Bless Online Offers Class Combat Previews

If you were among those who found last week’s class teasers a bit underwhelming, then perhaps these more recent Bless Online class combat previews will be to your liking. The devs of Bless have offered up small video vignettes of each of the game’s classes in action, along with briefs on how each one plays.

bless online class combat

Each class has gotten information about resources, skills and playstyles, along with a video showing these in action for about a minute-and-a-half.

  • As one would expect, the Guardian is a tanker that builds up a Bravery resource, which lets them switch to a stance that empowers their attacks.
  • Berserkers wade into battle in one of two stances: Blood Leech, which returns some of the damage dealt as health; and Bleed, which expends health in order to dish out more pain.
  • Rangers also have a stance-related benefit that helps them build a resource currently referred to as “prudence”, which offers damage and defensive benefits.
  • The Paladin class deals healing or other buffs through combat, with every third strike in a combo offering some benefit to themselves or the party.
  • Finally, the Mage’s attack chains grant benefits depending on which element – fire, air, or ice – is used.

According to the post, each video is taken from an in-development build and so the names of many of the skills are yet to be finalized. You’re invited to watch each preview video over on the Bless Online Steam page.

Our Thoughts

We don’t have a point of reference for whether or not these class skills are better than they were before since we’ve not played Bless Online previously, but we have to admit that the game’s combat does look rather kinetic. We assume that the “circle of death” strafing was less for actual tactical benefit and more for presentation purposes, though.

Source: Steam

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H1Z1 Stealth-Shifts its PS4 Closed Beta Test Date

Despite a press release that stated intention for a H1Z1 PS4 closed beta test during the month of April, this past weekend came and went without any codes or other word from the game about when eager PS4 battlers royale will get to fight it out for the last person standing.

h1z1 ps4 closed beta

When contacted by fans during this past weekend on whether “this month” did indeed refer to the month of April, the game’s official Twitter account replied with word that the devs “haven’t announced an official date for closed beta quite yet.” None of our information available to us has brought new word beyond that.

In what might be seen as a worrying development, the H1Z1 Twitter account has been silent for the past 21-odd hours at the time of this story’s writing. Users of the H1Z!: Just Survive subreddit are also already bracing themselves or otherwise saying their goodbyes.

The concern springs from the wave of layoffs that swept over Daybreak Games this past week which saw 70 employees affected. Our colleagues at Massively Overpowered have compiled a number of recent statements from Daybreak’s MMO portfolio including DCUO, EverQuest and EQ2, and PlanetSide 2 regarding the past week’s events, which essentially sum up to updates and developments continuing as normal.

Our Thoughts

Things do not look very sunny for H1Z1. Of course, there are no firm statements one way or the other, but perceived radio silence is often much worse than a simple remark about the game’s PS4 future or future in general. At this point, many fans would perhaps even be happy with a “no comment” statement.

Sources: H1Z1 Twitter, Massively Overpowered

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15 Additional PUBG Hackers Arrested and Fined

The seemingly Sisyphean effort to stop PUBG hackers has made at least a little bit of progress recently. According to information shared on the game’s Steam page, another 15 suspects are under arrest for developing and selling cheating programs which not only helped players win PUBG matches, but also were used to steal user data.

pubg hackers

The arrest took place on April 25th and saw what were described as “major suspects” taken into custody for distributing the malicious software. According to the quote included in the post, the suspects currently are facing fines of $5.1 million, while other suspects related to the case are still under investigation.

Some of the programs in question contained a Huigezi Trojan horse virus that also let users of the program control infected PCs, scan the infected PC’s data, and illegally extract whatever information was discovered.

PUBG Corp once more reiterated its continued development on ways to prevent hackers and cheaters in its game, including upgraded security measures and work on anti-cheat functions in addition to working with multiple law enforcement partners. “We’ll continue to crack down on hacking/cheating programs (and their creators) until our players are free to battle it out in a totally fair environment,” closes the post.

