On this week’s show Zach gives us the details on his visit with Blizzard to preview the massive changes coming to Heroes of the Storm and we all are kind of having mixed feelings about what is happening to The Secret World. All that and more on this week’s Free to Play Cast!

Discussion Timestamps:

01:50 Heroes of the Storm
19:03 The Secret World / Secret World Legends
00:00 ——————–
41:32 Weekly Bombs (DA-Bomb / A-Bomb)
51:55 Questions and Answers of the Week

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  1. I have so many questions about both news pieces… what’s going to happen to my master skins? I’m using them on at least four characters in HoTs. As for TSW… as long as I can still run around the world with my little group (and not just in dungeons), for the most part I’m okay with it. But I really want to know if that’s something I’ll be able to do. I’m with Jason on the combat thing. Action combat really reduces my will to play a game. I really wish they would get those kinds of answers out there when they announce things. So… A-bomb to vague announcements.

    Da-bomb though to Atlas Reactor for some truly hilarious April Fools Day patch notes! (Yes I finally tried it, and I’m hopelessly addicted)

  2. I’ve got two bombs this week, but one also serves as my answer to the question of the week. I’ll do it second so you guys have an easier time figuring out how to separate it out for the two sections of the cast.

    First bomb is unfortunately an A-bomb for Digital Extremes/Warframe. I play Warframe every once in a while and I usually end up going pretty hard on it whenever I pick it back up. This time, I don’t think I’ll be doing that, though. Between the last time I played and now, they added yet another updated map, but this time with solar railway terminals on most planets. I’m pretty sure they’re meant as a guide for linear progression on newer accounts, but I’ve been playing on and off since open beta, so I’m kind of a veteran. They’d be easy enough to just ignore if they didn’t also count for mastery points and unlock some pretty juicy looking quests and items. Thing is, to unlock these terminals, you have to go back and do specific objectives which I guarantee I’ve already completed. Basic kill/fetch quests, when it comes down to it. So now I’m taking my maxed out Warframe with maxed out weapons back to starter planets and grinding out boring crap I’ve already done. It’s just completely off-putting.

    My second bomb is a Da-bomb for Heroes 2.0. I’ve been playing the crap out of the PTR — I mean, beta — since it came out. This is going to be exactly what the game needs to refresh the gameplay loop. Now every match contributes to the possibility of getting something really cool. As for the confusion about progression, here’s how I see it. Yeah, you’re not keeping any of the stuff you earn in the beta. But, given that the vast majority of people who downloaded the beta started at level nothing, they’ve already progressed further in the live game and will be retroactively rewarded for what they’ve already done. For my part, I’m just going to stay on the PTR until this system goes live.

    Regarding The Secret World, I have nothing specific to say about the changes because I’ve never played it. That said, I may be inclined to jump in after the new stuff comes out.


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