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!
This week in our roundup, we’ll touch base with Mark Hamill’s “other” science fiction tour of duty, discover Saga of Lucimia’s pillars of gameplay, celebrate Memorial Day in Dark Age of Camelot, and more!
If you’re looking for an answer to the obvious question, no, we can never have too many equestrian MMORPGs in the world. There are never enough, in our professional opinion, which is why we welcome yet another entry into this majestic field.
The game is Riding Out by UnexEvo, and you could be playing it next week if you hop on board its early access program. On May 25th, your secret fantasies will come true, as you can groom, gallop, and gallivant about with your horse pals.
“Riding Out is a new MMORPG in a world in which everything revolves about horses!” the official description reads. “Explore the beautiful open world on the back of your horse, together with your friends. Experience exciting quests, build your own stable and create your own jumping courses, dressage competitions, and race.”
As you count down to the the days until you can horse around, check out the following beta trailer and let us know how this stacks up to the competition.
This week in MMO crowdfunding news, there’s a new player in the crowdfunding business: Fig, a “community-powered publisher” whose “goal is to strike a balance between titles from well-known independent studios as well as ones from up-and-coming indie teams.”
Chronicles of Elyria broke the million-dollar mark on its Kickstarter this week; it currently stands at just over $1,060,000 with just under two weeks to go. There’s even an interview with some of the folks pouring massive sums of money into the game in return for titles.
Meanwhile, Crowfall dished on the method behind the madness of its branding, Shroud of the Avatar released an excerpt from its first novel, both Vigor Roads and Midair launched fresh Kickstarters, and Valiance Online issued a statement on the role of former City of Heroes animator Ron Friedman. Elite: Dangerous had a big week too; Frontier announced that it’s dropping the price of the game on PC and bringing Horizons to Xbox One on June 3rd. Engineers itself lands on PC this week on May 26th.
Read on for more on what’s up with MMO crowdfunding this week and the roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’ve got our eye on!
As we mention in the Massively OP offices from time to time, Warframe
is one of those games that seems to be doing ridiculously well even though you hardly ever hear people talking about it. It’s doing so well, in fact, that it’s warranted its own convention: TennoCon.
In fact, TennoCon 2016 is heading our way in a couple of months, as it’ll be hosted in “the other” London, Ontario, on July 9th. This all-day convention will be backed with panels, previews, cosplay, dev chats, and — naturally — an archery range. Attendees will also get an exclusive Syandana to wear in the game. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to Outward Bound Canada, a charitable organization designed to encourage people to explore nature.
Can’t go? There’s a Twitch for that. You can board the hype train for TennoCon by checking out the invitation video after the jump.
After hinting about a new Secret World feature with the monster T-shirt contest and letting players speculate for a week, devs finally revealed their plans during the latest Streaming Ones episode. Called the Museum of the Occult, this new feature is an interesting mix of almost-housing and the long-ago mentioned bestiary. Basically, each player is given the task to repopulate the now empty museum that sits in London. The right to display creatures is earned through collecting lore, kill achievements, and exploration, and different levels of display pedestals allow for different poses. With these poses, players will be able to customize their personal museum space, then invite their friends to come on in and admire it!
The livestream also touched on the upcoming Fusang improvements that are expected to hit the test server next week. These include changing to one offensive and one defensive kill mission to pull people into battle in the facilities, adding dynamic events (like supply drops) as an incentive to run outside of the facilities, and new minigames to keep people engaged. Also introduced was the new elite vulnerability system, where weapon type will determine what type of debuff a player can add to the target that will benefit group members. All the juicy details are available in the full episode below.
Do you ever wonder about how characters in MOBAs go to the bathroom? The newest video highlighting Master x Master
‘s support caster Demenos makes it a relevant question. Sure, form-fitting bodysuits raise questions, but at least the people wearing them have roughly human anatomy. Demenos is just a floating idealized torso from the waist up. What happens if he’s out drinking all evening and really needs a stop in the restroom? Does he just slink behind an alley and do something that you don’t want to watch happen?
If you would rather not consider these questions, you can focus instead upon what Demenos does in battle, which is support people. And he’s good at it, too; depending on his build and abilities, he can act as a healer, crowd control, or straight-up damage. Check him out in action in the full video just past the break, which does nothing to answer any burning questions you might have about how the heck his digestive system works as just a floating torso.
