As teased and prodded and hinted at all week, Destiny 2 is official, and we've finally got a trailer to go with it. Expect the game to launch on September 8th on Xbox One, PS4, and yes -- PC -- retailing for $59.99 on up into the stratosphere for collector editions. Beta arrives this summer.
"In Destiny 2, the last safe city on Earth has fallen and lay in ruins, occupied by a powerful new enemy and his elite army, the Red Legion. Every player creates their own character called a Guardian, humanity's chosen protectors. As a Guardian in Destiny 2, players must master new abilities and weapons to reunite the city's forces, stand together and fight back to reclaim their home. The official Destiny 2 reveal trailer, Rally the Troops, shows two of the Vanguard, leaders of the Guardians, inspiring the people of the last city in an impassioned (and occasionally sarcastic) call to arms. In Destiny 2, players will answer this call, embarking on a fresh story filled with new destinations around our solar system to explore, and an expansive amount of activities to discover. There is something for almost every type of gamer in Destiny 2, including gameplay for solo, cooperative and competitive players set within a vast, evolving and exciting universe."
I feel as if Bungie is hitting a nice chord here between "Forth Eorlingas!" and Guardians of the Galaxy in the new trailer, while also getting right to the point of what video games (and for that matter, war) are really about. Check it out!
We're just going to put this out there: Crowfall's Eternal Kingdoms are more than just the "social backbone" of the game; they're one of the core mechanics of persistence that make Crowfall a true MMO. So it's worth paying attention when the devs at ArtCraft spill more info on just how the EKs work, which is exactly what they've done in a new video today.
The Kingdoms are basically persistent player-controlled groups of parcels that are placed and then built up by guilds, separate from the constantly changing, multi-ruleset battleground areas. The bigger and richer the guild, the better-equipped its Kingdom will be.
Within the Eternal Kingdoms update, players can expect the following content:
- The ability to plan and reshape their Eternal Kingdoms by placing mountains, valleys, rivers and forests, constructing buildings and strongholds and creating the greatest cities.
- The power to dictate the law of their land as a true king and ruler, including a wide range of PvP rules.
- Dedicated servers to host their own kingdoms, complete with the ability to control access and admin rights for other players.
- The ability to invite others to visit or join the kingdoms and become permanent vassals there, fostering alliances and social interplay.
- In order to build up their Eternal Kingdoms to their fullest potential, players will have to gather and use a wide range of resources, the best of them which can only be found in the dangerous environments of the Campaign Worlds."
We're sad to follow up on the January announcement that Disney was closing kid-centric Club Penguin to say that it has indeed happened: Yesterday marked the final day of play in the almost-12-year-old MMO. That's 4174 days, if you're counting. "The end of an era," Reddit has declared it.
Disney isn't leaving its legions of young fans entirely in the lurch; it's replacing Club Penguin with a new game on a new platform: Club Penguin Island. In fact, it's live today.
If you weren't sure before that Revelation Online's
open beta is really a soft launch, does the fact that the game is getting a massive new update convince you?
It's called Stardust, which is adorable, and in fact I thought it might be an early April Fools' Day joke based on the pics alone until I read the text. It's not a joke, but it is for fun!
"This update includes the new Guild vs. Guild map Starshatter Island, the long-awaited Faerie’s Funland map, localization refinements and various gameplay enhancements. Revelation’s new Funland is an amusement park that offers leisure activities and is the magical place where players can become part of a living board game in which the tiles represent various games within the game. Roll the dice, complete the minigames and challenges and walk away with the latest rewards!"
FFXIV's Golden Saucer, anyone? My.com is dubbing the new content as endgame content and saying it's coming "soon." Check out the trailer below!
Well then. That answers that. If you haven't heard today's The Secret World news, you'll get an earful tonight. Massively OP's MJ is still reeling from the Secret World Legends announcement and all it means for her favorite game. No matter what, she'll always carry the torch for TSW! Thankfully, MJ still gets to log in and play, and that's exactly what she's going to do. What she'll do, however, is anyone's guess; she might take her frustrations out on every mob in sight and litter the ground with corpses, or she may just wander the world as dazed as a zombie. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. to join the discussion in a rant-filled edition of OPTV in...
What: The Secret World
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
Remember back in November when Warframe pushed out The War Within and broke its concurrency record? Last week's techno-bard-themed Octavia's Anthem did it again. According to Digital Extremes, the game
"broke a new record on Steam with 69,526 peak concurrent players over the weekend. The Saturday-Sunday, March 25-26 weekend also marked Warframe’s four-year anniversary and its 20th consecutive record-breaking major update. Boasting more than 30 million registered users worldwide since its launch in March 2013, Warframe broke into the top three most played games on Steam (Top Games By Current Players category) during the same weekend."
