How do you represent a boss who has power over time? Because the Grand Magistrix has power over time. The obvious answer is that you will be traveling back and forth in time during the fight. Playing a Paladin? Enjoy trying to deal damage with your abilities from the base game. Playing a Monk? Congratulations, now you don’t exist because it’s Cataclysm. Warlock? Well, that seems fine, but it’s going to be less fun when she turns the clock ahead to the twelfth expansion when your class is constantly on fire.
Or maybe it’ll just be slowdown fields and stuff, I don’t know.
Anyway, this week’s installment of What Are You Playing is here, and while I’ll be watching a bunch of BlizzCon streams for your edification, the rest of the overpowered crew has other plans! Check them out just below, and let us know what you’re going to be up to down in the comments.
It’s been about a year since we first heard of Overwatch at last year’s BlizzCon. Since then, the beta has kicked off, and as of Tuesday, 82,000 matches had been played with an average length of about 7 minutes. But you don’t have to be limited to playing on your PC, as today’s panel and opening ceremonies confirmed that the game is coming to consoles. Developers have stated that Xbox, PlayStation, and PC players will be on separate servers rather than being stuck in the same pool.
Players can now purchase the game’s Origin Edition, which includes five special skins for existing heroes from earlier in their histories and an assortment of bonuses for other titles. Diablo III players will gain a pair of Mercy-style wings, StarCraft II players gain portraits, Hearthstone gets a new cardback, and World of Warcraft players get a baby Winston pet. Meanwhile, Heroes of the Storm players can look forward to Tracer joining the game’s lineup, although she’s very early in development.
Three new heroes were also on display. Mei is a climatologist wielding an ice gun and armored in a heavy parka, serving as a defensive character. Genji is Hanzo’s brother, an offense-oriented character with high mobility and lethal sword strikes in melee range. D. Va is a former pro gamer, piloting a mech and able to jump out of her mech when necessary. You can check out videos and screenshots below.
It’s interesting to watch the progress of Asta as a title. The game shut down rather quickly in its native country, but it has entered its first closed beta in the US and is hoping to do better this time around. That’s a bit of an odd pedigree, yes.
Hey, we’re deep in the throes of a convention this weekend, but there hasn’t been a whole lot of hard dates for betas. But there’s still new beta stuff going on this past week.
Oh, yes, and there is that whole long list just past the break for those who want even more stuff to watch for. Let us know if something skipped phases, launched, or… well, in one case, unexpectedly changed its name without us noticing. Seriously, who does that?
Check them out, and let us know if something has changed without us noticing. It happens from time to time.
How would you like to team up with another player to play a hero in Heroes of the Storm? That’s the central idea behind Cho’Gall, one of the new heroes being added to the game. Cho’Gall requires one player to take control of the physical “Cho” head to move the character around and punch things, while the other player takes control of “Gall” to cast spells and serve as a ranged assassin. He’s playable even if both players aren’t well coordinated, but he definitely becomes much stronger when both players are working together.
He’s also impossible to buy – Cho’Gall is being offered to a select group of players (including BlizzCon attendees) and can subsequently be unlocked by playing him in matches with players who do not yet have him (or purchased later, says Blizzard’s official site — thanks to Dengar for that tip!). Play two matches with Cho’Gall with someone who lacks Cho’Gall and Cho’Gall is unlocked.
The development team also showed off Genn Greymane and Lunara the Dryad, two new heroes playing around with ranged characters who move in and out of range. There’s also the new Arena gameplay mode, offering a choice of three random heroes to play in a 5v5 format, and the new Towers of Doom map with a different approach to area control. Check out preview screenshots and video just below.
There’s an expansion in the works for World of Warcraft. That’s not news. It’s the details of that expansion that fans have been anxiously awaiting ever since the expansion was first announced in August. Now that BlizzCon is here, we’re finally getting more details, and just for the heck of it we thought we’d go ahead and liveblog the revelations for y’all. A couple people are probably interested in that, right?
Update: The liveblog is over, but you can still backtrack through the comments and take a look at our recap in the post below. While everyone could watch the opening ceremony, this one is exclusive to virtual ticket holders, so cast your eyes down below and get a look at what Legion has to offer.
Good news, Path of Exile fans: The next expansion for the game hasn’t been announced, but it has been announced that it’s going to be announced. Soon, anyhow; the expansion announcement is currently planned for the end of the month, while details of the next major content patch is planned for the end of next week. So if you’ve chewed through everything the game has to offer and have been biting your nails waiting for more, you can take heart that you’ll soon know what you’ve been waiting for.
According to Grinding Gear, the expansion is planned to launch within the first quarter of 2016. A new race season has also kicked off if you need a bit of extra gameplay to carry you through to the announcement date. But don’t worry – new stuff is coming, and it’s coming soon.
