Virtual World News
One major element of the RPG is open control over how our story plays out. In true tabletop RPG style, sandbox tools let us play these games as we want to play them, but not all of us want that much freedom in our MMOs.
So I asked the Massively team members for their thoughts on sandbox tools in their favorite MMOs. Are they welcome, or should we focus more on leaderboards and combat-based achievements? And how much exactly do they hate this question?
The Think Tank: Are non-combat sandbox tools a necessity in your MMO? originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Today, Valve announced the update, titled Three Spirits. And true to the Dota team's word, it's a big one. It includes two new heroes in the form of Earth Spirit and Ember Spirit (counterparts to the existing Storm Spirit), an in-game coaching mechanic that enables teams and individuals to improve their play, and a crafting and socketing system that provides for customizing existing items or combining unneeded ones to make something better and more useful.
The patch also brings a new showcase view of matches, a lane-picker, colorblind mode, new training missions and more. Oh, and yes, Diretide is coming; the event runs from November 14th to November 28th.
Check out the full patch notes on the official Three Spirits site.Permalink | Email this | Comments
- Source: Three Spirits Update
First and foremost in many players' minds, the new launcher will not be made mandatory just yet, although a new version of all the various game websites will be launching before the year's end. The change is also creating a new and streamlined format for buying Zen for each game, along with a new set of game guides to help new players understand what they're getting into. For more details on these changes as well as the new profile system, take a look at the full update, and keep your eyes peeled for our interview with PWE on these changes from Terilynn Shull.
Perfect World Entertainment explains more about Arc originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 14 Nov 2013 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: Arc development update
Of course, a 50 minute video can't be easily summarized without turning this article into a novella, but suffice it to say that the devs reveal plenty of tasty information morsels on topics including resource gathering, world size, territory control, and naturally, building construction. And if that isn't enough, the video also features a healthy dose of honest-to-goodness gameplay footage of a player-made structure being built in real time. For all this and more, check out the full EQN Landmark video after the cut.
EverQuest Next Landmark livestream delves into player-made structures originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 14 Nov 2013 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: EverQuest Next official YouTube
As soon as you purchase a lifetime subscription, even if you've never logged into the game before, your account is eligible for every single long-term subscriber benefit. Obviously this won't have much of an impact on people who have already been lifetime subscribers since the beginning, but more recent players will benefit from an influx of new rewards. It's up to you whether or not those extra perks are worth a $300 investment in the game.
Champions Online extends automatic veteran rewards to lifetime subscribers originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 14 Nov 2013 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Source: Lifetime Subscriber Rewards
[Source: Ray Media Group press release]
Cute adventures in Alfheim Tales Online begin November 26th originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Massively's Richie will be climbing the poison-filled structure armed with ample amounts of weed killer in order to put an end to this waking nightmare. Watch him live at 11:30 a.m. EST as he checks out the Nightmares Within patch in Guild Wars 2!
Game: Guild Wars 2
Host: Richie "Bog Otter" Procopio
Date: Thursday, November 14th, 2013
Time: 11:30 a.m. EST
Enjoy our Steam Team video below.
The Stream Team: Cleansing the toxic tower in Guild Wars 2 originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
This is Galactic Starfighter, the new expansion coming to Bioware's Star Wars: The Old Republic. The new ships, their customization options, and the chaotic, free-flight-PvP space combat make it one of the largest feature upgrades since the game's launch. It won't put you in the Death Star's trenches, but it will get you close. Join me in the cockpit as I tell you about my experience in rail-less throes of space mayhem.Permalink | Email this | Comments
The current UWO service will conclude on November 25, but all current accounts will seamlessly transfer over to the OGPlanet service when players sign up on November 28. Steam users can link their account with a new or existing OGPlanet account at any time through the 25th.
[Source: OGPlanet press release]
Uncharted Waters Online relaunch set for November 28 originally appeared on Massively on Thu, 14 Nov 2013 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
"I'm no WoW fan, but a change in population of 1.3% either way is nothing worth writing about," wrote a Massively commenter last week on the pre-BlizzCon news that World of Warcraft dropped another 100,000 subscribers over the last quarter.
Sure it's worth writing about! Ever hear the phrase "no news is good news"?Permalink | Email this | Comments