Square Enix revealed the next big patch for Final Fantasy XIV titled "Prelude In Violet" in today's Letter from the Producer and it's scheduled to launch mid September. There's a lot coming with this update but the highlights include the following: New MSQ, side story quests & sidequests: The Four Lords, Hildibrand Adventures, Doman Reconstruction New dungeons: The Burn, Saint Mocianne's Arboretum (Hard) New trials: Suzaku, Suzaku (Extreme) New raids: Omega: Alphascape, Omega: Alphascape (Savage) Battle system updates: Job adjustments, role action slots increased (to 10) PvP updates: Quick chat update "Timed Attack" added, PvP HUD layouts adjustable at Wolves Den Eureka 3rd installment: New region, Logos System added (Note: The new region is not called Logos) The Lost Canals of Uznair: New dungeons Gathering and crafting: New recipes, new fishing holes (Doman Enclave), Zhloe Custom Deliveries adjusted Grand Company update: Captain rank obtainable, Squadron updates (New Command … [Read more...] about FFXIV Patch 4.4 ‘Prelude In Violet’ Launching Mid September
Ubisoft has just upped the ante in their fight against what it labels toxic behavior. Players are now receiving instant, automated bans for using racial slurs and other offensive language. One user took to twitter to complain about his ban for saying the word 'nibba' in text chat: Source: twitter The automated ban kicks in instantly once a forbidden word or phrase is uttered, disconnecting the offending player from their current match and preventing them from playing any game mode, even custom games, for 27 minutes. Second and third offenses increase the banned time to 2 hours. Additional offenses trigger an official investigation into the account and could lead to a permanent ban. Ubisoft first outlined their intentions on this issue in a dev blog titled Toxicity, published on April 4, 2018. That post promised a mute function and chat filters. One wonders why the same set of phrases that Ubisoft currently bans players for couldn't simply be added to an automated chat filter, a popular … [Read more...] about Rainbow Six Siege Starts Insta-Banning Players For Hate Speech
July 13 marks the launch of Earthfall, a 4-player co-op shooter set in the aftermath of an alien invasion. The FPS is priced at $29.99 with free DLC updates promised every 4-6 weeks. Earthfall takes its inspiration from the Left 4 Dead, Killing Floor, and Payday franchises, but adds a few new twists to the familiar concept. Players can deploy defensive structures such as barricades to block enemy hordes and install auto turrets to help gun down oncoming waves of aliens. But the most interesting feature in Earthfall may be its MixPlay Mixer Integration. Players streaming on the Mixer live streaming service can allow their audience to interact directly by spawning aliens, dropping health packs, and even deciding which player the aliens will focus their attention on! Set in the year 2031 in the months following an alien invasion led by meteor landings, Earthfall is the third title by studio Holospark. The studio is based near Seattle, and many of Earthfall's campaigns are set in the … [Read more...] about Co-Op Shooter Earthfall Launches on Steam, PS4 & Xbox One
Guild Wars 2 writer Jessica Price was fired from her job at ArenaNet after posting a condescending and disrespectful tweet: Some context: Deroir was trying to discuss some of the writing in Guild Wars 2 with Jessica in a professional manner in a 3 part tweet. While it's clear from the tweets themselves that Deroir wasn't trying to tell Jessica Price how to do her job, it can understandably get frustrating to be criticized publicly. What makes the least sense though is Jessica's attempt at turning this disagreement into a gender issue, which it clearly wasn't. Mike O'Brien, president and co-founder of ArenaNet, made a post on the official Guild Wars 2 forums informing the game's community that they recently fired 2 employees who "failed to uphold our standards of communicating with players. Their attacks on the community were unacceptable". Further reading: Reddit post discussing original tweet Reddit post discussing the firing FacebookTwitterReddit Related … [Read more...] about Guild Wars 2 Writer Fired Over Disrespectful Interaction With Fan
The last time we discussed the EU, the GDPR, a sweeping data privacy bill had just come in force. Starting on May 25, 2018 all companies serving the EU region had to offer users a simple way to view what personal data was being stored on them and an easy way to opt out of said data collection. The burden of complying with this law was cited by several MMOs as the prime reason they shut down. Now the EU is back in the news with an even more far reaching piece of legislation. Last month the EU Legislative Committee voted to adopt the new EU Copyright Directive. This legislation represents the first update of the EU's copyright laws since 2001. Among the most concerning parts of the new bill is Article 13. Put plainly, article 13 would upend the 'safe harbor' concept that internet companies have thus far been operating under. Websites and services today are generally not held responsible for copyright infringing content that was uploaded by their users, so long as they take steps to … [Read more...] about The Weekly Raid: What Are Your Thoughts On The EU’s New Copyright Directive?