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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

Aion gets frosty with Omens of Ice update

It may be a sweltering summer outside, but inside Aion it is frozen solid. Patch 5.6: Omens of Ice has released, giving players a lot more to do this month in the fantasy MMO.

Of particular note in the update are several new instances to challenge players, such as the 12-player Bastion of Souls raid, the third floor of the Trials of Eternity, and the soloable Crucible Spire. PvP players have a lot to rejoice over, what with the 96-player Evergale Canyon (which also contains some PvE content) and the six-player Grand Arena of Tenacity. Just rolls of the tongue, that one.

Every class in the patch received a new Archdaeva skill, and the team updated the visuals in Poeta and Ishalgen. Pet collectors can rejoin in the new minion type, which uses a different interface than other pets. You can collect up to 200 minions per character.

You’ll probably want to read up on the full patch notes to make sure you haven’t missed anything in this meaty content update.

Source: Patch notes

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Aion’s Omens of Ice update offers free goodie pack, shows trailer

“The awakening has begun.”

Aion’s big summer update is a scant two days away, but players can get ready for it right now. Omens of Ice will include three new instances (Bastion of Souls, Trials of Eternity, and Crucible Spire), two PvP arenas, and an upgradable combat pet type called minions. “These will aid you in battle with special abilities, fetch dropped items, grant your consumable items, and more,” the team explained.

Players who have an account in good standing are eligible for a goodie pack when Patch 5.6 comes out this Wednesday. This pack offers a Mystic Academy outfit, bonus XP boosters, and death penalty insurance. Brand-new players can grab these by registering their account by July 19th.

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The MOP Up: SMITE sees a Divine Light (July 9, 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 GoSplatoon 2Blade and SoulDragon’s Dogma OnlineClosers OnlineOverwatchVindictusMu OnlineWurm OnlineAstellia OnlineDofus PetsHellionSMITEStarCraftAionFinal Fantasy XI, and League of Legends, all waiting for you after the break!

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Battle Bards Episode 100: Centennial spectacular!

After four years and over 700 MMORPG music tracks, the Battle Bards have arrived at their 100th show! For this centennial spectacular, Syl, Steff, and Syp reminisce about the most notable shows, their best soundtrack discoveries, and their favorite tracks. This super-sized show gets wrapped up with a bout of listener emails and a promise of another amazing hundred episodes!

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 100: Centennial spectacular (or download it) now:

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The Stream Team: A Massiversary in Aion

Today marks seven years that MJ has been with Massively(OP), and to commemorate the milestone she’s going to spend time in the game that started it all: Aion. No matter how long she’s away, MJ never tires of coming back and flying around Atreia. Tune in live at 6:00 p.m. for a Stream Team Massiversary celebration.

What: Aion
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, June 10th, 2017

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The MOP Up: Revelation Online’s monthly challenges (June 4, 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 Black DeathHellionAstellia OnlineOverwatchDayZPirate101Armored WarfareAionElder Scrolls OnlinePath of ExileDungeon Fighter OnlineWurm OnlineRevelation OnlineOsiris: New DawnDark Age of CamelotAge of Wushu 2, all waiting for you after the break!

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NCsoft’s Q1 2017 financials: Tumbles for Lineage, Guild Wars 2, plus new leadership for Lineage Eternal

NCsoft’s first quarter financials for 2017 have released, and… well, let’s get the bad news out of the way. While sales dropped only slightly since the preceding quarter and in line with last year, the company’s operating profits and incomes fell sharply, in the -60 to -77% range both quarter over quarter and year over year. The company says that’s “due to incentives paid on the back of record-high earnings last year.” In particular, Lineage 1’s sales were down significantly on the quarter and the year (“due to the early sales recognition in 4Q and weaker traffic from anticipated Lineage M demand”). Aion’s and Lineage II’s sales dropped ever so slightly, as did Guild Wars 2’s, which has fallen by more than half following the late 2015 launch of Heart of Thorns.

The good news? Blade and Soul saw a small boost.

During the conference call, NCsoft announced that it has overturned the development leadership working on Lineage Eternal, suggesting that the closed beta failed to “reflect NCsoft’s characteristics” and promising a retooled dev schedule in the months ahead.

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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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The MOP Up: Overwatch gives smurfing a pass (April 16, 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 Heroes EvolvedDungeon Fighter 2Splatoon 2OverwatchHeroes and GeneralsAionNeverwinterElswordGuild Wars 2CS:GO, and MU Online, all waiting for you after the break!

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Massively Overthinking: MMOs, from hardcore to casual and back again

Massively OP reader Suikoden wrote this great question to the podcast — too good to let just Justin and me answer it. It’s a two-parter!

“Back when I used to be a hardcore MMO gamer circa 2000-2010, I felt that MMOs of that era were designed more toward the hardcore gamer and even catered to us more. Within the last 5 years, I’ve had to develop into more of a casual player. However, I now feel that games once again cater to me and my current playstyle. Did the MMO genre evolve alongside me, from a more hardcore-centric genre to a more casual playerbase? Or is it the same as it always was and I just feel that it caters to me because it’s designed to feel like it caters to all playstyles? And if there was a change, do you feel it is for the better or for the worse for the genre?”

I posted Suikoden’s questions to the team for this week’s Massively Overthinking!

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Aion’s Book of Monsters is about to become your favorite bedtime story

With Patch 5.3 living large on Aion’s servers, NCsoft is now turning its attention in North America to the upcoming release of Patch 5.4. This next content update is coming on May 4th and will feature city defense battlefields, gear set options, and the brand-new Book of Monsters.

Book of Monsters, you say? Indeed, players will now have a log of all of the different species and number of mobs that they’ve killed in their journeys. Each entry offers five levels of progression with rewards to claim at the end. Other than bonus experience, it’s not quite clear what reward options will be available, but hey, you might as well grab those bonuses for the work you’re already doing. While some mobs will be quite easy to farm and kill, others will prove elusive and require some hunting down.

“It doesn’t matter whether you’re travelling in your own region or the enemy faction’s,” NCsoft said. “The Book of Monsters works both for Elyos and Asmodians on both maps. Just one more reason to take a trip to the enemy land — hunt down some monsters!

Source: Aion

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April Fools’ Day 2017: Hijinks across the MMOverse

If you don’t like tricks and jokes, just stop reading right now, turn the lights off, and go climb back into bed. Nothing on the internet is going to bring you joy today, so just sit this one out. Trust us.

For everyone else, there’s April Fools’ Day! Follow along as we rattle off all the great MMORPG pranks and events we’ve found so far this morning.

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