MMOARPG stands for “massively multiplayer online action roleplaying game.” It can be contrasted with an OARPG, which makes little attempt at being “massive” in a way that MMORPG players would accept.

Path of Exile gives Ascendants a tune-up

Ascendants who feel as if they’re the neglected child of the Path of Exile family will be getting a special treat with this fall’s expansion. The Fall of Oriath is going to include a tune-up for this underperforming class to make it more desirable for those playing or thinking about playing an Ascendant build.

“The Ascendant (Scion Ascendancy) class will undergo some significant changes that focus on making the class more powerful and on-par with the other classes,” the studio said on the forums. We’ve done this by taking some of the more build-defining features from the other eighteen Ascendancy classes and incorporating them on the Ascendant tree.”

This means that most of the skill trees for the Ascendant have been reworked, offering all sorts of new build possibilities and combinations. No doubt, the community will be experimenting with optimal builds during the summer Patch 3.0 beta test.


Marvel Heroes Omega soft launches on PlayStation 4 today

Console geeks assemble! It’s time to throw off the shackles of responsibility, hygiene, and relationships to devote yourself to a straight week or two of non-stop superhero action. It’s OK. We’ll write a permission slip for you that you can give to any concerned parties.

Marvel Heroes Omega, the streamlined console version of the PC MMO, is soft launching today for PlayStation 4. Well, technically it’s an open beta, but since the studio has promised that progress will not be wiped going forward, we’re calling it like we see it. Also, the team is not above taking your money at this point, so it feels like a release to us.

“To celebrate today’s open beta launch for PlayStation 4, all players can also look forward to receiving Daredevil, the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen, as a free playable character. To receive this gift, players must download and install Marvel Heroes Omega and download the free Daredevil pack via the PlayStation®Store on their PlayStation 4 console.”

Xbox One players are just going to have to do a Hulk sulk for a month and wait for their turn on June 20th. Meanwhile, PC players are twiddling their thumbs and waiting for next month’s anniversary event.

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Marvel Heroes Omega early access opens today for PS4 players

It’s a big week for Marvel Heroes: Today marks the start of early access for the soft launch of Marvel Heroes Omega on PlayStation 4, which itself technically begins May 23rd, but if you want in now — with no more wipes — a founder pack (or a key you won from us!) will get you in today.

Earlier this week, Gazillion announced that its Xbox One-flavored game service will whirr to life on June 20th, so you folks have only one more month to wait.

PC players, I feel you right now, but there’s some good news on the horizon: a big A.R.M.O.R. incursion event plus a teaser for the anniversary, and it’s a good one:

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Path of Exile explains upcoming Energy Shield mechanical changes

There are some big changes coming to Energy Shield in Path of Exile’s next expansion, and as tends to happen with major system changes, the designers have penned a lengthy column explaining why these changes exist. It’s not that Energy Shield is inherently bad, obviously; the problem is that with high enough values and the right collection of relics, players can ultimately use Energy Shield to completely replace Life as a survival mechanic, which results in characters with enormous health pools without any investment in doing so.

To fix this problem high-end shield values have been significantly tuned down, and several different items have had their synergy with Energy Shield adjusted to provide a more tangible drawback. Vaal Pact, for example, will no longer provide any benefit to Energy Shield (whereas it currently allows almost an immediate refill of shields without any drawbacks). However, it will also be possible for players to craft better Energy Shield items earlier, so players can still try out the builds that made these changes necessary; they’ll still be potent, but they should no longer make you effectively unkillable.


Path of Exile doles out free Twitch cosmetics

If you’re currently rocking a Twitch Prime membership, you’re eligible for a passel of purple goodies in Path of Exile. Starting next week and running for a month, members can grab three violet-tinted cometics for the MMO: a purple portal, purple weapon effect, and purple footprints effect. EAT THAT PURPLE.

Grinding Gear also informed players that some changes will be coming to Labyrinths in this fall’s expansion pack: “Though the moment-to-moment Labyrinth gameplay will be much the same in 3.0.0, the amount of time you spend accessing and running through the early labyrinths will be significantly shorter, simpler, and you’ll be able to access all versions of the Labyrinth from the Aspirants’ Plaza.”

Finally, as the Legacy challenge league wraps up, revisit the madness with one community member’s video overview below!

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Marvel Heroes Omega soft launches on PS4 next week, Xbox One June 20

Comic book adventure is coming to consoles next week. The reworked, revamped, and renamed Marvel Heroes Omega is kicking off its console open beta test on May 23rd.

