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TennoCon 2018: Deep-diving Warframe’s Fortuna and Railjack

Many fans, including me, are talking about still riding high after Warframe’s amazing TennoCon 2018 announcements this past weekend. That was some pretty epic stuff (I have to admit I  wonder how on earth they will manage to top themselves next year!). I was excited to share the news about Fortuna and Railjack with you as fast as I could; the only downside of that was it was too brief to add in many of the deeper details. I couldn’t include the insights and commentary that Game Director Steve Sinclair and Live Operations and Community Producer Rebecca Ford offered when I chatted with them. If only there were a way to impart that extra goodness to you and add in my own impressions. Oh wait!

While there’s certainly more to learn about the upcoming expansion/updates, here’s a bit more information about the underground all that cool stuff we can’t wait to experience for ourselves.

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One Shots: Better virtual homes and gardens

Lately I’ve been overdosing on some serious Sims 4 time (blame the Seasons expansion announcement for this!) and indulging in my long-standing passion for player housing. I don’t always get that fix in every MMO I play — looking sideways at you, Blizzard — but I do enjoy expressing myself and seeing what other players have come up in their own living spaces.

Let’s take a tour of some excellent virtual abodes today! We’ll start with Rees Racer: “I’ve been a Elder Scrolls Online plus player for… a long time. I don’t buy much, so I had some crowns to spend. I eventually purchased the Alinor Crest Townhouse in Summerset. I’m a Bosmer, and it’s technically Altmer architecture, but I really like the colours and the courtyard fountain, and I’m fairly certain I saved the rule of Queen Ayrenn a few years ago. It’s more extravagant (like all High Elf accoutrements) than I need (or like), but I earned it.”

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Elite Dangerous’ Beyond: Chapter 2 arrives today; here’s the launch trailer!

The second chapter in Elite Dangerous’ Beyond content is due to land early this afternoon, with the Alliance Challenger as well as a “selection of new wing missions, installation interactions, new settlements to explore and, to combat the ever-growing and ever-encroaching Thargoid threat, a cache of new Guardian weapons and technology from the Tech Brokers.” The update is a free one and rolls out to PC and console together. Full patch notes just went up on the official forums a few minutes ago!

“Beyond, the third Elite Dangerous season will be free for all players, and will focus on community-requested enhancements to the overall player experience. Alongside those core foundational changes, new in-game content will progress the ever-expanding player-driven storyline and give pilots across the galaxy new tools to shape the ongoing narrative. Chapter Two is a smaller update, but still filled with content. Players will find two new ships – the Krait Mk II and the Alliance Challenger – as well as a selection of new Wing Missions, installation interactions, new settlements to explore and a cache of new Guardian weapons and technology from the Tech Brokers to combat the ever-growing and ever-encroaching Thargoid threat.”

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The Daily Grind: What are your ‘must have’ features for an MMO space sim?

With Star Citizen on the way (eventually) and smaller efforts like Prosperous Universe, Starfighter Inc, and Dual Universe in the works and titles like Elite: Dangerous already here, the space sim looks to be on the rise in the massively multiplayer space. That’s great news for players who want to leave the fantasy realm and reach for the stars.

Of course, not everyone has the same vision for what they would like to see in a space sim. Me? I don’t want a cold and sterile space environment; I really crave colorful environments and races that are chock-full of personality.

Assuming that you’re interested in playing an online space sim at some point, what are your must-have features that you wouldn’t consider playing without? What features would take it above and beyond mediocrity to make it something special?

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Elite Dangerous drops new cinematic video with tantalizing ‘space legs’ tease

Two more days until Beyond: Chapter Two arrives in Elite Dangerous, superfluous colons in tow! And other more interesting things, too, as Frontier dropped a new cinematic video for the game this morning.

“It’s a dangerous galaxy out there but the call of the void is strong for Elite Commanders. All they need is a ship,” Frontier quips. “We’re proud to present ‘Lift-Off,’ our latest cinematic short in the Commander Chronicles series.”

And yes, the Krait – a surprise reveal for the game yesterday – is featured in the video. What else is in the video? Space legs – basically, it’s Elite’s Walking in Stations, literally characters walking around with visible leggers, something the playerbase has begged for forever. It’s not coming in this update, but it’s in the video, which has Reddit abuzz anyway. Enjoy!

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Elite Dangerous previews the redesigned Krait ahead of this week’s Beyond: Chapter Two launch

Elite Dangerous is in the home stretch ahead of the launch of Beyond: Chapter Two later this week, and you know what that means: infodumps and videos!

PCGamesN has a deep-dive focusing on the Krait “design and reissue,” which has apparently been a bit of a surprise for the update. Frontier says the new version is “analogous to modern updates of the real-world Mini Cooper or Volkswagen Beetle […] a reimagining of a classic that connects conceptually and aesthetically with the ship from 1984s Elite, while offering enough innovation and quality to compete with contemporary rivals in Elite Dangerous.” But can I get it in candy pink metallic with a convertible top?

The chapter will also introduce the Alliance Challenger, new wing missions, new settlements, and new anti-Thargoid tech. It drops Thursday. And by the way, Frontier is hiring! The video’s down below.

