Ah! Geez, you scared us, Devilian! We kind of… forgot you existed, for a minute there. What’s that you say? You’ve got a new patch to share with your friends? And a login promotion too? Good for you, little MMOARPG!
‘Tis true: Devilian rolled out its 7.0 Update this week, raising the level cap to 60 and giving players a set of new challenges and rewards. The Fallen Castle has received a hell mode, there’s the new Dimensional Fortress transcendent dungeon, and there’s an increased chance of success when enchanting gear.
If the patch isn’t enough to entice you back, perhaps some freebies will do the trick. Anyone who logs in by the end of the month will receive a bundle of goodies, including enough currency to buy some Morbid gear. But watch out, it’s morbid. New players also get some extra goodies on the side as well.
Ascendants who feel as if they’re the neglected child of the Path of Exile
family will be getting a special treat with this fall’s expansion. The Fall of Oriath is going to include a tune-up
for this underperforming class to make it more desirable for those playing or thinking about playing an Ascendant build.
“The Ascendant (Scion Ascendancy) class will undergo some significant changes that focus on making the class more powerful and on-par with the other classes,” the studio said on the forums. We’ve done this by taking some of the more build-defining features from the other eighteen Ascendancy classes and incorporating them on the Ascendant tree.”
This means that most of the skill trees for the Ascendant have been reworked, offering all sorts of new build possibilities and combinations. No doubt, the community will be experimenting with optimal builds during the summer Patch 3.0 beta test.
Console geeks assemble! It’s time to throw off the shackles of responsibility, hygiene, and relationships to devote yourself to a straight week or two of non-stop superhero action. It’s OK. We’ll write a permission slip for you that you can give to any concerned parties.
Marvel Heroes Omega, the streamlined console version of the PC MMO, is soft launching today for PlayStation 4. Well, technically it’s an open beta, but since the studio has promised that progress will not be wiped going forward, we’re calling it like we see it. Also, the team is not above taking your money at this point, so it feels like a release to us.
“To celebrate today’s open beta launch for PlayStation 4, all players can also look forward to receiving Daredevil, the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen, as a free playable character. To receive this gift, players must download and install Marvel Heroes Omega and download the free Daredevil pack via the PlayStation®Store on their PlayStation 4 console.”
Xbox One players are just going to have to do a Hulk sulk for a month and wait for their turn on June 20th. Meanwhile, PC players are twiddling their thumbs and waiting for next month’s anniversary event.
It’s a big week for Marvel Heroes
: Today marks the start of early access for the soft launch
of Marvel Heroes Omega
on PlayStation 4, which itself technically begins May 23rd, but if you want in now — with no more wipes — a founder pack (or a key you won from us!) will get you in today.
Earlier this week, Gazillion announced that its Xbox One-flavored game service will whirr to life on June 20th, so you folks have only one more month to wait.
PC players, I feel you right now, but there’s some good news on the horizon: a big A.R.M.O.R. incursion event plus a teaser for the anniversary, and it’s a good one:
There are some big changes coming to Energy Shield in Path of Exile’s
next expansion, and as tends to happen with major system changes, the designers have penned a lengthy column explaining why these changes exist
. It’s not that Energy Shield is inherently bad, obviously; the problem is that with high enough values and the right collection of relics, players can ultimately use Energy Shield to completely replace Life as a survival mechanic, which results in characters with enormous health pools without any investment in doing so.
To fix this problem high-end shield values have been significantly tuned down, and several different items have had their synergy with Energy Shield adjusted to provide a more tangible drawback. Vaal Pact, for example, will no longer provide any benefit to Energy Shield (whereas it currently allows almost an immediate refill of shields without any drawbacks). However, it will also be possible for players to craft better Energy Shield items earlier, so players can still try out the builds that made these changes necessary; they’ll still be potent, but they should no longer make you effectively unkillable.
If you’re currently rocking a Twitch Prime membership, you’re eligible for a passel of purple goodies in Path of Exile
. Starting next week and running for a month, members can grab three violet-tinted cometics
for the MMO: a purple portal, purple weapon effect, and purple footprints effect. EAT THAT PURPLE.
