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AdventureQuest 3D comes to a head with the Dragons of Ashfall

The third and final chapter of AdventureQuest 3D’s epic Dragons of Ashfall is now live. After months of battling up and through a volcano, players are finally able to take the fight to the big bad dragon boss itself.

Five and 20-player raids against the Great Dragon Talyn lies at the heart of the update, but it is certainly not the only addition. With the patch, the level cap has been increased to 20, players can now earn the DragonSlayer class, and new gear is available to unlock.

The team said that now the update is live, fans can expect to see a faster pace of releases: “Next week we will release those two dungeons to the right and left at the top of Mount Ashfall. Then, it is time for Dage’s birthday — a gateway will open to new area of the Underworld. Heroes should be advised to be weary of signing any ‘contracts’ in the underworld. Then the Shaman Forest and Dragon’s Graveyard will quickly follow.”

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Grimdark multiplatform 2-D MMORPG Mad World hits Steam this fall

Mad World first popped up on our radar last summer, when we learned it was a HTML5-based Korean action MMORPG vying for your attention on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android. This week, studio Jandisoft announced plans to launch the game on Steam this coming fall. It’s touting story-driven quests as part of a cute but grimdark storyline, along with crafting, guilds, and other MMO necessities. Interestingly, there are no classes here – just weapon skills.

“Clad in unique hand-drawn 2D art style, Mad World stays true to the classic MMORPGs but with a few tweaks. Leaving the MMORPG’s standard combat style, the game’s Target and Move style makes the combat more dynamic, and its classless weapon-based skill system gives more options when using skills.”

We’ve got the latest “mood” trailer down below!

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Albion Online kicks off its mobile testing on Apple devices

One of the big selling points for Albion Online right out of the gate was the promise of a game that could be played on pretty much any device in the same world. PC, Linux, mobile devices… same thing, across the board. That goal is getting closer to being a reality with the game’s new closed beta on iOS platforms. If you’ve got the game and either an iPad or an iPhone, you can jump in and start playing.

You’ll need to have at least a starter or founder pack to take part in the closed beta, but assuming you do you can log in and, well… play. It’ll have all of the same features and options as the desktop client, it’ll just be on a mobile device. There are some light system requirements in terms of recommendation, so be sure to double-check your device before logging in and reporting bugs. But, you know, do log in and report bugs.

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Project Gorgon says Steam early access is coming in a ‘month-ish’

Don’t look now, but Project Gorgon could be out on Steam by the time the Easter Bunny emerges from her hidey-hole.

The project lead took to Twitter this week to inform the community that early access is aiming for February or March: “It’ll be another month-ish before Project Gorgon is on Steam early access, but it’s now in internal testing. Which means I can now play from Steam! Nobody else yet, just me. But it’s a step.”

As we digest this happy news, Linux testers also have something to brighten their day. The team pushed out an experimental launcher for those using a Linux OS on their computers. This doesn’t mean that Project Gorgon has official Linux support (it doesn’t), but it’s a nice concession to those who use the platform.

Curious about this indie MMO? Check out Eliot’s run through Project Gorgon this month in his Choose My Adventure series!

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Eternal Lands is the fantasy MMO that’s flown under your radar for over a decade

One of the best things about the Massively OP community is that our readers often point us toward MMOs that we never knew existed. So here’s our mutual discovery today of a title that’s been online since 2003 and existed entirely on the fringes of the genre ever since.

Eternal Lands is a free-to-play open source MMORPG that’s available for Windows, Android, Mac, and Linux. It has an extremely tiny download before ushering players into this 14-year-old world with multiple zones, a free-form skill system, a focus on exploring, live GM events, and a tight-knit roleplaying community. It’s reported around 170,000 downloads over its lifespan.

While the core game is free, there’s a special PK server that costs a whopping $5 to access. There are a couple of offshoots of Eternal Lands that are being developed, including a French port and a more community-focused version.

Source: Eternal Lands. Thanks Radu!

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Visionary Realms and Cryptic Studios put out help wanted notices

As always, we here at Massively OP keep our eyes glued to MMO studio job boards to see if any posted positions might give us a clue as to the plans and directions of upcoming games. Two such notices caught our attention as of late that we wanted to share with you today.

First up, Cryptic Studios is looking for a senior producer on an unspecified game to handle “overall development and business goals.” It’s unclear whether this is for one of Cryptic’s three live MMOs or if it might be for the upcoming and still-untitled Magic the Gathering MMO.

