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 teases Nazi-inspired Oriath expansion baddies

Pumped for Path of Exile's upcoming Fall of Oriath expansion? Grinding Gear Games must be too, given the parade of videos it's slipping out. Today's entry is a look at the baddies who will be falling to your weapons and spells -- both in-game animations and concept art slides. The dudes at 19 and 44 seconds probably score the most points for creepiness, and I think you'll find the inspirations of some of the baddies more than obvious.

In fact, there's a bit of player forum controversy over whether some of the villains make sense in PoE's world, though other players are taking it in the spirit in which it was probably intended. "Can't wait to **** up some Nazis and evil donkey creatures from hell," wrote one gamer.

Check it out below, then peek back at last week's music and environments reveals.

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Path of Exile has 'a lot more expansions coming'

Pretty much every MMO player dreams of sitting his or her favorite developers down to get the honest and direct truth. While Grinding Gear Games isn't making house calls (yet), the dev team did make an effort to satisfy community curiosity by tackling an assortment of 30 submitted questions about Path of Exile.

There was some concern over the potential for a bug flood when the expansion drops this fall. GGG said that it's on top of it: "There's a lot changing in 3.0.0 so there's a lot of scope for problems to creep in unless we find them. To deal with this, we've expanded our QA team over the years and it's currently the largest it has ever been. In addition, we're running a beta for 3.0.0 specifically to find problems before they affect the live realm."

There was no confirmation regarding a launch date for the expansion, but the team did discuss lengthening the ignore list, trade improvements, the Xbox One launch, and controller support. The team also hinted that there are "a lot more" expansions being planned for the MMO.

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Marvel Heroes quietly dishes out compensation for December whoopsie

This one is going to take a little explaining. Apparently, last December someone made a mistake on Gazillion's side where Marvel Heroes players ended up getting extra stash tabs (and then couldn't use them). The players were told to delete the mistakenly awarded tabs and that they would be compensated for the flub.

Without advance notice, that compensation snuck into the game today. Players logged in to find that some of them had 600 or even 1,200 eternity splinters waiting for them as a bonus reward. Some of the affected players, however, only received 200 ES so far. Confusion ensued until a player huddle sorted out what happened.

Gazillion took to Reddit ito comment on the compensation. "So the total amount players will receive if they should receive compensation is 1,200 ES. Players who logged in on X-Mas Day and received the stash item qualifies. Thanks for your patience guys."

Source: Official forums #1, #2, Reddit. Thanks Kalamari and Rain!


Path of Exile shows off the music and environments of the Fall of Oriath

Path of Exile is not a game where you are likely to stand around admiring the scenery very often. That's not because it's bad; it's just the nature of the beast when you are knee-deep in monsters and you have the ability to make everything around you explode with lightning on the regular. (Or frost, or fire, or... you know your character builds, we don't need to explain it to you.) So perhaps it's a very good thing that the team behind the game has given us a small preview of the areas and music coming with the Fall of Oriath expansion in video form.

Now there are no monsters to click on, no quests to worry about, nothing but the looks and the sounds to let you really anticipate the actual game. Yes, they'll mostly be drowned out by the explosions of lightning once you're actually playing, but why not jump past the break and appreciate it for the moment? Just don't click on the video instinctively to try blowing something up. It just swaps in full-screen mode, we promise.

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Path of Exile on virtual reality, auto-sort, and offline play

Path of Exile's latest dev Q&A has a few nuggets of interest for followers of the MMOARPG. What caught our eye? Don't expect an auto-sort button in your inventory bins.

"I had a good conversation recently with David Brevik about how large items that require manipulation in the inventory help simulate the 'weight' that items have in other RPG systems," Grinding Gear Games' Chris Wilson says. "It may be inconvenient to have to organise items, but it makes them feel real. Simplifying this down to auto-sorting or single-slot-items is a road we don't want to take our game down."

The team does, however, have a plan to someday add an alternate skillbar and new skills, but not shapeshifting, extra zoom tools, virtual reality, or an offline version of the game. Why no offline? Not only would it be a waste of resources, but "the game will never be in a state where the servers have to be shut down for financial reasons."

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2013 MMOARPG Path of Exile hit peak concurrency in March thanks to its latest patch

Path of Exile just keeps getting bigger and bigger in terms of both players and team size, and it's actually providing the numbers to back it up.

A press release out from Grinding Gear Games declares that update 2.6.0 propelled the MMOARPG to a peak online concurrent player count of 112,800 earlier this month, with 65,000 of those playing concurrently through Steam, putting the game behind only Dota 2 and CS:GO during that chunk of time. According to the studio, that makes 2.6.0 the "franchise's largest and most successful to date with a 40-percent increase in the number of players online for the launch."

