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Elder Scrolls Online won’t require real money for loot crates any more

Elder Scrolls Online won’t require real money for loot crates any more

Soon you won’t need to cough up any real world cash for Elder Scrolls Online‘s version of loot boxes. The MMORPG game is going to let you earn Crown Crate goods without ever having to think about your actual wallet.

For Update 30, the Endeavours system is being implemented. This will be a daily-to-weekly remit of optional sidequests, involving missions like killing enemies using specific equipment, or crafting certain items, that provide some of the usual rewards, like gold, and Seals of Endeavour, a new currency. From then on, you can exchange Seals of Endeavour for anything Crown Crate-related. This can range from consumables like XP scrolls and potions, to rare mounts or pets, all on a rotating availability.

Your Seals are perpetual and stack, meaning that once you have them they’re yours until you need to use them, handy if there’s nothing on offer that takes your fancy. This update is scheduled for mid-June, and until then, you can only get Crown Crates through Crowns, available for purchase on Steam or on the official site. It’s a welcome change, but one that has raised eyebrows among the community, who are curious about pricing, item rotation, and that sort of thing.

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Why Mass Effect’s Reapers are still so damn scary

Why Mass Effect’s Reapers are still so damn scary

I’ll never forget the moment I first saw a Reaper in Mass Effect. A machine god ascending over the crimson skies of Eden Prime, arcs of electricity bending and flickering from its towering metal skeleton. Of course, I didn’t know at the time that it was a Reaper. Surely nothing that size could be alive, right?

For the majority of Mass Effect’s campaign, we only ever hear whispers of their existence. SOS transmissions, found footage from attacks – everything you learn about the Reapers comes from the dead. Throughout the first game the Reapers are phantoms operating in the shadows, unseen and unknowable. Shepard’s visions from the Prothean beacon on Eden Prime reveal that our galactic forbearers suffered a terrible, mysterious fate, but beyond these scant details, there’s little else to go on. Our nemesis remains largely illusory until later in the trilogy.

Instead, we spend much of our time hunting down Saren Arterius, a rogue agent of the Citadel Council whose fall from grace is nothing short of remarkable. BioWare cleverly uses Saren as a vehicle to showcase the Reapers’ most terrifying power: indoctrination.

Baldur’s Gate and Planescape Torment enhanced editions publisher working on new IP

Baldur’s Gate and Planescape Torment enhanced editions publisher working on new IP

Beamdog, a publisher that’s worked on several remasters of DnD games, has something completely new in the works. Very little is known just yet about the upcoming game, other than it being confirmed by a member of the team.

On the publisher’s forums, a user suggested some potential RPG games Beamdog could work on next. In response, Julius Borisov, community and social media manager, says the company’s looking to strike out on its own with its next project. “While the door on remasters hasn’t been totally shut, currently Beamdog is working on a new game, its own IP,” He writes. “No details have been shared yet.”

Beamdog has been involved in a number of fantasy game re-releases over the last decade. It published enhanced editions of Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate 2, Icewind Dale, and Planescape: Torment, all developed by Overhaul Games, while developing and publishing updated versions of Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear and Neverwinter Nights itself. Beamdog released Axis and Allies 1942 Online in 2019, based on the tabletop game, meaning licensed work has been the company’s bread and butter for the vast majority of its life.

Path of Exile dev addresses “rough” Ultimatum launch

Path of Exile dev addresses “rough” Ultimatum launch

Needless to say, the launch of the latest expansion for Path of Exile, Ultimatum, has not gone too smoothly. In a Reddit post, developer Grinding Gear Games acknowledges the criticisms, and explains what happened in the RPG game.

The explanation was written by lead developer Chris Wilson, who discusses the “rough” launch in some detail. For many players, getting into the new content was laboriously slow, making them sit in a queue that could take up to two hours. Wilson says this was a result of “human error” because a migration process that’s normally done playerbase wide in the days leading up to an expansion didn’t happen.

A temporary solution was put in, but this caused players to taken out every ten minutes or so, a less than ideal situation for an MMORPG game. “Aside from catastrophically ruining our launch day, it completely mystified us because we have been so careful with realm infrastructure changes,” Chris writes. “We thoroughly tested them internally, peer code-reviewed them, alpha tested them, and ran large-scale load tests up to higher player capacities than we got on launch day.”

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Call of Duty: Warzone changing Roze, rebalancing FFAR 1, M16, and more

Call of Duty: Warzone changing Roze, rebalancing FFAR 1, M16, and more

Some changes are on the way for Call of Duty: Warzone, including weapon rebalances, adjusting Roze, and altering how you earn a killstreak reward. Developer Raven Software says more information is coming next week for the multiplayer game, too.

Responding to a tweet of suggestions from 100 Thieves co-founder Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop, Raven revealed a few of the ways the battle royale game is set to change. Roze is getting an “adjustment”, likely addressing complaints her Rook skin is unfairly camouflaged. Due to being almost totally black, it blends in to many environments to a frustrating degree. The skin was unlockable last year, pre-Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War, leading to criticism those who have it are at an unfair advantage.

