Winners never quit, we’re told. So what does that mean in light of Vivendi divesting itself of Ubisoft shares? The investment in Ubisoft (well-known for The Crew, The Division, and other titles we don’t really cover here) was long seen as the start of a hostile takeover attempt, which means that selling the 27 percent that Vivdeni (well-known for formerly owning Blizzard) owned represents the company, well, giving up on that plan.
It’s not entirely clear why Vivendi abandoned the hostile takeover attempt, but as part of the sales agreement Vivendi cannot buy any stock in Ubisoft for the next five years, which means that it appears to be well and truly ended. So, good news if you don’t want Vivendi to be in charge of Ubisoft, bad news if… you did want that? Corporate antics are always a thrill a minute.
If you’ve been waiting for the day when you could have a Dragoon storming the battlefield in Heroes of the Storm, the time has finally arrived with the addition of Fenix to the game’s roster. He’s available on the game’s test server now as a ranged assassin, offering shield-based durability, teleportation, and some nasty abilities to punish overconfident targets. Best of all, you know that his death really is just a minor setback; it wasn’t a big one the first time, either.
There’s more coming to the game to celebrate 20 years of StarCraft, though, including new sprays, discounts on skins for existing heroes, and even a nice big bundle to award you with a bunch of thematic goodness all at once. Jump on below to see Fenix in action if you can’t hop on the test server right now, and don’t let yourself be distracted by instincts about how much vespene gas you require.
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin infiltrate Secret World Legends’ Morninglight, dig into yet another progression server, wonder how many allied races World of Warcraft is going to introduce, and get all nostalgic over the original Guild Wars.
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The next big patch for Legends of Aria does not signal the start of the next beta phase. Instead, it signals moving to a more robust version of the game ahead of the game’s demo stations at this year’s PAX East convention at the beginning of April. After all, it’s better to give players a demonstration of the real game than a potemkin village (a comparison drawn by the developers, even), and why not give actual players more fun stuff when it’s the same amount of work?
As for what’s in the update itself, players can look forward to tinting their armors with various hues, a new pass of optimization, and a greatly improved starting experience for new players. That last one means making it clear that the game is completely without classes, adding more character creation options, and providing better guidance at the beginning. The patch is due out for March 30th, so please look forward to it sooner rather than later.
Hoo-ee. There’s a whole mess of stuff in the newest patch for Wild West Online, so much so that the patch notes are jam-packed with videos showing all of it off. Players will see the change right away with the shifts to character creation that force you to align with a faction, as well as the new frontend system that has integration for the game’s real-world currency shop. There are also new customization options for character outfits, horses, and even firearms.
But all of that is just a coat of paint, not changing how the game actually plays. No, the changes in play come from things like the full day/night cycle, the first pass at character skill trees, an improved map interface… the list goes on. You’ll really want to look through the full patch notes, but you can get a taste of all the changes through the selection of videos just below. (That’s right, just a selection. There’s a lot of stuff here.)
If you’ve played Final Fantasy XI through any given Easter event, you probably have a vivid memory of hearing people shout for various eggs with letters on them, from character initials to more of the same sort of egg to other endless requests for a given egg. You also remember having to hunt down normal eggs to get letters on them, then looking for more eggs, then trading for eggs, and… well, you get the idea. And if the formula isn’t broken, why fix it?
Yes, it’s time to start shouting in the cities about how you desperately need a J Egg once again. Players have three “normal” categories for the egg event with the first three letters of their character names, an alphabetical sequence starting with their characters’ first initials, or just seven of the same egg type. There are also three more hidden words to spell, albeit ones that are only hinted at. If you think you can find the solution and you really like spelling words with eggs, the event runs from March 27th to April 9th.
It’s been nearly two years since the release of Pokemon Go, and on its initial release it seemed like we were always hearing about some form of violence taking place because of the game. Usually, it was more a case of walking through a bad neighborhood at nice oblivious to your surroundings because you really needed a Lapras. But now we’ve got someone assaulting three strangers over a Pokemon Go gym battle, which is nicely nostalgic!
Also, it’s beyond screwed up. Why would you do this, guy? This is totally inappropriate.
