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Gather 'round for a peek at ARK's retooled inventory UI

ARK: Survival Evolved has  a number of cool features that players like, but the UI isn't necessarily one of them. Take heart, survivors: A change is on the way! Studio Wildcard's Jeremy Stieglitz tweeted a peek at the revamped inventory UI, saying it has lots of new functionality, including what he says will be better organization for remote inventories. This UI also includes a streamlined character profile, but perhaps what players might appreciate the most is the fact that the window will no longer block the entire view of their screen (making it easier to notice those critters and enemies that are sneaking up on them!). Take a gander and tell us what you think of these changes!

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SuperData February 2017: World of Tanks perks up, Hearthstone is sinking

Happy SuperData day! That's the monthly holiday when we pore over the market analysis report, freak out over something doing well, freak over something doing poorly, and then fight over definitions, the evils of trusting paywalled science, and why more MMOs aren't on the current list. This round, there's lots to bicker over -- but also some bits to celebrate in the February 2017 charts of top-grossing game titles.

On PC, while League of Legends, Crossfire, and Dungeon Fighter Online continue their top-three dominance, the rest of the roster has seen a bit of a shake-up, as Overwatch has fallen from #4 to #6 and World of Tanks has pushed past it as well as World of Warcraft. WoW's status is a tad confusing; last month, SuperData began reporting Western and Eastern WoW separately, even though it does not appear to be doing that for any other game. This month, it's omitted the West/East tags but still has two entries for WoW, so we're left to assume to top one is still West as it was last month.

On console, ARK: Survival Evolved has fallen from its #4 spot to #6. As always, we point out that ARK: Survival Evolved has yet to formally launch, and it's absurd that it's on this list at all, but fools and their money and all that.

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The MOP Up: ARK's console editions get a hair-do (March 26, 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 we have stories and videos from Destiny, Eternal CrusadeElder Scrolls LegendsHearthstonePokemon GoMU LegendLineage IIARKUltima OnlineSword of ShadowsGhost Recon WildlandsRagnarok OnlineHeroes and GeneralsElsword, and Dota 2, all waiting for you after the break!

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The Stream Team: Adventuring in ARK's redwoods

After many weeks of raiding and raid prepping, Massively OP's MJ is eager to just relax and explore the ARK once again -- relax being a relative term, of course. Since many new dinos have been introduced, she can't wait to find a few to tame. Today, she's going into the redwoods in search of those high-flying cats that like to pounce from the treetops. Will she find some, or will they find her first? Join us live at 12:00 p.m. for this walk in (the heavy wooded and dangerous) park.

What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 25th, 2017

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The Survivalist: Massively OP's guide to multiplayer survival sandboxes

Welcome to The Survivalist! Ya'll might have noticed that I have gravitated a bit from my happy home of deep, immersive virtual worlds (possible due to the lack of them!) and have been tinkering about and enjoying time in various survival games. This isn't as odd as you might think! One thing I love about sandbox worlds is the ability for your actions to matter in terms of shaping the world and carving out your place in it. Survival games have been allowing me just that with opportunities to build the world, from the society on it to structures in it to the even the physical world itself. And decisions definitely matter, bringing satisfaction and reward or disappointment and destruction.

I'm not alone in this appreciation of the survival genre, either. Many MMO gamers have joined mainstreamers by flocking to it lately as seen by the explosion of the available games. Those of you not on board yet might be wonder just what is so alluring about a genre that has many elements of MMOs but on smaller -- and oft times privately managed -- scale. As the weeks and months wear on, The Survivalist is going to explore all the nooks and crannies of the survival sandbox genre (and likely die many, many times in the process!), but today, we're going to look at what players can jump into to test their survival skills. So here's a guide to many options in the newest genre to take over our gaming sphere.
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The Stream Team: The joys of ARK jousting

Massively OP's MJ was quite excited when she first learned that ARK would have jousting. And now, thanks to the awesome ideas and teamwork of many, MoPark is ready for its first ever jousting tournament! This is en event you definitely don't want to miss (even if just to see the amazing list!), so join us live at 2:00 p.m. to see who comes out on top and who gets knocked on their back.

What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 18th, 2017

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How Frostkeep's Rend compares to other MMOs and survival sandboxes

I was pretty well taken by multiplayer survival sandbox Rend as soon as I saw it at this year's PAX East 2017, as I wrote yesterday. The concept immediately spoke to me as taking a lot of the cool ideas from other survival games while making the game as a whole into something very different. But I also entirely understand that sometimes you can look at the game and wonder what makes it so different. After all, it's hardly the first time that we've had a game using a lot of the building blocks. So why am I over the moon about Rend but not its obvious inspirations and close cousins?

