Every pirate needs some good reading material for those long ocean voyages, assuming that they can read. And now, for the literate and illiterate alike, a Sea of Thieves comic book series is coming for the discriminating adventurers.
The comic series is being written by Jeremy Whitley and drawn by Rhoald Marcellius and will arrive in stores and online during the game’s launch month of March 2018. It shouldn’t be confused with the game’s official art book, which is being handled by Dark Horse Comics.
Titan Comics says that the comic will be appropriate for all ages: “In Titan Comics’ brand-new series, follow two competing crews of pirates, bound by a shared past and a single destiny, as they sail the Sea of Thieves in a race to track down an ancient treasure. Along the way they’ll deal with undead hordes, devious traps and their own bitter rivalries, but which crew will emerge victorious and ultimately claim the legendary loot?”
Here is a fun bug indeed: Overwatch has a glitch that’s been accidentally slinging seasonal bans at players who did not deserve them. It’s not a particularly widespread issue, having only impacted about 200 accounts, but it has concerned Blizzard and stirred the team to resolve it and restore affected players to their glory.
“We recently identified a bug that, in extremely rare cases, can cause players to lose their skill rating progress and receive a seasonal ban from competitive play without any prior penalties for leaving early or being kicked for inactivity,” Game Director Jeff Kaplan posted in the forums. “This bug is a high priority for our team, and we’re working on a fix to prevent further instances of it occurring as we speak. In the meantime, we’ll be removing the seasonal ban for all players affected by this bug as well as restoring their skill rating.”
On a happier note, Blizzard published a new 12-page comic starring everyone’s favorite Russian heavy hitter, Zarya. Keep your eyes open; another Overwatch hero or two might be popping in to say hi during this one.
Everyone loves Mei; she’s funny, cute, smart, soft, and just all-around cool. But she’s different from the focus of previous Overwatch animated shorts because unlike her companions, she’s also a scientist. We’ve seen shorts about soldiers, adventurers, and oddities, but a look behind the scenes of the most recent short stresses that Mei is the first time an actual science-oriented character has gotten the spotlight so far. And that’s important, considering that science is one of the big focuses of the eponymous organization.
The six-minute behind-the-scenes look emphasizes the way that the short plays up Mei’s creativity and inventive approach to problems, something that’s key to her character and her gameplay. (Well, when her gameplay isn’t just about icicle-sniping people across the map.)
Meanwhile, Blizzard has released its latest Overwatch comic, Wasted Land, this round themed for the Junkertown release.
Well here’s a fun bit of news: Warframe
is getting a physical comic book run. Digital Extremes
announced today that it’s signed Top Cow Comics to create and produce the series. Apparently the indie label boss and writer even plays the game.
“This five-issue series expands the Warframe universe with intriguing new characters and original locations, and offers an imaginative character-driven tone to Warframe players and comic book fans alike. The narrative hinges on the lone Warframe, Excalibur, who is determined to protect a blinded young girl, the last survivor of a recently destroyed village on Earth. Seasoned Tenno may even find hints to future game updates in the series not yet revealed in the Warframe universe.”
DE has promised a free exclusive copy of the first issue to all attendees of the game’s July TennoCon; SDCC and NYCC attendees can also pick one up at the Top Cow booth. Everybody else? You’ll be waiting until October for the formal launch.
It’s apparently not official yet as Blizzard hasn’t sent out a press blurby, but Overwatch is getting a pair of massive art books this coming October 24th.
According to the entries on Amazon, the $49.99 hardcover is the “essential companion” to the game, with intros and dev behind-the-scenes info from Blizz, plus “never-before-seen artwork.”
The real meat’s in the $100 deluxe limited edition book, which “comes packaged in a beautiful clamshell box with magnetic closure and includes an acetate slipcover featuring the game’s most popular hero, Tracer.” Expect “two portfolios containing a total of three prints chosen by the Overwatch team” too.
And for comic lovers, the Dark Horse Overwatch comic anthology is due out on October 10th.
I have a guildie who buys art books for video games the way Justin buys MMO soundtracks, if ya know what I mean. Do you guys splurge on art books for games?
The backstory of Overwatch could probably be a game in and of itself, considering that the game takes place after the eponymous organization formed, made waves, disbanded, and is almost somewhat reforming now. The latest comic about the game looks back at the organization later on in its lifespan, when Lena Oxton (better known as Tracer) was first joining the team. It’s a look back at her earliest days and perhaps a hint about what’s coming next for the game… or perhaps not.
Whatever’s coming next, it may not take long to arrive. Director Jeff Kaplan stated in a recent interview that the game’s next hero is not far off; an exact timetable hasn’t been announced, but the 25th character is in testing, getting art, and so forth. Heroes beyond that are still in the prototype stages. There are no hints just yet about who this next hero will be, but it’s enough to know that it’s around the corner.
