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Check out Elder Scrolls Online’s Clockwork City patch notes, new houses, and new cosmetics

Who doesn’t like some nice fresh patch notes? The Elder Scrolls Online is letting players into the Clockwork City, at least on the test server, and that means a fresh batch of patch notes for everyone.

Naturally, no one has even tried to mine out more information about the patch, except of course people have. The next offerings on the game’s crown store have been datamined, which is mostly a jaunty selection of hats. The new housing offerings have also been mined out: Pariah’s Pinnacle and The Observatory Prior, the former of which is an Orcish home and the latter of which is a clockwork-bedecked unit. There’s even a video guide to the new transmutation system available below, so you can take a gander at how things will change without hopping on the test server.

So it’s good news for players who want to test things out, and it’s also good news for players who don’t want to test but want to see what things look like while testing. Good news all around. Check it all out below.

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Neverwinter highlights major inventory quality-of-life overhaul

Inventory management in MMORPGs is critical — I can’t even imagine playing something like World of Warcraft or Elder Scrolls Online without inventory mods installed. And yet mods shouldn’t be necessary; game inventory should work properly and well right out of the box.

Such is Neverwinter’s philosophy. In a new dev blog today, PWE explains its major overhaul for character inventories in the game. Of note, the inventory settings menu will allow players to sort the stuff in their bags by item type, sell everything marked as treasure, and identify all unindentified items – a move that seems to mirror Guild Wars 2’s Path of Fire additions. You can also filter items by property, something few MMOs offer by default, and convert items to refinement points in bulk, part of a larger (and contentious) move to rewrite the refinement system.

Irritatingly, the cash-shop option to buy a bag is the top button under settings, right next to the button on your inventory bar, meaning both can be visible at once, but ya can’t win ’em all. Feedback is currently still being collected on the official forums.

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Take a tour of Elder Scrolls Online’s Clockwork City, arriving on the PTS this week

Excited about Elder Scrolls Online’s upcoming foray into the Clockwork City? This mechanical metropolis is coming “a little later this year,” offering a new zone, plenty of quests, and the intriguing transmutation system. New maps are on on display as well, and the whole thing should hit the test server this week.

This past weekend, the team took players on a visual tour of the Clockwork City in all of its gearpunk majesty. The tour is conducted by Writer-Designer Leamon Tuttle and Lead Content Designer Jeremy Sera. Check it out after the break!

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The MOP Up: PlayerUnknown’s Battleground and the fog of war (September 17, 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!

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 The Black DeathAstroneerOverwatch, Heroes of the StormTree of Life, War ThunderElder Scrolls OnlineHearthstoneWorlds AdriftArena of ValorPlayerUnknown’s BattlegroundsNeverwinterRagnarok MobileRappelzMaster X MasterSplatoon 2SkyforgeTravian, and Final Fantasy XI, all waiting for you after the break!

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Global Chat: Not that impressed by Destiny 2

Destiny 2’s recent PC beta certainly brought out curious players in droves, and MMO bloggers couldn’t help but share their opinions on this next evolution of the sci-fi shooter franchise — even if those opinions weren’t too positive.

“It proved to be a deeply disappointing experience,” Superior Realities said. “Not because of anything wrong with the game, but because the beta offered such a small sliver of it as to be entirely pointless.”

Endgame Viable just doesn’t get it: “I know I’m going to regret this, but: What’s all the hype about? I didn’t hate it, but Destiny 2 looked and played like every other shooter.”

How would you respond to those observations? While you think about it, let’s look past D2: The Mighty Space Ducks to more essays on Elder Scrolls Online, EverQuest II, and the dinosaurs of ARK: Survival Evolved.

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Perfect Ten: The 10 tiers of MMORPG lore

Lore! Huh! What is it good for? Understanding why you’re standing in the middle of a pack of angry people with fangs in MMOs, of course. It’s the thin line dividing your actions from being reckless, indiscriminate mayhem and discriminating, careful mayhem. Lore is how you know what the world is like beyond your front door, and it’s the difference between understanding that you face Ragnaros, lord of flame or just knowing that there’s a dude here made out of fire, so you should probably use water spells on him.

All lore, however, is not created equal. There’s lore that creates a detailed, vibrant world full of people with their own hopes and dreams, and there’s lore that creates a game where you know what you’re supposed to be doing but have no idea what people do for fun afterwards aside from waiting to die. So today, we explore the tiers of lore, arranged in a numbered list because that’s the entire premise of the column. It’s not Perfect Vague Assortment of Concepts. That’s not even a column.

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Massively Overthinking: The best and worst MMOs of 2017’s PAX West

PAX West 2017 has come and gone, and though MJ is still feverishly working on her last few articles, we wanted to pause a moment to reflect on everything we’ve seen and read and recapped so far. So for today’s Massively Overthinking, I asked our writers to tackle three topics from an MMO player’s perspective: the biggest surprise of the show, the most disappointing bit, and the games that grabbed them and won’t let go.

