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NetEase’s Age of Exploration MMO Ocean Legend sets sail for mobile

Multiple new-to-us games calling themselves MMORPGs seem to land on mobile devices every week these days. On our radar today is Ocean Legend. Live on iOS and Android in some soft launch beta hybrid mode, it’s a swashbuckling “Age of Exploration” MMO that’s a mix of Sea of Thieves and Pirates of the Burning Sea and Sword of the New World. Here’s NetEase’s pitch:

“Players take part in the growing naval empires of 15th and 16th century Europe. Choose between four different characters and five separate countries for your own oceanic adventure in the Age of Exploration! In single player mode, join Columbus and his shipmates on their third expedition, battle against pirates, then set out on your own to make a name for yourself as commander of your own fleet.”

Exploration is accomplished through “Cards of Discovery” – History, Theology, Architecture, Art, Biology, and Geography – each of which “opens up a new world of knowledge for players, and an opportunity to travel more and face new challenges, like difficult weather conditions, real navigation, and even other players in multi-player mode.”

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Russia’s Telegram crackdown blocks access to WoW, EVE, and Guild Wars 2

If you play Guild Wars 2, World of Tanks, EVE Online, or World of Warcraft in Russia, you may find that access to these titles has become spotty or non-existent as of late. This is due to the Russian government cracking down on the Telegram messenger app, which came under fire for essentially allowing people to communicate without being spied upon by intrusive government agencies (and then refusing to grant said agencies backdoors into the system). Over 20 million IP addresses have been blocked in the country as of April 17th, a move that has affected many services and sites not related to Telegram.

The crackdown has basically shut down access to the login servers of Guild Wars 2 and EVE Online for some, prompting outrage and frustration among players who suddenly were not able to access their games.

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EVE Fanfest 2018: Andrew Groen on the sequel to his popular EVE Online history book

One of the most common comments you’ll see in articles about big events in EVE Online is that it’s a lot more entertaining to read about than to play, and that’s certainly true if what you’re reading is Empires of EVE. Written by EVE Historian Andrew Groen back in 2015 and published thanks to the support of over 3,000 players through a crowdfunding campaign, Empires of EVE tells the story of some of EVE‘s earliest and most deadly wars and political schisms.

Cutting through all of the propaganda and player self-motivations in a political sandbox like EVE is no small task, and it’s complicated by over a decade of shifting loyalties, misinformation, propaganda, and misremembered events. Andrew is uniquely equipped to cut through many of those issues, collecting as accurate historical records as possible and delivering it all as a coherent, deeply compelling narrative that even plenty of non-players have thoroughly enjoyed. Andrew recently announced that Empires of EVE had broken the 15,000 sales mark, and at EVE Fanfest 2018 he announced a sequel is now in the works.

I caught up with Andrew at Fanfest to find out how the first book’s success has affected him and what the future holds for Empires of EVE: Volume II.

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The Stream Team: World of Tanks celebrates seven years and looks better than ever

Some big changes have happened over at World of Tanks recently, and it’s the perfect day to show them off! WoT celebrates its seventh anniversary today, and Massively OP’s MJ Massively OP’s is showing off the recent graphics overhaul. Tune in live at 3:00 p.m. to see how this game looks better as it ages.

What: World of Tanks
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 12th, 2018

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The sequel to EVE Online’s Empires of EVE book has already funded on Kickstarter

If glossy coffee table books on MMORPGs are your thing, you’ll want to pay attention to Andrew Groen’s second Kickstarter effort: He’s seeking funding for Empires of EVE: Volume II, the sequel to the popular first book covering EVE Online’s community history.

“The historical narrative takes place during EVE Online’s most popular and populous era so far,” Groen explains. “Volume II will chart the rising and falling fortunes of massive and often devious alliances of thousands of players, introduce all-new iconic characters, and investigate the climactic battles that have come to define this era of EVE Online like the Supercap Slaughter at Uemon, the last stand of TEST at 6VDT-H, and the $300,000 Bloodbath at B-R5RB.”

As I type this, it’s more than doubled its $12,500 goal already with almost a month left to go (the first book raised seven times its goal), and the Kickstarter is loaded with sample pages, so yep, this one’s happening. Ten bucks will get you the ebook, on upward from there for the softcover and hardcover editions.

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World of Tanks celebrates Yuri’s Night and its own anniversary with ‘Stellar Bonus’ event

Sick of the same old holidays every year in MMOs? World of Tanks is fond of plucking really good ones out of the void and finding a way to use them in-game. Today’s event is in honor of the International Day of Human Space Flight, probably better known as Yuri’s Night, the celebration of the first manned spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin on April 12th, 1961.

“This double occasion inspired Wargaming and the International Space Station to create a project called Stellar Bonus,” says Wargaming. “On April 12, the ISS will beam holiday boosters full of goodies down to earth. To get your piece of the pie, log into World of Tanks and play one battle during the event.” Loot includes a stack of XP and credit boosters, usable even after the event is over tomorrow morning.

We’ll be streaming the game today at 3 p.m. EDT on OPTV in honor of the game’s anniversary, so check back this afternoon to see how far the game has come!

