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Aion’s Egyptian-themed event returns for a limited time

You may be able to walk like an Egyptian, but can you fight like one? You’d better if you’re going to venture into Aion this weekend, because the Egyptian-flavored Secret of the Ancients event is back for another run.

Players will be trying to capture the spirits of monsters while participating in an array of quests. These will reward Ancient Shards, which can be turned in for a goodie chest, XP, a key bundle, or a random Puzzle Box. The event is running from now through June 6th.

“The Ancient King Ramsus and his wife Queen Shepsut have returned to the world of Atreia,” NCsoft said. “With them have arrived mysterious monsters that threaten all inhabitants of Atreia. Help them return the monsters to their time, and get rewarded with EXP and fabulous prizes.”

Fabulous, people, FABULOUS.

Source: Aion

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Champions Online brings out the vehicle-centered Circus Malvanum event

The heart and soul of Champions Online is either playing a superhero and taking out dastardly villains or flying vehicles around. The event hitting the game’s live servers right now is focusing more on the latter; help Jo finish her flying steam bike to earn it as a special vehicle and take part in the Circus Malvanum air race! You’ve got until May 31st to take part, or until November 16th, 2017. (The official page lists both dates, but we’re pretty sure the one from last year is a typo.)

If you think steam bikes are lame, flying or no, you can opt to just buy your way into the vehicle side of the game for slightly less cash; all vehicles are 20% off. That is, off the purchase price, not someone taking a hacksaw and chopping off a fifth of a given vehicle. Although that could mean a convertible.

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Lord of the Rings Online continues to iterate on its class change patch, extends spring festival

The third build of Lord of the Rings Online’s Update 22.2 is now up on the test server, and players can preview it to see how Standing Stone Games is reacting to the testing and feedback of all of the class changes that are coming with this patch.

Hunters received a “more substantial” balance pass this time around, with more changes to focus generation and skill inductions. Lore-masters will rejoice to see the return of a changed Wizard’s Fire, while Minstrels might not be so pleased to see that their cries and calls have an increased cooldown. The patch also factors in the low-level anniversary scavenger hunts and featured challenge quests for certain instances.

And even if it’s starting to feel more like summer than winter outside, you can hang on to the vestiges of the verdant months with the extended encore of LOTRO’s Spring Festival. The event ends on May 30th.

Source: Patch notes

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TERA hauls out scarves for the end of its anniversary month

TERA is busy wrapping up its month-long sixth anniversary, and its final week contains a few changes and events for players to enjoy.

These events include the conclusion of the Claw & Order community murder mystery, more anniversary items in the shops, double quest rewards all week long, increased drops from select dungeons, bonus reward items from battlegrounds, and free scarves if you’re able to track down and pester an En Masse Entertainment employee in the game. Scarves! Just the thing for those brisk summer months!

The studio is also running a contest through the end of the month: “Starting Monday, May 21st until Thursday, May 31st at 10 a.m. PDT, players can exchange 5 Anniversary tokens for an in-game Contest Entry Receipt to enter their account into the Anniversary Conclusion contest.” Three winners will be chosen per server and granted prizes like six months of subscription time and the choice of any item from the store.

Source: TERA

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Defiance’s got 99 problems, but you ain’t one

With the conclusion of Defiance 2050’s closed beta last week, players might be at a loss for something to keep them occupied for the rest of May. Don’t fret, future warriors: Trion is going to unload 99 Problems on you.

That’s actually a good thing! The 99 Problems event is running through June 4th, giving players special pursuits to complete for EGO boosts and achievement points. The game is also cutting 50% off of the price of Arkforge through May 28th.

Trion Worlds also wants to remind you that playing old-school Defiance right now isn’t a waste of time. Players can earn valor from participating in events and activities and then use that valor to buy cosmetics and other rewards in Defiance 2050 when it launches this summer.

Source: Defiance

 

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Jetpacks woosh into Fortnite, while Epic Games puts $100M toward tournaments

Players can take to the skies in Fortnite today, thanks to Patch 4.2 and the long-awaited introduction of jetpacks. Unsafe? Environmentally unsound? Chaotic? Probably — but most assuredly fun as well.

The patch notes give us some idea of how jetpacks will function:

“The Jetpack is the first of a new item type: Backpacks. Backpacks take an inventory slot (like weapons & consumables) and can be moved to different positions. Only one Backpack can be carried at a time. […] The Jetpack is engaged by jumping while in mid-air, providing additional mobility. While flying, there is a limited duration it can be used before it must charge again. Recharge begins when the Jetpack is not in use. You can not enter Targeting Mode while in the air. On controller, using the Targeting Mode input will trigger the Jetpack.”

It should also be noted that the jetpacks are being described as a “limited-time item,” although this may change on release.

