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Chaos Theory: A guide to Secret World Legend’s first MEGAversary

Next week marks one year down for Secret World Legends, but the party has already started! From June 20th through July 17th, 2018, players can smash piñatas, scoop up goodies galore, and celebrate. There is tons of loot to get, all new lore to find, and even new Gaia golems to meet. (And by meet, we mean beat down and collect a reward from).

So what does this anniversary event entail? How does it compare to the anniversary events of yore in The Secret World? I’m glad you asked! There are some similarities, but even those are adapted to fit this incarnation. The giant golems are back, but with the SWL raid twist. And remember their shem pets? They are easier to get this time around; no need to pray for good RNG from the bags. And that is just the beginning. I can understand why it has been billed as a Megaversary; there is a whole lot more to this anniversary event than expected, so here’s a guide to help you keep from missing out on any of it.

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The Daily Grind: What are your summer MMO goals?

Now that most schools are out and the heat has begun in earnest in the northern hemisphere, it’s the perfect time to retreat into sunless rooms and pour yourself into MMORPGs. It’s also the perfect time to get stuff done and accomplish everything that’s been stacking up on your gaming backlog.

Getting everything ready for Battle for Azeroth is a high priority for me, although I’m pretty much ready right now. Past that, I’d love to get through Star Trek Online’s newest expansion, enjoy my weekly DDO group nights, and find my way out of Northern Mirkwood in Lord of the Rings Online. There aren’t any summer festivals that are particularly calling to me right now, but that may change.

So what are your summer MMO goals? What do you want to get accomplished by the end of the season?

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The Stream Team: A look at Warframe’s Limbo Prime

Massively OP’s MJ is trying to break out of her Frost Prime rut in Warframe. It’s hard, because she really, really loves that ‘Frame. But today she is committed to trying something new. And that something is Mr Fancypants himself, Limbo Prime. Can this one capture her heart like Frost Prime did? Join us live at 9:00 p.m. to see.

What: Warframe
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, June 22nd, 2018

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SOS fully abandons its classic mode, and its Steam reviews are a dumpster fire

Outpost Games sent round a mailer this week announcing that SOS Battle Royale is now “free to play forever,” thanks to its latest patch, content update 4, which adds “a ton of new weapons, loads of new outfits, leaderboards, and a Season Pass through which you can earn great rewards.” Sounds nice, right?

Well, maybe take a jaunt over to Steam, where the game’s recent reviews have sunk to “overwhelmingly negative.” You’ll recall that the original idea behind the game was to toss 16 players into a map and have them play a 30-minute match to find a relic and escape in a helicopter, with up to three winners per match and the chance to coordinate via voice chat. There were plenty of survival mechanics along the way, including making your own weapons and traps to survive as the audience cheered you on a la Running Man.

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The Stream Team: First anniversary shenanigans in Secret World Legends

Secret World Legends turns one next week (but the Secret World IP turns six soon after). And what would a birthday party be without piñatas? Luckily we don’t need to find out. Massively OP’s MJ is jumping into the celebration and seeking some pinatas to smash. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to get in on the festivities.

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 21st, 2018

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RIFT issues another progression server challenge, loses lead raid developer

It’s time to play the catch-up game with RIFT, starting with this week’s new challenge by the devs to progression server players. For the next month, players are tasked with sealing 120 rifts of various types as well as completing 20 zone events to secure a “Planar Protector” title. There are new PvP and crafting challenges as well.

Moving on to team news, players discovered the Raid Lead Designer Richard “Icarus” Byon has left Trion Worlds for another opportunity. Trion confirmed the departure: “We are extremely proud and grateful of the work he accomplished for RIFT; he is a talented designer and hard worker who brought a lot to the team and Trion as a whole. We have made gains to shift resources and continue to avidly work on instance and raid content. The RIFT team has some great content that we are working on while re-positioning our cadence and development focus.”

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Path of Exile’s Elementalist wins Incursion League popularity contest

Which classes are most popular in Path of Exile’s Incursion League? Grinding Gear Games has released the stats for the first three weeks of the newest league showcasing the classes that players are using the most. And results are quite different than the last league. In Incursion, the Elementalist sits on top of every category; in contrast, it was a least favored class in Bestiary League. GGG noted that these results are also affected by the recent rework of classes, bringing Saboteur into second place as players experiment with the new traps.

Check out all the results on the official site and see where your class sits on the popularity ladder, and then maybe poke through the updated patch notes!

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Trion throws open Defiance 2050’s gates for another beta round this weekend

Trion is running yet another beta round for Defiance 2050 as the reboot heads to open testing on PC this weekend, starting tomorrow afternoon and running through Monday.

