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Phantasy Star Online 2 website quietly shutters

Players hoping for Phantasy Star Online 2 in the west have been holding onto a thin sliver of hope for five years now. Back in 2012, it seemed like a sure thing, but subsequently fans have basically been taunted and teased by the prospect of the game which has never, ever seemed to get any closer to releasing here. Heck, it’s never even been explicitly stated why it isn’t being released over here. But now, perhaps, the final indignity has been suffered, as the game’s official website has silently shut down.

Is there any hope remaining for the game? We’re going to go ahead and say “no,” because there hasn’t been much hope for a very long time now. The good news, such as it is, is that the game still has no region locks in place, but the reality is that it just seems to have been announced and then quietly forgotten. So long, PSO2’s website.

Source: Reddit

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The MOP Up: Osiris New Dawn’s terrifying space ghosts (November 19, 2017)

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 Dragon NestTERA MMabinogi MobileIcarus MSummoner’s WarStar Trek OnlineOsiris New DawnLord of Vermilion ArenaPUBGStardew ValleyWarframeOverwatchPath of ExileAstroneerKurtzPelRuneScapeDota 2Second Life, and Renaissance Kingdoms, all waiting for you after the break!

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The Daily Grind: Which MMO would you recommend to Marvel Heroes refugees?

So Marvel Heroes has about six weeks to live thanks to the impending shutdown of the game following Disney’s decision to drop Gazillion as a business partner. That’s going to leave some superhero MMO players once again without a home, and though the game’s current Steam numbers can’t hold a candle to the number of players affected by the City of Heroes closure five years ago, we’re left with the same situation – and a similar roster of games vying for refugees.

The big superhero MMORPGs are still DC Universe Online and Champions Online, the former of which is certainly better supported with content, the latter of which may have more of that Marvel feel. There’s also three strong crowdfunding superhero MMOs still trying to fill the CoH vacuum: Ship of Heroes, City of Titans, and Valiance Online. Which MMO would you recommend to Marvel Heroes refugees? Would it be another superhero MMO, another superhero game or ARPG altogether, or something else? If you’re a former MH player, where are you getting your fix?

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Blade & Soul grants character boosts, Blade & Soul Revolution struts its stuff on mobile

With only a few weeks left before Blade & Soul drops its “biggest patch ever,” NCsoft is gifting players a bundle of goodies to prime the crowd for Dawn of the Lost Continent.

Anyone who logs onto an account that has at least one level 10 character will receive a free Lost Continent Explorer’s Pack. This bundle contains a voucher for an instant level 50 character, gear, cosmetics, consumables, keys, and currency. While you can claim the pack now, you won’t get the benefits until the update drops on December 6th.

Shifting gears to Blade & Soul Revolution, we can report that this mobile spin-off is attempting to impress the gaming public at G-Star this week. Steparu noted that it played much the same as the recently launched Lineage 2 Revolution (which makes sense, as both were developed by Netmarble), complete with auto-running and auto-questing. Take a look at Revolution’s trailer and gameplay footage after the break!

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DC Universe Online patches in Earth-3 adventures today

This morning, the DC Universe Online servers went down to apply the game’s next major patch. They may or may not be back up by the time you read this, but they’re expected to be up no later than 4:00 p.m. EST today. And when they are up again? You can take a trip to the land of evil opposites, Earth-3!

What must Earth-3 residents think of the rest of the multiverse, though? Technically Earth-1 would be the world with their opposites. Is that a thing there?

Regardless of existential musings on the nature of evil doppelgangers, players can explore a variety of new bits of content on Earth-3, ranging from an open-world exploration of the new world’s Gotham City to an elite raid in which players rail against the Crime Syndicate that threatens the world. So go forth, find your evil opposite, and beat the living snot out of that villain. Or hero, we suppose, if your character is already a villain. It’s complex.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 144: Harry Potter and the Deathly ARG

On this week’s show, Justin and Bree wrassle a mess of eastern mobile MMOs that are leaping onto the scene, imagine a world full of Harry Potter gamers wandering about, discuss SWTOR’s server merges, and take Guild Wars 2 to task for lockbox missteps.

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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Blade & Soul teases Dawn of the Lost Continent’s sights and storyline

When Dawn of the Lost Continent drops in Blade & Soul next month, the upgrade to level 55 will be accompanied by a “sweeping story of epic proportions,” or so NCsoft says. Indeed, a new dev blog highlights some of the highlights of the storyline – and some of the places you’ll go and gear you’ll get along the way.

“The Twilight’s Edge has been stolen by Mushin and Yura, with potentially world-shattering consequences. Meanwhile, Jinsoyun is still trapped in eternal slumber. But not all is lost as the recently captured Dark Vicar willingly revealed a cure in the lost continent of Solak—a distant land twisted by Dark Chi. The lost Yun city of Valindria will be the only safe harbor and your next destination in Solak.”

