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

Grab a Hyper Universe ‘MVP Starter Pack’ from Nexon and MOP!

In celebration of the launch of Hyper Universe Online earlier this week, Nexon has granted Massively OP keys for the Hyper All Stars Starter Pack MVP Starter Pack to pass out to our users; it includes high win-rate toons Yuna, Sapitelbub, Green Pit Bull, Jack, and their associated unique gear and ought to help you get started.

Please note that you must be logged into the comments to take a key. Head onward to grab one!

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Perfect Ten: The MMOs with the most uncertain futures in 2018

This is, bar none, the column I hate doing most on a regular basis. None of the games I highlight in here is something that I actually like pointing to; they’re games that people like, games that may very well be someone’s absolute favorites, and yet they’re also games where the future looks difficult if not outright bad. A cloudy future is never a good thing, and this particular column does not make it all right.

But we’re still here in the early days of 2018, and that means it’s still the right time to look at the games we might not see around next year. For various reasons, these are the games that already look like they’re in trouble, instead of absolute face-shattering surprises like a couple of the shutdowns last year.

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The MOP Up: Monster Hunter World merch (January 14, 2018)

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!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from RendSea of ThievesThe Black DeathWarframeHEXFragmentedMU LegendFinal Fantasy XIMonster Hunter WorldPlayerUnknown’s BattlegroundsDota 2Wurm Online, Ultima Online, and Path of Exile, all waiting for you after the break!

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LawBreakers is the weak link in Nexon’s Q3 2017 financial results

Here’s the good news for Nexon’s Q3 2017 investor call: The company had a good set of third-quarter results overall, and it has a strong lineup of titles in the pipeline, including the long-awaited and largely unrevealed Final Fantasy XI mobile incarnation. Here’s the bad news: LawBreakers was the weak link in its lineup. Not only was it responsible for the majority of the company’s losses during the quarter, but company CTO Shiro Uemura stated that the game would acquire no further losses, meaning that it had functionally been written off altogether.

What does that mean for the future of the game? Nothing positive; companies don’t tend to write off games they plan to continue supporting. Your speculation is welcome, but it should run toward darker possibilities. On the bright side, it looks like the future is bright for Nexon as a whole, so based on player numbers the fate of LawBreakers is not so much cloudy as it is unpleasant.

Also worth noting is that Nexon has merged its Nexon RED and NDOORs subsidiaries, both with a roster of successful games under their belts. The merge is aimed at providing more consolidated and skilled mobile game development.

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Nexon’s Hyper Universe is launching on January 17

Looking for the first big release of 2018? Nexon is making a bid for your attention with the launch of Hyper Universe in just a couple of weeks.

The publisher announced that the 4v4 “action brawler” will be coming out on January 17th as a free-to-play title. Also arriving on that day will be a large class balance pass and the removal of random cubes. While there will be in-game purchases, the studio stressed that these will be for cosmetic items only.

Six additional characters are coming on launch day as well: Tae’guk, Sonya, Perseus, Han, Camilla and Gulunba. Fans can rack up some extra hyper coupons and free skins by choosing to share the news of this game on Facebook.

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Atlantica Online celebrates its 10th anniversary with free level 130 characters

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… for Atlantica Online, that is. The long-running fantasy MMO just marked its 10th anniversary with a large update and a few special events.

The December 21st patch contains a level cap increase to 180, the Abyssal Armory gear, a new dungeon, and the introduction of the latest mercenary, Ninetails. Players can catch up with an instant level 130 character and go through tutorial quests designed to bring them up to speed.

There’s also a Christmas event going on inside the Holy Town that involves monsters and rabbits for some reason. Until January 18th, players level 60 and above can use special tickets to go inside the Holy Town and help out a matchstick girl, chown down on a buff-inducing feast, exchange rabbits with Ms. Santahontas for gifts, and play a slot machine.

