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Studio known in the west chiefly for action MMO TERA

Massively OP Podcast Episode 166: Russia breaks the internet

On this week’s show, Bree and Justin dive into the Russia gaming crisis, tackle a trio of significant MMO patches, and celebrate the coming of a cute-looking title. Plus there’s always those challenging community podcast questions to keep them occupied!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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TERA has revamped all its lockboxes based on player feedback

Never let it be said that complaining about lockboxes doesn’t help. While TERA isn’t doing away with its lockboxes, En Masse did post last night that it’s overhauled its lockbox system based on player feedback.

“Every strongbox you open – including the ones you’ve had in your inventory since forever – will include something that you, the players, find useful,” says the studio. “This means that each and every strongbox now has a chance to drop the important ‘jackpot’ items you’ve been clamoring for – and no longer contain the items you told us were just not that important to you. Furthermore, we’ve reduced the ‘leveling’ strongboxes to a single box with a focus on fashion so you look good while you level.”

Check out the whole list of what’s in which box – and the new caps on how many can drop for you depending on your levelband. If you’re a hardcore TERA player, we’d love to hear what you think.

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Kritika Online welcomes you to Windhome with a level cap increase and more

Nap time’s over, it’s time to play with the big boys and girls! En Masse trotted out a huge content update for Kritika Online this week with the introduction of Windhome.

This small town is dealing with all sorts of issues, and players will be spending at least five levels trying to sort its laundry out. The patch raises the level cap to 70, adds four new “danger zones,” introduces the Dusk gear set, adds prime attributes for more character customization, and increases the enhancement limit of gear sets to +19.

“The Windhome Update sees the conclusion of Abeland’s storyline which leads players to the new region, Windhome,” the update’s press release said. “An encampment in constant struggle between invaders and the Fox clan, players will find new quests in the windy region that will bring them to the new maximum level cap of 70 as well as exciting challenges like the Ultimate Danger Zone, Eeri’s Library.”

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TERA Europe to merge down to four servers

TERA’s had a busy month, what with the console launch and its Godsfall update. May is going to try its hardest to keep this pace of interesting developments, especially over in Europe, where server merges are in the works.

At the start of the month, six of the region’s servers will be merged down to three, with a fourth international server remaining untouched. The studio concentrated on merging servers of the same language types to keep French, English, and German-speaking players together and happy.

“It is our aim to always bring you the best possible gaming experience. We know that it is very important for you to be able to find other players for group content quickly and easily at all times,” the team said. “We really hope the merge will help you enjoy the game even more!”

Source: TERA EU

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TERA delivers impressive new character abilities with the Godsfall patch

The latest update for TERA on PC brings characters to new heights of power. Not just because you’re acquiring all sorts of commendations and status; no, the update introduces the new Apex Skills, which deliver exactly what they promise. A dangerous solo quest guards the Apex Skills for the first seven classes, and you can see these skills in action in the videos just below. They’re kind of a big deal, as the name would imply.

Meanwhile, console players are going to have to wait a while longer to enjoy all of these new skills… but considering how recently the game launched on console, it’s probably just welcome to already be getting new content in the game. Console players can dive into Ruinous Manor, which is filled with dangerous enemies for level 65 and plenty of associated loot. Sure, it’s not the apex of what your character will eventually be able to achieve, but that’s something to look forward to.

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EVE Fanfest 2018: CCP Games has big plans for data collection and machine learning

Every day in the sandbox of New Eden, several hundred thousand EVE Online players perform millions of unseen actions. Every item manufactured, module activated, shot fired at an NPC, and stargate activated leaves its mark on the universe, but the granular details of those actions is lost forever. It simply isn’t feasible to record every little thing a player does in-game, or at least it wasn’t feasible until now. At EVE Fanfest 2018, CCP announced an innocuous new Activity Tracker feature that may actually eventually have big consequences for everything from game balance to fighting bots.

The feature will be delivered as a new Activity Tracker window in the game client that will show players detailed stats on almost everything they’ve done in-game since the tracker went live. This in itself is useful, both for helping players set goals and for highlighting other areas of the game they might not have given a fair shake yet and so might enjoy. Behind the scenes, the way that CCP is collecting this detailed data and the implications of its use are really fascinating, and there are even plans to use machine learning to look for patterns in this data that would help identify bots.

Read on for a breakdown of exactly how masses of new data is being captured on EVE players, and how it could be put to use in the future.

