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Massively OP Podcast Episode 143: BlizzCon strikes back

On this week’s show, Justin and Bree dig into the exciting news from BlizzCon, mull over the troubles at Marvel Heroes, mourn the passing of a great studio, and cover a handful of MMO updates.

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.

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Kritika Online is sunsetting in Southeast Asia

We’ve updated below with En Masse’s statement confirming that this sunset will have no impact on Kritika in the west.

Kritika Online will sunset in the Southeast Asia region, Asiasoft announced this morning. It had been live for just a year, and you’re not getting much notice here.

“With much sadness, Kritika Online SEA will discontinue servicing by 12th of December. We understand your frustration and feedback from all players at this point but we’d like to seek your kind understanding throughout this closure as we have prepared a couple of Thank You events all the way to the closure date.”

KritikaSEA staff say the game will operate normally through the end date, with the added bonus of 3000 cash shop currency added to your account per day. Payment will be shut down on November 10th.

We have no specific reason to believe this move will have any bearing on Kritika Online as launched by En Masse in the west; however, we have inquired with the studio’s PR and will report back once we’ve got the official statement.

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The MOP Up: Eden Falling brings the turn-based apocalypse (November 5, 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 MapleStoryWorld of WarcraftRendEverQuest IIDevilianHyper UniverseEden FallingWar ThunderNeverwinterMaster X MasterFinal Fantasy XIRagnarok OnlineDota 2Old School RuneScapeKurtzPel, and Kritika Online, all waiting for you after the break!

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Kritika Online’s Psion has arrived with murder on her mind

The Psion of Kritika Online is a formidable foe because she can kill you just by thinking about it. So it’s probably a good thing that she’s on your side as the game’s newest playable class, and even more of a good thing that she’s available to play right now. You could log in this instant and make a new Psion if you wanted thanks to this week’s patch.

In fact, that might be a good idea anyway, as the launch of the new class includes several events. You can pick up new outfits as part of an event running until December 13th, for example, and you can unlock more rewards by leveling your Psion as fast as possible. You’ll also get more rewards for logging in more regularly, so you’ve got a reason to keep the game on your mind. Check out the class trailer just below to see the Psion in action.

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Kritika Online opens up its test server for the Psion class

If you have an urgent need to start playing head games with your opponents in Kritika Online, the Psion is the choice for you. And if that sounds like what you want but you’re not sure, you can take the new option for a spin on the game’s test server. The developers are looking for all the feedback they can get, particularly if that feedback arrives before October 27th. The more feedback, the more changes can be made!

You can check out the patch notes on the official site, which are still a work in progress but also provide extensive information about how the class is shaping up so far. There’s not much to the update right now other than the new character option (and a new character slot to go along with it), but that’s probably for the best for test purposes. Besides, who doesn’t want to destroy things with the mind alone?

Don’t miss our hands-on with the Psion from last month’s PAX, where MJ explained how this swordmage works, and Steam players, make sure you’ve grabbed your free bundle for the game!

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Kritika Online posts updated roadmap, starts testing Psion class

Now that Kritika Online has a half-year or so of live operation under its belt, the team is starting to get a handle on its direction and what needs to be done to drive the MMO forward. This called for an updated development roadmap, which takes players from November through early 2018.

The Psion class is coming in early November, and testing has begun to iron out any bugs or issues with it. The rest of the month will contain ranked PvP rewards, a Thanksgiving event, and personal trading. Past that, the community can look forward to fishing, holiday decorations, an overhaul of PvP progression, guild-based endgame activities, and a fleshed-out pet system. The devs also teased two new classes (Prodigy and Monk) and a level cap increase to 70 sometime in “the future.”

The team also indicated that it will be slowing down in its pace of content releases due to the need for more testing: “One of our biggest lessons over the past few months was in regards to our development and release cycles — they were just too quick. While we want to get you guys new stuff to do as soon as possible, we need to make sure it’s bug free and high-quality, and we just didn’t hit the mark in those first few updates.”

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Kritika Online drops a nice update for Halloween with a Haunted Room

You are not going to be scared when Kritika Online goes down for maintenance at 11:00 a.m. EDT, nor will you be scared when the game comes back up an hour later with its Halloween update. This is not a game in which you run away from monsters; it’s one in which you run toward monsters and then kick them in the teeth. So it’s a good thing that the update adds in a new Halloween-themed stage allowing you to kick in the teeth of seasonally appropriate beasties in exchange for themed cosmetic items and the like.

