Entropia Universe angles to enter the VR market

Is virtual reality just a fad that happens to come around every once in a while? Entropia Universe is banking that it’s here to stay this time, as its studio is laying out plans to support and integrate VR in its virtual worlds.

Entropia Universe AB announced yesterday that it will be fully supporting several virtual reality devices, including Oculus Rift and SteamVR. The company also said that it’ll be helping developers dabbling in VR to figure out ways to successfully monetize these efforts.

Head of Business Development David Simmons says that the days of thinking of VR as a fad are officially over: “Virtual reality is on the threshold of becoming the great entertainment medium of the new millennium.”

[Source: PR Newswire]

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WoW lost nearly three million subs in three months

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Blizzard behemoth World of Warcraft loses a bunch of subscribers, the internet loses its mind, and we lose a lot of sleep policing the comments of the corresponding news article.

Activision-Blizzard’s latest earnings report says that WoW is down to 7.1 million subscribers, which is 2.9 million less than the 10 million reported at the end of 2014. Activision-Blizzard also reports downturns in net revenue and net income for the quarter ending March 31st, 2015 when compared to the same quarter in 2014.

On the plus side, net revenue from digital channels clocked in at a record $538 million, which accounts for 76 percent of total revenue.

[Source: Gamespot]

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RIFT is working on a planar crafting system

RIFT crafters may soon have a good reason to get out of their safety bubbles in the city and get their hands dirty to further their tradeskills. According to a short post on the official forums, the team is currently working on a new type of crafting system that interfaces with the game’s signature rifts.

In reference to a player suggesting a rift that had a crafting station and mobs that dropped components in it, Senior Game Designer Noah Holmes said, “Awesome, this is very close to the Planar Crafting system I’m working on implementing right now actually.”

[Source: RiftGrate, official forums]

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Leaderboard: How often do you see your guild mates in meatspace?

I’m hosting some online friends at my meatspace house this month, and last March I flew out to stay with some other friends I’d been gaming with since 2004 but had never met in person. It was a blast and something I hope to do more of, travel logistics and costs notwithstanding!

What about you, MOP readers? How often do you see your online friends or guild mates in the real world? Vote after the cut!

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Skyforge boasts big beta numbers

With the first two Skyforge closed beta tests out of the way and the third one currently running, it’s of course time for The Big Numbers Show, starring our good friend, Mr. Infographic!

[hold for applause]

Thank you, thank you. The devs put together many mind-bogglingly huge numbers from the tests so far, including reports that players have undertaken 810,000 adventures, killed over 100M mobs, and downed the final boss almost 35,000 times. The demographics of the current playerbase are skewed heavily to males, with the gender represented by over 60% in both the US and Europe.

All very impressive numbers, to be sure, although there is one conspicuously absent: How many players have played the beta.

[Source: Skyforge]

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Yay, SWTOR is less of a grind (again)

BioWare has outlined its approach to the latest Star Wars: The Old Republic 12x experience event which is now active. The boost enables subscribers to level from 1 to 50 via their class missions, which means those of you who’d like to experience BioWare’s story but wouldn’t like to experience the mind-numbing planetary mission grind can now commence with your happy dancing. You can also level from 50 to 55 solely on the Rise of the Hutt Cartel story missions so, again, happy dance.

If, on the other hand, you like to grind, knock yourself out because BioWare has enabled a toggle switch in the form of a White Acute Module which you can obtain on your faction’s fleet. There are some other quality-of-life improvements to the new 12x, too, but you’ll need to visit BioWare’s source article to read them all. And don’t forget about MOP’s leveling guide and Ziost finale preview.

[Source: Epic Story XP boost]

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Tree of Life is available on Steam

If you wake up in the morning and find yourself just unable to get enough early access sandbox titles to whet your appetite, you’ll be happy to know that Tree of Life is coming to Steam as an early access title. What is it? Imagine Wurm Online, only Korean, and you’ll be at least halfway there.

Tree of Life plans to release in full by the end of the year, although early access players will get the game cheaper than post-launch players. In its unfinished state players are already able to roam across the world, build settlements, fight off monster sieges, and work together to build anywhere. Check out the Steam page if it sounds like your cup of tea.

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Massively Opinionated: Hearthstone vs Neverwinter vs LoL

On this week’s edition of Massively Opinionated, we’re talking about one of the biggest controversies to hit the western MMO market in the last few years: free-to-play. We asked our panelists which game has the best F2P model, what turns the western market off from F2P, and which F2P ad is the worst they have seen. We also ask them to build their own F2P MMO.

