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Massively Overthinking: What are you grateful for in the MMORPG genre?

I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal for the first time in my life this month, and it turns out that it’s freaking hard. Why? Because it’s humbling beyond belief. The list of things I need to be grateful for is endless. Even if I limit it to just Massively OP, I could go on thanking the writers all day. Instead of doing that again, this year I want to thank the spouses and roommates and SOs and other familial enablers of our writers, without whom this site probably would not exist. The reality is that in many cases, their love, support, financial maneuvering, and childcare behind the scenes allows us to keep writing. So thank you, to all of them – Paul, Joy, and Elaine especially – for helping us live this weird dream.

Now let’s turn it to the genre itself. What are you grateful for in the MMORPG genre?

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EverChaosing: Counting my EverQuest II and Secret World Legends blessings

Good things come in three’s right? Well this is the third installment of the EverChaosing column, which melds Chaos Theory and EverQuesting together. Why a written equivalent to a Turduckin? Because these are my two favorite games, and just as last year, I can’t choose between the two when it comes time to express gratitude. I am thankful for both EverQuest II  and Secret World Legends! Many things. There are overarching things as well as smaller specifics. Sometimes this gratitude is for something constant, and other times it is for change. While it would take much too long to list everything, in the spirit of the day I count a few of my blessings in SWL and EQII.

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Saga of Lucimia says it’s turned down two publishers to avoid going free-to-play

It’s a good time to pile on predatory cash-shop models, especially if you’ve got a better one, and in-development hardcore MMORPG sandbox Saga of Lucimia is doing just that. While citing EA and Star Wars Battlefront II as the lead villain, however, Lucimia dev Tim “Renfail” Anderson isolates microtransactions as a whole, not just the lockbox phenomenon that saw EA dragged to the principal’s office.

“While the cash shop model has risen to prominence in the past decade, to the point where the vast majority of MMORPGs have shunned the subscription model in favor of larger profits, it is a system rife with poorly executed versions,” Anderson argues. “While there are some examples of microtransaction systems that work relatively well — I would argue that Elder Scrolls Online is a prime example in this category — the vast majority of them do not.”

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Blade & Soul grants character boosts, Blade & Soul Revolution struts its stuff on mobile

With only a few weeks left before Blade & Soul drops its “biggest patch ever,” NCsoft is gifting players a bundle of goodies to prime the crowd for Dawn of the Lost Continent.

Anyone who logs onto an account that has at least one level 10 character will receive a free Lost Continent Explorer’s Pack. This bundle contains a voucher for an instant level 50 character, gear, cosmetics, consumables, keys, and currency. While you can claim the pack now, you won’t get the benefits until the update drops on December 6th.

Shifting gears to Blade & Soul Revolution, we can report that this mobile spin-off is attempting to impress the gaming public at G-Star this week. Steparu noted that it played much the same as the recently launched Lineage 2 Revolution (which makes sense, as both were developed by Netmarble), complete with auto-running and auto-questing. Take a look at Revolution’s trailer and gameplay footage after the break!

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RIFT’s fall festival lockboxes rankle players

The latest batch of lockboxes in RIFT isn’t making friends among the playerbase.

The current Autumn Harvest lockboxes seem to contain more exclusive items than in years past, which has upset some players who wanted to have the option of purchasing these cosmetics through the in-game store. Of particular note is the Green Budgie mask and Raven wings, both of which are lockbox exclusives.

“The ONE item I was most looking forward to in this event were the wings. I am severely disappointed they are only available in a gambling box, as that means I will not get them,” a player wrote.

“Personally my problem isn’t even in the boxes, or the RNG itself,” another noted. “It’s in the fact that not only you have to basically gamble for everything, paid or not, but your chances are also so terrible that you end up losing to the system most of the times. So instead of being a system of surprise rewards, what we have now is a system of surprise frustration that doesn’t even surprise anyone at this point.”

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Skyforge’s Xbox One early access has begun

Free-to-play sci-fantasy MMORPG Skyforge has semi-launched on the Xbox One, at least kicking off its early access program. The move follows a hop from PC to PlayStation 4 earlier this year. The downside is that to get in today, you’ll have to pick up a founder pack – if not, you’ll be waiting a few more weeks.

“If you don’t have a pack yet but would like to join the early access, it is not too late,” My.com posted today. “The founder’s packs are still available until Skyforge releases on Xbox One on November 29th.” The bundles run from a $14.99 starter pack all the way up to a $79.99 gold founder pack stuffed with class unlocks, cash-shop currency, and two months of sub time. All packs come with early access, while the larger preorder bundles include additional cosmetics.

We’ve included the announcement pics below along with today’s new launch trailer. Anyone planning to pick it up on Xbox?

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Massively Overthinking: The best and worst of BlizzCon 2017

Last weekend, even Massively OP was obsessing over BlizzCon, and we thought it would be fun to poll the writers, including those who watched from the sideliness rather than diving into the liveblogging, on their assessments of the event, particularly as they pertain to the MMORPG industry. What were the highlights and lowpoints? Where do we stand on World of Warcraft’s new expansion and classic servers? Let’s dig in!

