MMORPG Category

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]

Star Trek Online sends players back in time for mining

Time travel is always a mess. In the past, Captain Kirk of the Enterprise brokered peace with the Gorn Hegemony, resulting in a peaceful mining operation on Edren IV. All well and good. But the operation came under attack from Romulan forces… that appear to be influenced by time travelers, thus necessitating you traveling back in time in Star Trek Online to deal with the Romulan incursion. You’d think that someone would have noticed by now that messing with the past never turns out well.

Miner Instabilities is a new PvE queue for level 51+ players, tasking captains with rescuing the Gorn miners, repelling the attack on the Federation facility, and attacking the Romulan forces on multiple fronts. It offers Fleet Marks and Temporal Marks as rewards, thus giving players plenty of reason to head back and solve a problem that technically should qualify as already solved by the time anyone hears about it. Time travel is just plain weird.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 74: Go Pokémon Go!

Is Pokémon GO an MMO? Is it going to consume society as we know it? Is it making virtual reality super-jealous? You just know that Bree and Justin had to tackle this global phenomenon as they get back into the swing of things.

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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Neverwinter launches on the PlayStation 4 today

Players who wanted to play Neverwinter on the PlayStation 4 but didn’t want to drop $20 to access the game’s head start have been out of luck for a week, but it was only a week. Today’s the official launch of the game on the console, which means that anyone can download the game and start playing right now.

The console version sports all of the game’s content up to The Maze Engine, meaning that new players on the console will benefit from years of development and refinement. If you’ve already played the game extensively, you’ll find nothing new, but you will be able to play it whilst slouching on the couch, which is still pretty great. Check out screenshots and the launch trailer just below.

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The Stream Team: Becoming a true thief in The Elder Scrolls Online

In our last joint Elder Scrolls Online stream, both Bree and Larry mentioned that they were more thieves than assassins. Perhaps it’s time for them to prove it.

The Justice System launched almost two years ago but didn’t truly come to fruition until ZeniMax launched the Thieves Guild DLC just a couple of months ago. At 3:00 p.m., OPTV‘s Elder Scrolls fanatics Larry Everett and Bree Royce step into the seedy underworld of Tamriel as the stealthy Stream Team brings you…

What: Elder Scrolls Online
Who: Larry Everett and Bree Royce
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Enjoy the show (and bring extra lockpicks)!

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Skyforge patches in the Battle of Equals on July 20th

If you were planning on playing Skyforge tomorrow morning at 4:00 a.m. EDT, you have a slightly odd schedule. You also won’t be able to, as the game is going down for maintenance to apply the Battle of Equals patch. And what does the patch contain? Why, that’s what the patch notes reveal! Sure, one of its major features is the eponymous Battle of Equals (a 3v3 arena PvP mode), but there’s more to explore just the same.

Players can trek through the Antean Wasteland for new challenges and rewards, or they can take advantage of the new Reliquary levels and the new Hard modes for adventures. Several PvE encounters have been adjusted, and there are the usual assortment of bug fixes, performance tweaks, and quality-of-life improvements. You’ll have to wait until tomorrow’s maintenance ends before exploring all of the improvements, but at least you’ll not want for stuff to do afterwards.

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WildStar dev stream shows off Heroes Evolved update, gender swapping

You could say that WildStar’s recent Heroes Evolved update added a few things to the game. Besides the opportunity for players to buy a level 50 character, the update introduced a number of quality of life improvements, such as making some things account-wide, being able to mail stuff to alts (including alts of the opposing faction!), and the ability to add additional paths to your character to switch between. On top of that, there are new race/class combinations (for those who want to play something a little different on a new character) as well as the ability to swap to another race or even gender (for playing something different on an existing character).

If you have an hour to spare, devs hosted a livestream to highlight these new features, and you can kick back and watch the entire replay here, complete with race and gender swap demonstrations.
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Dual Universe releases 10 minutes of uncut live pre-alpha gameplay

Single-shard sci-fi sandbox MMORPG Dual Universe has been hard at work since its big reveal and mechanics explanations back at E3, and this week, the devs at Novaquark have another video to show for it — this one 10 minutes of live uncut gameplay from the pre-alpha build, narrated by the studio’s founder, Jean-Christophe Baillie.

Novaquark has reiterated that the game is still set to launch its alpha on PC in early 2017. Check out the whole walkthrough below!

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Guild Wars 2 drops Out of the Shadows trailer today, big Heart of Thorns sale tomorrow

A friend of mine asked me yesterday whether he ought to pick up Guild Wars 2’s Heart of Thorns expansion to get access to the living world season kicking off next week. I said yes — but I told him to hold on to see whether ArenaNet would run a sale first. And he was right to do so!

