Weekly Recap #382 October 18th – Fortnite Chapter 2, Archeage Unchained, League of Legends & More!
Cuisine Royale has a major content update coming soon that brings bullet time to an MMO Shooter for the first time. Wild West: Age of Nagual will introduce a massive new map, as well as a new playable character. This new character will have fantastic, unique abilities and multiple new weapons, items, and player skills. A variety of gameplay mechanics were also made, which were based on player feedback. Realistic melee weapons and firearms are still the main order of the day in Cuisine Royale, combat abilities through supernatural powers and rituals will also be possible. Gunslinger Annie can slow down time in this first implementation of bullet time in a multiplayer shooter. his creates a different set of timelines, which is resolved as soon as you and Annie return back to normal speed – and you’ll have to see for yourself how exactly this paradox plays out. Annie’s not the only character with cool powers though. Clyde will be able to unleash the Beast and go into a battle frenzy. Ocelot will be able to move around the map undetected, by leaping into a hidden dimension. There will be other spells and rituals that can be cast, such as the Portal, which allows you to instantly travel between two points. There’s also Zombie Apocalypse, which lets you summon a horde of the undead. The new map, Mexico, is about four times bigger than the previous map of Cuisine Royale and a perfect fit to the brutal battles that will take place there. You will fight over vast mountain ridges, alongside rivers, multi-story buildings, and even the Pyramids – making the jetpack a very welcome find to quickly cover vertical distances and attack enemies from unexpected locations. Several elements on the map are destructible, which makes blowing up a bridge a perfect starting point to ambush unsuspecting enemies. You can also collect golden Aztec coins on the map and play with them in the randomly appearing slot machines that may yield weapons, armor or other items – including a set of pre-cooked hand grenades, so be careful! Of course these Aztec coins can be used in the current match only and cannot be bought for real money. This is a pretty hearty sized update headed to the game.
Zodiac Interactive and Jolly Roger Game Studio have a new medieval battle royale on the way, announced during EGX. RAN: Lost Islands is scheduled to debut on Steam’s Early Access program later this year, and will pit 100 players against one another during the Age of Discovery. There are several factions to choose from, such as The European Empire, Ming Dynasty, and the Japanese Shogunate. There are also nine distinct character classes to offer greater gameplay depth and options, and players can switch between classes to use different combat styles. Exploring islands isn’t the only point though, as underwater combat can become a part of the action, but players aren’t the only enemy. Wild scavengers and monstrous sea creatures also await. Ok so I suppose there’s room for one more battle royale game, just so long as it’s a medieval style one like this.
Kingdom Under Fire II is finally coming to the West! Ok so we’ve heard that before and it didn’t happen, well that was last time and this is now. To prepare us for the launch, several teaser trailers were dropped this week so it must be legit. They’ve also announced the Spellsword class, which is a master of ice and lightning magic. The Spellsword is a relative to the Dark Elves and combines magical runes to create new attacks or heal herself. The Spellsword also trades away a larger health pool for more damage and speed on the battlefield. This isn’t the only class they’ve shown off for the game this week though. There’s also the Gunslinger class, who switches between a sword and two pistols and utilizes a devastating array of combo attacks. The Gunslinger’s ammo is a valuable resource that must be managed, however, it can be replenished by landing sword combos. The third introduction this week, is for the Ranger class! Armed with her bow and daggers, she deals death and destruction to anything in her path, with a flurry of skilled, deadly attacks. She inflicts high damage and is particularly adapted to single combat.
ArcheAge Unchained, the single-purchase buy-to-play version of the classic MMO ArcheAge, has officially launched! The one purchase gets you all of the game’s content, including sieges, naval combat, 220 interchangeable skills, and so much more. Even the most powerful items available in ArcheAge will be accessible to players, through skill and ability in-game, instead of having to open their wallet. The update Shadows Revealed breathes fresh air into the world of ArcheAge: Unchained, offering a multitude of graphical enhancements and the visually improved elven race. Thanks to the upgraded combat effects, eager fighters can now enjoy even more detailed combat. The new skillset Swiftblade enables shadow warriors to prove their might in dashing duels. Like I mentioned the game has transitioned over to buy to play model and the silver edition which is the base version will run you $25.99, that being the case, I feel like the name implies, players are no longer trapped behind pay walls that keep them from playing the game how they wanted to in the first place. We’ll see how it goes.
