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The best MMO deals of Black Friday and Cyber Monday

You could give thanks on Thanksgiving, or gorge yourself on festive food alongside your bickering family members, but we say there’s nothing like shopping from the comfort of our gaming chairs and basking in the company of our favorite guildies! Today, in celebration of the overwrought annual event that is Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, we give you this guide to the best MMO gaming deals (and a few themed events too) that we could find. Go forth and buy all the things.

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Lost Ark Online announced for China, gets new website and trailer

Lost Ark is indeed heading to China, a fact announced at Tencent Games Carnival 2015. Besides debuting a new trailer, representatives from Smilegate and Tencent Games took to the stage to answer a few questions from media about testing time-frames, other platforms, and more.

Testing for Lost Ark is currently anticipated to start in early 2016 in Korea and mid-year in China, and the devs are focusing on avoiding repetitive content. Anyone who prefers console or mobile games also have a chance to see the title on those platforms; the representatives stated that these other platforms are being seriously considered, but for now the developers are “concentrating on optimizing and running the South Korean and China servers.”

Check out the Chinese trailer below, and feel free to poke around the new website.

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The Stream Team: Procuring penguins in ARK: Survival Evolved

When could MassivelyOP’s MJ pass up taming a cute creature in ARK? Since never! That’s why she’s heading out to gather herself a waddle of penguins (yes, it is actually called a waddle, or a rookery). Once she has her own little waddling army, she may even go after the elusive anglerfish deep down in the sea. Who wouldn’t want their own scaly underwater flashlight? Put on your parka and join us live at 12:00 p.m. to get in on the hunt. You might even catch sight of the recently added giganotosaur as well!

What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, November 14th, 2015

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Penguins and angler fish board ARK as tribal warfare begins

ARK: Survival Evolved has gone to the birds — and the fish — in the latest update. On top of a feathers and fur graphical update, yesterday’s addition of update 223 introduced the adorable Kairuku Waitaki, better recognized as a penguin, and the deep-sea Melanocetus, or anglerfish. Both new creatures are useful in the quest for survival.

Although the penguins aren’t really any good in a fight, players may want to collect a rookery of them as they exude body heat that can keep you warm while adventuring on the tundra. On a more morbid note, these docile creatures also have blubber that works as polymer, with the highest concentration found in the babies. The distinctive light found on the anglerfish makes it the perfect companion for underwater exploring, whereas harvesting this fish nets materials used for making a long-lasting fuel and organic lights for your house. Get a glimpse of them both in the video below.

In addition to new creatures, this update introduces the new Tribal Warfare Alliance system. Tribes can now declare war against each other for a specific time frame that all parties agree upon, encouraging large-scale PvP instead of offline raiding.

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Durango brings a dino MMO to mobile devices

With the popularity of ARK: Survival Evolved, there’s no doubt that the mix of multiplayer survival and dinosaurs is a smash hit with gamers. Nexon is looking to bring a similar (although not identical) title to the mobile scene with Durango.

Durango is an isometric MMO in which players can fight and tame dinos. Players side with warring clans and put their survival skills to the test as they build up settlements and mow everything with two or four legs down with powerful weaponry.

Nexon said that it will be hosting a limited beta test for Durango in December. You can watch the quick trailer for that beta after the jump!

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The MOP Up: KingsIsle’s new game (November 8th, 2015)

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. See any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week we discover KingsIsle’s newest game, spot hidden Easter eggs in Overwatch, open EVE Online’s doors to Mac users, pimp out our ARK dinos, and more!

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The Secret World and ARK get behind Extra Life

Gaming communities across the globe are throwing their support behind Extra Life, the 24-hour gaming marathon designed to raise money for Children’s Network Miracle Hospitals. We’ve already reported on how Trion Worlds is contributing to the event, and now you can add both The Secret World and ARK: Survival Evolved to the movement’s supporters.