Our Thoughts

What impact these arrests will have on the greater issue of PUBG cheaters isn’t immediately clear and likely won’t be clear for a fair bit of time. That said, calling said suspects “major” could mean that the head of one of many snakes may indeed be cut off. Unless, of course, it’s less a snake and more of a hydra, which case the problems will double for PUBG.

Source: Steam

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Symmetra to Switch Roles from Support to Defense in Overwatch

I can assure you from years of schooling that being picked last to play is one of the worst feelings, so my heart goes to Overwatch’s Symmetra when it comes to her apparent selection rate. That might change in the near future, however, as one of the shooter’s devs has gone over a Symmetra role change, swapping the character from Support to Defense.

symmetra role change

According to a forum post by lead designer Geoff Goodman, the game’s current dev build has Symmetra taking the Defense role with emphasis on new ways for her turrets to deploy. Instead of having to walk up to a wall herself, she can now fire them like a projectile to stick to walls and ceilings. The turrets travel in a straight line but also have a slow travel speed in order for players to see them coming, and their maximum deployment number is reduced to three but will get an increase in both damage and speed reduction to whatever they fire at.

Goodman also went on to detail adjustments to Symmetra’s weapon. Namely, the primary fire is switching from an auto-locking beam to a straight beam that has larger circumference and longer range. The beam will continue to see an uptick in damage for sustained fire and is getting an overall damage buff, but the shot has to remain on-target for two straight seconds per tick. Another interesting feature is her primary fire will actually generate ammo when shooting a barrier instead of consuming it, making her a potentially potent shield-breaker.

As for the weapon’s secondary fire, it’s gone through a number of noteworthy changes as well. It will take one second to charge up the shot, the projectile speed is being “significantly” increased, and instead of piercing targets the projectile will now explode and cause splash damage when it hits targets or surfaces.

symmetra role change

Finally, Symmetra’s abilities are also getting adjusted. Her teleporter will now be her E ability, which can have its exit placed up to 25 meters away. Once the exit is placed, the entrance will appear directly in front of Symmetra instead of at spawn. The devs are also working on making things other than other players pass through the teleporter, such as Junkrat’s RIP Tire or D.Va’s detonating mech.

Finally, Symmetra’s Photon Barrier will be her Ultimate ability, switching from a projectile to a static barrier that is infinite in size and has 5000 health. Deployment of this new Photon Barrier will operate much like Mei’s Ice Wall currently does.

Of course, all of these adjustments are stressed to be in early phases and could be adjusted, tweaked, or outright dropped in the meantime. There’s currently no word on when this new version of Symmetra will land on PTR.

Our Thoughts

Wow! These are some incredibly dramatic adjustments to Symmetra’s overall kit. Considering the character has been lagging behind in utility in the grander scheme of Overwatch team composition, it’s understandable, but these are also not mere number adjustments! Where do you stand on this new-look Symmetra?

Source: official forums

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Cliff Bleszinski Teases a Possible Radical Heights Xbox One Release

Do you think your Xbox One could use more radical battle royale gaming? Maybe a game that literally bills itself as “X-TREME Early Access”? Yep, a Radical Heights Xbox One release might be in the works if a little hint dropped by Boss Key’s studio head is anything to be believed.

radical heights xbox one

The tease comes by way of Bleszinski’s Twitter, where he replied to a couple of calls to bring the 80’s-soaked battle royale title to the Xbox One, with fans claiming many who enjoy the game also own the system. CliffyB’s response: “Maybe @XboxP3 (head of Xbox Phil Spencer) and I are talking…”

This comes a couple of hours after Spencer himself tweeted a response to a fan asking if Microsoft is working on a first-party battle royale title of some sort. “NBR is massive, PUBG is huge, new BR variants being built by some very quality devs,” reads his tweet. “I don’t want to just build one because others have built them. I’d rather support unless we find something special in [first-party] that’s a different take.”

Whether Radical Heights qualifies as a game worth Xbox support could be considered debatable. According to metrics gathered from Githyp, player counts dropped 82% since its Steam Early Access release while current metrics have the game holding on to about 1,300 to 1,500 players a day according to stats as of this writing.

