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‘Buy-to-play’ is a term that refers to games that have box or download fees associated with them but do not incur a mandatory subscription. Some have optional subscriptions and are more properly referred to as hybrid B2P. Most have cash shops and microtransactions.

The Elder Scrolls Online shares Summerset patch notes, trailer ahead of PC launch

You’ve heard all about the many, many features arriving in The Elder Scrolls Online when Summerset arrives, and it’s arriving in force today. (For early access on the PC, anyway. We’re sorry, console players, you will have to wait until next month.) But why read up on partial bits and bobs? Why not take a look at the full set of patch notes which are now available ahead of this evening’s early access launch? They’re lengthy, they’re glorious, and they’re far less focused on vague details than preview articles.

The patch notes cover both Update 18 and Summerset content, including the 10 new armor sets added to the game, the details of Jewelry Crafting, and the mechanics of the new Psijic Portals visible only to those who explore that eponymous skill line. It’ll take you a while to move through all of the notes here, though, so be prepared to take your time and really go through the details; there’s a lot to read.

We’ve got all the trailers, plus a recap of our top news about and hands-on impressions of the chapter while it baked on the test server, down below!

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One Shots: A sense of place

Why do you play MMORPGs? What keeps you questing through these ever-growing worlds? I think a lot of us might answer like Zyrusticae in Blade and Soul here, as we enjoy inhabiting and exploring virtual fantasy worlds.

“See, this is the sort of thing I play MMORPGs for,” Zyrusticae writes. “That sense of ‘place.’ Being somewhere else, even if it’s only behind a computer screen. Old shots, yes, but still some of my favorites just for that. It’s a very pleasant feeling, really.”

Will you find your sense of place in the following player screenshots? Let’s find out!

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Guild Wars 2 tournament needs players to sign up and donate

Eager to watch — or even participate in — the next big Guild Wars 2 tournament? Then you’ll want to stay tuned to the Unity Gaming Organization 5v5 Conquest Tournament that’s kicking off this weekend.

UGO’s tournament is back from last year and prizes players who can adjust to the most recent meta for the MMO. Players can sign up for the tournament through this Saturday and tune in to watch others compete for a growing prize pool, gems, and in-game gold. In fact, the organization is asking fans to contribute gold and money to boost these rewards.

The North American tournie will take place on Sunday, May 20th, while the European version is coming a little later on June 3rd. Both can be viewed live on Twitch.

Source: Guild Wars 2

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The Stream Team: Gabbing all about Guild Wars 2

Success! Massively OP’s MJ has finally nabbed Bree for some GW2 adventures! What adventures? Does it matter: It’s Bree and MJ gabbing all about the game. It doesn’t matter where they go or what they do, they will still cause trouble. Don’t believe us? Tune in live at 6:00 p.m. as this dangerous duo take over…

What: Guild Wars 2
Who: Bree Royce & MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 17th, 2018

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Destiny 2 will be letting players in on experimental PvP modes at the end of May

The release of Warmind means that Destiny 2 players are due for another roadmap on the game’s development, and guess what’s shown up? Exactly that. That… was sort of obvious. The developers are looking forward to the end of May, July, and September, with plans for new seasonal events, more adjustments to exotic armor, new gameplay modes, and various other plans that have yet to be revealed.

Of particular note are the Crucible Labs slated for release on May 29th, which promise to be part of an effort to bring players into a more active development process for PvP. Players will get to try out experimental forms of PvP before they become a regular part of the game, with feedback playing an important role in determining what gets upgraded to be a regular part of the game. We don’t yet know exactly what those experimental forms will be yet, of course, but the new content should offer some interesting previews of the future.

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Elder Scrolls Online rolls out special Twitch drops and crates

Twitch and Elder Scrolls Online have decided to hold hands and go skipping along in a park together. ZeniMax announced that new Twitch drops for ESO are now a thing, provided that players have linked their accounts.

Starting on May 21st, players will get a free Twitch crate every time they make an ESO purchase through the Twitch store. These crates have a variety of consumables and a chance at a very rare mount and pet.

If you want a crate without paying money, you’ll have your opportunity by watching supported Twitch streams (coming soon). View all the way to the end of these special streams, and poof, you’ll get a free crate. Cool, eh?

Source: Elder Scrolls Online. Thanks Jason!

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The Crew 2 posts new trailers for its May 31st closed beta run

Just ahead of this year’s E3, Ubisoft is rolling out The Crew 2’s closed beta – that’s May 31st through June 4th, and yep, it’s on PC, Xbox One, and PS4, with preload beginning on the 29th. What sort of vroom-vroom content will you be testing?

“During the Closed Beta, players will experience the first level of the progression system as they compete in races across the first four disciplines – Street Race, Rally Raid, Powerboat and Aerobatics – against the backdrop of a fully redesigned U.S.A via land, water and air. To create more adrenaline-fueled experiences, players can use the Fast-Fav feature and instantly switch their vehicle type depending on the type of terrain they will encounter: an airplane flying underneath San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge can turn into a boat with the touch of a button.”

