On this week’s show, Bree and Justin sift through early 2018 news, including a possible leak of Amazon’s New World, a touching player memorial in RIFT, warnings of alien attacks in Elite: Dangerous, and more!
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A comment on Reddit about the current size and viability of Kritika Online got me thinking about MMO playerbases in general lately. We all know that there’s a stigma attached to little games; the big games with big servers and millions of players feel safer, and nowadays people just assume a small MMO has one foot in the grave. But it isn’t always true. We could also rattle off some smaller MMOs that seem to be moving along just fine, with bills paid. Sure, they’d like to be bigger, but they’re holding steady and know how to work the playerbase they do have rather than constantly alienate their current customers in search of new customers. And some MMO gamers actually prefer those sorts of titles. After all, if the game has just a few thousand people, it’s much easier to get to know a large slice of them, plus have your voice heard by the developers and actually influence the gameworld.
For this week’s Massively Overthinking, I’ve asked the writers to reflect on the smallest MMOs they have played, and then consider how big an MMO has to be in terms of playerbase that they’d consider playing it now. What’s the smallest MMO you’re willing to play, and why?
has just announced a new update for Dungeons and Dragons MMO Neverwinter
– its first big update of the year and another chapter in the ongoing storylines set in the jungles of Chult. “On February 27, prepare to enter the Lost City of Omu!” PWE posted
“There is more to the Tomb of Annihilation and the death curse gripping Faerûn, and adventurers must seek answers in the Lost City of Omu. A mysterious new zone filled with crumbling temple ruins and a labyrinth of underground tunnels offers new monsters to hunt, treasures to uncover, repeatable adventures and Heroic Encounters featuring the dreaded Tyrant, an undead T-Rex with unique attacks. Continuing their campaign against the evil lich, adventurers will delve into a lair infested with yuan-ti, where they must beat the odds and unearth secrets of the Trickster Gods to overcome Acererak and the death curse.”
There’s concern of a graverobber halfling named Moonshadow Lighfoot that might be dabbling in necromancy in DDO
, and Massively OP’s Justin and MJ are tasked with investigating. What will they unearth? And what will they need to return to the earth? Join us live at 8:00 p.m. as the duo help Thaddeus d’Jorasco with his grave problem.
What: Dungeons & Dragons Online
Who: Justin Olivetti & MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
Lousy PC players with their first dibs on all the Neverwinter
updates. Who needs a lousy Sword of Chult anyway? Not you, you’re happy with your sour grapes. At least until the update launches on console, at which point you’ll happily play all of the content.
Does this sound like you? If so, good news! The Sword of Chult update is now available for console players, so you no longer need to sit, fume, and blame people with desktops who are playing the game there! Now you can just enjoy the content like the new Merchant Prince’s Folly skirmish, the improvements to item refinement, and the new PvP improvements.
This patch also allows characters to create account-bound sigils of progress for campaign progress, ensuring that your alts don’t have to work overtime to catch up to your mains. So go over to your console and start playing! Until you start getting annoyed at the next patch arriving on PC first, anyhow.
How do you feel about grinding in MMOs? What about farming? These questions can elicit a wide variety of answers, from shrieks of dismay to enthusiastic head nods. Depending on the situation, grinding and farming can be something to be enjoyed, to be endured, or to be avoided at all cost.
The Game Freak Show says that he has a love/hate affair with grinding and farming, and it presents all sorts of muddled emotions, especially when gated mechanics are thrown into the mix: “While I have forgiven the grind in many RPGs for sucking away my time, this disturbing trend of games that do not have a harsh grind because they’re flawed or made for a different audience, but to force people to drop more cash on the table is something I can’t.”
Continue on for a look at Kritika Online, Dungeons and Dragons Online’s Ravenloft, the best solo MMOs, and more!
