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Massively OP Podcast Episode 166: Russia breaks the internet

On this week’s show, Bree and Justin dive into the Russia gaming crisis, tackle a trio of significant MMO patches, and celebrate the coming of a cute-looking title. Plus there’s always those challenging community podcast questions to keep them occupied!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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TERA has revamped all its lockboxes based on player feedback

Never let it be said that complaining about lockboxes doesn’t help. While TERA isn’t doing away with its lockboxes, En Masse did post last night that it’s overhauled its lockbox system based on player feedback.

“Every strongbox you open – including the ones you’ve had in your inventory since forever – will include something that you, the players, find useful,” says the studio. “This means that each and every strongbox now has a chance to drop the important ‘jackpot’ items you’ve been clamoring for – and no longer contain the items you told us were just not that important to you. Furthermore, we’ve reduced the ‘leveling’ strongboxes to a single box with a focus on fashion so you look good while you level.”

Check out the whole list of what’s in which box – and the new caps on how many can drop for you depending on your levelband. If you’re a hardcore TERA player, we’d love to hear what you think.

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TERA Europe to merge down to four servers

TERA’s had a busy month, what with the console launch and its Godsfall update. May is going to try its hardest to keep this pace of interesting developments, especially over in Europe, where server merges are in the works.

At the start of the month, six of the region’s servers will be merged down to three, with a fourth international server remaining untouched. The studio concentrated on merging servers of the same language types to keep French, English, and German-speaking players together and happy.

“It is our aim to always bring you the best possible gaming experience. We know that it is very important for you to be able to find other players for group content quickly and easily at all times,” the team said. “We really hope the merge will help you enjoy the game even more!”

Source: TERA EU

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TERA delivers impressive new character abilities with the Godsfall patch

The latest update for TERA on PC brings characters to new heights of power. Not just because you’re acquiring all sorts of commendations and status; no, the update introduces the new Apex Skills, which deliver exactly what they promise. A dangerous solo quest guards the Apex Skills for the first seven classes, and you can see these skills in action in the videos just below. They’re kind of a big deal, as the name would imply.

Meanwhile, console players are going to have to wait a while longer to enjoy all of these new skills… but considering how recently the game launched on console, it’s probably just welcome to already be getting new content in the game. Console players can dive into Ruinous Manor, which is filled with dangerous enemies for level 65 and plenty of associated loot. Sure, it’s not the apex of what your character will eventually be able to achieve, but that’s something to look forward to.

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The Daily Grind: What’s the biggest scandal the MMORPG genre has ever seen?

Over the weekend in the Guild Wars 2 spyware article comments, a commenter remarked that Blizzard’s Warden spyware was “the biggest scandal in MMOs” over the last 10 years. I was pretty surprised to see that claim; I was aware of Warden, but it probably wouldn’t even make my top 10 list of scandals across the industry. The first one that pops to mind is Blizzard’s RealID, probably followed by Monoclegate, the Funcom insider trading case, the EVE jumpgate scandal, the Sigil Games parking lot firing fiasco, and the NCsoft/Bluehole lawsuit.

I’m positive I’m forgetting some juicy ones. What’s the biggest scandal – scandal, mind you, not just drama – the MMORPG genre has ever seen? Lay ’em on me!

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TERA’s Godsfall update hits PC on April 17, En Masse runs down console bugs

PC players, heads up: TERA is launching Godsfall next week on April 17th. En Masse is calling it “one of the most significant updates of the year” with new abilities for the Berserker, Brawler, Lancer, Warrior, Mystic, Priest and Slayer classes dubbed “Apex” skills.

“Nothing lasts forever in the world of TERA, not even its mighty gods. The Godsfall update introduces a time-traveling story quest, available to level 65 characters of the seven chosen classes with an item level of 439 or higher, taking players back through time to defeat the powerful dragon Khemadia. Players will find themselves facing their own personal demons as they progress through the quests, including their Temper, Self-Doubt, and Guilt in this god-killing, time-traveling mission.”

Not one of those classes? You’ll be waiting for your own update later in 2018.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 165: Step into the Morninglight

On this week’s show, MJ and Justin get giddy over Secret World Legends’ season two, discuss what World of Warcraft’s launch date means for players, and cover a whole host of major updates that have arrived for the MMO community.

