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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

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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Aion EU kicks off Christmas festivities

It’s beginning to play a lot like Christmas around these here parts. Aion’s European version is getting a jump on the holiday season with the start of its Solorius Festival.

“The gleam of snow and scent of gingerbread: Atreia is full of cheer and getting ready for the Solorius Festival,” the team announced. “The Christmas trees have been decorated, Christmas hats are the latest craze in the towns, and those who are not careful keep finding themselves caught in the crossfire of a rain of snowballs.”

The festival contains many activities, including playing a virtual board game, a Shugo game, the Snow in Atreia event, and plenty more. Even better, there is a string of boosts that will be running through ost of the month to help players with increased drops, AP, and crafting results.

Source: Aion EU

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Battle Bards Episode 110: Acoustic guitar

The Battle Bards are quite familiar with the power of the strummed guitar and lute, knowing that such simple instruments can bring down walls, devastate armies, and dethrone monarchs. But on their off days, acoustic guitars are simply pleasurable to hear and are sprinkled throughout many a-MMO’s soundtrack. It’s six-stringed serenity in the 110th episode of this podcast!

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 110: Acoustic Guitar (or download it) now:

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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.

Listen to the show right now:

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NCsoft’s 3Q 2017 financials: Lineage M drives record profits, Guild Wars 2 Path of Fire isn’t too shabby either

NCsoft had an exceptionally good third financial quarter this year, reaching a record high in sales and operating profit for the company, and it’s almost entirely thanks to the mobile MMORPG Lineage M, which didn’t even bleed the rest of the Lineage franchise as you might have expected (Lineage and Lineage II held remarkably steady this quarter compared to last, as did Aion and Blade & Soul).

Good news for Guild Wars 2 as well; NCsoft notes that ArenaNet’s flagship brought in over $20B Won, “an increase of 49% [quarter-over-quarter], driven by the second expansion pack sales” that saw US and European sales figures in particular increase 13% QOQ “on the back of Guild Wars 2 performance.” $20B Korean Won is about $18M US. So Path of Fire at least performed well enough for NCsoft to gloat about it, twice, and it’s a big boost to GW2, especially considering Q2 2017 was the game’s worst ever – but it didn’t top Heart of Thorns’ huge showing two years ago.

Before you ask, no, we don’t know how well WildStar is doing; NCsoft doesn’t report it separately anymore. But it’s still flying. That’s enough.

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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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