Enjoy your friendly skies now, flyboys and flygirls, because World of Warcraft is prepared to ground you once again in its next expansion. And while everyone knew that we’d have to hoof it for a while like savages, at least now we know some of what we’ll have to do to regain flight privileges.
The list to gain flight access in Battle for Azeroth looks daunting, but it’s also very similar to the path that players had to undergo in Legion. Basically, you’ll need to go through all of the main storylines, fully explore all of the zones, and max out your reputation with several new factions. It’s important to note that this list is just part one of the requirements and not the whole deal. Again, much like with Legion.
While Guild Wars 2’s Lunar New Year patch this past week had plenty for players to absorb and enjoy, it’s one change in particular that’s put some of the community into a grumpy mood.
One of the small fixes has resulted in a huge change to how the game’s griffon mounts perform: “Fixed a bug in which griffons could interrupt the delay that occurred after performing a diving wing flap by immediately pitching up.”
According to some players, the course correction turned the griffon into a more clunky and awkward flying mount — and they are not happy about it. The Guild Wars 2 subreddit post criticizing the change has received 1,314 upvotes and generated 263 comments.
So, had you been hoping that at some point World of Warcraft would let you fly in the final zone of Legion? Best give up that hope. The official word is in from community manager Oryx that there will never be flying in Argus. Not now, not in the next expansion, not in a decade, never. Oryx also points out that this isn’t unusual, as things were the same on the Isle of Quel’danas, the Timeless Isle, and the Isle of Thunder.
Unlike all of the above, of course, Argus is not an island. But Oryx still stresses that the point of the zone is to feel dangerous even to players who can soar through the Broken Isles, hence keeping it dangerous for players who are stuck on the ground. Whether or not that argument holds any water for you is down to personal preference, but at least it’s not the entire expansion that’s been cut off from flight.
If you’re populating an online fantasy game with nothing but adeptly magical players, then it’s not a big jump to accepting that all sorts of seemingly impossible feats will become commonplace in that world. Like flight, for instance.
“Why walk when you can fly?” asked Citadel: Forged With Fire’s devs. “Growing in experience should feel significant, and flight is one of the many things we added to make sure this was the case.”
There are three avenues for the aspiring wizard pilot. Players can craft and use a magical broomstick, although these suck up mana when in flight. Another option is to use a pacify spell on a winged creature like a dragon and then use the beast as your personal transportation. Finally, it is possible to make flight potions using one’s alchemy skill, although the devs warn that if your mana runs out mid-flight, you’ll be taking an express trip to ground town.
Before you ask, no, we don’t have a clue whether or when the wuxia-themed Moonlight Blade is coming to the west. It’s certainly a promising Asian MMO, which is why we are eager to lap up any information that we get about the title, such as flying.
Flying is one of the defining features of Moonlight Blade, allowing characters to propel themselves into the sky for a short period of time. What’s even more interesting is that each class has its own style of aerobatic flight.
Steparu posted a new video of the Puppet Master’s flight style and elaborated a little on what can be done while you take off for the skies: “Not much can be done in terms of the shaky camera controls as it’s scripted in the flying animation. However, players are able to control where they want to fly freely at the start, in between, and at the end of each flying animation in action. You can even make a full U-turn!”
Check out the Puppet Master’s aerial moves after the break!
You know how some MMO content patches have a spread of features, giving everyone a little something? Well, TERA’s
update this week isn’t that type of patch. Instead, The Guilded Age
is, as its title suggests, all about guild improvements.
With yesterday’s patch came new group guild missions, a new type of guild currency that can be used to benefit the organization or its individual members, guild skills, and even a new weekly guild vs. guild combat event.
The update also debuted dragon mounts, a new type of flying mount that comes in Ghost and Diamond varieties. It sounds like you can only buy one of these in the game’s store for the time being.
Check out The Guilded Age’s preview page or patch notes for the full rundown of all of the changes with this content drop!
Unlike some MMOs
that keep trying to ground their population, TERA
has given the clearance for unbridled flight. And not just your normal, average commute on a 747; nay, this is the variety of flight that comes on the back of a majestic dragon of legend.
Along with the civil unrest event, September 20th’s Gilded Age update will introduce flyable dragons to TERA. And the game isn’t cheaping out by having one dragon model with six color reskins; from the looks of it, there are radically different dragon types, from your classic Smaug look-alikes to glassy bone monsters.
