EverQuesting: An EverQuest 19th anniversary retrospective and party planner

There are MMOs that have been around a while, and then there is EverQuest. It’s so old school it is old enough to be out of school! Yup, EQ turned 19 years old yesterday. That’s 19 years of the iconic music, 19 years of Qeynos, and 19 years of Fippy trying to storm that gate! So much has happened in Norrath between March 16th, 1999, and March 16th, 2018 – more than one single restrospective could cover. So we’ll just look at a single year!

As is tradition, I’ve sat back and looked over the previous year, remembering the highlights and goings on of the game. How did the 19th year play out for one of the oldest MMOs? Sadly, this year was of the leaner variety; not much happened across Norrath. You wouldn’t know that by all the anniversary offerings, though! Take a stroll down the cobbled lane of memories, but don’t get lost in the nostalgia; there are oodles of anniversary quests to fill your schedule with during the celebration, going on now through Thursday, May 10th, 2018.

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Warframe celebrates five years and 38 million players

Warframe continues to defy expectations for online gaming playerbase sizes. A year ago, it boasted 30M registered players. As of today, it’s up to 38M. Not too shabby, but then, it took home the staff’s and readers’ awards for Best Not-So-Massively Game of 2017 for a reason. Worth noting is that while Digital Extremes is celebrating the game’s fifth birthday, it’s still technically a soft-launched beta. Weird, right?

Warframe humbly launched its Open Beta program on PC March 21, 2013. Since that date the free game-as-a-service title has earned 38,083,936 million registered online users across PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One – 8 million more than last year at this same time,” DE says today. “And in that time Warframe players have done extraordinary things. They have crafted 52,972,344 Warframes and 234,766,197 weapons. They have assassinated Captain Vor, the game’s first boss, 53,117,969 times, and been part of 41,765,109 Stalker eliminations. And they have accumulated a total of 136,747 years, 49,912,765 days, 1,197,906,351 hours playing Warframe.”

The fifth anniversary site is expected to be live tomorrow; players will be invited to “share their five-year journey with other community members by learning unique Warframe factoids, discussing their favorite moments, watching new videos, buying cool commemorative gear, and maybe even unearthing some free in-game items.” Maybe it’ll even launch! Nah.

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Nexon’s MMORPG Mabinogi is about to turn 10 years old

Nexon’s adorable and frankly underrated free-to-play sandbox Mabinogi is preparing to celebrate a decade of life come March 27th, and that means events galore – in fact, some have already begun, including the Festia anniversary zone and miniquests, the Cave of Trials challenge, and the Sneaky Developer quest.

Coming up later in the month are daily and weekly giveaways and handouts, the Festival Troublemakers Event. My favorites, however, are the Popularity Contest and the crafting quest known only as The Fattening. Don’t forget to grab your 10th anny gift box too!

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Revelation Online dishes out birthday presents on its one-year anniversary

It has already been a full year since the release of Revelation Online in the west on March 6th, 2017, and the game is throwing a birthday celebration with events running through most of the month.

From today through the 16th, players will receive special daily login rewards, including a little whale pendant on the 11th. Then there’s the anniversary forecast event from the 12th through the 19th that features activities paying out in “forecast discs,” followed by free anniversary fortune eggs handed out from the 19th through the 26th. Free stuff, you can’t complain, right?

“We’d like to say a big thank you to our community for sticking with us through thick and thin,” said the team. “The first year of Revelation Online has certainly been a rollercoaster, but we still had plenty of positive moments throughout the last year, which we hope to continue on throughout 2018 and beyond.”


Pokemon Go brings back party-hat pikachus, announces bulbasaur for next community day

I have to admit that Pokemon Go‘s really been on a roll lately with the rapidly rolled out events. Despite some bugs during the last community day, the event was pretty enjoyable, much like the first one. We’re seeing more lore being at least acknowledged beyond small easter eggs, even if we’re sadly still swimming in Pikachu hats.

And while POGO is celebrating Pokemon’s 22nd anniversary (“Pokemon Day“) with party-hat Pikachu again, at least it’s bringing three times its normal stardust value, as well as Present, a move we also got on Santa-hat Pikachu at Christmas. At least the new cash shop clothes inspired by the game’s remake are adding some visual differences to the game.

We’ve got more to look forward to next month, though. The game’s next community day is featuring Bulbasaur, the mascot from Pokemon Green, as Japan originally released Blue as a third option post-launch.

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Otherland marks franchise’s birthday with a patch announcement

In the annals of MMOs, Otherland is a virtual baby, only a couple of (rocky) years old. Yet the overall franchise is much older than that, with the first book in Tad Williams’ acclaimed series turning 21 years old this month.

To honor this legacy, Otherland wants players to know that it’s not content with the game’s performance as it stands. Drago Entertainment announced that it has plans to completely revamp the user interface for this summer. It is also working on quality-of-life improvements and “a large content expansion.”

Otherland delivered Patch 5.6.65 this week that creates more streamlined infrastructure: “This patch does not bring any visible updates to the game and focuses on the framework behind Otherland. In the long run this will allow us to provide better and faster updates in the future.”