The patch also improves drop rates for several items across the board and unbinds most crafting materials, making it easier to get what you want and do what you want with it. Players can also get Hard Metal Fragments now, good news for anyone who greatly enjoys durable metal or just wants something to do with Sharp Metal Fragments. Check out the full patch notes for all of the changes.

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TERA and Kritika Online kick off Halloween festivities

Let it not be said that En Masse doesn’t embrace the Halloween spirit, for both of its core MMORPGs in the west are getting all dolled up for the season starting next week.

In TERA, Kyra’s Pop-Up Potion Shack and Harvest Festival Hall return on October 19th. The former brings the Kyra’s Catalysts quests in exchange for prizes (mummy costume, what!), while the latter dares “players to use Halloween Cannons to repel waves of sweet-toothed enemies intent on stealing all the candy they can carry” in exchange for “tokens that they can spend on a variety of rewards, including Boo, the spooky ghost pet, and the fearsome Boneshaker mount.”

Kritika Online, on the other hand, will celebrate its very first Halloween beginning on Wednesday of next week in the form of its Haunted Room. “Dive into the Danger Zone’s newest challenge—the horrifying Haunted Room—and duke it out against the Halloween Ghost to earn a bag full of Festival Candies and a chance at special costume pieces,” says En Masse. “Complete the Haunted Room event 50 times during the Halloween celebration and unlock a permanent Ghost pet ready to scare friends or strangers at a moment’s notice.”

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Grab a Kritika Online Steam launch package from En Masse and MOP

In celebration of Kritika Online’s launch on Steam last week, En Masse is stepping up its game! The studio’s granted Massively OP half a bajillion keys for goodies that our readers will want to grab: The Kritika Online Steam launch giveaway package, which includes the 14-day Puffle pet (too cute), a 14-day Red Celestial Weapon Box, and three full days of Elite status.

Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys!

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The Stream Team: Launch-day Kritika Online adventures

3…2…1… launch! Kritika Online launched on Steam today and Massively OP’s MJ is delving in for more anime action. Sadly, she won’t have the chance to play the Psion she tested at PAX since it won’t launch until October, but maybe she’ll play something other than a Reaper this time around. Tune in live at 6:00 p.m. to celebrate the launch.

What: Kritika Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, September 28th, 2017

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Kritika Online moves to full launch on Steam with today’s Fractured Memories patch

Lots of big stuff is happening today for Kritika Online. First of all, the game’s servers are going down at 9:30 a.m. EDT to apply the game’s next major patch, Fractured Memories. That’s a big thing right there. Then, at 11:00 a.m. EDT, the game will be available on Steam. And at the same time, the game’s launch on Steam means that the game will have fully launched, no more open beta tag. So that’s three big things all happening today.

Forming the core of the Fractured Memories update, the Fractured Memories dungeon is far more than just a dungeon. Pulling from all of the game’s content, the dungeon creates a unique experience each time players level 15 and up enter by varying map layouts, enemy variety and placement, difficulty levels, and rewards to ensure that players never run the same dungeon twice. Players won’t just gain experience points and gear from Fractured Memories, they will also gain ability points that can be used to grant account-wide buffs. Points are earned based on how quickly players complete a Fractured Memories dungeon and can be used to unlock and upgrade passive bonuses including reduced cooldowns, increased gold drops, and increased damage when attacking from the back to help them tackle higher difficulty levels. Those with the fastest times can earn a spot on game-wide leaderboards, where the top players receive rewards at the end of each 12 week period before the leaderboards are reset.

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Battle Bards Episode 106: Early access themes

Instead of looking back at MMORPGs this week, the crew of Battle Bards launches forward into early access! What would a show about music from MMOs that aren’t even officially out yet be like? We’re going to find out in this wild and woolly episode!

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 iTunesGoogle PlayTuneInPocket CastsStitcher, and Player.FM.

Listen to Episode 106: Early access themes (or download it) now:

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Kritika Online opens up its test server for its next update

The next patch for Kritika Online is on its way, and this time you get to try it before you… well, play it. (You’re not buying it, it isn’t for sale.) Yes, the game’s test server is open for testing out patch v401 before it goes live, although the most intensive period of testing has already passed. But the good news is that even if you missed this patch, the test server is slated to remain active in the future, so future patches will still need your testing and evaluation.

The net result is also that you can see the not-quite-final patch notes well before the patch goes live. Fractured Memories allows you a different way to advance your characters across your entire account by remixing and pulling in all of the game’s available content; success nets you points for the new account-wide Ability system along with the usual gear. There’s also new Xanadu side quests and party trading, so you’ll have plenty to do with the patch whether you jump in to test or wait for the full release.

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