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The Stream Team: Let’s talk Path of Exile’s buyout by Tencent

So, happy Monday! Many of us have started our week with the news that Tencent bought out Path of Exile. Some folks are congratulatory, but many players are quite concerned about what this will mean for their favorite title. Will this herald the end of one of the best payment models? Or will a cash influx help the game just be more awesome? Massively OP’s MJ wants to discuss the issue, so join us live at 9:00 p.m. to share your thoughts.

What: Path of Exile
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 21st, 2018

Enjoy the show!

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Echo of Soul classic servers end their western run Wednesday, but you can still play the game

Hope you got everything done you wanted to in Echo of Soul because the fantasy MMORPG is winding down its classic servers this Wednesday, May 23rd.

According to Aeria Games, Echo of Soul’s North American and European classic servers have been more trouble than they were worth: “While these servers have served us well, due to technical issues regarding the support of classic it is time to close the doors. We would like to thank the Echo of Soul community for standing by and making memories with us in this version.”

Don’t despair, because you can totally continue to play Echo of Soul. On the same day that it announced the classic shutdown, it also encouraged players to migrate over to its more action-packed Pheonix servers. “We would like to invite all users from classic to expand their horizons and join us in Phoenix with new maps, events, and a welcome package offer for those newly joining,” Aeria said.

Source: Steam

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Neverwinter details the cursed lands of Ravenloft and Barovia zone

The world of Ravenloft is a perfectly nice place to visit in Neverwinter. There are slight caveats, of course; to really enjoy it you just have to make sure you plan on never leaving. Or never being free of horrors in the middle of the night. Or shrieking terrors in the middle of the day. Or ever-present, all-surrounding mists. So it’s actually not very nice at all and you can’t visit, because once you’re there you’re there forever. Helpfully, this is all explained in the latest lore entry on the official site.

Players will be chasing on the trail of the legend of Strahd, a nobleman who gave the nomadic Vistaria free passage through his lands (sounds like a decent guy) and also damned himself and everyone near him to an eternity of torment (less decent). If you’re unfamiliar with the Ravenloft setting, it’s a good quick primer about why the members of your immediate friend circle who are familiar with it respond to requests to enter with a flip-off and a laugh.

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The Stream Team: Win a Wizard101 Battlemage Keep bundle

It’s time for another MOP giveaway of awesome Wizard101 goodies! Massively OP’s MJ has gotten her hands on a few Battlemage Keep bundles and she’s ready to dole them out to viewers. What does this bundle include? A house, mount, pet, armor, and more! More specifically, there is:

  • a havox mount
  • a wargoyle pet
  • Battlemage Armor
  • Battlemage staff and shield (with several different color options)
  • a Battlemage Keep castle
  • an additional castle space elixir
  • 100 bonus crowns for stitching your Battlemage staff and shield
  • 5000 crowns

Sounds spiffy, no? If this looks like something you’d like to get your hands on, join us live at 6:00 p.m. for your chance to win!

What: Wizard101
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 21st, 2018

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RuneScape drops a big quality-of-life patch with plenty of cherry blossoms

Sometimes, you need to stop and smell the cherry blossoms. Which is a bit of an odd thing to do in Britain, the home of RuneScape developer Jagex; it’s not really known as a place filled with cherry blossoms. Just the same, that’s the theme behind bonus items offered up for any purchase of RuneCoins from today until June 3rd. One of the items you can pick up is a Cherry Blossom Parasol, which may not have a great deal of function to it but should still be very pleasant to tote around.

Of course, the newest patch itself falls into a similar category; it’s all about quality of life improvements from top to bottom, including fixing bugs with four-tick auto attacking and improving the visuals on lodestones. So expected to see the word “fixed” and “corrected” a lot in the patch notes. But that should improve your overall quality of life, so while it’s not new content, the sentiment should still be appreciable.

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The Stream Team: Age of Conan turned 10!

Welcome to double digits, Age of Conan. The Barbarian MMO turned 10 years old this weekend, and Massively OP’s MJ is on hand to celebrate that milestone. She’ll be exploring Hyboria on her Demonologist. Tune in live at 3:00 p.m. to hang out with a 10-year-old and wish AoC a happy anniversary with us.

What: Age of Conan
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 21st, 2018

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Wisdom of Nym: Checking out Final Fantasy XIV’s patch 4.3 notes

As it always has been, so it is again; we’ve got our next patch for Final Fantasy XIV just around the corner, and thus we have a new set of patch notes to peruse well ahead of the actual patch. But we don’t have the full list of new items, which is frustrating. Especially if you’re thinking about which furnishing items you want to move around and so forth, because really, what other stuff is important in a given patch? Endgame progression? Who cares.

