If you’re keeping tabs on Bless Online, it might cheer you up slightly to hear that it’s revving up its Korean open beta later this month. Of course, it might depress you when we say that there’s still no word as to when this title might make it over to western shores.
The Korean OBT begins on January 27th and will include six jobs and a new playable race. Neowiz is also holding a pair of character creation contests during the first couple of weeks. Bless is currently confirmed to launch in Korea, Taiwan, and China.
Some of Bless Online’s selling features include massive 100v100 battles, a score by Hans Zimmer, and use of the Unreal Engine 3.
Be, erm, blessed with the following Korean trailers for the game!
The skies are a little more crowded today in Star Citizen with the release of Alpha 2.1 to the live servers. The patch added two new flyable craft to the roster: there’s the mighty Freelancer base and the surprise addition of the Aegis Vanguard Warden. The Aegis Sabre is also available to check out in the hanger, although it has yet to get the go-ahead to take off into the deep unknown.
The bulk of Alpha 2.1’s drive is to provide more stability and bug fixes for the game. The team is still making adjustments to the EVA system, the Freelancer’s damage states, and naughty elevators. “The doors inside of ArcCorp and Million Mile High Club will occasionally break,” the team posted. “As this includes the elevator doors, it can trap occupants inside.”
The team also released episode 2.14 of Around the ‘Verse. You can read the transcript of the ‘cast if you’re short on time or else watch the full video after the break!
There’s a lot of stuff coming to Star Wars: The Old Republic
in 2016. Not all of it was ready to be discussed during yesterday’s livestream; the archived version is just below, and within the first few minutes viewers are told that the team isn’t ready to talk about new group content being added to the game for players who have seen all of the old content and want something totally new. But players who want new crafting, new storytelling, new companions, and new challenges? Oh, you’re getting exactly what you like.
Chapter X of Knights of the Fallen Empire will bring with it new companions to recruit (including Blizz recruitment) along with an increase to the crafting skill cap up to 550. That means new materials, crafting mission revamps, and new crafting recipes with new appearances. A lengthy forum post detailing the changes is due before the end of the month. The team is also planning on unveiling the new Eternal Championships, a set of challenging solo arena fights, with the launch of Chapter XI. There’s also a new warzone coming on Odessen with a release date sometime in the next six months. You can check out all of the details in the archived stream just below.
There are plenty of mysteries to solve in The Secret World, and now MassivelyOP’s MJ has turned her attention to solving one involving Tokyo’s cyborgs. What are the secrets these semi-sentient machines hide? Join us live at 9:00 p.m. as MJ delves deeper into Issue #13 Trail of Shadows to find out.
What: The Secret World
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, January 14th, 2016
Surviving is never the only challenge in ARK: Survival Evolved; the devs keep things interesting with various competitions and contests. And the newest contest — with a prize pool of $60,000 — is directed at modders. For two months, from January 14th through March 15th, interested international participants can submit their workshop items in one of the three contest categories: mods, maps, and total conversions. Studio Wildcard will then select between five and 10 in each category, and then the public will vote between March 18th and April 1st. Full details and instructions for submitting are found in the official contest rules.
Whether or not you are looking forward to participating in the contest, you can look forward to two more dinos on their way to the ARK. Devs spotlighted the upcoming dung beetle and the dimetrodon; the former turns poop into fuel and fertilizer, while the latter shelters players from both the heat and cold. Get a look at both creatures in the video below.
Oh, and craftable beer kegs are also coming to the game in the v232 update, so even if you survive the rampaging dinos during the day, you can come home and get wasted at night.
WildStar patched in a quick update yesterday, with tweaks to multiple classes, the housing interface, and quests. Reddit can’t decide whether it’s grumpy about reskins or stoked for the new Madame Fay’s Fortunes rewards, but of note are tweaks to the game’s PvP matchmaking.
“The matchmaking formula has been updated so that it takes longer for players in pre-made groups to be matched up against groups of solo-queue players. Previously, the rating offset for groups was very small–that offset has now been made much larger. Those groups can still face each other in a match, the system will now simply take longer seeking a closer matchup before doing so.
The Season 2 cosmetic gear is no longer rating gated. Instead, players can now earn Gladiator’s Marks by completing a new weekly quest. This quest requires players to win Arena matches, Battlegrounds or Warplot matches. Warplots and Arenas will give much more progress toward completion than Battlegrounds.”
