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Official Site: Elsword
Studio: KOG Games/KOG Studios
Launch Date: December 27, 2007 (Korea); March 23, 2011 (NA)
Genre: Anime Action Sidescroller MMO
Business Model: F2P (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC

The MOP Up: ARK's console editions get a hair-do (March 26, 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 Destiny, Eternal CrusadeElder Scrolls LegendsHearthstonePokemon GoMU LegendLineage IIARKUltima OnlineSword of ShadowsGhost Recon WildlandsRagnarok OnlineHeroes and GeneralsElsword, and Dota 2, all waiting for you after the break!

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The MOP Up: FFXIV's triple world records (February 26, 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 Dragon Nest 2VaingloryWild TerraHeroes and GeneralsOverwatchArmored WarfareBlade and SoulCloud PiratesPokemon GoEternal CrusadeFinal Fantasy XIV, and Elswordall waiting for you after the break!

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Paragon introduces K-pop-themed Shinbi hero

Epic's MOBA Paragon revealed a new playable hero this week: Shinbi, a K-pop themed melee superstar who's possibly a reference to pop star ShinB from GFRIEND, which incidentally hit MMO news this week once already thanks to its Valentine promo for Elsword. My apophenia, ahhhh!

"A world famous pop star known for summoning Spirit Wolves during her performances, Shinbi is a deceptive melee assassin who uses her wolves to dazzle her enemies and rip them to shreds in battle," says Epic, rattling off her themey skills: Rushing Beat, Line Tempo, Circle Rhythm, and All-Kill!. She officially launches February 21st.

Kotaku has a grand roundup of some of the criticisms of the character already, which basically boil down to melee sucks, why more girls though, what's K-pop, D.Va clone, and this is totally breaking my immersions in world lore we don't know anything about. So, you know. The usual.

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Massively OP's guide to Valentine's Day around the MMORPG verse

Ready for sappy questlines, particle effects that look like hearts, and lots -- and I do mean lots -- of pink? Valentine's day has arrived in the real world and many of the pretend worlds inside MMORPGs (for some reason). And who are we to fuss when the events are all about candy and cheap romance? Nobody, that's who. Read on for our guide to Valentine's Day around the MMORPG verse!

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Elsword teases a new job path for the mysterious Ain

The folks behind sidescrolly action-MMO Elsword have been teasing a brand-new job path for playable character Ain, who's been live in the western edition of the game only since December. Ain's the "mysterious man who appeared before the El Search Party while looking for the El Shard" and "introduced himself as a priest serving the Goddess and offered to help them find the stolen Ruben El Shard," according to the game's lore.

We won't spoil it for you -- that's what trailer down below is for. Enjoy!

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Elsword reveals new playable character Ain in exclusive trailer

KOG Games' Elsword is gearing up to add a brand-new character to the western roster: Ain. Even hardened MMORPG veterans are unlikely to have played a character quite like Ain before; his claim to fame is his pendulum, which he sometimes uses as a weapon; his "circular magic" system, and his hybrid chronomancer/angel theme.

"A mysterious man who appeared before the El Search Party while looking for the El Shard. Ain introduced himself as a priest serving the Goddess and offered to help them find the stolen Ruben El Shard but many things about him still remain under a veil of mystery."

Ain is live in the west next week, but you can watch his trailer right here, right now!

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Battle Bards Episode 87: Elves!

It’s high time that the Battle Bards lie prostrate at the feet of their social and intellectual superiors, the high and mighty Elves! Yes, it’s a full episode of elven music, a virtual rainbow of harps and swirly magic and slightly grumpy hosts who use this opportunity to unload their gripes against this fantasy race.

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 87: Elves! and the show notes for you after the break!

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The MOP Up: Chris Taylor's new studio (November 27, 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 started speculating wildly as to what fomer Wargaming developer Chris Taylor might be up to with his new studio. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Elsword, Crowfall, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Jukebox Heroes: Six pretty great MMO tunes from games you've never played

In my years of coverage of MMO soundtrack music in this column and on Battle Bards, I've clearly observed that there are games that are well-known and admired for their music. Most often, these are from popular MMORPGs -- your World of Warcrafts, your Guild Wars 2s, and so on. Popular game plus good music equals widespread recognition.

Yet as I've pointed out in the past, there are plenty of terrific scores and individual music tracks from lesser-known MMO soundtracks that don't get the attention they deserve, usually because of a fan's unfamiliarity with a title. That's not your fault; few people are as crazy as me when it comes to trying to track down MMO tunes and building a comprehensive library. It's only slightly frustrating to see these game scores go overlooked because nobody really thought to listen to them in the first place.

So I'm viewing today's column as an exercise in education, to share what I've learned in my journeys and discoveries of MMORPG soundtracks. I present here for your listening pleasure six pretty great tunes from MMOs you've probably never played.

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The MOP Up: FFXI revs up appreciation campaigns (October 30, 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 past week, Final Fantasy XI gave a heads-up about the arrival of several appreciation campaigns coming next month. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from EverQuestHero's Song, Black Desert, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Massively OP's guide to MMO Halloween 2016

"Two things I did on Hallows Night: / Made my house April-clear / Left open wide my door / to the ghosts of the year."  ~ "All Hollows Night" by Lizette Woodworth Reese

Is your door open to the ghosts and ghouls of MMORPGs this season? They are definitely shambling up your walkway, looking to tell you of the grim delights of the holiday in your favorite online games. Indeed, Halloween season is upon us, which means that MMOs have an excuse to break out their favorite yearly festivities.

With so much to look at and do, you might be in a terrible fright trying to figure out what to do first. We consulted our Massively OP gravedigger Bram (he's on retainer), who offers surprisingly good advice for sorting out the Halloween season in MMOs and getting the most out of the holiday. We recorded his words in this guide, although beware to the soul that reads them all -- Bram might be seeing you before the week is up. MUAHAHAHA.

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The MOP Up: Aima gets a death sentence (October 16, 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 heard the sad news that Korean action MMO Aima will be shutting its doors next month. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Elder Scrolls OnlineConan Exiles, Aion, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Nexon pumps out a half-dozen new mobile games in Korea

Nexon is continuing its assault on the mobile games market with a planned release of a half-dozen titles this fall in Korea and China. With so many games coming out at the same time, the studio is making an event of it, calling it Nexon Mobile Day.

Some of the titles have roots in Nexon's MMORPG lineup, such as MapleStory M, Elsword Slash, and Dungeon & Fighter: Spirit. There's also a quiz game, a fantasy kingdom builder, and an incredibly cute PvP game called Arena Masters.

Nexon has been doggedly pursuing the mobile field with projects this year such as Oz: Broken Kingdom, Heroes of Incredible Tales, Durango, and the Final Fantasy XI conversion. You can get a glimpse of each of the six titles in the Nexon Mobile Day trailer below!

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