Marvel Heroes: Game Update 2.0 – Asgard – Now Live

It’s been a bit of a tumultuous history for Marvel Heroes, beginning with an “oops” of a launch, a massive overhaul of tanking in the game along with major changes to every single hero over the past five months. Now, Update 2.0 brings with it a brand new hero, Loki, along with new event leaderboards, UI and sound changes, item changes, quite a few new and modified powers, and a brand new chapter of content.

Welcome to Update 2.0, Asgard!


Asgard – Game Update 2.0 is now live in Marvel Heroes! Our biggest content update ever features a new playable character… the God of Mischief himself, Loki! Unlock the Bifrost Bridge to Asgard, adventure through expansive new zones, play through new story missions, explore our new player hub, and much more! Below are some highlights but be sure to check out the full patch notes for Asgard – Game Update 2.0 here!

Looking to track your progress in the Asgard Unlock Event? Head over to our Asgard Event Leaderboards!

LOKI JOINS MARVEL HEROES

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Loki has been added to Marvel Heroes! Loki is the Norse god of mischief and evil and the adopted son of Odin All-Father, the ruler of Asgard. He is crafty, clever, and resourceful, using sorcery to achieve his intricate goals.

Loki resents the glory and acclaim given to his adoptive brother, Thor, and he strives to place himself on the throne of Asgard. However, on the rare occasions when his goals overlap with Thor or other heroes, Loki has been to ally himself with those he would otherwise detest.

Two Brand New Costumes:

Sticking with the Asgardian theme, check out Storm decked out in her Asgardian Armor as well as the first Enhanced Costume for Thor – Beta Ray Bill!

More Story Content

The epic story of Marvel Heroes continues in Asgard with brand new story missions featuring fully-voiced motion comics!

New Items

New item types like rings and Legendary items each have their own new item slots. Players will want to hang on to legendary items, as they grow stronger and gain experience along with the player!

New Hero Starting Lineup

Marvel Heroes now has a brand new roster of starting heroes for new players to choose from. Expanding from the previous five choices, players can now pick a free Marvel superhero from a list of nine exciting and unique playable heroes.

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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)

3

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

4

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

6

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.

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.

Neverwinter: Module 2: Shadowmantle Preview

Neverwinter has already scheduled their second expansion pack, complete with a brand new Hunter Ranger class, a collections system, expanded Paragon tree skills for the other classes, Artifacts, and a new Dread Ring Campaign! The big question is: will players be willing to constantly pay for the new content in a F2P game where they’re already tied to the cash shop to advanced in the endgame?


Did you catch our Sprite Companion trailer last week? You may have caught a glimpse of a mysterious figure at the end of the trailer. We are proud to reveal that mysterious figure will be the next playable class in Neverwinter: the Hunter Ranger. The new playable class is part of Shadowmantle, the second free expansion Module coming to Neverwinter.

But, that’s not all Module 2 will bring. Since the launch of the Feywild expansion, the Neverwinter Team has been working hard at expanding the Neverwinter experience. We are excited to reveal some details on upcoming changes and additions to Neverwinter and how they’ll provide you with more combat choices and ways to improve the way you play.

Hunter Ranger

From the depths of the Neverwinter Woods comes the newest class, the Hunter Ranger. The Hunter Ranger has the unique ability to strike down opponents from range with his/her bow, or get up close and personal with his/her blades. This will be a unique gameplay experience, giving players the opportunity to switch from ranged to melee on-the-fly.

Ever since our live launch, there have been many requests for an archer and we couldn’t be more excited to offer the new class in the upcoming expansion. We will reveal more details in an upcoming blog so be sure to check back for updates.

Check out the reveal trailer below to see the Hunter Ranger in action.

Paragon Paths

Ever wanted to turn your Guardian Fighter into a Swordmaster? Do you wish your Control Wizard could use fire spells instead of lightning? With the Shadowmantle update, you’ll be able to try out new abilities with new Paragon Paths. The expansion will add brand new selections of powers along with new Paragon Paths for each class. Each path will give the player one new At-Will, one new Encounter, one new Daily, three Class Features and three Feats. This will introduce a variety of combat choices and bring a more unique gameplay experience to each player.

Dread Ring Campaign

Deep within Neverwinter Woods lies the Dread Ring, a massive structure built as a focus for ritual magic, now broken but still powerful. One should take caution when entering this land as even the most unobservant adventurers can tell this is a warped place.

