As we all well know, MMORPGs are a Serious Business indeed. We must treat them reverently and with our utmost due diligence as we perform tasks vital to saving the world. No frivolity and mirth-making is allowed within these virtual worlds; we toil, we strive, we forge the future in sharp lines of progress.
Oh what am I kidding: We’re totally goofballs. If you can’t cut loose in an MMO and have fun with your friends, what’s the point? I feel that Kenji Takeda has it right with this week’s headlining picture from Final Fantasy XIV, as you can sense the high spirits and laughter that were driving this moment.
Next week, we’ll get totally serious again. Probably. Maybe. Possibly. Well, there’s an outside chance, you never know.
Age of Wulin, the European counterpart to NA’s Age of Wushu, is being handed off once again in the region. The martial arts sandbox was originally published by Snail Games, handed off to Webzen for four years in Europe, and is now returning to Snail’s control on July 11th.
The team said that this will merge the two titles together: “Today, we would like to announce that the Age of Wulin publishing licence will return to Snail Games, the developers of Age of Wulin, on the 11th of July, 2017. Snail Games will then take over operations and migrate your characters to their version of the game, Age of Wushu. It was a very difficult decision to make, as your support and passion since the early days of this project have been outstanding, but it will ensure the continuity of the game.”
The newest Black Desert class is no slouch in bringing meaty beatdowns to foes, as some players are discovering this week. The kick-punching martial arts Striker has landed on Korean servers, and it is only a matter of time before the rest of the world gets to experience the glory of his kinetic attacks.
As we wait not-so-patiently for the Striker to arrive, Black Desert players in the west can at least tiptoe among the tulips — and take a few pictures for the game’s Spring Tulips Screenshot Contest. The contest is part of a small patch this week and will run from now through April 25th, with the winner’s submission earning a place on the game’s loading screens (among other prizes).
Check out the Striker’s launch trailer below!
Go ahead and keep mocking e-sports, but they are only getting bigger and more respectable as they keep creating tremendous piles of money. In addition to winning coveted spots on television and earning floor space in casinos, now e-sports are inching toward the Olympic stage, at least in Asia.
“The Olympic Council of Asia and Alisports of China today announced a strategic partnership to bring the Electronic Sports video game phenomenon to the official sports programme of the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China,” declares a press release from earlier this week. “E-Sports, which is enjoyed by millions of youngsters around Asia and the world, has already been added to the OCA’s 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, this September as a demonstration sport.”
If you happen to be a Black Desert
player, then this weekend is bound to be a time of joy and celebration for you. The team announced its development plans for 2017 on Friday night’s super late-night stream, and it is a bounty beyond belief.
The fun begins with the game’s newest class, the Striker. The Striker is a martial arts-using class who favors combos and smacking things down with his bare hands. The class is going into testing in Korea soon with no specific date announced for the west.
The announcement of the Striker was just the beginning, however. The team said that it’s working on a climbing skill, the game’s very first airship, combat sailboats, a class rebalance, new zones, improved guild features, healing unicorns, upgraded graphics (without affecting FPS), a trading simulation, and the second part of Kamasylvia.
Check out the trailers, images, and the rest of the announcement below!
The cogs of development and testing are slowly turning for the sandbox sequel Age of Wushu 2. MMO Culture reports that the title has started taking pre-registration applications in China.
China may be all we can expect from this title, as Age of Wushu didn’t exactly tear up the charts in the west. As you may recall, this full-fledged sequel is borrowing a page from the survival sandbox fad rather than updating the original game’s MMORPG format.
Age of Wushu 2 is being developed with the Unreal 4 engine and recently launched its Chinese website (which has plenty of gorgeous pictures in addition to hilariously translated phrases). The team wants players to forge their own story by exploring the world and building a legend with their character. The game should be launching in China later this year.
