Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017
This particular part of September is loaded with MMORPG and MMO birthdays. In addition to ArcheAge, whose corgipocalypse we’ve been covering already, and Ultima Online, doomed to ding 20 by Monday, there are a few more we’ve not mentioned yet. Let’s remedy that!Aion is turning eight today, and it’s putting on a pretty sweet party, plus a different one in the EU. US players can look forward to bonus experience, cake, and Kroemede’s Revenge; through the weekend in the EU, expect a Cake Hunt, in-game boots, gifts, and temporary mounts, plus an event about poppys. I don’t know, it’s Aion, man, just go with it. We’ll be streaming some of the US festivities on Saturday, so stay tuned!
Fallen Earth also turns eight today, though you won’t find any hoopla on the official site, where there’s been no news since last year. MOP’s Justin judged it in maintenance mode as of at least this past summer. It’s OK, Fallen Earth. We’ll have a slice of cake in your honor.
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, September 16th, 2017
Happy birthday Neocron! The mature sci-fi MMORPG turns 15 years old this month, having survived rebirths, transitions, and a decidedly niche status during its operation. So what does this game have in store for the anniversary? Secrets, and lots of them.
This week’s patch introduced a couple of new missions and a special anniversary login screen as well as the newly activated character transfer service. But there’s a hitch with this service: You have to complete a special quest first.
“As part of the Neocron 15th Anniversary, the NST have enabled a one-time total transfer of any of your old Neocron characters from Terra, Mars, or Mercury per account,” the team said. “Before you can use the transfer, you must complete the CyroVault restoration mission on Titan with any character.”
The team also hinted at secret new weapons arriving in caches that can be found around the game world.
Players can also take part in the third annual Shadowguard Festival, which has a quest tying it in to celebrating with Kirby if you’re so inclined. There’s also a discount for listing items on the auction house, so you get to sell things with larger profit margins. Check out the event page for all of the awards you can pick up, and get ready to celebrate history through October 18th.
Massively OP met with ArcheAge’s Seraphina Brennan at PAX earlier this month with a full report on the anniversary and the upcoming update, so make sure to check that out too!
What: Guild Wars 2
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, August 28th, 2017
What was once shocking or surprising has now become mundane, and what was unexpected is now the most expected thing in the world. Another expansion is going to come out in a little under two years, we’re going to get more reliably paced patches, the game is going to continue on as it has to this point. Is there nothing interesting to say about all of that?
Of course there is.
And what about the content of the quests? Well, someone is missing from this year’s Rising celebration, and there appear to be wandering bugs involved. Both the actual sort and the software sort. These events usually lean pretty heavily upon the fourth wall, after all. So hunt down some bugs and celebrate another year in the game when the event starts up this Saturday.
In the mail, fifth-year characters will nab an experience scroll granting any toon an instant boost to level 50 (following the annual pattern), two birthday booster buffs, five teleport-to-friend tokens, one dye kit (exuberant), one card granting 5000 karma, and the “Relentless” title. That’s a per-character bonus, so if you’re sitting on a bunch of old toons, hooray for you.
Once per account, you’ll get a separate anniversary chest that bequeaths your choice of anniversary backpack (same as last year), a guaranteed wardrobe unlock (I got a dye, sigh), two anniversary weapon packs (they’re the gorgeous glowly Luminous weapons), and the “Anniversary Lounge Choosy Box,” which grants you your choice of a two-week pass to the Captain’s Airship, Royal Terrace, or Mistlock Sanctuary.
Happy birthday, Guild Wars 2!
Of course, this will likely coincide with another in-game event which we haven’t yet heard about; until we do, you can tide yourself over with another piece of fiction in the ongoing Tales from the Storm series highlighting tales surrounding the events of Stormblood. (As always, be fairly warned that there are spoilers.) Keep your eyes peeled for more information about the anniversary broadcast as August winds down.
Is there any shame in throwing a birthday party for yourself? Not if you invite everyone and make it hecka fun, we say! Ultima Online has kicked off its 20th anniversary event this week, welcoming everyone to celebrate the 1997 MMORPG and all that it’s accomplished over the past two decades.
The event arc is called The Shattered Obelisk, and it will be rolled out in five parts over the next two months. It should be noted that once the fifth part arrives on September 28th, you won’t be able to access the previous four — so don’t dally!
“The Shattered Obelisk includes activities for group and solo play, challenging quests and puzzles, new areas of the world to explore and a continuation of the saga that is Ultima Online,” the team posted. “Along with the in game features and fiction that are part of Publish 98, we have exciting new fiction that will be posted on UO.com as well as support events held by our event moderators.”
While Ultima Online these days allows players to own only a single house on a production shard per account, that rule will be broken for six lucky winners of a new giveaway. For the game’s 20th anniversary this year, Broadsword is awarding six “grandfathered” castles — likely worth hundreds of dollars each — as additional premium homes to a half-dozen fortunate recipients on the shard of their choice.
So how can you get one? “Three of these castles will be raffled off live and in person at the 20th Anniversary party in September, and for those of you who cannot attend, three will be raffled off via a raffle stone on Test Center 1 that has been placed today at the New Haven Bank!”
Meanwhile, the game’s newest update, Publish 98, has begun its rollout with a worldwide release happening on August 15th. The update contains a 20th anniversary arc, special rewards, pet adjustments, and the return of the Halloween event. Seriously, what’s with MMOs bringing Halloween into August this year?
Ultima Online starts testing its fall update while Dark Age of Camelot continues its Dragon’s Curse campaign
Let’s check in with the Broadsword MMOs to see what’s happening in its part of the online world, shall we?
Ultima Online has kicked off testing on Publich 98, a meaty fall patch that includes 20th anniversary rewards, the return of the Halloween event, new beasts for the Huntmaster’s Challenge, and pet adjustments. The team also teased 20th anniversary content: “A multi-part arc will be active on production shards during the months of August and September, 2017.”
Over at Dark Age of Camelot, the fifth chapter of the Dragon’s Curse campaign is underway. This time players will take up arms to defeat the leaders of the Cursed uprising. The current campaign is scheduled to roll out over the rest of 2017, concluding in December.