For the past week we’ve been closely following the events of a monumental war that has kicked off in sci-fi MMO EVE Online. The conflict that has come to be known as “World War Bee” has recently exploded into the largest PvP war in gaming history, with thousands of players taking sides and forming massive fleets. The war began with the game’s largest military power (known as CFC or The Imperium) invading low-security space to capture moons from the fractured alliances that lived there. In an unexpected move, those alliances put their differences aside and joined forces to repel the Imperium forces, then took the fight to the coalition’s home.
The war took a quick and interesting turn following this when Imperium alliance Circle of Two severed all ties with its masters and joined the attacking Moneybadger Coalition, bringing with it military secrets such as the locations of supercapital shipyards. The politics and fleet movements in World War Bee have proceeded at a rapid pace ever since, with both sides attempting to spin the narrative of the war in their favour and adapting their strategies to counter the other. Yet the most impressive news to come out of the war is undoubtedly the spike in player activity and new player signups over the past few days, as each day breaks new PvP records and thousands of players return to kick some serious space ass.
Read on for an update on the EVE Online war, from the shifting strategies of the attacking coalitions to the effect on player activity and the distinct narrative of good versus evil that’s playing out in-game.
Fancy yourself an accomplished ‘Mech pilot? Then you’ll want to get seven of your best friends to form a team for the MechWarrior Online World Championships. After all, you’re the best around — and nothing is gonna ever keep you down!
The 8v8 tournament will take place starting this summer, with teams being winnowed down to the very best. The world finals will then take place at Vancouver’s Mech Con on December 3rd, with the proceedings to be streamed on Twitch.
The prize pool for the world championships is starting at $100,000, although it will be boosted by half of the proceeds of any purchases of MechWarrior Online tournament support packs.
Blizzard has just confirmed that this year’s BlizzCon is on for November 4th and 5th in Anaheim. That means it’s almost time to fight to the death for your tickets!
BlizzCon 2016 tickets will go on sale in two batches on Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. PT and Saturday, April 23 at 10 a.m. PT through the online event ticketing service Universe, priced at $199 each (plus applicable taxes and fees). Check out the BlizzCon Ticket webpage for all the details.
A virtual ticket for streaming and the optional swag bag are once again planned. “Further details on the Virtual Ticket, including pricing, availability, and programming information, will be announced at a later date,” reads the press release.
If you’re a WildStar fan, you want a new hoverboard. There’s no point in saying otherwise because of course you want a new hoverboard. Everyone wants new hoverboards. And you can earn one by logging into the game’s public test realm and making some new characters. Really, that’s all it takes!
All right, you will actually have to play those new characters, but the point remains.
See, WildStar is putting out a new tutorial for new players based on all of the lessons learned since the game launched, and that means that it needs lots of people trying out the tutorials, seeing what (if anything) breaks, and so forth. The only way to do that is to get lots of people involved in the testing. Ideally, participants will test out the Exile and the Dominion tutorials each, but the designers would be happy just to have more live bodies in there and seeing what breaks. So jump in on April 6th to test the new experience and get yourself a sweet new hoverboard for your efforts when the improved tutorial releases.
ZeniMax Online’s Matt Firor has addressed The Elder Scrolls Online playerbase on the occasion of its second anniversary with a bundle of screenshots from his own character’s journey through Tamriel.
“Over the last year, we have grown our family by leaps and bounds,” he writes. “We launched the console versions of ESO, which opened the game up to millions more new players. We added three DLCs’ worth of content, allowing players to explore the Imperial City, Wrothgar, and Hew’s Bane. And we will continue to make the game better every day. Our population is huge and thriving, and we are happy to share our enthusiasm and nostalgia with you.”
has a lot brewing on its action-RPG stove, according to its April producer’s letter
. A spring event is almost here, and with the update will come several other additions and changes to the game. A demon imp can be spotted and killed for extra goods, and PvP is scheduled to be adjusted so that more players can get in and enjoy the action. Players will be able to get into 20v20 battles starting at level 25, assisted by a bolster feature.
The letter discussed the upcoming switch to Devilian’s new megaserver hardware, which should take place sometime in the near future: “When megaservers do occur, we will be migrating all characters to new server hardware. After the transition, there will be one server for North America and one server for Europe. Each server will be able to spin up new channels and zone instances if the population in an area increases.”
Trion Worlds also coughed up a preview of its new pet fusion feature, which you can watch after the jump.
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This past week, Massively OP’s Brendan Drain has been chronicling World War Bee, the great conflict unfolding in EVE Online over the past few months that’s now exploded into actual war between incumbent power Imperium and the Moneybadger Coalition. It’s a contest on a scale seldom seen in other games at all, never mind in the MMORPGs where these struggles are born. You’re going to need spaceships full of popcorn for this one!
Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.
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’ll look at a new hero joining Paragon’s line-up, check out a couple of behind-the-scenes interviews with MMO developers, get prepared for the latest World of Warcraft young adult books, romp around with several action-RPGs, and more!
DOTA 2’s huge annual tournament, The International, is coming to Seattle this August, and tickets for the popular event are going on sale next week.
The International will be held at Seattle’s Key Arena from August 8th through the 13th. Tickets for the tournament have been split up into two types: mid-week (August 8th through 11th, $75) and finals (August 12th and 13th, $100). There are no assigned seats and no VIP tickets this year.
Valve is taking pity on those who can’t splurge on both tickets: “For fans with only the midweek ticket, we’re also providing a free large outdoor viewing area on the Key Arena grounds where you’ll be able to watch the final two days.” The company is also giving away some in-game items during the event to lucky attendees.
Happy April Fools’ Day, and remember not to believe anything you read on the internet today! We’re stepping outside of our own BuzzFeed-headline prank for a moment to deliver a quick look at some of the events and gags playing out today across the MMORPG genre.
Shown in the header: a cel-shaded graphical overhaul to Paragon Chat, one of the last remaining ways to get your City of Heroes fix.
Super Adventure Box has really, truly returned to Guild Wars 2. The fake patch notes that arrived today, however, are not to be trusted! “Fixed an exploit that allowed chronomancers to go back in time and kill their opponents in PvP before the match began. Fully customizable UI has been added, with scripting support for Ada, COBOL, and Fortran.” Hah! (Thanks, Xephyr!)
Blizzard unveiled a Hearthstone MMO, a new mount-based transportation company called Flyt, and Azeroth TV, plus there’s the usual run of fake World of Warcraft: Legion alpha patch notes and the newly unveiled Frostdoge Clan.
Sci-fi MMO EVE Online has had no shortage of huge battles in its lifetime, from the world-record-breaking 3,110 player battle in 2010 to the Battle of Asakai in 2013 and the now-famous Bloodbath of B-R5RB in 2014, in which the equivalent of $310,000 USD of ships went up in smoke. There’s something about the stories of colossal battles, political dealings, underhanded scams and record-breaking heists in EVE Online that manages to grab the attention of the gaming world. People look on with a mixture of awe and schadenfreude as players in the world’s biggest sandbox MMO roll the dice and someone loses big-time.
New Eden has actually been pretty quiet for the past two years, but things began heating up recently when the largest military coalition (known as CFC or The Imperium) decided to invade low-security space. The CFC has largely been considered undefeatable due to the sheer number of ships it can bring to a fight, so when the group decided to capture valuable moons held by lowsec alliances, everyone expected only one outcome. What actually happened was a series of escalating events like something out of a really great sci-fi novel, and it’s led to the largest PvP war in gaming history, with over 60,000 players around the world choosing sides.
Read on for a brief overview of how the war started and a video update on how gaming’s largest war has gone so far.
If you haven’t had enough of listening to Camelot Unchained’s Mark Jacobs this week thanks to our pair of podcast interviews, then prepare for more tonight: The CSE boss has agreed to take on a live storytelling challenge at the behest of the game’s backers. The backers will pick a relevant fairytale or legend, and Jacobs must write a CU-appropriate “Becoming” story revolving around it — live and on the spot.
The festivities begin tonight at 7:30 p.m. EDT. And should Jacobs fail? Well, let’s just say you should come with fitting punitive demands to humiliate him too! Brings new meaning to the name City State Entertainment, doesn’t it?
So we’re going to cross our fingers and hope that this is all true and not just a new April Fools’ joke about an old April Fools’ joke — because that would just be mean — but it appears Guild Wars 2 is reintroducing Super Adventure Box content.
Super Adventure Box has returned with the Super Adventure Festival! Play World 01 and World 02 on Normal, Infantile, or Tribulation Modes. Play through World 02 in record time, utilizing brand-new shortcuts. Seek out new hidden furniture shops and collect Fancy Furniture Coins to purchase decorations for your guild hall. Speak with Moto in Rata Sum and browse his reward items. If you own the Infinite Continue Coin, speak with Moto to receive your free Super Bee Dog Mail Carrier. The Infinite Continue Coin will now grant 99 lives when used in Super Adventure Box. Moto has created a set of orange Super weapon skins. Complete Moto’s Course Work daily achievements for extra baubles, and earn an orange Super weapon skin.
ArenaNet posted that the event runs through April 19th.