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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: 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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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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