Star Citizen’s Around the Verse this week sees the return of Ben Lesnick just in time for the 2.4 patch to land on the public test server and drop its NDA. Of note is the check-in from Austin producer Jake Ross, who discusses the updated 2.4 weapon animations in 2.4, shopping experience, temporary events, and more shopping stuff:
“Lastly, and looking ahead to future releases, we’re looking at some more shops. Not for ArcCorp and not for Port Olisar but for a new space station that will be sort of a pirate based space station. So this space station will be more for the outlaws and things like that. But even outlaws like to buy things so we have shops there in the works for this new station. And it will have different shops that’ll be able to sell different things. You’ll probably see some more outlaw armour types, and some pirate clothing, and more weapons, and things like that. So we’re trying to get you guys to travel to different areas and give you incentives to go hang out at different places and we’ll have a wide variety of things in the PU so the first steps is getting shoping out to you guys, first release, and then after that we’ll look to put even more content out there to get you guys flying around the ‘verse.”
There’s also a lore piece on the Tamsa system and black holes, plus a tease for the second part of the piping system. Watch the whole show down below.
MassivelyOP’s MJ powered through HEX’s
dream dungeon like a boss! However, now she needs to actually face the end boss. After she’s battled a bear, an eagle, a spider, a skarn, and a turtle, what can this ultimate boss be? Perhaps it is a truly terrifying foe: a giant bunny! Tune in live at 1:00 p.m. to see whther MJ completes this dungeon undefeated or she finally feeds the death counter.
What: HEX: Shards of Fate
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 1:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 20th, 2016
In celebration of Riders of Icarus’ closed beta and brand-new trailer, Nexon has granted Massively OP three legendary founder pack keys for Steam for our readers.
The Legendary Rider’s Founder Pack comes with 7-day Open Beta head start access, four exclusive mounts, exclusive founders title, exclusive weapon and outfit skins, 24 inventory slots, 60-day premium service and more. ($89.99 to purchase the pack, but with a value of $252.75).
Nexon has posted a list of eligible countries on the official site — if you’re on the list and can use Steam, you should be able to redeem these keys. (It appears to be mainly Asia and Africa excluded, but check anyway.)
Read on to enter to win and watch the new trailer!
I see something coming in the future… something that will be of interest to Path of Exile
fans. And it will arrive on June 3rd. It’s the big mid-expansion update! Called Path of Exile: Prophecy
, this big content release and beginning of the next challenge league launches in two weeks. As the name might suggest, Prophecy
has a fortune-telling theme to it, brought to life with new mechanics, new items, and a new NPC. I gazed into my powerful crystal ball, calling upon all of my future-reading abilities (read: sat down with Producer Chris Wilson
) to learn about what Wilson called a “mini-expansion” companion to Ascendancy
. See what your future holds in Prophecy
Every time MassivelyOP’s MJ thought she would start SWTOR’s Shadow of Revan
expansion, she’d be tossed another prelude task. But now she’s finally diving into the thick of things! With Larry along as her guide and the viewers for her conscience, things are sure to be interesting as MJ embarks on this next adventure. Join us live at 4:00 p.m. for this round of Choose My Alignment and decide the fate of this Chiss Agent. As a bonus, Larry has more goodies to give away!
What: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Who: Larry Everett & MJ Guthrie
When: 4:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 19th, 2016
has just kicked off a new Nightmare Invasion
event for teams of 3 to 5 superheroes over level 10.
“Strange otherworldly creatures have started invading Millennium City, and you need to stop them! A mysterious stranger called Golden Seraph has appeared in Renaissance Center, pleading for assistance in stopping this invasion. Who is behind this new invasion, and what does it ultimately mean?”
The event is live now and runs until June 2nd.
Do you have nostalgia pangs for Titan Quest or simply crave a good action-RPG on your iPhone or iPad? Then today is going to be spectacular for you, since this mythology-themed ARPG has been released on iOS.
Titan Quest originally came out in 2006 and reached cult status since then. The mobile version includes the full game with an open world, over 1,200 item, 80 types of foes, 30 classes, and scalable difficulty modes. New features have been added such as the touch interface and cloud saving.
You can pick up Titan Quest for $7. If you’re an Android player, then don’t fret: That version is coming along “soon.” So how does this port look? Check out its trailer after the break.