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The Stream Team: A quick look at Kritika Online

Still not sure what to think about the upcoming Kritika Online? How about getting a look at the fast-paced game in action! Massively OP’s MJ is diving into the closed beta to show off the classes and the combat. At least with no character customization she only has to choose the class and the name. Wonder how long that will take her! Tune in live at 7:00 p.m. as MJ dives head first into…

What: Kritika Online.
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

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En Masse sends Kritika Online to closed beta today – come snag a beta key!

Happy closed beta day to Kritika Online! Joining today’s never-ending roster of launches and pre-launches is En Masse’s new action MMO, expected to run in a closed testing phase through June 13th.

“The nonstop action of Kritika Online will be on full display in this closed beta, as players select from 4 character types — the Warrior, the Gunmage, the Rogue, or the Reaper — and rampage through the lavish 3D worlds solo or with friends, defeating bad guys and super-sized level bosses using oversized blades, alchemical superguns, and dazzling acrobatics. In addition to Kritika Online’s over-the-top action, the closed beta gives players their first hands-on look at the game’s deep progression systems and story.”

The game will be free-to-play come its eventual launch but for now is accessible only through founder packs, the cheapest of which is currently on sale for $14.99, though you can put down up to $74.99 (again, it’s a sale) for even more perks. Orrrrrr you could grab a key right here! En Masse granted us a truckton of closed beta keys, so click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to take one home yourself!

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Hands-on with En Masse action MMO Kritika Online ahead of closed beta

If you are a fan of action and anime, you might want to keep your eye on Kritika Online. Although this game has been out for years in Korea, it is just now making its way to the western market. En Masse, best known to MMO fans for its shepherding of the western version of TERA, is localizing and publishing this anime title, which will start letting players in to play the closed beta starting tomorrow, May 24th. In preparation of this closed beta launch, I had the opportunity to sit down and talk shop with Senior Product Manager Brian Knox. In between slicing and dicing bosses in a couple of dungeons, Knocks shared some tidbits of what players can expect in this new game. Along with that hands-on time with a mid-level character during the interview, I was able to log in and experience the game as a brand-new adventurer. Here’s how it all went down.

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TERA’s third week of anniversary rewards includes a pin-up car

The last week of TERA anniversary rewards is almost upon us, starting on 5/23. That means you still have one more day to turn in Anniversary Tokens for the past week’s rewards, but it also means you can look forward to the final batch of rewards. And what’s on the list for the last week? Why, a hatchback car decorated in cheesecake pictures of the Elin, the race that looks like prepubescent girls!

You could also get a permanent disco ball.

It’s worth noting that the car mount is a permanent mount that has never been available before, and it likely won’t be available again given the nature of the event. Whether or not that triggers your collector instinct is for you to decide, but you’ll want to decide soon as the game’s anniversary celebration moves into its final week.

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The MOP Up: Neverwinter’s green beetle fiasco (May 21, 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 TERARendTree of SaviorDragon NestNeverwinterArmored WarfareEVE OnlineOverwatchARKWakfuDestiny, and Pokemon Go, all waiting for you after the break!

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 117: Starfall no more

Kind of a weird and fascinating week for MMOs, as an expansion has a legal showdown with a charity, a western MMO is announced, and Vvardenfell decided to come to us two weeks early. Is the industry shaping up for the most explosive June on record? It might just be!

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.

Listen to the show right now:

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TERA features bonus dungeon loot for the next week

What’s the best part of dungeons? Is it the shared social experience of fighting incredible odds? The bizarre visuals? The unlikely and very lonely bosses? The opportunity to show how leet you are by flinging out skills that no one has ever seen before? Of course not; it’s all about the loot, silly.

Well… maybe it can be about more than just the loot, but you have to admit that getting new shinies and spiffy upgrades is a compelling motivator. And in TERA this month, running one dungeon in particular is going to pay out more than usual.

From now through May 22nd, players who run the Abscess dungeon will see a chance at bonus loot dropping at the end. It looks like there are cosmetics, consumables, and even candy canes as these extra rewards. And whether or not the Abscess pays out bonus loot, all players will get anniversary tokens for completing the instance.

Source: TERA

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TERA pushes Velik’s Fate live, highlights the challenges of Demokron Factory

Velik’s Fate is live in TERA today, with tier 12 gear and the opening of four rebalanced dungeons (and the closing of a whole bunch more).

