What: Marvel Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 26th, 2017
What: Marvel Heroes
“MxM utilizes its revolutionary tag system, allowing you to constantly swap between your two chosen characters as the match progresses,” says the studio. “This system allows for hundreds of thousands of combinations before even entering a match, and the strategy involved in chosing your team and kit is nearly endless.”
The MOBA formally launched last week along with new buyable bundles and a five-hour celebratory livestream, which we’ve tucked down below along with the other newish bits and our own stream from launch week! Let us know if you’re playing, yeah?
Star Wars Galaxies was the game that sucked Massively OP’s MJ into MMORPsGs, so how could she not celebrate its birthday? The official game may be gone, but there’s still an emu to hang out in and immerse in the memories. Join us live at 3:00 p.m. for some music and maybe even some mayhem in…
What: Star Wars Galaxies Emu
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 26th, 2017
Welp, here we are: Star Wars Galaxies would be turning 14 years old today, had it been allowed to live.
SWG is much beloved around here, among our staff and many of our commenters, and the good news is that the existing emulators for the game have seemed pretty safe from the wrath of the copyright gods, which means you can put your mouse where your heart is and still play. But do you? And if not, why not?
That’s what today’s Leaderboard poll is meant to find out. (You can choose multiple answers on this one.)
If you’re a The Secret World fan who hadn’t already given Secret Worlds Legends a shot — and given this weekend’s exploits and downtime, we wouldn’t blame you — today is your day to get in there, as the first of the game’s two planned formal launches begins today. (The second, on Steam, is later this summer on July 31st.) Do note that this version of the game is indeed free-to-play.
Funcom has released a new trailer to go with the launch; we’ve tucked that down below. If you’re still on the fence, consider both Larry’s and MJ’s very different first impressions of the game to push you over.
Who needs a restricted headstart? Apparently not Secret World Legends. The reboot was initially opening its doors early to only The Secret World owners, but that quickly changed; during the dev livestream it was announced that the headstart was now open to everyone! That means anyone can go to the official site and hop into this free-to-play game. (The Steam launch, however, is still set for July.)
In a move that will please veteran players, Funcom also announced that TSW owners will be granted two additional character slots in SWL, to make a total of three slots for free. This works well for those who were having trouble choosing a faction.
The newly released Producer’s Letter also gives players instructions for linking their TSW accounts to their Secret World Legends accounts in order to have their cosmetics transfer over. In order for the Legacy transfer to be successful, players must log into SWL with their TSW credentials, and the two accounts must be linked by “some time in August 2017” when the service will expire.
Massively OP Patron Jackybah has a question for this week’s Massively Overthinking that’s probably going to kick up some dust. He wonders whether MMO developers recognize and “serve” a particular subgroup of their players enough — specifically, the group of players that do not want to actively participate in social grouping (for dungeons) or social banter (in guild chat) but still want to contribute to and participate in an online world.
“In quite a number of games I feel that the game forces a player to group up to be able to see content and/or get higher-level gear,” he writes to us.
There’s a lot of layers to unpack here — non-social gamers in social spaces, the current state of MMO group content, and even the fundamentals of MMORPGs. Is our Patron right, and if so, is it a problem studios should be addressing? Let’s get to it.
It’s hard to be king of the carnivores without a throne, but that has all changed now! ARK has introduced the mighty commode to the dinosaur-infested island for the comfort of all. Massively OP’s MJ wants to have a looky loo at these, and she’s privy to the location of a few. Can she find more? She’s head out on a pilgrimage to worship all of the porcelain gods. Tune in live at 12:00 p.m. for a genuine toilet tour in…
What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, June 24th, 2017
Secret World Legends‘ NDA has finally dropped — probably because it has just launched its headstart for The Secret World owners! And as a long-time fan, you know Massively OP’s MJ is going to be deep in the game all day, so come join us live at 4:00 p.m. to take a look at the TSW reborn. Will it be all you hoped?
What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 4:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, June 23rd, 2017
Let’s see if you can follow the chain of logic here. Police officers in Seattle shoot and kill a alleged burglary victim, resulting in controversy over whether or not the officers made the right decision. All understandable. One of the officers of the department took to Twitch in order to deliver an update on the shooting and the reasons behind it; again, understandable, albeit perhaps not the best choice of platforms.
Saying “don’t livestream a game about shooting people while discussing an actual shooting your department is being criticized for” seems like it should be kind of obvious, but apparently not. The officer in question has stated that he felt failing to discuss the shooting would be seen as a cop-out, although that doesn’t really explain why he felt that was the ideal time to combine these two things. We should all just be happy it wasn’t Grand Theft Auto Online.
Pack up your stuff, The Secret World fans: It’s movin’ day, at least if you don’t care about playing on Steam, as Secret Worlds Legends’ headstart period for veteran The Secret World players and beta testers begins today.
Funcom’s said the headstart hasn’t technically begun just yet —
we still don’t know when the flag will drop — but that preloading is underway. [Update: Expect it live at 2 p.m. EDT per Funcom’s latest tweet nope, live at 4 p.m. EDT per Funcom’s latest-latest tweet.]
The studio outlined its legacy transfer system last night; your accounts should already be linked (don’t go making a fresh account) and allow you to reclaim and transfer your patron time, lifetime sub status, cosmetics, mounts, and other bits and bobs. You’ve got until August to take advantage of all that.
Stay tuned for Larry’s impressions and MJ’s stream later today, and in the meantime, check out our roundup of guides, interviews, and news leading up to today.
The Standing Stone Games team devoted an hour-long livestream to unveiling key details (but not everything!) about this summer’s expansion, including the following:
- Mordor will add five regions to the game and increase the level cap by 10 to 115. Crafting will also be increased to 115 and the virtue cap will increase to 20.
- The expansion is “not going to be easy” but “not discouragingly difficult.” Stay on the main path for easier going!
- An “ashes” barter system will allow you to buy gear upgrades that haven’t dropped for you yet, curbing RNG frustration.
- High Elves will have their own starting area and be able to roll every class except Burglar and Beorning. They’ll also have their own racial traits and skills.
- The allegiance system allows you to pledge your efforts to a race and earn special rewards (including cosmetics). You can work on more than one allegiance, although they get progressively harder the more you do.
- Legendary items will get new relics and additional legacy tiers.
- Barbershops will now allow you to modify all of your character’s visual details (but you can’t change your race).
- The anticipated avatar revamp is going to start with Man and Elves.
- The expansion will also take players to Erebor (The Hobbit’s Lonely Mountain) for the first time.
You can watch it for the full scoop below!
“On June 27, Jurassic Era dwellers stampede their way into Trion Worlds’ epic block-building adventure Trove on PlayStation® 4 and Xbox One with the release of the game’s first major update on consoles. The Megalithic Update adds hours of new content with the Dino Tamer class, Jurassic Jungle biome, minigames, custom maps, and other features that expand the open world feel of Trove, which now has over 5 million players on consoles.”
There’s a trailer and new screenshots down below too. PC players, don’t despair; the same dev stream back in April promised another update after this one, PC included, featuring sub-classes, club upgrades, mastery rank tweaks, and plasma fishing. There’s a big bonus event running this weekend as well!