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Studio known primarily for Wizard101 and Pirate101.

Wizard101 sends players to adventure at the heart of the Spiral with part one of Empyrea

At the center of the Spiral in Wizard101 sits Empyrea, which was made to keep the Chaos Heart safe. It accomplishes that goal by, well, keeping pretty much everyone out. But player characters are going to head there with the game’s latest update, and wouldn’t you know it, there’s tons of great stuff for players in Empyrea, starting with a level cap boost to 125. That means a new training point, new challenges, new gear to earn, and all sorts of new fun to be had in the zone.

Players can also expand their understanding of Shadow Magic within the new zone with new Shadow Magic spells, become a Revered Crafter, and generally enjoy all of the content that comes along with having three new premium zones in the game. Of course, this is just part one of the venture into Empyrea, so there’s going to be more in the future; players will just have plenty of stuff to do before that future comes to pass.

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The Stream Team: Giving away creepy clown Halloween bundles in Wizard101

Halloween is all about collecting goodies, and Massively OP’s MJ has some Wizard101 goodies to give away! Special for the season, she has a handful of the new Spooky Carnival Bundles to pass out while enjoying the holiday content. Who wouldn’t want special Halloween treats like a new outfit, a new mount, and a creepy carousel housing item? And what’s scarier than clowns? The pack includes:

  • Scarousel Housing Item
  • Creepy Clown Car Mount (4-Player + 50% Speed Boost)
  • Booloon Pet
  • Spooky Carnival Outfit
  • Spooky Throwing Knife Weapon
  • 1 Month or 5,000 Crowns

Celebrate Halloween the scary way! Grab your squirting flower and red nose and join us live at 8:00 p.m. for your chance win one of these bundles

What: Wizard101
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

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Boat mounts, Halloween, and Billy the Kid blast into Wizard101 and Pirate101

As Pirate101 celebrates its fifth birthday this month, there is no shortage of things to keep budding buccaneers occupied in this strategy MMO. New boat mounts, a practice PvP mode, emojis, more quests, a team-up ledger, and automatic companions have all arrived thanks to the latest update. Additionally, Billy the Kid — a cowboy goat, get it? — has joined the roster of companions that players can collect.

Over in Wizard101, Halloween is more pronounced as Spooky Bob and his crew return for another creeptastic event. “Dworgyn and Jack Hallow will again offer their spooky quests to wizards new and old. You may even catch the ink-hungry Vampire Squid in Cyclops Lane if you’re lucky,” the team cackled.

Additionally, KingsIsle has signed up to be part of this year’s Extra Life charity gaming marathon. Players can help out by joining the KI team and raising funds for local hospitals.

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Wizard101 relishes its accomplishments so far this year

It has been a big and busy year for Wizard101, and the team wants to make sure that you notice and appreciate everything it’s done to improve the game. In this week’s producer’s letter, Leah Ruben runs down all of the additions and changes that have happened already in 2017. And looking over the list, we have to admit that it’s a pretty impressive amount.

The spring and summer updates got the lion’s share of the reflection, with a spotlight on the new tournament types, the monstrology collection system, tweaks to PvP (which Ruben calls “a game of inches” when it comes to balance), improved menu chat, and a slew of other additions.

“What’s to come?,” Ruben asks. “Well, we’re turning nine in just a few days. Nine! Can you believe it? Thank you to our fantastic community, we wouldn’t be here without you! We’ll be celebrating all month, so stick around for the fun. Also, we’re in the thick of building the next update! We’ll give you more details soon, as the winds turn a bit cooler.”

Source: Wizard101

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Wizard101 and Pirate101 weather DDOS attacks

If you have tried to log in and play Wizard101 or Pirate101 in the past 24 hours, you may have experienced disappointment as the game services informed you that it was down. This is due to some nasty DDoS attacks that have been targeting KingsIsle’s games, according to the studio.

“Since yesterday, KingsIsle has been mitigating severe DDOS attacks against our games Pirate101 and Wizard101,” KingsIsle reported. “This means your game play will be impacted until we can resolve the issue. Many will be unable to log in. We have always taken care of our community when trouble arrives, and we will be sure to do so again once the issue has been fully resolved.”

It looks as though some service has been restored to both games, although it doesn’t sound as if the attack is over.

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Wizard101 celebrates its ninth birthday with free gifts

Here’s one MMO that we didn’t realize was creeping up on a decade of live operation! Wizard101 is celebrating its ninth birthday this week, and you are invited to the party.

The fun starts with a whole pack of free gifts that can be redeemed on the website. This bundle includes a birthday hat, sparkler wand, gala gazebo, confetti cannon, and various consumables. Players don’t have forever to grab this, as the promotion will vanish — as if by magic! — on September 5th.

