According to South Korean media Inven, Gamevil has revealed the global closed beta schedule for ArcheAge Begins, the mobile RPG inspired by XL Games’ ArcheAge MMORPG. The beta will begin on March 23 and end on March 31, and the final launch is expected to be the first half of 2017, according to report.
ArcheAge Begins is created by XL Games’ mobile division, and it can be seen as a prequel to ArcheAge PC MMO, and the game is an RPG at launch and may get MMORPG-like content in the future. While the game is powered by Unreal Engine 4, all the characters and monsters in the mobile version have been redesigned.
Voxel sandbox Trove has formally launched on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One today, having been in open beta on both consoles since December. Trion says it’s now "captivated nearly five million" players across both consoles, which by our estimate makes for about 10 million players total, including those already on PC.
Trove "has become one of the largest free-to-play console releases of all time during its successful Open Beta," the studio says, "with thousands of unique worlds being built by players and tens of millions of hours logged in the game before it’s even officially launched."
Existing beta characters and plots should be just as you left them as the studio promised no more wipes past closed beta. The game is free-to-play on both platforms.
Do you believe in coincidences? How about meticulously planned cross-media marketing synergies? Either way, prepare to have your mind oh-so-slightly blown as World of Warcraft tests its Un’Goro Madness event just a week after Blizzard revealed the upcoming Un’Goro-themed expansion for Hearthstone!
The micro-holiday, which isn’t scheduled to arrive in WoW until this August, will populate Un’Goro crater with giant elite dinosaurs from all over the game. During the event, players are supposed to hunt down and kill these majestic beasts for their "adaptations." These adaptations give players strange temporary abilities, such as being unstuck in time and secreting toxins.
Voxel sandbox Trove‘s been in open beta on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for only a few short months, but it’s already gathered "nearly four million" players across both consoles, according to a Trion Worlds press release this morning, which also notes that "Trove’s industrious console players have also placed more than one billion blocks in the Trove world, while destroying more than 5 billion!"
Back in December, Trion counted 5 million players on all platforms, including PC. Now, the company says that combined number is "almost 10 million." CEO Scott Hartsman says that "Trove is already dominating the Free to Play charts."
Trion is planning an official launch on both consoles on March 14th, but don’t worry: Your characters and blocks are safe, as the studio promised no more wipes past closed beta. Just make sure you log in before the switchover and claim your free mounts!
The ancient gods of Path of Exile have slumbered for thousands of years, and for all intents and purposes they have vanished from the world. Obviously, with the launch of The Fall of Oriath expansion, those deities will be coming back to the forefront, so you can’t forget about them. But while you’ll be interacting with them heavily in that expansion (seriously, you can read all about it) you could forget that they exist otherwise… unless you pick up one of the new unique items being added to the game in update 2.6.
There are three new items being added to the game that each contains some small hint of the powers of these departed entities. Garukhan’s Flight improves your ability to heal and recover so long as you remain forever moving, Tidebreaker is all about stunning your targets into complacency as befits a mace, and the Martyr of Innocent lets you block more readily whilst spreading fire damage.
So you’ve got some alts in Star Wars: The Old Republic who haven’t yet reached the level cap. You also have a lot more Galactic Command experience to farm, and you’re not really sure what you should do first. The good news is that you shouldn’t worry about not doing either right now, because starting on February 7th players will earn 250% experience and Galactic Command experience from doing… well, everything. Yes, more than doubled.
Better yet, this vastly increased speed is going to last until April 10th, which means you’ll have more than a month to fly up in levels across the board. So you’ll be leveling twice as fast and then getting endgame gear twice as fast through most of February and all of March. The down side is that it might make any work you do today feel like a waste of time, but you’ll be leveling quickly enough that you won’t have to think about it for long.
Final Fantasy XI, we need to have a talk. We’re willing to accept that you’re in maintenance mode while still providing monthly content updates, since you defined “maintenance mode” as “no more story updates.” But now you’re adding more side story content with your February update.
Another version update is arriving for the game on February 10th, and yes, it’s bringing some Adoulin side story additions. It’s also bringing the usual adjustments and improvements for Omen and Ambuscade content, adjustments to certain Trust NPCs, and improvements to various enfeebling effects that should make jobs like Red Mage a bit more potent. For a game that, once again, is in maintenance mode. This makes maintenance mode look pretty good.
It should be evident by now that Final Fantasy XIV is more than willing to have crossovers that not everyone will love. If the Yo-kai Watch crossover wasn’t to your taste, that’s fine; perhaps you’ll prefer the new crossover with the Japanese show GARO. Or perhaps you won’t care much for the crossover, but you will care for picking up some pretty new dyeable armor in exchange for PvP. Whichever one works, ultimately.
The GARO-inspired armor is available in two separate forms; you can purchase undyeable versions for MGP, or you can pick up dyeable versions as PvP rewards. This coincides with improvements to PvP which will allow players to queue up for Frontline independent of FC affiliation, so it’ll be even easier to get into the matches you need whether you want GARO gear or other rewards. There are also equine mounts available for those who rack up impressive kill streaks, so you may want to take part in PvP either way. Check out a trailer for the crossover event just below; it starts when patch 3.5 goes live on January 17th.
As cool as the troops of the Tzenkethi look, the race would not be a plausible threat in Star Trek Online without starships. It’d be a rather silly war if it had been the Federation against biplanes with phaser banks. So now you can see the starships, and they immediately look very different from other ships in the universe. They almost resemble designs from another game, possibly one in which a large number of people blow one another up over bits of territory in space.
Whether or not you agree with that comparison, there’s plenty of interest to be found within the design diary. The Tzenkethi employ a modified swarm approach to space combat, with each ship augmenting its fellows in combat; rather than having each individual ship be disposable, however, the race uses strong shields and mobile ships to present a versatile armored force.
World of Warcraft is horning in on one of the most famous Easter eggs in the Diablo franchise: the cow level. As part of the Diablo 20th anniversary event, WoW players can mooove into a bovine-infested instance.
The cow level is accessed by killing a treasure goblin, which can spawn anywhere in Legion, including the dungeons. Doing so opens a portal to the cow level, which is a small farm crawling with udderly ridiculous foes. There’s even a cow king that drops a ton of loot, including a Twelve-String Guitar that plays the Tristram theme. Players will want to milk this mini-event for all its worth, as it ends on January 11th.