This week we've been spoiled with art
and gameplay previews
on Sejuani, the upcoming champion due for release with League of Legends
's next major patch. Sejuani is unusual in that she's the first ever mounted champion, sitting atop her boar. Her passive ability adds a movement slow to every attack, and her other abilities focus on spreading this debuff to multiple champions to deal area-effect damage and disruption.
As part of the ongoing removal of LoL
's dodge stat, champion Jax was completely remastered this week. The melee duelist received all new abilities and animations, and to help players adjust, Riot
has released an updated champion spotlight video. If you're a fan of Jax, check out the champion spotlight below for information on his new abilities and tips on playing him in a game.
If you were impressed by the professional quality of last week's Firefall cosplay programme video
, you'll definitely catch yourself laughing at Lee Reherman's outtakes, which were released this week. The video opens with the professional actor forgetting what profession he's in and the hilarity snowballs from there. It's great to see that not everyone in the industry takes himself and his work too seriously.
After last week's tantalising evidence for a possible release date
on Diablo III
, release on the global market moved a small step forward. Blizzard
has been struggling to get Diablo III
certified in South Korea, which has such strict laws prohibiting gambling in games that D3
's cash auction house gave it cause for concern. As various gear upgrade mechanics provide players with random stats (and items with perfect stats are bound to fetch a hefty price), there are ways to play the game with real cash injections that could be used to gamble for a cash reward. To secure a rating, Blizzard dropped the real money auction house for the Korean version
of the game. The rest of the world will, of course, still be able to use the service when the game goes live.
Bashiok also confirmed this week in a forum post
that the player limit for Diablo III
will remain at four even for players with computers beefy enough to render more characters and effects. PvP arenas will still scale to 3v3 combat, but developers worry that four players on the screen with hundreds of monsters may cause visual chaos. It's a sad day for those of us hoping to get some classic eight-way Diablo
action or just to play with more than three friends.
It's been a whole year since Bloodline Champions
first launched, and this week Stunlock Studios
celebrated the landmark date with in-game celebrations
. Blood coin gain was increased by 50% over the weekend, and players may still be able to log in to collect a free gift from the developers. BLC
is the indie development team's first ever game, and it's quite an accomplishment to make it successfully to the one-year mark in the growing MOBA
Some time ago, we brought you news about the independently organised HoNWars tournament, which tracked player stats throughout games and offered hundreds of prizes. The tournament is back with season II
, and this time it has a whopping $10,000 US prize pool. The season started last week on Friday, January 13th, but the date doesn't seem to have been a bad omen for participation. Over 26,500 players have registered, and at any time over 500 have been taking part in the instant tournament action.
Rise of Immortals
released another immortal spotlight on its original cast of characters this week with a look at popular ranged damage-dealer Nyssus. With her bow and devastating magic arrow attacks, Nyssus can take down any foe in one-on-one combat.
If you've been having fun in the latest Wrath of Heroes
beta test and thought it was over all too soon, you're in luck. The latest beta phase has been extended until tomorrow morning, ending on January 17th at 10:00 a.m. EST.
Upcoming online FPS Blacklight: Retribution
reseased its fifth developer video diary this week, this time tackling the issue of battle tactics. The game is designed for a competitive environment, with tactics making much more of a difference than individual player accuracy. Developers talked about good use of the heads up display that lets you essentially see through walls to find out which places are poorly defended. The device has a handicap built in such that it needs to recharge between uses, and the team has found that beta testers tend to flick it on periodically for only a second to get a tactical snapshot of the situation. If that sounds interesting, check out the full developer diary video below.
In this season's finale of Trion Worlds
' End of Nations
Warfront video devblog series, developers discussed the game's capture point gameplay. The game will feature three types of capture points: Landing zones, resource points, and victory points. Holding resource points lets you call in reinforcements during a battle, drop tactical structures on the battlefield and use more global abilities. Landing zones let players deploy troops at a distance by air lifting them across terrain. Victory points, as the name suggests, are the ones you need to hold to win the match. This creates an interesting dilemma: Do you focus on victory points for a quick win or capture other points to provide a long-term tactical benefit?
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