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Battle Bards Episode 94: Drakensang Online

Do you find the German language to be inherently terrifying? Then you’re going to love the soundtrack to this German MMORPG! Actually, it’s quite lovely and a diamond in the rough, at least according to some of the Battle Bards. Today’s episode ventures into territory marked by a drakensang — a “dragon’s song” — and emerges refreshed and renewed.

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.

Listen to Episode 94: Drakensang Online (or download it) now:

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Drakensang Online preps trailer for next week's Sands of Malice expansion

2011 free-to-play MMOARPG Drakensang Online has today released a trailer for next week's update, dubbed Sands of Malice, which is due on Tuesday. The expansion is expected to boost the level cap to 55, add a new random arena, create new difficulty modes for highbie areas, implement a new rune system, improve gems, insert new monster types, and buff parallel world drops.

"Sands of Malice is a huge new and free to access content expansion that takes players to a mysterious Arabian themed land full of desolation, powerful enemies and danger lurking around every corner. Players must travel to the homeland of the faithful character Zahir, to investigate his claims that the land is cursed. Rumors abound of an ancient power, and a plot to free it from its prison beneath the temple."

Check out the trailer below!

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The MOP Up: Hearthstone gets ready to banish dozens of cards (February 19, 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 Overwatch, League of LegendsEVE OnlineMabinogi DuelSpace EngineersIngressEternal CrusadeElder Scrolls OnlineFinal BladeHearthstoneGod Eater OnlineDrakensang Online, and EVE Valkyrie, all waiting for you after the break!

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Battle Bards Episode 89: Nightfall

When the sun goes down, the Battle Bards’ work has just begun! In this week’s episode, the crew explores nighttime music cues in MMOs, chasing the ever-elusive feel of what that period between dusk and dawn sounds like in game. Don’t fall asleep!

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 89: Nightfall and the show notes for you after the break!

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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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MMO publisher gPotato suffered a major account data breach in 2007

Think back to 2007: Statistically, you were probably playing World of Warcraft's The Burning Crusade, or maybe even Lord of the Rings, Vanguard, or Tabula Rasa, all brand-new that year. Me, I was deep in classic Guild Wars. And some of you maybe have been playing gPotato games like Flyff or Rappelz. I'm not judging you! But I do have some bad news for you all the same: Hacker watchdog Haveibeenpwned.com reports that gPotato suffered a major account data breach in 2007.

"In July 2007, the multiplayer game portal known as gPotato suffered a data breach and over 2 million user accounts were exposed. The site later merged into the Webzen portal where the original accounts still exist today. The exposed data included usernames, email and IP addresses, MD5 hashes and personal attributes such as gender, birth date, physical address and security questions and answers stored in plain text."

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Chinese publisher Youzu snaps up Bigpoint

Free-to-play operator Bigpoint looks to be the latest company to be acquired by a foreign firm. Games Industry reports that a deal is ready to go through next month that will see Germany-based Bigpoint bought out by China publisher Youzu Interactive.

The deal, which includes the purchase of $89.7 million in stock, won't be the end of Bigpoint but will see the merger of the two companies become a force for future game offerings. "With the support of Youzu, we will be able to further invest in our talent, the amazing experiences they create, and the reach of our games," said Bigpoint CEO Khaled Helioui.

Bigpoint owns and operates a large library of titles, including Drakensang Online, Battlestar Galactica Online, and Dino Storm. The company also has a Game of Thrones MMO that's been in the works for a while. Back in 2011, the company was valued at $600 million.

Source: Games Industry. Thanks to Winterskorn for the tip!

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The MOP Up: Free Tribes for all (November 1, 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. See any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week we'll gorge on free games from the entire Tribes library, find out what Oort Online's new name is, get a first look at Lord of the Rings Online's latest update, and more!

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The MOP Up: Heart of Thorns countdown (October 18, 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. See any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week we'll listen to a new Final Fantasy XIV soundtrack, count down to Guild Wars 2's expansion launch, go back to Crystal Lake with Jason Vorhees, get presents for Pirate101's third birthday, and more!

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Drakensang Online's Rise of Balor update opens new continent for business

It's time to vacation to uncharted territories in Drakensang Online.

The isometric action MMO released its sizable Rise of Balor update this week and with it the continent of Lor'Tac. Let's break it down by numbers, shall we? Lor'Tac offers 16 new maps, 11 additional monster types, 150 quests, and 200 items to loot.

The update also reworked the entire talent system (and added 42 new talents to the mix), offered another inventory tab, included more item enchantments, threw in more achievements, rebalanced mobs, and gave bonuses to players who have joined up with a guild. The patch notes are quite extensive, so get readin' and get updatin'!

Source: Patch notes

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Drakensang Online's largest update ever is coming this month

Drakensang Online's "largest update ever" is hitting the game this month, and trust us, you are not prepared.

Rise of Balor is scheduled for August and will take players to a new jungle continent named Lor'Tac. There, players will fight through 13 additional maps, complete 150 quests, level up to 50, and enjoy new skill, wisdom, and fame talent systems. Plus, it looks like there's a mondo dragon hanging out in these parts, so adventurers should probably beware.

It's a lot to take in, so to help out we've got the Rise of Balor trailer for you after the jump!

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The MOP Up: Evil Island edition

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.

This week we'll be visiting an "evil island," enjoying a few reveals from the ChinaJoy 2015 show, taking a gamer personality quiz, and brushing up on Heavensward lore!

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Drakensang Online adding new continent, increasing level cap

If Drakensang Online isn't normally on your radar, you might want to check it out in the near future, particularly if you enjoy action MMOs. The title is preparing its largest-ever content update for an unspecified future date.

The update will add a brand-new continent of Lor'Tac to the game, increase the level cap from 45 to 50, improve the graphics, and overhaul the skill and talent system. Lor'Tac is a rainforest-themed area inspired by Aztec and Polynesian cultures, and it includes 10 maps and many new monsters to fight.

Drakensang's team has been working hard to improve the game in other ways these past few months with better group finding tools, the removal of Crystals of Truth, and making the Dwarf available to everyone for free. You can check out a Drakensang trailer after the jump to see if this is the OARPG you've been missing.

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