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

Riders of Icarus offers compensation for unscheduled maintenance

Due to a block of unscheduled maintenance yesterday, Riders of Icarus is handing out packs of goodies as a peace offering for those affected. The four-hour downtime was necessary to fix some issues with an inventory bug and missing items.

For this relatively minor inconvenience, Nexon is giving all players 100 Elluns -- cash shop currency -- for free. Additionally, any player who logged in over the past day will get a goodie pack with XP potions and health recovery potions.

The maintenance corrected some problems with the currently running Lucky Riders event. From now through February 28th, players can log on during select time windows to receive free "lucky boxes" that have a chance of containing pets, boosters, and tempering stones.

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The MOP Up: Hearthstone gets ready to banish dozens of cards (February 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 Overwatch, League of LegendsEVE OnlineMabinogi DuelSpace EngineersIngressEternal CrusadeElder Scrolls OnlineFinal BladeHearthstoneGod Eater OnlineDrakensang Online, and EVE Valkyrie, all waiting for you after the break!

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Hyper Universe recruits the scandalous Succubus

Angelic or devilish? With Hyper Universe's newest character, you can have both.

Nexon's upcoming 2-D MOBA recently added the Succubus to the champion roster in Korea. If you can get past her large... tracts of land, the Succubus has plenty of other abilities to offer in play. She can buff and debuff with her whip, shield allies with a bubble shield, and even temporarily charm everyone in range to be her slave. And if you don't care for her darker look, there is always the option to purchase an angelic skin as an alternative.

Hyper Universe should be coming to the west some time in 2017. See what the Succubus has to offer after the jump (besides a profile picture that makes it look as though she's trying to bazooka barf).

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Dragon Nest players have Granom Nest to clear out

Think you've seen everything in Dragon Nest? You're pretty elite and you've come back in time from the future, so you probably have. But for everyone else, Dragon Nest has a new patch out today that's got a lot of high-level challenges for well-rounded characters.

First up is Granom Nest, a new dungeon that's geared toward one to four level 93 players. The dungeon contains both normal and hardcore mode (with the latter only allowing three resurrections per run) and is located in the Garden of Eternity.

The patch also makes a lot of changes and improvements to Dragon Nest's Rumble Mode: a massive PvPvE battlefield in which players can thwack each other's noggins or the noggins of nearby monsters. The monsters in Rumble Mode have been increased to level 93 to match the capped playerbase, and winners of each bout will receive an upgraded reward pouch with all manner of goodies.

Source: Patch notes

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 104: WoW Token resistance

Financial nerds ahoy! On today's show, Bree and Justin talk about the economics of WoW Tokens and earnings reports, encouraging listeners to break out their accountant books to play along. There's a secret message encoded for those who balance their checkbooks correctly!

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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Nexon Q4 2016 financials down slightly QoQ and YoY, 2017 LawBreakers launch planned

Nexon released its Q4 2016 and full-year 2016 financial results today, painting a mixed picture for the quarter and year: Revenues are down slightly year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter, but the company's portfolio performed better than expected all the same thanks to "robust performance of key titles primarily in China and Korea" and depreciation of the Yen.

Of note for the western market is plenty more content on the way for 2003 MMO MapleStory, a 2017 launch for LawBreakers, and of course, production on Titanfall Online. HIT is also apparently doing better than expected. Just 11% of Nexon's revenue is generated by countries other than China, Japan, and Korea.

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Riders of Icarus invites you to date a GM for Valentine's Day

How often do you really think about the poor GMs in your game of choice? You call them to complain over every little problem like a character's abilities not working correctly, but you never take the time to really ask them about their days, do you? Of course, most games discourage you from placing a GM call to ask "how y'all doin," but that's hardly the point. Riders of Icarus has paired this up with Valentine's Day to give everyone a chance to show appreciation for the GMs through a romantic outing.

In other words, you can date a GM.

Write a poem, make a card, sing a song, or otherwise submit an entry to woo your preferred GM for an hour-long date with almost endless possibilities. (Short of, you know, the sort of roleplaying you probably do not want appearing on an official transcript. Don't make us spell this out.) It's certainly an unusual way to celebrate the holiday, but it's also unique, and hey, when else will you get a chance to date a GM?

