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

The MMOs of the Steam Summer 2017 Sale

After some ups and downs this afternoon — everybody loves the “try again later” message, right? — Valve’s summer Steam sale is finally underway and stable. Here’s what we’re looking at in our corner of the gaming world.

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Defiance heats up summer with a new high-powered event

We may be past the days of the almighty transmedia synergy, but Defiance is not ready to give up its penchant for world-changing events. Right now, the sci-fi game is racing into a Hot and Crazy Summer, which means a lot more firepower on both sides of the battle line.

Defiance’s newest patch adds several new contracts to tie into this event. By completing weekly and daily contracts, players will be guaranteed one of the new legendary HOT weapons and an epic mod. HOT weapons have a chance to proc nanos and additional health damage.

The MMO has also released a new pursuit called Ride the Heat Wave. Those who succeed at this pursuit will receive an epic assault rifle and a Sizzlin’ Surfer title. Hang ten, good buddies!

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The Game Archaeologist: How Sceptre of Goth shaped the MMO industry

When it comes to text-based MMOs created in the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s, the sheer number of them would blot out the sky. There are certainly more multi-user dungeons (MUDs) than I’ve ever been able to get a handle on when I’ve tried creating lists of the most important to know, but I will say that there are a few that seem to pop up more than others. The original MUD1, created by Richard Bartle and Roy Trubshaw, was certainly a watershed moment for online roleplaying games. Learning about DikuMUD is pretty essential, considering its impact on graphical MMORPGs that we still play today.

But there’s another title that often goes unnoticed, unless you keep an eye out for it. It’s a MUD that keeps popping up when you look into the history of the MMORPG genre, one with ties to key players and design concepts that are still active today.

It’s the MUD that shaped the MMO industry, and it was called Sceptre of Goth.

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Trion streamlines its Glyph launcher to decrease its memory footprint

If you play one of Trion Worlds’ online games, then chances are very good that you also use Trion’s Glyph launcher on a daily basis. The studio said that it’s been evaluating the launcher after complaints that it was too much of a memory hog, and as a result, Trion has streamlined Glyph so that it doesn’t take up as big of a footprint when used.

Part of the solution was to drop browser functionality altogether, Trion said. Doing so has cut the program’s memory usage by as much as 75% in the studio’s tests.

“A great many of you mentioned the memory usage and CPU performance that Glyph was gobbling up,” Trion said. “While this won’t be the last time we assess and address this issue, we are excited to talk about the release of an update that frees up more of your computer’s resources so you can focus on crushing that 20-man raid, explore strange lands or bask in the glory of your fantastic creations.”

Source: Trion Worlds

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Defiance invites you to cleanse the diseased with pure, searing flame

The new Defiance event is full of disease. There’s an outbreak of some illness or another with all-new Arkfalls, but what’s really important is how you get rid of the disease: You burn it. You burn the infected, you burn the landscape, you burn everything. The event is offering players napalm weaponry, and it’s clear that this world will not be safe until pure, warm fire washes over all of the infection, coating it in a thick layer of purified incineration that may, in fact, smell like victory.

Of course, there’s also a new synergy available for Cleansing Napalm, which makes the fires you spread around even more productive. You will burn everything and then the world will be truly clean. Burn out the sickness at the heart of these events. It is righteous. Fire brings clarity and goodness. Just make sure to get everything you want from the event by May 22nd, since it ends then and you don’t want to find yourself unable to cleanse things with incineration.

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RIFT, Trove, and ArcheAge start accepting Razer zGold

There’s a new way to pay in Trion Worlds’ games, and that way is Razer zGold.

Trion announced this week that all of its games, including RIFT, ArcheAge, Trove, and Defiance, now accept Razer zGold as a payment option. Razer zGold is a virtual payment and rewards currency that can be used in several games while helping players earn special gifts on the side.

Trion is encouraging players to try out zGold with a pair of gifts of its own. Players who buy the RIFT Ascended Essentials Pack with zGold will get the Intermediate Pack for free. Additionally, a free month of patron status will be handed out to anyone who purchases a 3,250 credit pack with zGold. These can only be claimed once each per account.

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The MOP Up: Guns of Icarus has relaunched as Guns of Icarus Alliance (April 2, 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!

Let’s kick things off with Guns of Icarus’ reimaginationing. It’s the thing to do these days: relaunch your game with a new mode and name. But Guns of Icarus Online is taking the trope a step further toward the MMORPG genre instead of away from it with its replacement release of what it’s calling Guns of Icarus Alliance; it’s basically adding co-op PvE to the existing PvP mix. It’s also adding a new pricetag: Even former Guns of Icarus Online players will have to shell out for the new game, though with a nice discount.

This week we have stories and videos from RuneScape, Defiance, Space Engineers, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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April Fools’ Day 2017: Hijinks across the MMOverse

If you don’t like tricks and jokes, just stop reading right now, turn the lights off, and go climb back into bed. Nothing on the internet is going to bring you joy today, so just sit this one out. Trust us.

For everyone else, there’s April Fools’ Day! Follow along as we rattle off all the great MMORPG pranks and events we’ve found so far this morning.

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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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