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This Soulworker Online trailer might make you a true believer

There comes those tipping-point moments in following MMOs where an upcoming game goes from being of passing interest to “OK, now you have my full and undivided attention.” If you’ve only been lightly keeping track of the anime MMO Soulworker Online, this new gameplay trailer might become one of those moments for you.

The fast-and-furious trailer is full of cel shaded poses and kinetic combat, giving players a feel for the post-apocalyptic contemporary world that sets this title apart from many of its peers. And if it does hook you, then good news: You could get to play the beta as early as the end of this year.

Give it a watch below and let us know what you think!

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Ghost in the Shell Online services to close in Japan

The bright side of the news that Ghost in the Shell Online will be shutting down service in Japan is that this is not, technically, the game shutting down in its country of origin. But it’s still something of a blow, considering that the IP it’s based on is extremely Japanese and it was expected to be rather successful in the country. Not so, it appears; no reason is cited for the servers shutting down, but the most likely explanation is lack of players.

The game will close on November 29th after just about a year of operation in the country. No statements have been made about the future of the title on Western shores, to you can feel free to extrapolate your own hopes or fears based upon the announcement.

Source: MMO Culture

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The Game Archaeologist: EverQuest II East

Publishing a video game globally is a monumental task, more so if it is a live online game such as what you’d find with MMORPGs. With different countries and regions come various traditions, prohibitions, language barriers, government restrictions, playstyle expectations, and financial models that must all be sorted out and overcome for these games to come out.

One of the most famous examples of adapting an MMO for use in another country is how World of Warcraft had to make significant graphical changes to its death-themed imagery (including its Forsaken race) in order to get approval to operate in China. Censorship aside, many studios have adjusted their games to include elements appealing to a certain country in order to get more fans (such as WildStar’s panda explosion).

Today we’re going to look at a short-term oddity in EverQuest II’s history, when SOE attempted to expand the game into the east — and how that rebounded back to impact the west.

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Ghost in the Shell: First Assault Online might have just officially launched

The Ghost in the Shell franchise is no stranger to highly competent cyborg ninja police officers stealthing around the city in the coolest fashion possible, but did its online game just stealth launch today?

It’s a little hard to tell, but it may have. First Assault Online left open beta at the beginning of the month after a year of testing, and now the game is promoting its major 2.0 release called Renewal.

The (launch?) update overhauled the user interface, added three new playable operatives, revamped the remaining roster, reorganized operative classes, added an Electronics Center map, and introduced an elimination mode for PvP.

The online shooter is available through its website or Steam, and you can check out the official trailer after the jump.

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The MOP Up: Crash Force offers arena fun at a discount (July 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 TERAMaster X MasterEternal CrusadeWarfacePortal KnightsMapleStoryCrash ForceDroneNeverwinterElswordEVE OnlineWarframeFinal Fantasy XIVEverQuest IIWorld of WarshipsPath of Exile, and Eternal Crusade, all waiting for you after the break!

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The MOP Up: SMITE sees a Divine Light (July 9, 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 GoSplatoon 2Blade and SoulDragon’s Dogma OnlineClosers OnlineOverwatchVindictusMu OnlineWurm OnlineAstellia OnlineDofus PetsHellionSMITEStarCraftAionFinal Fantasy XI, and League of Legends, all waiting for you after the break!

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Global Adventures is a new treasure-hunting Diablo clone with zombies, roller skates, and ninjas

We’ve seen some odd Kickstarter projects come across our desk, but Global Adventures has to be up there in more ways than one.

This colorful Diablo clone sends player characters on a globe-hopping trek to find treasure while avoiding Indiana Jones-like traps and battling zombies, pyramid monsters, vampires, and the occasional ninja. Players will take the role of one of five classes, including the Shock Trooper and Biotechnician. There are also side-scrolling vehicle segments that will take you back to the 16-bit video game era, because why not.

Global Adventures is billing itself as an MMO, but from what we can tell, it looks to be more of a solo or multiplayer experience in the same vein of most action-RPGs.

But perhaps the weirdest part of this game is its new Kickstarter, which is attempting to raise a whopping $170. Which it already has. Why so little? Global Adventures already has full investment to complete the game, so the crowdfunding is to prove to those investors that there is a western audience interested in such a game. Most of the funds raised will go to localization, voice acting, and even an anime series.

