Well, you wanted the City of Heroes private server code, and you got it. “It was uploaded onto a Discord server someone started who we don’t know,” a Discord source familiar with the situation just told me. “Like 300 people congregated there and now the files have spread like wildfire. It’s not the character files. It also doesn’t contain the mission files or NPCs, but it’s a big piece of the puzzle for reverse engineering the game that no one but Leo had before.” It’s all part of a story we’ve been covering all week, as information about a secret City of Heroes private server was leaked across the web and the community agitated for its purveyors to disperse the code to everyone, not just the chosen few. Last night, it became clear that was a real and possible solution to the drama unfolding. Ahead of the drop of the files, we spoke to the anonymous Discord participants who were apparently given the code to clean up and roll … [Read more...] about The City of Heroes private server team has released its code to the world – but not the characters
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We don’t yet know everything we’re going to learn at the Tokyo fan festival about Shadowbringers, but we can be reasonably confident that it will involve a minimum of stuff about the upcoming system changes to Final Fantasy XIV. The stated plan is to unveil all of those in May, and while we can’t be entirely sure that sounds about right. We’ll learn a bit about Gunbreaker and the as-yet-undisclosed additional job (or jobs), but we won’t know all of the way role actions and job actions are changing. That having been said, what we’ve been promised is an evolution from Stormblood rather than a revolution. But having said all of that, I can already think of some system changes that I’d like to see, even if many of them seem rather unlikely with the game’s current design philosophy. So this isn’t meant as a list of demands so much as a wish list. If we get a couple of the things on this list, I’ll consider it a big win. More … [Read more...] about Wisdom of Nym: The system changes I’d like to see in Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
Since last week’s revelation that Activision and Bungie were parting ways and sending Destiny home to live with its real dad – oh yeah, and investors began investigating potential securities fraud over the deal – the internet has been nothing but speculation over the future of the franchise. Bungie’s weekly update addresses the concerns head-on. “Long-term, Bungie is committed to Destiny,” says franchise director Luke Smith. “We created the universe and we hold its future entirely in our hands. The vast majority of the team is hard at work envisioning future experiences, enemies, and ways to play the Guardian you’ve been building since 2014. We’re going to keep doing that. We’re thinking about what it means to be truly independent, what it means to self-publish, and crucially, what Destiny’s future can now look like for our players. It was a busy Fall, and it is going to be a busy year. When I look ahead and think about … [Read more...] about Bungie reiterates its commitment to Destiny 2 long-term as it previews short-term goals
Love it or hate it, MMOs are going mobile in ever-increasing numbers. Last year saw a crop of acclaimed titles making their way to tablets and smartphones, including Old School RuneScape and Villagers and Heroes. While we’ve seen MMOs come to mobile in the past, it seems notable that 2018 was a year in which more and more people were recognizing that these games don’t have to sacrifice quality just to make a quick free-to-play buck. Well strap in for 2019 because we’re about to get flooded with many new games in the mobile space as well as developments on current titles. We’ll be greatly exceeding our typical 10 entries for today’s list in the hopes of covering most of the significant up-and-comers in mobile MMOs. Let’s get to it! AdventureQuest 3D: MJ’s favorite mobile MMO continues to cram in more classes, areas, and features as it aims for a full release. Mad World: This stylish grimdark 2-D cross-platform should be coming to mobile, but it … [Read more...] about Perfect Ten: Mobile MMOs to watch in 2018
MOP reader Oleg suggested today’s Daily Grind in the bowels of the mystified comments under our piece on Entropia Universe on Wednesday. In a nutshell, the Swedish studio MindArk is angling to use the game as a “potential reality where human consciousness can be inserted into virtual characters, making it possible to continue to live on as an Avatar well after their human body has passed” – in other words, to make us immortal, to let us live on in MMO Entropia. The objection, as Oleg and other commenters noted, is that you might not actually want to live forever in Entropia. It’s a neo-capitalist technotopia where you cash in and out of the game to reality and back again. The game practically pioneered pay-to-win. So let’s say MindArk actually pulls off the kind of sci-fi AI it’s saying it’s working on. Would you actually want to do it, and more importantly, which MMORPG would you want to live in – forever? Every morning, the … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG would you want to ‘live’ in if you had to live there forever?