Studio known primarily for Marvel Heroes.

Trove’s subclassing system launches with Eclipse next week

A total solar eclipse isn’t a common event — the continental US hasn’t seen one in almost 40 years. So it makes a lot of sense for games to take advantage of the occasion, and that’s exactly what Trion is doing with Trove next week with its Eclipse update.

The highlight of that update isn’t eclipse glasses, although perhaps it should be: It’s actually the subclassing system that we’ve been stoked about for months. It’s probably going to remind you more of Marvel Heroes than of Guild Wars, as each of the existing classes, when taken as a subclass on a character, will provide a specific passive bonus — but it’s based on your power level in that other class. So since my mains are a Tomb Raiser and Candy Barb, I could take Candy Barb as the subclass on my Tomb Raiser for this bonus:

“Provides extra Stability and has a chance to drop candy when damaging an enemy. The candy increases attack and either movement speed or healing.”

Which I will do because candy. But the exciting bit is that it provides people a reason to play multiple classes and benefits those with a deep bench on their account. Check out the whole list of bonuses on the official site — spot any obvious synergies?


The Stream Team: Checking out Marvel Heroes’ Carnage

The newest hero to join Marvel Heroes’ roster is a bit of a violent fellow, but that’s not turning Massively OP’s MJ away from checking him out. She is ready to see just how much carnage Carnage can create in Midtown. Will she find another character to add to her list of favorites, or will his antics be less-than-appealing to her? Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. as she plays this villain-turned-hero for the first time.

What: Marvel Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, August 7th, 2017

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Marvel Heroes tempts console players into spending with its VIP account promotion

It’s been said that if a studio can lure a player into making an initial purchase online through its game store, then the chances of that player spending more in the future rise significantly.

So this is undoubtedly the hope of Marvel Heroes, which is attempting to convince Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players to drop some cash on the store in exchange for “VIP account status.” Basically this means that once a player buys something, anything, he or she will unlock Nightcrawler as a hero and receive several permanent benefits such as 5% bonus XP, 5% bonus credits, 10 extra stash slots, a free lockbox, and five eternity splinters every day.

Get the full scoop after the jump!

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Marvel Heroes unleashes maximum Carnage

What have you done, Marvel Heroes? What have you done? Oh sure, it’s understandable that you’d want to get a new playable character to PC players, especially in a year where that crowd might be feeling a little left out with all of your attention on the console version. But did you have to unleash a shape-shifting, remorseless serial killer? That seems a little extreme.

It’s with a heavy heart that we must let you know that, yes, Carnage is now available as a character in Marvel Heroes’ roster. The alien symbiote joins the cast as the game’s 63rd superhero due to his supposed reformation.

“Inverted by the events of Axis, Carnage appears to be acting heroic…kind of,” the team said. “Still prone to his violent tendencies, Carnage now fights on the side of the heroes, hacking up any bad guys who cross his path.”

Take a peek at this playable “hero” after the break!

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 127: EVE walks no more

On this week’s show, Justin and Bree recount the odd history of Walking in Stations, debate the Mordor pre-order, tackle a trio of MMO updates, talk with ARK’s soundtrack composer, and more!

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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Global Chat: Learning from Master X Master

We’ve certainly remarked several times on Massively OP how much like an MMO Master X Master is, even though it firmly checks the “MOBA” box on its census form. With so much similarity and bleedover between the gameplay genres, is there something that MMOs can learn from this title?

Occasional Hero seems to think so and has pulled out three lessons from his experience, including altaholic pride: “As someone who loves playing an army of alts rather than a single character, I really like the idea of a game with a whole bunch of characters that I can switch between as I feel like it. It’s one of the reasons why I love Marvel Heroes so much, despite the fact that the gameplay revolves around doing the same content over and over. And the reason why playing a bunch of different characters/classes is fun in a game like Marvel Heroes or Master X Master is that they each have a unique gimmick.”

Join us for more interesting MMO discussions from gaming blogs after the break, including a strange revival for EverQuest Online Adventures, a new way to experience World of Warcraft, and first steps into Secret World Legends!

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Marvel Heroes opens up Carnage PC preorders

In our newsroom, I had this article listed as just “Marvel Carnage,” and I suspect that led other writers to avoid it — what drama could it possibly be now? But in fact, this is the good kind of Carnage — the playable kind.

“Carnage is coming to PC soon,” the Marvel Heroes team has announced. “Pre-order him today, and get 10% off his Hero Pack! His Hero Pack includes both his first costumes (Carnage Classic [Default Costume] and Carnage Spider-Carnage (ENHANCED) at a discount!”

