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The Stream Team: Dabbling in the Dauntless alpha

The Dauntless alpha started yesterday, and thanks to server issues, Massively OP’s MJ had difficulty getting in. But today she is determined to check this new game out! Will she be impressed like Andrew was during his E3 play test? Join us live at 8:00 p.m. to see as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you a first look at…

What: Dauntless
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, August 19th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Rescuing the raptors in ARK

When Massively OP’s MJ tried to settle on an ARK beach, she didn’t know it was going to be alpha central! And now there are two tamed raptors who need to be transported to a safer place so they can hunt and grow stronger. That means MJ has to live long enough to get back to the raptors, get them boarded onto a boat, and sail off to the new home — all without dying. And as she has come to know, dying is an everyday (every hour, even every minute) occurrence on this procedurally generated ARK. Tune in live at 4:00 p.m. to watch the endeavor unfold.

What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 4:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, August 19th, 2016

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Dauntless’ founder alpha has begun

Don’t miss our hands-on with Dauntless from E3!
We’ve been keeping an eye on Dauntless, the sci-fantasy online co-op action RPG from the former BioWare, Riot, and Blizzard devs now fronting Phoenix Labs, ever since its first reveal back in December. Today, regular gamers can leap in themselves — at least if they’ve ponied up the 40 80 bucks needed for a founder’s pack with access to the alpha. [Thanks for the clarification, jinarra!] Otherwise you’ll be waiting until the game launches later this year, at which time it’ll be free-to-play.

Following his E3 hands-on with the game, MOP’s Andrew Ross said the game was surprisingly solid and natural, impressive even, though he worried over rival Monster Hunter World.

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The Stream Team: Exploring Bloodroot Forge in Elder Scrolls Online’s Horns of the Reach

What is lurking in Bloodroot Forge ? Massively OP’s MJ just got ESO’s latest DLC Horns of the Reach and she is eager to explore this new dungeons. She has no idea what she will find there, though. Will it be great glory and rewards, or death and destruction? What monsters will she face? Join us live at 3:00 p.m. as MJ delves into the new dungeon. Perhaps she will even make it out alive!

What: The Elder Scrolls Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, August 17th, 2017

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Deep-diving Gloria Victis’ swordplay and siege warfare

We’re in the midst of a sort of sandbox renaissance, with numerous sandbox titles under development and more seeming to scuttle out of the woodwork on a regular basis, all vying for the attention of the masses of gamers weary of the World-of-Warcraft-inspired theme park formula that has dominated the market for so long. Among these contenders is Gloria Victis from indie developer Black Eye Games, a medieval, low-fantasy title that aims to meld an open-world sandbox MMO with the frantic swordplay action popularized by games like Mount and Blade and Chivalry.

Gloria Victis, like many of its compatriots in this new wave of sandbox MMOs, is still in development, but players can get a look at the current state of the game through Steam’s Early Access program. But if you’re one of the many who are (justifiably) wary of dropping money on unreleased games, don’t fret: I’ve taken the plunge in your stead to take a look at how things are shaping up.

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Choose My Adventure: Finding my way in Shroud of the Avatar

Heading into Shroud of the Avatar for the first time was a bit of a strange experience for me, right from the start. Usually, when I start playing a new game, I start forming impressions and then spend the next few weeks refining those impressions in either direction. This time, I am utterly unsure of how I feel about the game, and I suspect that the next few weeks are going to make that more complex, not less.

And part of me can’t help but wonder if some of that is just a matter of missing vital reference points.

I don’t mean that in the sense of the game being actually impenetrable; it’s just that I find myself constantly asking if something that bugs me is, in fact, exactly the way it’s supposed to be for fans of the genre and Garriott’s prior work. Which is a trip, let me tell you that. I’m staggering through dark woods, getting my throat chewed on by a wolf, and I’m seized with the urge to ask the wolf if this is, in fact, an intended portion of design. You know, between bites of my trachea.