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 Destiny, Eternal Crusade, Elder Scrolls Legends, Hearthstone, Pokemon Go, MU Legend, Lineage II, ARK, Ultima Online, Sword of Shadows, Ghost Recon Wildlands, Ragnarok Online, Heroes and Generals, Elsword, and Dota 2, all waiting for you after the break!
Let me start this article by answering my own headline: It’s partly because I’m an idiot and cannot let go of this IP.
Star Wars: The Old Republic has been a part of my life for over six years, and not having it there to fall back on would be difficult. But I could still play SWTOR without a subscription. Many of my friends still do! The truth of the matter is that I’m still having fun in the game, just not playing the game. I still have a guild of about 50 people who log in regularly to participate in activities. I have friends whom I’ve grown close to. And as much as I hate to say it, there is no other game that can give me my Star Wars fix.
I guess it’s possible that I could still log into the game and not pay a dime for it, but hopefully, if I tell you what happens during my typical game day, you will understand why I still hold a subscription for the game, despite not playing a single bit of the content BioWare has given and sold me.
Development continues on Age of Wushu 2, and the game is going to make you think about the time. Is it late at night in the game world? That’s going to be dangerous for you. Fewer NPCs are active during the night, more hungry beasts will be on the prowl, and perhaps most importantly it’s the perfect time to slip into something dark to stab people to death. That’s not even counting your limited visibility. You would do well to be cautious during the night.
So you’d rather just be active during the day, then? That’s much brighter, yes, but it has its own downside, because the hot sun is beating down on you and making you thirsty. Yes, you’re going to need to keep an eye on your hydration needs, and that’s before you have your usual mid-day snack of a handful of salt. So no matter what time of day it may be, you can rest assured that it has some way of making your in-game life just a little bit more difficult.
When the NDA is away, the cats will play — and take screenshots! Bless our dear community for documenting upcoming MMOs as they venture into these virgin territories.
ZulikaMiNam had some fun in one game that I haven’t seen much from readers yet: “Since there are no NDA restrictions imposed for this alpha weekend kickoff over at Shards Online I will post some pics from there. I accidentally healed a skeleton while trying to heal myself. So my name turns grey and anyone can kill me now. Time to lay low for a bit.”
Are you still laying low? You can… probably come out now. That skeleton owes you a life debt for that heroic action.
If you have more than a passing interest in NetEase’s upcoming Revelation Online, you should also keep an eye on another title that the studio has been developing for four years now. Called Treacherous Waters overseas, the martial arts MMO has been dubbed Justice for English audiences.
Justice is supposedly based on a Chinese novel and will contain plenty of martial arts-style combat and luscious eye candy. The first character from the game, a woman clad in red silk, was shown on a Chinese website and paired with a cryptic description.
We are still waiting to hear more on this MMO-in-the-making. A beta schedule for Justice will be revealed in early 2017.
Superhero games aren’t much fun without villains to beat up, and in a superhero MMO, there needs to be a lot of those. City of Titans dished out some information on one of its gangs yesterday, the Five Dragons.
According to the post, the Five Dragons are a low-level gang with “Far-Eastern flair and reliance on magic.” They’re mostly into non-supervillain crime, although that doesn’t make their guns or spells any less deadly. Their presence is strongest in Lotus Hills, which the group mostly controls.
“Members of the Five Dragons can be divided, roughly, into two groups,” this week’s dev blog explained. “The lower ranks consist of a mass of lower-ranking, unpowered members armed with guns, knives, and sometimes rudimentary martial arts skills. More experienced members often display considerable supernatural power.”
If you had to make a list of the game that currently look the worst due to their engines preventing any better looks, you would probably wonder how in the world this situation came to pass. But you also probably would not have included Age of Wushu in that list, because the game isn’t exactly hard on the eyes. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be improved, and it looks like a new engine is on the way for the game in the second half of 2017.
The new engine will expand both mechanics and graphics, so players can look forward to iterative improvements as well as allowing character data to transfer over. How all of this will play out remains to be seen, of course, since it’s some time away. Still, it’s a new round of spit and polish, and that’s not a bad thing for any game.