MMO Reporter 287 – Recurring Mages of Pixels

Chris and Bill take a long, hard look at the new game studio forming at Amazon Games and notice some similarities with studios that recently closed, widely speculating on the striking resemblances, before moving on to Path of Exile’s expansion, Guild Wars 2 finding some balance and more!

What we did in game:

Bill:

  • WoW + HoTS
  • Conan Exiles
  • GW2 – gift of Aurene

Chris:

  • WoW
  • Heroes of the Storm
  • Conan Exiles
  • GW2
  • Crowfall
  • LOTRO

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News:

Amazon Studios gives John Smedley a studio; reforming Pixelmage games?

http://massivelyop.com/2017/02/16/smeds-new-amazon-studio-is-basically-pixelmage-games/

  • Not sure what Smed is working on
  • “Leverages AWS & Twitch”
  • I’m assuming this is not “New World”, but not sure?

 

Path of Exiles: The Fall of Oriath expansion

https://www.pathofexile.com/oriath

  • Five new acts
  • Removing the previous difficulty system to facilitate story playthrough
  • New Pantheon System
    • New powers from the gods
  • Coming to XBox One later this year

 

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AdventureQuest 3D Open Beta Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVJ2TrM2j2g

www.AQ3D.com

  • Multi-Platform (Phone/PC/Etc)
Quick Mentions:

GW2 balance patch incoming Feb 22

https://forum-en.guildwars2.com/forum/game/gw2/Skill-Balance-Coming

 

  • “We’ll be making a game update on Wednesday, February 22 that will include skill balancing.”

 

  • Skill team will be available on official forums for questions immediately after the patch

 

The art director has retired; long live the art director! (GW2 art directory Dan Dociu leaves)

http://massivelyop.com/2017/02/16/guild-wars-2-art-director-daniel-dociu-is-leaving-arenanet/

  • Replaced by his son Horia
  • Horia has been with Arenanet since 2003, and was in charge of art direction for cinematics

 

Revelation Online open beta starts March 6

http://massivelyop.com/2017/02/14/revelation-online-starts-open-beta-on-march-6/

 

Rift adds LFR

http://news.mmosite.com/content/2017-02-17/rift_review_and_guide_for_queens_foci_lfr.shtml

 

Crowfall add factions to the test environment!

https://crowfall.com/en/news/pre-alpha-4-0-pick-a-faction/

  • Order, Chaos and Balance
  • Home Keep, as well as a central resource heavy area in the middle of the three factions

 

WoW Legendary Drop Rates changing

https://us.battle.net/forums/en/wow/topic/20753149009
What are you playing next week?

Bill

  • WoW
  • GW2
  • DCUO
  • DDO

Chris

  • WoW
  • LOTRO
  • DDO
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