- League of Legends revealed Rek'Sai, the Void Burrower.
- Ubisoft pooh-poohed doubts about The Crew's launch tomorrow but refused to grant reviewers pre-launch access.
- Massively's Mike journeyed into Elite: Dangerous' gamma build.
- DayZ plans price hikes over the course of 2015 in the leadup to its 2016 launch.
- Path of Exile plans a massive PvP update for patch 1.3.
- Bungie's COO thinks Destiny and games like it -- so, you know, MMOs -- are special snowflakes that are too hard to review.
- Star Citizen eclipsed $63 million and added pets and a new $350 ship.
- The latest World of Speed vid showed off the Camaro and Mustang.
- Civilization Online demoed its character creation.
- Players datamined 37 Heroes of the Storm characters.
- Bigpoint's MOBA Shards of War introduced new Sentinel Zel.
- Heroes of Newerth put together a 526,372-piece LEGO replica of one of its zones.
- Multiple teams were expelled from the Dreamhack e-sports event over cheating.
Not So Massively: Elite's refund controversy, Civ Online's closed beta, and Ghost in the Shell's G-Star debut
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- Elite: Dangerous navigated the refund controversy over its canceled offline mode.
- OFPS Ghost in the Shell unveiled its debut trailer at G-Star.
- Civilization Online posted a sweet new closed beta trailer.
- Blizzard explained the spare parts mechanic in Hearthstone's upcoming Goblins vs. Gnomes expansion.
- The opening cinematic for Destiny's upcoming expansion DLC was leaked. A demo version of the game is also now available. Bungie is reportedly planning more accommodation for solo play.
- This is how you stop exploits: Riot's paying out cash money to players who find League of Legends bugs. The studio's also working hard to disincentivize leavers.
- Tencent, Riot's main stakeholder, saw its Beijing offices vandalized earlier today.
- SMITE revealed Ao Kuang, the Dragon King of the Eastern Seas.
- Star Citizen explained its death mechanics.
- NCsoft's MOBA, Master X Master, is coming to mobile devices.
- MOBA TOME: Immortal Arena landed on Steam.
- The Crew launches its console beta tomorrow.
- Warframe's Archwing update hits consoles.
- World of Speed uploaded a new teaser focused on Toyota's Supra Mk 4.
- Ingress turned two years old and published an infographic to celebrate.
- GTA Online's character transfers are busted for accounts dormant since 2013.
- World of Tanks' Xbox 360 edition rolled out the German Maus heavy tank.
- The Order and Chaos MOBA, Heroes of Chaos, is due for a large mobile update.
- A StarCraft II player was booted from a tournament after tweeting about raping his female opponent.
Aside from the eponymous Archwing systems, the update also adds a new (equally eponymous) Warframe, more visual customization options, and a new reputation system allowing you to represent one of six Syndicates. So if you're floating about on consoles with Warframe, you too can now enjoy all of the fun of spaceflight without a spaceship. Hopefully not including the harness accidentally detaching whilst you're accelerating, leading your body to go hurtling off into space at a trajectory you can no longer control forever.
[Source: Digital Extremes press release]
The DLC is planned for launch on December 9th for $20, or included as a part of the game's Season Pass for $25. There's no way to confirm if this is indeed the trailer, but it certainly looks legitimate, and it lays out a reasonable story pitting players against the Hive and its ultimate designs on Earth. You can check out the trailer for yourself just past the cut.
Players will need an Xbox Live gold membership to install the game for free, and they can then enjoy all of the content up through the aftermath of Season 2. Trion Worlds gave a bunch of goodies to Defiance owners with the conversion, including a 30-day patron pass, four character slots, and 1,000 Arkforge.
This switch has been a long time coming, especially when you consider that the sci-fi shooter MMO converted to F2P on the PC back in June and on the PlayStation 3 back in August.
Check out the new trailers below.
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- Smilegate announced Lost Ark, a gorgeous Korean OARPG.
- Destiny updated with a massive 2.44 gig patch. One in five copies, claims Superdata, was sold digitally.
- Blizzard won its lawsuit against Legend of Crouching Dragon, an overt Hearthstone clone. A new HS trailer was also posted.
- Elite: Dangerous canceled the offline gameplay mode it promised during its Kickstarter campaign.
- Jagex announced potential layoffs affecting the Transformers Universe team.
- Dota 2's new update teases the Oracle.
- Warframe attempted to set a Guinness world record for moustaches (results are still pending, but over $9000 was raised -- yes, over 9000).
- Star Citizen's crowdfunding total topped $61 million.
- Riot Games found a way to reward the 95% of League of Legends players who are jerks.
- World of Warplanes celebrated its first anniversary.
- Mobile MOBA Vainglory launches on iOS tomorrowday.
- Infinite Crisis plans to release Arcane Supergirl in November.
- The Crew hyped its season pass in a new trailer.
- SMITE previewed new god Ao Kuang.
- Moonrise's devs discussed the game's PvP meta.
SOE's Matt Higby told Eurogamer that the nearly-two-year-old MMOFPS sandbox has been slow to arrive on the PS4 because SOE didn't want it to feel like just another cruddy console port.
