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E3 2017: Former SWTOR writer Drew Karpyshyn is working on Anthem

It’s still very early to get excited about BioWare’s upcoming co-op shooter Anthem, but the game is bringing in veteran talent for development. Drew Karpyshyn has confirmed that he’s working on the title as a writer, although he’s been quiet about his degree of involvement and any actual details of the writing.

Which… seems pretty obvious, considering the title is still early in the reveal process. Obviously.

Karpyshyn is best known as the lead writer on Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2, but he has a lengthy history with Star Wars: The Old Republic as well; he penned two novels for the game, wrote much of Knights of the Eternal Throne, and had major input on the Jedi Knight class story. Of course, we currently know next to nothing about Anthem’s story, but we do know it’s being shaped by experienced hands.

Source: PC Gamer, VG24/7

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Buy a whole book’s worth of technical breakdowns of the EVE Online frigates

Do you enjoy owning books based on MMOs? Are you the sort of person who enjoys in-depth technical diagrams and discussion about fictional craft? Do you have a bit of money? Then the new EVE Online book detailing the frigates of the game will hit all of your buttons, because that’s exactly what it is.

The book covers the 28 basic factional frigates, with the team stating that they’d love to do more books in the future but that it all comes down to how well the book sells. It’s 160 pages and can be found wherever Dark Horse Comics books are sold, or you can just nab it off of Amazon. Even if you’re not the biggest fan of EVE itself, it looks like the sort of curio that will appeal to a certain portion of the book-buying populace regardless. And it’s all canonical, so if you can’t get enough of the game’s universe, you’ve got some added motivation.

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PSA: Final Fantasy XIV ends service on the PlayStation 3 on June 16

Friday is the start of early access for those who have pre-ordered Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood, so it’s going to be a pretty happy day for a lot of players. It also marks the end of support for the game’s PlayStation 3 client, so you’ll need to be playing on either the PlayStation 4 or on PC in order to continue enjoying the game.

Fortunately for everyone who prefers having it on consoles, you get an automatic free upgrade to the PS4 version, so all you’ll need to do is actually have a PS4 if you want to keep going. Since this was announced months ago, odds are high that everyone making the switch has already done so, but consider this your last-chance reminder. And if you have a great deal of affection for the last-generation console version of the game, make sure to log in today, since tomorrow will have the servers down for maintenance all day.

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Skyforge adds in character profiles

Prestige rank in Skyforge is a good metric for determining a character’s overall power level, but it doesn’t tell you much about the character as played. That’s why the developers have added the new character profile option which allows you to actually examine other characters to see what equipment they’re using, what symbols they have, and so forth. It might tell you much about the player’s actual playstyle, but it’s still relevant information.

Characters can be examined either from the social panel when near another player or via right-clicking on names in the chat or Pantheon screens. It’s a little feature that will be almost immediately familiar to anyone who has played many other MMOs, but we trust that Skyforge players will quickly grasp how this feature can be used to mock someone’s gear choices and overall play patterns.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 121: Tap for Magic MMOs

On this week’s show, Justin and Bree talk about the huge revelation of Cryptic’s Magic: The Gathering MMO, the premature demise of Bless Online, World of Warcraft’s new launch, and more!

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.

Listen to the show right now:

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Neverwinter’s Jungles of Chult has better daily tasks and more reward options

On some level, all Neverwinter really needs to do for Jungles of Chult is to remind you how you’ll get to fight dinosaurs. That’s really all the motivation anyone should need. But the campaign actually does include several functional differences, starting with the changes to repeatable tasks which will allow you to complete certain tasks a fixed number of times per week. Instead of being stuck logging in for daily activities, you can choose how much time you have each day and structure your play appropriately.

Players can also look forward to more flexible boon rewards at the lower tiers, unlocking new pieces of armor from the campaign store, and a tracker for weekly currency rewards. You’ll have a fairly low cap on weekly currency to start, but progress through the campaign will increase that limit over time. So if the prospect of fighting dinosaurs alone doesn’t motivate you, better rewards might help sweeten the pot a bit.

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E3 2017: Capcom announces Monster Hunter World for consoles and PC

First, the bad news: Monster Hunter World is not an MMO version of the long-running franchise. But it is a new installment bringing in everything that’s long been celebrated about the series, with the same skill-based gameplay and the same core loop of hunting enormous beasts for materials. It’s also a chance for you to play with friends, as the game will support online drop-in drop-out co-op play, so you can jump in from the comfort of your own home to help your friends hunt down creatures.

It’s also going to be a multiplatform release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The console versions are planned to release first in 2018 followed by the PC version later, but if you’d like to treat this seamless open-world game as something of an MMO-like experience, the platform options will support that. Check out the trailer for the new title just below.

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E3 2017: Final Fantasy XIV hosts a Stormblood blood drive

Blood will be spilled in Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood. That’s almost a given. But blood gets spilled on a regular basis in the real world, and so the team behind Final Fantasy XIV has launched what will probably go down as the most unexpected cross-promotional deal in history. If you’re on the ground for E3 2017, you can head over to take part in the Stormblood blood drive in cooperation with the American Red Cross.

Those who take part will earn the satisfaction of knowing that they’ve helped make the world a better place as well as a t-shirt. The Stormblood-themed bloodmobile will be on-side at the show during all three days, with subsequent stops planned for southern California university campuses. No word on whether or not nurses are asked to refer to donors on the van as the Warrior of Light, but we’re going to go ahead and assume that they are.

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Final Fantasy XIV: Trials of Bahamut kicks off on June 16

The destruction wrought by Bahamut in Final Fantasy XIV still has an effect on the game, even though years have passed since the Calamity. But perhaps you’d like a chance to face off against the dreaded primal in real life? The Trials of Bahamut live event starts on June 16th in Los Angeles, with several subsequent stops in Houston, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Phoenix, Orlando, and San Francisco.

Participants in the event are divided into teams of six and given an hour to solve puzzles, decipher riddles, and take part in a hosted experience to take on the elder primal himself. If it sounds like the sort of thing you’ll be interested in, check out the official site or the trailer below for more details. If you were mostly hoping for a live-action version of FFXIV in which you could be a Dragoon, stand in fire, and lie down to take a nap… well, it’s not that.

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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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EVE Online patches in a new rogue swarm battle on Tuesday

When the newest patch for EVE Online goes live on Tuesday, pilots are going to be facing off against a new sort of threat in the form of a new rogue swarm battle. Drone ships controlled by a rogue AI are posing a serious threat to pilots, and it’ll be up to players to engage and defeat these AI opponents. Of course, there are substantial rewards going along with defeating those opponents, so players should be plenty motivated even beyond the joy of making AI-controlled ships explode.

The patch is also bringing a redesign for the Sin and the Vexor ships, and new colorblind support is being added to the game to make it more accessible for everyone. Last but not least, there are new skins and numerous performance upgrades to make the game prettier all around. It all goes live on Tuesday, but you can peruse the full patch notes right now. You can also read up on why the balance changes with the patch are causing no small amount of player consternation.

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The MOP Up: EVE Valkyrie lowers its price point (June 11, 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 MechWarrior OnlineGuild Wars 2EverQuest IICabal OnlineEVE ValkyrieParagonSecond LifeLuna OnlineAtelier OnlineFinal Fantasy XILegend of Ancient Sword OnlineNo Man’s SkyHeroes of the StormArt of ConquestDreadnoughtOverwatchSINoALICEBlade and SoulPokemon Go, and Eternal Crusade, all waiting for you after the break!

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