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PSA: Guardians of Ember and Total War Arena are free-to-play this weekend

Itching for something to do this weekend? How about some freebie games?

Wargaming announced that its F2P battler Total War: ARENA will host an open weekend even for folks not already in the open beta, running today through the early hours of Monday. “The open weekend will allow full access to the latest version of Total War: ARENA, letting new commanders test their mettle in epic scale 10 vs 10 multiplayer battles,” says the studio. “Choose a commander from three historical factions: Romans, Greeks and Barbarians, and fight on ancient battlefields with your own customized army. This follows on from recent content patch 2.2 that added Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix, a new Roman commander and master of defensive and supportive play.”

Guardians of Ember will also open its doors until November 5th; that promo is also already live. Inselgames notes that “through the whole weekend players can try out each of the six different classes, create unique builds with more than 300 skills and a dual class system at their disposal. Fans of traditional MMOs will enjoy features like housing, crafting, fishing and can use the Group Finder to make new friends. More action awaits the brave heroes of Olyndale as they slash their way through hordes of enemies, level up, and tackle randomized and instanced dungeons in the new nightmare mode together with their allies or alone.”

Source: Press releases. Thanks, Eboni!

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Star Wars: The Old Republic has a free minipet and companion for you

Free expansions, free mounts, and free character slots. Star Wars: The Old Republic has been buttering its players up lately, and that trend is not going to stop any time soon. The sci-fi MMORPG is getting ready to hand out free minipets and companions during the month of November as part of a promotion for its United Forces server merge.

First up with this giveaway is a Mini Mogul NM-1 battle walker pet, which is earned simply by logging in between November 8th and the 27th. A little more difficult to obtain is the wicked-looking Darth Hexid companion, which requires players to run at least three missions through the group finder (either PvP or PvE) during the same time period. (Speaking of companions, MOP’s Larry discussed some possible changes that could impact your virtual buddies.)

SWTOR’s United Force update is scheduled for November 8th and will merge the current 17 servers down to just five (one for each region and language). A double XP and CXP event is also planned for November 8th through the 14th.

Source: SWTOR

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Grab a key for SOS’s weekend alpha test from Outpost and MOP!

Here’s a newish game to our pages: SOS, a multiplayer survival PC game “where 16 contestants face off in a 30-minute challenge to escape.” It’s essentially a nifty “Survivor”-flavored twist on ye olde survival sandbox in that instead of competing in just another battle royale, you’re actually vying to escape the island – with or without the help of the other players and the streaming audience. It’s like if LOST and PUBG had a baby.

Want to give it a try? Outpost Games has granted Massively OP 500 keys for this weekend’s leg of the alpha, which runs from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. EDT on November 4th and 5th – this weekend. Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys!

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Elder Scrolls Online kicks off Xbox One free-play weekend and sweepstakes with PAX trip and game systems up for grabs

Hey, Xbox One peeps. Have you tried The Elder Scrolls Online on your platform yet? If not, then you should definitely feast your eyes on ZeniMax’s latest promotion, which includes a free-play event for you starting tomorrow and running through the weekend.

“The Xbox One Free Play Days event runs from November 2 until November 5. If you’re a new player, this is a great opportunity to check out the game and experience a world where you can go anywhere and do anything. Even better, all new ESO accounts are gifted 500 free crowns for use in the in-game Crown Store, allowing you to pick up some useful items such as potions, XP Scrolls, food, or an adorable pet!”

Participants in past freebie events will find their characters still intact and playable. Take heart, PC and PS4 players; the studio implies there’ll be an event for you in the near future as well.

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PSA: WildStar is giving out free level 50 characters in preparation for next week’s raid

Time to skip over all of that meaty, pesky leveling content and enjoy an express pass to the endgame in WildStar… if that is your desire, of course. Carbine announced that it is once again giving out free level 50 characters to anyone who claims them by November 5th by logging into the game.

There is a big caveat here, which is that if you took advantage of this boost the last time WildStar did a giveaway, you can’t get another one this time around. The boost comes with a load of freebies, including gear, a mount, a housing teleport, path rewards, and a port to your faction’s capital city.

There is a sinister and devious reason behind Carbine’s attempt to shoo everyone to level 50, which is that WildStar is dropping a major content update next week. The update will raise the prime level cap on instances to 15 and open up the Genetic Archives Prime Level 1 raid. OK, maybe not so sinister or devious.

Source: WildStar

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Buy a new Intel Optane SSD, get a Star Citizen pixelship

As part of its CitizenCon 2017 reveals this morning – or this afternoon, if you’re local to Frankfurt, where the event is taking place – Cloud Imperium announced a partnership with Intel. Why do you care? The deal means an in-game Star Citizen ship will be provided along with your real-world purchase of an Intel Optane 900P Series SSD.

“The Intel Optane SSD 900P Series delivers incredibly low latency and best-in-class random read and write performance at low queue depths – up to four times faster than competitive NAND-based SSDs – opening incredible new possibilities. With the new SSDs, users will unlock more potential from their platform. The Intel Optane SSD 900P Series is ideal for the most demanding storage workloads, including 3D rendering, complex simulations, fast game load times and more. Up to 22 times more endurance than other drives also gives the heaviest users peace of mind.”

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Guild Wars 2 is releasing a vinyl soundtrack for Path of Fire and planning Extra Life shenanigans

You hipsters still have your vintage record players, right? I mean, how else are you going to enjoy Guild Wars 2 Path of Fire’s soundtrack on vinyl? Yep, the soundtrack LP was announced today, along with preorders.

