- Massively's Justin investigated how Hellgate survived being Flagshipped.
- We examined MMOTCG HEX's closed beta and compared it to Hearthstone.
- Elite: Dangerous' pricing scheme was announced.
- Kukulkan, Serpent of the Nine Winds, slithered into SMITE.
- Marvel Heroes welcomed Rogue into its fold.
- The Crew fired up a new gameplay trailer.
- Star Citizen's racing module went live; the team also announced Citizen Con for October.
- Riot Games kicked off a new e-sports documentary.
- Chaos Heroes Online is now in closed beta.
- Heroes of the Storm introduced a 64-bit client for its technical alpha.
- Wanna hear snippets of MMO composer Chance Thomas' Dota 2 score?
- Sci-fi sandbox Beyond Sol angled for Steam greenlighting.
- A new World of Speed trailer wub wubbed its way through Moscow.
- TUG says multiplayer is still on the way.
- DayZ reminds everyone what early access really means.
- Hearthstone planned balance changes, including nerfs to the Leeroy Jenkins card.
- Vainglory is a new MOBA for Apple fanatics.
- Players discovered a serious Diablo III exploit.
- And of course, Destiny launched, patched, and made a bajillion dollars and scored a free song its first week.
Purchasing a virtual ticket will give you access to bonus in-game goods for World of Warcraft, Diablo III, StarCraft II, Heroes of the Storm, and Hearthstone, although the details are not yet available. All of the streams are also available in high definition and can be re-watched, so you needn't worry about missing something. If you've already purchased a physical ticket, you still have access to a virtual ticket as well, so you can still take advantage of the streaming. Everyone who wants to attend can at least get something like that experience.
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- Massively's Justin took The Crew's beta and Shroud of the Avatar out for a spin.
- Dota 2 landed e-sports on the front page of the New York Times over the weekend.
- We took a look at MOBAs Strife (now in open beta) and Heroes of the Storm at PAX Prime. HOTS released an interactive battleground page as well.
- Star Citizen's Arena Commander V0.9 patch was delayed.
- Diablo III's 2.10 patch released with week of in-game bonuses.
- Why Marvel Heroes is the industry's surprise success story.
- We talked to the Hearthstone team, which just added a new member, about its upcoming expansion (yes, another one). The latest season of ranked play has now ended.
- Chaos Heroes Online posted a new core features video.
- Elite: Dangerous' latest newsletter discusses upcoming mission additions.
- We got the scoop on State of Decay and Moonrise at PAX.
- NGames announced closed beta for Call of Alliance.
- Pre-order Destiny on Xbox One to pre-load it before launch.
- Heroes & Generals topped 2.6 million registered players.
- We gave away a ton of Dizzel in-game item keys.
- Motiga introduced two new Gigantic heroes via livestream and showed off new gameplay footage.
- TUG's latest update included predators, apothecary, alchemy, and terrain tweaks.
The big four features that arrive with 2.10 are seasons, greater rifts, leaderboards, and cesspools. Starting today, players can roll up a fresh character for a new season to earn special rewards without assistance from the player's other assets. To celebrate the patch, Diablo III has triggered a week of double gold find and double treasure goblin appearances.
The patch notes are so long that, well, they descend into the deep blackness of the website. If you'd rather not go blind reading all of that, you can check out the patch overview video after the jump. Happy gaming!
Whenever you take down a treasure goblin in 2.1, there's a chance that a portal to the Vault will spawn. Inside the Vault there's a ton of items pilfered by the treasure goblins, as you'd expect. There's also the Baroness Greed, who doesn't take kindly to having her space invaded and her pilfered goods re-pilfered by someone else. Still, it turns the game on its head; instead of being annoyed when a treasure goblin pinches your loot, now you'll have a chance to get something even better.
Gamasutra reports that Blizzard's partner in the region, NetEase, posted a "modest rise" in both profit and revenue during the second quarter. The company reported revenue of $376.6M, a rise of 13% from last year. This financial summary includes NetEase's own titles along with World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Hearthstone. Hearthstone was singled out as a "strong earner" due to its recent launch in the region.
Both Blizzard and NetEase are working to bring Diablo III and Heroes of the Storm to the country in the future.
The CE, which is priced at $89.99 on Amazon, includes the full game, a behind-the-scenes DVD/Blu-ray set, the soundtrack, a 160-page art book, and a mouse pad. Of course, if digital goodies are more your style, then you'll be happy to know that you'll get a Dread Raven mount and Dread Hatchling pet for World of Warcraft, two StarCraft II portraits, a pennant for Diablo III, and a custom card back for Hearthstone.
Blizzard said that supplies of the collector's edition are limited.
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- Diablo III has now sold 20 million copies across all platforms; Blizzard has also enabled cross-platform saves.
- The Crew will launch its second beta round on August 25th.
- We peeked in on Heroes of the Storm's alpha.
- Hearthstone's single-player Naxxramas Military Quarter opened its doors.
- Paul McCartney's Destiny music track will follow the game's release.
- Star Citizen opened Arena Commander to backers and released a CTF mode.
- An Ubisoft analyst criticized League of Legends' business model.
- SMITE posted a new Zeus model and a complete update of Nu Wa.
- Meet Haku, one of Path of Exile's new Forsaken Masters due in this month's expansion.
- The Games of Glory MOBA canceled its Kickstarter thanks to an influx of private investment.
