DC Universe Online opens testing for the third part of the Death of Superman

Superman has died. Bereft of life, he’s gone to meet his maker. But of course DC Universe Online isn’t leaving it there, and players will soon have to deal with the fact that Superman’s body has gone missing from the Fortress of Solitude. This leads Supergirl to conclude that someone used the Phantom Zone Projector to steal it, which makes sense to somebody. Regardless, the third part of the story will see players heading out to find that corpse, and it’s available on the game’s test server right now.

Players can take on new feats, pick up new reward items, and take on one more mission in the latest update on the test server; the patch is also meant to address a number of minor bugs and fix various quality-of-life issues. Check out the full rundown from the early patch notes, or just jump in and start testing the update now.


Fortnite on Nintendo Switch doesn’t include Save the World

You remember Save the World, right? The mode of Fortnite wherein you build a base and defend against zombies? The one that was supposed to be the entire focus of the game at one time? Because apparently it’s not in the latest port for the Nintendo Switch. The port only includes the battle royale portion of the game, and according to the developers there are no plans to change this.

So, you know, if you had been harboring any misapprehensions about the core focus of the game at this point, it may be time to let go of those illusions. It’s not a matter of the game just surprise-launching yesterday. In related news, the game reportedly has 125 million players, so it’s not hard to trace a line covering why the developers decided that porting the battle royale mode was the part that matters. Oh, well.

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Destiny 2 assures players that current high-end weapons will still be relevant with September’s expansion

The release of a new expansion for Destiny 2 might signal to most players that it’s time to bring their favorite guns to the nearest trash can while listening to “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes, but perhaps it’s not time to put old Vera out to pasture just yet. A recent interview on PC Gamer confirmed that players will still have a use for their existing top-end gear when Forsaken arrives, and hopefully not just to while away the time until a better gun shows up.

Details were not shared, but the assurance was that current stuff could be brought up to the same level as newer gear. It’ll likely be through some form of upgrade system and/or modifications, so whatever you’re doing right now you should keep on doing it. Of course, there’s always the possibility that you’ll still find an even better gun waiting for you… but at least then your old Legendary item will be replaced by something other than the launch of a new expansion.

Source: PC Gamer via Kotaku


E3 2018: Cyberpunk 2077 is going to be a first-person-shooter and RPG both

The bad news, Cyberpunk 2077 hopefuls, is that there’s still no word on the alleged multiplayer elements for the game. The good news, or at least the news, is that there’s some indication of how that will be integrated. See, it turns out that the game is an FPS. Yes, it’s still an RPG, but it’s an FPS in the vein of titles like Destiny 2. Not entirely, of course, since that’s an MMO, but… well, it’s an FPS in which numbers pop out.

There is plenty of space to speculate about how that would ultimately have a multiplayer component. If it helps, it’s also worth noting that the game will feature vehicles as well, so that’s another new revelation which might merit a rewatch of the trailer. We’ve included that down below, if you’d like another look at the things you’ll be seeing as you play through the single-player portions if nothing else.

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Neverwinter celebrates five years with the Protector’s Jubilee

Imagine for a moment if you had plumbing problems so severe that you had an entire shanty town of plumbers at your home for five straight years. That would probably not be something you would wish to celebrate. Yet for the citizens of the eponymous city in Neverwinter, five years of hiring adventurers to clear away countless monsters, cults, and monster-based cults is worth a big celebration in the Protector’s Jubilee. And for the players, this is going to work out quite well, since you can earn new rewards from the anniversary celebration.

The celebration runs from June 14th to June 21st and offers players crates full of loot for completing the “It’s a Celebration!” quest once per day per account for five days. There are also returning events, a “thank you” crate for players who complete the aforementioned quest, and a new throne for players to unlock. The whole thing kicks off on Thursday, so get ready to celebrate solving a lot of problems for townsfolk for five years straight when that rolls around.


Massively OP Podcast Episode 174: Fallout vs. Elder Scrolls

On this week’s show, Bree and Justin take tentative steps into the early reveals of E3 — including Fallout 76, Elder Scrolls Online, Anthem, and Final Fantasy XIV, all while dealing with a ton of updates and even an expansion launch. June is here, and we’re all gaming hard!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

Listen to the show right now:

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E3 2018: Rapture Rejects is isometric battle royale for those left behind

The battle royale genre isn’t really one overly concerned with story, but the team behind Rapture Rejects captured a pretty good premise. In short: The Rapture has happened, and the chosen have ascended to Heaven… and you weren’t one of the chosen. So now you’re trying to kill the other 99 people left behind in the same area in hopes of being so cool that you get let in anyway. Or just for something to do, either way.

