‘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.
With the new Beasts of the Sanctuary patch
now live in Warframe
, Digital Extremes has found that it has its hands fully trying to keep it under control. Several issues and community concerns have cropped up this week, and the studio is moving quickly to address them.
The “first of many” hotfixes to shore up the patch went live today, mainly focusing on the new Sanctuary Onslaught endless mode. Players had found exploits, experienced crashes, and even gotten stuck on the environment. Many of these bugs have been nixed, but it sounds like there’s a lot more to go.
It’s a considerable issue because so many players are farming this mode to earn the new Khora warframe. The studio laid out plans to improve upon the launch version of this pet class. Some of the changes include shortening ability casting times across the board, making ensnare hit multiple enemies, and transforming Venari into a passive skill.
Like many MMORPGs, Dungeons and Dragons Online
has a daily reward system, which it calls “Daily Dice” (D&D, dice, you get it). In today’s Update 38 Patch 1
, this system received a “significant overhaul” to improve the reward offerings (such as more creature companions!).
“Items have moved to different tiers, items have been newly added to Daily Dice, and many new items to DDO itself have been added,” Standing Stone Games noted.
The small patch made some other adjustments to the enhancement trees, forced Undead mobs to respond to positive and negative damage, and added Disciples of Rage creatures to the monster manual.
Look, we don’t mean to shock anyone, but Path of Exile
needs to make money, and it does so via its cash shop. That’s the way its business model works. However, that business model does require you to have the most accessible cash shop possible to ensure that people can buy what you’re offering. So it’s probably a good thing that the game’s newest patch will add much-desired filter options to the cash shop
, along with a cleaner and more central user interface.
The patch also adds in 3D models for two remaining Bestiary armor sets, along with a variety of other bug fixes and quality-of-life improvements. It’s not a huge set of content changes, but it should make the game a bit more pleasant… and it should make it a bit cleaner to spend money in the game, which allows the team to provide more content in the future. So that’s all right.
Ever since Standing Stone Games started ramping up the prominence of Lord of the Rings Online’s
lockboxes following last year’s Mordor
expansion, the microtransactions have proved to be extremely controversial and divisive in the community.
And while LOTRO isn’t going to be ditching lockboxes any time soon, SSG is working on being more transparent about the system. On April 25th’s livestream, CM Jerry Snook answered a player concern about the topic.
“I have been working on a page in recent days that’s going to provide more transparency on both Hobbit presents and the seal-bound Gorgoroth lootboxes,” he said. “It’s going to talk about what you can get from these things, what’s considered rare, what’s considered common, what’s super-rare.”
Snook said that the page will come out in the next couple of weeks after it has been localized.
If you’ve been finding yourself missing Marvel Heroes – but not all the drama and lies – you might want to mosey on over to Steam today, where former Gazillion CEO David Brevik is launching his new sidescrolly pixelart RPG, It Lurks Below, into early access.
“It Lurks Below is a fun new one-man indie game project from myself, David Brevik, the creator of Diablo and Diablo II. Although the game is already engaging and addictive, I want to use Early Access to make the project even better. I’m a big believer in actively communicating with your community, getting feedback and improving the final product. This has already been going on in a small closed beta, but I’m ready to open it up and make the best possible game.”
Launch is expected later this year; the current version is just shy of 20 bucks. As we’ve previously reported, it’s not an MMO, and it’s not even multiplayer, so you won’t see much coverage of it here going forward, but Brevik is a big name in MMOs, so there you go – consider yourself duly notified about a cool thing he’s doing.
Are you hyped for Deep Space Nine in Star Trek Online
? Victory is Life
is hitting PC in June, complete with a journey to the Gamma Quadrant, the Deep Space Nine crew, the Jem’Hadar playable faction, bumped level cap, seven new episodes, and more goodies.
Ahead of the launch, PWE has granted Massively OP a bunch of goodies to raffle to our PC readers! We’ve got 25 codes for the T5 Defiant Tactical Escort Retrofit and 100 codes for the Stalker Stealth Fighter.
