Hey, you. Yeah, you, dude leeching candy from the bucket you bought “for the neighborhood kids.” And you, lady still trying to decide between “Princess Leia” and “lazy zombie” for your costume (go Leia, duh). Put all that aside and get into some MMOs instead! Halloween is only one night in real life, but in MMORPGs, it goes on for days or even weeks. Some studios will probably even forget to turn it off! Others will let you run around with a flaming pumpkin head mask for all eternity!
Here’s what we’re looking at this year for Halloween across the MMORPG verse.
Would you ever stick your hand into a hive of angry hornets? Blade and Soul
is hoping that you’ll go further than that; the Hive Queen is taking her throne, and some high-powered exterminators are needed.
Today’s Rage of the Hive Queen update ushers players into the Temple of Eluvium for a showdown with the aforementioned queen, but that’s not all that’s on the table. Some of Blade and Soul’s core systems have received adjustments and improvements with the patch. There is now a way to “seal” gems to be able to sell them to others, alternative paths to leveling up weapons, and “more accessible” Hongmoon Gems.
Another part of the patch is this year’s Halloween event. From October 18th through November 8th, players can complete a daily challenge to earn a ghoulish gift box. What’s inside? Probably nothing that you can show in polite company — but pretty fun even so!
After 50 episodes, the Battle Bards have made the brave decision to revisit the hallowed lands of Blade and Soul to look at two of the soundtrack expansions. The team combs through The World and Silverfrost Mountain albums to see what bounty can be harvested. It’s another lively episode with plenty of upbeat music, so what are you waiting for?
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 107: Blade and Soul expansions (or download it) now:
When it comes to unusual ways for Massively OP readers to get around in MMORPGs, there seems to be no shortage of bizarre methods for getting from Point A to Point B. So why not an ocean creature that is known more for hanging about than keeping a dedicated commuter schedule?
“I really loved the free seahorse mount World of Warcraft gave my character when I started adventuring through the Vashj’ir undersea zone,” Mysecretid said. “You can’t use the seahorse mount anywhere but Vashj’ir, but it sure looks nice. Even the ornate bit and bridle design impressed me.”
I have to wonder if, when mounted, your character is thinking, “You know, this is just too ridiculous, even for this game. I really should say something to management.”
Blade & Soul
likes to fly under the radar, but here’s some buzz: The game’s being pollinated with a brand-new patch on October 18th called Rage of the Hive Queen
is promising a new raid boss and more storyline for the Aransu school.
“Zulia has sought refuge deep within the mysterious inner chambers of the Temple of Eluvium; and you’ll need to follow her. Lost in her rage and fear, Zulia has no desire to be found, and has turned the Temple’s preternatural guardians against any who dare enter. Should you manage to survive the onslaught of the giant Augerites, powerful fiends, and twisted harpies, you’ll need to face Zulia herself—as the newly crowned Queen of the Hive.”
When the patch is live, Halloween events will also begin in the game; expect “creepy candy consumables” and the “Ghoulish Gift Box,” plus a Halloween-themed vendor where you can buy even more seasonal stuff.
The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!
Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Elsword, Ultima Online, Dreadnought, Overhit, Blade and Soul, Project Ex, Conquer Online, Wurm Online, MechWarrior Online, Pokemon Go, Skyforge, Paladins, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and Miranda, all waiting for you after the break!
“It’s possible, pig, I might be bluffing. It’s conceivable, you miserable, vomitous mass, that I’m only lying here because I lack the strength to stand. But, then again… perhaps I have the strength after all. DROP… YOUR… SWORD!”
Can’t imagine why this screenshot of Secret World Legends from Winterskorn has me thinking of The Princess Bride. It’s inconceivable. Also, that sword doesn’t look like it can cut very well, just saying!
Patch 3.4 hits the live servers for Blade and Soul
today, and that means it’s time to get your gun and start shooting everything within range
. (Guns are a kind
of blade, if you stretch the definition of “blade” to the breaking point.) Seriously, there will be so much
shooting for Jin and Yun characters. But even if you have no interest in playing the new class (you even get an extra character slot for it), there’s plenty more to do with the patch.
Crafting has undergone several revisions, and the Tower of Memory event dungeon is running again until October 18th. Players can also explore a variety of system changes to make legendary weapons and soul shields much easier to pick up, along with several reductions to weapon upgrade costs. Still, the centerpiece is going to be the Gunslingers, so get ready to hear a lot of firepower unloading in the lower levels as players start moving through the game with pistol in hand.