The Dread Ring Campaign will introduce new loot, new rewards and buffs, more powerful items and iconic Dungeons & Dragons bosses to battle. We’ve heard your feedback regarding the Feywild campaign, and we’re happy to announce that the Dread Ring Campaign progression will be much less linear.

Artifacts

With Shadowmantle, we will continue improving your gameplay experience with Artifacts. These are brand new items you can equip to your character, just like any piece of equipment. Furthermore, these items will grant you unique powers and will continue to get more powerful as you level them up. Artifacts can be obtained through quest rewards, campaign rewards or as loot from monsters.

Collections

For the adventurers who love achievements and collecting items, we’re happy to announce the Collections System. Very similar to achievements, this system will be based on items collected rather than actions you completed. By collecting certain items in-game, like companions, you’ll earn points which will net you some nice loot. It’s never been so rewarding to be a hoarder!

With the Artifacts, the Collection system, and Paragon Paths, we hope to address balancing concerns along with improving your overall gameplay experience. In addition to these features, we are also implementing the vote-kick system, a highly-requested community feature. This is just a sample of what the Neverwinter Team has in stored for you with the Shadowmantle update. We are always striving to provide you with the best possible experience and community feedback has played a key role in the addition of upcoming features.

We’ll have much more to share with you, so be sure to come back often to check out more details about the upcoming expansion. You’ll be able to check out Module 2 content on the Preview test server very soon. Once Shadowmantle is available on Preview, head here to join the Preview server and explore Shadowmantle for yourself! Are you excited for the challenges and rewards ahead? Let us know on the official Neverwinter forums.

Firefall: 2x Crystite Weekend + 30% Off Battleframes

Firefall’s brand new patch implements some 2x incentive along with a big 30% off new battleframes. Oh, and new glider wings AND new zones!

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To properly usher in this week’s Firefall Beta patch, we have some awesome specials and goodies planned for all our New Eden residents. Read below for details on what we have planned for this weekend and beyond!

Double Crystite This Weekend!

This weekend, all Crystite drops and rewards will be double! There is no time like the present to perfect your frame, unlock constraints, or research and craft those items you have been putting off. Crystite rewards will be doubled starting this Friday at 10:00am (PDT) through Monday at 10:00am (PDT)! Please note this is for drops and rewards, refining and the ARES Exchange marketplace are not affected.

30% Discount on Pilot Token Unlocks!

Also, from now until August 20th, all Battleframes can be unlocked for just 7 Pilot Tokens instead of the usual 10. Join us in celebrating frame diversity by unlocking those new frames you have been thinking of trying. No better time to collect a few more frames! (Remember, this only applies to Pilot Token prices; Red Bean prices still remain the same.)

New Glider Wings and other items for Red Bean Buyers!

Starting today, ANY in-game purchase of Red Beans, (from $5 and up), will grant a one-time bonus of a new rechargeable Glider Pad with a new Red Plasma pattern! This glider is on its own cooldown, so it can be staggered with other gliders. Also included are the “Top Run and Gun” helmet and “Target” decal. This is a limited time offer until September 10th and we plan a regular rotation of great bonus items for Red Bean purchases every month.

Unlock the World! Visit our New Zones!

We know that many of you have not yet had the chance to visit new areas in Firefall. We’ve made it substantially easier to reach these exciting new areas. Check the molecular printers for the keys to unlock these new regions if you haven’t yet. Each zone features a unique encounter that will unlock the special story mission, Blackwater Anomaly. In the future, players will be able to push back the Melding in each of these pockets and expand them into full size new zones for Firefall. Unlock the World! Reclaim Earth!

Blackwater Anomaly Runs with Devs & Rangers

Rangers and Red 5 developers will be hosting Blackwater runs and taking groups of players through this exciting 5-man story instance. No keys required, and the Rangers have some small rewards planned for joining them. Look out for devs in chat with the Red 5 logo inviting people into the mysterious new area!

SWTOR: Titans of Industry Live (Update 2.3)

It has arrived! New level 55 flashpoints, new reputation, new bounty contracts, new creature mounts, AND new companion (that can tank or heal) are just the start of a big update. Looks like SWTOR will have my weekend busy.

