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Allods Online’s Creation update lands May 23

Next week is shaping up to be a big one for the MMO industry, unsurprisingly, as Memorial Day approaches and schools begin leaking out for the season. Allods Online has its own release in store next week: the 8.0.1 Creation update, an apparent thematic extension of last winter’s Immortality expansion. On deck for the update:

  • an althetic competition – “Join chariot races, descend into the Minotaur’s Labyrinth, and fight in the gladiator games!”
  • a new storyline revolving around the newly raised Dominus
  • new artifacts through raid adventures, with 5 upgrade levels
  • fabled items — or some of them, anyway — will be demoted to lootable and craftable status
  • a rating system for players who own a Maze
  • a new order trial, party skirmishes

My.com has a separate dev blog out for gearing up too. MOP’s MJ Guthrie poked her head into Allods — for the first time! — just a few weeks ago; you can watch her show below. Warning: Gibberlings ahead!

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Skyforge’s Risen Exiles brings the Monk, Witch, and Necro to PlayStation 4 today

Skyforge has pushed its Risen Exiles update over to the game’s PS4 version today. If you’re a PC player thinking that you’ve never heard of the Risen Exiles expansion, that’s because it seems to be a mish-mash of patches you already have.

“Unlock and experience the deadly power of the Necromancer, balanced strength of the Monk, and dark spells of the Witch. Players can rise from exile today by downloading the free expansion for the PlayStation store and take on new endgame challenges in the Tacid Dunes, mastering the new dungeons alone or with their friends. Also, all competitive immortals are invited to ready themselves for deadly conflicts with the addition of new 10 player versus 10 player battlegrounds.”

The class bundle will be on sale in the PS store later today, and there’s a free bundle in there too with Patriot Formal Armor, one thousand argents, and 3 days of Premium, so you may as well grab that.

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The MOP Up: Life is Feudal’s building sim (May 14, 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 MapleStoryHeroes of the StormIngressWurm OnlineDCUOHellionLife is FeudalSkyforgeOverwatchH1Z1Final Fantasy XI, all waiting for you after the break!

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The Days of Glory come to Skyforge through May 24

We’ve mentioned before that the world of Skyforge tends to get invaded pretty regularly at this point. The first time it happened, though? That was a big deal. It’s the first invasion and the victory against the Mechanoids that the Days of Glory event is celebrating, and players can take part to earn various special rewards purchased through Ether Traces.

During the event, which runs until May 24th, players can examine displays about the first invasion, relive the battles of the past, and track down the mystery of various strange letters. You can also activate the virtual battle challenge and see how long you last against virtual challenge battles. Hey, if you can’t celebrate this stuff as a deity, when can you?

Of course, PlayStation 4 players have reason enough to celebrate when the game’s first console expansion, the Risen Exiles, hits on May 16th, bringing the Monk, Necromancer, and Witch to the console. It also brings new areas, 10v10 PvP battles, and the start of the Pantheon Wars. Check out the trailer just below.

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Perfect Ten: Exploring MMORPGs from the far corners of the world

Have you ever noticed that while there’s an entire world out there, most all of the MMORPGs we discuss and play tend to either be ones crafted in the USA or imports from China or Korea? We even have a shorthand for this: “western” and “eastern” MMOs. We’re usually not talking about entire hemispheres with these references, but rather about categorizing three countries that are big into the MMORPG business.

But what about the rest of the world? Are all of these other countries so uncaring about this genre that they’ve never tried their hand at making an MMO? Of course not; as I’m about to show you, there are plenty of online RPGs that have been made in countries other than China, the USA, and South Korea. It’s just that for various reasons, those three countries ended up fostering concentrations of video game developers who knew how to create these types of games.

So let’s take a tour around the world and see if we can’t give some credit to other countries for their contributions to the MMORPG genre past, present, and future. Before you click the link, see how many you can name off the top of your head!

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The MOP Up: Warface meets Crysis (April 30, 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 Conan ExilesOsirisFinal Fantasy XIUltima OnlineTree of SaviorLineage IIWarfaceGames of GloryElswordSplatoonSkyforge, all waiting for you after the break!

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The Stream Team: An Allods Online anniversary

How is Allods Online six years old already? Massively OP’s MJ can’t believe how fast time has flown: She hasn’t gotten to try this whimsical MMO yet. And after seeing how adorable the Gibberlings are, she just has to dive in before any more time gets away from her. What better time than on the anniversary, right? Join us live at 6:00 p.m. for MJ’s first ever look at…

What: Allods Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

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You will go to the moon… in Skyforge

Skyforge opens its skies with a new patch today… yep, you’re going to the moon. The moon of Aelion, that is. It’s called Thea. Try not to screw this up.

