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Official Site: Dofus
Studio: Square Enix/Ankama Games
Launch Date: September 2004 (French); September 2005 (English)
Genre: Turn-Based Strategy MMORPG
Business Model: Hybrid F2P (Optional Sub, Cash Shop)
Platform: PC, Mac, Linux

Perfect Ten: MMO experiments in transmedia synergy

We’re not going to argue that MMORPGs are the dominant form of media entertainment these days, but they do have endurance and a devoted following among gamers. And whenever a crowd of players have been paying into a game for a long time, it will attract the attention and interest of marketers who start wondering what else they could do to siphon off a few more bucks.

Enter “transmedia synergy,” a stupidly awesome term that represents links between two or more forms of media that are connected through the same IP. The thinking here is that fans of one of these forms of entertainment will cross over into the related media and vice-versa, growing an audience together.

Today we’re going to look at 10 experiments in transmedia synergy, for better or for worse, that have attempted to cross over from MMORPG to something else entirely. To make things more challenging, we’re not going to include novels, since we’ve already done that.

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The MOP Up: SMITE sees a Divine Light (July 9, 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 Pokemon GoSplatoon 2Blade and SoulDragon’s Dogma OnlineClosers OnlineOverwatchVindictusMu OnlineWurm OnlineAstellia OnlineDofus PetsHellionSMITEStarCraftAionFinal Fantasy XI, and League of Legends, all waiting for you after the break!

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The MOP Up: Gamescom’s big opening by Angela Merkel (June 25, 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 MechWarrior OnlineMu OriginDark Age of CamelotAstellia OnlineMarvel End Time ArenaRagnarok Online, and Guild Wars 2, all waiting for you after the break!

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Wakfu and Dofus developer makes a digital card game

Here’s something you may not have known: French developer Ankama launched a digital card game this year that is set in the same world as its MMOs Dofus and Wakfu. Krosmaga was released back in February and allows players to take the role of a god and summon creatures via cards onto a battlefield.

So where do you play this fabulously quirky card game? Pretty much anywhere, to tell the truth. Krosmaga is available on PC, tablet, smartphone, and even through Steam.

Since its release, Krosmaga has been busy with updates and upping its profile. The game has an expansion planned for June 28th called Necros and Paladirs that will add a new god and over 150 new cards to the fun.

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Perfect Ten: Exploring MMORPGs from the far corners of the world

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!

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Dofus introduces the Ouginak class

Whatever else you might think about Dofus, you have to admit that the game is resistant to pigeonholing. The game’s most recent update rolls out its 18th class, the Ouginak, and if you’re left wondering what the heck it’s supposed to be, that’s sort of the point. The answer is that it’s sort of a barbarian warrior with canine features… but the game’s classes are resistant to being pigeonholed in mechanical terms, too.

Ouginaks have a variety of useful skills, but each of those skills can increase the characters’ Rage level; once Rage tops out, the Ouginak loses a bunch of abilities and reverts to a feral wolf-monster state with nasty melee attacks and little else. You can do your best to transform intentionally, of course, or you can use various healing and support abilities to calm yourself… or you can apply buffs and shields to your fellow combatants, with the risk of enraging (and transforming) if certain conditions are met by your allies. Check out a trailer for the class just below.

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Massively Overthinking: Unholy MMORPG hybrids

Massively OP reader and frequent tipster Gibbins wants us to play match-maker.

“I love the wonderful world that Bethesda created with the Fallout franchise, not too bleak but very post apocalypse with a very kitsch ’50s feel from the time of duck and cover educational films, but I wish it were multiplayer. The huge volume of mods for Fallout is also is a massive bonus, giving the game great variety and replayability. On the other hand, I also love the satirical in your face style of GTA Online and its no-holds-barred multiplayer experience, but I wish there were more to the story and more support for mods. Both games offer so much, and I would love to see how each studio would add to the other’s game. Which two development teams would you like to see married… and which game would be their love child?”

Let’s complicate Gibbins’ request and say that the love child game must be an MMO! I’ve posed his question to the team for this week’s Massively Overthinking.

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The MOP Up: The Division opens its public test server (September 25, 2016)

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 got confirmation that The Division is finally launching its public test server (tomorrow, in fact!). We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Guild Wars 2League of LegendsFinal Fantasy XI, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Battle Bards Episode 79: Combat music

Ready to battle it out more than usual? The Battle Bards are cranking up the combat tunes from MMORPGs today, inviting all sorts of violence and slap-happy tempos into the show. So strap on your sword, sling a shield on your back, and get ready to leap into the fray with a wide assortment of excellent — and even unusual — music tracks!

Battle Bards is a bi-weekly podcast that alternates between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around a theme. MOP’s Justin co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunes, Google Play, TuneInPocket CastsStitcher, and Player.FM.

We’ve got Episode 79: Combat music and the show notes for you after the break!

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The MOP Up: EverQuest gets hardcore (June 12, 2016)

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, EverQuest is in the throes of a “Hardcore Heritage” event, featuring much more difficult versions of Clan Crushbone and Permafrost Caverns for high-level players. “Classic zones, tougher challenges, better loot,” Daybreak explains, just in case you were wondering why adventurers were loaning their corpses to this crusade.

We’ve got plenty of other news tidbits for you after the jump, including patches, MMOs in testing, videos, and more!

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Wakfu and Dofus add the Huppermage class

It’s not every day that you see the same class come to two different MMOs, but here you go: Ankama has added the new Huppermage to both Wakfu and Dofus.

The Huppermage is a magic-using class that wields the traditional four elements along with a fifth, light. By combining elements, the class can produce a variety of results. Players will need to unlock the class in each game, but the devs claim that it’s well worth the effort. The Huppermage will also be incorporated into a Dofus movie in the coming future.

You can check out dev diaries on both games’ versions of the Huppermage after the break.

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The MOP Up: RuneScape’s big anniversary plans (December 20, 2015)

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 RuneScape revealed some big plans for next year’s 15th anniversary, World of Warships announced its an anime mode, we got our first look at E3 2016, and more!

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Dofus announces tablet version coming ‘very soon’

A mobile version of Ankama’s MMO called Dofus Touch is about ready to start closed beta testing in France.

Dofus Touch is a specially designed version of Dofus that will not be cross-compatible with the PC edition. It will launch with the 2.14 update (which puts it behind the PC version), will not have a subscription, and be available on both iPad and Android tablets. The new game even has its own site.

You can check out Dofus Touch’s trailer after the jump.

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