As you probably have heard, there was a Bless influencer event this week, with a couple of media and a smattering of MMO streamers in attendance. The leak of the price points happened soon before we went in, but none of the people in attendance, devs or streamers, really seemed fazed by it. Most people seemed ready to have a good time.
For someone like me, who was initially blown away by Bless circa 2011, the game had fallen off my radar, especially after the game’s rocky trip to Russia and initial Korean release. The western build-up for me has felt like a big PR push, with the pricing model dangled like a feature that people actually should be excited about. Basic questions like, “How does endgame work?” were easier to find on Reddit, Steam, and fansites than any of the PR I was reading. I was concerned, to say the least, but things like “tame almost any mob!” and “100v100” battles intrigued me. Though nothing I saw is probably going to change any core fans’ mind, it may be useful to those on the fence.
Get your PvP on in Secret World Legends
, as the player community has put together a weekend Shambala event
to see who is the best of the best.
Players in both North America and Europe are encouraged to queue up for the Shambala arena. Winners of the matches are supposed to take screenshots and enter them in to a drawing for fierce glyphs, outfits, and other items donated by Funcom.
There are four categories for this player event: top damage dealt, top damage taken, top healing, and overall score. Good luck!
A High Elf teenager has been brutally stabbed to death — and the TERA
police are on the job. The only problem is that this case may be bigger than what they can handle, which is why they’re enlisting the help of the entire game community to figure out whodunnit.
That’s right, TERA is throwing a murder mystery event, and everyone is invited! Claw and Order (pause for groans) kicks off a month-long interactive murder mystery in which the community will be combing through new daily developments and searching for the truth
both inside and outside of the game [our bad – it’s just outside the game!]. This is seriously cool.
“To make things even more fun, EME employees will be monitoring the discord discussions closely, sharing secrets and mulling over clues with players all throughout this special community event,” En Masse Entertainment said. “So whether you play TERA on PC, Playstation 4, or Xbox One, dust off your thinking caps and get ready for some serious sleuthing.”
Get started by scoping out the crime scene below. Good luck!
If you’ve been working on a title like Worlds Adrift for years, it’s likely that the impending launch will leave you feeling a bit… giddy. You are likely to give a green light to things you might, at a more sober time, not consider seriously. That having been said, it seems like spending the money to build and launch a fully functional skyship over London with a large number of playable game stations may not be the best use of time and money for a smaller indie title.
We suppose that at the very least it’s not an e-sports bus that will never work correctly, but that is such a low bar to clear that it’s functionally subterranean.
Yes, all of that is real. Bossa Nova will launch the ship 150 feet in the air, complete with stations to play the game, when the title pops into early access on May 17th. Which is indeed about as literal of a “launch event” as you could possibly have, but may be just a touch… let’s say “overzealous.” If you’ll be in London for the launch, you could win a shot to be on the skyship, although for the rest of us we’ll just have to watch and marvel.
We don’t want to spoiler the newest Avengers film for people looking forward to seeing it, but we’re pretty sure that its main villain Thanos is kind of a big deal. Clearly, what the Avengers need to be doing is recruiting the Fortnite development team, as they have already substantially weakened Thanos after he was active on the servers for a very brief period of time. He now wields the Nerf Gem, which gives him less power over everything!
Because he’s been nerfed, you see. The gems each have a power domain of something, like Care Bears.
While Thanos now has more health, he’s got less regenerating shielding and less damage per Infinity Gauntlet beam. Players are upset that he’s becoming easier to kill when most players who wind up using him barely know how to avoid being killed as it is; you probably wouldn’t base an entire movie on a guy who gets chumped four seconds into picking up the Gauntlet somewhere. (So, you know, that’s another spoiler, probably.)
The entire month of May has been claimed for TERA’s
anniversary celebration. It’s too powerful to let the anniversary events end
. So you’ll have to just start in on the second week of celebratory activities
, starting with a mystery event teasing on May 9th and ongoing dungeon events. There’s also no shortage of events being run through the whole anniversary, although several of those have changed their rewards for the second week; check the information when you log in.
Players can also look on specific servers for employees handing out free scarves, and every Tuesday puts you into turbo mode with 80% reduced skill cooldowns and vastly improved resource regeneration. Check out all of the stuff arriving for the second week on the official site, and just keep on celebrating until there’s no more celebration to be had. The events keep coming, after all.
An MMO with a trailer for 15 years of operation is not entirely unusual. It’s not common
, because not many games make it to 15 years in the first place, but it makes sense. Of course, EVE Online
has a different slant in its big anniversary trailer down below. The events chronicled in the trailer aren’t simply some of the biggest ones that have occurred over the game’s lengthy history, they’re ones created by the players. It’s not just 15 years of history, it’s 15 years of history shaped by people deciding to blow one another up in deep space.
Of course, the official letter for the event describes it as “the most incredible stories in gaming history,” which sounds significantly more epic. But they’re caused by players either way.