Grinding Gear also informed players that some changes will be coming to Labyrinths in this fall’s expansion pack: “Though the moment-to-moment Labyrinth gameplay will be much the same in 3.0.0, the amount of time you spend accessing and running through the early labyrinths will be significantly shorter, simpler, and you’ll be able to access all versions of the Labyrinth from the Aspirants’ Plaza.”
Finally, as the Legacy challenge league wraps up, revisit the madness with one community member’s video overview below!
Overwatch is turning one year this month, so bust out your hipster camera and baby confections for a cake smash! Just kidding. Actually Blizzard is kicking off a huge promotion next week starting with a free play period over Memorial Day weekend and ending with the conclusion of season 4:
“In addition to Overwatch Anniversary, we will be holding another free-weekend from May 26th-29th. For this free weekend, we’re making Overwatch’s full roster of heroes and maps available for play in a variety of modes, including Quick Play, Custom Games, and the latest Weekly Brawl. Players will also have the ability to level up, earn Loot Boxes, and unlock a variety of different customization options. If players decide to purchase a copy of Overwatch after the free-weekend they will get to keep any progress made during the weekend.”
Wanna buy it after that? Maybe hold out for the GOTY edition, which launches the same day as the promo event for PC, Xbox One, and PS4. In it, you’ll find 10 loot boxes, plus Overwatch skins, Tracer in Heroes of the Storm, Baby Winston in World of Warcraft, Mercy’s Wings in Diablo III, new portraits in StarCraft II, and a special card in Hearthstone. ALL the cross-promotions. The new anniversary trailer’s down below.
Comic book adventure is coming to consoles next week. The reworked, revamped, and renamed Marvel Heroes Omega
is kicking off its console open beta test
on May 23rd.
Starting next Tuesday, PlayStation 4 players can check out the streamlined superhero MMO for free. If that’s not soon enough for you, you can always buy a founder’s pack and get into early access this Friday, May 19th. So what’s the big deal about open beta? As there will be no wipe following the start of this phase, all progression will be carried over into launch. In other words, think of it as a soft launch.
Xbox One players are still waiting to hear about when they might be invited to the party. PS4 players, try not to gloat. Updated below!
Kind of a weird and fascinating week for MMOs, as an expansion has a legal showdown with a charity, a western MMO is announced, and Vvardenfell decided to come to us two weeks early. Is the industry shaping up for the most explosive June on record? It might just be!
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Confession time: I have spent an absurd amount of time in the Diablo universe over the years (ask me about that time a Best Buy dude was a jerk to me when I went in to buy Lord of Destruction because lol girls don’t play Diablo II! Grrr.). And I’ve played a ton of Diablo III, though I usually stop short of obsessive grinding. But I couldn’t really tell you the details of the lore. Playing ARPGs for the lore is really not what I do.
That’s what makes the LORE YouTube video on Diablo III’s lore so illuminating. I have played through this game half a dozen times and couldn’t have narrated this mess of a storyline. As the video itself notes, everybody’s clicking through the dialogue to get back to the game!
The LORE channel is pretty damn amusing overall; the channel’s done clips for World of Warcraft and Elder Scrolls Online too. Check it out below:
What’s a Monday without Marvel Heroes
? Whatever it is, Massively OP’s MJ doesn’t want to find out! She has so many heroes to spend time on, but by popular demand, today she’s going to take a look at the newest addition: Nick Fury
. How well does this character translate into game mechanics? Tune in live at 7:00 p.m. to check it out.
What: Marvel Heroes
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 15th, 2017
Grinding Gear Games
announced last night that it will be extending Path of Exile’s
legacy leagues through beta, contrary to plans it made last week
“Last week we posted a Beta FAQ where we mentioned that we were planning to run some events between the end of the Legacy League and the full release of The Fall of Oriath,” says the studio. “These events would be concurrent to its Beta and some would grant Beta keys. There has been overwhelming feedback that the community would like us to extend the Legacy Leagues during the Beta so that continuing to play Legacy characters and find Relics would be an additional option. We have decided to do so.”
Conveniently, this gives folks an extension on buying legacy supporter packs and other cash-shop stuff too.
The beta itself begins on June 7th; you can buy one of the supporter packs to ensure yourself a spot!
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 MapleStory, Heroes of the Storm, Ingress, Wurm Online, DCUO, Hellion, Life is Feudal, Skyforge, Overwatch, H1Z1, Final Fantasy XI, all waiting for you after the break!