Someone over at KingsIsle is obviously a big Doctor Who fan, because Wizard101’s
current event is a thinly veiled homage
to that sci-fi series. Players are challenged to seek out the Professor and his five B.O.X.E.S., which look suspiciously like red-themed TARDISes.
“Besides a new journey though the Spiral, what does your Wizard have to gain from the Five B.O.X.E.S.?” the devs ask. “How about the first craftable mounts, the Digmoore Pogo Stick and Ravenwood Pogo Stick! You should also visit Rose Piper to learn crafting recipes for exclusive furniture items. Plus the Professor will lead you to epic rewards for your Wizard.”
Meanwhile at its sister game, Pirate101 is offering a discounted deal on a year subscription. From now through May 6th, you can secure 12 months of sub time for $60, which comes out to $5 a month. Not too shabby, even for penny-pinching pirates!
The time is here for brave Gorgoneers to suit up, face curses, and brave the lands of beta testing. Project Gorgon has officially gone into Steam early access as of today, bringing the game out of its years-long public alpha and into its next phase.
The MMO is 25% off through March 19th, meaning that you can pick up this buy-to-play title for $30. The website also received a facelift to mark the occasion. Early access is planned to run for about a year, at the end of which players will be able to retain their characters and skills, but items will be wiped for the launch.
For the uninitiated, Project Gorgon is “a fantasy MMORPG that features an immersive experience that allows the player to forge their own path through exploration and discovery. You won’t be guided through a world on rails, and as a result there are many hidden secrets awaiting discovery. Project Gorgon also features an ambitious skill-based leveling system that bucks the current trend of pre-determined classes, thus allowing the player to combine skills in order to create a truly unique playing experience.”
Picard and crew might not have needed money in the oh-so-enlightened Federation, but if you’re going to grab a lifetime subscription to Star Trek Online
, you’ll need more than Earl Grey tea and a flute as collateral. Fortunately, the cost of getting said lifetime subscription has gone down to become more affordable, at least for the next month.
From now through April 5th, players can purchase a lifetime sub to Star Trek Online for just $200. That is a lot, to be sure, but it is also $100 less than Cryptic usually lists it.
The lifetime subscription comes with gold-level status and includes exclusive species, all veteran rewards, a monthly Zen stipend, priority login, another character slot, access to a special Captain’s Table area, and more.
It’s all coming up Kakao Games these days.
The Korean studio received a large investment package recently that totals $131.6 million. The bundle comes from five external companies, including China’s Tencent, South Korea’s Netmarble, Bluehole Studio, Premier Growth-M&A PEF, and Actozsoft.
So what does Kakao plan to do with its newly laden pockets? The studio has its eyes on global expansion and the acquisition of other studios.
Over in its signature product Black Desert, Kakao and Pearl Abyss are preparing to roll out a new PvP server called Arsha that provides incentives for player conflict. The game is also half-off ($5) on Steam right now through February 19th.
Let’s get this out of the way right from the beginning: Yes, Chronicles of Elyria is literally selling players a chainmail bikini.
This is but one of several special Valentine’s Day gifting options that Soulbound Studio is promoting this week. If fans want to express their naughty side, well, there’s the aforementioned bikini and its accompanying whip.
For the more tender and romantic souls, there are necklaces, song birds, and a picnic basket. And if you’re ready to take your relationship to the next step in a virtual game world that hasn’t been released yet, Elyria would like to sell you a “ring of devotion” or a cottage built for two.
This sale will be running through February 19th. Please do not gift Massively OP staffers any bikinis — we’re full up, thanks.
Have a few extra bucks that Santa and his corporate elves haven’t pried from your wallet this month? Blizzard would like to tempt you to pick up one of its titles that are on sale from now through the beginning of January.
World of Warcraft’s base game is just $10, Legion is down to $25, and many of the MMO’s cash shop items are marked down. You can get Overwatch for $20 or the Game of the Year edition for ten bucks more. StarCraft II’s campaign collection is $30, and StarCraft: Remastered is $10.
Over in happy Diablo land, the base game and expansion are going for $20, while its Rise of the Necromancer DLC is down to $10. Finally, Heroes of the Storm’s Foundation bundle is being offered for 2,000 gems.
Source: Press release
Just because an MMORPG’s development has been put into suspended animation doesn’t mean that profit still can’t be made! To wit, check out Funcom’s can-do spirit, which doesn’t take “maintenance mode” for an answer when it comes to holiday sales.
