had a busy month, what with the console launch
and its Godsfall update
. May is going to try its hardest to keep this pace of interesting developments, especially over in Europe, where server merges are in the works
At the start of the month, six of the region’s servers will be merged down to three, with a fourth international server remaining untouched. The studio concentrated on merging servers of the same language types to keep French, English, and German-speaking players together and happy.
“It is our aim to always bring you the best possible gaming experience. We know that it is very important for you to be able to find other players for group content quickly and easily at all times,” the team said. “We really hope the merge will help you enjoy the game even more!”
progression server took a step forward, pushing the line of content forward with some old endgame activities.
Two 10-player raids, Drowned Halls and Gilded Prophecy, were activated. To help plug players into these instances, the looking for raid tool has been included without any threat of a raid lockout. The raid difficulty will be the same whether or not you use LFR.
Trion Worlds also added mage tank loot in the patch and fixed some issues with the ignore command and crafting reagent purchasing.
Next up is the Greenscale Blight raid, which is coming on April 25th.
MMOs are games of repeated content. You log in and do some things today, then in all likelihood log in to do several of the same things tomorrow. That’s a part of the genre, whether it’s a matter of “killing this boss in World of Warcraft until he drops the sword I want” or “rebuilding my kit in Darkfall after someone killed me and took my stuff.” Fundamentally, it’s repeated content.
Many games have sensibly made a lot of this regular content have reasonably fixed limitations. You can only earn so many tomestones a week in Final Fantasy XIV, for example. There’s a set limit on reputation gains per week in Star Wars: The Old Republic. There’s the nature of daily quests in, well, every game under the sun with daily quests. You get the general idea.
So here’s the question: How much time do your regular MMO tasks take up during a given day? Do you just hop in, get login rewards, and depart? Do you regularly spend an hour just doing your daily tasks? Or, for that matter, do you tend to lose interest in a game once you’re on to doing regular maintenance tasks?
Believe it or not, it’s the Battle Bards’ fifth anniversary! From its weirdly humble beginnings back in 2013 to our arrogant ramblings here in 2018, coverage of MMO music must continue! In today’s episode, we’ll be listening to a surprisingly good soundtrack: Skyforge. Yes, that Russian sci-fi MMO from the Allods team that lets you grow into your ego as a god. Groove on these tunes and see if there’s a new sleeper soundtrack waiting for you!
Battle Bards is a bi-weekly podcast that alternates between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around a theme. MOP’s Justin co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunes, Google Play, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, Stitcher, and Player.FM.
Listen to Episode 119: Skyforge (or download it) now:
An 1.3 GB patch is sailing into Sea of Thieves’ port today, bringing with it treasures untold and bounties bold.
Actually, we can tell you. The update’s biggest feature is the debut of legendary ship customizations. These allows player to hoist special sails, mount a spectacular figurehead, and deck out their hull.
The patch also adds and tweaks several smaller things, such as helping players drop stuff overboard, rebinding push-to-talk on controllers, and widening the server migration-free zone around skeleton forts. The game’s performance should be better, especially as Rare continues to eliminate causes of server crashes.
If you’ve been through prior expansion launches for Star Trek Online
, you know that the expansion launch is almost always accompanied by big packs full of stuff for a large amount of money. So it should surprise absolutely no one that Victory is Life contains those same packs
, if you’d like to buy a whole bunch of stuff for one price instead of nabbing it piecemeal from the in-game store later. It’s a time-honored tradition at this point.
The smaller and cheaper pack opens up the Vanguard Jem’Hadar racial option and includes the dreadnought cruiser (a T6 ship), while the larger pack also includes playable Cardassians, several more Jem’Hadar ships, and several Cardassian intel ships. It’s expensive (like $120 of expensive), but if you really want to cruise around in all of the newest ships with the newest species options, it’s the obvious pick. Or you can just pick things up on the in-game store if that’s your preference, tradition is tradition.
Perhaps because the announcement was all the way back in January, but Paragon’s shutdown is scheduled to take place at the end of next week. Epic Games made the decision to pull the plug on the action MOBA due to an unsustainable playerbase and refunded all users any money they had spent on the title.
