Hear ye, hear ye: The second closed beta test for Otherland has commenced!
The Otherland CBT 2.0 will feature an expanded version of the game, including crafting “based on eDNA,” 200 additional quests, a DPS balance pass, a usable mail system, and the auction house. The team is primarily testing server stability during this round of testing.
All former closed beta testers will be allowed in, as will those who have managed to get a key for this round. You can watch the original closed beta trailer after the jump!
Elite: Dangerous is coming to the Xbox One, according to a new teaser that was released at GDC this week. There’s no firm date other than the nebulous “coming soon” in the video credits and the “planned to launch in 2015” blurb on Frontier’s YouTube channel.
E:D is also slated to appear on the Mac platform this spring. You can watch the trailer by clicking past the cut!
Elder Scrolls Online’s huge update 6 patch went live last night, but the celebration begins today. ZeniMax has released a new video exploring all of the update’s major features, but it’s the new justice system that imbues online Tamriel with that classic Elder Scrolls ambiance and has recaptured MMO players’ attention.
Quipped a player tweeting as Shank last night, “Picked a pocket. Got caught. Didn’t pay bounty. Panicked. Ran for my life. Killed by a wolf in the chase. Justice system 10/10.”
The new video and some fresh wallpapers are below; let us know if you’re playing! We might just be bringing back our old Elder Scrolls Online column next week…
World of Warcraft Shaman Doubleagent made headlines a year ago for leveling his Pandaren up to 80 and then 90 without ever choosing a faction. Now he’s pulled it off again post-Warlords of Draenor, this time barrelling up to 100, still factionless. Kotaku reports that he has been grinding away at the project by harvesting herbs and collecting exp through his other characters’ pet battles.
In other WoW news, Blizzard has posted up last week’s raid-and-dungeon Q&A video with Lead Game Designer Ion “Watcher” Hazzikostas and Community Manager Josh “Lore” Allen Friday; we’ve embedded it below. Among the highlights? “NO troll dungeon next patch. No trolls in Draenor.” They also address the content gap: “Our focus is on reducing the gap in content between final tier and next expack. We know that Siege was too long — unacceptably long. We are committed to reducing that. […] Six to seven months is good for a large raid tier; 13 months is too long.”
Shadowrun Online isn’t Shadowrun Online any longer. Hot on the heels of its announcement that it’s secured a physical distributor, the game has rebranded itself as Shadowrun Chronicles. A recent development post explains that the name Shadowrun Online created expectations that ran counter to the team’s goals, so hopefully the name change will more accurately reflect their design intent. Draw your own conclusions there.
If you’re holding off on drawing those conclusions until the game actually launches, though, you won’t have to wait much longer. The same post also announces that the game will be launching on April 28th, just a little under two months away. You can check out the most recent trailer for the game just past the break.
By now, most of you know that Crowfall’s PvP campaigns will take place on time-limited worlds that will come to a definite end. But what happens to a player’s hard-won loot when the campaign is over?
A new Kickstarter update from the team explains how export rules function. During a campaign, players will make deposits of gear and goods in an account bank. Those items will be untouchable until the campaign is over, at which point the player will receive a portion of his or her loot based on how the player’s faction did. The longer the campaign, the larger the vault; the more difficult the campaign, the greater the potential payout.
As of the time of this writing, Crowfall has passed $959,000 in crowdfunding donations. The first stretch goal, at $1 million, will include female centaurs and enhanced particle effects. We’ve got a video of one of Crowfall’s artists creating the Knight poster as well as a preview of the centaur animations after the jump.
While I was taking my test drive of the Revenant class at ArenaNet’s recent press event, I wasn’t just playing through old familiar portions of Guild Wars 2. No, I was being welcomed to the jungle, mercifully without having to listen to that tired old Guns N’ Roses chestnut in the process. And then I was taking on Strongholds, which meant less dusting off my withered PvE skills for the game and more immediately developing PvP skills I’m not entirely sure I ever had.
