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MMORPGs are massively multiplayer online roleplaying games, our core focus here on Massively OP. MMORPGs are traditionally differentiated from mere multiplayer games by their persistent worlds, massive playerbases and/or servers, customizable character development, and always-online status. [Follow the MMORPG category’s RSS feed]

The Stream Team: Sidetracked by Secret World Legends’ side missions

It has come down to investigation and many side missions — that’s what Massively OP’s MJ needs to do to move on out of Scorched Desert. And move on she must! The new content is starting up very soon, and she still has Transylvania and Tokyo to work her way through. Tune in live tonight at 9:00 p.m. as MJ tries to speed through all the side missions in this half of the desert.

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Enjoy the show!

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Massively Overthinking: Paying for MMORPG emulators, legal or otherwise

MassivelyOp reader Bryan recently wrote to us with a fun question about emulators, a topic that will simply never die as long as MMORPGs do.

“I recently viewed some comments claiming that official era servers wouldn’t acquire much of the player base from private servers, due the benefit of private servers typically being free to play. After thinking about it though, I actually know many people who have donated money or purchased cash shop items on private servers. And I have been in guilds that paid for guild website hosting and guild voice chat hosting for their private server guild. Free stuff is always nice, of course, but it seems as though while the benefit of free to play private servers is there, there’s still a decent amount of people willing to pay out of their pockets for them. I am wondering, how many MOP readers have donated or would be willing to spend real money on a private server?”

So let’s tackle the emulator question in this week’s Massively Overthinking. Have you ever played on an emulator? Under what circumstances? Which ones are you OK with, and which ones do you stay far away from? Are you OK with emulators raising money, and for what purpose? And have you ever donated money to or spent money on an MMO emulator?

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Black Desert is introducing the Musa to its Southeast Asia servers

If you’ve been playing Black Desert in America for a while, you are not surprised to see the Musa. Heck, the Musa is downright normal at this point, he’s been flitting about for some time alongside his distaff counterpart, the Maehwa. But if you’re playing the game’s version in southeast Asia, you’ve been without either for some time. No longer; the game has just rolled out the Musa as a playable option, with the Maehwa planned for release next week.

The game is also hosting several events for players to explore with the new class, including a leveling event and a screenshot contest. It’s not clear if these events will apply only for the Musa or will also allow new Maehwa characters to take part, but if you just can’t wait to level something new, you don’t have to regardless. And if you’ve already been playing the game’s US version and were just waiting for this to migrate over… well, here we are.


TERA preps Godsfall update for mid-April

“You will bear witness as gods die.”

These chilling words precede TERA’s next major content update, named Godsfall. En Masse Entertainment announced today that it is scheduling Godsfall for April 17th, giving players a few weeks to prepare for what sounds like an earth-shattering development.

Actually, we know very little about this patch other than this description: “You have one chance to prevent the world from being consumed in a dragon-fire apocalypse… but first, you must watch old friends die, take the advice of a madman, and learn to conquer your own inner demons. Only then can you awaken the true power within you!”

What do you think? Sounds like a good way to fill up those vibrant spring days?

Source: TERA


Guild Wars 2’s Current Activities Team shoves kitties in your face

If you were hired to work at ArenaNet on Guild Wars 2, what team would you want to join? The C.A.T. people make a bid for your hypothetical allegiance this week as they explain why Current Activities Team is the place to be.

So what is this specialized team about? The Current Activities Team is a cozy squad that whips up “small-scale interesting activities, events, and stories” for Guild Wars 2 that are inserted between living world and expansion releases. The team members also handle festivals, legendaries, the birthday gifts, and so on. This stacks up to be between three to five tiny releases during each living world cycle.

It sounds pretty fluffy and fun, plus they get to shove cats in everyone’s face. Seriously, they’re kind of nuts about cats. They even created a cat raid boss. Get to know this team after the break!

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Chronicles of Elyria demos its character creator in front of a live studio audience

Who’s ready to look super-duper freaky? Chronicles of Elyria, that’s who!

The in-development indie MMO demonstrated the first iteration of its character creation system in a livestream yesterday. The character creation is coming with the game’s 0.2.0 release.

The team is obviously proud of the wide selection of faces and body types available to represent the game’s different “tribes” of humans. Want a sturdy chin? Anime-style eyes? Deformations that will haunt you late tonight when you are trying to sleep? And unless you’re dying to know how the team feels about their precious coffeepot, you’ll want to skip ahead to minute 11 on the video for the scoop on character creation.

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Crowfall Q&A turns its focus to NPC creation

Don’t be fooled by the PvP nature of Crowfall — the game world (or worlds, plural) will feature many NPCs to add flavor and interaction in these campaign settings.

