I’m already old and bitter when it comes to survival games. I’ve killed zombies, dinosaurs, infected bears, maybe even infected dinosaurs, and people. Lots of people. Even for food, and I don’t mean apples. I’ve been been forced to hand over my clothes in the freezing cold, drowned myself to escape imprisonment, and endured beaches full of dead, starved naked men on a PvE server that was unable to provide food for its citizens. It’s been the worst parts of The Walking Dead when I’ve been looking for the “It’s going to be OK!” moments. All this during what’s largely proven to be an unending “Early Access” period.
To say I’m critical of the survival genre at this point may be an understatement. By all accounts, someone might think I hate them, and they’d be half right. I hate most of what I’ve played. There’s cool stuff, but it’s like finding a $1 bill in what you hope was a pool of mud. It’s cool, but not really something you want to do a lot of. You mostly want the good stuff. Frostkeep’s upcoming survival MMO, Rend… well, it’s hard to not get excited, but my time talking to the developers actually gave me some faith for the future.
Don’t twiddle your thumbs and sigh with impatience that Defiance 2050 hasn’t arrived yet; get active in Defiance right now, thanks to its Armistice event.
Armistice is actually four events in one, running from now through April 9th. Players can engage in Hulker Hell, Neo Votanis Freebooters, New Frontier Harvest, and Outbreak activities while earning purified gulanite (that sounds important) from Arkfall drops. There are also a few new pursuits to, er, pursue.
Even better, Trion Worlds is handing out a seven-day patron pass for anyone who logs into the game between April 2nd and 9th. That should keep you busy for a couple of weeks, at least!
My kid has been pestering me about Super Adventure Box for months now, and finally I’ll be able to tell him just when the April Fools’ Day gag will return to Guild Wars 2
: March 29th. That’s according to ArenaNet’s brief little posting
on the official site today.
“As always, the festival will center around the edutainment Super Adventure Box from Moto, and what awaits players inside. Anyone who ventures into the Super Adventure Box will test their mettle against fearsome foes and perplexing puzzles in pursuit of shiny baubles. Take up your trusty, pointy stick and join us in Creator’s Commons of Rata Sum on March 29 to venture back into Tyria’s most beloved simulation.”
SAB runs through April 19th, but it’s not the only content on the calendar, of course; the studio also notes that season 11 for the PvP League will run from April 3rd to May 29th. And the promised balance update will come out a few days before all that on March 27th.
If you’ve played Final Fantasy XI through any given Easter event, you probably have a vivid memory of hearing people shout for various eggs with letters on them, from character initials to more of the same sort of egg to other endless requests for a given egg. You also remember having to hunt down normal eggs to get letters on them, then looking for more eggs, then trading for eggs, and… well, you get the idea. And if the formula isn’t broken, why fix it?
Yes, it’s time to start shouting in the cities about how you desperately need a J Egg once again. Players have three “normal” categories for the egg event with the first three letters of their character names, an alphabetical sequence starting with their characters’ first initials, or just seven of the same egg type. There are also three more hidden words to spell, albeit ones that are only hinted at. If you think you can find the solution and you really like spelling words with eggs, the event runs from March 27th to April 9th.
Perhaps one of the most amazing MMORPG emulator projects is one that has flown under the radar of the larger community. Following the shutdown of Disney’s Toontown Online in 2013, the community relaunched the game as Toontown Rewritten. Instead of wallowing in obscurity, the emulator has flourished with a vibrant community and regular updates.
It’s been so successful, in fact, that the dev team has held player conventions for years now. The next ToonFest is coming up at July’s ReplayFX Arcade and Gaming Festival in Pittsburgh, PA. It’s here that fans will gather together to meet with the developers, hear update announcements, and attend panels with the team.
“I still believe that one way or another, Toontown’s going to hang in there and have that long, long life,” said Schell Games CEO Jesse Schell.
Curious about Toontown Online and why it’s inspired such devotion? Read up on this title in our Game Archaeologist column!
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 Mu Ignition, Lineage 2 Revolution, Revelation Online, Earthfall, Legacy of Atlantis, DC Unchained, Soul Ark, Battle Carnival, World of Warcraft, Old School RuneScape, Aion, War Thunder, Artifact, Pokemon Go, The Black Death, Astroneer, EVE Online, Phantom Halls, MU Online, and Heroes of Newerth, all waiting for you after the break!
