing. So when you get your hands on a new expansion (or major patch/DLC, if you prefer for your game of choice), what’s your first priority? What do you want to do right away, above and beyond everything else?

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DDO’s Update 26 introduces the Warlock class

Are you still playing Dungeons and Dragons Online? If so, you might want to know about the Update 26 release notes that were published late this week. The patch is called Warlock’s Legacy, and naturally it introduces the Warlock class which does large amounts of damage via Eldritch Blast and also features “a variety of bluff, control, and utility abilities.”

The patch notes go into quite a bit of detail regarding the Warlock class, and you can also learn more about by viewing the preview video from earlier this month that is embedded behind the cut.

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Anarchy Online’s long-awaited engine upgrade looks to be coming soon

“You’ve waited, it’s coming. In this year of 29489 on Rubi-Ka, you will see it,” Anarchy Online’s Twitter feed trumpeted today.

We’ll see what? You don’t mean… you can’t mean… the new graphics engine? That mythical beast of legend, widely discussed but rarely seen and usually dismissed as a fairy tale? It looks like this is the case, especially now that Funcom is allowing players to download an executable with the new engine in it on the test server.

“This is still a work in progress, but we intend to open this up to a much wider audience soon,” Funcom posted. “Brace for impact.”

The updated graphics engine has been in the works for years now, promising to give a massive visual overhaul to the 2001-era title. Funcom also said that it’s starting preparations for the 2015 anniversary event.

Source: Patch notes, Twitter. Thanks to Nordavind, ZenDadaist, and digital soul for the tip!


Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward starts early access, welcomes back players

Just a heads-up: If you have friends who play Final Fantasy XIV, you may not be seeing them at all today. That’s because early access has begun for the Heavensward expansion, which will go on to officially launch June 23rd.

The patch notes for the expansion are up and cover the incredibly long list of additions, changes, and features. Heavensward adds several new zones to the game, increases the job cap to 60, introduces the Au Ra playable race, and throws in a trio of new classes. Oh, and there might be something about flying.

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Take a walk to the past with World of Warcraft’s Mana-Tombs

Set your alarm for June 23rd and remember to charge up your flux capacitor, because World of Warcraft is about to take you back to the past with timewalking dungeons.

As Blizzard’s discussed already, Patch 6.2’s timewalking feature will open up a new difficulty level for older dungeons that will scale down players’ power and gear to meet the instance. One of these dungeons will be Outland’s Mana-Tombs, which will take players back to the early level 70s to root out a cult infestation in this strange crypt.

This version of Mana-Tombs, as with the other timewalking dungeons, will only become available on certain weekends. In addition to gear, the dungeon will reward players with achievements and Consortium reputation.


Why Guild Wars 2’s prepurchase deal has the internet raging

On the surface, ArenaNet killed it at E3, kicking ass with a much-wanted and huge expansion for Guild Wars 2, one of the biggest MMORPGs in the market. The studio unveiled a massive new guild hall system, one players have been begging for, one that will satisfy everyone from teeny tiny guilds to classic Guild Wars fans. Those devs were riding high. They built it all up, and then they surprise-announced prepurchase tiers for the expansion. Cheering! Expansion! Woohoo! Take my money!

But then gamers got a good look at the tiers and what’s in them and what they cost… and the cheering turned to something else entirely. By Wednesday morning, the faint hum of discontent that began at E3 had turned into a seething rage across Reddit. Our articles on the subject taken together have racked up well over 800 comments as I write this. A single thread on Reddit exhorting players not to prepurchase is nearing 3000 upvotes, more than the subreddit has ever seen on a single topic. The official forums were offline all day Thursday. And through it all, ArenaNet has stayed eerily silent.

Whether you side with the angry mob or have a more nuanced view, Guild Wars 2 is thoroughly bungling its expansion prepurchase.

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World of Warcraft details the end of the legendary ring questline

The launch of World of Warcraft‘s next major patch brings with it the end of the quest to earn a legendary ring for your character. So what do you have to do to sport the ultimate loop of power on your character’s ring finger? There’s a guide to the whole process available on the official site, which also walks players through the earlier steps if they have lost track of the process amidst all of the other things going on in Draenor.

In short, this is a line of tasks that will require you to dive into Hellfire Citadel, receive blessings from high-end lore figures, and take down a pretty obvious enemy if you’ve been following the story thus far. Take a gander at the full post if you want all of the details and don’t mind some spoilers for the next patch.

