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Studio known in the west chiefly for action MMO TERA

The MOP Up: Osiris New Dawn’s terrifying space ghosts (November 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!

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 Dragon NestTERA MMabinogi MobileIcarus MSummoner’s WarStar Trek OnlineOsiris New DawnLord of Vermilion ArenaPUBGStardew ValleyWarframeOverwatchPath of ExileAstroneerKurtzPelRuneScapeDota 2Second Life, and Renaissance Kingdoms, all waiting for you after the break!

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TERA races to shore up chat vulnerability

That nasty little loophole in TERA’s chat that hackers were exploiting was patched up over the weekend. En Masse deployed a hotfix on the 11th that corrected “a chat-related vulnerability that allowed the posting of images external to the TERA client in chat.”

The issue became widespread last week after Redditors and forumgoers spread warnings about the exploit, at which time the studio posted a dire notice about the chat vulnerability to caution players. The team followed this initial warning with a further communique saying that while the vulnerability existed, there was no evidence that it had been used to harm players or access their personal info.

“The developers of TERA were immediately made aware of the vulnerability and they are exploring an appropriate course of action with the highest urgency,” the team posted last week. “There are very serious claims floating around of what this vulnerability potentially allows malicious users to do. We are taking these claims very seriously but, as of this time, we have no evidence that the vulnerability is being exploited in these ways or that any player information has been compromised.”

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The MOP Up: EVE Online eases you into its universe (November 12, 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 KurtzPelPath of ExileThe Black DeathSMITEEVE OnlineDreadnoughtHeroes of the StormTERA MBattleriteDragon Quest RivalsFinal Fantasy XIAionPokemon GoVendetta OnlineIngress, and Old School RuneScape, all waiting for you after the break!

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En Masse confirms TERA chat vulnerability and potential security breach as servers go down for emergency maintenance

Earlier today, TERA players began circulating the claim that an in-game chat vulnerability was allowing hackers to wreck up all regions of the game the way only hackers can. En Masse has now confirmed that vulnerability and says that Bluehole is focused on fixing the problem, but it doesn’t reveal the potential extent of the damage.

“The developers of TERA were immediately made aware of the vulnerability and they are exploring an appropriate course of action with the highest urgency,” the studio wrote this evening. “While they do so, the team at En Masse is continuing to investigate and assist the developers in any way possible. There are very serious claims floating around of what this vulnerability potentially allows malicious users to do. We are taking these claims very seriously but, as of this time, we have no evidence that the vulnerability is being exploited in these ways or that any player information has been compromised.”

The post is closed, and En Masse doesn’t give guidance on how players should proceed, only requests that players with helpful information PM the staff on the official forums. Reddit, meanwhile, has gone into meltdown, sending dire warnings to each other not to log in or make use of proxy services in the meantime, though that may be moot as the servers are being taken offline for “exceptional maintenance.”

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TERA’s Miniguns update drops November 30, is appropriately ridiculous and awesome

So the other day I was setting up Massively OP’s award schedule for December, and I came upon our traditional award for wacky stuff in MMORPGs, which TERA usually wins. I was just thinking how odd it was that TERA hadn’t done anything too silly this year. And then this dropped into my inbox: “Maximum Boom Now Comes in a Miniature Package!”

“The Miniguns update provides a whole new perspective on the explosive gunner class, making it available to elin characters for the first time. […] In addition to their more down-to-earth perspective (compared to their high elf and castanic counterparts), elin gunners will receive a number of cosmetics unique to this race/class combination. Doubling down on their inherent cute-factor while maintaining the gunner class’s signature arcannon weapon, elin gunners can earn exclusive pink cosmetic items by participating in events to be revealed on November 22 and launching when the update goes live on November 30.”

It’s always the Elins, isn’t it?

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Closers Online’s closed beta has officially begun

Closers’ closed beta servers are open! But only open to those in the closed beta. So not really open. Just live. I’m making the joke anyway.

Yes, En Masse posted the good news on Twitter this morning. How do you get in? A founders pack for now; it looks like the $14.99 version includes access starting today, though the options run up to $149.99.

Want to hear more about the cutesy game? We sat down to chat with the team at PAX in September, the studio has up an FAQ right here, and we’ve tucked the announcement trailer down below.

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Kritika Online is sunsetting in Southeast Asia

We’ve updated below with En Masse’s statement confirming that this sunset will have no impact on Kritika in the west.

Kritika Online will sunset in the Southeast Asia region, Asiasoft announced this morning. It had been live for just a year, and you’re not getting much notice here.

“With much sadness, Kritika Online SEA will discontinue servicing by 12th of December. We understand your frustration and feedback from all players at this point but we’d like to seek your kind understanding throughout this closure as we have prepared a couple of Thank You events all the way to the closure date.”

