RIFT: Patch 2.5 – Song of Dreams – Now Live!

RIFT’s new patch comes with a host of new gaming updates: from the winter holiday celebration start to item shop wish lists and planar attunement to IPP getting a makeover. Also, international shards now let you choose your preferred supported UI language regardless of where your charcter is located.


A haunting melody drifts across Telara. Part dream, part compulsion, it beckons the Ascended to Ember Isle. There, under the surface, the ephemeral lilt takes shape, offering a vision of things to come!

Song of Dreams pits the Ascended against harbingers of the Wanton in an all-new underwater Saga. Dive into the story under Ember Isle, but remember to come up for air – Update 2.5 piles on additional features including International Shards, a new Planar Attunement Nexus, and six weeks of Level 60 instances (Chronicles, Slivers, and a new dungeon!).

 

 

 

 

Features

Mini-Saga: Song of Dreams

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Return to Ember Isle, where expeditions are mysteriously disappearing undersea. Brave madness (and drowning) to discover a new menace to Telara amid the Song of Dreams. Once you hear it, there’s no going back!

Gifts of the Fae

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Starting Nov. 13, Grandfather Frost unveils a new Level-60 version of a favorite Telaran instance every week, including community-choice Return to Deepstrike, a completely new adventure into the heart of Stonefield.

Iron Pine Peak (27-35)

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We’re thawing the level requirement on quests and content in Iron Pine Peak, the majestic home of the Icewatch. Level your way into the Peak’s permanent winter straight from Gloamwood or Stonefield.

Infinity Gate Dimension

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Lay claim to the ancient Brevanic Gateway that started it all, and show off with new Dimension items available only from artifact sets scattered throughout Expert dungeons.

Planar Attunement Nexus, PvP Tier 3

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Running out of places to spend your Planar Attunement points? Check out new Nature, Cinder, and Storm Nexuses built to combine the best of the existing planes plus PvP Tier 3!

Store Wish Lists

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Gifting and receiving loot has never been easier! Send your friends the loot they’re looking for and keep a tidy list of all the items, boosts, and mounts you’d love in return.

International Shards

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Now you can play in any language regardless of selected region – all game and UI text will automatically display in the language of your choice.

As usual, this is just the tip of the iceberg: Read up on all the changes and features live in 2.5 – including a new PvP matchmaking system and more quality of life improvements – with the official Patch Notes.

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The Secret World: Issue #8 – The Venetial Agenda, Now Live!

The Secret World’s new content patch brings with it two new experiences: Scenarios (solo, duo, or team based content with difficulty based on time of day!) and Augments (skill behavior modifications). Now you can affect your active skills in unique and powerful ways, including increasing crit chances, tanking and healing abilities, and even give party buffs! Issue #8 is definitely shaping up to change how the community plays!

Also, Halloween is still in effect for a few more days. Enjoy!


Issue #8: The Venetian Agenda is Live!

The latest update to The Secret World is just out. Members get three days of early access and can buy Issue #8: The Venetian Agenda in the Item Shop and jump into the action straight away! Non-members can get Issue #8 on Sunday the 10th of November.

Issue #8 brings two brand new features to The Secret World, the Scenario System and the Augment System. Scenarios are a completely fresh type of content which offer virtual training in the headquarters of The Council of Venice. Augments give a rich new layer to character development, by letting you enhance your Active Abilities with powerful Augments, giving you more tactical choices than ever before!

Issue #8: The Venetian Agenda can be bought in the Item Shop like previous Issues, but a part of this update is available to everyone for free!

Anyone can enter Venice through Agartha and play the Normal and Elite version of the Seek and Preserve Scenario taking place in Hotel Wahid. To get access to the Nightmare version of this Scenario and the rest of the Scenarios you need to buy Issue #8 in the Item Shop or the Scenarios themselves as individual upgrades.

Check out the exclusive preview video of Issue #8 narrated by Game Director Joel Bylos, to get a sneak peek at all that is awaiting you in this fresh update!

