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Crossplatform sci-fi MMORPG Vendetta Online is now free-to-play on iOS

Vendetta Online has been around a long time and getting regular updates to boot, and until now, I would have said it’s playable on everything. Maybe not a toaster. But close. As it turns out, however, it wasn’t properly F2P on Apple mobile devices, an imperfection rectified today.

“We’re thrilled to make our long-awaited debut on iPhone,” Guild Software CEO John said in a press release this morning. The iOS version relaunches as a free-to-play title, alongside its crossplatforminess mates on Android, PC, Mac, Linux, and GearVR.

“Vendetta Online is a free, graphically intensive and cross-platform MMORPG set in space. Players take the role of spaceship pilots in a vast, persistent online galaxy. Trade between stations and build an empire, or pirate traders who dare to pursue routes through areas of lawless space. Fight other players, or cooperate with friends to push back the mysterious Hive. Mine ores and minerals, gather resources, and craft unusual items. Join the military of your nation, and participate in massive online battles (see the trailer). A wide variety of gameplay styles are available, from the the intensity of huge battles and realtime PvP, to the low-key enjoyment of quiet trading and mining in less dangerous areas of the galaxy. Play the style of game that suits you, or that suits your current mood. The availability of relatively casual and short-term goals allows for fun when only a little time is available to play.”

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Villagers & Heroes’ Starfall expansion launches today

Villagers & Heroes’ Starfall expansion officially launches today – a week earlier than originally planned. Who does that?! Mad Otter Games, that’s who. Indeed, the studio has declared it the biggest update ever for the cutesy sandpark MMO, and to top it all off? It’s free.

As we’ve previously reported, the expansion includes a reworked loot system, revamped talents, four new high-level zones, a level cap increase to 90, more character creation options, retooled crafting, tweaks to the UI, and more.

Cross-platform fans need also know that the game has an Android version already playable and an iOS version on the way later this fall, in addition to the existing Windows client and Steam edition. We’ve rounded up all our Starfall coverage, plus the expansion trailer, down below!

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Maguss is a mash-up of Pokémon Go and Harry Potter

It might be the closest you will ever get to living out your Harry Potter fantasies without heading down to Universal Studios in Orlando. Maguss is a Pokémon Go-style ARG that draws heavy (but not copyright-infringing) inspiration from the Wizarding World — and it’s about ready to hit the public stage.

A shade more complicated than Pokémon Go, Maguss has player wizards use a phone and wand to interact with a virtual world overlaid on the real one. By casting spells, players can gather important ingredients, battle imaginary monsters, brew potions, and duel between one another. It is being made for iOS and Android, is coming out later this year, and doesn’t require a wand accessory to play. But seriously, if you’re going to do this, you might as well do it right.

On August 30th, the team indicated that the public beta is right around the corner: “We need approx. one more week to be done with monetization features […] There is still a lot left but we are making good progress each day and getting closer and closer to what we imagine public beta version will look like. Hopefully we can manage to add all we want before we release it for public and for you to enjoy. The next update will be huge!”

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The MOP Up: State of Decay 2’s multiplayer mayhem (August 27, 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 Paladins StrikeWarfaceMonster Hunter WorldHeroes and Generals, Pirate101TroveSkyforgeThe Black DeathStar Trek OnlineEverClickerNeverwinterJust SurviveDauntlessBattlejackDungeon Fighter OnlineLeague of LegendsHyper UniverseDark Age of CamelotMU Origin, MU LegendEVE OnlineAge of WushuState of Decay 2Dota 2Splatoon, and Starcraft Remastered, all waiting for you after the break!

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Destiny 2 updates companion app, has potential to play at 60 FPS (but won’t)

As you’re rearranging your life schedule to get in some serious Destiny 2 game time when the beta starts up next week, don’t forget that there’s one thing you can do right now to prepare for the second coming of Bungie. You can download the official Destiny 2 companion app, which is coincidentally the same app as for the original Destiny, only now upgraded with even more features for the sequel.

