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Battle Bards Episode 119: Skyforge

Believe it or not, it’s the Battle Bards’ fifth anniversary! From its weirdly humble beginnings back in 2013 to our arrogant ramblings here in 2018, coverage of MMO music must continue! In today’s episode, we’ll be listening to a surprisingly good soundtrack: Skyforge. Yes, that Russian sci-fi MMO from the Allods team that lets you grow into your ego as a god. Groove on these tunes and see if there’s a new sleeper soundtrack waiting for you!

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 119: Skyforge (or download it) now:

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Skyforge launches Overgrowth expansion and kicks off anniversary event

Spring is here, plants are growing, and Skyforge has germinated an expansion for players to harvest right now. Overgrowth is live in the game, bringing a new class and some welcome features to keep player gods busy.

“After being lost on a distant planet for many years, the goddess and her new companions, the Grovewalkers, have returned to Aelion,” the studio says. “But it is far from a triumphant return: the goddess is chased by hordes of the Phytonides. Machavann’s avatar has awakened and the enemy is preparing to attack with renewed vigor.”

The cornerstone of Overgrowth is the new Grovewalker class, which bestows characters with nature-based spells and allows them to transform into “living armor” for additional abilities.

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Skyforge introduces you to the shape-shifting Grovewalker

Think you’ve mastered the full roster of Skyforge’s classes? You’re about to have one more, and this one could give you a run for your money. Meet the Grovewalker, a shapeshifting mage that utilizes nature themes. In other words, you’re a wizard who likes trees so much that you turn into one and then hurt people who want to chop you down.

“We wanted to make something all-round and not as straightforward as Paladin or Knight,” the team said. “We decided that the new class would be more interesting to play and will have a large arsenal of ranged attacks.”

The Grovewalker equips two different skillsets depending if you’re in human or living armor form. Some of these spells include planting turrets, transforming into fireflies, spitting thorns at enemies, and literally rooting bad guys in place.

This new class is coming with the launch of tomorrow’s Overgrowth expansion.

Source: Skyforge

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Skyforge streamlines and scales its adventure difficulties

The team behind Skyforge noticed a problem. Players who had hit the higher end of Prestige found themselves more or less locked out of useful Adventures as their rank was just too high, which isn’t ideal. It also reduced the number of different things that could actually be challenging for any given player. Thus, the team is planning to rework its difficulty structure to offer three difficulties for squad and group adventures that should provide a more universal mechanic.

Players will be able to choose between warm-up, challenge, and nightmare difficulty. The lowest will sync everyone to a Prestige level around that of the previous Invasion and reward appropriate gear from that, while challenge offers no sync and places you at the level of the current content. Nightmare, meanwhile, will boost the difficulty beyond the current cap and offer greater rewards (with more information due in the future). So no matter how far you’ve gone, you should have a challenge option to fit your character for a group.

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Skyforge hints at a special anniversary event

Skyforge is heading into its third anniversary very soon, and the team is hinting at something special for the occasion.

“At this point in time, we would usually announce the in-game celebrations of our birthday,” the team said. “But this time, we have planned something different, something bigger. Skyforge will perform a special event on all platforms (PC, PS4, XBOX) in the upcoming month.”

Meanwhile, the sci-fi MMO is running an introduction event for its upcoming Overgrowth expansion. From now through April 12th, players can go through the Tessa’s Exiles event to earn special rewards including tattoos, halos, and weapons.

Source: Skyforge

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 163: Expansions ‘Я’ Us

On this week’s show, Bree and Justin recover from an avalanche of expansion news, including announcements from Elder Scrolls Online and Star Trek Online. Also, did you hear that Bless Online is coming this May? Oh, they did, and they have many words to say on the matter!

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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The MOP Up: Final Fantasy XIV gets primal (March 25, 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 Destiny 2ScumPokemon Go, OrbusVRDauntlessHeroes of the Storm, SkyforgeElswordOld School RuneScapeMapleStory BlitzDestiny 2The Elder Scrolls LegendsProsperous UniverseFinal Fantasy XIVMU LegendWakfu, and Dark and Light, all waiting for you after the break!

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Skyforge announces Overgrowth expansion, coming April 11

Skyforge is embracing spring with the announcement of a brand-new and rather leafy new expansion. It’s called Overgrowth, and you can expect it on PC on April 11th (a day later for consolers).

