MOBAs are multiplayer online battle arenas, PvP-centric, non-persistent online games that share some but not all mechanics in common with traditional MMORPGs. We formerly categorized MOBAs as “Not So Massively” games. You may also be interested in our Multiplayer category for other multiplayer online games that aren’t fully massive. [Follow the MOBA category’s RSS feed]
has just announced that it will be publishing Gigantic
upcoming MOBA. “This partnership with Perfect World Entertainment expands the game’s reach, allowing us to support players with Win64 operating systems via the Arc Games platform and a standalone launcher,” a press release this afternoon reads. “This is in addition to the previously announced Windows 10 and Xbox One versions of the game.”
Perfect World is well-known to MMO players for its many imported MMOs and stewardship of Crytpic’s MMORPGs Neverwinter, Star Trek Online, and Champions Online. Motiga, on the other hand, has struggled over the last year, suffering a delay and two rounds of layoffs punctuated by the departure of its community manager last month. Says Motiga CEO Chris Chung of the partnership,
“Our team is thrilled to work with Perfect World Entertainment who shares our vision for our game. This partnership will enable us to focus on creating the best experience possible. Motiga has always thrived off of the excitement of our players, and the continued success that Perfect World Entertainment has had in the free-to-play space has solidified our desire to partner with them for our upcoming launch.”
One of the most notable developers for League of Legends has left Riot Games for a “new challenge.” Lead Designer of Social Systems Jeffrey Lin announced on Twitter yesterday that he is no longer with the studio.
“Joining Riot has been one of the most epic quests in my life, but today, that quest comes to an end,” Lin posted. “Thank you for embarking on this wild roller coaster ride with me. Social design was pretty new in the games and tech industries, and exploring uncharted territory with you has been a thrilling experience.”
As part of its big patch today, SMITE
has pushed live Susano, God of the Summer Storm
, the newest entry to the Japanese pantheon in the Hi-Rez MOBA. He’s a master of storm magic and a katana-wielder; wind, gusts, jetstreams, whirlwinds, hurricanes, and typhoons are all at his command. His extreme mobility and swashbuckly damage combine for a hit-and-run storm assassin character with a sweet, sweet hat. Check out the reveal trailer below!
Epic’s MOBA Paragon has revealed one more hero ahead of its early access launch this week: the robot GRIM.exe. The video begins as a tongue-in-cheek advertisement for the adorable gentle giant, then morphs into a sinister demonstration of his pew pew cannon.
“This new playable character is a ranger at the controls of a turret robot that obeys the finger and the eye. His pulse cannon provides extensive damage to minions and other enemy Heroes, but it can also slow down or reverse using his shield. Its Targeted Gyro Force Orb target enemies and pass through objects and other units outside of Heroes. For a clean and responsible war, opt for GRIM.exe!”
Paragon hits early access tomorrow; founder packages run from $9.99 to $89.99 US. Open beta — which will be free — is still planned for the summer.
If you feel like Heroes of the Storm is lacking in powerful spellcasters, your reasoning isn’t particularly solid, but you can take heart in knowing that even more powerful casters are on their way. The newest development video shows off Chromie and Medivh; the latter is the archmage who brought the Orcs to Azeroth and then somehow came back from death to serve as a prophet, and the former is able to control time itself and also happens to be a dragon. That’s just plain unfair.
Imagine poor Raynor for a moment. He’s a dude with a gun fighting a time-controlling dragon. How is that balanced? He’s not even getting a keen new outfit, like the upcoming Widowmaker outfit for Nova showed off in the video. Of course, as a player, you don’t need to worry about that; you can just jump on down below and enjoy the video while looking forward to being the one playing aforementioned time-controlling dragon.
Activision-Blizzard’s first quarter 2016 financial report just hit the internet, and the company is declaring “better-than-expected” financial results.
“For the quarter ended March 31, 2016, Activision Blizzard’s GAAP net revenues were a Q1 record $1.46 billion, as compared with $1.28 billion for the first quarter of 2015. On a non-GAAP basis, the company’s net revenues were a Q1 record $908 million, as compared with $703 million for the first quarter of 2015. For the first quarter, GAAP net revenues from digital channels were an all-time quarterly record of $926 million, up 59% year-over-year, and represented a Q1 record 64% of the company’s total revenues. On a non-GAAP basis, net revenues from digital channels were an all-time quarterly record of $797 million, up 48% year-over-year, and represented an all-time quarterly record of 88% of the company’s total revenues.”
MMORPG World of Warcraft is mentioned briefly, many bullet points down in the list.
“On August 30, 2016, Blizzard is expected to launch its highly anticipated World of Warcraft® expansion, Legion™, following the Q2 release of the Warcraft film, produced by Legendary Pictures, in theaters worldwide. World of Warcraft remains the No. 1 subscription‐based MMORPG in the world.”
