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Absolver’s latest patch targets stability, bugs, and crossover masks

Absolver’s received a “major” update this week. It’s masks. No really, it’s crossover masks based on Devolver’s Digital’s other titles. OK, so that’s not really the meat of the patch, but it might be the fluffy highlight.

The game has received mixed reviews on Steam since its launch three weeks ago; critics point to its poor controls, brief PvE storyline, and connectivity issues while praising its excellent combat system and developer responsiveness. Fortunately, some of those problems are meant to be fixed by this patch as the team aims to “correct launch week frustrations“:

“The fixes include updates to online connection stability, server relays in specific territories, save file corruptions and several other tweaks to smooth out reproducible bugs reported by the Absolver community.”

The team states it’s sold 250,000 copies of the game to date; loot system and endgame reward retooling is still on the way. The update trailer is included below.

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Crossplatform sci-fi MMORPG Vendetta Online is now free-to-play on iOS

Vendetta Online has been around a long time and getting regular updates to boot, and until now, I would have said it’s playable on everything. Maybe not a toaster. But close. As it turns out, however, it wasn’t properly F2P on Apple mobile devices, an imperfection rectified today.

“We’re thrilled to make our long-awaited debut on iPhone,” Guild Software CEO John said in a press release this morning. The iOS version relaunches as a free-to-play title, alongside its crossplatforminess mates on Android, PC, Mac, Linux, and GearVR.

“Vendetta Online is a free, graphically intensive and cross-platform MMORPG set in space. Players take the role of spaceship pilots in a vast, persistent online galaxy. Trade between stations and build an empire, or pirate traders who dare to pursue routes through areas of lawless space. Fight other players, or cooperate with friends to push back the mysterious Hive. Mine ores and minerals, gather resources, and craft unusual items. Join the military of your nation, and participate in massive online battles (see the trailer). A wide variety of gameplay styles are available, from the the intensity of huge battles and realtime PvP, to the low-key enjoyment of quiet trading and mining in less dangerous areas of the galaxy. Play the style of game that suits you, or that suits your current mood. The availability of relatively casual and short-term goals allows for fun when only a little time is available to play.”

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Albion Online’s Joseph patch arrives next week; check out the new trailer

Joseph is coming to Albion Online, and he’s not interested in drinking tea or exchanging pleasantries or wearing anything akin to an amazing technicolor dreamcoat. No, he’s the game’s first big patch since its launch this past summer (and its seemingly unending DDOS attack problems). And he’s dropping by next week, totally announced, so you have plenty of time to clean.

His big claim to fame is a new 5v5 PvP arena system, which may seem an odd addition to a PvP sandbox, but hey, somebody must want this. “The Arena is a new mode where you are matched against worthy opponents in a 5v5 control point battle,” Sandbox Interactive explains. “Be in the team to capture the most Runestones, maintain a high score, and you will be granted redeemable Arena Sigils for great rewards. Ready to put your skills to the test? Need to practice for higher Tier PvP battles? Enter the Arena and prove yourself with your friends, guild mates, or on your own.”

Joseph will bring other presents too, including treasure sites, smart casting mechanics, UI updates, new weapon abilities, and a pair of new expeditions. Yeah, maybe anthropomorphizing patches is weird after all. The brand-new patch is down below!

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PSA: This is your last chance to grab the end of Guild Wars 2 Living World Season 3 for free

Coming back to Guild Wars 2 this week due to the hullabaloo over Path of Fire? You might end up with a nice content freebie if you act sooner rather than later. The Guild Wars 2 team sent out a reminder that this is the last week for players to get One Path Ends for free.

Even if you’re not into the game right now, you might as well log in and grab the chapter for some possible future date. Otherwise, the episode will end up costing you 200 gems if you decide to purchase it later. (It should be noted that, as with all Season 3 episodes, this one requires the Heart of Thorns expansion to access.)

Curious about this episode while you’re patching up? Check out the trailer and the expert analysis of MOP’s Tina!

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MU Legend’s new site, stress test, and open beta date

After a delay or two, MU Legend is confirmed to be coming our way this fall: November 7th, to be exact. The hack-and-slash MMO sequel finally “committed” to an open beta test release date this week now that quality assurance and localization has been wrangled.

You won’t have to wait until then to get a taste of what MU Legend has to offer, however. Webzen is planning a stress test for this Saturday, September 23rd. The team hopes that by jamming a ton of people into the game, it can generate enough “precious technical data” to help with the OBT launch.

The studio even makes this test sound somewhat awesome: “We cannot adequately test all worst-case scenarios virtually, so we will need the cooperation of our fans to push our server to breaking point.”

There’s a new official website to check out while you’re waiting, and you can also watch the stress test trailer after the break!

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Secret World Legends has launched Tokyo part II Beyond the Wall

Secret World Legends fans, Funcom’s just pushed a new free update out to you: Tokyo: Beyond the Wall, better known as Tokyo part II. The highlights for core players include the Fear Nothing Foundation content, a new emote UI, and the mission item inventory.

“Today, Funcom has launched Tokyo: Beyond the Wall, moving the story into an even more bizarre and frightening direction. In Secret World Legends, the city of Tokyo has been utterly devastated and large parts of it are under quarantine. In Tokyo: Beyond the Wall players must go even deeper into the apocalyptic city in search of answers. In this second Tokyo update, players will be able to explore vast new areas of the city. From the Kaidan Docks where something strange now creeps out from a derelict freighter, to the neon-bathed ‘Dream Hotel’ in downtown Tokyo which holds unimaginable secrets.”

Part III is still expected to launch “later this year.” The trailer is tucked down below!

