What: Black Desert
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
Get caught up on convention happenings and major events in your favorite MMO. [Follow this category’s RSS feed]
What: Black Desert
Let’s keep the anniversary articles coming, shall we? Ubisoft is celebrating two years since The Division’s launch as well. The company now counts 20 million players (twice the population of Sweden, sorry Sweden), with an average of three hours played daily over just the past three months. Seems high, yeah?
And all 20 million of those players should probably hop in again over the next month, as the game will be dishing out weekly global events (starting with Outbreak this week), handing out a free sneeze emote (yes really) and offering classified gear sets. Also, some dude on PS4 is obsessed with resistance waves, having done almost 8000 of them since update 1.8 (what the what?).
According to last night’s state-of-the-game Twitch stream – also recapped on Reddit if you can’t stand live videos – all you’ve gotta do to get the free emote is log in during the month of March and hit up the reward claim vendor. All the shiny goodies are tucked down below.
Such is the big news on the newly revamped official website, which also has a colossal infographic on the occasion. Across both regions, you folks have rolled over seven million toons, died almost 100,000,000 times, and are still obsessed with the Sorceress and Dark Knight classes. The richest players and biggest gankers per region are also exposed!
Happy birthday, Black Desert. That trailer’s down below.
From March 1st through the 8th, players level 20 and up can attend a free birthday party in the game. Additionally, there’s a birthday cake hunt happening all over the game and a series of boosts to push you up in your progression.
“We’re looking back on six years of thrilling experiences and shared adventure, defeated opponents and slain bosses, not to mention new content and great updates,” NCsoft said. “The last year brought plenty of changes and new challenges to Atreia and the coming days hold plenty of excitement too — join in the anniversary celebrations!”
Wondering where your party is in North America? Players in that region already celebrated Aion’s 8th anniversary back in September, so you have a ways to wait until the title turns nine.
“Get the crew together. It’s time for one last job… or maybe three or four! Return to Hew’s Bane and the Gold Coast during our Thieves Guild and Dark Brotherhood Celebration Event to earn bonus rewards for Sacraments, Heists, World Bosses, and more. There’s never been a better time to be bad!”
The events (and sales) are live now and run through March 12th. Still on the fence? (Pun intended.) Check out Larry and me sneaking around as noobkin thieves (and completely sucking at lockpicks) back in 2016 when the DLC first launched.
What: Dungeons & Dragons Online
Who: Justin Olivetti & MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018
Enjoy the show!
Last month, I put together an article and pair of videos discussing Asheron’s Call’s Shard of the Herald event to celebrate the game’s first deathiverary. It was a bittersweet experience for me, as it was not only my first MMO but the game that taught me a lot about life, and a lot of those lessons occurred during the Shard event.
Naturally there was some good nostalgia in there for fellow AC players, but apparently for some families as well. Someone claiming to be the son of Vidorian, the infamous Shard Slayer recruited by Turbine to end the event in a way that would respect the lore they built, reached out to us in the comments section. A quick chat with her verified that yes, she was the infamous savior of Bael’Zharon, and she agreed to answer some of my questions about the event. Even better, she’s provided us an unseen screenshot of the event! More than a decade after release, I feel like I’ve learned a lot more about what occurred behind the scenes of one of the seminal in-game events of our early genre.
I have to admit that Pokemon Go‘s really been on a roll lately with the rapidly rolled out events. Despite some bugs during the last community day, the event was pretty enjoyable, much like the first one. We’re seeing more lore being at least acknowledged beyond small easter eggs, even if we’re sadly still swimming in Pikachu hats.
And while POGO is celebrating Pokemon’s 22nd anniversary (“Pokemon Day“) with party-hat Pikachu again, at least it’s bringing three times its normal stardust value, as well as Present, a move we also got on Santa-hat Pikachu at Christmas. At least the new cash shop clothes inspired by the game’s remake are adding some visual differences to the game.
We’ve got more to look forward to next month, though. The game’s next community day is featuring Bulbasaur, the mascot from Pokemon Green, as Japan originally released Blue as a third option post-launch.
Meanwhile, if you missed the Friday dev stream, you’re in for a treat, as the studio teased its upcoming take on Venus, or rather, the open-world version of it. The key bit is that we’re talking about a terraformed Venus (“once an over, now a fridge”), so you won’t immediately die from heat and gas exposure (bonus!).
Turn-based MMO Stash, which officially launched back in early January, continues to grow into its big boy britches. On February 20th, the game rolled out its fourth tier, a massive content update that contained content across the gamut.
For starters, the level cap has been increased to 40 and additional abilities have been added to the game, which should give players more carrots to chase. Players can also level up crafting to 40, explore new regions and dungeons, and face off against additional bosses. The title also added an armor cosmetic system to allow for the customization of a player’s appearance.
Of course, that’s not all you can pick up from the event; there’s also a new Orchestrion roll and a new piece of furniture from the previous furniture design competition. So you can make your home sound like a concert while people jump up and down in awe. Considering you can already put on an actual concert, it seems like it’ll all fit together. The event kicks off on March 1st, so you won’t have long to wait before you can throw your hands in the air and/or wave them in a manner suggesting you do not care.
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 Conqueror’s Blade, MapleStory Blitz, Darkfall: Rise of Agon, Skyforge, Path of Exile, Armored Warfare Assault, Aura Kingdom, and MechWarrior Online, all waiting for you after the break!
Pokemon Go players are beginning to see the introduction of Poke-lore to the MMOARG. While the last big update brought weather to the game in a unique way, people noted that it didn’t seem quite enough since the Generation 3 mascots are thematically oriented more than weather-based, but still fighting each other: Kyogre, the whale of floods, battling with Groudon, the land loving drought bringer, with air-poppa Rayquaza trying to get them to settle down.
So what is Niantic doing to reinforce this? A kind of raid-boss battle. From now till March 5th, Niantic has brought back both Groudon and Kyogre during the current Rayquaza craze. It’s the first time Niantic’s brought back retired legendaries for a non-regional event, which is highly significant as both are arguably more powerful than EX Raid exclusive Mewtwo and will remain some of the most powerful Pokemon when POGO implements all the current generations.
There’s more, though, and lapsed players should really take note!