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Game Update 2.3: Titans of Industry

Highlights

  • CZ-198, a new Level 55 Daily mission area, is now available!  CZ-198 is a small, private moon where Czerka Corporation’s most secret and dangerous data, research and technology is stored. The facility has recently entered an emergency security lockdown, and both the Empire and the Republic have descended on the moon in order to seize control.  Details under Missions
  • New Level 55 Flashpoint: Czerka Corporate Labs! Infiltrate Czerka’s corporate headquarters on CZ-198 and take down Rasmus Blys, the Czerka scientist responsible for developing the company’s most dangerous weaponry. Details under Flashpoints
  • New Level 55 Flashpoint: Czerka Core Meltdown! Race against time to stop the imminent meltdown of the CZ-198 research facility and battle against the terrifying security system known as “The Vigilant!” Details under Flashpoints
  • New Galactic Reputation Organizations! Three new Organizations have been added: The Adjudicators (Republic), Ordnance Acquisition Corps (Empire) and Bounty Brokers Association.Details under Legacy.
  • New Feature: Tauntaun Creature Mounts! Head to Hoth, where players will find the Tauntaun Trainer and Tauntaun Handlers in Aurek and Dorn Bases.
  • New Companion Character! Treek can now be obtained as an additional Companion Character via the Cartel Market or Legacy Vendors in the new Cartel Bazaar hangar of the Fleet!
  • New Event: Bounty Contract Week! Each month, players can undertake contracts and pursue dangerous criminals throughout the galaxy! Details under General
  • Palette Graphics Upgrade! All environments have been given a visual upgrade with more vibrant colors.

Cartel Market

New Items

      • Players can now purchase a Mercenary Contract to obtain the new Companion Character, Treek. Cost: 2,100 Cartel Coins
      • The Treek Customization Bundle is now available on the Cartel Market! This bundle contains three Companion Character customization items that will allow players to modify Treek’s appearance in a variety of ways. Cost: 300 Cartel Coins
      • A new weapon is available in the Cartel Market! The custom-made Collapsible Bowcaster Grek requires Blaster Rifle weapon proficiency. Cost: 400 Cartel Coins

Bug Fixes

    • The Pocket Sarlacc has acquired a taste for male characters with Body Type 1 and will now display the eating animation properly when used.
    • Calo Nord’s Jacket now displays properly when equipped.
    • The icon for the Unlimited Content Bundle no longer displays Medical Probes, as they are not contained in the bundle.
    • Corrected a spelling error in the details for The Unlimited Content Bundle.
    • Covert Energy Boots now display the proper icon in the Collections Window.

General

  • New Event: Bounty Contract Week! Each month, players can undertake contracts and pursue dangerous criminals throughout the galaxy! Adventures begin on Republic and Imperial Fleets with a mission given by mysterious Bounty Hunters who are toting a “friend” encased in Carbonite. The first Bounty Contract Week begins on August 14th and will continue for seven days.
  • New Feature: Tauntaun Creature Mounts! Head to Hoth, where players will find the Tauntaun Trainer and Tauntaun Handlers in Aurek and Dorn Bases.
  • Palette Graphics Upgrade! All environments have been given a visual upgrade with more vibrant colors.
  • The Cartel Bazaar is a new hangar on the Republic and Imperial Fleets with an Appearance Designer kiosk, a Galactic Trade Network kiosk, and a cantina. The Cartel Market Reputation Vendors have closed their shops in the Crew Skills area and have moved to the Cartel Bazaar.
  • Added a sign to the Appearance Designer entrance on Coruscant.

Classes and Combat

Jedi Consular

Sage
Telekinetics
          • Using Telekinetic Wave quickly before the proc for Tidal Force is triggered no longer prevents abilities from being cast for several seconds.

Sith Inquisitor

Sorcerer
Lightning
          • Using Chain Lightning quickly before the proc for Lightning Storm is triggered no longer prevents abilities from being cast for several seconds.

Jedi Knight

Sentinel
Combat
          • The visual effect for Centering can no longer be continually stacked such that it causes performance issues.

Sith Warrior

Marauder
Carnage
          • The visual effect for Fury can no longer be continually stacked such that it causes performance issues.