The game’s anniversary continues in-game with the reprisal of the Five B.O.X.E.S. and Lost Pages events, as well as a sale on special birthday-themed items in the cash shop. Subscribers also get all sorts of bonuses during this period, such as extra experience and a free training point respec.

Source: Wizard101

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The MOP Up: State of Decay 2’s multiplayer mayhem (August 27, 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 Paladins StrikeWarfaceMonster Hunter WorldHeroes and Generals, Pirate101TroveSkyforgeThe Black DeathStar Trek OnlineEverClickerNeverwinterJust SurviveDauntlessBattlejackDungeon Fighter OnlineLeague of LegendsHyper UniverseDark Age of CamelotMU Origin, MU LegendEVE OnlineAge of WushuState of Decay 2Dota 2Splatoon, and Starcraft Remastered, all waiting for you after the break!

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Perfect Ten: MMOs obsessed with the floating islands trope

One of the fun things about this hobby is that certain tropes repeat themselves constantly. And they’re usually weirdly specific tropes, too. Poop quests, for example. So many MMOs have one quest or another that make you dealing with poop. Someone has a fixation that is probably not entirely healthy, and that someone keeps getting hired to design quests.

But sometimes you try to come up with a trope that’s so specific that it has to be unique. Or at least rare. “MMOs that feature a zone full of floating islands requiring flight to travel around.” At least one zone, and it is traveled around via flight. That cannot be common, that has to be…

Wait. How did I not only get a full list but actually have to decline some entries? How the heck did this happen? There are this many MMOs using this astonishingly specific trope? How did this happen and why?

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 127: EVE walks no more

On this week’s show, Justin and Bree recount the odd history of Walking in Stations, debate the Mordor pre-order, tackle a trio of MMO updates, talk with ARK’s soundtrack composer, and more!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

Listen to the show right now:

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The Stream Team: Win a Wizard101 Fantastic Voyage Gauntlet Bundle

A new bundle of goodies is available for Wizard101, and you can either go buy it at Wal-mart or you could watch and win it here with Massively OP! MJ has a few Fantastic Voyage Gauntlet Bundles to share with viewers, and she’ll give them away while she continues her wizardy adventures. What all does it include? The pack contains:

  • Fantastic Voyage Expedition
  • Shark Skirunner Mount (+50% Speed Boost)
  • Peppy Porpoise Pet
  • Abyssal Warrior’s Suit
  • Abyssal Eel Whip
  • 1 Month Membership or 5,000 Crowns

Tune in live 3:00 p.m. for your chance to snag one! More bundles will be given away right here: To enter, add a comment below. Two winners will be selected at random on Friday, July 14th at 12:01 a.m. EDT, so make sure your email is up to date so we can send prizes to the winners!

What: Wizard101
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Enjoy the preview video of the bundle below!

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Wizard101 tests chat channels while Pirate101 has fun with a rooster sheriff

Here’s something interesting we learned this week by perusing the Wizard101 newsletter: The game apparently has a stronger following than you’d think among YouTubers, bloggers, and other social media mavens.

We also discovered that Wizard101 is currently testing its next big update, which will contain PvP daily rewards, main quest designation, and actual chat channels. That last one comes as a surprise because Wizard101 was notable for keeping communication safe and barebones as to protect the young ‘uns. We’ll have to see how the chat channels deal with potty mouths and predators.

Over in Pirate101’s part of the KingsIsle empire, there’s a new American flag-themed soaring eagle mount to buy. Everyone also seems to be having fun collecting Rooster Cogburn, a new sheriff companion who’s cleaning up the wild west of the pirate realm. Check him out below!

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KingsIsle shows off new Wizard101 and Pirate101 content

How long does it take for KingsIsle developers to go from concept to execution when it comes to Wizard101 and Pirate101 content? According to a new YouTube video in which the devs answer some player questions, the answer is roughly “six months” on average. There’s your fun fact for the day.

The video also shows off some new Wizard101 Pigswick spells that are coming to the game soon and then pops over to Pirate101 for a tour through upcoming quests. Give it a watch after the break! The Wizard101 info starts around the 42-minute mark, while the Pirate101 adventures take off around 51 minutes into the show.

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Exclusive: Wizard101 Q&A dev diary on its PvP update and monstrology evolution

Kid-friendly MMORPG Wizard101 is on the cusp of a big update — in fact, it’s already landed on the official test server as of this week. At its heart is PvP: new PvP daily rewards, a new PvP age, adjustments to PvP rank, and a whole new turn-based PvP tourney mode. There’s stuff for everyone, though, including lots of new chat goodies, tweaks to the quest and tutorial logs, and expansions to the fishing and monstrology systems.

You can check out the illustrated patch notes on the official site, and then feast your eyes down below, where we’ve got an exclusive (not sponsored) dev diary from the KingsIsle team, helmed by Senior Producer of MMO Content Leah “Professor Falmea” Ruben, in which the devs the thought process and planning behind the update!

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