Star Citizen’s Around the Verse this week begins with a recap of what the studio is working on, including character animations, missions, planetary resources, scanning, combat AI, props, ship interiors, rest stops, hangars, and maybe the most interesting bit (if you’re suffering from sci-fi exhaustion): overland biomes for planets and moons – you know, like where you’re going to plop your home away from home.
The feature for this episode focuses on personal weapons, specifically the larger assault weapons. Pew pew, etc.
Incidentally, there are loads of leaks from 3.2 littering the Star Citizen subreddit right now, including patch notes, mining updates, and a list of ship balance changes en route. As the mods have noted, they do not work for CIG and will not be pulling down the posts, NDAs be damned, so have fun with that. It probably won’t matter much longer anyway as 3.2 is soon to hit the PTU, or so said the extended downtime notice last night.
Amazon’s New World
is a game that’s captured quite a bit of rumor and speculation lately, and here’s a fresh video to throw more wood on the rumor pile
! It’s difficult to impossible to tell how legit it is, but it certainly does seem to match up with the first promo we saw for the game, so if it’s a hoax, it’s at least a consistent one. And if it’s legit, it’s still not clear whether it’s a leak or a deliberate tease.
The video on Reddit hints at what amounts to an alternate version of colonial America, as filled with superstitions and magic as it is with actual settlers trying to not starve to death and all of that. Hopefully this particular rumor doesn’t end with the game’s page getting yanked and prompting another string of furious concern and anxiety, but there’s no way to be certain of it right now. If you’d like to see what may or may not be a reveal, check out the leak.
A short, anonymous video posted to the New World subreddit has the community buzzing that this might be an authentic leak from the secretive massively multiplayer game that Amazon has been developing for the last few years now.
It appears to be part of a marketing trailer that lays out how players will interact with each other in small- and large-scale activities. We also get glimpses of some of the graphics, including players running around with muskets and armor, a town fort, and interactive maps.
The full narration of the video is as follows: “Group up in parties large or small for coordination. Share chat, maps, status awareness, buffs, and experience. Working together has never been so easy. Guilds and alliances enable the organization of hundreds of players, with their own tasks and roles in large-scale efforts toward a massive martial and economic power.”
Those looking for mild juicy controversy need to go no further than the high-strung lands of Albion Online. This past week on Reddit, a poster accused a Sandbox Interactive guild member of showing favoritism by leaking advance patch information so that guildies could prepare for changes well in advance of the rest of the community.
The studio responded in the thread, confirming that a leak took place, but saying that it was from a tester or testers in a “closed combat test” and not a staff member. “The info leak described in the OP comes from closed combat tests that we run with selected players now and then,” Sandbox Interactive said. “While these tests are under NDA, any player taking part in such a test could in principle leak that info.”
Taking this incident as a wake-up call to the danger of having a source of helpful information shared with only part of the community, SBI promised that going forward it would publicly post the purpose and outcome of these closed tests to level the playing field.
Monster Hunter World‘s reveal caught me completely off guard during its E3 2017 reveal. We’d already had a title announced for the Nintendo Switch, and I’d figured that was our usual non-spinoff MH entry for the year. I’ve admittedly not finished or heavily invested in the series since leaving Japan, but part of that is because the American mobile gaming culture doesn’t really have the fanbase Japan does. In fact, I got into Monster Hunter Tri in a bad way because it was a console title. While the portability of the series really helped me to explore Japan’s gaming scene and meet fellow gamers face-to-face, my gut feeling upon seeing MHW’s console and PC plans was that Capcom might really be able to catch the western audience this time. And that was before seeing Monster Hunter lead designer Yuya Tokuda play the game in real time.
Over the past couple of months, the MMORPG community has worked its way through massive leaks of top-secret info: first for Elder Scrolls Online’s Morrowind, then for The Secret World’s morph into Secret World Legends, and most recently for Guild Wars 2’s upcoming expansion. The latter two events in particular provoked long discussions among our staff and commenters about when and whether to cover leaks that are already in the wild and how to approach news we’ve never agreed to withhold. And with The Secret World and Guild Wars 2, at least, the studios’ excessive secrecy and elitist invitation-only testing helped propel a masochistic community desire to see leaks manifest, leading to a perfect storm.
And now it’s ruined for everybody… or at least for people who couldn’t resist clicking past the spoiler warnings. I’m bummed that we’re going to miss out on the fun of unwrapping all those presents one at a time, in Guild Wars 2’s case anyway – it’s more fun and better hits to get to roll out a little at a time. But I’m also hopeful the studios might take alpha tester NDA betrayal as a sign to be more communicative and transparent too and not keep everyone in the dark as long as has gone on here. (Or maybe even just stick to paid testers from the start and give no regular player any temptations.)
How do you feel about MMORPG leaks personally — do you seek them out and click on them, or do you stay away?
Funcom has issued a statement about the leaks; we’ve included it in its entirety at the end of this post.
For those assuming that Secret World Legends will be only slightly different from the existing MMO, it may be best to rip off that band-aid early to get used to the truth. While the game is currently under NDA in closed beta, that doesn’t stop information from leaking out that appears to show a vastly changed title in the making.
On the new Secret Worlds Legends subreddit
, a beta tester has unloaded a ton of information and screenshots that mostly center on the action-RPG’s combat system. With the understanding that this is beta and all may be changed, the tester claims to shows how the different combat weapons have been streamlined and modified (for example, shotguns now have different types of shells that perform various tasks and assault rifles have grenades). The tester notes that most classes should self-heal now as in most other MMOs. Players will use a reticle system for combat and will need to worry about overheating at least some of their weapons.