Players can also look forward to special 15th anniversary skins for ships and player avatars, so you can celebrate whether you’ve been present since the first day or only recently decided to get in on the action. Check out the trailer just below to see what it looks like in the deep space sandbox from a historical perspective, and get ready for the future; we’re willing to bet that it will involve some significant changes in the game’s political landscape. That seems to be a constant.
It’s no exaggeration to say that last year’s Pokemon Go Fest was a complete and total disaster. It made a ton of money – almost $6M on the second day alone – but the PR fallout was epic, as thousands of people who paid to attend couldn’t actually get into the event park and thousands more couldn’t connect to the game once inside thanks to overloaded cell networks. On top of the logistical nightmare, the event turned out to be a pay-to-win debacle too. When Niantic CEO John Hanke took the stage to calm everyone and apologize, he was met with boos from his own die-hard fans. A spokesperson later said the studio was “horrified” with the way the event turned out and refunded all players for their tickets (and then some). That didn’t stop players who’d paid to travel long distances to Chicago for the event from forging ahead with a class-action lawsuit, which Niantic quite recently settled to the tune of $1.5M.
Since then, Niantic has run several successful events of a similar magnitude to last year’s Chicago event, including a massive festival in Yokohama, and they’ve all gone well, which must surely give the company courage for announcing a series of summer events dubbed Pokemon Go Summer Tour 2018.
A lot of critical things have been said about Pokemon Go and Niantic in the past. Professionals that tried to defend certain UI elements still had plenty of suggestions a non-professional could have made. Same goes for players and professionals that noted the need for quests. In fact, Niantic’s insistence on doing local events instead of global events created some huge PR problems, and that’s without noting that, for a social game, the game actually lacked a lot of social features.
But there’s a weird thing: Niantic’s addressed many of those issues. Several are ones I’ve previously suggested. There’ve been several UI improvements, new quests, at least two events per month since February 2018 that aren’t just cash shop sales, and a push towards community building. It’s far from perfect, like the glaring omission of in-game communication or a social media connection, but we’ll ignore that for now. What I want to focus on is how Niantic’s taken feedback and enhanced Pokemon Go.
Do you feel the need to ask someone what is best in life? Perhaps you should not, as the Conan Exiles AMA run by Conan himself will probably be full of people who think that referencing that specific line is the height of comedy. But as the game gears up for launch, you can take part in that Reddit AMA starting at noon EDT; the thread will open for questions an hour before the start time. Crush your hesitation and march forward to ask questions before the proper launch!
There will also be a lengthy launch stream starting at 6:00 a.m. EDT on launch day, so you can enjoy that entertainment if you can’t play right away on launch. The game is doing fairly well in the ramp-up thus far, entering the top 10 of global sellers as it ramps up for its full launch. Even if you’ve got no questions for the barbarian himself, you know he would probably appreciate that.
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 TERA, Neverwinter, Battlerite, The Black Death, Royal Blood, Saga of Lucimia, Skyforge, Prosperous Universe, Pokemon Go, Ocean Legend, Ultima Online, Reign of Guilds, Dofus, Final Fantasy XI, Destiny, and Osiris: New Dawn, all waiting for you after the break!
As Brendan detailed in his EVE Fanfest coverage last month
, EVE Online’s
structures are due for a huge overhaul, be they NPC fortification or player-built. CCP has a dev blog up right now detailing exactly what to expect
as both player-deployed Outposts and Conquerable Stations are ripped down and converted to the new Upwell Structure system.
“Every single Outpost and Conquerable Station will be converted into an upgraded Faction Fortizar during downtime on June 5th 2018,” CCP explains. “These Faction Fortizars are powerful and limited edition – no more will be added.” And no blueprints will be created for them, either! “New Faction Citadels will belong to the last owner of the Outpost/Conquerable Station at the time of the change. Once Outposts and Conquerables are converted into Faction Citadels they will enter a temporary invulnerable mode. On June 7th structures will enter their standard shield vulnerable state.”
Eager to preserve history, CCP also says that “permanent historic monuments will be erected on the sites of the Conquerable Stations and a select few of the especially storied Outposts.”
No, your eyes do not deceive you: Noblegarden is coming back
a month after its run in World of Warcraft
. This time around, Hearthstone
is giving bunny snuggles to its players with plenty of eggcelent rewards.
Merely by logging on between May 9th and 13th, players will receive both a Golden Eggnapper and a Golden Devilsaur Egg as a gift. Beyond that, there’s a themed tavern brawl for those clinging on to spring as long as they can.
“In this egg-citing tavern brawl you’ll gather with other Hearthstone players to celebrate the season by dyeing eggs,” Blizzard explained. “One egg will spawn for you each turn, and you’ll get to use a deck of colorful dyes and special Noblegarden cards (plus 10 random class cards) to decorate it. Each dye applies a different buff, and at the start of your next turn your eggs will hatch into something cute. Or a bunny, if you didn’t use any dye (which is still pretty adorable).”