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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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PAX West 2017: Playing Kritika Online’s upcoming Psion class in Shattered Table

En Masse recently introduced the newest class coming to Kritika Online, and while visiting the studio’s offices during PAX West 2017, I was able to dive in and play it. This Psion class — a combination of swordsman and mage —  generates psychic swords to slice, dice, and generally Ginsu her enemies to pieces. One skill even allows her to throw her blades, which combined with her guns (bound to right click) gives her good ranged options during battle. As I am not the biggest fan of in-your-face combat, I appreciated having options to move me outside of melee range and keep attacking.

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Kritika Online publishes fall roadmap, will officially launch in September

One of this summer’s sleeper MMO hits has to be Kritika Online, a soft-launched action title published by En Masse Entertainment. It might not be the deepest of all MMORPGs, but what it lacks for in progress it makes up for in pizzaz.

This week, the team posted a roadmap of its plans for the game over the next few months as it wraps up its open beta period. The major highlights include:

  • August: A two-player instance, The Shattered Table, is coming at the end of the month, as is arena and PvP modes.
  • September: Kritika will officially launch and become available on Steam. There will also be an update that should flesh out high-level content with new missions.
  • October: The Psion class is poised to come into the game this month, bringing thematically interesting hybrid play for those looking to a different experience.
  • Winter: En Masse has a lot more on deck for this game, including the Prodigy and Monk classes, a level cap increase to 70, PvP rankings, and more danger zones.

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Earn a new mount in TERA by leveling a new character in Kritika Online

There are, presumably, more people enjoying TERA right now than enjoying Kritika Online. That’s sort of to be expected; the former is an established game, the latter is new. So it’s quite possible that you’re playing TERA and haven’t yet played Kritika… but what if the developers enticed you with a new mount you can earn just by leveling up in Kritika several times? Until August 31st you can earn one of two mounts in TERA just by hitting level 20 or 50 in Kritika during the promotional period.

It’s worth noting that players who have already hit level 20 or 50 will have to start a new character to earn these benefits; an existing character doesn’t count. But other than that, it may be the ideal promo for anyone looking to ride a love wolf in TERA, since all you have to do is play another game for a bit to get the mount for free, including a version that restores your health as you ride. So if you haven’t tried the game, consider this your motivation for getting in on it.

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Kritika Online patches Starhenge adjustments and Green Leaf damage decreases

Sometimes you go a bit too far. It happens. Kritika Online made some changes to Starhenge with its last patch to make the content harder on a whole, but those difficulty increases wound up overshooting the mark. By a lot, unfortunately. But it’s easy to fix that; the most recent patch for the game has dropped boss shield gauges, increased rewards, and reduced the challenge across the board in Easy, Normal, and Hard modes. Insanity mode will remain where it is, but for most players this makes the content much more forgiving.

Meanwhile, the game’s Green Leaf weapons also turned out to be tuned a bit too high, allowing players to clear Arena content faster and more reliably than planned. No punishment is going out to players who used the weapons, as it wasn’t the fault of players, but the weapons have been adjusted to the correct level. Check out the full list of patch notes for the fine details.

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Cute pets are the order of the day for Kritika Online

They’re small. They’re furry. They’re cuddly. They’re fictional. And they’re ready to kick butt on your behalf in Kritika Online.

Adorable combat pets are now part of Kritika Online’s open beta, thanks to this week’s update. The studio is calling this “furever friends” and we must go purge our brains of this fluff right now lest we be driven mad in the near future. Bad pun is bad and must die.

What were we talking about? Some sort of patch. The v202 patch has a lot to offer players, including a revamped arena, overhauled Danger Zones (cue Kenny Loggins), and big adjustments to the auction house. Oh, and they also added a card matching minigame. Because you’re three years old. Speaking of easily entertained toddlers… KITTENS BELOW.

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Rumor: Is En Masse publishing Closers Online in the west? [Update: Likely!]

We’ve been keeping half an eye on Closers Online since at least 2015, but with no clear sign of westward movement, that half eye was all we spared. But today, there might just be hope. MOP reader Ephekt has pointed us to a blooper in a recent Kritika Online stream that appears to show Closers Online in the community manager’s En Masse launcher, suggesting that the company may indeed have unannounced plans to port Naddic’s action-combat “MORPG” across the pond.

We’ve reached out to En Masse for a statement and will report back when we have it. [Update – it’s down below!]

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Kritika Online releases first open beta patch

Have any of you given Kritika Online a try? This action MMORPG may be slipping under a lot of people’s radars during this shockingly busy summer, but the Kritika team isn’t coasting on the game’s soft launch to carry it through the season. Yesterday the game’s first open beta patch was pushed out with many much-needed fixes and features.

“This update focuses heavily on the economy,” the team wrote, “including changes to the auction house, how items are bound, and how end-game gear is acquired. Additionally, we have a completely revamped arena mode with 12 times the number of levels that offer some sweet rewards for those of you who are up to the challenge.”

You can read the full patch notes if you’re into this game. The dev team teased “new tricks” that it has up its sleeves and said that a “bigger and better” August update is currently in testing.

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PSA: Today is your last chance to buy a Kritika Online founder’s pack

Been on the fence about buying in to Kritika Online? It’s time to make a decision now, because the game’s founder’s packs are going away very soon. Tomorrow, even. So you have today (and no longer) to buy in the founder’s pack and get things like exclusive costumes and pets.

Of course, it’s also worth noting that the costumes in question that serve as headliners are only available in the most expensive founder’s pack, which clocks in at $99.99. The cheaper versions offer no costumes but a variety of other benefits. You can decide for yourself if it’s worth the price up front or not; you’ll just have to make that decision soon before the last pack is sold and they’re gone forever. So no pressure. (You can take a look at our stream of the game to catch a glimpse of what it looks like in play, too.)

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 125: Secrets, Mordor, and Argus

On this week’s show, Justin and Bree talk about walking into Mordor, warping over to Argus, delving into secret conspiracies, battling on a comet, resurrecting super villains, 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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Kritika Online slams into open beta

No delays. No excuses. No mercy. Action MMO Kritika Online is not slowing down in this final pre-launch period, moving into open beta today as it prepares for its western release.

Just wait, there’s more! Kritika is filling its open beta with plenty of special events, including one for leveling, one for attendance, and one for PvP. Anyone interested in giving Kritika Online a try can sign up for an open beta spot on the website. Check out the open beta launch trailer below, but only if you’re strapped in to your seat!

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Kritika Online’s open beta starts next week

Closed beta? That’s old news for the Kritika Online crowd. Now it’s all about the open beta, which the devs just announced is starting on Thursday, June 29th. Founders who splurged on one of the packs get in a couple of days early on the 27th as a perk for their purchase.

The open beta is important for Kritika, since it will effectively serve as the soft launch for the game (and no, there will be no wipes once the OBT begins). The “official” release is slated for later this summer.

The team posted a wrap-up of the beta in infographic form on the site, revealing that (among other stats) players collectively clocked in over 34 million hours of testing during the closed beta, with 7% of the population making it to level 65. Check it out after the jump!

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Play Kritika Online’s closed beta today with one of our keys!

En Masse’s action MMO Kritika Online is deep in the midst of its closed beta as gamers test its four class types, progression systems, and storyline. How does it play? You can check out our impressions of the game so far or our stream… or you can grab a beta key from us, which not only gets you into the beta until June 13th but includes a mini catspaw minipet.

Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to take one home yourself!

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