It’s true that we lost a lot of MMOs in 2016 — bigger and more important ones than in 2014 and 2015. 2017, however, has been a different sort of beast. The list is long, and while it’s painful for those whose games are gone, the genre didn’t lose many major MMOs this past year. And that startles me.
Marvel Heroes was surely the most dramatic of all the sunsets, given that it shut down early without notice. Earlier in the year, we saw Daybreak put an end to Landmark after less than a year of live operation, while Turbine let the Asheron’s Call franchise go, Firefall formally closed, Club Penguin’s sunset broke the internet, and NCsoft called it quits with Master X Master. A number of other MMOs simply halted development – Perpetuum, Sword Coast Legends, and SkySaga being the most prominent of those. And on a more positive note, there were a few sunsetted MMOs that were revivified, including Otherland, Uncharted Waters Online, and RaiderZ.
Farewell, old friends.
With a name like Neverwinter
, you have to wonder how the cold-weather holidays are celebrated in-game. Wonder no more! Massively OP’s MJ is diving in to check things out. (Not that she needed a reason to stretch out celebrating the Christmas season.) Join us live at 8:00 p.m. for some Dungeons & Dragons flavored festivities.
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018
Time is running out for Massively OP’s MJ to beat that slippy-slidey race and get the achievement in EverQuest II. No pressure! She has gotten pretty close, but still missed the finish line. Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. to cheer MJ on as she aims for this final Frostfell achievement.
What: EverQuest II
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018
A new year is a great time for Massively OP’s MJ to face a new threat. A new year, a new threat — she’s supposed to face something at least! The Grinchta is the nemesis of the Christmas season in Villagers & Heroes, and MJ is determined to face and eliminate any problems this critter is causing. We must save Christmas for next year and all the years after, right? Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. for some a look at the holiday festivities in…
What: Villagers & Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Monday, January 1st, 2018
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 Record of Lodoss War Online, Age of Wushu, Fortnite, EVE Online, ARMS, Path of Exile, Dark and Light, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, all waiting for you after the break!
It’s almost 2018, and that means we can bid farewell to one year and start a new one that… well, will probably feel much the same. Really, there’s not a big flashing sign naturally occurring when the year changes over. But it’s still a time for reflection, self-improvement, and creating a milestone whereby you can start judging your progress for the next time around the clock.
So why not make some goals? It’s our Daily Grind for resolutions for the new year. So what do you want to accomplish in 2018? How do you want your gaming to change? Do you want to finally achieve those various side projects you’ve long put off? Collect appearances? Try something new? Jump into open PvP? Make a character whose name doesn’t contain the word “Fart?” Let us know!
Are you sad that Christmas is over? Well, the season isn’t! And you can still have super holiday fun in DCUO. The Seasons Greedings event is going all the way through the weekend, so Massively OP’s MJ is going to enjoy some Christmas cheer while collecting some cool base items. Join us live at 8:00 p.m. to see Gotham all gussied up for the holidays.
What: DC Universe Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, December 30th, 2017
Snow? Check. Good cheer? Check. Catchy tunes everywhere? Checkity check. Goblins and gigglegibbers in goofy get-ups? Great big check. New guide? Er…
Yes, it’s Frostfell time EverQuest II. And right about now is when I offer a guide to this wonderful winter event. Unfortunately, this year I won’t be. Actually it’s more of I can’t: I’m not being stubborn, there just isn’t anything to guide you through that hasn’t already been covered between the 2015 and 2016 guides. When the devs were passing out 2017 content, Frostfell was unfortunately skipped — or maybe it was out back recovering from too much celebrating last year! Whatever the scenario, there isn’t anything new to do, though there are a few new things to acquire or buy (eight new items at Santa Glug, five new ones at Gerbi Frostfoot, and three crafting scrolls.)
Did you miss out on Diablo III’s reenactment of the original Diablo a while back? You’re in luck, then, because Blizzard is preparing the content for another go-around when the game hits its anniversary in January.
From January 1st through the 30th, players can revisit the Darkening of Tristram event, which contains the legendary cathedral dungeon from the original Diablo recreated inside Diablo III. Blizzard teased unique transmog gear, portraits, pets, and achievements that only can be obtained through this time-limited event.
“You’ll soon find yourself in a realm of glorious RetroVision™, where an all-too-familiar cathedral looms,” the studio teased. “Explore the depths and you’ll discover familiar enemies and iconic items, all brought to life in the Diablo III engine. Meanwhile, deep beneath the catacombs, the Dark Lord himself awaits any intrepid adventurer who dares to challenge him…”
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… for Atlantica Online, that is. The long-running fantasy MMO just marked its 10th anniversary with a large update and a few special events.
The December 21st patch contains a level cap increase to 180, the Abyssal Armory gear, a new dungeon, and the introduction of the latest mercenary, Ninetails. Players can catch up with an instant level 130 character and go through tutorial quests designed to bring them up to speed.
There’s also a Christmas event going on inside the Holy Town that involves monsters and rabbits for some reason. Until January 18th, players level 60 and above can use special tickets to go inside the Holy Town and help out a matchstick girl, chown down on a buff-inducing feast, exchange rabbits with Ms. Santahontas for gifts, and play a slot machine.
Forget about Santa coming to town when you can have AQ3D’s Artix! His stories are way more fun than that guy in red’s, and he’s stopping by to chat about the Frosval holiday with Massively OP’s MJ. There is event goodness to be had, so tune in live at 7:00 p.m. to join in the frosty fun!
What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, December 27th, 2017
It’s time for the annual celebration of the new year in Final Fantasy XIV
, and this year has a theme like every other. And the theme? Doge
. Yes, there are new kabuto available with dogs, and new housing decorations also designed to look like a cute shiba inu. Such event, many rewards. Wow.
Not into the whole annual event thing? Perhaps you’d like to just pick up some new Carbuncle-themed gear and mounts. Yes, your summoner can now bring out a Carbuncle big enough to ride, and dress up in Carbuncle-themed robes. There’s also an ongoing sale through January 29th on several dyes and retainer level boosts, so you can pick those up on the cheap.
Last but not least, the site has begun to remind players that new tomestones are coming into the game, which means changes to existing stones and the need to exchange some. In particular, Lore and Scripture tomestones are being removed from the game, so if you still have a few left that you haven’t yet exchanged, you should probably do that now.
How long do you like your day/night cycle in MMORPGs? Chronicles of Elyria is preparing its fans for the possibility of a record-breaking three years (in game), due to a special astronomical phenomenon called “Longest Night.”
According to the site, Longest Night occurs when the planet Selene gradually blots out the light from the system’s star, causing a year of perpetual night and two additional years of twilight on either side. Yet this isn’t a horrible or world-ending situation as you may assume.
“Longest Night is also one of the most cherished times in Elyria,” the devs explained. “The need to cooperate to survive brings people together in ways that no other event in or on Elyria can. Despite its darkness, Longest Night has given Elyria some of its most sublime art and inspired displays of charity and goodwill that are unparalleled in other times.”