The answer is that in some cases, I am over the moon about its close cousins. But it's also important to understand the distinction and the fact that Rend is not, say, Crowfall or Conan Exiles or any other game. So what makes Rend different? Not necessarily better, but how does it stack up to the obvious points of comparison?

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The MOP Up: Wakfu hikes up a mountain (March 12, 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 we have stories and videos from Heroes and Generals, Faeria, City of HeroesLineage MArmored WarfareWakfuArk ParkDauntlessDark Age of CamelotOverwatchBlade and Soul: Table ArenaLeague of LegendsStrikers Edge, and Final Fantasy XI, all waiting for you after the break!

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The Stream Team: More monkey (raid) business in ARK

When at first you don't succeed, take in more rocket launchers! That's the answer for Massively OP's MJ anyway. She and the raid team did well facing ARK's Broodmother on medium difficulty, but they were quickly pounded into oblivion when they faced the giant ape and his monkey minions for the first time. No matter, a defeat will not deter this bunch; they all knew that the first run was an exploratory mission. Now, they have a plan. Tune in live at 12:00 p.m. as the team gets down to some monkey business.

What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 11th, 2017

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World of Warcraft tests dino madness, has its very first Mists of Pandaria timewalking event

Do you believe in coincidences? How about meticulously planned cross-media marketing synergies? Either way, prepare to have your mind oh-so-slightly blown as World of Warcraft tests its Un'Goro Madness event just a week after Blizzard revealed the upcoming Un'Goro-themed expansion for Hearthstone!

The micro-holiday, which isn't scheduled to arrive in WoW until this August, will populate Un'Goro crater with giant elite dinosaurs from all over the game. During the event, players are supposed to hunt down and kill these majestic beasts for their "adaptations." These adaptations give players strange temporary abilities, such as being unstuck in time and secreting toxins.

It should also be noted that today marks the very first run of the brand-new Mists of Pandaria timewalking dungeon events. Players can use the unique timewalking system to level scale to old dungeons and enjoy appropriate rewards.

If you don't mind spoilers, you can get an early preview of the Un'Goro event after the jump!

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Rumor: Lost Ark's next Korean CBT is coming this summer

What's going on with Lost Ark anyway? It's been a good long time since we heard anything about this promising and stunning-looking MMOARPG, including whether or not it was actually confirmed to arrive in the west.

We are tracking a rumor this week from Steparu that Lost Ark is planning on a new Korean CBT for sometime this summer. "Although just a rumor and nothing set in stone, someone from LostArkDB had a chat with a Smilegate employee, and they mentioned that the next closed beta for the Korean version of Lost Ark is scheduled to start sometime in June or July," he posted.

If true, that means that the title is still slowly progressing through its overseas beta cycle and will probably be a while yet to arrive in North America and Europe -- if ever at all. Still, it's something, so cling to hope!

Source: Steparu

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ARK Survival Evolved rolls back official servers following Amazon outage

Did Amazon's Web Services outage on Wednesday wreck your day? It wrecked a lot of the internet, including ARK: Survival Evolved, which uses the service for its CrossARK transfer system. Unfortunately, the outage apparently led to a duping issue that caused Studio Wildcard to roll back the official ARK servers, which are still technically in early access:

"We will be conducting a major rollback on all Official Servers to just before this incident, and will be wiping all Cross ARK storage of any items due to a dupe glitch which surfaced due to the incident."

The studio apologized to fans last night for the delay in communication and promised an evolution event with big bonuses to breeding, maturing, and egg hatching rates to help players make up for lost time, but it's Reddit, and Reddit's on fire over Wildcard's handling of the incident.

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Take a peek at the first 15 mods being funded through ARK: Survival Evolved's new creator program

Earlier this week, Studio Wildcard teased its new paid modding program for ARK: Survival Evolved, and now it's released more details as part of its GDC push, including a video.

The goal of the "sponsored mods program," says the studio, "is to give a boost to the vibrant ARK modding community by selecting 15 projects each month to each receive $4,000 towards the modders' ongoing development costs," with the idea that finished mods might "be considered for integration into the final retail release on PC and Consoles of ARK: Survival Evolved."

Because yes, the game is still technically in early access.

Still, it's pretty decent money, though anyone this talented can probably land a job in the industry anyway.

You can take a peek at the first 15 on the official site already; the promo video is below.

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