What: Star Trek Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 26th, 2018
What: Star Trek Online
With beta and launch on the horizon, MapleStory 2 is pulling out all of the stops to get noticed and generate the largest audience it can. That means that the sandbox sequel to the 2-D MMORPG is not above working in a shameless battle royale mode into the game if it gets more eyeballs on the product.
The survival PvP mode is to be called Mush King Championship. It will host up to 50 people who will duke it out until there is only one remaining. The battle royale mode was announced during a Korean dev video, which you can watch below.
The first wave of beta invites for the May 9th CBT went out earlier this week.
Any MU Origin players who want to be stronger are going to need to start fighting other players to do so. But not in small-scale skirmishes, no. The latest update for the game adds in the new corps mechanic, allowing four guilds to combine themselves into one mega-guild known as a corps. And the four best corps will get to compete in weekly corps wars for dominance of various spots of land, which is probably very exciting for those stretches of land. They get to be very important for a bit.
This is also exciting for players, as leveling up through this system allows access to the new Hallow benefits collected through corps wars or territory collection. Collect Hallow, strengthen your character, make use of new tricks like preventing your opponents from using their special stats. You can play the update now on your mobile device of choice, and you can get a feel for what’s involved by checking out the trailer just below.
Saddle up, pard’ners, ’cause it’s about to be a bumpy ride.
Wild West Online announced today that it is officially launching on May 10th. Yes, as in two weeks from now. On that day, the game will simultaneously leave early access and release on Steam. It’s a pretty big step for a game that has not been in open development and testing for very long.
The studio said that when it arrives on Steam, Wild West Online’s launch build will add faction global conflict, big PvP world events, many more PvE missions, and a bunch of side activities. These include mining, farming, hunting, cooking, and (most importantly) brewing that alochol. The west can’t be very wild if everyone’s sober, after all.
Check out the Steam date announcement after the break!
It’s been seven years — of Allods luck! Allods Online celebrates its seventh anniversary today, and Massively OP’s MJ is back in on Fuzzykinns, her triple threat Animist, along with her pet killer bunny, Wuzz! The adventures are too fluffy to miss, so join us live at 3:00 p.m.
What: Allods Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 26th, 2018
Epic Games is still doggedly pursuing supposed Fortnite cheaters. As we reported back in November, one of the defendants in Epic’s many lawsuits is a 14-year-old boy who stands accused of streaming and promoting cheats on his YouTube channel. At the time, his mother sent an informal letter to the court, arguing that her son didn’t actually develop cheats, that Epic had unlawfully released his name (as a minor), and that Epic was unfairly scapegoating him.
As TorrentFreak (via GIbiz) noted, the court took that letter as a motion to dismiss (the family hadn’t responded officially otherwise). Epic has since refiled its complaint as a reply to that motion, claiming that it didn’t know the kid was a minor and that he had agreed to the EULA.
“The visionary Suratuk is back at it again with a pair of limited run, custom- mounts. Freshly-coated and prepared to scurry into battle with the release of Lost City of Omu, these vicious arachnids didn’t become Blue-Spotted and Tropic-Colored without inflicting several bites on the artist.”
Both grant +50 movement speed and include two insignia slots. The codes can be redeemed only once per account and expire at the end of 2020, and the mounts are bind-on-pickup. Critically, these codes are redeemable on console only in the regions as outlined below, so if you’re a PC person, you can skip this one!
The adventure must go on! Massively OP’s MJ earned permission to walk the Dream Plane in AQ3D in order to save the World Tree. And save it she must! With today’s launch of the second half of the new World Tree content, MJ is going back in to help Slifsgaard (the in-game version). Will she succeed? And more importantly, can she manage the voices solo? Join us live at 9:00 p.m. for a jaunt through the Dream Plane.
What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018
The StarCraft II map editor offers a lot of power, and there are countless examples of using the basic functions of the editor to make something completely different. For example, there are… well, the two maps being sold to players with the launch of patch 4.3. Both maps run $4.99 to purchase, with a portion of the price going to the map creator and the map going to your collection of maps.
Direct Strike might be more described as a variant of the game’s usual gameplay, as you build units into waves to send out at the opponent’s base in what amounts to a tactical tug-of-war. ARK Star, on the other hand, is an entire tactical turn-based RPG based in the game, including leveling, loot, NPC dialogue trees, and everything else you could expect. You can check out brief trailers for both just below if you’re interested in picking up a StarCraft II map that turns the game into something completely different.
Apparently inviting players to attend ArtCraft’s actual (or cleverly staged?) developer meetings was such a hit that Crowfall is doing it once again. A new “Fly on the Wall” video series kicked off this week, giving players a rare opportunity to hang out with the devs as they discuss world building in this upcoming PvP MMORPG.
There’s a lot of discussion of the various elements that are going into making the campaign worlds. If nothing else, hearing the developers seriously consider all of the implications of roads, mountain passes, parcels, and strongholds connect can give you an idea of the complexity that this game is striving to produce. Even more so, when you consider that the campaign worlds will be generated when each opens up.
And while LOTRO isn’t going to be ditching lockboxes any time soon, SSG is working on being more transparent about the system. On April 25th’s livestream, CM Jerry Snook answered a player concern about the topic.
“I have been working on a page in recent days that’s going to provide more transparency on both Hobbit presents and the seal-bound Gorgoroth lootboxes,” he said. “It’s going to talk about what you can get from these things, what’s considered rare, what’s considered common, what’s super-rare.”
Snook said that the page will come out in the next couple of weeks after it has been localized.
Back in 2017, at the height of mainstream outrage over lockbox shenanigans, Belgium became one of the very first countries to take the problem seriously (instead of just passing the buck). The Belgian committee assigned to investigate concluded in November that “the mixing of money and addiction is gambling” and pledged to ban them.
Now, the country has effectively done just that. Its Gaming Commission spent several months investigating multiple games, ultimately finding that Overwatch, FIFA 18, and Counter Strike: Global Offensive are operating in violation of its laws specifically because of their lockbox mechanics.
Razum-dar also knows where to buy the best drinks because of course he does. Enjoy!