2.6.0 was big, but it's not even the biggest thing happening to the New Zealand-based game this year: It's got a huge expansion called The Fall of Oriath coming out in 2017. It most recently made headlines for creating a "transparent lockbox" with declared odds for the best stuff inside.

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The Stream Team: A look at Logan in Marvel Heroes

Considering that Wolverine is one of her all-time favorite Marvel characters Massively OP's MJ was surprised to realize she hadn't played him yet in Marvel Heroes.  That's about to change: In honor of the release of the movie Logan, she will be playing the hero dressed in the new Old Man Logan costume.  With the 50% more event XP, just how high can she level Wolverine in Midtown madness? Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to place your bets! (No, there won't be any actual wagers.)

What: Marvel Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 13th, 2017

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Path of Exile is buffing the heck out of leaguestones

Path of Exile's 2.6 patch last week was a whopper, but it wasn't without issues, some of which are rectified in today's update. In addition to swatting a number of pesky bugs, Grinding Gear Games has made several much-welcomed changes to leaguestones in particular.

"The Leaguestone progress bar now appears red when the leaguestone has not activated because it is underleveled for the area that the player is in.
Added minimum generation levels to some mods on Leaguestones where they could drop before that content could spawn.
Perandus Leaguestones that drop after this patch will now have a 20% chance to spawn Cadiro in the next area.
Onslaught Leaguestones that drop after this patch will now have 20% increased Quantity of Items found in the next area.
The Aspect of Ruination unique monster from the Luring Rampage Leaguestone mod now does 20% less damage.
The Ancient Reliquary is now Normal difficulty."

Brodiro memes right here.

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Marvel Heroes takes servers offline for database fix

Hope you didn't loot anything extra special yesterday in Marvel Heroes because there's a chance that you may have lost it.

Apparently there were some server-side issues with Marvel Heroes' database yesterday that resulted in the game being taken offline for a few hours to be fixed. While Gazillion isn't saying much about the issue, players reported that they had problems logging into their characters and getting disconnected prior to it.

There seems to be mixed reports of rollbacks following the server's restoration, so chances are that your progress is OK, but you'll probably want to log in to check just to be sure.

Source: Official forums. Thanks Starbuck1771!


Massively OP Podcast Episode 107: Dark Knight rises

This week on the show, Justin and Bree celebrate a couple of hearty MMO updates, argue about mandatory mount viewing, celebrate the soft launch of Revelation Online, and extol the virtues of the PC Master Race.

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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Path of Exile creates the industry's first 'transparent' lockbox

We've all griped and grumbled about how MMO lockboxes are too much like gambling and tend to swindle players out of money for a chance at getting desired items. But what if an MMO came out with a lockbox that told you up front what your odds are of winning rare items, promised you an item of equal value or more to what you spend on it, and said that any of its offerings would be put up for sale on the store at a later date?

That's exactly what Path of Exile is doing with its new classic mystery box. "We've taken a look at how our mystery boxes are designed, and have revamped our systems to be more ethical, transparent and provide more value than ever before," the studio said. "We've flattened out the odds of possible outcomes to make it more likely to receive the most valuable microtransactions than in previous boxes."

The odds are no secret; players have a 20% chance of winning a rare item, 35% chance of an uncommon, and 45% chance of a common in each box. Additionally, while the boxes won't tell you what's inside, they will post the price up front of the value of each box's contents so that you can make a more informed purchase.

Check out what some of the offerings look like in the classic mystery box after the break!

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Path of Exile lets loose with Patch 2.6 tonight

Just call it Patch of Exile.

This evening, the highly anticipated Patch 2.6 will go live in Path of Exile, and the relatively calm landscape of the MMOARPG will erupt into bedlam. The patch is activating all 40 of its previous league challenges, offering players choices to activate a combination of these to pursue limited availability gear that was only offered during those leagues. Patch 2.6 also contains the new solo self-found mode for an additional hardcore challenge, 25 additional Grandmasters, improved friends and guild lists, and lots and lots of balance changes.

To get ready, you can read up on the patch notes and possibly consider splurging on an extra character slot now that they're on sale. Another fun activity? Watching the dev videos on the Legacy Challenge League below!

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Rumor: Lost Ark's next Korean CBT is coming this summer

What's going on with Lost Ark anyway? It's been a good long time since we heard anything about this promising and stunning-looking MMOARPG, including whether or not it was actually confirmed to arrive in the west.

We are tracking a rumor this week from Steparu that Lost Ark is planning on a new Korean CBT for sometime this summer. "Although just a rumor and nothing set in stone, someone from LostArkDB had a chat with a Smilegate employee, and they mentioned that the next closed beta for the Korean version of Lost Ark is scheduled to start sometime in June or July," he posted.

If true, that means that the title is still slowly progressing through its overseas beta cycle and will probably be a while yet to arrive in North America and Europe -- if ever at all. Still, it's something, so cling to hope!

Source: Steparu


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