There are regions in Skyforge
that are largely irrelevant to higher-level players. There are a lot of invasions in Skyforge
. The two things have largely remained separate from one another, but someone finally looked at these two elements and asked a reasonable question. “Why don’t the invasions hit these underused regions?
” that bright soul asked.
Wine bottles were opened. Cheering was heard. It was the moment that changed everything.
This may be a slight dramatization, of course, but the point is that the need to breathe new life into these regions is coupled nicely with new fronts in the existing invasions. So players can look forward to regional invasions in the not-so-distant future, pitting player forces against invading armies in new settings that scale for a variety of levels. So now you have a reason to go back to areas you left behind and the invading armies don’t seem like they can only invade spots with the proper invasion paperwork. Everybody wins! Except the residents of the regions being invaded, presumably.
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 Astroneer, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Closers Online, Dragon’s Dogma Online, Mu Legend, Ragnarok Online, Soulworker Online, OrbusVR, Skyforge, Age of Wushu, SamuTale, and Crossout, all waiting for you after the break!
While you weren’t looking — or maybe you were — Skyforge
tucked two years of live operation under its belt. The sci-fi action MMORPG is celebrating its second anniversary
this month, starting with daily login rewards that dole out, among other things, actual halo and angel wings. Don’t let it go to your head (literally).
The team’s also hosting a Trivia of the Gods contest to anyone who wants to take a stab at answering all things Skyforge. This takes place online, and while there are special prizes for the winners, everyone who completes it will get a participation prize. Aww.
When you’re done getting drunk on golden mead or whatever it is that unpredictable gods do, you can leap back into the Pantheon Wars in the game. The team recently elaborated on the win conditions of this epic struggle, so make sure you read that if you’re participating.
Veteran Massively OP reader Miol says he’s exhausted by a recent string of stories in which MMO companies screw gamers over, one after another: ARK Survival Evolved, Albion Online, Skyforge, and now Black Desert all figure into his list, just from the last week.
“I want to ask what more can gamers do to protect themselves and everyone else as consumers than speak up? It feels exhausting to always stay vigilant and feel upset all the time, since games, as an everchanging medium, give devs so many opportunities to screw us over with every single patch or update. And the worst immediate consequence seems many times a meek apology for what they’ve done, only for them to try out something different that maybe could go over unnoticed.
“You guys have reported about this UK watchdog group ASA, who investigated No Man’s Sky, but even they dismissed the tons of complaints about false advertising. Steam did declare some changes to advertising on their platform, but I still don’t see them taken place. If even those big negative stories don’t have that much of an impact, what hope is there for all the smaller communities, spread thin globally? There was a recent wave of gamers imploring each other to not pre-order, but that ebbed away fast enough, when the next shiny pre-order advantages over other players were presented. But even so, this still can’t protect you from what may happen after the launch!
“As said by Bree many times: Merely quitting won’t help either, as the studio will never know why most of the times. But also sending feedback for nine whole days didn’t help Skyforge players to make its devs to scramble! So what else could we do? Or should we just take rotating shifts to call them out?”
We’ll take the first shift right here in Overthinking.
Calling it an “unbelievable story,” the team at Pretty Good Gaming
pulled back the curtain on a massive SNAFU regarding a particular Skyforge
A recent Skyforge PS4 event had, among its rewards, an augment seal that would boost a player’s damage by a factor of 42. This unbelievable increase made the item a must-get, and for nine days the community scrambled to obtain it before the event ended, some even spending money on boosts to finish on time. However, after nine days of the event the studio got around to nerfing the item into the ground, claiming that the actual bonus should have been much lower (a 1.25 multiplier instead of 42).
With effort applied and in some cases money spent to obtain the seal, players reacted strongly to the decision, saying that it was a bait-and-switch to wait that long to fix the item. Skyforge’s team came back with an apology letter, strengthened the item somewhat, and offered compensation that included the option to refund the item for “pure energy.” Money spent during the event would not be returned.
Massively OP reader and Patron Avaera has a thoughtful question for the team and readers this week. “I wish more virtual world games thought deeply about what impact they can have for the better,” he writes.
“It seems to me we are living in a time when tribalism, intolerance, and lack of empathy are increasing, with online trolling, harassment and simple nastiness on the rise even before considering where real-world politics seems to be heading. Yet research continues to show that immersive virtual worlds (including MMOs) have significant potential to change us through the type of experiences they offer, with recent examples being that a VR out-of-body experience can reduce fear of death
and that social exclusion in a game environment carries a negative effect on real-world emotions
. Do you think any MMOs are already using this incredible power to change us as people through pro-social
mechanics, activities or narratives? Can you think of any examples where you have been moved or changed by game experiences, for better or worse, and do you think this was a deliberate act by developers? As our genre continues on a trajectory away from massively social roleplay towards cliquish competitive skirmishing, are there any signs that there are still companies willing to test whether virtual world games can be more than just moment-to-moment fun or entertainment?”