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World Adrift posts its public roadmap, improves climbing so it doesn’t kill you

The veil of secrecy has been lifted from Worlds Adrift, and now every Tom, Dick, and Jane will be able to know what the team is working on, thanks to the new public roadmap posted on the website.

Soon-to-be-released projects include male haircuts, beards, an updated hotbar, beginner assistance, the Kioki region, alliances, and a public test server for all founders.

Another bit of good news is that an improved version of climbing is now in the game. So how is this new version of climbing better than the old one? “It doesn’t kill you,” said the devs. “We had to make people feel confident that they weren’t going to die.”

Smashing.

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The MOP Up: Paladins’ newest hero will punch your head off (April 8, 2018)

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 Elder Scrolls LegendsFortnitePath of ExileWorld of WarshipsPaladinsArmored WarfareNeverwinterGuild Wars 2OverwatchElder Scrolls OnlineWorld of TanksShot Online, and EVE Online, all waiting for you after the break!

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Occupy White Walls is the most bizarre new MMORPG we’ve seen in years

Are you tired of being a murder hobo in MMORPGs, tasked with little more than mindless slaughter in between gear grinds, achievement hustles, and lockbox shenanigans? If so, you’re going to want to take a look at Occupy White Walls, which is not actually an April Fools’ Day joke. Developer StikiPixels is calling it a “PC sandbox-building, AI-driven MMO where people play with Art,” complete with gobs of actual historical art, architectural assets, and oh yeah, a mysterious AI on the loose throughout the museum-ish setting. The website’s whimsical, quirky prose should give you an idea what you’re getting into.

“Once you’ve built it, fill it. Your aesthetics, your interests even your art. Curate your own collection from hundreds of thousands of artworks, from the old masters to faeces on canvas. Learn, explore and comment on art. You will find art you didn’t know you’ll love and a new generation of artists will find the audience they deserve. Don’t know anything about art? No matter. Our Radical AI Discovery Engine (D.A.I.S.Y) learns your taste in art and helps you find art you’ll love, and keep you away from stuff you’ll loathe.”

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Dark Age of Camelot’s killer bunny will make you soil your armor

Oh crap. You weren’t good this year, were you. Instead of getting the Cadbury Bunny, with all of its chocolate-sugar bomb goodness, your indescretions have summoned the killer bunny to Dark Age of Camelot. Woe is you! Woe is us!

Returning for the game’s spring event, the killer bunny can be fought by a group of knock-kneed knights (holy hand grenade sold separately). If you can manage to kill him by April 16th, you’ll get your choice of special items.

For the faint of heart, DAoC is offering egg-collecting quests, event vendors, and an array of XP, RP, BP, and crafting bonuses in various areas.

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The Game Archaeologist: A Tale in the Desert

Once asked what he thought was the most innovative MMO from the last decade, Dr. Richard Bartle, the creator of MUD, gave a succinct answer: “A Tale in the Desert. Note that ‘innovative’ doesn’t necessarily mean ‘successful.'”

Right there is the crux of A Tale in the Desert’s unique position in the MMO industry. Instead of storming down a path well-traveled, it took a machete and made its own trail — a trail down which few have followed. It is an “odd duck” of a game, skewing as far away from combat as possible to focus instead on crafting and politics. Even though its focus pegged it as an eternally niche game, the MMO proved that constant fighting isn’t the only thing that can draw an online community together.

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Ultima Online’s F2P trial is coming in early April while DAOC hotfixes classes

The Ultima Online team is hard at work “crushing bugs” and preparing for the launch of Endless Journey. The free-to-play Publish 99 is being tentatively planned for early April and will be followed by a strong push to eliminate as many bugs as possible with Publish 100.

Adjustments are still in the works for Ultima Online’s free trial: “We know there has been a lot of discussion related to the amount of storage that Endless Journey accounts will have access to. We are still actively developing means of allowing Endless Journey accounts access to some level of secure storage.”

Also worth pointing out is that all existing accounts have been upgraded through the Stygian Abyss expansion, even if you never paid for any of them. Awesome.

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Tamriel Infinium: Where did the Elder Scroll Online Summerset come from?

Even though I don’t believe that Summerset was the best choice for the next expansion for the Elder Scrolls Online, that doesn’t mean that the chapter is without merit. According to ZeniMax Online Creative Director Rich Lambert, Summerset will be bigger and have more to do than Morrowind. It’s hard to believe that the actual island is bigger, but I do believe that there is much more playable area on Summerset than on Vvardenfell because it doesn’t have a giant volcano sitting in the middle of it taking up a lot of room.

Because this island hasn’t been seen since Elder Scrolls: Arena, it’s hard to know what to expect from this land. We know that certain things exist, like the Crystal Tower and the home of the Psijic Order Artaeum, but we haven’t ever really seen some of these places in any games.

Because I’m a lore buff, I’d like to take a few moments to talk about the first settlers of the Summerset Isles, the Aldmer and their “purest” descendants, the Altmer. But really, I’m only going to be able to scratch the surface of this deep and isolated culture.

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