petroglyph

Developer known to MMO players for Mytheon, End of Nations, and Grey Goo.

Online RTS Grey Goo releases free Descent of the Shroud DLC

It’s been a tough year for online RTS Grey Goo, which released in January 2015 to less than stellar reception. The game promises classic RTS gameplay and has some impressive cinematics and decent reviews, but players have complained of balance problems and a lack of content. There are also typically fewer than 100 players of the game online at any given time, which has made it difficult for players to get balanced matches in multiplayer. Developer Petroglyph recently ran a tournament with $30,000 worth of prizes in the hopes of bolstering those concurrent player numbers, with limited success.

Now developers are hoping to give the game a shot in the arm with the release of a free piece of DLC to all existing and future players. The Descent of the Shroud update adds the game’s fourth playable faction, an extra mission, one new unit for each of the existing factions, and an extensive gameplay balance overhaul. A new Definitive Edition of the game has been released for the reduced price of $29.99; it comes with Descent of the Shroud, the three-mission Emergence campaign, and the soundtrack. All existing players have been upgraded to the Definitive Edition for free, so if you’ve picked up Grey Goo previously, you’ll log in to find some new missions waiting for you. Check out the DLC reveal trailer below for more information.

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Mytheon releases its Egypt DLC (and it’s on sale)

You might recall that last month, Petroglyph Games brought back Mytheon, a cute isometric MMO that’s steeped in cultural mythology. You might also recall that the studio said that if all went well, it would dust off work that was done previously on a new Egyptian region and finish it up.

Well good news, everybody: Egypt is already here for the game. Even better news: It’s on sale as a pretty cheap DLC pack.

Egypt raises the level cap in Mytheon to 40 while adding a whopping 66 stones to the game (which is a lot better than it sounds to non-players). There’s also a new Thebes adventure area with nine new maps, a dueling instance, and a new PvP scenario.

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Mytheon returns to life as a B2P title

Mytheon, a Greek mythology-themed MMO developed by Petroglyph, had an unusually short run as a live game, lasting only from March through July of 2011 before being shut down due to an insufficient playerbase. Now it’s back — and with a new business model.

Petroglyph has retooled the game and put it on Steam as a buy-to-play title (it’s currently on sale for just $4), with possible plans to finish up a chunk of Egyptian content for the future. Mytheon is notable for its isometric viewpoint and its use of a deck-building system for combat.

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Not So Massively: Path of Exile’s Ascendancy expansion (November 23, 2015)

Online gaming and e-sports are getting bigger by the day, and there are literally hundreds of popular online games out there that don’t really fit into the MMO category. Join me each week for Not So Massively, where I gather together the top stories from the biggest MOBAs, competitive card games, first person shooters, and other popular online games in one place.

Path of Exile revealed details of its upcoming Ascendancy expansion and its new procedurally generated labyrinth system this week. Star Citizen also finally released its alpha 2.0 patch to the public test servers and revealed its expected launch date for the patch’s final release. Destiny increased legendary drop rates with Update 2.02 and added some interesting hints at its upcoming refer-a-friend system rewards. Dota 2‘s $3,000,000 Frankfurt Major tournament was won by an unexpected newcomer from Europe, and one of the losing teams kicked a member for leaking game strategies and other instances of misconduct. And as if one player controlling two characters wasn’t difficult enough in a MOBA, Heroes of the Storm‘s new character Cho’Gall actually allows two players to control one character.

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Not So Massively: StarCraft II Legacy of the Void sold 1M copies in three days (November 16 2015)

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It’s been a week of solid development for online gaming, with Hearthstone releasing its League of Explorers adventure and StarCraft II launching its standalone Legacy of the Void expansion. We got development previews of Diablo III‘s next big patch, Heroes of the Storm‘s new battleground, Splatoon‘s new maps and items, and Path of Exile‘s Talisman league. League of Legends revealed its next champion and details of some huge buffs on the way for six champions, SMITE revealed its next character, and Star Citizen just has a few issues left before Alpha 2.0 can be released. We also heard the latest from Dota 2, Chronicle: RuneScape Legends, The Division, Elite: Dangerous, Grey Goo, and others.

