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Make it Rain returns to Final Fantasy XIV on May 29

You’ve still got some time before Stormblood releases. What are you going to do in Final Fantasy XIV until then? Gamble, obviously. The Make it Rain event returns to the game on May 29th, running until June 12th and giving players an opportunity to win some Gold Saucer-themed prizes in an event no doubt intimately tied with the gambling emporium itself. It’s the next best thing to early access coming even earlier.

The event starts from a down-on-his-luck gentleman in the streets of Ul’dah, although the details of what players must do after the fact remain shrouded in mystery. What is known is that players can get a new hairstyle, a stuffed incarnation of Senor Sabotender himself, and three new Triple Triad cards along the way. So get ready to rake in the MGP and celebrate gambling away truly absurd amounts of money in a few days. It should keep you distracted until you can play a Samurai, at least.

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The Stream Team: Starting a Warden in Elder Scrolls Online’s Morrowind

Last time, Massively OP’s Larry and MJ took a tour of The Elder Scrolls Online’s Morrowind, wandering the southern part of the island just to catch the sights and soak up the atmoosphere. Today, MJ is making a brand new Warden and the two are delving into the story. She can’t wait to sick a bear on her enemies! Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. to see how the class plays as well as experience how the story develops.

What: The Elder Scrolls Online
Who: Larry Everett & MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 25th, 2017

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Planet Nomads launches early access today

Planet Nomads is officially launching into early access this morning on Steam. The sci-fi survival sandbox was originally slated for an April launch but missed that window, instead allowing the backers of its $140,000 2016 Kickstarter to play closed beta this past month.

“Living the nomadic life is full of danger,” developer Craneballs says. “And adventure, sure. But mostly danger.” The studio is touting the game’s colorful universe, “LEGO-style building on a large scale,” and an actual in-game goal for dedicated players: designing and flying a “spaceship capable of interplanetary travel.” Multiplayer was one of the “future features” mentioned during the Kickstarter; the Steam page says that multiplayer is one of the things it now means to consider “eventually” as the early access wears on.

When the game is live today, expect it to be on sale for 10% off for its base price of $30. We’ve got the early access trailer for your eyeballs down below, and you can check out our early stream of the game too!

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Portal Knights launches across multiple platforms

It’s full steam ahead for Portal Knights, which launched yesterday on Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. For those wondering if early access periods ever truly end, here’s one example of a definitive launch!

The dev team said that this is a nerve-wracking and exciting time: “You know, leaving early access is scarier than you think… What will new players think? Will our community think this is the end? So many questions! Be rest assured, just because we’ve now left early access, that doesn’t mean anything will change. Going forward, we fully intend on updating Portal Knights, like we always have done, and filling those updates with community requests.”

For those unfamiliar with the game, Portal Knights is a multiplayer RPG member of the extended Minecraft family. Players adventure through linked sandbox worlds while returning back to their own virtual homes every so often to build and craft. There are three classes available, and players can create teams of up to four to traverse these worlds. Portal Knights is priced at $20.

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Tamriel Infinium: An alternative approach to playing Elder Scrolls Online Morrowind

If you happened to miss it, MJ and I jumped to the island of Vvardenfell on Monday because early access for the Elder Scrolls Online chapter of Morrowind started this week. Unlike other times that we’ve streamed together when most of what we did was questing, we just explored the island this time. Although part of that time was spent just figuring out my mic situation, it was a fun way to see the island and a very interesting way to play the game.

When MMOs and I were young, I hopped into Ultima Online not having a clue how to play the game. I saw miners running around naked supposedly because ore was heavy (and the threat of ganks was real). I saw people standing just outside the city carefully poking each other with low-level knives to help them gain experience. I also saw people standing around the bank barking, attempting to sell their wares. None of this was actually questing, but all of it was a legitimate way to play the game.

Elder Scrolls Online is a unique game, far apart from your standard themepark-style MMO. I would still call it a themepark, but it veers from the standard World-of-Warcraft-style themepark in many ways, chiefly in that you don’t have to follow a singular path to get a lot out of the game. In fact, have come up with some alternative ways to enjoy the content of Morrowind without following the main questline.

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Win That War hauls out a ‘truly massive scale RTS”

Remember when real-time strategy games were all the rage and not games where you did weird things with dino poop to stay alive? Insane Unity does, which is why the studio is building a MMORTS called Win That War.

“The heart of the Win That War experience lies in a massively multiplayer online campaign, in which opposing factions wage merciless war to conquer territories at planetary scale,” the team explains. Players join up with one of three retro-futuristic factions to conquer the galaxy one planet at a time.