Smuggler

Gunslinger
Saboteur
          • Hot Pursuit has been redesigned to improve how it interacts with Hightail It. The skill now has a 50/100% chance to gain 4 charges of Hot Pursuit upon exiting cover, which reduces the energy cost of Quick Shot by 100%. Each use of Quick Shot consumes 1 charge, and consumption of the first charge triggers a 20 second rate-limit on this skill. This effect lasts 15 seconds but is also removed by consuming all charges or reentering cover.

Imperial Agent

Sniper
Engineering
        • Calculated Pursuit has been redesigned to improve how it works with Covered Escape: The skill now has a 50/100% chance to gain 4 charges of Calculated Pursuit upon exiting cover, which reduces the energy cost of Overload Shot by 100%. Each use of Overload Shot consumes 1 charge, and consumption of the first charge triggers a 20 second rate-limit on this skill. This effect lasts 15 seconds but is also removed by consuming all charges or reentering cover.

Companion Characters

  • New Companion Character! Treek can now be obtained as an additional Companion Character via the Cartel Market or Legacy Vendors in the new Cartel Bazaar hangar of the Fleet!

Crew Skills

Crafting Skills

Biochem
        • Crafted level 401+ Prototype (blue) quality Stims, Adrenals, and Medpacs now yield stacks of 3 or 4 rather than 1 or 2, depending on success type.

Gathering Skills

Archaeology
      • Added level 401+ missions that reward color crystals.

Flashpoints and Operations

Flashpoints

      • New Level 55 Flashpoint: Czerka Corporate Labs! Infiltrate Czerka’s corporate headquarters on CZ-198 and take down Rasmus Blys, the Czerka scientist responsible for developing the company’s most dangerous weaponry.
        • Includes all-new role-neutral Story Mode at Level 55, where Group Finder will match the first four players of any role for fast queue times!
        • Level 55 Hard Mode is also available.
      • New Level 55 Flashpoint: Czerka Core Meltdown! Race against time to stop the imminent meltdown of the CZ-198 research facility and battle against the terrifying security system known as “The Vigilant!”
        • Includes all-new role-neutral Story Mode at Level 55, where Group Finder will match the first four players of any role for fast queue times!
        • Level 55 Hard Mode is also available.

Operations

Scum and Villainy
      • Cartel Warlord Sunder’s voice will now be properly modulated by his mask in the French and German versions.

Items and Economy

General

      • New Weapons! The CZR-9001 weapons are available on the CZ-198 Reputation vendor. These Rating 162 weapons cost 350 Elite Commendations and require Friend rank with Adjudicators / Ordnance Acquisition Corps.
      • Arkanian, Underworld and Kell Dragon proc relics will no longer prevent other Arkanian, Underworld and Kell Dragon procs of a different type from activating. For example, a Power proc relic and a damage proc relic will both activate correctly when equipped together.
      • Bind on Use items that have a cast time now become bound when casting is complete rather than at the beginning of the cast.

Vendors

    • New Reputation vendors are available in the CZ-198 Daily mission area:
      • Primary Black Secondary Blue Dye module schematic is available for players with Champion Rank with the Ordnance Acquisition Corps (Empire) / Adjudicators (Republic).
      • New Droid armor is purchasable for Companion Characters via these vendors.
    • Added a new Bounty Broker’s Association Reputation Vendor to the Cartel Bazaar on the Republic and Imperial Fleets.
    • PvP vendors inside of Warzones now trade Ranked Warzone Commendations for Warzone Commendations instead of the other way around.

Legacy

  • New Galactic Reputation Organizations!
    • Complete CZ-198 missions to earn Galactic Reputation with the Ordnance Acquisition Corps (Empire) / Adjudicators (Republic) and purchase special rewards including powerful all new companion armor for Droids!
    • Complete Bounty Contracts Earn Galactic Reputation with the Bounty Brokers Association by completing bounty contracts during Bounty Contract Week!

Missions and NPCs

Missions

General
        • [WEEKLY] Galactic Conflicts can now be advanced by completing [HARD] Czerka Corporate Labs and [HARD] Czerka Core Meltdown in addition to existing level 55 Hard Mode Flashpoints.
        • The Curse of Conversation Craziness has been lifted from afflicted Companion Character hands, and when they equip certain gloves, it no longer prevents mission conversations from progressing properly.
        • Using a mission item from the Mission Tracker during or after the mission updates to the next step no longer prevents players from interacting with objects in the world.
CZ-198
        • CZ-198, a new Level 55 Daily mission area, is now available!  CZ-198 is a small, private moon where Czerka Corporation’s most secret and dangerous data, research and technology is stored. The facility has recently entered an emergency security lockdown, and both the Empire and the Republic have descended on the moon in order to seize control.
          • Complete missions to earn Galactic Reputation with the Ordnance Acquisition Corps (Empire) / Adjudicators (Republic) and purchase special rewards including powerful all new companion armor for Droids!
          • CZ-198 is now available as a destination on the Priority Transport Terminal.

