Massively Overpowered’s end-of-the-year 2017 awards continue today with our award for MMORPG of the Year, which was awarded to Black Desert last year.
Recall that in 2014, we couldn’t reach consensus on an MMO of the year. In fact, enough of us voted “nothing” that “nothing” is exactly what won. The following year, we took readers’ advice and opened this category up to all live MMOs, regardless of launch year, provided they did something noteworthy this year. We’ve done the same this year. Don’t forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end, and congratulations to all of this year’s nominees and winners.
The Massively OP staff pick for MMORPG of the Year for 2017 is…
Even with massive downsizing and the end of its virtual reality ambitions, CCP hasn’t quite thrown in the towel just yet.
One of our tipsters noticed that the studio is hiring a lead designer for “a new and highly ambitious MMORPG,” suggesting that CCP hasn’t given up on looking past EVE Online to the future. The untitled game in question is being made in CCP’s London studio with a small, dedicated crew.
“We are looking to grow a relatively small, tight-knit team, capable of delivering big ideas through experience, smart process, and world-class tools,” CCP said. “We are looking for a new lead designer to join this growing team, responsible for leading a small team of experienced designers in the development and execution of our game design.”
This game could be one of two known titles in development, the EVE first-person shooter spin-off Project Nova or the mobile Project Aurora. Alternatively, it could be an entirely new MMO, which presents all sorts of exciting possibilities.
. Thanks Kinya!
We’ve reached the end of another year, and it’s certainly been a busy one for EVE Online
. This year saw heavy gameplay iteration, with improvements to everything from the UI to ship balance, and the Lifeblood expansion’s total moon mining overhaul
. PvE-focused players got a new AI-driven Resource Wars
activity in high-security space, and an experimental user interface named The Agency has helped tie seasonal in-game events together. New refinery structures caused a bit of a land grab on moons and gave alliances more to fight over, and CCP Games
lifted some of the free to play alpha clone restrictions
to help bring in new players.
It’s the players that make EVE Online special, of course, and this year had no shortage of crazy political shenanigans. We followed The Imperium’s war for revenge in the north of EVE that eventually fizzled out, watched as The Judge betrayed his alliance and stole the largest sum of ISK in the game’s history, and sat aghast as the leader of that alliance was banned for threatening to cut off the thief’s hands in real life. CCP Games itself hasn’t exactly made it through the year unscathed, with the company unexpectedly pulling out of the VR market and laying off around 100 staff worldwide.
In this edition of EVE Evolved, I look back at the past year of EVE Online news and summarise the highlights.
One of my favorite things to do every year is drill down the top articles on the site for our readers. I don’t mean the most controversial, the most fun, the most important, or the most commented-on; I mean the single articles that actually brought in the most hits. And what I find most interesting is that most “popular” aren’t always the ones we expect! As we’ve noted before, a well-timed link from a major website – Reddit, Fark, or a game dev – can elevate an entire month. (That’s why we’re so grateful when our fans share our work across social networks!)
Just remember that the list favors posts made early in the year (and in some cases, evergreen articles from earlier years) as later pieces haven’t had as much time to percolate, so when you do see big articles from December on a list like this, that means a popular post indeed!
As captain of our Stream Team, Massively OP’s MJ Guthrie and Larry Everett were joined by Andrew Ross this year to play zillions of games live, some old and some new, providing our community with an interactive look at some of the games in (and around) our genre. I’ve picked out my 10 favorites from the year, from sunsets and interviews to early access MMO sneak-peeks and even a group stream for the launch of one of the year’s biggest MMO expansions. Let’s dig in!
The whole point of the Agency in EVE Online
was making it easier for players to get to content. Unfortunately, due to backend organization issues, the interface was at best not helping much and at worst actively making it more difficult. Thus, the game’s January patch will features some significant overhauls
, starting with a more effective listing of various sites and what’s going on there. Incursion and Faction Warfare sites, for example, will no longer both show up as combat sites; they’ll now be categorized as either incursion sites or faction warfare sites.
