League of Legends
began its new world tour series this week with a look at the game's Taiwanese community
was released in Taiwan only six months ago, but already a sizeable community has grown up around the game. Incredibly, 5% of the total population of Taiwan has registered an account, and popular fansites in the region record over a million hits per day.
In its new Art of Revelry
contest, Riot Games
offers players the chance to win Logitech and Alienware gear. The contest is part of LoL
's Lunar Revel holiday celebrating the new year and asks players to submit artwork themed around the Lunar Revel or a new year festival.
This week's patch introduced Sejuani
, a jungling tank with impressive crowd-control capabilities. All of Sejuani's abilities slow the enemy, making her extremely difficult to escape if you're caught in an unfavourable position. Check out the Sejuani champion spotlight below for full details of the new champion's abilities and some tips on playing her effectively.
The past week has seen countless executives in the entertainment industry speak out against SOPA and PIPA, two pieces of copyright legislation currently being considered in the US. I looked at the effect SOPA would have on the games industry in a recent opinion piece
, and every day more members of the industry speak out against the proposed law. This week Firefall
joined the list of developers protesting SOPA/PIPA and condemned the ESA's support of proposals
it originally said would "destroy the freedoms and rights of the internet community."
While there's still no official release date for Diablo III
, this week Blizzard
announced several major gameplay changes
being introduced to the closed beta with its next patch. Identification scrolls have been completely removed, with Blizzard instead giving every player the ability to identify items manually. The Mystic artisan who enchanted a player's gear has also been completely removed as the system didn't provide fundamentally different customisation options than gems and coming up with a new enchanting system would delay the game's release further.
Both the Cauldron of Jordan and the Nephalem Cube have been removed. These items used to let players sell and salvage gear without returning to town, but breaking up combat by returning to town periodically was a big part of Diablo II
's charm. The blacksmith artisan in towns can now salvage items, but not white items, which should prevent players from having to return to him incredibly frequently. White items will now be next to worthless but will drop along with magic items to maintain the "loot pinata" feel from Diablo II
Heroes of Newerth
released its new ranged intelligence hero Gravekeeper this week, but players will have to buy him for cash through the early access system or wait until February 17th to play him for free. Gravekeeper's first ability, Corpse Toss, throws a corpse at the target hero, stunning him for one second and dealing magic damage. Combined with his second ability that detonates all corpses in an area to deal magic damage to nearby enemies, this ability is sure to give Gravekeeper lane dominance against melee heroes.
Gravekeeper's third ability adds a slow to every autoattack at the cost of one stored corpse. Corpses are collected by running over them, and Gravekeeper can only have one at any time, but he can pick up the corpse from his previous cast of the ability to re-throw it. Gravekeeper's ultimate makes a horde of zombies appear and attack the nearest enemy hero, additionally leaving a huge pile of corpses ready to be detonated. For more information on Gravekeeper and tips on using him in a game, check out his official hero spotlight video below.
Wrath of Heroes
approaches beta five, with tactics and alternate abilities due to be released for 10 more heroes. The fifth beta will begin on January 26th
, and anyone who participated in previous tests should be able to access this one too.
released a new trailer this week exploring one of the upcoming game's key features: capturing enemy hardsuits. The hardsuits are powerful tactical weapons, and capturing one rather than destroying it could turn the tide of a battle. But how do you liberate a hardsuit from its current owner, who's using it to fill you full of bullets? Check out the video below for the gruesome details.
This week Bloodline Champions
teased fans with a sillhouette of its next bloodline: Headhunter
. Wielding what looks like two massive hand scythes, Headhunter is currently on his way to the test servers and will be released in just a few weeks. This week, the BLC
team increased all XP gain by 50% permanantly in order to help separate players more effectively based on player skill.
Rise of Immortals
got a makeover this week, with an all-new launcher, website and login screen
. The revamp adds some much-needed professional polish to the game, which has seen growing popularity since its inclusion in Steam
's free to play game list. Petroglyph
revealed that upcoming immortal Ukkonen is due for release next week.
Join us every Monday for Not So Massively, our roundup of the top news from popular online games that aren't quite MMOs. If you think there's a game we should be covering in Not So Massively or you've found some interesting news you think deserves attention in the next roundup, please mail the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.