Roads can deteriorate, statues crumble, castles collapse, and books are lost. But legacies persist. A redesign for Crowfall‘s website plays up the idea that each player of the game will need to choose a legacy, not in the sense of a mechanical decision but in pursuit of the game’s major design goals. The idea is explained in more depth in a news post on the official site outlining the three categories of glory, wealth, and power.
Glory is all about defeating enemies, taking control of territory, and making use of the fact that the non-eternal part of the game can be won before things reset once again. Wealth, of course, is about acquiring items, driving the economy, and hoarding resources. Power, last but not least, is all about acquiring allies over time, being feared and respected, and having oaths of fealty allowing you to direct armies in the game. Major design revelations are promised in December, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to give some thought to your own legacy before you start playing the game.
You know a major patch is coming for Final Fantasy XIV
when the patch notes are out and the patch is still a few days away. Yes, the preliminary patch notes for patch 3.1 are out now
, with previews of all the new features being added to the game in the first major post-expansion patch. There are new hairstyles, there are new furnishings, there are new dyes… and if you want, there are also new dungeons and major new storyline elements to explore. If you’re into that, at least.
As always, these notes serve only as a preliminary outline, with certain information intentionally omitted such as the new item recipes. However, it’s more than enough for players to have a clearer picture of how all of the new content will play with what’s already in-game, along with uplifting promises like more readily accessible upgrade tokens for level 50 gear. Check out the full set of patch notes and get ready for the patch on November 10th.
BlizzCon is starting up later today, but a couple of leaks are already making the rounds. World of Warcraft players poking around the structure of the Battle.net site allegedly uncovered a background image revealing a launch date for Legion on or before September 21st, 2016, which would give fans eagerly anticipating the next release a date to look toward at least.
The image itself is no longer acccessible on the game’s site, which could mean that it’s a hoax or it could mean that someone caught the goof. Players who pre-order are also promised access to Demon Hunters ahead of launch. With the opening ceremonies of the convention a few hours away, we’ll likely learn more once Blizzard says a few official words on the subject.
It’s go time tomorrow: BlizzCon is almost here, and I’m going to be liveblogging my way through most of the event. And boy, it’s coming at an interesting time, what with the game officially declaring that it will no longer announce subscription numbers in the same year that the game has lost about 45% of its subscriber base.
I could write a whole column on that, sure, but it would mostly be 1200 words about the simple fact that the Powers That Be realizing how bad the news looks even when the financial falloff isn’t as bad as it may appear. But to be quite honest, what’s far more interesting to me is what needs to happen over the next couple of days, and I’m penning this now so we can all argue about whether or not BlizzCon delivered after it’s all over. So what do we need to see about Legion to serve as a much-needed boost to World of Warcraft player morale?
The first post-expansion patch for Final Fantasy XIV
goes live on November 10th, but you’d better get in all of your gameplay before then. All game servers are going down for maintenance on November 9th at 4:00 a.m. EST
, coming back online on November 10th. With the usual allowance for possible extended maintenance, naturally.
Why the 24-hour downtime? It’s unclear – that could mean new housing districts, extra information to be imported to the game’s databases, or just the nature of working with the post-expansion game. Whatever the case, you’ll need to finish up your pre-patch preparations before the end of Sunday. There are also some new screenshots and artwork for the patch just below to help tide you over.
At the risk of being presumptuous, we think it’s a fair statement that most people who enjoy playing online games prefer being able to actually log in and play those games. No one likes staring at a maintenance screen and not playing. The team behind Trove knows that the game has had an unexpected amount of recent maintenance downtime, and a dispatch to the community makes it clear that the developers want to correct this issue with database maintenance.
How will that help? Because Trion believes that Trove‘s chief extant issue on the back end is the fact that it has a big database system that’s just too big and unwieldy for what the game is trying to do. Says the studio,
So you’ve been playing MapleStory for a while, but when you convinced your friends to start playing, they all wound up playing on a different world than you play on. Now you’re too high-level to start over, but they’re all on the Awesome World while you’re stuck on Loser World where your only traveling companions are bots and Cletus the Rat Farmer. Good news, though; the World Leap event is arriving on November 12th, giving players a chance to transfer from one world to another.
Transferring worlds requires your character to start out at level 33 or higher before November 12th. The transfers are expected to be quick and only require a logout to be finished; said transfers cannot be cancelled once started. Most character information is copied in the move, although link skills, Dalair’s medals, account-shared quests, guilds, and a few other details will not be transferred between worlds. You also cannot move worlds if your character is married. Otherwise, you can feel free to hop to a new world and see if it’s any better where your friends are.
And maybe you can ask Cletus to move, too. You actually would miss his rat farm discussions.