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PSA: Tree of Savior is merging its servers on March 13, and you may not keep all your toons

Server merges are descending upon Tree of Savior, at least in North America and South East Asia.

“We would like announce our plans to merge game servers in regions currently operating two servers, i.e. North America and Southeast Asia,” IMC Games announced earlier today. “The merge of servers is expected to take place on March 13, 2018.” Where you’re going is pretty simple: The two western servers will merge into one of the existing pair (Klaipedia), while the new South East Asian servers will merge into Telsiai.

How you’re getting there is less simple. Players with characters and guilds on both servers should pay close attention, as the company has stated that the server on which you’ve got the highest total experience accumulated on all your toons, followed by server on which you have the most guilded toons, will determine which team you keep. The same goes for “excess” characters; if you have too many toons for the slots you’re allowed to have, you could be outta luck.

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The Daily Grind: Is ‘naming-and-shaming’ MMO cheaters a good idea?

Last week on Reddit, an EVE Online player begged CCP to organize a wall of shame for botters – essentially an online list of those caught cheating, with character names and corps to boot. This, he argued, would not only prove to the community that cheaters were being banned but allow players to “self-police” those corps “actively harbouring bots.”

You’re probably making a face right now imagining just what EVE players might do with such a list, but then again, we’re talking about botters here. I’m more curious whether you folks actually believe those are effective or a good idea in general. Several EVE players said it’d never happen because of European laws, but in fact we’ve written articles about multiple MMO studios naming-and-shaming cheaters: Guild Wars 2, Riders of Icarus, H1Z1, Tree of Savior, and Mechwarrior Online, just to name the first five I found by searching the last three years of our own site.

Is “naming-and-shaming” MMO cheaters with a “wall of shame” a good idea, or should studios that famously ban the wrong people maybe stay away from painting targets on customers’ backs?

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Tree of Savior adds four classes, increases level cap

If Tree of Savior has been off of your radar for a while, perhaps it’s time to give it a solid ping this week. The MMOARPG dropped an absolutely massive December content update that added, among other things, four classes and increased the level cap.

Character and companion level caps were bumped up to level 360 with the December 12th patch, and the maximum character rank is now 9. Four new classes joined the roster, one for each archetype: Matador, Shadowmancer, Bullet Marker, and Zealot. Players can jump into these new classes without meeting the requirements until December 26th.

It doesn’t stop there, either. The update threw in a new challenge mode, activated daily rewards for a couple of weeks, added the First Shelter raid, allowed players to dismantle items, and included a “looting chance” stat for obvious benefits.

Coming back to Tree of Savior after a while away? The team put together a returning player guide to aid in the process.

Source: Patch notes

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The MOP Up: Neverwinter’s green beetle fiasco (May 21, 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 TERARendTree of SaviorDragon NestNeverwinterArmored WarfareEVE OnlineOverwatchARKWakfuDestiny, and Pokemon Go, all waiting for you after the break!

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The MOP Up: Warface meets Crysis (April 30, 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 Conan ExilesOsirisFinal Fantasy XIUltima OnlineTree of SaviorLineage IIWarfaceGames of GloryElswordSplatoonSkyforge, all waiting for you after the break!

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Tree of Savior is in the midst of a massive combat and leveling do-over

Earlier this month, Tree of Savior dropped a bomb on the beta playerbase with the news that its combat and experience will be completely dismantled and overhauled. IMCGames says it hopes to make the damage system over the course of character development more consistent, thereby setting a “better foundation” for its future PvP and GvG plans.

There will be a reset event, so don’t worry about borked characters: “To compensate players for the balance changes, we want to prepare an event where you can reset your stats, skills and class ranks at an event NPC. The NPC will provide one stat, skill and rank resetting item per day that can be used a single time and for one day only.”

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The MOP Up: Scorpio’s doomsday device (April 9, 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 Pokemon GoDCUOPortal KnightsEscape from TarkovFinal Fantasy XILOTROWorld of TanksStar Trek OnlineArmored WarfareTree of SaviorPath of Exile, and Worlds Adrift, all waiting for you after the break!

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Tree of Savior runs dual promotional events

If you have nothing better to do this week, why not check out Tree of Savior? The action-RPG MMO is looking to recruit brand-new players and is running a promotional campaign to seduce lonely souls into its game world.

