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In the west, best known for Elsword.

The MOP Up: SMITE’s console mea culpa (May 7, 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 Skyforge, EVE Online, IngressWar ThunderWorld of TanksWakfuLeague of LegendsSMITEGTA OnlineElsword OnlineWurm OnlineDarkfall: Rise of AgonWorlds AdriftCounter-Strike, SEAL Online, and Warspear Online, 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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The MOP Up: Overwatch gives smurfing a pass (April 16, 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 Heroes EvolvedDungeon Fighter 2Splatoon 2OverwatchHeroes and GeneralsAionNeverwinterElswordGuild Wars 2CS:GO, and MU Online, all waiting for you after the break!

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Exclusive: Elsword previews a new hardcore solo endgame dungeon

The western version of side-scrolly hack-‘n’-slasher Elsword is about to get a long-awaited feature from the Korean version: a challenging endgame dungeon known as Add’s Energy Fusion Theory Dungeon. Oh yeah, and it’s solo-only. Oh yeah, and it’s a way for players to get some of the best weapons in the game. Solo. Did you get the solo part? It caused a combination of concerns and cheering when it released in Korea last year, but the game didn’t burn down, so it turns out that soloers aren’t ruining everything after all and it’s not actually codified in MMORPG law that all the good stuff be reserved for raiders. Who knew?

Says KOG Games,

“Add’s Energy Fusion Theory Dungeon is Elsword’s ultimate, solo, end-game dungeon experience. This dungeon is not for the faint of heart! However, this solo-only (no co-op), hardcore dungeon may be brutal, but the battle is worth it. The loot is some of the best in the game. What are you willing to sacrifice to obtain the most powerful weapon in the game?”

Check out the exclusive video below!

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The MOP Up: FFXIV’s triple world records (February 26, 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 Dragon Nest 2VaingloryWild TerraHeroes and GeneralsOverwatchArmored WarfareBlade and SoulCloud PiratesPokemon GoEternal CrusadeFinal Fantasy XIV, and Elswordall waiting for you after the break!

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Paragon introduces K-pop-themed Shinbi hero

Epic’s MOBA Paragon revealed a new playable hero this week: Shinbi, a K-pop themed melee superstar who’s possibly a reference to pop star ShinB from GFRIEND, which incidentally hit MMO news this week once already thanks to its Valentine promo for Elsword. My apophenia, ahhhh!

“A world famous pop star known for summoning Spirit Wolves during her performances, Shinbi is a deceptive melee assassin who uses her wolves to dazzle her enemies and rip them to shreds in battle,” says Epic, rattling off her themey skills: Rushing Beat, Line Tempo, Circle Rhythm, and All-Kill!. She officially launches February 21st.

Kotaku has a grand roundup of some of the criticisms of the character already, which basically boil down to melee sucks, why more girls though, what’s K-pop, D.Va clone, and this is totally breaking my immersions in world lore we don’t know anything about. So, you know. The usual.

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Elsword teases a new job path for the mysterious Ain

The folks behind sidescrolly action-MMO Elsword have been teasing a brand-new job path for playable character Ain, who’s been live in the western edition of the game only since December. Ain’s the “mysterious man who appeared before the El Search Party while looking for the El Shard” and “introduced himself as a priest serving the Goddess and offered to help them find the stolen Ruben El Shard,” according to the game’s lore.

We won’t spoil it for you — that’s what trailer down below is for. Enjoy!

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HeroWarz plans a year-long shutdown

Here is something you don’t see every day: An MMO that is voluntarily taking itself offline for a year to rework the title from the ground up (yet this does sound familiar…).

HeroWarz, the hack-and-slash title from KOG Games, announced this week that it will be going offline as of March 26th for what the studio is calling “The Pause of HeroWarz.” The team is apparently not content with the game’s current state and claims that it needs put HeroWarz on haitus for a revamp of non-specified features.

Until this “pause” players can enjoy ongoing boosts and check out some sweeping balance changes that may herald some of the reworkings to come. KOG Games said that it will stay in communication with fans during the downtime period and will hopefully relaunch HeroWarz in early 2018.

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Elsword reveals new playable character Ain in exclusive trailer

KOG Games’ Elsword is gearing up to add a brand-new character to the western roster: Ain. Even hardened MMORPG veterans are unlikely to have played a character quite like Ain before; his claim to fame is his pendulum, which he sometimes uses as a weapon; his “circular magic” system, and his hybrid chronomancer/angel theme.

“A mysterious man who appeared before the El Search Party while looking for the El Shard. Ain introduced himself as a priest serving the Goddess and offered to help them find the stolen Ruben El Shard but many things about him still remain under a veil of mystery.”

Ain is live in the west next week, but you can watch his trailer right here, right now!

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Battle Bards Episode 87: Elves!

It’s high time that the Battle Bards lie prostrate at the feet of their social and intellectual superiors, the high and mighty Elves! Yes, it’s a full episode of elven music, a virtual rainbow of harps and swirly magic and slightly grumpy hosts who use this opportunity to unload their gripes against this fantasy race.

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.

We’ve got Episode 87: Elves! and the show notes for you after the break!

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The MOP Up: Chris Taylor’s new studio (November 27, 2016)

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 started speculating wildly as to what fomer Wargaming developer Chris Taylor might be up to with his new studio. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Elsword, Crowfall, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Jukebox Heroes: Six pretty great MMO tunes from games you’ve never played

In my years of coverage of MMO soundtrack music in this column and on Battle Bards, I’ve clearly observed that there are games that are well-known and admired for their music. Most often, these are from popular MMORPGs — your World of Warcrafts, your Guild Wars 2s, and so on. Popular game plus good music equals widespread recognition.

Yet as I’ve pointed out in the past, there are plenty of terrific scores and individual music tracks from lesser-known MMO soundtracks that don’t get the attention they deserve, usually because of a fan’s unfamiliarity with a title. That’s not your fault; few people are as crazy as me when it comes to trying to track down MMO tunes and building a comprehensive library. It’s only slightly frustrating to see these game scores go overlooked because nobody really thought to listen to them in the first place.

So I’m viewing today’s column as an exercise in education, to share what I’ve learned in my journeys and discoveries of MMORPG soundtracks. I present here for your listening pleasure six pretty great tunes from MMOs you’ve probably never played.

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The MOP Up: FFXI revs up appreciation campaigns (October 30, 2016)

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 past week, Final Fantasy XI gave a heads-up about the arrival of several appreciation campaigns coming next month. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from EverQuestHero’s Song, Black Desert, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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