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Path of Exile shows off its new boss fight with Vilenta

With the next major patch (numbered 3.2, for reference) for Path of Exile, players are going to have other things to contend with in terms of content and a new challenge league (the Bestiary league, which is all sorts of monster-collecting mischief). Players are also going to have to contend with a new boss fight in act 10, however, pitting you against Vilenta. How’s that going to work out? Well, just check out the video below to see the fight in action.

It’s important to note that the preview video doesn’t exactly show tactics so much as the experience; we’re pretty sure that your health will actually dip at certain points during the actual boss fight. Still, though, it should serve as more than enough to get you excited about throwing down with a new boss. And if there’s more lore included about the boss as well, that just makes things better, yes?

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 158: We are all heroes

On this week’s show, Bree and Justin put on their voxel capes as they look ahead to Trove’s new expansion, LOTRO’s Hobbit fantasies, the ups and downs of Elder Scrolls Online’s outfit system, and more!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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Star Trek Online teams up with Mixed Dimensions for 3D printed ships (again)

It’s been about a year and a half since Star Trek Online first announced that it would be offering 3D printed versions of player ships for players to buy, thus offering you the chance to immortalize your adventures in Starfleet as Captain John Startrek with your own miniature USS Dicksmash. (That is a real name from the game.) Unfortunately, that hope got dashed when the company that was supposed to handle the printing unexpectedly folded.

But there’s a third-act positive twist! The company has partnered up again with Mixed Dimensions, and custom-printed ships are back on the table, so you can once more look forward to your very own USS Dicksmash. You can check out a sample gallery just below, or you can keep your eyes peeled for a livestream discussion on the new merch at 6:00 p.m. EST. Obviously, the game doesn’t have the best track record with these plans at the moment, but the effort is being made once more!

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Neverwinter shows off the ruined undercity of Omu

If there’s one universal rule to cities, it’s that they’ve got some other ruined underground city you can also explore because cities work like layer cakes. You don’t believe us? Are you calling Neverwinter a liar? Because there’s a whole lot of undercity lying underneath the Lost City of Omu, and by gosh, you’re going to want to explore every inch of it in hopes of finding some magical artifacts that have just been left in there piled in a heap in the corner.

Yeah, that’s how ruined cities work, too. Valuable artifacts just got thrown into the Artifact Corner. Don’t ask us why, we’re not city planners.

If you’re interested in looking through these ruined subterranean structures, you can take a full look through the tour guide on the official site (we’ve got the images just below, as well), where you can learn a little more about the various locations now found away from the gaze of the sun. There’s no mention of being able to buy up ruined portions of the city for gentrification and/or installing a Whole Foods, but we can assume.

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Get a bird’s eye view of LOTRO’s new Mirkwood map

Sometimes you can learn an awful lot from an in-game map.

Take for example Lord of the Rings Online’s Northern Mirkwood map, which testers have accessed during the Update 22 beta. It shows a truly huge zone that is divided between the dense leafy forest and the eastern Dale-lands. Not only can you get a sense of scale here, but also there are many tantalizing landmarks on display for future exploration.

YouTuber Andang took fans through this map and its highlights while moving on to the new larger Rhovanion map that might contain clues pointing toward future zones and expansion. He notes that Northern Mirkwood is truly disconnected from any other zones (being situated far north of the existing Southern Mirkwood) and that it has map markers pointing toward regions like the Iron Hills, Fields of Celduin, and the Mountains of Mirkwood.

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Secret World Legends shows off its new Agent system in brief

If you’re eagerly awaiting new missions to run in Secret World Legends, you’re going to have to keep waiting a bit longer. But you do have new content coming with the addition of the Agent system, which allows you to fill the role of being a recruiter and questgiver for your chosen faction. There’s a preview video down below, and there are even more details of the system available thanks to the SWL RP fansite.

In short, players will be able to recruit specific individuals to serve as agents, with some agents available for Aurum as an optional purchase (all are supposedly available from in-game methods as well). You then buy gear for your agents, send them out on missions, and reap the benefits accordingly. Check out the video down below, or check out the rundown if you can’t wait to break up the idleness of shooting supernatural beasties by playing middle management.