KritikaSEA staff say the game will operate normally through the end date, with the added bonus of 3000 cash shop currency added to your account per day. Payment will be shut down on November 10th.

We have no specific reason to believe this move will have any bearing on Kritika Online as launched by En Masse in the west; however, we have inquired with the studio’s PR and will report back once we’ve got the official statement.

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Kritika Online’s Psion has arrived with murder on her mind

The Psion of Kritika Online is a formidable foe because she can kill you just by thinking about it. So it’s probably a good thing that she’s on your side as the game’s newest playable class, and even more of a good thing that she’s available to play right now. You could log in this instant and make a new Psion if you wanted thanks to this week’s patch.

In fact, that might be a good idea anyway, as the launch of the new class includes several events. You can pick up new outfits as part of an event running until December 13th, for example, and you can unlock more rewards by leveling your Psion as fast as possible. You’ll also get more rewards for logging in more regularly, so you’ve got a reason to keep the game on your mind. Check out the class trailer just below to see the Psion in action.

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The MOP Up: Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet announced (October 29, 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 DauntlessEverQuestTERAOld School RuneScapeSword Art Online: Fatal BulletPath of ExileDestiny 2SurvariumBlade and SoulShot OnlineBlack Desert, and Elite: Dangerous, all waiting for you after the break!

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Kritika Online opens up its test server for the Psion class

If you have an urgent need to start playing head games with your opponents in Kritika Online, the Psion is the choice for you. And if that sounds like what you want but you’re not sure, you can take the new option for a spin on the game’s test server. The developers are looking for all the feedback they can get, particularly if that feedback arrives before October 27th. The more feedback, the more changes can be made!

You can check out the patch notes on the official site, which are still a work in progress but also provide extensive information about how the class is shaping up so far. There’s not much to the update right now other than the new character option (and a new character slot to go along with it), but that’s probably for the best for test purposes. Besides, who doesn’t want to destroy things with the mind alone?

Don’t miss our hands-on with the Psion from last month’s PAX, where MJ explained how this swordmage works, and Steam players, make sure you’ve grabbed your free bundle for the game!

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TERA goes on pink overload for breast cancer awareness

We are sure that you are one of the good ones that do not need any prompting to give to worthy causes, such as fighting breast cancer. But for your… friends who might need some personal incentive to donate, TERA is selling a new cosmetic bundle with the proceeds going to breast cancer research.

And before you can ask, yes, it is pink. It is all of the pink in the world.

The “Pink Power Bundles” contain pink wings, pink sunglasses, and a pink crown of flowers, all of which will do double duty by raising more awareness of this cause and completely baffling the monsters that you fight. “Are you sure that you came to battle?” they will ask. “Perhaps you got lost on your way to a Barbie convention?”

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Bluehole’s Project W to be revealed at G-Star 2017

We first asked what Project W was about a year ago, and we still don’t know the answer. We know that it’s being made by Bluehole Studios, the same people who made TERA, and we know that the latest preview image is the size of a postage stamp and features guns. (We have used a picture of a gun as our header out of respect.) But we still don’t know what it actually is. Fortunately, we will once G-star 2017 rolls around, because that’s when it’s being revealed.

The good news is that since Bluehole is also behind the horribly named but screamingly popular PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds the odds are that it shan’t be another survival shooter. What will it be? Will there be giant robots? Is it an MMO? We’re just going to have to wait on that one.

Source: MMO Culture

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TERA and Kritika Online kick off Halloween festivities

Let it not be said that En Masse doesn’t embrace the Halloween spirit, for both of its core MMORPGs in the west are getting all dolled up for the season starting next week.

In TERA, Kyra’s Pop-Up Potion Shack and Harvest Festival Hall return on October 19th. The former brings the Kyra’s Catalysts quests in exchange for prizes (mummy costume, what!), while the latter dares “players to use Halloween Cannons to repel waves of sweet-toothed enemies intent on stealing all the candy they can carry” in exchange for “tokens that they can spend on a variety of rewards, including Boo, the spooky ghost pet, and the fearsome Boneshaker mount.”

Kritika Online, on the other hand, will celebrate its very first Halloween beginning on Wednesday of next week in the form of its Haunted Room. “Dive into the Danger Zone’s newest challenge—the horrifying Haunted Room—and duke it out against the Halloween Ghost to earn a bag full of Festival Candies and a chance at special costume pieces,” says En Masse. “Complete the Haunted Room event 50 times during the Halloween celebration and unlock a permanent Ghost pet ready to scare friends or strangers at a moment’s notice.”

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