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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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VALOFE opens up its Atlantica Online servers

Mind the dust, folks, and enjoy that new server smell. Atlantica Online's new North American servers come online today under the stewardship of VALOFE, so players can log in and play once again to their heart's content. It's the same game, just under a new home; that should be good news for any longtime fans. (Of course, some longtime fans are not seeing the awards promised for transferring players after the reward plans changed, which is... less good news.)

Of course, that's not all that's coming for the game; the announcement of the servers comes with a near-future roadmap that includes a level cap raise to 180, new Arc Angels gear, a special Dark Crystals event starting on January 19th, and creature/boss redesigns. Beyond that, the game is looking at adding in new mercenaries and squashing bugs while improving the communication between the developers and players. All good stuff to look forward to, but right now... well, there are new servers. That's cool. Try not to scuff them up for at least a week or so.

Source: Official Site; thanks to Ranran for the tip!


Nexon transfers Atlantica Online to VALOFE next week

Back in July of 2016, we learned that Atlantica Online was being shut down by all of its respective operators: Nexon America, NDOORS, and Daum. The good news was that developer VALOFE was planning to pick up the pieces and host the game, though there was no vocalized plan for the transition.

Now there is. VALOFE announced today that it'll fully take over the game from Nexon on January 11th. The trick for existing players will be making sure they transfer properly -- within the next five days -- else they'll lose their old accounts.

"Players are heavily reminded that by the 11th of January, everyone who’s unable to use the transfer service will lose all their data. Once Atlantica Online’s been officially transferred to VALOFE’s GSP (Game Service Platform), the Game Operation Team is eager to connect with the community and listen to their needs. The Game Operation Team promises to deliver what the community was denied as long as it’s within reason."

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Nexon America's leadership is getting shaken up

Nexon America is the American branch of Nexon, the company behind Riders of Icarus, MapleStory, Vindictus, and Mabingoi. It's also in the middle of a management shakeup, as the current head of Nexon America, Rich Williams, is leaving the company at the end of January to start his own marketing firm, which will see Nexon as its first client.

Jungsoo Lee will be filling the vacancy left by Williams; Lee is currently the executive director of live games and has been with Nexon America since it was established in 2006. It seems likely that players won't notice a great deal of difference on the ground level, but it's still a bit of upper-level shifting, so perhaps more low-level shakeups should also be expected.



ArcheAge NA digs out of a mountain of support tickets

Even while the situation slowly improves for ArcheAge following last month's Revelation mess, it's still a ways from being fully resolved. In yesterday's state of the game post, the team reports that there's up to a seven-day backlog for support tickets due to the various issues.

While the CS team works on that, the devs are tackling grey login screens and trying to figure out why they occur. Name changes, server transfers, and the activation of purchased item packs are all about a week out at this point.

Over in Korea, XLGAMES has worked out a deal with Nexon to allow the publisher's players to access ArcheAge without creating a new account. Sounds like a win-win for both companies. A new server is in the works to handle the population influx.

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Battle Bards Episode 89: Nightfall

When the sun goes down, the Battle Bards’ work has just begun! In this week’s episode, the crew explores nighttime music cues in MMOs, chasing the ever-elusive feel of what that period between dusk and dawn sounds like in game. Don’t fall asleep!

Battle Bards is a bi-weekly podcast that alternates between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around a theme. MOP’s Justin co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunes, Google Play, TuneInPocket CastsStitcher, and Player.FM.

We’ve got Episode 89: Nightfall and the show notes for you after the break!

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Jukebox Heroes: MMO music for the holidays

I absolutely adore Christmas music -- in moderation and in season. I keep to strict personal rules not to listen to it before Black Friday or after New Year's Eve, which for me keeps it special and doesn't overstay its welcome. There's just a sound about Christmas music, both religious and secular, that is so happy, hopeful, and unique. It brings out so many great emotions and coats the holiday season in an extra layer of musical joy.

As we downshift for the holiday season, taking a break from the routine to spend some extra time with friends and family, I want to give you the gift of a half-dozen MMORPG tunes that embrace the Christmas music genre. Some are new, some are traditional, and some are just plain weird.

If you've listened to Frank Sinatra and the Beach Boys one too many time this season already, here's something different that ties together your love of gaming with the holidays.

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The MOP Up: Dota 2 goes on a new journey (December 18, 2016)

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, Dota 2 rocked out with its massive New Journey update. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from ArcheAgeRiders of IcarusNo Man's Skyand more, all waiting for you after the break!

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MapleStory 2 struggles in Korea

All might not be so dandy for MapleStory's sequel in Korea. MMO Culture is reporting that MapleStory 2 is struggling overseas even as it eyes a western release in the future. Nexon is pushing out an update that it's calling the Restart patch with significant changes to the title.

The main thrust of Restart is to act on community concerns for the MMO. Big changes with the patch including a nerf to dungeon difficulty, a reduction in feature requirements, and more bonuses for all.

Even if you don't speak Korean (and you're amazing, so you probably do), you can get a feel for some of the changes coming with this patch in a video after the break.

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Grab a key for dino MMO Durango's Android limited beta from Nexon and MOP

In celebration of the launch of mobile dino MMO Durango's Android beta, Nexon has granted Massively OP a bundle of keys to get you into the testing. Yeah, Android-only stuff! Wheee!

The testing period is live already and runs through January 4th, and the codes should work in all regions where the English version of the game is available on Google Play, excepting mainland China and Japan.

Click the Mo button below (and prove you're not a robot) to grab one of these keys!

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Maplestory's V: Limitless arrives along with downtime compensation

Black Desert fans weren't the only ones waiting extra long for their servers to return to service today after a major update: Maplestory players -- Maplers, as Nexon calls them -- are in the same boat.

In the lead-up to December's massive V Update for the game, Nexon rolled out V: Limitless yesterday, with new events, a UI revamp, an auction house, an improved leveling curve, and even a new class. But the rollout was hampered by a string of unscheduled maintenance periods that have only just ended.

Grumpy players will be duly compensated, however; Nexon has announced it will extend the Play V event, tack 48 hours onto timed cash-shop items, grant all accounts 30 V Coins, extend Maple Reward point expiration periods to the end of the year, and kick off a double experience and drop event early.

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Battle Bards Episode 87: Elves!

It’s high time that the Battle Bards lie prostrate at the feet of their social and intellectual superiors, the high and mighty Elves! Yes, it’s a full episode of elven music, a virtual rainbow of harps and swirly magic and slightly grumpy hosts who use this opportunity to unload their gripes against this fantasy race.

Battle Bards is a bi-weekly podcast that alternates between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around a theme. MOP’s Justin co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunes, Google Play, TuneInPocket CastsStitcher, and Player.FM.

We’ve got Episode 87: Elves! and the show notes for you after the break!

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