The Stream Team: Ghost Riding through Marvel Heroes’ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D event

Marvel Heroes is no stranger to running events with Marvel T.V. show and movie tie ins, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D just launched another season. That means MassivelyOP’s MJ has a Ghost Rider-infused event to participate in, and she’ll be giving Ghost Rider a spin for the first time. With fire and a motorcycle, how did she not play him sooner?! […]

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Contract Wars successor Hired Ops plans Q4 early access launch

Last week, Russian games developer AbsolutSoft unveiled Hired Ops, or maybe I should say unveiled again, as it was previously known Contract Wars Standalone and is based on the Contract Wars franchise. Hired Ops is probably the catchier name for the title, whose devs say the original game counted 48 million players worldwide. While not an MMORPG, the game is […]

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Bloodline Champions spinoff Battlerite hits Steam early access

Earlier this year, Bloodline Champions’ original developer, Stunlock Studios, announced a spiritual successor: Battlerite. That MOBA has now gone live on Steam’s early access program, with a Q1 2017 official launch planned. Like Bloodline Champions, which was at one point published by Funcom, Battlerite is a top-down MOBA — sorry, “PvP team arena brawler.” Unlike Bloodline Champions, however, Battlerite isn’t […]

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BLTC Maintenance: 26 September 2016

Last Post: Sep 26, 2016 22:49

The Black Lion Trading Company will be undergoing a scheduled maintenance this evening, Monday, September 26, 2016 starting at 8:00 pm Pacific time and ending at approximately 8:30 pm Pacific time. During this maintenance window both the Gem Store and the Trading Post may be briefly inaccessible. Please note that the Currency Exchange and client purchases are not expected to be impacted.

Of Birds and Books

Greetings, everyone!

Only hours remain until it’s time to surrender our souls to Patch 3.4’s arrival, and then the countdown begins for those challenging to become the world’s first conquers of the new raid content, Alexander: The Creator.

While we wait for the patch to go live, the development team jumped into the new dungeons to perform their final testing, and we grabbed a bunch of screenshots of their adventures together.

Wake up Mr. Goobbue, it’s time to go! Mr. Goobbue?

I guess we’ll go on without him…

First stop: Xelphatol.

The Warriors of Light will be breaking into the Ixal stronghold to halt a ritual to once again summon Garuda!

Climbing up the mountain adventurers will find themselves confronting some of the biggest, baddest monsters yet…

An adorable sounder of baby boars! Perhaps the Ixal have a soft spot for cute? Speaking of which, I’m still worried about Mr. Goobbue–I hope he is okay…

Next destination: The Great Gubal Library (Hard).

School is in session, and it’s time to hit the books again! Quite literally.

There are volumes on volumes of fancy-looking books all around this vault of knowledge like these here–but beware the voidsent!

You’ll be happy to hear that both the background music and the animations are fabulous, and these elements will prove to make your visit back to the library very enjoyable.

We hope you are looking forward to exploring these new dungeons once the servers come up from maintenance. Speaking of which–what do you plan on tackling first when Patch 3.4 hits? We’d love to hear!

-Camate

Wild Terra adds cooking skill, Steam keys for early backers

What use is a sandbox without cooking and food? Jutvy Worlds apparently agrees, as it’s adding a cooking skill to indie sandbox Wild Terra “soon.” The skill will “affect the ability to cook high level food, alcohol, and its quality. Will be added spices that are used in difficult recipes. Food cooked with their use, will be much more effective […]

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The Stream Team: More Mo capes in AdventureQuest 3D!

