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Vindictus EU adds phantom mage, begins holiday events

You standard, run-of-the-mill, fireball-slinging mage is so played out in MMOs these days. So how about stepping up your game with Vindictus and trying out its latest character, Sylas the Phantom Mage?

Vindictus EU added Sylas this past week with its big December patch. Sylas wields a dozen illusionary daggers that can attack as well as protect, causing chaos on the battlefield as he deflects attacks and brings some serious pain to bosses.

The update kicked off 28 days of winter holiday events, rewards, and maps. Many of the events will last until January 6th. The team also added a new store that allows high-level characters to buy cash shop items with in-game AP.

Source: Vindictus EU


Crowfall goes into depth about designing advancement systems

There’s a new goofy (yet informative) video series happening over at Crowfall called Systems Chat. In it, the devs take time to explain how different systems are created and why they’re important to the game even if you’ve never thought about them.

In this first video, the team talks about how difficult it is to make a training and advancement system, comparing other MMOs to Crowfall’s design. Check it out after the break and let us know what you think of it and its revolutionary greenscreen technology!

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Marvel Heroes introduces the ‘flashy’ Iron Fist

Marvel Heroes’ 54th and final hero of the year, Iron Fist, will be making his way to the live servers later this week, voiced by Johnny Yong Bosch.

Gazillion System Designer Anthony Gallegos said that Iron Fist will bring a new take on martial arts in Marvel Heroes: “We have a number of melee fighters in our game, but Iron Fist is easily the flashiest. We took a lot of inspiration from the comics, and we believe his ability to switch into various stances such as ‘Tiger’ or ‘Crane’ will help him stand out. Not only does switching stances grant him his powerful Chi resource, it also changes the visuals of many of his powers, including some of his animations.”

Iron Fist is currently available for pre-order at 10% off. This deal includes both of his costumes and a STASH bank tab.


Massively OP Podcast Episode 42: Starstruck

As the podcast crew prepares to wrap up the year, there’s still an avalanche of news with which to deal! On today’s episode, Bree and Justin talk about Star Citizen’s milestones, Devilian’s launch, the debate around multiboxing, and more.

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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EVE Online modifies its trial program

Earlier this year, CCP expanded EVE Online’s free trial program from 14 to 30 days. Now it looks as though EVE is in for some shrinkage, as the studio is reining back in the length of the default trial.

The new plan offers three different trial options. The website trial offers the old standard of 14 days of game time, while those who sign up through a recruitment email or link get an extra week on top of that. CCP is also offering 20 additional days to anyone who purchases one of the $5 content packs. This means with some finagling (and an Abe Lincoln), a new EVE player could enjoy 41 days of trial time before encountering the need for a subscription.

Source: EVE Online


4force Online is a ‘raid action adventure game’

You know how every once in a while, we all wonder why all the different elements of MMORPGs have been spun out into new genres except for pure raiding? Well, Korean studio 1GAMES is here to fill that gap, though it might not be everything you’ve ever wanted.

The game is called 4Force Online, and it’s a mobile-bound “raid action adventure game to hunt gigantic boss monsters in real-time with players from all over the world.”

4Force Online is a raid action game in which players in 4 camps (knight, troll, dwarf, and barbarian) that have different features and characters hunt gigantic monsters in the Hell Gate and demon dungeon. Various boss-level monsters appear depending on the level of difficulty, and players can meet 50 kinds of mythical monsters including wyvern, an ancient dinosaur, as well as gargoyle, golem, and Cyclopes. Each boss raid has more powerful and terrifying gigantic monsters as the level increases, and players can hunt them together through a party or on their own by opening a secret room.

PvP and a form of character development are included. We’ve included the trailer and gameplay video below.

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GTA Online lets you create your own criminal organization

Obviously, reading Massively OP is but one of the ways that you bide your time until the opportunity arises for you to climb to the top of your own criminal empire. We’re here to tell you that today is that day, for this chance is contained within GTA Online’s newest update, Executives and Other Criminals.

The patch allows VIPs to start their own organizations, complete with special abilities, exclusive missions, and the chance to hire and fire other players as bodyguards. Sound sweet? Well, there’s even more once you have the fat stacks of cash from your evil doings: GTA Online is also adding customizable apartments, a turreted limo, and a super yacht with its own helicopter.

You can watch the trailer for the new patch after the break!

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World of Warcraft’s Legion testing is taking a holiday break, too

We hope you weren’t planning on playing any of the World of Warcraft: Legion alpha during your own holiday break (assuming you have one). Blizzard has announced today that the alpha test will be going on break on December 21st, to return sometime early next year. There’s no discussion of whether or not the testing pool will be expanding as well.

