If by chance you’ve ever run a blog about literally anything, you surely know about scrapers – those jerks who use scripts to steal your stuff in full and put it on their site to make easy money. The really clever ones use scripts to also change some of the words around so that it’s not as easy to get caught. Most of these scripts aren’t very good and just use word swaps, so they sound like somebody who barely speaks English grabbed a thesaurus and waved it around in the air.
Enter Owne Tech, a scraper site you’ve probably never heard of. Yesterday, when Camelot Unchained’s huge news hit the internet, this site apparently scraped VentureBeat’s piece on it and… well, the garbled version is actually hilarious.
“The previous writer of Mythic Leisure’s The Darkish Age of Camelot is again with a brand new recreation, and he has raised $7.five million for the net fable recreation dubbed Camelot Unchained,” the piece declares. “Jacobs was once the lead clothier and founder at Mythic. […] He left EA in 2009, and began the brand new corporate, Town State Leisure, in 2011. Via 2013, he had found out what he sought after to do. His Town State Leisure raised $four.five million in a Kickstarter crowdfunding marketing campaign, and his staff went to paintings on Camelot Unchained.”
A new year, a new batch of survival games! Yes, the genre has become so popular that one guide, no not even two guides could contain all of the survival goodness. More keep cropping up. I certainly can’t say as I mind, since this is the style of game that has been giving me the feeling of having an impact on my environment. And it’s not all the same collection of zombies, although there is still plenty of that. It is interesting to see what new takes developers are bringing to the table. Want to do a survival reality show? There’s a game for that! How about living like a viking? Yup. What if you want to be the psychotic killer that survivors are trying to, well, survive? Got you covered. Fell like upping the ante and surviving via VR? There are a few of those available.
If you are looking for a new survival to sink your teeth into, here’s the addendum for some newer games in development as well as some newly discovered ones since the last mega double guide. Note: This collection will be a mix of multiplayer and single-player titles with some uniques thrown in.
has just announced a new update for Dungeons and Dragons MMO Neverwinter
– its first big update of the year and another chapter in the ongoing storylines set in the jungles of Chult. “On February 27, prepare to enter the Lost City of Omu!” PWE posted
“There is more to the Tomb of Annihilation and the death curse gripping Faerûn, and adventurers must seek answers in the Lost City of Omu. A mysterious new zone filled with crumbling temple ruins and a labyrinth of underground tunnels offers new monsters to hunt, treasures to uncover, repeatable adventures and Heroic Encounters featuring the dreaded Tyrant, an undead T-Rex with unique attacks. Continuing their campaign against the evil lich, adventurers will delve into a lair infested with yuan-ti, where they must beat the odds and unearth secrets of the Trickster Gods to overcome Acererak and the death curse.”
Lousy PC players with their first dibs on all the Neverwinter
updates. Who needs a lousy Sword of Chult anyway? Not you, you’re happy with your sour grapes. At least until the update launches on console, at which point you’ll happily play all of the content.
Does this sound like you? If so, good news! The Sword of Chult update is now available for console players, so you no longer need to sit, fume, and blame people with desktops who are playing the game there! Now you can just enjoy the content like the new Merchant Prince’s Folly skirmish, the improvements to item refinement, and the new PvP improvements.
This patch also allows characters to create account-bound sigils of progress for campaign progress, ensuring that your alts don’t have to work overtime to catch up to your mains. So go over to your console and start playing! Until you start getting annoyed at the next patch arriving on PC first, anyhow.
There’s no more perfect time to reflect on the last twelve months than when you’re ringing in the new year, so that’s precisely what I plan on doing in this edition of Guild Chat. More readers in need have been helped than ever before by both my musings on the topic at hand and the useful perspectives offered in the comments, and some of the submissions have really stretched my MMO agony aunt credentials! It’s been a whirlwind of officer meltdowns, guild fragmentations, adapting to new content types, and deciding when and how best to leave an unsuitable guild, and I’m very glad I have the MOP community with me to weigh in on these issues too.
In this edition of Guild Chat, I’ll take a look at some of my favourite 2017 entries and will showcase the brilliant ways in which MOP readers have enhanced the article with their insightful comments, adding new perspectives or simply approaching the submitter in a way that makes the advice make sense. Here’s to a wonderful 2018!
Backers of Jeremy Soule’s 2013 Kickstarter campaign are still awaiting the long-promised symphony by the video game composer, but at least they have a consolation prize to provide companionship over the holiday break.
Soule recently released The Northerner Diaries, a 12-track, 54-minute selection of vignettes and preview pieces of his still-upcoming Northerner Symphony album. It appears that the Diaries are only available to backers of the Kickstarter campaign, so you either have it or you don’t right now.
“The Northerner Diaries are my virtual orchestral and choir ‘sketches’ as I work towards the completion of my Symphony 1,” Soule said. “These recordings represent wild and unfiltered ideas created in the same vein as concept art that you might see from an artist prior to the commencement of an oil painting.”
