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Studio known to MMO players primarily for Skyforge.

Skyforge hints at 2018 plans after a wild ride in 2017

With releases on Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, Skyforge has had a tremendously busy 2017. The team took a short breather this past week to list its accomplishments over the year, including the addition of the Revenant class, equipment system, and a trip to the moon.

But what’s coming in 2018? According to the producer’s letter, players should expect a bigger focus on PvP improvements, a reworked interface, and cross-platform patches.

“For 2018 we want to find ways to provide the big updates we have planned (so updates that introduce actual content and features, next to the usual bug fixing and monetisation updates) can be released on all platforms at the same time,” the team said. “This will mean that our development team can better focus on the content they are developing right now, rather than having to support three different content states. More focus will mean better content, fewer bugs and faster delivery.”

Source: Skyforge

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Skyforge offers sales, events, and an advent calendar for the winter holiday

In Skyforge, the player characters are deities, and they have to save everyone from everything. That is their lot in life. You’ve no doubt saved people from aliens, saved places from invasion, and saved coupons from being wasted unnecessarily at shopping centers. Now you can also be sure to save Christmas, or the nearest approximation thereof, with the winter events running in the game right now. Attire, boosters, and all the rest await you. (Also snowballs, most likely.)

The game is also running its annual advent calendar, offering daily rewards for players and a larger meta-reward for those who continually check back in. Plus, the game is kicking off sales starting on December 20th, starting with the Knowledge of Enemies sale before moving on to the Hall of Trophies sale and ending with a Celestial Blockbuster sale. (And if you think several of those sound like good band names, well, go start a band.) So there are lots of reasons to feel festive in the game, even if your character Ronald has had less luck with “Ronaldmas” as this year’s holiday.

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Skyforge launches a Demonic Dawn on PlayStation 4

Let’s not mince words: You’re going to see lots of updates this month that are all about red suits with white fur linings, snow, green pine trees festooned with ornaments, that sort of stuff. But not in Skyforge on the PlayStation 4, no. There it’s demon time. The game just launched its Demonic Dawn update, and that means fighting demons infected by the sickness out of space, which is also infecting space itself, led by the evil Nihaz.

As is so often the case in Skyforge, you’ll be fighting to push back the demonic invaders on multiple fronts, eventually running through a 10-player instance to take on Nihaz directly and send him and his demonic space-virus from space forces back to where they came from. (Which, again, is space.) Check out a video for the update just below. You might think that all of this space virus stuff is a bit silly, but hey, at least it’s not another update full of reindeer.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 147: Daybreak but not that one

On this week’s show, Justin and Bree get crazy into minimaps, probably more than you’ve ever heard a podcast talk about the subject. Trust us, it’s a good thing. As the year races to a close, there’s a lot to talk about with new patches, land for sale, the cost of making games, and more!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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Skyforge is out for the Xbox One

Who says that Sony fans get all of the good exclusives for this particular console generation? After all, you can now play a god (possibly of war) in Skyforge on the Xbox One as of today, and that’s not something that… oh, it was on the PlayStation 4 in April. Well, you can still jump in and play it now on your Xbox One just the same, so timing and exclusivity concerns aside, it’s still a good thing.

For those of you who are wholly unfamiliar with Skyforge, it’s a game with 15 classes for players to switch between freely, action combat, and all sorts of action smashy stuff going on as you become a deity to defend your world against all sorts of invasions. It’s also free-to-play, so there’s nothing to lose except for time to give it a shot. The MMO console assault continues unabated.

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Shroud of the Avatar entices players to complete survey with in-game rewards

Portalarium and Travian Games are looking for useful feedback for Shroud of the Avatar — and they are not shy in their approach to getting it. The studios is bribing players to take a 10-minute survey about the fantasy MMO in the hopes of understanding “gameplay experiences and expectations.”

The survey in question covers a wide range of topics, such as what makes the game fun, what players have spent money on already, the choice of game modes, quests, combat, dialogue, visuals, and sound. There’s nothing here that suggests any major change to the game or its business model, but it might be helpful for players who want to share specific feedback with the studio.

All survey takers will receive one Gold Crown of the Obsidian (a unit of premium currency) and be entered into a drawing for several other in-game goodies such as a house. To get your reward, you’ll want to take this survey by November 21st.

