P-Day is finally here: World of Warcraft Patch 7.2.5, Blizzard’s answer to summer doldrums and cheeky competition, landed on the live servers yesterday.
While a “mid-sized” update sandwiched between two much more prominent content rollouts, Patch 7.2.5 is surprisingly packed with a lot to see and do. Time travel seems to be the theme here, with a Back to the Future-like scenario staring Chromie and the introduction of Black Temple into the timewalking dungeon rotation.
Other fun activities include new micro-holidays like the Trial of Style, the Deadmines pet battle dungeon, a death metal concert at Darkmoon Faire, and something something about a raid. Probably a rumor if that Sargeras figure is to be believed. There are also quite a few class changes and other adjustments, so get caught up by reading the full patch notes.
Are you looking to increase your chances of employment in the future? Then put your nose to the grindstone and play some video games already!
According to a new study by Glasgow University, players have an increased chance of employment thanks to the skills and abilities learned to as little as two hours of gaming a week. It should be noted that the study came from a rather small controlled trial using two groups, one of which was tasked with spending at least 14 hours over eight weeks in video games.
“The findings showed that the group that played the games showed improvements on communication, adaptability and resourcefulness scales, compared to the control group,” the article said. And these qualities are desirable in candidates seeking jobs, the researchers concluded.
You only have one more weekend to wait before experiencing the next chapter of World of Warcraft’s saga: Blizzard has announced that Patch 7.2.5 will release on Tuesday, June 13th.
While this isn’t as large as your average single-decimal point patch, 7.2.5 is going to add quite a bit to the game. The patch will open up the Tomb of Sargeras raid, add a time-traveling scenario with Chromie, welcome players to a templewalking version of the Black Temple, crack open another pet dungeon, and flesh out the micro-holiday schedule with the Trial of Style and the Auction Hall Dance Party.
Blizzard also said that it will be attending Gamescom 2017 in late August. Over on the community side of things, June 10th’s Running of the Trolls player event is raising funds for the Trevor Project, a charity that aims to reduce suicide rates among LGBTQ people.
Get your Patch 7.2.5 survival guide after the break!
It’s almost time for E3 2017
, and there are going to be all sorts of new and exciting games on display. Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood
is going to be there as well, although at that point it’ll be close to heading into early access for pre-order players on June 16th. But there’s still new stuff to reveal on the show floor, like giving attendees the first look at the Susano trial
. Which may be a bit of a letdown if you want the “I Beat Susano” shirts as a reward without being able to attend the show, but you can’t have everything.
The show floor will also see a special eve-of-the-expansion Live Letter from producer and director Naoki Yoshida, so players will have one last chance to watch details and get hyped about the upcoming expansion. Fans, if you hadn’t already marked your calendars for excited whimpering for June 13th through June 15th, you can do so now.
Just ahead of the long weekend, Shroud of the Avatar rolled out one of its distinctly consistent monthly updates for early players. The so-dubbed Release 42 includes more combat and AI balancing, the Path of the Oracle content, Virtue Path battle scenes, advanced skill training, and of course, the new mail system.
“With Release 42, players will be able to receive mail notifications based on vendor transactions. When a vendor item is sold, expired, or removed, players will receive mail that notifies them of the event. The mail will also include the proceeds or refund from the transaction. Mail can be accessed at mailboxes, which are located at all banks throughout New Britannia. Mailboxes can also be crafted and placed at your house. Work is ongoing to eventually allow players to send mail to each other in future iterations.”
The game’s latest newsletter also includes a peek into the delayed Libris Ruins scene (a bit of a cross between Rivendell and Old Ascalon if you ask me) and the revelation that now over a third of the game has been properly translated thanks to community volunteers. There’s a few days left in the game’s special May free trial — anybody catching the tail end of that? And of course, Portalarium is gearing up for its next telethon on May 31st. Check out the new images and video!
Legends of Aria’s alpha launched yesterday, setting loose the new and more MMORPG-like vision for the game formerly known as Shards Online. While normally the only way into the game in its current stage is to buy a founder pack, Citadel has granted Massively OP a slew of keys to get our readers in for a trial of the game right now. Better still, there are no regional restrictions on the keys. Read on to enter to win!
What’s that up in the header screenshot? Is it Conan Exiles? Nope — it’s Shroud of the Avatar’s Sequanna Colossus map and my favorite kind of biome, and it’s due for “uncloning” and customization post-Release 42, complete with the colossus itself, desert ruins, the requisite oasis, mesas, stone arches, and the bleached skeletons of long-dead behemoths.
Sequanna is spotlighted in the game’s latest newsletter, where Portalarium is also talking up the recently released Bloody Bay, the ongoing May free trial, and the summer telethon slated for next week on May 31st.
