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!
Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Mu Ignition, Lineage 2 Revolution, Revelation Online, Earthfall, Legacy of Atlantis, DC Unchained, Soul Ark, Battle Carnival, World of Warcraft, Old School RuneScape, Aion, War Thunder, Artifact, Pokemon Go, The Black Death, Astroneer, EVE Online, Phantom Halls, MU Online, and Heroes of Newerth, all waiting for you after the break!
This week in MMO crowdfunding, French website AFJV reported that Dual Universe studio Novaquark has snapped up one of the original EVE Online designers: Hrafnkell Oskarsson. The crowfunded sci-fi MMORPG recently opened up its own custom crowdfunding portal to continue development, which is currently still in pre-alpha. “Together, Novaquark and Oskarsson will be working on Dual Universe, the giant multi-planetary sandbox universe where potentially millions of people will be able to invent new stories for themselves, create new political systems, economies, cities, and empires,” says the company in its PR.
It was a big week for the larger Kickstarted MMORPGs: As promised, beloved crowdfunded indie Project Gorgon hit early access this week to cheering crowds on Steam in spite of its relatively high price, and Shroud of the Avatar pushed out new videos ahead of its formal launch this week.
Meanwhile, Pantropy canceled its Kickstarter and is planning a second go, ROKH got a substantial update and a promise that it’s not being abandoned, Crowfall obsessed over death, Ascent The Space Game readied an engine switchover, and Albion Online rolled out its Lancelot update.
The last big ARK expedition Massively OP’s MJ took was to the surface. What goes up, must also go down, right? So this time, she delving the depths of a cave. The gang is on the hunt for new light pets, the elusive glowtail lizards. Will this journey end better than the first time MJ wandered into this cave? (Hint: She was lured to her death by a once-trusted tribe member!) Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. to see how successful this second trip into the cave is.
What: ARK: Aberration
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, March 17th, 2018
Dipping your toes in to test game content is for wimps; true heroes dive right in and go deep. A new event has arrived in DC Universe Online
that takes players to the bottom of the ocean to face off against Starro and unravel a mystery at Spindrift Station.
The Deluge event takes place as both a low-level activity and high-level elite raid, depending on your skills and daring-do. In this episode, players will meet more of the Aquaman family and explore a pair of new Atlantean locations under the sea.
By going through this content, players can earn underwater suits and a gearset inspired by Mera. Check out the Deluge developer livestream below!
As we’ve been covering in Make My MMO, the Kickstarter for sci-fi MMO shooter Pantropy hadn’t been going as well as developer Brain Stone had hoped. Last weekend, ahead of its ends, the game’s funding sat at just over half of its €75,000 goal. Consequently, the devs canceled the Kickstarter. But that’s not the end – apparently, the team is planning to reboot the Kickstarter with some changes by the end of March.
“We have learned a lot during the last 4 weeks and the game development has progressed a lot in this time,” the devs told would-be backers. “We have received multiple publishing and investment offers. We have decided to stay independent! Don’t worry we’ll continue to develop the game and it will be released on Steam early access this year.”
The game’s latest dev blog also includes a run-down of in-progress development and new screenshots to boot.
Feeling lucky? You just may after jumping into World of Tanks
this weekend. The multiplayer tank battler is throwing a St. Patrick’s Day event
through March 19th with a special “Luck of the Irish” op that pays out in free war chests for every 10 victories. Players can also slap leprechaun and pots o’ gold emblems on their vehicles for a limited time.
March brings many other delightful surprises to World of Tanks, including the Irish Banshee Comet tank, the related Mad Banshee op, and the global Tank Madness competition.
Get your first look at the Banshee Comet after the break!
What do you give a game that is turning 19? Massively OP’s MJ is not sure, but she’s not about to miss EverQuest’s birthday party! Whether or not she can find all the new anniversary quests is another matter, but there is always the anniversary Brasse Dwarf to hang out and drink with. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. to join the celebration with us.
