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

Classic Darkfall project continues license negotiations, plans alpha test

A volunteer-led effort to restore the original version of Darkfall is moving forward as unspecified negotiations with Aventurine continue.

The Darkfall: Rise of Agon team announced that it will be self-funding the licensing costs while looking to the community for donations for the game’s development and operation. The alpha test will take place over four to eight weeks and be completely free to players, while the subsequent beta will be limited to backers only.

Big Picture Games said that the team is poised to get rolling once an agreement is secured: “Our game servers are taking shape in New York and our development team and engineers are eagerly awaiting for us to have the signed license in hand so that they can get to work on development.”


Here’s how to increase your chances of getting into Black Desert’s alpha

With Black Desert coming to both North America and Europe next year, getting into the test just became one of the hottest — and most exclusive — tickets in town. While it will remain difficult to score yourself a key for the time being, one of Black Desert’s CMs posted a helpful list of links for those camping for an alpha spot.

“I wanted to give you a few hints at how to try your luck at getting an invitation for the alpha,” CM Oli said. “The amount of invitations will be very limited for this specific phase, but there will be a few possibilities.”

And in case you’re wondering, no, there are no specific details yet concerning the first test.

Source: Reddit. Thanks to Dystopiq for the tip!


Camelot Unchained reveals its heavy fighters

Next up on Camelot Unchained’s class reveal docket is the upcoming MMO’s heavy fighters, a brutal group of muscled pain that will be sure to ruin an enemy’s day.

As with the other reveals to date, each of the three factions have their own take on the archetype. Vikings boast Mjölnir, a hammer-and-lightning-wielding class that absolutely, positively has nothing to do with Marvel’s Thor. On the Tuatha Dé Danann side is the Fianna, who trades armor density for faster movement and a war-cry.

Finally, there is the Arthurian Black Knight, who takes a cue from Monty Python, of all places: “Each wound sustained to a body part beyond the first has its power substantially increased.”

Source: Camelot Unchained. Thanks to Spykedruid for the tip!


Wakfu rolls back EU server to June

Call it the mother of all rollbacks.

A series of technical issues has resulted in massive amounts of lost data on Wakfu’s EU Elbor server, requiring a shutdown of the server and a rollback to June 21st. According to Ankama, the process of creating database backups broke on June 21st and went unnoticed until recently when the server was brought down for a hotfix.

Ankama said that it’s still investigating the issue and offered a little hope that some of the data, including game purchases, can be restored on the server. Players who had logged in since October 14th might be in the best position to see a mostly complete recovery, while those who haven’t been on since September 13th are probably looking at a full loss.

The studio apologized for the error and said that a compensation package will be forthcoming. “We understand that a rollback of this magnitude is the last thing any player wants to hear; honestly, we share the same feeling,” Ankama posted.

Source: EU forums. Thanks to Infurn for the tip!


The MOP Up: Heart of Thorns countdown (October 18, 2015)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. See any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week we’ll listen to a new Final Fantasy XIV soundtrack, count down to Guild Wars 2’s expansion launch, go back to Crystal Lake with Jason Vorhees, get presents for Pirate101’s third birthday, and more!

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Elder Scrolls Online patches in fixes, introduces Forge-Mother Alga

Elder Scrolls Online has been busy patching all three versions of its game this past week. A small PC and Mac patch fixed a few issues with the Imperial City and Coldharbour, while a much larger PlayStation 4 and Xbox One patch shored the game up on those consoles (including revealing “invisible guild store prices”).

Players looking ahead to the Orsinium DLC can meet one of the update’s major figures in a dev diary: Forge-Mother Alga. Alga is King Kurog’s mother and a generally wise and respected figure in the court.

Orisinium is coming on November 2nd to PC and Mac, Xbox One on November 17th, and PlayStation 4 on November 18th.


One Shots: C.R.E.E.P.S.

Whatever happened to bad acronyms as titles for movies and TV shows? Where are our C.H.U.D.s? Our C.H.i.P.s? I guess we have Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., so that’s something. Bring back the awkwardness of the ’70s and ’80s, Hollywood!

At least we have readers like Boom here who are all about getting us first-hand pictures of genuine WildStar C.R.E.E.P.S.  What does that stand for? I’m guessing “Cryogenic Reanimated Extrasensory Exonauts, Pint-Sized.” Or something. The least that you can do to honor the fact that Boom probably died taking this picture was to look at it in awe for more than 0.2 seconds!