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TERA’s Miniguns update drops November 30, is appropriately ridiculous and awesome

So the other day I was setting up Massively OP’s award schedule for December, and I came upon our traditional award for wacky stuff in MMORPGs, which TERA usually wins. I was just thinking how odd it was that TERA hadn’t done anything too silly this year. And then this dropped into my inbox: “Maximum Boom Now Comes in a Miniature Package!”

“The Miniguns update provides a whole new perspective on the explosive gunner class, making it available to elin characters for the first time. […] In addition to their more down-to-earth perspective (compared to their high elf and castanic counterparts), elin gunners will receive a number of cosmetics unique to this race/class combination. Doubling down on their inherent cute-factor while maintaining the gunner class’s signature arcannon weapon, elin gunners can earn exclusive pink cosmetic items by participating in events to be revealed on November 22 and launching when the update goes live on November 30.”

It’s always the Elins, isn’t it?

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Working As Intended: Guild Wars 2’s new mount licenses are still lockboxes, but they’re not the worst lockboxes

Pretty much everyone assumed that back when Guild Wars 2 planned out mounts, it did so with its cash shop in mind. The game is already not-so-jokingly known as “Fashion Wars,” so it’s got a playerbase primed and ready to splash out for sparkly mounts, especially cosmetic upgrades to what is very likely the best mount system in any MMORPG to date. The first set of mount cosmetics arrived for Halloween, a whole pack of skelly skins that players could buy directly. The second set, however, has now landed with a new sales scheme, and it’s caused significant controversy just as anticipated.

As we explained yesterday, ArenaNet has added 30 new mount skins to the game, but instead of selling them directly, the studio is selling them in a hybrid sort of lockbox: You buy one of the mount licenses, which unlocks one mount skin on your account that you don’t already have. You always get a mount skin, and you never get repeats, potentially all the way up to 30 licenses for 30 skins.

Unless you get the one you want sooner. That’s a big unless.

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Chaos Theory: Farewell Samhain, hello Secret World Legends Season 2 hype!

Do I love Halloween? Yes, yes I do. And while the season was in full swing, my mind was fully focused there. This season is a great diversion, especially in Secret World Legends. But with the awesomeness that is Halloween winding down and with Samhain now over, my mind can finally settle on other matters. Now I know for some, that means Christmastime and Krampusnacht. (One staffer here even declared/warned us of all out Christmas festivities starting November 1st!)

As cool as Krampusnacht is, my mind has turned instead to Season 2. Without my favorite holiday to distract me, I am keen on embracing the big awesome that we’ve all been waiting a long, long time for. New content! New stories! All new zone! Yes, Season 2, I am waiting for you. And the latest little teases coming from Funcom give me hope that we can get it sooner rather than later; the devs’ flaunting it more openly and allowing us to focus on it really has revved up my hype train. It’s almost like there is nothing else in the way and this is their complete focus. Oh yeah! *insert Kool-Aid Man here*

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Diablo III prepares for the launch of Season 12 on November 9

Just as a reminder, Diablo III fans, you’re not getting any announcements at BlizzCon this year. You are, however, getting the game’s next season starting on November 9th. And at the risk of sounding a bit flippant, well, you probably know what this means. New class sets? Yes. New seasonal conquests? Naturally. New opportunities on the season journey? Of course. Cosmetic rewards? Most decidedly.

This season’s cosmetics allow you to take on a decidedly angelic look with a new set of angelic wings, celestial portraits, and new pieces of the game’s seasonal cosmetic set. In short, it’s a new season, and if you enjoy collecting as much as possible from previous seasons you’re going to probably have a fun time with this one. If not… well, you’re likely already a bit bored. Regardless, you can start earning rewards (or consciously abstaining from same) on November 9th.

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Skyforge is launching early access for Xbox One on November 10

Skyforge’s ambitions just can’t be tamed: First it launched on PC, then it came to the PlayStation 4 earlier this year. Now it’s set its sights on Xbox One, as My.com has just announced the free-to-play sci-fi fantasy MMORPG will land on yet another platform worldwide “this year.” What does that mean? Soon indeed, since we’re down to a dwindling number of months left in 2017. The preorders, which are live already, give us a clue: Early access begins on November 10th. The bundles run from a $14.99 starter pack all the way up to a $79.99 gold founder pack stuffed with class unlocks, cash-shop currency, and two months of sub time. All packs come with early access, while preorders include additional cosmetics.

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Black Desert’s Wonderland-themed Halloween is live with fresh dailies

Halloween is live in Black Desert today, with a main event partly inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

“As the blood moon rises above the Black Desert world, mysterious interdimensional portals allow Isabella the Black Witch to haunt the lands. This multi-staged world boss lurks near Costa Farm and players who are skillful enough to beat her are in for fantastic rewards. The Isabella encounter will be available from October 18 up until November 1 and can be accessed by speaking to the White Witch, Gueldia, who has followed Isabella through the portal and resides at Alejandro Farm.”

There’s more, of course! Beginning tomorrow, Kakao will unroll two weeks of daily events. “After successfully completing various challenges, adventurers can earn Halloween-themed rewards such as coins, candy baskets, and cookies,” explains the studio. “The candy baskets and cookies can be combined into Halloween gift boxes and coins can be exchanged at the White Witch NPC Gueldia for Cron Stone, Sharp Black Crystal Shard, Advice of Valks, or a Fine Accessory Box.”

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