The latest Overwatch Developer Update for September has been published with details of the long-awaited Torbjorn overhaul. Other heroes will see some adjustments as well as hinting about the upcoming Halloween event. Torbjorn won’t be dropping those handy armor packs any more, nor will his turret level. He will gain the new Overload ability that is similar to the old Molten Core ultimate, but will provide more of an AoE damage. Molten Core will be changing to one where he sprays liquid lava, also for AoE damage. 00:30 – Armor Packs and the scrap system have been replaced with… 01:15 – Molten Core now fires 10 molten globules that create damage pools where they land 03:05 – Orisa, Soldier: 76, McCree, and Pharah hero updates planned for 1.29 05:19 – Halloween Terror returns from the grave! 07:55 – We apologize…an upcoming social feature promised for 2018 has been delayed to next year 09:40 – Please share your feedback and thank you … [Read more...] about Overwatch: Torbjorn’s Overhaul & Hero Update
Using World of Warcraft’s latest expansion as an example, many bloggers recently pontificated on the uselessness of adding new levels to MMORPGs if your character didn’t grow in any useful or noticeable way. “Leveling, as in playing a roleplaying game where you expect your character to advance and evolve, has never been worse,” said Murf Versus. “When you level up in Battle for Azeroth, you get nothing. No talents, abilities, or anything of any kind of merit whatsoever.” In An Age sees this kind of leveling as a punishment, saying, “You get nothing but weaker during the leveling process. That’s literally insane game design.” The Ancient Gaming Noob agreed, adding, “Why have more levels when it is pretty clear you can do without them? The answer, to my mind, is because people expect them.” Forge on for more MMO essays, including thoughts on WildStar’s sunset, EverQuest classic, and hidden secrets that communities … [Read more...] about Global Chat: Why level in MMOs if you don’t grow?
WildStar is about to be inducted into the worst club there is in the gaming world — the club whose only requirements is that you are a former live MMORPG that was shut down and is no more. While some claim that its closure is justified, Reader Utakata is still carrying WildStar’s standard with pride and feels that the MMO should have gone on for years to come. Looking at today’s color-drenched headlining pic, I have to agree. Such a waste to see this game head into the sunset. In today’s edition of One Shots, we’ll be revisiting the final moments of many other MMOs that exist only now in the Sunset Club. “I’ve only found a few from games that are no more,” said Ryuen. “One being a shot of my monk in Vanguard.” Vanguard is one of those MMOs that I only had very passing familiarity with yet was rooting to see it win. It had great ideas, amazing music, gorgeous scenery, and a small but devout fan base. Will Pantheon take up its … [Read more...] about One Shots: The Sunset Club
Last week, we looked at Ankama’s year-end update video and what the studio has in store for its major titles, Wakfu and Dofus. What we didn’t look at, however, is one of its in-development titles, WAVEN: Heroes of Krosmoz, which seems to have been formerly known by a slew of other titles. Right now, information on the title is fairly light, as it’s still quite early in development, but what we know so far is that it’s set in the world of Wakfu, taking place some years after the third season of the animated series. The game, which will be playable both on mobile devices and on PCs, will allow players to take control of numerous characters from the Wakfu universe, equip them using a deckbuilding system, and battle it out in both PvP and PvE combat. A core feature of the game will be a sort of player housing called Dimensional Havens, which are cube-shaped worlds that players can build out and customize to their heart’s content. My French isn’t great, … [Read more...] about Ankama’s WAVEN brings Wakfu-style combat to mobile and PC
There’s been a lotta news in the past couple weeks and although Wiggy attempted to cover some in last week’s Byte of MMORPG news video, today, I plan on covering everything she missed, and then some! Smilegate’s latest media conference in Seoul revealed a tiny bit of information I’m sure everyone will be interested in.. and that is that Lost Ark is finally launching into open beta, albeit in South Korea only – but that’s a start. In a move I didn’t see coming, NCSoft announced that next month, Lineage II Classic will be hitting players with a huge nostalgia trip as it launches in all its original grindy glory. I remember playing this back in 2009.. has it really been 10 years? Wow, how time flies. We’ve actually just begun recording a new Aion video featuring this new content, but for those of you that weren’t aware.. Gameforge, the European publisher for Aion released a large content update titled “A New … [Read more...] about MMORPG News: Lost Ark Open Beta, Bless Online Shut Down, Lineage II Classic, Aion 6.0 Update And More!