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!
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.
“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!
“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”?
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.
Last week, colorful sandbox MMO Tree of Life slipped the bonds of early access and launched itself into the wild blue yonder of live operation. If you played it a while back, you may be startled to see how much it’s changed in the meantime. In fact, the team has subtitled the game “Beyond the Journey” to indicate that this is almost a completely rebuilt game.
The release version of Tree of Life includes the warden tree building system, guilds, factions, the mastery system, a better UI, more mounts (ever want to ride a chicken for some reason?), more decorations, and the new Clay Engine 2 game client.
The team re-released an official launch trailer but also threw in a nice new wrap-up video of the early access period to thank the community for all of its help. You can view both of these after the jump.
The Division has this week patched up with Update 1.7, a whopper of a patch that introduces an epic new time-limited global event system, new commendations and patches, face masks, facial customization, new gear sets, account-wide sharing of bits and bobs like blueprints, a weapon rebalance, skill tweaks, the works. Oh, and new lockboxes dubbed “encrypted caches” from the Premium Vendor. Yes, they require dropped or cash-shop-bought keys, and yes, they “contain unique appearance items, emotes and skins.”
Ubisoft is opening up last winter’s Survival DLC to a free-play event starting this Friday and running through Sunday as part of its promotion of the patch. “Experience a completely new way to play The Division: cold, stripped of gear, and beset by a brutal snowstorm, you must survive until extracting safely in the Dark Zone,” Ubisoft teases newbies. “Finding warm clothes and survival equipment will be vital to your success.”
The trailers for both the update and the older DLC are down below!
Horns of the Reach is live in The Elder Scrolls Online today as ZeniMax’s first major update since the Morrowind campaign/expansion rolled out in June. As planned, the paid DLC includes two new dungeons (Falkreath Hold and Bloodroot Forge) and plenty of new kit. And even if you don’t pay for the DLC, you’re getting Update 15 for free; it boasts the PvP battlegrounds mode Chaosball and the new Arcane University map.
“The Horns of the Reach two-dungeon pack is now available on PC and Mac, free for all ESO Plus Members, or for purchase via the in-game Crown Store for 1,500 Crowns. Update 15 general improvements are available free for all players, while Battlegrounds additions are free for owners of ESO: Morrowind (Battlegrounds requires ESO: Morrowind). Both will also release for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One adventurers on August 29.”
The Nexon-backed, Cliff Bleszinski-led online shooter LawBreakers is finally live today on both PC (Steam) and PlayStation 4. The game is just shy of 30 bucks, and “all future, non-cosmetic content updates are included at this price,” according to the developers. I’m sure you’ll hold them to that.
“The frenetic shooter brings unprecedented vertical combat, allowing players to deliver fatal blows from every direction utilizing innovative movement systems and combat abilities. Choose between nine dynamic roles, eight gravity-defying maps, and five buzzer-beating game modes in high-intensity multiplayer team-based battles that will challenge even the most skilled FPS player.”
The game’s had an interesting path to here, its devs having gone back to the drawing board once already to retool the game after alpha began last year. Check out the new “Skilled AF” trailer (…) and new images down below, along with a roundup of all our coverage to date!
It’s the largest single-day release of new content since the game’s launch — and unlike a lot of expansions mentioned lately, it’s all free, free, free. Path of Exile:The Fall of Oriath launches today, bringing the game up to Patch 3.0.0 and vastly expanding the single-player campaign.
The expansion brings up the number of acts to a total of 10, adds a truckload of new skills and items, and introduces the pantheon system to make your character even more god-like.
“Best the ancient gods of Wraeclast in battle and you can claim a portion of their power,” the studio explained. “There are four major god powers and seven minor god powers to be claimed in The Fall of Oriath. You can have one major and one minor power active at a time, and can return to any town or hideout to change which powers are active at no cost.”
As you wait for your computer to download the 7.1 GB update and for the patch counter to tick down to 4 p.m. EDT, you can read up on the patch notes and re-watch the official trailer below!
After just a brief delay (but still probably way too soon), Lord of the Rings Online has officially launched its Mordor expansion. I’m sure I owe somebody something for wagering all those years ago that we’d never get to this day, but here we are.
“This expansion allows players the ability to explore the shadowy lands beyond the Black Gate and includes: Over 300 new quests: Players journey into Mordor and plunge into a new adventure, filled with lost stories, unfamiliar enemies, and the opportunity to fight through the lands around Mount Doom and beyond. A new allegiance system: Pledge support to one of the factions seeking to reclaim this long-lost piece of Middle-earth. Players will be able to gain bonuses, story and exclusive gear along the way! Crafting and gear updates: Players are able to customize their Hero with all-new armor, weapons, accessories, and more! A new race – the High Elf. With the purchase of the Collector’s Edition or the Ultimate Fan Bundle, players will be able to ally with the High Elf. Extensive landscape updates. Explore the beautiful and terrifying landscape of Gorgoroth to discover hidden treasures and additional rewards.”
Hear that, Overwatch players? That is the sound… of your doom! Fist!
Bad introductory puns past us, it is true: Doomfist is now playable in Overwatch. The villain character has been anticipated by fans ever since the game’s original cinematic (in which his iconic metal glove was shown).
Doomfist’s cybernetic appendage gives the players a lot of offensive options, such as a seismic slam, a hand cannon, and a rocket punch. “Recently freed from imprisonment, Doomfist is determined to plunge the world into a new conflict that he believes will make humanity stronger,” Blizzard said. “Doomfist’s cybernetics make him a highly-mobile, powerful frontline fighter.”