MMO Reporter 296 – Making Amends

Chris and Bill dive into the murky world of MMO mistakes and how devs approach them by talking about the recent community commotion about the Founders Packs vs. Starter Packs in Albion Online before Chris loses himself in in the new mounts for Riders of Icarus. They also talk about Secret World’s future, Warframe and WoW.

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  • WoW
  • World of Warplanes
  • Dreadnought

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News:

Albion Online devs done f’d up, but it’s better now.

https://forum.albiononline.com/index.php/Thread/55782-Our-Apologies-Starter-Packs-Founder-Packs/?postID=545844#post545844

  • Original statement: Starter Packs would be comparable to Founders pack (and the same price) but have less value.
  • Start mounts are “cooler” than the founders mount
  • Community uproar.
  • Founders packs did not have a bigger head start than Starter Packs
  • Community uproar
  • Solution:
    • Founder will get – in addition to their founder’s mounts/equipment items – all the corresponding starter pack equipment (items + mounts) of their respective tier.
    • Founders will get ANOTHER 10% gold on top of the 10% they were already getting.
  • Good comparison here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWUKVMQ4cmQ (thanks Guskey Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UColNgu93FJzE_u3TU1Uq_UQ)

 

Rider of Icarus launches?

  • Adding the Trickster class
  • No wipe – so don’t worry if you played before!
  • New content update – Rise of the Trickster
  • Head start to the soft launch to the YEAR LATER launch.

 

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Secret Word Legends – 2017 roadmap

https://secretworldlegends.com/update-roadmap/

  • Elite dungeons already done
  • Other incoming features include new Tokyo content, Mega Bosses (40 player summonable world bosses), New York raid, story continuation and main story progress

 

Firefall shuts down

 

Warframe goes open world

Press Release Below

  • Landscapes (Open Zones)
    • Until now, Warframe missions have taken place in relatively closed environments. With the Plains of the Eidolon expansion, players will set foot in a vast natural landscape free to explore on their own terms.
  • Meet the Inhabitants of Cetus
    • Never before have Tenno encountered the faceless people whose lives they have saved, until now. Meet the Ostrons, a makeshift group of scavengers whose culture revolves around the grotesque harvesting of biomechanical tissue from long dormant Orokin Towers.
  • Different Kind of Mission
    • In addition to discovering and exploring, players will engage in an assortment of missions to find and assemble new Warframes and weapons, items and more. Expect to strap on Archwing for air travel and battle, and experiment with customizing and modding a Warframe like never before.
  • Discover and Explore
    • Plains of the Eidolon offers a sense of discovery, variety, and mystery that mixes several different environments and tones to create a deep sense of place. Experience a bristling new world in where the wind rustles across your Syandana and the age and size of giant Orokin structures ominously looms in the background. Earth will be more alive than ever before.
Quick Mentions:

Changes to Artifact Power in WoW

http://blizzardwatch.com/2017/07/07/patch-7-3-ak-changes/

  • AK will accumulate automatically, instead of having to queue up research
  • It will level from paltry 4 million percent boost all the way to a massive 55 million percent boost!
    • Level 40 — 4000100%
    • Level 41 — 5200100%
    • Level 42 — 6760100%
    • Level 43 — 8790100%
    • Level 44 — 11430100%
    • Level 45 — 14860100%
    • Level 46 — 19320100%
    • Level 47 — 25120100%
    • Level 48 — 32660100%
    • Level 49 — 42460100%
    • Level 50 — 55,200,100%

FF14 Kicks Everyone Out!

http://massivelyop.com/2017/07/10/final-fantasy-xiv-ends-its-simultaneous-logouts/

 

Diablo III Season 11 starts July 20

https://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/20845160/first-look-season-11-7-5-2017

 

Seraphina “Celestra” Brennan moving to Production at Trion World

http://forums.archeagegame.com/showthread.php?327597

  • Formerly with Turbine

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Warframe Press Release

 

WARFRAME STEPS INTO THE OPEN WITH PLAINS OF EIDOLON EXPANSION

Ground-Breaking New Gameplay Direction for Warframe Unveiled at Digital Extremes’ Annual TennoCon Event

LONDON CONVENTION CENTRE, LONDON, ON – July 8, 2017 – Independent game developer and publisher Digital Extremes is proud to announce from the showfloor of TennoCon 2017 (#TennoCon2017) plans to introduce Landscapes in “Plains of Eidolon,” Warframe®‘s most ambitious expansion since its 2013 debut, coming later this year.

