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.

NCsoft has hired 1000 employees in the past few years, considers VR and ARG titles

Everybody saw NCsoft’s financials last month, I’m sure – Guild Wars 2 bouncing back thanks to Path of Fire, Lineage M driving revenue, and Blade & Soul outperforming almost everything, pretty good news all around.

What we didn’t cover was the associated conference call and Q&A, which has only recently been fully transcribed in English and has a few nuggets worth highlighting

  • CFO Jae-Soo Yoon told listeners the company is working on 13 new titles, of which the largest are Blade & Soul II, Aion Tempest, and Lineage II Mobile, all mobile titles, and Project TL for PC.
  • To make those happen, the company’s hired “around 1000” new employees over the last two years. One analyst was skeptical about those numbers, suggesting that NCsoft is overspending on labor compared to an unnamed smaller company launching far more games; Yoon counters with some polite shade by suggesting NCsoft is going to for quality over quantity.

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Path of Exile improves the quality of Bestiary League with its latest patch

Everyone loves Path of Exile’s Bestiary League, except maybe the beasts. But what if you have a whole pile of beasts, including some you’ve given names like Garbage Beast and Stupid Beast I Don’t Want, while your friend Meredith has dangerously low beast reserves? The good news is that the game’s latest patch will allow you to trade beasts to others, so Meredith can now take the beasts you don’t want! Which is probably better if she doesn’t see you’re trading her The Beast of Filling Inventory Space.

The patch also contains a variety of useful quality-of-life improvements, like reorganizing bestcrafting recipes and adding two new sets of craftable options. That’s in addition to a wide array of bug fixes for the game, ranging from beast-related improvements to just fixing persistent bugs like damage buffs not applying properly to off-hand items. So check out the full list of changes, get ready for even more fun times with beasts, and get used to seeing the word “beast” so often in various permutations that it stops seeming like a real word. Beast, beast, beast.

Source: Official Site; thanks to Veldan for the tip!


The MOP Up: Dragonball Online kicks off beta testing (March 11, 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 FlyffRecord of Lodoss WarOld School RuneScapeLineage 2 RevolutionCorum OnlineZombie BarricadesFinal Fantasy XIMU OnlineRagnarok OnlinePokebel OnlinePath of ExileProsperous UniverseWakfuDragonball Online Global, all waiting for you after the break!

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Path of Exile recipe leads to short-lived exploit run

Exploit, bug, or something in-between? Grinding Gear Games just pulled a new Path of Exiles Beastcrafting recipe after it accidentally released it into the wild with the wrong attributes. When players discovered that they could spam this recipe to make quick and powerful items, the market took a small hit before GGG took the recipe down for further adjustment.

“When we fixed and released it, it was with the same rough balance values that we set during development, which were unrealistic given the actual rate that people found beasts on the live realm. Also, players had saved up almost a week worth of Beasts, so once they found that the recipe was a bit too cheap, they could hit it quite a few times,” the studio said.

Although some players are crying “exploit” or “dupe” (perhaps because they didn’t get to it as fast as their comrades), it doesn’t look like the studio is going to be penalizing players who took advantage of the unbalanced recipe during its short lifespan.

Source: Path of Exile. Thanks Pepperzine!


Massively OP Podcast Episode 160: Defiance ’till the end

On this week’s show, Bree and Justin cruise into a wild week jam-packed with updates and a full-fledged MMO reboot on top of everything else. It’s all they can do to hang on to the bucking bronco of news without being flung off into side topics, but they’ll do their best!

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.

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Devilian has officially sunsetted

At some point, the ending credits have to roll. And Devilian’s have started as of 3:00 p.m. EST today. Devil transformations are now a thing of the past. Many fans gathered in game for a final farewell before sending the game off into the sunset — except for those who have Windows 10, in which case they got to wave goodbye to the  “stopped working” error.

Work on the fantasy game halted shortly after Bluehole, which owns Devilian developer Bluehole Ginno, renamed Bluehole Ginno after its newer title, PUBG. As the western publisher, Trion remained in talks to get continued support for the game (and the known Win10 issue), but I think we can see how that turned out. It is always sad to see a virtual world dissolve into oblivion. When you’re in the mood to reminisce, have a look at happier times when we took our very first look at alpha.

