MMO Reporter 298 – We’re very, very old

Chris and Bill dive deep into the forge to bring you news of the Guild Wars 2 Path of Fire announcement, the launch of the LOTRO Mordor expansion and much more!

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What we did in game:

Bill:

  • GW2 – Ep6 complete; played some beta
  • WoW – just dailies/gold farming

Chris:

  • LOTRO
  • GW2

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News:

Guild Wars 2 – Path of Fire Announced!

https://www.guildwars2.com/en-gb/path-of-fire/

  • YEAH! – Bill describes it ALL!
  • Class Specializations Dev Diary
    • https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/developer-diary-elite-specializations/
    • Elite Specializations Weekend – Aug 18-20
      • Spellbreaker (Warrior)
        • Wield Daggers
        • Many traits nullify or punish magic
          • Loss Aversion grants adrenaline to the spellbreaker and deals damage to foes upon removing their boons.
          • Enchantment Collapse synergizes with this by removing additional boons in the area around an enemy whose boons have been stripped.
      • Holosmith (Engineer)
        • Wield swords
        • Uses photon-generators (hard light) for new abilities
        • New mechanic is heat-management
          • Overheating dmgs the player.  Heat can also charge-up abilities to do more damage to enemies
      • Weaver (Elementalist)
        • Wields swords
        • New mechanic is to wield two elements at the same time
          • This means skills for every possible combination of elements – over 100 new skills!
      • Firebrand (Guardian)
        • New weapon is the axe
        • Fire-focussed abilities
        • Lore is based around a secretive sect of lore-saving guardians
      • Renegade (Revenant)
        • New weapon – shortbow
        • New soul to call on Kalla Scorchrazor, a charr warband leader
          • Abilities focus on summoning warband members to fight for you.  Group damage boosting
      • Deadeye (Thief)
        • Wields Rifle
        • Deadeye’s Mark replaces the Steal skill and allows them to maintain their distance.
          • Retains modifier choices made through traits, but instead of stealing items from enemies, the deadeye steals aspects of their target, such as movement, strength, and warmth. They gain boons while their enemies are afflicted with negative conditions.
      • Mirage (Mesmer)
        • Wields Axe
        • Instead of physically dodging attacks, mirages use their Mirage Cloak to force attacks to pass harmlessly through them. The Mirage Cloak can be used both defensively and offensively, so a mirage must make conscious choices on how they spend endurance.
        • Activating Mirage Cloak offensively via the dodge button will enable ambush attacks. Ambushes are available on the first skill of every weapon set and are designed to complement each weapon’s playstyle. It’s also possible to force all of your illusions to use ambush attacks via the Illusionary Ambush utility skill, or by taking the Infinite Horizon trait, which, when active, applies Mirage Cloak to all of your illusions.
      • Scourge (Necromancer)
        • Wields Torches
        • Summons Sand Shades
          • Scourges forsake their death shrouds for the ability to create areas of power by summoning sand shades. These shades restock regularly for frequent use. The scourge’s second through fifth skills cause both the necromancer and their shades to emanate the effects of those skills, providing everything from protective barriers for allies, to fear for all enemies in range.
      • Soulbeast (Ranger)
        • The soulbeast gains benefits from merging with their pet based on the pet’s archetype. Each pet fits into one of the following archetypes: stout (defensive), ferocious (power), deadly (conditions), supportive (healing), or versatile (utility).
        • Each pet family can contain pets of multiple archetypes. If you want a supportive canine, merging with the sylvan hound will grant bonus healing power and access to the Spiritual Reprieve profession skill. If you want the power archetype and access to the Worldly Impact profession skill, merging with the drakehound canine will provide those in addition to the canine family skills.
  • Beta Weekend
    • New zone is visually quite striking
    • Mount control felt good but not perfect. Mostly well done with some moment of clunky movement.
      • Bill – disagree.  
    • Race quest was run
    • Deliberately avoided anything that might seem story-ish
  • Store update – free Season 1 memory chest.
    • Contains cosmetics from Season 1.
  • Upcoming
    • Mount week (Aug 28)
    • Story week (Sept 3)

LOTRO – Mordor Expansion Launches

http://store.turbine.com/store/turbine/en_US/custom/pbpage.lotro-mordor

  • First few hours have been tough but fun
  • Mordor is a very gloomy place
  • Some very tough mobs in the early areas.
  • Starts quites slowly.
  • Alliance system nowhere to be seen yet.
  • New “currency” reminds me of GW2 and salvaging.
  • Chris – I need to update my gear.

 

Quick Mentions:

Neverwinter: Tomb of Annihilation launches on PS4 and XBOX on Sept 12

Press Release

  • This is the content pack that recently launched on PC
  • Want dinosaurs?