Whatever Microsoft will be doing next is likely to be revealed at this year’s E3, where the company is scheduled to make its presentation on June 10th at 4pm EST.

Our Thoughts

Xbox Game Preview title or not, one could argue that Radical Heights needs more time in the oven to make itself less of an “x-treem early access” title and more of a complete game before spreading out to other platforms. After all, the fact that PUBG and Fortnite have done it could be seen more as outliers than the norm. Would you want to see Radical Heights on Xbox, or do you think it’s a waste of time and development?

Sources: Twitter 1, 2, Githyp, VG247

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Destiny 2 Shows Off Exotic Weapon Masterworks and More Exotic Weapon Changes

The devs of Destiny 2 have already brought up some of their plans to make the game’s Exotic weapons stand out. In the most recently weekly blog update, another look at Destiny 2 Exotic weapon adjustments was offered, with three new Exotic weapon updates and details about a new Masterwork upgrade system for the weapons tier.

destiny 2 exotic weapon

Three Exotic weapons were showcased in the blog update, each with some new spins on their already distinct gameplay mechanics:

  • The Tractor Cannon shotgun now applies a suppression debuff as well as a weakness to Void damage for 10 seconds.
  • The Hard Light assault rifle can now have its damage element hot-swapped without going into the inventory screen while bounced shots deal double damage.
  • And the Borealis sniper rifle deals double damage after a matching shield type is broken until the weapon is reloaded or the damage type is switched.

In addition to these adjusted Exotic weapons, the post also revealed plans to introduce unlockable Masterworks upgrades to every Exotic weapon currently in the game. Getting a Masterworks upgrade requires using the weapon in some specified way like taking down tough enemies in Strikes to open up a Catalyst. Once that Catalyst is unlocked, it can be applied to begin tracking enemy kills and creating orb drops on double kills like current Masterworks.

The Catalyst also comes with some secondary objectives to unlock the final Masterwork state that includes stat or perk bonuses. These objectives can be as simple as completing one task or a series of steps, but will all be removed from RNG.

More reveals for Exotic weapon changes are expected in the next weekly update, as well as revealed over the course of the next few days via the game’s social media.

Our Thoughts

These all certainly sound pretty good on paper, but the perks of the final Exotic Masterwork will ultimately tell if following any Catalyst steps are worth the hassle. We’re also certain that plenty of players have opinions on what exactly certain Exotics need to make them stand out; for example, Borealis sounds significantly stronger, but Hard Light has the same annoying benefit while getting a quality-of-life feature that should have arguably been ingrained in the first place.

Source: Bungie website

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Neverwinter PlayStation 4 Blue Spotted Spider Mount Giveaway (NA Only)

Neverwinter is a free to play fantasy MMORPG set in the famous fictional city of Neverwinter itself, based on the popular Dungeons & Dragons franchise. Whether you come from the tabletop game or the novels, Neverwinter has recreated many iconic classes, locations, and encounters that you might recognize. You might choose to adventure as a hearty Guardian Fighter, deceive foes as a Trickster Rogue, follow the righteous path as a Devoted Cleric, or more! Neverwinter has been providing fantasy adventure for many years, and the most recent expansion, Neverwinter: Lost City of Omu, has just gone live on consoles! To make sure players can ride into the new content in style, MMOGames and Perfect World Entertainment have teamed up to bring you a very special giveaway. Enter the Neverwinter PlayStation 4 Blue Spotted Spider Mount Giveaway for your chance to win a special blue spider mount for your favorite North American PlayStation 4 Neverwinter character!

NOTE: These keys are only valid for the PlayStation 4 client of Neverwinter played in North America (The SCEA Region) only. They WILL NOT WORK for any other platform or in any other regions!