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Durango testers build 6.3 million buildings in beta

Mobile dino MMO Durango wrapped up its first closed beta test back on January 16th, and the game has many stories to tell from it. As is now tradition in the video game industry, it is doing this via infographics.

Over 340,800 players participated in the limited beta (a third of those from Korea), averaging 8 hours and 40 minutes of playtime apiece. During the month-long beta test, 13,000 clans were formed, 98,000 islands were created, 6.3 million buildings and structures were erected, and 20.9 million dishes of food were cooked.

Check out some of the stats in infographic form below.

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The Game Archaeologist: Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds

I confess that I have a particular fascination for MMOs that came into existence in the 1990s. It's not only the fact that I was oblivious to them at the time (er, wild college days?) but that practically each and every one of them were true pioneers in their own fashion. And while your standard MMO fan might think that there were only three such games in that decade (four, if they are gracious and include Meridian 59), the truth is that there were far more online games at the time, particularly if you looked over to the east.

Today we are going to look at one of the most important MMOs to emerge from that time period, Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds. Its influence was primarily centered in the Korean gaming community while being vastly downplayed in North America. Still, here's a successful MMO that not only beat Ultima Online out of the door by a year but has since won a Guinness World Record for longevity!

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PAX South 2017: Hyper Universe is coming to the west in 2017

Great news for those following the cross-genre MOBA Hyper UniverseNexon officially announced this week that the game will be coming to North America, Europe, Oceania, and Latin America in 2017. The publisher is showing off Hyper Universe at PAX South this weekend and has a new trailer to pump up excitement for the title.

It's been a little while since we covered this game, so here's your quick-and-dirty primer. Hyper Universe is skewing away from the traditional MOBA design by focusing on multi-level 2-D environments with characters that are more or less blatant homages to popular real life and pop culture icons.

Strap in for a hyperactive announcement trailer after the break!

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Riders of Icarus launches its Sandstorm update

There's a giant raid boss named Sandstorm wandering out in the world of Riders of Icarus, so naturally, players are expected to go kill it. What are you even playing the game for if you aren't there to murder random supernatural entities, possibly while listening to music of the same name? But you needn't just take on Sandstorm with the game's most recent update, because there's lots of other stuff to do along the way. It's just that nothing else has the patch named after it.

Players will have access to a new PvP region, Stygaea, and a new solo challenge dungeon, Ellora's Spine. There are also new familiars, a new cross-server dungeon lobby, and new items in Ellora's Shop, along with various events and bug fixes. You can check out the patch notes now, but you will have to find your own thematically appropriate music to listen to. (We recommend any remix that includes airhorns.)

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Perfect Ten: The MMOs with the most unclear futures in 2017

A little while back, I took a look at the healthiest games in the MMO space at this time. That was a nice, uplifting list, wasn't it? And all of those titles continue to do just fine, even if one or two might have had a few bits of shocking news along the way.

Unfortunately, this is not an industry in which health is assured. Games can be high-quality and beloved, but they can still be shut down by outside forces. And that's not counting games that just come out in the wrong time period or launch in an unrecoverable state.

That may sound grim, but we're already staring at the first two shutdowns of 2017 in the near future, and both of the titles being killed are surprises. One of them might have wound up on this list if it weren't being shut down, but at this point, it is. So let's look at the MMOs with the most unclear futures and start hoping for the best.

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Dragon Nest introduces the Arch Heretic class

Dragon Nest is looking to revitalize its class lineup with this week's introduction of the Arch Heretic.

The Heretic is a Cleric gone a little bad but in a fun, kick-butt kind of way. He uses a mace and shield to perform large, sweeping attacks on the battlefield. At level 50, the Heretic awakens into the Arch Heretic, which gets a special sword and more mobility. The team said that the class will have the effect of making "the game feel far more epic" than before.

The patch contains several other features, such as a hero redesign, balance changes, and an improved installer.

You can get acquainted with the Arch Heretic in his trailer after the jump!

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