Good news for fans of hunting monsters today, as Monster Hunter: World has announced its release date as January 26th, 2018! The slightly less-good news is that’s just for the versions on Xbox One and PlayStation 4; players on PC will have to wait for an as-yet unspecified date. But it’s still happening, and a firm release date just makes it seem that much more likely in the near future.
You can also check out a new rather narrative trailer just below, showing off the landscapes and (most importantly) the monsters players will encounter in the game. Those of you who remember that a rather similar title pushed its own launch to 2018 might be looking forward to the battle for hearts and minds, but if you’re a stalwart Monster Hunter fan, you can be happy just to know that there are only a few short months before the game is open to the world. You can also check out our hands-on from E3 this year.
Who doesn’t like some nice fresh patch notes? The Elder Scrolls Online
is letting players into the Clockwork City, at least on the test server
, and that means a fresh batch of patch notes for everyone.
Naturally, no one has even tried to mine out more information about the patch, except of course people have. The next offerings on the game’s crown store have been datamined, which is mostly a jaunty selection of hats. The new housing offerings have also been mined out: Pariah’s Pinnacle and The Observatory Prior, the former of which is an Orcish home and the latter of which is a clockwork-bedecked unit. There’s even a video guide to the new transmutation system available below, so you can take a gander at how things will change without hopping on the test server.
So it’s good news for players who want to test things out, and it’s also good news for players who don’t want to test but want to see what things look like while testing. Good news all around. Check it all out below.
Update: Aww, nuts. Epic has already disabled it, calling it a “configuration issue” and bug.
Bet you’ve never actually ridden a physical lockbox from an online game before — unless you went to PAX West this year, of course!
Persnickety piñatas aside, zombie survival title Fortnite has steathed in a rather applause-worthy feature that it really should be trumpeting from the highest of hills. Over this past weekend, Epic Games enabled cross-platform play between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Sound unique? That’s because this is allegedly the first time an online game has managed to wrangle cross-platform play between these two particular consoles. The subject has been of great interest as of late, with Microsoft being more open to sharing its playspace with the competition and Sony jealously guarding its territory.
Fortnite is currently testing its new Battle Royale mode which is coming to the game on September 26th.
Inventory management in MMORPGs is critical — I can’t even imagine playing something like World of Warcraft
or Elder Scrolls Online
without inventory mods installed. And yet mods shouldn’t be necessary; game inventory should work properly and well right out of the box.
Such is Neverwinter’s philosophy. In a new dev blog today, PWE explains its major overhaul for character inventories in the game. Of note, the inventory settings menu will allow players to sort the stuff in their bags by item type, sell everything marked as treasure, and identify all unindentified items – a move that seems to mirror Guild Wars 2’s Path of Fire additions. You can also filter items by property, something few MMOs offer by default, and convert items to refinement points in bulk, part of a larger (and contentious) move to rewrite the refinement system.
Irritatingly, the cash-shop option to buy a bag is the top button under settings, right next to the button on your inventory bar, meaning both can be visible at once, but ya can’t win ’em all. Feedback is currently still being collected on the official forums.
Have I really not talked about the dungeons of Stormblood
yet? That’s unexpected. Usually I would have mentioned them by now, I talk about these things a lot. Yet here we are and I haven’t really given a deep look at any of the dungeons through the leveling experience up to the top. It is, frankly, a shocking realization, and it’s all the worse that I spent a lot of time thinking (and working on) columns on more esoteric elements of Final Fantasy XIV
before remembering this obvious one.
So let’s correct this now and talk about these dungeons. The level range for things was adjusted after my initial preview, and we have a similar leveling arrangement to how things were in Heavensward, but I honestly like this batch more. Part of it is familiarity, sure, but I remember feeling like the first two dungeons in Heavensward were kind of clunkers even when they were new, compared to really enjoying the heck out of everything in Stormblood. Of course, that doesn’t mean there aren’t high points and low points, but… well, let’s just get to it, yes?
So what’s the key element in revitalizing the flagging player numbers for Lawbreakers? Cliff Bleszinski puts forth that part of the onus is on him to be, in his own words, “less of a dick” when interacting with people online. The game’s team is also revisiting the game’s overall marketing image and hopefully communicating more effectively what the game is about in play, which should hopefully entice more players to the game; Bleszinski repeatedly compared the process with the game to a marathon rather than a sprint.
We need the bodies. We need to keep fluffing up the CCU. We need to do what we can to let people know this is a really sweaty palm type of experience that can hopefully lend itself to e-sports. But you know, I have to keep this game alive, first and foremost.
He also states that the player numbers have been humbling, but that the game’s PlayStation 4 user base is doing fine. (The interviewer notes that matchmaking attempts on the console were unsuccessful over multiple attempts, but the tests in question were in Australia, which could be the culprit.) Check out the full interview if you’re interested in seeing whether the game can turn both is image and its player numbers around.
