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Studio known primarily for Marvel Heroes.

Massively OP Podcast Episode 114: Moving to the big city

What does a week where the news douses us in a shower of smaller stories look like? Bree and Justin wring out of their clothes, shaking loose tales of metropolises in the planning, console features, anniversary parties, and dance studios. Maybe it won’t flood the world of MMOs, but it definitely waters the lawns of our interest!

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 Omega’s closed beta begins for PS4 founder pack buyers

The closed beta for Marvel Heroes Omega is now live in the US for PlayStation 4 owners, Gazillion announced just a bit ago. A console launch had been long-anticipated by fans thanks to last year’s leaks and this winter’s poorly received streamlining update, but it was only just confirmed for PS4 a few weeks ago.

This particular leg of the beta is available only until May 15th and only for players who buy in with one of the founder packs, which appear to start at $39.99 $19.99 [cheaper packs have gone online since this post was published] and run up to $59.99 (the $99.99 bundles are for cash-shop currency). Longtime PC players will not be able to transfer characters and accounts to the new platform; that’s because Omega isn’t actually the same build. Indeed, it offers significantly fewer playable heroes as well as the recently announced local co-op mode. The studio has, however, promised that “PC support will continue.” Xbox One play is also on the way; Gaz has promised more details on the beta for that platform and the open beta for PS4 “soon.”

The launch trailer is below.

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Massively Overthinking: Disassembling MMORPGs for parts

This week’s Massively Overthinking comes to us from Xijit — and I think you’ll agree it’s quite timely.

“In light of The Secret World getting reworked into more of a single-player or online-but-not-actually-an-MMO title, what other MMOs would you like to see downgraded from the full MMO format and turned into a single-player-focused or limited multiplayer title?”

I’d like to say I can speak for everyone and say NONE ZERO NEVER STOPPIT. But I bet our staff — and you — can probably think of a few MMOs that might be better suited for a different format. Let’s dive in to this pool full of poop jello and fight it out.

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Marvel Heroes’ console version will include local co-op, beta begins Friday

Add this to the list of cool stuff for console that PC players are unlikely to see: Marvel Heroes Omega is getting a local co-op mode. Gazillion Gameplay Engineer Andrew Hair dropped the news on Twitter this morning.

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The Stream Team: Diving into Marvel Heroes’ Dimensions Collide terminal

Massively OP’s MJ is taking a break from Marvel Heroes’ Midtown madness (sacrilege, we know) in order to dive into the new Dimensions Collide terminal (OK, that’s a good reason!). This will be her first time checking out this terminal, so it is all brand-new to her. Just how topsy-turvy will the world get? Join us live at 9:00 p.m. to peek inside and see how the group fares in this first run.

What: Marvel Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, April 17th, 2017

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 112: Heroic measures

Since it takes a superheroic effort to put on a podcast every week — so many words! so many Star Wars Galaxies references! — Bree and Justin consider themselves in equal company with this week’s superhero news and discussion. From Ship of Heroes to Marvel Heroes to City of Heroes, it’s 300% of your RDA of spandex in one hour!

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 gives players a pep talk over the console announcement

Still feeling all tingly over the recent Marvel Heroes console announcement? It seems like a good fit for the action MMO, even if the console version won’t be as full-fledged (at least hero-wise) as the PC.

Gazillion CEO David Von Dorman — once voted “Most Likely to Become a Supervillain Based on Last Name Alone” — emerged from his techno-fortress to give the community a pep talk today, saying that Marvel Heroes Omega is in a “great place” and that details about the upcoming console releases will be forthcoming.

Von Dorman also threw a bone to the PC master race: “The latest build of Marvel Heroes Omega is in a great place — I can’t wait for you to play it and see for yourselves. While we’re excited to introduce Earth’s mightiest action-RPG to consoles, don’t think for a minute that we’ve forgotten about our PC players who have supported us from the very first day Marvel Heroes launched. Like many great cross-platform free-to-play games, PC support will continue.”

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Marvel Heroes is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as Marvel Heroes Omega

Remember all those rumors about Marvel Heroes maybe someday coming to console, right down to a screenshot of a possible console UI? It’s happening! Gazillion announced this morning that the game is porting over to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this spring as “Marvel Heroes Omega.”