 

Neverwinter PlayStation 4 Blue Spotted Spider Mount Giveaway

 

What You Get From The Neverwinter PlayStation 4 Blue Spotted Spider Mount Giveaway

  • NOTE: These keys are only valid for the PlayStation 4 client of Neverwinter played in North America (The SCEA Region) only. They WILL NOT WORK for any other platform or in any other regions!
  • NOTE: The spider is bind on pickup, and can only be redeemed once per account.
  • Item: Suratuk’s Blue-Spotted Spider mount with the following stats:
    • +50% Movement Speed
    • Two insignia slots

 

How To Redeem Your Neverwinter PlayStation 4 Blue Spotted Spider Mount Giveaway Key

  1. NOTE: These keys are only valid for the PlayStation 4 client of Neverwinter played in North America (The SCEA Region) only. They WILL NOT WORK for any other platform or in any other regions!
  2. NOTE: The spider is bind on pickup, and can only be redeemed once per account.
  3. Open a Sony Network Entertainment account on PSN (or use your existing Sony Entertainment Network account). If you already have one, skip this step.
  4. Select the PlayStation®Store icon on the PS4™ system home screen and download Neverwinter here. If you already have it installed, skip this step.
  5. On PlayStation®Store, select ‘Redeem Codes’ at the bottom of the menu.
  6. Enter the code.
  7. Once the code has been entered correctly, select ‘Continue’ on the dialog box.
  8. Select ‘Continue’ to complete code redemption.
  9. Launch Neverwinter and locate the Rewards Claim Agent in Protector’s Enclave to receive your items.

 

Enter Via Gleam

NOTE: These keys are only valid for the PlayStation 4 client of Neverwinter played in North America (The SCEA Region) only. They WILL NOT WORK for any other platform or in any other regions!

Sign in with a selection of options within the Gleam widget below and complete one or more entries to enter our giveaway. You can select all of them or just one, it’s entirely up to you, though the more you choose, the more chances you have to win! This giveaway will end on Monday, May 7, 2018, at 08:00 GMT. This round of the giveaway is for 10 keys.

We will be in touch by email with the winners once the contest comes to an end.  If you have any issues, please contact us.

 

Neverwinter PlayStation 4 Blue Spotted Spider Mount Giveaway

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Neverwinter Xbox One Tropic Colored Spider Mount Giveaway (NA Only)

Neverwinter is a free to play fantasy MMORPG set in the famous fictional city of Neverwinter itself, based on the popular Dungeons & Dragons franchise. Whether you come from the tabletop game or the novels, Neverwinter has recreated many iconic classes, locations, and encounters that you might recognize. You might choose to adventure as a hearty Guardian Fighter, deceive foes as a Trickster Rogue, follow the righteous path as a Devoted Cleric, or more! Neverwinter has been providing fantasy adventure for many years, and the most recent expansion, Neverwinter: Lost City of Omu, has just gone live on consoles! To make sure players can ride into the new content in style, MMOGames and Perfect World Entertainment have teamed up to bring you a very special giveaway. Enter the Neverwinter Xbox One Tropic Colored Spider Mount Giveaway for your chance to win a special green spider mount for your favorite North American Xbox One Neverwinter character!

NOTE: These keys are only valid for the Xbox One client of Neverwinter played in North America only. They WILL NOT WORK for any other platform or in any other regions!

 

Neverwinter Xbox One Tropic Colored Spider Mount Giveaway

 

What You Get From The Neverwinter Xbox One Tropic Colored Spider Mount Giveaway

  • NOTE: These keys are only valid for the Xbox One client of Neverwinter played in North America only. They WILL NOT WORK for any other platform or in any other regions!
  • Item: Suratuk’s Tropic-Colored Spider mount with the following stats:
    • +50% Movement Speed
    • Two insignia slots
    • NOTE: The spider is bind on pickup, and can only be redeemed once per account.

 

How To Redeem Your Neverwinter Xbox One Tropic Colored Spider Mount Giveaway Key

  1. NOTE: These keys are only valid for the Xbox One client of Neverwinter played in North America only. They WILL NOT WORK for any other platform or in any other regions!
  2. NOTE: The spider is bind on pickup, and can only be redeemed once per account.
  3. Install Neverwinter from the Xbox One marketplace here
  4. Upon launching Neverwinter, you’ll have the option to link your gamertag with an Arc account. This will open the Internet browser on your Xbox One and you can complete the account linking process there. If you skip it now, you’ll have another opportunity later.
  5. Once you’re in Neverwinter, select the Arc option.
  6. Install Arc. (You can also search for Arc in the Xbox One Marketplace)
  7. Launch Arc and hit the X button.
  8. Enter your code in the field and select “Redeem.”
  9. Head back to Neverwinter and find the Reward Claims Agent in Protector’s Enclave to pick up your item!

