MMO Week in Review: Guild Wars 2 specs and traits – April 26, 2015

    
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MMO Week in Review: Guild Wars 2 specs and traits – April 26, 2015

Were you too busy gaming this week to pay attention to MMO news? Get caught up every Sunday evening with Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review!

This week, ArenaNet finally unveiled just how Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns’ revamped specialization and trait system will work. Massively OP’s own Tina Lauro posted her experiences with the game’s Stronghold PvP, and the studio further promoted its ongoing e-sports efforts.

Fancy classic Guild Wars instead? It’s in the midst of its 10th anniversary celebrations. Happy birthday!

Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES
Elder Scrolls Online’s PS4 beta starts tomorrow - If for some reason you want to play Elder Scrolls Online on a console (I dunno, maybe you hate UI mods and bleeding edge graphics?), you don't have much longer to wait. ZeniMax's themepark MMO officially…
The Secret World’s Issue 11 is launching on May 6 - The Secret World's Issue 11 content now has a release date. Lead designer Romain Amiel tweeted the news this afternoon, so mark your calendars if you're a fan of Funcom's horror-conspiracy MMO. Issue 11 drops on May…
WildStar’s Zero to Fifty livestream goes on hiatus - Carbine is closing down WildStar's Zero to Fifty livestream show, at least temporarily. Community and creative content manager Tony Rey posted briefly on the forums and said that Carbine will "re-evaluate and improve our current content…
Crowfall reaches its graphics programmer stretch goal - Like many big crowdfunded projects, Crowfall didn't stop reaching for stretch goals just because the game's main Kickstarter project ended. The project has hit its first post-Kickstarter stretch goal this week, so the team will be…
Warcraft movie delayed once again - If you were making plans to head to theaters in March of next year to see the Warcraft film as soon as it opened, your plans were apparently rather premature. Not just because that's 11 months…
Jacobs elaborates on spirit pets in Camelot Unchained - Camelot Unchained's Mark Jacobs has posted a Thursday afternoon update that's basically required reading if you're a fan of the fantasy RvR title. He talks about a whole bunch of stuff including last week's successful 24-hour…
Take a look at Landmark’s overhauled landmasses - Landmark's landmasses are getting a major facelift in the sandbox's last big wipe coming up next week. Not only are more biomes (underwater, volcanic, and deciduous) being introduced with their own unique flora, materials, and props,…
Disney’s Club Penguin suffers layoffs - Club Penguin may not be one of the first games you think about when it comes to virtual worlds, but that's kind of a blind spot; the title has been operating now in the family-friendly market for…
SWTOR ‘Fallen Empire’ teaser prompts expansion rumors - [AL:TOR]The team behind Star Wars: The Old Republic posted a single image with a simple hashtag: #FallenEmpire. No further explanation or extrapolation was offered. You can check out the image yourself on the official site at…
Koster on Star Wars Galaxies’ dynamic world - Raph Koster isn't done talking about Star Wars Galaxies yet, and that's good news for fans, aspiring designers, or really anyone who realizes that MMORPGs can do more. Koster's latest blog post focuses on Galaxies' dynamic world,…
Anarchy Online overhauls its world and professions - Anarchy Online is deploying patch 18.7.0 to the live servers on Tuesday, but if you play the game, you'll probably want to look at the patch notes now. Seriously, there's a lot of stuff going on…
Heroes of the Storm launches June 2nd - On May 19th, Heroes of the Storm goes into open beta testing, allowing everyone in the world to download and play the Blizzard crossover MOBA with no further restrictions. On June 2nd, the game goes live,…
Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV’s big finale - [AL:FFXIV]Let me warn you upfront: If you have not yet finished the last major story patch of Final Fantasy XIV and you want to make sure not to see or read any spoilers, please, do not read…
THIS WEEK’S STREAMS
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camelotcrusade
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camelotcrusade

I can’t stop staring at that outfit on the Norn in the header.  After seeing so many bare-chested-yet-nipple-obscuring outfits on female fantasy characters, this one just hurts so good.  Also, bonus points for extra buttons in case the all-important nipple covers should have a wardrobe malfunction.  He’s got spares.

RooWoods
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RooWoods

Although Elder Scrolls in my main mmo at the moment I am looking forward to this expansion . Hope we see many more buy to play mmos in the future . Crowfall sounds like it has potential and hopefully Wildstar will join the buy to play club soon .

jsmooth1
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jsmooth1

GW2’s new expansion has me hyped enough that I re-installed the game. Now, let’s see if I can get to lvl 80 on my Ranger before it’s released. I want to see what teh drood looks like o.0

Nordavind
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Nordavind

Dystopiq *suspicious stare* What about my heart?

Dystopiq
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Dystopiq

Heart of Norns!

Siphaed
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Siphaed

RicharddeLeonIII 
Man-boobs for the win?

RicharddeLeonIII
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RicharddeLeonIII

Pic isnt helping that i read the title as Guild Wars 2 ‘Pecs’….

DavidHuberman
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DavidHuberman

Upon reading your article about AO, I created an account and played for the first time since 2007. It’s still an EXCELLENT game with a steep learning curve and little-to-no hand holding. Two thumbs up for a non-vanilla, challenging MMORPG.