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Studio known primarily for Marvel Heroes.

Loki joins the Marvel Heroes console crew

Hope you enjoy hearing about the reincorporation of characters that were already in a game a long time ago, because there’s a long road ahead for Marvel Heroes Omega on console as it strives to expand its hero roster to the same size of its PC brother. This week’s reprise? Thor’s half-brother Loki.

Is it a coincidence that Loki will be coming back to the silver screen for Thor: Ragnarok in a couple of weeks? You can never tell with that crafty character.

“Today, Loki joins Marvel Heroes Omega on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as the console version’s 44th playable character. With an ensemble of spells ranging from arcane magic and illusionary tactics to powers of ice and fire, Thor’s half-brother has the goods to cause plenty of damage in battle.”

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Marvel Heroes ports Black Bolt to console

Console Marvel Heroes fans have another thing to look forward to this week: Gazillion has launched playable Black Bolt on PS4 and Xbox One, a tie-in to the Marvel’s Inhumans TV show currently running on ABC. The studio is promoting the character for both vets and noobs, in part thanks to his ultimate, Royal Decree, “a reality-rending yell that instantly vaporizes non-boss enemies and decimates everything else.”

“The king of Attilan may not have as much to say as the other 42 playable Marvel Heroes Omega characters but, thanks to his ability to channel and manipulate electrons and particles, a mere whisper from the King of the Inhumans can destroy an entire civilization. His actions don’t speak louder than his words—his words are his actions.”

The character has been live on PC since February of this year.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 138: Mystery MMOs and the mobile revolution

On this week’s show, the amazing duo of Bree and Justin look at another beefy Camelot Unchained interview, talk about several new mystery games in development, and boggle over the mobile MMO revolution that has arrived.

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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Marvel Heroes gets Age of Apocalypse on consoles, while Gaz is working on a new game

Marvel Heroes has had a fairly quiet summer following the Omega showdown earlier this year, but there’s a clear reason for that: Gazillion is working on a new VR game for PC and consoles, possibly Star Trek-related, due out in March of next year, or so the studio’s recent (and utterly bizarre – it’s a rabbit hole) livestream suggested. In the meantime, the game has a huge patch and event live today, at least for players on Xbox One and PlayStation 4: Age of Apocalypse.

“This Apocalypse Awakens content will challenge even the most seasoned Marvel Heroes Omega players with heroes at level 11 or higher. Alone or in teams of as many as five heroes, players will confront En Sabah Nur’s forces in his Egyptian resurrection chamber. The new content will also feature all-new original Horsemen designs that unlock for Jean Grey, Storm, Psylocke and Magik. […] This new event not only allows players to fight against Horsemen versions of Jean Grey, Storm, Psylocke and Magik, it also allows players to unlock these versions as part of the new Apocalypse Loot Box or as a part of the Age of Apocalypse Event Omega Pack, both only available for a limited time. These four heroes will join Spider-Man as Omega Prestige characters, increasing their combat potential. Apocalypse Awakens introduces Omega items that can be earned through the new Omega difficulty setting, which can be achieved by passing the Omega Trial.”

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The Stream Team: Just another Marvel Heroes Monday

Of course you don’t wish it wwere Sunday because that would mean no Marvel Heroes Monday! It’s been a little while (read: much, much too long!) since Massively OP’s MJ enjoyed a Marvel Heroes Monday. But that changes as she dives back into the fray tonight. She’s ready to stomp out evil everywhere, so join us live at 9:00 p.m. to get in on the adventures.

What: Marvel Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, September 18th, 2017

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Check out a (very brief) Venom trailer for Marvel Heroes Omega

If you were into comic books in the ’90s, you probably remember a point where Venom was all over everything. He was like Spider-man, only he was edgy and dark and evil and killed people and had a big tongue. The ’90s were a real trip, guys. However, he wasn’t all over Marvel Heroes Omega in the ’90s because the game didn’t exist then and none of the consoles that run it would exist for several years.

Now, however, the game does exist, and it’s got Venom all over it again. You can check the lethal protector out in the brief trailer down below (yes, that was also an actual thing), which is good news for anyone who wants to play Evil Spider-man But Not So Evil He Can’t Be A Good Guy. We later got an even evil-er Spider-man. Comic books.

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Marvel Heroes is bringing Venom to consoles – but only for two weeks

Want to experience the heights of joy and the depths of despair in the same sentence? Here you go, straight from Marvel Heroes’ Facebook feed: “We’re excited to announce that Venom, the Lethal Protector, will be available Thursday (9/14) on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for a limited time!”

That sounded pretty good until those last four words, which ended up casting a shadow of weird doubt over this whole exercise. Why only for a limited time? Is this a high-pressure tactic to drive up sales? Is Marvel Heroes going to start rotating its store roster? Word is that Venom will only be available for two weeks, then will take off to parts unknown until returning later this year.

