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Shroud of the Avatar preps 46th release, focuses on ‘player direction’ inside the world

It’s almost the end of the month, and you know what that means: Shroud of the Avatar’s monthly update. R46 is due out this Thursday, a day after the current free trial period ends. Portalarium has posted a top 10 list of priorities for updates, the current version of which highlights load times, client FPS, loot rewards, story polish, AI, UI, the newbie experience, locatlization, launch prep, and improved player direction, something our own Eliot Lefebvre isolated as a problem during his recent CMA series with the game. As the studio put it,

“Currently we rely on some very subtle and ‘immersive’ indicators for information in the world (ex. piles of skulls to indicate scene difficulty). We are going to provide much clearer indication of information. For example, on the overworld all towns will have clear indicators of their town type (POT, NPC, etc.). We will also indicate whether you have a quest in a scene, a clearer label of the scene’s difficulty, perhaps even an indicator of what services a scene might provide (bank, mail, blessings, etc.). We will also start providing more on screen indicators of this information, so that while you are in a scene you will better know what kind of scene it is, what difficulty it is, whether you have quests in the scene, etc. We will also work hard to polish the maps and compasses to better guide you to and from your quests, homes, services, points of interests, scene exits, etc.”

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TERA outlines the rest of its 2017 plans

Don’t you like it when a studio meticulously plans ahead and then gives you a nice and tidy timeline of those plans? TERA isn’t keeping you in the dark with its fall schedule, posting a development roadmap on the site today that points to the future of this action MMO.

Coming in October is a ton to do and see, including Halloween, an overhaul to enchanting and gear progression, and a pair of dungeons that will send players running through a weapons facility and a biomechanical kennel. The Arsenal content update is scheduled for October 10th. Sounds fun!

The Elin Gunner combo is scheduled to arrive in November, and past that is the return of the Broken Prison, a new open world hunting event, the Wintera holiday, and the Human Male Brawler class.

Get a look at October’s Arsenal update after the break!

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Shroud of the Avatar stuffs in more dragons, preps for Halloween

Shroud of the Avatar’s Release 46 is right around the corner, and when it arrives, so do the dragons. For the patch, the team has rebuilt the Northwest Blackblade Mountains zone, giving it a taste of flame and fire. The area is now described as “a devastated arid landscape of dragon bones, mesas, sand, and possible dragon encounters.” So kind of like your younger brother’s room.

The team is keeping its eyes on Halloween as it approaches, as well. Themed decorations, a wicked scythe, and a new grim reaper statue is in the works, but the highlight of this year’s holiday will be the construction of a special “prison home” for players who… want to lock up their guests? We guess?

To mark the recent passing of Richard Garriott’s mother, the team created an in-game Exodus portrait that players can purchase for $15. Some of the proceeds will go to a children’s museum that she supported in her life.

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Whatever happened to Black Gold, Order and Chaos Online, and Eden Eternal?

Ever pause during your day and find yourself wondering, “Whatever happened to that game?” With hundreds upon hundreds of online titles these days, it’s surprisingly easy for MMOs to fall through the cracks and become buried as more aggressive or active games take the spotlight.

Well, every so often we here at Massively Overpowered find ourselves curious what has transpired with certain MMOs that we haven’t heard from in quite a while. Have we missed the action and notices? Has the game gone into stealth maintenance mode? What’s the deal? What has it been up to lately?

That’s when we put on our detective hats and go sleuthing. Today we look at whatever happened to Black Gold, Order and Chaos Onlineand Eden Eternal.

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Smuggler’s Run is live in Grand Theft Auto Online today

Grand Theft Auto Online doesn’t want to be left out of the ridiculous launch-day extravaganza the end of August is having, which is why Rockstar’s just launched the Smuggler’s Run update.

“With a name that’s a nod to an early classic from the Rockstar Games catalog, Smuggler’s Run opens up the air corridors above Los Santos and Blaine County, providing new business opportunities while introducing a range of planes, choppers and even ultralights as highly viable options for transporting criminal cargo across the state – simultaneously opening up some creative new methods of dispatching any rival gangs along the way. Smuggler’s Run delivers a massive range of new, customizable aircraft perfect for any mission along with expansive new aircraft hangars in which to stash your fleet of fantastic flying machines.”

Expect seven new aircraft from “getaway racers” to zippy badasses that only look like hunks ‘o junk, plus a couple of cars for the landbound gangsters and a new scavenger hunt-themed adversary mode called Motor Wars. There are even new tats. Try not to die!

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Grand Theft Auto Online launches Smuggler’s Run next week

GTAV and GTAO are having a good summer, sitting at the tippy-top of SuperData’s console revenue charts for the last couple of months in spite of the modding fiasco last spring. So why stop there? Rockstar isn’t — it’s launching the Smuggler’s Run update on August 29th.

“With a name that’s a nod to an early classic from the Rockstar Games catalog, Smuggler’s Run opens up the air corridors above Los Santos and Blaine County, providing new business opportunities while introducing a range of planes, choppers and even ultralights as highly viable options for transporting criminal cargo across the state – simultaneously opening up some creative new methods of dispatching any rival gangs along the way. Smuggler’s Run delivers a massive range of new, customizable aircraft perfect for any mission along with expansive new aircraft hangars in which to stash your fleet of fantastic flying machines.”

The studio’s also busy prepping a fall update with vehicle racing, new wheeled vehicles, new competitive adversary modes, and holiday stuff — yep, bonus point for being the first Halloween tease of the year. The new trailer’s down below.

