riders of icarus

Official Site: Riders of Icarus
Studio: Nexon, We Made Entertainment
Launch Date: N/A
Genre: F2P “Action-Adventure” MMORPG
Business Model: F2P (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC

The Soapbox: Confessions of a serial hoarder (in MMORPGs)

How much is too much?

To some, that might seem like a reasonable question. But I knew. I knew. There is no such thing as too much!

There was a question raised on Massively OP this past week about in-game hoarding. I answered… boy did I answer. I kept answering. It was just like my virtual bags: I filled the space to overflowing. And I just kept going. And now, it’s even spilling over to The Soapbox! It’s not my fault games make cool things I like and want to keep, or make getting stuff so much fun (searching through every box and barrel, anyone?). But there is much more to it than that. Yes, I admit I am a serial hoarder. But I am also an unrepentant hoarder! It’s not a problem. Others may think I have a problem.

I see it as item security.

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The Daily Grind: Is ‘naming-and-shaming’ MMO cheaters a good idea?

Last week on Reddit, an EVE Online player begged CCP to organize a wall of shame for botters – essentially an online list of those caught cheating, with character names and corps to boot. This, he argued, would not only prove to the community that cheaters were being banned but allow players to “self-police” those corps “actively harbouring bots.”

You’re probably making a face right now imagining just what EVE players might do with such a list, but then again, we’re talking about botters here. I’m more curious whether you folks actually believe those are effective or a good idea in general. Several EVE players said it’d never happen because of European laws, but in fact we’ve written articles about multiple MMO studios naming-and-shaming cheaters: Guild Wars 2, Riders of Icarus, H1Z1, Tree of Savior, and Mechwarrior Online, just to name the first five I found by searching the last three years of our own site.

Is “naming-and-shaming” MMO cheaters with a “wall of shame” a good idea, or should studios that famously ban the wrong people maybe stay away from painting targets on customers’ backs?

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MMO Year in Review: July was the high mark of the year for MMORPGs (July 2017)

We’re taking a time-machine back through our MMO coverage, month by month, to hit the highlights and frame our journey before we head into 2018!

July was a month of MMORPG launches, as Riders of IcarusAlbion Online, and Gigantic formally launched; Dark and Light hit early access; and other MMOs, including SWTOR, Guild Wars 2, and Neverwinter, rolled out major updates.

But it was also a period of delays, as Star Citizen collected thousands of comments over its repeated delays of its 3.0 alpha and both ARK: Survival Evolved and Lord of the Rings Online’s Mordor rescheduled launches for August. We also said farewell to Firefall after its long limbo, and don’t forget the Pokemon Go live event trainwreck!

Read on for the whole list!

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Halloween events across the MMORPG verse, 2017 edition

Hey, you. Yeah, you, dude leeching candy from the bucket you bought “for the neighborhood kids.” And you, lady still trying to decide between “Princess Leia” and “lazy zombie” for your costume (go Leia, duh). Put all that aside and get into some MMOs instead! Halloween is only one night in real life, but in MMORPGs, it goes on for days or even weeks. Some studios will probably even forget to turn it off! Others will let you run around with a flaming pumpkin head mask for all eternity!

Here’s what we’re looking at this year for Halloween across the MMORPG verse.

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Riders of Icarus update adds an elephant on fire

We have to admit that our pachyderm training has become a little rusty ever since we went into the games journalism industry instead of following in our parents’ zoologist footsteps, but we are pretty sure that elephants do not enjoy being set on fire. Even if the excuse given is to provide a little more visual pizzazz.

Flaming elephants — a new type of familiar, as a matter of fact — are only the beginning of this week’s Riders of Icarus update. The team opened up a pair of new legendary dungeons, Temple of Sands and the Elder’s Bastion, which contains these familiars as well as some wicked-looking armor sets.

Another big change with this patch is that players will be able to recycle some of their older gear and put it to good use: “Riders will now be able to utilize equipment that has previously been tempered and/or transcended to be used as a crafting material. The conditions for a piece of equipment to be used as a material is that they have to have a minimum of +15 Temper Levels.”