“The update is named after a pair of new dungeons featuring an attack on the goddess Velik in her own home. In Velik’s Hold, the players learn of the threat to Velik, and in Velik’s Sanctuary, the players do battle with that threat…with not only Velik’s fate—but the fate of the entire world—at stake.”

It might be hard to believe TERA has been around for five years now, but it’s the truth. As part of the game’s anniversary celebration, it’s showing off all of the dungeons in the game, and that means that the developers want you to descend into the most monster-infested pits of the land for appropriate challenge. First on the list: Demokron Factory, offering improved rewards for players until May 15th.

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Massively Overthinking: Competitive PvE in MMORPGs

During last week’s podcast, Justin and I bumped into a tangential topic about competitive PvE and how relatively rare it is in MMORPGs, which seems weird, right? It was once the nature of MMOs to make us scuffle with other guilds in open-world dungeons, but with the dawn of instanced PvE content, devs didn’t replace that type of content the same way they’ve embraced raiding and PvP. You’ve got achievements, sure, and gear show-offs, but outside of Guild Wars-esque challenge missions and WildStar PvE leaderboards, it’s just not something most MMOs bother with.

Why is that? Should they? And how do you want to see it done? I posed all these questions to the Massively OP team this week for Massively Overthinking!

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Kritika Online launches website, sells founder’s packs, and announces closed beta

Is Kritika Online on your radar yet for 2017? You may need to revise that answer after today, as the cel-shaded anime MMO just launched its website and announced the dates for its western closed beta test.

Kritika Online is running its CBT from May 24th through June 13th, and players can either sign up for a chance at a key or secure one by purchasing one of the founder’s packs (which are, by extreme coincidence, discounted right now). “Those chosen to participate in the closed beta can get an early hands-on experience with Kritika Online’s fast-paced, combo-heavy action combat, streamlined quest system, and deep character progression,” the studio said.

En Masse Entertainment is handling the import of this Korean game, and it is promoting Kritika’s action gameplay as strongly as it does with TERA’s. Massively OP’s Eliot got his hands on Kritika Online at PAX East earlier this spring and deemed it “surprisingly fun.”

Check out the closed beta announcement trailer after the jump!

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TERA’s fifth birthday celebration is finally underway, counts 6.6M registered players

Did you think TERA had forgotten its birthday? We did too for a minute there, but nope! It’s a few days belated, but En Masse is indeed rolling out its fifth birthday gifties this month. Expect quizzes for prizes and a free pair of wings (just log in to claim them). Plus:

“A brand-new Anniversary Token Shop with a rotating weekly inventory of items not normally available for sale has also been added to the game for the month of May. Anniversary Tokens are earned in-game by participating in PvP battlegrounds and PvE dungeons with different content highlighted each week in the in-game calendar. Players will also have a rare chance to win cosmetic items normally only available in the game’s online store via drops in highlighted PvP battlegrounds and from the final boss in highlighted PvE dungeons.”

And that’s just the ice cream to the cake, since Velik’s Fate is launching next week with more serious content: “two brand-new dungeons, Velik’s Hold and Velik’s Sanctuary,” featuring new baddies and a new boss, plus the requisite armor and weapon sets to make it worth your while. Check out the birthday vid, new images, and infographic below!

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TERA cracks down on third-party programs, causing a community firestorm

TERA has put a hit out on third-party programs that access the MMO — and players that might be using them for “malicious” purposes.

On April 26th, En Masse posted a notice on the forums informing players that any and all third-party mods are a violation of the game’s TOS — without exception. Players were then urged to uninstall any such programs, and En Masse said that it would be combing logs for evidence of cheating that would lead to bans.

Initially following the notice, the studio continued to forbid players from discussing third-party programs (including the announcement), but subsequently changed its mind as players got heated over the add-ons, the possibility of bans, and the suppression of conversation.

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The Stream Team: Happy 5th birthday TERA!

A half a decade: That’s how old TERA is today. And the Honorbound patch recently launched as well. That makes two good reasons for Massively OP’s MJ to dive in. The big question is, will she continue with her current character or roll a new Valkyrie? Either way, there is bound to be some fun for the anniversary, even if she has to make the fun for herself. Tune in live at 11:00 a.m. as MJ starts the celebrating off early.

What: TERA
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 11:00 a.m. EDT on Monday, May 1st, 2017

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