“This expansion introduces a wild new class for players to unlock, called the Grovewalkers. They are highly proficient mages that sling wild nature magic at their foes from afar. Though initially nimble in appearance; they can call upon the protection of their living armor and morph into hulking frontline tanks. A sight to behold and a feature that will transform combat in Skyforge forever! Overgrowth will also let players rediscover Aelion through reworked story missions and completely new challenges system!”

While the update is a free one, you can pre-order the Grovewalker collector’s edition for $34.99 starting today to snag the class unlock, costume, weapon, and companion. (If you wait until release to buy the new class with cash, or a week after that to buy it with currency, you won’t get those exclusives.)

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Skyforge offers players a shamrock riding board for St. Patrick’s Day

The vast majority of MMOs don’t even celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, which means that Skyforge marking the occasion would already mean that it was doing something special. But it also gives players a shot at a shamrock-themed hoverboard you can ride around upon, thus taking things to the next level in terms of rewards. Your move, other games who want to celebrate another holiday. Your move.

How do you get this ride? Well, you kill bosses in adventures to pick up Ether Clovers between today and March 19th. It takes 350 clovers to pick up the hoverboard, but there are a number of lesser rewards you can also buy if you already have the board or just don’t really want it for some reason. You’ve only got a little time, so if you’re eager to get the signature reward you might want to get in and get playing quickly.

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Skyforge offers better previews, better symbols, and better trophies

The latest Skyforge patch is out in the wild, and it makes a lot of little things in the game better. Case in point, rather than guess at how an appearance item in a pack will look on your character, you can now preview the item directly on your character before you buy. You also have an improved interface for symbols (selected for free and per class now) and more ranks for trophies, including a sixth rank for those that add to your Might. Check out the full patch notes for more.

If that’s not enough for you, it might behoove you to take a look at the odd disappearance of the floral goddess Tessa. A researcher and the source of ether resonators that offered the warring deities of the world all sorts of opportunities, she vanished without a trace and left people wondering where she went. You can, of course, catch up on this in video format below; it sounds like a plot hook for the future if we’ve ever heard one.

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Perfect Ten: A dozen MOBAs that didn’t make it

With the insane success — both in terms of popularity and finances — that Dota and League of Legends spawned, you can easily understand why game studios latched onto the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) as a relatively quick cash grab. After all, with players providing the ongoing content (through PvP matches), developers were freed up to focus on balance tweaks and churning out new skins and characters to sell.

In a relatively short span of time, the market became flooded with many imitators that sought to grab that slice of the profitable pie. And while some, such as Hi-Rez’s SMITE, have endured, many games discovered the one key danger with this approach: If you could not generate and sustain a large, active playerbase, you were as good as dead. A critical mass was needed, and when it was not achieved, games started folding up left and right.

In today’s Perfect Ten, we’re going to look at a dozen MOBAs that tried and failed to make it. Perhaps they serve as cautionary lessons to other studios seeking to mimic League of Legends’ format, but we somehow doubt that the era of the MOBA is over just yet.

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The MOP Up: Closers chooses its next character (March 4, 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 War of RightsBlade and SoulLineage 2 RevolutionDarwin ProjectPlayerUnknown’s BattlegroundsClosersElder Scrolls OnlineBlessSoulworker OnlineSkyforgeThe Black DeathSaga of LucimiaDungeon Fighter OnlineMu OriginProsperous UniverseLegends of AriaBattlerite, and Aura Kingdom Mobile, all waiting for you after the break!

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One Shots: This is too weird for even me

I like to think that I have a fairly open mind when it comes to accepting strange sights and races in fantasy MMORPGs, but Final Fantasy XIV seems hellbent on finding my breaking point. Literal cat-fish might just be that. It’s too weird for me, I’m out of here.

“Looking for NPC comic relief?” Vincent asked. “I give you the Namazu. Half-cat, half-fish (?) and I’m pretty sure the person who came up with the design was half-baked. The other shot I took on the way back to Castellum Velodyna (Beast Tribe quest hub) just as the fog was about to lift…”

When you’ve just made Moogles look normal and mundane, you’ve really accomplished something.

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