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Leaderboard: Will you be playing RIFT’s new server?

Last week, Trion Worlds announced a bold move for its MMORPG RIFT: Debuting this spring will be a brand-new server for the game with a business model that differs from the base game’s. The so-called RIFT Prime server will be a fresh start progression server with a subscription model that doesn’t have lockboxes and has only a minimal cash shop “with more of the current store-based items obtained through gameplay (or removed entirely).” The server has a few other perks that borrow from other games with such servers, including scaling content/loot and participation rewards usable back on “home” servers.

Based on our comments from last week, quite a lot of people are intrigued by the game, having been turned off in the past because of its business model, so this is a good chance to put your sub money where your mouth is, so to speak. Other people are done with the game and nothing’s gonna bring them back.

Let’s poll it out: Will you be playing RIFT’s new server?

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MMO Week in Review: Camelot Unhindered (January 21, 2018)

Were you too busy gaming this week to pay attention to MMO news? Get caught up every Sunday evening with Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review!

This week, crowdfunded MMORPG Camelot Unchained announced it had raised $7.5 million dollars from investors, intended to speed up production of the game, which is already quite delayed. Studio head Mark Jacobs spoke to us at length about the influx of money, the state of the game, and the impending beta launch; he reassured players that nothing about the game’s design or planned business model.

Meanwhile, Trion Worlds delivered two huge announcements this week: It’s sunsetting Devilian in March, and it’s opening up a sub-only, lockbox-free, specialty fresh-start server for RIFT this spring.

Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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The MOP Up: Battlerite’s magnificent magician (January 21, 2018)

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 WakfuFortniteAstroneerOld School RuneScapeOverwatchPokemon GoLineage 2 RevolutionPUBGDefianceBattlerite, and Path of Exile, all waiting for you after the break!

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Global Chat: Jumping on board the Warframe train

Are you playing Warframe these days? If not, you might be missing out on the growing party of people who seem to be flocking to Digital Extremes’ free-to-play shooter. Plenty of bloggers continue to discover and extol the virtues of this game, even years after it first hit the scene.

“The game’s been around for several years now,” said Nomadic Gamer, “so there’s a lot of maturity in the advice community and when people ask for ‘best builds’ they can be referred to builds created years ago.”

In An Age considers Warframe to be his “‘I don’t know what I feel like doing’ and ‘I only have 30 minutes to play’ game.” And while Superior Realities felt like the game was only “meh,” he did recognize the powerful effect of that word-of-mouth is having with this title.

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One Shots: Poppin’ some bubbly

We are going to kick off this week’s exhibition of player screenshots with a few email submissions (yes, some of you still email them in, and bless you for it!).

It doesn’t take much of an excuse for a celebration to break out in Final Fantasy XIV, as Souseiseki notes: “A certain Miqo’te had a little too much fun celebrating Heavensturn (and too much to drink!). Although, I think she had more fun opening the bottles than actually drinking them! Fortunately, I had the foresight to hide the good stuff. Don’t worry, her chocobo was parked safe in the stables and we confiscated her saddle.”

Postscript: That chocobo was later seen perched high on top of a temple summit, wrapped in toilet paper and spray painted with an incomprehensible slogan.

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The Daily Grind: How often do you check your MMO playtime?

My main character in Final Fantasy XIV is fast approaching a year of total playtime. That isn’t entirely surprising, since she’s been in the game since version 1.0, but that’s still a lot of hours logged into a single character. I fear looking at the playtime stats for some of my older characters in World of Warcraft, to boot. It’s the sort of thing where just looking at it gives me a “holy crap, how long have I played this game” moment.

Most games give you some way of checking how long you’ve played a given character, and of course client services like Steam will often log your overall playtime. That means you can see how long you’ve been farting about. So what about you, readers? How often do you check your MMO playtime? Is it a regular event, or is it just whenever you have a vague curiosity about how many hours have been spent in a particular game?

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Make My MMO: Greed Monger resurfaces; Camelot Unchained snags $7.5M (January 20, 2018)

This week in MMO crowdfunding, Greed Monger is back in the headlines, as former owner Jason Appleton told Kickstarter backers that as a result of a cryptocurrency windfall, he’s finally planning on refunding those who feel swindled from the game’s now-ancient Kickstarter failure.

