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Russian outfit known primarily for War Thunder.

War Thunder's Assault patch adds new vehicles and maps, with Assault mode on the way

War Thunder has pushed out another big update today, this one dubbed simply, "Assault!" -- exclamation point required! "The update introduces almost twenty new vehicles including Japanese tanks and three new battle locations bringing the total number of maps to more than 80 available in the game," says Gaijin.

What it does not have? The Assault mode that presumably gave it its name.

"Available in two iterations, the new game mode challenges players to defend a strategic location against waves of enemy ground vehicles or aircraft. For tankers, combat is fought tank to tank on the ground, with the ability to temporarily support teammates in attack aircraft or bombers. Pilots are tasked with maintaining air superiority over a zone by fending off enemy bombers approaching from all directions. As each successive wave is stronger than the previous one, players have to work together to hold out until the end, upon which they will receive well-deserved rewards."

That mode is on the way "soon after the update 1.67 launch." In the meantime, check out the trailer!

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Massively OP's MMO guide to the Steam Winter Sale

Do you have any money left after all of that holiday shopping, travel, and dining out? Steam would very much like to have what remains, if you please, and is willing to trade you some discounted games in return.

Yes, the annual Steam Winter Sale is up and running, which means all sorts of deals for the frugal MMORPG player. We've compiled a huge list of all of the deals -- including discounts of up to 90% off! -- to help you navigate the holiday promotion. The sale ends on January 2nd. Hope it helps!

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Four-year-old War Thunder launches out of open beta

I know what you're thinking -- didn't War Thunder launch, like, four years ago? I know we just sang happy birthday back in October. Welcome to the after-effects of the age of soft launches, my friends. Gaijin announced today that War Thunder is finally moving out of open beta.

"[U]pdate 1.65 ‘Way of the Samurai’ marks the release of the originally proposed War Thunder game and ends Open Beta with all current in-game nations featuring their own aircraft and tank trees. The introduction of ships also means that War Thunder now takes the fight to land, air and sea to complement the game. Gaijin Entertainment will continue its commitment to improving the game through regular updates, as they progress toward the research trees of War Thunder Ships, which currently reside in pre-beta testing."

As you might guess from the title, the Way of the Samurai patch today focuses on the Japanese faction. The studio is promising navies for all nations next year in addition to the already-announced World War mode. And get your Christmas stockings ready: The holiday content rolls out today too.

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Gaijin begins crowdfunding multiplayer war shooter Enlisted

War Thunder studio Gaijin announced today that it's publishing Darkflow Software's "fan-driven" MMO squad-based multiplayer PC shooter called Enlisted. "Gaijin Entertainment Promises to Reinvest Game Sales into the Development of Additional Content and Consoles Versions of Enlisted," reads the press release.

"Enlisted will initially offer two massive campaigns - Battle of Moscow and the Battle of Normandy. Each campaign in the game will represent multiple phases of a battle - which during the war lasted for weeks, sometimes months, as well as specific characters and weapons suitable for the historical event recreated in a campaign. It will also offer different game modes where players will be fighting not only by themselves but also together with a platoon of soldiers in massive battles. Built using Gaijin Entertainment’s proprietary Dagor Engine, Enlisted will feature large scale battles with a 100 combatants spread over a massive and richly detailed battlefield complete with destructible landscapes."

By "fan-driven," the studios apparently mean "paid for," as the official site has gone straight to crowdfunding with a big red "back the project" button that asks players to prepurchase mods and early access. The Tunisia campaign unlocks at $250,000, the next tier; players will apparently vote on the campaigns and modules unlocked beyond that. The studios promise a console release at the million-dollar mark.

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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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Happy fourth birthday, War Thunder

Is every game having a birthday this week? MMO-lite War Thunder is crashing the cake-eating festivities with its own birthday party, and it's starting early!

"On the first of November, War Thunder will have reached its 4th year; 4 years of development, improving, and progressing further, while being enjoyed by millions around the world; 4 years of thrilling online battles in the sky, on the ground, and very soon, at sea," writes Gaijin Entertainment. "This journey is one where we have travelled alongside you, the players. All of our achievements are thanks to you too! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and a very happy birthday to us all!"

