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.

Puzzle Pirates: Dark Seas server goes into early access

Every voyage has a beginning, and for Puzzle Pirates’ newest server, the maiden voyage began this past week.

It’s called Dark Seas, and it’s a version of the game designed around PvP with both new and old realms to explore. Players will create a pirate and align themselves with a faction as they battle their foes and seek treasure. It’s out right now on Steam early access and should be sailing those waters for at least a half of a year. No wipe is planned, although the team isn’t ruling it out in dire circumstances.

Puzzle Pirates: Dark Seas is a new take on a beloved MMO that’s been sailing the seas for over a decade,” the team said. “The goal for Dark Seas is to introduce an entirely new ocean, a volatile new place full of more danger and unexplored frontiers.”

Not only is this a new version of an old MMO, but Dark Seas is also the first big release for the relatively newly formed Grey Havens. Grey Havens is an indie studio that is now running the Puzzle Pirates franchise and is made up mostly of former Three Rings employees.

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TERA rolls the dice with its Demon’s Wheel dungeon

Face it: If you were going to play it safe and normal, you wouldn’t be hanging out in TERA’s back yard anyway. So don’t start balking when you see a giant gambling demon inviting you into his personal dungeon for a deadly game of chance.

On Tuesday, TERA released its Demon’s Wheel update that starred the titular dungeon. Inside are villagers who are trapped by their own addiction to vice (helped along by two powerful demons, of course). If you think that the odds are stacked against you, just wait: One of the bosses can’t be killed. Seriously. You just have to get lucky to win the encounter.

TERA is also preparing for a couple of fall events: Bamarama that’s starting on September 14th and the Rootstock Harvest Festival (starting soon™). “Players looking to try their luck in a less deadly setting won’t have to wait long when the popular Bamarama event, which pits two BAMs (Big Ass Monsters) against each in single combat,” the team said.

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Black Desert rolls out free-for-all PvP server, welcomes Oktoberfest beer festivals, and teases Kamasylvia

Beeeeeeeeeeeeeer.

What? That’s the takeaway from today’s Black Desert patch. If you wanted PSL, you’re outta luck because as the leaves turn in the game (literally) and autumn descends on the game world, the game is rolling out Oktoberfest and its concomitant in-game beer festival. You’ve got until October 11th to take part in the Beer Festival Quests (which technically launch tomorrow).

The other big news for this biweekly patch is the addition of new servers. Several are grouped under the Kamasylvia moniker (“You know what that means… Kamasylvia Part 1 coming real soon!” says the studio), but the most intriguing one is a brand-new PvP server, Valencia6_PvP. OK, maybe not the best name ever. Critically, the server is penalty-free, meaning you can gank away with no fear of repercussions – at least from the game’s mechanics.

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Gunslingers arrive in Blade & Soul today after a lengthy maintenance

Patch 3.4 hits the live servers for Blade and Soul today, and that means it’s time to get your gun and start shooting everything within range. (Guns are a kind of blade, if you stretch the definition of “blade” to the breaking point.) Seriously, there will be so much shooting for Jin and Yun characters. But even if you have no interest in playing the new class (you even get an extra character slot for it), there’s plenty more to do with the patch.

Crafting has undergone several revisions, and the Tower of Memory event dungeon is running again until October 18th. Players can also explore a variety of system changes to make legendary weapons and soul shields much easier to pick up, along with several reductions to weapon upgrade costs. Still, the centerpiece is going to be the Gunslingers, so get ready to hear a lot of firepower unloading in the lower levels as players start moving through the game with pistol in hand.

Servers are down right now and should be down most of the day until they’re back with the patch!

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Secret World Legends’ raid update and Manhattan Exclusion zone are now live

Level 50 Secret World Legends folks, get ready to raid… again. Funcom’s just released the New York raid to the relaunched and retooled MMO.

“The Manhattan Exclusion zone is now available for daring agents seeking thrills and danger! Also known as New York Raid or simply NYR, [it tasks you] with neutralizing big trouble in the Big Apple. In keeping with our commitment to allow everyone to experience Secret World Legends’ story, the raid features multiple difficulty levels so players of all backgrounds have an opportunity to defeat the Unutterable Lurker, the massive foe encountered at the end of the tutorial mission.”

Rewards include achievements, weapons, talismans, minipets, and outfits.

“Earning rewards from the raid does not require any keys nor tokens, but does have a timed lockout,” Funcom notes. “Patronage does not affect this lockout timer. Players are currently agitating against those cooldown timers; we covered that issue earlier today. Check out the trailer below!

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Destiny 2’s console edition has officially launched around the globe

Did you stay up last night until midnight, waiting for your turn at Destiny 2? Were you watching the Bungie feed as it posted launches around the globe, its social media intern hopelessly confused about which countries constitute Central Europe? Did you take a “sick” day today only to wait in queues all night and be unable to form your guild while griping on Reddit about pay-to-win? Or were you vicariously watching the hoopla through streamers who’ve already beaten the game in just 12 hours?

Welcome to the launch of an MMO!

We’ve rounded up all our Destiny 2 news, plus the official launch trailer, the epic dance trailer from Japan, the launch message from Bungie, and our hands-on with the game from earlier this summer. PC players, you’ll have to keep dancing until October 24th. Sorry dudes and dudettes.

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WildStar doubles-down on housing with today’s Homecoming update

Don’t change that channel, kiddos: It’s time for the WildStar patch show! On today’s episode, “Homecoming,” the planet of Nexus gets overtaken by redecoration fever, and spontaneous communities crop up all over the place.