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Naruto Online is the one MMO where players beg for merges

According to a press release from Oasis Games, the studio is in the middle of ongoing English-language server merges for Bandai-licensed Naruto Online. The game originally launched in the west last summer; it’s a turn-based browser MMO built on the original anime and is even voiced by the anime’s actors. The merges aren’t really a bad thing, as players are flocking to the thread to put forward their servers for much-needed merges.

“Starting today onwards, we will be collecting inputs from players for server merger purposes,” writes the company on its forums. “This thread will be renewed on weekly basis to ensure continuous communication between players and moderators in regards to server and merger status. Please be informed that a server need to be at minimum age of 2 month starting from the date it opened as one of the requirements to be merge. Server merger will take place once every 2 weeks. We have records of the activity rate, which are taken into consideration for merging.”

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Record of Lodoss War Online is now playable in the West

Do you ever wish that more imported games would just launch without fanfare? Record of Lodoss War Online has apparently done just that; Gravity Interactive announced its launch in the West last week without fanfare or much flare. Heck, it’s without even much in the way of a fleshed-out site, as the official site is still missing a gallery and in many places is still referring to another game. But it’s there!

For those following along at home, Record of Lodoss War Online is an MMO based on the eponymous anime, which concerns itself with a band of humble adventurers overthrowing an evil overlord. You know, as you do. You’ve got the usual lineup of fantasy characters and races, but if that’s your cup of tea, you can try that out today. Probably.

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The MOP Up: Destiny 2’s class roster (June 18, 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 Twilight SpiritsThe Black DeathConqueror’s BladeWorlds AdriftRagnarok JourneyTERA, WakfuARKGuild Wars 2, and Destiny 2, all waiting for you after the break!

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Fairy Tail brings the popular anime series online this summer

Is there nothing quite as thrilling and daunting as when your favorite IP is made into a video game? Fans of both the Japanese manga and anime series Fairy Tale must be aswirl in mixed emotions over the upcoming launch of Fairy Tail: Hero’s Journey.

The free-to-play browser MMO announced via press release this week that it will release with six wizards that are original to the Fairy Tail universe in addition to canon-established characters. Players will select a wizard and build their team of fighters to spearhead the fight against… we’re assuming evil? Indigestion? Internet trolls? Something, at least.

Back in April, the team informed the community that while it couldn’t commit to an exact release date, this summer looked like a promising prospect. “Since the delay of CBT, many have asked for a new release date. We are still unable to give an exact date but we can say our current goal is summer 2017 (July/August unless any unavoidable issues occur). In December we explained we wanted to make the game better and change features before we launched.”

Currently the team is ramping up for a closed beta test and encourages fans to sign up on the site if interested in participating.

Source: Press release, Fairy Tail

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Wakfu and Dofus developer makes a digital card game

Here’s something you may not have known: French developer Ankama launched a digital card game this year that is set in the same world as its MMOs Dofus and Wakfu. Krosmaga was released back in February and allows players to take the role of a god and summon creatures via cards onto a battlefield.

So where do you play this fabulously quirky card game? Pretty much anywhere, to tell the truth. Krosmaga is available on PC, tablet, smartphone, and even through Steam.

Since its release, Krosmaga has been busy with updates and upping its profile. The game has an expansion planned for June 28th called Necros and Paladirs that will add a new god and over 150 new cards to the fun.

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Caravan Stories to bring cross-platform Pokémon-style action to Japan

While Japan is not exactly the hotbed of MMORPG development, there are a few studios working to put the country on the map for gamers. One of these is Aiming Inc., which recently published the mobile game Logres and has another MMO in the making called Caravan Stories.

Caravan Stories is a free-to-play cross-platform MMO that will function on both PC and mobile devices and is set to first launch in Japan. It has a cel-shaded anime style with vibrant and attractive colors. In addition to the typical MMO feature routine, Caravan Stories allows players to capture and evolve monsters as pets. There’s also a PvP system in which players defend their caravans from others and a spectator mode for boss battles.

There’s no word yet about a wider rollout for this game. Check out the trailer for Caravan Stories after the break!

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