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ARK: Survival Evolved’s August patches introduce otters, new weapons, and new biomes

So remember back in May when Studio Wildcard intimated it’d be holding off on new ARK: Survival Evolved creatures after that May patch so that it could shore up the existing game ahead of the launch? That resolution lasted all of two months. On Friday, the studio posted a bunch of new bits in its community newsletter, including a new creature: the otter. At least it’s adorable?

A week ago, Wildcard announced a three-week delay for the launch of the game (to August 29th), so presumably the devs had some time to kill. With otters. OK, and also with the extra August patch it teased last week.

“There has been a lot of questions regarding what will happen to the development of ARK. Whether there will be additional content added to the base game, in the vein of; new friends to tame, new engrams to learn, items to craft, QOL, gameplay, and optimisation improvements… the answer to all that is yes! We will be continuing to work on the base game, as well as plans for future content in the form of free updates, and DLC (paid and free).”

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ARK: Survival Evolved’s launch has been delayed another three weeks

If you thought ARK: Survival Evolved’s launch this summer couldn’t get any more contentious, go get another box of popcorn as penance. In the middle of the night on Saturday, Studio Wildcard announced a launch delay in its community roundup.

“As of today, ARK has completed its Gold Master and certification for retail release,” the studio says. “This process took a little longer than expected and as a result, our release date has been pushed back to August the 29th. We’re deeply apologetic for those who were negatively affected by the delay; it sucks, it wasn’t what we had wanted, nor planned but where we currently stand. We wanted to address this sooner but did not want to make any statements until we were completely sure of what was going to happen.”

It was meant to launch August 8th, meaning a delay of three weeks, which will also affect the release of the large-scale Ragnarok mod.

The popular dino survivalbox has been in early access for over two years and infamously produced a paid expansion in that time. July hasn’t been the greatest month for the studio; it previously announced a $59.99 base price for the PC version of the game, a fee game dev Dean Hall called “****ing outrageous, then followed that up with a contradictory series of statements about wiping the launch servers in response to rampant exploiting.

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The MOP Up: SamuTale’s massive new world (July 23, 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!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from AstroneerHearthstoneOverwatchClosers OnlineDragon’s Dogma OnlineMu LegendRagnarok OnlineSoulworker OnlineOrbusVRSkyforgeAge of WushuSamuTale, and Crossout, all waiting for you after the break!

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Battle Bards Episode 101: Ragnarok Online

As the Battle Bards cruise into their second hundred episodes, it’s time to cover a very long-lived fantasy MMO from 2002, Ragnarok Online. The game has an… interesting soundtrack and a devoted following in some circles, but as the crew discovered on today’s show, the score is not without its criticisms. It’s time to kick summer vacation to the curb and trumpet another parade of MMO music!

Battle Bards is a bi-weekly podcast that alternates between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around a theme. MOP’s Justin co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunesGoogle PlayTuneInPocket CastsStitcher, and Player.FM.

Listen to Episode 101: Ragnarok Online (or download it) now:

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ARK Survival Evolved won’t wipe exploit-infested servers ahead of August launch

Were you anticipating a wipe ahead of the formal launch of ARK: Survival Evolved in August, especially given all the recent exploits? It’s not happening, Studio Wildcard announced today via press release, “despite a recent rash of cheating and hacking within the game,” which is an odd sort of way to put it. But the studio does have a plan, and that plan seems to be to let everyone voluntarily reroll on clean servers:

“In addition to continuing to operate the legacy servers, on launch date the studio will roll out a fresh cluster network of servers running new code and infrastructure explicitly designed to prevent such issues from occurring in the future.”

Update: This move is in apparent contradiction to the game’s original plans (privately announced earlier this week) to wipe it all as both Kotaku and PC Gamer are reporting. (Thanks Ceder!)

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Ragnarok RE:START progression server closed beta giveaway

Progression servers are the thing to do these days, and old-school MMORPG Ragnarok is getting on board with a new classic experience dubbed Ragnarok RE:START.

“Experience the nostalgia of the classic MMORPG Ragnarok Online with Ragnarok RE:START! iRO takes us back in time to 2003 on their first Progression Server. Experience new content and updates just like the first time! Craft your character as the world evolves by returning to Rune Midgard to party with friends and explore the world with new eyes.”

Want to give it a try? In celebration of the launch, so-and-so has granted Massively OP a truckload of keys for the new server’s headstart. Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys!

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The MOP Up: Gamescom’s big opening by Angela Merkel (June 25, 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 MechWarrior OnlineMu OriginDark Age of CamelotAstellia OnlineMarvel End Time ArenaRagnarok Online, and Guild Wars 2, all waiting for you after the break!

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Record of Lodoss War Online is now playable in the West

Do you ever wish that more imported games would just launch without fanfare? Record of Lodoss War Online has apparently done just that; Gravity Interactive announced its launch in the West last week without fanfare or much flare. Heck, it’s without even much in the way of a fleshed-out site, as the official site is still missing a gallery and in many places is still referring to another game. But it’s there!

For those following along at home, Record of Lodoss War Online is an MMO based on the eponymous anime, which concerns itself with a band of humble adventurers overthrowing an evil overlord. You know, as you do. You’ve got the usual lineup of fantasy characters and races, but if that’s your cup of tea, you can try that out today. Probably.

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The MOP Up: Destiny 2’s class roster (June 18, 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 Twilight SpiritsThe Black DeathConqueror’s BladeWorlds AdriftRagnarok JourneyTERA, WakfuARKGuild Wars 2, and Destiny 2, all waiting for you after the break!

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The MOP Up: ARK’s console editions get a hair-do (March 26, 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 Destiny, Eternal CrusadeElder Scrolls LegendsHearthstonePokemon GoMU LegendLineage IIARKUltima OnlineSword of ShadowsGhost Recon WildlandsRagnarok OnlineHeroes and GeneralsElsword, and Dota 2, all waiting for you after the break!

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Check out Ragnarok Online’s mobile port in action

If you were first getting into online games at the right time, it is eminently possible that you have a variety of warm and fuzzy memories about Ragnarok Online. The game’s mobile version is currently in testing, and Steparu took a look at it to see whether it delivers nostalgia in a pocket-sized package or just bitter disappointment.

Good news! It’s the former, and it’s also pretty playable even if you have no idea how to read Chinese. You can check out videos detailing character creation and the early gameplay experience if you want nostalgia in a form that doesn’t require you actually trying to play a game that’s not in your language, or if you just want to see how it looks in action.

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The MOP Up: Hearthstone cruises down some Mean Streets (December 4, 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 Hearthstone released its Mean Streets of Gadgetzan expansion, making all of us wish that World of Warcraft had a town like this. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from VaingloryIngressFinal Fantasy XI, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Ragnarok Clicker brings the gameplay of Ragnarok Online to the not-gameplay of clicker games

Did you ever feel like the gameplay in Ragnarok Online came down to just clicking on enemies over and over until they died? If so, good news; that’s exactly the gameplay in Ragnarok Clicker. Until you start leveling up your passive DPS heroes, of course; then the gameplay is “sit there and watch numbers go up.” It’s a clicker game, but using terms, sprites, and concepts from Ragnarok Online as you watch your money catapult upward into exponential digits.

The game itself is fundamentally a reskin of Clicker Heroes from the same developer, with all of the same core mechanics. Of course, since Clicker Heroes itself is a charmingly fun take on clicker games, this is not perhaps the growling indictment it might seem at a glance. You can download the game for free on Steam if you feel like clicking away at the game in an offline form right now.

Source: Steam page; thanks to Kanbe for the tip!

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