 

Enter Via Gleam

NOTE: These keys are only valid for the Xbox One client of Neverwinter played in North America only. They WILL NOT WORK for any other platform or in any other regions!

Sign in with a selection of options within the Gleam widget below and complete one or more entries to enter our giveaway. You can select all of them or just one, it’s entirely up to you, though the more you choose, the more chances you have to win! This giveaway will end on Friday, May 4, 2018, at 08:00 GMT. This round of the giveaway is for 10 keys.

We will be in touch by email with the winners once the contest comes to an end.  If you have any issues, please contact us.

 

Neverwinter Xbox One Tropic Colored Spider Mount Giveaway

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Dauntless Seeks the Horizon (and a Progression Reset) in Next Update

As Dauntless closes in on its open beta date, it’s looking to shake things up in a big way one more time with the Seeking the Horizon update, which will hit the reset button on character progression much like the Sharpen Your Skills update did. and add a variety of new systems.

seeking the horizon update

The Seeking the Horizon update will switch up the game’s quest selection options from a job board to a world map, where players can select from three different types of hunts: Patrol, which lets you choose the area to hunt but not the Behemoth and offers bonus Archonite; Expedition, which offers a choice of island but not Behemoth and offers a bonus to gathering crafting reagents; and Pursuit, which specifies a target Behemoth to face.

The new update will also be introducing a reputation system to Dauntless, letting players pursue quests that will earn them favor with one of three of the game’s NPCs as they follow the Slayer, Alchemist or Weaponmaster path. Each path offers daily and weekly quests and related rewards up for grabs.

Seeking the Horizon will also be introducing Dauntless’ version of end game – known as Evergame – in the form of Dire Behemoth variants of existing monsters, changing hunt modifiers, and heroic difficulty hunts. Of course, the rewards for surmounting these challenges will be equally potent, with exotic weapons and armor waiting for the victorious.

Finally, the game’s transmog system will be put into place, granting the fashion-conscious Slayer the opportunity to dress up. All of these features are due to arrive with the upcoming May 2nd update. As a result of these adjustments, all players will have their character progression wiped.

Our Thoughts

Looks like another significant reset for Dauntless. Considering the Sharpen Your Skills update brought this online multiplayer monster-slayer closer to feeling like a complete game, we expect Seeking the Horizon to make things feel even more finished and feature-complete.

Source: official site

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Play of the Fortnight: Brigitte Makes an Impact on Overwatch

Torbjorn’s daughter, Brigitte, is the newest hero on the Overwatch roster. She charged onto the arena on March 20th, though she had been available to test on the PTR for a while prior to that. She has made a pretty big impact on the Overwatch landscape. While her kit will likely change over time, how has Brigitte changed the meta since she was released?

In this Play of the Fortnight, we’re talking about Brigitte’s kit, how she impacts the game, and how Blizzard might change her in the future.

An Introduction to Brigitte

Overwatch Brigitte - Introduction

Brigitte is a hybrid support hero. She’s a bit more survivable than existing support heroes as while she has the same amount of base health, she also has 50 additional armor. Her shield also makes her feel a little more tanky. It’s not as useful for protecting teammates as Reinhardt’s or Orisa’s, but it’s great at keeping her alive and in the fight.

The most important distinction between Brigitte and other supports is that she’s a frontline, aggressive support. There will be no hiding in the backlines for her. Her passive ability, “Inspire” allows her to damage enemies while simultaneously healing her nearby teammates. She can toss her Repair Pack at allies to heal them, and additional healing over max health is automatically converted to temporary armor.

She can strike multiple enemies at once with her Rocket Flail, and charge into enemies with Shield Bash. Again, this makes her aggressive and a force to be reckoned with.