“Following the huge success of the soundtrack to the first Guild Wars 2 expansion Heart of Thorns, acclaimed publisher and developer ArenaNet has once again partnered with video game master merchandisers iam8bit to bring Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire’s orchestral soundtrack to the fans. Composed by the incredibly talented Maclaine Diemer (with support from Wilbert Roget II, Brendon Williams, and Stan LePard), pre-orders for the collector’s edition vinyl record of Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire’s soundtrack – featuring beautiful album art – go live today.”

It’s 40 bucks, or you can just get the digital editions for $9 on iTunes or Amazon.

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Trove introduces pumpkin quests and freebie musical mount for Halloween

I’m gonna give Trove a pass on wackadoodle Halloween events. Trove is wackadoodle all the time. My character has a hot dog hat. If it weren’t for the pumpkins, I bet nobody would even notice that the devs are kicking off mischief this week.

But of course, they are. “Starting on October 24th, complete seven all-new, seasonal adventures to make the most of the holiday and earn epic loot in the process!” Trion posted this morning, heralding “endless gourdzillas.”

“Witness the return of Pumpkin lairs to every biome. Clear out these pernicious pumpkin properties to earn Candy Corn which can be used to craft Mystery Boxes at the Shadowy Station in the spoopy new Shadow’s Eve hub.”

There’s a bunch of lockbox and sale sale stuff too, but do make sure you pop into the cash shop in the next couple of weeks to pick up a freebie: the musical mat, which turns out to be a promotional mount (I tested!). Want to see it all in person? We’re streaming at 4 p.m. EDT today, so join us then!

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The Stream Team: Giving away creepy clown Halloween bundles in Wizard101

Halloween is all about collecting goodies, and Massively OP’s MJ has some Wizard101 goodies to give away! Special for the season, she has a handful of the new Spooky Carnival Bundles to pass out while enjoying the holiday content. Who wouldn’t want special Halloween treats like a new outfit, a new mount, and a creepy carousel housing item? And what’s scarier than clowns? The pack includes:

  • Scarousel Housing Item
  • Creepy Clown Car Mount (4-Player + 50% Speed Boost)
  • Booloon Pet
  • Spooky Carnival Outfit
  • Spooky Throwing Knife Weapon
  • 1 Month or 5,000 Crowns

Celebrate Halloween the scary way! Grab your squirting flower and red nose and join us live at 8:00 p.m. for your chance win one of these bundles

What: Wizard101
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

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Enter to win a Gigantic Ezren Ghal hero unlock or Voden skin from PWE and MOP

In honor of the launch of Gigantic’s Halloween update and its concomitant new hero and map, PWE has granted Massively OP a bunch of goodies to raffle to our readers! They’re intended for the PC audience, so consolers can sit this one out.

A hundred winners will be taking home a code for the Desolation skin for Voden, the MOBA’s shooter hero. And 10 winners will also score an unlock for Ezren Ghal, the brand-new caster hero known for “wielding necromantic powers to damage his opponents, collect souls and trade them for powerful abilities,” twisting “the very being of his foes by draining souls in combat, which can be turned against enemies as devastating ability attacks.”

Read on to enter to win!

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TERA goes on pink overload for breast cancer awareness

We are sure that you are one of the good ones that do not need any prompting to give to worthy causes, such as fighting breast cancer. But for your… friends who might need some personal incentive to donate, TERA is selling a new cosmetic bundle with the proceeds going to breast cancer research.

And before you can ask, yes, it is pink. It is all of the pink in the world.

The “Pink Power Bundles” contain pink wings, pink sunglasses, and a pink crown of flowers, all of which will do double duty by raising more awareness of this cause and completely baffling the monsters that you fight. “Are you sure that you came to battle?” they will ask. “Perhaps you got lost on your way to a Barbie convention?”

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Secret World spin-off Hide and Shriek is free this Halloween season

Did you miss out on the unusual scare-or-be-scared premise of Hide and Shriek last year? Funcom’s two-player Secret World spin-off stirred up some interest during Halloween 2016, and now the game is back — and it’s free.

Steam announced this week that Hide and Shriek has been moved over to the free-to-play category. This means that other than the option to buy a mask pack, there’s no prices attached to this game whatsoever.

Hide and Shriek takes place in the same universe as Secret World Legends. In each of its matches, two invisible players roam a high school to set up traps and attempt to “scare” each other for points. Check out the trailer below for a refresher course.

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Star Trek Online brings back TNG shuttle and Discovery uniform giveaway

If you’re kicking yourself that you missed out on some of the more recent giveaways over at Star Trek Online, then kick yourself into gear instead. Cryptic announced that it is reprising its shuttle and uniform giveaway through the end of the month to anyone who logs in to claim them.

The free shuttle in question is the Type 7, most commonly seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation. It is a nice upgrade over the default shuttle that the game gives you for small craft missions, sporting a device slot and two forward weapon slots. And if you don’t mind mixing up the eras, you can pilot this shuttle wearing the new Star Trek Discovery uniform, which is the first piece of content from the current TV series to make its way into the game.

Star Trek Online also changed up its featured mission rewards for Melting Pot with a “Preeminent Deflector” that apparently synergizes well with shield output. Could be useful!

Curious about STO? One brilliant Massively OP writer called it one of the “most underrated MMORPGs” currently on the market — and gave 10 reasons why.

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