The cash shop also has a new tutorial quest and achievement. YouTuber Ox put together a video run-down of the patch, which you can check out below.
Free-to-play, top-down, 2-D MMO Tibia is closing in on two decades of operation, and it’s just released its very first trailer. The game pubbed a patch in December and was greenlit on Steam last year, but in September CipSoft told fans the game just wasn’t ready yet to relaunch on the platform because of the requirements of the new client:
We are still aiming to release Tibia on Steam and we will continue to work towards this goal. However, a Steam release is closely linked to the development of a new Tibia client – a time-intensive, long term project on which we have been working for quite some time already. At the moment, we are still in a development stage where we cannot provide concrete, reliable information about this project. This also means that we cannot provide an ETA concerning a Tibia release on Steam yet or an estimation as to when we will be able to share more details with you.
Check out the trailer and images below!
MassivelyOP’s MJ bought a new ‘mech during MechWarrior Online’s last sale and she’s eager to test it out! Her spurge: the Hunchback HBK-4J. A medium ‘mech, this machine has better maneuverability than her favored Catapult, but she’s kitted it out with long-range capabilities to stay in her preferred role. Once MJ heads into battle, will she be able to rain death upon the enemy from afar, or will she have to face them up-close and personal? Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to watch the action unfold.
What: MechWarrior Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
Have you ever become frustrated with a studio for its lack of communication and the perception that the developers are goofing off instead of working on vital fixes and new content?
Hearthstone Senior Game Designer Ben Brode put together a new video to explain the dev side of this equation, saying that there’s always projects going on behind the scenes that the team has to hold off on announcing until they’re ready. That said, Brode acknowledged that constant communication is essential to keeping the playerbase from getting too restless.
“We are working on tons of stuff,” Brode assured fans. “Whenever you’re frustrated with a development team, the truth is that we’re working on them and they’re not so far away. There are so many things we want to do and we want to do them right.”
You can hear the sage words of Mr. Brode after the break.
Wargaming has just announced that World of Tanks is all ready for its formal PlayStation 4 debut next week — January 19th, to be specific. “New and existing players subscribed to PlayStation Plus will get access to a very unique Premium vehicle: the exclusive German Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. J-PS,” says the studio. You can pick it up in the PlayStation Plus section of the PlayStation Store and check out the relevant videos below.
. Tune in live at 1:00 p.m. as Larry shares his (almost) patented money-making scheme.
What: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Who: Larry Everett & MJ Guthrie
When: 1:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, January 8th, 2016
In January’s Crowfall Q&A video, Design Lead Thomas Blair and Founder/Art Director J. Todd Coleman discuss Crowfall as an “experimental project.” So many game design elements, Coleman explains, are subject to change because of the team’s experimental mentality. “We’re going to find out what this game is all about, and we’re going to do it by trying things out. Some of them will work; some of them won’t,” Coleman says. “And through the course of this experiment, we hope to find a game that’s really compelling, that you want to play.” He further reveals that the Kickstarter was based on the idea that the right kind of exploration-driven players would step up to guide their path.
The pair also address how Crowfall defies the idea of ship dates. “I don’t even think in those terms,” Coleman tells watchers. “I’m thinking of it as, OK, what’s the 10-year strategy for this game, and what are we going to grow over time. The launch date really is just that moment when you say, OK, we’re not going to wipe again. And usually it’s when you say, ‘And we’re going to collect money,’ but we’re already doing that.” Launch for Crowfall, therefore, will be when the game — persistent characters, specifically — is no longer due for wipes.
A bit of time is spent discussing god choices and Hunger Dome mechanics in testing, and Coleman and Blair shelve a question on monsters in the Eternal Kingdoms. It’s a quick listen/watch, and you can find it below.
In honor of Diablo III’s latest patch, Blizzard has something special in store… for World of Warcraft players who also play Diablo III:
We’ve added something new to the collection of goodies you get when you purchase the Digital Deluxe Edition of World of Warcraft: Legion. Take on the terrors of Diablo III in style with the Legion-inspired Demon Hunter helm transmog. Wear it with the Wings of the Betrayer, and you’ll truly look the part as you hunt demons across Sanctuary. Both of these items, along with everything else in the Digital Deluxe Edition, are available in-game now when you pre-purchase.
All Diablo III players can satisfy themselves with a ton of free patch content, which includes Greyhollow Island and the new season first previewed at BlizzCon. Check out the trailer below!