"As much as it sounds like we're blowing smoke, we're working hard to release a game that feels like a full-on console experience and not just like a port. So it's taken us quite a long time to re-jigger our user interface and our controls. There's a lot that needs to get done."The PS4 edition will also sport a slightly different business model in that microtransactions will be purchased with Marketplace Cash (as in DC Universe Online) in place of Station Cash.
More details, Eurogamer reports, are expected in December at the PlayStation Experience event.
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- Blizzard announced online team-shooter Overwatch at BlizzCon. Chris Metzen says Blizzard is trying to build a more representative game with less hypersexualization.
- Hearthstone is launching in December and getting a new expansion: Goblins vs. Gnomes.
- EA's MOBA Dawngate is shutting down in three months.
- League of Legends introduced Kalista, the Spear of Vengeance.
- MMOTCG HEX dropped its beta key requirement but denied that it is in open beta.
- Heroes of the Storm's closed beta starts January 13th. It's also getting a sweet Diablo III-themed map.
- Diablo III previewed its upcoming season. According to content designer Kevin Martens, Diablo was once considered for an MMO, but no longer.
- David Braben says Elite: Dangerous' December 16th launch date is "sensible."
- Star Citizen passed $60 million in fundraising.
- Quirky indie MMOFPS Hunternet boasts 700-player battles.
- World of Tanks' 9.4 patch added Stalingrad map and tweaked strongholds.
- The Crew hinted at a new "PvP mode" and season passes.
- MechWarrior Online's latest dev vlog covered inner sphere quirks and faction switching.
- Ubisoft said that The Division's PC experience won't suffer because of consoles.
- Some jerk swatted a Bungie/Destiny exec; the internet demands prison time for said jerk.
- The latest World of Speed vid features nearly four minutes of gameplay.
- Bigpoint's Shards of War introduced a new sentinel, Vox.
- Undead Labs discussed balance in Moonrise.
- Dota is now the subject of a course at Chongqing Energy College in China.
The studio revealed the new title with a pair of trailers, one giving a Pixar-esque introduction to the world and the other showing off in-game footage. Blizzard said that Overwatch will be "very approachable" for audiences.
So when is Overwatch coming out? "It is nearer than you think," teased Chris Metzen, following that with news that the beta is coming in 2015 and the title will be playable at this week's convention.
The video below includes footage from a Hunternet network stress test, with "700 clients spread across the cloud connected to a single dedicated server," a server where "players are not limited in their interaction by network culling as done in other large scale MMOs that spread out players and limit when you can see other players."
After two years in development, the game is in alpha, so placeholder art is seen throughout the tech demo video and screenshots. Zapata says he's revisited and rethought many genre tropes, like "controls, health, scoring, shooting, spawning, teamwork," along with more "mundane" bits like a scaling UI and integrated voice chat. The website welcomes tester signups from gamers who "embrace failure as an integral part of learning" and "value mechanics over aesthetics." Skip the signup, says the dev, if you think shooters must be ultra-realistic "big macho war fests."
Check out the alpha assets below, and notice we didn't use the word Kickstarter.
- Hearthstone sent out two waves of bans and fueled speculation about the title of the upcoming expansion. Concept art suggests something gnomish is afoot.
- Bungie announced that Destiny's The Dark Below expansion will launch December 9th and cost around 20 bucks. The studio also buffed Vault of Glass to make it less steamrollable.
- The alpha for Shadow Realms, BioWare's story-driven OARPG, has been delayed.
- Star Citizen demoed its FPS mode at PAX Australia and released version 0.9.2 of Arena Commander.
- Undead Labs discussed how combat will work in OARPG Moonrise.
- SMITE revealed Nox, Goddess of the Night, just in time for Halloween.
- Blizzard announced a Diablo III Legendary Workshop for BlizzCon.
- Path of Exile is now accepting Karma Koins as currency.
- Elite: Dangerous' third beta went live with new systems, ships, and interdiction mechanics.
- The Crew released PC system specs and prepped another round of closed beta for consoles.
- War Thunder prepared to roll out its US-flavored Steel Generals update.
- King of Wushu demoed its incredible-for-a-MOBA graphics... and flowing hair.
- Motiga says it will be adding "thousands" of new alpha testers to MOBA Gigantic.
- World of Tanks added the French tech tree, 28 new tanks, and two new maps to its Xbox version.
- World of Warships detailed the mechanics of aircraft carriers.
- MOBA Skara: The Blade Remains debuted in early access on Steam.
- TOME: Immortal Arena will launch on Steam on November 21st.
Nope, says Bungie in its weekly update. While the offerings won't be as robust for those who opt not to buy The Dark Below, there are a few content scraps that will be free for all. These include new daily bounties, five more bounty slots, and "some" new weapons and armor.
The weekly newsletter also revealed a little of the story of the upcoming DLC, wrapped up Halloween activities, and mentioned how the team is combating various bugs that have been plaguing Destiny as of late.
In a 10-minute demo, the devteam ran a four-player co-op mission through a dilapidated space station. Eurogamer notes that animations are synced between viewpoints and players, and that players can move their heads independent of their guns.
The FPS module is currently scheduled to be released (among other things) in 2015. You can get your first look at this combat in the screenshots and video below.
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