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Path of Exile video highlights upcoming Spectral Shield Throw skill

One of the new skill gems introduced for Path of Exile’s upcoming Bestiary update is Spectral Shield Throw. With this, players can throw the idea of a defense-only shield right into the faces of their enemies and knock their heads off. This unique method of dealing damage is flexible thanks to a variety of the special stats, making different shield types will be better for different things. For instance, armor and evasion found on tower shields, bucklers, and round shields heavy maximizes physical damage, whereas the energy stat on spirit shields increase critical chance.  Players can also mix and match other skills and gems to modify projectiles to creating chaining, forking, and more. Get more details on the official forums, and watch the skill in action in the clip below.

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Analysts see ‘potential for earnings growth’ in NCsoft’s trio of upcoming titles

If you walked away confused by NCsoft’s most recent quarterly financial report, Mirae Asset Daewoo Co. might be able to sort it out for you.

The Seoul-based analyst firm suggests that the Lineage series, which appeared strong at first glance, actually turned in weaker than expected revenue, in spite of the fact that Lineage M was the top-grossing game on Android and iOS. “The biggest surprise was marketing spend, which jumped 10% QoQ and 69% YoY, despite the absence of any new major titles,” the firm notes. “We believe this suggests the company spent as much on promoting Lineage M’s massive updates as it typically does on promoting new titles.”

That said, the firm still calls the company a buy: “We see little reason for concern in terms of profit and valuation in 1H18 and see potential for earnings growth and a re-rating in 2H18, driven by new releases.” What new releases would those be? Blade & Soul II (first half of the year) and Aion Tempest and Lineage II M (last half of the year).

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The MOP Up: FFXIV’s Eorzean Symphony (February 18, 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 RuneScapeTERAEVE OnlineWorld of Warships Blitz, Path of ExilePUBGFinal Fantasy XIVVaingloryPath of Exile, and MU Legend, all waiting for you after the break!

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Neverwinter details the creation of the Atropal boss

The Atropal boss in Neverwinter is not something you want to run into in a dark alley. Heck, it’s probably not something you want to run into anywhere, for any reason, at any point in time. It is a pretty disturbing-looking monstrosity, that’s the point here. And there’s a whole development blog available now about how the boss was designed, so if you’re wondering how a boss gets from its concept art (which may have just been a used tissue) to a finished model, it’s well worth a read.

You’ll also learn something about how skeletons and rigs work in the game, as the Atropal is based off of a heavily modified human male skeleton. Yes, it’s very different, but all of the fundamental parts work, so it’s just a matter of tweaking limb size appropriately and giving it a truly disgusting appearance. If you like reading up on how bosses get put together, it’s well worth an examination.

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One Shots: First steps into a wider world

Every MMORPG player knows that there is something incredible and magical in the feeling that you get when you take your very first steps into a new game. It’s the fresh scent of the unknown mixed with potential, excitement, and energy.

Reader François knows this all too well as he documents an early moment from Final Fantasy XIV: “The trees of the Shroud meet the sky as Kan-E-Senna watches a young adventurer depart for the other nations of Eorzea. A familiar sight for anyone who started in Gridania.”

Small pet peeve, but when your city has a name like “Gridania” and your street patterns are all twisty-turny, you’re going to make my eye twitch. Elves need to buy better urban planners, IMO.

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The Stream Team: Recovering Warframe’s Stolen Dreams

After following events, alerts, and dreams of a kubrow pet, Massively OP’s MJ has neglected her other Warframe quests for a long while. Tonight she rectifies that. For one mission, she needs to find a thief named Maroo and uncover secrets of the Arcane Codices. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. as MJ works on the Stolen Dreams quest.

What: Warframe
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, February 17th, 2018

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Whatever happened to Pirates of the Burning Sea, Pirates of the Caribbean Online, and Puzzle Pirates?

Ever pause during your day and find yourself wondering, “Whatever happened to that game?” With hundreds upon hundreds of online titles these days, it’s surprisingly easy for MMOs to fall through the cracks and become buried as more aggressive or active games take the spotlight.

Well, every so often we here at Massively Overpowered find ourselves curious what has transpired with certain MMOs that we haven’t heard from in quite a while. Have we missed the action and notices? Has the game gone into stealth maintenance mode? What’s the deal? What has it been up to lately? That’s when we put on our detective hats and go sleuthing!

In this special pirate edition of the column, we’ll be visiting the fates ‘n’ fortunes of Pirates of the Burning Sea, Pirates of the Caribbean Online, and Puzzle Pirates. Yo ho!

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