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This past weekend was PAX South 2015, the first PAX held in San Antonio, and our reporters covered not-so-massive online games in addition to MMORPGs, including Star Citizen, Elite: Dangerous, Shroud of the Avatar, Gigantic, Moonrise and State of Decay, Pox Nora, and TUG. Here's what else the week brought not-so-massive fans.
- Jef took a look at sandbox Space Engineers for MMO Burnout.
- League of Legends' 2015 World Championship will be held in Europe.
- Marvel Heroes kicked off a cow-themed promotion and opened pre-orders for the Winter Soldier.
- DayZ has now sold over 3 million early access copies.
- Elite: Dangerous' February patch will focus on "new type of story-driven collaborative content."
- Heroes of Newerth is adding a new quest system and game mode.
- Path of Exile threatened cheaters with the banhammer.
- The Crew announced a new three-car DLC bundle.
- TUG implemented multiplayer.
- World of Warships now has aircraft carriers.
- Borderlands Online posted a trailer in time for its Chinese technical test.
- My.com released a new World of Speed trailer (it's after the cut).
- Heroes in the Sky is yet another WWII arcade battler.
- Shards of War introduced a new playable sentinel named Patches.
- League of Legends new Nemesis Draft mode is not going well.
- Destiny's getting a new PvP mode.
- Hearthstone's January 2015 ranked play season is drawing to a close.
- The "Wyrmius" minigame arrived in Warframe.
- Nosgoth landed in open beta.
- MOBA The Witcher: Battle Arena launched on mobile.
- A town in the Philippines banned Dota following a fatal stabbing over the game.
I hopped in on a quick Gigantic match with some other press folks this afternoon at PAX South 2015, and in the midst of delivering an absolute drubbing to the scrubs (kidding!) on the other side of the table, I was able to get a feel for the game's combat system, characters, and the way its massive guardians change the way battles play out.
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- Heroes of the Storm is now in closed beta. Blizz also previewed the Sky Temple map.
- Blizzard announced the 2015 Hearthstone World Championship.
- Riot announced League of Legends' mid-season invitational for May, pushed patch 5.1 live, and revealed Nemesis Draft, a new featured game mode. The game will also be celebrating Aussie players on Oceania servers later this month.
- Elite: Dangerous mapped out the beta schedule for its inbound updates and teased future expansions.
- Path of Exile completed PvP season one with its invitational tournament this weekend.
- Marvel Heroes pubbed its level 52 Hulk review.
- Diablo III patched 2.1.2 and ended season one.
- Borderlands Online revealed its four classes.
- World of Tanks introduced personal missions.
- MOBA Nosgoth's open beta is set to begin on January 21st.
- MMORTS Elvenar explained how to upgrade buildings.
- Square Enix publishe a dev blog for MOBA Lord of Vermilion.
- Infestation: Survivor Stories EP Sergey Titov admitted that the post-apoc game's original name, The War Z, was a "terrible choice."
- King of Wushu released videos for three new playable characters.
- Massively's Jukebox Heroes column reviewed Destiny's soundtrack. The game will launch the hardmode version of Crota's End this week.
- Dota 2 now boasts over 10 million players.
- Netmarble and Visual Toys announced they'll launch MOBA Pirates: Treasure Hunter next month.
- Former pro League of Legends team Vulcan leaped into fantasy e-sports.
- MOBA Summoner's Legion opens its first official server this coming Wednesday.
- Way, way too many devs think MOBAs are smart and sustainable for it to actually remain true. Ahem.
The team behind the game also took a moment to explain a bit more going on behind the scenes with character design by looking at Thrall -- specifically, looking at top-down design for Thrall as he exists within Heroes of the Storm and bottom-up design using Thrall's Warcraft III abilities as a starting point. It's an interesting look at how the same basic character could wind up inspiring two different designs in the end and well worth a glance if you're crossing your fingers for that closed invitation.
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- Rumors are swirling about a possible "total reboot" for BioWare's episodic OARPG Shadow Realms.
- SMITE's world championships closed with half of a $2.6 million prize pool -- the third largest in e-sports history -- awarded to winners Cognitive Prime. SMITE also revealed character Hou Yi and opened Xbox One beta signups.
- Heroes of the Storm previewed hero league and draft mode, promised new skins and mounts, and posted a Brawl with the Blues event for this coming Wednesday. [Thanks, Dengar.]
- Valve declared that Dota 2's The International 2015 will take place from August 3rd to 8th in Seattle.
- Blizzard's Overwatch has already bumped into trademark issues.
- Hawkgirl arrives in Turbine MOBA Infinite Crisis on January 21st.
- Both Destiny's latest update and its holiday gift to players were guns. Lots of them.
- Elite: Dangerous is expanding both its team and its feature set, and it reversed its decision on how to handle the billionaire players created by last week's bug. Elite: Dangerous players also made headlines with their goal to chart out the whole galaxy for science.
- Blacklight: Retribution's Zombie Studios is shutting down, but the online shooter will live on.
- Hearthstone posted the winners of its ninth ranked season. Grats to SexyEnvelope. Great name too.