“Starting tomorrow, the expansion will be on sale for 50% off!” ArenaNet announced alongside its new season trailer today. Check out the video below, and let us know whether you’re going to pick it up if you haven’t already!

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Hyperspace Beacon: Wild speculation about SWTOR’s Knights of the Eternal Throne

Who else was disappointed by the Star Wars: The Old Republic presentation at Star Wars Celebration over the weekend? I had really hoped that it would be more, but I guess it’s difficult to give too much information about a story-driven expansion when the last expansion hasn’t even finished its story yet. But that doesn’t mean they couldn’t tease something other than a vague slide key art.

Today, to make up for the lack of information, I am going to propose some wild speculation about Knights of the Eternal Throne. As I do this, I should warn you now about two things. First, there will be spoilers contained in here. If you don’t want to hear about some of the things that happened in the latest Knights of the Fallen Empire chapter, then stop reading. Secondly, everything that I am speculating about is just that: speculation.

If you’re still reading, let’s have some fun.

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Black Desert touts one million players, teases Gamescom booth

Kakao is touting its one millionth Black Desert player as it heads to Gamescom later this summer. If you’ll be in Cologne for the event, you’ll be experiencing

“[…] the unreleased Class Awakening system, which enables high level characters to unlock a completely different combat style using incredibly powerful Awakening Weapons. Only just gotten started on your Black Desert Online adventure, or not yet stepped into the world of Valencia? Our developers and community staff will be on site to help you learn the ropes, from mastering the character creation system to taking down fierce enemies. […] Daring players can compete for fantastic prizes in fierce 5 vs 5 PvP matches that will be held on the main stage. Non-competitive players should not worry as there are a wide range of goodies in stock for them as well and they can play the new Black Desert Online content on one of the 82 available high-end PC’s. Furthermore, fans will be pleased to know that there are photo opportunities with top class Black Desert cosplayers.”

The BDO team will be Entertainment Area, Hall 10.1 60A-B beginning August 18th.

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Lord of the Rings Online lets players collect stable-masters

There’s a lot of ground to cover in Lord of the Rings Online. Players have made their ways across large stretches of Middle-Earth, and that can mean that even just sorting all of the places you’ve been can be a strain by itself. Hence why the developers have made player collections of stable-masters a feature, allowing exploratory players to have a quick guide about all the places that have been discovered and those yet to be found.

The Collection feature will allow players to search by region for particular stable-masters, see connecting routes between discovered masters, and plot out which of the 150-odd stable-masters have been discovered by a given character. There’s also the option of instant travel to undiscovered masters for older content, thus ensuring that players can just quickly pick up any long-forgotten masters on the corner of the map. A recent small patch cleared up a few issues with this feature and other quality-of-life concerns, to boot; all the reason you’d need to build your own collection of places you’ve been.

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Final Fantasy XIV hits 6M registered players, patches in the Deep Dungeon

Final Fantasy XIV has now “drawn in over six million cumulative players globally – excluding free trial – in under three years,” according to a Square-Enix press release this morning. The new milestone comes just in time for the launch of the game’s latest patch: the Deep Dungeon.

How deep is Final Fantasy XIV‘s Deep Dungeon? For the moment, it’s 50 floors deep. That might change in the future, but it’s certainly enough for the moment, offering players a new sort of content to explore, level up in, and fight through. Players who enter will start over from level 1, improving equipment and earning abilities independent of outside progression, taking on challenges in the race down through randomly generated floors while saving progress along the way.

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Pokemon Go players look for better disability options and snag a companion app

Have you ever suffered from depression? Not just being sad, but full-blown clinical depression? It’s pretty horrible, and it prevents you from doing much of anything. Pokémon Go players are finding that the game helps out quite a bit, though; just having that motivation to get up, get dressed, and head out in the world can make a difference. So that’s all good, and it sheds more light on why the community is requesting more options to support disabled players such as those with muscle disorders and vision issues.

Of course, you might have no disabilities but just want an easier time finding where various pokémon are hiding, in which case the new Poke Radar map will provide you with exactly what you need by tracking where you can catch various monsters, assuming that you’re not being struck by the latest glitch to affect the game. (No word about Onix in the Caspian Sea.) You can also pick up a thematically appropriate Pokédex case for your phone.

Also worth noting is that the game is finally launching in Japan tomorrow with the game’s first sponsored location. So you won’t have to stop playing just because you’ve left the country, not that much of anything would stop fans at this point.

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