- 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.
Now in the game's beta test are Pandemic and Outsider. Pandemic is a Decepticon sports car controller who has a flexible weapon set that can mess with enemies and pin them down. Outsider is an Autobot who can teleport to and from the front lines of battle as well as yank enemies around with a gravity well.
We've got the first look of these new warriors in a video after the break!
Nightmare Robin is actually Bruce Wayne's son Damian, who got infected with the vampiric curse and is a little miffed at being one of the undead. At least he has two large knives and a lot of bleeding-edge training to compensate. Atomic Joker is a bit more lighthearted, what with being a head in a jar who is trying to rebuild civilization in his image.
The September release overhauled the launcher, improved the new player experience, polished many of the map visuals, tweaked animations, and added a Crime Alley map where champions can test out skills against the computer.
You can check out Atomic Joker and Nightmare Robin in the gallery below and in the videos after the break.
Rank restricted players will have a certain number of games that they must play before they can return to queueing for ranked matches just like with chat restrictions. Players who are deeply into negative territory and rank restricted at the end of a given competitive season will also be ineligible for receiving special rewards for ranked play, meaning that poor sportsmanship doesn't pay at any level of the game. While there are potential abuses for the system, it's an obvious effort to make the play experience on all levels a more positive one for players.
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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.
The song is "Warriors" by the band Imagine Dragons. "To kick off the start of the action, we set out to craft a war cry to rally behind in a creative collaboration with Imagine Dragons," Riot posted on its site. "Whether you're a solo queue warrior or fighting off the LCS jitters –- every moment counts."
The MP3 is available for free on the site, but if you want the full animated music video, all you have to do is hit the jump below.
According to the Kickstarter description, "Grimoire is a multiplayer mage FPS with MOBA-style abilities that puts the player in control of devastating magic." Players can fight from first- or third-person views and take on the role of one of 10 wizard classes.
Grimoire's been in development for a year, is currently being voted for on Steam Greenlight, and even has a combat preview demo that you can download and try right now. The makers said that the game's had "practically no budget" up this point, which is why they're looking to raise $42,000 to improve what's already been made. The soundtrack is being composed by Pirates of the Caribbean Online vet Marcus Zuhr.
[Thanks to Dengar for the tip!]
- 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.
You can view the clip after the cut and you can learn more about the game mode at the official website.
Kukulkan isn't actually a new character for the game but a reworked Ao Kuang (who has been temporarily retired). While Kukulkan enjoys a new look, the abilities transferred over from Ao Kuang remain the same. Players who previously owned Ao Kuang will see that character transform into Kukulkan instead.
We've got the full god reveal video after the break, so welcome in your newest nightmare and ally!
[Thanks to Sorenthaz for the tip!]
Thomas previously worked on MMOs such as Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons and Dragons Online. You can watch the Dota 2 soundtrack video after the jump!
The first episode is available past the cut and runs for about 25 minutes, exploring the origins of several competitive teams and how players first broke into the industry. If you want a deeper look at the culture, or if you're already a big fan of e-sports and want to watch more about them, jump on past the break. The remaining portions of the documentary will be posted later this month, on September 12th and 15th.
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- Destiny is now live! Did you catch the launch trailers?
- League of Legends is rebooting its lore.
- The Stomping Land vanished from Steam.
- What do you play while waiting for Star Citizen's delayed Arena Commander module?
- We looked at Upsilon Circuit, Tome, and Wander at PAX Prime.
- Path of Exile unveiled more of the Hall of the Grandmasters and new flame effects.
- Phantasy Star Online 2's western release isn't a lost cause.
- The Witcher MOBA is now in closed beta on Android.
- Hearthstone announces its sixth season and a new piratey card back.
- Elite: Dangerous released its latest newsletter, this one on exploration.
- Warframe launched on the Xbox One.
- R2Games announced Mythborne, a new OARPG.
- ESPN's head honcho says e-sports aren't sports.
- Firefly Online is recruiting beta testers. (Thanks, Natasha.)
"Designed with fairness in mind, the game features no pay-to-win elements and allows players to unlock every piece of in-game content via gameplay," says a developer posting sussed out by Joystiq. "Closed Beta focuses on balancing gameplay, fixing potential netcode issues, and further refining in-game features."
Gnox goes on to lay out a new plan for the game's storytelling in the future, explaining that there will no longer be a perfect one-to-one correspondence between the game and the lore. While older elements will remain in place, some of them will be allowed to fall by the wayside in favor of more interesting stories and character perspectives. If you've got an investment in the game's world and characters, check out the full blog for more information.
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