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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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Nexon pumps out a half-dozen new mobile games in Korea

Nexon is continuing its assault on the mobile games market with a planned release of a half-dozen titles this fall in Korea and China. With so many games coming out at the same time, the studio is making an event of it, calling it Nexon Mobile Day.

Some of the titles have roots in Nexon's MMORPG lineup, such as MapleStory M, Elsword Slash, and Dungeon & Fighter: Spirit. There's also a quiz game, a fantasy kingdom builder, and an incredibly cute PvP game called Arena Masters.

Nexon has been doggedly pursuing the mobile field with projects this year such as Oz: Broken Kingdom, Heroes of Incredible Tales, Durango, and the Final Fantasy XI conversion. You can get a glimpse of each of the six titles in the Nexon Mobile Day trailer below!

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The MOP Up: The Black Death's knights vs. outlaws (October 2, 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 knights and outlaws squared off in The Black Death. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Final Fantasy XIV, Destiny, Master X Master, World of Warcraft, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Exclusive: Elsword Diabla and Demonio video just in time for tomorrow's patch

Hack-n'slash anime MMORPG Elsword has a big patch rolling out tomorrow. Western fans of the game have long awaited the import of Diabla and Demonio, Lu/Ciel's third job path and a new take on the unique double character, and it's finally here!

If you missed the teaser stream last week, why not check out the release trailer today, exclusively right here on MOP?

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The MOP Up: Going on a pirate hunt (August 28, 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 took to the seas with a few new titles, including The Pirate: Caribbean Hunt. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Black Desert,  OverwatchArcheAgeLord of the Rings Online, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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The MOP Up: Elder Scrolls Online's Cradle of Shadows (July 31, 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 get a special preview of Elder Scrolls Online's Cradle of Shadows dungeon. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from EverQuest IIMarvel Heroes, Dota 2Das Tal, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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The MOP Up: RuneScape Chronicles' beach party (July 17, 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's headline story is word that a beach party has arrived in Chronicles: RuneScape Legends as part of a patch that also contains a new legend and 37 additional cards. But wouldn't those cards get soggy at a beach?

We’ve got plenty of other news tidbits for you after the jump, including stories from Age of Conan, Pantheon, Guild Wars 2, and Star Trek Online. What are you waiting for?

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The MOP Up: Final Fantasy XI expands its wardrobe (July 3, 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, Final Fantasy XI continued to enjoy its semi-retirement by adding the option to purchase two new wardrobe bags, expanding one's inventory by 160 slots. Oddly enough players don't buy the bags, but instead rent them on a monthly basis.

We’ve got plenty of other news tidbits for you after the jump, including patches, MMOs in testing, videos, and more!

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