Will you learn to train your dragon in time for September 20th? Your first step on that journey is to watch the flying dragon trailer after the break. Step two involves a music montage of some sort.
You know all of those crazy things you said you’d do when pigs fly? Well, that’s a thing that’s happening. TERA
has added a set of flying pig mounts to the game’s store
. You can log into the game, stand in place, and watch as pigs really do fly right in front of you. Now you’ll have to deal with the crushing reality of promises you never actually intended to keep
Players who want to be roaming reminders of the unthinkable coming to pass can purchase one of the four pigs directly or a box containing a random selection of hog. There’s also a loot box which contains an even more powerful version of the existing mounts that restores your health and mana as you fly if you can’t get enough of those flying pigs. Meanwhile, the game’s Korean version is getting a new 30-person raid encounter, which may or may not be something you expected to happen concurrent with porcine aviation.
Not every dungeon in TERA
will give you the comfort of traversing it with your fellow
friends. Some are solo dungeons, which means that you’ll need to either rise to the occasion or flee in fear.
One such dungeon has just arrived in the game yesterday: Castle Aranea. This instance, which has something to do with time travel, can be tackled by only solo players level 65 or higher. There’s a lot of loot to be had for conquerors, including Dreadnought gear.
The Castle Aranea update also expanded free flight into Southern Shara, giving six additional zones clearance for sky travel. You can get pumped for Castle Aranea with its trailer below!
The Aces Wild update for TERA
is going live on Thursday, but there are still a couple of important updates that players didn’t have the scoop on. Sure, you know about the dungeons and battlegrounds, but did you know that you’ll also have access to more storage space just to be as fashionable as possible? Probably not, because it was only just recently revealed.
Bankers will now have a separate storage tab for costumes, allowing you to keep stuff in reserve that you only break out for special occasions.
Players who own flying mounts will also have more regions to explore from the sky, with the Isle of Dawn, Northern Arun, and Southern Arun all open for free airborne exploration. Sure, it’s not a new set of dungeons to fight through or new battlegrounds to rampage across, but the little quality-of-life improvements should make the game that much more satisfying to play.
Yes, you may have heard that flying mounts are indeed on their way
. But exactly how will you turn the sky into your personal playground? Happily, En Masse
has put out a helpful guide
to turn you into a fantasy aviator.
According to the guide, players can unlock the quest to gain flight at level 65. TERA will give players one mount for free, with others available in the store. You should know that the game has restricted airspace, as only the zones of Velika, Val Oriyn, and Highwatch allow flight. Mounts will only be able to fly for so long before being forced to land, so make sure you keep an eye on how many seconds of airtime that you have left.
The studio said that flight won’t automatically allow you to bypass all of the landmass: “Each free-fly zone has its own limit on how high you can go on a flying mount. This is usually enough to get over tall terrain and give you a good view of the countryside… but it’s not enough to fly over all obstacles in a given zone.”
Dear readers, if you have a delicate constitution, the video below the cut may prove too shocking for you. You see, as the video opens, a player in TERA
is riding upon a mount, and the world is in its right and proper place. But a moment hence, the camera moves, and we see that the mount approaches a cliff at a swift pace! What shall be done? The player is in peril, yet the mount continues, riding on over the cliff, tumbling into that black abyss! Oh, the regret!
And yet, there is hope, for in a minute it becomes clear that the mount has used the great wings on its sides to take to the skies, soaring like an eagle with person sitting on its back! For indeed, the mount is not simply a mount, but a flying mount! So steady yourself to see the full video, and try not to be too disturbed by the sight of mounts treading where simple walking mounts dare not tread! Because it is the sky, and they cannot tread there.
Announced back in January, Nexon’s Riders of Icarus was promoted as a free-to-play action adventure MMORPG with “exhilarating aerial combat.” The first beta took flight that same month; now, the company has announced that the second phase of its closed beta test will take place for a week beginning this Thursday. The event will include more players from around the globe:
“Ride with more players as we expand our beta test to include Europe, South America, Australia and the Oceania territories in Phase 2 of the Closed Beta test.”
Testers who hit the proper markers during the event will be rewarded with collectible in-game capes. Expect big changes to the mounts (as in, you’re getting them sooner because that’s pretty much why you’re playing the game) as well as adjustments to the interface, combat AI, and solo difficulty.