- Wanna get paid to make War Thunder content?
- Chaos Heroes Online revealed its MOBA roster.
- Elite: Dangerous prepared for beta 2 with an official app release.
- Atari's MOBA, Minimum, is now $9.99 on Steam.
- The Stomping Land swapped engines to use Unreal Engine 4.
- World of Speed launched its Gamescom trailer.
- Shadowrun Online's early access build added two-player cooperative gameplay.
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- Path of Exile announced its second miniexpansion, Forsaken Masters, and released a new digital comic.
- Destiny discussed its endgame systems, level cap, and beta turnout.
- MOBA Gigantic revealed playable character Charnok, the draconic sorcerer.
- League of Legends unveiled new champion Gnar. GNAR SMASH, etc.
- Ultima Forever will sunset on August 29th. Forever.
- Games of Glory talked up its persistent MOBA universe.
- Got 50 bucks? You can afford Star Citizen's newest ship.
- Elite: Dangerous' premium beta 1 is now underway.
- Oort Online hopes to satisfy your itch for online Minecraft.
- Mobile MMO Dawn of the Immortals released its launch trailer (see it after the cut).
- Aeria Games will publish new MOBA Chaos Heroes this fall.
- Snail's King of Wushu MOBA also nabbed a new trailer.
- World of Tanks will include strongholds in its next big update.
- Hearthstone unlocked the doors to the Plague Quarter in its Naxxramas rollout.
- Our sister site Joystiq peeked at the Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition PS4 pre-order bonuses.
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- Dota 2's The International tournament is underway.
- Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas expansion will cost $24.99 to unlock fully.
- The folks behind Elite: Dangerous explained its price structure, console ideas, and beta build.
- Real-world mobile MMO Ingress formally launched on iOS.
- We took a look at two dino-survival pseudo-MMOs: Beasts of Prey and The Stomping Lands.
- League of Legends is developing new ways to appeal to newbies.
- Path of Exile is getting a comic book and a new expansion.
- Square-Enix is revising the Nosgoth founders program.
- Diablo III is headed to China.
- Star Citizen's crowfund broke the $48 million mark.
- Infinite Crisis is revamping its new player system.
- Gearbox has a new first-person MOBA en route; it's called Battleborn.
- Marvel Heroes introduced new playable hero Mr. Fantastic.
- MechWarrior Online plotted its own multi-part revamp.
- Heroes of Newerth announced a $10,000 map-making contest,
- CliffyB is making a new F2P shooter with MMO giant Nexon.
- Finally, Destiny is getting a mobile app. Check out a video walkthrough below.
No official release dates or prices have been announced at this time, nor has any information about whether or not this release will include the Reaper of Souls expansion for the game. It seems likely that the release will include all of the upgrades the game has experienced since its 2012 launch, but even that's just speculation. NetEase is the company that has already brought World of Warcraft and StarCraft II to the nation's gaming audience, so it's likely that players can expect the game without too many delays.
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- Diablo III's new patch will add leaderboard seasons. The auction hall officially closes this week.
- The Dreamhack Hearthstone tournament was shaded by cheating allegations.
- Grand Theft Auto Online's I'm Not a Hipster hipster update went live, but heists have been delayed.
- Heroes of the Storm expanded its alpha to more countries.
- Elite: Dangerous released a dev blog and info on its next premium beta.
- Firefall continued its march to relaunch.
- Path of Exile removed snapshotting.
- Chris Roberts talked up Star Citizen's work-in-progress flight model.
- Robert Morris University has formed an official League of Legends athletic team.
- State of Decay is releasing a skin pack for Minecraft.
- Beasts of Prey began early access on Steam. It's a dinosaur-themed survival sandbox.
- Destiny's alpha testers have played 6,461,871 games.
- MechWarrior Online launched the Clan Invasion
- Supergirl joined the cast of Infinite Crisis; the video is below.
- Finally, League of Legends is revamping its Summoner's Rift map. The developer preview video is also embedded below.
Blizzard sent out a reminder today about the auction house, stating that while its economic functions were disabled in March, the studio left it up for a few months past that to allow players to retrieve items and gold. Any items and gold left unattended will be sucked into the abyss on next Tuesday, so beware!
Patch 2.1.0 will also add "seasons" to the game. These are a new type of play that requires players to start a fresh character to level up. Why would someone want to do something so obviously crazy? Why, for the exclusive rewards and the chance to climb the leaderboards! There will also be season-only achievements called conquests that will be awarded to the first 1,000 players to get each one.
Once a season is over, the exclusive legendaries will be added to the rest of the game. Patch 2.1.0 will also impliment cesspool levels, combat balance changes, and greater rifts. The latter will have players racing against the clock to kill monsters and try to beat the end boss before time runs out.
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- Destiny powered through convention week with multiple videos, both embedded below. The game is currently alpha testing on the PS4.
- Blizzard revealed Diablo III's exclusive console content.
- We previewed EVE Valkyrie at E3 and ogled the new trailer; it's just past the break.
- DayZ is getting a new engine!
- Not to be left out of the fun, The Division and Dawngate also posted new videos.
- We learned how Elite: Dangerous plays on the Oculus Rift.
- Star Citizen's Chris Roberts spoke to us about the game's development. Testing invites for the arena commander module are also now going out.
- The Crew launched an E3 trailer (below); it releases in November.
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