Did you think that EVE: Valkyrie had been out for a whole year? Before you saw the headline, that is. Actually, perhaps you did anyway, perhaps the game is one of your favorite titles. If that's the case, you'll be happy to know that its first anniversary celebration offers doubled experience for every player for each mission flown for an entire week.
The event ends on April 4th, but you should have time to fly plenty of missions between now and then. Whether it's a welcome addition to a game you still play regularly or an excuse to dust off a VR headset and play once more will depend on your personal preferences.
Over on the ArcheAge
Reddit, people are grumpy. No, stay with me; they might have a point here. Trion kicked off an odd sort of promotion Monday
in which players can purchase APEX packs and get pretty big additional APEX bonuses for doing so, which players suggest has never happened before, not even when the currency (which is traded in-game as well) was inflated.
What's made them grumpy is the note at the bottom of the sale that tells people to "act fast" because "this bonus could disappear at any time." Redditors suggest is part of a quarterly financial push -- do you agree?
In less puzzling news, ArcheAge is beginning the Gweonid Forest Lantern Festival today and running through April 19th, complete with daily quests and prizes.
If you were holding out hope that this year's edition of Guild Wars 2's Super Adventure Box would come with loads of new content... better let go that hope.
The patch notes released yesterday reaffirm that the Super Adventure Festival will begin on Thursday, but there's no mention of World 3, which honestly does comport with ArenaNet's longstanding assertions that it was unlikely to expand it further, at least this year, as they're working on a not-so-secret expansion.
However, if you were hoping for a new round of holographic skins, that seems assured, as the patch notes (and datamining alike) confirm the new Crimson Assassin set (they're red). It also looks like there's a fresh reward track for SAB as well as new cash shop buyables, including a new music box.
The rest of the patch is a motley assortment of bug fixes, the return of Basket Brawl, tweaks for SAB, tweaks for fractals, some new crafting mats, and the updated lockbox.
Last time, Massively OP's MJ had to cut her EverQuest anniversary bar-hopping short when she didn't have the right booze. Luckily, the anniversary events are still in full swing, so she's able to restart the infamous Pub Crawl. Will she be able to complete the quest this time, or will she be too tipsy and get turned around and end up somewhere completely different? (Our bet is she stumbles into a dungeon!) Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. as MJ tries to slosh and stumble her way through Norrath.
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
ZeniMax has put out a fresh Elder Scrolls Online Morrowind video this morning, this time showcasing the PAX East reception for its battleground content and new Warden class. "Lucky players went head-to-head in Battlegrounds, fighting for supremacy in 4v4v4 showdowns using devastating new ice spells, tossing enemies into the searing lava of Red Mountain, and battling massive War Bears, which tore apart anything and anyone who dared attack their Warden masters," gushes the studio.
It's a little cheesy, admittedly, with carefully cut clips of journalists and players, but there are a few familiar faces, including prominent Skyrim vlogger "Grandma" Shirley Curry, whom everyone should be watching.
Morrowind took home our "most anticipated" award at this year's PAX, and our ESO columnist Larry Everett has since deep-dived the battlegrounds in particular, raising concerns about their impact on the future of the game's PvP. Check out the new trailer below!
Spring is just around the corner, bringing with it a desire for most people to head outside to enjoy fresh air. Or you could stay inside, which is clearly the direction Final Fantasy XI is hoping for with its assortment of bonus campaigns starting on April 11th. They're all going to be familiar to long-time players, but they're also all the sorts of campaigns that the game frequently runs, where doing various activities gets you more rewards for the same effort.
More seals will drop, more Mweya Plasm will drop in Delves, more silt will come from Geas Fate content, and so forth. Players can also activate the special Adoulin reward dial for the Goblin Mystery Box, get additional personal loot from Geas Fate, and get more rewards from digging with a chocobo (including in areas where chocobos have only recently been added as mounts). The campaigns will start on April 11th and run until April 30th, so there's plenty of time for dedicated players to rack up plenty of extra rewards.
As soon as Hearthstone
players start trampling through Un'goro Crater (metaphorically), the Year of the Kraken will end. It'll be time for the Year of the Mammoth
, and that means it's time for a new event with some mammoth (metaphorical) rewards. It all starts with the Mammoth Brawls, which reward players with a pack of cards upon victory; the first one was back on March 15th, but the next is coming up on March 29th.