I posed Avaera’s question to the whole team for an intriguing Overthinking.
When the deities in Skyforge
aren’t fighting one of the millions of invasions taking place on the planet on a regular basis, who do they fight? One another, obviously. Pantheon Wars are returning to the game for a third season on July 1st
, and that comes with a number of changes to the format, starting with the removal of PvE components. If you want to take part in the competition, you’ll need to be directly competing at this point; no working around the task of fighting your enemies.
Scoring rules have also changed to make a successful attack more rewarding than a successful defense, to encourage players to fight over locations rather than simply defending what’s already been controlled. Argent donations to your pantheon will also award you double credits until July 5th, to encourage players to prepare their pantheons for war. It’s time for a big all-out slugfest for all of the marbles if you’re in the game, so get into the mix and look forward to more buffs in the future.
Do you want to be the face representing Skyforge
to others? Then you might want to look into joining the game’s Elder Guardian ranks
. Membership there is entirely voluntary, with the only real benefits being that players get to meet with the developers, discuss issues, moderate forums, and help guide both players and developers toward a better understanding of one another. Which may be a reward in and of itself, depending on your personality.
As this is a voluntary position you apply for, it should be obvious that My.com doesn’t take everyone, just players who have shown themselves to be good figures in the community (through forums, Discord chat, social media, and so forth) and have a desire to help foster communications and relationships. If you check out the responsibilities and think you can fulfill them, by all means, apply to take on the role. Hey, who hasn’t wanted to lead a community now and then?
Prestige is an important indicator of power in Skyforge
, and it just keeps growing over time. The problem is that as it grows ever higher, it becomes harder and harder to look at it at a glance and say “yes, that character is getting higher in Prestige.” Plus, there’s the simple reality that a ranking of nine billion Prestige doesn’t look
nice. So the latest patch for the game
adds in a ranking system wherein one’s Prestige Rank is a simpler and much smaller number. It’s almost like just leveling, but it’s certainly easier to read at a glance.
The patch also adds a new distortion to the game and a variety of quality-of-life improvements like the option to inspect equipment, market board improvements, and more face options for character creation. Check out the full patch notes for a glance at how the game has changed, and log right in if that’s all the motivation you need to start enjoying an easier-to-read ranking system.
Who said science can’t be profitable? Skyforge
is calling all players to descend from their godly pantheons to engage in a little botony for the sake of shared knowledge. And if those efforts pay off in serious military gear? So much the better.
A new event that’s running from today through June 23rd revolves around a giant Phytonide that was downed, spilling out all manner of secrets. Players are tasked with lending their skills at xenobotany and xenobiology to assist in the discovery of this alien race.
In exchange for the assistance, the XTN Agency is prepared to reward helpers with credits, medals, premium subscriptions, a Hurricane special assault glider, and a full set of scout battle armor. Sounds like a good deal to us!
has today announced that PlayStation 4 fans will see their beloved Skyforge invaded by mechanoids on June 27th
. In fact, the studio says it like it’s a good thing, and it probably is if you like loot and don’t mind getting your hands a little dirty, and it’s nice of them to tell you exactly when they’re going to show up, right?
“The Mechanoid legion has an uncontrollable thirst for knowledge and seeks to increase their own computing power,” studio Allods Team writes. “The robotic army is rapidly approaching and all players are being called on to defend their home planet from these menacing invaders.”
The so-dubbed Mechanoid War is considered a free expansion as the PS4 is doggedly catching up with the PC version of the game; the bundled content dump promises a new Divine Form appearance for elite players, plus “all new battles in challenging invasion zones, exciting boss battles, a completely new 10-man raid as well as the new and stronger generation 2 equipment as rewards.”
Prestige rank in Skyforge
is a good metric for determining a character’s overall power level, but it doesn’t tell you much about the character as played. That’s why the developers have added the new character profile option
which allows you to actually examine other characters to see what equipment they’re using, what symbols they have, and so forth. It might tell you much about the player’s actual playstyle, but it’s still relevant information.
Characters can be examined either from the social panel when near another player or via right-clicking on names in the chat or Pantheon screens. It’s a little feature that will be almost immediately familiar to anyone who has played many other MMOs, but we trust that Skyforge players will quickly grasp how this feature can be used to mock someone’s gear choices and overall play patterns.
Just because Allods Online rolled out its Creation update last week doesn’t mean that the MMO is finished hyping this major milestone. Yesterday, the studio released a trailer for Creation that highlights some of the patch’s big feature points.
The first part of Allods Online’s Immortality expansion, Creation adds artifacts, gladiator games, pegasus rides, Minotaur’s Labyrinth, raid adventures, chariot races, weaponsmith’s insignias, class corrections, steeplechase, and the next chapter of the game’s epic storyline. The update coincided with the opening of a new server ruleset that offered three times the experience for monsters killed.
You can see what you’re missing — or what you’re enjoying — after the jump!