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Major Korean studio famed in the west for Mabinogi and Maplestory, among many other MMOs.

LawBreakers announces $29.99 PlayStation 4 edition with new Blur trailer

With the resumption of LawBreakers development chatter last week and the recent NDA-free closed beta round last weekend, you might have guessed that Nexon and Boss Key had more planned, and if so, you were right: The studios announced this morning that LawBreakers is coming to the PlayStation 4, launching “simultaneously” there and on Steam for PC users later in 2017.

LawBreakers will be enhanced for PS4™Pro and promises to challenge even the best players to bring their skills, get off the ground and deliver death from every angle as they experience thrilling fast-paced, omni-directional gunplay with innovative movement systems and combat abilities. From the mind of [Cliff] Bleszinski, LawBreakers is set in a brand new futuristic world where the laws of gravity have been turned upside down. A war between the Law and the Breakers rages across a variety of iconic locations such as the boiling oceans of the Santa Monica coastline to the gravity-ravaged Grand Canyon and beyond.”

We’ve also gotten our first peek at the game’s proposed business model, with a $29.99 sticker price on the base game.

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The MOP Up: Neverwinter’s green beetle fiasco (May 21, 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 TERARendTree of SaviorDragon NestNeverwinterArmored WarfareEVE OnlineOverwatchARKWakfuDestiny, and Pokemon Go, all waiting for you after the break!

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The MOP Up: Life is Feudal’s building sim (May 14, 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 MapleStoryHeroes of the StormIngressWurm OnlineDCUOHellionLife is FeudalSkyforgeOverwatchH1Z1Final Fantasy XI, all waiting for you after the break!

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Nexon acquires First Strike’s unannounced online game

Nexon’s empire grows ever-larger as the publisher and developer continues to acquire more colonies for its glory. This week, the company entered into a business deal to publish and market First Strike Games’ unannounced maiden title.

First Strike Games is a recently founded (2016) studio comprised of former Microsoft, Bethesda, and Sony developers who have worked on both PC and console titles. The studio said that it is “super-focused on competitive multiplayer games.”

So what’s this game about? All we know so far is that it is being made with a team of 30 to 50 developers, is online, and will have a “broad appeal.”

Nexon CEO Owen Mahoney gave high praise for First Strike, saying, “This partnership will leverage First Strike Games’ passion and unbeatable background in multiplayer games and our deep expertise in online services to build innovative games that appeal to global tastes and engage communities of players that will stand the test of time.”

Source: Gamasutra

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The MOP Up: Overwatch gives smurfing a pass (April 16, 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 Heroes EvolvedDungeon Fighter 2Splatoon 2OverwatchHeroes and GeneralsAionNeverwinterElswordGuild Wars 2CS:GO, and MU Online, all waiting for you after the break!

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The Survivalist: Massively OP’s guide to multiplayer survival sandboxes

Welcome to The Survivalist! Ya’ll might have noticed that I have gravitated a bit from my happy home of deep, immersive virtual worlds (possible due to the lack of them!) and have been tinkering about and enjoying time in various survival games. This isn’t as odd as you might think! One thing I love about sandbox worlds is the ability for your actions to matter in terms of shaping the world and carving out your place in it. Survival games have been allowing me just that with opportunities to build the world, from the society on it to structures in it to the even the physical world itself. And decisions definitely matter, bringing satisfaction and reward or disappointment and destruction.

I’m not alone in this appreciation of the survival genre, either. Many MMO gamers have joined mainstreamers by flocking to it lately as seen by the explosion of the available games. Those of you not on board yet might be wonder just what is so alluring about a genre that has many elements of MMOs but on smaller — and oft times privately managed — scale. As the weeks and months wear on, The Survivalist is going to explore all the nooks and crannies of the survival sandbox genre (and likely die many, many times in the process!), but today, we’re going to look at what players can jump into to test their survival skills. So here’s a guide to many options in the newest genre to take over our gaming sphere.
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The MOP Up: Kali awakens in Dragon Nest (March 19, 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 Pokemon GoConan ExilesWarframeCrash ForceHeroes of the StormArmored WarfareElder Scrolls OnlineTERAAvabel OnlineOverwatchAionGlory RidgeDragon Nest, all waiting for you after the break!

