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Blade & Soul buffs up its subscription benefits in its False Idols update

It’s always a great feeling when you get a good bang for your buck. While Blade and Soul isn’t changing the cost of its subscription, it is making the premium membership more lucrative — and attractive — by adding several new benefits to the service.

Based on feedback from the community, NCsoft is adding a monthly supply of 20 outfit delivery stamps, periodic character alteration vouchers, a 20% discount on chromatic thread, and far better daily login rewards.

All of these subscription benefits will go live on July 25th with the False Idols update. You can peruse the full list of membership benefits on the site and decide for yourself if a monthly fee is worth it.

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DC Universe Online adds the Teen Titans storyline Judas Contract today

It’s time for a new story in DC Universe Online, and this time the game is taking a spin with one of the universe’s more popular teams with the Teen Titans. Since Cyborg is leaving the Titans to work with the Justice League full-time, there’s a hole in the Titan roster. Players of the heroic persuasion are eligible, and players of the villainous bent are sneaking in anyway… but there’s another infiltrator sent by Deathstroke, and players will need to ferret out who it might be.

The patch includes new duo content, new raids and elite raids, and a new alert as part of the overall story arc. There’s also the new Augment system in the game, replacing the old R&D system and equipping various Augments directly to your character. Check out the full patch notes to know what you’ll be diving into, and then go hang out with a bunch of teenagers.

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Blade & Soul’s False Idols update rebalances battlegrounds, dailies, and hard mode loot

Are ya ready for Blade & Soul’s next big thing? It’s called False Idols, and it’s bringing sweeping change to multiple game systems. Expect new buyable loot in hard mode dungeons, a soulstone rebalance to make them valuable again, updates to PvP battlegrounds to reduce the impact of disconnections, and multiple itemization tweaks. Dailies are also due for an update.

“We’re continuing to tweak the Daily and Weekly Challenge rewards following the changes introduced in the Blade & Soul: Eternal Night update,” says NCsoft. “Shifting the tradable materials from Weekly Challenge to Daily Challenge should make them more accessible to a wider range of players. The Daily Challenge Reward Chest now always contains 5 Gold, with a chance at additional Gold. The amount of tradable upgrade materials in the Daily Challenge Treasure Chest will be increased and the amount of tradable upgrade materials in the Weekly Challenge Treasure Chest will be decreased.”

NCsoft has previously deep-dived the two raids coming in False Idols; you can read about that in our post from last week, and you probably should, as MOP reader Rafael pointed out these particular “raids” are actually intended for non-raiders, with great drops but no grind or punishing mechanics. False Idols lands on July 25th.

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Battle Bards Episode 124: Old MMOs, new music

It’s a catch-all, catch-up episode for the Battle Bards as they dig through new soundtrack releases from MMORPGs that they’ve covered in the past! You may be prepared for an eclectic and enjoyable mix of music — but there is no way that you can steel yourself for the raw and heartfelt confessions that take place on this show.

Battle Bards is a bi-weekly podcast that alternates between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around a theme. MOP’s Justin co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunesGoogle PlayTuneInPocket CastsStitcher, and Player.FM.

Listen to Episode 124: Old MMOs, new music (or download it) now:

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TERA launches the Phantom’s Keep update with more challenges to test your might

The newest update for TERA encourages you to revisit old things to test yourself anew. Have you made your way through the Dreadspire before? Because it’s revamped now, with new challenges and a tighter focus on your ingenuity and focus. Have you explored the depths of Manglemire? It has also returned, and it promises a fresh round of deceit and tricks from the cyclops Manglemore.

Of course, it’s not all repetition of familiar challenge; you can also take part in the new Dragon Hunt for the Guardian Legion, which respawns every hour and works similarly to the other Guardian Legion missions. Yes, you can argue that hunting dragons is the sort of challenge that the game has long offered, but hunting dragons is also challenging in and of itself. So in short, the patch is here, and it has all sorts of ways to challenge your skills.

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Perfect Ten: Best MMO debuts by year, 2007-2017

Continuing from my previous column, I’m going to be running through the second decade of graphical MMORPG launches and picking the best title to debut in any given year. From doing the first decade, I know that this thought exercise isn’t always fair; some years have several great contenders, while others see one mediocre one rise due to a lack of competition.

Still, it’s kind of fun to look back at MMO history and to see which game was really the best of that year. And if you ever felt sore that a particular title got overlooked, well, consider this a retroactive awards ceremony of some sort.

Let’s dive right in where we left off with 2007!

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Choose My Adventure: Final Fantasy XI in review and choosing our next MMO

Here’s the weird part about this week’s column: I’m going to tell you, in short, that Final Fantasy XI is still a good game once you get past the initial hurdles involved. I am also going to tell you that it is a game which has not aged well, in part because of those facts. Which no doubt is going to sound kind of weird, but that’s the situation we find ourselves in.

