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

Asta Online prepares to shut its doors… again

Alas-ta, poor Asta Online. We were pretty surprised when the game got its third lease on life earlier this year, but it appears to have been sadly abortive, as it will be shutting down once again on December 8th of this year. Cash shop items have already been made unavailable for purchase, with no words on any sort of farewell celebration before the shutdown. (We would not hold our breath on that one.)

Players who have purchased cash shop items are directed to contact Steam support regarding any sort of refunds, which seems a little unexpected under the circumstances. Installation of the game is already disabled as well, but if you’ve already got it installed, you can continue to play until the servers go off. Our condolences to players affected by the closure, although we can’t help but wonder if it’s not going to come back yet again.

Source: Steam page; thanks to Gaz for the tip!

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One Shots: Head of the class

What do you do if you’re a sentient stone head who has been tasked with centuries of guard duty? You probably do a lot of lounging around on a cushy chair, waiting for some Dudley Do Right to wander your way and agree to do your job for you.

Miol sends in this odd Guild Wars 2 shot from the Living Story Season 3 in response to my call for goofy screenshots: “How about a literal talking head? Silly enough?” Well, it’s noggin I like, but noggin I hate, either.

Yeah, I’ll just show myself out. Sorry about that.

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Korean studio Move Games resurrects ASTA on Steam

When I mentioned in our newsroom that I was working on an ASTA post, nobody believed me, but it’s true: ASTA: The War of Tears and Winds is getting another lease on life.

You’ll recall that Webzen originally ported the game westward in 2015, soft-launching in an open beta here after the game had sunsetted in Korea the same year — and after having been in development since 2010. However, Webzen gave up after a year, sunsetting the western version this past October.

MMO Culture noticed that the game has popped up on Steam, however, with a posted release date of April 26, 2017, and a brand-new publisher: Move Games Co., Ltd., which is reportedly well-versed in picking up and relaunching Korean games for different audiences. According to the Steam and Facebook updates, the game will grant all registered players a “beginner’s gift” bundle for showing up. What is dead can never die.

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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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