The victims of the assault claim that the man in question came over with a tire iron and assaulted them, with one of the victims getting behind him in hopes of choking him out in self-defense. The assaulter claims that he did hit a table with the tire iron, but at no point did he actually strike the three men in question. Like any sort of criminal investigation, it’s not entirely clear what the truth of the matter is, but it’s still a pretty unfortunate story of game-related violence.
It’s fair to say at this point that Steam is an enormous part of the PC gaming market. It’s also fair to say that Valve has demonstrated very little interest in moderating the platform in any way, preferring algorithms to actually walking in and stopping review-bombing efforts (among other abuses). There’s no real way to program in algorithms to prevent hate groups forming, but it does appear that Valve has gone through the Steam Groups and done one of its most aggressive banning passes to shut down hate groups.
Successful? Well, you won’t find a bunch of hate groups by searching for “school shooter.” You can, however, still find them; you just have to work a little bit harder at it. At this point, it seems that the only way these groups are really going to be removed from the platform altogether is if Valve really makes an aggressive project of moderating the platform, and that seems unlikely. But it’s a step in the right direction.
It’s interesting to learn that the art and animations for Paragon cost Epic Games $12 million, all told. How do we know that? Well… the company is giving them away. Not to anyone, to everyone. All of the characters, skins, environmental art, and so forth are all offered completely free of charge to anyone who wants to use them in any sort of Unreal Engine 4 development project.
For those of you not following along, that means that fans could resurrect Paragon completely for free if they wished to. They could also make a totally new game based on the same characters, or just use some of the assets, or use those assets as a starting point for something completely different. It’s entirely up to each individual user. Because all of the assets are there, and again, they’ve been released to the public for use completely for free for UE4 development.
In short: This is really cool.
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 Mu Ignition, Lineage 2 Revolution, Revelation Online, Earthfall, Legacy of Atlantis, DC Unchained, Soul Ark, Battle Carnival, World of Warcraft, Old School RuneScape, Aion, War Thunder, Artifact, Pokemon Go, The Black Death, Astroneer, EVE Online, Phantom Halls, MU Online, and Heroes of Newerth, all waiting for you after the break!
It’s a big week for Warframe
, partly because the game is celebrating five years of operation
. The anniversary site has gone live
, and it includes a preview of the new Excalibur skin being offered to everyone as part of the celebration. But you don’t have to stop there; you can also pick up a shamrock dye pack from the market for the excessive price of… one credit. Yes, a single credit. That’s only there until March 19th, so you should pick that up sooner rather than later.
Why stop there? The game has also dropped a patch aimed at reworking the clan dojo areas, with an eye toward giving players more decorations, more functionality, and more tools to make use of those decorations. Dojo rooms can now hold more items and have access to over 60 new faction-themed decorations, like Grineer catwalks and fuel tanks. It’s all a lot of stuff, and it’s a nice way to thank the players who have been with the game for half a decade now.
Can you believe that Runes of Magic has been operating for nine years now? That’s a long time. Like… well, like nine years, actually. The important thing is that it’s been running for a while, and you can reap the benefits for the anniversary. For one thing, you can take part in a screenshot competition with your guild; the three best submissions of anniversary parties within each game region will be rewarded with a variety of useful items.
Of course, you can also be rewarded with useful items just for logging in; a new present will wind up in the mailbox of the first character you log in with from March 16th to March 19th. There’s also a 200% boost to quest experience, a 200% boost to drop rates, and a whopping 500% boost to talent points from combat. So after nine years, you’ll be getting a big dose of progress improvement in a short span of time. Get in there and start celebrating.
It’s time for a whole lot of new characters to smash into the fray in Blizzard’s various multiplayer offerings. Hearthstone doesn’t have characters, per se, but it does have deck types, and the game’s next expansion is delivering a whole new deck type with Odds & Evens. Yes, that’s where you have an entire deck consisting of cards with odd costs or even costs; you can check out the video below for more elaboration.
Overwatch, of course, does have new characters. Specifically, it has Brigitte, who as it turns out will be arriving in the game on March 20th. If you’ve been looking forward to playing the smashy warrior-healer on the live game, you’ll have your chance very soon.
Last but not least, the Heroes of the Storm team is promising another new hero in the form of Fenix, a character from StarCraft who got killed in the first few missions. Later, he came back in a giant spider robot carrying his dead body. (He was a Dragoon. It makes sense in context.) So that’s also fun, although we warn you that teams might not appreciate you saying “I return to serve” every time you respawn.