- Path of Exile announced a total of 7,000,000 registrations, 154,000 peak player concurrency, and a new patch today.
- SMITE's patch notes reveal Sylvanus, Keeper of the Wild.
- Bungie closed Destiny's loot cave with a nerfing patch. Unsurprisingly, there's a new loot cave. There's also a soundtrack on iTunes and a bunch of leaks about what's coming in the expansions.
- Global Agenda 2's closed beta is expected "before the end of the year if all goes well," says Hi-Rez.
- Hearthstone's sixth season is coming to an end.
- League of Legends is introducing ranked restrictions for toxic players.
- Diablo III's latest patch improved pets, Greater Rifts, and Witch Doctors.
- The Crew's console closed beta launches tomorrow.
- TUG halved its staff to stay afloat.
- Star Citizen hit $54 million in crowdfunds with a letter from Chris Roberts.
- Transformers Universe rolls out Pandemic and Outsider.
- World of Speed put out another cruising vid, this one on the Ford Mustang.
- Infinite Crisis introduced Nightmare Robin and Atomic Joker.
- Line of Defense suffered Steam early access mishaps when a misfiling allowed players to download it for free.
- Warframe deployed Update 14.5 with a new video.
- Check out the splash page for Dota 2's 6.82 Rekindling Soul update.
- World of Tanks' 9.3 update targets "unsportsmanlike" behavior.
So Titan joins Starcraft Ghost and Warcraft Adventures in the Blizzard graveyard. It's a loss for those who were hoping to see what Blizz could do outside of World of Warcraft in the MMO space. But what does this cancellation mean for Blizzard, the industry, and us as MMO gamers? I have a few thoughts, although I'll pre-empt them by predicting that your life will most likely go on just the same it did before this momentous announcement.
The update also makes a variety of adjustments to Greater Rifts, altering the behavior of enemies found within the rifts and removing certain maps form the rotation. Witch Doctors have also received a variety of buffs, with several fetishes getting substantially more life and improved functionality. Take a gander at the full patch notes to see how much has changed.
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- Riot released Imagine Dragons' League of Legends song for free.
- Project Morpheus is 85% complete.
- SMITE published The Great XBox Caper to much lulz.
- Diablo III is buffing pets.
- Elite: Dangerous will launch beta 2 on September 30th.
- Zombies Monsters Robots landed on Steam and previewed its upcoming T-Rekt patch.
- We took a look at StarCraft II from an MMO player's perspective.
- Strife previewed three new incoming heroes.
- Richard Garriott's Shroud of the Avatar sought and achieved Steam Greenlighting.
- Our sister site Joystiq took a look at co-op shooter Battleborn.
- Destiny was targeted with DDoS attacks and released its first raid, already beaten.
- Google released a new introductory video for its MMOARG, Ingress.
- TUG advanced to the Bronze age with a new trailer.
- FPSMOBA Grimoire asked for Kickstarter funding amid controversy.
- World of Warships released a class mechanics video.
- Tank racing coming to World of Tanks on September 29th.
- MOBA Dragons & Titans revamped its business model.
- Skara released a new trailer.
- Heroes of the Storm is being wiped one more time in prep for the final phase of alpha.
- 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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