Guardians of Ember [official site] has today updated its early access with a brand-new class: the wicked poisoner known as The Dark Knight.
"The Dark Knight represents the sixth and final class being added to the Hack’n’Slash MMORPG Guardians of Ember. Born out of the desperation and hopelessness that befell Olyndale, the Dark Knight is a merciless fighter who uses both black magic and toxic attacks. Players utilize his or her skills to their advantage by poisoning groups of enemies in one strike, sucking them dry like a leech. Because of their cold nature, Dark Knights are extraordinary lone fighters, who trust in their strength alone. This affords them magnificent attack capabilities but gives them the disadvantage of not being able to heal their allies."
In honor of the launch, InselGames has granted us some lovely Steam keys for copies of the whole game to raffle to our readers, open to anyone who is capable of purchasing and playing the game on Steam. Read on to enter to win!
Touting proudly (and weirdly) that SMITE
is almost out of its "toddler years," Hi-Rez Studios
is throwing a week of celebration for the MOBA's third birthday
. Starting tomorrow and running through March 27th, SMITE
will boast ongoing and daily events to mark this occasion.
For the full week, SMITE is activating double login bonuses and handing out a birthday global emote to any player that gets a single win during the promotion. There's also a schedule posted of daily sales and giveaways that include free gems, a free enigma chest, and triple worshipers. The studio is also planning to run another community skin contest, starting tomorrow.
Hi-Rez recently put development of mobile spin-off SMITE Rivals on indefinite hold in favor of focusing more on a different spin-off, SMITE Tactics.
Indie sandbox MMORPG Wild Terra has been in early access since December, a nostalgia-driven medieval sim that allows players to build up settlements (and then tear them down!). Most recently, the game has focused on its Corrupted Lands and crafting.
Developer Juvty Worlds has issued Massively OP 50 keys for the game, worth $15 apiece on Steam, to distribute to our readers. The only caveat is that the game must be available to you on Steam for you to use the key. Read on to enter to win!
Remember last winter when Skyforge
ran a propaganda poster contest
has now ported the idea over to the newly-soft-launched-into-open-beta Revelation Online
, asking players to craft their very own guild propaganda
for the game.
"We ask you, the community, to create your own special version of a Propaganda image to promote your current guild, whether it be a slogan, logo, guild-group photo, or anything you can think of, so long as it’s an image," says the studio.
The so-named Revelation Online Guild Propaganda contest begins today and runs through March 24th. The submitters of the top 10 entries will collect prizes ranging from high-end apparel sets to channel-wide shouting devices.
It bears repeating that here on Massively OP, we cover an immensely wide field of live games -- so many that it can sometimes be difficult to keep track of what's happening in each one (which is why our readers are invaluable in winging us tips about their favorite MMOs!). And while there's never any shortage of news and happenings in the field of MMORPGs as a whole, once in a while we realize that it's been a good long time since we heard anything about certain games that we used to discuss a lot in the past.
When that happens to me, I'll often head off on a little fool's errand to scout the website, Twitter feed, forums, and Reddit to see what's going on. I hate to be out of the loop on games, especially ones that used to be more prominent in the news, but more often than not, the lack of news is because there's been a lack of news.
You ever caught yourself going, "What ever happened to the original Darkfall? Or Runes of Magic? Or Fallen Earth?" I totally have, which is why I went on expeditions to see what I could uncover. So let's catch up with these three games and see what is up!
Wanna feel really old? Ultima Online is turning 20 this year. Another year and it can legally drink!
Broadsword is throwing a real-world party for the anniversary event on September 22nd and 23rd in Herndon, Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC. The studio is asking fans to register for the event in order to help it determine the scope of the room rate block required. Admission is free.
Food, guest speakers, an Ultima Online panel, raffle, mixer, BBQ, and trivial contests are all on the agenda.
Anybody thinking of going?
Yup, it's true. It was a sad day when Emily Taylor confirmed that she was indeed leaving Daybreak. When John Smedley's tweet popped up outing Taylor's move to Canada, I was in the middle of chatting with friends and fellow EverQuest II players. We were stunned. We know that the industry can be fickle, but Taylor had been a staple on the EQII scene. Known as "Domino," she'd been in integral part of the Norrath crafting scene; she was responsible for penning many of the crafting signature quest lines as well as developing other parts of crafting, events, and housing. She was also well admired and appreciated by the community. Her loss would really be felt.
When we first read that tweet, our thoughts went to, oh no, what happened? followed very quickly by what's going to happen? After the rough time Daybreak has had since the split from Sony (multiple layoffs, game closures galore, and clandestine management changes along with staff resignations), we understandably wondered if we were witnessing a step toward impeding disaster -- a sentiment shared by other fans of the franchise. The uncertainty of the news was laid to rest when Taylor herself announced that yes, she was leaving. She informed players that her move was of a personal nature (she wants to shovel more snow?!) instead of any thing related to the studio. She also assured us that there were plenty of devs at Daybreak still working on the games -- moreso, in fact, than when the name changed.