The first-time player event awards any fresh accounts with a dump truck’s worth of boost packs — 19 in all, believe it or not. There are two caveats to the packs, however. The first is that they are locked until the player crosses a certain level threshold (from level 5 to 290). The second is that all of the packs will disappear, used or not, at the end of the event on May 2nd, so there’s a time limit to all of this.

For both new and veteran players, Tree of Savior is also operating a mercenary event for level 50 and higher characters. Once a day through May 2nd, players can take a daily quest to hunt down and kill a particular mob. The reward for doing so is a cube filled with various goodies that are dependent on the character’s level.

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Battle Bards Episode 93: It’s a madhouse!

It’s taken this long, but the Battle Bards have gone completely and irreversibly insane in the membrane! Today the team cracks open the door of the MMO music funhouse to see what off-kilter, crazy, and manic tunes may be found. WARNING: Once you’ve entered the asylum, you might find yourself a resident… for life!

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 iTunes, Google Play, TuneInPocket CastsStitcher, and Player.FM.

Listen to Episode 93: It’s a Madhouse! (or download it) now:

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Nexon invests money into IMC Games as part of Tree of Savior mobile partnership

Nexon has made a “strategic investment” into Korea-based IMC Games, the companies announced in a press release this morning. IMC Games is known to MMO gamers chiefly for its stewardship of MMOARPG Tree of Savior, which launched in the west on Steam last year.

The partnership won’t come as too much of a surprise to our audience; Nexon and IMC Games announced last fall that they had joined forced to port Tree of Savior to mobile devices. It’s destined for the global market.

“With this investment, Nexon and IMC GAMES will work closely together to reinforce service of Tree of Savior and launch Tree of Savior: Mobile Remake globally, which is currently under development.”

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Tree of Savior previews class balance changes and class inspiration

Be honest, did you think that Tree of Savior’s class names were just vague nouns (or collections of sounds) that sounded cool? Because if you did, you were wrong; a new article on the official site discusses the historical inspiration behind the game’s Rank 8 classes. Sure, some of them are pretty self-explanatory (a Lancer is someone using a lance, this was not a mystery), but now you can find out what a Murmillo or a Hackapell were based upon.

Of course, a historical basis alone won’t ensure that something is actually balanced, and the game is moving forward with another round of balance changes designed to make classes of all stripes more useful in combat. The good news is that almost all of these are buffs, whether they’re small ones to help the Corsair’s performance in solo combat or large ones to help the Cannoneer be more effective all around. Check out the full list of changes to see if your preferred class got some positive tweaks.

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Tree of Savior works on better optimization and class balance

When it comes to vital qualities of action RPGs, having a silky smooth framerate even under extreme visual duress is right there at the top of most gamers’ preferences. Tree of Savior’s team admits that its game hasn’t always played as it should, which is why much work has been given to further optimization.

“We needed some time to reconsider the optimization process for there were certain stability issues,” the team reported. “These issues have been dealt with since then and, with that success, different aspects of the optimization process have improved as a result. In this quest for optimization, we set out one goal: make the game run without a hitch even with 100 players on the screen!”

Another ongoing project by the team is to rectify “class disparity” by bringing the roles into (more or less) balance. Five class patches have already been deployed since the game’s launch, and there are two more in the works as you read this. Barbarians, Monks, Rune Casters, and Cannoneers are are slated for overhauls, after which PvP balance patches are planned to address specific over- or underpowered skills.

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Dota 2, The Division list among the best-selling Steam games of 2016

One of my favorite things to do at the end of each calendar year is to read all of the “best of” lists that get posted all over the place. Steam is contributing to my delight, as it has posted its top 100 best-selling PC games of 2016. Plenty of MMOs, MOBAs, and online multiplayer titles dominate the list, which makes it interesting reading for those invested in our hobby.

The highest-revenue titles on the list (the “platinum” sellers) included The Division, Dota 2, and No Man’s Sky. Gold sellers welcomed ARK: Survival Evolved, Warframe, and H1Z1: King of the Kill to the club, while silver sellers gave tribute to Elder Scrolls Online and SMITE.

And at the bottom of the top 100 sellers, the “bronze” titles, are games like Final Fantasy XIV, Tree of Savior, Path of Exile, H1Z1: Just Survive, Grim Dawn, and Elite Dangerous. Note that all of these titles only mark games that had the highest grossing revenue, possibly thanks to sales, and do not reflect how much time was spent among the community playing them.

Source: Steam. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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