As the sun begins to set on this title, we can take a moment to ponder what might have been. Artist Dave Rapoza shared some concept art on Twitter that he had developed for the game but had never been turned into actual assets. This gallery of characters ranges from the heroic to the bizarre and gives a taste of the odd sci-fi angle the game as attempting.
“Four years ago I got the opportunity to help flesh out Paragon, the now-cancelled MOBA from Epic Games,” Rapoza wrote. “I was given free reign on the character designs, it was an awesome opportunity, but most of these never made it into the game. Hope you like it!”
It’s safe to say that Path of Exile
will live or die based on its cosmetic shop, as the title famously does not charge for any content. Grinding Gear Games has decided to give the shop a visual facelift in an upcoming patch that will also allow for easier changes down the road.
Players will notice a “larger, clearer” user interface for the shop that also includes better navigation and categories for searches. They’ll also be able to search for certain items by key words.
“We have more plans for future improvements, which we will roll out as they are ready,” GGG said. “One of our most impactful plans is a tagging system that allows you to refine your searches by theme and use tags to cross reference themes or microtransaction type. We would also like to add a setting that allows you to hide microtransactions that you already own.”
Most games could not get away with a patch that adds literally one monster. “That isn’t enough of a patch,” players would say. But Monster Hunter World is not most games, and when its newest patch promises to just add Kulve Taroth, that’s more than enough to get players polishing their blades or readying their warhorns. After all, a new monster means an elaborate new fight, and corresponding materials for elaborate new pieces of gear for both players and cats.
If you’ve missed it before now, yes, this is a game wherein you are concerned with outfitting a cat with a marvelous fur armor suit.
Of course, in order to get these new sets you will have to defeat Kulve Taroth, and as you might imagine from the name of the game it’s going to be a bit of a row. It’s not “Monster Calm Negotiator World,” after all. You can get a look at the Kulve Taroth fight in the video just below, and check out the full patch notes for other additions and changes with the patch.
The latest update for TERA
on PC brings characters to new heights of power. Not just because you’re acquiring all sorts of commendations and status; no, the update introduces the new Apex Skills
, which deliver exactly what they promise. A dangerous solo quest guards the Apex Skills for the first seven classes, and you can see these skills in action in the videos just below. They’re kind of a big deal, as the name would imply.
Meanwhile, console players are going to have to wait a while longer to enjoy all of these new skills… but considering how recently the game launched on console, it’s probably just welcome to already be getting new content in the game. Console players can dive into Ruinous Manor, which is filled with dangerous enemies for level 65 and plenty of associated loot. Sure, it’s not the apex of what your character will eventually be able to achieve, but that’s something to look forward to.
There’s still plenty of stuff going on in the development of Radical Heights, and Cliff Bleszinski is showing it off on Twitter. What sort of stuff? Well… women, for one. Yes, playable ladies are on deck, and a preview image shows them in all of their shoulder-padded leg-warmed glory. Why there are shoulderpads on a workout outfit is a mystery for the ages.
The team is also working on allowing players to dive through windows, which looks very dramatic and would tend to result in a face full of glass if attempted in real life. There’s also a tip reminding players to take on the “Special Delivery” bike matches for powerful armor, so if you’re one of the players fighting it out in the game, take that under advisement. Also, please do not attempt to jump through any windows in real life. It’s going to hurt and you shouldn’t do it.
Webzen is celebrating 9 years of MMOs today, and in honor of that anniversary, the studio has granted Massively OP 1000 keys that can be applied to one of Webzen’s online games (Mu Online, My Legend, Flyff, C9, or Rappelz) so you get to pick what you’re getting!
Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys!
I have been harping on so many things that BioWare is doing wrong with Star Wars: The Old Republic
that some have wondered why I still play the game. I will admit that I have been playing it less and less. Some of that has to do with the amount of free time I have, but if I’m honest with myself, my desire to play the game has
dwindled. But I still enjoy it. I know that I don’t need to justify myself; if I like something, I like it, and if I don’t like it, I don’t.
But there are still reasons to like SWTOR, and that’s what I’d like to talk about today. I think it’s time to put a bit of a positive spin in my column, so in no particular order here are five things that SWTOR still does well.