Brianna 'Bree' Royce

Editor-in-Chief

Bree is an unrepentant escapist with a predilection for MMOs. When not compulsively proofreading cereal boxes and newspapers, she can be found modding, PvPing on the auction hall, and touring the Next Big Thing with her guild on a quest for the elusive perfect game.

Working As Intended and Ask Mo are her pet op-ed columns, but she also pens Daily Grinds and compiles both Massively Overthinking and the Week in Review. You can hear her ramble about MMOs every week on the Massively OP podcast. If you're nice, she'll even talk about something other than Star Wars Galaxies.

Personal blog: Skycandy
Twitter: @nbrianna
Favorite MMOs: SWG, CoH, Glitch, GW2, GW1, WoW, MH

MMO Week in Review: Star Citizen’s ambitions (December 13, 2015)

Were you too busy gaming this week to pay attention to MMO news? Get caught up every Sunday evening with Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review!

Star Citizen dazzled gamers this weekend with its new alpha 2.0 version. It also crossed the $100,000,000 crowdfunding threshold, setting off a fresh wave of awe and drama. And don’t forget Trion’s MMOARPG Devilian, which looks to be the last major MMO launch of the year.

Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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Massively OP’s Best of 2015 Awards: Most Likely to Flop

Massively OP’s end-of-the-year awards continue today with our most likely to flop in 2016 and beyond award.

Last year, Star Citizen took home this dishonor, leading to much discord in the comments. Star Citizen has yet to actually fully launch let alone flop, though, which is why we tack on the “and beyond.” We also note that “flop” can mean lots of things, from outright sunset to financial ruin to simply not living up to insane hype. And we don’t want anything to flop!

Don’t forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end.

The Massively OP staff pick for Most Likely to Flop in 2016 and Beyond is…

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Massively OP’s Best of 2015 Awards: Pseudo-MMO of the Year

Massively OP’s end-of-the-year awards continue today with our award for the best pseudo-MMO of the year.

The games that populate this category are games that we’d usually cover under Not So Massively — they’re MOBAs, online dungeon crawlers and ARPGs, online shooters, survival sandboxes, and other games that tread into MMO territory but aren’t full MMORPGs. Games did not need to have released in 2015 to be eligible but should have done something notable this year. Last year, our winner was Hearthstone.

Don’t forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end!

The Massively OP staff pick for Best Pseudo-MMO of 2015 is…

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Star Citizen launches 2.0 alpha for all Citizens

Cloud Imperium has just launched Star Citizen’s 2.0 alpha version to the public.

“Star Citizen Alpha 2.0 is here! Today, we are proud to make the next major step in Star Citizen’s evolution available to all players. This major update to Star Citizen is available now in your launcher. With Alpha 2.0, we introduce a wide swath of features, including large world maps, multi-crew ships, seamless first person combat, missions and much more. In short: this is the biggest update to Star Citizen yet!”

Check out the gameplay trailer below, and please behave in the comments.

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Trove’s Chloromancer takes root next week

Announced earlier this week, Trove’s new Chloromancer class draws inspiration from the RIFT class of the same name, and now we have a better understanding of just how the archetype will play.

In a post capped off with Poison lyrics (what, go look), Trion Worlds has outlined the Chloromancer’s skills. Expect emergency shields, turret-like plant pets, a lobbed heal-and-boom combo, and a classic plant-themed AoE slow. Hooray for crowd control!

Chlorophylled to the max with flower power, this leafy legionnaire brings Trove healing to a whole new level. Don’t think of this gluten free guardian as a one trick poinsettia, because the Chloromancer also brings nature’s brute force to the table.

The new class launches on Tuesday. Massively OP recently named Trove its most underrated MMO of 2015.

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SWTOR is working on a new warzone and fresh monthly content

BioWare Community Manager Eric Musco hit the Star Wars: The Old Republic forums this afternoon and dived into the hellishly long discussion thread that’s been rolling since the livestream earlier this month. In response to complaints about the perceived lack of PvP and group PvE content updates, he wrote,

We know you are looking for more information on the timing of future group content. Although I cannot go into any details yet I will say this… We are actively working on a new Warzone, and we are looking to start revealing details in February (Insert my usual disclaimer of all things are subject to change). On the PvE side, we do not have anything specific to announce at this time but we will certainly share more information as we have it.

The team is hard at work on the 7 remaining Chapters in Season 1, as well as additional content, which you will get monthly starting in February. For us, it is important that all of the our content, group content included, ties into the storyline of Fallen Empire and connects to your character’s story. Story is what sets The Old Republic apart and it is important for us to deliver your personal story across all aspects of the game.

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Albion Online celebrates 60,000 founders

Albion Online studio Sandbox Interactive has a lot to be pleased about today: It’s reached a new milestone in the form of 60,000 total founders.

Two weeks ago, the indie PvP sandbox entered closed beta, entry to which is acquired through the purchase of one of three founder packs. The cheapest is $29.95 US and includes a month of premium gametime and ten bucks’ worth of currency, while at the top end, the Legendary pack will set you back $99.95 and comes with three months of premium time, $50 in currency, and miscellaneous titles and cosmetic perks, including a unique-to-the-tier house.

We’ve embedded the game’s celebratory mini-infographic below.

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Leaderboard: What’s the most overrated MMO?

In the comments of our award post for Most Underrated MMO of 2015, Massively OP commenter Tongle demanded an equivalent counterpart.

Can we get a most overrated MMO poll?

You asked for it, and now you’re getting it. What was the most overrated MMO of 2015? Cast your vote in the poll below. I’ve included all the same games as in the underrated poll, plus a few other major upcoming games.

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Rokh offers a persistent multiplayer survival sandbox set on Mars

If H1Z1’s zombies and ARK: Survival Evolved’s dinos aren’t your kind of survival sandbox, how about one set on the planet Mars?

Darewise Entertainment and Nvizzio Creations announced new “Martian multiplayer survival game” Rokh today, surely setting a new standard for the most specific subgenre name ever. But it actually sounds nifty.

Rokh is a futuristic sandbox survival experience, deeply rooted in scientific and authentic anticipation, where players will have to work together to overcome the numerous challenges they will face on planet Mars. It is a persistent multiplayer game where everything proceeds from simulation and systems interaction instead of classic script-based interactions. In the game, the only resources players have against hunger, thirst, the lack of atmosphere and radiation are creativity and cooperation.

Rokh brings an extensive crafting system – including housing, chemistry, programming, and robotics. To promote real social and economic dynamics between the colonists, these systems are designed to be impossible to be mastered by a single player. The game will be powered by Unreal Engine 4 and will simulate dynamic weather, radiation spreads as well as differences in atmospheric pressure.

You can check out the teaser trailer below.

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Grab a Forsaken World ‘Servant of Time’ key from PWE and MOP

Our last Forsaken World giveaway went over so well that we thought we’d do another one!

Perfect World has granted MOP keys for 1000 Forsaken World pets — specifically, the Servant of Time, an adorable little spring lion pet that can be incubated and equipped at Level 1. It has an attack strength of 70. Cute and deadly!

Clicky the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys and get started.

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Massively OP’s Best of 2015 Awards: Biggest Disappointment of 2015

Massively OP’s end-of-the-year awards continue today with our award for the biggest MMO disappointment of 2015.

Last year, we gave this “award” to WildStar and ArcheAge in a split vote. Disappointments can be games, launches, patches, trends, stories, sunsets, all manner of topics. All of our writers were invited to cast a vote, but not all of them chose to do so for this category. Don’t forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end.

The Massively OP staff pick for the biggest MMO disappointment of 2015 is…

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