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World of Warcraft releases patch 8.2.5 on September 24th

Well, the betting pool for the patch day for World of Warcraft's 8.2.5 has now closed, and people who had "next week" have won! Those people who picked "two weeks" have lost, and the guy who answered "July 43rd" has now definitely lost even more so than before. Yes, the next major patch arrives on September 24th,...

The Stream Team: Ambling into Astellia Online’s head start

If you like getting ahead, and you like Astellia Online, then today was made for you. The new MMO begins the first of its head starts now, and Massively OP's MJ has been waiting with legendary pack owners for the doors to open. After the troubles from earlier today, will she have to pick the lock and pry them...
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Betawatch: PlanetSide Arena hits early access to a resounding shrug

The early access for PlanetSide Arena has begun after the game showed off its weaponry. And the results? Players agree that it is definitely... present! You can load it on your computer. If you want, you could probably even play it. That is not exactly a good reaction for a new game in early access, no. Other...
Daunting punch.

Dauntless previews the punchy nature of Aether Strikers

Go ahead and get your falcon punch memes out of your system because the newest weapon in Dauntless is going to let you deliver a flurry of solid punches to enormous monsters in order to slay them. That's it. That's the concept. We are entering a bold new era of just punching giant monsters to death, and...
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The Division 2 releases a sweeping set of balance changes on its test server

The next major patch for The Division 2 is scheduled for release in October, which means that the game is running out of time for testing things. So you can understand why the latest build for the test server has also rolled out a big chunk of changes that make significant adjustments to overall balance. For example,...
An otter one bites the dust?

Ashes of Creation previews the lore and creation of its adorable otter mount

Who doesn't love an adorable otter? Maniacs, that's who. And if you get yourself an adorable otter that can also carry you on its back, like the tidebreaker mount on display for Ashes of Creation, then that's just the best of all possible worlds. The latest development dispatch on the official site details the lore surrounding the...

Dota 2 issues decades-long bans against bad actors and account violators

As I understand it, most MOBAs are unfriendly places, especially the larger ones like Dota 2. In an announcement made by Valve in a dev blog related to matchmaking updates, things may get a whole lot friendlier thanks to a reportedly huge ban waves issued against the MOBA's most toxic of players. The bans in question are threefold:...

Warframe delivers updates and improvements to Arbitration Alerts

Arbitrations, which are a type of Warframe Alert offered by the Arbiters of Hexis, have apparently gotten a bit of fine tuning. A developer thread posted in the game's official forums earlier this week provided patch notes for a hotfix that hopes to make Arbitrations more satisfying to play. For one thing, Excavation mission types were found...
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Star Trek Online patches in improved rewards for daily patrols

If you feel like you're just not getting enough from going on patrol in Star Trek Online before today, apparently the designers agreed. The latest patch for the game (a quick followup to the major Awakening update) has increased rewards for patrol missions run for the first time in the day. Twice as many marks will...

The Envoys of Avalon Equinox event has returned to the Secret World Legends

So technically, the first day of fall this year for those of us up in the Northern Hemisphere is Monday, but that means nothing when it's still scorching hot and we still can't don our boots and flannel, so why not just start the equinox events early? That's precisely what Secret World Legends is doing, as the limited-time...

Gamigo just delayed ArcheAge Unchained – and Shadows Revealed – to October 15

On its afternoon livestream today, Gamigo announced that it's delaying the release of ArcheAge Unchained to October 15th. It was originally scheduled for September 30th. Unchained is a buy-to-play "legacy" version of the game that is committed to a clean experience free of pay-to-win. Gamigo also reiterated during the stream that there will not be any labor potions...

Steam users in France should be allowed to resell their games according to French court ruling

The Union fédérale des consommateurs (Federal Union of Consumers or UFC Que Choisir), a French consumer group, has been pursuing litigation against Valve over several clauses in the Steam Subscriber Agreement to determine if purchasing games on the platform means users should be allowed to resell those games under EU law. Yesterday, the District Court of Paris passed down...

PlanetSide Arena shores up early access bugs as Steam reviews hit ‘mixed’

Credit where credit's due, the folks at PlanetSide Arena appear to be on top of their game in terms of keeping major issues with the large-scale battle royale shooter at bay. Shortly after a Reddit post noted some serious bugs were on the developers' radar, a hotfix was kicked out to mitigate at least most of...
Through the fire and the flames

WoW (Classic) Factor: The journal of Nieve Vinther – third entry

The past two weeks have been... frustrating. This frustration is not solely down to the fact that my steps inevitably brought me close to the home of my parents despite my profound efforts to avoid visiting that farm, although it does not help. (That is, to be fair, getting ahead of myself.) Nor is it a matter of finding the people...

Path of Exile’s devs say its performance issues are down to ‘calculation complexity,’ not the engine

The word "performance" is being kicked around the Path of Exile community kind of a lot lately, but lest you think Grinding Gear Games is ignoring the din, the studio posted up a dev blog all about the game's performance issues last night to "reassure that is working on them." "What normally happens when you engage...

Here’s where Frontier stands on Elite Dangerous’ September patch bugfixing

In the wake of Elite Dangerous' September patch, which ostensibly added a new newbie tutorial and revamped the cash shop to use a new currency called ARX, Frontier has been furiously attacking a new round of bugs that cropped up thanks to the new code, even taking down the store at one point after the patch....

Astellia Online is launching into its first headstart tonight – are you playing?

If you picked up the Legendary Pack for Astellia Online, then launch day is tonight for you, as the headstart begins at 8 p.m. EDT. Owners of other packs will be trickling in over the course of the week, with Platinum packs on the 23rd, Gold packs on the 26th, and everyone else on the 27th. As...

Star Citizen nibbles on space rocks with a look at FPS mining

Last week, the video digest from Star Citizen was all about exploring caves and what you'd find within them such as mining deposits. So it would perhaps stand to reason that this week's video is all about just how mining those deposits will work from a first-person perspective. FPS mining operates similarly to mining from the cockpit of...

Legends of Aria implements optional premium sub, drops base game price permanently

If you remember the beginning of 2019 - yes, it's been like 100 years this year, but try - you'll recall that the Legends of Aria community was in uproar over the then-newly installed in-game store and what players perceived were pay-to-win items. Citadel Studios walked back the changes with a plan for a different model....

Police nab WoW Classic DDOS suspect who tanked the game earlier this month

World of Warcraft players -- especially those in WoW Classic -- should still remember the highly annoying DDoS attacks that hit the game on the weekend of September 7th. The good news is that police have apparently caught the suspect who kept bringing servers down and degrading gameplay performance. "Immediately after the distributed denial of service...

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