“To put it lightly, I’ve been doing well. 2018 is the year I pay back GM donations,” he says. “I will update this once more when I’ve got things worked out with Kickstarter on a system for how this will work. I may only be able to refund $10k a week or $10k a month, but I expect to get this all resolved this year. Hopefully the first round of refunds can happen this coming week.”

It’s not the first time he’s promised some sort of compensation for the game many MMO players still believe was a scam; last year, he was promising cryptocurrency itself. If anyone actually does receive any refund, drop us a tip! (With thanks to Sally Sally’s “friend” for passing this along to us! :D)

In happier news, crowdfunded MMORPG Camelot Unchained received a $7.5 million cash infusion from a group of investors, intended to increase hiring and speed up completion of the game. Mark Jacobs retains full creative control and the largest slice of the corporate pie, meaning the game will ship as originally designed.

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WRUP: This sentence is about horses edition

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The Daily Grind: Are we due for a good cyberpunk MMO?

I am a generally big fan of the cyberpunk genre, especially when it works in a healthy dose of ’80s aesthetics for that clunky, neon flair. But when it comes to MMORPGs, good cyberpunk titles are extremely few and far between.

I think we have a bit of it in Neocron and Anarchy Online, and of course The Matrix Online was jacked into cyberpunk back when it was running. Now a-days there is a lot of excitement over CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077, although we know very little about it other than it’ll have some sort of online functionality.

Are we due for a good cyberpunk MMO? Do you think that there’s a good audience out there for it and that it would appeal to a great number of gamers? For a bonus question, what would you like to see included in such a title?

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Betawatch: Chronicles of Elyria hit with sizable layoffs (January 19, 2018)

So it looks like things are not all roses and light behind the scenes for Chronicles of Elyria, as the studio has apparently let several of its team members go. How many? We don’t have an exact number, just a knowledge that the team had apparently doubled in sized and is now notably reduced. Here’s hoping for the best for the people affected by the layoffs.

Other beta news? Perhaps even happier news? Sure thing. We can do that.

We can’t promise that our list below is all good news. It’s a list. It organizes entries in list format. But you can still take a look at it, and if something on that list is inaccurate, you can let us know and we can fix it. Is that good news? Maybe!

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Grab a Hyper Universe ‘MVP Starter Pack’ from Nexon and MOP!

In celebration of the launch of Hyper Universe Online earlier this week, Nexon has granted Massively OP keys for the Hyper All Stars Starter Pack MVP Starter Pack to pass out to our users; it includes high win-rate toons Yuna, Sapitelbub, Green Pit Bull, Jack, and their associated unique gear and ought to help you get started.

Please note that you must be logged into the comments to take a key. Head onward to grab one!

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Massively Overthinking: Tackling our hoarding problem in MMORPGs

By coincidence, two articles in my feeds this past week both centered on video game hoarding – not hoarding the actual games but hoarding stuff inside of them. Blizzard Watch posted a piece on what makes people stop hoarding things like currency in Blizzard’s games, while Gamasutra published an article about how game designers can stop turning us into hoarders in the first place.

For this week’s Overthinking, I thought it would be constructive for the staff and readers to reflect on hoarding in MMOs specifically. Do you hoard, and if so, is it primarily consumables? Currencies? Event items? Something else? Do you think it’s a problem, or only when it’s encouraged as part of a microtransaction loop that ends with your buying more storage?

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The Daily Grind: Which MMO studio told the biggest fib in 2017?

Lies piss me off. I have had MMO developers look me in the eye and lie right to my face. I have had PR promise something and then intentionally break that promise with a shrug. I have had studios mail me statements that are not just playing loose with the truth but dropping it on the ground and driving their boot heel right into it. I’ve had studios claim they never said a thing right up until I produce the recording where they very clearly did (always save your recordings, folks). I’ve been doing this a long time, but nevertheless, just when I think I’ve seen everything, I’m confronted with even more shenanigans.

You folks see plenty too! Just last year, in the midst of what was apparently a furied license negotiation, layoffs, community team silence, missed patch dates, and sexual harassment scandal – some or all of which ultimately led to the abrupt end of Marvel Heroes – Gazillion reps claimed to us that “the company is functioning normally.” And don’t even start me on the “sense of pride and accomplishment” line.

Which MMO studio told the biggest fib last year, and what was it?

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