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).”
The European, Russian, and eastern versions of TERA
are in for a special treat, as the game is incorporating a crossover
with the popular anime series Attack on Titan. The crossover, which was made in conjunction with Kodansha, adds time-limited costumes and special “BAMs” to fight.
The costumes will require some luck (and probably a lot of money) to get, as they are only available through the gacha system. The event is currently running with no word whether or not it will make its way over to the North American servers.
Jagex CEO Phil Mansell is making the press rounds this week, unloading interesting quotes on GIbiz, including the admission that Jagex felt it had neglected RuneScape when it was focusing on other projects that didn’t materialize. The good news is that the studio has turned it all around.
“A few weeks ago we had our highest peak concurrent user level for eight years,” he tells GIbiz. “In terms of subscription levels, it’s the highest for seven and a half years. Those games are going through a real renaissance, and not just as a one off. We’ve had four years of consistent growth now.”
That isn’t to say the company is giving up on other games, however. Mansell says Jagex is actually working on other stuff. One of them will ideally become a “mid-budget online title,” but the other? The other is a “next generation MMO” – a “living game” that “capitalizes” on what Jagex has learned from 17 years of RuneScape.
Tell us, when did MMORPGs get to be so old? EVE Online
is bloomin’ 15 this year, and that just cannot be. Hopefully it has another 15 in it before the players find the edge of the galaxy and fall off into uncoded space.
Even as we boggle at the time gone by, we can enjoy the events that arrive with anniversaries. EVE Online activated its newest event, titled Operation: Conscious Interruption, and players can check it out from now through May 15th.
Player pilots are being called on to defend the Society of Conscious Thought as it attempts to deploy a Praxis battleship and recover stolen technology. CCP said that there are events for all types of players to do, from solo play to PvP. Rewards from the event include 15th anniversary SKINs, so get out there and pwn like a boss!
Someone over at KingsIsle is obviously a big Doctor Who fan, because Wizard101’s
current event is a thinly veiled homage
to that sci-fi series. Players are challenged to seek out the Professor and his five B.O.X.E.S., which look suspiciously like red-themed TARDISes.
“Besides a new journey though the Spiral, what does your Wizard have to gain from the Five B.O.X.E.S.?” the devs ask. “How about the first craftable mounts, the Digmoore Pogo Stick and Ravenwood Pogo Stick! You should also visit Rose Piper to learn crafting recipes for exclusive furniture items. Plus the Professor will lead you to epic rewards for your Wizard.”
Meanwhile at its sister game, Pirate101 is offering a discounted deal on a year subscription. From now through May 6th, you can secure 12 months of sub time for $60, which comes out to $5 a month. Not too shabby, even for penny-pinching pirates!