For whatever reason, the studio is holding a sale on Funcom Points for both Anarchy Online and Age of Conan. These titles, you might recall, joined the original Secret World earlier this year in having their active development canceled while nominally keeping the servers running.
Anyway, both games are throwing in bonus points when you buy certain tiers of bundles. Additionally, Anarchy Online has a luxury armor set that it would like to sell you as part of a multi-month membership package.
You can no longer purchase digital time cards or Cartel Coins for Star Wars: The Old Republic
through Amazon. This is clearly a sign that you can… er… no longer purchase those digital options through Amazon. They remain for sale from the official site, you can still buy physical copies of the cards off of Amazon, and so forth.
Clearly, this means that the game is in imminent danger and is going to shut down within the hour, if you go by the forum thread on the matter. Or, as people point out on Reddit and elsewhere in that same thread, it just means… you can’t buy that set of digital goods through Amazon any longer.
A number of speculative reasons have been put forth for the change: A new package being offered for a new expansion, a change in how profits are being shared, a desire for people to move through the official store fronts, or just a routine set of business decisions. There’s been no official statement on this change at this time, but there’s not much reason to think the sky is falling just yet.
Some people would rather spend points on expansions and races in Lord of the Rings Online
rather than parting with real money. Good news for those who waited for just that: Both the High Elf race and Lord of the Rings Online: Mordor are both now available in the game’s store for points!
The expansion will run you 2495 points, while the race is 1000 points. Perfect if you have the points but just didn’t have access to the latest flavor of elf, then.
But wait, there’s more! The game does indeed have Black Friday sales running through Cyber Monday, offering players 75% off on Virtue bundles and 50% off on both complete crafting tiers and select housing bundles. So you’ve got lots of stuff vying for your time and money there; it’ll be up to you what is most valuable. You could always wait to get a new style of elf, after all.
Shh, don’t tell NCsoft that WildStar is still operating! If we’re all good and still, then the closure-happy studio might overlook this struggling-but-fun MMO. So nobody make… a… sound.
Hey! What are you doing, WildStar, calling attention to yourself with a preview of your Black Friday deals? You’re tweeting now? Broadcasting on all wavelengths? Are you insane?
Fine, if you insist on talking about it, then perhaps we should share with our readership that you’re practically going to be giving away toys for just one Protobuck apiece. We might also mention that you’re going to be selling the new “Zero to 50” bundle and putting boost and upgrade items at 25% off. All sale details will be revealed next week, with the promotion happening from November 24th through the 28th.
You know it’s coming. When the turkey and pumpkin pie meet their demise, the Black Friday sales will start. Guild Wars 2
fans will face a special temptation this year, thanks to plenty of tempting merch on For Fans By Fans
The official merchandise store for the MMO offers t-shirts, plushies, bags, art prints, Path of Fire items, and the oh-so-essential Quaggan coffee mug. But you’ll want to hold off from buying right now, because from November 24th through the 27th, anyone who spends $50 or more in the store will get an in-game code for a random mini-pet in Guild Wars 2.
Switching gears a bit, some friendly community datamining turned up a small, unused island map for the recent expansion. While it’s not finished by any means, it is kind of interesting. Check it out on Imgur!
Congratulations are due to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which has now reached the milestone of 20 million copies sold. That is a lot of people who want to be dropped into an arena and then shoot at one another. You could celebrate with a golden arches-style counter at the title screen, but that might wind up seeming a little gauche.
The tweet announcing the milestone also acknowledges that issues with the game have been frustrating players, but the developers are working hard at fixing those issues and delivering the best go-shoot-everybody-or-watch-someone-streaming-that experience possible. The important takeaway is that a lot of people like the game, and if you’re unhappy with it, just bear with it a bit longer.
Saturday will mark the 14-year anniversary of Final Fantasy XI releasing in North America. If you’re one of the many players who enjoyed the game a long time ago, you may not be aware of all the things that have changed in the game, and you may think that it’s not worth the effort to catch up with the expansions and head back. Good news, then; the game is putting forth several campaigns in early November to help returning players catch up in levels, grab previously limited items, and otherwise ease back into the title as a whole.
The campaigns allow you to jump back into the game free of charge, gain massively improved experience and job point rewards, and get a number of previously time-limited items just for logging in regularly. There’s also a sale allowing you to pick up everything in the game for $10 as well as grabbing a world transfer for $10, thus letting you catch up on the expansions and swap to a populated server for less than the full game would normally cost. Whether you’re a returning veteran or a brand-new player, that’s a pretty good deal.