Newsies – January 10, 2014
Today's newsies include the Lord of the Rings Online Producer's Letter, Marvel Heroes 2015's Cosmic Chaos Event returning and Marketplace updates for ArcheAge.
In pretty much the best news ever, you can get a sloth glider in ArcheAge now. The Marketplace in general has been updated with new items, like the Friendly Flier Treasure Chest which has the change to drop the rare glider, as well as other things. You can also purchase the sloth glider from the Loyalty Store for 350 Loyalty Tokens. Another addition to that store is the Rumbling Archeum Tree Sapling. Available for 35 tokens, this tree will allow for Archeum Crystals to be harvested and have a higher chance to become Thunderstruck. I spent most of my time in ArcheAge dancing, so I am extremely pleased with the gif of the slot glider. Best gif.
Lord of the Rings Online
The 2015 Producer's Letter for LotRO has been released and along with it, the six major initiatives for the first half of the eighth year of the game:
Legendary Items: With the Osgiliath update, you will be able to Imbue Level 100 Legendary Items. An Imbued item continues to gain experience and will no longer need to be deconstructed to advance. These items are already in internal testing! There are many details still to work out, but you should expect a developer diary on the topic early this year.
New Fellowship Challenges: As we push into the heart of the War of the Ring, this is the perfect time for us to renew our focus on group content and instances. Expect new instances in Osgiliath, along with additional Roving Threats and group content on the landscape.
Quality of Life: We have been working to identify your most persistent bugs. You can expect a renewed focus on resolving issues that may be small but troublesome, to improve overall gameplay experience.
Episodic Content: We are currently in development on a new type of quest content that will roll out like an episodic TV show, a little at a time, as you follow a new friend across Middle-earth seeing familiar places in a new light.
Server Populations: Based on your feedback, we’re taking measures to get everyone onto the more populous servers, so that finding parties is easier and festivals and live events are more fun. We are working on both improved server transfer tools and upgrades to our environments to improve playability. Also we will be moving our European servers back to the EU! More details on this coming soon!
PvMP: The team is also seriously investigating a new PvMP map in Osgiliath. This landscape would tell the story of the Battle of Osgiliath, and the layout of the city (split by the Anduin) is perfect for smaller and more tightly focused conflicts than the Ettenmoors. This would make the perfect platform for gradual improvements to the PvMP experience, overall. We’ll provide additional updates on this initiative as we get deeper into 2015.
Marvel Heroes 2015
The Cosmic Chaos Event returns to Marvel Heroes 2015 to kick off the New Year with plenty of bonuses for the playerbase. Bonux XP, SIF and RIF are all 42% off currently. More fun things include a new Bamf pet (super cute), a new all black costume for Magneto, the X-Force costume for X-23, and Cosmic Mystery Boxes have made a return.
Cosmic Bosses Drop Double Loot - All cosmic Terminal bosses, every time
Cosmic Questions Answered - 42% server-side multiplicative boost to Rare Item Find, Special Item Find and Experience for all your heroes
Cosmic Prestige Doubled - Doubled leveling rate for Cosmic Prestige during Cosmic Chaos week
Cosmic Chaos Supplier: Moondragon - An honorary member of the Guardians of the Galaxy and daughter of Drax the Destroyer, Moondragon is no stranger to cosmic chaos. During the Cosmic Chaos event, Moondragon will exchange Cosmic Worldstones for a variety of items
Increased Doop Rune Drop Rate - The Doop rune has an increased chance of dropping from all doops during the Cosmic Chaos event