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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]

Final Fantasy XIV offers cross-promotional deal with Amazon

Do you urgently need another fat chocobo in your Final Fantasy XIV mount collection? Do the revelations at E3 put you in the mood for buying some video games or video game paraphernalia? You could solve both of those problems with just $20 today. A new cross-promotional deal with the game and the retailer has gone live today and runs until June 27th, allowing players to get their hands on a variety of gewgaws for free with an accompanying purchase.

The promotion is active only for North American accounts, with the items distributed matching those offered during a Japanese promotional campaign earlier in the year. Items in question must be shipped and sold by Amazon.com proper, rather than a reseller, which does somewhat limit your options for purchases. Still, how else are you going to get a proper maid outfit?

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Funcom is sunsetting LEGO Minifigures Online in September

This won’t come as a surprise, but it’ll still make you sad: Funcom is shutting down LEGO Minifigures Online this fall. The studio made it official last week.

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce that LEGO Minifigures Online will be closing on September 30th, 2016. We know that many of you are still enjoying your adventures in the game, and this has been a difficult decision for us to make but unfortunately, the time has come to retire LEGO Minifigures Online. Starting June 6th, 2016, new players will be unable to join the game and the in-game chat will be disabled. Existing players will still be able to play up until September 30th, 2016.”

While Funcom doesn’t explicitly give a reason for the sunset, in April the studio released an annual report that spelled doom for the game: “As of the time of this annual report, [Funcom] does not find it likely that any of the game metrics will improve, and has adjusted its investment in the game accordingly. The license agreement with LEGO for the LEGO Minifigures Online game ends October 2016.”

Our condolences to all gamers and developers affected.

Source: Funcom. Thanks, DDOCentral.

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Battle Bards Episode 76: Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns

“It’s high time that we talk about the Heart of Thorns expansion for Guild Wars 2!” Syl says, and we couldn’t agree more. The Battle Bards assemble to look at the first expansion for this fantasy MMO — and the evolution of the game’s soundtrack from the Jeremy Soule era. The verdict? Unanimous love for this incredible score!

Battle Bards is a bi-weekly podcast that alternates between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around a theme. MOP’s Justin Olivetti co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Player.FM.

We’ve got Episode 76: Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns for you after the break!

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Star Trek magazine provides support for a Star Trek Online crossover with the reboot universe

Remember this dude from Star Trek Online? You know, the guy that got a whole write-up just for the fun of it about how he might indicate a crossover between two universes of Star Trek? It turns out that might not have just been idle speculation after all, as the most recent issue of Star Trek Magazine sheds a spotlight on actors reprising their roles in STO, including Joseph Gatt as 0781.

There’s always the possibility that something was misunderstood or misinterpreted, but it’s not too much of a stretch to say that the character will be showing up when he’s been sneaking about in NPC form. We’ll just have to wait and see, but odds seem high that a crossover will indeed be happening, to the delight of some and the chagrin of others. Which is admittedly what could be said about any event in any game ever, really.

Source: Star Trek Magazine (Imgur); thanks to Daveyny for the tip!

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EVE Online goes to the pirates in late June

The EVE Online update that’s launching on June 28th is bringing new capital ships into the mix, and they aren’t coming from the most welcome direction. The Serpentis Corporation, a notorious collection of pirates based in the Fountain region, will be deploying new capital ships, meaning a new Dreadnought, Carrier, and Titan-class hull rolling into production. Worse yet, the pirate faction will be fielding implants to improve its flight skills. Fortunately, the new Scope Network will allow capsuleers to take the fight back to the Serpentis in a coordinated effort.

This patch is all about rearranging events and giving players more incentive to take on this NPC faction, but there are other improvements in play as well. Players can look forward to lighting improvements and enhanced docking camera options, along with new iterations of Citadel expansion and the tactical overlay. You’ve got a couple of weeks left to wait, but plenty of things to enjoy once the update goes live. Mostly pirate-related things, of course.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 69: WildSteam

Summer arrives in full force, with big news hitting us left and right. This week on the show, Bree and Justin blitz through Steam releases, movie premieres, job postings, and the scariest pseudo-player housing you’ll ever see.

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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Guild Wars 2 players fume over new lockbox cosmetics

Accompanying today’s Guild Wars 2 raid wing patch is a cash shop update that has players pissed. New to the cash shop is the Privateer Weapon set, described by a lore-infused blurb that might have struck you odd when you first read it — it sure sounded odd to me:

“I originally commissioned this set for the Captain’s Council, but for personal reasons I’ve decided to make it available through Black Lion Claim Tickets only. You won’t find this set on the trading post, folks – finders, keepers.” [Emphasis ours.]

