What: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Who: Larry Everett & MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 25th, 2015
What: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Today’s dev blog concerns the Eskenian Peninsula, a tropical tourist trap that’s quite easy on the eyes. It’s a darn tootin’ shame, then, that the inhabitants’ lackadasial nature has allowed demons to break the seals of nearby temples and begin overrunning the entire zone. So as the civilians evacuate, player forces move in to push the bad guys back and reclaim the peninsula once more.
You can get a video overview of the new zone after the break!
Facing off against final boss in World of Warcraft’s new Hellfire Citadel raid might have some players quaking in their steel codpieces, but we all know how it’s going to end for him. Sure enough, Blizzard has forseen Archimonde’s defeat and has created a death cinematic for him that you can see right now — if you’re willing to encounter spoilers.
MMO-Champion leaked the cinematic, which includes both Archimonde’s introduction and fall. You can check it out after the break to enjoy the story fruits of the raid without any of the work involved!
In honor of PlanetSide 2‘s launch on the PlayStation 4 yesterday, MassivelyOP’s MJ is returning to the battle! However, on the PC there’s no starter continent for her to land on, so she’ll be diving right into the thick of things on a new server and as a new faction. Join us live at 8:00 p.m. to see how many bullets she can dodge in one hour.
What: PlanetSide 2
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
Until June 28th, all items in the SMITE store are 25% off. These include gods, skins, and voice packs. The game is also doubling log-in bonuses, bringing back old legacy chests, and giving 10 gems per day for a player’s first win.
You can watch the sale video after the break.
The bad news is that TUG players can no longer load up and play any of their saved games. The good news is the reason why: The 0.8.5 tech update to the terrain is so drastic that all prior versions are no longer compatible. The upcoming sandbox’s latest Kickstarter update announces that this version marks the big turn to the 2.0 engine and includes a major reworking of the biomes, terrain, and creative mode system. Seeds can also now move between fat and skinny based on gameplay, and for players longing to pad their weight with coconuts, those can now be both harvested and planted.
See some of these changes in the video below and read a full accounting of all them in the detailed patch notes. Then stay tuned over the next couple of months for “a lot of fairly huge announcements on the future of TUG.”
The Electronic Entertainment Expo presented a lot of opportunities for public relations mistakes, which led me to wonder about the biggest mistakes an MMO’s ever made, the topic of today’s Massively Opinionated debate vidcast! We also have multiple questions from the Patreon backers, and an interesting question about changing MMO systems mid-stream.
This week’s panelists hail from all over the internet: Mike Byrne is the Editor-in-Chief at MMO Bomb, Cosmic Engine can be found on YouTube doing video game reviews, and Tina Lauro can be found right here on MassivelyOP and the Predestination game website.
Square-Enix provided the answer to a question we never thought to ask by creating an “Eorzea Symphony” with said laptops, piano, and Final Fantasy XIV. In the following short video, the team links all of them together to show clips from the game while using the piano and in-game sound effects to play the game’s theme music.
Check it out after the break. We think you’ll agree that it ends up being two minutes well-spent.
The kraken? Oh, the kraken in ArcheAge was so last week’s terrifying sea foe. Now the fantasy sandbox has a new threat emerging from the deeps: the leviathan.
In yesterday’s Devouring Depths patch, ArcheAge released the leviathan into the wild. While the creature promises tremendous rewards for those who best it, doing so will require an immense show of naval force. From now until July 7th, there’s also a periodic event that encourages players to get out on the seas and take on the beast.
Even though MassivelyOP’s MJ adores EverQuest II now, she’s looking forward to jumping into the upcoming progression servers herself and starting life over from scratch. After all, she occasionally gets paralyzed by how much there is to do after 10 years, so going back to a simpler time will be liberating! And although she can’t yet divulge them yet, she knows there are certain surprises awaiting players when the progression servers launch, and they have her even more excited. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. in game and in chat to share your favorite EQII memories and discuss the implementation of progression servers.
What: EverQuest II
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
What? Massively OP’s MJ has more Skyforge beta keys to give away? Yes she does! And now that the fourth closed beta test has opened its doors, she can invite you along as she finally continues her sci-fi adventure there. It’s not as if she needs any special reason to jump back in and show off games — she’ll dive in anyway. Rumor has it that an upcoming zone is a good one. (And by good, we mean one that lets MJ jump over the rails to her death!) Tune in us live at 8:00 p.m. for a chance to win keys to this closed beta test!
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
Did you catch the latest World of Warships Naval Academy video that came out this week? If not, we’ve got it for you after the break below. It focuses on American and Japanese battleships in Wargaming’s upcoming World War II action title.
The eight-minute clip gives you a history lesson in terms of real battleship construction and usage, as well as plenty of in-game footage that demonstrates the low speed/high armor/high range characteristics of the US battleship tree and the high speed hulls found throughout the Japanese tree.
The studio behind Izanagi Online is hard at work at another mobile fantasy title that could well be making its way to the west before too long. Japan’s Asobimo is developing Toram Online, which is currently in beta in the region.
While it looks to be a your standard cute anime title, Toram at least is getting out of the standard class rut by offering a more free-form character growth system. Players can mold their avatars by choosing skills and equipping certain types of gear. The title is still growing in beta, having recently added two large maps to the game world.
Toram hasn’t been localized for English-speaking markets yet, but you can still pick up a copy of the beta on both Android and iOS devices if so desired. We’ve got the beta trailer for you after the jump!