League of Legends reveals Nautilus, announces Sona nerf
Riot Games adds a new champion to League of Legends' growing roster every few weeks to keep the game fresh, and this week Riot revealed the game's next champion Nautilus, the Titan of the Depths.
Diablo III will see you in hell... mode
If you were among the players put out because Diablo III seems too pretty to be hardcore, you'll be happy to know that Blizzard hopes to re-earn your love, not with art but with gameplay.
Diablo III sort of confirmed for Q2 2012
Looking for a definitive release date for Diablo III? So are we, and unfortunately Blizzard isn't cooperating. The best the company can come up with is Q2 2012.
Battle.net Balance boots up
Diablo III may not be out yet, but that's no good reason not to be filling up your virtual coffers for the day that it hits the streets! Blizzard has thrown the switch on Battle.net Balance.
After last week's lack of updates, Dota 2
fans were hoping for beta progress this week. Unfortunately, Valve was unable to deliver any updates
as the team was busy installing new server infrastructure to cope with the increasing levels of beta participation. Valve assures testers that the gameplay team has been working hard this week despite the delay, and so the next patch will be extensive.
faced additional pressure this week as Blizzard Entertainment has lodged legal opposition
to Valve's registration of Dota 2
as a trademark. Blizzard claims that the trademark DOTA "has been used exclusively by Blizzard and its fan community, under license from Blizzard" for the past seven years. Blizzard's claim alleges that "Valve seeks to appropriate the more than seven years of goodwill that Blizzard has developed in the mark DOTA."
League of Legends
continues its world tour this week with a look at the Summoners of Singapore and Malaysia
. These two nations are no stranger to DotA-
style gameplay and have a history of competitive e-sports. League of Legends
was introduced to the region in May 2010, and it's now one of the game's most well-established regions.
This month's Firefall
video dev diary shows Red 5 Studios
' Mark Kern
discussing the PvP ladder system and open-world PvE. "It's not just an MMO," says Mark, dropping his previous reservations about calling the game an MMO. However, he confirmed that the game's open-world co-op PvE will support only around 300 players and that the game will have a 5v5 or 15v15 PvP ladder tournament system that makes it more MOBA
The beta is currently progressing to the point at which participants will get to take part in open world PvE, and that's when things start to get interesting. Players will be able to work together across servers to deploy structures in the open world that can push back the alien invasion and so unlock new areas of the map. The players will decide which areas they want to expand the game into, and then content will be developed for those areas. It's Mark's hope that players will continue to push back the invasion until the entire planet is revealed.
If you're in the mood for a futuristic new first-person shooter, grab a Blacklight: Retribution
beta key over at our official giveaway page
and sign up to get started. This week Zombie Studios
released a new Intel Report video on the Piledriver map to help new beta testers get acquainted with the game. The video shows the location of the map's weapons depots and four choke points to avoid.
Remember those long nights spent doing Mephisto runs in Diablo II
, teleporting around with the map open and not really looking at the game's graphics? This week we learned that this won't be possible
in Diablo III
as we won't be able to display the fullscreen map overlay while playing. Blizzard
announced that it "did not want to have the Diablo II
scenario where people just stared at a dot on a map to guide themselves through an area." To stop this, Blizzard has made the map full-screen and opaque, and you can't move or use abilities while it's active.
If you watch only one Bloodline Champions
video this week, make it Gornodd's official gameplay introduction video
for new bloodline Headhunter. Gornodd won the right to make the official video with his fan submission to the Dreamhack Replay Montage contest, and he certainly does Headhunter justice in his latest piece. With commentary by Semmler, the video below introduces all of the new character's abilities and shows just how frantic Bloodline Champions
gameplay can be.
If you're used to Rise of Immortal's typically fantasy-based immortals, you'll probably be very confused when you log in to find G.I. Joe in the bottom lane. In a new sneak-peek video, Petroglyph
reveals that the next immortal will be US marine John Kachanski, codenamed KAOS. Teleported into the battle against his will, John is the first immortal to be... er... mortal. KAOS is due to go live later this month; responses to the character's pending introduction to a fantasy setting have been mixed
Path of Exile
launched its beta patch 0.9.6 this week, introducing extensive skill changes and passive ability tweaks. If you're not in the Path of Exile
beta but want to get a taste of just how massive the game's customisation options are, check out the new passive skill tree calculator
got a new website this week, and develoeprs started a new weekly video feature
to update fans on the game's progress. In this week's video, Max Schaefer
from Runic Games noted that the team is currently engaged in the laborious task of polishing the game content and balancing boss fights. He asks fans to be patient and bear with the team during development, stating that "the wait is going to be worth it and it's not going to be very long." According to Max, the team will be starting a short and small beta very soon, and we'll be able to see all of the improvements that have been made over the previous game.
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