Justin Olivetti

Senior Reporter

A casual gamer and long-time MMO fan, Justin is often heard yelling, "Player housing for all!" in the Massively Overpowered offices. In addition to news, he tackles LOTRO Legendarium for LOTRO, The Perfect Ten, Jukebox Heroes, the retrospective Game Archaeologist series, One Shots, and the Massively OP podcast.

Personal blog: BioBreak
Twitter: @sypster

WildStar’s residential renovation event returns

WildStar’s residential renovation event, first introduced back in summer 2017, is making a return for another short-lived run. Considering how many players feel that the housing system is WildStar’s greatest strength, there are sure to be quite a few people interested in participating.

The gist of the event is that players are given certain tasks to complete in their housing instances. Successful tasks earn tokens, which can then be turned in for limited-time rewards.

This time around, there are new rewards to chase: “Do your part to aid in the production of Sara’s broadcast by completing a series of home improvement tasks and she’ll reward you with Home Renovation Guides which you can turn in for the Exo-Lab and Shrine décor sets — two bundles of fantastic collectibles previously offered as part of the Sim Chase collection.”

The event is scheduled from May 18th through the 25th.

Source: WildStar

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World of Warcraft’s 5M gold dinosaur mount is 5M gold worth of awesome

Forget hulking wooly mammoths, swooping dragons, and motorcycle sidecars: The most desirable World of Warcraft mount yet is coming in Battle for Azeroth — and it has a mighty hefty price tag attached.

The Reins of the Mighty Caravan Brutosaur may only be a ground mount, but it’s still going to be the chase item for many players. First of all, it’s a huge dinosaur, and that’s makes the inner five-year-old in all of us happy. But second, the brutosaur mount contains both an auctioneer and a merchant. That’s right: You’ll be able to summon your own auctioneer anywhere in the world.

Such functionality won’t come cheap, however. The mount will cost both Alliance and Horde players 5,000,000 gold to obtain. That cost can be defrayed a bit by maxing out your reputation with certain factions, taking it from 5M to 4M if you play the patience game.

Source: Wowhead. Thanks Sally!

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds tackles frame rate drops, looks at the next mobile patch

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds dropped a patch earlier this week, but don’t get too excited: It was mostly bug fixes and balance adjustments for the battle royale game. Players can check out a new gear customization tab that offers the ability to switch parachute skins. And an aviator crate is now being sold

The studio said that low frame rates is a priority for the team: “We’ve seen a lot of concern from many of you about overall performance. Addressing FPS drops is our top priority, and we hope to have more updates to address performance improvements soon. For now, the team will be trying out fixes throughout this patch cycle.”

And if you’re following the mobile experience of PUBG, check out details on Patch 0.5.0 after the jump – the game’s just hit 10 million daily users.

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Examining why Fortnite is so incredibly popular

For those on the outside looking in at the insanely popular Fortnite phenomenon over the past year, the question invariably rises: What makes this game so massively successful, especially considering that it wasn’t the first battle royale title to market?

Medium has a good overview of the rise of Fortnite, identifying three key elements that has translated this game into a smash hit. Those characteristics, according to the site, are mainstream appeal, its free-to-play business model, and balancing gameplay, graphics, and competitive play.

Another angle? “This ability to drive a game’s visibility underscores the fourth key point that deserves attention  —  that the marketing of interactive entertainment has fundamentally changed.”

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Skull and Bones delayed, The Division 2 to arrive in the next year

With a strong fiscal year under its belt, Ubisoft’s future looks bright indeed. The studio posted its earnings report this week, stating that it made $2.04 billion in revenue and $164.7 million in net income — both a sizable increase from the year previous.

The earnings call gave us some indication as to the release windows of two of its future online games. The Division 2 is expected to come out before April 2019, which means that at the worst, we have slightly less than a year wait to go. The studio revealed that the first Division title racked up over 20 million players to date.

Players will have to wait longer than expected for Skull and Bones, however. Ubisoft announced that it will delay the launch of the multiplayer pirate game to April 2019 at the earliest “to offer players an even more engaging experience.”

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Villagers and Heroes throws an open house with its Wellspring content update

A year or so ago, Villagers and Heroes actually didn’t have player housing that you could enter and enjoy. That changed, and with this week’s Wellspring content update, the ability to customize one’s village has grown even further.

“Wellspring isn’t just a little build with a couple of pretty new plants added, or a few minor tweaks made here and there to the otherwise routine gameplay,” the devs wrote. “It is a dynamic expansion to Villagers and Heroes which has transformed the weighty and elaborate crafting and gathering elements of the game into a lean, tight system, one which, though now much simplified, still retains the richness and complexity as it ever did before.”

Patch 4.14 added seven new village projects to customize the looks, direct-to-house transport, more mayoral campaign options, a streamlined village management UI, the elimination of rent, improved gathering, and several new options for the mobile edition of the MMO.