You can watch the trailer for Issue #8 below.

Read more about Issue #8: The Venetian Agenda below the Issue cover.

Scenarios

Go through Agartha and head on over to the Venice entrance to check out an all new part of The Council of Venice’s Headquarters. Take part in the virtual training Scenarios which will test you to the max. There are three different Scenarios in Issue #8, each of them has three different difficulties and each of them can be done either solo, duo or as a team.

The Scenarios offer brutal challenges full of random encounters and events. Normal and Elite modes are hard enough, but will you dare challenge the diabolic Nightmare difficulty?

 

 

Augments

By defeating bosses and completing the Scenarios you get rewarded with powerful Augments. The all new Augment System lets you fine tune your Abilities by giving them additional effects.

Play a lot of Scenarios and earn Augments which boost your damage, your healing, your tanking or the combined power of your entire team! With Augments you get even more choices on how to improve your character, and more tactical choices to make you more powerful than ever before!

 

 

 

Halloween

Halloween is a special time in The Secret World, and right now you can enjoy our unique Halloween event, which will last until the 11th of November.

Enjoy ten new Item Missions on Solomon Island, each containing an exclusive scary story. Or take on the ominous Cat God in his chain of missions, and see Stonehenge in its ancient form! Halloween also offers many new and exclusive rewards and outfits, such as the ominous Plague Doctor outfit available in the Item Store.

GW2: A Guide to Blood and Madness

GW2’s new Halloween themed content is delivered today! If you’re looking for the entire set of patch notes, go here. If you’re looking for more of a summary of the activities available and a guide from ArenaNet for how to engage in this new content, read on!


Halloween has returned to Tyria, along with the Mad King—but a new menace has emerged to threaten both the Mad Realm and our world! Magister Tassi needs your help to keep everyone alive long enough to enjoy Tyria’s annual spooky celebration!

Upon logging into Guild Wars 2, you’ll receive an email from Magister Tassi of the Durmand Priory. She’s in urgent need of assistance in containing a mysterious, sinister artifact she found in the ruins of the Nolani Academy. The Show Me button in your mail will point to the new Haunted Nolani Waypoint in the Black Citadel.

Once you arrive outside the ruins, head north to talk with Venna Castblade, who’ll update you on the current situation. If you ask her to let you in, you can pass through to the other side of the gate where you can enter the story instance “The Reliquary.”

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The Reliquary

  • Once inside the Nolani Academy Ruins, read the note on the ground from Tassi and proceed down into the crypt where Tassi has set up her research station. Wind your way through the crumbling passageways to find Tassi with the reliquary.
  • Speak with Tassi to learn about her discovery and prepare yourself for the opening of the reliquary. Tassi’s expecting to find the Mad King Thorn closed up in that box, but she’s in for a surprise—someone else is breaking through the barrier between realms! You’ll have to be quick on your toes to help Tassi frustrate this new attacker and send them to the Mad Realm.
  • After you leave the instance, Tassi will send you mail with her relay golem and some consumable Halloween finishers. You’ll need to complete the meta achievement, A Sweet Friend, to progress the story. Using the relay golem occasionally will update you on Tassi’s progress.
  • Halloween-themed daily achievements also count toward the completion of A Sweet Friend.

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Open World

  • In Queensdale, Kessex Hills, and Gendarran Fields, Haunted Doors will appear in two varieties: green Mad King doors and red Bloody Prince doors. Each can treat players with a Trick-or-Treat Bag or trick you with the Mad King’s army of Candy Corn Elementals, Plastic Spiders, and Gargoyles or the Bloody Prince’s army of undead.
  • Completing door events will progress the Shut the Doors achievement.
  • Lion’s Arch is decorated for Halloween once again! There are pumpkins to carve, trick-or-treating kids, and the Mystic Forge cauldron to jump into. Vendors sell Halloween-related recipes and Sonders the Merchant in Fort Marriner will sell you special goods for your Halloween candies and trophies.
  • The Mad King himself will visit Lion’s Arch on Halloween (9AM October 30 to 9AM November 1 PDT). Successfully playing his Mad King Says game will give you the A Royal Tradition achievement, which counts toward A Sweet Friend as well. You’ll find him either in the Grand Piazza or the Mystic Plaza.
  • Just outside the home cities, players will find a Halloween tent with a Mad King actor, more costumed kids, and Rasmus the ghost, who can transport you to the Lunatic Inquisition.
  • The Heart of the Mists and Borderlands citadels in World vs. World have been decorated for Halloween.

