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The studio behind MOBA Gigantic.

Gigantic has plans for bot matches, accessibility, and Windows 7 support

Motiga Community Manager Evan Teicheira has a new state of the game post up for Gigantic today -- a most welcome one as the game laid off another 15 employees earlier this month to "reduce burn rate."

"One of the most important revelations we’ve had during the beta is that Gigantic is complicated – not necessarily in a bad way, but in a way that makes it difficult for new players to pick up the game and get over the steep learning curve of the game," he acknowledges. "There are a lot of intricate mechanics that differentiate Gigantic from other games, and only make sense when players understand how each mechanic plays into the much larger picture. For a brand new player, Gigantic can feel like a hectic, fast-paced, visually overwhelming, and ultimately confusing experience. Even for veteran players, it can also be difficult to test new heroes on the live battlefield."

Consequently, Motiga is working on bot matches, balancing accessibility with challenge, Tripp tweaks, chat and voice implementation, an achievements system, new heroes, new battlegrounds and -- drumroll -- the move to Arc, which should allow players on Windows 7 and beyond the chance to play the game.

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Gigantic developer Motiga lays off roughly a fifth of its employees

It seems fair to say that Gigantic's development has had a troubled history, what with the game having hopped publishers, changed platforms, and seen several rounds of layoffs hit its developer Motiga. That last event has come around once more, as the studio has reportedly laid off 15 of its 82 staff members. CEO and founder Chris Chung stated that this was a result of looking ahead and planning for the longer term:

Any kind of layoff is tough, but this was done to reduce our burn rate until we get to Arc launch which will happen in a few months.

Chung stressed that the losses came primarily from business and operations. It's not good to see another round of layoffs hitting the studio, even if the game is getting close to the finish line. Our best wishes go out to those who have lost their jobs in this latest round of layoffs.

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LOTRO Legendarium: A guide to starting fresh in Lord of the Rings Online

This past week, I received this letter from reader Thurro: "Your recent LOTRO resurgence has my interest, and from the sounds of you on the podcast I might not be the only one. Would you consider writing a beginners guide or even just a list of tips for getting started from scratch?"

Sure, why not? It's still a little too early to tell, but we could be seeing a nice little LOTRO renaissance right now, and I bet that there are more than a few players who are checking the game out for the first time after reading the news and hearing recommendations from others. Considering that it's a massive MMORPG with 10 years of content and expansions, I could see how it might be overwhelming during your first week.

A true guide would probably take so much longer than the space I have this week, so let me present a quick and dirty starting guide to the this wonderful MMO and then point you to LOTRO Wiki for any further questions (seriously, it's a great resource!). Let's get started!

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Gigantic's Eternal Dawn heralds the arrival of new hero Zandora

MOBA Gigantic has a new update live in the open beta this week: Eternal Dawn. The patch features the bizarrely pink new hero Zandora, and boy does she ever have a chip on her shoulder. No really.

"Eternal Dawn introduces a few high-impact changes to Gigantic and welcomes Zandora - a lance-wielding melee/support hybrid hero," says PWE. "As with our other major updates, we'll be releasing additional content each week: gradually adding new Champion of Aurion skins for Beckett, Vadasi, Voden, and Zandora, as well as a powerful new creature, the Storm Drake. If you're eager to play with all the new skins, hero, and creature right away, you can also unlock all the new content immediately by purchasing the Eternal Dawn bundle, which unlocks everything on day one at a huge discount to the total cost."

Beta players can also expect new honor bonus rewards for underdog matches, the guardian damage preview, and brand-new eternal light weapons, plus the usual smattering of balance tweaks. Check out the trailer below!

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The MOP Up: Free tanks for all! (February 12, 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 H1Z1, Gloria Victis, Diablo 3Path of ExileRiftStar RaidersGiganticLineage MLeague of LegendsFish Island 2Wild Buster OnlineHeroes of Incredible TalesWorld of TanksGod Eater OnlineClosers Online, and Star Citizen, all waiting for you after the break!

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Gigantic's Eternal Dawn update begins rollout February 23

Gigantic's so-called "first major update," Exile in the North, went live just a few weeks ago, but PWE and Motiga have way more in store for fans of this charming MOBA. Today, the studios formally announced that they're rolling out the game's "second major update," Eternal Dawn, beginning on February 23rd.

In addition to 18 eternal light weapons and a website-based leaderboard for heroes, the update will introduce (and skin) Zandora.