It also manages to look different, as it’s a top-down isometric game with the art from the popular Cyanide & Happiness strip. You can check out the trailer just below if you’re in the market for a new battle royale game with a different style from top to bottom. Alpha signups are available on the official site, with the whole thing expected out sometime this year.

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E3 2018: The Crew 2’s open beta starts on June 21

Ready to drive cars around? How about boats? Dirtbikes? Formula 1 racers? Planes? If it’s got an engine, you’re going to be racing it in The Crew 2, and you can find out all about that when the game’s open beta starts up on June 21st. Players can start pre-loading the beta now if you want to give the game a shot before it’s available for purchase.

If you need some convincing to try the game in the first place (which will, in turn, convince you to buy it or not), there’s a new trailer just below for the open beta. It features… vehicles. Lots of vehicles. Dirtbikes ramping off of planes, all sorts of fun stuff. Check it out just below, and get ready for the open beta running until June 24th.

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LawBreakers is free-to-play for now, then gone in September

We all knew it was coming, but now it’s official: LawBreakers is now free-to-play on Steam, so you can dive right in and play if you want. That’s the good news; the bad news is that the game is indeed going away for good on September 14th. The servers will remain open until then, but all in-game purchases have been disabled and no refunds will be processed for the game from this point onward.

There’s no word on turning any of the code or server-hosting options over to the community, although it’s entirely possible that it would be out of the question due to agreements with Nexon. If you want to give the game a spin and either mourn its loss or find out why it didn’t gain traction, you can do just that now; just know that it’s all going away sooner rather than later.

Source: Steam page via Polygon; thanks to Kyler and Pepperzine for the tip!


The Elder Scrolls Online clarifies that Crown Store items can be traded in-game

It might not seem like it would be something with many grey areas, but the crown store items in The Elder Scrolls Online bring up some interesting questions about RMT. So it’s a good thing that Zenimax has confirmed, at least on the forums, what the “official” view on these items is. The question was always one of whether or not the items counted as in-game items or a form of real money; if it was the latter, trading them could be seen as trading in-game items for real-world money, which is against the rules.

The clarification from staff spells out that Crown Store items are considered in-game items, and trading them falls under the same header of trading in-game things. There’s also some protections in place for players who feel that they’ve been victims of a scam, so the staff suggests that you make sure any discussing happens within logged in-game channels. Still, it’s good to know that the items off of the Crown Store can be traded between players for other in-game gewgaws.

Source: Official Site; thanks to Tom for the tip!


E3 2018: Dauntless promises The Coming Storm arrives in August 2018

The Coming Storm is arriving. No, the storm itself is not arriving. You see, Dauntless has announced its first big content pack, which is itself called The Coming Storm. That’s going to be here in August. When will the actual storm no longer be “coming” but be “here?” Unclear. Probably after that.

Ambiguous naming about storms and the arrival thereof, we don’t know much about the content just yet; the tweet announcing The Coming Storm promises a new weapon, new challenges, and the arrival of Ostia. The fan speculation engine, of course, is already working overtime at deciphering what is likely to arrive. It also promises that you’ll be able to play it for free in August. In all likelihood we’ll learn more about the content later on this week, but be now just be sure that The Coming Storm is itself coming.

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E3 2018: The Division 2 shows off its story and its early gameplay, launches March 15 – with raids

There’s no pretense that The Division 2 is not going to build on what worked for the original The Division. You can watch the story trailer just below and see that yes, it’s going to be adhering to a similar formula. It’s just that now, instead of dealing with the remnants of society in New York City, you’re cleaning things up in Washington, DC. And it turns out the best way to clean things up in the wake of the pandemic that has struck the city is by shooting a whole lot of insurgents.

Of course, if the new setting doesn’t captivate you, perhaps you’ll be more interested by the gameplay trailer just below showing off the first shots of actual group gameplay in action. Obviously, it involves a fair bit of shooting things, but you knew that going in. It’s a lengthy demonstration, but it seems to confirm that the heart of the first game is still present in the upcoming sequel. It’s all launching on March 15th.

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E3 2018: Black Desert gets a teaser trailer for Xbox One

Hey, do you remember about how Black Desert is headed for the Xbox One? That’s been quiet for quite some time. But now it’s moving forward again with the launch of a trailer specifically for the console launch, so that’s a good thing. If you’ve never looked into anything about the game before now but want to sate your curiosity a bit, now would be the time to hop on down and check out that trailer.

Luckily, there’s new stuff going on even if you’re someone who doesn’t “do” videos; the teaser site has added in beta signups and a promise that the beta testing will begin in the fall. So it’s not happening tomorrow, but we have dates and forward motion. That’s the important part!

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