DARKFALL: NEW DAWN READIES TEST SERVER LAUNCH FOR NEXT WEEK

http://massivelyop.com/2016/06/22/darkfall-new-dawn-readies-test-server-launch-for-next-week/

The night is always darkest before a new dawn, or so they say. Happily, antsy Darkfall players won’t have long to wait until they can get into one of the reboots, as New Dawn will flip the switch on its InDev server on June 28th.

If you’re curious about what New Dawn looks like and want to check it out before putting money down on it, you should make it a priority to jump into the game soon. “We will start out with a free period of three weeks while we test load on our server and solve issues that may arise, then we’ll limit access to paying customers,” the dev team said.

New Dawn will require both the purchase of a copy of the game and a monthly subscription. What’s a little odd here is that the box comes with two months of sub time, with one being used now during the stress test and one down the road when the game moves to its permanent server.

The team has pointed out the progress that players should see when they check out the test. These milestones include improvements to the alignment system, user interface tweaks, and a reduction in grind and the power gap.

Source: New Dawn

Albion Online:Flora and Fauna of the Steppes

Flora and Fauna of the Steppes

Time to explore the flora and fauna of the New World! Today we are taking a closer look at the resources and mobs of the steppes.

JUNE 21, 2016 AT 3:00 PM BY ENYA

 

One biome at a time, we are taking a closer look at the flora and fauna that can be found in the New World. What can you expect the biome to look like? What resources can you find? Which dangerous mobs lurk around the corner?

Today, we’re showing you what you can expect to find in your adventures through the steppes!

Green, Red and Dead Zones

Biomes will look differently depending on where you are in the world. The more dangerous a zone, the more grim the land will appear. There are three different types, based on the Tier of the cluster (not the type of PvP zone!): Green (Tier 1 to 4), Red (Tier 5 and 6) and Dead (Tier 7 and 8). Here are the Green, Red and Dead steppes:

Green steppes:

Red steppes:

Dead steppes:

Factions

The different factions of Albion are not particularly fond of each other, which is why they each reside in different biomes. The only exception are the Heretics, which can be found in every biome, including the steppes.

The Morgana faction has claimed the more dangerous steppe lands as their own, building strong wooden forts to keep out enemies and protect their dungeons. In the steppes, adventurers can encounter Morgana mobs ranging from Tier 4 to Tier 8!

Resources

Every biome has three different resource-types. The most abundant resource of the steppes is Hide, which can be gathered from the various new mobs. Fiber will be commonly found as well, though less so than the hide mobs, and the rarest resource in the steppes is Ore – with higher tier stones and trees nowhere to be found. As in every biome, there will be (decorative) Tier 1 Trees and Stone though.

Hide Mobs

As the steppes have Hide as a main resource, there need to be mobs to provide that hide! Unlike current regular mobs, these animals do not guard other resources. Several of them will also be available as mounts, however not yet at the start of Final Beta.

Do note that specific mob and hide names might change.

TIER 1: Marmot

The Marmot resembles a large squirrel and is basically harmless. Unfortunately we could not yet provide an image, as the Marmot is still a work in progress! Being the rabbit of the steppes, it can be skinned for Tier 1 Scraps of Hide.

TIER 2: Impala

The Impala is very laid back and spends most of its day grazing the steppe lands. Kill an impala to skin its Tier 2 Rugged Hide.

TIER 3: Moa Bird

This giant, flightless bird somewhat resemble an ostrich. It can be skinned for Tier 3 Thin Hide.

TIER 4: Giant Stag

The Giant Stag boasts an impressive pair of antlers, and upon death can be skinned for Tier 4 Medium Hide.

TIER 5: Terror Bird

The Terror Bird holds true to their name! It is more aggressive than any other hide mob in the steppes, attacking adventurers on sight. This crazy giant chicken can be skinned for Tier 5 Heavy Hide. Ride it… if you dare!

TIER 6: Rhinoceros

The Rhinoceros has thick skin and a menacing horn, making it a tough opponent. It can be skinned for Tier 6 Robust Hide

TIER 7: Mammoth

The wooly Mammoth might look fairly harmless and fuzzy, but should not be underestimated. This gigantic animal is not very aggressive, but is very dangerous once attacked. Take on this mob at your own risk! The Mammoth can be skinned for Tier 7 Thick Hide.

TIER 8: Ancient Mammoth

The Mammoth’s older brother, the Ancient Mammoth, is the most powerful of all steppes’ hide mobs. It can be skinned for Tier 8 Resilient Hide.

Critter Mobs

Critter mobs are mythical creatures, guarding Albion’s resources. They are deeply connected to the biome they are in and upon death, allow players to gather resources specific to their biome. The vicious Cougar, Sabretooth Tiger and Mature Sabretooth Tiger are the critter mobs for the steppes, appearing at respectively Tier 3, 5 and 7. Be careful, as these big cats are very aggressive!

Are you looking forward to explore the steppes? Which mobs would you like to see as a mount? Let us know in the comments below!

SHROUD OF THE AVATAR IS BUILDING A POSH GATED COMMUNITY

http://massivelyop.com/2016/06/20/shroud-of-the-avatar-is-making-a-posh-gated-community/

What do you think of gated communities? The answer to that question probably lies in whether you’re in the inside or outside of one. Believe it or not, Shroud of the Avatar is wrapping up work on its own gated community for an upcoming release.

Brittany Estates is a huge player town area made up entirely of city-sized lots. It also features, according to the devs, “lovely scenery and magnificent gardens.” A great place to raise the baby Gnomes, in other words. While the Estates aren’t in the game just yet, the team did post a few screenshots to show off the meticulously landscaped area, including a burbling brook that runs through it.

Of course, you could always eschew gated communities for something more… down to earth. A few of the game’s testers put together a story video to show off the Kobold housing. Check it out below!

BLACK DESERT NERFS GHILLIE SUIT, PREPS REVAMPED SKILL SYSTEM, AND KICKS OFF SOCCER EVENT

http://massivelyop.com/2016/06/18/black-desert-nerfs-ghillie-suit-preps-revamped-skill-system-and-kicks-off-soccer-event/

Times, they are a-changin’ in Black Desert Online. The fantasy sandbox received a major patch on Friday that had a far-reaching impact across the game.

The update is too large to mention everything here, but some of its highlights include finally nerfing the controversial ghillie suit (Daum is offering a refund to purchasers), adding PvP dueling, balancing classes, removing skill and awakening reset items from the store, and adding an auction reservation system.

With the patch comes the soccer and warfare event. Yes, leave it to Black Desert to make soccer downright terrifying. Actually, you won’t be playing soccer (or, for our overseas friends, “baseball”) so much as beating monsters down to retrieve stolen balls for kids. It’s charity!

The team said that it is preparing a skill revamp for the near future, in addition to activating all 12 classes’ awakenings. “We’re trying our best to make every class unique and hope that more users would enjoy various experience with each classes,” the studio said. “So we concluded that lowering the leveling difficulty will boost up the speed for leveling characters which is suit for our intention that is to give players more variety in the class experience.”

Source: Patch notes, dev post, Dulfy. Thanks Darthbawl, TJ, and Luvly for the tip!