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Blizzard sues alleged Overwatch clone, bans World of Warcraft cheaters

Gone are the days when Chinese companies could get away with ripping off games left and right: Blizzard is going after another one of these alleged copyright-violating piles of crap.

The game in question is mobile title Heroes of Warfare; Japanese publication PC Watch reports that Blizzard’s Chinese conglom and publisher NetEase are suing the the maker, demanding and apology, restitution, and removal from Apple’s appstore, on the grounds of IP violations in China.

Meanwhile, stop cheating, cheaters. Your day has come, as the studio has apparently begun another round of six-month bans to folks who use cheat tools. Stoppit.

And in happier Blizzard news… here’s the whole WoW dev team. The fluffy white dog on the left personally made the no-flying-in-Argus decision, we’ve been informed by the PR collie being hoisted over on the right.

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Revelation Online adds in a new level cap and new bosses in the Uprising update

It’s time to get better than you ever thought possible in the latest Revelation Online patch. Heck, better than it was possible to get, even; the patch raises the game’s level cap to 79, allowing you to reach new heights of power even as you push your way through a new dungeon floor in the Mech Citadel on its Scour Dungeon version. There’s also the new Altar of Swords dungeon, the new Azure Dragon Guild tournament, easier soul grid unlocks… lots of nifty stuff, in short.

The patch also contains some fun flying sword mounts for being among the first to clear this new content, so if you’ve got a crew ready to take on these challenges you could be richly rewarded. (If you’d rather fly under your own power, we do still have dragon wings.) Combine that with a 24-hour sale in the game’s store, and you should be able to get at least a few nice rewards for yourself with the patch launch.

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Revelation Online outlines the lore-hunting Scene Chronicle feature

Are you fascinated by the lore of the various locations in Revelation Online? In the event that you don’t care about that at all, are you a big fan of getting to pick up valuable items and fame just by filling in some check marks? The Scene Chronicle feature caters to both sorts of players, giving you a chance to look behind the scenes of the game’s area lore while also giving you plenty of fame and potential other rewards along the way.

The feature allows you to select from the various cities to pick out both the best spots of treasure hunting and the most interesting locales, while those not yet unlocked will require you to interact with NPCs (and the guide will helpfully point you in the right direction). Successfully filling in entries will award fame for the respective region as well as things like leaderboards and possible items. So go head on your quests, whether you want to learn more about the realm or just pick up some easy fame. We won’t judge either way.

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Revelation Online adds apartments with the Safe Haven update

You work hard in Revelation Online, and you deserve a nice place to relax after all that hard work. The game is deploying its Safe Haven patch today to provide you with exactly that by deploying apartments to the game, giving you the chance to own and decorate an apartment in one of three sizes (small, medium, or larger). Obviously, bigger apartments are more expensive, but they offer you more space to decorate and enjoy, so mark for yourself if it’s worth the money.

You can unlock your apartment once you’re level 49, with keys available so that five of your friends can come and go freely. Once within the apartment, of course, you’ll be the one who gets to decorate the whole thing however you like. So you’ll have to wait out the maintenance today, but once that’s over it’s an apartment for you; check out the trailer just below to whet your appetite.

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Revelation Online gets its own infobase courtesy of a fan

Item databases are always fun and useful for fans of a given MMO, and now Revelation Online has one. The Revelation Online Database doesn’t have a particularly creative name, but it does have a descriptive one, and it does have a useful listing of all of the game’s items in an easily searchable format. And it’s gotten a spotlight on the official site, so that’s all good.

The spotlight also includes a brief interview with the creator and maintainer, Kiriak. He mentions that he plays a Gunslinger at the moment (although in previous games he’s usually gone for sword-wielding characters) and enjoys that he sees Revelation Online as less RNG-oriented than many other games of its type. So it’s a database and a spotlight on the person behind the database. Good news all around!

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Revelation Online promotes mentoring with the Journeyman Alliance

We all know that playing a new MMO can be a challenge. Heck, sometimes it’s even a nigh-on impossible one; you have a lot of things to keep in mind all at once, and you get a lot more out of doing things and screwing up than just hearing about them. That seems to be part of the motivation behind establishing the new Journeyman Alliance in Revelation Online, a chance for players at level 49 and above to form a bond with a newer player and serve as a mentor and a guide.

Players will need to complete a quest chain to become a mentor, then find someone to be mentored, and clear challenges together as a team on a daily basis. Success improves your status with the faction, eventually allowing your mentored companion to become a mentor as well, proof that you have in fact taught someone what needs to be known. If you like in-game rewards for helping out new players, it seems like something you may very well enjoy.