“On behalf of everyone at Gazillion, I’m excited to share news that we’re bringing Marvel Heroes Omega to PS4 this spring,” writes Gazillion Community Manager David Lee on the PlayStation blog. “So what is Marvel Heroes Omega? Marvel Heroes Omega doesn’t really fall into typical genre categories. It draws inspiration from both action-RPGs and MMOs, making it a truly unique blend of non-stop action and near limitless progression!”

According to the Q&A on the official forums, the game is also headed to the Xbox One, though it’ll release separately. Gazillion says it has no plans to transfer characters from PC to PS4; cross-platform play is not happening either. Closed beta will begin soon with lots of perks for paying PS members and an early access program too.

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Marvel Heroes adds Nick Fury to the cast and offers Medusa as a team-up option

The 62nd playable hero has been added to the Marvel Heroes roster, and he is tired of these mother-[REDACTED] snakes on this mother-[REDACTED] plane. He’s Nick Fury, director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and patron saint of ignoring stupid decisions. You can play the cyclopean Samuel L. Jackson avatar with his first two costumes, one based more on the comic book jumpsuit-with-boots, the other one based on the more subdued look from the films.

Of course, if you really want to go the extra mile with making references to Jackson’s most famed cinematic role (warning: cursing), you could team him up with Medusa. Granted, this version of Medusa is one of the Inhumans rather than an explicitly snake-haired monster, but why should that hold you back? Team them up, and then you can clear all sorts of content with a partner who will never get upset when you ask every single enemy you’re killing if they speak English in What.

Source: Nick Fury, Medusa

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Marvel Heroes quietly dishes out compensation for December whoopsie

This one is going to take a little explaining. Apparently, last December someone made a mistake on Gazillion’s side where Marvel Heroes players ended up getting extra stash tabs (and then couldn’t use them). The players were told to delete the mistakenly awarded tabs and that they would be compensated for the flub.

Without advance notice, that compensation snuck into the game today. Players logged in to find that some of them had 600 or even 1,200 eternity splinters waiting for them as a bonus reward. Some of the affected players, however, only received 200 ES so far. Confusion ensued until a player huddle sorted out what happened.

Gazillion took to Reddit ito comment on the compensation. “So the total amount players will receive if they should receive compensation is 1,200 ES. Players who logged in on X-Mas Day and received the stash item qualifies. Thanks for your patience guys.”

Source: Official forums #1, #2, Reddit. Thanks Kalamari and Rain!

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The Stream Team: A look at Logan in Marvel Heroes

Considering that Wolverine is one of her all-time favorite Marvel characters Massively OP’s MJ was surprised to realize she hadn’t played him yet in Marvel Heroes.  That’s about to change: In honor of the release of the movie Logan, she will be playing the hero dressed in the new Old Man Logan costume.  With the 50% more event XP, just how high can she level Wolverine in Midtown madness? Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to place your bets! (No, there won’t be any actual wagers.)

What: Marvel Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 13th, 2017

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Marvel Heroes takes servers offline for database fix

Hope you didn’t loot anything extra special yesterday in Marvel Heroes because there’s a chance that you may have lost it.

Apparently there were some server-side issues with Marvel Heroes’ database yesterday that resulted in the game being taken offline for a few hours to be fixed. While Gazillion isn’t saying much about the issue, players reported that they had problems logging into their characters and getting disconnected prior to it.

There seems to be mixed reports of rollbacks following the server’s restoration, so chances are that your progress is OK, but you’ll probably want to log in to check just to be sure.

Source: Official forums. Thanks Starbuck1771!

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Marvel Heroes changes infinity system to be more flexible

Round robin dispersal is out — and gem mastery is in.

Thus sayeth Gazillion in response to player feedback over Marvel Heroes’ revised infinity system. Players apparently were not too pleased over the “enforced” diversity of the character growth feature, and so the devs have removed the round robin method in favor of a gem mastery system. With this, players can spend their points however they wish, but as there are additional bonuses if you invest heavily in a category, there is some incentive to pool points rather than spread them too thin.

“Gem mastery is a system which provides your hero additional benefits in exchange for spending a certain amount of points in a specific gem page,” Gazillion explained. “These bonuses occur at 50 points spent, at 100 points spent, and at 150 points spent — meaning players with 900 or more points can achieve all three tiers of mastery for all six gem pages should they choose to.”

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