The Stream Team: Fourth day’s (hopefully) the charm for finishing Warframe’s Deadlock Protocol

As hard as it is for Massively OP's MJ to break away from the Heart of Deimos fun, she really needs to wrap up Warframe's Deadlock protocol. All that's left is the final boss fight. Can she power her way through tonight and defeat Protea? Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. for (hopefully) the final final showdown. What: Warframe Who: MJ...

Torchlight III has pushed out gifts for alpha testers, even if you tested Torchlight Frontiers

We're inching close to Torchlight III's inevitable launch announcement here, but in the meantime, PWE and Ectra Games have been patching up the beta. The latest patch follows up on last week's mainline update, chiefly fixing bugs. "A quick hotfix this morning to address a few bugs that went out with the “Update for Dummies” patch last Tuesday....

ArcheAge Unchained promises changes to Marketplace and ArchePass items that avoid pay-to-win territory

Gamigo, in coordination with XLGames, is promising to take ArcheAge Unchained player feedback to heart regarding items in the Marketplace and as part of the ArchePass. In a general breakdown of the team's plans, the post promises that there will be efforts to avoid pay-to-win items, noting that their definition of such items as something that gives...
The shine is off.

Astellia Online expands its one-year anniversary event beyond buffs with login rewards

Were you afraid that Astellia Online would celebrate a year since it launched in North America with nothing more than a passive buff to all characters? If so, you were wrong! It's also celebrating by following that buff with a bunch of bonus items that you get for staying logged into the game for a while. This is... perhaps...
Eat it, eat it, put it in your mouth and eat it.

Star Wars: The Old Republic previews the Feast of Prosperity on the test server

Clearly, what a a galaxy far, far away needs for players are more seasonal events. The Feast of Prosperity is the next annual recurring event for Star Wars: The Old Republic, complete with weekly story content alongside new daily and weekly missions and new minigames. And you can try it out now on the test server, although we...

The Elder Scrolls Online starts the collective countdown for the Lost Treasures of Skyrim

No one ever seems to have much interest in uncovering found treasures. That is probably explained by the premise, really; once the treasure is found, it's unlikely to be difficult to locate. But for the Lost Treasures of Skyrim event in The Elder Scrolls Online, finding Antiquities buried hither and yon will help unlock additional treasures for everyone so long...
Oh, a thing!

Neverwinter is boosting the drop rates of premium items in dungeons

There is a bit of a problem with the premium items that can be awarded at the end of dungeons in Neverwinter. For example, you may be looking at that first line and wondering what the heck it's talking about, because the drops are so uncommon that they are scarcely even spoken of in legends. That would be the...

Boundless introduces new sovereign and creative worlds, celebrates second birthday

There's already a fair amount of creative freedom in the voxelbox of Boundless, but as of the most recent update that freedom has extended to entire planets with the arrival of sovereign worlds and creative worlds, both of which allow players to form their own planets in the game's universe. Sovereign worlds sound pretty much like what a...
Guns out, additional guns out.

Bless Unleashed launches for PS4 on October 22, with preorder packs live now

The Bless IP never seems to give up, and so it is with the Bless Unleashed PS4 version. We knew it was coming, of course, following the game's launch on Xbox One earlier this year and the PS4 closed beta, but as of today, we know it's officially launching this fall. "Bless Unleashed™ is set to...

Yikes… WoW’s Khadgar server accidentally sent characters back to Mists of Pandaria levels

Time travel isn't unknown in World of Warcraft, but usually when players experience it there, it's a thrilling adventure to other eras. However, some players on the game's Khadgar server experienced a much less fun version of time travel this week as they logged in to find that their characters were de-leveled back to 80 or 90 --...

Blade & Soul’s Cosmic Horizon update goes live today — here are the patch notes

It's time for the Lyn to unleash star-powered hell on the foes of the Earthen Realm. This isn't the only thing that's been added with the launch of today's Cosmic Horizon update to Blade & Soul, but it's certainly among the top items in the recently released patch notes and update overview. The overview hearkens back to update...

Book of Travels promises gameplay footage this fall, delays early access to Q2 2021

Book of Travels effectively took Massively OP's most anticipated award last year, especially since the game that tied with it no longer really exists. It came almost out of nowhere in 2019 with a Kickstarter promising a painterly and weird and creative roleplaying sandbox MMO experience, and it was gobbled up by MMO players hungry for something...
Into the unknown.

Perfect Ten: Why do players keep playing MMOs they hate?

Hating your recreation is an oddly common hobby for a lot of people. It's not universal, of course, but after any given new game releases you don't have to search long to find people who hate it and will loudly tell you how bad it is now that they've played 80 hours of it. A new movie is out?...

Black Desert dates O’dyllita release for October 7, adds Garmoth’s Nest to the Red Battlefield and new events

It's all about the PC version of Black Desert in this week's bundle of news and updates from the game, so if you're a player of the MMORPG on the platform, there's lots to dig in to. First off, there's an official launch date for the O'dyllita region: Wednesday, October 7th. There's a video and some music showcasing...
Want to dig the depth.

World of Warcraft developers discuss endgame loot tables, Chris Metzen acknowledges Warcraft movie sequel rumor

The endgame mechanics for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands are still under a degree of scrutiny by players, to the point that the developers have taken a moment on the official forums to outline the overall philosophy at work for loot tables and how the three structured reward paths (M+, top-end raiding, and ranked PvP) are meant to provide...

No Man’s Sky adds new planets, biomes, creatures, weather, locations, and items in today’s Origins update

Yes, that headline has a lot of things broken up by a lot of commas, but it should effectively illustrate the number of things added to No Man's Sky with the release of the Origins update, which has not added anything as unique as, say, a spaceship that's also an organism but has added a whole bunch...

MMO Business Roundup: Morhaime is back with Dreamhaven, plus NCsoft’s parking lot and Epic’s Manticore ambitions

Welcome back to another quick roundup of video game industry news relevant to MMOs and MMO fans! The Morhaimes: When Mike Morhaime announced he was leaving Blizzard just two years ago, there was plenty of speculation about what he'd do next, especially since it appeared his resignation wasn't the most voluntary thing ever. Today, he and wife Amy Morhaime have...

Hellgate: London’s rogue server schedules its beta for Halloween

In terms of online video game resurrections, Hellgate: London seemed like it was going for the world record at one point. The infamous Flagship ARPG has seen more deaths and comebacks than your average superhero -- and there's at least one more to come, thanks to a group of player volunteers who are attempting to get a...

Lord of the Rings Online begins testing War of the Three Peaks DLC, and yes, boar mounts are high-price bundle perks

The big fall update for Lord of the Rings Online -- newly promoted to "mini-expansion" status with an accompanied price tag -- is now on the Bullroarer test server for players to evaluate. This initial preview for War of the Three Peaks is only available until this Thursday and includes several changes to the Guardian class, a virtue...

The Daily Grind: Are you planning to buy a next-gen console?

So at this point, we've now seen PlayStation 5 preorders go live, in a clusterfudge Sony has already apologized for, and we've seen Xbox Series S and X preorders go live, which in spite of shade for Sony from Microsoft still managed to be a bit of a disaster yesterday. Would-be Xbox buyers lamented queues, instant...