We are going to kick off this week’s exhibition of player screenshots with a few email submissions (yes, some of you still email them in, and bless you for it!).
It doesn’t take much of an excuse for a celebration to break out in Final Fantasy XIV, as Souseiseki notes: “A certain Miqo’te had a little too much fun celebrating Heavensturn (and too much to drink!). Although, I think she had more fun opening the bottles than actually drinking them! Fortunately, I had the foresight to hide the good stuff. Don’t worry, her chocobo was parked safe in the stables and we confiscated her saddle.”
Postscript: That chocobo was later seen perched high on top of a temple summit, wrapped in toilet paper and spray painted with an incomprehensible slogan.
For those of you who were wondering when Final Fantasy XI started supporting add-ons… it didn’t. The game has never supported add-ons, and using Windower and its associated add-ons is totally not allowed and could get you banned. Except that it won’t, and functionally no one is particularly concerned about it. So you have players who use the software and its various functions to do awesome stuff like turn the game’s interface into the interface from Final Fantasy XIV.
Obviously, it’s not a perfect translation; FFXI is a very menu-driven game and FFXIV is not, there are lots of different mechanics at play, and the hotbars alone are a rather experimental bit of additional coding. But it’s pretty neat to see the older game gussied up to look like its newer cousin. And if you want something to slightly ease the adaptation curve, you could do worse.
This is what add-ons exist to do.
Sometimes a small, singular change can make all of the difference in your MMO.
Yesterday’s update in DC Universe Online expanded players’ abilities to include a second artifact slot and upend the current gear builds. Getting a quick additional artifact to fill that slot is pretty easy, too: “Make sure you have completed ‘Artifacts: Oblivion Bar,’ the Artifacts introductory event, and make sure you have completed ‘Monitoring the Situation,’ the pointer mission for the anniversary event. Both reward your choice of one Artifact.”
There is a known issue with this update that’s causing some European PS4 players to be missing their membership benefits, so be aware that Daybreak is working on a solution.
Speaking of events, DCUO has its 7th anniversary running for the remainder of the month. Make sure to log on and grab your free gifts by the 31st!
The first time Destiny 2
ran a faction rally, its mechanics had a problem where players could basically just earn tons of tokens without firing any weapons or anything. This iteration of faction rallies tried to fix that, but the result has been another issue with token throttling
. The latest dispatch from the development team
accepts culpability for this, noting that this is part of an ongoing process to keep lost sectors rewarding while also avoiding the aforementioned “lots of tokens for no actual gameplay” problem.
It is, at least, an admission of fault, alongside the admission that poor communication about the Season 2 weapons was entirely down to developers failing to explain what was intended when said weapons didn’t launch right away.
This was on us. No excuses. […] We will be remedying this lapse in communication next week with details on what you should expect when the next Iron Banner rolls out in Season 2.
It’s up to the individual player if admitting the mistake and promising to do better actually ameliorates things at all. In unrelated news, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg is stepping down in March with no reasons cited for his departure. No word yet on who will take his place.
The next patch for Final Fantasy XIV
arrives on January 30th, and that naturally means a whole lot of content for players to explore
. It does not mean that you’ll be able to purchase a new house right away, however. House purchasing for the six new wards added to all four districts will be enabled a week after the patch, and at first it will be oriented toward free companies only. There will also be new restrictions in place so that each player can have one personal house and one free company house per server, so hoarding houses on alts won’t be possible. We’ll find out more as housing draws closer.
And that’s just one of the many things in place for the patch; there are also job adjustments, more glamour options, and the complete removal of elemental properties. Yes, elemental materia is being removed, and players in Eureka (which is coming in 4.2.5) will have an entirely new system based around elemental changes and a new advancement board. If you’re just interested in seeing what the game has to offer in terms of visuals and teases of the story, of course, you can check that out just below in the full trailer for the patch.
Another day, another Destiny 2 subreddit meltdown, and it’s not over the Eververse cash shop, holiday items, or lockboxes this time.
Redditors report a multitude of major bugs with the last patch, including faction token throttling affecting lost sectors (probably an unintended side-effect of Bungie’s attempt to patch up an exploit in the first faction rally – and that after a long delay to this rally), emote sales, and still more token bugs that apparently are throttling tokens from public events too.
To its credit, Bungie has responded to several of the threads requesting bug reports and feedback, but that hasn’t stopped players from forming yet another massive thread urging people to stop playing the game until Bungie gets it together. “If you’re upset with the direction the game is going, the best way to show them is to just stop playing,” they argue.
We still don’t technically know when Final Fantasy XIV
is launching its next patch, but we can also figure it out. It was always slated for late January, and there’s another live letter this Friday, which means that the patch is almost certainly arriving on the 30th. Considering that we always get patch notes before the actual release, I’d say it would be a bit silly to have a whole preview event the day before patch notes come out, and it wouldn’t really mesh with prior experience.