Source: Survey

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Skyforge’s Xbox One early access has begun

Free-to-play sci-fantasy MMORPG Skyforge has semi-launched on the Xbox One, at least kicking off its early access program. The move follows a hop from PC to PlayStation 4 earlier this year. The downside is that to get in today, you’ll have to pick up a founder pack – if not, you’ll be waiting a few more weeks.

“If you don’t have a pack yet but would like to join the early access, it is not too late,” My.com posted today. “The founder’s packs are still available until Skyforge releases on Xbox One on November 29th.” The bundles run from a $14.99 starter pack all the way up to a $79.99 gold founder pack stuffed with class unlocks, cash-shop currency, and two months of sub time. All packs come with early access, while the larger preorder bundles include additional cosmetics.

We’ve included the announcement pics below along with today’s new launch trailer. Anyone planning to pick it up on Xbox?

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Skyforge is launching early access for Xbox One on November 10

Skyforge’s ambitions just can’t be tamed: First it launched on PC, then it came to the PlayStation 4 earlier this year. Now it’s set its sights on Xbox One, as My.com has just announced the free-to-play sci-fi fantasy MMORPG will land on yet another platform worldwide “this year.” What does that mean? Soon indeed, since we’re down to a dwindling number of months left in 2017. The preorders, which are live already, give us a clue: Early access begins on November 10th. The bundles run from a $14.99 starter pack all the way up to a $79.99 gold founder pack stuffed with class unlocks, cash-shop currency, and two months of sub time. All packs come with early access, while preorders include additional cosmetics.

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Enter to win a Skyforge PS4 Revenant Quickplay Pack from My.com and MOP!

Hey, Skyforge players! Are you having fun with the newly launched Revenant class? You know, that “mighty warlord, appropriately adorned with impressive armor and wielding a ghastly two-handed axe, which siphons the life from its enemies using vile shadow magics, assuming it hasn’t simply butchered opponents into a gory mess first”?

Oh, what’s that? You don’t have the Revenant class yet? Welp, you’re in the right giveaway! Thanks to My.com, Massively OP’s got a nice bundle of Skyforge goodies to hand out to our PS4 readers (PC folks, you can sit this one out)!

Fifty winners of this week’s raffle will be taking home a Revenant Quickplay Pack, which includes the Revenant class unlock as well as three days of Premium Subscription time. Please note that the codes will work only for Skyforge’s North American PS4 edition.

Read on to enter to win!

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The MOP Up: Speedrunning World of Warcraft (October 15, 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 Project Gorgon, Star Trek Online, BlessSkyforgeWakfuRobloxWar ThunderAionElite: DangerousNew DawnTravianAstroneer, and World of Warcraft, all waiting for you after the break!

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Skyforge’s new equipment system puts the power of stats in your hands

Here’s a think piece: Why do so many MMORPGs make gear stats needlessly complex and obtuse? What might make sense to a developer who lives and breathes these numbers is headache-inducing calculus to players.

Enter Skyforge and its new equipment system, which is attempting to make gear both understandable and adaptable to the needs of each gamer. Each piece of gear has a certain number of main and secondary properties that it can equip (such as base damage or serial kill). These properties can be swapped for ones that a player desires more, allowing for hands-on customization.

Even better, gear can be leveled up in quality, from unusual up to mythic, by increasing its “integrity” meter. Each time the meter fills up, the gear is bumped up to a new tier and adds new property slots to utilize. Simple enough? Hopefully!

Source: Skyforge

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Farewell to My.com MOBA Cloud Pirates, which sunsetted over the weekend

If you blinked, you missed it: Cloud Pirates shut down over the weekend.

My.com announced that it was giving up on its Allods-themed Cloud Pirates MOBA back at the end of August; the game’s last day was technically September 29th, although when we tried to stream it Friday, it had already shut down, frustrating our farewell effort.

At the time, My.com didn’t explain the reason for the sunset, but we assumed it was simply a matter of its low numbers on Steam. The game’s western port had only been known for a year; it hit early access in February, then launched in April.

Our condolences to those affected by the shutdown. There’s a little bit of chatter on the game’s subreddit, including a screenshot gallery of the last days of the game, plus check out Last Level Press’ final video of the game.

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The MOP Up: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds hits record concurrency (October 1, 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 Elsword, Ultima Online, Dreadnought, Overhit, Blade and Soul, Project Ex, Conquer Online, Wurm OnlineMechWarrior OnlinePokemon GoSkyforge, PaladinsPlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and Miranda, all waiting for you after the break!

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