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Skyforge celebrates its second anniversary with giveaways, trivia contest

While you weren’t looking — or maybe you were — Skyforge tucked two years of live operation under its belt. The sci-fi action MMORPG is celebrating its second anniversary this month, starting with daily login rewards that dole out, among other things, actual halo and angel wings. Don’t let it go to your head (literally).

The team’s also hosting a Trivia of the Gods contest to anyone who wants to take a stab at answering all things Skyforge. This takes place online, and while there are special prizes for the winners, everyone who completes it will get a participation prize. Aww.

When you’re done getting drunk on golden mead or whatever it is that unpredictable gods do, you can leap back into the Pantheon Wars in the game. The team recently elaborated on the win conditions of this epic struggle, so make sure you read that if you’re participating.

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Pokémon Go celebrates its anniversary with a hat-wearing Pikachu

It is genuinely hard to believe that it has been a year already since Pokémon Go took the world by storm (and dominated the headlines for a good portion of July 2016, too). Now that the game has simmered down somewhat and established itself, it can take a few moments to celebrate its birthday.

To mark the occasion, a special Pikachu is running around the place (perhaps in your neighborhood!) wearing Ash’s baseball cap. It makes us wonder what Pikachu did to Ash, but in the meanwhile, you’ll be able to acquire this limited-time pokemon until July 24th. To date, over 125 billion pokemon have been caught by players worldwide.

In an interview with The Verge, Niantic CEO John Hanke said that the game’s enormous success initially worked against its continued development: “We lost probably six months on our schedule because of the success of the game. Really all the way through November and December [2016], from launch onward we were rebuilding and rewiring infrastructure just to keep the game running at the scale that we were running at.”

Check out our report card of the game’s first year if you haven’t read it already! Or heck, read it again even if you did!

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Anarchy Online celebrates its sweet sixteen

Maintenance mode or no, Anarchy Online is going to celebrate its birthday in style. The MMO, which launched back in 2001, turns 16 this month and is bringing back its anniversary celebration to mark the occasion.

“Today, Anarchy Online celebrates its 16th year of active service,” Funcom posted. “Not a whole lot of games can boast this kind of accomplishment, and we sincerely thank you for your continued love and support of Anarchy Online. You are the very matter that makes up this universe, so thank you again.”

As part of the anniversary event, players can run quests for the Tinker to earn a gift bundle with 500(!) items, defeat the Desert Rider for his loot, and take advantage of multi-month subscription deals to secret bonus loot. There’s also a new cybernetic helmet as a loyalty reward for those who have stuck with the game thus far.

Source: Steam

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Marvel Heroes got you a cake plus half-price heroes for its 4th birthday

Marvel Heroes is turning four years old this weekend – can you believe that? That’s four years of freebie heroes, blowing stuff up, baby Groot, and inventory management. Mostly inventory management for a lot of you, I’m guessing. Gazillion’s never been a studio to skimp on a birthday celebration, so here’s what’s in store for you throughout June:

  • CAKE. Bad guys drop cake. You turn cake in for loot. All month. Also all month: The anniversary tourney, the Train Yard Sentinel Danger Room tourney, and big boosts to XP and cosmic leveling XP.
  • Week #1 (starts today): Double loot from cosmic bosses, Mystic Mayhem, currency sale, half-price heroes, and the return of lots of old costumes.
  • Week #2: Midtown Madness, ARMOR incursion missions and exclusives, and undisclosed additional sales.
  • Week #3: Odin’s Bounty turned on everywhere, faster and better Omega leveling and loot, and undisclosed additional sales.
  • Week #4: All of the above turned on all week all the time. Woot.

While you’re contemplating going in for the freebies, take a look at our interview with Gazillion from earlier this week; we asked about PC plans, new characters, and the (temporary, maybe) death of PvP in the game.

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TERA’s anniversary event goes out with a bang

You have only a few more days left to squeeze out the fun — and rewards — from TERA’s fifth anniversary event. The good news is that the team is ending the game’s birthday celebration with a bang, so if you move fast, you’ll be able to profit from it.

Through the end of May, players can collect blue boxes scattered all over the game world and contain gobs of anniversary tokens. And if that’s not enough in terms of rewards, players can beat Velik’s Sanctuary from now through June 5th for bonus goodies including pirate costumes and weapon skins.

Players have been collaborating on strategy and tips regarding the collection of blue boxes for those sweet tokens. Since there’s a ton of mounts, cosmetics, skills, and potions that can be purchased with these, it’s not surprising that they are in high demand.

Source: TERA

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Log into EVE Online for 14th birthday presents and prep for tomorrow’s spring release

2003 was a fantastic year for MMORPGs, as anyone around for it can probably attest. In the span of two months that year, we got PlanetSide, Second Life, Star Wars Galaxies, and EVE Online. It’s EVE Online we’re celebrating this week, however, as the venerable sci-fi sandbox MMORPG turns 14 years old. CCP is dishing out a slew of anniversary rewards through May 23rd, so you have a bit of time (and the game is free-to-play now, you’ll recall, so it should be a snap for you to grab them) — they amount to 600 fireworks, a launcher, and the Capsule YC119 Capsuleer Day SKIN.

Meanwhile, tomorrow’s spring patch is due to release the Blood Raider Shipyards, “the first step in the introduction of a new AI system in EVE Online.” The NPCs will basically behave like real people, rolling in fleets and calling targets. (You’re the target.)

