Elite Dangerous drops the first part of Beyond this quarter, with beta launching January 25

We’re guessing there are lots of new Elite Dangerous players roaming around now, what with the game having been just 7 bucks on Steam over Christmas, but that just means a bigger playerbase to cheer today’s news. Early this morning, Frontier announced that the game’s third season of content is on the way, beginning with Elite Dangerous: Beyond – Chapter One (they have never been good at names, let’s be honest) coming in “Q1 2018.” The beta itself for the new content will be free for all players and begin on January 25.

“Launching Q1 2018, Elite Dangerous: Beyond – Chapter One is the first update of Elite Dangerous’ third season, following the Thargoids devastating assault on humanity’s starports. Beyond advances the ongoing player-driven narrative and introduces a variety of gameplay enhancements, upgrading the gameplay experience whether players prefer to trade, fight or explore in Elite Dangerous’ massively multiplayer galaxy.”

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Albion Online’s Christmas event is better late than never

Hey, why are you taking down those Christmas lights and hauling your browning tree to the curb? There’s still some life left in this holiday yet, even if it is technically over! Just look at Albion Online, which kicked off its Breath of Winter event today to keep players occupied during the rest of the month.

During this event, players can go on a “good deeds” quest chain to help the little NPCs of the realm and earn an essential item that will allow the creation of a Yule Ram mount.

There’s also an Icy Battleground for PvP, a quest to help Father Frost, and an extra-wintry version of the Three Sisters Expedition. Plenty of rewards await those who participate, including fancy winter finery, Christmas trees, and a placeable present chest.


Take a peek at Elder Scrolls Online’s Dragon Bones DLC and outfit customization system, coming in February

Just before Christmas, ZeniMax teased a ton of new content coming for The Elder Scrolls Online in 2018, including three DLC and a full chapter. The first DLC, dubbed Dragon Bones, is up first, and we’ve got a bit more info on the Skyrim-flavored pack coming today.

“The Dragon Bones DLC Game Pack will include two new dungeons – Scalecaller Peak and Fang Lair — available in both normal and veteran modes, with a veteran Hard Mode for each final boss. These new dungeons pit players against new and returning enemies, including plague-ridden ogres, powerful sorcerers and their undead creations, and even the reanimated bones of an ancient dragon. Players will be rewarded with new items and monster sets, collectibles, and achievements, as well as a Renegade Dragon Priest mask, awarded just for entering one of the dungeons. The Dragon Bones DLC Game Pack will be free for ESO Plus members, and available for purchase from the Crown Store for non-members.”

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RIFT players build remembrance garden for well-loved teen

Just before Christmas, 17-year-old Nikita Hedingham was biking to a volunteer position when she was struck by a semi and killed. Her death has had a great impact on the RIFT community, where Nikita was known as Wintercharm, a well-known and -loved presence in the player housing sphere.

“She loved this game and you people so much so I wanted to say thank you for being so kind to her,” Nikita’s mother wrote. “One of her goals in life was to see the Trion building, so please remember her.”

RIFT players are doing their best to honor the life of Wintercharm by creating a remembrance garden on the Greybriar server. During the month of January, friends and well-wishers can add to the garden on Sundays. “This garden is to celebrate Wintercharms gorgeous life and give us all another place to visit if we just want to sit a while remembering her,” the garden’s organizer wrote.

Our sympathies to the family and friends of Nikita during this difficult time.


The Stream Team: Winter holidays in Neverwinter

With a name like Neverwinter, you have to wonder how the cold-weather holidays are celebrated in-game. Wonder no more! Massively OP’s MJ is diving in to check things out. (Not that she needed a reason to stretch out celebrating the Christmas season.) Join us live at 8:00 p.m. for some Dungeons & Dragons flavored festivities.

What: Neverwinter
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

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The Stream Team: Going after the Grinchta in Villagers and Heroes

A new year is a great time for Massively OP’s MJ to face a new threat. A new year, a new threat — she’s supposed to face something at least! The Grinchta is the nemesis of the Christmas season in Villagers & Heroes, and MJ is determined to face and eliminate any problems this critter is causing. We must save Christmas for next year and all the years after, right? Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. for some a look at the holiday festivities in…

What: Villagers & Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Monday, January 1st, 2018

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One Shots: Riding the unicorn charge into 2018

That’s it, folks. It’s time to put the wraps on the bumpy, odd year that was 2017 and get ready to flip our calendars to the pristine landscape of 2018. While the future of MMOs always holds uncertainy, one thing we know for sure: We’re going to screenshot the heck out of it.

