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The MOP Up: Aion has spring fever (April 23, 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!

This week we have stories and videos from EVE OnlineWurm OnlineGloria VictisBrawl of AgesTERAWorld of Warships, H1Z1Champions OnlinePortal KnightsFinal Fantasy XIAionWakfu, and The Black Death, all waiting for you after the break!

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One Shots: Lights, camera, frogs!

Just because you happen to be a humanoid frog doesn’t mean that you’ve lost at the lottery of life. On the contrary, you have all sorts of advantages, such as being able to install and replace light fixtures very high in your underground cavern. Also, you can eat flies.

Reader Finyar starts us out this week with a stunning interior location from a fan-favorite MMO: “I’m currently playing Guild Wars 2 again and I’m always impressed with how beautifully crafted the game world is.”

Art matters, people. Also, why can’t we play more frogs in online games?

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 113: Avatar vs. toon

Do you want to date my space avatar? She’s a star and she’s hotter than a supernova by far. Or maybe you’re a loony tooner? What’s the socially acceptable way to reference your character in an MMORPG without coming across like some weirdo from another gaming era? Bree and Justin will devote their lives to figuring out this question.

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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TERA brings in some new dragons and banishes the old dragons

Were you excited when TERA first introduced its current crop of riding dragons? Maybe. But now those dragons are boring and dumb, and so your interest can only be retained by the introduction of new dragons that are much cooler than the old, boring dragons. That’s why the game is bringing out a new crop of bone dragons and telling all of the old versions of dragons to take a hike and never come back.

The net result is that all of the cash shop methods of acquiring the current crop of dragons will be retired on April 20th, which is (not coincidentally) when the new round of dragons will be introduced. You will still be able to pick up the old dragons in the Dragon Scale or Dragon Token shop, but that will be the only way. So it’s out with the old, in with the new, and if you really want those existing dragons, you should work on that before next Thursday.

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Blade and Soul’s newest patch revamps class progression and adds new regions to explore

The latest big patch for Blade & Soul has arrived, and it brings with it some major changes. Class trees and skill points, for example, are gone altogether. In the place of this progression system is a new one that’s meant to be more intuitive and streamlined. There are also new Hongmoon levels available, and you can earn them while exploring the new Celestial Basin region, so you’ll have plenty of time to decide for yourself if the changes are really a marked improvement or not.

The patch also adds two new dungeons, the depths of Naryu Sanctum and the heights of Mushin’s Tower for groups and solo players, respectively. There are also overhauls to items and the upgrade material system. Check out the full set of patch notes for more details on the changes, which are substantial; it’s going to make leveling a very different experience, but it looks like you’ll have plenty of extra stuff to do while leveling.

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Jukebox Heroes: Your top six favorite MMO music themes

After over a month of voting and counting down, we’ve arrived at the final six picks for your favorite MMORPG theme songs of all time. It’s been absolutely illuminating seeing the formation of this list and the placement of certain tracks, and I’m glad that everyone who wanted to got to participate.

Before I reveal the top six themes, here are a few honorable mentions:

  • Glitch by Vexia: “”As proof this is the ‘main theme’ since the game is closed, my soundtrack CDs have some variations of the Groddle Forest music that are titled ‘Glitch Theme (Demo),’ ‘Glitch Theme (Rook’s Woods),’ etc.”
  • EVE Online: Empyrean Age by Alex: “EVE has, like, DOZENS of theme songs. They make a new one for each expansion. It should win on variety alone. Or be in a different category. If I had to choose one, it would probably be the Empyrean Age login theme.”
  • Phantasy Star Online by Totakeke: “Boom, nothing can beat PSO’s theme. Period.”
  • City of Villains by Colonel Zechs: “Who wouldn’t like this song?”
  • SkySaga by Socontrariwise: “Just so cheerful!”

Are you ready? I know I am! Here we go!

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TERA launches its Valkyrie patch Honorbound today [Update: It’s live now!]

At first it was called the Paragon. Then, players revolted, and it was renamed to the Valkyrie. But whatever you call the newest class in TERA, it still spins around with a sharp bit of metal on the end of a stick and slashes the heck out of things. What else could you want? Hands-on experience? We have that. A video guide on how the class plays? Sure, why not, you can check that out down below so you know exactly what you’re getting into with the biggest feature of the game’s latest patch.

The patch also rebalances lower level dungeons while allowing the ability to mount within. Monsters in the open world have also been made a bit tougher, so you’ll really need to put your Valkyrie through her paces; you have an extra character slot with this patch, to boot, so you’ll be able to make one. Check out the full set of patch notes and get ready to start stabbing with a glaive.