“Prepare yourself for a trip to the uncharted territories of Thea, Aelion’s own moon – a place riddled with secrets and discoveries, not to mention undiscovered species and previously unnamed threats! Rest assured that this is no mere scientific expedition, it’s is a matter of planet-wide security, one that has thrown a wrench in the works – low gravity. Some may be able to turn this ‘hindrance’ into an advantage, though there is no advantage to be had by getting caught in a Thea meteorite shower!”

My.com hints that both the weather and enemy scavengers are all out to get you up there. If that sounds like a great weekend vacation, zip over to the Tacit Dunes and jet pack your way on up. What could go wrong?

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Perfect Ten: Time travel in MMORPGs

Over the years, I’ve been fascinated with the concept of time in MMORPGs. It’s one of those things that developers probably don’t want you thinking about too closely, since it could create a crack in the world illusion that they’ve created. But really, how does time work in these games? Are you forever frozen in the same fixed point in history, advancing only to a new era when a patch or expansion releases? Does the timeline advance only as you go through new quests and hit arbitrary milestones?

Even more fascinating is when developers decide to have a little fun with their storytelling by throwing players into the past and future via time travel. It’s not even strictly for science-fiction games, either; plenty of fantasy MMOs work in time travel at one point or the other. It can be a great way of expanding upon the game’s lore and giving players an insight into events that led up to the modern era.

Today we’re going to look at 10 instances of how MMORPGs have used time travel with reckless regard to paradoxes and splintering the world into millions of alternate universes.

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Skyforge is live on the PlayStation 4 for real

In the days of early access, endless open betas, soft launches, and head starts, it’s still important to note when a game is well and truly launched. Skyforge has launched for real on the PlayStation 4 today, meaning that this is its real and absolute launch. No backsies. It’s live and fully free-to-play and that’s just the way it is. You can even check out a launch trailer just below, that’s how launched it is.

Of course, you can purchase item packs to celebrate the release and get various goodies along the way. The game also does not require a PS Plus subscription to play, so you needn’t worry about paying money to one service to play a free-to-play title. Seriously, download the game and go today if you want to smash things up as a deity on your console.

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Skyforge prompts players to investigate the Emerald Stream

There’s a new outbreak of a heretofore unknown species of Phytonides in Skyforge, which is… not normal, but it’s well within the usual wheelhouse of things that the game’s deities have to deal with. (When you have this many gods running around, you wind up stopping just shy of cat-up-in-tree services being handled by said gods.) But then there are a whole lot of precious meteor stones from the eponymous Emerald Stream event going missing from homes across the planet. Why is all of this taking place? Are these events connected? What can be done? Why not take part in the event to find out?

If the promise of learning the mysterious connection isn’t enough to entice you, perhaps you’ll be enticed by the prospect of getting to ride your very own treant mount wherever you go. You can just tell people you’re an exceptionally good gardener when they ask where you got it. The event runs until April 12th at 4:00 a.m. EDT, so you’ll have plenty of time to earn rewards, decipher the mystery, get yourself a new mount, and eventually get kind of tired of plants.

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Skyforge’s PlayStation 4 version is now playable in early access

Skyforge’s PlayStation 4 version has officially launched today — without much hoopla — into an early access (head start) period for those who picked up the $14.99 pre-register package. If you don’t want to shell out for it, you’ll be waiting until April 11th for the full freebie experience.

Redditors are wading through the server-up process, finding frustration in realizing PS4 is region-locked, struggling with MMO concepts like class unlock fees, and debating whether the PS4 edition should be considered a standalone game. Happy launch day!

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Skyforge sends you to the moon to fight in low-G

One of the advantages of creating a sci-fi MMORPG is that there’s little stopping you if you want to send your players to other celestial bodies. Skyforge is doing this with its upcoming Thea update, launching players from Aelion to one of its three moons.

It won’t be a walk in the park when you get there. Thea is a low-gravity environment plagued by numerous meteorite storms… but there are rewards to be had here as well. In addition to several types of quests to keep players busy, Thea offers the opportunity to mine a resource that can unlock a brand-new talent for each class.

Another interesting feature of Thea is that it will keep challenges and rewards appropriate for any character that travels there. You do have to attain your divine form as a prerequisite, but other than that, there’s nothing stopping you from living out your fantasies as an astronaut making that giant leap for divinekind.

Source: Skyforge

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