 

TERA – Return of the Argons

Press Release

http://tera.enmasse.com/game-guide/argon-assault

  • Daily Invasions
    • Buffed-up argon bosses appear twice each day for the course of the event, escorted by groups of argon troops.
      • “These argons are unpredictable, though! While we know roughly where they’ll appear, we don’t know exactly when they’ll appear. So report for duty in Savage Reach, Spring Valley, Ex Prima, Highwatch, Arx Umbra, or Balder’s Refuge and watch for the argons to attack sometime between 10 a.m. and noon PDT, and again between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. PDT.”
    • Once on Saturdays during the invasion, the argons will unleash their greatest weapon: Kelsaik!
      • Watch for server announcements to let you know when this buffed-up version of one of TERA’s most dangerous bosses is appearing in either Fyrmount or Wyrmgorge, on these dates and times:
  • Saturday, August 19: 12 noon PDT
  • Saturday, August 26: 6 p.m. PDT
  • Saturday, September 2: 7 p.m. PDT
  • Event Reward – Argon Loot Box
    • Chromaplasm Weapon Skins
    • Plasma Weapon Skins
    • Skycycle or Jetcycle Flying Mounts
    • Wearable Accessories

 

EVE: Valkyrie coming to PC!

https://www.evevalkyrie.com/articles/news/eve-valkyrie-warzone-is-preparing-for-launch

  • Launching on September 26th – NO VR REQUIRED!
  • Re-tooling the ship classes, making ships more distinct.
  • Easier for new pilots to join.

 

What are you playing next week?

 

Chris

  • LOTRO
  • ESO
  • GW2
  • WoW

Bill

  • GW2
  • WoW
  • Hopefully LOTRO

 

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Neverwinter Press Release:

A mysterious death curse rattles the Forgotten Realms, sending adventurers on a perilous journey to find its source somewhere within the jungles of Chult. Beginning September 12, players of the free-to-play Dungeons & Dragons MMORPG on Xbox One and PlayStation®4 will face new threats unlike any before in Neverwinter: Tomb of Annihilation. The new expansion runs alongside the current Tomb of Annihilation storyline from Dungeons & Dragons and includes a new jungle zone inhabited by dinosaurs, heroic encounters with undead, monster hunts with famed explorer Volothamp Geddarm and an expedition to discover the source of the death curse.
Port Nyanzaru greets adventurers arriving in Chult and offers a new social hub to trade with merchants, as well as a brief reprieve from the deadly jungles. Yuan-ti, the undead and vicious dinosaurs await those brave enough to enter the jungles and ruins of Chult. They must also face death itself as those around them fall without the ability to resurrect magically. The twelfth expansion to Neverwinter brings new end-game content including a Tomb of Annihilation campaign, high-end dungeon, monster hunts with the legendary Volo, and more. All with thrilling new rewards to strengthen adventurers against this strange new land.

Additional details about Neverwinter: Tomb of Annihilation can be found at PlayNeverwinter.com and will be detailed in a follow-up press release when the expansion launches on September 12.

Neverwinter is a free-to-play action MMORPG that features fast-paced combat and epic dungeons. Players explore the vast city of Neverwinter and its nearby lands, learning the vivid history of the Forgotten Realms while battling its many enemies. Neverwinter is available on PC and is free to play digitally on Xbox One (with Xbox Live Gold) and PlayStation®4 (PlayStation®Plus not required).

*OnXbox, Xbox Live Gold Membership (sold separately) required.

TERA Press Release:

Classic Enemies and Bosses Invade TERA Starting August 15

Players Will Fend off an Argon Invasion as Part of a Dynamic New In-Game Event

SEATTLE, August 10, 2017—En Masse Entertainment today announced Argon Assault, a massive new event for their flagship free-to-play MMORPG, TERA, set to be released on August 15. Argon Assault will see players fighting off daily invasions of the malevolent argons in exchange for science-fiction-themed cosmetic items and other valuable in-game rewards.

Twice daily, from August 15 through September 5, a legion of argon monsters will invade TERA’s open-world zones of Savage Reach, Spring Valley, Ex Prima, Highwatch, Arx Umbra, and Balder’s Refuge. Players will need to band together to take on these buffed-up argon monsters for a chance at earning special event loot boxes containing sci-fi items including plasma weapon skins, skycycle and jetcycle flying mounts, wearable accessories, and valuable enchanting materials. The fleet of invading enemies includes some of TERAs most fondly remembered—but long-dormant—bosses, including the argon queen herself… Shandra Manaya!

The Argon Assault will take place primarily in high-level zones and will require players to be at the top of their game. To aid new players in reaching max level in time to participate in the event, En Masse has launched a lengthy leveling event that is also active through September 5. Throughout the event, players earn double the normal experience for every monster they kill, while also unlocking extensive reward packages for reaching specific level milestones.

Players who make it all the way to Level 65 during the event will be awarded a permanent Zephyr flying mount and Veteran’s Cape back-slot accessory! With both the Argon Assaultand the leveling event running through September 5, this summer is the perfect time to get into TERA!

For more information on the Argon Assault event, please visit its promotional page at: http://tera.enmasse.com/game-guide/argon-assault

For more information on the currently-active leveling event, please visit the following news post on the TERA site: http://tera.enmasse.com/news/posts/join-the-august-level-up-event/

Developed by Bluehole, TERA is published by En Masse Entertainment in North America. TERA is free to play and available to download at tera.enmasse.com. For the latest news and updates follow TERA on Twitter and Facebook.