Complete Guide To 4th of July Events Happening in Your Favorite MMOs
It's a fairly common practice nowadays for an MMO to have events surrounding big holidays. Most games will do Christmas and Halloween events, dressing up their maps with appropriate decorations. These kinds of events are fun for players, who get to celebrate their holidays not just with their friends and family IRL, but also their fellow players and guildmates in their favorite game as well.
Unfortunately, some holidays are bigger than others. The 4th of July is an important American holiday, but it's hardly a big deal for other countries. For global games, a company is hard pressed to decorate entire towns for one country's worth of gamers. So while some games do have Independence Day events, they tend to be smaller than some of the more worldwide holidays.
If you're a US player, though, there are still some awesome 4th of July events happening this week. Here are some of the ones you should check out:
World of Warcraft
As one of the most well-known MMOs, World of Warcraft has had plenty of time to nail down holiday events. This year, the Darkmoon Faire will be running from July 2 - July 8, and will include games, exotic sights from all over the world, and a new band. Starting on July 4th there will be a pet battle event, allowing your pets to earn triple experience until July 11th. Finally, at sundown on Independence Day, there will be firework shows every hour over the capital cities and Booty Bay.
Runescape has held Independence Day events for the past few years. The event usually includes a feast and some special event-based drops. In previous years, the event has been fairly small, and Runescape has made no announcement involving a repeat of the event this year.
Star Wars: The Old Republic
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... It seems pretty unlikely that they would celebrate America's Independence Day. Currently there's no news involving the 4th of July for The Old Republic, but in previous years BioWare has done double XP weekends around the holiday. They've never been explicitly labeled as relevant to the holiday, but the events happen close enough to the holiday that it counts, right?
Black Desert Online
Despite being based in Korea, Pearl Abyss did host an event on last year's 4th of July. Black Desert Online players received a mail item with firecrackers, flares, and a Puppy Balloon headband accessory. Unfortunately, they've made no similar announcement for this year. It's possible that with the release of the updated Schultz Guard Post, they didn't feel the need for a holiday event so soon -- but they might still pull out a surprise event, so keep an eye out!
That wraps up our (short) list of July 4th events for your favorite MMOs! Did we miss any that are celebrating Independence Day? Let us know in the comments below!