Are you lamenting your lack of a Mo cape in AdventureQuest 3D? Cry no more! MassivelyOP’s MJ has another batch of special Mo capes to give away as she continues her beta adventures through the land. And you won’t have to wait to wear your new cape either as these keys also grant early access to the game. Tune in live […]

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Paladins expands e-sport tourney after early access ‘Steam success’

Hi-Rez is touting Paladins’ successful early access open beta launch in a press release out earlier this morning. The studio says that “within the first week of Early Access Paladins rocketed into Steam’s Top 10 Games by player count and the Paladins’ global community is growing rapidly,” claiming that “well over 100,000 new accounts created in the first 24 hours.” In response, […]

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The Division – PC Users Can Check Out v1.4 On the Now-Open PTS

As of today, Monday, September 26th, The Division players can check out the big v1.4 update on the now-open public test server. The PTS is available for PC users only and the development team is interested in player feedback and its assistance hunting down bugs.

Grim Dawn delivers a sneak peek of its first expansion

A bonafide expansion is in the works for the multiplayer ARPG Grim Dawn, although a name and time frame have yet to be revealed. What was shown, however, is a look at two of the new mobs coming with the expansion: the reanimated Aetherial Imps and the armored Ugdenbog Spikeshells. “Beyond new areas to explore and items to find, new […]

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Meridian 59 continues to influence online games 20 years later

Twenty years ago this week, Meridian 59 shed its beta trappings and officially released as one of the very first graphical MMORPGs on the market. While larger and slicker games have certainly followed, M59’s presence made a significant impact on the development of the genre, including the birth of Ingress and Pokemon Go. “I had a chance to soak in […]

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Aion shows off the new instances for patch 5.1

The next European Aion patch is bringing some new instances for you to challenge. Not one, not two, not three, but six new instances will be unleashed upon the world for players to challenge, including one completely solo instance, the Rift of Oblivion. The other five instances can be challenged by any group of players from level 66 on upward, […]

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Riders of Icarus plans changes to Alliance battles to discourage win-trading

When Riders of Icarus first introduced its multi-sided Manastone battles, it was without any sort of automated matchmaking, with the assumption that players would square off with one another on the field of battle. What actually happened, instead, was a cabal of mega-alliances banding together and functionally trading wins so that one side or the other would have access to […]

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Reliving My Childhood Through MMOs

My daughter and I regularly go exploring in the woods not too far from where we live. She’s five and on Sunday we were joined by my nephew, who’s also the same age. Despite living in the city, where we live is incredibly green and the woods stretch on for miles. We explored for hours, searching under logs, hunting down Goblins that were hiding amongst the bushes and running away from bears. Any tree markers we saw, Lily and Luca were convinced was the writing of Trolls.

Landmark’s September update is due out this week

The big September update for Landmark is going to be out this week, which is good news; otherwise it wouldn’t be September any longer. But what will be in the update? We don’t know yet. Even the developers don’t seem to know, with the most recent dispatch being that players will know more this week once the update’s contents have […]

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MMO publisher gPotato suffered a major account data breach in 2007

Think back to 2007: Statistically, you were probably playing World of Warcraft’s The Burning Crusade, or maybe even Lord of the Rings, Vanguard, or Tabula Rasa, all brand-new that year. Me, I was deep in classic Guild Wars. And some of you maybe have been playing gPotato games like Flyff or Rappelz. I’m not judging you! But I do have […]

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Wisdom of Nym: Taking apart Final Fantasy XIV’s patch 3.4 notes

Oh boy, here comes patch day! And to my surprise, it’s coming way earlier than I expected. It shouldn’t be surprising – we’re just a hair over three months from the last big Final Fantasy XIV patch – but somehow I really felt as if this patch would last longer into October, maybe to have more preview stuff for the fan […]

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Rappelz – Epic 9.4: The Expedition to Go Live on Tuesday, September 27

Webzen has sent word that Rappelz will be getting a big content expansion on Tuesday, September 27th when Epic 9.4: The Expedition goes live. The Expedition will add a new dungeon containing seven new bosses, ‘blue-eye’ weapons, a new area called The Island of Forgotten Gods, new quests, gear and item upgrades.

Epocylipse the AfterFall – September Updates Include Animation, Textures, Music

The Epocalypse: The Afterfall site has several recent blog posts from the development team that give brief updates on several teams and the work they have been performing over the past month or so. Diaries cover texturing, animation and rigging, music, and modeling.