The improved app informs you about the latest game news and updates, allows you to make and mange your clan, helps you coordinate efforts between your friends, and delivers all manner of information about weapons and gear.

One thing you won’t be doing when you play the beta is doing it at 60 frames per second. This is because while that is technically possible, the team decided to cap it at 30 fps as a trade-off. “Could we make a Destiny game that ran at 60 fps?” Bungie said in Edge magazine this month. “Yes, but the space would be smaller, it would be less cooperative, and there’d be fewer monsters to shoot. That’s not the game we want to make.”

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Crystal of Re:union is a mobile MMO that enlists Hercules and Joan of Arc

Looking to “enhance and overwhelm” your foes? Then keep an eye on Crystal of Re:union, an up-and-coming mobile MMORPG that’s being developed for release in southeast Asia and Oceania.

The isometric title looks like it features kingdom building and all sorts of battles. Of particular interest is the inclusion of heroes, some of which are drawn from mythology and history. Joan of Arc, a female Hercules, and Beowulf are all tapped (for some reason) to be included in the game. Maybe their agents are getting a little desperate, we don’t know.

Crystal of Re:union will come out for both iOS and Android, and you can check out its trailer after the break.

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Raze: Dungeon Arena packs in over 60 dungeons onto your mobile device

Need a quick fix of Diablo-style action on your mobile device? Hong Kong Publisher Wonder Game has a solution for that coming this fall! Raze: Dungeon Arena is a hack-and-slash multiplayer title that’s coming to the west with PvE and PvP modes.

Today the team behind Raze revealed its character upgrade system, which seems to be heavily tied to gear and runes. Players can take their spoils of war and trade them in to a rune master for new skills and upgrades to those skills. Meanwhile, the blacksmith offers specific enhancements to equipment that will help players survive certain situations.

Raze: Dungeon Arena is coming to iOS and Android devices in NA and EU, and will feature over 60 single-player dungeons for extended challenge. By preregistering for the game, players can secure Grosvenor, the gun-crazed Dwarf, for free.

Check out the crafting and upgrade interface below and then stay tuned to see it in action on the battlefield!

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Check out Villagers and Heroes’ Starfall revamp trailer

We’ve been keeping an eye on Villagers and Heroes all summer as it’s been prepping its 4.0 update. Dubbed Starfall, the update is a huge overhaul patch, with new talent trees, new feets, new zones, revamped crafting and loot, and a level cap bump. Today, Starfall has a brand-new trailer recapping all of the updates features, including a few we haven’t covered previously: story-driven quest content, the removal of repair costs, and the new map.

“Starfall is the biggest and most ambitious expansion to hit the cross-platform MMORPG,” writes Mad Otter Games. “Starfall will be a free expansion for Villagers and Heroes coming soon to PC & Android devices later this year.”

Most recently, the game was involved in a cheeky faux-feud with RuneScape, as developers behind both games have been vying to claim the title of “first-ever cross-platform MMO” in the west (a feat already accomplished by at least seven other MMOs we can think of).

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Hades’ Star puts a 4X MMO into your pocket

When it comes to mobile MMOs, it really is best if games are designed from the ground-up to function on these devices instead of adapting a title as an afterthought. So it’s with a spark of interest that we watch Hades’ Star’s launch this week, since it’s a mobile game that fits this design format.

A blend of EVE Online and Master of Orion, Hades’ Star challenges players to explore, colonize, mine, build, trade, negotiate, and exterminate across a wide galaxy made of hexes. You’ll also be able to tweak and customize your ship to your heart’s content over the course of the game.

“The game offers an experience uniquely tailored for mobile devices. Using a simple and intuitive touch interface, you will control your empire’s day to day operations, expand to new planets and stars, and interact with other players,” the studio said.

The free MMO is out right now on iOS and Android devices. Check out the trailer below!

