Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, July 9th, 2018
What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 21st, 2018
Happy 17th birthday, Anarchy Online! Seventeen years ago this month, Funcom first stepped out onto the MMORPG scene and “launched” this sci-fi title. We are legally obligated to put that into quotes, because it wasn’t so much of a game launch as a mockery of all that was good and pure in the world. Fortunately, the disastrous start eventually gave way to a solid and engaging title that endures to this day.
Anarchy Online is days away from throwing its anniversary event, which will take place from June 26th through July 19th. While there aren’t any specifics out on the event quite yet, you can take a look at last year’s anniversary details to get an idea of what is probably coming.
And if you’re feeling all nostalgic, why not indulge some more by reading our Game Archaeologist retrospective of this game?
First up is Secret World Legends’ anniversary event, which will debut sometime this month. Preparations are ongoing at Funcom for the celebration, and Meredith said that it is “close” at hand. Following that will be the next mission pack at some point down the road. Unfortunately, it sounds as though the studio had to delay it somewhat to get it done.
“Due to the cost and complexity of implementation, the pack won’t be ready as soon as we wanted,” Meredith wrote. “That said, I think you’re going to like it when it’s ready.” He went on to tease efforts in an experimental technology that will allow for difficulty scaling past dungeons.
Blizzard isn’t being shy about touting Overwatch on its second birthday. Not one bit. And you know what birthdays call for in the games industry? That’s right: One big honking infographic loaded with huge numbers!
According to the studio, Overwatch has racked up 40 million players in its first two years. The game has grown substantially as well, with the addition of six heroes, 15 maps, four game modes, six seasonal events, and over 2,050 items.
With such a successful product under its belt, is Blizzard considering an Overwatch sequel? The studio was predictably cagey when Gamespot asked the question, saying, “At least for the time being, [supporting Overwatch] is our focus right now, and we’re excited to work on this game.”
These events include the conclusion of the Claw & Order community murder mystery, more anniversary items in the shops, double quest rewards all week long, increased drops from select dungeons, bonus reward items from battlegrounds, and free scarves if you’re able to track down and pester an En Masse Entertainment employee in the game. Scarves! Just the thing for those brisk summer months!
The studio is also running a contest through the end of the month: “Starting Monday, May 21st until Thursday, May 31st at 10 a.m. PDT, players can exchange 5 Anniversary tokens for an in-game Contest Entry Receipt to enter their account into the Anniversary Conclusion contest.” Three winners will be chosen per server and granted prizes like six months of subscription time and the choice of any item from the store.
Even though the original PlanetSide has been dead and in the ground for going on two years now, Daybreak isn’t going to pass up an opportunity to exhume its corpse for an easy shot at publicity. As this week would have marked PlanetSide’s 15th anniversary, the studio is running an event in PlanetSide 2 to mark the occasion.
Through May 25th, PlanetSide 2 is enjoying double XP (quadruple XP if you’re a subscriber), a construction sale, a free “bending beacon” device that triggers a meteor shower. Players can also log in every day to get a free throwback bundles containing classic PlanetSide gear, camo, and vehicles.
While you’re celebrating the 15th anniversary, make sure to reminisce about classic PlanetSide with our Game Archaeologist retrospective on this MMORPG shooter!
It’s the start of an exciting run of Overwatch with the team shooter moving into an anniversary period. First up? A brand-new match called Petra that looks like it was recently the subject of an Indiana Jones adventure.
“A group of archaeologists have begun an excavation and preservation project among the ruins of Petra, a new Deathmatch map that puts all heroes on their own, facing off against one another until one hero scores enough eliminations to win the match,” said Blizzard. “Take in Petra’s majestic views, from high vistas to twisting passageways and deep caverns. Travel along deadly cliffs, but be careful to not fall off! A dilapidated bridge stretches across the map, and the ground underneath it can crumble away to reveal a lethal pit. Hopping on a green jump pad will boost you up to Petra’s higher levels and unlock new strategic possibilities for you.”
Ten years of live operation, and Conan still looks like someone killed his puppy. Maybe you need a new hobby, Mr. The Barbarian? We hear there’s this new sandbox survival game out right now that’s pretty hot.
Anyway, Age of Conan is officially 10 years old this month, and to celebrate the occasion, Funcom is throwing players to the lions. Er, wait, that’s not right. They’re throwing lions at the players. Still sounds unsafe, but no matter. Anyone who logs in between now and June 5th will receive their own totally safe, no training necessary Golden Lion of Aquilonia mount.
The anniversary event also includes new daily rewards, an extra raid finder chest that can be opened every day, the addition of the Black Ring Citadel to the raid finder, several quality-of-life changes (such as being able to disable PvE XP), and the return of Shadows of the Past and Acheronian Soul classic content.
TERA kicks off more anniversary celebrations plus opens Corsairs’ Stronghold PvP battleground on console
Players can also look on specific servers for employees handing out free scarves, and every Tuesday puts you into turbo mode with 80% reduced skill cooldowns and vastly improved resource regeneration. Check out all of the stuff arriving for the second week on the official site, and just keep on celebrating until there’s no more celebration to be had. The events keep coming, after all.
Of course, the official letter for the event describes it as “the most incredible stories in gaming history,” which sounds significantly more epic. But they’re caused by players either way.
Players can also look forward to special 15th anniversary skins for ships and player avatars, so you can celebrate whether you’ve been present since the first day or only recently decided to get in on the action. Check out the trailer just below to see what it looks like in the deep space sandbox from a historical perspective, and get ready for the future; we’re willing to bet that it will involve some significant changes in the game’s political landscape. That seems to be a constant.
Even as we boggle at the time gone by, we can enjoy the events that arrive with anniversaries. EVE Online activated its newest event, titled Operation: Conscious Interruption, and players can check it out from now through May 15th.
Player pilots are being called on to defend the Society of Conscious Thought as it attempts to deploy a Praxis battleship and recover stolen technology. CCP said that there are events for all types of players to do, from solo play to PvP. Rewards from the event include 15th anniversary SKINs, so get out there and pwn like a boss!
Travel back with us to April 2005, when an unknown and unproven studio known as ArenaNet decided to make a play at its own gaming in the then-blooming MMORPG genre. Despite World of Warcraft seizing headlines left and right at that point, Guild Wars came upon the scene and carved out its own sizable following with its (then-rare) buy-to-play model, collectable skills, and gorgeous artwork. It went on to sell well over six million copies over the next five years, putting it among the best-selling PC titles of all time.
This month marks Guild Wars’ 13th anniversary, and while the title has existed in maintenance mode for some time now, players can still go back to an older era of Tyria where jumping was forbidden and there was only one playable race. The anniversary celebration is currently up and running, with all sorts of fun on the Shing Jea Boardwalk. Why not head back and get your rollerbeetles on or play a match or two of dodgeball?