Touting proudly (and weirdly) that SMITE
is almost out of its "toddler years," Hi-Rez Studios
is throwing a week of celebration for the MOBA's third birthday
. Starting tomorrow and running through March 27th, SMITE
will boast ongoing and daily events to mark this occasion.
For the full week, SMITE is activating double login bonuses and handing out a birthday global emote to any player that gets a single win during the promotion. There's also a schedule posted of daily sales and giveaways that include free gems, a free enigma chest, and triple worshipers. The studio is also planning to run another community skin contest, starting tomorrow.
Hi-Rez recently put development of mobile spin-off SMITE Rivals on indefinite hold in favor of focusing more on a different spin-off, SMITE Tactics.
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 Pokemon Go, Conan Exiles, Warframe, Crash Force, Heroes of the Storm, Armored Warfare, Elder Scrolls Online, TERA, Avabel Online, Overwatch, Aion, Glory Ridge, Dragon Nest, all waiting for you after the break!
Did you realize before you saw this headline that the granddaddy of all graphical MMORPGs is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year? Yes, we are all that old, but it's not necessarily a bad thing.
This week's Ultima Online newsletter is short but packs a punch. The team reports that it has loaded Publish 97 onto the test servers with a huge focus on animal taming and pets. There are a ton of new pets to gather, including dinos, beetles, and dragon wolves.
The Ultima Online team is planning a 20th anniversary celebration in meatspace this September in Virginia, but if you can't make it, there's plenty of in-game surprises coming too.
Producer Bonnie Armstrong teased what's coming later this year: "We are starting the planning stage for Publish 98 that includes a 20th Anniversary Event arc, Halloween, and Anniversary rewards [...] One small teaser I will announce is one of the new items we are offering for the 20th Anniversary -- a jewelry box!"
Massively OP's MJ was quite excited when she first learned that ARK would have jousting. And now, thanks to the awesome ideas and teamwork of many, MoPark is ready for its first ever jousting tournament! This is en event you definitely don't want to miss (even if just to see the amazing list!), so join us live at 2:00 p.m. to see who comes out on top and who gets knocked on their back.
What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 18th, 2017
Last night's stream was aborted thanks to Twitch's issues, so we're giving it another go tonight at 9 p.m. EDT!
It's happened: EverQuest has left childhood behind. The fantasy MMO turned 18 years old today and finally enters adulthood. And what do you do as an adult? Well you party, of course! There are plenty of anniversary activities to partake in -- including pub crawls and drunken gnome racing -- and Massively OP's MJ is diving right into the thick of things. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. to take part in the celebration with her.
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on
Thursday, March 16th, Friday, March 17th, 2017
We've finished rolling out all of our PAX East content this year, and we've put our MMORPG-addled noggins together to try to choose our favorites out of what we got to see in person and from afar. Read on, then vote for your own best-in-show!
Happy St Patrick's Day, everyone! This particular holiday isn't the best for sales, for dumb jokes, or for deep events, but the MMORPG genre has a little bit of all three. We've rounded up what we could find to help you celebrate in-game!
One of the most famous and longest-lived MMORPGs is celebrating its 18th birthday today. Back on this date in 1999, EverQuest released to a much different gaming world than what we have today. Since then, it has released 23 expansions, switched to a free-to-play business model, and endured when many of its contemporaries have sunsetted.
Daybreak is cranking up the anniversary festivities with loads of activities, starting with the completion of two player-designed missions that were drafted up back at SOE Live in 2014. There are new rewards and marketplace items, as well as the return of all of the anniversary content from previous years. Gotta get your gnome race on!
Even better, the studio is handing out free heroic toons. "All players who have ever played the game will be granted a heroic character if they log in between March 16th and March 31st," Daybreak says.
Long before survival games became all the rage, there was Xsyon. In fact, it may very well be what started Massively OP's MJ on her survival path. She played the game in the early years as it was developing, but she hasn't been back in a while. It's definitely time to jump in and check things out again. Maybe this time she won't die to crazy chickens or psychotic squirrels! It's not like the Ides of March is all about death. Oh. Tune in live at 5:00 p.m. to celebrate six years of survival in...
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 5:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
I was pretty well taken by multiplayer survival sandbox Rend as soon as I saw it at this year's PAX East 2017, as I wrote yesterday. The concept immediately spoke to me as taking a lot of the cool ideas from other survival games while making the game as a whole into something very different. But I also entirely understand that sometimes you can look at the game and wonder what makes it so different. After all, it's hardly the first time that we've had a game using a lot of the building blocks. So why am I over the moon about Rend but not its obvious inspirations and close cousins?
The answer is that in some cases, I am over the moon about its close cousins. But it's also important to understand the distinction and the fact that Rend is not, say, Crowfall or Conan Exiles or any other game. So what makes Rend different? Not necessarily better, but how does it stack up to the obvious points of comparison?
I've read all the impressions from the PAX East show that I could find, and they were all overwhelmingly mild -- including ours. As you hopefully know by now, Elder Scrolls Online showed off its instanced PvP battlegrounds, and the media consensus is that they are... coming. And that's it. This really surprised me. It's superficially hard to tell whether people have come to expect one thing from battlegrounds (because so many other games already have them) and ESO really isn't changing the formula -- or the battlegrounds really aren't anything to write home about.
If you were to take Lead PvP Designer Brian Wheeler's word for it, battlegrounds will change PvP in ESO forever because they're a type of PvP that ESO has never had before, which is true. Personally, I do believe not only that battlegrounds will bring something special to Elder Scrolls Online but that other games should pay attention to ESO because it's actually doing something innovative without drawing too much attention to it.
Battlegrounds aren't perfect; there will be some drawbacks, but let's take an honest look at what this new PvP type means for Elder Scrolls Online and maybe other MMOs in the future.
It is written in The MMORPG Code that MMOs, especially those of foreign pedigree, must indulge our most silly faux holidays. I'm sure that's the case, else why would an upstanding game like Black Desert insert St Patrick's Day into your immersions?
Yes, today's patch sees not only the return of the dice-rolling Black Spirit's adventure and new craftables for the Dark Knight but also beer. The Cold Draft Beer event, to be exact.
"To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, all players will receive beer on 3/17. Please check your in-game mail on this date to find your delivery of beer!"
That's where I get all my beer for sure.
By the by, maintenance this morning was extended slightly for North American players and quite a bit for EU players; Kakao apologized for the extra downtime and told EU players that compensation is on the way, though everything is back up now.
There are three certainties in life: death, taxes, and another BlizzCon every year even if Blizzard has absolutely nothing new to announce. Then again, we don't know if Blizzard has nothing new to announce yet; it's only March, and BlizzCon isn't until November. The event page has just been updated to indicate that this year's event will be on November 3rd and 4th in the usual convention center in Anaheim, CA. Tickets will go on sale on April 5th and April 8th.
Of course, we don't yet have information on virtual tickets, associated digital swag, or anything else. But we know it's happening, and you can start blocking out the time for it. Meanwhile, we'll get our liveblogging posts ready well in advance of the actual event, as you know we'll have coverage is you can't make the actual convention. Feel free to join us in the official drinking game: Every time someone says e-sports, you can take a shot, and oh dear you now have alcohol poisoning.