Of course, maybe you're not very good at the Tavern Brawl format, and that's all right. You can also get rewards from the game just for logging in, from March 29th to April 5th. Logging in on the last day will give you a gold Volcanosaur card, which is a real mammoth challenge in battle (once again, that's metaphorical; it isn't actually a mammoth). So get ready to log on daily and start trumpeting about all of the cool stuff in the crater. (Also, that's probably metaphorical, although you can probably play a trumpet about it if you really want to.)
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 have stories and videos from Destiny, Eternal Crusade, Elder Scrolls Legends, Hearthstone, Pokemon Go, MU Legend, Lineage II, ARK, Ultima Online, Sword of Shadows, Ghost Recon Wildlands, Ragnarok Online, Heroes and Generals, Elsword, and Dota 2, all waiting for you after the break!
Spring is in bloom, love is in the air, and boots are primed for stompin' some major shrew butt.
Yes, it's once again time for Lord of the Rings Online's Spring Festival, which began Thursday and runs through April 2nd. During the festival, players can participate in traditional activities such as shrew stomping, pub crawling, and navigating the towering hedge maze.
There are a few new rewards in store for veterans of the holiday, including a pair of kites and a very attractive steed. There's a quick overview of the Spring Festival on the site, although if you want the full run-down, you should head over to LOTRO Wiki for the full walkthrough.
Happy fourth birthday, Warframe
! It may not be a traditional MMORPG, but it's still one of those rare online MMOs that's actually doing better several years in
than it was at launch: Digital Extremes
is touting 30 million registered users. Actually almost 31 million! (That's up about five million just since the end of last year
To celebrate the occasion, the studio is rolling out the Octavia's Anthem update, complete with a new warframe, cosmetic outfit capture tools, new weapons, and the new music-themed questline:
"Octavia's Anthem has Warframe players journeying through an original, lore-driven quest in search of the musically enchanted Octavia Warframe. Along with Octavia comes the introduction of a simple-to-use musical instrument that enables players to compose original songs and synchronize them to their weapons to rhythmically dominate the enemy. Music isn't just a tool of destruction in this update -- players can create musical arrangements in cooperation with other Tenno and trade songs. For story buffs and lore fans, a newly written web comic, entitled What Remains, explores material well in advance of Octavia's Anthem."
Got your tix for EVE Online's
EVE Fanfest 2017? Ready to set aside your in-game enmity and play nice with your fellow gamers for a few days -- or not, depending on what sort of corp you're in? Decided cowering in your house watching streams is the wiser choice?
Good news for you then no matter which way you roll: CCP has released a detailed blog post today laying out the structure of this year's event. Expect the usual round of keynotes, panels, debates, and player presentations, plus beer, a check-in with the Project Discovery scientists, a 2v2 single elimination tourney, more beer, tours for people who got dragged along and want to see Iceland's beauty, and beer. But the best bit looks to be a genuinely cool live-action game called The YC119 Kyonoke Inquest:
Remember how Blizzard told us that it just wasn't going to implement its Diablo III season campaigns for the game's console versions? A year later and it seems that either the studio had a change of heart or its technical wizards figured out how to make it happen because console seasons are about to kick off at the end of this month.
On March 31st, both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will enjoy their very first seasonal journey in the game, offering players an opportunity to level up new characters to pursue special challenges. Players can either create a brand-new character from scratch for the season or choose to "rebirth" an existing character back to level 1 for the duration of the event.
continues its third birthday celebrations
, it's running multiple sales and bonus events in-game. Out of game, it's produced an inexplicably weird dance-off video and an infographic to brag up the game's stats.
Of note, players have counted over 247 million hours played in the last year alone -- and mage roles are by far the most popular (it's not even close!). And never let anyone tell you MOBAs are doomed to be short popcorn games; Hi-Rez says the longest conquest match ran 3 and a half hours.
A bonus slice of cake goes out to the two players -- only two! -- who've managed to achieve diamond mastery on every single god. I just counted: That's 86 characters maxed out.
Check 'em both out below. Especially that video, because what?