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PSA: Get some bonus goodies when you preregister for Lineage 2: Revolution

Tested and proven over in South Korea, Netmarble’s Lineage 2: Revolution is about to sweep over the globe and enslave your children and your children’s children. Or at least to entertain a bit while mommy and daddy are at the bank.

Pre-registration for the mobile MMORPG is now open wordwide in 48 countries including those in North America and Europe. As a bonus for signing up this early, players will secure a hero’s starting pack and full equipment set for when the game goes live. The pack includes “a full gear set, in-game currency, and various loot.” There is also an option to claim a character name now, an act that rewards a player with an exclusive “First Explorer” title.

Lineage 2: Revolution is purported to be a fully featured MMORPG with open-world environments, giant PvP battles, and gorgeous Unreal 4 graphics. The game is supposed to launch in the west later this year.

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ArcheAge recovers from server merges, re-activates housing

In the tumultuous annals of ArcheAge, this month’s server merge might be remembered most for… being pretty smooth, overall. As the team brought the new servers online, players noted that things weren’t quite as bad as expected. Kind of the opposite, in fact.

Trion Worlds did hold off on unlocking housing for a time while it worked out a few kinks with missing items that didn’t make the server jump. As of this writing, both North American and European realms have seen their housing restrictions unlocked, opening up the new realms for colonization.

The team said that it’s working on fixing some other problems: “There are also issues we’re still working on, such as not being able to move after being kicked by the AFK timer, your average guild gearscore dropping whenever a new member is added, and disappearing UCCs on Eanna.”

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Runes of Magic prepares to merge servers in the US and Europe this month

Runes of Magic fans, get ready: Server merges are on the way.

Gameforge says it’s merging all of its English, German, American and Polish servers later this month — not all into one server, but there will be fewer overall when it’s over. It looks as if half the servers are going away, with one left for the US, one left for English-speakers in Europe, one for Poland, and four for the German language players. The French and Spanish combo server will remain as it is.

“We’re currently getting everything ready for the change – there’s nothing which you need to do,” Gameforges assures players. “If you have logged in over the past few months, your account will be moved to the new server automatically when the time comes. Full details to follow!”

We last checked in with Runes of Magic last spring; in the interim, the MMO has been focused chiefly on events, including a crafting festival and fairytale festival.

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ArcheAge goes offline for two days for massive server merges, land rush scheduled for Friday

We warned you about it back in July, and now it’s here. ArcheAge is merging (er, “evolving”) a dozen of its underpopulated servers down to four. This intensive process starts today and will require two days of downtime (even for unaffected shards) before the MMO comes back online September 9th.

When the game comes back up on Friday, these four servers will no doubt be the focus of an intense land rush as players and guilds seek to reestablish their claims. Trion Worlds said that it will gradually turn the shards back online one at a time and enable AFK kicking to keep things from getting too nuts.

You can check out the new server list for ArcheAge after the break!

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Destiny 2’s console edition has officially launched around the globe

Did you stay up last night until midnight, waiting for your turn at Destiny 2? Were you watching the Bungie feed as it posted launches around the globe, its social media intern hopelessly confused about which countries constitute Central Europe? Did you take a “sick” day today only to wait in queues all night and be unable to form your guild while griping on Reddit about pay-to-win? Or were you vicariously watching the hoopla through streamers who’ve already beaten the game in just 12 hours?

Welcome to the launch of an MMO!

We’ve rounded up all our Destiny 2 news, plus the official launch trailer, the epic dance trailer from Japan, the launch message from Bungie, and our hands-on with the game from earlier this summer. PC players, you’ll have to keep dancing until October 24th. Sorry dudes and dudettes.

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The Black Death looks back at history while Osiris: New Dawn releases the Architect update

At this point, we are really starting to wonder if The Black Death is a history thesis that ran away from the student and somehow morphed into a video game. We wonder this as we read the survivalbox’s latest dev blog, which looks back at the economic impact of the bubonic plague in Europe.

Also, the team said that a new beta build is coming on September 8th. Probably a pop quiz, too.

In other survival sandbox news, Osiris: New Dawn rolled out a new update last week called The Architect. As its name implies, the patch greatly focuses on base building with new defenses and stackable habitats. Players looking for a little more freedom can turn on the creative mode, which also came in the update.

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Niantic is releasing new Pokemon Go raids despite major bugs

Hot on the heels of its legendary bird raidsPokemon Go will have Generation 2’s legendary dogs as the game’s newest raids starting August 31st. As the dogs roamed the 2-D landscape 1999, they’ll now roam the world’s gyms, with each dog being a region exclusive for about 30 days before moving to a new territory.