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Not So Massively: LoL pro Doublelift kicked from e-sports team (November 2, 2015)

Online gaming and e-sports are getting bigger by the day, and there are literally hundreds of popular online games out there that don’t really fit into the MMO category. Join me each week for Not So Massively, where I gather together the top stories from the biggest MOBAs, competitive card games, first person shooters, and other popular online games in one place.

RuneScape developer Jagex this week announced the closed beta date for its upcoming Hearthstone-like collectible card game Chronicle: RuneScape Legends. The League of Legends world championship finals took place, and North American LoL star Peter “Doublelift” Peng was kicked from CLG only to be picked up by the unlikeliest of competitors. Both Dota 2 and Destiny ran interesting Halloween events, and Heroes of the Storm celebrated the release of Artanis. Elite: Dangerous showed off its upcoming ground-based combat gameplay, SMITE revealed its new Clash game mode, and Overwatch teased players on a weird new IP-crossover character. We also heard the latest developments from Path of Exile, Star Citizen, Dungeon Defenders II, Grey Goo, and Splatoon.

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Not So Massively: Gamers rally around Total Biscuit (October 19, 2015)

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Online gaming communities around the world have been offering their support this week to YouTube gaming star Total Biscuit (aka The Cynical Brit) following the announcement that his cancer is back and is now incurable. E-sports team Natus Vincere dropped its Dota 2 squad after they failed to qualify for the $3,000,000 Frankfurt Major tournament, and the BBC provided some great coverage of the League of Legends world championship quarter finals. Splatoon nerfed several weapons in patch 2.2.0, and Hearthstone suffered a patching mishap on Android. We also heard the latest development news from Elite: Dangerous, Star Citizen, and Path of Exile.

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Not So Massively: Star Citizen’s map is amazing (October 12, 2015)

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It’s been a huge week for online gaming and e-sports, with Fox Sports Australia and BBC Three both now showing e-sports and Elite: Dangerous announcing a $100,000 tournament. Star Citizen released an awesome new map tool this week and more persistent universe type gameplay was revealed at CitizenCon 2015. Bungie talked about why it got rid of Peter Dinklage’s voice acting from Destiny, and clues about Half-Life 3‘s development have surfaced in a recent Dota 2 game engine update. We also heard that things aren’t going well for Grey Goo developer Petroglyph, Riot Games has forbidden a company from sponsoring League of Legends teams, and the Splatoon octoling hacker has been banned.

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Not So Massively: Martin Shkreli slammed in e-sports; Star Citizen legal letter revealed

Online gaming and e-sports are getting bigger by the day, and there are literally hundreds of popular online games out there that don’t really fit into the MMO category. Join me each week for Not So Massively, where I gather together the top stories from the biggest MOBAs, competitive card games, first person shooters, and other popular online games in one place.

It’s been an insane week for MOBAs, as it turns out that Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shrekli (the guy who bought an AIDS drug and raised the price by over 5,000%) recently set up an e-sports organisation with its fingers in both League of Legends and Dota 2. Riot Games banned another professional LoL teams this week and revealed that it’s working on a second game, while Dota 2 announced a $3,000,000 tournament in Frankfurt. Derek Smart released letters between himself and the Star Citizen legal team, revealing key details in their ongoing internet drama. Path of Exile also got some nice Alienware prizes for its next series of events, Diablo III banned players who were using an exploit, and Block N Load announced three new characters.

