Weekly Recap #475 November 12th – LOTRO: Gundabad, Dysterra Beta, SWTOR on Switch & More!
JamesBl0nde recaps the MMO gaming news for the week of November 12, 2021! Transcript follows.
Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker expansion gets a minor launch delay, Rogue Company kicks off its new update with a new map and a clean slate, Brawlhalla celebrates 6 years running, and its hammer time for the new champion in Paladins… Fire hammer time!
What’s good everyone, JamesBl0nde here with the weekly recap for gaming news and announcements for the week of November 12th, 2021 and
In possibly the biggest news this week, Final Fantasy XIV developer Naoki Yoshida announced they were delaying the launch of the upcoming expansion Endwalker for two weeks — until December 7th. Early access will begin on December 3rd. This delay was to ensure the stability of the game to allow additional time for debugging and polish. Revealed alongside this announcement was the full Endwalker launch trailer to give a full expectation of what’s to come. As an expansion, Endwalker is set to deliver tons of all-new content including two new jobs, new areas, new dungeons and raids, and much, much more!
In other expansion news, Lord of the Rings has officially launched its Fate of Gundabad expansion! With the launch of the expansion comes a whole new class: the brawler. The first new class since 2014, this fist fighter inspired by legendary figure Helm Hammerhand brings the pain to their enemies with the new battle gauntlet weapons. Fate of Gundabad comes complete with a level cap increase to 140, all new areas, quests, and dungeons, new legendary weapons, and more.
Think you’re a survivor? Why not give Dysterra a try? The online apocalyptic survival game is about to enter its second beta test from November 15th until the 22nd and you can sign up today to participate! You’ll gather, craft bases and defenses, and try to survive against NPCs and other players. Control a region completely and you’ll even gain access to control climates, summoning earthquakes and other disasters upon your enemies! Check out the link below to get registered on Steam.
From being a survivor to going rogue, the Sinister Shadows update for Rogue Company is now live! Players will get access to a whole new map, set in Mexico, and the Yucatan peninsula will never be the same. Alongside the new update comes the season four ranked battle pass, featuring four murderous skins for Rogues. Season four gives players a clean record, so it’s the perfect time for new players to get involved, while Rogue Company veterans will also certainly enjoy the Season Three rewards they’ll have earned. Also be on the lookout for the Rogue Company Epic pack in the Epic Games Store free this week!
Star Trek Online has just launched their Reflections update to both PlayStation and XBox this week. The update sees the return of the feared Captain Leeta played by Deep Space Nine actress Chase Masterson, who suddenly becomes an unexpected ally from the Mirror Universe. This kicks off a multiple-part story arc which will feature the as-of-yet-unnamed Emperor of the Terran Empire. Reflections will give players a whole new ground TFO where you’ll find yourself invading the mirror Earth Space Dock, earning spectacular rewards like the new T6 Mirror Gagarin-class warship!
Speaking of updates, Ylands has launched its 1.8 update to a host of new features! Players will be able to experience larger maps, an all new achievement and title system, a new tutorial for beginners, and new pets. Included also are plenty of quality of life improvements as well as fixes and changes to crafting. The developers are excited as the game is approaching their ideal for what the game’s potential can truly bring.
Next up Paladins launched their Absolution update this week, and with it came the release of its newest champion, Azaan! Wielding a fiery hammer, this angelic hero will certainly lay waste to all who dare oppose him. In addition, the Dark Depths Event Pass has also been released, featuring four aquatic skins and a flying shark mount! Why not? With it comes a new cycle of the super popular Trials of the Realm to complete! And this is the final update of Season four, so make sure to get the rewards before they’re gone.
Switching gears a bit, upcoming mech shooter GALAHAD 3093 launched its third extended open beta test this week. New and returning players alike can experience brand new content for the game such as joining up with Steam friends during gameplay, explore the icy moon of Europa, test out Lance Variants before committing to one, and upgrade with all new module tiers to make said Lance even more powerful. This open beta is live from November 12 until the 22nd, and you can join by requesting access on Steam.
Legends of Runeterra fans, the Path of Champions event is now live! Join Jayce, Jinx, Vi, Ekko, and Caitlyn through all new PvE story content. You’ll be able to complete two quest chains and repeatable quests in order to earn experience on this pass. Throughout your adventures, you’ll earn several new emotes, card backs, guardians, and much more in the Mega Event Pass. There’s a total of 35 rewards to collect between now and December 8.
Meanwhile, the La-Tale Remaster is coming soon! A brand new full scenario trailer dropped this week, detailing Iris and her party’s challenges before the events of La-Tale take place. Pre-registration is now available and we have it linked in the description below. The upcoming remaster, which promises full HD resolutions, new classes and skills, UI overhaul, and much, much more. The LaBoom remaster for La-Tale launches on December 9th, so expect more news in the coming weeks.
From news of a remaster to news of an anniversary, we bring you Brawlhalla’s 6th anniversary celebration! Celebrate with cake, and perhaps a skin for Kor and Hattori, too! There’s also a new exclusive emote, podium, and more. Log in daily during the celebration for bonus gold, a free Socialite title, and more.
The last piece of news this week is a big one for classic RPG and Star Wars fans alike. Star Wars: The Old Republic has launched on the Nintendo Switch! This much beloved title from BioWare is sure to give old and new fans alike a great deal of joy as you can now take the saga of Darth Revan on the go if you so desire.
As usual, we’ll end with the Epic Games Store free game of the week. This week gives you a standalone version of the amazing and popular Borderlands 2 DLC and I’m talking about Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep: A Wonderlands One Shot Adventure. This is sort of a promo for Wonderlands which comes out next year which I am totally excited for. In this you’ll get to join the Vault Hunters as Tiny Tina guides them through a magical adventure filled with mayhem, and of course, more explosions! I played this DLC with friends when it came out for Borderlands 2 a few years back and ran through it recently as well, Now I’ll probably play through it again simply because its standalone now and free on the Epic game store. Why not!?
But with that said, that’s about it for all the major news and announcements for this week. Be sure to stay safe, and keep your families healthy! Like always you can find more information on the news topics, linked in the description below, feel free to discuss the news or even more news in the comments below and don’t forget to like, subscribe, wash your hands a bunch, hit that little bell icon to get notifications and of course share this video! But until next time guys that’s going to be it for me… I’m JamesBl0nde… see ya out there gamers!
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