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Diablo III turns its seasons up to 11

How is Diablo III at 11 seasons already? Well it is and we must deal with it, probably by clicking furiously and mindlessly looting like the materialistic junkies we are.

Blizzard announced yesterday that Season 11 is scheduled to start on July 20th. For the first time, the newly introduced Necromancer will be joining the fun. There are some never-before seen rewards for this event, including an emerald dragon pet and treasure goblin portraits.

Of course, there are plenty of other standard seasonal rewards to work towards, including more stash tabs, Conquerer gear, and class sets.

Diablo III released its most recent class, the Necromancer, on June 27th, adding even more corpse explosions into the game than before.

Source: Diablo III

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With the Lord of the Rings lawsuit settled, LOTRO moves on with sunflowers and Weatherstock IX

It looks like things are cooling down on the legal front following a protracted court lawsuit between Warner Bros. and the Tolkien Estate concerning alleged “digital exploitation” of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings franchises. The five-year suit was finally settled, with both parties stating that they are looking forward to “working together” going forward.

Now that Lord of the Rings Online can breathe a sigh of relief that this won’t have the potential to cause issues, it can turn its attention to more important matters. Like awesomely cute sunflower-themed rewards from its currently operating Summer Festival. Hey, it’s important to bring some sunshine into Mordor later this year!

The community is also gearing up for Weatherstock IX, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 22nd on the Landroval server. The massive player-run concert will run twice as long as in past years, with 19 bands participating. Just in case you were wondering, yes, it will be livestreamed.

Source: Hollywood Reporter, Weatherstock IX. Thanks Sally!

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EVE Online puts players to work sorting through new exoplanet data

The space explored by players in EVE Online is far beyond our own solar system, but here in the real world we’re still struggling to find out what’s out there beyond our own home. That’s why it seems like such a natural fit for the game to roll out the next phase of Project Discovery, putting players to work analyzing real-world telescope data in exchange for in-game rewards. In the game, it’s framed as part of the relentless march of science, and here in the real world it’s actually part of science.

In essence, players are tasked with sifting through the data and noting when a star’s luminosity dims (because a planet just passed in front of it), which means sifting through data and providing important analysis. Analyzing these light curves awards players with ship skins, character outfits, and even some new ships along the way. So you’ll be doing science in the real world and looking scientific in-game. What more could you ask for?

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Riders of Icarus pulls back the curtain on the Trickster

Riders of Icarus’ summer content patch looks like it will be a doozy, particularly with the headlining Trickster class to rope in players and give them a new way to experience the game.

The Trickster is a magical support class that can buff, debuff, heal, making her invaluable in a group role. She even has many summons to augment these efforts, so there’s a pet class flavor going on as well.

The Rise of the Trickster update will also contain a new high-level zone (Akrat Plains), a Cold-Blooded Heretic field boss, a few additional mounts, and a new dungeon (Elder’s Bastion).

It’s a good time to get in and playing this fantasy MMO, as Riders of Icarus is hosting a month-long attendance event. By logging in over the period of 21 days, players can receive all sorts of freebies, including a Radiant Bruniche mount. It’s the flying bunny rabbit that will make all of your neighbors jealous!

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DCUO’s summer event is nothing short of an Atlantean civil war

Aquaman might still be dealing with the shameful vestiges of his poor Superfriends cartoon showing in the 1970s, but the underwater superhero is getting a chance to show off his stuff in DC Universe Online. In fact, the prince of Atlantis is one of the main characters of an Tides of War event that is raging across the game as we speak.

The event concerns an Atlantean civil war that’s getting mixed up in the waters off Metropolis. Heroes and villains level 10 and up are invited to participate to achieve new feats and earn rewards (gotta get that sandcastle for your lair!). The event will conclude on July 26th.

Curious about DC Universe Online? Our own Eliot is diving into it all this month in his Choose My Adventure series, so keep an eye out for the next installment on Thursday!

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GTA Online’s Independence Day content is absurdly awesome

Nothing says Independence Day like gang warfare in the streets of Los Santos using guns painted like flags, am I right? Yep, Rockstar is following up GTA Online’s Gunrunning update with some July 4th content, new and old, including a new supercar, bonus earnings in the Dawn Raid adversary mode, and free digital t-shirts just for logging in.

“Raise the flag, put your hand on heart, and wipe that red, white and blue tear from your eye – a wave of Independence Day mayhem is erupting across San Andreas. Firework launchers, classic outfits, the Western Sovereign and the Liberator Monster Truck are all back through July 10, and 25% off their original price. Plus this year also brings patriotic new liveries for your Mobile Operation Center and Mk II weaponry to help you flaunt your love of country.”

But me, I’ll be on the yacht.

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Star Conflict celebrates Independence Day with in-game bonuses

Just because humankind has reached out to the far stars doesn’t mean that an Earthbound holiday is forgotten. Star Conflict is celebrating the 4th of July today with a five-multiplier bonus for players’ first victory and a 50% discount on purchasing the Endeavour space shuttle bundle.

