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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

The MOP Up: Black Desert’s Ninja arrives in Southeast Asia (February 11, 2018)

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 Vendetta OnlineWorlds AdriftMonster Hunter WorldHellionRustSkyforgeBlade and SoulPortal KnightsFinal Fantasy XIDreadnoughtPUBGHyper UniverseCrossoutBlack DesertDark and LightH1Z1DauntlessRobocraftFortniteWar of RightsCosmos InvictusUltima Online, and Vendetta Online, all waiting for you after the break!

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NCsoft Q4 2017: Guild Wars resurges as Blade & Soul and Lineage M drive profits

NCsoft has money to cheer about this past financial quarter, as it posted another year of solid growth. Revenue and operating profit were up 87% and 86% respectively year-over-year, though of course the quarter doesn’t quite compare to the blockbuster that was Q3 last year when Lineage M hit Asia.

Lineage M continued to drive good mobile sales for the company even after its shine wore off, accompanied by Aion, Lineage, and Lineage II, which are down YOY for the quarter and the year. Blade and Soul is outperforming everything but mobile at this point and this quarter held even YOY, at least globally.

And as for Guild Wars 2? Well, no surprise there: The Path of Fire expansion was quite a boon, more than doubling the game’s quarterly revenue YOY and pushing total revenue past 2016’s (though not past 2015’s, when Heart of Thorns launched at a price two-thirds higher). (Recall that SuperData just included GW2 on its top 10 list of premium PC games by revenue [at an annual figure slightly higher than what’s represented here] and that Q2 last year was the game’s worst quarter ever, so this is a comfortable comeback.)

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Aion’s new stigma is actually a good thing

Aion’s new dungeons aren’t the only exciting features coming in Update 5.8: The Divine Fortress. NCsoft has another present hidden behind its back for good little boys and girls: an additional stigma slot for all characters.

The studio said that unlocking it won’t be too hard: “To use this stigma slot, open the stigma window and check in the tooltip to see which of your stigmas still need to be improved upon. As soon as you fill all six stigma slots with correspondingly upgraded stigmas, the seventh slot will open to you and you will become stronger than ever before.”

The community team also posted a video in which it announced that the old “Ask Aion” show was being retired in favor of a new “Dev Tavern” format. The upcoming shows will talk about the patch, the community, and the future.

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One, two, three: Aion’s dungeons come for thee

Mark your calendars for February 7th, as NCsoft has marked the date for Aion’s hefty Update 5.8. There’s a lot coming with this content patch — such as a new stigma slot — but perhaps the most buzz is arising over a trio of instances that are promising hours of fun to both the elite and greenhorn adventurer.

Now it’s true that we’re not talking about all-new experiences; while two of the dungeons have never before been run, the Divine Fortress is a returning PvP battlefield that might be a little different than before.

So what are the fresh faces on the Aion block? The Holy Tower is a six-player dungeon that branches off of the Divine Fortress and can be only run by players level 66 and higher. Alternatively, the Mirash Refuge is a solo, secret instance in the Fortress that involves a necromancer attempting to summon undead horrors. The catch with this last dungeon is that only the faction that currently controls the Divine Fotress has access to the instance, so you might be out of luck until your side gets its act together.

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The MOP Up: Aion makes a date with the Divine Fortress (January 28, 2018)

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 League of LegendsPath of ExileWarframeBlack DesertFortniteArmored WarfarePerfect World InternationalAionMonster Hunter WorldPUBGFinal Fantasy XIVOverwatchMechWarrior OnlineTree of Life, and Crossout, all waiting for you after the break!

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Battle Bards Episode 113: Anarchy Online

Alien, quiet, and weird — that’s the Anarchy Online soundtrack for you in a nutshell. For the first episode of 2018, the ever-contentious Battle Bards are back to quibble about, gush over, and nitpick the score to one of the older sci-fi MMOs on the market today.

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 iTunesGoogle PlayTuneInPocket CastsStitcher, and Player.FM.

Listen to Episode 113: Anarchy Online (or download it) now:

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Aion’s Heart of Frost update is coming next week

If you’re sitting in a deep winter chill this week, you can be warmed by the news that Aion is bringing out its first major content update as soon as next week. Of course, the theme of the update — Heart of Frost — might not bring to mind tropical beaches and sun-drenched locales.

