eve valkyrie

Official Site: EVE: Valkyrie
Studio: CCP
Launch Date: N/A
Genre: Sci-Fi virtual reality shooter
Business Model: N/A
Platform: PC, Playstation 4

The MOP Up: Hearthstone gets ready to banish dozens of cards (February 19, 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 Overwatch, League of LegendsEVE OnlineMabinogi DuelSpace EngineersIngressEternal CrusadeElder Scrolls OnlineFinal BladeHearthstoneGod Eater OnlineDrakensang Online, and EVE Valkyrie, all waiting for you after the break!

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EVE Valkyrie's upcoming patch introduces fresh mechanics and maps via Wormholes

EVE Valkyrie is getting an enormous patch next week on February 15th. Dubbed Wormholes, it's got wormholes. Story over. Just kidding. Wormholes are familiar entities to EVE universe players; in Valkyrie, they will open for a few days and allow players to jump in and play something totally new, be it "a modified game mode, unusual environments, special upgrades, [or] new visuals." As a nice perk for taking part in these side missions, players will be assigned pre-determined ship loadouts, so even newbies can give wormhole content a go.

The patch also introduces competitive play via a new league system, PS4 flight stick support, improved com alerts, tweaks to the newbie experience, help for folks who suffer from dizziness during certain encounters, progression experience balancing, and a whole bunch of other stuff you can scope out on the official site and in the new video below.

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EVE Valkyrie guides you through flying a support class fighter

Why would you ever want to fly a ship in EVE Valkyrie that wasn't the strongest, toughest, or most hard-hitting? The devs make a case this week that support class fighters are actually a very engaging choice, provided that you know how to use them.

Support class ships in this VR game are hands-down the fastest vessels, able to dart in and out of the battlefield while employing beams that heal and buff allies while debuffing foes. They can also pack a punch if they get a drop on another ship and don't have to slug it out. If that's not enough, support ships boast a complement of spider bots, mines, and countermeasures to deploy as needed.

Get the full scoop below!

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Anybody wanna 'Gatecrash' EVE Valkyrie this Wednesday?

EVE Valkyrie is getting its third major update this week: Gatecrash.

"Gatecrash inaugurates new gameplay possibilities, a pilot personalization system and the Gateway multiplayer map," explains CCP. "Located around a warp gate starts in the Outer Rim, the new sumptuous battlespace immerses pilots the edge of the galaxy, where the ice has long since taken over. Owners of the Pro PS4 will also benefit from improved graphics and higher overall performance with this update."

The patch is indeed free for owners of the EVE Online spinoff game and will roll out on Oculus Rift, PSVR, and the Vive on Wednesday, December 7th. You can check out the new trailer and screenies below!

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Massively OP's 2016 gift guide for the MMORPG bookworm

Hey you! Yeah, the player who actually reads quest text and lore entries when all of the other hooting madmen are furiously clicking past them so that they can go back to the digital bloodbath! There's no shame to settle in with a good book that just so happens to feature your favorite MMO or touch on the genre as a whole. Many of us at some time have cracked open novels, art books, and even graphic novels to dive more deeply into the worlds of the games we love.

So if you're looking for a printed companion to help you while away the hours this winter, we have a list of recommended reads for you today. You can get many of these as e-ink digital books, of course, but the bibliophiles should be happy to know that these are all available as physical tomes as well.
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The MOP Up: Wurm Online cooks up a hearty Thanksgiving meal (November 20, 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 Wurm Online players will be celebrating the long-awaited arrival of the cooking update. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from EverQuestOverwatchEVE Online, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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CCP opens EVE Fanfest 2017 ticket sales

With EVE Vegas barely over, CCP Games has already announced that it's opened ticket sales for EVE Fanfest 2017 in Reykjavik, which is set for April 6th through 8th.

"During the massive, annual gathering of its players in Reykjavik, Iceland, home of the EVE Online development team, fans celebrate the virtual worlds of the EVE universe in a grand style. This year CCP is promising an extra-impressive EVE Fanfest for EVE Online capsuleers, EVE: Valkyrie pilots, Gunjack turret operators and their friends and family at the stunning Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center."

For a video look at what to expect from the next Fanfest, check out this past year's keynote and the 2015 recap video below. We've also rounded up our coverage of last weekend's EVE Vegas for those living in the EVE Ascension moment!

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EVE Valkyrie and Gunjack launch today for PlayStation VR

In conjunction with the PlayStation VR launch today, CCP is touting the availability of EVE Valkyrie and EVE Gunjack as launch titles for the platform, two of the 50 games expected to be available for the system before the end of the year.

