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Official Site: Asta Online (sunsetted October 4, 2016)

Webzen is closing down ELOA and ASTA in October

About a year ago, Webzen announced that it was bringing Asta: The War of Tears and Winds over after the game had been shut down in Korea. People were skeptical about its ability to succeed as a localized title when it hadn't succeeded in its domestic market, and it appears that skepticism was merited, as the game has announced its impending shutdown on October 4th, 2016. Elite Lord of Alliance, more commonly styled as ELOA, will also be sunsetting in mid-October.

Players of Asta who purchased currency within the previous month will be refunded, while ELOA players will have the game's currency reimbursed in the form of bonus Wcoin usable on any of Webzen's other titles. Both games will also have accelerated leveling during the final month of operation. Our condolences go out to the staff and players of both games.

Source: Asta shutdown, ELOA shutdown; thanks to Filur for the tip!

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The MOP Up: Planet of Heroes comes into orbit (July 24, 2016)

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 Planet of Heroes leaped onto the scene with promising mobile MOBA. We've got that plus stories and videos from OverwatchNo Man's SkyElder Scrolls OnlineFinal Fantasy XI, TERAShards Online, Aion, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Asta's next update includes a new battleground, more difficult raids, and a new world boss

The next big update for Asta isn't here yet; you'll need to wait until July 19th to take on the new content. That's the bad news. The good news is that it includes a new world boss wandering about, so if you have a deep and abiding need to fight large things roaming through the world, you will be very happy. If you prefer to keep your large things confined to smaller spaces, that's fine too; the Mountain of Trials raids will be getting Very Hard modes, which are meant to be exactly what the name suggests.

But maybe you'd prefer to face off against other players by demonstrating your superior knowledge of tactics. That's included, too, as the game is adding in the new Dreamworld battleground. Players will alternate between attacking a fortified location and defending that same location, forcing changing tactics and plans to deal with siege weaponry. The whole update goes live on July 19th, so ready yourself before then.

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Betawatch: World of Warcraft and the art of pre-patch trolling (July 7, 2016)

We have a launch date for World of Warcraft's next expansion, but we don't have a date for the pre-patch before the expansion launches. It is fair to say at this point, though, that the designers are just playing with the affections of players. First the developers tease something big coming just to announce a Twitter contest for getting into the beta. Then an article about when the pre-patch will arrive... does not say when it will arrive. Someone is having a chuckle. Ah, well, at least you can get pre-loaded.

Asta, meanwhile, is being far more definitive by definitely launching this week.  Sure, it was already in no-wipe open beta, but at least the distinction was made definitive. And Riders of Icarus has hit open beta, which serves as a fine segue into more beta news for the week.

  • Darkfall: New Dawn has launched its public development server; you can hop on for free within the next three weeks. If you're curious about what it will play like, the answer is "quite a bit like Darkfall, but also not entirely like Darkfall."
  • Big stuff is happening in Shroud of the Avatar. For one thing, the game is planning to have no further wipes after July 28th! For another thing, Starr Long and Richard Garriott are selling their blood. The sequence of events that led to this seeming like a rational decision is not one that any human being should attempt to contemplate.
  • Atlas Reactor has opened up for testing for everyone until July 17th. Good news for people who want to test it and have not yet been able to, bad news for people who don't want to test it but feel obligated to now that there are no excuses.
  • Another LawBreakers test is taking place this weekend, if you feel as if your test schedule this weekend was otherwise too law-abiding.
  • Last but not least, Das Tal has plans for both US and EU servers during its summer testing phase. So you can be sure that you're fighting people who are both literally and figuratively in your backyard.

That was quite a whirlwind tour! Perhaps you'd like to refresh with a cool, steady list just below. If there are problems with the list, like titles that have opened cash shops while in no-wipe open beta, do let us know down in the comments.

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Grab an Asta, ELOA, Rappelz, Mu Online, Flyff, or C9 gift code in Webzen's summer giveaway

Webzen is back with another huge giveaway on MOP, this one in celebration of summer across its multiple MMOs. The company has granted us 2000 keys, and you get to pick the Webzen game the code is used on, be it Asta, ELOA, Rappelz, Mu Online, Flyff, or C9. There are different rewards depending on which game you pick, so read on, and click the Mo button below (and prove you're not a robot) to take home one of these keys!

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The MOP Up: EVE Online phases out DirectX 9 (June 5, 2016)

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!

Our headline story this week is that EVE Online is making good on its promise to phase out DirectX 9 support for the game. The team said that it's aware that the Mac version only uses DirectX 9 and is investigating a solution.

But the news doesn't stop there. Read on for word on Asta Online's big update, World of Tanks' centennial celebration, an Ingress survey, and more!

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Betawatch: Crowfall adjusts its testing patterns (May 27, 2016)

The testing pattern for Crowfall is going to be just a little bit different moving forward, with an emphasis on having fewer phases over longer periods of time rather than its current rapid-fire testing events. The game did find the time to show off the making of a Druid spell and the Druid in action this week as well, though, so perhaps the net effect won't be too noteworthy to the average fan.

