As Counting Crows told us, it’s been a long December, although the fact that it has also only just started being December speaks to something unpleasant in the makeup of this particular month. But it also means that this is a good time to check in on the overall health of various MMORPGs and see which ones look to be in the healthiest state at the end of the year.
This is, I hasten to point out, not a scientific process; last year I pointed to Marvel Heroes as a not-quite-MMORPG title that was still in a very healthy and robust place, and it later turned out that this was entirely not true and had been built upon a foundation of lies. But we’ll cross that bridge if and when we come to it in 2018. What are the healthiest games running right now?
With the new expansion, official vanilla servers, and all of the other news from BlizzCon this year, it’s a great time to be a World of Warcraft fan. But Blizzard has other games too!
This year, our sales team has once again put together a couple of gift guides pertinent to our MMO readers. Please note that Amazon links are affiliate links and may grant a small commission to us, which is very much appreciated. Read to see some of the fun stuff you can get for the Blizzard-lover in your life!
How’s everyone feeling about Gigantic
right about now? Probably just a little
conflicted, given the shuttering of its development team
and its rather ambiguous state under PWE at the moment. But the November patch for the game, the Infernal Hunt, is still coming out as planned, bringing in the eponymous Infernals as a new creature family. They’re available in both juvenile and adult forms, and they have no shortage of tricks to roll out on the battlefield.
Assuming you want to hunt them, you can do so with new skins for several heroes and with new Infernal weapon skins for several more heroes. In short, you have a variety of options about what you’re using to hunt down the little beasties. Check out the preview video just below to see some of the skins and the new creatures themselves in action.
On this week’s show, Justin and Bree dig into the exciting news from BlizzCon, mull over the troubles at Marvel Heroes, mourn the passing of a great studio, and cover a handful of MMO updates.
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Last night, we reported on multiple employees and former employees’ allusions to the closure of Motiga Games, the studio behind MOBA Gigantic. “Today marks the end of Motiga and my time with an absolutely amazing team,” wrote former audio lead Dan Crislip. “If anyone is hiring, we’re all looking!”
Perfect World has now responded to Massively OP with a statement on what’s going on – in fact, it’s not just Motiga affected, as apparently Runic Games is also shutting down. PWE is distancing itself from the decisions.
“Following the news that Motiga has reduced the staff of its studio, Perfect World Entertainment can confirm that as the publisher of Gigantic, the game will continue to be available on our platforms. A core team of developers remains at Motiga, who will work with us to support the game and its players, including moving full steam ahead with the upcoming November update and future content. We cannot thank everyone enough for their contributions in making Gigantic the outstanding experience it is today.”
Multiple employees and former employees are tweeting tonight alluding to the closure of Motiga Games, the studio behind MOBA Gigantic.
“Today marks the end of Motiga and my time with an absolutely amazing team,” wrote now former audio lead Dan Crislip. “If anyone is hiring, we’re all looking!”
It is not clear yet what the future of the game will be and how and whether Perfect World Entertainment, which added the studio and game to its umbrella last year following multiple rounds of layoffs and financial difficulties at Motiga, will continue Gigantic’s development. As of the time of this post tonight, no official statement from either company has been issued.
We have reached out to PWE for a statement and will report back when we have it (we doubt we’ll get it before sun-up on the west coast tomorrow).
Our hearts go out to the entire team.
Two years ago, NCsoft dealt a harsh blow to a certain subset of gaming fans when it canned the development of Project HON. This MMO was to be a glorious exercise in mecha combat, but scandals and a decision to reallocate development resources meant that it was never to be.
So where can that kid who grew up playing with giant robots go to get a Voltron, Transformers, or Macross fix these days? While many MMOs offer the occasional mech experience, there aren’t as many games that go all-in on that Pacific Rim experience.
But in the interests of a thought experiment and because I have fond memories of slapping five metal lions together to form the ultimate defender of the universe, here are 10 online games that offered or still do offer the thrill of high-tech mech and robot warfare.
