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Skyforge celebrates its second anniversary with giveaways, trivia contest

While you weren’t looking — or maybe you were — Skyforge tucked two years of live operation under its belt. The sci-fi action MMORPG is celebrating its second anniversary this month, starting with daily login rewards that dole out, among other things, actual halo and angel wings. Don’t let it go to your head (literally).

The team’s also hosting a Trivia of the Gods contest to anyone who wants to take a stab at answering all things Skyforge. This takes place online, and while there are special prizes for the winners, everyone who completes it will get a participation prize. Aww.

When you’re done getting drunk on golden mead or whatever it is that unpredictable gods do, you can leap back into the Pantheon Wars in the game. The team recently elaborated on the win conditions of this epic struggle, so make sure you read that if you’re participating.

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Massively Overthinking: Consumer protections in the MMORPG industry

Veteran Massively OP reader Miol says he’s exhausted by a recent string of stories in which MMO companies screw gamers over, one after another: ARK Survival Evolved, Albion Online, Skyforge, and now Black Desert all figure into his list, just from the last week.

“I want to ask what more can gamers do to protect themselves and everyone else as consumers than speak up? It feels exhausting to always stay vigilant and feel upset all the time, since games, as an everchanging medium, give devs so many opportunities to screw us over with every single patch or update. And the worst immediate consequence seems many times a meek apology for what they’ve done, only for them to try out something different that maybe could go over unnoticed.

“You guys have reported about this UK watchdog group ASA, who investigated No Man’s Sky, but even they dismissed the tons of complaints about false advertising. Steam did declare some changes to advertising on their platform, but I still don’t see them taken place. If even those big negative stories don’t have that much of an impact, what hope is there for all the smaller communities, spread thin globally? There was a recent wave of gamers imploring each other to not pre-order, but that ebbed away fast enough, when the next shiny pre-order advantages over other players were presented. But even so, this still can’t protect you from what may happen after the launch!

“As said by Bree many times: Merely quitting won’t help either, as the studio will never know why most of the times. But also sending feedback for nine whole days didn’t help Skyforge players to make its devs to scramble! So what else could we do? Or should we just take rotating shifts to call them out?”

We’ll take the first shift right here in Overthinking.

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‘Augmentgate’ rocks the Skyforge community

Calling it an “unbelievable story,” the team at Pretty Good Gaming pulled back the curtain on a massive SNAFU regarding a particular Skyforge item.

A recent Skyforge PS4 event had, among its rewards, an augment seal that would boost a player’s damage by a factor of 42. This unbelievable increase made the item a must-get, and for nine days the community scrambled to obtain it before the event ended, some even spending money on boosts to finish on time. However, after nine days of the event the studio got around to nerfing the item into the ground, claiming that the actual bonus should have been much lower (a 1.25 multiplier instead of 42).

With effort applied and in some cases money spent to obtain the seal, players reacted strongly to the decision, saying that it was a bait-and-switch to wait that long to fix the item. Skyforge’s team came back with an apology letter, strengthened the item somewhat, and offered compensation that included the option to refund the item for “pure energy.” Money spent during the event would not be returned.

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Puzzle Pirates sails into the Dark Seas

Fourteen years into its quirky voyages, Puzzle Pirates still hasn’t exhausted unknown ports of call. The MMO announced this week that it is starting to test its Dark Seas content update, with a new set of islands and two additional factions to explore. The update is decidedly focused on PvP, pitting pirate crews against each other in the search for gold ‘n’ glory.

“All new pirates begin in Port Venture of the Greywaters archipelago,” the team explained, “a relatively safe place to begin getting your sea legs before venturing further out into the Obsidian ocean […] Each crew must choose a faction at the time it is created. Crews can not currently switch factions, but pirates are free to change crews at any time.”

There may or may not be a wipe after the beta test, so take that into consideration. It looks like Puzzle Pirates is being primarily supported through Steam these days, so if you’re looking to play it, that’s where “X” marks the installer.

Source: Puzzle Pirates. Thanks Yellowboots!

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Pantheon Wars return to Skyforge on July 1

When the deities in Skyforge aren’t fighting one of the millions of invasions taking place on the planet on a regular basis, who do they fight? One another, obviously. Pantheon Wars are returning to the game for a third season on July 1st, and that comes with a number of changes to the format, starting with the removal of PvE components. If you want to take part in the competition, you’ll need to be directly competing at this point; no working around the task of fighting your enemies.

Scoring rules have also changed to make a successful attack more rewarding than a successful defense, to encourage players to fight over locations rather than simply defending what’s already been controlled. Argent donations to your pantheon will also award you double credits until July 5th, to encourage players to prepare their pantheons for war. It’s time for a big all-out slugfest for all of the marbles if you’re in the game, so get into the mix and look forward to more buffs in the future.

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Skyforge is looking for new players to become Elder Guardians

Do you want to be the face representing Skyforge to others? Then you might want to look into joining the game’s Elder Guardian ranks. Membership there is entirely voluntary, with the only real benefits being that players get to meet with the developers, discuss issues, moderate forums, and help guide both players and developers toward a better understanding of one another. Which may be a reward in and of itself, depending on your personality.