The enormous delay of Soule’s symphony has produced a protracted backlash against the composer as the wait for his final work has stretched on for four years now with no signs of an end.
Keybinding is important when you’re playing any sort of game with active combat. Perhaps you really like to have all of your action keys on the numpad, control your movement with the number keys, or some other weird control configuration. Crowfall will let you work with just that when it adds in a new keybinding system designed to give you more control functionality. That means the ability to rebind everything outside of a handful of system-based keys (like Escape and Enter) to whatever you so desire.
The keybinding system will also support modifier keys, so you could have one command bound to C, another bound to Shift + C, and another bound to Alt + C. Last but not least, the control schemes will be modal; you can have a different binding schematic if you’re in the Eternal Kingdoms mode as opposed to one of the game’s campaign worlds. The game already won our Most Anticipated award, so this should help make it just a bit more worthy of anticipation for players.
We’re taking a time-machine back through our MMO coverage, month by month, to hit the highlights and frame our journey before we head into 2018!
Easily the high point of the year, June saw the launch of The Elder Scrolls Online’s Morrowind and Final Fantasy XIV’s Stormblood, along with the relaunch of The Secret World as Secret World Legends.
Meanwhile, Shroud of the Avatar launched a controversial equity crowdfunding campaign, Cryptic announced a Magic the Gathering MMORPG, and we got a look at Skull & Bones, Sea of Thieves, and Anthem at E3. We also confirmed that Neowiz and Aeria had cut ties, leaving the former to bring Bless Online westward alone.
Read on for the whole list!
A couple of weeks ago I covered 20(ish) MMORPGs that we are looking forward to seeing develop, test, and launch in 2018. But as you well may know, Massively OP covers a small university’s worth of “not-so-massively” multiplayer games that have some crossover into the MMO space. We do this because it gives some people much-needed gripe fuel and also because a lot of our readership is also interested in these games.
There is a lot of movement in the multiplayer game space, especially as the larger video game market continues to adapt and hew to MMO design. It’s a blended mess as we continually try to sort these games out into their proper categories, but while we do that, you can enjoy this list of 20 multiplayer games that you should be tracking in 2018. From survival sandboxes to pirate simulators to sequels, here we go!
Have a few extra bucks that Santa and his corporate elves haven’t pried from your wallet this month? Blizzard would like to tempt you to pick up one of its titles that are on sale from now through the beginning of January.
World of Warcraft’s base game is just $10, Legion is down to $25, and many of the MMO’s cash shop items are marked down. You can get Overwatch for $20 or the Game of the Year edition for ten bucks more. StarCraft II’s campaign collection is $30, and StarCraft: Remastered is $10.
Over in happy Diablo land, the base game and expansion are going for $20, while its Rise of the Necromancer DLC is down to $10. Finally, Heroes of the Storm’s Foundation bundle is being offered for 2,000 gems.
Source: Press release
The terror of Dungeons and Dragons Online: Mists of Ravenloft
are only increasing thanks to this week’s Update 37.1
Standing Stone Games activated an additional raid for the expansion called Old Baba’s Hut that draws from the darker side of myths. “This Legendary level raid does not require flagging, and puts players against Baba Lysaga herself,” the studio said.
Curious about the expansion? DDOCentral wrote up a great overview of the campaign setting and the core features over at BioBreak.
Meanwhile, Festivult is bringing in some holiday cheer and bonus loot to DDO. Hollywood is also adding to the Dungeons and Dragons legend, planning yet another movie and scheduling it for a 2021 release. This film franchise hasn’t had the best of runs so far, but hopefully this will be the title to change that streak.
So, what sort of World of Warcraft information do you find most interesting? Because there are two different flavors available. If you’re the sort who enjoys taking on raids as they come out but also prefers doing so with the raid finder, you’ll be happy to know that the second wing of Antorus is now available for players to explore on the raid finder. Needless to say, it will involve a fair amount of demon killing, because that’s where the story has gone. You’ll have to wait a little longer for the final two wings.
If you’re more curious about the future, though, Wowhead has been mining out data about the first four Allied Races as new 7.3.5 PTR builds go live. The latest build added clearer requirements to unlock each of the four races, specifically completing the zone-wide achievement associated with each race (Highmountain for Highmountain Tauren, Suramar for the Nightfallen, and the Argus story campaign for both Lightforged Draenei and Void Elves) while reaching Exalted with an appropriate faction (the Alliance races above require Army of the Light and Argussian Reach at Exalted, respectively). It’s already known that you will need to own Battle for Azeroth, but it’s looking like a great deal of groundwork can be done beforehand, especially as the tracking for these achievements is account-wide.
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!
Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Outer Stories of Wulin, ArcheAge Begins, The Black Death, Wakfu, Dark Age of Camelot, RuneScape, Pokemon Go, SMITE, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, Battlerite, Ragnarok Rush, Wild Busters, Final Fantasy XI, and Twin Saga, all waiting for you after the break!