But who are the Chiss, and why are they so important to the Star Wars universe? Besides being the species of the Imperial badass Grand Admiral Thrawn, the Chiss are very much a mystery to the galaxy at large. However, thanks to the many books, comic books, and video games, we do know a thing or three about this secretive species. Here are 10 things that you need to know before jumping into the new content.
Official Site: New World
Studio: Amazon Game Studios
Launch Date: N/A
Genre: MMORPG Sandbox
Business Model: Unknown
As it will be powering MMOs like New World and Star Citizen, Amazon’s Lumberyard game engine deserves attention as it continues to be built and improved. Amazon released a development update to shed light on just how far Lumberyard has come and what is being worked on for the future.
“Simply put, our focus for the next few releases is to make Lumberyard easier, more powerful, and more modular,” the company said. “A lot has changed since we first launched the beta: We’ve replaced over 60% of the original codebase, switching out older, redundant systems (e.g. CryEntity) for more modern, performant ones (e.g. Component entity systems).”
Improvements on the way for Lumberyard include a new visual scripting language, a revised animation system, more integration with Amazon’s other tech (like Lex and Polly), the ability to store games in any location, better optimization, a new shader system, and Mac support.
“For the first time in Warframe history, Tenno will have the freedom to explore, fight, journey and fly through the open Landscapes – Warframe’s first Open Zone – of Planet Earth in their own time, in their own way. Stepping into the rolling Plains of Eidolon, players will experience a rich landscape populated with both familiar and never-before seen creatures, enemies, a new Warframe, stunning vistas lit with a day/night cycle, and a gripping story told through interactive NPC characters who inhabit the bustling scavenger city of Cetus. In Plains of the Eidolon, players will set foot in a natural landscape with the freedom to explore it on their own terms.”
And yep, the expansion is indeed still on track to launch before the year is up. Check out the new trailer!
PAX West 2017 has come and gone, and though MJ is still feverishly working on her last few articles, we wanted to pause a moment to reflect on everything we’ve seen and read and recapped so far. So for today’s Massively Overthinking, I asked our writers to tackle three topics from an MMO player’s perspective: the biggest surprise of the show, the most disappointing bit, and the games that grabbed them and won’t let go.
At last year’s BlizzCon, when Blizzard first announced World of Warcraft fans would someday be trekking to Argus, it seemed so distant to many of us that the narrative that bubbled up was more about whether or not Blizz could keep up that sort of cadence, not OMG Argus how cool is that. But here we are, with 7.3 launching today, and even I have to toss in my OMGs, if only because it means we’re that much closer to the next big thing. Or possibly a long pause until the next expansion?
“Following recent events in the Broken Isles, a link has been created between Azeroth and Kil’jaeden’s homeworld of Argus, bringing the Burning Legion closer than ever to destroying Azeroth. In order to stop them once and for all, Illidan and Velen are taking the war directly to the surface of Argus, where they hope to join forces with Alleria, Turalyon, and the Army of the Light to launch an all-out assault on the Legion’s primary base of operations. Board the Vindicaar, a vessel that will serve as your mobile base of operations on Argus, as well as one of your few safe havens on the planet. As you explore Argus, you’ll visit new locations across the planet, experiencing the epic conclusion to the Legion storyline and unlocking new world quests and other content along the way.”
We’ve rounded up some of our 7.3 coverage to date down below along with the survival guide and cinematic trailers and patch notes. Are you diving in for the patch, or holding out for some “and beyond”?
In keeping with its bizarrely predictable pattern of releasing a major update every 77 days during the Legion expansion cycle, Blizzard is about ready to push World of Warcraft Patch 7.3 live on Tuesday, August 29th.
Reportedly the last major update before the next expansion, Shadows of Argus has a wealth of content that will be rolled out to players over the coming weeks. These offerings include a trio of zones on a completely new world, another way (yes, another way) to level up artifact weapons, improved spell animations for some classes, more stories, a new dungeon, and eventually a new endgame raid.
