So Marvel Heroes has about six weeks to live thanks to the impending shutdown of the game following Disney’s decision to drop Gazillion as a business partner. That’s going to leave some superhero MMO players once again without a home, and though the game’s current Steam numbers can’t hold a candle to the number of players affected by the City of Heroes closure five years ago, we’re left with the same situation – and a similar roster of games vying for refugees.
The big superhero MMORPGs are still DC Universe Online and Champions Online, the former of which is certainly better supported with content, the latter of which may have more of that Marvel feel. There’s also three strong crowdfunding superhero MMOs still trying to fill the CoH vacuum: Ship of Heroes, City of Titans, and Valiance Online. Which MMO would you recommend to Marvel Heroes refugees? Would it be another superhero MMO, another superhero game or ARPG altogether, or something else? If you’re a former MH player, where are you getting your fix?
This morning, the DC Universe Online
servers went down
to apply the game’s next major patch. They may or may not be back up by the time you read this, but they’re expected to be up no later than 4:00 p.m. EST today. And when they are up again? You can take a trip to the land of evil opposites, Earth-3
What must Earth-3 residents think of the rest of the multiverse, though? Technically Earth-1 would be the world with their opposites. Is that a thing there?
Regardless of existential musings on the nature of evil doppelgangers, players can explore a variety of new bits of content on Earth-3, ranging from an open-world exploration of the new world’s Gotham City to an elite raid in which players rail against the Crime Syndicate that threatens the world. So go forth, find your evil opposite, and beat the living snot out of that villain. Or hero, we suppose, if your character is already a villain. It’s complex.
On this week’s show, Justin and Bree dig into the exciting news from BlizzCon, mull over the troubles at Marvel Heroes, mourn the passing of a great studio, and cover a handful of MMO updates.
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The DC Universe loves its alternate worlds, as you probably already know. (If you didn’t already know, there it is.) Earth-3 is one that offers plenty of opportunities for conflict, though, as it’s the one where all of the evil opposites reside, headlined by the Crime Syndicate of America. And the next update for DC Universe Online
will pit the players against the machinations of Ultraman, Superwoman, Owlman, and the rest of these sinister villains with remarkably familiar branding
This new update is combining both the content styles of events and episodes: Players will have new rewards to work toward and new areas to explore, along with time-limited elements that encourage logging in and fighting back against the Crime Syndicate. The content will also bring in players of all levels, so even those who have yet to hit the level cap will be able to explore the length and breadth of the battle. Check out the full rundown for a preview of the content options available when the crisis starts up on… well, a different Earth, but a fairly finite number of Earths.
Game Update 76
descends upon the gloomy superhero world of DC Universe Online
today. The headline feature going live after the big ol’ maintenance? That’d be the new artifacts system
that’ll remind you a bit of similar systems in Lord of the Rings Online
and World of Warcraft
“Artifacts is an exciting new system that will allow you to further up your stats and effectiveness within DCUO by collecting rare Artifact objects and ranking them up by feeding unique Reagent items into them. Players above level 20 will now have access to a new instance titled ‘Artifacts: Oblivion Bar’ in the Events tab of the On Duty Menu. In this instance, tricky ol’ John Constantine himself will help guide you in getting started with these exciting new items. Artifacts can be accessed through the new ‘Artifacts’ tab in the Inventory menu, where Reagent items can be fed into them to raise their ranks until they reach milestone points. Once an Artifact reaches a milestone, players will need to use special Catalyst items to unlock the milestone and continue ranking up their Artifact.”
The patch also introduces new Thanksgiving stuff (happy November!), implements an inventory overhaul that buffs stack sizes (yay!), adjusts projectile targeting, and fixes up some bugs.
The official announcement is titled “Changes coming to DC Universe Online for PlayStation 3,
” but it’s really just one change for DC Universe Online
. Specifically, that one change will be that the game is no longer available for the PlayStation 3. If you’ve been getting by on nothing more than the aging console for your platform of choice, you will have to either upgrade to a newer console or wave farewell as of January 31st, 2018, as Daybreak says it’s planning to “focus [its] resources on further optimizing the game for PlayStation 4.”
On the bright side, migrating to PlayStation 4 means keeping all of your achievements, subscriptions, unlocks, and so forth as long as you use the same PSN account on both platforms. So you won’t actually lose any progress by upgrading. Still, you’re going to need to upgrade if you’ve been sticking with the console this time; hopefully the upgrade will mean a better experience for players on all platforms and chances for the developers to push for better content.
Source: Official Site
; thanks to Greaterdivinity, Jose, ChaosConstant, and Eric for the tip!