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PlanetSide 2 celebrates the anniversary of classic PlanetSide

Even though the original PlanetSide has been dead and in the ground for going on two years now, Daybreak isn’t going to pass up an opportunity to exhume its corpse for an easy shot at publicity. As this week would have marked PlanetSide’s 15th anniversary, the studio is running an event in PlanetSide 2 to mark the occasion.

Through May 25th, PlanetSide 2 is enjoying double XP (quadruple XP if you’re a subscriber), a construction sale, a free “bending beacon” device that triggers a meteor shower. Players can also log in every day to get a free throwback bundles containing classic PlanetSide gear, camo, and vehicles.

While you’re celebrating the 15th anniversary, make sure to reminisce about classic PlanetSide with our Game Archaeologist retrospective on this MMORPG shooter!

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Final Fantasy XI promises more reunions for its 16-year anniversary

It’s been 16 years since Final Fantasy XI initially launched in Japan, which is a really long time. If the game were a person, it could learn to drive a car now. Producer Akihiko Matsui took the opportunity to thank players with an open letter as well as hinting about the plans for the next year; there’s a promise of more content to explore the theme of “playing with friends” and reunions, noting how many players truly enjoyed being able to interact with friends in-game historically.

Of course, the game is also celebrating with some anniversary goodies; players who log in during the game’s seven-week course starting on May 20th will be able to pick up an Echad Ring, a Red Crab mount, a special clock, and a Kupofried cipher. Players who already have any of the above will get vouchers usable for other items, so even veterans will get something worthwhile out of the event.

If you’re curious to see how the game actually plays 16 years in… keep your eyes peeled as we kick off Choose My Adventure in Vana’diel.

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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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WildStar’s residential renovation event returns

WildStar’s residential renovation event, first introduced back in summer 2017, is making a return for another short-lived run. Considering how many players feel that the housing system is WildStar’s greatest strength, there are sure to be quite a few people interested in participating.

The gist of the event is that players are given certain tasks to complete in their housing instances. Successful tasks earn tokens, which can then be turned in for limited-time rewards.

This time around, there are new rewards to chase: “Do your part to aid in the production of Sara’s broadcast by completing a series of home improvement tasks and she’ll reward you with Home Renovation Guides which you can turn in for the Exo-Lab and Shrine décor sets — two bundles of fantastic collectibles previously offered as part of the Sim Chase collection.”

The event is scheduled from May 18th through the 25th.

Source: WildStar

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Age of Conan celebrates its tenth birthday by throwing lions at everyone

Ten years of live operation, and Conan still looks like someone killed his puppy. Maybe you need a new hobby, Mr. The Barbarian? We hear there’s this new sandbox survival game out right now that’s pretty hot.

Anyway, Age of Conan is officially 10 years old this month, and to celebrate the occasion, Funcom is throwing players to the lions. Er, wait, that’s not right. They’re throwing lions at the players. Still sounds unsafe, but no matter. Anyone who logs in between now and June 5th will receive their own totally safe, no training necessary Golden Lion of Aquilonia mount.

The anniversary event also includes new daily rewards, an extra raid finder chest that can be opened every day, the addition of the Black Ring Citadel to the raid finder, several quality-of-life changes (such as being able to disable PvE XP), and the return of Shadows of the Past and Acheronian Soul classic content.

Source: Age of Conan

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DC Universe Online is celebrating 80 years of Superman… with the Death of Superman

For 80 years, everyone has enjoyed Superman. Everyone other than balding, transparently evil corporate overlords, anyhow. DC Universe Online players have enjoyed him in a more active role, though, so it may seem a bit odd that the game’s big event to celebrate four score years of the Last Son of Krypton is… the Death of Superman. That’s a bit unusual, isn’t it? “To celebrate your anniversary, you’ll die”?

Of course, the story it’s based upon is iconic. And there’s plenty to do in the update, too; players will be able to explore a new version of Metropolis in the wake of Doomsday’s rampage along with new daily and weekly missions. So it’s a celebration of an important part of the character’s history, and not to spoil a decades-old story too much, but it doesn’t end with Superman staying dead. Still, it might send… mixed messages.

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Lord of the Rings Online’s 2018 roadmap includes a huge northern expansion and seasonal instances

Don’t call it a full-fledged expansion, but Lord of the Rings Online’s next content update may be nearing that level of content and focus.

Standing Stone Games Executive Producer Rob Ciccolini posted a roadmap to the community today that laid out the rest of 2018 and beyond for the Middle-earth MMO. Ciccolini said that the team will be delaying the release of Minas Morgul in order to properly flesh up the rest of North Rhovanion over the next couple of updates. This includes a huge addition to the game with the Iron Hills and Grey Mountains regions, a level cap increase to 120, another part of the Black Book of Mordor epic storyline, an instance cluster, and a new raid.

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