Over at Visionary Realms, Brad McQuaid’s studio is looking for a web developer, web designer, and a Linux administrator for Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen. These positions are purely volunteer, mind you, “with the distinct possibility of transitioning to a part- or full-time paid position.”

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The Stream Team: Frolicking in AdventureQuest 3D’s Frostval

Forget about Santa coming to town when you can have AQ3D’s Artix! His stories are way more fun than that guy in red’s, and he’s stopping by to chat about the Frosval holiday with Massively OP’s MJ. There is event goodness to be had, so tune in live at 7:00 p.m. to join in the frosty fun!

What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

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Project Gorgon releases an experimental launcher for Linux

There has never been an idea so offbeat and weird that the Project Gorgon team will not give it a shot. That does not simply extend to in-game mechanics, either. The game isn’t officially supported on Linux at the moment, but players have been hacking together ways to make it run, because the people who run Linux are also those who see “this doesn’t run on your operating system” as an entertaining challenge. So now there’s an official launcher for Linux.

Of course, it is important to note that this launcher is still in an experimental stage rather than a finished release state. Then again, for the people who run Linux that’s probably a feature rather than a failing. It’s good news for you if you prefer to run a Linux box or just for those happy to see the marvelous oddity of the game brought to a wider spectrum of players.

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Perfect Ten: 10 MMOs where you can live out your giant robot fantasies

Two years ago, NCsoft dealt a harsh blow to a certain subset of gaming fans when it canned the development of Project HON. This MMO was to be a glorious exercise in mecha combat, but scandals and a decision to reallocate development resources meant that it was never to be.

So where can that kid who grew up playing with giant robots go to get a Voltron, Transformers, or Macross fix these days? While many MMOs offer the occasional mech experience, there aren’t as many games that go all-in on that Pacific Rim experience.

But in the interests of a thought experiment and because I have fond memories of slapping five metal lions together to form the ultimate defender of the universe, here are 10 online games that offered or still do offer the thrill of high-tech mech and robot warfare.

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The Stream Team: Gouging the giant gourd in AdventureQuest 3D’s Mogloween

The conclusion of AQ3D’s Camp Gonnagetcha meant the beginning of Mogloween, and that means Massively OP’s MJ gets to dive back in and shove that giant gourd back into its own dimension! Who wouldn’t enjoy a little virtual pumpkin smashing on Halloween? Tune in live at 3:00 p.m. and join in the fun.

What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

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AdventureQuest 3D overhauls classes and combat

Not content with the current state of the world, AdventureQuest 3D pushed out a patch this week that overhauled its classes and combat — a change that bodes well for the future.

“In this update we wanted to make combat feel more fun and exciting,” the team said. “We also wanted to give each of the starter classes a distinctive play style which would prepare players for upcoming classes. These updates will also set the foundation for us to start creating new classes.”

Players who jump into combat with this new patch will discover that potions now have a 10-second cooldown, movement speed is standardized in all directions, the global cooldown is reduced to a single second, damage-over-time abilities are affected by armor, crowd control has diminishing returns, buff and debuff icons, and they can be stunned. All classes now have an ultimate ability, have their own resource, have passive abilities and effets, and share a new class panel. The team also added new animation and particle effects for many attacks. Whew.

Source: Patch notes

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Mobile MMO roundup: ArcheAge Begins, Paladins Strike, MU Origin, and Vendetta Online

Welcome back to another quick tour through the very latest in mobile MMORPG news. Let’s begin at the beginning with…

ArcheAge Begins

Yep, the GAMEVIL-produced mobile spinoff of this core sandbox MMORPG has released on both iOS and Android worldwide, with 100K players having signed up for pre-registration. “Developed with Unreal Engine 4, ArcheAge Begins features impressive-looking character models and environments, intense strategic battles and engrossing online multiplayer features,” GAMEVIL says. (Thanks, Jason!)

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The Stream Team: Staying at AdventureQuest 3D’s Camp Gonnagetcha

Massively OP’s MJ gets to go to summer camp! OK, well it is technically fall camp now. And it isn’t the kind with cute little crafts and singing around a campfire, either. It may, however, include screaming around a campfire! She’s going to AQ3D’s Camp Gonnagetcha, just exactly the type of camp a MMO-playing horror movie aficionado would love. MJ can’t wait to get in and explore this spooky space. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. revel in the holiday atmosphere with her. Soon it will be Mogloween!

What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

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