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Closers opens up its final alpha weekend to everyone

Here’s an intriguing option for your weekend plans: Pour a tall glass of cel-shaded anime combat and down it before the buzzer sounds for the end of an alpha.

Closers has opened up its final alpha weekend to any and everyone who would like to take a peek at this title before it barrels into beta and beyond. The test begins on Friday and, again, it’s completely public: “If you signed up, you will get access; if you sign up before the alpha weekend ends, you will get access; if you want to play with your friend, tell them to sign up, and THEY WILL GET ACCESS!”

Massively OP’s MJ took a look at Closers during PAX West, during which she got a crash course in this episodic anime MMO. “As unfamiliar as I was with the controller and all the controls, the game was easy to pick up and get into,” MJ noted.

Source: Closers

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The MOP Up: Speedrunning World of Warcraft (October 15, 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 Project Gorgon, Star Trek Online, BlessSkyforgeWakfuRobloxWar ThunderAionElite: DangerousNew DawnTravianAstroneer, and World of Warcraft, all waiting for you after the break!

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The MOP Up: Black Desert’s Taiwan meet-and-greet (October 8, 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 HellionHand of the GodsWakfuHyper UniverseDark Age of CamelotBlack DesertDragon ProjectStardew Valley, and EVE Online, all waiting for you after the break!

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The Stream Team: Launch-day Kritika Online adventures

3…2…1… launch! Kritika Online launched on Steam today and Massively OP’s MJ is delving in for more anime action. Sadly, she won’t have the chance to play the Psion she tested at PAX since it won’t launch until October, but maybe she’ll play something other than a Reaper this time around. Tune in live at 6:00 p.m. to celebrate the launch.

What: Kritika Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, September 28th, 2017

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2006 Korean anime MMO NosTale has landed on Steam

Last month, we mentioned in passing an ancient anime MMO by Korean studio Entwell called NosTale, which Germany’s Gameforge apparently resurrected a while back. As of today, NosTale is even more easily accessible on this side of the Atlantic, as the studio’s now launched it on Steam proper. Gameforge is touting the game’s three classes, 28 specs, “extensive” pet system, and six-act storyline.

“The world of exciting anime online role-playing game NosTale is threatened by a dark menace. As Swordsman, Archer or Mage, the player must protect the vibrant village of NosVille and face the approaching dangers. The impressive pet system allows players to capture wild monsters and animals and then tame them. Battling aside, you can retreat to your Miniland. Here you can build a warehouse and decorate the garden with trees, plants and shrubs.”

It’s free-to-play on Steam right now, with 20% off sales on companions, mounts, and costumes, plus double-drop and double-gold events running into next week for those who jump in now.

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PAX West 2017: Taking a closer look at En Masse’s Closers

When I visited the En Masse offices during PAX West, it was a crash course in learning how to use a controller — which I haven’t picked up in years — as I was introduced to Closers, an episodic anime online RPG. The game has five different characters players can choose from from the Black Lambs, each with its own personality and dialogue with all the NPCs. For my hands-on, I played Seha (a melee swordsman), but there is also Sylvi, Yuri, Misteltein, and J.

Devs noted that the story of Closers is very important; the game itself is story-driven. The characters are all teens with psychic abilities brought together as a team to fight back the interdimensional monsters that are pouring into New Seoul (Old Seoul was devastated during the last invasion) through portals.

These portals, of course, need closing.

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Record of Lodoss War Online launches global version, adds Sweet Elf Shaman

How many times can an MMO launch? With Record of Lodoss War Online, who really knows? The anime game came out in the east this past April and the west in June. Apparently there’s been a change of operators since then, as Game and Game has taken over from L&K, requiring players to transfer accounts to retain their progress.

It also means that there’s a unified global version of Record of Lodoss War Online, which launched on August 31st. The dev team said that this relaunch should improve the latency and connection issues that some players may have experienced.

Along with the global release and launch events, the MMO has also added a new playable class, the Sweet Elf Shaman. Yes, Sweet Elf. She’s both 18 years old and 180, because looking youthful shouldn’t get in the way of AARP discounts. The Shaman can eventually level up into either an Elementalist or Ranger depending on the player’s choice.

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The MOP Up: Warframe battles cancer (September 3, 2017)

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MMOs you’ve never heard of: NosTale, Aeon Rivals, War of Conquest, War40K Inquisitor Martyr

Welcome back to our intermittent series on MMOs and other multiplayer games you you’ve never heard of! Tonight we have four titles to highlight.

NosTale

Remember NosTale? Yeah, we didn’t either, but it’s a super old anime MMO that Gameforge is resurrecting and plopping down on Steam, apparently at some point in September.

“Swordsmen, Archers and Mages – each class offers a unique flavour and the opportunity to create your own personalised character. Tame wild animals, train them and use them tactically in battle. Other players and partners can also join you on your adventures. Take some time out from adventuring in your very own Miniland, a place where you can build your own home, look after the garden and party with your friends.”

Cute! What else have we got here…

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 133: Gaming Gamescom

On this week’s show, Justin and Bree shovel through the mountain of Gamescom reveals, including a trip to World of Warcraft’s Argus and Star Citizen’s elaborate Alpha 3.0 tease. The duo also mourn the premature demise of SkySaga, a promising-looking MMO that got a raw deal from its publisher.

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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En Masse is bringing Closers Online to the west this fall

We are glad to say that the rumors were 100% correct: En Masse Entertainment is indeed bringing Closers Online (which it is now simply calling Closers) to the west this fall.

The company announced today that it will be publishing Naddic Games-developed Closers in North America and Europe later this year. Closed alpha tests are scheduled for September with a beta to follow, and players can sign up right now to be part of the testing process.

Closers is an online action RPG that features an anime cast of psychic teens who battle interdimensional aliens trying to invade New Seoul. That was a fun sentence to write. It’s definitely a high-octane button-masher, with big numbers and flashy combat, all set in a slightly-more-advanced time than our own. There will be five classes/characters from which to choose at launch, each with their own looks and fighting style.

We’re meeting with the En Masse team at PAX next week, so stay tuned for more info!

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Ghost in the Shell Online will close on December 6 in North America

So, remember how Ghost in the Shell Online announced it was shuttering in Japan without announcing that it was also shuttering in North America? Turns out the latter is happening as well. The team behind the game announced today that all services will be shutting down on December 6th for North America, South America, Europe, and Oceania. All cash shop services have been suspended, although the game will continue to operate normally until the shutdown.

The official word is that it was a difficult decision to make, but the ultimate conclusion was that further development time wouldn’t make the title into a large enough success to justify ongoing costs. Our condolences to the players and developers affected by this closure; we hope you get some last good matches in before the game goes entirely offline.

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