Where Brigitte is Most Useful

Overwatch Brigitte - Where is She Best?

Brigitte’s biggest impact is versus the ever-popular dive comp. As she is a frontline combatant with support abilities including heals and armor, she can disrupt an opponent’s dive with relative ease. This also works against mobile flankers like Genji or Tracer, as she can charge into them with Shield Bash and has a moment to take them down a notch, causing them to either flee or die. She can also knock an opponent back using Whip Shot. This gives her flail an extended range and pushes them back by a pretty significant distance. She’s a fantastic hero for protecting your other support because of her ability to disrupt flankers.

With Shield Bash, Brigitte can interrupt enemy abilities as well. This means she’s an excellent support to have when a Reaper dives into the team to use Death Blossom, as she can quickly Shield Bash him to interrupt it. The same goes for any other charged abilities.

Brigitte’s biggest threats are tanks and snipers. Her melee damage is not as powerful as Reinhardt, so the best time to attack him during a dive is if he’s charged a teammate. You can stun him with Shield Bash from behind and help apply pressure. Keep in mind that snipers can pick her off while she’s using Whip Shot, as during its cast time she won’t be able to deploy her shield.

Where Does Brigitte Struggle?

Overwatch Brigitte - Where Does she Struggle?

Brigitte has two major disadvantages: her lack of range, and the fact that her strength is entirely based upon her abilities. She’s a melee range hero, meaning that she can be harassed from long range and picked off. This makes her a great target for snipers – especially because of her larger hitbox – and hitscans who can harass her until she has to fall back.

On top of that, a good Sombra can infiltrate and hack her. This opens Brigitte up to a world of pain from everyone around her, as she only really has her melee attack to defend herself. However, it is worth noting that her ultimate, Rally, cannot be interrupted by a Sombra hack. Once it’s going, everyone around her will continue getting temporary armor and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop that.

She’s also a really weak solo healer. It’s definitely not worth it to bring her along on her own. At the moment, it feels like Moira is a great partner for her, but Mercy would also do. Both of these can be quite close range supports, and Brigitte will be able to protect them to some degree. Meanwhile, both Moira and Mercy can provide supplemental healing.

What Might Blizzard Change About Brigitte?

Overwatch Brigitte - What Will Blizzard Change?

At the moment, Brigitte is pretty strong. Before she enters the competitive scene, we will likely see a few changes. Already, Blizzard is changing her Shield Bash to have a smaller cone of effect, meaning players have to be more precise with it. However, will this be enough to make her less of a game-changer?

Her stun is on a 4-second cooldown, which makes it incredibly powerful versus a dive comp as she can essentially set up her team to tear apart anyone who tries to dive. With this being available every 4 seconds, that leaves little wiggle room for dive teams to operate. We’ll likely see this nerfed in the future, giving it a longer cooldown.

We may also see Blizzard increase Whip Shot’s cooldown a little, as it’s also only 4 seconds. However, if both of these abilities are nerfed too hard, Brigitte may not be very balanced. We’ll have to see how things go in the coming patches. Her shield feels fairly balanced; it only has 600 health compared to Reinhardt’s 2000. However, it is just as strong as a Winston barrier, which is quite a lot for a support.

Closing Thoughts

Overwatch Brigitte

It feels like Brigitte is not really ready for the competitive world just yet. Season 9 is ending, and we’ll have a short break before Season 10. This gives Blizzard some time to tweak her kit. If they don’t make some substantial changes to the way she works, we will likely see Brigitte continuing to be a guaranteed pick in the upcoming competitive season, just as she is in Quick Play.

It feels like she was added specifically to tear apart the dive meta. However, if she goes unchecked it will just shift the meta and we’ll still have no real variety in our picks. This is exactly why Mercy was nerfed: she was a guaranteed, almost required pick. It would be counter-intuitive for Blizzard to add a new hero who became the new must-have.

There’s definitely going to be some changes coming to Brigitte soon. What would you like to see Blizzard change? Let us know in the comments below!

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