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The MOP Up: Black Desert shows pet love (August 20, 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 NeverwinterElder Scrolls LegendsElite DangerousSWTORMapleStoryHyper UniverseSMITETravian OnlineDiablo IIIFigureheadsPokemon GoHeroes and GeneralsRappelzUltima OnlineSoulworker OnlineBlack Desert, and Gigantic, all waiting for you after the break!

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Chaos Theory: What we want out of the Secret World Legends TV show

Wow. So I had no intention of crafting another Chaos Theory this week. I had plans. Other plans. But then the Secret World Legends announcement hit the airwaves on Monday and all other thoughts left my head as I sat there, stunned. I just couldn’t think of anything else. Could it be real? Was SWL really going to be made into a television series? Holy guacamole, it is! A pipe dream I have wished for five years is actually announced and in the works.

I’ve been pretty vocal about how much I want more story from SWL. Story is what this game does so right, and I just can’t get enough. I’ll probably never get enough! There are so many characters I want to know more about, so much history in locations that I’d love to delve deeper into, and so many fascinating events that we know only know the aftermath of that I’d love to witness firsthand. The IP is so rich with possibilities. I knew that the game would never, ever be able to sate my appetite for more, so I had wished long and hard that other avenues might present themselves: short stories, graphic novels, movies, and yes, television series. I can’t even describe how excited I am for the development of more story from this world. Is there risk? Yes, I get that. But the possibility of so much greatness is there! I seriously can’t wait. Imagine it, 30 to 50 minute cut scenes!

With so many possibilities, what could/should the TV show focus on? I have my opinions. Here are some specifics I’d love to see developed further for our viewing pleasure.

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Ultima Online is giving away six ‘grandfathered’ castles for its 20th anniversary

While Ultima Online these days allows players to own only a single house on a production shard per account, that rule will be broken for six lucky winners of a new giveaway. For the game’s 20th anniversary this year, Broadsword is awarding six “grandfathered” castles — likely worth hundreds of dollars each — as additional premium homes to a half-dozen fortunate recipients on the shard of their choice.

So how can you get one? “Three of these castles will be raffled off live and in person at the 20th Anniversary party in September, and for those of you who cannot attend, three will be raffled off via a raffle stone on Test Center 1 that has been placed today at the New Haven Bank!”

Meanwhile, the game’s newest update, Publish 98, has begun its rollout with a worldwide release happening on August 15th. The update contains a 20th anniversary arc, special rewards, pet adjustments, and the return of the Halloween event. Seriously, what’s with MMOs bringing Halloween into August this year?

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Istaria kicks off Halloween early with a community contest

It makes sense, sort of, that in an MMO where you can dress up as a dragon year-round that Halloween might be a favored holiday. In any case, Istaria is certainly getting the jump on the ghosts and ghouls of the fall holiday by staging a fall festival contest right now.

Players are being encouraged to put their artistic skills to work with the theme of “things that go bump in the night.” Short stories, mural designs, and mask paintings are all needed, and it sounds like the team might incorporate the best of these into the fall festival itself. The winners will get a special title and perhaps something more.

The contest will run through September 16th, with the winners declared on September 30th. Curious what this MMO’s been up to over the past year? We recently investigated what’s been happening with Istaria and found out a few interesting results.

Source: Fall Festival Contest. Thanks, Aywren!

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Elder Scrolls Online puts a high hall on the market

Sure, you could be content with your little one-room cell for the bare minimum of comfort and space, but if you’re going to be investing in Elder Scrolls Online’s housing market, why not move into something worthy of your status?

This month, the MMO is introducing one of its grandest player housing options yet: Hakkvild’s High Hall. It’s a roomy and spacious building with a great view at the top of the town. Not sold yet? It also has convenient access to the family crypts. Perfect for Halloween. The hall is coming to computers on August 14th and consoles on August 28th.

ESO has a few other new options in the crown store coming in August, such as a few new costume sets, a Daedric Set of Azura package of housing decor, a wolf mount, a mechanical spider mount, a handful of pets, and the neat-looking ebony epidermis skin.

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Ultima Online starts testing its fall update while Dark Age of Camelot continues its Dragon’s Curse campaign

Let’s check in with the Broadsword MMOs to see what’s happening in its part of the online world, shall we?

Ultima Online has kicked off testing on Publich 98, a meaty fall patch that includes 20th anniversary rewards, the return of the Halloween event, new beasts for the Huntmaster’s Challenge, and pet adjustments. The team also teased 20th anniversary content: “A multi-part arc will be active on production shards during the months of August and September, 2017.”

Over at Dark Age of Camelot, the fifth chapter of the Dragon’s Curse campaign is underway. This time players will take up arms to defeat the leaders of the Cursed uprising. The current campaign is scheduled to roll out over the rest of 2017, concluding in December.

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Secret World Legends posts roadmap for the next year

Funcom is making good on its promise to post a development roadmap for Secret World Legends, as it just put up the schedule of releases and events for the remainder of 2017.

Restoring content to bring SWL up to TSW’s level is the immediate priority, with additional Transylvania quests, the full Tokyo map, raids, and both the Halloween and winter events slated to unlock over the coming months. There will also be the new 40-player lair “mega-bosses” to fight come August.

Skipping to the end of the roadmap, SWL plans to progress past what The Secret World had to offer with a “Dark Agartha” and a new system that will allow players to recruit their own agents and send them out on missions by the end of this year or the start of the next. But what about the story?

“As a results of the events that ended at the top of the Orochi Tower, continue the main story mission and follow up on a lead which will send you on your way to a brand new continent,” the studio teased.

Source: Secret World Legends. Cheers, Missing Lynx!

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