Hey, you. Yeah, you, dude leeching candy from the bucket you bought “for the neighborhood kids.” And you, lady still trying to decide between “Princess Leia” and “lazy zombie” for your costume (go Leia, duh). Put all that aside and get into some MMOs instead! Halloween is only one night in real life, but in MMORPGs, it goes on for days or even weeks. Some studios will probably even forget to turn it off! Others will let you run around with a flaming pumpkin head mask for all eternity!
Here’s what we’re looking at this year for Halloween across the MMORPG verse.
Costumes are not just for Halloween in DCU
O, but that doesn’t mean the superhero game doesn’t celebrate the holiday! The Witching Hour has returned full blast and Massively OP’s MJ is in partaking in the festivities. There is also a special treat bag for everyone who logs in before October 31st containing:
- 25 Spooky Bites (the Witching Hour’s event currency)
- Orange Vapor Aura
- Cat Scratching Post (base item)
- Spooky Decorations Box (with 13 new base items that consuming grants you a new 4-star feat, “Bat Got Your Tongue”)
To grab yours, just claim it in the redeem store window, then tune in live at 1:00 p.m. for some super spooky fun.
What: DC Universe Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 1:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, October 19th, 2017
It’s the most wonderful month of the year, especially if you like the ghoulish or the macabre, and DC Universe Online
is already planning for this year’s Halloween celebration. The Witching Hour has returned to the game
, inviting players to take a trip to Gotham City (of course it’s Gotham) to investigate the spooky chaos breaking out at the Midnight Masquerade Nightclub.
What do you win for participation? Aside from the lifelong satisfaction of taking part in more fun Halloween stuff, you also get appropriately themed styles, base items, and even some feats along the way. Players can also grab a bag of Stolen Marked Bills if they log in before October 13th, with Marked Bills serving as the currency for the most recent major patch to the game. But who stole those bills? That’s a spooky mystery you may never get to the bottom of.
Hey, remember the MMO Book Club? That’s the Reddit-and-Discord group that allows members to vote on a game to play, then organizes a guild and events inside that game over the allotted time period, ensuring that folks who want to try out an MMORPG have a ready-made community of likeminded casual people who aren’t going to immediately scamper off to greener pastures. You scamperers, you.
To date, the Club has dipped into Lord of the Rings Online (which we streamed!), WildStar, The Elder Scrolls Online, and TERA, the reigning champ. As the group enters its second half-year, it’s opened the voting once again; that takes place in Discord to avoid brigading.
“The shortlist of games you can vote on to play with the Bookclub now are: Guild Wars 2, Secret World Legends, DC Universe Online, EverQuest, RuneScape, ArcheAge, World of Warcraft and TERA.” (Voting for TERA extends the current cycle another month instead of moving the crew to a new game.)
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 Lawbreakers, Hyper Universe, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Pokemon Go, World of Tanks, DC Universe Online, Crossout, Monster Hunter World, Runes of Magic, Atlantica Online, Revelation Online, League of Legends, Crossfire, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, Path of Exile, and Dungeon Fighter Online, all waiting for you after the break!
Where is Batman? Who will win in the rivalry between the Joker and the Riddler? What’s going on at the Gotham Zoo? What’s really going on with all of these events? Who wants a pizza party? Why do drive-through ATMs have braille instructions? Why can you remember ad jingles from when you were five but not the reason you just walked into the kitchen? Answers to some of these questions can be found when DC Universe Online launches the Riddled With Crime update today.
Server maintenance started at 8:30 a.m. EDT and may run for up to eight hours, but once it’s finished players will have new content to enjoy, ranging from open-world missions all the way up to a new set of raids. So get ready to have the answers to several of these riddles revealed through play, although we can’t help you with the ad jingle one. We’re all wondering about that.
So for whatever reason, Batman isn’t patrolling Gotham City in DC Universe Online
. That’s a bad thing under any circumstances, but it gets even worse when you realize that The Riddler and The Joker have teamed up to make the city an even more crime-riddled place to live
. Fortunately, Nightwing, Batwoman, and Talia al Ghul are there to help guide players through the game’s newest burst of content, which sees players working against the two masterminds of Gotham’s underworld in several formats.
The content added ranges from open world missions on the Amusement Mile as players step into the middle of a gang war to the new eight-player raid at the Gotham City Zoo. Players who clear the most difficult content can get access to Riddler-themed rewards, a Batwoman mask, and the satisfaction of keeping Gotham City safe from itself again. Check out a preview video just below, and get ready to start beating up suited enemies on September 20th.