Patch 6.2 goes live on the totally coincidental date of June 23rd.


RIFT teases the Nightmare Saga coming with next month’s patch

Lord Arak is not a nice guy, presumably. Sure, maybe he does nice things for his friends, has a soft spot for animals, all of that. But he also knows the secret fears that lurk in the heart of every Ascended character in RIFT, and considering the fact that he’s at the center of a big new Nightmare Saga questline being introduced to the game with next month’s major patch, you know he’s not the friendliest sort.

Maybe if the quest were something like “Learning to be Friends” it would be more ambiguous, but no, Nightmare Saga it is. It gives certain impressions.

A very short teaser is available on the official site, complete with a recommendation that players earn the trust of the Ghar now instead of struggling for approval once the patch actually goes live. Hopefully that task is a bit less nightmarish than dealing with Arak promises to be.


Check out this handy Guild Wars 2 build calculator

Here’s your Guild Wars 2 public service announcement of the day: Don’t get so caught up in the expansion fever and the price wars that you forget that there’s a sizable content patch coming between now and Heart of Thorns!

One of the big changes with the upcoming patch is the replacement of the current trait system with the new specializations. Enterprising Guild Wars 2 fan site Into the Mists is helping players prepare for the change by creating a handy build calculator for both PvE and PvP characters.

The calculator walks you through potential new builds step by step. Give it a try and let us know what you think. Or you can go sign the petition and try to get your money back at the cost of your account. Either one. Pitchforks for everyone.


SWTOR lead writer talks expansion story and companions

If you’re curious about the story coming your way in BioWare’s next Star Wars: The Old Republic expansion, you should probably read a post on the game’s official forums that was penned by lead writer Charles Boyd. It steers clear of spoilers, but it also hints at a few things that story fans might want to know.

“The choices you’ve made, romances you’ve pursued, your class, etc., are all a part of who your character is, and those decisions will be honored in Knights of the Fallen Empire; often in unexpected ways,” Boyd says. He also mentions companions, saying that “there’s a ton of stuff going on with companions in this release.” While he avoids specifics, Boyd explains that past companions will return, sometimes as “very critical” parts of the overall story shared by all Outlanders.

Source: Forums


Age of Wulin allows you to summon offline friends for combat assistance

Do you have a good buddy you wish could play with you all the time, even when she’s sleeping, eating, or at work? In Age of Wulin, now you can with the game’s new partner system. Through this, players can summon a friend’s character for assistance in combat as long as the player’s charisma holds up.

The partner system is but one of the additions that came in yesterday’s Blood & Flowers content update. The patch introduced the Lingxiao City battleground, which is far more than a simple PvP brawl. Instead, players will have to undertake several creative missions to take over the stronghold.

Blood & Flowers also allows male characters to compete to become the Flower Prince and opened up a time-gated zone called the Island of Delight. The official site has the rundown of all of the patch notes for your perusal.

Source: Webzen press release, patch notes


World of Warcraft 6.2 coming on June 23 with Hellfire Citadel raid

World of Warcraft’s Patch 6.2: Fury of Hellfire is coming on June 23rd, we found out today. When it lands, the patch will be unleashing some of its toughest endgame content for Warlords of Draenor yet with Hellfire Citadel.

The raid will open its doors to normal and heroic difficulty on the day of the patch, but Blizzard is holding back on some of its other modes until later weeks. To suss it all out, there’s a handy new schedule on the website that shows when mythic difficulty and raid finder wings become available. The studio also notes that you will need item level 650 or higher to enter Hellfire Citadel’s doors, because evil’s got standards.

You can watch the patch’s trailer after the jump!

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Massively Opinionated: What’s the coolest Guild Wars 2 Elite Spec?

Massively Opinionated welcomes some very special guests today from ArenaNet to debate content from its first expansion for Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns.

Guild Wars 2 has obsessive fans who like to pick apart every little tidbit of information ArenaNet has to dish out. Well, GW2 fans, here’s your chance to comb through every word that they have to say about the upcoming expansion. Our host, Larry Everett, invited Content Marketing Manager Rubi Bayer and Narrative Designer Scott McGough to debate GW2 tropes with superfan and YouTuber Aurora Peachy.

Some secrets for the upcoming expansion might have slipped out, but you’ll only know what they are if you check out this week’s vidcast!

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