patchlog

Just want to peek at what’s actually live in an MMO? This tag is used to collect all the live launches and updates in one place.

RuneScape is overrun by undead, challenges players to survive the next 10 days of Dimension of the Damned

“When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk Gielinor and there’s 200 million in-game gold pieces to be won by the player who can survive the longest.”

That might be hard to fit on a movie poster. Fortunately, it’s for an MMORPG instead.

Starting today, RuneScape is hosting a new 10-day challenge called Dimension of the Damned. In this “alternative game universe,” players will attempt to survive the onslaught of the walking dead by scavenging resources, creating shelters, and fighting back in one-hour sessions. All participants will get a survival outfit and the “RIP” axe.

The top 1,000 scoring players who haven’t had their brains consumed by October 28th can compete in a no-holds-barred battle royale to determine the ultimate champion of this event. There are a bevy of rewards for this finale, including all-expenses-paid trips to Jagex and a year of premium subscription for the top five winners.

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World of Warplanes 2.0 introduces conquest mode, bombers, and respawn

Live in World of Warplanes this week is a 2.0 reboot that’s striving to be more than just another patch. Wargaming is calling it a “massive overhaul” with “core gameplay changes,” in addition to a new game mode, bomber class, and revised warplane types.

“Introducing the Conquest mode, World of Warplanes’ gameplay banks a steep turn from dominating in team deathmatch to achieving tactical superiority over a land area divided into key sectors. The outcome of a battle is not determined by personal skill, but by the well-coordinated efforts of a team consisting of several different warplane classes. To emphasize the roles of various classes, each of them has been redefined to fulfill specific roles in combat, with highly distinguished advantages and disadvantages. Finally, the aircraft fleet welcomes Bombers, a long-awaited class that will have specific objectives in every battle.”

There’s a new respawn system too, so downed pilots can jump back into the fray. Definitely worth a peek if you’re into war games! And don’t miss the trailer down below.

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Fortnite patches battle royale, adds BattlEye anti-cheat measures, and sues cheaters

Are you one of the 10M people who’ve dipped into Fortnite’s battle royal mode? Or perhaps one of the 500K who played concurrently this past weekend? Then you’ll want to point your eyeballs at the game’s latest patch. The 1.7.1 update brings battle royale stats, a monster power balance in the Save the World mode, and changes to the progression system for Challenge the Horde game mode. At least if the studio can get the kinks worked out, anyway. My favorite patch note? “Added a few structures near Tomato Town.”

Of note, Epic says it’s making good on its promise to upend cheaters, having now implemented the contentious but widespread third-party BattlEye program, even for PvE players. The program is used in multiple games but has been criticized heavily for privacy violations, most recently by the ARK Survival Evolved community. Epic, however, has stated on Reddit that BattlEye was not to blame for the recent spate of false positives in cheat detection.

That isn’t to say nobody’s to blame. Indeed, the company is apparently personally suing the creators of two sub-based cheat service, AddictedCheats, at least one of whom has been “banned from Fortnite at least nine times,” according to the filing. MOP readers will recall that Blizzard’s enjoyed a measure of litigation success over cheat-vendors preying on its own games, so we’ll see whether Epic does too.

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Revelation Online’s Eternal Chasm raid comes in three difficulty modes

Endgamers, Revelation Online’s update today is all about you, as My.com’s just dropped the Eternal Chasm raid, a “high-end raid for those that can handle its twisting layouts and waves of draconic evil.” In fact, while there are two different 10-man difficulty modes for the dungeon, there’s also a 5-man edition. Good news; it turns out that multiple difficulty modes for raiding is something My.com is willing to do to make its content appeal to lots of players. If only other big studios would step up.

The studio’s promising secret bosses and a rare fire-dino mount in addition to the regular ones:

“Stygian Siren: Haunting a long-forgotten ghost ship, the Stygian Siren is longing to seduce everyone who dares to go aboard.
Lightning Kirin: This magic dragon uses lightning powers to electrocute its enemies within seconds.
The Three Gatekeepers: If you want to descend deeper into the chasm, you have to put an end to these towering elementals that are forged of Steel, Fire, and Earth!
Flameborn Tyrant: Are you ready to taste some flames? This fiery beast won’t go down easily. But once it does, it may serve you as a loyal mount.
Ravenous Wretch: This poisonous giant resides in the swamps of the Eternal Chasm and is swift to anger. Beware of nature’s wrath and be sure to bring a proper antidote!
Devouring Dragon: Watch your step – this creature does exactly as its name suggests: it swallows you up.
Ice Queen: Frozen Onslaught, Ice Shrapnel, and Sword of Ice are just some of her abilities. If you don’t want to end up as a frozen statue, you better end her reign!”

Check out the trailer and images down below! Anybody playing?