Servers are down right now and should be down most of the day until they’re back with the patch!
What are you expecting for Blade & Soul’s
Rise of the Gunslinger patch? Probably mostly gunslinging, possibly a strained Stephen King reference or two? But the patch has more than just guns and the slinging thereof, as you’ll also have the option of jumping in with a new set of crafting revamps
. Players will be able to have three tasks for each guild and be able to reach level five for each guild, complete with several streamlined recipes alongside many new ones.
This also goes hand-in-hand with removing the gathering guilds from the game and making gathering a more direct task. Quartz and Spring Water are also being removed from the game to further streamline matters. If you’re uninterested in all of that and just want to sling some guns, don’t worry, there’s a collection of additional gunslinging-related screenshots just below. It’s almost like a craft.
taking another stab at MMORPG e-sports, this time with Blade & Soul
, which will serve as the focal point of the company’s tourney at this weekend’s PAX West.
“The best North American Blade & Soul Esports teams will compete in the Blade & Soul Regional Championship at PAX West in the PAX Arena on Sept. 3. Matches will be all day with finals beginning at ~6:30 p.m. PDT. The winner and runners up of the tournament will – for the first time in Blade & Soul’s history – secure their invitation to represent North America against 16 other teams from around the globe to be crowned the best of the best in Blade & Soul’s World Championships.”
There’s quite a bit of cash on the line for this event, too: $170,000, half of the total pool. “Top finishers in the tournament will get their share of the $340,000+ prize purse raised by Blade & Soul fans via purchasing a special in-game item,” says NCsoft. “The two North American qualifying teams will join European champions Bad Intentions and runner up xdddd at the World Championships in Seoul.” Catch the fun on Twitch on Sunday!
Blade and Soul
is heading into the jungle this fall, as Southeast Asian operator Garena agreed to publish the game in Vietnam
. There’s an official website
up for the regional version, complete with beta sign-ups and a 12-minute live action movie that may be the most glorious thing you’ll see all day.
Open beta for the Vietnamese Blade and Soul starts on September 2nd, and we might deduce that this will constitute a soft launch for the game if no wipe is scheduled. Whether or not you live in the country, you owe it to yourself to revel in the film, which involves tattoos, contemporary life, and people’s heads transplanted onto video game characters. It’s got spunk, Mickey! It’s a fighter!
Blade & Soul’s Dark Origins patch
is live this week, bringing with it two more chapters of Act 7, the heroic 6-man Ebondrake Lair dungeon, the Scion’s Keep raid, the Temple of Eluvium endgame progression raid, the Nebula Stone PvP event, and “a number of systems changes coming in Dark Origins, including Sealed Sacred Oil Transmutation cost reduction, a skill balance pass, [and] a revamp of the Daily Challenge system.”
“With the Dark Origins update we’re making some changes to modernize the Daily Challenge system. Older dungeons are being removed from the rotation and replaced with more recent ones. You’ll also now only have to complete three Daily Challenges per day to get the reward (out of the six available), and the reward when you do complete them has been improved and gold amount increased.”
NCsoft’s also noted that the previously announced server merges have been completed. Check out the whole patch notes for a run-down of the class changes and then take a peek at the brand-new trailer.
Ready to take high Asian fantasy to your home console? You’d better because NCsoft recently announced that it is working on adapting Blade and Soul to such platforms. The video game developer and publisher didn’t specify which consoles, exactly, are due to get the full Blade and Soul treatment, but during its investor call this morning, it did reveal that this version would get the same updates as the PC edition and is being made in North America. Bringing Blade and Soul to consoles is only the start of a major initiative by NCsoft to bring more MMOs to that slice of the gaming market. Blade and Soul recently announced a round of server merges while rolling out a series of high-profile patches this summer and fall.
It also saw another drop in revenue for the quarter, along with all of the company’s other MMORPGs, including Lineage and Guild Wars 2, the latter of which saw its fifth straight quarter of dropping sales, marking its worst quarter ever. NCsoft doesn’t appear to be too worried, however, as it’s now reporting its mobile games division as an IP, where it’s making up those losses in large part because of Lineage M (which is likely where a lot of those missing Lineage 1 sales went).