Reading through the patch notes is always a bit like some sort of ersatz holiday, because you already know the majority of the things you’re getting but not all of the details until the patch notes come out… and then the patch notes deliberately obscure some things so you still don’t know everything. But I can live with not knowing exactly what quests are in Return to Ivalice just because I can see that there are a lot of them. So let’s start taking this apart before we get to actually play it.

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Bless Online details its massive taming system and 660 tame-able critters

One of the three core content pieces in Bless Online is its taming system, though it was only lightly on display for press during our most recent hands-on. Neowiz has a new video out this morning featuring the system ahead of its early access beta launch later this month. And yes, you can tame monsters.

“Almost all of the existing monsters in Bless can be turned into either mounts or pets – when Early Access begins you will find 660 unique creatures available for taming. Each region in Bless has its own type of creatures. Depending on the type of environment, you can meet monsters of all sorts: some are cute and friendly, while others are wild and fierce or even ridiculous! If you happen to stumble upon an elite monster as you journey around the Bless world, try to tame it! Although it may be difficult, if you are successful in taming it you will gain a special companion.”

The brand-new taming video is below.

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Tencent gains majority stake in Path of Exile’s Grinding Gear Games

Path of Exiles has a new boss this week.

Grinding Gear Games announced that Chinese mega-publisher Tencent has purchased a majority stake in the studio. While this undoubtedly will raise concerns in Path of Exile’s community about the direction and control of the game, GGG spun the announcement as good news.

“We will remain an independent company and there won’t be any big changes to how we operate,” Grinding Gear said. “We want to reassure the community that this will not affect the development and operations of Path of Exile […] Tencent’s agenda is clear: to give us the resources to make Path of Exile as good as it can be.”

The studio reiterated that Tencent isn’t going to try to change the game, force pay-to-win aspects on it, or give the Chinese version priority. It also said that it will continue its rollout of four major releases per year and is developing the next expansions as well as version 4.0, which is coming sometime in 2020.

Source: Reddit. Cheers, Cyclone Jack, yoh_sl, and Tanek.

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Would you attend a Path of Exile con in New Zealand?

How does an ExileCon sound to you? Grinding Gear Games wants to know if you’d be interested in traveling down New Zealand next year to partake in all the dev and demo trappings of a convention specifically for Path of Exile. Understanding that travel costs to its home city Auckland in November 2019 would be expensive, the studio wants to gauge interest in the event before committing to run it.

Besides announcements, including the big 4.0.0 mega-expansion, players would get to hang out and talk to devs, play demos, buy merchandise, party, and revel in swag. On top of that, there would be finals to various tournaments. GGG also wants to run competitions that will grant winners free flights and accommodations to the event.

If this sounds like something you’d consider, head on over to the official forums to fill out a quick form to let the team know!

Source: Path of Exile Twitter

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The MOP Up: Old School RuneScape puts the finishing touches on Theater of Blood (May 20, 2018)

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 HellionReign of GuildsSkyforgeOld School RuneScapeWar of RightsLineage MHeroes and GeneralsAurcus OnlineARK ParkDark and LightWild TerraCitadel: Forged With Fire, and Hearthstone, all waiting for you after the break!

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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth adds 2 more character slots per server, 58 new mounts

Blizzard is doing nothing to stem your rampant altoholic nature these days, but instead the studio is downright encouraging it. With all of the new allied races currently in World of Warcraft and coming with Battle for Azeroth this summer, the pressure is on to roll up a few new alts. But what if you’ve already maxed out your server’s 16 character slots?

The good news is that the studio is increasing the capacity with the expansion to give you two additional slots: “In Battle For Azeroth, the per-realm character limit will be going up from 16 to 18 to make room for the two new Allied Races (Dark Iron Dwarves and Mag’har Orcs).”

And those new characters are going to need a fun way to get from Point A to Point B, naturally! They’ll certainly have a wide selection from which to choose, as Battle for Azeroth is adding around 60 new mounts to chase. Get a preview of all of these in the video after the break!

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Legion: The Eternal War’s evil magic pits Elves against Humans

Here’s an indie MMORPG that you may not have known about before this week. Legion: The Eternal War is a small title that’s been in development for a while by Nexus Division, but as of late the project seems to have picked up pace.

The setting of the game involves a world where formerly united Elves and humans have become bitter enemies thanks to the introduction of magic by some sinister crystals into the world. “The game will be filled with entertaining stories, rewarding progression systems, and refined mechanics,” the team wrote. “All of this is presented to produce a memorable experience highlighted by social interaction and nail-biting tension.”

The dev team is staking the game’s future on systems such as player housing, an expansive fantasy world, PvP, character customization, a wide array of magic, wars with guilds, and alliances. Last December, the team showed off a few prototypes of the different biomes that players might find in the game.

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