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Official Site: Aion
Studio: NCsoft West
Launch Date: September 22, 2009
Genre: Fantasy Themepark
Business Model: F2P (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC

NCsoft rep says bringing City of Heroes toons to Master x Master was his 'passion project'

We've been speaking with NCsoft West off the record this week, agitating for publicly printable answers on the Master X Master decision to implement City of Heroes characters (to the loud outrage of disgruntled City of Heroes players). But apparently we won't have to, as some of the answers have been published today.

Lorehound quotes NCsoft MXM Brand Manager Sean Orlikowski as saying that adding Statesman to the MOBA was his personal "passion project for the last two years."

"I saw it as a way to incorporate a character from a beloved title into our universe. Myself and the producer for MXM were both big fans of City of Heroes (I was more on the CoV side, myself) and we worked together to make sure we got his skills, look, and even his VO right since he’d only ever been voiced for a single sentence of a single trailer in the past. The bottom line for me was that nearly all of NCSOFT’s properties were being represented in the game; Aion, Blade & Soul, Lineage II, WildStar, Guild Wars 2, even Death Knight from the original Lineage MMO are in the game. I wanted the West to have proper representation, so we started brainstorming ideas for Western characters to add to Rytlock and Mondo Zax who were already in development. I made the argument for Statesman because the MXM universe offered a way he could be prominent again, and the rest is history."

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The MOP Up: Kali awakens in Dragon Nest (March 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!

This week we have stories and videos from Pokemon GoConan ExilesWarframeCrash ForceHeroes of the StormArmored WarfareElder Scrolls OnlineTERAAvabel OnlineOverwatchAionGlory RidgeDragon Nest, all waiting for you after the break!

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Aion's cities come under assault with this week's 5.3 patch

Fleets of enemy dredgion ships are fast approaching Aion's capitol cities, and players are being called to rally in defense of their homeland. As Patch 5.3 finally arrived on the servers earlier this week (after a short delay), new city defense PvE instances have become available. These won't be spammed, as there will only be one of each of the two instances made available per server per week.

Patch 5.3 has a lot of other goodies in store for content-starved players. There's the Arena of Tenacity, sporting 1v1 duels; new seasons for the Arena of Discipline; siege mechanics for the Abyss have been overhauled; and there are now custom skill chains. All in all, there are a whopping 40 pages of patch notes, so this one's a pretty significant update.

Get pumped for 5.3 with its trailer below!

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One Shots: No more worlds to conquer

There's that special joy that every screenshotter knows when you're able to get that perfect angle, that photogenic pose, and then capture it for all time. I kind of feel that Rob was able to get that with this first picture from Star Trek Online.

What is his captain thinking? Is he bummed that the Federation has put a kibosh on his plans to warmonger his way across the galaxy? Does he want that planet to be named "Glory to Rob the Magnificent" and populate it with adoring subjects? Or is he merely contemplating the deep mysteries of what was in that replicator ration he ate for lunch?

No matter which it is, he's looking profound and deep doing it!

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Aion gets enchantment fever, orders Patch 5.3 to bed rest for a few extra days

It's always best to get the bad news out of the way first, rip that bandage off and all that. So here it is: Aion's Patch 5.3 has been delayed until March 15th due to a "critical issue" with the new Atreian Passport that could result in players losing rewards.

"In order to allow time for a fix to be properly developed and tested, we’re making the difficult but necessary decision to postpone the Aion 5.3 launch until March 15," the team posted. "We understand you’ve been looking forward to this launch as much as we have."

To distract from that sting, the team has a lot of diversions going on for the intermediate days. Aion is extending its Kromede’s Revenge event and running a bonus XP event until the patch goes live. There's also an enchantment event as well that will give players easy access to great gear -- with the caveat that the gear will fall apart unless players can "break" the enchantment on it by the 15th. Good luck!

Source: Patch notice, event. Thanks David!

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Battle Bards Episode 93: It’s a madhouse!

It’s taken this long, but the Battle Bards have gone completely and irreversibly insane in the membrane! Today the team cracks open the door of the MMO music funhouse to see what off-kilter, crazy, and manic tunes may be found. WARNING: Once you’ve entered the asylum, you might find yourself a resident… for life!

Battle Bards is a bi-weekly podcast that alternates between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around a theme. MOP’s Justin co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunes, Google Play, TuneInPocket CastsStitcher, and Player.FM.