NPCs

        • NPCs following players during escort missions and other special situations are no longer able to be attacked by members of the opposing Faction when the player is not PvP flagged.
        • Heads have been restored to Weequay NPCs throughout the galaxy, who requested better protection for their vulnerable floating eyeballs.

PvP

Warzones

Alderaan Civil War
          • This Warzone has been updated, and now capturing the side turrets (Objective Control Points) will not spawn a speeder that takes your team directly to that turret.

UI

    • The buff icon for the Dr. Oggurobb Hutt Holostatue now displays Dr. Oggurobb’s head instead of a Taun Fawn.
    • Updated Tutorial text for “Fulfill Your Destiny” to account for prior changes in level cap and legacy unlock level.
    • The Guild Window will no longer display level 0 characters with blank names in some circumstances.

RIFT: Summerfest Starts July 25th

Awwww, yeah! Bahmi in bathing “suits”! With five major features for the festivities, RIFT is hoping to “make a splash” (queue *eye rolls*) with its summer celebration. Given RIFT was the most-played Raptr game of June, this could keep the well-crafted MMORPG continuing along swimmingly. *cough*

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SUMMERFEST

Pack your suits and bait your lines: the season of high-summer adventures returns to Telara on July 25! With the worst of the Architects’ threats yet to be revealed, you can rest and relax – or romp through scavenger hunts, battle the forces of Swarmlord Karhgroth, fish, explore, and catch rare companions – all under a balmy summer sky.

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Key Features

ZONE EVENT: THE EXUVIA OF KHARGROTH

ZONE EVENT: THE EXUVIA OF KHARGROTH

In tune with the cyclical nature of the seasons, Swarmlord Khargroth gathers those loyal to him and unleashes them upon Telara. Thwart his quest for revenge and loot the treasures of the devilish Fae.
SCAVENGER HUNTS

SCAVENGER HUNTS

Join your friends for scavenger hunts throughout Telara – ride a barrel down Scarlet Gorge Falls, risk life and lips to plant a kiss on some of Telara’s greatest villains, and more. You’ll have to follow the clues, though – hunt objectives aren’t marked on your map!

RARE COMPANIONS

RARE COMPANIONS

Unique and adorable critters return to zones across the continent of Mathosia. Catch and befriend up to 11 special companions, from black bunnies to striped prairie dogs and colorful cobras.

 
MAKE A SPLASH

MAKE A SPLASH

Summer fashion’s alive at the RIFT Store! Sport a variety of swimsuits and exclusive items including Sunset, a feisty avian companion.

 
SPOILS OF SUMMER

SPOILS OF SUMMER

Camp out to earn the title “the Counselor” and catch Summer Sunfish from special nodes throughout the event. As you complete Summerfest quests, you’ll earn Friendship Bracelets and Merit Badges you can trade in for seasonal loot.

WIN CREDITS

During Summerfest, Daily Login Gifts have a chance of including 25-75 RIFT Credits. If you’re a Patron, you have an even higher chance of receiving free Credits!

Star Wars: The Old Republic Adds Ewok Companion (IGN.com)

It was mentioned in the Update 2.3 patch notes on the PTS, but IGN has a more specific description of exactly what you’ll get. An Ewok Bounty Hunter sounds uh-may-zing!

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Say Hello to Treek the Bounty Hunter.

Ewoks will be joining Star Wars: The Old Republic in the form of a playable companion once Patch 2.3 hits.

Dulfy.net reports that you’ll need to be legacy level 40 and have a spare million credits to unlock the companion, called Treek. If you’re short on credits, a Cartel Coin option will also be available.

Treek will wear heavy armour, and uses Aim as her primary stat. The pint-sized Bounty hunter will also come replete with both tank and heal stances.

