We know that New Sulan is more than a visual makeover, as it will contain new mechanics and systems; we just don’t know what any of those mechanics or systems are. However, we’re also told that it will probably not be identical to the Chinese release of the content, which adds further mystery. But it’s new things for PvE players as well, so there’s plenty of reason to get excited even if you’re not yet altogether certain what you’re getting excited about.
CCP has just announced a brand-new mobile MMO, being built in conjunction with NetEase. It’s called Project Galaxy, and yes, it’s intended as the mobile version of EVE Online.
CCP has apparently deleted the tweet, but here’s what the text said:
That one is probably going to be more resonant for individual players. The violence is kind of de rigueur at this point.
Players will earn a Merit Plate just for signing up to take part, and winning matches in the colosseum will bring you closer to rewards for being the best of the best. If you’re not the best, though… well, you’ll still get plenty out of it, as just participating earns points which go toward PvP ranks and associated rewards. So it’s worth it to strive, even if you aren’t very good at first.
Let the battle royale lawsuits begin! TorrentFreak caught wind of a new lawsuit in California that ought to set all the cloners on edge: PUBG Corporation is suing NetEase for ripping off PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, specifically alleging copyright infringement, trade dress infringement, and unfair business competition. (The Korean PUBG Corp and Chinese NetEase both operate businesses in the US, hence the justification for the venue.)
Given how old this particular genre is, and how PUBG was far from the first to run with it, you might be skeptical about the company’s claims. PUBG Corp believes it has copyrighted the concept of a pre-game lobby where you can test out weapons, among multiple other concepts, including the dynamic air-drop spawning system, the map, the boost bar and consumables, “starting with nothing” and being forced to compete for resources, realistic gear, character paper doll, shrinking gameplay, down-but-not-out incapping, butt-covering frying pan… it goes on like that for a while. Maybe we’ll give them the frying pan. Honestly the screenshots are more convincing than the list. 154 pages of this.
As always, the draw for the new server is that everyone starts new on a level playing field, with no existing characters to come in and muck things up. So, depending on how many people are willing to sacrifice sleep and careers for relentless leveling, there will be only a handful of max-level characters for the first week or so. If this is the sort of server you’re looking for, keep your eyes peeled for Emollion (the new server) when it opens up.
If you were on the lookout for a solid mobile MMO, you might have already checked out last year’s Crusaders of Light on both iOS and Android. It wasn’t a game that broke any genre conventions, but it did look pretty solid and attractive, so that low bar for mobile was met.
Well now the title is heading to a new platform: PC. NetEase announced that it’s bringing Crusaders of Light to Steam in March, at which point the game’s cross-platform capabilities will shine. Players will be able to use the same account for both mobile and PC, allowing seamless transitions between devices.
The studio is also preparing to open up a new North American server called Farroc Camp. If you pre-register for this server, you’ll net yourself $50 worth of in-game gifts when it launches.
If you are taking part, though, you can look to this particular villa as a personal goal, and it features plenty of space for new and familiar decorations across the island landscape. Check out screenshots and a video preview just below if you’ve got a heart for real estate, and we can only hope that those of you who will not be able to get this particular house also have characters who don’t like airy seaside mansions in the first place.
Oh, you’re already on the mailbox. No. Put your boots back on. Can we… can we just talk about this feature? While wearing clothing? Yes, that’s much better, thank you.
See, in a game with multiple item enhancements, you’re often tempted to hold on to everything in the hopes of just upgrading one thing, right? So now you can strip your old gear of experience, Dragonspikes, and Tier Beads all at once. Then you can apply those to new pieces of equipment, ensuring that you still have a reason to upgrade and a reason to not hoard your upgrades.
Although we suppose you can still take off all of your gear if you want to. That’s just not the feature under discussion.
What if you do want to change to a new class but don’t want to level up all over again? The newly added class change feature is just what you asked form, then, allowing you to hop to another class while retaining your level. There’s also a new motorbike mount to unlock through questing; you can see a preview of the bike along with the Assassin class in the trailer down below, or peek at the screenshots for a glimpse of the new training areas.
Gone are the days when Chinese companies could get away with ripping off games left and right: Blizzard is going after another one of these alleged copyright-violating piles of crap.
The game in question is mobile title Heroes of Warfare; Japanese publication PC Watch reports that Blizzard’s Chinese conglom and publisher NetEase are suing the the maker, demanding and apology, restitution, and removal from Apple’s appstore, on the grounds of IP violations in China.
Meanwhile, stop cheating, cheaters. Your day has come, as the studio has apparently begun another round of six-month bans to folks who use cheat tools. Stoppit.
And in happier Blizzard news… here’s the whole WoW dev team. The fluffy white dog on the left personally made the no-flying-in-Argus decision, we’ve been informed by the PR collie being hoisted over on the right.
The patch also contains some fun flying sword mounts for being among the first to clear this new content, so if you’ve got a crew ready to take on these challenges you could be richly rewarded. (If you’d rather fly under your own power, we do still have dragon wings.) Combine that with a 24-hour sale in the game’s store, and you should be able to get at least a few nice rewards for yourself with the patch launch.
The feature allows you to select from the various cities to pick out both the best spots of treasure hunting and the most interesting locales, while those not yet unlocked will require you to interact with NPCs (and the guide will helpfully point you in the right direction). Successfully filling in entries will award fame for the respective region as well as things like leaderboards and possible items. So go head on your quests, whether you want to learn more about the realm or just pick up some easy fame. We won’t judge either way.
You can unlock your apartment once you’re level 49, with keys available so that five of your friends can come and go freely. Once within the apartment, of course, you’ll be the one who gets to decorate the whole thing however you like. So you’ll have to wait out the maintenance today, but once that’s over it’s an apartment for you; check out the trailer just below to whet your appetite.