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.
After some ups and downs this afternoon — everybody loves the “try again later” message, right? — Valve’s summer Steam sale is finally underway and stable. Here’s what we’re looking at in our corner of the gaming world.
It’s time for some big changes to Riders of Icarus for the summer, and the first round of those changes is happening today. A new development diary explains that after taking player feedback into account, looking at gameplay stats, and just examining the game’s issues, the designers have put forth a series of overhauls to enhance everyone’s gameplay experience. Today’s overhauls include enabling or disabling auto-attacks, new Legendary Coin rewards, and new daily quests for taking on World Bosses.
While players will still need to fight over the contents of chests from World Bosses, the new daily quest will ensure that you still get something for participating; similarly, the new Legendary Coin rewards allow you to purchase things other than just recipes. The second part of the revamp will include major changes to crafting, Legendary dungeon loot, and Fractura adjustments. It’s not going to shake the game’s mechanics down to the core, but all of these should changes should ultimately mean that you get more rewards and feel as if you have more control, all of which is a good thing.
Go big and go home: This is the motto of Riders of Icarus this month as it prepares to roll out its Fractura update next week.
With the update will come the titular fortress, which will be a challenge so tough that players will need to double the size of their team just to survive. That’s why, for the first time ever in the game, player groups will expand to include 10 hearty adventurers.
Other changes with Fractura include more tamable familiars in the Heart of Stygaea and a PvP zone called King Hadakhan’s prison that will be stocked with special monsters to fight. You can get an advance look at the Fractura update after the jump!
Over the years, I’ve been fascinated with the concept of time in MMORPGs. It’s one of those things that developers probably don’t want you thinking about too closely, since it could create a crack in the world illusion that they’ve created. But really, how does time work in these games? Are you forever frozen in the same fixed point in history, advancing only to a new era when a patch or expansion releases? Does the timeline advance only as you go through new quests and hit arbitrary milestones?
Even more fascinating is when developers decide to have a little fun with their storytelling by throwing players into the past and future via time travel. It’s not even strictly for science-fiction games, either; plenty of fantasy MMOs work in time travel at one point or the other. It can be a great way of expanding upon the game’s lore and giving players an insight into events that led up to the modern era.
Today we’re going to look at 10 instances of how MMORPGs have used time travel with reckless regard to paradoxes and splintering the world into millions of alternate universes.
Exciting things are afoot at Riders of Icarus, as the year-old MMO rolled out its Corruption of Light update with plenty of new content for players to enjoy.
For starters, there’s a level cap increase to 55, meaning that everyone has a little more to do to max out their characters. With that cap increase comes one or two new skills per class, such as the Assassin’s throat cut ability or the Wizard’s fire pillar spell.
Next up for the game is a rainforest region, Ellora Sanctuary and Windhome Canyon. This area is for characters level 49 and up, and contains over 230 new quests and a pair of additional field raid bosses to tackle.
Riders of Icarus has a brand-new content update on the way later this month. It’s called Corruption of Life, and it’s due out on March 22nd.
Nexon is on the ball with promos for this patch, mind you: There are already two videos out for your perusal. The first highlights the update’s new Forgotten Shrine dungeon, lush new Ellora Sanctuary zone, and trio of level 50+ legendary dungeons. Did we just say 50+? We did: The chapter includes a level bump to 55 as well.
The second trailer demos some of the 30 new critters you’ll be able to tame and ride. Check ’em out below!
Lockboxes: every MMO game’s favorite subject, are we right? Over in the world of Riders of Icarus, Nexon is making a small but significant change to how it’s running its lockbox system going forward.
Basically, the studio is replacing monthly lockboxes with a single type — the Grand Lucky Box (super-lucky!) — and simply changing the contents inside of it whenever the company wants. Nexon said that the old system was confusing, although it sounded more like the studio had issues with being punctual about releasing monthly lockboxes on time and was starting to develop egg build-up on its face.
Nexon claims that this new approach will benefit players: “The Grand Lucky Box is a far better value for all Riders. If you purchase multiple Grand Lucky Boxes and receive your desired item when you open your first box, you have the choice to continue opening boxes or save the remaining boxes and open them once we update the Grand Lucky Box reward list.”
Due to a block of unscheduled maintenance yesterday, Riders of Icarus is handing out packs of goodies as a peace offering for those affected. The four-hour downtime was necessary to fix some issues with an inventory bug and missing items.
For this relatively minor inconvenience, Nexon is giving all players 100 Elluns — cash shop currency — for free. Additionally, any player who logged in over the past day will get a goodie pack with XP potions and health recovery potions.
The maintenance corrected some problems with the currently running Lucky Riders event. From now through February 28th, players can log on during select time windows to receive free “lucky boxes” that have a chance of containing pets, boosters, and tempering stones.
Ready for sappy questlines, particle effects that look like hearts, and lots — and I do mean lots — of pink? Valentine’s day has arrived in the real world and many of the pretend worlds inside MMORPGs (for some reason). And who are we to fuss when the events are all about candy and cheap romance? Nobody, that’s who. Read on for our guide to Valentine’s Day around the MMORPG verse!
How often do you really think about the poor GMs in your game of choice? You call them to complain over every little problem like a character’s abilities not working correctly, but you never take the time to really ask them about their days, do you? Of course, most games discourage you from placing a GM call to ask “how y’all doin,” but that’s hardly the point. Riders of Icarus has paired this up with Valentine’s Day to give everyone a chance to show appreciation for the GMs through a romantic outing.
In other words, you can date a GM.
Write a poem, make a card, sing a song, or otherwise submit an entry to woo your preferred GM for an hour-long date with almost endless possibilities. (Short of, you know, the sort of roleplaying you probably do not want appearing on an official transcript. Don’t make us spell this out.) It’s certainly an unusual way to celebrate the holiday, but it’s also unique, and hey, when else will you get a chance to date a GM?
There’s a giant raid boss named Sandstorm wandering out in the world of Riders of Icarus, so naturally, players are expected to go kill it. What are you even playing the game for if you aren’t there to murder random supernatural entities, possibly while listening to music of the same name? But you needn’t just take on Sandstorm with the game’s most recent update, because there’s lots of other stuff to do along the way. It’s just that nothing else has the patch named after it.
Players will have access to a new PvP region, Stygaea, and a new solo challenge dungeon, Ellora’s Spine. There are also new familiars, a new cross-server dungeon lobby, and new items in Ellora’s Shop, along with various events and bug fixes. You can check out the patch notes now, but you will have to find your own thematically appropriate music to listen to. (We recommend any remix that includes airhorns.)
The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!
This week, we read the heartwarming story of a couple that found love in Diablo III, of all places. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Black Desert, Lord of the Rings Online, Path of Exile, and more, all waiting for you after the break!