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Final Fantasy XIV prepares to unveil a trial at E3 2017

It’s almost time for E3 2017, and there are going to be all sorts of new and exciting games on display. Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood is going to be there as well, although at that point it’ll be close to heading into early access for pre-order players on June 16th. But there’s still new stuff to reveal on the show floor, like giving attendees the first look at the Susano trial. Which may be a bit of a letdown if you want the “I Beat Susano” shirts as a reward without being able to attend the show, but you can’t have everything.

The show floor will also see a special eve-of-the-expansion Live Letter from producer and director Naoki Yoshida, so players will have one last chance to watch details and get hyped about the upcoming expansion. Fans, if you hadn’t already marked your calendars for excited whimpering for June 13th through June 15th, you can do so now.

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TERA’s anniversary event goes out with a bang

You have only a few more days left to squeeze out the fun — and rewards — from TERA’s fifth anniversary event. The good news is that the team is ending the game’s birthday celebration with a bang, so if you move fast, you’ll be able to profit from it.

Through the end of May, players can collect blue boxes scattered all over the game world and contain gobs of anniversary tokens. And if that’s not enough in terms of rewards, players can beat Velik’s Sanctuary from now through June 5th for bonus goodies including pirate costumes and weapon skins.

Players have been collaborating on strategy and tips regarding the collection of blue boxes for those sweet tokens. Since there’s a ton of mounts, cosmetics, skills, and potions that can be purchased with these, it’s not surprising that they are in high demand.

Source: TERA

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Make it Rain returns to Final Fantasy XIV on May 29

You’ve still got some time before Stormblood releases. What are you going to do in Final Fantasy XIV until then? Gamble, obviously. The Make it Rain event returns to the game on May 29th, running until June 12th and giving players an opportunity to win some Gold Saucer-themed prizes in an event no doubt intimately tied with the gambling emporium itself. It’s the next best thing to early access coming even earlier.

The event starts from a down-on-his-luck gentleman in the streets of Ul’dah, although the details of what players must do after the fact remain shrouded in mystery. What is known is that players can get a new hairstyle, a stuffed incarnation of Senor Sabotender himself, and three new Triple Triad cards along the way. So get ready to rake in the MGP and celebrate gambling away truly absurd amounts of money in a few days. It should keep you distracted until you can play a Samurai, at least.

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Heroes of the Storm celebrates its second anniversary

It’s been two years since Heroes of the Storm first launched, which seems a little weird; it feels like it’s been less time. But the calendar says otherwise, and Blizzard is celebrating with special in-game events from May 30th through June 12th. Log in to play to earn daily Loot Chests, just by showing up and getting into the action. It’s a celebration and an incentive to get back into the game all at once!

You can also earn a special two-year anniversary banner, spray, and portrait by playing three games during the anniversary; you don’t need to win them, you just need to play them. Considering the time period, this shouldn’t be a difficult hurdle to overcome. These items will only be available during the anniversary, so get in the game and start celebrating now if you’ve got an overwhelming need to tell people you were around for the two-year mark.

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ArcheAge doubles up everything for Memorial Day

Everything is better doubled. Get a paycheck? It’d be even better if it were two paychecks. Got a car? You could have two cars. Appendectomy? Make it a double appendectomy; have your doctors get the other appendix out while they’re in there. That’s why ArcheAge is doubling a whole lot of rewards for its Memorial Day event. You’ll get doubled experience and honor points through May 30th, doubled experience and vocation badges from May 31st through June 6th, and tripled experience, honor, vocation badges, and loot drop bonuses from June 7th until June 13th. We’re willing to count triples under the larger header of doubling.

If you can pull yourself away from all of that experience, you can also check out the game’s next major update on a stream this Friday, starting at 4:30 p.m. EDT. The stream will cover crafting and regrades in the game’s upcoming Erenor Eternal update, along with a look at some of the gear coming along for the ride. You can even make it a double livestream by opening up two windows with it playing; that won’t actually improve anything, but it probably won’t hurt, either.

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LOTRO teases special announcement coming at noon today

Fans of Lord of the Rings Online will want to tune in to a special dev livestream today at noon eastern for a special announcement. The leading theory, propped up by a tweet from the composer himself, is that Chance Thomas will be returning to score this fall’s Mordor expansion.

The team recently updated its events schedule for the MMORPG, giving players an idea of what to expect over the next few months. The anniversary scavenger hunts will continue through July 14th, and the summer festival is scheduled for June 28th.

Speaking of the scavenger hunt, you definitely want to bookmark Department of Strategery, which has been publishing comprehensive guides to each of these scavenger cards every week, including the brand-new Week Seven quests today.

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RIFT surveys players on ‘challenge server’ idea, hosts artifact weekend

You might recall that back in March, the RIFT producer’s letter stated that the team was mulling over the idea of instituting limited-run “challenge servers” that would operate with crazy rules and offer players ways to earn unique rewards for their main characters.