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, March 16th, 2018
It’s time for a whole lot of new characters to smash into the fray in Blizzard’s various multiplayer offerings. Hearthstone doesn’t have characters, per se, but it does have deck types, and the game’s next expansion is delivering a whole new deck type with Odds & Evens. Yes, that’s where you have an entire deck consisting of cards with odd costs or even costs; you can check out the video below for more elaboration.
Overwatch, of course, does have new characters. Specifically, it has Brigitte, who as it turns out will be arriving in the game on March 20th. If you’ve been looking forward to playing the smashy warrior-healer on the live game, you’ll have your chance very soon.
Last but not least, the Heroes of the Storm team is promising another new hero in the form of Fenix, a character from StarCraft who got killed in the first few missions. Later, he came back in a giant spider robot carrying his dead body. (He was a Dragoon. It makes sense in context.) So that’s also fun, although we warn you that teams might not appreciate you saying “I return to serve” every time you respawn.
While it is certainly too early for Ship of Heroes to be posting its full system requirements, the team did discuss some of the graphics options that it has included to boost performance on older or less capable machines. These include reducing the resolution, turning shadows off, and using pull-down menus.
The forum post discussing this stressed that optimization is a work in progress and that improvements and changes are being made all of the time. The trickiest aspect is, obviously, to allow the client and server to handle multiple players in the same area simultaneously.
“Most dev teams really spend the last few months trying to optimize in a sudden rush before launch,” the team said.
One of the concerns that some players have held about Sea of Thieves, especially after its public betas, is that the pirate game appears to be a little light on content and goals.
Fortunately, Rare has a lot more tricks up its sleeve for both launch and beyond. In a developer livestream, the studio discussed more content than it had previously been promoting, including different kinds of PvE skeletons to fight, hidden lore books to discover (with special rewards attached), and the pursuit of legendary status. This endgame activity will give player pirates access to their own secret hideouts and a new faction that has its own types of voyages.
Also in the works? Player-owned ships, pets, campaign events, and the ability to save favorite pirate characters on the random generator.
Rare released the launch trailer for next week’s release, so give that a good gander after the break!
Can you believe Xsyon has made it to seven years? We haven’t heard anything about the game in a long, long while, but the servers are still there so Massively OP’s MJ is popping on to take a look around. Join us live at 1:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you a seventh anniversary show of…
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 1:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, March 16th, 2018
I hope you like starships because in this week’s episode of Star Citizen’s Around the Verse, you’re getting two whole segments on just that. Ship Shape #1 focuses on the Aegis Reclaimer, while Ship Shape #2 is all about the Tumbril Cyclone. OK, so the Cyclone is a vehicle, but close enough. Both will indeed launch with alpha 3.1.
It may seem unlikely, but the team is doing a St Patrick’s Day event too, complete with prizes – including the Constellation Phoenix.
“The Community team will be holding a screenshot contest over the weekend. We want to see how you and your friends are ringing in St Patrick’s Day in Star Citizen. So starting tomorrow, get in the game and celebrate however you see fit. Then share you party images and we’ll choose our three favourites. Just remember to wear some green clothes!”
It’s probably not the most encouraging of signs when a trailer for an MMO’s newest raid mostly features player characters lying down following a wipe. But then again, what do you expect when your party is going toe-to-toe with a very sacred, very powerful dragon?
Welcome to Koldrak’s Lair, the latest 12-player raid coming to Blade & Soul. Level 55 characters can form teams and queue up for the raid at certain times during the day. It’s here they’ll fight the titular Koldrak, a flame dragon that has since succumbed to Dark Chi. The fight is time-limited to 50 minutes each, with the opportunity to down this boss five times each day.
It won’t be easy, as chunks of ice will be falling and Koldrak will try to sweep players off into lava with his tail. Successful fights will pay off in a variety of powerful treasure, depending on a player’s damage contribution (there are no dedicated tanks or healers in this game). There’s also a daily quest that rewards players with XP and the new dragon scale currency.
Koldrak’s Lair is coming with the Fire and Blood update on March 21st.