The Electronic Entertainment Expo presented a lot of opportunities for public relations mistakes, which led me to wonder about the biggest mistakes an MMO’s ever made, the topic of today’s Massively Opinionated debate vidcast! We also have multiple questions from the Patreon backers, and an interesting question about changing MMO systems mid-stream.
This week’s panelists hail from all over the internet: Mike Byrne is the Editor-in-Chief at MMO Bomb, Cosmic Engine can be found on YouTube doing video game reviews, and Tina Lauro can be found right here on MassivelyOP and the Predestination game website.
What would you do if someone gave you 143 laptops, an MMO, and an automatic piano? How much trouble could you get into?
Square-Enix provided the answer to a question we never thought to ask by creating an “Eorzea Symphony” with said laptops, piano, and Final Fantasy XIV. In the following short video, the team links all of them together to show clips from the game while using the piano and in-game sound effects to play the game’s theme music.
Check it out after the break. We think you’ll agree that it ends up being two minutes well-spent.
The kraken? Oh, the kraken in ArcheAge was so last week’s terrifying sea foe. Now the fantasy sandbox has a new threat emerging from the deeps: the leviathan.
In yesterday’s Devouring Depths patch, ArcheAge released the leviathan into the wild. While the creature promises tremendous rewards for those who best it, doing so will require an immense show of naval force. From now until July 7th, there’s also a periodic event that encourages players to get out on the seas and take on the beast.
Even though MassivelyOP’s MJ adores EverQuest II now, she’s looking forward to jumping into the upcoming progression servers herself and starting life over from scratch. After all, she occasionally gets paralyzed by how much there is to do after 10 years, so going back to a simpler time will be liberating! And although she can’t yet divulge them yet, she knows there are certain surprises awaiting players when the progression servers launch, and they have her even more excited. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. in game and in chat to share your favorite EQII memories and discuss the implementation of progression servers.
What: EverQuest II
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
What? Massively OP’s MJ has more Skyforge beta keys to give away? Yes she does! And now that the fourth closed beta test has opened its doors, she can invite you along as she finally continues her sci-fi adventure there. It’s not as if she needs any special reason to jump back in and show off games — she’ll dive in anyway. Rumor has it that an upcoming zone is a good one. (And by good, we mean one that lets MJ jump over the rails to her death!) Tune in us live at 8:00 p.m. for a chance to win keys to this closed beta test!
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
Did you catch the latest World of Warships Naval Academy video that came out this week? If not, we’ve got it for you after the break below. It focuses on American and Japanese battleships in Wargaming’s upcoming World War II action title.
The eight-minute clip gives you a history lesson in terms of real battleship construction and usage, as well as plenty of in-game footage that demonstrates the low speed/high armor/high range characteristics of the US battleship tree and the high speed hulls found throughout the Japanese tree.
The studio behind Izanagi Online is hard at work at another mobile fantasy title that could well be making its way to the west before too long. Japan’s Asobimo is developing Toram Online, which is currently in beta in the region.
While it looks to be a your standard cute anime title, Toram at least is getting out of the standard class rut by offering a more free-form character growth system. Players can mold their avatars by choosing skills and equipping certain types of gear. The title is still growing in beta, having recently added two large maps to the game world.
Toram hasn’t been localized for English-speaking markets yet, but you can still pick up a copy of the beta on both Android and iOS devices if so desired. We’ve got the beta trailer for you after the jump!
ArtCraft is changing how Crowfall’s armor system works. The crowdfunded “throne war simulator” originally featured a series of character-based armor tiers that allowed for gauging power level by itemization (tier 3 was better than tier 2, etc.).
The dev team now feels like this system is too simplistic, and is now aiming for a “horizontal array” of armor types that have various positives and negatives against different damage types, rather than the previous linear progression approach.
The devs have also published a lengthy look at all the work that goes into modeling a set of armor. Character designer Eric Hart is featured in a time-lapse piece wherein he creates cloth armor for the Knight archetype. You can view the video after the cut.
Console fans rejoice: After a lenthy beta-testing period, PlanetSide 2 finally launched on the PlayStation 4 in both North America and Europe today. Now folks who don’t want to want to sit at their monitors to play this MMOFPS can hunker down with their PS4s and televisions to join the ongoing war that their PC counterparts have been participating in for the last couple of years. Interestingly, what those players will see when they log in is not exactly what they expect. I sat down with Andy Sites, the game’s director of development, at E3 2015 to discuss what awaits when players jump into the game on their consoles.
It’s a day of grand restoration in Guild Wars 2, starting with the re-opening of Lion’s Arch. Today’s patch debuts what ArenaNet is calling New Lion’s Arch, a rebuilt trading harbor following its destruction last year by the hand of Scarlet Briar.
Lion’s Arch isn’t the only thing that’s making a return. The dev team also restored sections of the personal story that were removed for retooling. The revamped storyline features minor and major improvements, including allowing solo players to finish the final missions.
Want more? Guild Wars 2 players will discover the old trait system gone and the new specialization system in its place, skill points converted into spirit shards, a better leveling experience, and some combat conditions reworked to allow for more flexibility.
You can go on two New Lion’s Arch video tours after the break!
After months of anticipation for the community, Final Fantasy XIV
‘s first expansion launches today. Heavensward
is available now for players who didn’t preorder or jump in on early access, offering a raised level cap, new areas, new instances, three new jobs, more story… in short, more of Final Fantasy XIV
. As an expansion does.
Producer and director Naoki Yoshida took the opportunity to address a new letter to the community, celebrating how far the game has come and the player community that’s kept it strong and lively. He also promises that there are more patches to plan and a next expansion to start developing. You can watch the launch trailer again just below, and stay tuned for our own first impressions of the game later in the day.
Long before NCsoft officially announced that Blade & Soul was heading west, fans were eager for the chance to get their hands on the game — including a number of us here at MassivelyOP. So I might have had a slight grin on my face when I sat down to experience a bit of gameplay on the Summoner class at this year’s E3. I also talked shop with Producer Nicolas Coutant, Social and Community Director Omeed Dariani, and Brand Manager Julianne Harty, who revealed Blade & Soul’s “full-access free-to-play” business model for the western market. We also touched on subjects ranging from story to closed beta and pre-order packs to cats.
Yes, cats. According to Dariani, “This game is all about cats.”
We know what you are thinking: What’s a Marvel Heroes
anniversary celebration without cows? Lots of cows. Thankfully, you don’t have to find out! The Cowpocalypse descended on the ARPG over the weekend, and MassivelyOP’s MJ is diving into the thick of Bovineheim. But she’ll have to keep moooving to avoid being trampled by the herd because these bovine are out for blood! Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. as OPTV
‘s infamous Stream Team
What: Marvel Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 22nd, 2015