Macro, in his warrior form, carries a heavy broadsword for up close melee combat which he wields like a chivalrous knight. In addition, his shield dome cloaks all allies within its boundaries, removing them from enemy line of sight for a limited time.The studio says over 700,000 players have participated in beta so far. Videos for both characters are embedded below.
At the other end of the spectrum, Firebreaker is the first Decepticon in Transformers Universe to feature cloaking capabilities. Sacrificing his shield meter he can extend the duration of the cloak, and can also unleash a computer virus on himself that will devastate the first Autobot he comes into contact with.
In other SMITE news, the game has added a new Mayan god. Cabrakan is a "destroyer of mountains," which is a good thing if you have a mountain coming at you down a lane. He's good at crowd control, protecting allies, and blocking enemy progress.
We've got videos on both Cabrakan and the Odyssey program for you to watch after the break.
Not So Massively: Path of Exiles' Master of the Hunt, Destiny's expansion, and BioWare's Shadow Realms
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- We took an exclusive first look at Path of Exile's Tora, Master of the Hunt.
- Destiny released Mars and Venus trailers and announced its first expansion.
- BioWare announced Shadow Realms, a D&D-inspired co-op dungeon crawler.
- Lineage Eternal's first closed beta is coming to Korea this winter.
- SMITE is headed to the Xbox One.
- Heroes of the Storm revealed new heroes Anub'arak, Azmodan, and Chen Stormstout.
- Shroud of the Avatar posted its opening cinematic (it's after the break).
- Diablo III previewed its new Vault content.
- War Thunder promises a 360-degree panoramic VR view with Project Morpheus.
- The Crew is coming to Xbox 360 but not PS3 or Wii U.
- Elite: Dangerous elaborated on the Stellar Forge system in a new newsletter.
- League of Legends spotlighted Gnar in a new video.
- Riot Games is starting programs to help support retired e-sports players.
- DayZ is headed to the PlayStation 4.
- Warframe announced new Archwing gameplay mode.
- Skara: The Blade Remains plans its launch for October 9th.
The accepted retirement age for professional players is due to a decrease in fine motor control and reflexes, which means that as in physical sports, it's impossible to continue playing as you get older. While the symposia Riot is offering don't yet go into detail about what players can do after playing, they are meant to help keep professionals in the spotlight and support them when they can no longer keep up with the events. It's useful training for professional e-sports players looking to move through their career and have some direction for after the game.
The video gives an overview of Gnar's abilities in both forms, then runs through a quick guide to handling combat situations with the hoppy little bundle of rage. Essentially, it's all about keeping an eye on when you'll transform and making the most of the situation, hopping in and out as the change takes you and wears off. Take a look at the video just past the break for a more visual demonstration of how to make the most of the character.
COO Todd Harris stated that the game's third-person viewpoint makes it a natural fit to control with a console gamepad rather than a mouse and keyboard, leading to an easy conversion. Details of how the program will work with online connectivity and the possibility of requiring an Xbox Live subscription have not yet been revealed (unsurprisingly, since the program was only just announced). Keep your eyes peeled for more information through the tail end of the year, since the launch won't be happening until 2015.
[Thanks to Sorenthaz for the tip!]
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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.
Weidemann argues that League of Legends' model has three major flaws: It gives too much away for free, it keeps releasing overpowered champions that are nerfed later after purchase, and it has a terrible 3.75% conversion rate from free to paying customers.
Why is 3.75% bad? Weidemann explains: "Usually, conversion rates for client-based games is between 15 and 25 percent. World of Tanks has 30 percent. It could afford to have one-third of the customer base and have the same amount of money as League of Legends." He believes the only reason Riot is staying afloat is through the studio's extensive playerbase, and as such smaller games should steer clear of the same model.
Second, I'm neither a fan nor a hater of Blizzard. Blizzard often sticks to safe rather than unique features, but it also makes games for the masses, which is great because I love to drag my friends into my games. But a game that attracts everyone also attracts the kind of people I don't want to play with.
So why should I -- or you -- play Heroes of the Storm?
According to the beta sign-up page, the free-to-play MOBA will have a cast that well exceeds that number; there are 50 "coming soon" slots on the chart begging for a future reveal. As for now, you can get a feel for this first batch of characters and their abilities, although apart from their names and visuals, deeper details will have to wait for a later date. We've got the full video after the jump, so check it out!
You can vote for the title on Steam Greenlight and view the full announcement after the break.
[Source: Lightbulb Crew press release]
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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.
Chaos Heroes Online is based on a variant of the original genre-defining Defense of the Ancients mod for Warcraft III, and its main claim to fame is offering players the ability to gear up from anywhere on the map rather than requiring anyone to return to base. Beyond that, it offers... well, you can probably guess what it offers if you're familiar with other MOBAs. Because that's what it is. Purely. You can check out the trailer past the cut if you have a mighty need for another MOBA.
[Source: Aeria Games press release]
King of Wushu is powered by CryEngine 3 and currently slated for the Xbox One and PC platforms. Click past the cut to view the vid!
Strongholds are a new game mode in which players can lay out a virtual base and fight over it. If a clan can upgrade its base enough, it will be treated to limited-time bonuses that will cover all clan members across the game.
Update 9.2 also comes with eight reworked maps, more medal achievements, HD upgrades to a few tanks, and the Fire Arc battle arena. Check out what 9.2 has to offer in the update video after the break.
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