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‘Yes, you can transmute any weapon or armor’ in Elder Scrolls Online’s Clockwork City DLC

One of the most intriguing bits of news to emerge in The Elder Scrolls Online’s Clockwork City DLC preview yesterday was the details behind the brand-new transmutation system. As ZeniMax wrote, the system will allow players to “change the traits on [their] gear, including weapons and armors,” in exchange for a new resource called transmutation crystals, which you can earn through veteran level content (trials and veteran dungeons are listed as examples).

In response to a zillion confused tweets and comments, ZeniMax has since clarified the way the system works. “We’re getting many great questions about the upcoming Transmutation system,” the studio tweeted. “Yes, you can transmute any weapon or armor.” According to the tweets, you’ll be able to transmute non-crafted sets, veteran Maelstrom and Dragonstar arena gear, and… well, everything is everything.

“‘Transmute’ will be the #ESO term for the re-traiting system (different from the transmogrify system we’re working on.)”

Source: Twitter, Reddit

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A mechanical wonderland awaits in Elder Scrolls Online’s next DLC

If cogs, gears, and gadgets get your motor running, then you are going to be revving loudly when Elder Scrolls Online’s next DLC arrives.

Update 16 will open the gates of the Clockwork City, a “mysterious mechanical world” that spans an entire zone and contains a new story involving a Daedric conspiracy to experience. The Clockwork City doesn’t require Morrowind to access, but it does draw upon the expansion’s predecessor, where the City was also present 700 years in the future. Players will explore this clockwork realm, performing quests, defeating world bosses, racing against trials, and conquering delves.

The team also is pretty excited about a new system, transmutation, that will allow you to change the traits on your gear via crafting and transmutation crystals.

Not interested in buying it? You’re still going to get something free with the patch when it arrives sometime later this year: “Update 16 brings a free base game update that includes a new Battlegrounds game mode (ESO: Morrowind owners only), Xbox One X support, and a host of additional base game fixes, updates, and additions.”

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Elder Scrolls Online celebrates the Imperial City DLC’s anniversary with loot-stuffed events

You know what’s fun? MMORPG anniversaries. You know what’s extra fun, chiefly because of how unusual it is? MMORPG DLC anniversaries. Who does that?

ZeniMax, that’s who.

I’m talking about The Elder Scrolls Online, of course, which is celebrating the anniversary of its Imperial City DLC, which originally launched in 2015. Players who own the DLC (or buy it at a steep discount this week) will be helping to “liberate” the capital’s wealth by romping through the zone’s temporary event and collecting all kinds of free stuff, from double Tel Var stones to double the loot sacks, the proceeds of which can be turned in for (or used to unlock) even more loot.

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Elder Scrolls Online and WildStar throw contests for crowns and cash

WildStar and Elder Scrolls Online walked into a bar, where they drank in companionable silence until one said, “You know what, pard’ner? We should fling out some contests to promote our sizzling updates!” Then more drinking, some karaoke, ESO called a taxi, morning headaches, and the contests happened.

WildStar wants to get some promotion behind its upcoming Homecoming update, which is why it’s challenging player teams to collaborate on a striking a neighborhood community. The winning team will split a $2,500 cash prize (insert WildStar budget joke here), while seven honorable mentions will benefit from their teammates being able to nab 10 items of their choice from the housing section of the cash shop.

As for Elder Scrolls Online, the team is selecting five random players who enter its Horns of the Reach giveaway to receive a gift pack containing 11,000 crowns and a mount of his or her choice. Not too shabby for a little effort!

Source: WildStar, Elder Scrolls Online. Thanks Derek!

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Tamriel Infinium: ZeniMax’s Rich Lambert on Elder Scrolls Online content development, past and future

Morrowind was very likely a great boon for The Elder Scrolls Online. Although ZeniMax Online Studios hasn’t released any solid numbers, the staff has over and over proclaimed just how great things have been since the launch of that expansion. In fact, I recently sent some questions to Creative Director Richard Lambert, and when I asked him to quantify the success of Morrowind, he reiterated its success:

Morrowind has been really great for us and a huge number of players are exploring the new content, class, and battlegrounds. We’ve seen an influx of new players and returning players and our existing player base has really enjoyed the addition so far. It’s been a pretty gratifying experience for us.”

But even Lambert would tell you that this upward climb for ESO started long before the launch of Morrowind. And with the launch of the latest update Horns of the Reach, I was able to ask Lambert some questions about how ESO built up to the game it is now and also talk about some of its future — specifically, the Clockwork City update.

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Consolers can pick up Elder Scrolls Online’s Horns of the Reach today

It’s been a few weeks since PC players have been able to enjoy the fruits of Horns of the Reach in Elder Scrolls Online, and now it’s the console community’s turn.

The MMO’s post-expansion DLC launched today for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as a 30.2 GB patch, giving players the opportunity to fight in two new dungeons (Bloodroot Forge and Falkreath Hold) and duke it out with other gamers in the Arcane University. Whether or not console players purchase Horns of the Reach, they will be treated to a base patch with quality-of-life improvements and many new home furnishings.

Wondering whether or not to drop money on this DLC? We can offer you a free way to sample it by watching MJ’s recent adventures in Bloodroot Forge!

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