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LawBreakers rolls out massive patch today with first closed beta test

Nexon’s CliffyB-designed online shooter LawBreakers enters its first round of closed beta today.

Back in August, dev studio Boss Key told fans it was going “back in the lab” to work out some of the kinks and take into account feedback from alpha testers.

This weekend’s closed beta event, which runs until March 19th, trots out those lab-baked changes, including Discord chat, three new roles, two new maps, an updated UI, fresh tutorial elements, achievements, a balance update for most of the original roles and modes, and performance optimizations. There’s also some testing going on with regard to customization and stashes.

Launch is still planned for later this year; you can sign up for future beta rounds on the official site!

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Nexon is heavily affected by China’s new game import laws

Getting non-Chinese games into the Chinese market is a lengthy and challenging ordeal as it is, but the latest set of Chinese restrictions for South Korean companies makes it a much simpler process. Specifically? You can’t. No new games can be imported, full stop. Which is definitely simpler, but is already having a major impact on Nexon. The developer saw its stock stumble seven percent following the announcement, even though existing licensed games and all games already announced and approved are still allowed to continue operating.

If this seems like a bit of an overreaction, it’s important to note that China is one of the largest mobile gaming markets in the world, and roughly 40% of Nexon’s profits come from Chinese customers specifically. The long-term impacts on Nexon’s licensing and revenue will take a while to be seen, but any loss of access to China is going to have a large-scale impact on the company.

Source: Gamasutra

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Riders of Icarus’ Corruption of Life update bumps the level cap to 55

Riders of Icarus has a brand-new content update on the way later this month. It’s called Corruption of Life, and it’s due out on March 22nd.

Nexon is on the ball with promos for this patch, mind you: There are already two videos out for your perusal. The first highlights the update’s new Forgotten Shrine dungeon, lush new Ellora Sanctuary zone, and trio of level 50+ legendary dungeons. Did we just say 50+? We did: The chapter includes a level bump to 55 as well.

The second trailer demos some of the 30 new critters you’ll be able to tame and ride. Check ’em out below!

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Riders of Icarus changes up its lockbox system

Lockboxes: every MMO game’s favorite subject, are we right? Over in the world of Riders of Icarus, Nexon is making a small but significant change to how it’s running its lockbox system going forward.

Basically, the studio is replacing monthly lockboxes with a single type — the Grand Lucky Box (super-lucky!) — and simply changing the contents inside of it whenever the company wants. Nexon said that the old system was confusing, although it sounded more like the studio had issues with being punctual about releasing monthly lockboxes on time and was starting to develop egg build-up on its face.

Nexon claims that this new approach will benefit players: “The Grand Lucky Box is a far better value for all Riders. If you purchase multiple Grand Lucky Boxes and receive your desired item when you open your first box, you have the choice to continue opening boxes or save the remaining boxes and open them once we update the Grand Lucky Box reward list.”

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MMO giant Nexon has suffered a small round of layoffs

MMORPG.com reported this morning that Nexon has suffered a round of global layoffs, though small indeed.

“In order to provide enhanced live game support, Nexon America has streamlined its operations and eliminated six positions, representing less than 1% of Nexon’s global workforce,” Nexon’s statement reads. “Nexon America remains committed to executing its strategy of continuously supporting People, Games and Players as it expands its presence in North America and beyond.”

Most recently, Nexon announced plans to bring LawBreakers to this weekend’s PAX event, with a beta effort on the way. The game is expected to launch later this year.

Source: MMORPG.com

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LawBreakers plans closed beta weekend in March

Hey, remember LawBreakers? The Nexon-produced, CliffyB-designed online shooter that went semi-dormant last summer following alpha with plans to retool itself before beta? We already knew that beta was on the way this year, and today, we’ve inched a little closer with the news that the first closed beta test is slated for later this month on March 16th through 19th.

Nexon and Boss Key will be present at PAX East this coming weekend as well with both a playable demo and a late-night panel covering the game’s “unprecedented gravity-defying combat” and “cast of unique ‘verti-killers,'” a word I hope I never have to type ever again.

By the way, launch is also planned for this year, according to last month’s Nexon investor report.

Signups for the beta are open on the official site already. While you wait for that, why not check out the latest talk-through video?

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