Once upon a time, there was a popular streamer for League of Legends
who went by the handle of Tyler1. His streams were popular due to the fact that he did everything in his power to act awful on these streams whilst playing the game with other people. So, after examining the situation and after high-profile players began complaining, Riot Games
unceremoniously banned Tyler1 permanently from the game
Community members have not protested the decision to ban Tyler1 but have asked why some other high-profile troll players have not also been banned, given the implied policy. The lesson, apparently, is that if you act like a jerk publicly for long enough, you will maybe get banned from the game once you can no longer be ignored.
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!
Like bagpipes, dancing, and small little furry creatures that come in packs of three? Then head on over to Allods Online, where the Gibberling Festival is raging through May 6th. If that’s not your jam, then we’ve got stories from Dungeons and Dragons Online, Neverwinter, War Thunder, and more after the break!
Troy Hewitt had been serving as community manager for Motiga
since before the company even announced Gigantic
, but all good things must come to an end. Hewitt penned a farewell letter to the community on Thursday
, announcing that his final day with the company would be on Friday and that he would be bidding farewell to the community.
The letter stresses the idea that Hewitt is leaving for reasons which are entirely his own and that it’s time in his life to move on to other unspecified opportunities in the future. Speculation is no doubt going to run rampant, of course, considering that the studio has had to lay off large portions of its staff. We wish Mr. Hewitt the best of luck in the future with his next project.
I am very admittedly not a fan of MOBAs, despite the fact that I quite liked the map type that birthed the genre in Warcraft III. Even ignoring the toxic culture that surrounds League of Legends, though, I find that most MOBAs have lots of things keeping me from loving them. So I was happily surprised that Master x Master showed me that it might, in fact, be possible to love them; I just need some PvE flexibility, more than one character, and a different control scheme.
Of course, that’s just me. Maybe what you need is to have team play be more thoroughly integrated a la Heroes of the Storm. Maybe you need a tighter third-person perspective as found in SMITE. Maybe you need several of these things together, maybe all of the above, maybe some of the above and something completely different. Share with us today, dear readers: What could get you to love a MOBA? And if you already do, what was it about your particular MOBA of choice that attracted you?
Shroud of the Avatar is into its final countdown as a game without permanence. Sure, the most recent update required a character wipe as it made a whole lot of changes to the game’s structure, but the final wipe is coming up when the game updates in July. The designers are going to be running another telethon for the game in the not-too-distant future, as well; we had a chance to sit down and talk with Richard Garriott about the state of the game pre-launch and future plans at PAX East 2016, as well.
Of course, there was other beta news to be had this week, yes indeed.
Aw, do we have to have a whole list of betas just below? Yes. Yes we do. It’s right there, and if something slipped into a different test phase without us realizing it, we want to know. The comments are good for that.
developer Hi-Rez Studios
embarks on its second Annual Spring Fling charity livestream today
, and this year’s event is dedicated to fundraising for a Hi-Rez employee undergoing treatment for cancer.
“The 2nd Annual Spring Fling is one of Hi-Rez Studios most favorable charity streams! With special guest appearances from your favorite casters, pro players, and community figures, and a slew of new challenges and mini games this year is shaping up to be the best Spring Fling yet. Held at Hi-Rez’s own studio in Alpharetta, GA the event is scheduled to take place Thursday, April 28th from 1pm EDT until 7pm EDT on our Twitch channel – Twitch.tv/HiRezTV. This year, all proceeds will be directly benefiting David “Allied” Hance and his battle against cancer! Whether you can donate or not, be sure to tune into the broadcast and show your support for Allied and those who make SMITE great for YOU!”
Those who donate at least 10 bucks during the streamathon will pick up a special Arachne icon, but there are individual rewards at other tiers to make Hi-Rez staffers do crazy things like eat bugs. If the community raises $7500, one staffer will even get a tattoo.
The stream kicks off at 1 p.m. EDT this afternoon.
No matter how many different characters you have unlocked in a given MOBA, you’re usually stuck bringing just one of them into battle with you. Master x Master
, by contrast, does not share that restriction. It actively rejects it, even; you need
to bring two separate masters into battle as part of the game’s tag system
. If you’re in the middle of a match and you need another character, you just tag one out and tag the other in.
Some enemies in PvE encounters might be vulnerable to one character and not another, some PvP matches might require more diversity, and sometimes you might just want to swap masters to avoid death. The game lets you pick out your personal team configuration to handle any and all of the above. You can check out a trailer explaining the game as a whole just below, or you can take a gander at our hands-on from yesterday as well.