“Ereshkigal’s forces have assembled in the now-icy core of the Abyss,” NCsoft teased. “Return to the Abyss Core and Divine Fortress, where Ereshkigal’s forces gather and grow in number. Fight alongside allies to reclaim the Divine Fortress and drive back the advancing icy army. Sanctum Harvesters continue to experiment with Drana and now have discovered a way to revive Ereshkigal’s fallen troops. And a powerful guardian stands before a tower rumored to be linked to Ereshkigal’s influence in the Abyss.”

We’ve got the trailer below to help raise your expectations to lofty heights!

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Aion prepares to move to a free-to-play model in Korea on its 10-year anniversary

There are many possible reactions to that headline. Some of you are expressing disbelief that Aion could be moving to a free-to-play model in South Korea after maintaining its subscription model for such a long time. Some others are expressing disbelief that the game could possibly be a decade old.

Let us reassure you that yes, it is in fact accurate. Aion was released in South Korea in November 2008. So the business model is not shifting on the 10th anniversary, but near the 10th anniversary. It’s part of the game’s big REFLY update, which promises changes to class balance, leveling speed, and many new features. There will even be a new server for players to explore.

You can check out a trailer for the update just below, if you’re so inclined. So enjoy the news about the game’s fate in another region or just sit there, shaking your head and muttering that it cannot possibly be 10 years old. Time is fun!

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The Stream Team: The MOP MMO Christmas album live

Did you enjoy the MOP MMO Christmas Album? DO you wish there was a live version you could sing along with?  What if we told you massively OP’s MJ created one just for you? Would you give a listen? Well then, sit back with a warm drink and tune in live at 3:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you…

What: The MOP MMO Christmas Album
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

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The 2017 MOP MMO Christmas album

Do you like to sing carols? That’s one of my favorite things about this time of year! Christmas time is the best time for music to permeate everything. There’s not a moment that goes by that I’m not thinking of or singing a song. Instead of sugarplums dancing in my head, I usually have lyrics. You may have heard a tune or two while watching The Stream Team adventures on OPTV (and you just might hear more again sooner than you think!).

Of course, my songs aren’t always of the traditional sort; they tend to have a twist or three. It’s inevitable that two things I love — gaming and music — are intertwined in interesting and/or strange ways. My first Christmas carol concoctions came back in 2011 in my Solorius medly album. The next year, a second batch was born, and I was pretty much totally hooked. Chaos Theory got in on the action in both 2013 and in 2014. But I play so many more games now that the tunes aren’t contained to any one title. Here is a smattering of holiday music from Warframe, The Secret World, The Lord of the Rings Online, EverQuest II, ARK, and Aion that you can sing along to this season. Go ahead, no one’s listening!

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Jukebox Heroes: MMO carols for your gaming joy

If someone — and we are not necessarily suggesting you — were to create an MMO Christmas carol album, what songs would be included? “Raiders from the Realms of Glory” would definitely be one. “The 12 Dailies of Christmas” is a possibility. And if “Grandma Got Run Over By a Wildly Oversized Mammoth Mount” got cut, then the album might as well pack it in and call it a day.

Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about making this happen, because MMORPGs already contain a surprising amount of winter holiday music. These range from the traditional Christmas ballads to adventurous tracks that incorporate the sound of the season.

So as you make some gaming time this holiday week, here’s a half-dozen Christmas tunes from MMOs to keep you company (even if you’ve been naughty this year!).

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Massively OP’s Winter Holiday 2017 guide!

It’s that time of year again where the airwaves of certain radio stations are clogged with the same songs from the 1950s, television broadcasts are filled with specials about the nature of giving, and dozens of people exclaim that Die Hard is a holiday film due to its timeframe. Yes, it’s the holiday season, and whatever you celebrate, you cannot retreat into your favorite MMO without seeing plenty of red suits, white trim, and all sorts of associated antics.

So, where will you hang your gaming hat this year? Probably in much the same place as usual, but if you’re curious about which games are running which events, we have you covered with our roundup just below.

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Massively OP’s Best of 2017 Awards: Best MMO Business Model of 2017

Massively Overpowered’s end-of-the-year 2017 awards continue today with our award for Best MMO Business Model, which was awarded to Guild Wars 2 last year, the first time we’d given out this reader-proposed honor. This award is intended to recognize a live MMORPG of any age that has demonstrated an exemplary business model specifically in 2017, regardless of its past performance. Don’t forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end!

The Massively OP staff pick for Best MMO Business Model of 2017 is…

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