The Stream Team: Sequestering an ARK squid

If you thought taming an ARK dino by letting it steal from you was different, get a load of this: taming by blood sacrifice. The way to tame a giant squid of your own is to feed it sacrificial dinos while shoving black pearls up its maw. So that's what Massively OP's MJ and the team is set to do. They're going to plumb the depths to find and tame their very own squid. That, or die trying. (The latter part is fairly likely.) Tune in live at 12:00 p.m. to see us go under the sea!

What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, January 21st, 2017

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The Stream Team: A first look at Worlds Adrift

What on earth is Worlds Adrift? Now is your chance to see; Massively OP's MJ has access to the alpha and she's bringing you along for her first look. Can she survive her first encounters? And just what exactly will she encounter? Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. as OPTV's infamous Stream Team brings you an alpha peek at...

What: Worlds Adrift
Who: Name
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Friday, January 20th, 2017

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Betawatch: The Repopulation changes hands (January 20, 2017)

The good news for fans of The Repopulation is that the game is coming back online. The bad news is... well, it's completely changed hands, with Idea Fabrik (owners of the Hero Engine) taking the game and making it their own. Will it be as good as it could have been? Will it release and be stable? We just don't know right now. But it's coming back. The owners are also starting just by bringing the alpha back online, lest you expect a whole new game out of the gate.

And there's more beta news! Oh, boy, is there ever more beta news.

And yes, there's a list, and it's just below. Did we miss something in there? Let us know down in the comments. Do you want to share your opinions on this week's beta news? Do so in the comments. Sharing feelings about betas? That's what the comment section is for, folks, don't let us stop you.

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Revelation Online offers players bonus currency for buying currency now

The third closed beta for Revelation Online is running, and you can test out the game's cash shop right now if you're in the testing. But maybe you'd like to spend some money on the game while it's testing? Aside from buying a Founder's Pack, or possibly in addition to it. Because the game wants you to spend a bit more money, and it's enticing you to do so by... giving you money.

It's a very simple promotion at the core. Spend money for cash shop currency now while the game is in beta, and you can spend it freely within the cash shop in this test phase. Since the servers will be wiped, all of that money will be refunded to you after this test, but 15% extra on top of what you would normally get. So you get the money back and more besides, which is a pretty good deal if there's stuff you already know you want to buy when the game goes live.

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Stitch together your own playable bodies in Crowfall

Do you have any qualms about playing with dead things in video games? How about playing a dead thing itself? Crowfall will offer both opportunities with its necromancy crafting profession.

"Crowfall's vision for necromancy is not the same as traditional fantasy RPGs, where you raise pets from the dead and force them to do your bidding," the team explained. "While that does sound pretty cool, necromancy in Crowfall is more about digging up desiccated body parts, restoring them, and combining them in such a way to make a playable character class."

Necromancers will assemble ingredients and harvest body parts to work on the assembly of a new "vessel" for their own or others' use. As it is the only way to jump into the skin of an archetype that has superior and customized stats than the default selection, the devs anticipate necromancy to be a profession in constant high demand.

Source: Crowfall

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Star Citizen fends off pirates (the fun kind)

One thing that's for certain in the future of interstellar expansion, and that is the assurance that plucky pirates will take their Jolly Rogers out to the stars to follow the call of treasure and conquest. So don't act surprised if you encounter one or two -- or two hundred in Star Citizen.

In the latest episode of Around the Verse, Director of Community Engagement Ben Lesnick explained how players are dealing with buccaneers in the game: "With Star Citizen Alpha 2.6 we introduced a pretty exciting new game mode called Pirate Swarm. Pirate Swarm is essentially a 'gauntlet mode' that throws you against wave after wave of enemy planes. Unlike our previous gauntlet mode, Vanduul Swarm, Pirate Swarm has a whole variety of different ships, ranging from the M50 interceptor to the Constellation multi-crew ship."

You can read the full transcript of the episode courtesy of the folks at Relay or watch it for your own bad self after the break.

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Funcom announces $29.99 price for Conan Exiles, posts 'domination' trailer

Update down at the bottom -- Funcom just announced the game will run $29.99 in early access.

If giant squid, oversized snakes, or massive automatoi are among your phobias, seriously, don't watch this Conan Exiles video. It kicks off with a bit about the critters that are planning to kill you, the awful things they're going to do to your corpse, the weapons you'll be using to fight back, and how you'll get revenge by pulling down castles and taking slaves.

"In Conan Exiles, everything is out there to get you," Lead Designer Oscar Lopez Lacalle says, "but the most dangerous enemy is other Exiles."

