ARK: SURVIVAL EVOLVED TEASES ‘GIGANTIC’ REVEAL THIS THURSDAY

http://massivelyop.com/2016/08/30/ark-survival-evolved-teases-gigantic-reveal-this-thursday/

Don’t you just love announcements about upcoming announcements? Perhaps PR teams are being considerate by giving you information so that you can rearrange your week’s schedule. In the spirit of that, ARK fans should clear out a one-hour block at 1:00 p.m. EDT on September 1st for a major reveal.

“This Thursday on September the 1st at 10AM PST/1PM EST we shall be revealing our Mega Mysterious Mysteries Update!” the team posted. “The reveal will be streamed live over on our Twitch channel. If you love ARK, surprises, and scorching hot gameplay, be sure to tune in! Alongside this gigantic reveal, we’ll be in full force with the new game content in playable form on both PC and Xbox One.”

To tide you over until the reveal, there’s a player song about ARK called “Evolve” waiting for you after the break.

SHROUD OF THE AVATAR IS WORKING ON NEW CITY TEMPLATES, LOT RAFFLING SYSTEM

http://massivelyop.com/2016/08/29/shroud-of-the-avatar-is-working-on-new-city-templates-lot-raffling-system/

Shroud of the Avatar’s latest newsletter celebrates the additional $200,000 in crowdfunding raised during the latest telethon and recaps the launch of the 33rd release patch, which introduced new areas, the newbie experience revamp, NPC AI tweaks, emotes, and fresh random encounters. Among the newest player-owned town templates headed to the game are the Swamp Islands, which I can’t laugh at because my guild was infamous for having built a city in another game in the middle of a swamp.

“These new templates are lowland islands covered in swampy terrain. We offer two versions, a normal version and one that has an Obsidian Style spiked wall surrounding the large island. While this is based on the original Island template, the terrain has been lowered to better represent a swampy area. This also has the nice byproduct of creating much more flat space for building placement! In fact, this template is only rivaled by the Grassland templates and Inland Forest (a modified Grassland) in available space for building.”

The team has also implemented a raffle system to help distribute lot deeds to players who don’t already have them. “The raffles will be monthly and for this first month’s raffle we will be handing out 75 Place Anywhere Deeds and 600 Player Owned Town Deeds,” says the studio.

Massively OP will be at DragonCon this weekend with more from the Portalarium team there. In the meantime, check out the new screenies below, and maybe swing by this thread on the official forumswhere players are organizing in-game libraries (how cool is that?).

Source: Newsletter

CROWFALL INTRODUCES THE DUELIST AND THE GUINECEAN RACE

http://massivelyop.com/2016/08/26/crowfall-introduces-the-duelist-and-the-guinecean-race/

Do you consider “play a swashbuckling guinea pig” to be one of your most cherished video game goals? Your absurdly specific dream is coming true in Crowfall with the Duelist, an archetype of the Guinecean race (the name rhymes with “Phoenician”). It’s a fast, darting melee class that seeks to be a small rodent-person stabbing people without being too cartoonish, which sounds like a tall order for the art team.

Duelists make use of both ranged and melee attacks, with no specific power combos and the option to enter into a special “burrow mode” as one of its central mechanics. Players will have a wide variety of customization options available for the race at launch, although gender is not currently one of them. Check out the full design and concepts on the official site.

Source: Official Site. Thanks, Tom!