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The Stream Team: Following Secret World Legends’ Tyler Freeborn into the sea

Massively OP’s MJ has followed the trail Tyler Freeborn left behind in Secret World Legends all the way to the edge of the sea. Now, it’s time to wrap up this story. MJ knows what is coming, and she’s excited to take you there. You don’t want to miss this (unless you don’t want spoilers, of course!). Join us live at 9:00 p.m. for the conclusion of one of the best mission arcs in SWL.

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Trekking into Conan Exiles’ new Frozen North expansion

Forget the parched desert, Massively OP’s MJ is ready to play in the snow! Conan Exiles has opened its new biome, and it is full of that cold powder. And trees! Of course MJ can’t resist running out to explore, even if she isn’t really prepared to survive there; there is much more than just the cold waiting to snuff out her life. Well, who needs to survive anyhow? It’s not like this is a survival game. Oh, wait. Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. for a glimpse into the The Frozen North expansion.

What: Conan Exiles
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

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The Stream Team: A first look at Just Survive’s big revamp

Are you curious about the big Just Survive revamp? Massively OP’s MJ is excited to dive in and check out the changes or herself. The world looks more polished and vibrant, the beginning experience appears better (and more survivable!), and the exploration looks more fun. But the proof will be in the actual play, so tune in live at 6:00 p.m. for a first look at the brand-new (or newly branded)…

What: Just Survive
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

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Epic is working on a ‘hardcore survival version’ for Fortnite

Epic’s early access PvE-centric survival sandbox Fortnite has been heavily criticized for having a messy, micromanagey progression system that is inextricably linked to its pay-to-progress business model, but Epic says it’s listening to the feedback. “We’re in early access,” the studio’s Zak Phelps says in the game’s most recent dev video. “We want feedback. It’s a first version!”

Phelps, along with Epic’s Darren Sugg, say that the team is currently working on a “sort of hardcore survival version” of the game that’ll actually last up to an actual fortnight in-game (works out to about 3.5 hours real-time). Expect that big update coming later this summer.

The game’s latest teeny patch was intended to fix several crashes and memory leaks but appears to have introduced (or perhaps exacerbated) an XP display bug, so don’t freak out about that. Massively OP’s MJ Guthrie got some hands-on time with the game earlier this month; that’s down below, along with Epic’s latest dev chat.

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The Stream Team: A Jackal assassination in Warframe

As much as Massively OP’s MJ wants to complete all the missions on Venus, she heard that there’s a pet to be had on Mercury — a cuddly kubrow pup! That means she’s eager to finish up the requirements for the Mercury Junction, other missions be darned! All she has left to do is defeat Jackal at Fossa, so an assassination is in order. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. as MJ offs everything standing in the way of getting her puppy.

What: Warframe
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, August 14th, 2017

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Ubisoft on Skull and Bones’ business model, ‘treasure chest’ lootboxes, and live events

If you thought that Ubisoft’s Skull and Bones pirate MMO wasn’t going to have lootboxes, seriously, what rock are you living under? (And is it comfy? And can you maybe scoot over and make room for the rest of us?)

In a new interview with Gamespot, Ubisoft creative director Justin Farren says that the studio is going for “more of a service-based approach so that when you pay for this game, you have a commitment from us to develop content, new gameplay, modes, new content for the player to earn, and then of course, new regions to explore, and those things will unfold as the game launches and provide service over time.”

“We don’t want to create pay to win,” he says. “We don’t want to create something where players have to pay to compete. Our PvP is completely horizontal in a way that gives players a chance to develop their skills and compete against other players.”

But Overwatch-style lootboxes are definitely still on the table.

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The Stream Team: A first look at Foxhole

Massively OP’s MJ has played sandboxes set in space, in prehistoric times, in apocalyptic wastelands, and in fantasy worlds. But until now, she hasn’t played one set in the world war eras! Foxhole has hit early access, and she is heading in to check it out. Unlike many games of these eras that are lobby-based, Foxhole is a persistent world. MJ’s not feeling especially keen on the combat side of things, but she can also participate in the other strategy elements like resources, supply lines and base building. Join us live at 6:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you a first look at…

What: Foxhole
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, August 12th, 2017

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