For the March 2018 developer Q&A video, the team sat down to talk about its creation of NPCs, from their brains down to their powers. “From musk hogs and hellcats to risen and spiders, Crowfall has an aspiring medley of creatures in the world. Each type of creature needs its own brain, a set of instructions on how it should act and react,” the team said.

It’s definitely the rare video that satisfies both fans of giant spiders and giant spreadsheets, so check it out below!

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Worlds Adrift is trying to melt its servers and getting rid of a major currency

What are those wacky devs up to over at Worlds Adrift? Apparently trying to “melt the servers” with this Thursday’s update and stress test. The team invites as many testers as there are to jump into the game on March 22nd to see if the servers can handle it. Famous last words, eh?

Meanwhile, the team says it’s getting rid of Sky Atlas coins, instead listing “transactional items” only with real-world currency. It’s part of a larger virtual currency system change.

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Shroud of the Avatar: Partying with Portalarium, countering pay-to-win, and the state of the game

The day is finally arriving: Shroud of the Avatar is formally launching next week. It’s been a long journey. The path to this new old-school MMO started back on Kickstarter on March 8th, 2013. Now, five years almost to the day, SOTA is emerging. On March 27th, release #52 will be the official launch of episode 1. And fans didn’t have to wait until the end of the month to celebrate; Portalarium hosted a launch party this past week in Austin, Texas.

Besides hanging out with devs and fans at the shindig, I visited the studio’s offices for a tour and interview with Richard Garriott and Starr Long. There, I got to see memorabilia from the very beginnings of Garriott’s game-making career as well as a sneak peek of the events that will occur at SOTA’s launch. After that, it was celebration time at the awesome From Pong to Pokemon exhibit at the The Bullock Texas State History Museum (which happened to have a display of some of Garriott’s early gaming goodies!)

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Black Desert’s next patch will alter weight penalties, fort construction, and monster drops

Pearl Abyss Executive Producer Jae-Hee Kim has a new Black Desert letter out for western players – apparently he’s aiming to make the letters a pattern. This one’s all about next week’s update, which will “change some of the features in the game that [the devs] personally think need reconfiguring.”

First up: the weight limit, which Kim says “has always been a source of inconvenience for many newcomers.” Junk items looted in multiple territories and level bands will see weight reduction. Moreover, the penalty applied by being overweight will also be reduced: “With the new upcoming change, adventurers will only experience decrease in attack speed.”

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Revelation Online is opening a new EU fresh start server today as First Contact launches

Gosh, isn’t it nice to have a fresh server to start on? No old connections, no old animosities, no problems to worry about. It’s like a fresh playground to just enjoy the game before you go back to making the exact same mistakes that made you long for a fresh start in the first place. Now you too can experience that when Revelation Online launches an EU fresh start server on March 22nd – today. Which just so happens to be launch day for the game’s latest update, First Contact, which chiefly focuses on PvP upgrades and modes.

As always, the draw for the new server is that everyone starts new on a level playing field, with no existing characters to come in and muck things up. So, depending on how many people are willing to sacrifice sleep and careers for relentless leveling, there will be only a handful of max-level characters for the first week or so. If this is the sort of server you’re looking for, keep your eyes peeled for Emollion (the new server) when it opens up.

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Choose My Adventure: Anniversary groupings in Warframe

Last week’s poll on Warframe was a nail-biter, but it ultimately came down in favor of me not buying a new frame for my explorations this week. So I didn’t. But I did heed the numerous people telling me to go run those anniversary missions.

I also, belatedly, realized that my access to Amazon Prime meant that I also had access to that Twitch Prime promotion from a while back, which would have been really useful if I had realized this before now. Of course, I didn’t know that I’d be playing Warframe at the time, so perhaps my lack of precognition doesn’t qualify as a character flaw.

Regardless, my first goal this week was to get in those anniversary missions and the rewards which went along with them. Of course, that also meant that I’d be largely useless in those missions, but that would also serve the purpose of giving a sense for how the game plays in a group instead of just running solo.

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MMO studios form Justice League-style alliance to combat toxicity

After years of trying to crack the serious issue of negative behavior and toxicity among their individual communities, 30 game studios and industry leaders are teaming up to see if their combined strength can win the day.

League of Legends’ Riot Games, World of Warcraft’s Blizzard Entertainment, EVE Online’s CCP, Fortnite’s Epic Games, and Twitch’s Twitch are among those companies that have formed a “Fair Play Alliance” in an effort to combat bad player behavior. The coalition’s goal is to create a set of behavioral standards that will be shared among the whole community and help up-and-coming developers as they try to break into the e-sports markets.

“As an industry and as a society online, we’re trying to find our way. Having to be a company that steps out and says ‘We’re gonna be the ones to do this’ is kinda scary. This is an opportunity for all of us to say ‘What if we walked together as an industry?’” said Riot Senior Technical Designer Kimberly Voll.

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