End of the Week News Roundup – October 17
It's Friday night, you're out doing real world things with friends or are hunkered down with with friends in virtual worlds. Me? Well, I'm throwing together my last article of the week (but, you know, I'll probably find stuff to write about over the weekend). As I sit here watching the original Fright Night with my roommate and a belly full of curry, it's time to dig out both my work and personal emails to get these last bits of news out before the weekend starts.
Xsyon, which is a sandbox MMORPG with apocalyptic tinted glasses, has opened up the game's terraforming and building systems to all players. Previously, free players needed to join existing tribes in order to experience these systems, but now, all players may create their own tribes for free. If you've always been the lone wolf type, yet wanted to build your own villages and fortresses, grand monuments, or maybe even modest tree houses, where you can live your days in solitude, you now have that option in Xsyon. Since all aspects of Xsyon are player driven, these features are core aspects of the game. For more information, visit the official Xsyon website.
Bohemia Interactive is hosting a Make Arma Not War content creation contest where people can create Arma-related propaganda “... Wants You to Vote” posters or videos for the contest. The winner will receive a true Arma 3 fan package, which includes a boxed version of Arma 3, a printed Arma 3 Tactical Guide, an Arma 3 t-shirt, and an Arma 3 USB flash drive. Submissions, which can be emailed in (posters should be in JPG or PNG formats, while videos should be YouTube links) are due before Thursday, October 28. The winner will be announced on or before Tuesday, November 4. This mini-competition supports the larger Make Arma Not War contest, where players have a chance to win €500,000. For more information, see this post at the Make Arma Not War contest site.
Webzen and Noria announced new and upcoming MMORPG Sevencore, which will be available starting Tuesday, November 4. Anyone with a Webzen account will be able to log in and play then, which will be available through the Webzen portal. A Webzen account is also free, so anyone interested would just need to go to webzen.com to create one. Sevencore is “a mounted combat throughout the vast world of Inadar, a world that combines science fiction with fantasy elements. Each brave adventurer can use one of the many bestial or mechanical mounts in game as a method of transportation or a trusted companion of battle.” Players can create characters from one of three races and one of three classes, each possessing its own racial abilities and skill sets.
I'm not big on mobile games, and I think because of that, I don't really like writing about them. I'm really picky about what I do end up writing about. I figured I would just throw Celtic Heroes into a news round up to give an indie developer studio some press time, but when looking at the game itself for this, I really love the screenshots they sent over. I know current MMOGs in development that don't have graphics as nice. Plus, there's just something so adorable about the images. I saw these, and thought to myself, “I'd play this game.” Celtic Heroes has been available for iOS devices through the Apple iTunes app store since January and has recently launched its Android version through the Google Play store roughly a week ago (each device type is segregated). The game is currently free-to-play, with in-app purchases. Created by One Thumb Mobile and based on Celtic lore, Celtic Heroes is based in the virtual world of Dal Riata. With five classes, trading, guilds, and graphics that rival PC gaming, Celtic Heroes looks like it has everything that is to be expected of a modern MMORPG. I'll have to report back later on all them feels I might have, as I'm installing it now. Head on over to celtic-heroes.com to check out the gameplay trailer and to find out more about the game.
Yesterday, when I was setting up the SMITE game page, I ran across the misfortune of the current condition of their website. The game is a free-to-play MOBA, but luckily you don't need to go to the full website in order to set up an account and download the game. My issue? If they are livestreaming games, their Twitch plug-in automatically starts playing. Since this isn't 1995, I hate auto-play anything, including Steam. On top of that, the site asked for permissions to my webcam and microphone. Creepy. Anyway, I got two emails from Hi-Rez Studios about SMITE updates, and as long as I don't need to go to their website again, we can talk about what's going on.
First up, they revealed a new god, Bakasura, The Great Devourer, along with a corresponding trailer to introduce the cute and cuddly tentacled one. His chest opens up, tentacles come out and grab opponents to suck them into his chest cavity to be devoured. Bakasura is based on Hindi lore. I guess with gods like that, who needs to tell their children about the Boogeyman? Hi-Rez also released new skins: Demon Catcher for Zhong Kui; Frankenstein for Osiris; The Re-Animated for Osiris. Tonight through Sunday, The Repeaping is an event available in SMITE. Over the course of this weekend, all gods are playable, players can earn two times as many worshipers, and win 100 gems per day (300 total for the weekend). Your first win of the day will also net you a Jack-o-lantern icon.
SMITE, please fix your website. It makes me sad.
Firefall is having a final blow-out sale on its packs before they're gone forever starting October 27. Right now, packs are 40% off, meaning the Digital Deluxe Edition is $59.99 and the Digital Starter is $17.99. For more information, or to get Firefall, visit: http://www.firefall.com/features
Trion announced that it is aiming to launch Conquest of Auroria on November 4 (looks like everyone gets lots of fun things to do that day besides vote), which will bring new content, settlement areas, quests and more. From their press release:
- Settle in the Lost Continent: Auroria adds six zones and 30% more housing space to ArcheAge!
- Lay siege to new zones with your guild and build castles to defend your rule.
- Dive into the new 10-player Serpentis dungeon.
- Discover new resources, weapons, and inventions, including the Farm Wagon, Steamfish Submarine, and more!
Marvel Heroes 2015
Gazillion always seems to have something going on in Marvel Heroes. I'm actually pretty amazed at how there always seems to be an event running. Among everything else going on right now, Gazillion announced that Nova is now available to play. Players can play as Richard Rider as Nova Prime or Sam Alexander as Nova, each of which come with their own specific voice overs. They both have different visuals and power icons, as well. I wonder how long this announcement was out before Reuben had the Human Rocket among his collection of heroes. For more information on Nova, head on over to this page.
What are you playing this weekend?
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