“Players taking part in the Open Beta will have the opportunity to check out the game’s new base classes, weapon enhancements and progression systems ahead of its release on PC, Xbox One and PS4 on July 10. Progress from Open Beta will not carry over into the full game at launch.”

As we previously reported, that launch will take place on July 10th, with a headstart set for July 6th, on all platforms. It’s a free-to-play game, though of course founder packs sweeten the pot.

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Champions Online slashes prices on freeform characters, three for 60 bucks

At the beginning of June, PWE announced big changes for Champions Online: It was planning to drop the game’s optional monthly subscription in favor of a one-time purchase premium pack. But players were deeply concerned over the move, chiefly because of the way freeform character slots work. Subscribers receive access to freeform characters – that is, characters who can take nearly any power from any tree rather than be hemmed in by an archtype layout, but losing that access would mean they’d have to pay the free-to-play price of $50 per character.

PWE wisely put the switchover on hold, but now, it appears it may have sorted out a solution, as it announced that it’s reducing the cost of all character slots and freeform slots “starting today” – which sure sounds like a permanent reduction. Freeform slots themselves now work out to $30 apiece or $60 for three, while character slots are 100 ZEN apiece or 10 for 700 – the latter are so cheap they may as well be free.

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Hyperspace Beacon: Future plot points for SWTOR and other unanswered lore questions

Last night, BioWare Creative Director Charles Boyd and Community Manager Eric Musco were guests on the Passionately Casual Podcast to discuss the lore of Star Wars: The Old Republic. And since I host a segment on that podcast regularly about roleplaying in the Star Wars universe, I got to sit in on that interview and pose my own questions about the current and upcoming lore for the game.

I realized after listening to the questions that I asked last night that some of them deserve a follow-up to help strengthen your understanding of where the question came from or understand why I put forth the question in the first place. I’d like to spend a moment talking about the answers that Boyd gave to my questions and what I think they mean for the MMORPG. Of course, there might be some spoilers for the latest additions to the game story, but if you’ve not played through it by now and are still reading this column, spoilers probably aren’t that important to you.

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Neverwinter counts 18M players as it celebrates its fifth birthday

Eighteen million! No, that’s not how many dollars you’ve dumped into your Steam account; that’s just about how many people have played Neverwinter in the last five years since it officially launched way back in 2013 on PC – now, of course, it counts people on Xbox One and PS4 as well.

“Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios are proud to announce Neverwinter, the free-to-play MMORPG set in the Forgotten Realms (and beyond), has officially reached its 5th Anniversary. Nearly 18 million adventurers worldwide have experienced the action-packed journey through several iconic Dungeons & Dragons settings and stories.”

Perfect World and Cryptic have put out infographic today, and yes, it includes the sorry fact that 14,000 of you rolled a Drizzt clone. GUYS. STOPPIT. There’s a brand-new developer video celebrating the occasion too. Happy birthday, Neverwinter!

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Get your dapper on with Warframe’s new Limbo Prime, the game’s 57th ‘frame

High fashion arrived in Warframe with the golden gentleman, Limbo Prime. Of course you can look snazzy while skewering enemies; this 57th playable Warframe is all about bending the power of the void to his will while dressed to the nines. Just check out that hat! That formal jacket! Who cares if it is made out of metal; that just means a little polish and you’ll outshine all your groupmates at any event — at least fashion-wise. And your battle performance will be just as flashy with with the help of Limbo’s special puncturing-perfect Destreza Prime rapier and blast-happy Pryana Prime shotgun.

Limbo Prime can be obtained either in-game through the relic-hunting system or by purchasing Limbo Prime access. If you opt to purchase the Limbo Prime Access, on top of the Warframe you get his merciless weapons, Limbo Prime glyphs, Oblivia Prime Syandana, Rift Walker Prime sigil, a 90 day credit booster, and a 90-day affinity booster. Admire the outfit and accessories in the gallery below.

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Anarchy Online teases upcoming 17th anniversary event

Happy 17th birthday, Anarchy Online! Seventeen years ago this month, Funcom first stepped out onto the MMORPG scene and “launched” this sci-fi title. We are legally obligated to put that into quotes, because it wasn’t so much of a game launch as a mockery of all that was good and pure in the world. Fortunately, the disastrous start eventually gave way to a solid and engaging title that endures to this day.

Anarchy Online is days away from throwing its anniversary event, which will take place from June 26th through July 19th. While there aren’t any specifics out on the event quite yet, you can take a look at last year’s anniversary details to get an idea of what is probably coming.

And if you’re feeling all nostalgic, why not indulge some more by reading our Game Archaeologist retrospective of this game?

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