Today is the second-to-last day to hunt beast’r eggs in EverQuest II, and Massively OP’s MJ really wants one of these cute little cosmetic pets! Who wouldn’t want a cracked egg with malevolent little eyes peeking out following you around? So she’s going to scour Norrath trying to find herself one. She’s not even too particular about the color. Join us live at 3:00 p.m. for the holiday hunt.
What: EverQuest II
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
For a few days each year, hundreds of EVE Online
players from across the world flock to a frozen volcanic rock at the top of the world for the annual EVE Fanfest. I was on the ground at EVE Fanfest 2017
last week in
Reykjavik to get the latest on what’s ahead for EVE
and CCP’s other titles, and it was a thoroughly enlightening experience. We learned all about CCP’s amazing plans
to roll out adaptive AI-driven PvE across the game world, talked to players and developers, and heard about the next stage of Project Discovery
that will let players search for real exoplanets in space.
We also got hands-on with CCP’s immersive VR sport game Sparc, looked at Valkyrie‘s new Groundrush game mode that has players fighting inside huge structures on a planet’s surface, and confirmed that DUST 514 successor Project Nova is still in development. There were talks at Fanfest that we just didn’t get a chance to go to, and others that really have to be seen first-hand. Thankfully, CCP has recorded most of the event and has begun uploading talks to the EVE Online YouTube channel.
In this edition of EVE Evolved, I’ll be running down some of the highlights of the official videos from EVE Fanfest 2017 for those who missed the event.
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 Heroes Evolved, Dungeon Fighter 2, Splatoon 2, Overwatch, Heroes and Generals, Aion, Neverwinter, Elsword, Guild Wars 2, CS:GO, and MU Online, all waiting for you after the break!
If there are unicorns in ARK, why can’t there be Easter Bunnies? Even if Studio WildCard doesn’t roll out a holiday event this weekend in time for Easter, Massively OP’s MJ is going to have one. And by golly, there will be bunny ears for all! There will be a goody hunt as well. Join us live at 2:00 p.m. for a hopping good time. Maybe the bunny dodos will make an appearance.
What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 15th, 2017
The launch of Commanders 2.3 earlier this week must seem like the perfect time for Frontier to reprise its CTRL+ALT+SPACE competition because that’s exactly what the Elite Dangerous team is up to. The 2015 event asked players to create short films revolving around the game, to be judged by a panel from the studio based on “creativity, originality, ingenuity and we will be paying close attention to editing, narrative, and scene composition.” So will this one.
“Create a short film (no more than 4 minutes) in a theme of your choosing using the Camera Suite. This theme could be a short story, a trailer, or anything else you wish,” says Frontier. “We’re looking to be dazzled so whether you decide to create a trailer or a short film, the idea should be clear in your head and conveyed through your video.”
You have until May 9th (changed from the original plan for May 2nd) to get your submissions in. The top 10 submitters walk away with a bunch of nice prizes, though the best are reserved for #1; the top pick will take home in-game rewards along with a video capture card, headset, keyboard, and gaming mousepad.
It’s almost Easter, and that means it’s time for egg hunts! Black Desert
is celebrating the season with a Golden Flondor Goose Egg Event. Massively OP’s MJ needs to collect a number of eggs to be sure she can trade them in for new fun housing decorations. She’s also pretty keen on finding this crazy goose. Tune in live at 3:00 p.m. for an egg-cellent adventure.
What: Black Desert
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 14th, 2017
If there’s one thing that has always been associated with the Warhammer franchise, it’s the terrible and overwhelming crusades that its greenskins occasionally unleash. Eternal Crusade is in the midst of one of these right now, offering players an opportunity to experience a waaagh! up close and personal.
From now through April 23rd, players can take part in a new Ork campaign called “A New Waaagh!” Participants should be forewarned that it will most likely be loud and chaotic, because that’s just the way that the bloodthirsty Orks like it.
Players can follow the progress of the campaign over the next week, and when it concludes there might just be a reward waiting for all of those who survived.
