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Russian conglom known in the west primarily for Skyforge.

Armored Warfare rolls out on Steam

The original plan for Armored Warfare was to deploy on Steam ahead of its newest update. That didn’t quite happen. Instead, the new update happened, then the game arrived on Steam very shortly thereafter. So while the exact order of operations didn’t work out, players can now log in through Steam (or any other platform) and start blasting away with tanks to their hearts’ content.

Speaking of that new update, it adds new vehicles, a new command system, improved graphics, Chinese-themed maps, and mechanical adjustments. Of course, the game is an entry in the fairly sober and realistic genre, so you can be sure that the new vehicles do not include ghost tanks or giant armored mechs; they’re just Chinese main battle tanks shooting at other tanks because that’s what you do. Check out the update trailer down below, and if you like the cut of its jib, maybe you’ll roll it out on your own Steam account.

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Skyforge’s Xbox One early access has begun

Free-to-play sci-fantasy MMORPG Skyforge has semi-launched on the Xbox One, at least kicking off its early access program. The move follows a hop from PC to PlayStation 4 earlier this year. The downside is that to get in today, you’ll have to pick up a founder pack – if not, you’ll be waiting a few more weeks.

“If you don’t have a pack yet but would like to join the early access, it is not too late,” My.com posted today. “The founder’s packs are still available until Skyforge releases on Xbox One on November 29th.” The bundles run from a $14.99 starter pack all the way up to a $79.99 gold founder pack stuffed with class unlocks, cash-shop currency, and two months of sub time. All packs come with early access, while the larger preorder bundles include additional cosmetics.

We’ve included the announcement pics below along with today’s new launch trailer. Anyone planning to pick it up on Xbox?

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Revelation Online’s ShadowBlade expansion introduces a new class and major class perks

My.com announced this morning that it’s plotting a new expansion for Revelation Online. It’s called ShadowBlade, yes with CamelCase! The studio is promising a questline for a motorbike (hell yes), new class-specific questlines, and class-swapping gear, all of which sounds nifty. But the headline feature is of course the Assassin class itself.

“In this expansion, the highly anticipated seventh class, the Assassin, will step out from the shadows of Nuanor to make its lethal appearance. Highly trained at silently stalking its opponent, this class is a melee expert skilled both in daggers for short-range combat and chain weapons for mid-range assassinations. It is also the only class in the game with stealth skills, changing the overall gameplay and allowing players to wait for the perfect moment to ambush enemies.”

There’s no date given for the launch, just “soon.” Check out the new trailer!

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Armored Warfare announces China-themed Art of War expansion and November Steam launch

My.com has today announced a massive new expansion for its MMOsy wargame Armored Warfare. Dubbed Art of War, it’s due out “later this year” and features “a brand-new map set in the rural parts of South China,” new vehicles, better graphics, community-requested QOL tweaks, a commander system overhaul, and updates for the Waterway map.

“The brand new Seven Steps map will take players to South China. The rural area of the Baise region became a battlefield between mercenaries hired to protect civilians and ruthless corporate forces. Local triads have hidden a cache of valuable intelligence along with their ill-gotten fortune somewhere in a local village. Although they were soundly defeated, their secret remains buried in the general area. Commander, take the area and destroy your opponents to begin the search for what might set your forces up for life!”

Even better? The game is launching on Steam on November 10th ahead of the update. Check out the preview trailer below!

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Skyforge is launching early access for Xbox One on November 10

Skyforge’s ambitions just can’t be tamed: First it launched on PC, then it came to the PlayStation 4 earlier this year. Now it’s set its sights on Xbox One, as My.com has just announced the free-to-play sci-fi fantasy MMORPG will land on yet another platform worldwide “this year.” What does that mean? Soon indeed, since we’re down to a dwindling number of months left in 2017. The preorders, which are live already, give us a clue: Early access begins on November 10th. The bundles run from a $14.99 starter pack all the way up to a $79.99 gold founder pack stuffed with class unlocks, cash-shop currency, and two months of sub time. All packs come with early access, while preorders include additional cosmetics.

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Enter to win a Skyforge PS4 Revenant Quickplay Pack from My.com and MOP!

Hey, Skyforge players! Are you having fun with the newly launched Revenant class? You know, that “mighty warlord, appropriately adorned with impressive armor and wielding a ghastly two-handed axe, which siphons the life from its enemies using vile shadow magics, assuming it hasn’t simply butchered opponents into a gory mess first”?

Oh, what’s that? You don’t have the Revenant class yet? Welp, you’re in the right giveaway! Thanks to My.com, Massively OP’s got a nice bundle of Skyforge goodies to hand out to our PS4 readers (PC folks, you can sit this one out)!

Fifty winners of this week’s raffle will be taking home a Revenant Quickplay Pack, which includes the Revenant class unlock as well as three days of Premium Subscription time. Please note that the codes will work only for Skyforge’s North American PS4 edition.

Read on to enter to win!

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The MOP Up: Speedrunning World of Warcraft (October 15, 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!

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 Project Gorgon, Star Trek Online, BlessSkyforgeWakfuRobloxWar ThunderAionElite: DangerousNew DawnTravianAstroneer, and World of Warcraft, all waiting for you after the break!

