News Round Up – November 18, 2014
In today's round up, we get a glimpse of the news episode of Guild Wars 2's Living World, World of Warcraft addressing queue issues, a new game called The Blue Flamingo that has rad artwork, DCUO's next DLC, and agriculture in Albion Online.
Guild Wars 2
Episode 6 of Living World Season 2 in Guild Wars 2 is now live and available for players. The battle with the Elder Dragon Mordremoth rages on, and now, the world of Tyria relies on a dragon's egg. If you missed the trailer for Tangled Paths, check out Lewis' news blurb. From the press release sent out today by ArenaNet:
In “Tangled Paths”, Tyria’s powerful Pact continues its preparations as the drums of war grow louder. With the recent revelation of the existence of a dragon egg, players hunt for the fabled object that could help in the fight. Their journey includes new rewards, including the opportunity to continue building their collection of new armor.
World of Warcraft
If you've been participating in the bonanza that has been the Warlords of Draenor launch, not all of you sit on comfy low pop servers, meaning you've been stared down into submission by queues in the range of four or more hours. To deal with this, Blizzard has been trying to increase server capacity, increase instance servers, and doing what else they can to get players playing. This hasn't been an easy thing, especially since the rumor on the street is that Warlords of Draenor has brought more returning players back to World of Warcraft that other expansions. Whether or not that's true, the fact is, a lot of people are flooding the servers and not everyone's having fun.
Blizzard isn't denying anything here, though. Rather than ignore the issue, all players who have been active since Friday are getting five days comped to their accounts, as a gesture of thanks and appreciation. To some, it might not be much, but I think it's pretty cool that they're not ignoring the issue that many players have sat in queues for hours to only then be disconnected or have their time cut short otherwise. While you can read the full statement from Executive Producer J. Allen Brack, here are the highlights:
The first two days of the expansion were not a great experience, with many of you facing high queues or significant gameplay problems.
To help address this, we’ve expanded the new instancing tech we used to improve queues on Saturday and we’re continuing the process of applying that to raise the capacity of all realms again.
In recognition of the difficulties so many of you ran into when trying to play over the first few days, we're adding five days’ worth of extra time to every subscription in the Americas, Oceania, and Europe that was active as of Friday, November 14.
The Blue Flamingo
The Blue Flamingo is a top-down aerial shooter made by indie developer Might and Delight, which is available on Steam. It's $5, so if you're either into pew pewing from a ship, or you need to get someone a present (you know, holidays and all), this looks like a game worth your while. Maybe you got a refund through Steam for ArcheAge and don't know what to do with your last $5 of funds. I haven't played this game, so I can't recommend it on gameplay, but I'll suggest it anyway. What interests me about The Blue Flamingo is purely from an aesthetic standpoint. Rather than cashing in on the resurgence of 8-bit popularity or going with boring, run of the mill space graphics, The Blue Flamingo is created using 3-D models out in the real world. What's left is a really gorgeous game with a unique style of art. Don't believe me? Check out this trailer below:
I feel like it's been forever since I've written about Albion Online. I was going to turn yesterday's article on Celtic Heroes into a news round up, but I only had two games for the pile, and then I think I just rambled on for too long about how pretty Celtic Heroes is. Anyway, getting back to Albion Online. Albion Online, which will release on damn near every platform you can think of (except whatever it is that Blackberry uses, and Palm OS, if that's even still a thing), is introducing agriculture to the game. This goes way beyond just farming, since not only will players grow vegetation for food, but feed for livestock, grow livestock, and even certain buildings require specific foods for buffs. It sounds like a complex and interesting system they're working on.
Farming in Albion Online encompasses both the raising of crops of vegetables and grains as well as the rearing of livestock. Players can grow tomatoes, potatoes, corn or pumpkins by sowing seeds on their farms. When the time is ripe, the yield from the plants can be used as ingredients in various foods and potions, or as fodder for livestock.
Today, DC Universe Online was updated with its 12th DLC pack, War of the Light Part II. With the new DLC, players will have access to single player challenge modes and solo missions, Duos for two players, Alerts for four players, and Operations for both four and eight players. No matter your playstyle or group size, the new DLC has content for you. Players can also travel to Zamaron and Qward for the first time ever, while Carol Ferris makes a debut in DCUO as well. Both heroes and villains have new gear and styles available, as well as separate gear for both male and female characters. Here's a glimpse of the story, with a dev preview of the DLC below:
The fate of the entire Emotional Spectrum hangs in the balance of an uneasy alliance between Green Lantern Hal Jordan and Sinestro in War of the Light Part II. Feeling that love has been endangered by this relentless war, Carol Ferris and the Star Sapphires have also come to Earth to restore their own entity and stop the strife ... and all who get in their way.
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