For those of you that were looking for more Warframe to play over the holiday season, you’re about to get your wish. During tonight’s broadcast of The Game Awards 2019, Digital Extremes announced that the latest update for the game, Empyrean, has officially gone live.
In this new four-player co-op battleship experience, the Tenno have managed to get their hands on an ancient Orokin technology, along with a deadly weapon — a star-bound battleship. That ties in with the all-new environments that you’ll visit within the game. These include Earth, Saturn and Veil Proxima, so you’d better get ready for travel.
As you journey in the future-tech Railjack battleship, clans will come across the hostile Grineer forces, taking them on in fast-paced, real-time battles. You’ll need to use whatever tactics you can come across in order to stay in one piece.
Along with the planets to visit, players will also be able to upgrade a number of new systems. These include Intrinsics, Avionics, Components and Armaments. Across all of these, they’ll become more powerful, becoming a threat against the Grineer forces that await.
That said, console owners won’t be left out in the cold. While it’ll still be a bit longer before they get their hands on Empyrean, they will be able to enjoy the Rising Tide update, which is available now for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Tenno can download this update right off the bat, and begin their research into building the Dry Docks and the Railjacks, in the hopes of being ready for the next confrontation that lies ahead.
New World preorders are available now on Steam. In fact, you can find it there but you can’t yet find it on Amazon which is a bit odd considering the MMORPG is being made by Amazon. Along with the preorder being available we have a bit of an idea of when the game will be launching. Or rather, we know that it will be on Steam in 2020 with a closed beta in April.
There had been some concern about New World’s future after the alpha was taken offline in May for a major revamp of its features. News on the game then went completely quiet and concerns that development on the game had quietly ended started to rise. It would seem those concerns were unfounded though.
It isn’t clear from the little information about the game on Steam what changes Amazon made to the game while it was offline. It’s likely we will have to wait until the beta has started to find that out. What we do know is that the game will use third party DRM.
There are two options for New World preorders, Deluxe and Standard. The standard version comes with closed beta access, Isabella’s Amulet, a unique title, the Fist Bump Emote, and a guild crest set. The Deluxe Edition has everything from the preorder plus: Woodsman Armor Skin, Woodsman Boarding Axe Skin, Mastiff House Pet, Rock/Paper/Scissors Emote, and a New World digital artbook.
Today Pearl Abyss launched Black Desert Online around the world on iOS and Android devices. The game was pre-registered by 4.5 million people after the successful launch of the game in Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. To celebrate the 4.5 million pre-registrations Pearl Abyss is offering players special in-game items and gifts like a Tier 1 Horse Emblem, Bunny Bunny Ornament, a Verdon Outfit Chest, Krenvatz Barding, and items that buff character skills.
Pearl Abyss has also launched a partnership with Amazon and Twitch. Amazon Prime members in eligible countries will be able to claim special rewards. Players just need to go to their Amazon Prime accounts and use the event tab to find in-game buffs, character cosmetics, and various items. This partnership is going until March 17th 2020.
Currently Black Desert Mobile is available in English, German, Spanish, French, Russian, Thai, and Indonesian. Portuguese is expected to be added in 2020.
In other Black Desert Online news, the Valkyrie update has arrived on Xbox One today. It introduced the Valkyrie class as well as Alchemy Stone items which allow players to buff character abilities.
Before you go be sure to check out the all-new launch trailer for Black Desert Online below.
It seems like just yesterday we were watching Elder Scrolls: Legends get announced at E3, and now we have to report that development on the game has ended. This was announced on Reddit and said the following:
We would like to provide an update on Legends in regard to new content. Our previous roadmap indicated we would be releasing one more set this year. We decided to put any new content development or releases on hold for the foreseeable future. This decision will not in any way affect the release and development of GAEA’s Asia-specific version of Legends, which is operated separately, but will inform our decisions on content and feature development going forward.
Until then, you can still download and play Legends on all existing platforms and compete online as well as in the single-player modes. We will also continue to support the game with monthly reward cards and regular in-game events. New expansions and other future content, however, are no longer under active development. We will continue to provide ongoing maintenance support.