In other words, we’ve got a little more time before the patch, and there’s more to be seen about what it actually entails, so let’s talk about both our known unknowns and our unknown unknowns as well as breaking down some other bits that we haven’t heard about yet which are conspicuous for their absence. It’s worth paying attention to some of this; that’s my point here.
One of the things that impresses me about the submissions to One Shots here is that so many of these pictures really could be blown up into high-resolution posters and be hung as honest-to-goodness art. I’ve always been meaning to comb through my screenshots folder and take the best of my best to a store and get that done, but I am a lazy man and figure that you all will keep my eyeballs entertained for one more week.
Here’s a good example of a poster perfect pic from Camelotcrusade, who shared this interesting shot from Star Wars: The Old Republic. “It feels like a galaxy far, far away now, but I really liked the title cards for Knights of the Fallen Empire,” he wrote. “Here is one of my favorites which transposed my character against a backdrop of galactic war.”
I know it’s a simple and basic thing, but I absolutely adore a great skybox in my MMORPGs. There’s something about looking up at a majestic and vibrant sky in-game that puts me right in the middle of the world and immerses me in the environment.
Fallen Earth will always be remembered fondly by me for its gorgeous sunsets, and World of Warcraft definitely brought it with some of its painterly clouds and patterns in the latest expansion. Lord of the Rings Online and Final Fantasy XIV both have crystal clear nights full of twinkling stars that make one feel small and awed.
Which MMO offers the best sky views and which zone makes for the best gazing? Bonus points if you include pictures!
It’s fair to say that Destiny 2
has had a bit of a rough go over the past few weeks, what with the dropping player count
riot, yes? It hasn’t been smooth sailing. But the developers are trying to address that with the newest roadmap
, which takes a bit of time to explain how the game’s content is supposed to be divided between expansions (things you buy) and seasons (things you get for free). The developers are also looking into fixing any XP discrepancies players have noticed, so that would be a good thing.
“We recognize that the scales are tipped too far towards Tess at the moment, and Eververse was never intended to be a substitute for end game content and rewards,” Bungie writes. “So, we’ll be making three changes for upcoming Seasons: We’re shifting the balance of new content in favor of activity rewards over Bright Engrams. This includes adding Ghosts, Sparrows, and ships (to date found only in Bright Engrams) to achievement reward pools. We’ll provide a gameplay path to earn Bright Engrams and all contained rewards (including Event Engrams). We’ll give players more direct purchase options and make adjustments to Bright Engrams to allow players to get the items they want more often.”
Happy seventh birthday heroes — and villains! DCUO
turned seven today, and to celebrate the occasion, you get the presents! Massively OP’s MJ is excited to be a part of the festivities… and to get the cool stuff. She’s looking forward to having her own Krypto base pet
, but that’s just the tip of the goodies iceberg. There are more gifts in store
. There are also anniversary activities to partake in, so tune in live at 8:00 p.m. for the fun.
What: DC Universe Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, January 11th, 2018
A comment on Reddit about the current size and viability of Kritika Online got me thinking about MMO playerbases in general lately. We all know that there’s a stigma attached to little games; the big games with big servers and millions of players feel safer, and nowadays people just assume a small MMO has one foot in the grave. But it isn’t always true. We could also rattle off some smaller MMOs that seem to be moving along just fine, with bills paid. Sure, they’d like to be bigger, but they’re holding steady and know how to work the playerbase they do have rather than constantly alienate their current customers in search of new customers. And some MMO gamers actually prefer those sorts of titles. After all, if the game has just a few thousand people, it’s much easier to get to know a large slice of them, plus have your voice heard by the developers and actually influence the gameworld.
For this week’s Massively Overthinking, I’ve asked the writers to reflect on the smallest MMOs they have played, and then consider how big an MMO has to be in terms of playerbase that they’d consider playing it now. What’s the smallest MMO you’re willing to play, and why?
Today marks the seventh anniversary of DC Universe Online
, and players are getting some goodies in honor of the occasion. Lead Producer Leah “Katnikov” Bowers posted a note outlining the gifts as well as offering a quick look back over the happenings of 2017. Take a stroll down memory lane then hop in game to get your anniversary items.
What gifts await players? All players, be they All-access members or non-members, can claim a new, updated Dark Spector Batsuit for 2018. Current members can claim a unique box that contains an unlocked Paradox time capsule, an in-game poster of Earth 3’s epic Superman vs. Ultraman art, and a collection of emblems modeled after Metal, the current special series from DC Comics. Past members (accounts that had their last member log in between August 1, 2014, and October 31, 2017) get membership benefits — minus the monthly currency grant — throughout the rest of January.
With exception of the free membership that is auto-granted to eligible accounts, the gifts must be claimed by logging into the game by January 31st, so jump in and grab them soon. Then be sure to tune in to OPTV tonight at 8:00 p.m. EST to help celebrate with an anniversary stream.