Almost five years ago, the City of Heroes servers shut down for the last time, as thousands of online superheroes (and supervillains!) were unmoored from their favorite MMORPG and set adrift. Most of those gamers are still around, however, and have since found their way back to Paragon Chat: a player-hosted version of the game that allows players to log into the game, roll and costume characters, travel to zones, play with movement powers, and chat. It doesn’t, however, include actual combat or questing, which is probably what’s kept NCsoft’s lawyers away from it.
In fact, Paragon Chat will next month play host to an in-game (in-chat?) event to honor the sunset of five years ago, bringing together anyone who wants to memorialize the community. The so-called “Shutdown Vigil,” hosted by Titan Network’s Hero Event Resource Committee, will take place on November 30th, and really all you need to bring is yourself. And maybe a torch.
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. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!
Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from World of Tanks, Starfall Tactics, Mu Legend, Overwatch, FFXIV, EVE Online, Mu Online, Wakfu, Path of Exile, Aion, Warface, MechWarrior Online, Elder Scrolls Online, Revelation Online, Arena of Valor, Paladins, Conquer Online, Portal Knights, Elite: Dangerous, and Dauntless, all waiting for you after the break!
As Secret Worlds Legends’ Samhain 2017 is in full swing and Funcom has released Hide and Shriek as a free title, there’s a lot of (excuse the pun) buzz swirling about the community this week. Fortunately, it’s not too tough to stay on top of it, thanks to the latest info roundup by the studio.
Funcom recapped a lot of what is going on lately, including the Halloween event, the small patch from this past week, and teased a small surprise that is coming soon. Players are widely speculating that this is a new system that allows tanks and healers to store and equip a second set of DPS gear.
And while players wait for new content later this year, at least there is a “major” quality-of-life update scheduled for November: “Topics include Elementalism, the aforementioned tease, and other oft-requested improvements. Details are still being finalized, but we really want to make sure y’all know you’re seen and heard on a lot of topics such as gearing, how the game teaches you concepts, drops, itemization, and other features we’d like to squeeze in.”
Halloween is all about the treats, and Black Desert’s
event promises lots of treats! Massively OP’s MJ is going to take on the daily challenges with her Valkyrie to net herself some holiday-themed coin, candy basket, and cookie rewards. She also wants to wander about and take in the spooky decorations. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. for more Halloween celebrating in…
What: Black Desert
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, October 20th, 2017
We may roll our eyes at H1Z1’s flip-flopping on names, gameplay splits, and apparent inability to actually launch, but there’s no doubt Daybreak is still putting money and effort into the game’s competitive community. This weekend’s H1Z1 Invitational, whose challenger qualifiers kick off at TwitchCon just as this piece goes live, will be followed by three more legs of the multi-part tourney all weekend. The kicker is the $500,000 prize pool, split over three tiers of play.
“The most watched event at TwitchCon since its debut in 2015 has returned bigger than ever with an overall prize pool of $500,000 and three action-packed tournaments. In anticipation of one of competitive gaming’s biggest showdowns, Daybreak has updated H1Z1’s look, simplifying both the in-game menus and the name. Moving forward, the game will be simply referred to as H1Z1.“
We’re including the trailer (which is actually not as lame as you’d think) and the embed if you wanna watch along at home!
Hello Samhain my old friend! It’s so good to see you again. It’s been such a long year, and so much has… wait, where is the rest of you?!
Break out your pumpkin masks and vampire fangs: Samhain has started! My favorite time of the year has arrived in my favorite game. It’s a bit of a mixed good news/bad news thing, however. With the conversion to Secret World Legends, I didn’t doubt that the Halloween festival would take place this year, but I was unsure whether we could get new content for the holiday. After all, much had to be reworked for the relaunch, and some things would likely need to be (and were!) reworked on the various Samhain missions. What I didn’t quite expect was not getting all the previous content!
Still, it is Samhain, so amid my disappointment over what is missing, I am glad over what we do have. I am happy new folks can get a small taste of Halloween in SWL (even as I mourn what a tiny taste it is). And I can definitely appreciate that this taste was made more readily available to everyone in game, allowing all the chance to fully participate. And participate you should! Samhain is here for only a limited time, so jump in and enjoy it before it poofs into the night on October 31st. Without getting too spoiler-y with step-by-step instructions, I hereby present a look at this year’s event, the first ever for SWL.
If you could gather up teenage angst and a childhood twisted by mad science, what would it look like? A better question might be, what would it play like?