To put a bow on 2017, I asked Massively OP readers to submit their absolute best screenshot from this past year — and the community took up the task with gusto. We’ll start things off today with Hugmonster showing us what a dignified, serious game Guild Wars 2 can be.

“My best screenshot of the year? Obviously me launching a stampede of rainbow unicorns!” he shared.

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The Stream Team: Seasons Greedings in DCUO

Are you sad that Christmas is over? Well, the season isn’t! And you can still have super holiday fun in DCUO. The Seasons Greedings event is going all the way through the weekend, so Massively OP’s MJ is going to enjoy some Christmas cheer while collecting some cool base items. Join us live at 8:00 p.m. to see Gotham all gussied up for the holidays.

What: DC Universe Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, December 30th, 2017

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EverQuesting: Frostfell blues and end of the year news for EverQuest II

Snow? Check. Good cheer? Check. Catchy tunes everywhere? Checkity check. Goblins and gigglegibbers in goofy get-ups? Great big check. New guide? Er…

Yes, it’s Frostfell time EverQuest II. And right about now is when I offer a guide to this wonderful winter event. Unfortunately, this year I won’t be. Actually it’s more of I can’t: I’m not being stubborn, there just isn’t anything to guide you through that hasn’t already been covered between the 2015 and 2016 guides. When the devs were passing out 2017 content, Frostfell was unfortunately skipped — or maybe it was out back recovering from too much celebrating last year! Whatever the scenario, there isn’t anything new to do, though there are a few new things to acquire or buy (eight new items at Santa Glug, five new ones at Gerbi Frostfoot, and three crafting scrolls.)

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Atlantica Online celebrates its 10th anniversary with free level 130 characters

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… for Atlantica Online, that is. The long-running fantasy MMO just marked its 10th anniversary with a large update and a few special events.

The December 21st patch contains a level cap increase to 180, the Abyssal Armory gear, a new dungeon, and the introduction of the latest mercenary, Ninetails. Players can catch up with an instant level 130 character and go through tutorial quests designed to bring them up to speed.

There’s also a Christmas event going on inside the Holy Town that involves monsters and rabbits for some reason. Until January 18th, players level 60 and above can use special tickets to go inside the Holy Town and help out a matchstick girl, chown down on a buff-inducing feast, exchange rabbits with Ms. Santahontas for gifts, and play a slot machine.


Broke Protocol refines its cops-and-robbers gameplay

Somewhere between good and evil, law and crime, and pixels and voxels lies Broke Protocol. The adorably chunky city sandbox came out with a pre-Christmas news update last week to inform fans that it is taking a small break in its content additions in order to balance and refine the existing cops-vs-robbers gameplay. But after that? All sorts of goodies are coming.

The studio said that the next patch will add AI to SWAT teams, increased police presence, and better guard patrols to keep criminals on their toes. Past that? A bounty system is coming that will rope in vigilantes to find and punish the worst criminal elements.

Past the balancing period, Broke Protocol is going to be introducing useful cellphones and a new playable island with “advanced toys.”

Source: Steam


Overwatch plants Jeff Kaplan in front of a fire for 10 hours and hands out free loot boxes

Overwatch made a bid for players’ attention this busy holiday weekend, and in some ways, it succeeded. For starters, Blizzard decided to gift all players with five free lootboxes (worth about $5 total). All you have to do to get yours is to log into the game by January 1st.

But that wasn’t what had everyone talking over Christmas. No, it was the fact that Game Director Jeff Kaplan decided to stream himself sitting in front of a fireplace for 10 hours doing… very, very little. That didn’t stop Twitch and Twitter from going nuts, as around 40,000 people tuned in to see this spectacle (which was probably inspired by similar Christmas fireplace stunts).

Of course, you don’t have to watch all 10 hours of His Royal Kaplancy. Someone took the trouble to compile all of the truly exciting moments of the stream, and someone else (that’s us) took the trouble to copy and paste that video here below!

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The Stream Team: The MOP MMO Christmas album live

Did you enjoy the MOP MMO Christmas Album? DO you wish there was a live version you could sing along with?  What if we told you massively OP’s MJ created one just for you? Would you give a listen? Well then, sit back with a warm drink and tune in live at 3:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you…

What: The MOP MMO Christmas Album
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

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