Thinking about returning? Last week MOP comment veteran Rafael noted that NCsoft has streamlined questing such that you can basically progress and pick up your legendary weapon along the main quest line with no need to grind. There’s some incentive, eh?

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TERA races to shore up chat vulnerability

That nasty little loophole in TERA’s chat that hackers were exploiting was patched up over the weekend. En Masse deployed a hotfix on the 11th that corrected “a chat-related vulnerability that allowed the posting of images external to the TERA client in chat.”

The issue became widespread last week after Redditors and forumgoers spread warnings about the exploit, at which time the studio posted a dire notice about the chat vulnerability to caution players. The team followed this initial warning with a further communique saying that while the vulnerability existed, there was no evidence that it had been used to harm players or access their personal info.

“The developers of TERA were immediately made aware of the vulnerability and they are exploring an appropriate course of action with the highest urgency,” the team posted last week. “There are very serious claims floating around of what this vulnerability potentially allows malicious users to do. We are taking these claims very seriously but, as of this time, we have no evidence that the vulnerability is being exploited in these ways or that any player information has been compromised.”

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The MOP Up: EVE Online eases you into its universe (November 12, 2017)

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 KurtzPelPath of ExileThe Black DeathSMITEEVE OnlineDreadnoughtHeroes of the StormTERA MBattleriteDragon Quest RivalsFinal Fantasy XIAionPokemon GoVendetta OnlineIngress, and Old School RuneScape, all waiting for you after the break!

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Netmarble announces Blade & Soul Revolution mobile MMO

If Lineage Revolution didn’t get you fired up for mobile MMORPGs, maybe Blade & Soul Revolution has a better chance. Netmarble, again licensing one of NCsoft’s popular MMORPG IPs, announced ahead of G-Star that it will publish the new game for mobile devices. There’s a “coming later” link for a “world app” on the official site, so we feel safe suggesting it’s launching globally.

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En Masse confirms TERA chat vulnerability and potential security breach as servers go down for emergency maintenance

Earlier today, TERA players began circulating the claim that an in-game chat vulnerability was allowing hackers to wreck up all regions of the game the way only hackers can. En Masse has now confirmed that vulnerability and says that Bluehole is focused on fixing the problem, but it doesn’t reveal the potential extent of the damage.

“The developers of TERA were immediately made aware of the vulnerability and they are exploring an appropriate course of action with the highest urgency,” the studio wrote this evening. “While they do so, the team at En Masse is continuing to investigate and assist the developers in any way possible. There are very serious claims floating around of what this vulnerability potentially allows malicious users to do. We are taking these claims very seriously but, as of this time, we have no evidence that the vulnerability is being exploited in these ways or that any player information has been compromised.”

The post is closed, and En Masse doesn’t give guidance on how players should proceed, only requests that players with helpful information PM the staff on the official forums. Reddit, meanwhile, has gone into meltdown, sending dire warnings to each other not to log in or make use of proxy services in the meantime, though that may be moot as the servers are being taken offline for “exceptional maintenance.”

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TERA’s Miniguns update drops November 30, is appropriately ridiculous and awesome

So the other day I was setting up Massively OP’s award schedule for December, and I came upon our traditional award for wacky stuff in MMORPGs, which TERA usually wins. I was just thinking how odd it was that TERA hadn’t done anything too silly this year. And then this dropped into my inbox: “Maximum Boom Now Comes in a Miniature Package!”

“The Miniguns update provides a whole new perspective on the explosive gunner class, making it available to elin characters for the first time. […] In addition to their more down-to-earth perspective (compared to their high elf and castanic counterparts), elin gunners will receive a number of cosmetics unique to this race/class combination. Doubling down on their inherent cute-factor while maintaining the gunner class’s signature arcannon weapon, elin gunners can earn exclusive pink cosmetic items by participating in events to be revealed on November 22 and launching when the update goes live on November 30.”

It’s always the Elins, isn’t it?

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Blade & Soul’s Dawn of the Lost Continent drops Dec 6 as the game’s biggest update ever

NCsoft just keeps the Blade & Soul content train coming as the game slides into its second birthday early next year. Next up on the docket? Dawn of the Lost Continent, which lands on December 6th. The studio is calling the “largest update” to the game so far.

“Venture to the new land of Solak in search of the long-lost Yun city of Valindria as you continue on the sweeping story of epic proportions,” NCsoft says. “Continue to hone your martial artistry as the level cap increases to 55—including access to the new Hongmoon Ultimate Skills. These ultimate abilities come with a new resource bar that builds as you fight, allowing you to unleash a customizable attack of extraordinary magnitude once full!”

The new territory itself will send players trekking through act 8 and a bunch of new dungeons: a solo Heroic, two 6-man Heroic dungeons, and a 12-man raid called Snowjade Fortress. Check out the brand-new trailers, and then take a peek at the Golden Harvest events launching today!

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