The Elder Scrolls Online has a new dev blog out this week all about the game's planned Morrowind PvP additions. Thanks to our discussion with Lead Designer Brian Wheeler a few weeks ago, we already knew that the star of the new provincial PvP will be the short 4v4v4 arena battles that abandon factional and racial loyalties for the sake of pure bloodsport. Players will be working through capture-the-flag, deathmatch, and domination modes in exchange for a spot on the leaderboards, alliance points, experience points, loot, and medals based on what you did during the match -- and yes, the game scores things like healing, soaking damage, and defending flags, so maybe it won't even be a total clusterfudge!
Meanwhile, if your talents are more of the decorating sort, you should probably take a peek at the ZeniMax's new home contest: You've got until the end of March to submit screens of your house according to the categories, which include one for PvP, hoarding, party pads, and "fantastical constructs." Grand prize winners will walk away with a ton of prizes -- even an Earthtear Cavern of their very own.
To celebrate the arrival of last week's Cloaked Ascendancy expansion
for PC players, PWE
has granted Massively OP 50 limited-edition Firesoul Gorgon mount keys to give away to our readers. There won't be another way to get one of these babies!
The Gorgons "have been twisted by the aberrant powers of Kabal, Nostura and Gyrion, powerful mages warped by the Far Realm," according to the lore. "Normally, Gorgons are already dangerous and difficult to tame, but these have been shaped by the Cloaked Ascendancy, scarred by their creators. These rare mounts grant 110% mounted movement speed and three Insignia slots to gain additional powers."
The codes can be redeemed only once per account and expire at the end of 2017, and the mounts are bind-on-pickup. Critically, these codes are redeemable on PC only, so if you're a console person, you can skip this one! The keys should work for all PC players except those located in China, Korea, Egypt, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Read on to enter to win!
has just announced details for Warframe's
next convention, Tennocon 2017. "TennoCon 2017 will take place on Saturday, July 8, in the heart of Digital Extremes' hometown of London, Ontario, at the London Convention Center," says the PR.
"Digital Extremes aims to double last year's charity donation of nearly $75,000 and is pledging a portion of the event's ticket sales to a soon-to-be announced charity. [...] Attendees will get a deeper look inside Warframe game creation during interactive panels hosted by various members of the development team along with a host of additional Warframe-themed activities and fun throughout the day. Added to the schedule this year is the Warframe Cosplay Contest which encourages the best of the community's skilled cosplayers to showcase their Warframe creations at the show."
Tickets went on sale this morning and run from $25 CAD (about $19 USD) all the way up to $1000 CAD (about $762 USD) if you had wanted ridiculous piles of swag, a meeting with the dev team, and a voiceover in the game. I say "had wanted" because the top two tiers (VIP and Legendary) apparently sold out within an hour of the site's going live. Can't make it to Canada? Expect info on the digital pass next month.
In honor of the early access launch of The Exiled on Steam today, Fairytale Distillery has granted us some lovely keys to raffle to our readers!
The game -- which you might remember from its days as Das Tal -- bills itself as a "social sandbox MMORPG where survival strategy meets skill-based PvP combat," with full-loot open PvP, player-run guilds and cities, and minimal grind.
The Seeker Pack in particular grants full access to the game past the seven-day trial, cannot be combined with other packs, and includes an extra character slot, two name reservations, a 15% fame gain boost, an extra daily challenge slot, unique skins for Tier 0 weapons and armor, dance and taunt animations, and a special avatar and title.
Read on to enter to win!
On a couple of past occasions, I've amused myself by posting countdown lists of my favorite MMORPG theme songs in this column. I was coming back around to the notion of doing that again when I decided that I should flip things over and have the readers create the countdown instead of me. After all, everyone seems to have an opinion as to which are the best MMO themes out there any time we've ever posted a Daily Grind about it, so why not hash it out?
So here's the plan: Over the next two weeks, I will be accepting your votes for favorite MMORPG themes. I'll then compile them and create a countdown list based on the most popular ones mentioned, which will be posted in upcoming Jukebox Heroes. If you ever thought that a particular theme didn't get enough credit or simply want to share the theme tracks that get you revved up or make you nostalgic, here's your chance!
Let's go over some ground rules after the jump and then get to voting!
Massively OP's MJ had so much fun with Beast
in Marvel Heroes
that all her friends have gotten one, and a breakdance challenge has been issued. MJ is hoping you will join in! Don't worry if you don't have beast yet: She has a couple of keys to give away that include the hero, a second costume, and a dedicated stash tab. (You'll need that tab for all the loot you will gather in Midtown!) Join us live at 9:00 p.m. for your chance to get and then get down with the fuzzy blue brainiac.
What: Marvel Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Monday, February 13th, 2017