That’s because in modern Guild Wars 2, cash shop skins purchased with Claim Tickets aren’t bind-on-pickup, so those who gamble with lockboxes can sell the skins on the auction hall to those who refuse to gamble. With the Privateer Weapons, players can’t do this: Their only option is to spend money or gold for gems to buy keys for lockboxes for a chance at scraps to turn in for this new cosmetic.

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Black Desert’s Siege Warfare patch has been delayed again

Hope you weren’t planning on Black Desert’s Siege Warfare content update launching as planned: Daum has delayed it once again, this time to Friday, June 17th.

“While preparing the siege war update, planned for June 15th, we ran into some last minute obstacles which brought us to a drastic decision,” wrote Daum community rep Belsazar.

“While adapting the new Season 4 Siege feature from the original Korean build, which was added in the original built long time after the Valencia and after Season 1,2 and 3, we also had to adapt some features from the Korean build that are not yet supposed to be in our version of the game. Some of those details can, but others can’t be avoided. As you will see below, the patch notes are very massive this time, because we initially planned some of the content to be released with the Valencia update, but had to be shifted to this update for technical reasons. During our QA process (Quality Assurance), which lasted longer than expected due to the amount of details, we ran out of time to secure a stable launch of the siege content, so we had to make a hard call at the very last minute.”

The schedule has been bumped off; the first nodewar will now begin on Sunday.

The patch notes for the whole update are available in the meantime.

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Crowfall’s Confessor turns up the heat with improved animations

Crowfall is continuing to do its absolute best to tempt PvE players over to the dark side with its luscious art style and feature set. This week the art team is showing off some of the updated animations that it’s put in for the Confessor to bring her up to par with newer archetypes.

The Confessor is all about flames and glowing tattoos, so in the video this judgmental pyro flings fire everywhere while inexplicably keeping her paper book from burning into ash. They key goal to these animation updates isn’t merely to keep players fed with lots of nutritious eye candy but to make combat and movement more responsive.

Check out the Confessor’s improved moves after the break.

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Albion Online’s artifact weapons are coming this summer

Coming this summer to an MMO near you will be mighty artifact weapons — and no, we’re not talking about Legion here. Albion Online is preparing to introduce these craftable weapons into the beta sometime this summer.

So what are artifact weapons? Sandbox Interactive explains: “These weapons will have unique abilities and can only be crafted from artifact pieces that drop in PvE. Stay tuned for more information on these items in the future.” The studio gave a sneak peek at two of these weapons, the Cursed Skull and the Black Monk Stave.

In other Albion Online news, the team is finishing up work on another environment, the steppes. This week’s dev blog shows a few glimpses of this biome as well as an animated impala. Enjoy your peace now, majestic impala, for your season of slaughter is coming soon.

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Star Trek Online previews the Temporal Operative primary specialization

The Temporal Operative is the newest primary specialization for player characters in Star Trek Online. Or perhaps it’s the oldest. Things get really wonky when you start diving heavily into time travel, after all; you go to bed thinking everything is fine, then you wake up and find that you already did something to someone you haven’t met yet. And now you can be the person who screws that heavily with the flow of time! Hooray!

Obviously, the game cannot give you actual control over the timestream, but it can allow you to employ all sorts of fun tricks like teleporting and immobilizing enemies who hit you, regenerating your ship’s health while you wheel around in reverse, and warping back to an earlier point in the battle if things start going south. The specialization will be available with the launch of Agents of Yesterday, so you should get ready to see it being used time and again.

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Overwatch surpasses 10 million players

Blizzard just announced via Twitter that Overwatch has surpassed 10 million players — that’s 10 million boxes sold, at least half of them to my guild. Send help; I’ve lost them to another Blizz game! The number is up another three million since the 7 million announcement less than two weeks ago. Not too shabby at all.

Source: Twitter

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The Reliant and Caterpillar will be Star Citizen’s next hangar-ready ships

Pulling together a game as complex as Star Citizen involves so many moving pieces and topics that it’s almost impossible to wrap your head around them. When that’s the case, you might as well tackle the scope 10 questions at a time, as is the case with a new community Q&A video.

In the video, RSI talked about divvying up the teamwork, the size of star systems, and the development of character creation. The devs also said that the small Reliant will be the next ship to be “hangar ready” for those who want to check out this zippy craft, followed by Caterpillar. The devs said that this ship will be chunky, with a jury-rigged industrial look.

Grab a mug of your favorite beverage and sit back for another engaging 10 for the Developers episode after the break!

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