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This week we have stories and videos from TERA, Master X Master, Eternal Crusade, Warface, Portal Knights, MapleStory, Crash Force, Drone, Neverwinter, Elsword, EVE Online, Warframe, Final Fantasy XIV, EverQuest II, World of Warships, Path of Exile, and Eternal Crusade, all waiting for you after the break!
Back in January, Crytek announced that its F2P online shooter Warface
would be globally published by My.com
in the west beginning in February — yep, that’s the same My.com that runs Revelation Online
. The idea was that Crytek would be able to “focus on the development aspect” and work on content while My.com would take over player accounts and game distribution.
How did it go? Apparently to plan: Warface’s first big content patch since the transition rolled out today. Called Icebreaker, the update includes a new storyline, new baddies, new weapons, new achievements, “improved loading times,” and of course, the co-op “Icebreaker” mission itself.
The launch trailer is tucked down below.
Crytek F2P online shooter Warface is busy celebrating its third birthday with a super twitchy trailer and a round of new content for players.
“In Operation Black Shark, players infiltrate a gargantuan skyscraper which is being constructed by Blackwood, the military arm of a cabal of supranational corporations,” declares the press release. “Fighting as part of an elite squad dispatched by Warface – the special-operation forces formed to oppose Blackwood – players must battle hard, smart, and as a team to work their way through each enemy-flooded floor before bringing the tower down. Gamers will take on Blackwood’s finest troops, lead-spitting automatic turrets, and a relentless horde of cyborg warriors in an all-action tower raid that demands players evolve their tactics on the fly. The new Special Operation arrives in a game update today, which also adds new achievements for players to unlock and weapons to use in-game.”
Crytek says Black Shark marks the title’s 37th “major game update.” Dang. That trailer is below.
While developer Crytek is well known in the MMO world for developing the engine that powers games such as ArcheAge and Star Citizen, the studio has seen a lot of success over the years with its own games. Far Cry and Crysis proved popular with shooter fans in the past, and in 2013 Crytek released a new online first person shooter named Warface. Developed by Crytek Kiev, the free-to-play title has received mainly positive reviews and features both standard lobby-based multiplayer gameplay and co-op missions designed for up to five players.
This week Warface has released a new Earth Shaker mission set in a geothermal power plant inside a massive volcano. Teams of up to five are tasked with stopping the insidious Blackwood corporation from activating a Seismic Activity Generator superweapon that will cause earthquakes around the world, because apparently that’s what super-villains do! The patch comes with a series of new weapon skins and achievements, along with the usual bug fixes. For a peek at what you’ll find inside Blackwood’s fortress, check out the Earth Shaker trailer below.
Descent: Underground has passed the 50% mark on its Kickstarter campaign and promised to add singleplayer to the title but has only four days left to secure over $200,000 US. Path of Exile pulled a hilarious April Fools’ Day prank on players and revealed details of its upcoming Act 4 update, including the highly requested loot filter feature. League of Legends ran the 2015 URFitational tournament as part of its April Fools’ Day celebrations and unbanned reformed professional player Nicolaj Jensen.
Blizzard revealed details of Diablo III‘s upcoming third game season, including season-exclusive legendary items and achievements. Nosgoth got a huge update with a new map called The Crucible and a system for punishing people who quit games early. SMITE released its Written in Stone patch along with iconic new hero Medusa, the Gorgon. Star Citizen passed $78 million in crowdfunding this week and released its monthly progress report for March. And Heroes of the Storm‘s $450,000 college scholarship tournament got off to a shaky start as some teams didn’t bother showing up for their matches and others were unable to report their match results.
Read on for a detailed breakdown of all the above stories and more news from the wider world of online games.