It’s a lot to wrap your head around, which is why the team assembled a helpful and informative survival guide so that you can hit the ground running when the patch goes live. You’ll also want to touch base with this article about the Netherlight Crucible to understand how this sytem will work. We’ve posted the story and patch trailers for you below.
Forget the parched desert, Massively OP’s MJ is ready to play in the snow! Conan Exiles has opened its new biome, and it is full of that cold powder. And trees! Of course MJ can’t resist running out to explore, even if she isn’t really prepared to survive there; there is much more than just the cold waiting to snuff out her life. Well, who needs to survive anyhow? It’s not like this is a survival game. Oh, wait. Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. for a glimpse into the The Frozen North expansion.
What: Conan Exiles
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
The studio released a short trailer teasing the content to come: “Prepare to lead the ultimate covert assault: battle your way across a moving train, brave the wilds of a dark new world, and more in a high-stakes new flashpoint! When a deadly traitor is tracked to the shadow-world of Umbara, you’ll need to lead a strike team to confront the betrayer before the galaxy is thrown back into war.”
Check out the teaser trailer after the jump!
The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!
Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Astroneer, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Closers Online, Dragon’s Dogma Online, Mu Legend, Ragnarok Online, Soulworker Online, OrbusVR, Skyforge, Age of Wushu, SamuTale, and Crossout, all waiting for you after the break!
“For the remainder of 2017, PearlAbyss is preparing a host of exciting free updates that will keep adventurers engaged. After releasing the Striker class and its awakening, the recent Shultz Guard Station and last week’s Terrmian Festival content, Black Desert Online will keep on giving,” Kakao vows. “In the second half of 2017, players can look forward to the massive Kamasylvia Expansion, new world bosses, the co-op ‘horde’ mode, new siege war content and an exciting new PvP arena.”
As a studio, Blizzard certainly isn’t against liberally “borrowing” others good ideas and making them its own, so it stands to reason that the studio has no problem with stealing from itself.
Icy Veins notes that datamining discoveries for World of Warcraft’s Patch 7.3 indicates that a Diablo III rift-type system is coming to the MMORPG. The datamining found references to items that allow players to enter “greater” and “lesser rifts,” which is certainly familiar to anyone who has engaged in that brand of solo content in Diablo III.
The site also pulled up data on the eight new world bosses that are going to be included with Argus. These Legion baddies are going to be worth hunting down for their item level 930 loot, which has been extracted and displayed for all to see.
As the name implies, Burning Crusade doesn’t seek to just replicate the vanilla WoW experience but everything up through the MMO’s first expansion. The emulator promises to take players on a journey to level 70 and the Outlands, complete with raid attunement and factional warfare. The free PvP server that has been in development at least since 2012 and recently went into open beta testing.
“Development for Burning Crusade has spanned years behind closed doors and is designed to emulate a World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade private server up to retail standards,” the dev team posted. “Using publicly available data, we have tackled the fundamental issues that remind players that they aren’t playing on official servers. Our software is the product of closed source development around clean professional programming standards. The goal of the project is to produce a complete and satisfying experience.”
See what this server looks like after the break!
Last September, the internet was buzzing about Amazon Game Studios’ big reveals, including Breakaway, which the company teased for weeks ahead of time. It turned out not to be an MMO — we’ve got New World for that fix — but a “mythological sport brawler,” a 4v4, third-person MOBA-lite built from the ground up for streaming. Since then, the game’s run a few alpha tests and put the feedback to work, overhauling the characters one by one. Jarra was first up among the warriors, and now AGS has a huge dev blog out detailing changes to the rest.
For starters, several of the warrior-archetype characters got renames (Spartacus to Argus, Anne Bonny to Kyra, and Morgan Le Fey to Korryn) and style buffs; the studio tweaked power ranges, control, strafing, buildables, text chat, replays, the relic running system, and the gold economy.
“Don’t worry – Breakaway’s still about fast action, strategic teamwork, and dunking on fools,” AGS says. “We listened to your feedback and made changes we believe only refine what makes Breakaway great.”