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Will you be picking up Treek when Patch 2.3 goes live, and are you glad to see Ewoks come to The Old Republic? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Marvel Heroes: 1.10.1.47 Patch Live

The latest Marvel Heroes patch addresses 11 different boss updates along with crafting and quite a few miscellaneous updates. Click here to see the official article.

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Content Changes

Mystery Egg

The previous ‘Special Mission Reward’ box has been transformed into… a Mystery Egg. Players affected by the ‘unlock only’ bug (from around launch) will find an item called ‘Mystery Egg’ in their inventory if they had an unused hero token that was ‘unlock only’ (the bugged token). This item will ‘hatch’ into a new Starter Hero unlock in a near-future patch, so don’t destroy it.

Crafting

New Crafting Recipe: Swap Costume Affixes (Crafter Rank 4)

This recipe allows you to swap all affixes between two different costumes – useful for when you buy a new costume and want to swap all your affixes and core onto that costume. This recipe replaces the Transfer Costume Affixes recipe, and upgrades the old recipe, which transferred affixes from 1 costume to a new costume. This recipe also swaps the cores and visual affixes.
Design Note: Our old recipe transferred affixes and caused players to accidentally delete affixes if they didn’t execute it properly. We’ve replaced the recipe to ensure people don’t accidentally nerf themselves.

Bovine Sector (AKA Cow Level):

Crafting the Bovine Sector recipe now takes 1 hour instead of 10 hours.
Design Note: We think the Bovine Sector (cow level) is fun and it’s on our list of high-priority items to work on. Since we fixed the bug that allowed multiple uses, we decided it would be more fun to reduce the crafting time to 1 hour. This is a very small first step in a plan to make your battle against the Skrull-Cows as fun, challenging and rewarding as possible.

Ultimate Pack Costumes:

Ultimate pack exclusive costumes can no longer be destroyed by dropping them.

Artifact and Medallion Improvements:

Design Note: We did a pass on all items and artifacts to ensure maximum fun. We found about 70 items that were below our power curve, so we buffed all of them and will roll them out over the next two patches. We found 1 item that that was dramatically above our power curve, so we reduced its power level.

We want players to have a lot of different options with items, and to select items based on their play style and build. If someone enjoys pets, there should be viable items to support that build. If people prefer a dodge build, crit build or AoE build then there should be options to support that style build.

You’ll notice that we focused on buffs rather than nerfs, which is what we strongly prefer. We don’t like reducing an item’s power as a general rule because we know that players spend time farming and trading for specific items.

Our one nerf was Edge of Infinity because it was dealing the highest damage, by far, of any item in the game. It wasn’t even close. In this case we decided to reduce only the base damage, but leave it as the strongest pure damage item for many builds, particularly crit focused builds.

Once these changes are live, we will be monitoring performance and player feedback. We will continue to adjust them to give players the freedom to choose the artifact that fits their play style best.

Rhino and Taskmaster:

  • Their Medallion now increase Max Damage Reduction.

Doctor Doom:

  • Increased the chance for Medallion’s fear effect slightly.

Doctor Octopus:

  • Increased the Power Radius bonus from his Chapter 8 medal slightly.

Electro:

  • His medal and medallion now list the damage dealt by the chance-on-hit effect.
  • The damage for his medal and medallion’s chance-on-hit effect has been greatly increased.

Lady Deathstrike:

  • Her medal and medallion’s bleed damage has been doubled.

Living Laser:

  • His medal and medallion’s damage has been greatly increased.
  • His medal and medallion now lists the damage dealt by the chance-on-hit effect.
  • His medallion will now grant approximately double the spirit it was granting previously.

Mandarin:

  • His medal and medallion now lists the damage dealt by the chance-on-hit effect.
  • His medal and medallions chance-on-hit damage for all effects.

Pyro:

  • His medal and medallion now lists the damage dealt by the chance-on-hit effect.
  • His medal and medallion now have a range for its fireball effect.
  • His medal and medallion’s fireball effect have had their damage increased.

Shocker:

  • His medal and medallion now have a range for its effect.
  • His medal and medallion’s chance-on-hit effect has had its damage greatly increased.

Hood:

  • His medal and medallion now lists the damage dealt by its “flames” effect.
  • His medal and medallion have had its “flames” effect damage increased.

Venom:

  • His medal and medallion’s effect has had its damage increased.

