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.
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.
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:
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!
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
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!
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.”
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.
Did you realize before you saw this headline that the granddaddy of all graphical MMORPGs is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year? Yes, we are all that old, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing.
This week’s Ultima Online newsletter is short but packs a punch. The team reports that it has loaded Publish 97 onto the test servers with a huge focus on animal taming and pets. There are a ton of new pets to gather, including dinos, beetles, and dragon wolves.
The Ultima Online team is planning a 20th anniversary celebration in meatspace this September in Virginia, but if you can’t make it, there’s plenty of in-game surprises coming too.
Producer Bonnie Armstrong teased what’s coming later this year: “We are starting the planning stage for Publish 98 that includes a 20th Anniversary Event arc, Halloween, and Anniversary rewards […] One small teaser I will announce is one of the new items we are offering for the 20th Anniversary — a jewelry box!”
One of the most famous and longest-lived MMORPGs is celebrating its 18th birthday today. Back on this date in 1999, EverQuest released to a much different gaming world than what we have today. Since then, it has released 23 expansions, switched to a free-to-play business model, and endured when many of its contemporaries have sunsetted.
Daybreak is cranking up the anniversary festivities with loads of activities, starting with the completion of two player-designed missions that were drafted up back at SOE Live in 2014. There are new rewards and marketplace items, as well as the return of all of the anniversary content from previous years. Gotta get your gnome race on!
Even better, the studio is handing out free heroic toons. “All players who have ever played the game will be granted a heroic character if they log in between March 16th and March 31st,” Daybreak says.
Long before survival games became all the rage, there was Xsyon. In fact, it may very well be what started Massively OP’s MJ on her survival path. She played the game in the early years as it was developing, but she hasn’t been back in a while. It’s definitely time to jump in and check things out again. Maybe this time she won’t die to crazy chickens or psychotic squirrels! It’s not like the Ides of March is all about death. Oh. Tune in live at 5:00 p.m. to celebrate six years of survival in…
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 5:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
Believe it or not, one of the most popular MMORPGs in the world right now is actually Dungeon Fighter Online. The anime title boasts a strong following on Reddit and has been high up in the charts for monthly digital sales. You may not be playing it, but chances are that someone you know is.
DFO is also a relatively young game, having just hit its second anniversary in its current incarnation. The devs and community are celebrating the birthday as new male mages join the game’s playable lineup.
Players seem pretty psyched about DFO’s birthday, sending in congratulatory videos to the dev team about this occasion. Check out how the community is celebrating after the break!
Happy birthday Wakfu! The colorful isometric MMO is celebrating its fifth anniversary this week, and it wants you to be a part of the fun.
Wakfu’s birthday bash includes in-game events, a special fifth year quest, discounted Steam packs, a puzzle game, a bonus XP weekend, and even a special gift if you enter in the code “WAKFU5YEARS” in your account. Altogether, players have spent 21,300 years in the game and created 9,233,210 characters. Give or take one or two toons.
We’ve got the fifth anniversary trailer for you after the jump, and as a special bonus, we’ve also included Massively OP MJ’s recent video adventures in the game!