Funcom posted a list of The Secret World community teams that have signed up to participate in the marathon. It also said that it will be giving a prize pack to the top two donors to each of the teams. Meanwhile, ARK is hosting a “survival of the fittest” PvP battle in which the winning teams will get a cash prize and an additional donation will be made to Extra Life on their behalf.

Extra Life’s all-day marathon takes place tomorrow, November 7th.

Source: The Secret World forums, ARK official press release

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ARK’s new giganotosaurus towers over the t-rex

Studio Wildcard has added a new dino to ARK: Survival Evolved. Finding, hunting, and taming the giganotosaurus requires top-of-the-line gear and skills, and it represents a late-game challenge for elite players and raiding tribes, according to Wildcard’s press release.

Fighting the new beast is not for the feint of heart, as its rage grows with each hit it takes, and extra rage means extra energy for its deadly bites and extra stamina. Today’s patch also adds swords and a set of primitive and modern shields designed for advanced melee combat usage.

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The Scream Team: Hunting the dead and the DodoRex in ARK: Fear Evolved

Nothing beats a good Halloween event, and ARK’s transformation into ARK: Fear Evolved is one of the best. From fighting roving skeletal dinosaurs to collecting gravestones and pumpkins to hunting the elusive DodoRex, MassivelyOP’s MJ can truly immerse herself in the holiday. The question is, can she survive while she’s doing it? Join us live at 12:00 p.m. to see how much Halloween she can live through!

What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, October 31st, 2015

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Steam’s Halloween sale includes The Secret World, ARK, and more

This week sees a big Halloween sale over at Steam, which includes several MMOs that you might want to pick up while they’re at a discount. The sale ends on November 2nd.

Both The Secret World’s basic and ultimate editions are half-off at $15 and $30, respectively. The ultimate edition includes all of the content from issues 1 through 11, making it a much better prospect than buying the DLC piecemeal.

Other sales include ARK: Survival Evolved, H1Z1, The Park, TERA, Shroud of the Avatar, War Thunder, EVE Online, Otherland, and EldevinSpeaking of things to play for Halloween, check out our guide to all of the events running rampant through MMOs right now!

Source: The Secret World sale, Halloween sale. Thanks to Nordavind for the tip!

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ARK begins Fear Evolved event

For the next week, ARK: Survival Evolved is no more. Instead, the game has transformed into ARK: Fear Evolved for the Halloween season.

The island has transformed into something far more sinister for the occasion, and considering that this was a place where bloodthirsty dinosaurs roamed, that’s saying something. Now there’s the fearsome DodoRex, a creature that’s so imposing that the devs are hosting a contest to see which player can film a kill of the beast on a PvP server.

Players will encounter animated dino skeletons and zomdodos (zombie dodos, of course) while being given the opportunity to craft several new Halloween-themed items. The team even hinted that there will be crates out there with free game codes for friends. Unfortunately, friends are not included in the crates, so you’re on your own to procure those.

Check out the trailer below.

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The Daily Grind: What’s the best early access MMO you’ve played?

I’m afraid that early access is here to stay, and as I look over the icons on my desktop and the entries on my Steam games list, it’s distressing to see how many of them are some form of pay-before-the-game’s-done.

There’s been at least one gem, though, and that’s ARK: Survival Evolved, which has more features than most “feature-complete” MMOs, and which has a crazy frequent patch schedule that both fixes bugs and adds all kinds of new stuff to the dino survival sandbox on a regular basis.

What about you, MOP readers? I know you probably dislike early access as much as I do, but have their been any early access games that you were proud to support? Which one was the best?

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The Stream Team: Raising baby dinos in ARK

MassivelyOP’s MJ is making babies! ARK: Survival Evolved has added breeding to the survival game, and MJ is really looking forward to hatching and raising some baby dinosaurs. But just like any little tyke, dino babies are a handful from the get go. And boy, are they ravenous little beasts. Join us live at 12:00 p.m. to see if she can successful begin her tenure as a dinosaur nanny.

What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, October 24th, 2015

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