There are MMOs that have been around a while, and then there is EverQuest. It’s so old school it is old enough to be out of school! Yup, EQ turned 19 years old yesterday. That’s 19 years of the iconic music, 19 years of Qeynos, and 19 years of Fippy trying to storm that gate! So much has happened in Norrath between March 16th, 1999, and March 16th, 2018 – more than one single restrospective could cover. So we’ll just look at a single year!
As is tradition, I’ve sat back and looked over the previous year, remembering the highlights and goings on of the game. How did the 19th year play out for one of the oldest MMOs? Sadly, this year was of the leaner variety; not much happened across Norrath. You wouldn’t know that by all the anniversary offerings, though! Take a stroll down the cobbled lane of memories, but don’t get lost in the nostalgia; there are oodles of anniversary quests to fill your schedule with during the celebration, going on now through Thursday, May 10th, 2018.
Feeling lucky? You just may after jumping into World of Tanks
this weekend. The multiplayer tank battler is throwing a St. Patrick’s Day event
through March 19th with a special “Luck of the Irish” op that pays out in free war chests for every 10 victories. Players can also slap leprechaun and pots o’ gold emblems on their vehicles for a limited time.
March brings many other delightful surprises to World of Tanks, including the Irish Banshee Comet tank, the related Mad Banshee op, and the global Tank Madness competition.
Get your first look at the Banshee Comet after the break!
What do you give a game that is turning 19? Massively OP’s MJ is not sure, but she’s not about to miss EverQuest’s birthday party! Whether or not she can find all the new anniversary quests is another matter, but there is always the anniversary Brasse Dwarf to hang out and drink with. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. to join the celebration with us.
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, March 16th, 2018
Can you believe that Runes of Magic has been operating for nine years now? That’s a long time. Like… well, like nine years, actually. The important thing is that it’s been running for a while, and you can reap the benefits for the anniversary. For one thing, you can take part in a screenshot competition with your guild; the three best submissions of anniversary parties within each game region will be rewarded with a variety of useful items.
Of course, you can also be rewarded with useful items just for logging in; a new present will wind up in the mailbox of the first character you log in with from March 16th to March 19th. There’s also a 200% boost to quest experience, a 200% boost to drop rates, and a whopping 500% boost to talent points from combat. So after nine years, you’ll be getting a big dose of progress improvement in a short span of time. Get in there and start celebrating.
Usually the sight of a fat, treasure-laden chest is a source of joy for Dungeons and Dragons Online
players. It’s where most of the game’s loot is found, as mobs don’t drop items, and usually everyone goes out of their way to find them in dungeons.
For the next week, mimics — creatures that look like treasure chests but are in fact incredibly hungry monsters — have invaded the game and insinuated themselves into dungeons to surprise the unwary adventurer. Once defeated, mimics pay out the normal loot along with a special token that can be redeemed for rewards.
Don’t like the whole mimic hunt event? Players can get sprayed with repellent (seriously) that will disable mimics on sight and opt them out of the fun. The event is running for a short time, only through March 21st.
. Thanks DDOCentral!
anniversary event, Carnival
, is now raging across the game’s live servers — but not on the new Prime progression server. While the latter does have a vendor that sells some Carnival items for void stones, the team has decided not to bring the event to Prime “in keeping with the early days of RIFT
But for those on the other servers, Carnival offers plenty of fun games, activities, and rewards, including the new pegasus pet Celeste, more masks, weapon runes, a raid tier 2 earring, and the 7th anniversary cape. If you are looking for a festival guilde, Rift Gate has one that’s only two years out of date. Carnival will last through April 5th.
The RIFT team is also taking a look at the latest PvP warfront to be added to the game, Tenebrean Prison. You can check it out on the live servers or by watching today’s developer livestream.
When 19 years old you turn, reason for throwing a lavish party for yourself you will have.
As of tomorrow, EverQuest will turn 19 years old, having launched on that date back in 1999. Daybreak is going all-out with the game’s celebration, rolling out new anniversary content as well as reprising previous years’ over the next two months.
There are four new anniversary missions to complete and a special mount to chase. Players will also enjoy 1.5x bonus experience for the remainder of March.
Daybreak is rolling out a new progression server to “relive the game’s earliest days.” The Coirnav server is going live on Friday, March 16th, and will function as a single-account server in a similar manner to Phinigel. Expansions will unlock every 12 weeks starting on June 6th.
Get into the spirit of EverQuest’s birthday with the original 1999 launch trailer below!