If I never read another story about a woman whose beauty ruins everything, I’ll be thrilled. However, the Da Ji of Chinese mythology at least has a twist: She was possessed by a fox
spirit. So it all makes sense now, right?
SMITE hopes so as it’s introduced Da Ji, The Nine-Tailed Fox, as a playable hero today. She’s a melee assassin toon who slashes and burns with her flaming claws. Today’s patch also has new skins for Camazotz, Medusa, Kuzenbo, Jing Wei, and Ganesha, and Hi-Rez has canceled plans to rescale player experience level, though it’s still working on the snowballing match play problem.
Hi-Rez has granted us a slew of keys for Da Ji and her special “vixen” skin. Read on to enter to win one!
To keep things interesting in World of Warcraft’s PvP battlegrounds, the team recently implemented bi-weekly events that add interesting new twists in these familiar places.
From now through May 23rd, the Deepwind Dunk turns Pandaria’s battleground into a basketball-style contest. Grab the ball and go in for a dunk back at your home base to win it for your team. After that, the Tarren Mill vs. Southshore event is returning on May 30th, followed by a crazy 15v15 arena battle event on June 13th.
Looking ahead to Patch 7.2.5, a new solo challenge will task players with guarding the time-traveling dragon Chromie from being assassinated. Do so well, and all sorts of transmogs will be yours! Check out what the instance looks like after the break.
console crowd must know by know that it takes a month, give or take, for a PC update to make its way over to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. So while Star Trek Online’s
Season 13: Escalation arrived for home computers back in late August, it’s going to be early June before consoles get to welcome this patch.
Season 13 is officially coming to PS4 and Xbone on June 6th, which means that there are three more weeks before console gamers get to check out the new featured episode, the War Games mode, and a coda episode featuring Star Trek’s Denise Crosby.
Star Trek Online is currently running a screenshot contest to gather more pictures for the game’s loading screens, which will be judged by a panel of Cryptic artists. The team also teased its incoming T6 light cruiser line that includes the well-known Miranda-class starship.
If SMITE Tactics didn’t quite grab you before, maybe Hand of the Gods will. No, it’s not a new game — it’s a new name. Hi-Rez Studios‘ turn-based strategy game based on the gods of SMITE has been rebranded to Hand of the Gods: SMITE Tactics, complete with a shiny new site and a new reveal trailer.
However, the name isn’t the only change as the game has been developing. We’ve added the trailer here so you can watch snippets of the newest gameplay, including the new pantheons and the summoning stones. If you are intrigued by what you see and want to try your hand at Hand of the Gods, you can sign up for a chance to get into the currently closed beta on the official site, or buy a founders pack for $20.00 that grants immediate entry (along with other goodies).
We also have beta keys to give away to five lucky readers — read on for your chance to win!
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 we have stories and videos from MapleStory, Heroes of the Storm, Ingress, Wurm Online, DCUO, Hellion, Life is Feudal, Skyforge, Overwatch, H1Z1, Final Fantasy XI, all waiting for you after the break!
Tired of hearing about Marvel Heroes Omega
on PlayStation 4 because you play on PC? This giveaway’s for you! We’ve got 10 keys for all the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 loot for PC. Each key includes:
- Star-Lord hero unlock
- Rocket Raccoon hero unlock
- Star-Lord costume inspired by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- Rocket Raccoon costume inspired by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- Drax team-up inspired by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- Gamora team-up inspired by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Read on to enter to win!
We haven’t heard much out of My.com’s
MOBA Cloud Pirates
other than contests since it soft launched in April, but today the studio is back with a developer Q&A
. The highlights?
- They’re not sure about e-sports just yet.
- There are 30 people working on the game.
- Don’t expect the AI to improve over the existing bots — the AI would whup player butt.
- The team is satisfied with its monetization, which it calls “moderate.”
- PvE isn’t off the table in the long-term, but the team is skeptical about how its potential longevity.