Homecoming’s crown jewel is the long-anticipated, much-discussed feature that allows several players to band together to build homes and other creations on a shared island. To continue with the theme of housing, there’s a new monthly residential renovation event that panders to decorators with themed tasks and decor rewards.

And to cap all of this housing craziness off, the update triggers the beginning of a collaborative contest: “The Community Showdown is the preeminent competition for seasoned architects, landscapers, and interior designers to flaunt your elite skills and let vanity be thy true tape measure. But this isn’t your mama’s House of Haunts contest. This time, through the foundation of a community, you’re in it to win it with a full five conjoined housing plots fashioned to elegant perfection!”

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CCP’s VR sports game Sparc has arrived on PSVR today

Remember CCP’s multiplayer VR sports sim Sparc? We first heard about it back in February, and now as planned, the Icelandic studio known best for MMO EVE Online has formally launched the game on PSVR for $29.99 as of today. It’s not really an MMO or even trying to be; the idea is that players will be sparring in a 1v1 arena playing a VR-based match of what is essentially fancy neon ping-pong/dodgeball versus friends or frenemies plucked from the matchmaker, then when that’s over, you even get to play dress-up.

MOP’s Brendan Drain got a hands-on with the game at this past spring’s EVE Fanfest. “CCP has hit the nail on the head with the feel of Sparc,” he wrote in April. “Sparc legitimately has the potential to become the Wii Sports of VR, a collection of competitive activities transmitted via the internet and experienced in VR but played in real space with real athletic competition. I’ve often complained that VR has no killer app, no must-have game that absolutely needs VR to work, but I think Sparc might be it.”

We’ve tucked the brand-new trailer down below, but we warn you: You won’t burn any calories watching it.

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Smuggler’s Run is live in Grand Theft Auto Online today

Grand Theft Auto Online doesn’t want to be left out of the ridiculous launch-day extravaganza the end of August is having, which is why Rockstar’s just launched the Smuggler’s Run update.

“With a name that’s a nod to an early classic from the Rockstar Games catalog, Smuggler’s Run opens up the air corridors above Los Santos and Blaine County, providing new business opportunities while introducing a range of planes, choppers and even ultralights as highly viable options for transporting criminal cargo across the state – simultaneously opening up some creative new methods of dispatching any rival gangs along the way. Smuggler’s Run delivers a massive range of new, customizable aircraft perfect for any mission along with expansive new aircraft hangars in which to stash your fleet of fantastic flying machines.”

Expect seven new aircraft from “getaway racers” to zippy badasses that only look like hunks ‘o junk, plus a couple of cars for the landbound gangsters and a new scavenger hunt-themed adversary mode called Motor Wars. There are even new tats. Try not to die!

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Destiny 2’s PC open beta has arrived

I dunno about you guys, but my guildies were up at literally 4 a.m. talking about buying Destiny 2 and leaping into the beta, which I’d say bodes well for the game’s impact on my little circle of the gamerverse.

That’s the PC beta, mind you, which formally launches today, at least for those who’ve purchased a copy ahead of the final October 24th PC launch. Console folks have already been testing since July. Don’t think you’ll be needing fancy gear to make it work on your PC, either; it’s designed to work with keyboard and mouse. You know… like an MMO.

We’ve put together all our Destiny 2 news from the rumors to now and included them all below, accompanied by the official launch trailer and our hands-on with the game from earlier this summer. That should help you get caught up if you, too, were stumbling around the internet trying to get a Destiny 2 fix at 4 a.m. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a sudden urge to consume Pop-Tarts and huff video game-branded candles. Weird, right?

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Absolver launches with a flurry of kicks, punches, and prospects

“Strange men in masks are not to be trusted.” Wise words from the classic film Princess Bride, and advice that we carry with us as we head into Absolver today. If you can rip your eyes away from Destiny 2 for a hot minute, you might see that there’s a pretty interesting multiplayer title launching right now that’s full of potential.

Absolver is an action-RPG in which players take on the role of masked “Prospects” who roam the land and get into fights with a customizable combat system. It’s out right now for both PC and PlayStation 4 and can be grabbed on Steam or GOG.com.

There’s a lot more to come past the Day One excitement. Coming soon to the game are several features including private matches, a spectator option, and a 3v3 combat trial. Get caught up on all of the Absolver news to date after the break!

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World of Warcraft rockets to Argus in patch 7.3 today

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”?

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ARK Survival Evolved launches today; get caught up here with the trailer and roundup!

Try to hold back your shock: Sci-fi-dino-themed survival sandbox ARK Survival Evolved is really, truly, launching today, so put all those delay gripes and eternal early access jokes back in the grudge box. As of this morning, Studio Wildcard says the Xbox One download is up and running, while PS4 is lagging a few hours behind. Do remember that even on Steam, a newbie will be paying just shy of 60 bucks for the whole bundle. We’ve got a read on the new servers too:

“For ARK’s launch, we plan on providing new Official Servers for the following games mode: Regular/Vanilla, Non-TEK, Primitive+, Hardcore, Isolated Clusters, NoTaming, Extinction Servers and ORP. With the bulk of the servers being focused on the vanilla game mode (Both PVP and PVE), and smaller amounts of niche servers which could be increased based on player demand. The primitive game mode will be removed in favour of the Non-TEK Tier Servers.”

Want more ARK goodness? We’ll be chatting with the team at this year’s PAX, so stay tuned! In the meantime, we’ve rounded up the launch trailer, some of MJ’s streams, and our best content on the game. Plus, don’t forget you’re welcome to join our long-running ARK server.

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