Halloween has arrived in Ultima Online, but the big news for the classic sandbox MMO is the patch arriving next week. Publish 95 is expected on November 3rd and will bring new vet rewards, the crafting deed update, and a new festival:
“The Artisan Festival is our new seasonal holiday event that will be taking place in cities across Britannia! The Artisan Festival gives crafters a chance to turn in Bulk Order Deeds (now with expanded skills including – Fletching, Carpentry, Tinkering, Inscription, Alchemy, and Cooking!) to build Holiday Decorations in the host city! We’ve got a brand new (and massive) tree to spread the holiday cheer as well as some great rewards you can check out below. We’ll have more details about the festival once Publish 95 hits Test Center – but for now the most important thing to remember about the Artisan Festival is – the greater the partcipation, the greater the rewards!”
The team also says it’s working on a wedding package for the store. We’ve come a long way from petitioning GMs for customized rings, that’s for sure.
Halloween is almost here, and that means it’s time to catch some appropriate monsters in Pokémon Go. From October 26th until November 1st, the game is making spooky monsters appear more frequently, so expect to see more Drowzees, more Zubats, and more Gastlys. (Also more Hybnos, Golbats, Haunters, and Gengars, but those sort of naturally follow.) Good news if you’ve been hunting the ghosts without much luck, not-so-good news if you have more Zubats than you know what to do with.
The flip side, of course, is that candy will be easier to come by for every Pokémon, so you can pick up even more evolutions for your non-holiday-themed menagerie as well. Check out a trailer for all of the event antics just below if you can’t wait to get out there and start grabbing more monsters.
Path of Exile
is celebrating its third birthday this week, and if the number of devs working on the game is any indication, the game has no intention of slowing down.
“Three years ago, on October 23, 2013, Path of Exile left Beta and was formally released,” Grinding Gear writes. “Since then, we’ve launched five expansions, fourteen challenge leagues and countless smaller updates. Path of Exile has been translated into Brazilian Portuguese, Thai, Russian, and both Traditional and Simplified Chinese. Over those years, Grinding Gear Games has quadrupled from 22 staff members to 88.”
The studio itself is approaching its 10th birthday; it’s planning a “Ten Years of Gears” party.
Path of Exile’s most recent update — last week, in fact — was a significant overhaul of the atlas system introduced in September’s Atlas of Worlds expansion. The game is also busy prepping for Halloween with seasonal bonus lockboxes.
Massively OP’s MJ Guthrie will be streaming the game tomorrow night at 9 p.m. EDT, so join us then!
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 past week, Storm King’s Thunder arrived on Neverwinter’s console versions after its PC debut. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Destiny, Riders of Icarus, TERA, and more, all waiting for you after the break!
For the first time, Elder Scrolls Online is hosting a Hallween event. You just know that means Massively OP’s MJ has to dive in and check it out! The Witches Festival involves polymorphing into an undead creature and looting plunder skulls. These happen to be where all of the goodies are hiding, so MJ is ready to get in and start cracking some skulls open! Join us live at 6:00 p.m. for this foray into the inaugural spooky day festivities.
What: The Elder Scrolls Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, October 22nd, 2016
Lots of games have Halloween events, but how many have features that can truly be billed as evil? Guild Wars 2 does! The Mad King’s Clock Tower jumping puzzle has been terrorizing folks for years, and now Massively OP’s MJ has been challenged to give it a go. She has never attempted it before; can she make it to the top? Tune in live at 7:00 p.m. to see if she can actually conquer this crazy puzzle. Or dies she just jump to her doom, over and over and over… Hey, fall is for falling, right?
What: Guild Wars 2
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, October 21st, 2016
It is finally here! AdventureQuest 3D has moved into open beta, which means the doors are open for everyone to jump in and check out the fun. Massively OP’s MJ is happy to be heading back in, and rumor has it that Artix will be crashing the stream (a rumor Artix himself started!). Join us live at 3:00 p.m. to see how things are progressing and for a chance to win a Mo cape!