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EverQuesting: A guide to EverQuest II’s new Oceansfull Festival

So there was an update in EverQuest II recently. It was major enough it had a real name. But honestly, that barely garnered a blink from me. Then devs announced a new Othmir-centered Norrathian festival, and I am all excited! That’s right, throw a party with otters and I am so there. And that’s exactly what the Othmir are doing: partying. They are shaking their tails, tossing up fireworks, and dancing like nobody’s watching. What they aren’t doing is offering any involved quest hoops for players to jump through to join them. (Yes, the game has officially eschewed its name for this event.). They are just being chill and enjoying themselves, and they invite the rest of Norrath to do so as well.

Wait, what? No quests? This is EverQuest II: How will I know what to do? you may ask. That’s where this guide comes in handy. Find out the what, why, and where right here. Just be sure to jump in before 2:59 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 19th, because that’s when the party stops. If you’d rather see a video guide walkthrough, we also have that too!

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Elite: Dangerous gives a glimpse at its future at Lavecon

Even as E3 rages on, the recent Lavecon has closed its doors for another year. The player-led gaming and geek convention continues to feature Elite: Dangerous and the rest of the Elite franchise as its tentpole, which means that we got a lot of new information about the MMOPRG out of it.

Panels on the game discussed features and upcoming changes involving mining, exploration, and art. Pilots will be getting new tools to crack open those asteroids for their sweet payout, not to mention new sensor probes to take a look at bodies in space long before a ship gets there. The community also got an opportunity to ask a bunch of pressing questions to the developers.

Take a look at some of the screenshots and the Frontier panel below!

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One Shots: The crane… the crane…

I love crane machines. Yes, I know they’re a total scam, but I won something in one once, and I can’t help but throwing money at them in the vain home of repeating that epic moment. Of course, I might forswear crane machines altogether if I got one of FFXIV’s creepier races as a prize.

Vincent has no such compunctions: “Only a Lalafell would look this happy being carried around by a Death Claw!”

It’s how all of us at Massively OP get to work every day, actually.

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Chapter two of Elite Dangerous’ Beyond content lands June 28 with new missions and Thargoid developments

Elite Dangerous fans, hope you got all your grinding in during last weekend’s event because the next big thing is just on the other side of that moon over there as Elite Dangerous: Beyond – Chapter Two launches on June 28th.

“In just under a month, you’ll be able to get your hands on the Alliance’s newest Chieftain variant: the Alliance Challenger. We’ve also got a selection of new wing missions, installation interactions, new settlements to explore and, to combat the ever-growing and ever-encroaching Thargoid threat, a cache of new Guardian weapons and technology from the Tech Brokers.”

Frontier says this is the first of two smallish updates for Beyond, with a much larger one coming out by the end of the year with squadrons and improvements to mining and exploration.” Naturally, the studio has a big ol’ announcement video, tucked down below.

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Revelation Online gets a WvWvW endgame with the launch of the Imperial Wars update

The endgame in Revelation Online is heating up today with the launch of Imperial Wars, My.com’s latest content patch. The nifty part is that this is one of the content drops that really make an MMORPG worthy of the name, thanks to the fact that the “entire population of a server can participate in fighting another server for dominance of the Imperial Frontier.” It’s basically WvWvW.

“The Frontier map is the largest battleground in the game and hosts multiple castles, towns and camps for the rivaling sides to fight over. Each week two of the game’s servers will be locked into a series of daily activities on the massive battleground map, alternating between attacking camps, gathering intelligence or even taking down the Crystal Chaos beast for its resources. Players will need to participate in the daily activities to be eligible for the rewards in the decisive final confrontation at the end of the week! Up to 300 players per side can simultaneously join on the Imperial Frontier in the final battle held each Sunday.”

Today’s update also rolls out new hireable mercenaries, tweaks to the badge and rune system, and “new class optimization options to improve healing or damaging effects, reducing damage taken, to get the most out of the characters.”

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Elite: Dangerous closes credit exploit, resulting in space saltiness

Dealing with either a broken system, a credit exploit, or both, Frontier announced to its community this week that it was going to have to limit players from acquiring too many of a certain type of Elite: Dangerous mission for a while.

“For mission balancing reasons, we have made a change to the Massacre Skimmer mission type: Commanders will now only be able to take up five of these missions types at a time,” the studio said. “This may be something we change in a future update and if it does, we will let you know.”

This swift fix was in response to piles of money flooding into player accounts thanks to the exploit. Reactions among the community are mixed, with some blasting Frontier for limiting fun and funds and others backing up the studio for fixing the exploit before money became meaningless.

Source: Official forums. Thanks Eric!

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Dauntless clocks 1M registered players as it launches its F2P open beta

Dauntless has officially launched into open beta as of today. The co-op ARPG is free-to-play and out on PC, so everyone can basically jump right on in and download the 0.4.0 build.

“In Dauntless, players take up the mantle of Slayers. These brave warriors fight for humanity’s survival against ferocious beasts known as Behemoths, whose savage hunger to drain the very essence, or aether, from the world puts every life at risk. Equipped with powerful armor and weapons, Slayers will join up with others and adventure across the Shattered Isles to battle Behemoths together. After each battle, Slayers bring their hard-earned spoils to the frontier city of Ramsgate to craft, enhance and customize their arsenal to take on the next challenging encounter.”

Phoenix Labs says that it’s already counting 1M registered players – that is, slayers. The studio has promised “new expansions, adventures, deadly Behemoths and more […] on a regular basis.”

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