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players who were engaging in shady activities designed to boost their PvP win count and status are finding themselves the target of ArenaNet’s
extreme displeasure. The studio said on the forums a few weeks ago that it has launched an investigation
into match manipulation and is already disciplining identified individuals:
“We have received many reports this season about match manipulation both here on the forums and via in-game reports. Our investigation revealed that a few players were sharing a handful of accounts, which is clearly against our user agreement.
While the investigation into this is still ongoing, at this time we have enough evidence to take action. As a result, we’ve decided to give dishonor to the offending accounts for the rest of the season.”
Most recently, ArenaNet says it’s “identified additional accounts of players who were involved in account sharing and match manipulation” — they’re getting dishonor too. “Our investigation is still underway, so additional action may be taken later, should we determine it appropriate,” writes the studio.
A new event named The Agency kicked off this week
in EVE Online
, and it looks a bit like the daily quest systems you can find in many other MMOs. When you log in, you’ll be presented with a list of challenges that will each earn you points on a reward track, with prizes available when you reach various point thresholds. The challenges are all casual PvE activities that you might be doing anyway, such as killing 25 pirate NPCs or collecting a million ISK in NPC bounties, and they refresh every 24 hours so you can grind up the points you need throughout the two-week long event period.
It’s no coincidence that the reward track sounds suspiciously like last year’s botched Shadow of the Serpent event, as this event is built on the same event system and even uses the same user interface. The 24 hour refresh on challenges also makes it similar to a daily login reward system, something that CCP trialled last year with Recurring Opportunities but discontinued as it didn’t increase login numbers. Developers do seem to have learned lessons from both of these examples when putting together The Agency, and now I can’t help but wonder if this could be modified into a fantastic daily reward system.
In this edition of EVE Evolved, I look at some of the positive and negative aspects of The Agency and suggest how it could make a great permanent daily reward system with a few tweaks.
Have you ever been able to capture a truly victorious moment in your MMORPG journeys? Rees Racer did, and he is not above showing off (fortunately for us!).
“No spoilers, so I’ll just pass along a TERA cutscene shot from a meeting with Priestess Ciebel after the defeat of a traitorous threat to the Alliance,” Rees writes. “Of course, my Gunner is issued new orders almost immediately as there are seemingly always other harbingers of doom to confront…”
You save the world once, everyone wants you to keep on doing it, over and over again. My advice? Start charging per apocalypse and put aside a portion for retirement in another dimension.
There’s a lot of excitement, confusion, and uncertainty regarding Guild Wars 2’s immediate future, but it’s looking like the devs are going to keep players on their toes in the best of ways. Now that it looks like the end of Season 3 will come with a new Orrian zone, what about a giant smashy hammer to go along with it?
On Twitter, the devs teased an upcoming legendary hammer, saying that players could “reclaim your own piece of Orr to take into battle.” The video shows a character from behind, walking while toting a giant spanner-like weapon.
So what’s past that? The expansion, hopefully. Everyone’s getting in on the giant office pool, guessing when xpack will drop and what it will contain — even retailers. It looks like some sort of reveal or preorder situation might happen in the next week, with some retailers posting (and removing) release dates and counting down to four days from now. It should be stated that this is all just rumors and guesswork right now until confirmed, but even so… does September 30th sound like a good time for a launch to you?
Hear that buzz? It’s Guild Wars 2 gearing up for its third season finale next week… and then, ultimately, pushing into uncharted territory with its second expansion. With the episode’s latest trailer fresh in our minds, let’s take a peek at what else is going on in the game this week.
It goes without saying, there’s gonna be speculation and spoilers.
First up? Let’s start with the teaser vid posted yesterday.
On this week’s show, Justin and Bree recount the odd history of Walking in Stations, debate the Mordor pre-order, tackle a trio of MMO updates, talk with ARK’s soundtrack composer, and more!
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Bummed out over that weak Guild Wars 2 fractal tease last week? We’re getting to the good stuff today: ArenaNet has just announced that the third season living world finale is titled One Path Ends.
“As the season began, the heroes celebrated their victory over the Elder Dragon Mordremoth—unaware that the magic formerly channeled and absorbed through Mordremoth was coming undone and flowing out of control. At the same time, the sinister White Mantle cult was destroying one of the five ancient bloodstones used by the gods to seal magic away from humanity. In an explosive cataclysm, they unleashed its magic and used it to resurrect their long-lost leader and god (or so they believed), Lazarus the Dire.
