atlantica online

Official Site: Atlantica Online
Studio: NDOORS, Nexon
Launch Date: October 30, 2008
Genre: Fantasy turn-based tactical MMORPG
Business Model: F2P
Platform: PC

Perfect Ten: The MMOs with the most unclear futures in 2017

A little while back, I took a look at the healthiest games in the MMO space at this time. That was a nice, uplifting list, wasn’t it? And all of those titles continue to do just fine, even if one or two might have had a few bits of shocking news along the way.

Unfortunately, this is not an industry in which health is assured. Games can be high-quality and beloved, but they can still be shut down by outside forces. And that’s not counting games that just come out in the wrong time period or launch in an unrecoverable state.

That may sound grim, but we’re already staring at the first two shutdowns of 2017 in the near future, and both of the titles being killed are surprises. One of them might have wound up on this list if it weren’t being shut down, but at this point, it is. So let’s look at the MMOs with the most unclear futures and start hoping for the best.

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VALOFE opens up its Atlantica Online servers

Mind the dust, folks, and enjoy that new server smell. Atlantica Online‘s new North American servers come online today under the stewardship of VALOFE, so players can log in and play once again to their heart’s content. It’s the same game, just under a new home; that should be good news for any longtime fans. (Of course, some longtime fans are not seeing the awards promised for transferring players after the reward plans changed, which is… less good news.)

Of course, that’s not all that’s coming for the game; the announcement of the servers comes with a near-future roadmap that includes a level cap raise to 180, new Arc Angels gear, a special Dark Crystals event starting on January 19th, and creature/boss redesigns. Beyond that, the game is looking at adding in new mercenaries and squashing bugs while improving the communication between the developers and players. All good stuff to look forward to, but right now… well, there are new servers. That’s cool. Try not to scuff them up for at least a week or so.

Source: Official Site; thanks to Ranran for the tip!

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Nexon transfers Atlantica Online to VALOFE next week

Back in July of 2016, we learned that Atlantica Online was being shut down by all of its respective operators: Nexon America, NDOORS, and Daum. The good news was that developer VALOFE was planning to pick up the pieces and host the game, though there was no vocalized plan for the transition.

Now there is. VALOFE announced today that it’ll fully take over the game from Nexon on January 11th. The trick for existing players will be making sure they transfer properly — within the next five days — else they’ll lose their old accounts.

“Players are heavily reminded that by the 11th of January, everyone who’s unable to use the transfer service will lose all their data. Once Atlantica Online’s been officially transferred to VALOFE’s GSP (Game Service Platform), the Game Operation Team is eager to connect with the community and listen to their needs. The Game Operation Team promises to deliver what the community was denied as long as it’s within reason.”

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Jukebox Heroes: Massively OP’s guide to grabbing 120+ MMO soundtracks

One of the most common questions that I’m asked from my adoring throngs on the street is, “Justin, where oh where can I get some of these marvelous MMO soundtracks that you talk about all of the time?” OK, that just never happens (on the street, that is), but people are often curious how they can go about starting to amass an MMO soundtrack collection or where to find their favorite album.

The sad truth is that so much music from these games is never officially released in any capacity, which is why I scour YouTube for fan rips of the music files. However, every so often I do discover a studio release somewhere, and I try to keep an up-to-date log on these to help others in their quest for video game scores.

So in the spirit of Christmas and sharing, today I’m going to show you how you can get your ears on more than 120 soundtracks and scores from MMOs, MOBAs, and other online titles — some of which are free and legal for the taking. You’re welcome; don’t mention it!

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Atlantica Online closing down, will reopen under new management

It’s a sad and somewhat scary day for fans of Atlantica Online: All three of the game’s operators, including Nexonhave announced that they are abandoning the game due to a diminished playerbase. The ray of hope in this situation is that Atlantica’s service will be resumed under the guidance of VALOFE, an online and mobile developer.

“We’ve enjoyed our time with the Atlantica Online community, and all of the memorable experiences we shared,” the studio said. “We’ve done our best to provide you with a robust and enjoyable experience, but unfortunately we’ve been unable to maintain our player base and have seen the community dwindle.”

A detailed timetable for the closure, transfer, and reopening of Atlantica Online has not yet been posted. Players are being told that they will be able to transfer their accounts and characters to VALOFE when the game comes back online.

Source: Atlantica Online. Thanks to Kenny for the tip!

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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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The MOP Up: Mark Hamill’s new tour of duty (May 22, 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 in our roundup, we’ll touch base with Mark Hamill’s “other” science fiction tour of duty, discover Saga of Lucimia’s pillars of gameplay, celebrate Memorial Day in Dark Age of Camelot, and more!
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The MOP Up: Titan Siege debuts (January 17, 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 players were invited to roleplay a Guild Wars 2 Quaggan (“ooOo”), the humans vs. supergods MMO Titan Siege hit open beta, Cabal Online released on a new platform, the Ultima Online community bought out Stratics, and more!

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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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The Mop Up: FEAR is dead edition

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.

This week we’ll mourn FEAR Online’s passing, check out Atlantica Online’s latest mercenary, enjoy an intergalactic Star Citizen comic, and check out footage of Torchlight Mobile.

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Atlantica Online introduces its Shadow Legion update

Eight new playable mercenaries have joined the Atlantica Online roster with yesterday’s patch. The Shadow Legion consists of martial arts beggars who have begun to to disappear. The new mercs have been sent to figure out the mystery behind these disappearances.

Atlantica is also preparing to merge two of its North American servers, Delphi and Mycenae, on March 26th. The team is allowing the community to vote on a name for the new server on the forums.

You can check out the Shadow Legion trailer after the break!

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