- More guild features, long-term achievements, new ships, new races, new modes, crew systems, and holiday content are on the way.
The roadmap for the next half year includes ship balance, the brotherhood system, and Stronghold battles. “In the medium-term perspective, we will redesign crews, captain talents, and treasure maps,” says the studio.
If you were curious about the Marvel Heroes Omega edition
out on PlayStation 4 but didn’t want to shell out for a founder pack to buy beta access to what will eventually be a free-to-play title, today’s giveaway is for you! We’ve got 20 closed beta codes for our readers that’ll get you in at the tail end of the test this weekend. The giveaway, like the ongoing closed beta, is restricted to North America
. Read on to enter to win!
Shroud of the Avatar is running another free trial — quite a long one! It’ll run from May 10th to the end of the month. “This will be the longest test so far of the system so that we can gather even more data about uptake, dropoff, conversions, etc.,” Portalarium says. As usual, free players are restricted from trading, vendor use, property ownership, open PvP, and offline mode. You can pick up a copy of the game through the download page on the official site.
The trial is the highlight of game’s latest newsletter, but there’s plenty more to snoop, including the team’s work on Bloodriver Outskirts, weapon rewards from the last telethon, plans for the summer telethon, a housing contest and a writing content, and finally, a peek into Novia Market, one of the game’s player-run villages.
During last week’s podcast, Justin and I bumped into a tangential topic about competitive PvE and how relatively rare it is in MMORPGs, which seems weird, right? It was once the nature of MMOs to make us scuffle with other guilds in open-world dungeons, but with the dawn of instanced PvE content, devs didn’t replace that type of content the same way they’ve embraced raiding and PvP. You’ve got achievements, sure, and gear show-offs, but outside of Guild Wars-esque challenge missions and WildStar PvE leaderboards, it’s just not something most MMOs bother with.
Why is that? Should they? And how do you want to see it done? I posed all these questions to the Massively OP team this week for Massively Overthinking!
Hardcore sandbox Darkfall: Rise of Agon officially launches this afternoon. The story of the game is a victorious one, as it’s one of two games being built by player-organized studios out of the ashes of Aventurine’s original Darkfall, which vanished without much of a goodbye just about a year ago. But don’t take our word for it: The Big Picture Games team has a 13-minute video out today taking gamers through the history of its development.
In conjunction with the launch, the Rise of Agon team joined up with OriginPC for a rather large giveaway for this type of indie game:
“We’re giving 1 fan a grand prize of an ORIGIN PC CHRONOS gaming desktop valued at $2,400, featuring an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti, 30 Days of Game Time in Darkfall: Rise of Agon, and a $50 Domino’s Gift Card! 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive 30 Days of Gametime in Darkfall: Rise of Agon, and a $25 Domino’s Gift Card! Seven runner-up winners will receive 30 Days of Gametime in Darkfall: Rise of Agon!”
The giveaway ends on May 18th, so go enter!
Remember Naryu Virian? She’s the snarky assassin fronting Elder Scrolls Online’s Morrowind tour videos, and she’s back again today with a disdainful travelogue on Morrowind’s Dwemer ruins. In short? She’s not a fan. You can’t stab a mechanical automaton in the back, after all, and where’s the profit in that?
In other ESO news, ZeniMax has announced the winners of its recent home decorating contest, in which players were asked to deck out their Homestead buildings according to predetermined themed. USA and Germany had strong showings — my favorite’s definitely the massive library studded with spotlight skyshards, but they all reset expectations about just what can be done with Homestead, a bit of creativity, and a ton of cash.
The Dwarven ruins vid is tucked down below.
Star Trek Online
‘s Season 13: Escalation
launched for PC last week, and that means we have goodies for PC players! PWE
has granted Massively OP a bunch of 26th Century Heavy Dreadnoughts and Mirror Universe Danube-Class Runabouts to raffle to our PC readers — 105 of you guys are gonna take home something! Read on to enter to win!