So how were they? In the former case, I honestly think I didn’t get enough of a playground to say much about it one way or the other, but it certainly didn’t have me leaping for joy at the content. In the latter, though, I was very thoroughly pleased with how balanced the gameplay felt and how much fun the whole thing was, though it was buoyed somewhat by the fact that I kept being on the winning team. Let’s hit this one point by point.
Riot Games President Marc Merill says he regrets comments made in the heat of the moment regarding the recent SpectateFaker controversy. Riot issued its ruling on the matter this week, confirming that it will take the stream down as Faker believes it’s harming his career. League of Legends also got a new champion this week with Bard, an odd new support champion who grows in power by collecting musical chimes that appear randomly on the map. Hearthstone was also rocked with its own scandal recently as players began aggressively investigating female competitive player Hyerim “MagicAmy” Lee over accusations that someone else was playing her tournament matches for her.
In lighter news, Blizzard announced that it will have a huge booth in March’s Intel Extreme Masters event and will be giving out Heroes of the Storm beta keys at the event. Infinite Crisis faces low player numbers as it closes down the Gotham Heights matchmaking queue. Diablo III players have found a way to power-level extremely quickly and have already broken the 800 paragon level barrier. Third person MOBA SMITE has released new goddess Bellona, the Ancient Roman Goddess of war. Destiny‘s patch 1.1.1 has now landed along with new goodies like mobile vault access and a new hardcore Inferno game mode. And mobile MOBA Vainglory released new mage hero Celeste as part of patch 1.2.0.
Read on for a detailed breakdown of this week’s news from popular online multiplayer games.
During her last two Midtown Madness adventures in Marvel Heroes
, MassivelyOP’s MJ was able to get Squirrel Girl from level one to 52. But can she go all the way? Surely she can get eight more levels during one hour, especially with all the bonus buffs and XP that the events rain down on players! With an endless supply of Midtown bosses to pave the way, MJ is on a mission to get her first max-level hero. And she just wants to throw squirrels at people.
Don’t touch that dial! OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team is live at 8:00 p.m.!
What: Marvel Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Monday, March 2nd, 2015
Enjoy the show!
Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade’s third developer livestream spent a good amount of time talking about the Eldar and its sub-factions, although that’s not all that was discussed for this upcoming title. The team also revealed that there will be some form of stealth in the game, confirmed that friendly fire will be present, and said that more will be shown of the gameplay in the next few months.
Eternal Crusade is aiming for a fall release window for its early access. You can watch the livestream after the jump!
Are you keeping an eye on Eleven, one of the two Glitch revival projects that have received Tiny Speck’s blessing? It’s posted a new behind-the-scenes video this week, one that might be a little technical for someone who really just wants to log in and play, but it shows how the game’s platform structure injects dimension and interaction into the world.
The game opened its alpha to 13 testers in December, widening the base to 32 players in January.
The video is below. Stay tuned for this week’s Jukebox Heroes, in which Massively OP’s Justin Olivetti explores the recently released two-volume Glitch soundtrack.
Shroud of the Avatar isn’t even in proper alpha testing yet, but the fantasy title has already been host to its first in-game wedding.
Players Roper and Keira tied the virtual knot in an action-packed proceedings that included intense vow-making, fiery battles, and a knighting ceremony. Lord British and several members of the dev team also made appearances to bestow blessings on the newlyweds.
You can watch the highlights of the ceremony after the jump!
Have you seen that new Star Citizen promo from Western Digital? It’s worth a look if you’re a fan of the upcoming space sim sandbox. The two-minute clip focuses mainly on Cloud Imperium boss Chris Roberts, and it features a lot of in-game footage, behind-the-scenes development footage, and interview snippets with Star Citizen devs including producer Travis Day and community director Ben Lesnick.
“I want to play a game and get lost in that world,” Roberts says. “But it’s hard to do that. It’s hard to get to that level but when it does, those are the great games.” Click past the cut to see the clip!