Riot Games is living up to its name as League of Legends turns 10 this year! Wow! To celebrate this incredible milestone, Riot made a handfull of blockbuster announcements for the game. The first is that Senna, a soul trapped inside Thresh’s lamp, has finally escaped and will be a playable Champion. Wild Rift, a new mode of play designed for mobile and consoles that was announced, will see players participate in condensed versions of the classic 5v5 Summoner’s Rift matches, with each taking only 15-18 minutes instead of the 40+ minute standard matches. There’s also a few major updates coming to Teamfight Tactics, including Sets. A few times a year, the pool of available champions will be swapped around. Some of the mechanics will remain, but there will be new ones to explore as well which will shake up the depth of the game. Riot is also releasing a card game set in the League of Legends universe called Legends of Runeterra. The game contains 24 champions available at launch and are the key cards you’ll build your deck around. The game will feature six different regions, each with their own playstyle, and champions will have signature abilities as well. You can even combine cards from different regions to play the deck you want to play. There’s even a brand new animated series set in the LoL universe called Arcane which tells the story of two iconic League of Legends characters and what ultimately tore them apart. I think it’s safe to say that there’s never been a better time to be a fan of League of Legends.
World of Warships update 0.8.9 is live! This new update introduces the new Italian cruisers to the game. These ships are maneuverable and the Tier VI ships and above have mighty 203 mm guns to make use of. The first researchable branch of the Italian Navy is available in early access and are the Raimondo Montecuccoli (Tier V), Trento (Tier VI), Zara (Tier VII) and Amalfi (Tier VIII). These ships offer new gameplay mechanics to take advantage of like Semi-armor-piercing shells and the Exhaust Smoke Generator. There’s also the huge Halloween event which includes the “Raid for the Filth” game mode. Players will command magic-infused ships and face off against human and AI controlled opponents. The main objective is to gather Filth, a special resource, both from set locations and defeated enemies before escaping through a centrally situated portal. Filth can then be exchanged in the Armory for valuable rewards such as credits or random bundles for new permanent camouflages, signals, XP, and much more.
Darkness has descended upon Kings Canyon, bringing a new collection event to Apex Legends! The Fight or Fright Collection Event will feature Kings Canyon at night, and a limited time mode called Shadowfall. This limited mode will have a mysterious figure offering his warped version of the Apex games where fallen legends will turn to the Undead. And of course, what Apex Legends event would be complete without awesome cosmetics?
“What is Fortnight?” asked the pop star Lady Gaga earlier last week. That tweet is probably what caused the actual blackout and now I wouldn’t be surprised if epic decides to do a Lady Gaga inspired cosmetic set, could be interesting. Despite the blackout this past week, Fortnite is back with a brand new world in Fortnite Chapter 2! This map will have brand new gameplay features to try out like swimming, fishing, motorboats, and much more all on a brand new map featuring 13 locations. You can also be a support player now, with the Bandage Bazooka, and even carry your allies away from the line of fire. Players can also hide in haystacks and dumpsters to get the drop on unsuspecting opponents. In Fortnite: Chapter 2 you can also upgrade weapons with resources. The biggest change to the game, arguably, is the change to the grind. A new battle pass awaits which features a new EXP system and medals to earn in matches. These were implemented with the hope of alleviating some of the grind, so here’s to hoping that all works out.
TERA’s new Skywatch: Aerial Island update hit this past week for PC players! This high-flying zone has four new areas to explore and conquer. Rogash’s Garden, Exodor Farmlands, Iridian Wetlands, and Verrak Fortress are available for high-level players to tackle, and feature a variety of content for players, whether they want to tackle Field Bosses and BAMs, or fisheries to relax at. This expansion also adds the Card Collection system, which lets players customize their power in new ways. This is unlocked via a quest at level 11, and the collection is shared server-wide. Players can earn shards from enemies, or purchase them on the auction house. Then, simply combine the shards into full cards that offer passive buffs, and sets that unlock even greater passives. In addition to the four new zones, many older dungeons have received updates to bring them in-line with more recently released dungeons in terms of difficulty and rewards. The update also introduces the new Akalath Quarantine dungeon for level 69 players with strong enough gear, sending players into the halls of the Verrak Fortress to investigate a portal leading to a deadly secret weapon. Players will be rewarded for their efforts with new armor and weapons plus enchanting materials to empower them.
Caravan Stories Review: 11:03
Jason had a chance to review cash shop stories…I mean Caravan Stories, a Japanese mobile MMO that came to America in the form of a PS4 port! That’s interesting, If you’re interested in seeing how the game plays, check out our coverage over on MMOHuts.com with the link down in the description below.
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