We are all gonna find out because Master X Master has added a new playable character to the game called Xero. A natural born trickster, Xero uses his innate talents and some holographic assistance to mess enemies up on the battlefield. Plus, he just oozes rebellion, and you know you want to help him work through it.
In addition to Xero, Update 1.4 turns on MXM’s Halloween content for the first time. This includes daily rewards, special skins, a new game mode, and a re-themed Dredgion. The new mode, by the way, is called Hardpoint Capture: “Hardpoint Capture is a new 4v4 PvP arena, where attack, defense, and a lot of teamwork is crucial to capturing and keeping each point. Show off your skills and earn gold, XP, and Medals in our competitive 4v4 combat scene — available from October 18 to November 15, and accessible 24/7 during that time.”
Hey, you. Yeah, you, dude leeching candy from the bucket you bought “for the neighborhood kids.” And you, lady still trying to decide between “Princess Leia” and “lazy zombie” for your costume (go Leia, duh). Put all that aside and get into some MMOs instead! Halloween is only one night in real life, but in MMORPGs, it goes on for days or even weeks. Some studios will probably even forget to turn it off! Others will let you run around with a flaming pumpkin head mask for all eternity!
Here’s what we’re looking at this year for Halloween across the MMORPG verse.
Citadel: Forged With Fire is one of many MMOs and survival sandboxes sitting in beta or early access but still pushing out some sort of Halloween content, which ought to tell you just how important the holiday is to the genre. This week, Blue Isle drenched the gameworld in fog, spider webs, dead trees, and a bloodmoon, but there’s more too for builders and minigamers:
Costumes and Masks: Outfit your player for the holiday… Choose from pumpkin or ghost masks, a bed sheet ghost costume, helmets, a flaming pumpkin head and more!
Tombstone Props: Get graveyard props to use when building.
New Building Pieces: Trap doors, spike pits, acid pools and more! These items will stay in game forever.
Trick or Treat: Candy and costumes will be hidden in chests found at enemy camps and caves, trick or treat you enemies for a delightful treat!
Check out the spooky Halloween trailer below, and keep an eye out for our big Halloween guide still on the way!
Recent Pokemon Go updates had been hinting at something big, and now finally we’ve got an official announcement from the team, and it’s big. Not, “another Pikachu with a hat” big (though we have another of those), but big enough that it could tempt people into returning to or starting the game.
Halloween and Generation 3+
Starting October 20 at noon PDT, players will be able to get double candy from walking/catching/hatching/transferring Pokemon, hatch/catch a Halloween inspired Pikachu, and get special store deals. Unlike other deals in the past, though, this one is offering super incubators (which help you hatch eggs faster) and raid passes, the game’s biggest money-makers. What kind discount remains to be seen, but the company’s been better about these packages since its anniversary failure.
Costumes are not just for Halloween in DCU
O, but that doesn’t mean the superhero game doesn’t celebrate the holiday! The Witching Hour has returned full blast and Massively OP’s MJ is in partaking in the festivities. There is also a special treat bag for everyone who logs in before October 31st containing:
- 25 Spooky Bites (the Witching Hour’s event currency)
- Orange Vapor Aura
- Cat Scratching Post (base item)
- Spooky Decorations Box (with 13 new base items that consuming grants you a new 4-star feat, “Bat Got Your Tongue”)
To grab yours, just claim it in the redeem store window, then tune in live at 1:00 p.m. for some super spooky fun.
What: DC Universe Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 1:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, October 19th, 2017
Massively OP’s MJ had always looked forward to Halloween in The Secret World
more than any other game, and Secret World Legends
is no different! Samhain 2017 starts today, and she’s eager to dive in and celebrate the two best things that go great together. Sadly, it looks like much of the known celebration from previous is missing, so join us at live at 9:00 p.m. to see what’s still available in the SWL
version of Samhain. As always: Spoilers ahead!
What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, October 18th, 2017
Do… do we even need to follow up that headline with anything substantial in this space? Oh, my editor is telling me that I do. Very well then.
Hallow’s End has returned to World of Warcraft for another spell, bringing with it the usual accoutrements such as weird pumpkins, the Headless Horseman, and plenty of free treats for all. However, there are a few new toys that players can purchase with their Halloween candy, such as a Naxxy pet and a two-piece horse costume for those who have always dreamed of the day that they would literally become a horse’s ass.
If cool-looking hats are your bag, then head over to Val’sharah for the Hag of the Crooked Tree questline. Better do it quick, because this festival will be over on November 1st.