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Path of Exile gets big numbers for Bestiary league as it tweaks capturing beasts

What does Path of Exile need to do in order to attract players? It seems like adding in a monster-capturing gameplay league did wonders, as the day-one numbers for the new Beastiary league were record-setting for the game. Players were posting queue positions and discussing the queue to enter, but the queues in question appear to have been short by all player testimony. There were just a lot of people eager to get in and start playing.

Of course, the launch of all the new mechanics also prompted numerous adjustments and hotfixes, with a rather major change allowing a three-second capture window for beasts. The developers also ran a poll regarding whether or not the game should feature nets permitting the capture of dead beasts, with the current voting indicating that these nets should be added but at a higher rarity. So it seems like a lot of people have lots of ideas about the capturing and training of a brand-new array of potential pets.

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The Stream Team: Collecting all the critters in Path of Exile’s new Bestiary League

As much as Massively OP’s MJ was focused on getting her Path of Exile fire witch to endgame, her plans have been completely derailed by the launch of the Bestiary League. She can’t help it: She is driven to collect all the creatures and fill her menagerie to the brim. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. and watch as MJ’s gotta catch ’em all!

What: Path of Exile
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 2nd, 2018

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Path of Exile’s Bestiary expansion launches today, boasting 3.5M global players

Path of Exile’s 3.2.0 update, Bestiary, goes live on PC this afternoon with Xbox One to follow eventually; patching got underway a few hours ago. As we’ve previously covered in our detailed interview with GGG, the update includes the gotta-catch-’em-all critter capturing content, new endgame bosses, new gear sets, a new Act 10 quest and the complete ascendancy class revamp.

Of note? According to GGG, the Xbox One and Chinese launches “have more than doubled the Path of Exile player community since August 2017, with over 3.5 million players having played the game’s 2017 expansion, Path of Exile: The Fall of Oriath.”

Assuming all goes well with the servers this afternoon, we’ll be streaming the new goodies tonight at 8 p.m. EST on OPTV!

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Path of Exile previews Bestiary League rewards, balance changes, and ascendancy classes

Are you pumped for the release of Path of Exile 3.2.0 and the Bestiary League Friday? Grinding Gear has been trucking out info to get players prepped on what to expect, including what kind of loot to expect: new crafting recipes, as well as exclusive microtransaction rewards, like the new helmet, wings, portal, and hideout decor. But not everything is being revealed early.

“We have decided not to announce the challenges before the league starts, so that the team have freedom to keep adjusting the challenges as final testing continues,” explains the studio. “This league’s challenges follow a similar format to the ones you’re familiar with, so there should be no unexpected surprises there.”

GGG has also piped up on the balance fixes coming in the update; of note, mods that debuff monster damage will “now actually work properly,” key farming mobs (like Oni-Goroshi) won’t pop as often and will kick your butt when he does, normal mobs will drop fewer items, and sextant spam/blocking/abuse should no longer be a factor in league play.

Patch notes are up now; the trailers are below!

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The MOP Up: Path of Exile reads your future in the cards (February 25, 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 Conqueror’s BladeMapleStory BlitzDarkfall: Rise of AgonSkyforgePath of ExileArmored Warfare AssaultAura Kingdom, and MechWarrior Online, all waiting for you after the break!

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Path of Exile shows off its new boss fight with Vilenta

With the next major patch (numbered 3.2, for reference) for Path of Exile, players are going to have other things to contend with in terms of content and a new challenge league (the Bestiary league, which is all sorts of monster-collecting mischief). Players are also going to have to contend with a new boss fight in act 10, however, pitting you against Vilenta. How’s that going to work out? Well, just check out the video below to see the fight in action.

It’s important to note that the preview video doesn’t exactly show tactics so much as the experience; we’re pretty sure that your health will actually dip at certain points during the actual boss fight. Still, though, it should serve as more than enough to get you excited about throwing down with a new boss. And if there’s more lore included about the boss as well, that just makes things better, yes?

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Path of Exile video highlights upcoming Spectral Shield Throw skill

One of the new skill gems introduced for Path of Exile’s upcoming Bestiary update is Spectral Shield Throw. With this, players can throw the idea of a defense-only shield right into the faces of their enemies and knock their heads off. This unique method of dealing damage is flexible thanks to a variety of the special stats, making different shield types will be better for different things. For instance, armor and evasion found on tower shields, bucklers, and round shields heavy maximizes physical damage, whereas the energy stat on spirit shields increase critical chance.  Players can also mix and match other skills and gems to modify projectiles to creating chaining, forking, and more. Get more details on the official forums, and watch the skill in action in the clip below.

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