escape from tarkov

Official Site: Escape From Tarkov
Studio: Battlestate Games

The MOP Up: ARK’s free PvP version goes wide (April 17, 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 ARK: Survival of the Fittest released to several other platforms, including Mac, Linux, and Steam OS. Will anything stop the world-conquering march of these terrible thunder lizards and their fans? If you’re still alive after their rampage, read on for more news and videos including stories from Saga of Lucimia, Diablo III, and DC Universe Online!

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The MOP Up: Paragon recruits Sevarog (April 3, 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’ll look at a new hero joining Paragon’s line-up, check out a couple of behind-the-scenes interviews with MMO developers, get prepared for the latest World of Warcraft young adult books, romp around with several action-RPGs, and more!

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The MOP Up: TERA’s mood clouds (March 20, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and often 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, TERA surprised and disturbed all of us by announcing the sale of “mood clouds” that demonstrate the next level of emotes by placing a rainbow-vomiting cloud above your head. Just in case you weren’t being subtle enough with your emotions.

Read on for more bits of gaming news we didn’t want to leave behind!

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Escape from Tarkov looks at the creation of a realistic game world

When players take on the role of a mercenary in Escape from Tarkov, they won’t be sprinting around a stylistically exaggerated world. On the contrary, the developers are taking pains to establish “hardcore realism” in the shooter’s fictional city.

In a new developer diary, the team discusses (and even shows) how it has been creating 3-D assets for the world and how it is giving that extra level of attention to detail to the structures, weapons, and objects that pull together to make up Tarkov.

Check out the second developer diary below. We want to notify you that while the video is in Russian, you can turn on closed captioning to read what the devs are discussing.

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The MOP Up: Titan Siege debuts (January 17, 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 players were invited to roleplay a Guild Wars 2 Quaggan (“ooOo”), the humans vs. supergods MMO Titan Siege hit open beta, Cabal Online released on a new platform, the Ultima Online community bought out Stratics, and more!

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Betawatch: The Division enters beta this month at last (January 15, 2016)

It seems like The Division was going to forever be the title that didn’t quite make its way to an actual beta test, but that’s finally changing. After rumors that its beta was coming this month, it was confirmed that the tests will start right around the end of January… and stop very soon thereafter. So it’s more of the “stress test” sort of beta. There’s some new gameplay footage for those among you who can’t wait until the end of the month.

And now for my next trick, yes, it’s more stuff going on over the past week in the beta field!

Is there a list down there? Silly question, of course there’s a list. You know to let us know if we missed something, yes? Awesome!

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The MOP Up: Age of Wushu Dynasty launches (January 10, 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’ll cheer on the launch of Age of Wushu’s mobile spin-off, listen to EVE Online’s new theme, get into some Overwatch cosplay, and more!

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Escape from Tarkov starts taking preorders

Gear up, mercenaries: Escape from Tarkov has started taking preorders for four different game packages, even though the title hasn’t gone into testing yet. The preorder packages range in cost from $45 to $140 and include bonus equipment, access to the game’s various testing stages (alpha and beta), and an early unlock of the game prior to launch.

Escape from Tarkov also posted a new FAQ to answer some of the burning questions from the community. In it, the team revealed that the alpha will commence in the first quarter of this year and explained how players could get into the testing program. The FAQ also addressed the consequences of bringing all of your preorder goodies into a fight, warning that players could lose these purchased items if they’re not careful:

Q: I wonder if the more expensive editions are worth it? What is the point of enhanced starting inventory if I can lose it all in the very first firefight?
A: Although it is possible to lose everything, but only if you take everything with you, without leaving anything in the stash, which is not physically possible.

We’ve also got an inventory and looting video for you after the break!

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Check out Escape from Tarkov’s inventory and looting in a new preview video

17In order to perform the eponymous task in Escape from Tarkov, you’re going to need stuff. Guns, for example, guns are things. Bullets, too. Probably food, water, and a vintage collection of baseball broadcasts from radio shows of the 1950s. We’ve all got priorities. A new preview video shows off the process of gathering this stuff with the game’s inventory and looting system.

The game focuses heavily on having a semi-realistic setup for carrying items, taking damage, and exploring the mysterious city, so you can probably imagine that you don’t have limitless space to carry whatever. Similarly, space and size are considerations, as are the limitations of what you can see within a downed target’s backpack at any given moment. Check out the video down below to see just how you’ll scavenge to survive.

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The MOP Up: Tera’s expansion launches in Europe (November 22, 2015)

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’ll rejoice that TERA‘s Stepstone update has finally reached Europe, hear from Star Citizen’s lead writer, celebrate Vainglory’s birthday, and more!

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Escape from Tarkov brings realistic military action to MMOs

There’s a new player on the MMO scene, and this bad boy wants to do military action right.

The game in question is Escape from Tarkov by Russian developer Battlestate Games. In the MMO, players will join up with one of two military factions investigating (and assuming from the title, trying to leave) the mysterious city of Tarkov. The game will incorporate both RPG and FPS elements, and Battlestate promises that in addition to questing, Escape from Tarkov will boast realistic firefights, injuries, and movement.

Battlestate is planning an early 2016 beta test, and you can sign up for a chance at a key today. You can also watch the announcement trailer for Escape from Tarkov after the jump!

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