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Grim Dawn’s ‘massive’ Ashes of Malmouth expansion has launched on Steam

Crate Entertainment has this week launched a huge expansion for its madly popular multiplayer OARPG Grim Dawn. Ashes of Malmouth is live now and runs $17.99 on Steam (the base game is currently 70% off, so just $7.49).

“Ashes of Malmouth picks up where Grim Dawn leaves off, expanding the world and story with two new chapters in the epic struggle to free humankind from the horrors of the Aetherials. Deep within the fallen city of Malmouth, the Shaper of Flesh crafts grotesque living weapons that could deal a final blow to the human resistance. You must forge new alliances as you push forward through deep forest, the void and into the city itself in a heroic effort to end the Aetherial terror. Venture into dangerous new parts of the world as you discover unique items, empower your characters and make difficult choices that have a lasting impact on the people of Cairn.”

As previously covered, the expansion includes a level cap bump to 100, the Inquisitor and Necromancer masteries, two new story chapters, cosmetic gear system, new factions, new environments, new items, and a bigger stash. Crate’s said it’ll launch as “Rogue-Like Dungeon” coming in a freebie update to follow the expansion too. Trailers below!

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Warframe’s Plains of Eidolon expansion launches open-world ‘landscapes’ today

It’s been a thrill, I think you’ll agree, to watch over the last couple of years as Digital Extremes‘ Warframe defied the rule that most online games in our purview shrink after launch. The game has only gotten bigger, as it does again today with the launch of its Plains of Eidolon expansion. Today’s launch is for PC, mind you; consoles can expect it in November. Oh, and it’s free. And as the DE team told us back at Tennocon this past summer, MMORPG players in particular should pay attention to this patch, as the addition of open-world landscapes, interactive NPCs, a “gripping” story, a diurnal cycle, and new mission types, all with an emphasis on exploration, definitely push the game over into more MMO-like territory.

“Plains of Eidolon is the first-of-its kind Landscape for Warframe. The Open Zone design offers kilometers of colorful rolling hills and pastures, lively lakes and rivers, active mines and caves, all during a continual diurnal/nocturnal cycle for Tenno to soak up and enjoy. As many as 50 players can converge on the makeshift basecamp of Cetus, where the race of the Ostrons offer missions and challenges, and new weapons, armor and items to craft and customize to a degree never before realized in Warframe. During the relative safety of day, whether on foot or soaring through the air (using the revamped Sky Archwing), Tenno will clash with new and old Grineer, partake in mini-games such as spearfishing and mining, and partner up with as many as three others to explore the Plains. At night, danger surfaces from the waters and haunts the storied grounds. Only the bravest and best equipped teams will venture forth in their crash-course hunt for the massive Eidolon, a towering monstrosity lured to consciousness in search of something dangerous and mysterious.”

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The Orochi Tower has arrived in Secret World Legends

The release of the Orochi Tower in Secret World Legends is a big deal for several reasons. For one thing, it wraps up the storyline in Tokyo, resolving all of those dangling plot threads for those who have never explored it before. But for another thing, it also marks the moment when The Secret World and Secret World Legends are both at the same point, content-wise; the relaunched game is no longer lagging behind in content. Now it’s all in there, and the future is an undiscovered country.

Of course, there’s new bits of lore in the Orochi Tower, so even if the past is a well-worn country to you, there’s still good reason to go through the tower and see what it has to offer. Plus, you know, there are all of the gameplay rewards inherent in going through the tower, that doesn’t hurt matters. So get into the tower and put some closure on this moment of The Secret World’s story, why don’t you?

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Star Wars: The Old Republic GU 5.5 ‘United Forces Foundation’ is live

Hey, Star Wars fans. I know you’re kinda busy with that trailer for Episode VIII and all, but if you actually want to play some MMO Star Wars between now and December, Star Wars: The Old Republic is probably your jam. And good news: It’s just patched up!

Yep, 5.5 is live today with the promised prepwork for United Forces, the massive server merge update coming in November. This leg of the patch adjusts stronghold caps, stronghold cutscenes, and the commanding legacy perk that ups your command experience bonuses, plus the server interface is already seeing a spruce-up that may panic folks who don’t read the patch notes before they log in:

“In preparation for United Forces, the server select interface has been updated to only show five servers at a time. If a player needs to access a server which is not displayed, the scroll wheel will move through the list. Servers are displayed by last used, number of characters, and server name.”

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TERA’s Arsenal update is live with new dungeons and endgame gear overhaul

Boy, TERA, that’s a bold new look! The game’s gotten a bit of a steampunk makeover in today’s Arsenal update, thanks to the addition of the Thaumetal Refinery and the RK-9 Kennel, both brand-new level 65 dungeons. There’s more to the patch for everyone, however, in the form of a gear acquisition overhaul.