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Defiance’s TV series has been canceled, but the game will live on [Updated]

So much for transmedia synergy.

Syfy announced Friday that after three seasons, it is canceling Defiance. The show was part of a cross-media initiative to tie together a television series and an MMO, the latter of which is still being run by Trion Worlds.

The channel praised the show even as it declined to renew it for a fourth season: “Defiance was a truly groundbreaking series, delivering an immersive, cross-platform experience that transcended the television screen in a way that viewers had never seen before.”

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Crowfall conducts pre-alpha postmortem

Crowfall’s first “Hunger Dome” pre-alpha test is complete and ArtCraft has many, many numbers to share in its postmortem.

During the test, the Confessor was by far the most played archetype, while the Legionnaire was the odd centaur out. ArtCraft was able to take the data and feedback to perform much-needed fixes and adjustments for the game going forward: “The network messaging logging proved much more valuable than gameplay logging as our top priorities were server speed, stability and scalability. The byproduct of everyone having a good time was a great bonus!”

ArtCraft has sent out a survey to all backers and is preparing for its next test in November. This pre-alpha 1.1 test will include a new archetype, the Champion.


Nexus Telegraph: Six little WildStar elements that I love

With the free-to-play launch calming down somewhat (look man, I can log onto the server!) and fall events kicking off in WildStar, I’ve been enjoying watching a new crowd come into the game and coo over all of the little details that make this game special.

While we can never get a completely fresh first look at any particular game after that initial run, there is the next best thing of looking at it through someone else’s eyes. In all of the discussion and questions and excitement of the past few weeks, I’ve noted that this enthusiasm is having a revitalizing effect on the veteran community.

Of course, it’s not as if we can’t get out of our rut and take the effort to notice the small things that make WildStar a great place to be. Today I’m going to list, in no particular order, six little elements that I love about this game. Just because I’m that much of a fanboy.

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The Daily Grind: Can you ever forgive MMOs?

The other day I was watching through a YouTube channel of an MMO player who loves lists as much as I do. And while I enjoyed said lists, I noticed that there was one disquieting trend: The creator had an obvious grudge against Star Wars: The Old Republic for what he considered a severe letdown following the launch and massive hype.

It frustrated me because he kept stating that the game had failed, period, even though he ended his relationship with it well before free-to-play and SWTOR’s subsequent rise after that initial fall. I wanted to know if the player was simply nursing a grudge and ignoring the present reality or if he considered the game dookey based on its current state.

I understand how hard it is to forgive MMOs and studios for past wrongs, real or perceived. I had a chip on my shoulder about World of Warcraft for many years after I left it. Now I’m at peace with the good memories I had with it rather than dwelling on those final days.

Can you ever forgive MMOs? Will you?

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Marvel Heroics: Rating Scarlet Witch and Rogue

I’m back with another installment of rating two Marvel Heroes characters that I’ve leveled up to 60. Last time I looked at Squirrel Girl and Cyclops, and so today I’m going to turn my attention to two fascinating and powerful female characters that many players have picked up over the past couple of years: Scarlet Witch and Rogue.

I had a great time for different reasons going on the leveling journey with each of these heroes. I hadn’t even heard of Scarlet Witch prior to Age of Ultron coming out in theaters (that should tell you how anemic my Marvel knowledge is these days), although I will admit to a schoolboy crush on Rogue from the ’90s X-Men animated series. I’ve tried to get my wife to call me “sugar,” but no go on that front.

So how do these two ladies stack up? Let’s run down the categories and find out!

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LOTRO players host RP and music event this Saturday

If you don’t have plans this Saturday, consider swinging over to Lord of the Rings Online, where a group of players will be holding Archet Aid 4. This annual community event on the Laurelin server combines roleplaying, music, and activities for any and all who attend in the burned-out hamlet of Archet.

“The Archet Aid Fayre starts at 12:30 p.m. servertime just inside the gates of Archet with the Archet Aid Marathon,” the event’s organizers posted. “The opening of the Fayre will be at 1:00 p.m. servertime. The archery contest, a theatre play, a dwarf drill show, roaming vendors, bards and even a drunken backward race will put Archet as ‘the place to be’ for this evening of merriment.”


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