Epic MMO Recap: Week of Summer Patch Rallies

Two rival MMOs are pushing themselves to the limit to get their summer patches in order, with RIFT making a last-minute reversal of its Patch 1.3 changes, while World of Warcraft unleashed its Patch 4.2 official trailer in a final hype attempt!

Last-Minute Reversals

Trion Worlds scrutinized its Patch 1.3 changes for RIFT and reversed Valor changes that made PvP wonkier. In this week’s playtests, developers saw that Valor damage mitigation was too high and made everyone in Warfronts almost unkillable.

Chloromancers and several other specs that received major class changes in Patch 1.3 also got a reprieve when compromises were rolled out based on player feedback.

Patch 1.3 is scheduled to go live on June 22, so it’s down to the wire for these PvP balance tweaks. We haven’t heard many changes about the world event and 20-man Hammerknell raids, so at least raiders can rest easy knowing that everything down to RIFT Platinum rewards has been finalized in the new PvE content.

Pre-launch Hype

As Telara buckles up for the new patch, Azeroth gets its rallying call in the form of a new World of Warcraft Patch 4.2 official trailer.

Patch 4.2 brings players to the Firelands realm where Ragnaros is cooking up his own cataclysmic scheme. We support Thrall as he tries to stop the Firelord in a seven-boss raid gauntlet that offers the new Tier 12 raid gear and the first legendary of the expansion, Dragonwrath.

Already, the forums are clamoring for a confirmed release date (most bets are at June 28) but the consensus is that it will be within one to three weeks from now. Signs of impending release include the scheduled start of a new Arena Season and the slowing trickle of updates to the test realm patch notes.

Lesser of Two Villains

In order to defeat the greater threat that is Brainiac, Superman does the unthinkable in DC Universe Online Update 4 – team up with his arch nemesis Lex Luthor. The stage for this alliance of necessity? The Fortress of Solitude where Brainiac is set to challenge level 30 players.

A new currency will also debut in Update 4 called Marks of Krypton, which will supplement DCUO Cash in purchasing gear and upgrades. The next tier of iconic armor will also drop from the new raid bosses.

DDOS Attack Thwarted

This week, EVE Online came under a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS) that targeted its game and web servers.

CCP responded turning its game and services offline, before launching “an exhaustive scan of our entire infrastructure” in order to protect player data. COO Jón Hörðdal said in a statement that these measures proved effective against the initial DDoS attack. Score: 1 Developers – 0 Hackers.

So far, the infrastructure remains unbreached and no data was compromised, although traffic flooding might recur in the coming days that will prompt server shutdowns.

Voidwatch Adjustments and Auto Attacks

Square Enix continues to roll out quality-of-life improvements to its twin MMOs.

For Final Fantasy XI, the Voidwatch battle system will get a new set of adjustments set for the next version update in mid-July. These include:

  • New vendor NPCs for ascent items and voiddust
  • New alignment bonus after damaging weakened enemies
  • New scaling alignment bonus based on Treasure Hunter effect level

While for Final Fantasy XIV, auto-attack seems to be shaping up pretty nicely, based on this preview trailer released by Naoki Yoshida:

Yoshi-P also added in this week’s producer letter once auto attack goes live in Update 1.18, other related concerns like enmity and action animations will be recalibrated to fit the simpler combat mechanics. FFXIV Gil should flow a bit faster now for those solo grinding mobs.

So which game patch are you most excited for? RIFT, World of Warcraft, DC Universe Online (It’s the Fortress of Solitude, for crying out loud!)? Share your excitement in the comments section.