Source: Patch notes

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Elder Scrolls Online rolls out special Twitch drops and crates

Twitch and Elder Scrolls Online have decided to hold hands and go skipping along in a park together. ZeniMax announced that new Twitch drops for ESO are now a thing, provided that players have linked their accounts.

Starting on May 21st, players will get a free Twitch crate every time they make an ESO purchase through the Twitch store. These crates have a variety of consumables and a chance at a very rare mount and pet.

If you want a crate without paying money, you’ll have your opportunity by watching supported Twitch streams (coming soon). View all the way to the end of these special streams, and poof, you’ll get a free crate. Cool, eh?

Source: Elder Scrolls Online. Thanks Jason!

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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth’s flight requirements listed, Kul Tiran Druid acquatic forms discovered

Enjoy your friendly skies now, flyboys and flygirls, because World of Warcraft is prepared to ground you once again in its next expansion. And while everyone knew that we’d have to hoof it for a while like savages, at least now we know some of what we’ll have to do to regain flight privileges.

The list to gain flight access in Battle for Azeroth looks daunting, but it’s also very similar to the path that players had to undergo in Legion. Basically, you’ll need to go through all of the main storylines, fully explore all of the zones, and max out your reputation with several new factions. It’s important to note that this list is just part one of the requirements and not the whole deal. Again, much like with Legion.

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Age of Conan celebrates its tenth birthday by throwing lions at everyone

Ten years of live operation, and Conan still looks like someone killed his puppy. Maybe you need a new hobby, Mr. The Barbarian? We hear there’s this new sandbox survival game out right now that’s pretty hot.

Anyway, Age of Conan is officially 10 years old this month, and to celebrate the occasion, Funcom is throwing players to the lions. Er, wait, that’s not right. They’re throwing lions at the players. Still sounds unsafe, but no matter. Anyone who logs in between now and June 5th will receive their own totally safe, no training necessary Golden Lion of Aquilonia mount.

The anniversary event also includes new daily rewards, an extra raid finder chest that can be opened every day, the addition of the Black Ring Citadel to the raid finder, several quality-of-life changes (such as being able to disable PvE XP), and the return of Shadows of the Past and Acheronian Soul classic content.

Source: Age of Conan

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Worlds Adrift launches on Steam early access while overseen by actual airship

Floating up out of the drydock of closed beta, Worlds Adrift launched into the bright blue skies of early access today. The airship sandbox drummed up hype for the release with a publicity stunt that involved hauling a batch of players high up into the air over London to try out the game. (The first livestream in the sky? Why not!)

Worlds Adrift is now releasing to Steam Early Access,” Bossa Studios trumpeted. “This means we have opened up additional servers for both US and EU regions, and will release more servers depending on player population. The UI for the character creation screen has been adjusted to make it easier to pick a server to play on.”

With the early access start comes a full wipe and a new build that includes a different layout, additional islands, new clothing items, double the amount of ancient written stories, all-new music, and plenty of bug fixes.

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Hearthstone reveals the next round of nerfs that are on their way

In a game like Hearthstone, the job of balancing cards will never, ever be done. So if you like titles with stability and permanence, don’t play digital card games is what we’re saying. With this in mind, Blizzard revealed the next round of “balance changes” that will be coming in a future patch.

The studio calls it balance, but the reality is that all of these changes are either nerfs to a card’s ability or an increase in the cost of the cards to better match the effect that it causes. Cards like Naga Sea Witch, Spiteful Summoner, Possessed Lackey, and Call to Arms are all going to cost more (a lot more in the case of the Witch), while Dark Pact is going to restore less health and The Caverns Below will create weaker minions.

Adjust your builds and meta outlook accordingly.

Source: Hearthstone

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Blade and Soul promises a new class, engine upgrade, and new raids

Feeling like your Blade and Soul character has hit a plateau in his or her development? Then it’s probably time to graduate to the next level, thanks to an upcoming job extension feature that will transform your class into an evolved version. Yes, that old favorite from JRPGs is heading into the game so that your character can graduate to an advanced level.

MMO Culture shared one example of these evolutions, stating that Warlocks will be able to grow up into Distortionists. Next up on the table for Blade and Soul? Other than an upgrade to a new graphics engine, players have been looking forward to the next classes to hit the scene. We may know of at least one of these, thanks to a vision preview. The class in question is the Tusan, a fast fighter than can berserk up close or deal out ranged damage.

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Trove hauls out a small patch while the community goes crazy over gem rumors

Trove’s May update is here and threatens to undo the very foundations of the game, starting with the change from cube voxels to geodesic spheres. Oh, the blockmanity!

Actually, the real patch is nothing quite so radical. Trion decided to retire some items from Chaos Chests, added a new set of dream dev allies, provided more information on the welcome screen for events and changes, and made a number of other adjustments to the crazy sandbox.

While that’s happening, the playerbase is trying to sort through rumors that Trion is doing… something with gems. Adding a new tier? Introducing a different type? Giving players alternative ways to make and collect them? It’s not completely certain, but there is movement on this front. Check out the video below for more speculation on the matter!

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