Patches & Expansions Category

We’re not even going to try to sort out the patches from the updates from the iterations from the campaigns and expansions and expanshalones. If it’s something going into an MMO that’s already out, it lands in this category! [Follow this category’s RSS feed]

Final Fantasy XIV opens up Heavensward preorders on Steam and consoles

If you’re playing Final Fantasy XIV on Steam, the wait for Heavensward has been a bit difficult, as there’s been no clear method for pre-ordering the expansion. Players were told that a separate expansion purchase could not be applied to a Steam client, which meant waiting until the expansion was available on the client. The good news is that players can now pre-order on Steam, getting both the pre-order code for Early Access and the full code for when the expansion goes live.

Players on the consoles should also be happy that the digital pre-order option is now available through the PlayStation Store, so you can go the “no physical media” route there as well. The development team has also posted a new lore entry on the main site, but it’s just news that players watching the expansion site saw about a month ago.

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Ascent adds ‘full disembark’ to colonies, lots more

Have you been keeping up with Ascent: The Space Game lately? I haven’t, and shame on me because an interesting round of updates hit the sci-fi sandbox title over the past week. One of the more notable feature adds is the ability to fully disembark from your ship at colonies. “Now you can travel around the transport grid network of your colony, meet your own colonists at an entertainment center, and even hire them as crew or to fly ships with you,” developer Fluffy Kitten Studios says in its Steam notes.

The dev team has also fixed a laundry list of bugs and upgraded to a new version of the Unity game engine.

Source: Steam; thanks ageofmyth!

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Heroes & Generals’ Vasilevsky patch tweaks melee and adds assault team morale

Reto-Moto has updated its Heroes & Generals FPS with the Vasilevsky update. The patch includes improved melee mechanics, optimized visual effects, weapon tweaks, and “deeper gameplay for generals with a new morale system for assault teams, new combat badges and ribbons, and much more,” according to a new press release.

The dev team has also released a seven-minute summary video for the patch. You can view it after the break.

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Tree of Life persecutes thieves and stymies griefers

Since landing on Steam early access last week, Tree of Life has been patching frequently and furiously. The team is not only working on the underlying hardware but also adding several features to make players feel safe and secure in this sandbox.

Now players can lock up their goods in an effort to thwart robbers. And if those thieves abscond with hard-earned materials? Why, they’ll find themselves branded a criminal (apparently, stealing didn’t trigger this before now). The team also fixed a bug that allowed the worst of the worst evil players to shed their criminal status by being bad for 600 hours.

Other changes that have arrived include improved walls to shut out griefers and a nerf to the destructive efforts of the wildlife.

Source: Steam #1, #2, #3. Thanks to Sorenthaz for the tip!

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EVE is getting a bunch of new ship skins this summer

CCP’s dev blogs are usually pretty wordy. It makes sense, given EVE Online’s complexity, but occasionally it’s nice to see some pretty pictures from the sci-fi sandbox title as opposed to walls of text.

Such is the case with today’s post featuring ship skins. Don’t fret because there’s some verbiage, too, but basically the take-away is that there are a lot of new ship skins coming to New Eden this summer and there are a lot of pretty pictures of said skins available for your perusal at the link below.

Source: Dev blog

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Marvel Heroes adds Doctor Doom, free heroes for everyone, and more

As I tried to log into Marvel Heroes this afternoon, I ran afoul of the 6 GB patch that Gazillion pushed out to Steam users today. Fortunately there’s a lot of good stuff in this update, including plenty of birthday gifts for you the player in celebration of the game’s anniversary month.

This week Gazillion is treating gamers to version 2.0 of the team-up system, the launch of Dr. Doom, permanent retcons, and more. Next week, everyone gets a free (pre-Doctor Doom) hero of his or her choice! You can read all the details via the patch notes.

Source: Forums

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Hyperspace Beacon: SWTOR Night Life and PvP changes coming soon

Two things are coming up in Star Wars: The Old Republic that I’d like to talk about. First, BioWare is bringing back the Night Life (Festival of Splendor) Event on Nar Shaddaa. It’s a gambling event where players can win different prizes by playing slot machines. Just as in real life, the house always wins, but I’ve got some tips on how to make the house a little less likely to clean you out.

