Star Citizen celebrated hitting $9 million US in its ongoing crowdfunding campaign, and to celebrate, developers controversially gave all current backers free lifetime insurance on their ships. The title's success has also spurred EVE Online developer CCP Games to show off its own virtual reality dogfighter called EVR that uses the upcoming Oculus Rift headset.
Diablo III's first anniversary is just over a week away; details of any celebrations haven't yet been released. Developers confirmed that the PlayStation 4 version will not be getting mouse and keyboard support and that the PC version won't be getting support for analog controllers. For those of you up for some oldschool dungeon-crawling, Diablo II also announced that its ladder will be reset on May 14th this week and all players will start the game fresh again.
|Infinite Crisis closed beta starts May 8
Wednesday, May 8th marks the start of Infinite Crisis' closed beta test. The new DC-centric MOBA is accepting signups now on its official website, and Turbine has released a bit of new art focusing on various multiverse Wonder Woman variants to celebrate the occasion.
|New Infinite Crisis videos show off Poison Ivy, Gaslight Catwoman
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today released two new character videos for the upcoming DC Comics-based MOBA Infinite Crisis, and we've got 'em both for your eyeballs.
|SMITE unchains the might of Fenrir
After many years, we finally have the answer to a rhetorical question: SMITE let the dogs out. Well, one dog -- Fenrir. But he's enough dog to count for all the others.
|Stick and Rudder: Star Citizen celebrates $9 million with Auroras, space suits, and LTI
You know, Star Citizen occasionally seems too good to be true. Take this past week, for example. It saw not one, not two, but three major news releases focused on the fledgling space sandbox, all of which were well-received by most in the community and all of which generated even more buzz and positive word-of-mouth for Chris Roberts' crowdfunded juggernaut.
|EVE Evolved: Hands-on with EVE's virtual reality demo
As EVE Online's tenth anniversary Fanfest slowly got underway, the press were led into a small upstairs room with chairs lined up and ominous-looking black headsets.
Some fans expressed concerns that this could remove some of the consequences of ship death, and remove the need to build new ships. Others complained that giving everyone free ship insurance devalued a previously exclusive reward. Chris discussed the thought process behind the change in his latest producer's letter and promised further exclusive rewards for early supporters. Elite: Dangerous, it's no surprise that CCP's new virtual reality dogfighter EVR has attracted a lot of attention. The game is set in the EVE universe but isn't actually connected to the wider world of internet spaceships; so far, it's just a tech demo in which two opposing teams of players take on the roles of fighter pilots in a battle between two carriers. A live gameplay demo running on prototypes of the revolutionary new Oculus Rift headset was shown off last week at the EVE Online Fanfest, and it absolutely blew attendees away.
The most interesting thing about EVR is that it wasn't an official CCP project and didn't use up any development time scheduled for other titles. The entire game was produced in just seven weeks by a handful of CCP developers working in their spare time. It's all thanks to a recent initiative in which developers who are meeting their deadlines at CCP are allowed to spend 20% of their work time on anything they want. This is the same strategy that led Google to produce Gmail, so we may yet see EVR built into a commercial game and pushed to market. The developers working on it are also gaining valuable experience with Oculus Rift that may eventually lead to support for the device in EVE Online itself.
Lissandra's passive is a unique ability that lets her occasionally cast a spell without paying its mana cost. This makes her deadly in a solo lane as she can repeatedly poke at enemies with the Ice Shard and Glacial Path skillshot spells without running low on mana. To help escape tricky situations or chase down fleeing champions, Lissandra can instantly cast Ring of Frost while moving to freeze nearvy enemies on the spot for several seconds. This may seem overpowered, but enemies trapped by Ring of Frost can still attack and use abilities. Lissandra can also use her ultimate ability to freeze a key enemy in place during a teamfight and deal massive damage around him or to make herself invulnerable for several seconds.
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