As this is a voluntary position you apply for, it should be obvious that My.com doesn’t take everyone, just players who have shown themselves to be good figures in the community (through forums, Discord chat, social media, and so forth) and have a desire to help foster communications and relationships. If you check out the responsibilities and think you can fulfill them, by all means, apply to take on the role. Hey, who hasn’t wanted to lead a community now and then?

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Skyforge adds a new Distortion and new Prestige ranking with its latest patch

Prestige is an important indicator of power in Skyforge, and it just keeps growing over time. The problem is that as it grows ever higher, it becomes harder and harder to look at it at a glance and say “yes, that character is getting higher in Prestige.” Plus, there’s the simple reality that a ranking of nine billion Prestige doesn’t look nice. So the latest patch for the game adds in a ranking system wherein one’s Prestige Rank is a simpler and much smaller number. It’s almost like just leveling, but it’s certainly easier to read at a glance.

The patch also adds a new distortion to the game and a variety of quality-of-life improvements like the option to inspect equipment, market board improvements, and more face options for character creation. Check out the full patch notes for a glance at how the game has changed, and log right in if that’s all the motivation you need to start enjoying an easier-to-read ranking system.

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Skyforge turns alien plants into assault gliders

Who said science can’t be profitable? Skyforge is calling all players to descend from their godly pantheons to engage in a little botony for the sake of shared knowledge. And if those efforts pay off in serious military gear? So much the better.

A new event that’s running from today through June 23rd revolves around a giant Phytonide that was downed, spilling out all manner of secrets. Players are tasked with lending their skills at xenobotany and xenobiology to assist in the discovery of this alien race.

In exchange for the assistance, the XTN Agency is prepared to reward helpers with credits, medals, premium subscriptions, a Hurricane special assault glider, and a full set of scout battle armor. Sounds like a good deal to us!

Source: Skyforge

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Skyforge’s PS4 edition is beset by the Mechanoid War on June 27

My.com has today announced that PlayStation 4 fans will see their beloved Skyforge invaded by mechanoids on June 27th. In fact, the studio says it like it’s a good thing, and it probably is if you like loot and don’t mind getting your hands a little dirty, and it’s nice of them to tell you exactly when they’re going to show up, right?

“The Mechanoid legion has an uncontrollable thirst for knowledge and seeks to increase their own computing power,” studio Allods Team writes. “The robotic army is rapidly approaching and all players are being called on to defend their home planet from these menacing invaders.”

The so-dubbed Mechanoid War is considered a free expansion as the PS4 is doggedly catching up with the PC version of the game; the bundled content dump promises a new Divine Form appearance for elite players, plus “all new battles in challenging invasion zones, exciting boss battles, a completely new 10-man raid as well as the new and stronger generation 2 equipment as rewards.”

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Skyforge adds in character profiles

Prestige rank in Skyforge is a good metric for determining a character’s overall power level, but it doesn’t tell you much about the character as played. That’s why the developers have added the new character profile option which allows you to actually examine other characters to see what equipment they’re using, what symbols they have, and so forth. It might tell you much about the player’s actual playstyle, but it’s still relevant information.

Characters can be examined either from the social panel when near another player or via right-clicking on names in the chat or Pantheon screens. It’s a little feature that will be almost immediately familiar to anyone who has played many other MMOs, but we trust that Skyforge players will quickly grasp how this feature can be used to mock someone’s gear choices and overall play patterns.

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Skyforge’s Risen Exiles brings the Monk, Witch, and Necro to PlayStation 4 today

Skyforge has pushed its Risen Exiles update over to the game’s PS4 version today. If you’re a PC player thinking that you’ve never heard of the Risen Exiles expansion, that’s because it seems to be a mish-mash of patches you already have.

“Unlock and experience the deadly power of the Necromancer, balanced strength of the Monk, and dark spells of the Witch. Players can rise from exile today by downloading the free expansion for the PlayStation store and take on new endgame challenges in the Tacid Dunes, mastering the new dungeons alone or with their friends. Also, all competitive immortals are invited to ready themselves for deadly conflicts with the addition of new 10 player versus 10 player battlegrounds.”

The class bundle will be on sale in the PS store later today, and there’s a free bundle in there too with Patriot Formal Armor, one thousand argents, and 3 days of Premium, so you may as well grab that.

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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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The Days of Glory come to Skyforge through May 24

We’ve mentioned before that the world of Skyforge tends to get invaded pretty regularly at this point. The first time it happened, though? That was a big deal. It’s the first invasion and the victory against the Mechanoids that the Days of Glory event is celebrating, and players can take part to earn various special rewards purchased through Ether Traces.

During the event, which runs until May 24th, players can examine displays about the first invasion, relive the battles of the past, and track down the mystery of various strange letters. You can also activate the virtual battle challenge and see how long you last against virtual challenge battles. Hey, if you can’t celebrate this stuff as a deity, when can you?

Of course, PlayStation 4 players have reason enough to celebrate when the game’s first console expansion, the Risen Exiles, hits on May 16th, bringing the Monk, Necromancer, and Witch to the console. It also brings new areas, 10v10 PvP battles, and the start of the Pantheon Wars. Check out the trailer just below.

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