Old School RuneScape turns five, kicks off $20000 prize pool tourney

It’s time for parties and cake in Old School RuneScape. That’s because the throwback version of the game is turning five years old today. Pretty soon the throwback’s gonna need a throwback! I wasn’t kidding about the party, by the way:

Old School RuneScape is five years old today, and in celebration of this monumental achievement we’ve got a special event for you to enjoy in-game! […] Help us in celebrating 5 years of Old School RuneScape by heading to the Falador Party room. There you will meet Da Vinci, who by chance, requires some assistance with finishing his painting! The event will remain in-game until the 15th March, giving you plenty of time to lend a helping hand and grab yourself some new holiday rewards!”

Jagex is running a stream today at 2 p.m. EST on its new Twitch channel, where it’ll tease next month’s $20,000-prize 2000-man PvP event. The studio is also rolling out a long list of quality-of-life changes, including tweaks to taps, auto-retaliation, PvP teleportation, and bounty hunter target penalties. Happy 5th birthday, Old School RuneScape!

Source: Official site, press release


World of Tanks console celebrates four years with 14 million players

The juggernaut known as World of Tanks seems unstoppable, with 14 million players to date in its console versions alone.

The title is celebrating its fourth birthday on consoles this month, and all 14 million of those drivers are welcome to  a free Tier II Ashigaru Te-Ke tank and three free anniversary war chests. To get the tank, you’ll need to log in and win a single battle between February 9th and March 1st. The war chests are available only from the 13th through the 14th for anyone who enters the game.

So let’s look at the game’s stats, shall we? Out of those 14 million players, 5.3M have been on the PlayStation 4, with the other 8.9M on the Xbox One. Over those four years, 90 million battles were fought, 44 billion shells fired, and four billion tanks destroyed. The console editions averaged 228,000 battles every single day in 2017 alone.

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Star Trek Online claims 5.2M players over its lifespan

If you haven’t noticed, this month marks Star Trek Online’s eight-year anniversary. There have been plenty of giveaways and events going on in the game itself, but Cryptic hopes that you will pay attention to the larger picture as well.

The studio put out an infographic yesterday that shared some of the cumulative achievements of the title. Over the course of its eight years, Star Trek Online has racked up 5.2 million players, 161 episodes, and 502 playable ships.

Right now, 62% of the population of the game is on the PC, with 19% residing each in PlayStation and Xbox territory. One interesting fact is that Cryptic has brought in 22 of the TV series actors to reprise their roles for the MMO over the years.

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Path of Exile celebrates its fifth birthday, looks at trade filtering on Xbox

It’s Path of Exile’s fifth birthday (since the game went into open beta, that is), and the team taking a moment or two to look back at the progress it’s made since the game was initially conceived.

The original vision for the game was laid out back in 2008, and Grinding Gears was pleasantly surprised to see how much of this design document was realized in Path of Exile. It makes for a pretty interesting read!

“Many of the elements described in this document made it into the full game,” the studio said, “including ones that were implemented many years after Path of Exile’s release. Today’s news post outlines the parts of Path of Exile that came from the original design, and draws attention to a few that we just didn’t think of until later.”

Looking forward, not back, Grinding Gears shared a look at the trade filtering function that’s coming to Xbox One soon. Check it out below!

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RuneScape dishes out its 2018 roadmap

Get ready to “juice your sq’irks,” whatever that means, because RuneScape is hitting 2018 at a dead run. Looking at the year ahead, Jagex had plenty to say about some of the content coming to the game over the next several months.

Upcoming events and patches include a giant eyeball dungeon, RuneScape’s 17th birthday (with cake!), a divination outfit, more use for gems, benefits from the bank rework, and an aura interface. And that’s just January.

“The move away from expansions bears fruit, and the fruits are juicy,” teased Mod Raven. More fun additions and changes are planned for the spring, such as a Robin Hood outfit, a clue scroll log, deep sea fishing, a group ironman mode, a minigame hub, a calendar of events, and the launch of RuneScape Mobile later this year.

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Dark Age of Camelot welcomes players back with a free month for its birthday

Happy birthday Dark Age of Camelot! This month, Mythic’s (now Broadsword’s) classic realm-vs.-realm MMORPG celebrates its 16th birthday following its 2001 launch.

The team raised a glass at this moment: “Sixteen Years! Dark Age of Camelot has been a wonderful home, escape, playground, refuge, and of course, battlefield since day one on October 10th, 2001. We’re celebrating fifteen glorious years with all of you — including many who’ve been with us from the start.”

To celebrate this anniversary, Broadsword is offering a free month of play to anyone who wants to come back during the month of October. There is a lot to see and take advantage of this month, including the new currency conversion, 1v1 tournaments, RvR bonuses, the Halloween season, Chapter 7 of the Dragon’s Curse campaign, and various client updates.

Were you there at the beginning? Let us know some of your favorite DAOC memories in the comments below!


Happy birthday to Fallen Earth, Aion, World of Warships, and Warhammer Online

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 partyplus 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.

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