To thank you all for supporting Legends these past few years, and for continuing to play with us, we are giving away The Tamriel Collection – an assortment of new, three-attribute cards and more – to all players for free upon their next login. We are immensely grateful to work on The Elder Scrolls: Legends, to have you as a community, and we sincerely appreciate the love and support you’ve given us.
So, while the card game isn’t being worked on anymore it isn’t being turned off either. But, most games that go into maintenance mode only last a few months to a year or two at best. The original Guild Wars is one of the most notable outliers. At this point Elder Scrolls: Legends days are sadly numbered. Nothing else has been said about the game going into maintenance mode but we will be keeping an eye out for any more news.
According to a post on Reddit several former Daybreak Games employees have confirmed that Daybreak was developing a Marvel MMORPG. According to the post the game was worked on for most of 2018 before it got canceled. This does line up with some layoffs that took place last year.
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On the evidence of the MMORPG the Reddit post says this:
“Evidence about the game comes from posts by developers who are working or have worked at Daybreak’s Austin studio. There’s multiple references on sites like Linkedin to working on a comic book game that’s different from DC Universe Online, and one comment even directly references the Infinity Gauntlet. An artist who worked at Daybreak until the layoffs posted art showing off Marvel characters like Red Skull, Iron Man, and Captain America.”
The images in this article are from the supposed artist who was laid off by Daybreak.
Finally, the rumor ends that the game doesn’t seem to still be in development and that one developer wrote the game had top-down issues.
It should also be noted that the Daybreak Austin studio is currently hiring for a new MMO project and the job listings state that they’re working on a world class, iconic IP. But, they don’t mention anything about comic books or anything else that might hint at what they’ve got in the works.
At the moment this is all we have to go on with this rumor. Is it true? We may never know. For now at least we can enjoy some sweet Marvel art.
This weekend you’ll be able to take part in the Fractured Alpha test for 3 days. Starting on Friday, December 6th at 10 AM Eastern the world will have access to one of the most recent Kickstarter MMOs. It all ends on Monday, December 9th at 6 AM Eastern. Unlike previous tests, this one is open to the public. To take part all you have to do is go to the Fractured official site and create an account then download the client.
The reason behind this test is to stress test the performance of certain systems when they’re under a heavy load. In particular, they’re looking at the client patcher, the login server, server workers, and the game world.
Before the test, all plots of land will be freed and wiped. So if you’ve been playing the game up until now you’ll have to start your plot of land over. But, there is some good news for those folks. Everyone who has had access to Alpha 2 will be able to continue playing until December 16th! That’s an additional week after the end of the open alpha event.
If you enjoy the free weekend and you want to keep taking part in testing events when they happen you can buy Founders Packs on the official site that will grant you access to the game, gold, VIP time, and a bunch of goodies. The pack that grants access to Alpha 2 is the €89.99 Legend pack. It comes with a copy of the game, 10,000 gold, 3 months of VIP time, a forum and game title, a Founder Villa house blueprint, a Mule mount and wagon, plus you can reserve your character’s name.
You’d think a game that is often referred to as Fashion Wars 2 would have already had capes but in fact, Guild Wars 2 only got them today. Yes, today Guild Wars 2 introduces capes to the game for the first time. These capes are backpiece item skins that can be used on any back item you already have. The fancy Emblazoned Cape is available in the gem store for 500 gems. This comes with 4 dye channels so you can color it to match your armor.
There is also a more basic version of the cape available for 10 gold and 10 guild commendations. This one is quite a bit smaller than the cape you can get in the gem store and it has your guild’s logo on it. It also only has 2 dye channels instead of 4. Even though I have the Emblazoned Cape I’ll be adding the guild cape to my list of things to get because I have 30 characters and capes!
ArenaNet has also noted that they cannot add dye channels to backpieces. This is a pretty wise move as the questions almost certainly would have started pouring in right away. They also added that there will be dyeable backpacks in different styles in the future.
In addition to capes, ArenaNet has brought out a couple of quality of life features that will help you get the most out of your cape. New checkboxes have been added to each weapon, giving players the option to hide their weapons when they’re stowed.
