The Stream Team: Happy birthday Blade & Soul!

Massively OP's MJ hasn't been in Blade & Soul in quite a while, so what better time to bounce back in than on its birthday? The game turns one year old today, and everyone is invited to partake in the festivities. TestSubject and her feline familiar Sleepyhead want to party, and MJ just can't say no to those faces. Join us live at 4:00 p.m. to get in on the fun.

What: Blade & Soul,
Who: Name
When: 4:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, January 19th, 2017

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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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Overwatch heralds the Year of the Rooster event

In a pair of short teasers, Blizzard announced its next in-game event for Overwatch: Year of the Rooster.

This Chinese New Year-themed event is kicking off next week on January 24th. "Good luck and great fortune await!" Blizzard said. The teasers showed two Chinese-themed skins for Mei and D.Va, with Mei holding red-and-gold cards that might be hinting at random "fortune" rewards.

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Guild Wars 2 has kicked off the Lunar New Year, hope you like roosters

The world is gearing up for Chinese New Year, which is technically January 28th, but that means the party is just getting started -- in China and in MMOs. As is tradition for the franchise, Guild Wars 2 is getting in on the action with so-dubbed Lunar New Year festivities and rooster loot, from minipets to backpacks.

"Every year, Tyrians gather to celebrate the Canthan tradition of Lunar New Year in Divinity’s Reach. Visit the Crown Pavilion today to play Dragon Ball, and open Divine Lucky Envelopes for treats and good fortune!"

New themed cash-shop items abound too, include a Celestial Rooster harvesting tool and new themed dye kits. Those of you watching the lockbox rotation will likewise notice the addition of a "Divine Lucky Envelope" in the seasonal item slot.

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The MOP Up: Black Desert loyalty rewards (January 15, 2017)

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!

This week, Black Desert Online started rewarding loyal players with all manner of goodies. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Guild Wars 2Overwatch, Defiance, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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DC Universe Online offers a free skip for players to CR 100

The DC Universe Online anniversary celebration is happening now, and as part of the celebration, you don't need to play DC Universe Online. Not all of it, anyhow. During the anniversary, players can log in to the game and pick a character to get advanced to CR 100, ready to jump in to tier 5 and 6 content, at absolutely no charge whatsoever. And that's just for free players; paying members can advance two characters to CR 100 right out of the gate.

You can, of course, pick one of your existing characters to bump up to CR 100 from the character select screen. You can also create a new character and skip straight to CR 100 following the character creation process. Of course, it's worth noting that once the free episode event ends, those CR 100 characters will pretty much require content that's only available via membership or separate purchase... but hey, no matter how you slice it, you get a free enormous upgrade. That's pretty cool. Check out MJ's latest look through the anniversary event just below!

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The Stream Team: DC Universe Online celebrates six years

Six years. For six years Massively OP's MJ has been able to don her Spandex and cape and help rid the streets of Gotham and Metropolis of crime. DCUO lets her enter the familiar world with iconic characters and have a blast. And what better time to jump in again than during the birthday bash? Join us live at 8:00 p.m. to help celebrate the game's sixth anniversary.

What: DC Universe Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, January 12th, 2017

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Blade & Soul teases big anniversary event update for January 18

Guess who's having a birthday this month? A lot of MMORPGs, actually, which is odd for a bleak month like January, but there it is. The one I'm talking about here is Blade & Soul, which turns one year old in the west on January 19. (It actually turns five in Korea in June, but who's counting? Oh right, we are.)

Anyway, NCsoft isn't going to let the big day slip on by without some pomp. In addition to a weapon and pet skin swapping system,

"You’ll be able to pick up a free anniversary present from the Hongmoon Store—which has lots of goodies inside, including an achievement and title only available during the event—and the 1st Anniversary Festival event begins. During the Festival you’ll be able to collect special coins throughout a wide range of content, and turn them in for unique rewards like rare consumables, and a new costume. In addition, several in-game buffs and bonuses, and a refresh of the 365-day Premium Membership—including an exclusive new costume—also join the anniversary festivities."