Well, now the team is allegedly surveying players on what they think about these proposed servers. According to a survey email that was sent out to some players, the team said, “In a recent RIFT producer’s letter, we announced our intent to release challenge servers in the future for RIFT. These fresh-start servers would feature the first 50 levels of the classic RIFT game. As a former player, we would appreciate your feedback.”

In other RIFT news, the MMO is throwing a “Shiny Shenanigans Weekend” that will conclude on May 29th. There are new sets to be found, artifact piñatas in every zone, special new rewards, and even a specific that can piñata only be spawned by one of the devs.

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Neverwinter’s titular city comes under siege

Sharpen those swords and practice those spells, because tomorrow you’ll stop playing pretend and fight for real. Neverwinter is due for another catastrophic siege, and players will be the front line of defense against the forces of evil attempting to bring down the titular city.

Starting tomorrow and running through June 8th, multiple events will spring to life all across the city of Neverwinter, including cult invasions and dragon attacks. Players can even participate in a counter-attack to bring pain back to the enemy.

There are all kinds of rewards that can be earned by participating in the siege, including cosmetics, a battlefield medic companion, dyes, and a brand-new siegebreaker griffon mount.

Source: Neverwinter

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TERA’s third week of anniversary rewards includes a pin-up car

The last week of TERA anniversary rewards is almost upon us, starting on 5/23. That means you still have one more day to turn in Anniversary Tokens for the past week’s rewards, but it also means you can look forward to the final batch of rewards. And what’s on the list for the last week? Why, a hatchback car decorated in cheesecake pictures of the Elin, the race that looks like prepubescent girls!

You could also get a permanent disco ball.

It’s worth noting that the car mount is a permanent mount that has never been available before, and it likely won’t be available again given the nature of the event. Whether or not that triggers your collector instinct is for you to decide, but you’ll want to decide soon as the game’s anniversary celebration moves into its final week.

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APB Reloaded brainstorms a ‘gangland survival mode’

See if you can follow the chain of progression here. In APB Reloaded’s most recent dev diary, the team says that it’s about done ironing out issues and fighting DDoS attacks in its console versions (problems that have been going on since early April). Once that is done, the devs want to bring some of these improvements and optimizations to the PC and figure the best way to do that is… by creating a new game mode. Because stress testing or something?

Honestly, it sounds like they’re trying hard to emulate the popularity of other titles: “Seeing the success of Battlegrounds and H1Z1 survival mode, we realized we have almost all the ingredients in APB to create a gangland survival game, and we want to your help to make this event as fun as possible.”

Jump on that survival bandwagon! If the proposed event is popular enough, APB hopes to incorporate it as a regular game mode following the summer.

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PSA: Wild Terra hosts a free weekend

Here’s a possible option for your gaming weekend, especially if you have a hankering for some sandbox freedom: Wild Terra is opening up its doors to everyone from May 19th through the 21st to play as much as they want for free.

The free weekend is being coupled with a 15% off sale on the official site, bringing the price down to $12.74 for the early access title.

Wild Terra recently revealed that it is working on “unique rare equipment” that will be crafted using standard equipment and special drops from chests.

Source: Steam

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Overwatch looks forward to anniversary skin and more diverse story focus over the next year

To the surprise of basically no one, Overwatch has succeeded through its first year, and it should also come as no surprise that Blizzard is celebrating with new skins. After all, new skins get added to this game on the regular. It’s all about skins. Have some skins. A leaked Facebook video shows off new skins for Soldier:76, Zarya, Bastion, and Pharah. No details on what the anniversary event will offer for other characters, but it can be assumed that more is coming.

Of course, the second year also means that players can expect more storytelling around the game (not in the game, unfortunately), with director Jeff Kaplan stating that he’d like to tell more stories about characters like Symmetra and Pharah who haven’t been in the spotlight yet. He’d also love to do some adventures for Roadhog and Junkrat, whom he sees as being perfect comedy relief for the more serious underlying story. Of course, telling stories about more characters will also push Blizzard up against the boundaries of claiming the game’s diversity isn’t political, so take from that what you will.

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Final Fantasy XI will let you pick your own trust companion for the anniversary

If you’re worried about the future of Final Fantasy XI being available, you can rest assured that the 15th anniversary letter by producer Akihiko Matsui is quite confident in it. Matsui mentions that the team is small enough that no new major content can be rolled out, but the team did add Omen and Ambuscade to the game while rolling out monthly update. And players can celebrate 15 years of the game even further beyond the anniversary events with the upcoming “One I Can Trust” campaign, allowing you to create your own Trust NPC for the next year.

Players simply need to name an in-game NPC who currently lacks an alter ego and what effects said alter ego should provide; this can differ from player to player. Once you’ve specified your preferred companion, you’ll have a year to adventure with your companion at your side, so pick someone you want around for a while. That’s in addition to the many, many other events, including discounts, the Return to Vana’diel campaign, anniversary quiz rewards, and… well, everything you could ask for as a fan of the game, whether you’ve been playing for 15 years or just a few months.

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