Finally, the devs have released a video feature on the truly stunning moondial launching in R42 — the only bummer is it’s a cash-shop item. Check out that video and all the new screenshots down below!
Next week is shaping up to be a big one for the MMO industry, unsurprisingly, as Memorial Day approaches and schools begin leaking out for the season. Allods Online has its own release in store next week: the 8.0.1 Creation update, an apparent thematic extension of last winter’s Immortality expansion. On deck for the update:
- an althetic competition – “Join chariot races, descend into the Minotaur’s Labyrinth, and fight in the gladiator games!”
- a new storyline revolving around the newly raised Dominus
- new artifacts through raid adventures, with 5 upgrade levels
- fabled items — or some of them, anyway — will be demoted to lootable and craftable status
- a rating system for players who own a Maze
- a new order trial, party skirmishes
My.com has a separate dev blog out for gearing up too. MOP’s MJ Guthrie poked her head into Allods — for the first time! — just a few weeks ago; you can watch her show below. Warning: Gibberlings ahead!
Will Shroud of the Avatar finish fleshing out its main storyline in time for this summer’s official release? It might be a photo finish, as the team is currently working on the endgame storyline that all players will encounter.
“Now that all three paths (Truth, Love, and Courage) are playable we have begun work on the Finale part of the plot, aka The Path of the Oracle,” the team said in this past weekend’s newsletter. “One of the crucial scenes of that path is the Oracle Colossus. This is of course the famous depiction of the Oracle from the concept painting by Stephen Daniele inspired by passages from The Sword of Midras prequel novel by Tracy Hickman.”
It behooves us to remind you that Shroud of the Avatar is currently testing its free trial program through the end of May, which means that anyone can check out the game and see if it is to their liking until May 31st.
It has much too long since Massively OP’s MJ has sashayed though the lands in Shroud of the Avatar. Part of the reason is because few of her friends are in the game to play with her. But that has all changed — at least for a few weeks. Until the end of the month, SOTA is running a free trial for folks to hop in and check it out. What better reason to do just that? Join us live at 3:00 p.m. on stream and in game!
What: Shroud of the Avatar
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 11th, 2017
The 22-year-old Russian vlogger convicted of playing Pokemon Go inside a church has been hit with a 3.5-year suspended sentence.
Ruslan Sokolovsky was found “guilty of inciting hatred, violating religious feelings and illegal possession of special technical means – a pen with a video camera” for recording himself playing Pokemon Go on his phone in the Church of All Saints in Yekaterinburg last summer while carrying a piece of crap pencam from whatever the Russian equivalent of SharperImage is. He was detained and charged by authorities when the video of his mundane prank went viral.
“I believe that there is no reason to exempt the defendant from liability,” the Russian prosecutor said last month. “There is also no reason to sentence him to a fine … I request that the court sentence him to three-and-a-half years in a penal colony.” The judge apparently agreed to the max sentence, but ordered it suspended. Sokolovsky has already been sitting in prison for seven months.
Shroud of the Avatar is coming to Russia, Portalarium announced today. The studio’s inked a deal with Moscow’s Black Sun Game Publishing “to publish and operate Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues in Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Baltic States.”
Portalarium CEO Richard Garriott is quoted in the press release as saying that SOTA has a “large and growing fan base in Russia and the surrounding countries.” Black Sun’s website lists only SOTA under its umbrella and says it is “interested in buying the rights to publishing in Russia and CIS countries, massively multiplayer online games,” particularly near-finished projects.
SOTA stopped wiping its early access servers last summer but has not technically launched as a completed project. Its most recent monthly release landed at the tail end of April, introducing or overhauling multiple maps and revamping combat lines. Beginning today, the game is available in a free-to-play trial mode until the end of May.
Source: Press release
Listen up, raiders: The Elder Scrolls Online’s Morrowind expansion is out in just a month, and you’re going to want to be prepared for the release’s 12-man trial, The Clockwork City. Like most of the Morrowind expansion we’ve seen to date, the raid is stuffed with callbacks to Elder Scrolls III, from the fact that the raid is literally set in Sotha Sil’s clockwork domain to the presence of Telvanni Sorcerer Divayth Fyr, who will apparently be riding shotgun on the PvE content.
ZeniMax is also talking up the teamwork nature of the raid. “The amount of coordination and teamwork that it takes to complete this Trial is something we haven’t done before,” Dungeon Lead Mike Finnigan writes, warning that you’ll be needing serious business raid makeup here, complete with two tanks and an eye for non-mob dangers like traps. “We wanted to make the Halls of Fabrication a full group experience.”
For your trouble, you’ll be piecing together four new armor sets and home decor, building elite combat dummies dubbed Target Centurions, and racking up achievements.