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

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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The MOP Up: MMOs make math fun (March 5, 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 FortniteWar ThunderArmored WarfareNeverwinterMabinogi DuelPokemon GoProdigyGuild Wars 2HellionIngressOld School RuneScapeWildStarDota 2, and Final Fantasy XIV, all waiting for you after the break!

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Nexon invests money into IMC Games as part of Tree of Savior mobile partnership

Nexon has made a "strategic investment" into Korea-based IMC Games, the companies announced in a press release this morning. IMC Games is known to MMO gamers chiefly for its stewardship of MMOARPG Tree of Savior, which launched in the west on Steam last year.

The partnership won't come as too much of a surprise to our audience; Nexon and IMC Games announced last fall that they had joined forced to port Tree of Savior to mobile devices. It's destined for the global market.

"With this investment, Nexon and IMC GAMES will work closely together to reinforce service of Tree of Savior and launch Tree of Savior: Mobile Remake globally, which is currently under development."

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The MOP Up: FFXIV's triple world records (February 26, 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 Dragon Nest 2VaingloryWild TerraHeroes and GeneralsOverwatchArmored WarfareBlade and SoulCloud PiratesPokemon GoEternal CrusadeFinal Fantasy XIV, and Elswordall waiting for you after the break!

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One Shots: There's nothing wrong with being childish

An interesting bit of fallout from last week's One Shots challenge to submit a picture that captures a "childlike" spirit is that several commenters noticed that there is a fine line between something being innocent and childish and something belonging in a horror movie.

Why not start out with this shot from Zulika Mi-Nam, who brings back Halloween at the tail end of February? "I think everything in Dragon Nest looks childlike, so I found all of it kinda creepy. Just as I had heard though, the combat is 100% awesome -- and no child's play."

I've occasionally heard that Dragon Nest is an underrated title in the same vein. Might have to check it out one of these days.

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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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