Also, Overwatch did launch this week, if you missed it. For those of you not busy shooting people in Overwatch, there is other beta news this week.

Plus, we've got that whole list below. You know, the list. Something on there that ought to be changed? Let us know down in the comments.

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Asta officially launches with its first major expansion

It is just a little bit odd that Asta: The War of Tears and Winds is launching when its first expansion drops. Those two events seem like they ought to be spaced further apart. Then again, it's a free-to-play game that isn't just languishing in "open beta" with an active cash shop forever, which is far more important than just an oddness to release timers. And one cannot argue that the game's launch update/expansion doesn't contain plenty of content for players to enjoy, with a new race, a new class, and a higher level cap.

The Raksa race (which has a character creation video just below) crosses over to both factions, allowing players to choose which of the two factions needs another short cute character. Raksa players can also take on the new Berserker class as they race toward the new level cap of 55. The update is scheduled to go live on May 31st, so if you're enjoying the game's beta, you have about a week until it totally launches for real.

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Asta's Wrath of the Berserkers update brings a level cap increase and new area

Shh. You hear that? The rustling of leaves on the industry wind? The tweet of birds engaging in social media? The far-off distant sound of a lawnmower cutting through raid bosses? That's the sound of an incoming content patch, and if you listen very closely, you'll even hear the name of the game: "Asta... Asta... Asta."

The Korean MMO announced today that it's preparing a global "content expansion" for the end of the month called Myth I: Wrath of the Berserkers. It looks to be a meaty patch, with a level cap increase to 55, a new area called Wado, the Mountain of Trials dungeon, and plenty of additional quests and achievements to keep everyone busy.

The Mountain of Trials looks to be a flexible dungeon based on your interest and group size, accommodating single players, small groups, and 10-player raids. The instance contains seven bosses, each more grumpy than the last.

Source: Press release

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Grab an Asta, ELOA, Rappelz, Mu Online, Flyff, or C9 gift code in Webzen's anniversary giveaway

In honor of the seventh anniversary of its online gaming portal today, Webzen has granted us 1000 keys, but here's the cool part: You get to pick the Webzen game the code is used on, be it Asta, ELOA, Rappelz, Mu Online, Flyff, or C9. There are different rewards depending on which game you pick, so read on, and click the Mo button below (and prove you're not a robot) to take home one of these keys!

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Betawatch: WoW Legion is launching in August (April 22, 2016)

This week, Blizzard announced that World of Warcraft's sixth expansion, Legion, will indeed arrive this summer as planned. August 30th is the big day. Got your preorder in yet? Here's what else is new in the land of MMO beta testing:

  • Tree of Savior banned 3000 cheaters and dealt with pricing fallout from scheming arbitrage artists.
  • Tree of Life -- yeah, all the trees are confusing -- launched its beta (along with its cash shop).
  • Origins of Malu announced it has suspended its development as it shops for investors.
  • Camelot Unchained announced its beta one release has been delayed, likely several weeks.
  • Nexon's flying MMORPG Riders of Icarus began its second round of closed beta.
  • Hi-Rez's shooter-hybrid Paladins patched its closed beta with, Dragon Punch, which pushes live new champion Drogoz, The Greedy.
  • Guild Wars 2's live beta test of world linking for WvW began today.
  • Cube World is alive!
  • Fragmented released a trailer ahead of next week's Steam early access launch. Stress tests are ongoing.
  • Glitch-spinoff Children of Ur updated its open alpha with a new build.
  • The Black Death lurched like a plague-ridden zombie into Steam early access.
  • Nexon launched the alpha for LawBreakers with a new trailer featuring no less than Ice-T.
  • The Culling's first big early access patch introduced female playable characters.
  • Asta's still in beta too, but it's also getting a big content patch.

Check out our complete list of games in testing below!

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Asta Online pumps out first major content update

Even though Asta Online hasn't officially released yet, it's in that persistent open beta state that's launch in all but name. So we'll go easy on Webzen for getting super-excited about pushing Asta's so-called "first content update" today and not quibble about semantics.

The patch is pretty sizable and kicks off with a new team arena map, Ora Fortress Underground Arena. This arena hosts 5v5 battles on a different type of playground than the Arena of Constellations, just in case you had grown bored with the latter already.

Other features of the update include a "very hard" difficulty mode for two of Asta's raids with better gear rewards, access to intra-faction battlegrounds, and more achievements and titles.

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ASTA plots new arena map and raid difficulty modes for April 19 update

ASTA: The War of Tears and Winds announced today that it's planning the game's first content update for April 19th. "We still have some work on the QA of this first content update," Webzen cautions, "but we wanted to tell you a little more about it right away."

Of note, the update promises a new team arena map, a new difficulty mode for existing 10-man raid dungeons, bug fixes, and alterations made as a result of community feedback.

The studio also drops a hint about an even "bigger update" eventually but says it needs more time to finish cooking.

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