Win That War just launched on Steams early access and includes a PvE mode for those who would rather beat up a computer than a fellow gamer. The game’s not free to check out, alas; it costs $20 to purchase at this stage of testing. Check out the trailer after the break!

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Here’s when Elder Scrolls Online Morrowind will launch around the globe

Turns out that a fifth of you are already deep in The Elder Scrolls Online’s Morrowind head start early access period thanks to your having preordered the game on PC. You are dismissed from reading, though you might want to listen up anyway to learn just when the masses (another fifth of you) will be joining you in Vvardenfell: It’s June 6th as planned, at 5 a.m. EDT in the morning. Yes, the literal crack of dawn (or earlier!) for those of us here in the US, and smack in the middle of the work day for Europeans. And yes, there will be a “maintenance period” for consoles ahead of the launch.

“Retailers worldwide will allow players to purchase the game and pick-up pre-orders in advance to allow for pre-loading,” ZeniMax noted today. “In North America, customers will be able to pick-up ESO: Morrowind on the evening of June 5, beginning at 9 p.m. Eastern time. In Europe, the game will be available when retail stores open on the morning of June 6.” Check out the map to figure out when to set your wakey-wakey alarm!

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The Stream Team: Early access to Elder Scrolls Online’s Morrowind

You had to know that Massively OP’s Larry would be taking advantage of The Elder Scrolls Online’s early access to Morrowind, but he’s not heading in alone. Now that the doors have opened, he and MJ will be checking things out and sharing the experience with you, the viewers. What trouble can the duo get into as they explore? Join us live at 3:00 p.m. for a first look inside Morrowind.

What: The Elder Scrolls Online
Who: Larry Everett & MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 22nd, 2017

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Ashes of Creation aims to be biggest MMORPG Kickstarter of all time

“I think in a couple of days we may be the number one Kickstarted MMORPG ever.”

Dream big, Intrepid Studios! As Ashes of Creation bears down on its crowdfunding home stretch with 10 days to go, the fantasy MMO just crossed the 12,000 backers line (granting exclusive dyes to all backers) and already has $2.23 million in its virtual pockets. Upcoming stretch goals include the Underrealm race ($2.5M), unique mount barding (13,500 backers), and an in-game stock exchange ($3M).

The developers aren’t keeping to themselves during this crazy time. Intrepid team members were on hand this past weekend for an hour-long livestream during which they answered community questions and showed off more Ashes of Creation gameplay. We’ve got that video after the jump (the gameplay starts at the 29-minute mark) as well as a new environmental video from the project!

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Dean Hall on his third attempt to build a space station sim with Stationeers

Stationeers, an upcoming multiplayer survival sim, marks Dean Hall’s (DayZ) third attempt to create a space station title. In a recent interview with PC Games N, Hall seems confident that this one will make it across the finish line.

“The other day we set a record of 28 players playing, with excellent bandwidth usage,” he says. “It was fantastic. It was the first time we’d run a playtest with a large number of players that had no major errors, so that’s putting us on the road to release.”

Hall talks about the features that are going into the game, the ones being adjusted, and the ones being left out due to resource limitations. He’s hoping that trading between stations will make its way into the game at some point, but Hall is more concerned with creating a “great core game loop” that was present in other successful early access titles like Prison Architect and Rimworld.

Stationeers is slated to come to Steam early access some time this year.

Source: PC Games N

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Elder Scrolls Online’s Morrowind early access launches today – are you playing?

The Elder Scrolls Online’s Morrowind not-an-expansion lands on PC this morning, at least for those of you who preordered to pick up early access and had the foresight to take off work or play hooky or not have exams. Downloading should begin shortly, ZeniMax says — are you playing?

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PSA: Wild Terra hosts a free weekend

Here’s a possible option for your gaming weekend, especially if you have a hankering for some sandbox freedom: Wild Terra is opening up its doors to everyone from May 19th through the 21st to play as much as they want for free.

The free weekend is being coupled with a 15% off sale on the official site, bringing the price down to $12.74 for the early access title.

Wild Terra recently revealed that it is working on “unique rare equipment” that will be crafted using standard equipment and special drops from chests.

Source: Steam

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Marvel Heroes Omega early access opens today for PS4 players

It’s a big week for Marvel Heroes: Today marks the start of early access for the soft launch of Marvel Heroes Omega on PlayStation 4, which itself technically begins May 23rd, but if you want in now — with no more wipes — a founder pack (or a key you won from us!) will get you in today.

Earlier this week, Gazillion announced that its Xbox One-flavored game service will whirr to life on June 20th, so you folks have only one more month to wait.

PC players, I feel you right now, but there’s some good news on the horizon: a big A.R.M.O.R. incursion event plus a teaser for the anniversary, and it’s a good one:

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