Starting next Tuesday, PlayStation 4 players can check out the streamlined superhero MMO for free. If that’s not soon enough for you, you can always buy a founder’s pack and get into early access this Friday, May 19th. So what’s the big deal about open beta? As there will be no wipe following the start of this phase, all progression will be carried over into launch. In other words, think of it as a soft launch.

Xbox One players are still waiting to hear about when they might be invited to the party. PS4 players, try not to gloat. Updated below!

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 117: Starfall no more

Kind of a weird and fascinating week for MMOs, as an expansion has a legal showdown with a charity, a western MMO is announced, and Vvardenfell decided to come to us two weeks early. Is the industry shaping up for the most explosive June on record? It might just be!

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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The Stream Team: An evening with Marvel Heroes’ Nick Fury

What’s a Monday without Marvel Heroes? Whatever it is, Massively OP’s MJ doesn’t want to find out! She has so many heroes to spend time on, but by popular demand, today she’s going to take a look at the newest addition: Nick Fury. How well does this character translate into game mechanics? Tune in live at 7:00 p.m. to check it out.

What: Marvel Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 15th, 2017

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Path of Exile changes its mind on legacy leagues during Fall of Oriath’s beta

Grinding Gear Games announced last night that it will be extending Path of Exile’s legacy leagues through beta, contrary to plans it made last week.

“Last week we posted a Beta FAQ where we mentioned that we were planning to run some events between the end of the Legacy League and the full release of The Fall of Oriath,” says the studio. “These events would be concurrent to its Beta and some would grant Beta keys. There has been overwhelming feedback that the community would like us to extend the Legacy Leagues during the Beta so that continuing to play Legacy characters and find Relics would be an additional option. We have decided to do so.”

Conveniently, this gives folks an extension on buying legacy supporter packs and other cash-shop stuff too.

The beta itself begins on June 7th; you can buy one of the supporter packs to ensure yourself a spot!


The MOP Up: Life is Feudal’s building sim (May 14, 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!

This week we have stories and videos from MapleStoryHeroes of the StormIngressWurm OnlineDCUOHellionLife is FeudalSkyforgeOverwatchH1Z1Final Fantasy XI, all waiting for you after the break!

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Enter to win Marvel Heroes PC Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 loot from Gazillion and MOP

Tired of hearing about Marvel Heroes Omega on PlayStation 4 because you play on PC? This giveaway’s for you! We’ve got 10 keys for all the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 loot for PC. Each key includes:

  • Star-Lord hero unlock
  • Rocket Raccoon hero unlock
  • Star-Lord costume inspired by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Rocket Raccoon costume inspired by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Drax team-up inspired by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Gamora team-up inspired by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Read on to enter to win!

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NCsoft’s Q1 2017 financials: Tumbles for Lineage, Guild Wars 2, plus new leadership for Lineage Eternal

NCsoft’s first quarter financials for 2017 have released, and… well, let’s get the bad news out of the way. While sales dropped only slightly since the preceding quarter and in line with last year, the company’s operating profits and incomes fell sharply, in the -60 to -77% range both quarter over quarter and year over year. The company says that’s “due to incentives paid on the back of record-high earnings last year.” In particular, Lineage 1’s sales were down significantly on the quarter and the year (“due to the early sales recognition in 4Q and weaker traffic from anticipated Lineage M demand”). Aion’s and Lineage II’s sales dropped ever so slightly, as did Guild Wars 2’s, which has fallen by more than half following the late 2015 launch of Heart of Thorns.

The good news? Blade and Soul saw a small boost.

During the conference call, NCsoft announced that it has overturned the development leadership working on Lineage Eternal, suggesting that the closed beta failed to “reflect NCsoft’s characteristics” and promising a retooled dev schedule in the months ahead.

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Path of Exile answers Fall of Oriath beta questions

The fall is coming this summer — The Fall of Oriath, that is. Path of Exile is preparing to launch its latest expansion pack in July, which means that testing needs to happen ASAP. In a new FAQ on the forums, the studio announced that the beta for the expansion is scheduled to kick off on June 7th.

Beta is planned to run for five to six weeks and will include the Xbox One version in some capacity. Only the first eight acts will be included in the testing, with the final two kept under wraps for the expansion launch. Grinding Gear said that it will be sending out silent waves of invites during the beta but that players can secure a beta key by either purchasing one of the upcoming supporter packs or from having spent several hundreds of dollars on the game already.

The team said that prior to the beta start, it would be wrapping up the current Legacy challenge league. The beta period will be marked by “so many events” in the game, although the specifics of these have yet to be revealed.

Source: Beta FAQ


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