Massively OP SWTOR specialist Larry Everett chatted with BioWare Creative Director Charles Boyd for an early-issue Hyperspace Beacon yesterday, getting the low-down on Uprisings. Check that out, and then hit the patch notes and brand-new trailer!
‘Free-to-play’ is a term that refers to games that do not have box or download fees associated with them and do not incur a mandatory subscription. Some have optional subscriptions and are more properly referred to as hybrid F2P. Most have cash shops and microtransactions.
Since legendary abilities can have a large impact on your build and even change how you play your character, knowing how they work and which ones to choose is pretty important. There's a new video guide up to walk you through how this system works and some of the ins and outs of selecting your skill power-ups.
Without further ado, bone up on legendary abilities after the jump!
For the developers, at least, there is no controversy here; they love the update and can't wait to gush about it. To that end, Marvel Heroes put out a new developer chat video in which various Gazillion employees share what they love best about the update.
Mega-update aside, Lunar New Year has arrived in Marvel Heroes and will be sticking around only until next Sunday. During the event, players will enjoy an XP and RIF boost while opening up a package of daily login gifts. There are also special "lucky red envelope" drops by random enemies that contain bonus loot.
For example, some of those pointy bits of metal are on fire.
Each group of enemies is affected by the magical focus of its leaders. Kabal's followers like fire, iron, golems, and all of that fun stuff. Nostura enjoys magical beasts and the Fey. Last but not least, Gyrion has plenty of minions tied to the Spellplague and thus features mutated monstrosities that can best be described as "very blue." There are also Nashers running around, just to ensure that Neverwinter (the game, once again) players don't wind up running out of enemies to beat up even before assaulting the three high-level adversaries leading these groups.
Not well. On Steam, negative reviewers are busily tanking the game's rating, dragging its review score down from its usual "mostly positive" to the recent "mostly negative" with claims that the update drained the game of fun and lore and action and depth-wise is "a shallow husk of what it used to be."
On Reddit, players are upset that Gazillion apparently removed newbie accounts' options for their first hero, a regression in design goals.
The new group content called Uprisings (pretty on the nose there, right?) is the focus of the next update. We'll see five more four-player, intense instances launch tomorrow, along with changes to the Command XP system and (of course) a new Cartel Market Pack.
I talked to Charles Boyd on Friday to get his input on the new content and a breakdown of each new Uprising and the overarching purpose behind them all.
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!
This week, No Man's Sky made the jump to the Nvidia Shield, giving players a new way to experience this space sim. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Neverwinter, Trove, and more, all waiting for you after the break!
When the NDA is away, the cats will play -- and take screenshots! Bless our dear community for documenting upcoming MMOs as they venture into these virgin territories.
ZulikaMiNam had some fun in one game that I haven't seen much from readers yet: "Since there are no NDA restrictions imposed for this alpha weekend kickoff over at Shards Online I will post some pics from there. I accidentally healed a skeleton while trying to heal myself. So my name turns grey and anyone can kill me now. Time to lay low for a bit."
Are you still laying low? You can... probably come out now. That skeleton owes you a life debt for that heroic action.
Recently, Olsen started up a new course at Signum University (where he is both the founder and president) called "Explore the Lord of the Rings on Location." This free, public course meets every week for a lecture through a chapter in Tolkien's famous trilogy, followed by a "field trip" in Lord of the Rings Online to locations mentioned. It's been a highly publicized event so far, with Standing Stone even creating a special lecture hall in Bree for the series. Interested parties can attend in person in the game, watch via Twitch, or catch up with afterward on the series' YouTube channel.
We caught up with Dr. Olsen to talk about the making of the course, the history behind his university, and his interaction with the long-running MMORPG.
The main change in this upcoming patch is an adjustable housing hook system that sounds similar to what's used in SWTOR: "You can now adjust the precise location of interior housing decorations once they are placed in a hook. The decoration hook UI now includes four scroll bars that allow decorations to be rotated as before, but also to be moved east/west, north/south, and up/down. Exterior housing decorations continue to only allow rotation."
The test server patch also includes additional chat channels and premium housing writs to facilitate the transfer of the newer houses.
While there are plenty of similarities among magic systems in MMOs (hey, how about you cast another fireball? There you go, champ!), there is a lot of variety as well. I'm always attracted to systems that put some though into their design, such as Guild Wars 2's illusion-based Mesmers, the mix-and-match Necromancers of Vanguard, and Lord of the Rings Online's wordy Rune-keepers.
At the very least, I have to applaud developers who at least put in the effort to gussy up the same mechanics in a new outfit. But when a team eschews the tired magic tropes and starts to get imaginative with spellcasting? That's when I perk up and pay attention.
What's your favorite MMO magic system and why?
Ravenloft is only a part of DDO's grand plans for the year. Ciccolini said that the fun will begin with Update 34 (which contains a new dungeon and the reaper difficulty level), the game's 11th anniversary event, Update 35 (which will add the playable Dragonborn race), and Update 36 (which will return to the Forgotten Realms). The expansion and a further update will wrap up the team's plans for 2017.
We spoke with Ciccolini and the team at Standing Stone Games this week about DDO and the studio transition. Standing Stone said that the Ravenloft expansion "could include new playable race or races as well."
"I'm overjoyed to announce that I'm joining the World of Warcraft quest design team at Blizzard," Augustine wrote on Twitter. "One of my life goals and a huge honor!"
I'm overjoyed to announce that I'm joining the World of Warcraft quest design team at Blizzard. One of my life goals and a huge honor!
— Josh Augustine (@jaugustine) January 19, 2017