- MMO guild site Guild Launch rebranded as Gamer Launch in an attempt to target MOBA players.
- Check out this zombieless fan film honoring DayZ.
- Another university is adding League of Legends scholarships: Kentucky's University of Pikeville.
- War Thunder's WW2 Chronicles event series reached its fourth week.
- MOBA Chaos Heroes Online launched on Steam.
- Minecraft-like Planets³ is now in pre-alpha for pre-order players.
- And speaking of Minecraft: Mojang developer Nathan Adams tweeted that almost a million people were playing the blocky sandbox at what he said was a non-peak time on Friday.
Coinciding with tournament was the reveal of SMITE's newest god, Hou Yi, Defender of the Earth. He justifies this lofty title with a variety of ranged attacks, movement tricks, and a high resistance to critical hits. Check him out in action just past the break.
[Thanks to Sorenthaz for the tip!]
A new preview video characterizes Hawkgirl as "an aggressive bruiser who excels at isolating and disrupting her opponents." You can get all the specifics on her skills and abilities by watch the clip embedded after the cut.
"In recent years we've seen a significant influx of players from a variety of other gaming communities including MOBAs and Minecraft," president Stephen Johnston says. The firm currently services over four million gamers and now offers new features designed for League of Legends, Dota 2, SMITE, and Minecraft players.
[Source: Gamer Launch press release]
This week Kentucky's University of Pikeville followed suit when it publicized its offering of "at least 20 scholarships" to LoL players who will be treated like the school's other student-athletes. "There will be practice time and video time when they have to study other teams for upcoming competitions," said the university's new media director Bruce Parsons.
The firm explains why in a Q&A posted this week, and the short version is that your ISP is focused primarily on moving large amounts of data in seconds or minutes, which is fine for streaming video but not so fine for real-time gaming. To make matters worse, your internet connection "might bounce all over the country instead of running directly to where it needs to go," Riot says, "which can impact your network quality and ping whether the game server is across the country or right down the street."
The solution is a direct network for LoL traffic as well as some sort of partnership with US and Canadian ISPs to facilitate player access.
The rivalry between Thor and Guan Yi isn't usually acknowledged by mythology experts, but that's doubtlessly an oversight.
The point is that if you want to watch an improbably busty goddess tap about in heals while fighting a wolf-beast, now is your chance. Click on past the break to watch the full trailer. It may not give you a whole lot of insight into mythology, but it will give you an idea of the game, at least.
[Source: Hi-Rez Studios press release]
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- Elite: Dangerous' server issues over the holiday created instant billionaires.
- Destiny is rumored to be due for yet another expansiaDLCpackaddonupdate. If you were hoping to upgrade your game to next-gen console, you can do so for free for a limited time.
- Hearthstone's new ranked season began; there's a new Maraad card to win too.
- League of Legends' Snowdown events come to a close tomorrowday.
- Path of Exile released its PvP Invitational standings to date.
- PlanetSide 2's John Smedley denied that implant changes in the game are a "money grab."
- Star Citizen's Chris Roberts looked back on a year of wild growth for the crowdfunded game.
- SMITE posted videos about Arachne's lore and wrapped up its Odyssey promotion.
- PlayStation Now is now offering subscription services.
- A talented player put Valve's Gabe Newell into Dota 2 as a shopkeeper.
- We dug into research suggesting non-causal links between emotional sensitivity and online games.
- Massively's Game Archaeologist discussed how DikuMUD shaped modern MMOs.
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- Jagex announced that it plans to shut down the Transformers Universe MOBA in January.
- Elite: Dangerous launched this week. We compared it to EVE Online and drooled over a ridiculously cool Elite-centered PC rig.
- SMITE explored Awilix in depth, kicked off Saturnalia, and announced a $2,000,000 prize pool for its World Championships. SMITECentral named it the 5th highest prize pool in e-sports history. [Thanks, Sorenthaz!]
- Star Citizen released Arena Commander 1.0.
- League of Legends issues a royal welcome to one and all to its Snowdown 2014 celebration.
- Hearthstone formally launched worldwide on Android devices.
- Marvel Heroes adds Venom and put almost everything in the game on sale for 50% off.
- MechWarrior Online patched in a 64-bit client.
- War Thunder's Steel Generals expansion beta is live.
- A Destiny player beat the expansion's new content solo.
- Riot Games tried to beat League of Legends hackers by hiring them.
- Undead Labs answered player questions about Moonrise.
- DayZ is adding a bunch of new themed items for the holidays. The team also posted an anniversary video.
- Infinite Crisis released playable Swamp Thing.
- MOBA Shards of War introduced new sentinel Bastion.
- After much delay, GTA Online will be getting heists next year.
As part of the big patch rolling out today, MechWarrior Online is offering an "experimental release" of its new 64-bit client. This client supposedly uses all available RAM for better performance, but can be only handled by 64-bit versions of Windows.
Other changes with the patch include several UI improvements that will make it easier to see who is queueing up for matches and which side is winning certain territories.
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