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The MOP Up: Honoring RIFT’s Wintercharm (December 24, 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!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from War ThunderSMITEKritika OnlineArmored Warfare, Stardew ValleyDofusElswordJustice OnlineThe Black DeathWarfaceRIFTValnir RokWakfuMapleStoryHeroes and GeneralsMiranda, and League of Legends, all waiting for you after the break!

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LawBreakers is actually getting a holiday sale and event

LawBreakers just isn’t giving up. In spite of an apparently slumped player population and the exit of one of its founders, the shooter is rolling out a holiday event – evidence of “continued support,” as Nexon puts it.

“Just in time for the holidays, Nexon America revealed that its continued support of the fast-paced, gravity-defying first-person shooter, LawBreakers, includes a festive holiday event through the month of December and into the new year. Players can celebrate the holidays and ring in the new year during the LawBreakers Sleigh the Holidays event which offers fans a limited time discount on the game, double experience (XP) points, and an update to the competitive ranked mode, Boss Leagues.”

The game will be on sale from today into early January on both Steam and the North American region for PS4.

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Dungeon & Fighter: Spirit shuts down in South Korea

Once one of the up-and-coming mobile MMOs on the scene, Dungeon & Fighter: Spirit is ending its short-lived run in South Korea.

The action MMO, which is a spin-off of Dungeon & Fighter (or Dungeon Fighter Online, if you’re nasty), was developed by Nexon and Tencent and had plans to release globally in 2017. Instead, MMO Culture is reporting that the title will shut down at the end of this month. The good news is that Spirit should be replaced soon by a 2-D Dungeon Fighter MMO on mobile.

Nexon released Dungeon & Fighter: Spirit in Korea in 2016. Pay your respects after the break.

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Mabinogi doles out chain slash weapons while Hyper Universe offers free play weekend

You know how your parents told you never to play with knives? Well, they never said anything about long whips with razor blades on them, and Mabinogi is here to help you out with that.

The fantasy sandbox added chain blades to the game and the talent to wield them. Players have to generate “dark energy” to use chain slash skills, which include recovery abilities and team buffs. There’s also a new Baltane challenge mission to tackle after you get used to whipping the universe to shreds.

Over in another one of Nexon’s titles, Hyper Universe is hosting a free play “weekend” from December 15th through the 20th prior to the game’s upcoming launch. The 2-D MOBA, which includes many pop culture homages, will be half-off on Steam through January 4th to help. And because that’s not enough, the game’s also activating some holiday-themed maps and skins over the break.

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Moonlight Blade will finally hit open beta in Korea in January

Doesn’t it seem as if we’ve been watching Tencent’s wuxia MMO Moonlight Blade for half of forever? Keep watching, but maybe watch a little closer, as Nexon’s South Korean edition of the game is finally launching open beta in the region on January 25th following the closed beta that’s run off and on this fall. According to Steparu, who broke the news for English speakers, the game has undergone intense localization, specifically with Korean-language voiceovers.

Nexon has previously hinted that it’ll bring the game westward with English servers, and though we don’t have details or even confirmation yet, it seems likely that Nexon might turn its gaze toward us once its home region is settled.

What do you guys think – will Moonlight Blade or Bless give Black Desert a run for its money, or is it all about A:IR?

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Vindictus introduces the girl with the dragon spine

If there is one thing that we have learned about Korean MMOs, it’s that the smaller the girl, the bigger the weapon she carries. We are seriously concerned about back strain issues at this point, but that is a small price to pay for looking wicked awesome.

Vindictus’ newest character is live on the servers today, and she is toting the biggest weapon of them all. Meet Miri, the “lost daughter of an ancient people” who wields the Dragonspine lance on the battlefield. The weapon isn’t there merely for looks; it also allows Miri to use fire skills and transform her into a DragonGirl™ in dire situations.

To celebrate the new hero, Vindictus is giving a free Miri registration pack to everyone. The bundle includes a level 90 weapon, an AP booster, 50 recovery potions, five XP boosts, and more.

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