There are really two things you have to look at with this particular game. The first is whether or not the game is approachable by someone who hasn’t played the game in years or ever, whether or not you can make reasonable progress when you start playing. The other is whether or not the game gives you slightest idea about how to do so, or indeed about how to do anything in the game. Because all of the systems in the world don’t help if you don’t know what they are.

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Conan Exiles has set another Funcom record, announces Jewel of the West DLC and patch

Funcom’s fortunes continue to rise thanks to Conan Exiles: The company announced today that it’s “both the best-selling and fastest-selling game” in its history, passing up 2008’s Age of Conan, which sold 1.4 million units in its first three years. Conan Exiles has busted past that record in under half that time since launching early access in 2017.

There’s good news to look forward to, too, as the devs are working on a freebie patch, and the game is picking up new DLC called Jewel of the West in “early August,” which you’ll note isn’t all that far away.

“The downloadable content introduces new Aquilonia-themed building pieces, weapons, armor, furniture, and more. In Conan lore, Aquilonia is the center of the civilized world and its clothing and architecture is inspired by that of the real-world Romans.”

The free content will include pets and taming, “allowing players to find and tame anything from camels to panthers and even spiders and then use them to guard their base, carry resources, and more.”

Enjoy the new trailer along with the satisfaction of knowing Conan is doing great!

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TERA announces endgame-centric Phantom’s Keep update for July 12

TERA players are due for a big update next week as the En Masse drums keep to their monthly content cadence. The update is called Phantom’s Keep, and it’s rolling out on July 12th with the return of the now-revamped multi-level Dreadspire tower.

“Following some time out of the spotlight for revisions, the always popular Dreadspire dungeon returns to TERA with 10 challenges to test players’ skill, ingenuity, and endurance as they climb the floors of the towering dungeon. Each floor presents its own challenges and deadly bosses, rewarding dedicated groups who ascend to the highest level with a chance to earn cosmetic Phantom Armor. Phantom’s Keep also includes the return of the Manglemire dungeon deep in the heart of Pora Elinu, where groups can once again engage in a battle of wits with the trick-prone mad cyclops Manglemore.”

There’s a new mission for the Guardian Legion set too. Plenty of endgame stuff on the way!

Source: Press release, official site

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DC Universe Online is giving away free CR 170 characters for logging in this week

It’s “member appreciation week” in Daybreak’s DC Universe Online, and it lines up nice and neat with the holiday too – how convenient is that? You’re definitely going to want to take advantage of this one, too, as Daybreak is essentially handing out a free toon boosted to 170 combat rating.

“Members, log in starting tomorrow to claim your FREE CR 170 Character Advance ($45 value). Create a new character or advance one of your existing characters up to Combat Rating 170. At 170, you will be ready to jump into Amazon Fury Part III and the rest of the latest episodes. Enjoy on us, and thank you!”

During the rest of this week, subbers will see a 20% discount in the cash shop, and console subs are on sale for a third off too.

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Pokemon-inspired MMORPG Temtem just funded on Kickstarter with over half a million bucks

Temtem has just fully funded on Kickstarter to the tune of just about $573,919, with 11,715 backers (the counts will keep fluctuating for a few minutes here). It basically crushed its original $70,000 goal. Stretch goals racked up along the way include the Nuzlocke game mode, the Arcade Bar minigames, a Mythical Temtem, mounts, Nintendo switch support, the replay system, guilds, and in-game tournaments. In fact, backers blazed through the game’s entire plan of stretch goals.

As we’ve previously covered, the game is “not hiding the fact that [it’s] heavily inspired by [Pokemon]” but aims to change some bits that are “maybe too close to Pokemon.” The game is very much billed as an MMO – specifically, as a “massively multiplayer creature-collection adventure.”

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The Stream Team: A second attempt at DCUO’s second part of The Death of Superman

When Massively OP’s MJ tried to do The Death of Superman, part 2 in DCUO, the game died instead. The update killed the launcher and could not be fixed. A newer update, however, has fixed things, and now she can finally go in and experience the second half of this story arc. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. to see how the death plays out.

What: DC Universe Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 28th, 2018

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TERA brings the Gunner to console players

Want to have some fun shooting everything while you’re playing TERA on consoles? Give the Gunner a try, then, because that’s her whole deal. Yes, the Gunner has arrived on the game’s console version, and if you’ve gotten used to playing her on the PC you’ll be happy to know that she’s very similar to her desktop incarnation. She’s a utility class with a lot of options and a very, very large gun.

If you’re reading something into that, we can assure you it’s totally unintentional.

Of course, her guns, turrets, and heavy armor give gunners the option to tank through content while blasting away enemies on the battlefield, so even if you’ve never played the game before it should be an appealing class option for console fans. Check out the trailer for the class just below, and get your trigger finger itching.

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