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Skyforge’s new equipment system puts the power of stats in your hands

Here’s a think piece: Why do so many MMORPGs make gear stats needlessly complex and obtuse? What might make sense to a developer who lives and breathes these numbers is headache-inducing calculus to players.

Enter Skyforge and its new equipment system, which is attempting to make gear both understandable and adaptable to the needs of each gamer. Each piece of gear has a certain number of main and secondary properties that it can equip (such as base damage or serial kill). These properties can be swapped for ones that a player desires more, allowing for hands-on customization.

Even better, gear can be leveled up in quality, from unusual up to mythic, by increasing its “integrity” meter. Each time the meter fills up, the gear is bumped up to a new tier and adds new property slots to utilize. Simple enough? Hopefully!

Source: Skyforge

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Revelation Online’s Eternal Chasm raid comes in three difficulty modes

Endgamers, Revelation Online’s update today is all about you, as My.com’s just dropped the Eternal Chasm raid, a “high-end raid for those that can handle its twisting layouts and waves of draconic evil.” In fact, while there are two different 10-man difficulty modes for the dungeon, there’s also a 5-man edition. Good news; it turns out that multiple difficulty modes for raiding is something My.com is willing to do to make its content appeal to lots of players. If only other big studios would step up.

The studio’s promising secret bosses and a rare fire-dino mount in addition to the regular ones:

“Stygian Siren: Haunting a long-forgotten ghost ship, the Stygian Siren is longing to seduce everyone who dares to go aboard.
Lightning Kirin: This magic dragon uses lightning powers to electrocute its enemies within seconds.
The Three Gatekeepers: If you want to descend deeper into the chasm, you have to put an end to these towering elementals that are forged of Steel, Fire, and Earth!
Flameborn Tyrant: Are you ready to taste some flames? This fiery beast won’t go down easily. But once it does, it may serve you as a loyal mount.
Ravenous Wretch: This poisonous giant resides in the swamps of the Eternal Chasm and is swift to anger. Beware of nature’s wrath and be sure to bring a proper antidote!
Devouring Dragon: Watch your step – this creature does exactly as its name suggests: it swallows you up.
Ice Queen: Frozen Onslaught, Ice Shrapnel, and Sword of Ice are just some of her abilities. If you don’t want to end up as a frozen statue, you better end her reign!”

Check out the trailer and images down below! Anybody playing?

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Armored Warfare reorients its business model to ‘improve overall ecosystem health’

If you were one of the folks who suspected the Cloud Pirates sunset was intended to divert resources to My.com’s other games, well, today’s Armored Warfare announcements won’t help change your mind: The studio has a producer’s letter out today detailing some major changes for the game, including for its business model.

For starters, My.com plans to unbundle bundle packages in the cash shop, allowing players to buy vehicles as standalone purchases. Players will be able to purchase premium time; prices will be unified across regions (“an item costing 9.99 USD on the NA server will cost 9.99 Euro on the EU server”), and “gold bundles will also be adjusted,” though currency conversion will continue on at the same rate as now. The company’s also promising new vehicles, available for real money initially before in-game currency, as well as a “regular, shifting plan of ‘standard’ activities” every week, which sounds a bit like dailies.

“Once the first phase is set in and working well, we will start working on creating deeper, more engaging in-game activities for special occasions. We will also start to try to create a more agile engagement plan. This should start kicking off sometime early in 2018.”

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Farewell to My.com MOBA Cloud Pirates, which sunsetted over the weekend

If you blinked, you missed it: Cloud Pirates shut down over the weekend.

My.com announced that it was giving up on its Allods-themed Cloud Pirates MOBA back at the end of August; the game’s last day was technically September 29th, although when we tried to stream it Friday, it had already shut down, frustrating our farewell effort.

At the time, My.com didn’t explain the reason for the sunset, but we assumed it was simply a matter of its low numbers on Steam. The game’s western port had only been known for a year; it hit early access in February, then launched in April.

Our condolences to those affected by the shutdown. There’s a little bit of chatter on the game’s subreddit, including a screenshot gallery of the last days of the game, plus check out Last Level Press’ final video of the game.

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The MOP Up: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds hits record concurrency (October 1, 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!

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 Elsword, Ultima Online, Dreadnought, Overhit, Blade and Soul, Project Ex, Conquer Online, Wurm OnlineMechWarrior OnlinePokemon GoSkyforge, PaladinsPlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and Miranda, all waiting for you after the break!

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Armored Warfare deep-dives the role of Armored Fighting Vehicles

The latest development diary on the Armored Warfare site is trying to answer a remarkably unclear question: What are Armored Fighting Vehicles? It sounds like a pretty strange question to ask, but that broad designation could include everything from tank destroyers to light tanks in a real-world context. Here, however, the AFV family consists of vehicles whose primary purpose is using their increased mobility and special ability to designate targets to serve as scouts and spotters across the battlefield.

AFVs are further divided into light and heavy categories; the former is faster and has an easier time serving as a pure spotter, while the latter is a bit more oriented toward fighting and works well at killing the former. In all cases, AFV players will need to make use of their mobility to stay alive, avoiding drawn-out gunfights in favor of zipping in, spotting, and zipping back out. Check out the full rundown for more on the battlefield role and several minor planned improvements for the AFV class in the future.

There’s also a trailer for the next episode of the game’s storyline campaign below. That’s unrelated aside from the fact that you may be exploring it in an AFV, but it’s still relevant.

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