This goes hand-in-hand with streamlining to the Journal and moving certain functions off of it; Contracts is being removed and supplanted by the Contracts window, Expeditions will be moved to the Agency, Agents will remain in place, and so forth. You can read the latest development blog for all of the ways your interface is going to change; while the mechanics likely won’t shift much, you’ll feel the change just the same.
Another December, another Steam sale to entice you to spend money on games you don’t have time to play just to have them for a rainy day! Here’s a quick look at what’s on the list for MMO and survival sandbox players.
In many ways, it’s got to be hard to celebrate Christmas in the world of EVE Online
. After all, the weather isn’t getting colder, nor will it ever get colder; you’re in space, and space is always cold. There’s also very little spirit of giving, since the player culture probably holds that Santa Claus breaks into your home and steals all of your stuff. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the festive benefits of the season with the game’s Yoiul festival
Players can fly through systems and take on Rogue Swarm Nests to earn more Glacial Drift SKINs and valuable loot. You can also pick up fireworks from The Agency as a reward for clearing out these various sites. If that’s not enough, you also have discounts on a number of Glacial Drift SKINs in the in-game store, so you can compensate for poor luck by giving the developers some money. That’s not really what the spirit of giving is meant to be about, but at least it’s not Santa ganking your mining ship.
Let’s talk about value. A couple of weeks back, I did an article on the healthiest games at the end of the year; today, I’m talking about the best value for the money. Isn’t that the same thing?
No, it isn’t. Because health is about “what games have the most robust community and are most likely to be around next year,” but value is about “where can you get the most for the least money on a reliable basis.” And while there is a fair amount of overlap, it isn’t a one-for-one comparison.
You may recall we did this last year as well. This year, there have been some pretty significant shakeups, due in no small part to the fact that the value-for-your-money in some titles has gone down, and at least one title from last year’s list has outright closed. So let’s take a fresh look at the games giving you solid value for your dollars. Let’s even say ten of them, arranged in list format.
Massively Overpowered’s end-of-the-year 2017 awards continue today with our award for Biggest MMO Industry Blunder of 2017, which we awarded to the industry’s VR obsession last year, and I just need to point out that some of you mocked us for that pick, but we’re feeling mighty vindicated this year, and you’ll soon see why. This isn’t an award we particularly enjoy giving, but I think it’s a fitting complement to praising trends and big stories: We must consider the mistakes of the year so we don’t make them again and so we can be prepared for how they’ll affect us in the future.
The Massively OP staff pick for Biggest MMO Industry Blunder of 2017 is…
Do you miss the feeling of being in school and staring, cross-eyed, at all sorts of graphs and charts in your classes? If so, you’re both a little odd and in complete luck today. EVE Online
recently put out another one of its economy info-dumps
for the community to parse and use in their corporate conquests.
There are a lot of graphs here. A lot of graphs. Among the info shared is the comparison between destruction and production, how much was destroyed by regions, and imports and exports. Some of the graphs take the form of maps that show where the most item destruction took place over November.
It’s pretty obvious from these charts that the Forge region absolutely dominates the market trade value in much the same way that the sun dominates the total land mass of the solar system. Another chart showed some of the biggest ISK faucet (bounty prizes, commodities) and the biggest ISK sinks (skills, brokers fees). Interestingly enough, repair bills were miniscule compared to other red line items.
Massively Overpowered’s end-of-the-year 2017 awards continue today with our award for Best MMORPG PvP, which was awarded to Black Desert and EVE Online in a tie last year, the first year we debuted this reader-proposed award. We’ve opted to include live, fully released MMORPGs launched in any year, as long as their 2017 PvP experience is what’s being judged. Don’t forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end!
The Massively OP staff pick for Best MMORPG PvP of 2017 is…
For this week’s Massively Overthinking, I’ve asked the writers to do something most of them hate: brag! We’ve tried to isolate our favorite personal work from the year and talk about why we think it matters, then identify our favorite work from somebody else on the site this year and do the same. I always tell them it’s easy, but it never is!