Nexon has announced that the next play session for MapleStory 2 will be another closed beta. The second closed beta will focus on stress testing Nexon’s servers so they are planning to double the number of accepted testers in comparison to the first closed beta. The first closed beta session lasted for one week from May 9th to May 16th. Nexon has yet to reveal when the second closed beta will begin or how long it will last.
A new Producers’ Blog series that will discuss hot topics, new content and a release plan will begin next week.
Black Desert Online has released the awakening of Lahn, the latest playable class addition to the game. This is quite fast considering the Lahn was just released in the Western version on May 23rd. Players can now begin Lahn’s Awakening Quest if they have reached level 56 with their Lahn characters. The awakening will let Lahn players wield a pair of chained Crimson Glaives that can be used to perform a new skill called Soul Raid for pulling enemies closer. Lahn is also able to swiflty switch between awakening and pre-awakening skills for a broader set of combos.
DJ2 Entertainment has announced a new set of major changes to the recently released Wild West Online. No later than June 15th, a new patch will be deployed that will bring the removal of “Mcfarlanes vs Steele” type of factions, the return of Sheriffs vs Outlaw as core gameplay, a free trial version and more.
Defined faction PvP was added when Wild West Online launched on Steam on May 10th and now they have chosen to remove the system due to its addition of unnecessary complexities to gameplay mechanics. As a replacement to the new “Mcfarlanes vs Steele” type of faction PvP, Sheriffs vs Outlaw will become the new two main factions in the game.
Neowiz has shared a preview of the next big PvP content coming soon to Bless Online called Siege of Castra. Siege of Castra is a large-scale 70 vs 70 faction PvP battle that all players over level 25 can participate in. Players begin in their respective faction’s military headquarters with one primary goal of defeating the opposing team’s faction commander who is located in their opponents’ military headquarters.
Infiltrating a base will not be easy and failure to eliminate the opposing faction’s commander will result in a tie. Neowiz states that “the key to victory is to adapt a unified yet swift attack tactic through forming a raid party and appointing a leader who will lead the faction.”
“All you have to do to get a one week trial key is…email me at sweathers at citadelstudios.net.”
Citadel Studios wants its players to bring a friend to Legends of Aria
. This week marks as the beginning of Bring-A-Friend Week which allows those with a working email account to receive a one week trial key to give out to their friends by asking for one from Citadel Studios via email
It seems that new players are also encouraged to ask for keys to try the buy-to-play game with Citadel Studios stating that “if you just want to try it yourself, not because you have a friend playing, well, welcome to you! We hope all of you love Legends of Aria.”
Gameforge has announced that the Western version of SoulWorker has received the housing update and a new Sprint Event. Starting at level 8, players can take a break from their ruthless monster-hunting and “chill out in their rooms.”
To access the housing system, players can press H to open up the accommodation menu. In the top-right, there is a button used to go inside of their apartments. There are also Home Manager devices in every town that can be used to access the instanced player housing.
The next stage of the ArcheAge: Legends Return fresh start servers will begin on June 13th with the Conquer phase. Players on Legends Return servers will receive an update that will allow them to claim land in the Golden Ruins, challenge the Serpentis raid dungeon, prove themselves in the Sea of Drowned Love and Sea of Drowned Love’s weekend version and defeat Meina and Glenn in Auroria.
The World of Warcraft game client will no longer support 32-bit operating systems when the Battle for Azeroth expansion goes live on August 14th. Blizzard Entertainment states that the vast majority of players run the game client on 64-bit systems and the change will allow them to focus on the 64-bit version’s stability and efficiency. If you’re using a 32-bit OS, you’ll need to upgrade to keep playing. For most operating systems, this option is available for free.
Jin Seipatsu, the lightning fist brawler character of SoulWorker has received a new class upgrade in the Korean version of the game. Now powered by two mechanical wings, Jin’s hand-to-hand action combat is greatly diversified with a set of new explosive close and long range skills. Long range energy blasts lets Jin gather and blow enemies from afar.
With Jin Seipatsu’s latest update, the Korean version of SoulWorker has now updated all but one character in the roster. The English version has yet to receive any of the character upgrades and is still on their way to release the sixth SoulWorker member, Iris Yuma. Jin Seipatsu was released not long ago as a playable character in Gameforge’s English version. You can play as the explosive and tanky character now, but don’t expect to receive a pair of mech wings anytime soon. If Gameforge plans to follow the same order as the Korean version, there are four characters that will receive their character upgrades ahead of Jin.
Perfect World has announced that starting on June 7th, the monthly premium subscription option for the superhero-themed MMORPG Champions Online will no longer be supported. Players will be able to purchase a new Premium Pack that provides character slots, costume sets, travel powers and titles in its stead. The pack is purchasable to anyone who has never been a Gold Subscriber, or purchased it before on June 7th in the C-store for 1500 zen.
The Lifetime Subscription will remain available and unchanged. For more information about this transition, check out the FAQ on the official Champions Online site.