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Elder Scrolls Legends hits Android and iOS mobile devices today

Fancy a trip to Tamriel, but don’t want to sit at your PC? The Elder Scrolls franchise TCG, Elder Scrolls Legends, has hit Android and Apple phones as of today, and it includes the Heroes of Skyrim expansion that hit on PC, Mac, and tablets earlier this summer.

The Elder Scrolls: Legends, the strategy card game based on the award-winning Elder Scrolls series, is now available to download for free on iOS and Android phone devices via the App Store and Google Play store, respectively. Featuring a new streamlined interface designed to take advantage of smaller screen sizes, now is the perfect time to jump into the fray. For players just joining the action, the recently-launched Heroes of Skyrim expansion based on fan-favorite characters, lore, and abilities from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim added more than 150 new cards to collect, plus new mechanics, powerful abilities, and more. Easy to learn but difficult to master, The Elder Scrolls: Legends features a deep and flexible deck-building system and a variety of modes for both casual and competitive players, including a single-player Story Mode, Versus Mode, and Arena Mode against both human and AI opponents.”

I’m not even a TCG person and I’m gonna give it a go because yay, free things.

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Touching base with Dark and Light mobile, Elsword, and MapleStory

Here at Massively OP, we like to give you a great deal on news, which is why we’re offering this special three-for-one news post on a trio of Asian MMORPGs. Wow! What savings!

Let’s start with Dark and Light, which in addition to having launched on early access last week looks set to spawn a mobile game called Tales of Gaia. This game has been run through the testing circuit this summer and will release for iOS and Android sometime in 2017. Players who pre-register have a shot at grabbing some in-game goodies when it launches.

Moving on to Elsword, an ancient capital is opening up for business. “Travel with the El Search Party as they enter the Water Dragon Sanctum, only to find traces of someone else who entered before them. Who could have been here before the El Search Party?”

Finally over at MapleStory, a crystal rush is going on right now through August 25th, giving players a chance to harvest precious items and gain gobs of experience points. But beware of the Flappy Churmbles, which are no doubt as fierce as their name suggests!

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Villagers and Heroes slams RuneScape over ‘first-ever cross-platform MMO’ claims

Buckle up, MMO fans, because it’s about to get really weird up in here. There seems to be this strange struggle between studios these days to claim the title of “first-ever cross-platform MMO” (at least for a western title). Last week, RuneScape announced that it was going to be the first game to do this with its upcoming mobile edition, but now Villagers and Heroes — which offers the game on both PC and Android — is contesting that claim.

“Competitor announces ‘1st MMO on mobile, first to deliver interoperable play between PC and mobile’ for 2018… SORRY, WRONG. We did it first!” Mad Otter Games tweeted last week. “Villagers and Heroes IS the first and the BEST mainstream and established Western MMO offering full cross-platform play!”

Of course, AdventureQuest 3D would like to have a word with both of you, as would Pixel Worlds, Pocket Legends, Nebula Online, Arcane Legends, and some game that launched this past week. Forget its name. Albion something? “First cross-platform MMO” doesn’t really seem to be a label that can be exclusively claimed these days (as we’ll talk about on the MOP Podcast later today!).

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Austin company announces brand-new BrightLocker gaming platform

If you’re fed up with the messes that are Steam and Android and the Apple Store, BrightLocker might be for you. Announced just this morning, the portal is being billed as

“the only platform for game discovery, community interaction and funding that bridges the connection between game developers and players in ways not seen before in the industry. Supporting all types of game developers, from early concept to post launch, as well as all platforms including PC, console, mobile and VR, BrightLocker launches with a line-up of both new and established games designed for every type of player.”

The first games to launch on the Austin-based platform include a few MMOs and other games we cover — Life is Feudal, Descent Underground, and Fractured Space. The company lists World of Warcraft, FIFA, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and the Sony PlayStation Network as its team members’ credentials.

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