Reddit is aswirl with rumors of a new dungeon too. You can watch the unveiling tonight at 7 p.m. EST.

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Hi-Rez Expo 2017: SMITE's specialty adventures, Paladins' first season, and SMITE Tactics' PvE

One of best parts of attending conventions is talking with the devs. And during my trip to Hi-Rez Expo 2017, I spoke with a number of them about a variety of topics, learning more about the games as well as witnessing their contagious exuberance for their projects first-hand. I spoke with lead designers AJ Walker, Rory Newbrough, and Scott Zier about SMITE's Season 4 changes, Paladins' Season 1, and SMITE Tactics' possible PvE mode respectively. President Stew Chisam also added a tantalizing tidbit, sharing news about the upcoming addition of more limited-time adventures in SMITE. Let's dive in!

SMITE

If you enjoyed the variety of the one-off arenas Xing Tian's Mountain and Fafnir's Winter Wonderland as I did, this next announcement should make you happy: New adventures will be a regular occurrence! Did you catch when devs mentioned them in previous notes? If not, you are in good company; Chisam noted that these new events were pretty much a hidden line announcement. But he elaborated on the topic for us.

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Hi-Rez Expo 2017: The future of Global Agenda, Global Agenda 2, and SMITE

Past, present, and future. While the totality of a game studio encompasses all three aspects, we often focus on only one or two at a time. Over the last week, we heard a great deal about Hi-Rez Studios' present during Hi-Rez Expo 2017, from the tournaments (congrats to all the winners!) to what's immediately in the works for its roster of games. But there are still the two other sides to the studio to consider. And these are the sides I explored in interviews with President Stew Chisam and VP Brian Greyson. Specifically I wanted to learn if the company had plans to connect its past with its future in regards to Global Agenda. I was also curious as to what other directions the SMITE franchise might take.

Join me as we delve into the past and the future of Hi-Rez Studios, the possibility of a Global Agenda 2, and the expansion of the SMITE universe.

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Overwatch's test realm sports voice clips that hint at a relationship between Mercy and Genji

A new game mode has been added to Overwatch, and it's called Sinking Ships. The first round was when Blizzard established Tracer's relationship status with someone who heretofore had not been introduced, thus sinking both the popular "Tracer x Widowmaker" and "Tracer is my waifu" ships in one shot. Now the dataminers have pulled out a series of dirty, lying voice clips suggesting that Mercy and Genji are also in a relationship.

This is obviously fake, since everyone knows that Mercy and Pharah are dating, which means that these clips must be the start of an ARG even more elaborate than Sombra's.

You can listen to the actual voice clips, which make up a three-part exchange; Genji seeks chocolates for Mercy, whom he calls by her real name rather than her codename. Obviously, this can be seen as a hint at a deeper relationship or just a platonic exchange between two close friends; it's up to the listener to make the call on that. (But the correct call is that this is a pack of lies.)

Source: Polygon

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The MOP Up: A marriage forged in hell (January 8, 2017)

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!

This week, we read the heartwarming story of a couple that found love in Diablo III, of all places. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Black DesertLord of the Rings OnlinePath of Exile, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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ArcheAge Q&A covers fresh start servers and its future roadmap

ArcheAge players have no shortage of questions about the game these days, particularly post-Revelation. To answer some of these, Trion Worlds took to the forums for a large community Q&A session that tackled the new servers, upcoming changes, and other concerns.

Trion said that it's holding off on opening an additional fresh start server out of a fear that it would be a wasteland in coming months. The studio said that the two shards should be able to handle the current demand: "In regards to tech issues, it's important to distinguish that the problems players are reporting are not coming from anything related to server hardware. The 600% increase is well within what the server hardware is expected to perform with. But we see server stress in the high population of zones during events, hero calls, and the massive new housing zones that put additional stress on the amount of instances running at once that was not there prior to 3.0. We've improved it over the last three weeks, but it's not fully there yet."

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