World of Warcraft: Legion was announced at Gamescom this year, with a promise of beta later this year; it was later stated that beta would begin in the weeks following BlizzCon. It is worth noting at this point that Blizzard has been very careful to call this build an alpha through its testing.


Final Fantasy XI outlines its plans for 2016

For a game that’s heading into its maintenance mode, Final Fantasy XI is remaining quite active. Previous announcements had confirmed that the game was going to continue receiving updates through the end of April 2016, but producer Akihiko Matsui has confirmed that the game will continue to be updated past April with monthly updates featuring both battle and story content.

Obviously, the game will not be adding something on scale with the massive Rhapsodies of Vana’diel, but players can look forward to new things to do on a monthly basis. This will include large-group and solo battle content, to boot. All of this is good news for anyone who isn’t quite ready to say farewell to Vana’diel; the game is on a slow road to twilight, not simply sailing into the darkness.

Source: Official Site; thanks to Jacob for the tip!


Guild Wars 2’s soundtrack to release on vinyl LP [Updated]

Back in our holiday gifts guide for the MMO hipster, I made a joke about demanding game soundtracks on vinyl. Little did I know back then that this was something about to become a reality for Guild Wars 2.

iam8bit and ArenaNet, publisher and developer of the acclaimed Guild Wars® franchise, have teamed up to release a special Collector’s Edition 2xLP Vinyl featuring the Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns™ soundtrack on 180-gram colored vinyl. The vinyl release offers fans a new way to experience the evocative, orchestral score composed by Maclaine Diemer and Lena Chappelle for Heart of Thorns, the first expansion for the fan favorite, best-selling MMO Guild Wars 2®. With audio mastered specifically for vinyl by Telegraph Mastering Studio, listeners can revisit their quest to battle the vicious Elder Dragon Mordremoth as the orchestra takes them through the perilous Maguuma jungle with the special release of this enchanting soundtrack.

Pre-orders for the LP have just begun. Buyers will get a digital version of the music as well, and those who sold off their record players in the ’90s can pick up the soundtrack on iTunes and Amazon Music “at a later date.”

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Guild Wars 2 e-sports team ragequits over design meta, technical issues

Here’s a bit of MMORPG e-sports drama for you: A major Guild Wars 2 e-sports team bailed from competition last night. Competing in the game’s ESL Guild Wars 2 Pro League for a cut of $200,000 in prize cash, a member of team Zero Counterplay apparently abandoned play mid-match, handing the win to its opponents. Member aerodynamique explained his team’s motivations on Reddit, citing multiple problems with Guild Wars 2’s PvP design and technical problems with required anti-cheating software:

You know, I was gonna write an entire post that explained that we had one ragequit and one legitimate D/C due to ESL Wire, and then I realized; It does not matter, because, at this point in the game’s meta, it is just not worth dedicating more than thirty seconds to this game. Everybody can say we’re unprofessional or terrible at Guild Wars 2 all they want, but, the fact of the matter is that if one point getting capped at the start of the game makes us call a GG, and makes one person leave, while another simultaneously d/c’s due to ESL Wire (which already gives us 300+ ping), this game just isn’t worth spending time on.

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Elite: Dangerous’ Horizons goes live today

Elite: Dangerous’ Horizons – specifically, the 1.5 ships update – is set for launch today. Horizons is considered the next season for the game’s original version, which launched a year ago. That makes today’s launch, Planetary Landings, the first expansion of this second season. Got all that? Good.

Frontier’s devs are busily streaming in honor of the launch, and David Braben submitted himself to the whims of a Reddit AMA early this morning, confirming galaxy map bookmarks for 2.2, a community site revamp to better connect players seeking groups, Powerplay improvements, and more.

You can purchase the base game plus Horizons bundled for $59.99 US on the official site. Check out the launch trailer below.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic celebrates Life Day

It may be a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, but the residents of Star Wars: The Old Republic still know how to celebrate winter holidays. Sure, all of the emphasis on snow for Life Day might seem a bit odd if you were born and raised on Tatooine, but you can still take part in this year’s events. Dulfy even has a new guide to ensure that you can get everything you want from this year’s festivities.

Players can pick up several festive red speeders, a variety of toys and decorations, and new regen items for those who want them. There are also life day robes available for those who want to completely look the part. Life Day runs until January 5th of next year, so players have plenty of time to clear all of the event content. That should be useful, since something franchise-related is happening shortly; we forget what it is.


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