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

E3 2017: Hands-on with mobile MMOs Lineage 2 Revolution and Durango

With Pokemon Go trying to avoid explicitly calling itself an MMO, Massively OP once again has room for a top contender in the realm of mobile MMOs. There’s just one problem: We’ve got mostly Western readers for a genre that seems to appeal much more to the East. I was given the opportunity to see top global mobile MMO Lineage 2 Revolution and up and coming dino-sandbox Durango at E3 2017. I can see the appeal of both games, but also some limitations. Let’s dig into both.

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E3 2017: Check out dino MMO Durango’s new trailer

Earlier this week, Nexon posted a Durango teaser trailer, announcing a Q4 2017 worldwide mobile launch for the game. If your eyeballs rolled over the word mobile, maybe reconsider: Nexon is calling this game a “fully featured MMO experience,” an “open-world sandbox massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) set in a primitive alternate universe inhabited by dinosaurs,” with exploration, city building, PvP, survival, crafting, villages, procedurally generated world building, a living environment and ecosystem, dino taming, guilds, and on and on.

“Durango utilizes a revolutionary procedurally generated world building system that populates the massive open world with an infinite number of locations to discover and explore. Players will be able to colonize a vast number of stable continents or uncover and travel to unstable islands filled with resources, dinosaurs and secrets to uncover across a range of ecosystems and biomes that will surface and disappear into the sea at a moment’s notice.”

Nexon wasn’t finished with its reveals Monday, however: Today it’s got another trailer, longer than the first, so feast your eyes below before those dinos feast on you.

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E3 2017: ‘Gravity-defying’ LawBreakers releasing this August 8, PC beta on June 28

Hope the start of your summer is calm, peaceful, and orderly, because it’s sure as heck not going to end that way if LawBreakers has anything to say about it.

This “gravity-defying” multiplayer shooter is coming to us courtesy of Nexon on August 8th. The launch date was revealed at this week’s E3 2017, where the team also announced that it would be holding a “Rise Up” PC beta test from June 28th through July 3rd.

LawBreakers will roll out on both PC and PlayStation 4 and retail for $30, unless you want the deluxe edition for 10 bucks more. Players can pre-order the game right now to reserve exclusive character skins.

The key hook of this FPS is the extreme gravity (or lack thereof) situations in its futuristic multiplayer maps. It is rated M, so chances are pretty good that there will be a blood splatter or two during these matches.

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E3 2017: Nexon’s dinosaur MMO Durango launches Q4 this year

I’ve been to Colorado’s Durango many times, and I can assure you that there are no dinosaurs there. Nexon’s Durango, however, is overrun with the beasts, which means you should go in armed when the game launches at the end of 2017.

Yep, this morning Nexon announced a Q4 2017 worldwide mobile launch for the game, which it’s calling an “open-world sandbox massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) set in a primitive alternate universe inhabited by dinosaurs.”

“Durango is the next evolution of fully-featured MMO experiences on mobile giving players full freedom to pursue various game pillars, all while meshing unique exploration and city building experiences with real-time collaborative and head-to-head battles against enemy clans and colossal dinosaurs. […] In these uncharted lands, players will band together to survive against carnivorous dinosaurs and flourish in this new world ripe for exploration. Adventurers will learn to use the land to their advantage and craft weapons, armor and tools in order to develop villages that can grow from crude gatherings to massive fortresses. Durango utilizes a revolutionary procedurally generated world building system that populates the massive open world with an infinite number of locations to discover and explore. Players will be able to colonize a vast number of stable continents or uncover and travel to unstable islands filled with resources, dinosaurs and secrets to uncover across a range of ecosystems and biomes that will surface and disappear into the sea at a moment’s notice.”

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MapleStory drops a trailer for its June and July Override updates

Nexon’s wildly popular sidescrolly MMO MapleStory is gearing up for two new updates this summer that’ll “allow players to strengthen their characters with new job skills, fight in new areas and travel to a new planet.”

The first, coming in June and dubbed Override: Evolve, opens up 5th job advancement skills for all classes, updates the Legion System, and retools the Omega Sector with new maps and a new boss.

The July entry, Override: Venture, sends players to the planet of Eluna for mining (joy!) and adds a new area called Arcana that revolves around the spirit tree.

Check out the new pics and trailer down below!

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Get a ridiculously tiny hat in Vindictus by playing rock-paper-scissors

Well. That’s a headline we never thought we’d be writing on this site, but here we are.

To kick off the summer season in style, Vindictus has activated a new rock-paper-scissors event that will run through June 21st. By throwing down the right moves, players can earn all sorts of rewards, including incredibly tiny hats populated by gremlins.

Other June events in progress include helping a magician test out his trick cards (which produce special buffs), spinning the swirly prize wheel, and saving as many gremlins as possible before they are corrupted. What is up with Vindictus and gremlins, anyway?

Back in May, Vindictus pushed out its Call of the Goddess update with a special interlude story starring Ceara.

Source: Vindictus

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Battle Bards Episode 99: Tropical resort

The Battle Bards are on vacation at a tropical beach paradise! In the team’s 99th episode, they examine beach, resort, and island music cues from MMORPGs. Can it still be a resort when everything around you is out for murder? As long as the music is this good, who cares?

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.

Listen to Episode 99: Tropical resort (or download it) now:

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Riders of Icarus prepares for major summer overhauls

It’s time for some big changes to Riders of Icarus for the summer, and the first round of those changes is happening today. A new development diary explains that after taking player feedback into account, looking at gameplay stats, and just examining the game’s issues, the designers have put forth a series of overhauls to enhance everyone’s gameplay experience. Today’s overhauls include enabling or disabling auto-attacks, new Legendary Coin rewards, and new daily quests for taking on World Bosses.

While players will still need to fight over the contents of chests from World Bosses, the new daily quest will ensure that you still get something for participating; similarly, the new Legendary Coin rewards allow you to purchase things other than just recipes. The second part of the revamp will include major changes to crafting, Legendary dungeon loot, and Fractura adjustments. It’s not going to shake the game’s mechanics down to the core, but all of these should changes should ultimately mean that you get more rewards and feel as if you have more control, all of which is a good thing.

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The MOP Up: Pox Nora’s PS4 launch (May 28, 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 Splatoon 2HellionEpocylipseLogresSteam HammerHEXIngressMabinogi HeroesPox Nora, and Heroes and Generals, all waiting for you after the break!

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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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