What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, October 20th, 2016
Last year when EverQuest II had a prelude event before the launch of its expansion, it was a two-parter. And thanks to logistics at the time, I ended up missing participating in the first half, a fact that bugged me all year. And still does honestly! I hate missing EQII events, especially one-off live events that will never return. So I was prepared and ready to go for this year’s pre-expansion event. I was excited to dive into these public quests that popped up over a variety of zones; I was going to fully participate this time around and not miss out on any of the things. Besides doing something that is new, you know it’s about collecting all the things! And I wanted All. The. Things.
It was fun… at the start. Sadly, after a short time the excitement ebbed away. Worse, it was replaced with disappointment. On the plus side it hasn’t morphed into apathy for me, and I haven’t written the entire event off yet. But many have. So what happened? This was meant to be a build up for Kunark Ascending. Was it a bad event, or was it just executed poorly? Did it perhaps just lack a special something to keep players invested and engaged? Or is it that players simply expect too much? What went wrong, and how can future events do better?
“Two things I did on Hallows Night: / Made my house April-clear / Left open wide my door / to the ghosts of the year.” ~ “All Hollows Night” by Lizette Woodworth Reese
Is your door open to the ghosts and ghouls of MMORPGs this season? They are definitely shambling up your walkway, looking to tell you of the grim delights of the holiday in your favorite online games. Indeed, Halloween season is upon us, which means that MMOs have an excuse to break out their favorite yearly festivities.
With so much to look at and do, you might be in a terrible fright trying to figure out what to do first. We consulted our Massively OP gravedigger Bram (he’s on retainer), who offers surprisingly good advice for sorting out the Halloween season in MMOs and getting the most out of the holiday. We recorded his words in this guide, although beware to the soul that reads them all — Bram might be seeing you before the week is up. MUAHAHAHA.
Why stick with haunted houses when you can have a haunted burrow? LOTRO’s
Halloween celebration includes dark and twisty tunnels that run beneath Bag End, and Massively OP’s MJ is back on her Hobbit to explore this spooky cellar and its creepy wings. She’ll also partake in the rest of the fall festival, with its race and troves & trickery quests. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. for a jaunt through what’s hidden below the Shire.
What: Lord of the Rings Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
Halloween season 2016 is getting in full swing, and that means that Shade’s Eve is back in WildStar! Of course Massively OP’s MJ can’t let the spooky celebration go by without getting in on it. She’s all set to go trick-or-treating, and she’s looking forward to smashing Jack Shade. Join us live at 6:00 p.m. as Emy Fluffybutt returns to celebrate the season.
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
World of Warcraft: might be feverishly preparing for next week’s Update 7.1, but that doesn’t mean it can’t enjoy a treat (or trick) in the meantime. Today marks the start of a two-week Hallow’s End festival.
This old favorite holiday is back for another spin with a few small additions. Players can obtain the Grommash costume set and plunder some candy in Dalaran before fighting the banshee Aria Sorrowheart. And of course, there’s always the tradition of taking down the headless horseman himself in Scarlet Monastery for fame and a shot at his sweet pony ride.
The event will run through November 1st, so get on top of it if you need all of the achievements for the meta or if you simply want to get those extra rewards.
One of the oldest sci-fi MMORPGs looks like it will soon become one of the newest members of the Steam club. On the official forums, the Anarchy Online team said that the platform launch is imminent.
“Coinciding with the release of [last week’s] update, 18.8.16, we are preparing to launch on Steam,” Funcom said. There is still some preparation work, but this version is the first one we hope to offer on Steam, which is something we hope to be able to turn on soon. We will be sending out more news on this as we get closer to this big day.”
In other AO news, the game’s Halloween festivities are underway. Each players can take on a mission to explore a scary underground facility all by his or her lonesome. The team has a trove of rewards to pay out for successful runs, including new seasonal items and older gear making a comeback.