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Black Desert begins Mother’s Day event, revamps defense, guts the Arsha PvP server, and teases Lahn

Here’s an event that doesn’t get celebrated much in MMORPGs: Mother’s Day. Oh sure, the devs will send out Tweets, but we don’t often see actual in-game events. Black Desert, however, has an event for everything, and this week it’s kicking off the Thank You For All Your Love event, in which you’ll be helping Santo Manzi get a batch of flowers off to his mom, in exchange for experience and chocolate.

Today’s patch notes also come with a lengthy explanation about changes to the Arsha PvP server in light of the game’s ongoing balance changes (defense effects are being heavily revised today). “We have decided to change the PvP system in the Arsha server to be the same as those in the other servers,” Kakao says. “You will no longer be able to activate Down Guard by pressing Shift while your character is down in the Arsha server. Like in the other servers, debuff will now be applied continuously only up to 2 times.” The studio promises “special features suitable for a PvP excusive server at a later date.”

Finally, the Western servers are preparing for the arrival of Lahn, the new playable class landing on May 23rd, though you’ll be able to pre-create a Lahn of your very own starting next week on May 16th.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 169: Farscape and RuneScape

On this week’s show, Bree and Justin look ahead at the next generation of MMORPGs in development while saying farewell to a couple of the old guard. It’s a podcast full of conspiracies, time magic, debates over subscriptions, and way too much talk about Farscape!

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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Perfect World is sunsetting Swordsman Online and Jade Dynasty as teams move on to ‘bigger and better things’

Perfect World announced two sunsets yesterday: Four-year-old Swordsman Online and nine-year-old Jade Dynasty will close down in June. Here’s the official announcement for Swordsman players posted yesterday evening.

“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we announce the shutdown of all Swordsman (SWM) servers on June 5th, 2018. On that day, your SWM character will no longer be accessible. This was a very difficult decision to make, but we are grateful for everything that you have put into the game and all the wonderful communities that have come from SWM. We no longer feel there is room for SWM to grow, but the development teams are moving on to bigger and better things! As amends to our most dedicated fans, we are making sure to offer refunds for the last few months.”

The Jade Dynasty announcement is nearly identical, with the same shutdown date and promise of refunds. Cash shop currency is no longer available for purchase; currency purchases made since February 1st will apparently be converted into Arc credit for your account.

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Tree of Savior hands out second anniversary gifts, previews new classes

It’s been two years since Tree of Savior leaped onto the Steam scene, and the crew is celebrating with a nine-week event that is running through May 29th. This event includes a free DLC present that will trigger a special quest and new costumes. There are additional rewards that can be earned simply by logging into the game and checking a special list on a regular basis.

If in-game events aren’t enough to get your excited, Tree of Savior recently previewed a pair of new classes that are on their way to the game. The Onmyoji Master is joining the Wizard tree, while the Retiarii is coming to the Swordsman branch.

You can check out an early look at these classes in action after the break!

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The Daily Grind: What’s the most creative way MMOs thwart toxicity?

Forget group-kicks: If you’re a tool in Sea of Thieves, your own shipmates might just opt to stuff you in the brig – “a holding cell located on the bottom of the ship that disruptive players can be sent to after a democratic vote is held by their shipmates,” explains Polygon in a piece last week. The idea is to give toxic or obnoxious players a chance to apologize or shape up, even roleplay their way out of the situation they created.

This kind of penalty isn’t entirely new to MMOs, whether we’re talking jail in Ultima Online or Age of Wushu, but it’s certainly creative, right? At least as long as the majority of your ship isn’t toxic and you’re the one being shoved into a cell.

What’s the most creative in-game way you’ve seen an online game studio thwart toxicity?

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One Shots: Flying lessons

Massively OP Readers, you are clear for take-off. Please cross-check the cabin, assume flight positions, and break out the best aerial screenshots you have. Fair flying and Godspeed!

Rafael zooms into view for our headlining picture today from a game that he has only recently discovered: Blade and Soul. Oh, I josh, I josh. Rafael’s the site’s premiere B&S evangelist, so beware if he corners you in a crowded tavern!