"A lance-wielding Eternal who has emerged from the Star City to walk among mortals, Zandora is a melee/support hybrid who uses auras to empower herself and allies on the battlefield. Zandora is already the second Hero released since the game’s Dec 8 Game Preview program live date, increasing the total cast to 18. With the goal of a new Hero every 6 weeks, the team is excited to massively grow the Hero pool, expanding the highly strategic play. Owners of Gigantic’s Founders Pack will automatically unlock Zandora for free."

A new creature and three additional skins will follow a week apart through the month of March.

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One-eyed Yeti menaces Gigantic, children get snow day

You've encountered the abominable snowman, probably more than once, in video games. We assume that you've also seen your fair share of cyclopes (cyclopsi?) as well. But have you ever encountered a Yeti Cyclops? Only if you've played Gigantic this week, and if that's the case, then you probably didn't live to tell the tale.

Gigantic added in two new winter-themed summons to the insanity with its January 26th update. The Yeti Cyclops erects walls, smashes foes, and creates freeze traps to lock down enemy attackers. His colleague, the tree-like Winter Bloomer, is more of a combat medic that can also slow down and entangle foes.

Which one would you want on your side? We don't want to bias you, but if you don't pick Yeti Cyclops, we can no longer be friends. There's no going back from that rejection.

Source: Gigantic

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These are the gods overseeing your fate in Conan Exiles

With just one week to go before its early access launch, Conan Exiles wants you to get spiritual. Specifically, Funcom's released a dev blog on the religion of the Exiled Lands -- and its very much real gods.

"In Conan Exiles you can choose to worship one of the gods and gain their favor," says the studio. "As you play the game you can worship any, all or none of the gods as you see fit. The gods you can choose from at the start of early access are Crom, Mitra, Yog and Set." Depending on your choice, you'll begin the game with different items and skills, then progress and survive by building religious altars so you can sacrifice your captives and their body parts (because this is a Conan game).

The very best worshippers and sacrificers will gain access to avatar summoning, which brings us back to that creepy flying squid that Funcom is fond of depicting.

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The MOP Up: No Man's Sky gets shielded (January 22, 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, No Man's Sky made the jump to the Nvidia Shield, giving players a new way to experience this space sim. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from NeverwinterTrove, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Gigantic's Exile in the North patch and Pakko are live today

Live in Gigantic today is a patch PWE is calling the MOBA's "first major update": Exile in the North. Open beta players will get their hands on an adorable, slip-slidey new hero, Pakko, plus an array of winter gear and weapon skins.

"Exile in the North also features several gameplay and quality of life improvements, including more generous end-of-match Crown Boosts and the addition of Honor Bonuses for players who battle shorthanded to the bitter end despite teammate disconnections and drops. Hero Mastery Skins are also now available to unlock as you play and master each Hero."

Check out the patch notes, trailer, pics, infographic below!

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Massively OP's Best of 2016 Awards: The Pseudo-MMO of the Year

Massively Overpowered's end-of-the-year 2016 awards continue today with our award for Best Pseudo-MMO of 2016, which was awarded to ARK: Survival Evolved last year. As you might surmise, the games eligible for this category are online games that generally aren't considered traditional MMORPGs -- they're MOBAs, online dungeon crawlers, ARPGs, online shooters, survival sandboxes, and other games that tread into MMO territory but aren't full MMORPGs. Once again, we've opted to include pre-2016 titles, as long as they accomplished something truly notable in this calendar year. Don't forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end!

The Massively OP staff pick for Best Pseudo-MMO of 2016 is...

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Perfect World Entertainment integrates Twitch streaming into its Arc launcher

If you want to play Neverwinter, Gigantic, Star Trek Online, or maybe even Perfect World International, you're probably familiar with Perfect World Entertainment's Arc client. It's the publisher's one-stop-load-everything launcher, you know how that goes. And now it's going to make it that much easier for everyone to stream all of those games with the new Twitch integration built right into Arc.

The client will allow you to link up with your existing Twitch account, at which point you can start streaming (or stop) right from the Arc overlay. It also means slightly less fiddling around with peripheral software and other add-ons while you're trying to keep people entertained and presumably not die, so it's good news for everyone who wants to be watched while they play. And possibly judged. Do note that this feature is currently in beta, so there are quite possibly some bugs to be encountered along the way.

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The Stream Team: Diving into Gigantic's sorta open beta

The whole it's-open-beta-but-it's-not-really-open is a weird thing to Massively OP's MJ, but since she did just happen to get a new laptop with Windows 10 on it, she's going to go ahead and give Gigantic's "open" beta whirl on it. If nothing else, she can blame any troubles on the smaller screen, right? Tune in live at 6:00 p.m. as MJ tries out a few more heroes. And don't forget to enter the special giveaway for rubies to spend in game.

What: Gigantic
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EST on Friday, December 9th, 2016

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