In perhaps the most detailed livestream they’ve done in quite some time, Star Wars the Old Republic’s team came out swinging on their massive itemization overhaul due to go live with their next expansion in September. This overhaul, entitled Spoils of War, is not to be confused with Game Update 2.8 of the same name from 2014. The title is apt, as the BioWare Austin team laid out the basics of their plan to overhaul gear going forward, and also reaching into the past.
Recently, Zenimax Online allowed players to check out Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr on their Public Test Server. The main story questline was sealed behind an NDA, but there was the opportunity to check out the new Necromancer class to see how it performed.
After the recap of this upcoming content, the team then did the big reveal. SWTOR’s 6.0 iteration is an expansion entitled Onslaught, and the basic story continues increasing the war between Republic and Empire, picking up where the Jedi Under Siege update left off. Players as the Alliance Commander built up during the Knights of the Eternal Throne expansion will get to choose which faction to help.
We met with the folks at Bethesda’s subsidiary Zenimax at their unabashed wingding at PAX East in Boston at the tail end of March. Last year’s event merely took over the comedy club in the Westin hotel lobby. This year, they took that and the adjacent Irish pub and restaurant for an even bigger experience. We had a chance to sit down Creative Director Rich Lambert to discuss what was coming in Elsweyr and even have a go playing their upcoming class, the Necromancer.
Bless Unleashed is a free-to-play action RPG MMO imported by Bandai Namco from the Asian market with the tagline ‘Make Them Pray’. It’s coming to Xbox One at first later this year, and to other platforms at some point in the future. We had the opportunity to have a go at their combat demo at PAX East in Boston this year, and it seems to be getting ready to provide some button-mashing fun to Western audiences.