This week CCP Games
announced that some big changes are on the way for PLEX
in EVE Online
. The PLEX or “30-day Pilot’s License EXtension” is a virtual item that represents 30 days of subscription time and can be bought for cash and then sold to other players for in-game ISK. This simple mechanic has proven to be one of the most important innovations in the subscription MMO business model over the years, allowing players with lots of in-game wealth to effectively play for free while permitting cash-rich players to buy in-game currency without funding dodgy farming operations that can disrupt the game world. Dozens of games now support some kind of player-mediated currency roughly like PLEX
The proposed changes are intended to simplify EVE‘s business model by merging PLEX with the microtransaction currency Aurum. Players will also be able to put their PLEX into invulnerable account-wide PLEX Vaults that are accessible at all times rather than having to move the valuable items manually by ship. There’s been significant backlash from the EVE community over the newfound invulnerability of PLEX, plans to delete some microtransaction currency from the game without compensation, and the possibility that someone leaked the announcement to friends early in order to make a profit. So what’s the deal with these PLEX changes, and why are some EVE players going nuts over them?
In this edition of EVE Evolved, I look at the upcoming changes to the safety of PLEX, the opportunities that more granular PLEX could have for EVE, and why players are up in arms over plans to delete Aurum from thousands of accounts.
The next Overwatch hero is a quadraped Omnic named Anchora, and she appears to be a tank. This isn’t a new announcement, though; it’s from a leak that’s months old. The question is whether or not it’s accurate, and at the time of the leak, it certainly didn’t seem accurate. Then again, at the time of the leak we also didn’t have an interview with a robotics prodigy talking about her next project, so that certainly changes the evaluation.
The leak successfully forecasted the Lunar New Year event and the accompanying Mei skin, as well as going into more detail on Mei’s origin story. It is, of course, a leak rather than an official announcement, so it could prove to be completely incorrect. But if the next hero really is scuttling around on all fours, perhaps we shouldn’t be all that surprised after all.
If you were sad as I was that The Elder Scrolls Online’s
Homestead housing patch this past week didn’t offer much for the provincial Morrowind fan, take heart: ZeniMax
was as expected just holding back the good stuff for the Morrowind
release. Spoilers follow!
Russian fan site ElderScrolls.net managed to get its hands on a leaked Game Informer article (Game Informer is owned by Gamestop) covering the Morrowind expansha-chapter, complete with some gorgeous images of what is clearly some of the iconic cities on Vvardenfell, from the towering mushroom towers of the Telvanni east coast and the sandstone Hlaalu dwellings to the Velothi cantons of Vivec and thatched-roof construction of the Bitter Coast. In fact, if you squint, you can see scaffolding surrounding parts of Vivec and what appears to be Balmora’s canals. I don’t spy any Redoran shells!
There are a few interesting tidbits in the translation, including the fact that there are five great houses (plus one) in play during this time period (presumably the extras are Indoril, Dres, and Dagoth) and the fact that there’s a quest to become a skooma drug lord. See, mom, memorizing Morrowind lore did come in handy some day.
Check out the shots below!
Starbucks Pokemon trainers (or friends of trainers) have apparently leaked images today that purport to reveal an upcoming promotional event for Niantic’s Pokemon Go. While most of the document describes the game, how to make a Pokemon Go inspired frappuccino, how to handle the event, and what the game actually is, a few of the images contain much more revealing text.
While it’s easy to get distracted by the drink and game descriptions, the very first line reads, “The world of Pokemon GO is about to expand with new Pokemon and a new Starbucks beverage!” and the note that the promotion begins with the new PoGo update on Thursday, December 8th (emphasis ours). Of course, this might all be subject to change if Niantic or Starbucks feel the leak threatens business, so we’ll file this under rumor for now, but the pile of evidence is only growing in the meantime.
We also don’t yet know whether the new Pokemon are Generation 1 legendaries (white and purple for Mewtwo?) or are related to the Generation 2 data previously mined. We’ll just have to wait a couple of days to find out, and then? Frappuccinos for everyone!
An Italian video games site appears to have leaked information about Guild Wars 2’s living story season three in a new interview with ArenaNet.
Though the original article is now gone, Redditor vulcanraven89 translated it this morning. The site claimed that season three will arrive by the end of summer with both PvE and PvP content and that the next episodes of the main quest will be released every two to three months for several seasons. A new fractal with fresh mechanics is allegedly on the way, as are new maps for 5v5 PvP.
As noted, the original piece has been removed and we cannot as yet confirm the contents of the leak.
The next major Destiny DLC has been shrouded in a certain amount of mystery, but the lights are coming up on Rise of Iron. While Bungie is releasing an official stream with details today, someone accidentally pushed “go” on the Xbox pre-order page a day early, and fans dutifully scrounged up the information from that page as fast as humanly possible. Based upon that page, it looks like the DLC will involve heading to Old Russia to join Lord Saladin and fight off Fallen Mutants.
The DLC promises to bring new story, new equipment, a maximum Light increase for players, a new strike, and a new raid to the game. It also appears that the once-overpowered Gjallarhorn will be heading back into the game in a more powerful form for those who missed the once-familiar weapon. While none of this is entirely official, you’ll be able to find out more once official details are revealed, including a confirmation of the leaked September 20th release date.