The massive Flame & Frost: Retribution patch is culminating in April. The final portion,Retribution, will end the living story of ‘Flame and Frost’ by adding new dungeon content and introducing custom PvP arenas complete with a spectator mode. Naturally, the patch wouldn’t be complete without the typical addition of new rewards and guild missions.
The latest dungeon will put players against The Molten Alliance as they venture into the Molten Weapon Facilities. Battling Braham and Rox will lead to the final conflict with Charr and Dredge, finalizing the lore behind Flame & Frost. Molten Weapon Facilities is available for a limited time. Be sure to tackle it as soon as possible to earn the dungeon’s unique rewards.
Custom Arenas will take a bit of time, entering beta first. There’s no word on how the process will work or how long it will take. Guilds will be able to pool money to customize their arena. Privacy, score limits, team sizes, time limits and much more are customizable from the game settings. The Spectator mode is just as robust.
Launch issues are nothing new to MMOG players. From server stability to lag to loot lag, any veteran of at least one launch can chew your ear offer with hilarious or frustrating misfires. Trion Worlds and its open-world MMO shooter Defiance was no different. Not it’s only problem by any means, but perhaps the most glaring was Defiance getting caught in the mud of console MMOGs.
The Xbox Live server cluster was just an unknown variable largely outside Trion’s control causing massive headaches. Other issue included the more typical headaches, server and client stability, queues, bugs, such as missing exclusive items, balances and the required hotfixes, server restarts and patches to fix them.
Trion Worlds has taken the issues in stride, providing timely feedback to its community and promising a major patch before the launch of the synergistic TV show debut on April 15. That massive bug-busting patch is now live, but not before Nathan Richardsson, the title’s Executive Producer, announced a compensation package for all current players. The suffering you’ve experience is being bought with an exclusive title and 1-week boosts to everything.
Not too shabby as the game hasn’t been out even two weeks yet.
The latest update on the Overlord Blog gives players of World of Warplanes a lot to get excited for. Patch v0.4.1 for the flight combat strategy title from Wargaming.net will feature a shortlist of updates that are prone to excite. Two new maps, the addition of new premium aircraft, a reworked user interface, again, and “a nicely tuned joystick (finally)” are all part of the March patch.
The downside? The patch will come with a soft wipe/reset. Wargaming.net hasn’t revealed the full patch notes, so we’ll have to wait for further details.
Hit the jump for the latest screenshots of the Arctic and Harbour maps in addition to a nice gallery of fresh premium aircrafts. More as it comes. Continue Reading
Testing Grounds, what Infinity Games Publishing is labeling as “arguably the most important feature to date,” is now online and fully operational. The latest content patch from Piranha Games’ insanely efficient development cycle unleashes a new mode that enables players to hone their skills before ever stepping into a competitive match.
Whether it be training on a new mech, working out the kinks with a new payload or playing for the first time, Testing Grounds will allow Mechwarrior Online players to do it without judgemental comments from the trolls of the Internet.
It’s never just one bit of content with Piranha. Never. Players can now suit up and speed around the hills, wintery lands and bombed out locations in the latest Hero mech, the Cicada X-5 Mech. Oddly enough, they don’t devastate their opponents by unleashing a torrent of nanobots to devour their very existence.
At any rate, trackable player statistics and the Mountain Lion mech pattern round out the patch. Interested in seeing the Cicada X-5 Mech in action? There’s a trailer for that after the cut. Continue Reading
World of Warcraft’s latest patch is on the horizon (almost certainly to be released next Tuesday, March 5th) and Blizzard has just realized the trailer for the new patch. Narrated by Lore Walker Cho, it briefly tells the story of the Thunder King in a poem. Written by game designer Dave Kosak, the poem is said to play a key role in story development.
Hi-Rez Studios is staying true to its word and pushing the single-purchase option for Tribes: Ascend, discussed earlier this week, out as part of Friday’s upcoming content patch. The purchase option to obtain all current XP-locked content in one fell swoop will run gamers $29.99. Current VIP Tribes members can purchase the package for $19.99.
I’ll allow Hi-Rez Studios to cover the changes to F2P gamers:
“Nothing changes for players that are enjoying the game with the free-to-play model,” says Todd Harris, Hi-Rez Chief Operating Officer. “But we now also offer an additional single-purchase option to unlock every weapon in the game.”
Let’s not forget about the content patch part. The incoming patch will bring six new maps to all players, three CTF/Blitz and three Arena maps, a new weapon and a pair of cosmetic skins.
You can find all of the details to the patch and the latest official GotY trailer after the cut. Continue Reading
Original on the left. After improvements on the right.
Fairly certain that the “Overlord” of game is considered an official source. If you agree with that statement and are a fan of aviation sims, then you’ll be interested to know what Wargaming.net’s Dmitry Yudo recently discussed on the Overlord’s Blog. We’re talking about a massive overhaul to the early-flight to early-jet based aviation strategy title World of Warplanes.
The Overlord gave readers a sneak peak into the title’s upcoming patch, which will not only enhance controls (again) and revamp the User Interface (again), but implement “massive visual improvements.” That’s an emphasis in the original. Yudo likens the upcoming visual upgrade to the one that tank fans saw in the title’s tank strategy title, World of Tanks.
A picture is worth a thousand words. We’ve got 5,000 words in the gallery after the cut. Continue Reading
Keeping up with its incredibly ambition patching schedule, Piranha Games has pushed the latest content patch to MechWarrior Online servers. Players may be most excited for the new hero mech, Pretty Baby, but there is plenty of additional content and quality of life changes to be excited for.
Gamers will be able to enjoy pre-round screenings of matches, the inclusion of an in-game scoreboard, end of game screen and a Death Screen. Pre-match festivities will also enable the tacticians out there to plan their attacks ahead of the match and later analyze performance and player contributions. Various bug fixes and performance updates are detailed in the February update.
Pretty Baby is an 80 ton lance packing fire radius of 100 degrees on each side and top speeds of 68 MPH. You can get a feel for the destruction this mech can unleash in the official reveal trailer after the cut. Continue Reading