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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NetEase threatens to sue everybody who cloned its battle royale clones

On Friday, we covered PUBG Corp’s lawsuit against NetEase, which alleges that the Chinese company has infringed PUBG’s copyrights in its overt battle royale clones – there’s a whole itemized list of concepts the Bluehole subsidiary claims it has copyrighted, everything from incapping to airdrops, which in the aggregate seem reasonable but individually are absurd.

So why not add some more absurdity? As MMO Culture reports, NetEase has responded by threatening to sue… everybody but PUBG Corp. According to the publication’s translation, NetEase has stated it will sue companies that copied and “twisted” its own “creative features” in Rules of Survival and Knives Out, thereby wounding the “originality market.” It does not specifically mention PUBG Corp, but one might assume the company has retaliation and defense in mind.

Source: MMO Culture

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PUBG: Record profits in 2017, Savage map, PC patch, and the doom of mobile

PUBG may be giving up ground to Fortnite, but it made Bluehole a crapton of money last year. MMO Culture reports that the company brought in over $630 million US in revenue 2017, with over a third of that being pure profit mostly thanks to PUBG’s success.

Meanwhile, the company is testing a new map for the game, an ensmallened, unfinished version of the 4×4 km Savage map. Everyone with access to the experimental test server is able to log in and play as of tonight through the wee hours of the morning on Thursday.

The PC version of the game also got a patch today; it updates the spectator mode for viewing who killed you and how. I bet that boat being murdered in the image above will be really grateful for this mode.

As for the mobile edition? Motherboard has a piece out basically declaring that it’s already dead in the water, ruined because of people playing with keyboard-and-mouse setups that defy the spirit of mobile play in the first place.

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TERA launches on consoles

Fans of console-based hacking and/or slashing should rejoice today, as TERA is now out for consoles. En Masse happily touts it in the trailer down below as the only MMO with “true” action combat, which means that all of the other MMOs with action combat are just pretending to screw with your head or something. Have as much fun with that one in the comments as you like.

Regardless of some mildly silly claims, the console version features a new lock-on targeting system, specialized control schemes for each class (which can be customized or changed), streaming tools, and native voice chat. Whether you’re already fond of the game and just want to play it on a console or have never tried it out before, it’s a day for some celebration. Worth noting is that you can still buy the founder’s packs for the game if you want, even though this is the “proper” free-to-play launch.

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TERA launches on consoles tomorrow

The big day is almost upon us, as TERA will launch its console edition tomorrow, April 3rd, on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4. En Masse said that both versions will go live as of midnight EDT, at which point you may download and jump into the MMO.

To prepare for the release of the hyped console edition, TERA is bringing its PS4 and Xbone servers down for maintenance today for a couple of hours.

If you’re a Twitch Prime member, you can secure several useful goodies for TERA’s console version right now. And if the console launch doesn’t excite you at all, what about the Godsfall content patch that’s coming in a couple of weeks?

Source: TERA

 

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Twitch Prime members get tons of TERA console freebies

With the headstart live for its console edition, TERA is drawing all sorts of attention to its big monsters and bigger action. So how to top the hype frenzy? By piling on with a Twitch cross-promotion!

From now through April 9th, all Twitch Prime members are guaranteed headstart access to the console beta. Even better, they will all receive a code that pays out with an auto-looting dragon pet, a plasma weapon skin, a crown, 15 days of elite access, and 10 strongbox keys.

And if you’re interested in how the team adapted TERA’s combat system for the Xbox One controller, En Masse has an article up explaining the refining and mapping that happened to make this MMO functional on a console’s control scheme.

Source: TERA, Xbox Wire

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TERA’s console edition launches April 3, with headstart beginning tomorrow

Action-combat MMORPG TERA’s on the way to console following its weekend beta rounds, and as of today, it has a shiny new date for that launch: April 3rd. That is… not that far away, folks!

“En Masse Entertainment announced today that TERA, the true action MMO designed for consoles, releases for free on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 April 3, 2018. Come launch, gamers will be immersed in a massive world that combines the high adventure of epic MMORPGs with TERA’s own trademarked fast-paced precision combat mechanics.”

Naturally, founder packs will be for sale. Starting tomorrow, MMO gamers can grab the $29.99 pack, which just so happens to come with a headstart that also begins tomorrow. The pack also comes with a mount, portable bank pet, strongbox keys, a founder title, and 1000 in-game currency. Check out the trailer below!

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