Das Tal has implemented a big patch just in time for its long-planned March Mayhem test event.
The patch focuses on resource distribution intended to “add a completely new layer of diplomacy and trade to the game” as well as on client performance, Linux and Mac patchers, and updated visuals for multiple game environments. “The game world is still harsh but also a bit less dreary and monotonous,” says Fairytale Distillery. “In some rare cases you might even find a cactus in full bloom or some rare ice flowers in the mountains.”
The studio wrote earlier this week that it had invited 300 new testers for this event.
MOP’s own MJ Guthrie will be streaming from the alpha event tomorrow at noon (Saturday, March 19th, at 12 p.m. EDT) and handing out keys for the test, so stay tuned!
Blizzard’s all-seeing eye has turned its attention to legendary gems as one of the foci of the upcoming Diablo III Patch 2.4.1. Basically, the developers looked at the field of gems and realized that some of them were underperforming and needed some love.
The team posted a new developer diary yesterday explaining its philosophy behind legendary gems and what it will be doing with these underperformers: “While we arenâ€™t updating every legendary gem that might need a little help (and itâ€™s possible weâ€™ll re-examine other gems in the future), there are quite a few that stuck out to us as either needing more clearly defined roles or just that layer of new polish to keep them up to date in a Sanctuary thatâ€™s evolved over time.”
A few examples of legendary gem updates were given, such as a complete redesign to Taeguk, which should now have a better defined identity.
MassivelyOP’s MJ got to sneak intoÂ Path of Exile’s new Labyrinth courtesy of the alpha server, but now she has to earn the right to go there on her own character! Today she faces the first — and possibly the second — of the Ascendancy trials. MJ is even playing in the new league. Tune in live at 7:00 p.m. to watch her witch wind her way through the traps.
What: Path of Exile
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, March 18th, 2016
The loss of EverQuest Next is bad news, but Landmark appears to be poised to absorb the strength of its fallen sibling with its further updates, like boss fights where you fight two things at once. The game is indeed getting a storytelling system, allowing everyone to jump in and craft stories, dungeons, and the like. Its next big update is due on Monday and will wipe characters and claims; two more such wipes are planned before the title finally launches.
The rest of the beta world, meanwhile, continued to move on full steam ahead.
- Paladins has deployed another major build to the game’s test servers, including a new payload map, Serpent’s Temple. One wonders what sort of payload is being delivered. Serpents, perhaps. (Thanks to Sorenthaz for pointing this out to us!)
- RuneScape Chronicle early access has begun, which means that the time has come for all closed beta testers to enjoy the benefit of their even earlier access. Stay tuned for normal access, slightly later access, and one-year delay access.
- Is there room in your heart for another digital card game? Star Crusade has released its first official trailer, and it wants your affection. And your attention. Also it wouldn’t mind having your stepstool, like, if you weren’t using it.
- Stronghold Kingdoms has released its trailer for its mobile versions, if you really like building castles all over the place but don’t like having to sit down in your actual home to do so.
- You can buy a founder’s pack for the upcoming Paragon, but you don’t have to content yourself with just a bunch of digital goodies that might blow away in the digital wind! There are hard copies available with your purchase as well. They’re quite material and may be used to install the game, or simply as an entertaining conversation piece.
And just like we always do, there’s more stuff down in the list below. Did we miss something? Let us know down in the comments, if you’d be so kind. We appreciate it.
As always, we consider an MMO to be in open testing if it features free, public signups and will server wipe prior to launch. An MMO is marked inÂ closed testing if it’s running aÂ private test phase that cannot freely be accessed by the general public; it’s usually under NDA as well. Early access and crowdfunded MMOs whose tests we deem legitimate will be included. So-called “open beta” soft-launch MMOs with cash shops, no sign of launch in the west, or limited interest for our readers will not be listed; we also do not list expansions.
Albion Online: Closed beta
Ascent: The Space Game: Steam early access
Asta: Open beta
Beasts of Prey:Â Early access alpha
Boundless: Donor alpha
Camelot Unchained:Â Backer alpha, development in crunch for beta
Chronicles: Runescape Legends: Closed beta
Crowfall: Backer pre-alpha
Das Tal: Alpha expected in April
DayZ: Early access
Divergence Online:Â Alpha
Dungeon Fighter Online: OpenÂ testing
Eleven:Â Closed alpha
Eternal Crusade: Early access play on Steam
EVE: Valkyrie: Testing ends on March 12th, launch on March 28th
Ever, Jane: Closed beta
Gloria Victis: Donor pre-alpha
H1Z1:Â Paid early access, split into two games, launch expected in March
HEX:Â Unofficial open beta
Landmark: Paid closed beta, cash shop active, launching in spring
Life is Feudal: Early access beta
Line of Defense: Early access
MyDream: Closed testing open to donors
Nosgoth: Open beta
Origins of Malu:Â Combat module in early access
Otherland: Early access
Overwatch: Closed beta, launching May 24th
Paragon: Closed beta, early access starts March 18th
Pathfinder Online: Subscription “early enrollment”
Project Genom: Closed alpha
Project Gorgon: Free, open testing
Shards Online: Pre-alpha
Shroud of the Avatar: Steam early access, backer testing
SkySaga: Ongoing NA and UK alpha events
Star Citizen: Backer alpha
Stash: Backer alpha
The Repopulation: Alpha offline, moving to the Unreal engine, survival spinoff planned
Tree of Life: Paid early access
Tree of Savior: English beta testing events
Tribal Wars 2: Open testing
TUG: Steam early access alpha
Valiance Online: Pre-alpha testing
Venus Rising: Closed beta (adult/NSFW), currently on development hiatus due to Hero Engine issues
There’s a theory out there that Andy Serkis was actually born in a full motion-capture suit as part of an educational series for expectant mothers. Whether or not this is true, you can’t deny that the man has done an awful lot of work for films by pretending to be all manner of aliens, Gollums, and King Kongs.
He’s been enlisted, so to speak, to provide the motions and animations for the always easy-to-spellÂ Thul’Ã“qquray in Squadron 42. In a new video, you can see Serkis diving off of boards and chatting up Chris Roberts in between takes. He even uses a special harness to replicate the effect of zero gravity on his character.
See, believe, and be amazed that someone gets paid to do all of this (but it’s not you). It’s all there after the jump.