Tencent is sprinkling more money around: Yicai Global
are reporting that the Chinese conglom has invested money into South Korea’s Bluehole Studio
. It’s not currently clear how much money; according to Yicai, Bluehole refused a total buyout offer.
We’re presuming that Tencent’s interest is chiefly in Bluehole’s development and publishing of the increasingly popular and obnoxiously named Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds.
But to MMORPG players, Bluehole is probably best known as the Korean studio behind TERA, as well as Devilian (in the East), Project W, and a number of mobile games, including one based on TERA.
Most recently, Tencent was spotted pouring $23M into Elite Dangerous dev house Frontier Development to acquire 9% of the studio.
After some ups and downs this afternoon — everybody loves the “try again later” message, right? — Valve’s summer Steam sale is finally underway and stable. Here’s what we’re looking at in our corner of the gaming world.
Ah! Geez, you scared us, Devilian! We kind of… forgot you existed, for a minute there. What’s that you say? You’ve got a new patch to share with your friends? And a login promotion too? Good for you, little MMOARPG!
‘Tis true: Devilian rolled out its 7.0 Update this week, raising the level cap to 60 and giving players a set of new challenges and rewards. The Fallen Castle has received a hell mode, there’s the new Dimensional Fortress transcendent dungeon, and there’s an increased chance of success when enchanting gear.
If the patch isn’t enough to entice you back, perhaps some freebies will do the trick. Anyone who logs in by the end of the month will receive a bundle of goodies, including enough currency to buy some Morbid gear. But watch out, it’s morbid. New players also get some extra goodies on the side as well.
Bunnies and eggs! Flowers and grass! Lots and lots of chocolate as we hoard every Cadbury thing we can find! (Or maybe that’s just me?) Yep, Easter is this weekend, making it a convenient time for MMOs to shower us in stuff to keep us indoors and playing instead of outside marveling in the end of winter. We’ve collected a few of those events down below!
If you don’t like tricks and jokes, just stop reading right now, turn the lights off, and go climb back into bed. Nothing on the internet is going to bring you joy today, so just sit this one out. Trust us.
For everyone else, there’s April Fools’ Day! Follow along as we rattle off all the great MMORPG pranks and events we’ve found so far this morning.
Just in time for yesterday’s lovefest, Devilian unleashed wave after wave of nailbiting terror with group instances that will make your hair turn white and your gear disintegrate in shame.
First in line to kick your butt is the nightmare-level Dimensional Fortress, which can be run twice daily in case you blacked out the first time around. But that’s small fry compared to Devilian’s newest raid, the Forbidden Sanctuary. This Egyptian-themed eight-player instance contains several challenging minibosses and the fearsome Pharoah Totames at the end.
Not wanting to feel left out, the mobile version of Devilian got its own update yesterday with completely different content. Players can explore the dimension of Bithynia, fight the archdemon Avarix, and grind out some brand-new gear sets modeled on those fashion-conscious demons.
Ready for sappy questlines, particle effects that look like hearts, and lots — and I do mean lots — of pink? Valentine’s day has arrived in the real world and many of the pretend worlds inside MMORPGs (for some reason). And who are we to fuss when the events are all about candy and cheap romance? Nobody, that’s who. Read on for our guide to Valentine’s Day around the MMORPG verse!
Our mamas always told us, “Kids, you can never have too many enchanting stones!” This didn’t make sense for most of our lives, and we were the target of several unfortunate witch hunts, but now Trion Worlds has helped us understand this maxim.
From Friday through Monday, Devilian is dishing out bonus enchanting stones from boss kills to help power up player gear. It’s a very fiddly event from the look of things, as each of the four days will focus on one specific type of enchanting stone that will drop during a set time window.
Lowbies will get green stones from the event while level 50-plus characters should expect blue-quality drops. You’ll want to check out the full schedule if you’re planning to take advantage of this event!
One of the more prominent faces of Trion Worlds has been traded over to the team at Bethesda.
Evan Berman, more commonly known as “Scapes” (ask him about his “Save Farscape” history), joined Bethesda Softworks in early November. This comes after handling CM duties for RIFT, Devilian, Defiance, Trove, and ArcheAge since 2014. His previous positions include Microsoft, En Masse, and Flagship Studios.
His new role at Bethesda is listed as senior community manager.
It happens only once in a game’s life: that first anniversary! Yes, Devilian turns one year old today. Where on earth did the time go? Massively OP’s MJ is hopping in to celebrate the occasion. It’s been a while since she’s wandered this path; what has changed? Tune in live at 6:00 p.m. to join in the festivities and wish the game a happy anniversary.
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, December 10th, 2016
As you’re gobble, gobbling up food today, rooting for your favorite football team, and enduring the uncomfortable political conversations at the dinner table, you might be tempted to take some time to play MMOs during this American holiday.
Thanksgiving isn’t as huge of an inspiration for MMORPG holidays, but they do exist and are perfect for players who want to get decked out in the latest Pilgrim fashion from 1621 and stock up on food buffs.
So if you’re looking for a way to complement the holiday in-game, here’s where you should go today!
Following a limited rollout earlier in September, Devilian’s mobile edition is now available to players around the globe.
This mobile version of the action-RPG isn’t cross-platform with the one being run by Trion Worlds here in the west but instead is being handled by GAMEVIL. According to the press release, over 150,000 players pre-registered for the game. It looks, for all intents and purposes, to play the same as the PC client (and was developed by Bluehole), although there could be limitations or restrictions separating the two.
You can grab Devilian mobile for free on the App Store or Google Play.
Extra Life is kicking off this weekend! The charity group has been organizing game developers and players alike in an annual gaming marathon for most of the last decade, and thanks to Twitch, we can watch and tip participants as they play to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. MMORPG studios like Trion, Perfect World, En Masse, and Turbine (thanks Toanstation!) are all streaming for the charity this weekend. (In fact, Trion is one of the core sponsors.)
“All money donated to the En Masse Entertainment Extra Life page will count towards the team’s $5,000 goal and will go towards the Seattle Children’s Hospital.”