Massively OP's MJ Guthrie took a peek at the new update on Friday. Enjoy!
"It's a whole new era for Heroes of the Storm," Blizzard has declared in its new HOTS dev video today. That's because the game is currently in the midst of a month-long test of a huge progression patch the studio is calling Heroes 2.0. Level caps are being nuked; your level cap will now basically be account-wide, and leveling will be much more quick across the board. Blizz is also adding loot chests out the wazoo as you level and meet certain accomplishments. It's going to look pretty familiar to other games across the MOBA genre and in Blizzard's own stable.
The studio has also introduced a new hero today: Cassia, the Amazon, brought over from Diablo II. The best class! In HOTS, she'll function as a ranged assassin with high defenses while moving, flung javelins and lightning plus cone javelin stabbing. Sorry, bowazons.
Check out the pair of intro vids down below.
Bless Online's Korean version is in the midst of a massive content update expected to launch in several waves over the course of the next couple of months and beginning with a preview of the Urdata War Fortress, which itself arrives on April 11th. There's a giant graphic to accompany the announcement below. More info is apparently due on Friday -- and it's all good news for the Korean edition of the MMORPG, which has undergone multiple rounds of server merges since its launch.
As for the Aeria Games version that we'll be playing here in the west someday? It's still under construction - don't expect it anytime soon.
What do you do when a game you've always intended to check out has an anniversary? Massively OP's MJ dives in to play -- in front of an audience! RuneScape turns 13 years old today (counting from its official launch renamed RuneScape 2, not the beta release on January 4th, 2001 ), and MJ wants to help celebrate the occasion. She's heading in as a brand-new newbie to experience what many others have spent years enjoying. Join us live at 3:00 p.m. to help her navigate this new landscape.
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
Long-time players of Star Wars: The Old Republic
: In the next update 5.2: The War for Iokath, you will finally be able to switch factions. Insert disco horn here.
That's right: If you are a Republic character, you will finally be able to fight alongside the best people in the universe: the Sith Empire. And if you're a traitor to the Empress, you can fight alongside the Galactic Republic.
I also wanted to amplify another announcement about a couple of long-awaited companions. Republic Troopers, you will finally get your love interest Elara Dorne back, and Sith Warriors, you will finally be able to Force choke Malavai Quinn again, just as you always wanted.
I'll explain the details, my opinion, and show a teaser video on the matter below in this edition of Hyperspace Beacon.
MMORPG players can use some happy news today, yeah? How about this: RIFT's Forged in Flame
patch is officially live.
The core of the update is Tartaric Depths, a 10-man raid, as well as the new Life Fortress Siege dubbed Xarth's Skull and level 70 reworks for Rise of the Phoenix and Gyel Fortress. How will you access the raid if you don't have a giant mass of friends? Why, with the brand-new looking-for-raid tool, of course.
"Similar to Looking for Group in dungeons, the Looking for Raid (LFR) system gives players the opportunity to quickly and easily join up with others and take down epic bosses where they are rewarded with gear that will help them progress into normal raids. Players are rewarded individually through the Individual Reward System."
Trion's promised to talk more about the update in its weekly Stream on Friday; in the meantime, the patch launch trailer and new screenies are tucked down below. Anybody giving it a go?
Guardians of Ember [official site] has today updated its early access with a brand-new class: the wicked poisoner known as The Dark Knight.
"The Dark Knight represents the sixth and final class being added to the Hack’n’Slash MMORPG Guardians of Ember. Born out of the desperation and hopelessness that befell Olyndale, the Dark Knight is a merciless fighter who uses both black magic and toxic attacks. Players utilize his or her skills to their advantage by poisoning groups of enemies in one strike, sucking them dry like a leech. Because of their cold nature, Dark Knights are extraordinary lone fighters, who trust in their strength alone. This affords them magnificent attack capabilities but gives them the disadvantage of not being able to heal their allies."
In honor of the launch, InselGames has granted us some lovely Steam keys for copies of the whole game to raffle to our readers, open to anyone who is capable of purchasing and playing the game on Steam. Read on to enter to win!
Over on the ArcheAge
Reddit, people are grumpy. No, stay with me; they might have a point here. Trion kicked off an odd sort of promotion Monday
in which players can purchase APEX packs and get pretty big additional APEX bonuses for doing so, which players suggest has never happened before, not even when the currency (which is traded in-game as well) was inflated.
What's made them grumpy is the note at the bottom of the sale that tells people to "act fast" because "this bonus could disappear at any time." Redditors suggest is part of a quarterly financial push -- do you agree?
In less puzzling news, ArcheAge is beginning the Gweonid Forest Lantern Festival today and running through April 19th, complete with daily quests and prizes.