Valkyrie launched for the Oculus Rift back in March, while Gunjack already runs on just about every VR-capable toy out there. In fact, earlier this month, the company announced that Gunjack's sequel -- Gunjack 2: End of Shift -- will be an exclusive Google Daydream title coming in November.

CCP has invested heavily into virtual reality with its stable of games, telling convention-goers last month that it'll have sunk $30 million into VR games by the end of 2016, that it's hoping to break even in a few months, and that it believes VR will pick up in 2018 and 2019. Other industry vets, like John Carmack, have argued the VR software industry is "coasting on novelty."

The PSVR retails for $399 US. Anyone rushing out to pick one up?

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EVE Valkyrie shows off for a PlayStation VR launch

Fans of EVE: Valkyrie will... possibly be happy that the game is heading to a console? Maybe not? Look, we know that fans of CCP Games do not exactly have the warmest memories of games showing up on consoles, but this is very different. Besides, it's happening regardless, and it makes an appreciable difference for players who aren't about to buy into VR headsets on the PC but will pick one up for the console.

A new trailer and a game overview are both available, although anyone already familiar with the game will find little new information therein. If you're interested in flying your ship and dogfighting through the universe when you're on your PlayStation 4, check out the video just below.

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Perfect Ten: The worst-squandered IPs in online gaming

There are always going to be differences in opinion about what should be done with an IP based upon a franchise. That's just natural. The same core universe could be used to make a sprawling sandbox with weak combat but a robust non-combat market and profession system, or it could be used to make a combat-focused experience that focuses on energetic fights, nifty story moments, and little else. In both cases, even if you don't like the end result, you can understand exactly why the IP was used for this.

Our column today is not about those games. No, this is about games that completely failed to make use of their licenses to IPs, produced totles that did not in any way logically follow from the license that was given, or otherwise took pure gold and turned it into something... less than gold. There's room to debate whether some of these IPs would ever make good MMOs, but boy, the uses we have were pretty bad.

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EVE Online studio CCP Games says VR will pick up a few years from now

CCP CEO Hilmar Petursson told DICE Europe attendees that the company is on track to "break even" in the VR field, according to a report from GamesIndustry.biz today.

"I think we're now, by the end of this year, we'll have invested $30 million into virtual reality games," he told listeners at his keynote address. "And we're just about seeing a path to break even... We'll probably hit it in a few months."

Readers will recall that in November of last year, the company once famous only for sci-fi sandbox EVE Online announced it had raised $30 million from investors and venture capitalists intended to "drive innovation in VR as the technology begins to transform the entertainment industry." EVE Gunjack, its VR arcade shooter, launched for the Samsung Gear VR a week later, followed by launches on the Oculus Rift and Vive this year. EVE Valkyrie is playable on PC now and is expected to launch for PlayStation VR a month from today.

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Katee Sackhoff stars in new EVE Valkyrie PlayStation VR trailer

Still reeling from yesterday's EVE Online F2P announcement? Switch targets to EVE Valkyrie for a moment, then. The spinoff VR title expands to PlayStation VR next month -- October 13th, to be precise -- and CCP is kicking up some hype with a new dev blog on how the game has been designed to take advantage of the full 360-degree field of view. But players don't necessarily take advantage of it the way you might think.

"We’ve been staring at 2D screens since the start of our gaming careers. You can’t blame people for forgetting," CCP's Andrew Robinson writes. "I remember the initial playtest of our Eve: Valkyrie prototype before we added the missiles. Excited to share and show off the demo, we sat down a few unsuspecting developers at CCP and asked them to give the game a try. We were confident that they would shortly be enthralled in a Deathmatch like they’d never experienced before. Over the short rounds we were really surprised how stationary everyone was, simply facing forward and playing in a traditional way. We immediately knew [mobility] was a skill we needed to teach."

The studios have a new video out this week starring actress Katee Sackhoff, who voices Valkyrie leader Rán Kavik in the game. Watch below!

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Go behind the scenes of EVE Valkyrie's carrier assault mode

EVE Valkryie is aiming to create a high-octane virtual reality experience, and one of the strongest weapons in its arsenal to provide that is its relatively new carrier assault mode.

In a new developer video, CCP talks about the creation and aim of this 20-minute mode. According to the studio, a side that's losing doesn't necessarily mean it will end in defeat: "This additional time allows battles to swing to and fro, so the team on the back foot always has a chance to win it back thanks to the clearly defined stages of battle."

You can watch the full video after the break!

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