“Don’t go by yourself,” CCP Antiquarian suggests helpfully regarding the new content, but really, that’s good advice for most of the game.

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Perfect Ten: The City of Heroes basic Archetypes ranked

So it’s just about that time again – we’re remembering when City of Heroes launched and when it said goodbye. Which is a bit of a sad time, y’know? I loved that game. I still do. Is it my favorite game ever? Heck no, but the fact is that it was a good game, and I wish it were still around. I could, of course, just rewrite my last column when I was talking all about that game for this year… but that’s not how I do things.

No, this year I want to go a different route. At the time it closed down, the game had 10 normal archetypes, which were and were not classes; they were most cleanly classes rather than anything else, but a given archetype contained more variability than your average class in most MMOs. Yet leaving aside the epic Archetypes, we’ve got just the right number for this list format. So while we all know Crab Spiders would be at the first-place spot if we included those… out of the original basic archetypes, how do those rank up, worst to best?

Thus, that’s what we’re doing this year. Which archetypes were the most original, fun, and nifty, and which ones were the most boring? Which means this time we’re starting at 10, because I like countdowns.
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LOTRO devs address anniversary event uproar

While Lord of the Rings Online players are flitting all around Middle-earth to complete the brand-new scavenger hunt cards, not everyone is happy with the anniversary event. Some of the community has raised an uproar over the hunt, saying that it discriminates against characters that haven’t hit the level cap and are restricted in travel options.

On the forums, the team emerged to address the controversy and offer limited reassurance:

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Here are two great guides for the new LOTRO anniversary scavenger hunts

Yesterday, Lord of the Rings Online kicked off its momentous 10th Anniversary celebration with fireworks, dragon kites, and a brand-new series of scavenger hunts that will run through mid-summer.

These scavenger hunts are very involved and time-intensive, involving a lot of criss-crossing Middle-earth on a nostalgia tour to end all nostalgia tours. While they’re mostly straight-forward, requiring players to travel to certain locations and perform certain actions, the sheer number of activities and scavenger hunt cards (30 cards in all) mean that there’s no shame in looking for some help.

Enter the Department of Strategery, a fan blog that has put together two well-done quest guides for the first six scavenger hunt cards (Year One and Year Two). The author not only outlines where to go for each but also provides a map of the world so that you can plan your tour in the most efficient manner possible. Cheers!

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The Stream Team: Happy sixth birthday, World of Tanks!

For six years, tank enthusiasts have been blowing each other to bits in World of Tanks. And on the game’s birthday today, Massively OP’s MJ is jumping back into the fight to do just that! It’s been a while since she’s driven one of these lumbering death machines, and she’s looking forward to shelling a few enemies. Join us live at 7:00 p.m. to wish this WWII-inspired game a happy anniversary.

What: World of Tanks
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

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Lord of the Rings Online plans two-month nostalgia hunt for 10th anniversary

Don’t expect the same-old fireworks display from Lord of the Rings Online as it hits its 10th birthday this month. Well, there will be fireworks, but more than that, too.

Today, Standing Stone Games announced a special two-month scavenger hunt that will kick off on April 20th and continue through June 13th with a trio of new quests every week. “Each quest brings us back to the places we have been, and gets us some cool stuff in the process,” the studio said.

Also coming this month is the anniversary fireworks event (see — we told you), a series of special videos with former LOTRO Composer Chance Thomas talking about his favorite pieces, and a 12-hour developer livestream. Presumably there will also be anniversary gifts and other promotional items, so keep your eyes peeled!

Source: LOTRO

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Elder Scrolls Online is turning three, and it brought us all cake

The Elder Scrolls Online has come a really long way in three years, I think most of our readers will agree. That calls for a birthday party!

“To celebrate ESO’s three-year milestone from its initial launch, the famous baker of delectable sweets, Chef Donolon, is returning to Tamriel once more,” says ZeniMax. “This time he has a new, even-more delicious treat to share on top of some additional rewards to boot!”

Starting tomorrow morning, players can zip off to Vulkhel Guard or Davon’s Watch and pick up the Ache for Cake quest. If you’re totally lost in Tamriel, clicky the cash shop for a free “Jubilee Cake Voucher” to point you in the right direction, ya noob. The resulting cake creates a pretty nice group buff, plus completing dailies and weeklies will grant you anniversary gift boxes with additional rewards, “guaranteed to include at least one rare item such as Nirncrux, Motif chapters, Style items, Furniture crafting items, or more.”

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SMITE throws a week of birthday festivities

Touting proudly (and weirdly) that SMITE is almost out of its “toddler years,” Hi-Rez Studios is throwing a week of celebration for the MOBA’s third birthday. Starting tomorrow and running through March 27th, SMITE will boast ongoing and daily events to mark this occasion.

For the full week, SMITE is activating double login bonuses and handing out a birthday global emote to any player that gets a single win during the promotion. There’s also a schedule posted of daily sales and giveaways that include free gems, a free enigma chest, and triple worshipers. The studio is also planning to run another community skin contest, starting tomorrow.

Hi-Rez recently put development of mobile spin-off SMITE Rivals on indefinite hold in favor of focusing more on a different spin-off, SMITE Tactics.

Source: SMITE

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