The game was originally announced a year ago with a launch date of March 2018, but it was delayed, first to a vague summer window and then to June 29th, a date that apparently will hold firm. We played at at E3 last year when it was still pretty far away, and we actually liked it even then, which is a great sign. Preorders and closed beta signups are on the official site, and the new trailers are below!

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Perfect Ten: How MMOs can become more accessible

Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, I was remarkably reluctant to enter into the field of MMORPGs despite being a perfect candidate (a gaming geek who loved fantasy and sci-fi RPGs). All of the reasons that I had at the time for stalling really could have been boiled down to a single word: accessibility.

MMOs back then looked — and probably were — very inaccessible. They had a payment barrier. They required a lot of setup and hardware. Their interfaces were cluttered and their gameplay interactions were obtuse. Frankly, I got the impression that a lot of them were a mess that was only understandable to those who had put in hundreds of hours to decipher the format.

When MMOs started to become more accessible, particularly with City of Heroes, World of Warcraft, and Guild Wars, I eagerly jumped in. Those three titles in particular made giant leaps forward in opening up these games to the first-time player. But that doesn’t mean that MMORPGs have arrived at universal accessibility just yet. Here are ten areas that studios could be improving in order to make their titles more appealing and understandable to outsiders.

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Guild Wars 2 game director talks about the free market and lootboxes

Convenience and cosmetics. These are the foundational pillars of Guild Wars 2’s microtransactions, and back at GDC earlier this year, Game Director Crystin Cox opened up about how ArenaNet monetized its game using these pillars along with the free market and lootboxes.

“Expressing yourself, relating to other people, showing off, making a visual representation of who you are, is hugely important to a lot of MMO players, so that was always very high on our list,” she said. As for convenience items, Cox emphasized how the studio “respected people’s time” and wanted to make items that could trade time and money if so desired.

As for the dual currency system, Cox said that it has turned out quite well for the MMO: “I think we’ve done incredibly well with the free market because it accurately represents the value of the things that people are purchasing.”

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Elite Dangerous floats sweeping changes to make its Powerplay mode fully open PvP

Elite Dangerous is considering revamping its Powerplay mode, and it’s not going to make everyone happy, especially solo players.

Powerplay, you’ll recall, is sort of a factional territorial war in the game whereby players ally with powerful NPCs and their space and resources. Most of the proposal for tweaks will go unchallenged; Frontier wants to allow powers to dump systems, avoid internal sabotage, skirt stagnation, encourage conflict – all reasonable.

But the studio also wants to force players in the mode into open PvP and make it impossible for solo players and private groups to profit from the mode (while avoiding both ganking and being ganked).

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 170: Mild West Online

On this week’s show, Bree and Justin do their darndest to shape the MMO industry by holding up Wild West Online as a cautionary tale and talking about how studios need to think before applying real-world labels to games.

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

Listen to the show right now:

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A quick look at all the non-main-quest stuff to do in Elder Scrolls Online’s Summerset

Much ink has already been spilled over the headline experience in The Elder Scrolls Online’s upcoming chapter: Most folks will head to Summerset Isle and plunge straight into the main questline because this is an Elder Scrolls game and that’s just what most people do. But it’s not the only thing to do, and to illustrate that, ZeniMax posted a new dev blog all about the stuff that will occupy your playtime that isn’t just cleaving to the core plot.

Among other bits and bobs, there are six new world bosses to challenge, public event spawns in the form of Abyssal Geysers, six new minidungeons (delves), a classic Elder Scrolls “museum quest” that’ll send you on a hunt for piles of relics, new achievements for extreme crafters, and of course, the two new public dungeons.

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Elder Scrolls Online is giving away a free minipet to Morrowind players

Pssst. Like free stuff? Me too. The Elder Scrolls Online is giving some free stuff away. It’s a free pet called the Dozen-Banded Vvardvark. “Vvardvarks might be the ill-advised result of Telvanni experiments, but they sure do make adorable pets,” ZeniMax quips. It is so ugly it is cute, and it’s a pun.

There’s a catch, of course; you have to own Morrowind to claim the freebie.

“To ensure you receive your free pet, you must log into the game while owning ESO: Morrowind at any point from now until Monday, May 21 at 2:59AM EDT (Sunday May 20 at 11:59PM PDT). If you logged in during the event period, you’ll receive this spiny-tonged little monster by May 29!”

As the studio reminds us, preordering Summerset, which launches in just a few weeks, will automagically unlock Morrowind, so if you were doing that anyway and really like aardvark minipets, now is the time. If you’re still on the fence, make sure you check out our Tamriel Infinium column, where our ESO columnist Larry Everett has been chronicling his hands-on time with the chapter on the PTS.

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