When Diablo III
launched back in May, Blizzard promised that the PvP arena features cut from launch would be released later in a free patch. PvP accounts for a significant part of the demand in Diablo II
's loot economy as players race to find the best items following each ladder reset. Though the sequel has no ladder system, it was hoped that PvP might provide a competitive endgame for players with good items who get bored of farming.
Blizzard finally released an update on Diablo III
's upcoming PvP gameplay this week, and unfortunately, it isn't all good news
. Lead Game Designer Jay Wilson
did confirm that that 1v1 dueling support will be added to the game in patch 1.0.7, which is due shortly after the new year. But the team deathmatch mode that Blizzard showed off at previous BlizzCons has been scrapped as it didn't meet the high standard developers expected. Jay conceded that the deathmatch gameplay lacked depth
and objectives and that it was plagued by class balance issues. Team-based PvP will be shelved while developers look at alternatives.
Several weeks ago, Grinding Gear Games
announced that its upcoming indie action RPG Path of Exile
would be in the running for this year's IndieDB Player's Choice awards. The results are now in, and Path of Exile
has been named as the top upcoming indie game of 2012
. Developers have also revealed the impressive winning entries
in their recent Path of Exile
fan art competition, including some absolutely stunning paintings of the Witch class.
To celebrate the fact that the world did not end when the Mayan calendar ran out, upcoming MOBA SMITE
revealed its new playable Mayan God
: Xbalanque, The Hidden Jaguar Sun. Xbalanque is a ranged hunter who specialises in dealing damage with his basic attacks. With his Branching Bolas ability, Xbalanque can empower his basic ranged attacks to deal bonus damage and then split to hit any enemies behind the target player.
He can also shoot out a cone of poisoned darts and use his Rising Jaguar ability to dash toward a poisoned target to deal bonus damage. Xbalanque's ultimate ability, Darkest of Nights, shrouds all nearby enemies in darkness for three seconds, stopping them from seeing more than a few feet in front of themselves. To help rack up kills during those three seconds, Xbalanque gets bonus movement speed and his basic attack range is increased. If he manages to kill an enemy while his ultimate ability is active, Xbalanque gains a permanent 5 bonus physical power. With good timing, this could stack up to a lot of bonus damage over the course of a long match.Rise of Immortals
has been undergoing some serious overhauls since its Battle For Graxia update went into development, and now it looks as if it's not just the core game mechanics that are due for an update. With new immortal Ustat out of the way, developers have been able to go back and focus on revamping old characters based on player feedback. Kaos is the first immortal to get such an overhaul
, and there may be others on the way.
If getting to play as Bilbo Baggins
and challenge enemies to matches in The Shire wasn't enough Hobbit-themed Guardians of Middle-Earth
content for you, the game's second DLC pack has just been released. The pack contains two iconic characters from the novel and film as playable heroes: Thorin Oakenshield and Great Goblin.Bloodline Champions
has been struggling with low player numbers
for the past few months, and now it looks as if the problem may not be restricted to just the North American and European servers. It was revealed this week that the game's Russian servers will officially shut down next month
and all players on them will be transferred to US or EU servers. The server closure doesn't seem to have dampened the developers' spirits, however, as they plan to run their usual New Year's tournament tomorrow with in-game prizes from the cash shop.
As the new year approaches, Heroes of Newerth
player stonefain's holiday Tip of The Day video series has now drawn to a close. The 21 videos each explain a different trick that competitive players sometimes use to get an edge, from how to kill Kongor at level 1 and sell items without going back to spawn to the detailed guide below on good ward locations.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 email@example.com.