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Not So Massively: Star Wars Battlefront is revealed; GTA 5 beats Skyrim

It’s been a big week for competitive play in MOBAs. League of Legends opened the registration on its European Battlegrounds tournament and lifted the restrictions on item gifting. S2 Games‘ new casual MOBA Strife has now launched for free on Steam’s Early Access programme, while the developer’s original MOBA, Heroes of Newerth, has released a set of 8-bit themed skins in an effort to help fund its tournament at DreamHack Summer 2015. A small indiegogo campaign has been opened to fund a Bloodline Champions tournament, and Infinite Crisis announced plans to add ranked play and add a new server in Brazil.

DICE and EA announced that the upcoming reboot of the Star Wars: Battlefront series of games is coming this November to PC, PS4 and XBox One. Destiny players have datamined what could be details of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion from files in Patch 1.1.2. GTA 5 stole Skyrim‘s record for most concurrent players on Steam for a game that wasn’t made by Valve. Armored Warfare looked at the role of armor types in its tanks in a new dev diary video. Path of Exile revealed details of new skills and weapons coming in its Act IV expansion, The Awakening. Elite: Dangerous teased fans with details of an upcoming mission revamp, and players have launched an expedition to map the circumference of a region of space that players are banned from entering. HearthStone also made the leap to mobile this week, and Diablo III is finally getting a Chinese server.

Read on for more details on all the stories above and more news from the wider world of online gaming in this week’s Not So Massively.

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Not So Massively: LoL nerfs Nidalee, Hearthstone bans mods, and Path of Exile talks Act IV

League of Legends finally applied a nerf to controversial champion Nidalee, but players warn that it won’t harm her jungling potential. Riot Games has also decided to run this year’s World Championship tournament series in Europe and revealed the event venues it will use. Hearthstone‘s community manager confirmed that modding the game in any way is not allowed and those caught using any mods will be banned. Armored Warfare released a new sneak peek video on its upcoming M551 Sheridan tank, Infinite Crisis released new champion Lex Luthor, and Bloodline Champions ran its first cash tournament in a long time.

Star Citizen Alpha 1.1.1 was released this week, and developers discussed two new innovations to the game’s FPS module with its stance and breathing mechanics. MassivelyOP got an advance look at Path of Exile‘s colossal upcoming Act IV update, and signups have now opened for the Act IV closed beta to be released on April 20th. Five Elite: Dangerous players have won brand new Geforce Titan graphics cards in the game’s recent scavenger hunt contest, and the latest newsletter revealed the the highly requested cargo drone is coming to the game.

Read on for more details of the above stories and more news from the wider world of online gaming in this week’s Not So Massively.

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