“It wouldn’t be Blade and Soul if it didn’t have interesting outfits and Wushu gliding,” he said. “Case in point? My Gunner, Haliee, gliding around in her jammies. Yup. She can fly around in her cute night shirt complete with little cat patterns. Here she is as she approaches her landing. ‘The runway is clear zero-niner.'”

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Fractured shows off 14 schools of combat in first gameplay footage

While Fractured, the dynamic fantasy sandbox MMO, has been sporadic with its development blogs, when they do arrive, you can be assured that they offer real meat to a hungry audience.

This is definitely true with this week’s look at the game’s 14 schools of magic and fighting. Even better, all this comes packed with several short videos that show the first gameplay footage to date for this title.

These schools include a huge variety, such as abjuration, illusionism, necromancy, martial arts, and assassination. Oh, and there’s a “musicianship” school for those who like to mix their magic and songs together. Bard party, anyone?

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The MOP Up: Multiverse makes a comeback (December 31, 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 Record of Lodoss War OnlineAge of WushuFortniteEVE OnlineARMSPath of ExileDark and Light, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, all waiting for you after the break!

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Perfect World Entertainment sprinkles holiday events across its library

With so many Christmas events popping up this month, there’s no time nor space to spread them out. Perfect World Entertainment seems to think so, too, because it sent out a press blast with a list of what’s going on in all of its MMORPGs. Let’s run down all six live games:

Neverwinter: The Winter Festival of Simril is running from December 14th through January 4th, with free Starlight vouchers, sled racing, ice fishing, bonuses, and the possibility of earning sled mounts.

Star Trek Online: Q’s Winter Wonderland is back through January 18th, giving players plenty of time to compete in crazy activities to earn a free T6 starship and Wesley Crusher’s ski outfit (seriously).

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Riot’s new promo video argues e-sports are indeed sports

No one will be surprised by Riot Games’ latest e-sports video. Riot Games really likes e-sports. Indeed, Riot Games believes e-sports are real sports.

“Not just a sport. Our sport,” reads the tagline.

All the skeptical mainstream media quoted in the video can’t change the fact that Riot’s position is fast becoming the norm. You’ll recall that the International Olympic Committee has formally stated that it may consider e-sports a sporting activity, and the co-president of the Paris Olympic bid committee told the AP that the organization was considering bringing video gaming on board for the 2024 program in France. The 2022 Asian Games also announced e-sports as a medal event, citing the inclusion of e-sports at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.

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Black Desert welcomes new toon Ran to the roster

Is there room for another character class at the Black Desert table? Scooch over and make room no matter what you think on this, because Ran is on her way.

Pearl Abyss revealed Ran this past week, an Asian martial arts fighter who uses a sword and a strange weapon with a chain and silk scarf on it. Ran isn’t out yet in Korea, so it might be a little while before she makes the voyage to the west, but odds are good that she will be arriving sooner or later.

Check out her trailer and a weird little Korean TV spot after the break!

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One Shots: The rat race

At times, I feel like I must be the responsible adult in the MMORPG genre and sit down some of these artists and tell them that while I appreciate their ambition and imagination, not everything can be turned into a mount. Not everything should be turned into a mount. We need to have some sort of standard, some line that must not be crossed.

I feel like RIFT crossed that line with this mouse mount. It’s a little too on the nose with the whole notion of leveling in games being a rat race, eh?

“Here is my new Sinister Cappie mount telling a fishing story (it was this big!),” said Ironweakness. Frankly, I want to hear the story where someone captured a giant mouse and then trained it to provide transportation to battle-happy adventurers.

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Soak up these Moonlight Blade videos from G-Star

Wait, which one is Moonlight Blade? Oh, it’s the one where gravity doesn’t appear to exist for special individuals who flit through the air like martial arts Mary Poppins. Shouldn’t be hard to remember.

As Moonlight Blade continues to wind its way through the beta testing process in Korea, all we in the west can do is wait and watch some of the gameplay videos in envy. It’s a good-looking game, although that comes standard with Korean development, right?

Steparu snagged a few videos from Moonlight Blade’s recent appearance at G-Star, including more flying moves, character creation, and some fashion. Check it out below!

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