announced this afternoon that Star Trek Online’s
mid-season update is due to begin on April 12th. It’ll kick off with the Temporal Front featured episode:
“Season 11.5’s new featured episode, Temporal Front, begins at a post-Iconian War convention attended by leaders representing the Federation, Klingon and Romulan factions. What begins as a peaceful summit quickly turns into chaos, as a threat from the future interrupts the meeting to lead an attack on the embassy. Players must now travel through time and space to prevent the Na’Kuhl from destroying the present by invading our past.
Gameplay updates for Season 11.5 introduce both new and revised systems designed to create a more fluid experience for Star Trek Online players. This includes a Skill System Revamp, aimed at making the process of leveling up much more rewarding, and progressing your characters’ skills easier to understand. With this update, skills progression will be presented in a streamlined, easy-to-use interface that includes more detailed descriptions, as well as better explanations for many combat mechanics.”
STO also promises the strategist secondary spec and new Romulan-themed Admiralty assignments, both already previewed. Massively OP’s Eliot Lefebvre spoke to Cryptic at length about the skill system changes as well. Check out the trailer and new images below!
Elder Scrolls Online’s Thieves Guild DLC finally lands on the PlayStation 4 today, so console players are fully caught up to PC gamers. There’s even a new trailer to mark the occasion! “Thieves Guild is included with an active ESO Plus membership or will be available for 2,000 crowns via the ESO Crown Store,” says Bethsoft.
Massively OP’s Larry Everett gave the PC edition of the DLC his thumbs-up, saying the fleshed-out mechanics made the game worth returning to.
Here’s hoping you didn’t get too comfortable at the level cap for Blade & Soul because it’s going up. Today, even! The massive Silverfrost Mountains patch is bringing a boost in the character level cap to 50 and Hongmoon level 10, giving players the extra edge to pursue Jinsoyun across new areas. The patch also adds several new dungeons to the mix, five Expert and three Heroics, that will test the abilities of players ready for a new tier of challenge.
Players with a more PvP-oriented mindset will want to head over to the Soulstone Plains, where the two PvP factions of the game are sparring over who gets to mine the Soulstones located therein. The result is a constant rolling PvP battle that moves in phases, with one faction winning the right to start operating the mining equipment followed by a need to defend the equipment from prolonged attacks. There’s a lot in the patch, though, so even if you’d rather not fight endless wars over who gets access to a resource temporarily, you’ll have plenty to do.
Although tons of information (5,000 words worth!) was posted in Landmark’s update notes, some new stuff surfaced in the official livestream today. Devs also demonstrated a few of the upcoming features, including the revamped UI, some new props, and the much-anticipated creature spawning.
A new piece of info that devs slipped in is that a new resurrection location has been added: player claims. Players who don’t choose to revive on the spot when they die will be sent to the closest of the three location options, making it possible for anyone who died in a player-made dungeon to repawn there and not have to run all the way back from a graveyard or portal spire.
There are so many Heritage Quests in EverQuest II that it seems like MassivelyOP’s MJ and the minions will never get through them all… but that won’t stop them from trying! All that fun lore and sweet status is just waiting to be had. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. as the group visits Crushbone Keep to finish up War and Wardrobe, and then maybe start in on the level 40 set of HQs.
What: EverQuest II
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
Gotta catch them all? If you ever felt like the handheld worlds in the Pokémon games were ultimately too small, then get ready for Pokémon Go, the augmented reality title that uses the entire world as its playscape.
Pokémon Go uses iOS and Android apps to interact with surroundings, challenging players to visit real world locations to capture critters and battle with others. The Pokémon people said that they’ll be doing an initial playtest of the game in Japan with a global rollout in later 2016.
Curious how this game might function? Visitors to SXSW this month were treated to a short preview of a player capturing Ivysaur with the game — and naturally, someone recorded that preview for your edification. Check it out after the break!
has big plans for its birthday week
and PS4 open beta
, including game-wide promos every single day through Monday. Massively OP is joining in the festivities with our second of two giveaways, this one doling out 50 2016 Season Tickets
, which’ll allow the user to earn fantasy points and unlock seasonal rewards as well as bet on pro league matches.
