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Overwatch kicks off a free play weekend across all platforms

Destiny 2 who? Overwatch is aiming to lure in as many of Blizzard’s players as possible with another free weekend. The best part? It’s already here, complete with the newest character Moira, so if you’ve never purchased the team shooter, you can download it from the Blizzard launcher and give it a try right now.

The free weekend is running through the 20th and is available to players on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It isn’t a limited experience, either; the studio is allowing everyone to play any of the 26 heroes across all maps and game modes.

Of course, Blizzard hopes to make a few sales from this weekend, which is why it said that any progress made during the event can be carried over if a player decides to purchase the game.

Source: Overwatch

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Destiny 2 upgrades to new consoles, plans clan XP event

With Curse of Osiris and season two on the way for Destiny 2, the team at Bungie has some time to fill with events to keep players busy and sated. Right now there’s a battle for resources that will conclude on November 14th, awarding one of three factions the winner and making its special weapon available for all.

Next up is a Clarion Call event that will begin on November 17th and continue through the 20th. During this event, players who are teamed up with at least one other clan member will receive double XP for all activities.

Bungie said that it readying the game for an upgrade that will take advantage of the new hardware on the market: “On December 5, along with the launch of Curse of Osiris and Season Two, we’ll be deploying an update to Destiny 2 that will deliver stunning gameplay with high dynamic range (HDR) lighting to these new consoles. You’ll also see adaptive 4K resolution on the PlayStation 4 Pro and 4K on the Xbox One X.”

Source: Bungie

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Albion Online kicks off Masters Tournament, sweetens recruit-a-friend program, and promises performance improvements

With such a heavy PvP focus, Albion Online was a natural fit for tournaments. And so the Arena Masters Tournament is upon us, a seasonal 5v5 competition with millions of in-game silver on the line.

The studio said that it was “positively floored” by the number of people who signed up to participate in the event. The qualifiers for the Masters Tournament are happening right now among 28 teams, with the finals to take place next week. Players can watch the tournament on Albion’s Twitch channel and vote for their favorite team in the process.

Meanwhile, Albion Online’s recruit-a-friend program has received an upgrade. The cost of buying a trial key for a pal has been reduced to 500 gold, and the recruiter rewards for any friends who purchase a starter pack have been beefed up considerably. Finally, the studio is vowing performance improvements in the latest dev vlog.

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World of Warships is raising money to keep the USS Texas afloat

The USS Texas launched more than a century ago, and at the time she was one of the most advanced warships in the world. Now, though, she’s a victim of bad weather, an aging craft that’s nearly sunk. But World of Warships has a bit of a thing about old warships staying afloat, so the game is offering players a chance to purchase items in the game and contribute to charity in the process. There are four new bundles available to add the USS Texas to your ship collection, along with a gaudy “Lone Star” camo patterns and a commemorative flag.

Players who opt for the largest bundle will also get a special mission to undertake 20 random battles with the USS Texas. If you already own the ship, buying one of the bundles which includes the ship will credit you for her normal purchase price for the in-game store, to boot. Check out videos of the ship in action and a bit more about the real ship just below.

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Blade and Soul has a tasty spread coming for the Golden Harvest Festival

Take equal parts Thanksgiving dinner and autumn trips to the local cider mill, and you’re going to end up with Blade and Soul’s Golden Harvest Festival.

The festival, which begins on November 8th, will require the help of various crafters to make it a success. By joining forces, crafters can create a Thanksgiving box with numerous goodies inside. Some of these include pumpkin ale, raw turkey, and a spin on the new Thanksgiving prize wheel. There’s also a “Stomach of Iron” achievement for players who defeat Xanos five times and then eat a whole bunch of undercooked food. Seriously.

The team is also selling daily harvest crates during the event for a single NCoin apiece.

In other Blade and Soul news, the MMO’s currency exchange got some attention as the studio attempted to guide players through using this system to buy and sell their gold without having to resort to third-party sites.

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Diablo III prepares for the launch of Season 12 on November 9

Just as a reminder, Diablo III fans, you’re not getting any announcements at BlizzCon this year. You are, however, getting the game’s next season starting on November 9th. And at the risk of sounding a bit flippant, well, you probably know what this means. New class sets? Yes. New seasonal conquests? Naturally. New opportunities on the season journey? Of course. Cosmetic rewards? Most decidedly.

This season’s cosmetics allow you to take on a decidedly angelic look with a new set of angelic wings, celestial portraits, and new pieces of the game’s seasonal cosmetic set. In short, it’s a new season, and if you enjoy collecting as much as possible from previous seasons you’re going to probably have a fun time with this one. If not… well, you’re likely already a bit bored. Regardless, you can start earning rewards (or consciously abstaining from same) on November 9th.

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Escape from Tarkov adds a small arsenal, eyes open beta, and celebrates Halloween

What happens when you take a city full of trigger-happy mercs and toss in even more weapons and instruments of destruction? Escape from Tarkov is finding out this week thanks to a “major” update that introduced 70 new items, more communication commands, better optimization, improved starter gear, and advanced weapon handling.

