More and more MMOs are offering sales and events during the coronavirus pandemic

    
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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, MMOs and other MMO-adjacent games and studios continue to react, bringing their staffs home and offering bonuses to players. To wit:

  • Revelation Online has granted players a free bundle with 30 days of premium service, boosts, and 1400 bonus aurum.
  • Trove is increasing drop rates for things like companion eggs, mount talismans, and dragon fragments through April 7th.
  • Champions Online is running double experience for the next few weeks.
  • You’re also looking at a Star Trek Online double expies weekend.
  • Neverwinter is running double drops on some currencies.
  • There’s a huge cantina crawl in SWG Legends this weekend.
  • The staff of Corepunk, shown in the header above, switched to working-from-home.
  • So did Gameforge over in Europe.
  • And DC Universe Online has brought back open episodes.

“We know DCUO can be a way to escape or distract from hard times, and we know playing can be a great way to stay connected with friends from the comfort and safety of our own homes,” the DCUO team at Daybreak writes. “For the team, there is an elevated sense of meaning and passion about what we do right now. If we can make anyone’s next few weeks easier, that’s important to us on an entirely different level. That’s why we remain (safely) hard at work on our upcoming episode (Birds of Prey), so you can enjoy it as soon as possible, and that’s why we’re rolling out bonus WEEKS for the foreseeable future.”

If you spy more events not covered here or in our past roundups (down below), feel free to drop them in the comments for everyone to benefit from.

A few other notable news bits:

  • Destiny 2 company Bungie, which is based in Seattle and had to react to the virus’ spread earlier than many studios in the US, released a letter aimed at encouraging players, employees, and other businesses to adopt best practices for staying safe and sane.
  • The New Zealand Game Festival has been postponed until April 2021; the event’s game awards will still take place as an online venture.
  • GameStop has come under fire for insisting on keeping its stores open during the pandemic (though canceling midnight launches and other events), while providing employees insufficient cleaning supplies to protect themselves and their stores and customers. “We just got off a conference call about an hour ago saying that we will be staying open our normal business hours no matter what the states are mandating,” a store manager reportedly told Polygon. Other employees expressed dismay over the continuing emphasis on sales of things like trade-in devices over safety. Yikes.

And in more light-hearted news:

Some MMOs have gone on sale too, including The Crew 2, Xsyon, Boundless, and Red Dead Redemption 2. EA is currently selling The Sims 4 for five bucks on Origin, which might help keep your kids happy for a bit.

Please be safe out there, everyone, wherever you are. This is no joke.

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Tanek

LOTRO and DDO can be added to the list.

In addition to a few other things, all quests and dungeons (including those in expansions) are open to all players through the end of April
https://www.ddo.com/en/friends

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TheDefensior

It’s nothing new for the current situation, but Guild Wars 2 is also having their March Sale this month. A different gem shop item is being discounted each day for 24 hours.

Though bag slot sales have already been and gone, there’s probably still going to be a sale on bank slots someday soon… hopefully… :)

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Sleepy

Gamestop management need to get a bloody grip. Well worth a read, reminds me of the final days of blockbuster video:

https://www.polygon.com/2020/2/19/21132128/gamestop-employees-report-extreme-pressure-desperate-bosses

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Bryan Correll

It’s frankly amazing that Gamestop hasn’t already gone belly up.

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Sleepy

I thought XBox Game Pass would be the final nail in the coffin to be honest. But the lack of leadership is quite astonishing. It’s like someone’s just invented the car, and their response is to run themselves into the ground trying to breed faster horses.

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rayraycharlie

Not the conventional MMO, but iRacing is partnering with several professional drivers and leagues to host virtual races of the cancelled races this weekend. IMSA and NASCAR are the ones that I’m sure of so good on them.

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2Ton Gamer

I’ll tell you who isn’t having a sale – LOTRO, one of the most ridiculously priced MMO’s for it’s age out there.

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Blake

My friend started playing again last week so I was trying to figure out what I’d need to buy to join him. I haven’t played the game since 65 was the max level, and boy it seems like it’ll be expensive — somewhere near $100-120 I think to get to the current game expansions. Plus of course VIP.

Will probably be a hard pass.

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TheDefensior

I don’t disagree that LOTRO is on the pricier end of things especially considering its age. But as someone who’s still having fun levelling my first character on and off, I did want to suggest that if you take the game at a leisurely pace (and I’d say it rewards doing so) you can get a bundle of the first four LOTRO expansions for $17, taking you up to Riders of Rohan. That much content alone will absolutely give you several months of entertainment before you decide whether to continue your adventure.

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Blake

Odd, I show the four pack as $39.99 on the LOTRO site — goes up to Rohan like you mentioned. It’ll be $140 for me to get current, which just seems quite high to me.

It’s more about joining him in playing, which if I recall right would be around the level 100 content (think that’s where he’s currently at), more than just dipping my toes in by myself.

I know I don’t want to run through Moria again, so no new characters for me! :) Did not like that xpac at all after the couple of characters I took through it! :)

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2Ton Gamer

There are ways to do it cheaper and the 4 pack is on other sites for the low price NOT Lotro’s market and are safe to buy from.

Ask around on Reddit for ways to play cheaper as well. there’s some good posts out there. If you like old-school MMO’s it can be worth it if you play for longer than a year more. If not I would suggest just subbing until you get to 50 because you won’t need an expansion until then and by then your friend can get somewhat of an idea if they want to invest more.

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Blake

Well I guess LOTRO heard me, just announced most of their content is free through the end of April.

Now I have no excuse … :)