The tickets can be redeemed in-game across all platforms and in all regions as long as you’re playing on Hi-Rez SMITE servers (Tencent runs the Chinese servers, and LevelUp runs the Latin American and Brazilian servers, so the codes won’t work there). Just head to the store in-game and then click “redeem codes” from the main menu.
Read on to enter to win!
You may have never paid attention to Dungeon Fighter Online before, but perhaps you should: It’s one of the biggest games in the world, clocking in behind only League of Legends and Crossfire in terms of PC revenue last year, mainly thanks to China and Korea (at least if you believe Superdata).
DFO’s western version has something to celebrate too: The first anniversary of its relaunch here, and it’s insane as is typical of Neople. Players will be showered with a treasure hunt and milk and honey rewards, plus an “Overpower Balance” event that quadruples AoE power and boosts traditionally underpowered skills to do 9999999 damage. Wheeeeee!
That last event begins today; catch Neople’s anniversary vid below.
The Crowfall team intends to put out the Siege Perilous update by the end of the month. That hasn’t changed. But some of the updates that were originally planned for that update are ready just a little bit earlier than expected, so to make a long story short, the Ranger is going live in a special 1.3 patch for the game’s current pre-alpha testing.
Rangers are ranged characters, but they also have a bit more complexity to them, since they swap back and forth between melee and ranged while using ammunition for ranged attacks. Players will be able to try out the new archetype in a familiar setting before moving onto sieges later in the month; this patch also includes netcode optimization and other engine improvements. You can check out the tutorial video for the Ranger just below.
Black Desert has only recently launched here, but it’s been out for a little while in its native Korea and it’s getting regular updates. Its newest update preview highlights the Valkyrie’s Awakening… probably. That’s what it seems to be. If you don’t speak Korean, it could conceivably be just a very elaborate method of ordering a ham sandwich, or possibly the Valkyrie getting angry at whoever was responsible for her wardrobe for the day.
What, have you never gone to town on people with a lance because you really want a ham sandwich?
Fortunately, Reddit has helpfully clarified for those unclear that the trailer is indeed of the Valkyrie’s Awakening, giving the class a second weapon option with different skills and playstle that can be swapped in freely during combat. You can check out all of the action in the trailer just below. No word yet on when this option will be coming to the US, but it’s probably not going to be tomorrow morning.
Why walk through your Neverwinter
adventures when you can ride a howler mount? MassivelyOP’s MJ has a handful of PC codes for this rare mount that she’ll be giving away to viewers as she continues her own in-game escapades. If you want a chance to ride off into the sunset 80% faster on your very own howler, tune in live at 9:00 p.m.
To redeem your key before it expires on June 30, 2016, visit the official site
and enter your code. Then claim it in-game from the Reward Claims Agent in Protector’s Enclave.
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 21st, 2016
Das Tal has kicked off Monday with a recap of its first March Madness weekend, during which it brought in new alpha testers and guilds to try to break the game. All settlements in the game were claimed by guilds, says Fairytale Distillery, and ownership of the resource camps — one of the new mechanics introduced with the latest patch — changed hands several times during the test.
“In the end 22 clans participated in the defense donations and easily reached the required amount of 20k donation value, defending the valley,” wrote Das Tal’s Alexander Zacherl, who also posted the stats for the first 60 hours (European notation):
Deaths: ~5.250 (around 1.250 deaths to mobs)
XP essences in the game world: ~100.000
Pelts in the game world: ~20.000
+3 equipment crafted: ~140 times
+8 equipment crafted: 2 times
Massively OP’s MJ streamed part of the insanity on Saturday; catch her video below.
For those still lost on the lore of Overwatch, Blizzard’s upcoming shooter and brand-new IP, the company has begun pushing out a series of three animated shorts, the first of which, Recall, is included below. Recall highlights the backstory of Winston, the cybernetics-laden, bespectacled gorilla hero who apparently plays Hearthstone when he’s not busy saving the world.
Blizzard Watch has identified several clues about unreleased heroes in the video too. Check your cynicism and go watch it all below — it’s honestly cute.