If you say so, Lacalle. Our money's on that Avatar of Yog and his tentacles.

The new vid and infographic are below. Conan Exiles hits early access later this month.

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Albion Online previews Royal Continent layout

Say goodbye to Albion Online's Royal Isles -- and hello to the all-new Royal Continent!

In its upcoming Galahad release, Albion Online is wiping out its old archipelago in favor for a map redesign that spans an entire continent and several biomes. "We decided to take the opportunity of the upcoming wipe to also redesign the Royal Isles. We quickly realized we could make a series of significant improvements with relatively little effort on our end, and create a far better Royal Continent without slowing down our overall game development," the team wrote.

The Royal Continent will be the starting point for all players in the game. The landmass is designed as a pie, with a metropolis hub at the center and six "slices" containing their own biomes and main cities. The end result, the devs said, is a map that offers better progression and is more space efficient.

You can take a look at the work-in-progress map after the jump!

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Revelation Online's third closed beta has begun

As promised, the third round of Revelation Online's closed beta begins in the west today.

"The third phase of testing will last until February 2 and will allow players to explore up to level 69 and prepare for new future experiences. Players can expect new high level challenges in previously available dungeons, brand-new raids, as well as new quests and events. In addition, plenty of new Player versus Player challenges have been added. Fight for dominance in the Arena or gather guild members to join in on the Faction and Territory Wars."

If you haven't managed to snag a beta key yet, access can be bought directly through the founder packs; the cheapest one is currently $17.99. Stay tuned for this weekend's streaming, as we'll have a few more keys to hand out to our viewers then.

There's a brand-new trailer, too, because of course there is. Watch below!

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Mark Kern's Em-8ER posts a new THMPR modeling video

Em-8ER, the Mark Kern-led "massive planetary wargame" shooter formerly known as (and still pronounced like) Ember, has a new video out today showing off the THMPR -- don't look at me like that -- model in Unreal Engine.

"The model you see here is being rendered in real-time in the Unreal Engine. We use a texturing/material technique called PBR or Physically Based Rendering to make materials like metal look much more realistic," the team writes in the blog post. "Now that the THMPR is modeling, we’ll need to animate it and build a background scene."

Kern is a decidedly controversial (his word) figure to MMORPG genre veterans thanks to his involvement with Firefall and the vanilla World of Warcraft community, among other internet movements. He has previously discussed his plans for this shooter, including "serial Kickstarting" and a Firefall-esque foundation that doesn't "drift over to 'WoW with guns' again." Studio Crixa has thus far raised $23,000 in the first of its planned miniature crowdfunding campaigns, exceeding its goal.

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Gigantic's Exile in the North patch and Pakko are live today

Live in Gigantic today is a patch PWE is calling the MOBA's "first major update": Exile in the North. Open beta players will get their hands on an adorable, slip-slidey new hero, Pakko, plus an array of winter gear and weapon skins.

"Exile in the North also features several gameplay and quality of life improvements, including more generous end-of-match Crown Boosts and the addition of Honor Bonuses for players who battle shorthanded to the bitter end despite teammate disconnections and drops. Hero Mastery Skins are also now available to unlock as you play and master each Hero."

Check out the patch notes, trailer, pics, infographic below!

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The Daily Grind: Which MMO is doing the worst job of pretending it's in beta?

I respect the fact that Revelation Online is in beta right now. It's closed testing and there's going to be a character wipe. I respect that a lot. That's a pretty significant difference from, say, H1Z1, which has been asking for money for quite some time now if you want to play the game and functions as a live game, but still technically squeaks into the "Early Access" wheelhouse.

Of course, it's not always cut-and-dried. Shroud of the Avatar is a game that many people point to as being functionally launched, but it's also a title that has been visibly in development and hasn't pretended otherwise at any point. It's been a little while since the game's final wipe, though, so you could argue that it really should have pushed that big red "Launch" button then rather than several months later.

And let's not get into the many, many free-to-play games which are in open testing for a year or more while claiming to be in beta, despite the lack of any sort of wipe. So what do you think, dear readers? Which MMO is doing the worst job of pretending it's in beta?

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The Stream Team: Crashing on Osiris: New Dawn for a first look

What's a good way for Massively OP's MJ to test out her death counter? By playing a survival game! And there just happens to be another new survival game in the making she's eager to check out -- Osiris: New Dawn. Can MJ stay alive long enough after crash landing on a toxic planet to make a a new ship and head back into space? Or will she have to be content with making a new life for herself on the inhospitable world? Join us live at 8:00 p.m. to learn these answers to these questions.

What: Osiris: New Dawn
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

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