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Villagers & Heroes’ Starfall expansion launches today

Villagers & Heroes’ Starfall expansion officially launches today – a week earlier than originally planned. Who does that?! Mad Otter Games, that’s who. Indeed, the studio has declared it the biggest update ever for the cutesy sandpark MMO, and to top it all off? It’s free.

As we’ve previously reported, the expansion includes a reworked loot system, revamped talents, four new high-level zones, a level cap increase to 90, more character creation options, retooled crafting, tweaks to the UI, and more.

Cross-platform fans need also know that the game has an Android version already playable and an iOS version on the way later this fall, in addition to the existing Windows client and Steam edition. We’ve rounded up all our Starfall coverage, plus the expansion trailer, down below!

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Hack-n-slash MMOARPG Guardians of Ember launches today

After wandering the lands of early access since last December, the Runewaker-developed hack-and-slash Guardians of Ember has now gained enough confidence, experience, and (most importantly) development to officially launch.

Even better, the release of the MMOARPG is being treated to a large patch but not a wipe from beta testing. “This patch will be unlike the others as it seeks to bring quality of life to the citizens of Olyndale. You can expect to see changes to the loot orb system, shared XP in group play, free reskill, Spanish localization and the much-requested nightmare mode,” the team said. New and updated since early access are arena battles, a wave-based Horde Mode, a guild skill system, crafting upgrades, an enhancement system, new mounts and pets, and alterations to the cash shop based on early access feedback, including those free respecs up to level 25.

The basic edition of the game is $20 on Steam, although you can pick up the deluxe edition and the deluxe DLC package for 33% off through September 27th. As we’ve previously covered, the game ran a small ($10,000) Indiegogo campaign for German localization but actually secured $77,000 and put the extra money back into the game with a hardcore mode and launch event.

We’ve got the launch trailer, pics, and a roundup of all our coverage to date for you down below!

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Square-Enix announces ‘survival action shooter’ Left Alive

Square-Enix announced LEFT ALIVE this morning, a “survival action shooter” that is permanently in capslock mode apparently.

We don’t know a whole lot right now as we’ve just got the trailer from the a PlayStation press conference in Japan and a tease that more is on the way at the Tokyo Game Show later this month, but we do know it’s a new IP in spite of its similarity to Front Mission, and it’s destined for the PS4 and PC (via Steam) at some point in 2018. It doesn’t technically say multiplayer, but cross your fingers? The trailer’s down below.

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Flameseeker Chronicles: Our Guild Wars 2 Path of Fire launch countdown checklist

I can’t quite believe that around 18 months of Guild Wars 2 development is about to drop in our laps this week through the Path of Fire expansion! It feels entirely different to the mammoth Heart of Thorns hype train that was somewhat marred by first expansion trepidation and the controversial pricing structure and content inclusions: On the second pass through an expansion release cycle, ArenaNet has managed to field a largely more low-key, straightforward road to launch, barring some grievances regarding material storage and gear identification. The hype train is building this week, and I wanted to help the effort by sharing my launch countdown checklist with you all so you can join me in

The hype train is building this week, and I wanted to help the effort by sharing my launch countdown checklist with you all so you can join me in looking forward to the expansion drop. In this edition of Flameseeker Chronicles, I’ll speculate on main story points I hope to see in PoF, give pointers on prepping for Friday, and share some of the upcoming must-see ArenaNet launch materials. I’ll mainly just throw some ideas out that might help distract you while you wait on the big day. Do take note that those who wish to avoid all information about the expansion before Friday should give this column a miss for now in case of spoilers.

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Monster Hunter: World will release worldwide on January 26, 2018

Good news for fans of hunting monsters today, as Monster Hunter: World has announced its release date as January 26th, 2018! The slightly less-good news is that’s just for the versions on Xbox One and PlayStation 4; players on PC will have to wait for an as-yet unspecified date. But it’s still happening, and a firm release date just makes it seem that much more likely in the near future.

You can also check out a new rather narrative trailer just below, showing off the landscapes and (most importantly) the monsters players will encounter in the game. Those of you who remember that a rather similar title pushed its own launch to 2018 might be looking forward to the battle for hearts and minds, but if you’re a stalwart Monster Hunter fan, you can be happy just to know that there are only a few short months before the game is open to the world. You can also check out our hands-on from E3 this year.

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Skyforge’s Revenant update is live today

It’s time for a new sort of death to take to the fight with the latest Skyforge update. The Revenant is a class that brings death, downright revels in it, and stands apart from good and evil as a testament to simply bringing death to all around it. That’s why a Revenant is supposed to wear lots of bones and stuff, see. Because death is scary.

Whether or not the addition of the Revenant counts as an expansion is left as an exercise for the reader, although the staff behind the game seems to feel it is. It’s live today regardless, so there’s no need to quibble over words, is there?

Any jokes about how the Revenant looks like a rejected mascot for a heavy metal album can be supplanted by admiring the life-draining mechanics and abilities of the class, which you can check out in the trailer just below. It’s another option for players in the ever-expanding class lineup for the game, so get ready to start dealing out new sorts of death today and drain the very life of those around you.

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Guild Wars 2’s Path of Fire launch trailer is hot. One might even say it’s on fire. Because it is.

Guild Wars 2’s Path of Fire launch is coming up fast on Friday of this very week, which means today is launch trailer day. In case you somehow forgot,

“Packed with content, Path of Fire brings players back to the Crystal Desert where they will be brought face-to-face with Balthazar, the god of fire and war. The expansion also introduces mounts and elite specializations, allowing fans to play and explore in new ways like never before.”

Stay tuned for more coverage from Massively OP this week on the expansion, beginning with a look at inventory changes and our regular Guild Wars 2 column, Flameseeker Chronicles, later today!

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