Electric dog Raikou will be in the western hemisphere, fire dog Entei will roam Europe and Africa, and “why is this still weaker than Vaporeon?” water pup Suicune will be doggy paddling around Asia. For those thinking about jumping back into the game, Reddit user RyanoftheDay, who often creates infographs for the game, has already put together an image to help people prepare for the pups. In addition, EX Raids (formerly called “Exclusive Raids”) will be distributed to the public soon for events starting September 6th.

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Ship of Heroes takes you on a tour of a short instance

Time to get your eerie City of Heroes vibe on with Ship of Heroes’ latest video. If you still have regular flashbacks of fighting through office spaces and high-tech warehouses from the former MMO, then you might be right at home here.

During the short video tour, a team of five developers jumps into a sci-fi-themed instance to fight cyborgs and repair a small machine. It’s not very long at all, but you can see how the group uses a variety of powers to take down foes and quickly clear out rooms. The devs also report that one of their number was playing from Europe without any noticeable lag.

Check it out after the break and let us know in the comments how you think Ship of Heroes is shaping up so far!

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En Masse is bringing Closers Online to the west this fall

We are glad to say that the rumors were 100% correct: En Masse Entertainment is indeed bringing Closers Online (which it is now simply calling Closers) to the west this fall.

The company announced today that it will be publishing Naddic Games-developed Closers in North America and Europe later this year. Closed alpha tests are scheduled for September with a beta to follow, and players can sign up right now to be part of the testing process.

Closers is an online action RPG that features an anime cast of psychic teens who battle interdimensional aliens trying to invade New Seoul. That was a fun sentence to write. It’s definitely a high-octane button-masher, with big numbers and flashy combat, all set in a slightly-more-advanced time than our own. There will be five classes/characters from which to choose at launch, each with their own looks and fighting style.

We’re meeting with the En Masse team at PAX next week, so stay tuned for more info!

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Gamescom 2017: ArcheAge 4.0 ports naval warfare westward this year

Trion is on a roll at a Gamescom this week: It’s brought ArcheAge 4.0 to the party.

“Slated for release in North America and Europe later this year, ArcheAge 4.0 will include new features intended to make the game more accessible than ever before,” Trion says in its press release. What features? Oh, nothing much… just a 20-man ocean battleground for your multi-person navy ships, an open-world raid finder tool, a less annoying gem system, and a huge overhaul for crafting, including a new crafting UI and crafting quests. Maybe not a huge surprise if you’ve been following the game overseas, but great news for the west nevertheless. Check out the content outline and new trailer, and stay tuned for our report from PAX next week, when we’ll be meeting with the Trion team in person!

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Ghost in the Shell Online will close on December 6 in North America

So, remember how Ghost in the Shell Online announced it was shuttering in Japan without announcing that it was also shuttering in North America? Turns out the latter is happening as well. The team behind the game announced today that all services will be shutting down on December 6th for North America, South America, Europe, and Oceania. All cash shop services have been suspended, although the game will continue to operate normally until the shutdown.

The official word is that it was a difficult decision to make, but the ultimate conclusion was that further development time wouldn’t make the title into a large enough success to justify ongoing costs. Our condolences to the players and developers affected by this closure; we hope you get some last good matches in before the game goes entirely offline.

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Perfect Ten: MMO experiments in transmedia synergy

We’re not going to argue that MMORPGs are the dominant form of media entertainment these days, but they do have endurance and a devoted following among gamers. And whenever a crowd of players have been paying into a game for a long time, it will attract the attention and interest of marketers who start wondering what else they could do to siphon off a few more bucks.

Enter “transmedia synergy,” a stupidly awesome term that represents links between two or more forms of media that are connected through the same IP. The thinking here is that fans of one of these forms of entertainment will cross over into the related media and vice-versa, growing an audience together.

Today we’re going to look at 10 experiments in transmedia synergy, for better or for worse, that have attempted to cross over from MMORPG to something else entirely. To make things more challenging, we’re not going to include novels, since we’ve already done that.

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The MOP Up: Black Desert shows pet love (August 20, 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 NeverwinterElder Scrolls LegendsElite DangerousSWTORMapleStoryHyper UniverseSMITETravian OnlineDiablo IIIFigureheadsPokemon GoHeroes and GeneralsRappelzUltima OnlineSoulworker OnlineBlack Desert, and Gigantic, all waiting for you after the break!

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