The Star Conflict team recently pumped out its Engineer Evolved update, complete with the Waz’Got engineer frigate, a “significant upgrade” to the trade system, a redesigned hanger interface, new tasks from Arlette Sokal, and destroyed ship debris that can be collected and processed.

Get pumped up for this PvP space battler with the new “Join the Fight” trailer after the break!

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The Stream Team: The Fantastic Four take on Marvel Heroes’ Daily Bugle

With the Spider-Man Homecoming movie releasing this week, Marvel Heroes has introduced a new terminal: Daily Bugle. Massively OP’s MJ is going to go check it out, but not as Spider-Man. Instead, she going to join a group as The Fantastic Four to mourn the loss of those characters from the game’s store. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. as she flaunts the Fantastic Four with abandon!

What: Marvel Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, July 3rd, 2017

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MMORPG founding father Richard Bartle establishes new unplayer matrix

Dr Richard Bartle, best known to MMORPG players for establishing the research that ultimately led to the admittedly flawed but widely quoted “Bartle test,” spoke at Gamelab Barcelona 2017 last week with research of continuing interest to gamers: a new model for non-player types, floated by him publicly for the first time.

His original model was “insular,” he argues. “It tells you why people do play, but not why they don’t, which is often more useful.” The new matrix covers what is essentially the developer’s quest for accessibility, the “sweet spot where the game’s depth matches the player’s insight,” on a quadrant of easy vs. hard mapped over shallow vs. deep. Like Bartle, I’m not sure “rock babies and opera zombies” will catch on, but he manages to apply it convincingly to explain who buys what and why in free-to-play MMOs.

The whole slideshow is worth a look (doesn’t load in Chrome, note), though I suggest you choose to read that font ironically! With luck we’ll get a video of the whole talk at some point.

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Elder Scrolls Online is granting a free sub benefits trial event starting Wednesday

If you’re bored on July 4th when the US is busy eating hot dogs and blowing off fingers, welp, I can’t help you there. But if you’re patient and can wait until the 5th, The Elder Scrolls Online would like to welcome you to what ZeniMax is calling an “ESO Plus Bonus Event.”

Existing non-subbing players can head to the in-game store to pick up a free trial activation, granting them subscription access from July 5th to July 9th at no cost. That’ll get you temporary access to all the DLC, crafting storage, double bank space, costume dyes, extra housing deco space, and 10% bonuses to experience, gold, crafting inspiration, and trait research rates. It won’t get you Morrowind, the 1500 crown stipend, or daily login crown crates.

What if you already sub to the game? “Current ESO Plus members are invited to celebrate as well, and can acquire up to five of the new Dwarven Crown Crates just by logging in every day,” says the studio. “These crates include some amazing rewards, with a chance to receive mounts, pets, costumes, consumables, and other in-game items.”

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The MOP Up: Warframe’s Chains of Harrow (July 2, 2017)

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 Dota 2Destiny 2Battleground EuropeArcheAgeOrbus VRFinal Fantasy XIHearthstoneTERATibiaElsword OnlineOsiris New DawnLeague of LegendsAstroneerSMITEWarframeThe Black Death, and Gloria Victis, all waiting for you after the break!

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LawBreakers opens its beta wide this weekend thanks to Steam

Steamgoers are getting their first chance to hop into LawBreakers this weekend as Nexon and Boss Key are kicking off another beta event on PC, this one open to everyone on Valve’s platform, which should add a few more bodies to the game, yeah?

The studios are touting new content for this round of beta, including the new Vertigo map in the Sierra Nevadas, a new Uplink mode, and WEAPON STICKERS. It’s the summer of stickers, man.

New Map: Vertigo – located in a remote location in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Vertigo is a high-altitude reconnaissance outpost with near suborbital elevation;
New Mode: Uplink – capture the uplink in the centre of the map and deliver to your team base, continuing to protect it until points are earned;
Weapon Stickers – players can test a new customisation feature and earn a special Beta participant Weapon Sticker by completing five matches during the event. This reward transfers to the full release of the game at launch.

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Pokemon Go: The Milwaukee lawsuit, rare Pikachu, and the gym reporting problem

It’s been almost a year now since non-expat Americans were able to play Niantic’s Pokemon Go. While we’re naturally seeing birthday rumors, the game’s unique position in gaming has led to continued lawsuit issues over AR and Niantic’s struggle with moderating its content.

Rumors of a shiny Pikachu are being linked with both a brief “one-year anniversary” line of code that was recently datamined and news that Niantic will release a “rare Pikachu” at ACM Siggraph.

Meanwhile, the lawsuit between Candy LAB AR and Milwaukee County that we previously reported has led to the two sides exchanging words, none more damning than those of the county:

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