Beginning tomorrow, the studio will kick off daily 50% sales for vehicles of different factions, with big sales for premium access starting today and more promotions rolling out over the weekend, including a "last stand" PvE event in Mozdok and a hashtag competition.

Happy happy birthday!

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The MOP Up: Neverwinter brings the thunder to consoles (October 23, 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 past week, Storm King's Thunder arrived on Neverwinter's console versions after its PC debut. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Destiny, Riders of IcarusTERA, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Perfect Ten: MMORPGs with vehicle avatars

When you take a step back and look at the broad MMO genre, you see some common threads that run through most games. One of these is that pretty much every character we control is a humanoid, albeit in many shapes, sizes, and ear configurations. This makes sense, as we ourselves are human and have the easiest time strongly identifying with an avatar that correlates to our own bodies.

Yet there are plenty of exceptions to the rule, and I'm not just speaking of fantasy races that give you four legs instead of two or two heads instead of one. Some MMOs plop you into a nuts-and-bolts vehicle as your primary avatar, encouraging you to bond with this hunk of soulless machine over the course of incredible adventures.

Today we're going to count down -- or count up, or count sideways -- through 10 MMORPGs that stuffed your brain into a machine and then encouraged you to live your new life as a ship, car, or very violent automatic can opener.

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War Thunder celebrates 10M players worldwide, adds Greek and Egyptian maps with Desert Hunters

Gaijin has reason to celebrate today: It's announced that War Thunder "now has an audience of more than 10,000,000 players worldwide across PS4, PC and VR platforms."

The headcount comes as War Thunder is patching its Desert Hunters patch, which introduces maps in Greece and Egypt and adds a bundle of new ships, planes, and vehicles. The video overview of the whole patch is below.

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The MOP Up: Batman invites you to his gala (September 18, 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 Bruce Wayne (AKA Batman) threw a special gala in DC Universe Online. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from DestinyMarvel HeroesElder Scrolls Online, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Crossout brings road warrior action to Steam early access

A morning commute to work or school can become a lot more fun if your vehicle has the capacity to clear a path with a hood-mounted howitzer or a diamond-tipped chainsaw under the bumper. While Ford and Toyota are working on such concept cars, you can live out this fantasy right now courtesy of Crossout.

Crossout is a post-apocalyptic vehicular MMO in which players can construct custom rigs and then take them into battle. The good news for Mad Max fans is that this game recently arrived on Steam early access. If you're willing to chip in $30 and look past the unfinished nature, then this gritty future is all yours to explore.

Curious about Crossout? Learn more about the title by checking out our E3 preview of the Russian title.

Source: Steam

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War Thunder adds J.F.K.'s torpedo boat and other small sea craft

Coming this fall to a War Thunder near you: naval battles. The game is prepping a new theater of war -- on the open sea -- in which players will fight using missile boats, torpedo boats, and other ocean artillery.

So why is the game focusing on smaller ships rather than letting players take on the roles of battleship and carrier captains? "Our internal testing showed that battles with large battleships would be too long and boring, or required design changes that made ships entirely unrealistic. For this reason, we are focusing on fast attack-based craft, which are rarely reproduced in games," said Gaijin Creative Director Kirill Yudintsev.

Interestingly enough, one of the ships will be a recreation of President Kennedy's PT-109 torpedo boat on which he served during the war. You can get into the spirit of small, fierce naval battles with the trailer below!

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War Thunder brings in new planes and tanks

War Thunder's newest patch may be "small in size, but very exciting in content," according to the team.

Patch 1.61: Road to Glory introduces a new system of squad battles, gameplay improvements, model enhancements, and naturally, more planes and tanks to try out. We're going to recommend that you try out the P-47 Thunderbolt, because your life simply is not complete until you fight with a plane that can fire bazookas.

Check out the patch highlights video after the jump.

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