has been positively kicking ass this past year, doing what MMOs seldom do: continue breaking
its own concurrency records
four years in. So is Digital Extremes
content to just roll around in piles of money? Nope — it’s put together a second team to build another game.
It’s called Keystone, and as announced today, it’s a “competitive first-person shooter with a distinct blend of first-person action and deck-building strategies” with an appealing retrofuturist vibe.
“With the look and feel of the 1970’s retro-pulp era, Keystone will take players on a journey through a multi-verse that begins on the starting square of an intriguing, mystical board game. Players will wield unique decks of cards throughout the match that offer handy benefits, amazing powers, and fearsome weapons. With timing and resourcefulness, personally customized decks give players the upper hand in battle both individually and when strategically coupled with teammates’ decks.”
Kind of a weird and fascinating week for MMOs, as an expansion has a legal showdown with a charity, a western MMO is announced, and Vvardenfell decided to come to us two weeks early. Is the industry shaping up for the most explosive June on record? It might just be!
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The sinister Corpus is on the verge of rolling out its newest weapon, the deadly Ambulas mechs, and players are going to need to move fast to contain this threat before it spirals out of control, say, from a lightning deal on Amazon Prime.
From now through next Thursday, Warframe players are called to participate in Operation: Ambulas Reborn. General rule of thumb? Anytime you see the word “reborn” in a title, it generally indicates a Very Bad Day ahead.
So in this event, players will need to tackle Ambulas prototypes out in the open for their sweet, sweet animo beacons. Get enough beacons, and you can head to Pluto (which is still a planet, la la la, can’t hear you) for a final showdown in the production facility. There are plenty of rewards to be earned, including badges, early access to mods, and something called a “noggle.”
Check out the event’s truly disturbing infomercial after the break and learn how to make maximum grofit!
Have you ever noticed that while there’s an entire world out there, most all of the MMORPGs we discuss and play tend to either be ones crafted in the USA or imports from China or Korea? We even have a shorthand for this: “western” and “eastern” MMOs. We’re usually not talking about entire hemispheres with these references, but rather about categorizing three countries that are big into the MMORPG business.
But what about the rest of the world? Are all of these other countries so uncaring about this genre that they’ve never tried their hand at making an MMO? Of course not; as I’m about to show you, there are plenty of online RPGs that have been made in countries other than China, the USA, and South Korea. It’s just that for various reasons, those three countries ended up fostering concentrations of video game developers who knew how to create these types of games.
So let’s take a tour around the world and see if we can’t give some credit to other countries for their contributions to the MMORPG genre past, present, and future. Before you click the link, see how many you can name off the top of your head!
Sci-fi MMO fans on console, today’s a good day for you to get yourself all patched up: Both Star Trek Online
rolled out big updates today that were formerly on PC only.
Star Trek Online pushed out Season 12 “Reckoning” earlier this afternoon on both Xbox One and PS4. “Captains can now face off against [the] powerful, militant [Tzenkethi] on both Xbox One and PS4, as they participate in a new featured episode, two space queues and a full space battlezone,” says PWE. Executive Producer Stephen Ricossa made note of the up-tempo cadence for consoles:
“With the release of Season 12, you’ll notice that content is coming out sooner and sooner on Xbox One and Playstation 4. Soon, you won’t have to wait long at all to enjoy all of the great new content that comes out every month for Star Trek Online.”
And Warframe delivered Octavia’s Anthem to both major consoles this morning, bringing the sci-fi bard-themed warframe to gamers with a musical quest and special instrument.
is set to reveal something big on today’s livestream, the studio has hinted. Rumors about “the thirty-third” — as in, 33rd warframe — look pretty solid. Umbra, maybe?
Remember back in November when Warframe pushed out The War Within and broke its concurrency record? Last week’s techno-bard-themed Octavia’s Anthem did it again. According to Digital Extremes, the game
“broke a new record on Steam with 69,526 peak concurrent players over the weekend. The Saturday-Sunday, March 25-26 weekend also marked Warframe’s four-year anniversary and its 20th consecutive record-breaking major update. Boasting more than 30 million registered users worldwide since its launch in March 2013, Warframe broke into the top three most played games on Steam (Top Games By Current Players category) during the same weekend.”
Massively OP’s MJ Guthrie took a peek at the new update on Friday. Enjoy!
Call her a party animal, but Massively OP’s MJ can’t resist celebrating a birthday, and Warframe is turning four! That’s all the reason she needs to dive back in and check out more of that world. She’s probably not nearly strong enough to seek out the new instruments that have just been introduced with the Octavia’s Anthem update, but she can work at getting so. And that means she can look forward to making beautiful music in the future… or some kind of music anyway. Tune in live at 5:00 p.m. to wish Warframe a very happy birthday!
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 5:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, March 24th, 2017
Happy fourth birthday, Warframe
! It may not be a traditional MMORPG, but it’s still one of those rare online MMOs that’s actually doing better several years in
than it was at launch: Digital Extremes
is touting 30 million registered users. Actually almost 31 million! (That’s up about five million just since the end of last year
To celebrate the occasion, the studio is rolling out the Octavia’s Anthem update, complete with a new warframe, cosmetic outfit capture tools, new weapons, and the new music-themed questline:
“Octavia’s Anthem has Warframe players journeying through an original, lore-driven quest in search of the musically enchanted Octavia Warframe. Along with Octavia comes the introduction of a simple-to-use musical instrument that enables players to compose original songs and synchronize them to their weapons to rhythmically dominate the enemy. Music isn’t just a tool of destruction in this update — players can create musical arrangements in cooperation with other Tenno and trade songs. For story buffs and lore fans, a newly written web comic, entitled What Remains, explores material well in advance of Octavia’s Anthem.”
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 we have stories and videos from Pokemon Go, Conan Exiles, Warframe, Crash Force, Heroes of the Storm, Armored Warfare, Elder Scrolls Online, TERA, Avabel Online, Overwatch, Aion, Glory Ridge, Dragon Nest, all waiting for you after the break!
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.
community has a big streaming weekend in store for fans thanks to what organizers are calling
“the largest gathering of Warframe content creators.”
“The Warframe 72 Hour Livestream is feature over 30 streamers all doing what they do best, playing Warframe and entertaining the masses! This event will also feature a few member of DE staff throughout the 3 day period, so keep your eye out for them! Of course, no honest-to-goodness streaming event would be complete with a charity to a good cause! All proceeds will go to the Extra Life network of children’s hospitals! The event will kick off right after Devstream #88 this Friday, February 17th 2017 at 3:00 PM EST and will run continuously until (roughly) 4:00 PM EST on Monday, Feburary 20th 2017!”
If you’d to donate as well as watch, you can do so through the community’s Extra Life page, which also lists all the streamers and their timeslots. The streams themselves will be hosted on Twitch.
The image of the traditional RPG Bard who strums a lute is going to need to move over: Warframe
is bringing out a high-tech version of this class in a future update.
The new musical warframe, which currently is not named, will use embedded speakers in the suit to broadcast jams and create rave-type situations on the spot. Even more interesting is the fact that players can create their own tunes if so desired using the in-game step sequencer. Players can use up to 13 sounds and notes at a time in the creation of their personal opus.
The notes you choose might do more than just provide a toe-tapping beat; there is speculation that how many sounds you play at a time will affect the type of damage output that your character performs.
Check out the musical warframe after the break, including some of the motion capture dance moves that will power this class!