“Homicidal maniac Cletus Kasady was serving out his life sentence in prison when a new cellmate moved in, Eddie Brock aka Venom. In the midst of a jailbreak, the Venom symbiote spawned an offspring that bonded to Cletus, creating a symbiote that was stronger and deadlier than either Spider-Man or Venom. Known for cutting brutal and bloody swaths throughout the country he has more than earned the name: Carnage! Inverted by the events of Axis, Carnage appears to be acting heroic… kind of. Still prone to his violent tendencies, Carnage now fights on the side of the heroes, hacking up any bad guys who cross his path.”

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Marvel Heroes is now ‘Omega’ on Steam for PC players (without Omega content)

Say, what’s that enormous download chugging up your Steam? Oh no biggie, just Marvel Heroes again… Marvel Heroes Omega, that is. Yes, it’s July 2017, and Marvel Heroes’ PC version has finally shed its 2016 name and joined the consoles!

Well, in name, anyway.

“Starting today July 7, 2017, Marvel Heroes 2016 (the PC version) becomes Marvel Heroes Omega to better align with the recently released Xbox One and PlayStation 4 console releases,” Gazillion wrote on its forums. “Having the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One games under one brand prevents confusion and moves toward releasing future updates that are more in-tune with one another. Like many successful cross-platform free-to-play titles, it is our intent that the PC version of Marvel Heroes Omega remains the lead product.”

So don’t get too excited; the PC hasn’t actually received the actual Omega content yet, and today’s patch is chiefly bug fixes. New costumes for consoles, though!

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The Stream Team: The Fantastic Four take on Marvel Heroes’ Daily Bugle

With the Spider-Man Homecoming movie releasing this week, Marvel Heroes has introduced a new terminal: Daily Bugle. Massively OP’s MJ is going to go check it out, but not as Spider-Man. Instead, she going to join a group as The Fantastic Four to mourn the loss of those characters from the game’s store. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. as she flaunts the Fantastic Four with abandon!

What: Marvel Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, July 3rd, 2017

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Marvel Heroes officially launches on Xbox One today

Marvel Heroes is officially out on all the things today with the formal launch of Marvel Heroes Omega on Xbox One, which itself follows the launch of the game on PlayStation 4. Next month, Gazillion is launching open beta on toasters. Not really, but I’d probably play that too.

“With thousands of hours of character progression, over 100 costumes, and an ever-growing roster of playable heroes and rewards, Marvel Heroes Omega comes packed with tons of replay value and a steady stream of new challenges coming in regular updates, says Gaz, though don’t forget about the recent Fantastic Four license kerfuffle.

Check out the launch trailer and stay tuned for a fun stream from MJ and the MOPpets on Monday!

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Marvel Heroes clamps down on Fantastic Four characters due to licensing issues

Something bizarre and decidedly non-fantastic is going on over at Marvel Heroes. Gazillion made an earth-shattering post on the forums yesterday to say that the company was ceasing sales of Fantastic Four heroes and related costumes as of July 1st due to a new licensing agreement. Players who want to buy them with splinters will have until 5:00 p.m. EDT today to do so.

The licensing restrictions seem mostly concerned with Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, The Thing, Human Torch, and Silver Surfer, but not Doctor Doom. Many Fantastic Four costumes will be pulled from sale as well, including some for other characters such as Spider-Man, Ghost Rider, and Doctor Doom. Players who have these characters will still be able to play them following the 1st, and they will reportedly still be supported with balance tweaks and so on.

As Fox has owned the movie rights to Fantastic Four for a while now, it stands to reason that the removal of the playable characters and their reduced presence elsewhere in the game is a result of a conflict between Marvel Studios and Fox Studios.

The post and related forum thread has since been yanked for unknown reasons along with a redacted blog post about Xbox One Founders Packs. It hasn’t stopped players from lamenting the oncoming (Sue) storm. You can read the full deleted post below:

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Marvel Heroes is removing a la carte costumes and making lockboxes easier to get on consoles

If you’re playing Marvel Heroes on console and were hoping for a change in how the game handles lockboxes and individual costumes, the good news is that a change is coming. The bad news, though, is what sort of change is coming. On June 30th, all individual costumes for characters will no longer be available for purchase; instead, they’ll all be part of a rotating set of costumes available within lockboxes, with a chunk of boxes being awarded automatically at certain leveling milestones.

Players are not particularly happy about this change as a whole, since it addresses the problem of “some costumes are only available by random chance” by making all costumes random. A developer response assures players that there will be other means to acquire lockboxes through gameplay, but that doesn’t address the central complaint about removing any control over costume rewards. The developers have also stated that the previous a la carte model simply wasn’t sustainable in the longer term, but that alone is unlikely to mollify players.

Source: Official Site, Reddit (1,2), Twitter; thanks to Eric for the tip!


The Stream Team: More Marvel Heroes anniversary madness

It’s the final week of the big Marvel Heroes anniversary celebration, and that means all of the events are turned on! Of course, that means that Massively OP’s MJ has to dive in and collect as much cake as possible to get all the goodies. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to join in the festivities.

What: Marvel Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 26th, 2017

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