The rules are simple: Our host, Larry Everett, asks our expert panelists four questions prior to the show on our topic of the week. They come to the show prepared to defend their answers… to the death. Whoever has the best argument wins a point for each question, and the panelist with the most points at the end wins the internet.

Our panelists today are some of the best reporters on F2P games: From MMO Bomb, it’s Editor Jason Winter; from BioBreak and the Massively OP Podcast, Justin Olivetti joins us; and our own Tina Lauro from Predestination jumps on the panel once again!

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Destiny prepares to throw players into the Prison of Elders

The bad news: You’ve been sentenced to prison and are severely outnumbered by powerful, ancient beings. The good news: The warden has allowed you to bring your weapons in with you.

Destiny players will be performing a prison break-in with the game’s next major content update, House of Wolves. A new three-player co-op arena called the Prison of Elders is being constructed for the patch, in which guardians can attempt to survive waves of nasty inmates in exchange for high-level loot.

You can get a peek at the Prison of Elders after the break and witness the full reveal on Twitch at 2:00 p.m. EDT today.

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Chaos Theory: Reaping the Whirlwind in The Secret World’s Issue #11

To spoil or not to spoil; that is the question. When it comes to The Secret World, that’s a very serious question indeed! As much as I really, really hate spoilers, how could I ever decline a sneak-peek tour of much-anticipated Issue #11 with Funcom Lead Designer Romain Amiel and Communications Manager Tor Egil Andersen? The answer is, I couldn’t. After all, the secrets of the Orochi are finally at our fingertips! The chance to delve deeper into my favorite story earlier than expected is so worth the risk of a spoiler or two. And you get to reap the benefits of the experience as I share all the tantalizing tidbits with you just as the update officially launches and you can break into the Orochi Tower yourself.

Now before we go any further, you need to be aware that there are spoilers ahead. I’ll give you fair warning before anything major so you have the chance to skip that info, but the responsibility is on your shoulders. But even if you read this Chaos Theory in its entirety, there will be plenty still to discover on your own. As Amiel said, Reaping the Whirlwind has a lot of reveals, and there are some major things I simply won’t divulge at all (but I know you’ll love!). On top of that, the devs were gracious enough to end the tour before the conclusion, leaving the finale to me to discover it at my own pace.

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Neverwinter announces its next major update, Underdark

Neverwinter is heading into a dark place with its next major update. Darker than dark, even. Tenatively dubbed Neverwinter: Underdark, the next module will bring players into the eponymous Underdark, exploring kingdoms of Drow and featuring a questline written by well-known fantasy author R. A. Salvatore. Yes, you’ll be fighting alongside Drizz’t. You knew that was coming, don’t pretend you didn’t.

The module is scheduled for release in 2015 on PC, with a console release to follow. More is in the works for players before the next module, however; there will be more fixes to the Elemental Evil content, as well as an update before the module featuring guild housing. All of it is exciting stuff for Neverwinter fans.

[Source: Neverwinter: Underdark Coming in 2015]

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Flameseeker Chronicles: Unpacking Guild Wars 2’s beta drop RNG

Never before have I seen Guild Wars 2’s Dry Top and the Silverwastes hive with such activity as we’ve seen this week. In case you’ve been living under a rock since the announcement, the bright sparks at ArenaNet decided to make gaining access to the next round of beta testing a little more interesting by introducing a rare portal item drop from enemies and event chests in both zones that guarantees beta access. The quirky level 80 zones mentioned above aren’t exactly my favourite spots in Tyria (read that with a high-pitched Irish lilt that’s dripping sarcasm, folks!), so high-tailing it through these areas most definitely feels like a grind to me.

In this issue of Flameseeker Chronicles, I’m going to talk about my views on the RNG method of assigning beta spots and a brief synopsis of my portal-hunting strategy. For full disclosure, I’ve put two days into scouring the area so far but have had no luck in looting a portal just yet; there’s nothing you can do to absolutely guarantee that you’ll find a portal, even if your methods are solid. If you’re still searching too, perhaps you’ll find my ramblings useful as you go! Good luck with your search, and happy hunting, everybody!

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Mo’s Egg Hunt: Deals for May 6, 2015

It’s time for another exciting roundup of Newegg’s best deals here on Massively Overpowered. These deals are available through the links provided below. However, it’s important to know they’re not all gamer-themed. It’s just stuff that we think you would like, and we were able to snag a deal for you. Obviously, act soon because these deals are totally limited time.

Mo’s Egg Hunt is a roundup of Newegg’s best sponsored deals for Massively OP readers. It is crafted by MOP sales manager Michael Gray, who operates independently from our editorial team. Affiliate purchases made through Massively OP help keep us online.

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