One developer makes this sound like a preview of sorts: “Venom won’t be available for eternity splinters during this limited time sale, no. He will be later after his formal release, which currently is planned towards the end of the year.”

Source: Facebook

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Perfect Ten: MMOs that changed their names

Names and titles fascinate me. While sometimes they have no deeper meaning than to sound pleasant and be memorable, a label can indicate purpose, history, and connection. MMORPG names are, of course, as varied as the stars in the sky, with many of them slapping “online” or “age of” somewhere in there to designate their category. But every so often, we witness a game that changes its name as part of its development and business evolution.

Today I wanted to run down 10 MMOs (well, nine MMOs and one expansion) that received notable name changes over the years. I’m not going to talk about games that created a weird rebrand for a business model shift but mostly stuck with the original title afterward (such as DDO Unlimited or WildStar Reloaded), but instead games that had vastly different names than what they ended up using.
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Massively Overthinking: Female characters and gender-locked classes in MMOs

One of the reasons I gravitated to and stick by the MMORPG genre in spite of its many ups and downs (oh, so many downs) over the last two decades is the fact that I can play more or less exactly the character I want to play, which is usually female characters. Other genres, even RPGs, have been relatively slow to catch up to what we’ve had here in MMO land right from the start. The idea of a serious MMORPG launching without female toons of some sort is almost unheard of.

I bring this up because of Quantic Foundry’s latest blog post, which delves its Gamer Motivation Profile for data on how gamers feel about being able to play female protagonists. Unsurprisingly, three-quarters of female gamers and a third of male gamers, irrespective of age, consider that option very or extremely important!

For this week’s Massively Overthinking, I asked our mixed-gender staff three questions: what they think about Quantic’s findings, whether they stick to the gender they personally identify as when rolling toons in MMOs, and whether the lack of gender options — or in MMOs’ case, things like gender-locked classes — drive them as nuts as they drive me.

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Marvel Heroes explains tomorrow’s Omega Prestige system, says it will come to PC later

Maybe you’ve heard of this new Marvel Heroes Omega Prestige system and have been wondering, “What in Sam Hill is that all about?” Now there’s a dev diary that goes into more detail about this system, which is coming to consoles tomorrow.

Basically, Omega Prestige is a way to round out your character with visual flair and extra power once you hit the cap. Once you either buy or grind your way into its embrace, the system gives your character an optional glowing aura, two new traits, a faster cooldown for a hero’s ultimate power, better hero synergy bonuses, and a special legendary item.

The system will only initially debut for Spider-Man, although there are “many more” heroes slated for this upgrade in the future. PC players? Well, you’re at the back of the line for this. The PC version of Marvel Heroes won’t be getting this prestige system until after the Omega patch comes to the console game, whenever that may be.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 133: Gaming Gamescom

On this week’s show, Justin and Bree shovel through the mountain of Gamescom reveals, including a trip to World of Warcraft’s Argus and Star Citizen’s elaborate Alpha 3.0 tease. The duo also mourn the premature demise of SkySaga, a promising-looking MMO that got a raw deal from its publisher.

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.

Listen to the show right now:

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Marvel Heroes buffs its console editions with Elektra and Defenders event

The Defenders-themed tie-in event that went live in Marvel Heroes for PC players earlier this week has now landed on Xbox One and PS4 as well, along with consolers’ 41st toon: Elektra, long since playable on PC.

“The new event finds players facing off against members of The Hand for a variety of limited-time rewards. Today’s update also introduces Elektra as a new playable hero. […] To celebrate, Gazillion will also introduce the new Hell’s Kitchen Loot Box, featuring new console costumes for Elektra, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Punisher.”

Gazillion further says that the Omega prestige system is on the way consoles too, starting with Spidey. “Omega Prestige marks the culmination of a hero’s journey and extends the leveling process considerably,” the studio explains. “The first hero eligible for Omega Prestige will be Spider-Man with plans to make more heroes available for Omega Prestige in future updates. Achieving Omega Prestige with Spider-Man — and other characters down the road — unlocks some of the most powerful and visually stunning benefits currently available in Marvel Heroes Omega. Expect more details on the Omega Prestige system and how it works on our official website soon.”

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Perfect Ten: MMO experiments in transmedia synergy

We’re not going to argue that MMORPGs are the dominant form of media entertainment these days, but they do have endurance and a devoted following among gamers. And whenever a crowd of players have been paying into a game for a long time, it will attract the attention and interest of marketers who start wondering what else they could do to siphon off a few more bucks.

Enter “transmedia synergy,” a stupidly awesome term that represents links between two or more forms of media that are connected through the same IP. The thinking here is that fans of one of these forms of entertainment will cross over into the related media and vice-versa, growing an audience together.

Today we’re going to look at 10 experiments in transmedia synergy, for better or for worse, that have attempted to cross over from MMORPG to something else entirely. To make things more challenging, we’re not going to include novels, since we’ve already done that.

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