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Russian outfit known primarily for War Thunder.

Crossout’s open beta (and soft launch) is here today

It’s time for everyone to build their own post-apocalyptic death cars and drive them about a wasteland whilst shooting at one another. Yes, Crossout has moved into its open beta phase after one last server wipe, and that means all players can congregate to build impressive machines of doom and pit them against one another. If your favorite part of Mad Max: Fury Road was watching vehicles fight one another… well, here’s an entire game of that. You’re welcome.

Players who have been testing the game up to this point will also receive some free swag along the way, since the developers appreciate the patience and feedback of said testers. But everyone can dive in, start building, and start shooting. You can even watch the so-called “launch trailer” just below, which just through its title seems to support the idea that this is really a soft launch for the game.

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Italy and 35 Italian aircraft are live today in War Thunder’s Regia Aeronautica update

Update 1.69 Regia Aeronautica is live in Gaijin’s military MMO War Thunder today. The patch introduces Italy as its sixth nation with what it’s deemed a “formidable line-up of 35 of the most historically accurate representations of their famous Air Force in any computer game ever.”

“The new Italian aircraft tree stretches from Italy’s famous biplanes of the 1930’s to its powerful jet fighters of the 1960s. Among the latter is the Fiat G.91, a light, fast and agile fighter-bomber that is highly versatile in combat, thanks to its rapid-firing, heavy Browning machine guns, bombs and 38 rockets. Italian bombers include highlights such as the heavy four-engined Piaggio P.108B, which can carry a staggering 3.5 tons of bombs or three torpedoes. Its sister model, the ship hunter P.108A, comes equipped with a massive 102mm anti-ship cannon with 50 rounds of ammunition, which is now the largest aviation weapon in the game by far. All players will get gradual access to the new nation’s aircraft, with new models being unlocked for research every few days.”

There are new vehicles for the US, Russia, and Germany too, as well as PS4 Pro support, new smoke shells and smokescreen launchers, and updated Kuban, Tunisia, and Black Sea Port maps. Check out the videos below for the details!

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One Shots: Head of the class

What do you do if you’re a sentient stone head who has been tasked with centuries of guard duty? You probably do a lot of lounging around on a cushy chair, waiting for some Dudley Do Right to wander your way and agree to do your job for you.

Miol sends in this odd Guild Wars 2 shot from the Living Story Season 3 in response to my call for goofy screenshots: “How about a literal talking head? Silly enough?” Well, it’s noggin I like, but noggin I hate, either.

Yeah, I’ll just show myself out. Sorry about that.

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The MOP Up: SMITE’s console mea culpa (May 7, 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 Skyforge, EVE Online, IngressWar ThunderWorld of TanksWakfuLeague of LegendsSMITEGTA OnlineElsword OnlineWurm OnlineDarkfall: Rise of AgonWorlds AdriftCounter-Strike, SEAL Online, and Warspear Online, all waiting for you after the break!

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Build your very own Space Shuttle Endeavour in Star Conflict’s new event

Feeling nostalgic for the shuttle program? How about the Cold War manifested in an escalating space industry? MMO space sim Star Conflict has you covered: This week, it’s launched an event called Space Race as part of its Ancestral Heritage patch to help you recreate that bygone space tech age. Oh, and there are now plasma cannon. Did we mention that?

“While the American Space Shuttle Endeavour and the Soviet Spiral Aerospace System are visually almost indistinguishable from their historic predecessors, the space engineers of Star Conflict have introduced significant improvements. Now featuring plasma cannons and special combat modules, both spacecraft have become dangerous opponents even for the ships common to the fifth millennium. The Space Shuttle Endeavour is perfectly suited for steadfast pilots and can function as a full-fledged Frigate-class warship capable of protecting its allies in combat. Taking advantage of its heavy armor protection, players can activate the Endeavour’s ‘Phase Demodulator’ module which forces enemies to focus their fire on it and away from other team members in the fleet, providing cover during a fight. The Spiral Aerospace System will appeal to all pilots that like to rapidly change their tactics, as its two special modules allow it to function either as a single or two separate spacecraft. In its unified state, the Spiral is a potent Engineering vessel capable of assisting its allies in various ways, while in its separated state the detached module can, for a limited time, act as a very powerful interceptor.”

Through May 14th, Conflicteers will zip through multiple types of missions for rewards that’ll help you build your very own shuttle. Check out the vids below to get your nostalgia on!

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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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