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Not So Massively: Grey Goo’s $75k tournament, Nexon’s LawBreakers

Valve announced that Dota 2‘s Reborn update will be released to the live servers in the next few weeks. Online RTS Grey Goo launched a tournament series that will run from now until January and boasts a total of $75,000 in prizes to be won. Dungeon Defenders II officially moved from pre-alpha to alpha with its “Alpha and Beyond” update. Heroes of the Storm restricted its Hero League queue system to solo and duo players, a move that has worked well in other MOBAs.

Gears of War designer Cliff Bleszinski announced that his studio is working on a new competitive online fps called LawBreakers set in a low-gravity world. League of Legends released Patch 5.17 following a hotfix to rebalance its newly crowned Juggernaut characters. Path of Exile quadrupled the drop rate of rare and super rare unique items in patch 2.0.3. SMITE added headless disruptive tank character Xing Tian to its growing roster of Chinese gods. And Star Citizen delved into this month’s progress while a fansite has put together all the information we know on the game’s release schedule.

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Not So Massively: HOTS’ ranking woes, LoL’s server move problems

League of Legends finished setting up its new North American server in Chicago, reducing ping times for east coast players but dramatically increasing them for those on the west coast, Hawaii, and Alaska. As Heroes of the Storm‘s competitive scene continues to grow, players are unhappy with the new matchmaking system that uses hidden stats and the new rank placement system that is giving inconsistent results. CounterStrike: Global Offensive broke League of Legends‘ record for the most Twitch viewing hours for a game in a single day, and players discovered a strange bug that could explain some of the game’s apparent hit registration problems.

Star Citizen released the first step in its persistent universe with the addition of its social module this week, and laid out its plans to expand the system with a new asteroid mining station social zone and working shop facilities. Diablo IIII released its highly anticipated patch 2.3.0, adding Kanai’s Cube to the game and overhauling crafting and rifts. And Armored Warfare announced its new base-building mechanic that gives each player his own military base that provides various passive bonuses.

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Not So Massively: Star Citizen demos live gameplay; Dota 2 team kicks member after $6m win

Last week, Star Citizen released impressive Gamescom 2015 demo videos showing live gameplay footage of players walking around a space port and a mission to board and steal a derelict ship. The SMITE community discovered that one of the game’s loading artworks looks suspiciously similar to a piece of League of Legends concept art. Beta signups have opened for Hi-Rez Studios’ new shooter Paladins, and Splatoon got a fun new Rainmaker game mode. League of Legends started preparing to move its North American servers and its first female professional player qualified for the LCS this week.

Following its $6 million world championship victory, Dota 2 team Evil Geniuses kicked one of its winning roster. Heroes of the Storm players found that average match lengths are on the rise, and nerfs are on the way for mage hero Kael’Thas. Diablo III revealed several new set and legendary items coming in patch 2.3.0 and gave us a sneak peek at its upcoming fourth game season. Infinite Crisis also officially closed its doors for good, and Descent: Underground showed off some gameplay at a recent convention.

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Not So Massively: RUST assigns random genders; US Senator facilitates e-sports visas

Star Citizen rebalanced thrusters, hitpoints and weapons in its latest alpha release to the public test server, and the upcoming Star Marine FPS module showed its latest progress. Prompted by NASA’s recent flyby of Pluto, Elite: Dangerous compared its simulation to the real thing. Destiny revealed details of a huge balance patch that will change practically every weapon in the game and should make PvP more interesting. Path of Exile announced its new Emberwake race season, with over 120 race events and a series of in-game prizes to be won. And survival game RUST is in the news again with its plans to randomly assign a gender to each player in an upcoming patch.

League of Legends was forced to temporarily suspend ranked play this week when an instant recall exploit was discovered. Heroes of the Storm revealed the impressive winners of its recent ultiamte fanart competition and released its new immortal character Leoric, The Skeleton King. Valve revealed the prize pool split for Dota 2‘s upcoming tournament, The International, and got a US Senator involved to secure visas for two Russian players. SMITE revealed more details of next year’s world championship to be held in Atlanta and promised that $2 million in prize money will be spread across small tournaments throughout the season.

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