The update that released today also allows Engineers and Elementalists to swap weapons. Though they can only do so out of combat. There are a number of balance changes made to all of the classes and some that are for PvP only. If you want to read up on all of them I recommend you check out the patch notes.
Mounts are coming to Conan Exiles this week according to a forum post made by Funcom Community Manager Jens Erik. The forum post gives the release date of Thursday, December 5th for all platforms. Along with mounts there will be mounted combat and the Riders of Hyboria Pack.
With the new mount system, you will be able to breed and train your horses before riding them into battle while wielding a one-handed weapon. This includes the new weapon archetype, Lances. This new weapon type can only be used while mounted but do very high damage while you’re mounted. In fact, damage from lances increases by the movement speed of the mounted player. New equipment and building placements will be included to help you with your horse training including saddles and stables. You’ll be able to find foals (baby horses) in various locations around the world which you can pick up and put in a stable. Help them grow big and strong by feeding them and before you know it you’ll have your own rideable horse.
You’ll also be able to bring your mount with you in the new Follower Leveling System. This will allow you to level up your mount as well as your Thralls and Pets through combat just like you level yourself. Followers are granted stat-points which are automatically distributed through a weighted system. Along with this you’ll finally be able to name your Thralls. This is a feature that has been requested for a long time now.
This patch will also introduce improved trebuchet mechanics and a number of other quality of life features. It includes new dodge-roll mechanics, momentum-based character movement, combat balancing, and squishing bugs.
If you want to read all of the patch notes, they are quite extensive you can find them in the link below.
You might have thought that you’d never see another new MOBA be released because it seemed like the genre burned bright and fast, I certainly didn’t. But, there’s a new free to play MOBA on the scene and it is called Blood of Steel and it is being made by Evolution Studio, the in-house development studio for YC Games.
Blood of Steel is currently in beta with 3 servers for different regions of the world; North America, Europe, and Asia. Beta testing is going on only until December 12th so if you’re interested you’d better jump in soon.
As for the concept behind it, I honestly think the press release said it best so I’m just going to copy that portion below.
In Blood of Steel, you command the army of a legendary commander from world history to conquer cities and expand your territory against other players online to ultimately rule the world. Set throughout the Middle Ages, players choose from multiple authentic battlefields as they engage in 5-v-5, 7-v-7 or 10-v-10 legion-based battles, with each individual player allowed to lead up to 40 AI soldiers. Clever use of terrain, management of different troop types and adapting to dynamic weather systems incorporating variables such as rain and snow are the keys to victory. As well as the legion-based warfare, players can play a one-on-one duel in PvP battles in the Heroes Arena, offering them a chance to truly show their mastery of the complex fighting system.
“Blood of Steel represents our vision of what a true modern MOBA should be, combining classic elements of wartime strategy games, large scale battles, challenge of one-on-one duels and opportunity to compete with your friends online,” said Cao, Game Director of YC Games.
It certainly sounds like a unique take on the MOBA genre and reminds me of the good old days of play Warcraft 2 and Age of Empires 2 with friends. If this is of interest to you then you can check it out on Steam. According to their Steam page the game has a planned release date of January 9th.
In 2017 2K Games announced that Battleborn would be going into maintenance mode for the foreseeable future but as we all know that means the game’s days are numbered. Well, it looks like its time is up. 2K took to Twitter to announce the Battleborn shutdown is finally coming.
You might expect that because it’s coming up to the end of the year that the shutdown would be soon, but in fact it isn’t happening until January 2021! It’s really amazing that they’ve given so much warning for the fans of the game. This isn’t usually how these stories go.
Starting on February 24, 2020 you will no longer be able to purchase virtual currency which is also incredibly generous as far as time is concerned! The game has now been removed from digital storefronts though, so if you don’t already have the game, you’re out of luck I’m afraid.
If you’re wondering what went wrong after it had such a successful beta, the answer to that quite simply is that it came out at the same time as Overwatch. The two games are quite similar and playing for the same audience. Unfortunately for Battleborn, Overwatch won out. Still, for the dedicated playerbase the knowledge that they still have so long to go until shutdown is a blessing. Most fans of online games that get shut down don’t have that. So thank you 2K! You’re one of the good guys.