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, No Man's Sky made the jump to the Nvidia Shield, giving players a new way to experience this space sim. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Neverwinter, Trove, and more, all waiting for you after the break!
If you thought taming an ARK dino by letting it steal from you was different, get a load of this: taming by blood sacrifice. The way to tame a giant squid of your own is to feed it sacrificial dinos while shoving black pearls up its maw. So that's what Massively OP's MJ and the team is set to do. They're going to plumb the depths to find and tame their very own squid. That, or die trying. (The latter part is fairly likely.) Tune in live at 12:00 p.m. to see us go under the sea!
What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, January 21st, 2017
If you're old enough to remember the first Jurassic Park film, you probably remember the lengthy and involved explanation it gave about the technology that fueled the park's dinosaur recreation. Ark Park has plenty of technology fueling its creation as well, but unlike the aforementioned movie, it's all real technology that can actually work. Seriously, you can see it all in action in a video just past the break.
Obviously, the down side here is that this experience will not bring actual dinosaurs around to stomp about in front of you. The up side, however, is that even if all of this technology fails to work you will not be eaten by any dinosaurs. (You may be eaten by dinosaurs in Ark: Survival Evolved, but that's the name of the game.) Plus, it's not Jurassic World, so that's another mark in its favor. Check the video out just below.
Gotta catch 'em all... unless we're talking about Pokémon mods for ARK: Survival Evolved, in which case there might only be one in the end.
So yes, a player team created a mod called Pokemon Evolved that replaced ARK's dinos for Pokémon, which weirdly fits ARK's tame, ride, and fight format. The only problem is that there was already a Pokemon mod out there called ARKMon, which apparently did not take kindly to the competition. Someone associated with ARKMon (a fan or one of the modders) hit Pokemon Evolved with a DCMA claim, which the latter protested.
The issue might already be resolved, as the DCMA notice was lifted from Pokemon Evolved's Steam Workshop page after five days, and the team is claiming victory. If nothing else, this spat brought two interesting mods to the spotlight, giving players a choice for their survival Squirtles and prehistoric Pikachus.
Grab a glass of bubbly and celebrate with us: Today the Massively OP Podcast turns 100... 100 episodes, that is. For this grand event, Larry's prepared a robust review of Elder Scrolls Online's housing and Justin's brushed off his tap-dancing skills. Also, the two review some of the most far-fetched MMO news from this past week... and boy, did it get nutty.
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ARK has certainly gotten creative with its dinos. One of the recent additions is a crafty little thief that will literally pickpocket you, then run away. Massively OP's MJ hasn't had the "pleasure" of running into one of these creatures yet, but that's about to change. She's aiming to tame one! Tune in live at 12:00 p.m. to see whether MJ captures a pegomastax or two or the little criminals make off with anything not nailed down.
What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, January 14th, 2017
Saying that the team is "completely obsessed" with virtual reality, Snail Games wrote a short manifesto explaining the origin and purpose of Ark Park.
This spin-off of ARK: Survival Evolved came out of the developers' fascination with VR and their determination to be involved in the growing technology. However, they realized that they couldn't port the sandbox to VR, as the tech "is not ready for rapid movement and heart-racing action just yet."
Instead, the concept was developed to create a virtual museum of sorts that would allow players to stroll among the dinosaurs that often take ARK's headlines.
"The idea of tying the VR theme park together with ARK’s incredible ecosystem just seemed natural," the team wrote. "After all, who wouldn’t relish the opportunity to observe and interact with dinosaurs face-to-face?"
One of the frustrating bits about our end-of-the-year content rollouts is that sometimes predictions and story roundups can come across as negative. It's way too easy to assume that if someone is predicting game X will flop, she wants it to happen and is gleefully steepling her fingers and cackling madly over its future demise. Which is just not so! I never steeple my fingers.
But all the same, for tonight's Massively Overthinking, we'd like to take a moment to set aside our fears and expectations and just talk about our hopes and wishes for 2017 in an MMORPG context. That was what we think will happen. This is a summary of our most optimistic daydreams.
One of my favorite things to do at the end of each calendar year is to read all of the "best of" lists that get posted all over the place. Steam is contributing to my delight, as it has posted its top 100 best-selling PC games of 2016
. Plenty of MMOs, MOBAs, and online multiplayer titles dominate the list, which makes it interesting reading for those invested in our hobby.
The highest-revenue titles on the list (the "platinum" sellers) included The Division, Dota 2, and No Man's Sky. Gold sellers welcomed ARK: Survival Evolved, Warframe, and H1Z1: King of the Kill to the club, while silver sellers gave tribute to Elder Scrolls Online and SMITE.
And at the bottom of the top 100 sellers, the "bronze" titles, are games like Final Fantasy XIV, Tree of Savior, Path of Exile, H1Z1: Just Survive, Grim Dawn, and Elite Dangerous. Note that all of these titles only mark games that had the highest grossing revenue, possibly thanks to sales, and do not reflect how much time was spent among the community playing them.
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What better way to leave 2016 behind than abandoned deep underwater in an ARK cave? That's what Massively OP's MJ is doing. But she isn't just abandoning the year, she's going to drag it down and drown it! Hopefully, she doesn't drown in the process. Tune in live at 12:00 p.m. to join the adventure as MJ dives down and explores one of the new underwater caves for the very first time.
What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, December 31st, 2016
This year, we’re taking a time-machine back through our MMO coverage, month by month, to hit the highlights and frame our journey before we head into 2017.
Everyone knew that Amazon Game Studios was working on an MMO, but not many people truly believed the game would be a true sandbox called New World, complete with the unapologetic MMORPG label attached. Surprise!
Meanwhile, the community reeled over the retirement of Blizzard's Chris Metzen, rioted over ARK: Survival Evolved's attempt to sell an expansion from its early access corner, and revolted over Chronicles of Elyria's bid for more dough.
Read on for the whole list!
Here's a nomination for you: Dumbest online controversy of the year. And the award goes to... ARK: Survival Evolved!
What happened here is that ARK was nominated by Steam for a "best use of a farm animal" award. Studio Wildcard decided to offer the community with a sheep if players helped ARK to win the award. In response, fans raised a major stink over the move.
"Bribing is bribing, and if someone wanted to vote for another game title they feel deserve it more, they are robbed of a new dino for a early access game they paid for and opted in to play/test the game as it's created," one poster on Reddit argued.
The ensuing controversy forced Wildcard to backtrack and say that it would include the "Ovis Aries" no matter what.
Do you have any money left after all of that holiday shopping, travel, and dining out? Steam would very much like to have what remains, if you please, and is willing to trade you some discounted games in return.
Yes, the annual Steam Winter Sale is up and running, which means all sorts of deals for the frugal MMORPG player. We've compiled a huge list of all of the deals -- including discounts of up to 90% off! -- to help you navigate the holiday promotion. The sale ends on January 2nd. Hope it helps!