The shutdown period will begin from today. As part of the winding down we will be refunding all those that have purchased a Founders Pack, as well as anyone that has purchased relic bundles and starter packs. These refunds should be all processed in the next 30 days. In addition we will be closing the ability for new players to make accounts, those of you that already have accounts will continue to be able to use them until the closure date. [...] We will also be pushing an update live today that will switch off the ability for players to buy any more relic packs, or starter bundles.Jagex asks players to contact the customer services team if they have not received their refunds by January 16th. Our hearts go out to the players and developers who hoped to see the title succeed.
[O]n 31st Jan 2015 @ 10am GMT we will be shutting down all servers and forums and will freeze all Transformers Universe related accounts. These accounts will then be live for another 60 days (approx.) for any final queries before deletion on 31st March 2015. Between now and the date of closure the Jagex CM team will continue to operate on the forums and we will provide relevant updates on the website as necessary.
Not So Massively: HEX gets new cards, Dota 2 cancels Christmas, and Hearthstone lands on Android (sorta)
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- Bungie's been banhammering Destiny players with modded consoles. The Dark Below, the game's first DLC, launched last week, but crazy people beat the raid within just a few hours and went back to mocking the Paul McCartney video.
- Hearthstone players struggled to buy the right expansion packs. But there's good news for (some) Android gamers: The game soft launched today on Google Play in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.
- HEX released a new card set expansion, Shattered Destiny.
- Dota 2's engine updates forced Valve to cancel Frostivus events.
- Elite: Dangerous launches tomorrow.
- Marvel Heroes now features a female Wolverine.
- Path of Exile went live with its update 1.2 PvP revamp. It also released a video of Leo Redmane, Master of the Arena.
- Star Citizen's latest patch added another ship and the all-important drunk effects.
- The Crew corrected a bug that was accidentally erasing player stats.
- King of Wushu got new PS4 trailers at the Shanghai PS4 conference.
- SMITE doled out five videos full of advice on breaking into the games industry. There's also a new dev blog on Awilix, Goddess of the Moon.
- MechWarrior Online entered beta testing for Community Warfare.
- MMOFPS Dizzel formally launched.
- NetEase announced the English version of 3-D MOBA Wildfire.
- Shadowrun Online's December 17 update includes bigger parties, skill trees, co-op, and new missions.
That's all changed thanks to IC, though, and I've downloaded a few other genre titles to try while I'm at it. What about you, Massively MOBA players? Which is your favorite?
Every morning, the Massively bloggers probe the minds of their readers with deep, thought-provoking questions about that most serious of topics: massively online gaming. We crave your opinions, so grab your caffeinated beverage of choice and chime in on today's Daily Grind!
The Massively staff pick for Best Pseudo-MMO of 2014 is...
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- Hearthstone's first expansion, Goblins vs. Gnomes, launched earlier today after major balance tweaks last week.
- Ubisoft's action-driving MMO The Crew launched, landing at #6 on the UK charts.
- Destiny previewed The Dark Below and again rejected raid matchmaking.
- Over 27 million people tuned in to watch League of Legends' world finals.
- Zombie MOBA Dead Island: Epidemic launched into open beta.
- That rumor about a Borderlands MMO was true, though it's coming only to China.
- Warface will sunset on the Xbox 360 in February.
- Path of Exile prepped for its 1.3 update and tournament season one.
- Heroes of the Storm teased model updates and master skins.
- Infinite Crisis dredged up a playable Swamp Thing.
- Star Citizen's Hornet was made available to all backers.
- Frontier teased the Elite: Dangerous trailer and gave away old-school Elite for Mac.
- World of Speed profiled the BMW Z4 roadster in a new video.
- World of Warplanes taught us how to do a canopy roll.
- Nerd Kingdom told backers it's hopeful about an investor for TUG.
- Elvenar's devs posted a video preview of the MMORTS.
In a new video -- which we coincidentally have for you after the break -- you can get a quick lesson on how to perform the three varieties of canopy rolls and which fighter craft are best suited for such maneuvers.
Coming to Infinite Crisis on December 17th, Swamp Thing will be the newest super-powered character in the game. According to his description, "Swamp Thing can endure tremendous damage and is capable of complete regeneration. He also has control over plant life, and can command it to do his bidding."
We've got a video preview of Mr. Thing after the break, so check it out and then hug a tree afterward so that you'll end up on his good side.
[Source: Turbine press release]
You can soak up the rest of the numbers at Riot's official website.
- 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.
This tournament is called DEvember and comes to you courtesy of Turbine Entertainment. Starting on December 2nd and continuing through the 18th, the tournament will feature several rounds of 1v1 Infinite Crisis action starring 32 employees spanning all of the studio's teams.
Other than being entertained by devs beating up each other, players can benefit from the tournament by winning prizes via guessing who will win. Our money is on Rock Star Wonder Woman™.
And if the MMORPG community's comments are any judge, I am not alone in my indifference to e-sports. Actually, "indifference" is probably too tame a word; some MMO gamers are outright hostile to e-sports, be those e-sports jammed into proper MMORPGs or waaaaay out on the fringes of the online gamosphere.
That hostile ridicule of e-sports, however, degrades online gaming, our corner of it as much as anyone's.
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.
Master X Master is NCsoft's first internally developed MOBA and is being planned for multiple platforms. The mega-publisher is utilizing cloud technology to create a global platform that will run Master X Master and other titles.
We've got the new Master X Master G-Star trailer for you to check out after the break!
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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.
"Once the game is live worldwide, you can look forward to future updates with more heroes, more player-requested features, and other fun stuff," the team promised.
If you want to give this free-to-play title a try, you're going to need an iPad 2 or better or an iPhone 5 or better. Vainglory is already out in other parts of the world and boasts a top-notch gaming experience for mobile devices. It was first mentioned during Apple's September press conference and was developed by former Blizzard, Riot, and Supercell developers.
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