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Mad Realm

  • Entering the Mad Realm through the Haunted Doors will bring you floating isle above the Mad King’s Labyrinth. Talk to the nearby Lunatic Boatmaster to go to the Lunatic Inquisition or the Mad King’s Clock Tower. You can use the portal on the ground to enter the labyrinth below or exit back to Tyria through the Haunted Doors.
  • The Lunatic Inquisition is a PvP activity in which your goal is to survive the night. Lunatic Courtiers chase Villagers and convert them, while Villagers run, hide, and fend off starvation.
  • Those who seek a challenging jumping puzzle can attempt to ascend The Mad King’s Clock Tower. This is a timed jumping puzzle that challenges you to race your way to the top of the clock tower. There are progress reward chests along your way and a final reward chest inside the clock tower belfry.
  • The Mad King faces off with the Bloody Prince in the labyrinth where their forces clash. Players can fight their armies, mine Candy Corn, and carve pumpkins. The real challenges are the three legendary bosses that live in the maze: The Skeletal Lich, the Grand High Viscount of Candy Corn, and the Labyrinthine Horror.

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Second Story Instance

  • Once you have completed the A Sweet Friend meta achievement, you’ll be rewarded with a Mini Candy-Corn Elemental. This living candy corn is exactly what Tassi needs to complete her plan! Return to the Nolani Academy Ruins in the Black Citadel to finish out the story arc. This is a repeatable multiplayer instance which requires at least one player to have finished the meta achievement. Get ready to glaze!

New Items and Rewards

  • Finishing A Sweet Friend will earn you a Mini Candy-Corn Elemental.
  • Playing a game of Mad King Says doesn’t just give you a chance to laugh at the lunatic monarch’s jokes—if you successfully complete a match, you’ll win yourself a Mask of the Night!
  • The rewards for the Mad King’s Clock Tower jumping puzzle have changed. Upon finishing the jumping puzzle for the first time this year, you’ll receive a single-use, account-bound Mad King Chest which will allow you to choose between light, medium, or heavy hand armor. The Armwraps, Gloves, or Gauntlets of Madness that you receive on picking will be soulbound on use. When you first double-click on your new hand armor, you’ll be able to pick which stat combination to use. After that point, the hand armor will be soulbound to the character that used it and you will not be able to re-assign a stat combination. Subsequent completions of the jumping puzzle will award Trick-or-Treat Bags.
  • Sonder the Seller in Fort Marriner will exchange your stacks of Pieces of Candy Corn, Chattering Skulls, Nougat Centers and Plastic Fangs for refined versions of each. Candy Corn Cobs can be used to purchase the Mini Bloody Prince Thorn and 20-slot Halloween Pail bag. Gibbering Skulls, Tyria’s Best Nougat and High-Quality Plastic Fangs are used in Mystic Forge combinations to create recipes for exquisite Halloween weapons.

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New Achievements

  • A Sweet Friend is the meta achievement for the Blood and Madness release, and will be available through November 11 to complete. Many of contributing achievements can be earned by playing various Blood and Madness content including the story instance, activities, Haunted Door events, and using Halloween finishers.
  • Halloween-themed daily achievements will also be available until November 11 and contribute to the meta achievement.
  • Three additional achievements, which deal with the resolution of the Halloween storyline, are available after completing A Sweet Friend.
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