A “significant balance pass” is coming to Warzone’s guns, the tweet naming the Tac Rifle Charlie, M16, FFAR 1, and Sykov. The Sykov has made quite an impression after coming out this week, meaning a nerf is very likely on the cards. Expect your favourite M16 loadout, FFAR 1 loadout, and Tac Rifle Charlie loadout to change, as well. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare weapon perks are being fixed, and how you earn the RC-XD, the remote controlled car that comes with a three-kill streak, is being tinkered with.

Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker release date: new jobs, races, and raids

Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker release date: new jobs, races, and raids

Looking for the Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker release date? Endwalker is the fourth expansion to the game in eight years of its realm being reborn from that disastrous first outing – and what a difference that time makes. It’s now easily one of the best MMOs on PC and for good reason.

This latest expansion promises to be even more epic than the rest, as the post from Square Enix bills it as the climax of the story that started back when A Realm Reborn was first released. Other new features include a new healer job to master, several new locations and dungeons to explore, and an update to the level cap.

It’s time to take up your arms and prepare for a grand new challenge – join us as we take you through everything you need to know about Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker, including the Endwalker release date, what we know about the sage and the new elephant-like folk, and every other new feature coming to the latest expansion.

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Dota 2 devs put out summer 2021 Steam Workshop call to arms

Dota 2 devs put out summer 2021 Steam Workshop call to arms

If you’re a Dota 2 fan, you’ll probably know the multiplayer game has a thriving community creation scene, with its slice of Steam Workshop constantly updated with new fan-made custom games, items, and more. And now, Valve is calling for even more user-generated goodies for the summer 2021 season, with submissions getting the chance to make it into the main game.

“With spring finally arrived and the community set on course for the heart of the Dota competitive season, it’s a good time to replenish some of the treasure stock that was nibbled away during the long year behind us,” the studio notes in a ‘call to arms’ post on the MOBA game’s site. “To that end, we’re now officially accepting new submissions for item sets that help fill out the available battle attires for all your favourite heroes, themed around whatever your best ideas might be.”

The developer asks that those keen to submit their goodies tag them as ‘summer 2021’ when posting them to the Dota 2 Steam Workshop, to ensure that they don’t get missed among the sea of community creations. The devs have also set a deadline of July 16, 2021, so if you’re looking to enter make sure your wares are on the Workshop by then.

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Genshin Impact codes April 2021 – how to redeem free primogems

Genshin Impact codes April 2021 – how to redeem free primogems

Looking for Genshin Impact codes? MiHoYo’s charming open-world game is notoriously addictive, and if you’re anything like us, you’re constantly on the lookout for more Genshin Impact primogems and other goodies.

Gathering currency in Genshin Impact can be quite the grind – while you can earn mora and primogems by completing quests such as daily commissions, an injection of extra funds will always be gratefully received. Fortunately, the developers occasionally send out free gifts in the form of codes that can be redeemed online.

These Genshin Impact codes are released periodically. They frequently appear in MiHoYo’s special programs that reveal information about future updates coming to the game, but are also released to celebrate milestones or to coincide with promotional events. Most codes also only work for a limited time – so it’s a good idea to redeem them as soon as possible in case you miss out. Codes can only be redeemed once per account. Here are all the current Genshin Impact codes for April 2021, and how to redeem them.

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Genshin Impact’s 1.5 update lets you own and remodel a home inside a teapot

Genshin Impact’s 1.5 update lets you own and remodel a home inside a teapot

Genshin Impact is about to get cosier. Ahead of Genshin Impact’s 1.5 update livestream, Mihoyo dropped a blog post detailing all that’s coming to Teyvat in the new update. We’ve got new faces to meet, familiar ones to hang out with, and now somewhere to call our own.

When the update drops, you’ll be able to own and remodel a home inside a wee teapot. It’s called the Serenitea Pot, and it allows you to choose from several realms to call your home. You’ve got the Floating Abode, Emerald Peak, and Cool Isle. Each of them come with either Mondstadt- or Liyue-style buildings, so pick your favourite.

Once you’ve picked your spot, you’ll be able to remodel it inside and out. You can find things to decorate your abode with by travelling around Teyvat, stumbling across various furnishing blueprints that – you guessed it – can be used to make furnishings for your home. There’s some incentive to it, too, as you’ll earn trust from someone called Tubby, who’ll offer help and resources as you make more furnishings. Once you’ve gained enough faith, you can even swap realm layouts.

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The best Sykov loadout in Warzone

The best Sykov loadout in Warzone

Looking for the best Sykov loadout in Warzone? The Sykov pistol was recently added to Warzone, and within a day it has become one of the best Warzone guns. This pistol has been in the game files since February, and has previously been usable by some players through exploits. We’ve known about this weapon’s potential to be powerful prior to its release, and it looks like the developers did not adjust the weapon before unleashing its might onto the battle royale game.

Ever since the Cold War guns were added to the game late last year, most of the new weapons have had some balance issues. The Sykov is particularly problematic due to its incredibly high mobility coupled with massive magazines. This allows the weapon to behave like an SMG while having the mobility of a pistol – a lethal combination for any gun. The closest weapon we’ve seen to this is the best FFAR 1 loadout, and even that has been nerfed twice now.

It doesn’t take long to unlock the Sykov, especially if you have a copy of Modern Warfare at hand. Here’s everything you need to build the best Sykov loadout in Warzone.