Listen to Episode 93: It's a Madhouse! (or download it) now:

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Aion is launching patch 5.3 on March 8

Is Aion one of those games for you that you keep meaning to check out again but need a good reason to do so? If so, does a massive update count as "reason to do so"? Because the game is launching patch 5.3 on March 8th, and it should contain more than enough to keep your interest running for a while with a new arena style and the new Dredgion defense queue. Players in the latter will be tasked with stopping a massive invasion force, fighting against it as long as possible along with the first 383 other players to queue up and take the fight to the invaders.

There are also new item systems and simplified old systems, so you should be able to get new gear to upgrade and have an easier time with older gear. You can also create custom skill chains, if that's your preference. And all of that is just the tip of the iceberg; you'll just have to wait until March 8th to explore all of the changes yourself. It's just a week, that's not so bad.

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The Gold Arena opens its doors in Aion EU

Our friends in Europe have a new Aion patch with which to contend, as Update 5.3: The Gold Arena arrived on the servers Wednesday.

It's not the biggest content update but instead a smattering of smaller systems and improvements. The centerpiece is the new Gold Arena tournament, in which 32 players enter and fight 1v1 until a Highlander remains. The patch also adds in the Estima system (which pays out in creation points), more armor, an upgradable bracelet, and tweaks to the flight and resurrection mechanics.

Check out the 5.3 trailer below.

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NCsoft 4Q 2016 financials: Record sales, WildStar's fate, Lineage Eternal launch

On the surface, fourth quarter 2016 financials for MMORPG giant NCsoft look solid. Yesterday, the company released its investor report, highlighting hefty year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter growth in sales and operating profit, both setting records for the studio.

Among NCsoft's chief games, Lineage as always drives performance, significantly so this quarter, but Lineage II, Aion, Blade and Soul, and Guild Wars 2 held more or less steady over their previous quarters too, though Aion and GW2 are down year-over-year.

Of note, WildStar's performance is no longer being reported separately, so we can no longer track its downward trends; it's now bundled unceremoniously into "other sales" -- not a good sign, but presumably better than the alternative.

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The MOP Up: Guardians of Ember's iron heroes (February 5, 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 Path of Exiles, Heroes and Generals, Age of Wushu 2, AionOverwatchGuardians of EmberWorld of TanksThe Black DeathAllods OnlineSkara, all waiting for you after the break!

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Battle Bards Episode 91: Forest Tales

Take a stroll through the trees and become totally lost in the foliage, drinking in the sounds of the forest with today’s show, as the Battle Bards go hiking through the woods to hear the music that they inspire. It’s an hour of forest tales on this week’s exploration of MMORPG soundtracks, so journey with us from Ultima X to Final Fantasy XI!

Battle Bards is a bi-weekly podcast that alternates between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around a theme. MOP’s Justin co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunes, Google Play, TuneInPocket CastsStitcher, and Player.FM.

We’ve got Episode 91: Forest Tales and the show notes for you after the break!

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Aion's 5.3 update boasts a 384-man PvE instanced battleground

Aion announced this week that it's preparing for the 5.3 patch to head to the North American servers. The update will add an "illustrated monster book" with unlocks as you defeat monsters, new prime equipment via a new medal rank, a new item called Estima that'll help you expand your essence pool, and the Arena of Tenacity, a faction-based, single-elim tourney. But the headliner for 5.3 is the massive new battleground dungeon instance -- and we are not kidding when we say massive.

"With the Aetheric Field weakening following Iluma and Norsvold’s release from stasis, Ereshkigal’s forces have seized the opportunity to further expand her influence. For the first time in living memory, Dredgions have directly assaulted Pandaemonium and Sanctum. In this 384 member PVE instance, Archdaevas must defeat Ereshkigal’s invading forces and save their home."

When are we getting it? "Soon," of course!

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Jukebox Heroes: Six MMOs that need official soundtrack releases

For an avid fan of video game soundtracks, and of MMO soundtracks in particular, the most frustrating aspect of collecting and listening to these scores is how shabbily the OST is often treated. For every game like World of Warcraft or Aion that gives great respect to its music by creating and selling albums, there are two or three titles that have never seen a single official release at all.

This is such a shame and an aggravation that I need to call some of these titles out this week. I need to wag my fanboy finger in their direction and ask, "What gives?" There's so much great music that is put into these ever-expanding games... and the fact that only a fraction of it is ever made widely available to the public to purchase and enjoy outside of the game is a loss (moreso if the game shuts down). I can only imagine how frustrating it is for the composers to see their work bottled up in a product that might go offline forever at any time.

Here are six such MMOs that drive me nuts every time I think about how awesome it would be if their studios would ever consent to an official soundtrack release.

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