Miscellaneous

The Edge of Infinity artifact has had its bonus damage reduced by approximately 30%. Crit chance and bonus damage on crit remain the same.

Darkhold Scroll and Phoenix Feather artifacts now display cooldown in the tooltip.

Bug Fixes

Crafting Recipes

We fixed an issue where some players received Ultimate Pack exclusive costumes from a rank 20 crafting recipe. These costumes can no longer be crafted. All the exclusive costumes have been replaced with a random, non-exclusive costume with the same affixes. (This applies whether the costume is equipped, in an inventory or in a STASH.)

Bovine Sector:

  • Players can now only enter the Bovine Sector once per consumable item, and the portal will go away when the player leaves the Bovine Sector. Note: We have also reduced the crafting time to 1 hour, down from 10 hours as described in crafting changes.

User Interface (UI)

The Max Defense Reduction stat is now properly displayed on the character sheet.

The tooltip for Bonus XP on the Character Sheet stats tab has been corrected.

Bosses

Miscellaneous:

  • Fixed an issue where the ‘Freezing’ affix effect would activate inappropriately or too early for many boss powers.
  • Fixed Rhino, Lady Deathstrike, Kingpin, and Juggernaut not receiving charm resistance while charging.

Magneto:

  • Magneto will once again chase his target during Metal Storm.

Mandarin:

  • Ice Ring will no longer immobilize targets (unless they remain in the AOE long enough to be stunned).

Wizard:

  • Fixed an issue where Wizard’s Triple Disc throw had all three discs on top of each other instead of spread out at 30 degree angles.

Heroes and Powers

Miscellaneous:

  • Various tooltip text fixes on hero powers.

Cable:

  • Searing Shot: Fixed an issue where visual effects when hitting enemies were not seen.

Captain America:

  • Aggressive Shout: Fixed an issue where the power had both a 10 second buff and an ongoing (lasts until turned off) buff, and only one of them was being shown.

Daredevil:

  • Radar Sense now properly dodges incoming skillshots, and displays the correct chance on its tooltip.

Iron Man:

  • Synergies for Channeled Repulsors have been fixed and are working as described.

Spider-Man:

  • Re-enabled animations for the /wave and /showoff emotes for Spider-Man’s Symbiote costume.

The Edge of Infinity artifact has had its bonus damage reduced by approximately 30%. Crit chance and bonus damage on crit remain the same.

Darkhold Scroll and Phoenix Feather artifacts now display cooldown in the tooltip.

Items

Miscellaneous:

Creatures summoned by artifacts and medals, such as a Moloid Leaper and Sinister Clones, are now summoned at the level of the item instead of at level 1. This will make them much more dangerous, as they should be.
Design Note: We want creatures summoned by items or powers to be strong and effective. If players want to use a “pet” based strategy, we will keep balancing to ensure it’s viable.

Pets are no longer targeted by bouncing attacks.

Madame Hydra Medal:

  • Fixed an issue where the medal would grant invulnerability to nearby orbs as well as players.

Doctor Doom Medal:

  • Fixed an issue stopping hero movement when its fear effect activates.

Mole Man Medal:

  • Moloid Leapers summoned by the medal now attack enemies more frequently.

Audio

Fixed an issue where sound could be lost intermittently after changing locations.

In-Game Store

When buying Gs, the United States state selection list can now be scrolled past ‘Tennessee’ as intended.

G purchases should now correctly display in supported local currencies at checkout.

Known Major Issues

For the list of our current known major issues, please check this post in our forums as it will be updated regularly.

TERA: Preload Corsairs’ Stronghold Now (5GB Patch)

Mommy. A 5 GB update to TERA! It’s probably best if you get that download started immediately so you’re ready to go on July 1. You can head over here for the official post.

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Preload Corsairs’ Stronghold! 

TERA Preload Corsair's Stronghold

You won’t be able to play Corsairs’ Stronghold until July 1, but starting today you will be able to start downloading the update. Here’s what you’ll need to know:

First, this patch clocks in at around 5 GB, so be sure to have a little more than that available on your hard drive. Second, you’ll notice that when you log in, there will be something downloading, except that the Play button will still be lit, like it is below.

Preload 1

You’ll still be able to play TERA normally, and preloading will not happen while you play. It will only preload while the launcher is open, but TERA is not. When the preloading is completed, you’ll see that the bar looks something more like this:

Preload 2

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