defiance

Official Site: Defiance
Studio: Trion Worlds
Launch Date: April 2, 2013
Genre: Sci-Fi third-person shooter
Business Model: F2P (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC, Xbox 360, PS3

Defiance prepares for its Armistice Day celebration

In Defiance lore, Armistice Day is a pretty big deal. It's not just an excuse for a holiday; it's the end of the Pale Wars between the native people of Earth and the Votans. It was supposed to usher in peace, but as evidenced by the huge amounts of ordnance flying every which way in Defiance, that obviously didn't work out quite as intended. Of course, this year's celebration also includes a whole lot of weaponry with the return of Defiant Few lockboxes, so even the game is celebrating with more firepower.

Starting this week and through the remainder of March, the game is celebrating by rotating through previous events running simultaneously, starting with the Solstice Strike, the Midsummer Mutiny, and the Nuclear Winter events this week. Each of these holiday events offers all of the same rewards as the past, so you can have a shot at filling out holiday collections that you may have missed in the past. The final week will feature three holiday events voted on by the players, so you can be sure to have something to celebrate while you celebrate through the remainder of the month.

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The Stream Team: The heart is where the Hellbugs are... in Trove

Have you ever heard the phrase "Home is where the heart is"? But where's the heart? It's where the Hellbugs are -- in Trove! Those deadly Defiance critters have once again infested the voxel game (where they look way cuter) for Valentine's Day, and Massively OP's MJ has her heart set on getting one of the mounts. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. to see if she finds true love... with a Love Bug!

What: Trove
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

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Massively OP's guide to Valentine's Day around the MMORPG verse

Ready for sappy questlines, particle effects that look like hearts, and lots -- and I do mean lots -- of pink? Valentine's day has arrived in the real world and many of the pretend worlds inside MMORPGs (for some reason). And who are we to fuss when the events are all about candy and cheap romance? Nobody, that's who. Read on for our guide to Valentine's Day around the MMORPG verse!

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Perfect Ten: The MMOs with the most unclear futures in 2017

A little while back, I took a look at the healthiest games in the MMO space at this time. That was a nice, uplifting list, wasn't it? And all of those titles continue to do just fine, even if one or two might have had a few bits of shocking news along the way.

Unfortunately, this is not an industry in which health is assured. Games can be high-quality and beloved, but they can still be shut down by outside forces. And that's not counting games that just come out in the wrong time period or launch in an unrecoverable state.

That may sound grim, but we're already staring at the first two shutdowns of 2017 in the near future, and both of the titles being killed are surprises. One of them might have wound up on this list if it weren't being shut down, but at this point, it is. So let's look at the MMOs with the most unclear futures and start hoping for the best.

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The MOP Up: Black Desert loyalty rewards (January 15, 2017)

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, Black Desert Online started rewarding loyal players with all manner of goodies. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Guild Wars 2Overwatch, Defiance, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Here are all of the online gaming deals from Amazon's Digital Day sale

Wake up! Are you awake? Good, because you've got less than 24 hours to take advantage of Amazon's first ever "Digital Day" sales event. Until midnight today, a whole bunch of digital content (movies, ebooks, and yes, games) are on sale.

We've rounded up some of the best deals on online games for you so that you can spend those Amazon gift cards you just got for Christmas... which may have been Amazon's plan all along. Sinister!

Want even more deals? We've got a few more after the break!

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Trion Worlds' Scapes jumps over to Bethsoft

One of the more prominent faces of Trion Worlds has been traded over to the team at Bethesda.

Evan Berman, more commonly known as "Scapes" (ask him about his "Save Farscape" history), joined Bethesda Softworks in early November. This comes after handling CM duties for RIFT, Devilian, Defiance, Trove, and ArcheAge since 2014. His previous positions include Microsoft, En Masse, and Flagship Studios.

His new role at Bethesda is listed as senior community manager.

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Massively OP's guide to the 2016 MMORPG winter holidays

It's time to get all snuggly in front of a crackling fire, roast up some chestnuts, down a gallon of hot chocolate, and log into your favorite online RPGs for seasonal festivities! Or you could "bah humbug!" your way through the season and ignore all of the silly, free, and rewarding events if you so desire. We're not here to tell you what to do, after all!

With extra time off of work and school, many gamers have the opportunity to take advantage of all of the winter holiday events that are running across MMORPGs, MOBAs, and other online games. Feeling at a loss about where to start? Board the Massively OP sleigh and join us as we take you on a tour of all of the Christmas events going on right now!

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Defiance promises players more content moving into 2017

If you like playing Defiance, we can't blame you for being just a little... on edge about the game. The whole "transmedia synergy" element is gone, and so it's easy to wonder what's next for the game. Part of the answer has been posted: Next year, you're getting a nuclear winter.

It's an event, you see. What will the event entail? No one knows yet, but the designers are promising that it's going to be pretty cool.

There's no doom-and-gloom in the message whatsoever, focused instead on the fact that there's a lot coming up for the game in 2017 including the fourth anniversary and the aforementioned Nuclear Winter event. It may not be enough to completely ameliorate your nervousness, but perhaps it's enough to sit back, relax, and enjoy blowing the heck out of hellbugs for the holidays.

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Jukebox Heroes: Massively OP's guide to grabbing 120+ MMO soundtracks

One of the most common questions that I'm asked from my adoring throngs on the street is, "Justin, where oh where can I get some of these marvelous MMO soundtracks that you talk about all of the time?" OK, that just never happens (on the street, that is), but people are often curious how they can go about starting to amass an MMO soundtrack collection or where to find their favorite album.

The sad truth is that so much music from these games is never officially released in any capacity, which is why I scour YouTube for fan rips of the music files. However, every so often I do discover a studio release somewhere, and I try to keep an up-to-date log on these to help others in their quest for video game scores.

So in the spirit of Christmas and sharing, today I'm going to show you how you can get your ears on more than 120 soundtracks and scores from MMOs, MOBAs, and other online titles -- some of which are free and legal for the taking. You're welcome; don't mention it!

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Massively OP's guide to MMO Thanksgiving 2016

As you're gobble, gobbling up food today, rooting for your favorite football team, and enduring the uncomfortable political conversations at the dinner table, you might be tempted to take some time to play MMOs during this American holiday.

Thanksgiving isn't as huge of an inspiration for MMORPG holidays, but they do exist and are perfect for players who want to get decked out in the latest Pilgrim fashion from 1621 and stock up on food buffs.

So if you're looking for a way to complement the holiday in-game, here's where you should go today!

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Defiance plans for the New Frontier Harvest event

Every other MMO with a Thanksgiving event can pack it in because Defiance has clearly won the arms race. Literally, in fact: The game isn't just giving you a healthy dose of turkeys; it's literally weaponizing turkeys with the new Flock Launcher and Roost Hatcher. They are guns that shoot turkeys. Feeling festive? Fire a turkey at someone's face. No sitting around and eating, no doing the lore gymnastics necessary to justify these holidays existing in this fictional setting, just bam. Firing turkeys out of guns.

The turkey guns come as part of a new item pack in the game's store, while players can also use the new Ravenous synergy to pick up various consumables and enjoy a new set of gameplay bonuses. The aforementioned item pack also includes costume pieces so you can complete the turkey-firing look, which is important. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Launch a turkey as a weapon at something. You'll be glad you did.

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