So for whatever reason, Batman isn’t patrolling Gotham City in DC Universe Online
. That’s a bad thing under any circumstances, but it gets even worse when you realize that The Riddler and The Joker have teamed up to make the city an even more crime-riddled place to live
. Fortunately, Nightwing, Batwoman, and Talia al Ghul are there to help guide players through the game’s newest burst of content, which sees players working against the two masterminds of Gotham’s underworld in several formats.
The content added ranges from open world missions on the Amusement Mile as players step into the middle of a gang war to the new eight-player raid at the Gotham City Zoo. Players who clear the most difficult content can get access to Riddler-themed rewards, a Batwoman mask, and the satisfaction of keeping Gotham City safe from itself again. Check out a preview video just below, and get ready to start beating up suited enemies on September 20th.
This past summer, ARK: Survival Evolved finally officially launched, ending its stint as an early access game just three days before PAX West, then promptly announced its second expansion on the first day of the convention. There wasn’t even a week between launch and the second expansion’s unveiling, and there will be fewer than two months between the two launches; Aberration is scheduled to launch in October.
While at PAX, I sat down with Studio Wildcard Senior Producer Navin Supphapholsiri, who thanked fans for supporting the game: “We really appreciate the support for the past two years. Just to see how far we’ve come along, it’s all thanks to the community.” Then we talked about the launch, about Aberration, and about the team’s focus going forward.
Excited about Elder Scrolls Online’s
upcoming foray into the Clockwork City
? This mechanical metropolis is coming “a little later this year,” offering a new zone, plenty of quests, and the intriguing transmutation system
. New maps are on on display as well, and the whole thing should hit the test server this week.
This past weekend, the team took players on a visual tour of the Clockwork City in all of its gearpunk majesty. The tour is conducted by Writer-Designer Leamon Tuttle and Lead Content Designer Jeremy Sera. Check it out after the break!
My husband and I were chatting about the whole Chris-Roberts-is-fed-up-with-trolls-and-date-estimates-that-everyone-knows-aren’t-going-to-stick thing from last week when he said something that struck me. “It reminds me of how people harangue George R. R. Martin (of Game of Thrones fame) about his next book,” he observed. “They believe he owes them something for being his loyal fans,” which you’ll recall once prompted famed author Neil Gaiman to declare, “George Martin is not your bitch.”
The difference, of course, is that George R. R. Martin can do whatever the heck he wants while he rolls around in his well-earned piles of money because his books aren’t crowdfunded. He quite literally doesn’t owe us anything, even if people who’ve been his fans for multiple decades might feel otherwise.
Crowfunded MMOs like Star Citizen aren’t quite in that position. Technically, you knew when your credit card number hit the screen that yours was a donation toward an idea. Some of the games we Kickstart? They fail. Or they drift in limbo. Or they don’t meet the vision. They aren’t all Path of Exile and Elite Dangerous is what I’m saying. But when those campaigns masquerade as pre-orders, people can be left with the idea that, well, they’re owed what they think they paid for.
Do you feel the MMO you’ve crowdfunded owe you something? Or are you content knowing you donated toward a vision of a better genre?
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 The Black Death, Astroneer, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Tree of Life, War Thunder, Elder Scrolls Online, Hearthstone, Worlds Adrift, Arena of Valor, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Neverwinter, Ragnarok Mobile, Rappelz, Master X Master, Splatoon 2, Skyforge, Travian, and Final Fantasy XI, all waiting for you after the break!
During its livestream earlier this afternoon
, Digital Extremes formally unveiled Plains of Eidolon
next big expansion. As announced back at TennoCon
, the expansion will add a touch of MMOishness to the shooter.
“For the first time in Warframe history, Tenno will have the freedom to explore, fight, journey and fly through the open Landscapes – Warframe’s first Open Zone – of Planet Earth in their own time, in their own way. Stepping into the rolling Plains of Eidolon, players will experience a rich landscape populated with both familiar and never-before seen creatures, enemies, a new Warframe, stunning vistas lit with a day/night cycle, and a gripping story told through interactive NPC characters who inhabit the bustling scavenger city of Cetus. In Plains of the Eidolon, players will set foot in a natural landscape with the freedom to explore it on their own terms.”
And yep, the expansion is indeed still on track to launch before the year is up. Check out the new trailer!
Back in July, Massively OP’s MJ Guthrie reported from TennoCon that Warframe is gearing up for a massive renovation
dubbed Plains of Eidolon
, an expansion that will almost certainly buff Warframe’s
street cred with the MMORPG crowd.
“What I saw really takes Warframe in a new direction,” she wrote after her demo. “Plains of Eidolon adds a whole new dimension of player freedom. It brings a more MMORPG feel into the game – makes it more of a real world. Instead of just taking missions and teleporting to small instances, players will have the chance to explore the Warframe universe in open landscapes and meet the races they’ve been protecting for the last four years.” It’s not an open world, she explained, but it’s “the first step in that direction, incorporating elements such as NPCs, open adventure areas, and day/night cycles that influence the gameplay.”
Digital Extremes is revealing the expansion to everyone on today’s stream, which goes live as this post does at 2 p.m. EDT; you can watch it along with us below.