With a name like Neverwinter
, you have to wonder how the cold-weather holidays are celebrated in-game. Wonder no more! Massively OP’s MJ is diving in to check things out. (Not that she needed a reason to stretch out celebrating the Christmas season.) Join us live at 8:00 p.m. for some Dungeons & Dragons flavored festivities.
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018
Before we jump into 2018, let’s take a moment to ruminate on our personal accomplishments in MMO gaming this year.
While I didn’t get around to all of the games that I wanted to play or had enough time to enjoy the ones I did, I feel like it was a pretty solid year all around for me. I went through the Bingo Boffin storyline and Mordor in Lord of the Rings Online, got my fourth level 110 in World of Warcraft, and brought my Secret World Legends character all the way through the game (again). I even got reacquainted with an old favorite MMO — Dungeons and Dragons Online — and collected tons of great stories.
What were your best MMORPG gaming achievements in 2017? Looking back, what are you most proud of doing? What made you the happiest? What game worlds did you visit and what did you do in them?
We’re taking a time-machine back through our MMO coverage, month by month, to hit the highlights and frame our journey before we head into 2018!
July was a month of MMORPG launches, as Riders of Icarus, Albion Online, and Gigantic formally launched; Dark and Light hit early access; and other MMOs, including SWTOR, Guild Wars 2, and Neverwinter, rolled out major updates.
But it was also a period of delays, as Star Citizen collected thousands of comments over its repeated delays of its 3.0 alpha and both ARK: Survival Evolved and Lord of the Rings Online’s Mordor rescheduled launches for August. We also said farewell to Firefall after its long limbo, and don’t forget the Pokemon Go live event trainwreck!
Read on for the whole list!
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!
Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from War Thunder, SMITE, Kritika Online, Armored Warfare, Stardew Valley, Dofus, Elsword, Justice Online, The Black Death, Warface, RIFT, Valnir Rok, Wakfu, MapleStory, Heroes and Generals, Miranda, and League of Legends, all waiting for you after the break!
When we moved over here to Massively Overpowered, some of us transplanted our long-running columns to the new space. I perhaps felt most devastated that I was going to lose all of the Game Archaeologist articles that I had painstakingly researched over the years. So my mission with this space became two-fold: to rescue and update my older columns while continuing to add more articles to this series on classic MMOs and proto-MMOs.
I’ve been pleased with the results so far because TGA is a series that I really don’t want to see vanish. As MMORPG fans, we should consider it important to remember and learn about these older titles and to expand our knowledge past the more popular and well-known games of yesteryear.
Now that we have quite a catalogue of Game Archaeologist columns, I thought it would be helpful to end the year by gifting this handy guide to you that organizes and compiles our continuing look at the history of the genre. Enjoy!
So I’ve been writing this column for a year now. A little more than a year, as it happens, but last year there was no point in doing a whole-column recap because… well, it would be one game long and it had just happened. So I’m doing that now, with a trip back through the last year of Choose My Adventure (plus one month because I would rather not leave out The Elder Scrolls Online). We all make compromises.
There’s a lot to be said about this particular set of games, but to be fair, a lot of it was already said in a series of weekly columns about the games because that’s… well, how the column works. Still, the benefit of hindsight does mean that some things I have seen since have produced a different picture for some of these titles. So as we move into the holidays and the new year, let’s hit some high marks, remember the past, and consider the future.
The terror of Dungeons and Dragons Online: Mists of Ravenloft
are only increasing thanks to this week’s Update 37.1
Standing Stone Games activated an additional raid for the expansion called Old Baba’s Hut that draws from the darker side of myths. “This Legendary level raid does not require flagging, and puts players against Baba Lysaga herself,” the studio said.
Curious about the expansion? DDOCentral wrote up a great overview of the campaign setting and the core features over at BioBreak.
Meanwhile, Festivult is bringing in some holiday cheer and bonus loot to DDO. Hollywood is also adding to the Dungeons and Dragons legend, planning yet another movie and scheduling it for a 2021 release. This film franchise hasn’t had the best of runs so far, but hopefully this will be the title to change that streak.