What’s more appropriate for the day of the dead than a necromancer? Massively OP’s MJ continues her Halloween celebrations by trying out Gigantic’s
newest hero, Ezren Ghal. He is quite the fan of dead things! In fact, he’d like to introduce you all to a few of his friends… Tune in live at 3:00 p.m. to meet Ezren and his little friends. And don’t forget to enter to win Ezren Ghal for yourself in MOP’s giveaway
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 24th, 2017
In honor of the launch of Gigantic’s Halloween update
and its concomitant new hero and map, PWE
has granted Massively OP a bunch of goodies to raffle to our readers! They’re intended for the PC audience, so consolers can sit this one out.
A hundred winners will be taking home a code for the Desolation skin for Voden, the MOBA’s shooter hero. And 10 winners will also score an unlock for Ezren Ghal, the brand-new caster hero known for “wielding necromantic powers to damage his opponents, collect souls and trade them for powerful abilities,” twisting “the very being of his foes by draining souls in combat, which can be turned against enemies as devastating ability attacks.”
Read on to enter to win!
is going all out for Halloween with a full-scale update, Season of Souls, launching today for PC and Xbox One. You’re getting way more than some wimpy pumpkin patch is what I’m saying.
“With today’s update, players can control Ezren Ghal, a caster hero wielding necromantic powers to damage his opponents, collect souls and trade them for powerful abilities. The new hero twists the very being of his foes by draining souls in combat, which can be turned against enemies as devastating ability attacks. The brand-new map, Ember Grove, sets the stage for this fiendish update, bringing a dense and mysterious battleground to Gigantic’s map rotation. Ancient and home to bugwitches, this new map offers verticality, as well as nooks and crannies to outmaneuver other players.”
In addition to the new hero and new map, players can expect expanded chat, new skins for Ezren Ghal, player icons, better bot matches, UI updates, and new hero interactions. Check out the cute new screenies and the new update trailer down below!
It’s a great feeling when a Gigantic
match starts up, and then some of the other players just leave without warning in the middle. Wait, not great; what’s that other word that means the opposite of great? Crappy. That’s the one. And the folks behind the game know that. That’s why they’re rolling out new penalties for players who leave in the middle of a match
, much harsher than they had been before when stability was still an issue.
Essentially, lockout time increases the more you leave matches in quick succession, with players also getting more time to reconnect in the event of an unexpected disconnection. After a week, your penalties for leaving are downgraded slightly, so if you got kicked off of the game for half an hour one week but don’t make a habit of leaving mid-match, you’ll rarely notice any penalties at all. With penalties starting at five minutes and extending up to a full day of being locked out of queue, players will hopefully want to stick out a match while also not being horribly penalized for stability or other real-life issues.
Are you a big fan of cyclopean monsters, sedimentary hellhounds, or earth-shattering tanks? If all three are true, you’ll be very happy with the new Gigantic
update featuring all three
. The centerpiece of the new patch is a new hero, Rutger, a literally ground-breaking tank (he digs things up) who relies upon shields to mitigate and control incoming damage. You can get an overview of Rutger’s mechanics in the video just below.
If you’re full up on heroes, of course, the patch also adds new skins for existing heroes, the new Stone Cerberus and Riftborn Cyclops creatures, and adjustments to crown boosts and hero mastery. There are also the usual list of balance changes and adjustments for heroes and maps alike. So the net result should be a game that’s more fun to play around, and even more fun if you’ve got a deep and abiding love of anything stone-related.
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 Master X Master, Blade and Soul, EVE Online, RoboManiac, Hearthstone, Hyper Universe, The Black Death, Pokemon Go, RuneScape, TERA M, Champions Online, Wurm Online, Final Fantasy XI, Gigantic, Allods Online, Hellion, League of Legends, Diablo III, and Path of Exile, all waiting for you after the break!