Source: Patch notes


Perfect Ten: MMOs obsessed with the floating islands trope

One of the fun things about this hobby is that certain tropes repeat themselves constantly. And they’re usually weirdly specific tropes, too. Poop quests, for example. So many MMOs have one quest or another that make you dealing with poop. Someone has a fixation that is probably not entirely healthy, and that someone keeps getting hired to design quests.

But sometimes you try to come up with a trope that’s so specific that it has to be unique. Or at least rare. “MMOs that feature a zone full of floating islands requiring flight to travel around.” At least one zone, and it is traveled around via flight. That cannot be common, that has to be…

Wait. How did I not only get a full list but actually have to decline some entries? How the heck did this happen? There are this many MMOs using this astonishingly specific trope? How did this happen and why?

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Betawatch: Destiny 2 previews and preloads (July 14, 2017)

Fans hotly anticipating Destiny 2 will be able to start testing the game on consoles next week, and you can pre-load the game now… assuming, of course, that you paid for it in advance. You can also check out a preview of its PvP, and if you believe Superdata, it’s going to be a big deal when it launches. Not that you needed an analysis firm to tell you that, of course.

Other beta news? Aw, heck, I guess we can do that.

List of games in testing? Yeah, that’s here, just like always. Things are running normally, there is no need to be alarmed, the cat is on the mat. You can let us know if you like the betas you’re playing or if something slipped into a new test phase without us noticing in the comments, too. Familiarity is welcoming.

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The Stream Team: Launching back into Riders of Icarus

Dragons away! Riders of Icarus officially launched this week, and that means Massively OP’s MJ needs to get in and tame herself some official dragons. Or maybe she’ll find some unicorns, or more funny kangaroos — OK so she has to get in and tame all the things! Join us live at 8:00 p.m. as MJ returns to her menagerie in…

What: Riders of Icarus
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 14th, 2016

Enjoy the show!

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Riders of Icarus has officially launched today; check out the launch trailer

Nexon and WeMade have formally sent Riders of Icarus into the pool of launched MMORPGs as of today.

If you’re thinking, hey, didn’t that game already launch, it’s probably because you’re remembering that it soft launched almost exactly a year ago on July 6th. Since then, however, the studios have updated the game’s interface, crafting success rates, cosmetic system, world boss quests, coin rewards, and dungeon loot drops.

Check out the official launch trailer down below!

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Riders of Icarus pulls back the curtain on the Trickster

Riders of Icarus’ summer content patch looks like it will be a doozy, particularly with the headlining Trickster class to rope in players and give them a new way to experience the game.

The Trickster is a magical support class that can buff, debuff, heal, making her invaluable in a group role. She even has many summons to augment these efforts, so there’s a pet class flavor going on as well.

The Rise of the Trickster update will also contain a new high-level zone (Akrat Plains), a Cold-Blooded Heretic field boss, a few additional mounts, and a new dungeon (Elder’s Bastion).

It’s a good time to get in and playing this fantasy MMO, as Riders of Icarus is hosting a month-long attendance event. By logging in over the period of 21 days, players can receive all sorts of freebies, including a Radiant Bruniche mount. It’s the flying bunny rabbit that will make all of your neighbors jealous!

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Riders of Icarus offers players the chance to pre-create a new Trickster

The next class for Riders of Icarus is arriving with the launch of the Rise of the Trickster update, the appropriately named Trickster class. If you’ve longed to defeat your enemies with the power of what appears to be a seven-year-old girl, you’ve found your class. And while the class isn’t actually arriving until the update launches on July 6th, you can pre-create your Trickster right now in advance of the launch.

Keep in mind that you are still limited to a maximum of six character slots on a given server, so if you already have six characters you won’t be able to make a Trickster. (The game will erroneously tell you to purchase another character slot, which will not work.) You can also still register your pre-launch pack until June 30th if you want to nab some extra doodads, so make sure to take care of your business as necessary before the Tricksters rise.

Source: Official Site; thanks to Vergest for the tip!


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