Second, Alex Modny and Eric Musco talked to Bad Feeling Podcast about some very important changes that are coming to the PvP reward system that might entice some players to jump into PvP, especially ranked PvP. Let’s dive in.

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Champions Online is revamping its tutorial

If you ever felt let down or confused over Champions Online’s introductory experience, then the team would like to welcome you to try it again soon. Cryptic is hard at work revamping its tutorial experience, changing it to be themed as a virtual training exercise at the Ravenswood Academy. The Academy will also show up in the game world near the Renaissance Center.

“It’s the perfect time for us to take a fresh look at our tutorial and what new players experience in Champions Online,” Cryptic said. “We’re making some changes to provide better immersion, faster flow, reduced friction points, and clearer explanation of game mechanics.”

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Dungeons & Dragons Online demos the upcoming Warlock

In the context of the tabletop game that gives Dungeons & Dragons Online its name, a Warlock is a class defined by making a pact for power with some exceptional power. DDO simulates this by giving you laser beams that fire out of your hands. That’s admittedly glossing over the details (they’re actually more like orbs than laser beams), but if you want information on the class, you can just jump down to watch the class in action for an hour.

Yes, the most recent livestream from the game’s developers covered the Warlock extensively, focusing on what the class can do and how players can make the most of it. Best of all, you don’t have to make any dark pacts in order to see it in all of its pew-pewing glory; just hop on down and start watching the archived stream.

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Guild Wars 2 unveils the leafy goodness of the Revenant’s Ventari legend

After a few days of teases, another legend has been formally revealed for Guild Wars 2‘s upcoming Revenant profession, and it’s all about healing. Yes, these dark knights of the Mist have a Legend that’s devoted to being a beacon of health. It makes sense when you consider it’s a legend based around the venerated centaur Ventari, considered a spiritual ancestor by the Sylvari. Plus, you get to heal people by smacking other people in the face with a staff, so that’s satisfying.

The new melee utility-based nature of the staff is meant to go along with the Ventari legend, but the Legend itself centers around summoning and making use of Ventari’s Tablet. Players have to summon the tablet first when the Legend is assumed, at which point the tablet can be directed from point to point, healing allies it passes over and creating defensive barriers. Check out some screenshots of all this in action just below, and take a look at the full article for more details in getting some legendary healing into your Revenant.

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Leaderboard: Which mounts would you like to see in The Secret World?

Funcom’s mount patch for The Secret World went live earlier today, and while we’ve talked a lot about the motorcycle in recent days, the new functionality got me to thinking about what else the devs might have up their sleeve.

What about watercraft? Or hang-gliders? Or skateboards? Pogo-sticks? It could happen. What kinds of mounts would you like to see? Vote after the cut and keep in mind that you can select more than one choice!

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Aion’s Upheaval begins on June 17th

At a time when players are leery of being nickle-and-dimed, Aion is releasing yet another completely free expansion. Also known as patch 4.8, Upheaval launches in just two weeks on June 17th for all players, opening up Cygnea and Enshar, two brand-new zones filled with equally new creatures and quests. This expansion also introduces two raid instances (Stonespear Reach and Drakensipre Depths) as well as a new land-claiming Territory Battles system for legions. Additional changes include revamps to skills, the Stigma system, and even the skill user interface. And for those Daevas who want to look their best when they finally face Dragon Lord Beritra, there are also new weapon and armor sets.

Want to hear the story behind these newest lands that have risen from their watery prison under the sea? Watch the lore cinematic below, then learn more about all the upcoming changes on the official site.

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Neverwinter’s Rise of Tiamat expansion coming to Xbox One this month

Cryptic has announced that Neverwinter’s Rise of Tiamat expansion is coming to Xbox One this month. There’s no definitive date just yet, though the press release does mention a 25-person battle with Tiamat, “the iconic dragon queen from the Dungeons & Dragons franchise.” The expansion also boasts a new adventuring zone for level-capped players in addition to the Well of Dragons, which is “the legendary graveyard of dragons where players will take part in a variety of new heroic encounters as they work towards completing the final chapters of the Tyranny of Dragons campaign.”

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