Read on to enter to win!
It occurs to me that it is very difficult to find MMOs that I have literally never played before in some capacity. There are titles on the list, of course, but it’s a short list. Which amuses me, since anyone who listens to me on a regular basis knows that I have a small number of games that I consider “my” games, and usually there are just two that are fairly consistently on that list. But it’s part of the job; back when I first got this job in the time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth (the late aughts), my lifetime game count was at four. Maybe four and a half, if you want to count the Champions Online beta that talked me out of playing it at launch.
Of course, that’s one of the interesting elements not just of this job but about MMOs in general. You react differently depending on how many MMOs you’ve played, and considering that these games are big, long-term time commitments, that can produce some interesting dynamics. So let’s go ahead and take a look at what your personal lifetime count says about you and your understanding of the genre.
E-sports programs and scholarships at universities stopped being newsworthy years ago once they were a dime a dozen, but a new one from Ohio’s Ashland University has caught the mainstream media’s eye because it’s reportedly the very first to include Fortnite.
“Ashland’s esports team, which will begin competition next fall, will arrange four-player teams that practice regularly and compete together,” says the university. “AU is at the forefront in adding Fortnite to its offerings, which already include League of Legends, Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Rocket League. Eventually, [head coach Josh] Buchanan’s hope is that collegiate leagues will be set up for official Fortnite competitions.”
Open tryouts will begin for the 2018-2019 school year. The best players can snag “up to $4,000 based on player skill level and academic requirements” in scholarships.
A couple of small notices swung our way from Trion Worlds’ MMORPGs. Tomorrow, RIFT
is going to be updating the game, and with the changes (including the opening of the Greenscale raid on RIFT
Prime), the studio is adding a few new store options
and a raid gear merchant.
“Yep, we’re setting [the raid gear merchant] up in advance of Greenscale’s Blight, because you all deserve to plan ahead,” Trion said. “The current expert armor vendor will level up to become the ascended quartermaster — selling dungeon, expert, and raid armor. Raid armor will be available in exchange for Primal Marks of Ascension.”
Meanwhile, over at ArcheAge the team has delayed the normal weekly maintenance to cram in a hotfix that was designed to fix a bug and re-enable transfer and name change services.
With all the talk of Defiance 2050, let’s not forget that Defiance is still live. More than that, it’s encouraging players to come take part in the Event Horizon… er, event, which will pit players against Syphon enemies. More than that, it’ll give 100% increases in experience, reputation, and score, which means that you’ll get more progress in less time than you would otherwise.
But what’s that, it’s not going to matter with the relaunch? Sure it will; you’ll just want more Valor rewards, and those are also present in the event with lots of extra achievements to unlock. So jump in and start shooting to make some longer-term gains; the event runs until May 7th.
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin dive into the Russia gaming crisis, tackle a trio of significant MMO patches, and celebrate the coming of a cute-looking title. Plus there’s always those challenging community podcast questions to keep them occupied!
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Did you miss last weekend’s Defiance 2050 closed beta? Good news for you; Trion is doing another one – this very weekend, in fact. Aaaaand it won’t just be for PC players this time.
“The Defiance 2050 PC closed beta weekend was a huge success, with thousands of players jumping to see what the upcoming reimagining of the landmark sci-fi shooter will hold for players when it releases this summer. Trion Worlds is thrilled to reveal that a second closed beta test will be underway this weekend, welcoming Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players into the fold! From April 27 through 29, hop into the Defiance 2050 closed beta to experience the riveting shooter gameplay and great environments that will await you when the game launches.”
Massively OP’s MJ Guthrie checked out the funsies yesterday before the last beta wound down – check out the replay for a glimpse of how it plays:
It’s been 11 years, and Massively OP’s MJ is no where near tiring of roaming Middle-earth in LOTRO
. (She’s also no where near finishing everything!) Today she celebrates the 11th anniversary by diving into the event. Can she get more done than she managed last year? Gather around the party tree and tune in live at 12:00 pm to wish LOTRO
the happiest of birthdays!
What: Lord of the Rings Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018