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TERA’s Godsfall update hits PC on April 17, En Masse runs down console bugs

PC players, heads up: TERA is launching Godsfall next week on April 17th. En Masse is calling it “one of the most significant updates of the year” with new abilities for the Berserker, Brawler, Lancer, Warrior, Mystic, Priest and Slayer classes dubbed “Apex” skills.

“Nothing lasts forever in the world of TERA, not even its mighty gods. The Godsfall update introduces a time-traveling story quest, available to level 65 characters of the seven chosen classes with an item level of 439 or higher, taking players back through time to defeat the powerful dragon Khemadia. Players will find themselves facing their own personal demons as they progress through the quests, including their Temper, Self-Doubt, and Guilt in this god-killing, time-traveling mission.”

Not one of those classes? You’ll be waiting for your own update later in 2018.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 165: Step into the Morninglight

On this week’s show, MJ and Justin get giddy over Secret World Legends’ season two, discuss what World of Warcraft’s launch date means for players, and cover a whole host of major updates that have arrived for the MMO community.

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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Kritika Online will release Windhome on April 18; check out the full reveal tonight

En Masse has been teasing Kritika Online’s Windhome update for a bitsy already, but today, it’s going to flat out infodump on its players. I warn you: There are adorable fox people.

“Set for release on live servers on April 18 Windhome introduces the first level cap increase for player characters since the games release in 2017, raising the maximum level from 65 to 70. With the increase in the maximum level comes the brand new Windhome region, home to the Fox clan who will help players as they journey through new danger zones within the region. New gear featuring the new Prime Attribute system, which unlocks a powerful array of special abilities, and upgrades for existing gear will also be included with the update.”

En Masse will be streaming a full reveal this evening at 6 p.m. EDT; you can check back here at go time and watch it down below!

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Kritika Online starts testing Windhome

The next chapter of En Masse’s Kritika Online is currently being run through its paces on the test server. The studio announced that it is testing the Windhome content update, which contains a hearty dose of new areas and storylines.

In the update, players will venture to Windhome, a “remote encampment” under siege with two new armor sets to chase. The studio is giving players a boost to handle the endgame content with an easy mode to previous content and upgraded gear levels.

Looking ahead to late spring, May will bring improvements to the fractured memories system, a guild competition, pet gear, and inventory UI upgrades. Then in July, more class awakenings are planned, as well as additional weapon enhancements, danger zones for Windhome, and a revved-up arena mode.

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TERA launches on consoles

Fans of console-based hacking and/or slashing should rejoice today, as TERA is now out for consoles. En Masse happily touts it in the trailer down below as the only MMO with “true” action combat, which means that all of the other MMOs with action combat are just pretending to screw with your head or something. Have as much fun with that one in the comments as you like.

Regardless of some mildly silly claims, the console version features a new lock-on targeting system, specialized control schemes for each class (which can be customized or changed), streaming tools, and native voice chat. Whether you’re already fond of the game and just want to play it on a console or have never tried it out before, it’s a day for some celebration. Worth noting is that you can still buy the founder’s packs for the game if you want, even though this is the “proper” free-to-play launch.

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TERA launches on consoles tomorrow

The big day is almost upon us, as TERA will launch its console edition tomorrow, April 3rd, on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4. En Masse said that both versions will go live as of midnight EDT, at which point you may download and jump into the MMO.

To prepare for the release of the hyped console edition, TERA is bringing its PS4 and Xbone servers down for maintenance today for a couple of hours.

If you’re a Twitch Prime member, you can secure several useful goodies for TERA’s console version right now. And if the console launch doesn’t excite you at all, what about the Godsfall content patch that’s coming in a couple of weeks?

Source: TERA

 

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Twitch Prime members get tons of TERA console freebies

With the headstart live for its console edition, TERA is drawing all sorts of attention to its big monsters and bigger action. So how to top the hype frenzy? By piling on with a Twitch cross-promotion!

From now through April 9th, all Twitch Prime members are guaranteed headstart access to the console beta. Even better, they will all receive a code that pays out with an auto-looting dragon pet, a plasma weapon skin, a crown, 15 days of elite access, and 10 strongbox keys.

And if you’re interested in how the team adapted TERA’s combat system for the Xbox One controller, En Masse has an article up explaining the refining and mapping that happened to make this MMO functional on a console’s control scheme.

Source: TERA, Xbox Wire

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