In case you’ve somehow forgotten that Black Desert
(inarguably one of the prettiest MMORPGs on the market and the winner of our MMO of the 2016 award
)– is going to get even prettier later this year, Kakao
has a new trailer
out this week to remind you. The 33-second spot is part of the studio’s campaign to get people into the game and playing with the game’s seven-day free trial. “Make friends,” the “Friends” trailer suggests. Hotpants tease sold separately!
Bunnies and eggs! Flowers and grass! Lots and lots of chocolate as we hoard every Cadbury thing we can find! (Or maybe that’s just me?) Yep, Easter is this weekend, making it a convenient time for MMOs to shower us in stuff to keep us indoors and playing instead of outside marveling in the end of winter. We’ve collected a few of those events down below!
A research team from the University of Wisconsin–Madison has a paper out this month purporting to show that Pokemon Go play essentially makes people happier, or more specifically, is associated with being happy. Having surveyed 399 US adults last summer, the team concludes that playing the game “was associated with various positive responses (increased positive affect, nostalgic reverie, friendship formation, friendship intensification, and walking), most of which predicted enhanced well-being” and that “two indirect effects of gameplay were moderated by social anxiety.”
According to the University, the researchers asked
“questions about [subjects’] emotional and social lives and levels of physical activity before segueing into Pokemon. More than 40 percent of their respondents turned out to be Pokemon Go players, and those people were more likely to be exercising — walking briskly, at least — and more likely to be experiencing positive emotions and nostalgia. […] They were also more social. Players were more likely than nonplayers to be making new friends and deepening old friendships.”
As promised, the popular Dark Knight class has awakened in Black Desert with today’s weekly update. “Her awakening weapon, named ‘Vediant’ is a set of phantom blades that are magically summoned in different sizes and grants the Dark Knight special life draining powers as well as powerful ranged offensive abilitie,” Kakao writes. “With her Vediant, she can dazzle her enemies by swiftly dashing through the battlefield while freely delivering powerful melee and ranged AoE attacks. Skillful players can replenish mana, and deal bonus damage by carefully chaining attacks and skills.”
Today’s patch also showers the game world in tulips and cherry blossoms as part of the spring event and kicks off the “Golden Flondor Goose Egg Event.”
Black Desert fans should make sure to take a peek at our ongoing Choose My Adventure series, which this month features a deep-dive of BDO, as well as last weekend’s massive infodump on the upcoming Striker class and Kamasylvia content.
Saddle up, cupcake, because you’re about to experience the fast lane in WildStar!
Carbine announced yesterday that is has another Double XP X-Plosion event coming up this weekend. From April 14th through the 17th, players will earn double XP from all sources if they’re still leveling up or double elder gems if they’re at level 50. The studio notes that the event stacks with other bonuses, including the subscription.
“We recommend maximizing Protostar’s very generous Double XP X-Plosion! by tackling adventures, expeditions, and dungeons, which you can queue for by using the content finder,” the studio advised.
Today’s EVE Online
is a far cry from the empty but hopeful sandbox released back in 2003, having constantly re-invented itself for over 14 years and put together some incredibly ambitious visions for the future. Executive Producer Andie “CCP Seagull” Nordgren
shared one of these visions in her Fanfest keynote speech four years ago
, laying out the long-term goal of having players build their own stargates, explore deep space and colonise previously undiscovered star systems. This trajectory has brought us Citadels, Engineering Complexes, and soon Upwell Refineries, but it isn’t the only plan for evolving EVE
and it may not even be the most impressive one.
Last year we heard from CCP Burger and CCP Affinity on some amazing advances that had been made in NPC AI for the powerful roaming Drifter ships, and broad plans to integrate parts of that more widely into the game, possibly even creating something CCP Burger called “PvPvE.” We got our first taste of the end result after EVE Vegas 2016 when NPC mining operations began appearing in certain star systems and mimicking the activity of real player mining ops — They had mining barges hoovering up rocks in the belts, haulers picking up the ore, and even combat ships using PvP setups and strategies modelled on real players that would chase attackers around the star system. This first iteration of the feature was impressive, but at EVE Fanfest 2017 we discovered that an even more incredible future awaits EVE players.
Read on for a breakdown of the next stage in EVE‘s PvE gameplay and an interview with CCP Seagull on how this feature will be rolled out over high-security space and beyond.