For the first time in Warframe history, Tenno will have the freedom to explore, fight, journey and fly through the open Landscapes – Warframe‘s first Open Zone – of Planet Earth in their own time, in their own way. Stepping into the rolling Plains of Eidolon, players will experience a rich landscape populated with both familiar and never-before seen creatures, enemies, a new Warframe, stunning vistas lit with a day/night cycle, and a gripping story told through interactive NPC characters who inhabit the bustling scavenger city of Cetus. In Plains of the Eidolon, players will set foot in a natural landscape with the freedom to explore it on their own terms.

  • Watch The first teaser demos of Plains of Eidolon and Umbra on YouTube HERE:

                                Umbra teaser – https://youtu.be/683z4x6SLGU

                                Plains of Eidolon –https://youtu.be/ww_pkMI9UvI

With the first introduction of Landscapes in Warframe, Plains of Eidolon enables players to discover a bustling town full of NPCs with their own stories to tell, motives, quirks, and quests to offer. Cetus, a makeshift basecamp for scavengers known as Ostrons who’ve made The Bleeding Tower their home, is filled with activity and surprise. In this immense and gorgeous new landscape, players are challenged to attain a new Warframe and new weapons, engage in new story elements, and soar over the plains using Archwing – mechanical wings previously only used in space or under water. But beware — when night falls, even the invading Grineer flee the Spectral Sentients that haunt their colossal remains on the Plains of Eidolon.

“We have announced big things for Warframe at TennoCon before but nothing like this. Adding Landscapes is a huge leap that we’ve been working on for some time,” said Steve Sinclair, creative director of Warframe. “Plains of Eidolon is our first step in adding a new kind of player freedom to the game. We wanted to give our players something new, something dramatic, and that meant taking risks and evolving the game in a fresh, new direction. For veteran players, we’re always trying to give them a living, evolving game. Landscapes is a great example of how we do that. If you bounced off Warframe a while ago, this is a very different feel for the game that warrants a second look. We can’t wait to see how people react to this!”

Key features in Plains of Eidolon include:

  • Landscapes (Open Zones)
    • Until now, Warframe missions have taken place in relatively closed environments. With the Plains of the Eidolon expansion, players will set foot in a vast natural landscape free to explore on their own terms.
  • Meet the Inhabitants of Cetus
    • Never before have Tenno encountered the faceless people whose lives they have saved, until now. Meet the Ostrons, a makeshift group of scavengers whose culture revolves around the grotesque harvesting of biomechanical tissue from long dormant Orokin Towers.
  • Different Kind of Mission
    • In addition to discovering and exploring, players will engage in an assortment of missions to find and assemble new Warframes and weapons, items and more. Expect to strap on Archwing for air travel and battle, and experiment with customizing and modding a Warframe like never before.
  • Discover and Explore
    • Plains of the Eidolon offers a sense of discovery, variety, and mystery that mixes several different environments and tones to create a deep sense of place. Experience a bristling new world in where the wind rustles across your Syandana and the age and size of giant Orokin structures ominously looms in the background. Earth will be more alive than ever before.

Plains of Eidolon was revealed for the first time during the livestream event at TennoCon 2017, the second annual sold-out Warframe celebration held today in London, Ontario, Canada. The day-long convention aims to bring the game to life by connecting its incredibly loyal and active players to the devoted development team through lively guest panels, developer workshops, engaging Warframe-themed activities and on-stage demonstrations. Every TennoCon attendee will receive, for free, the first physical issue of the Warframe comic book, created in partnership with and published by Top Cow Comics, co-written by President, COO, and writer Matt Hawkins and writer Ryan Cady.

Additionally, a portion of the event’s ticket sales go to this year’s charitable partner, Covenant House Toronto. Covenant House Toronto provides unparalleled community services ranging from education and mental health and substance abuse counseling, to healthcare, employment assistance, job and life skill training, and aftercare work for at-risk and homeless youth.

Please visit the official Warframe website at www.warframe.com to join the community on PC, Xbox One or PS4 and download the game for free. To keep up with the latest updates from the development team, be sure to follow Warframe on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.