Who’s afraid of a robot in Overwatch? Other than just about everyone, seeing as how an enormous robot war is pretty close to everyone’s immediate memories. So when a random Bastion unit shows up, pretty much everyone is going to freak out. Of course, if you’ve actually played the game, you know that Bastion can be defeated rather easily by… wait, is he still insanely overtuned right now? Maybe all of the characters in this comic are right to be scared.
Regardless, this comic is all about the origin of the bird-loving robot and a former member of Overwatch learning a little bit more about what the Bastion units are really capable of. It’s a short comic at 12 pages, but if you love learning more about the lore behind the game, you’d do well to check it out. And unlike the previous comic for the game, it doesn’t really sink anyone’s ship and may well create a few new ones.
Developing a game is expensive, and that’s why City of Titans has taken to Patreon… sort of. See, the developers are not asking for money just to develop the game; they’re asking for money for developing a comic tied into the game. Which will, in turn, pay for the game. That makes sense, doesn’t it?
According to the description on the Patreon page, the money raised through Patreon goes to the artists working on the game, while also funding further development on comics based within the world of City of Titans. This ensures that no matter what happens with the game, Patreon subscribers get something out of the exchange rather than just the vague hope of future game development. If you’re a fan of comics or of the team’s plan for a spiritual City of Heroes sequel, you can check out the pitch page and some of the sample comic pages.
How are your World of Warcraft: Legion preparations coming? Everyone in the community seems to have his or her own to-do list for the expansion, and we imagine that for some, getting to know the lore and backstory of the Broken Isles is part of that.
Blizzard delivered more of Legion’s story this week with a new comic, Highmountain: A Mountain Divided. This short but beautifully illustrated book invites the reader to sit in on a tribal meeting of Tauren and Trolls where they discuss their worry about the coming Burning Legion and what can be done to stop them. Like most home repair projects, the answer is a hammer.
The comic is available to read online or through various mobile apps.
Being the Grand Magistrix of Suramar seems like a pretty great gig for the majority of your rule. For one thing, you have power over time. For another, you rule over a deathless magically empowered miracle city where nothing can ever go wrong. It’s perfect! Except for the time when Gul’dan shows up with the Burning Legion at his back, that was probably under the header of “bad day” in the government ledger. It’s also the subject of the latest World of Warcraft comic, available for your reading pleasure now.
The Grand Magistrix does not face an enviable choice in this story, as Gul’dan demands that she surrender her city’s Nightwell to the Legion to ensure the Nightborne survive (as puppets of the Legion) or they’ll just take it anyway (which means continued freedom before everyone dies). Considering the fact that we’ll be facing the Grand Magistrix as a boss, you can probably guess how the story turns out, but you might still want to trace the steps along the path.
really, really wants you to play it this weekend — and it’s not above a little bribery to make that happen. The MOBA’s “Double Everything Weekend
” runs from May 13th through the 15th and includes double XP, worshipers, favor, and fantasy points. SMITE
is also unlocking all of its gods during that time and giving Xbox Silver players some extra access time as well.
In other SMITE news, the game will soon be featured in SMITE: The Pantheon War, a Dark Horse comic coming in December.
“From veteran games writer John Jackson Miller (Star Wars, Mass Effect), cowriter Jack Banish, and artist Eduardo Francisco (Eve: Valkyrie, Captain Midnight), SMITE: The Pantheon War collects the three-part digital comic series telling the tale of the looming war between the pantheons! It is an age where gods live among the mortals over which they rule. The worship of mortals is needed by the gods to maintain their divinity—but the number of gods has swelled, and there are fewer mortal faithful for the individual gods in each pantheon. Only the gods who maintain worshipers will survive, and so tensions are rising among the pantheons. There is an uneasy peace…but peace is not desired by all!”
It’s going to be hard to escape Overwatch’s presence this spring as Blizzard’s multiplayer shooter revs up for release at the end of May. Part of the promotion for the superhero-themed game is coming in the form of digital comic books, the first of which you can read right now. This ten-page comic features the gunslinger McCree and an action sequence aboard (and on top of) a train.
For those more curious about the making of the game and its roots, Gamespot has posted the first part of a documentary about Overwatch’s creation. What’s interesting about it is that Blizzard talks candidly about its work on Titan and how that massive project ultimately failed — and led to the birth of Overwatch.
You can watch the 20-minute video after the break.
Happy Anniversary, Massively OP! It’s been a busy year for us, and a great year to launch a website centering around MMOs. Through reader support, we were able to kick things off with a bang. And one of the items that we promised in our Kickstarter campaign was a year of the comic strip based around the MOP mascot, Mo.
We thought it would be fun to bring the strip back for the anniversary of the site. The strip has always been a tongue-in-cheek take at MMO tropes, so where better to comment about some of the silly anniversary gifts you get in MMORPGs.
Welcome Mo back in this week’s special edition comic…