“The Arsenal update also dramatically overhauls the way players acquire and upgrade their armor and accessories at end-game, streamlining the experience for seasoned veterans and new players alike. Players now receive an in-game quest upon reaching level 65 (‘Fresh Arms—and Legs’) that grants a complete set of Guardian gear and matching accessories. This gear can be upgraded using new materials that can be found throughout dungeons, battlegrounds, world bosses, and from quests, giving players more ways to improve their gear through gameplay. Once their gear is fully enchanted, players can upgrade their Guardian gear into the next tier of armor.”

We’ve got the new trailer and pics in celebration of the launch. Hope you like gears and gizmos in your action-combat fantasy!

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H1Z1: King of the Kill tunes weapons and loot while introducing a new skirmish

Weapons in H1Z1: King of the Kill are pretty important. Without weapons, how will you ventilate other players (and enemies on the off chance you choose to do so)? So it’s probably for the best that they’ve received a tuning update with the latest patch, although you’ll note that most of the tuning in question means that bullets are more affected by recoil and fall off faster. That means you’ll have to get closer to your targets, and it also means you’ll want to take advantage of more loot-filled regions in hopes of getting onto the new leaderboards.

Of course, if you don’t feel like bothering with the difficult part of shooting people at shorter ranges, you could always take on the new Swagnum Opus skirmish. In that mode, you spawn with the powerful Swagnum gun and a single round for it. The good news is that one shot with the Swagnum kills whatever you hit; the bad news is, well, everyone else has one and you just have one bullet. Better get looting more ammo quickly if you want to take part and unlock the Air Guitar emote.

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Star Trek Online lets you work miracles with Season 14

The next major patch for Star Trek Online is here today, and as the game frequently does, it kicks off with a new featured episode. “Melting Pot” brings Captain Geordi LaForge and Captain Kuumaarke together with the player captain to investigate the new joint colony between the Lukari and the Kentari. Discover problems, try solutions, and see if this colony can work out in the long term. Fun for the family, assuming the family enjoys colony politics.

You can also pick up a new specialization, Miracle Worker, which focuses on feats of engineering to improve weaponry and heal damage; if your captain should be able to turn your ship into a perfect engine of battle, this is the specialization for you. And you’ve got new queues and red alerts to try the specialization out within, along with a new fleet holding to build up on the aforementioned joint colony. So what are you waiting for? Warp in and get engaged.

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Marvel Heroes gets Age of Apocalypse on consoles, while Gaz is working on a new game

Marvel Heroes has had a fairly quiet summer following the Omega showdown earlier this year, but there’s a clear reason for that: Gazillion is working on a new VR game for PC and consoles, possibly Star Trek-related, due out in March of next year, or so the studio’s recent (and utterly bizarre – it’s a rabbit hole) livestream suggested. In the meantime, the game has a huge patch and event live today, at least for players on Xbox One and PlayStation 4: Age of Apocalypse.

“This Apocalypse Awakens content will challenge even the most seasoned Marvel Heroes Omega players with heroes at level 11 or higher. Alone or in teams of as many as five heroes, players will confront En Sabah Nur’s forces in his Egyptian resurrection chamber. The new content will also feature all-new original Horsemen designs that unlock for Jean Grey, Storm, Psylocke and Magik. […] This new event not only allows players to fight against Horsemen versions of Jean Grey, Storm, Psylocke and Magik, it also allows players to unlock these versions as part of the new Apocalypse Loot Box or as a part of the Age of Apocalypse Event Omega Pack, both only available for a limited time. These four heroes will join Spider-Man as Omega Prestige characters, increasing their combat potential. Apocalypse Awakens introduces Omega items that can be earned through the new Omega difficulty setting, which can be achieved by passing the Omega Trial.”

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Kritika Online moves to full launch on Steam with today’s Fractured Memories patch

Lots of big stuff is happening today for Kritika Online. First of all, the game’s servers are going down at 9:30 a.m. EDT to apply the game’s next major patch, Fractured Memories. That’s a big thing right there. Then, at 11:00 a.m. EDT, the game will be available on Steam. And at the same time, the game’s launch on Steam means that the game will have fully launched, no more open beta tag. So that’s three big things all happening today.

Forming the core of the Fractured Memories update, the Fractured Memories dungeon is far more than just a dungeon. Pulling from all of the game’s content, the dungeon creates a unique experience each time players level 15 and up enter by varying map layouts, enemy variety and placement, difficulty levels, and rewards to ensure that players never run the same dungeon twice. Players won’t just gain experience points and gear from Fractured Memories, they will also gain ability points that can be used to grant account-wide buffs. Points are earned based on how quickly players complete a Fractured Memories dungeon and can be used to unlock and upgrade passive bonuses including reduced cooldowns, increased gold drops, and increased damage when attacking from the back to help them tackle higher difficulty levels. Those with the fastest times can earn a spot on game-wide leaderboards, where the top players receive rewards at the end of each 12 week period before the leaderboards are reset.

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