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The Stream Team: Seeking out DC Universe Online’s Starro

Have you ever met an evil demon starfish? Massively OP’s MJ is about to hunt one in DCUO. Starro the Conqueror has invaded, and facing him leads to the acquiring of cool event items, so naturally MJ has to get in on the action. To save the universe from evil really — not just get the wacky cosmetics. Join us live at 3:00 p.m. to watch either MJ or the starfish get slapped silly.

What: DC Universe Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, April 10th, 2017

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One Shots: Eight-bit vista

One of my favorite MMO April Fools of all time is Guild Wars 2’s playable Super Adventure Box. It’s so brilliantly designed and executed that it goes far beyond mere joke territory and became an institution. A fun game-within-a-game.

Reader Little Bugbear took advantage of an initial foray into SAB to take what I consider to be a very arresting picture. It’s almost a silhouette of a character lounging against an 8-bit skybox. “Sometimes it’s nice to just sit back and enjoy a nice day of gaming,” Little Bugbear said.

Before we get into the rest of this week’s lineup, I want to share the news that we’ve made some further improvements to our comment system that should allow you to share your screenshots in bigger and bolder glory, especially when you post one at a time!

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Massively Overthinking: It’s the end of The Secret World as we know it

I think I can speak for most of our staff in saying that in November when Funcom first promised a “major upgrade to both retention and acquisition mechanics and content of the game to counter the declining revenues” in The Secret World, no one expected this.

Ditto in February, when Funcom said it was going “relaunch to broaden the appeal of the game through [a] redesigned new player experience, major improvements to gameplay including combat, [the] introduction of new retention systems such as daily rewards, [and] adjustments to the business model, including allowing access to the story content for free” — people murmured “NGE,” but no one even considered that the studio would dump MMO players overboard in pursuit of ARPG fans.

But in retrospect, the cagey language and lack of actual updates in the game were right there all along, as was the casual maintenance-moding of Anarchy Online and Age of Conan.

For this week’s Overthinking, I’ve asked our staff to consider Funcom’s plans here — not the rumors and leaks but the set-in-stone plans — and reflect on what they say about the studio, the game, and the genre on the whole. What do you think about Secret World Legends?

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Hands-on with TERA’s new Valkyrie class

Last month, TERA’s community chose the name of its new class, and next week players will get to not only see that Valkyrie in action but play her when Honorbound launches on April 11th. Ahead of the launch, I got to get my hands on the class while joining the devs for a run through if the dungeon Vault of Kaprima. Michael Santora, product manager, acted as tour guide and shared interesting tidbits about the class as we warmed up for our run on the BAMS in the dungeon. With Scott Magner (writer) as tank and Robin MacPherson (associate product manager) as healer, what could go wrong?

One should really never ask that question and tempt fate! I might have suffered a death or three in the dungeon as I played this melee class for the very first time, but it was still fun to do — and I am not even a fan of melee. Here are my first impressions of the class, and don’t forget to tune in later today and tomorrow for official livestreams showing her off.

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A creepy starfish has taken over DC Universe Online

If you’re not echinodermophobic already, DC Universe Online’s latest patch is angling to turn you with its latest patch. Yes, Starro the Conqueror and his concomitant content injection have arrived in Daybreak’s superhero MMORPG!

DC Universe Online [has] launched Starro the Conqueror, a new event featuring the Justice League’s first villain! Available for all players level 10 and up, this event features new open world missions, a duo, an alert and a raid. All players who participate in the event can also receive Starro-themed gear and cosmetics. Those who are Members are able to experience a special end-game version of the raid AND collect bonus rewards throughout the event.”

We’ve tucked the live-action trailer starring Jack Emmert and the Daybreak Austin crew (it’s actually kind of amusing!) below. Just watch out for those spores.

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Blade and Soul’s next update includes a training room and skill revamp

Blade and Soul’s next update may be a literal game-changer, as the team is overhauling the skill system to make it more accessible and less confusing. The team admits that the previous system was “overly complex” and hopes that this will help all players get into the fun of the game quicker than before.

“Skill trees are no more, and you no longer have skill points (Hongmoon Skills do still need to be unlocked),” the team wrote. Instead, skills are unlocked at specific levels, and you choose between different Moves for each skill to specialize them. Skills are further specialized per class by the class’ Elements.”

The update will also raise the Hongmoon level cap to 20 and introduce a new training room. This isn’t your grandpappy’s training room, either; players can instantly warp to this area to be taught combos for their class and take on any dungeon or raid boss in order to hone their skills.

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