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Crusaders of Light launches globally on iOS with Android coming next week

Will there ever be a mobile MMORPG that handles the complexity and delivers the fun of a desktop or console experience? There have been many games have tried to crack this nut, like Order and Chaos, Pocket Legends, and AdventureQuest 3D, to varying results.

A new challenger in this market appears this week, as Crusaders of Light launched its “true mobile MMORPG” on the Apple iOS store. Don’t worry, Android users, your day is coming next week on July 20th.

Crusaders of Light looks like a colorful, stylized game in the vein of World of Warcraft. It sports three classes, lots of quests, and 40-player raids. Is this the mobile MMO for you? Watch the launch trailer below to figure that out!

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The MOP Up: Warframe’s Chains of Harrow (July 2, 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 Dota 2Destiny 2Battleground EuropeArcheAgeOrbus VRFinal Fantasy XIHearthstoneTERATibiaElsword OnlineOsiris New DawnLeague of LegendsAstroneerSMITEWarframeThe Black Death, and Gloria Victis, all waiting for you after the break!

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Twilight Spirits is available on Steam right now (in Chinese)

If nothing else, MMORPGs are doing their darndest to teach us to be multilingual. Case in point, Twilight Spirits has launched on Steam — but only in simplified Chinese. Brush up on your translation program if you want to take this action MMO for a test drive, then!

Twilight Spirits is supposed to be a crossover, east-meets-west style of MMORPG with some impressive slow-mo combat developed by Netease. An English translation may be forthcoming, although nothing is official yet. In the meantime, you can check out the Steam version or wait until June 29th, when the official site will release its own client.

We’ve got the open beta CGI trailer for you below!

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Revelation Online takes a tour of Ersich Forest

We promise the population of Revelation Online that Ersich Forest is, in fact, a lovely and benevolent area. Sure, it seems nice on the surface, but most players have probably been hard-wired to expect that means the worst. Some horrible fanged nasty is going to kill them there, obviously, that’s what always happens. But not here. Yes, there are monsters, but locals consider even the Muskhorns roaming the area to be a good thing.

No, really, there’s nothing horrible hidden here. Stop looking at us like that.

Yes, there is a powerful deity called the Lady of the Forest, but – no, stop running away! She’s benevolent and she wants players to help her keep the forest safe. There are even wishing trees! It really is just a nice place without something horrible lurking beneath the surface. Really. Stop waiting for the trick, sometimes places can just be genuinely nice.

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Revelation Online explores the motivation of the Pirate Crew faction

Pirates! It’s pretty easy to understand the motivation of pirates most of the time; pirates want to get stuff by taking it from other people. The Pirate Crew faction in Revelation Online is a bit different, though. Sure, they’re happy to take things from other people and thus become the new owners, but they’re primarily interested in hunting for treasures that haven’t already been claimed. Thus, they’re currently investigating the mystery and treasure behind the Deathly Atoll.

Don’t worry, it’s just a name. It’s really more of an island.

There’s obviously plenty of stuff on the aforementioned Deathly Atoll that is, well, deathly. It’ll kill you. The bright side, of course, is that there’s also plenty of treasure scattered throughout, which is also fine motivation for the pirates and like-minded adventurers to check things out. You can examine the full rundown on the official site if that sounds like something you’d be happy to take part in.

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Revelation Online offers a quick tour of Sidus Ur

Most of the world of Revelation Online is not safe to explore. It’s a dangerous place, and there’s battle at every turn. But Sidus Ur is one of the few places that manages to keep battle almost entirely confined to outside of the city walls. Sure, there are people murdering critters in the city, but that’s still better than you’re going to find on the other side of the walls, so it might as well be peaceful.

There’s also the daily pirate quest in which a whole lot of people fight over hoarded treasure, but again, that’s a minority. Hardly ever happens. It’s safe enough.

If you don’t want to fight people over pirate bounty or just kill local wildlife, you’ll find a peaceful city full of vendors and resources. You can also get a daily blessing from the Wishing Tree, giving you even more reason to hop to the city and stock up before heading back outside to greater dangers.

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Revelation Online details all manner of guild-exclusive activities

If you want to treat your guild in Revelation Online as nothing more than a chat channel, you’re missing out on a lot of different guild-based activities. Also, guild base activities. A new post on the official site talks about all of the things guilds can do together, like taking advantage of having several members around the guild base to randomly spawn one of several bosses for players to defeat. Fighting off several bosses allows the guild to summon (and hopefully defeat) a vicious dragon once per week, which yields even greater rewards.

Guild members can also take part in a merchant operation to convert guild currency into actual profit, with rewards shared between the member and the guild as a whole. You can also take part in specialized races, treasure hunts, and pair-matching games to provide greater benefit to your guild as a whole. So there are plenty of good reasons to do more than just treat the guild as another chat channel; there are more rewards for doing more stuff as a group.

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