Not stopping to even take a brief break, the dev team is barreling to bigger and better things: “The next important stage in project development will start with the open beta, which is scheduled for launch at the end of 2017. By that time, the game will be expanded with new game mechanics, improvements of existing ones, more optimizations of graphics and network components, as well as additional game content, including new weapons and locations. Also, in the coming months, we plan to localize the game into new languages, including German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese (Simplified), Polish, Czech, Portuguese, Japanese, and Korean.”

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Star Trek Online tells a scary story for Halloween

Despite its utopian idealism, Star Trek isn’t a stranger to the occasional scary tale or horror-themed outing. Captains in Star Trek Online have faced many terrors in the night, but perhaps none are as creepy as the one in Hearts and Minds.

This special quest only pops up in the game on Friday the 13ths and Halloween, so you have a very limited time to check it out before it goes away again. It’s a “mad science” theme with a total of 13 (!) enemies that is decidedly different in tone than the rest of the game. The mission features some neat rewards, like a rare duty officer and a Vulcan Lirpa, and since it’s relatively short, it’s worth running to snag these items before they vanish.

Star Trek Online is also running a Halloween costume contest on Risa tonight at 6:00 p.m. EDT that will be judged by the development team.

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Indie MMO Project Gorgon gets its Halloween on

Project Gorgon isn’t going to let a little thing like “being in alpha” stop it from indulging in the greatest monster-themed holiday of the year.

The fantasy MMO kicked off its brand-new Halloween event today. When players log in, they’ll be treated to a new quest that will branch depending on the choices they make. These choices may lead them to becoming a giant bat or gaining more bat abilities. C’mon, you know you’ve always secretly wanted to roleplay as a flapping terror of the night.

The quest and battiness isn’t all that’s new: “Some monsters now drop Halloween loot! The affected monsters include all undead plus giant bats, nightmare creatures, animals from the dimension of darkness (e.g. Misery Yaks), and various creepy humanoid wizard-types. Also note: to prevent abuse by high-level players, the very lowest-level undead, such as the ones on the newbie island, drop only a very limited assortment of Halloween items.”

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BlizzCon 2017 is almost here, and the lineup is set

Guess what, folks: It’s almost that time again. BlizzCon 2017 is almost here, featuring all the stuff Blizzard has to discuss about World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, and… Dabble III and Stay-caff Z? It’s hard to read those last two, the writing is smudged. Anyway, the important thing is that the event is coming, and there’s stuff to expect, starting with the big opening keynote on November 3rd at 11:00 a.m. PDT.

Of course, the list of what to expect does not specifically say that the keynote will announce expansions and the like, but we are all expecting it. There’s also a concert by Muse, various attractions on the floor, and plenty of panels you can dive into with a virtual ticket. If you’re hoping for another Massively Overpowered liveblog of the events, though, you can just tune back in here and witness us filtering through news and offering appropriate commentary.

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RuneScape unleashes ghastly stories and deadly stalkers for Halloween

Beware! RuneScape’s lands are no longer safe for mere mortals to tread. Now that Halloween is upon us, Jagex has opened up its dungeons to let out a couple of frightful events for this holiday.

In RuneScape, the team has activated a new quest called the Ghost Stories of Gielinor. During this, “players will discover and play through pages of spooky tales across the game world and compile them into the Ghastly Grimoire.” The stories in this quest were written by both devs and players, and those who compile the whole book will get a headless rider outfit.

Over in Old School RuneScape, a Friday the 13th-inspired stalker is coming after players. The hockey mask-wearing Jonas can be found about the game, and those who fight him can win a mask of their own and even recolor their skin to “zombie blue.” A day after Halloween, Old School RuneScape is also turning on new “King of the Skill” servers with special hardcore rules and some tempting prizes for winners.

Source: Press release, Old School RuneScape

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Chronicles of Elyria raffles off a throne, retools community event to avoid exploits

Strange things are afoot in Chronicles of Elyria. For starters, there is a single throne available on a North American server that’s up for grabs. Instead of simply selling it outright, the team has decided to raffle it off in a convoluted format.

Basically, fans will have to buy $10 tokens to gift to players that each one feels is the best to lead this kingdom. These tokens do convey 100 EP to the purchaser and 50 EP to the receiver on top of being part of this raffle. At the end of the year, the most popular recipient will be given the throne.

Not all players are delighted with this decision. As one poster pointed out in the forum, this is a glorified (and paid) popularity contest, ignores open monarch spots on an Oceanic server, and excludes fans of other regions and servers from taking part.

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Halloween events across the MMORPG verse, 2017 edition

Hey, you. Yeah, you, dude leeching candy from the bucket you bought “for the neighborhood kids.” And you, lady still trying to decide between “Princess Leia” and “lazy zombie” for your costume (go Leia, duh). Put all that aside and get into some MMOs instead! Halloween is only one night in real life, but in MMORPGs, it goes on for days or even weeks. Some studios will probably even forget to turn it off! Others will let you run around with a flaming pumpkin head mask for all eternity!

Here’s what we’re looking at this year for Halloween across the MMORPG verse.

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