“As the Pact Commander investigated the consequences of slaying Mordremoth, the young asura genius Taimi discovered that its unbound magic had infused and strengthened two of the remaining Elder Dragons, Primordus and Jormag. She developed a machine that would pit Primordus’s fire magic against Jormag’s ice magic—and neutralize both at one go. But Taimi made a shattering discovery: if her machine killed even one more Elder Dragon, the resulting magical chaos could annihilate Tyria.
There’s a line drawn between MMO cities that mostly exist as empty set pieces and ones that live and thrive with NPCs, details, and touches of personality. I usually am more critical of urban areas in video games because, for the most part, they aren’t that exciting to explore and merely function as a maze to confound me.
But that isn’t every MMO and it isn’t every city. World of Warcraft’s Dalaran might be small, but it is brimming with cool little nooks and fascinating sights. LOTRO’s Minas Tirith is an absolutely amazing multi-tiered metropolis with lots of buildings to enter. And I would be remiss by not mentioning Divinity’s Reach in Guild Wars 2, which straddles both of the former examples in its offerings.
What’s the most interesting MMO city to explore for you? What makes you recommend it as a tourist destination?
announced the sixth and final episode of Guild Wars 2’s
third living world season yesterday
, it was a one-liner post with a teaser screenshot that points us right back to Orr. Today’s Facebook teaser
has even less info, if that’s possible: cackling laughter and a promise that a new fractal is on the way with the episode. The video isn’t even big enough to mine for a header image, so here’s a picture of a llama instead.
Expect it all on July 25th. In the meantime, we’ve got the video right here, and don’t forget to check out our recap of the whole season from earlier this week!
The sixth and final episode of Guild Wars 2’s
third living world season launches on July 25th
. We’d like to tell you more, but the announcement is literally one sentence and one image long. We don’t even know what it’s called yet. (But the image is a good tease!)
That could be because ArenaNet has been working hard to solve the connectivity problems from earlier in the day, or it could be because it doesn’t want to spoil something amazing. Either way, the hard date on the finale should get you excited since ArenaNet’s previously discussed the expansion timeline to follow, not that we know anything about that from anything but leaks either.
Totally lost on the living story? No problem: Massively OP columnist Tina Lauro Pollock posted a lengthy recap of the whole season just yesterday to catch you back up. Don’t forget to log in before the 25th to lock in your claim on the current episode!
Have you ever found yourself in this situation: You are flush with cash and desperately want to dump it on Guild Wars 2, but you find the store interface too confusing or obtuse, so you end up buying insurance and stock options instead? Well, that sort of regrettable scenario is a thing of the past, as today the game introduced an overhauled gem store to the playerbase.
Gem Store 2.0 offers a more intuitive and robust shopping experience. The new store includes a faster interface, a better search function, revised categories, improved sorting, and more preview options to help you decide whether or not to make that purchase.
Looking to get caught up on Guild Wars 2? Make sure to read Tina’s extremely comprehensive review of the Living World Season 3!
The Guild Wars 2
story arc found in the Living World’s third season has contained more twists and surprises than even I had anticipated, and I feel that an in-depth recap of the season to date will help keep the meandering threads of lore fresh in our heads as we await the final episode of the season. Although I have an extensive back catalogue of episode deep dives
for those who want more detailed information, I felt the need to summarise the key events of the season in one place for simplicity’s sake, especially since that last episode will be upon us relatively soon if the usual ArenaNet content release cadence is anything to go by.
In this edition of Flameseeker Chronicles, you’ll find a complete summary of the Living World season so far, complete with links to more in-depth coverage of each episode for those who perhaps missed a little story along the way. Remember to log into the game to bank the current episode, Flashpoint, while it’s live to save the need for a gem purchase down the line.
During a recent Massively OP podcast
, Justin and I expressed surprise that NCsoft
wasn’t doing more cross-promotion with the newly launched Master X Master
MOBA and the extant NCsoft MMORPGs from which it borrows. Strike that! ArenaNet was dragged into the action this week when it tweeted out an unlock key for Rytlock
of Guild Wars 2
There’s just one catch: It expires in the middle of the night tonight at 3 a.m. EDT.
If you’re not lucky enough to use it, take heart; all of MxM’s heroes are playable all weekend. Enjoy!