paragon

Official Site: Paragon
Studio: Epic Games
Launch Date: N/A
Genre: MOBA
Business Model: B2P (Paid Early Access)
Platform: PC

Betawatch: The Repopulation is back in the saddle again (March 17, 2017)

It has been an odd and not altogether happy ride for The Repopulation, but the good news is that the game is back into a playable state. It's also the exact same game from when it got shut down, so if you were expecting some huge changes, you will be somewhat disappointed. And, you know, there's the whole change in ownership that's left a bad taste in many people's mouths. Still, it's online!

Other beta stuff also happened this week as it turns out. Which is good and hopefully will be less depressing. Let's see.

Some of that still found a way to be sort of a downer, huh? Well, you can check out the full list of games in testing below, perhaps that will bring you more joy. As always, let us know if something hopped test phases in the comments! We're trying to get rid of all the cash shops that take your money in supposed beta tests, but they're remarkably resilient. Some of us suspect there's a hive.

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Paragon celebrates a year of early access with a big patch

Has it really been a year since Paragon first went into early access? It certainly has according to the developers, and they would know. By way of celebration, players are being treated to a nice big patch containing all sort of fun toys, starting with a new hero named Yin. She whips things and reflects projectiles, so if that's your thing you should be happy to see her show up.

The game has also adjusted balance on 20 different existing heroes, as well as adjusting several cards and adding a large number of new ones. Players also have access to the new Banner feature, allowing you to show off your sign for kills and tower destruction. Last but not least, there are also a number of promotional giveaways to coincide with the anniversary. You can find out everything from the full patch notes, or you can check out the top-level overview with the video just below.

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TERA flips on the switch to its 'crazy' test server, renames the Paragon to Valkyrie

What could the nutty minds behind TERA be cooking up in their kitchens? Find out for yourself, as the team has opened up a brand new test server devoted to exploring "interesting game concepts" in "the craziest of crazy test environments."

On the Wonderholme test server, players can create new characters that will undoubtedly have short but fascinating lives. The team said that on this server, wipes will occur frequently, there will be no official support, and any money spent there is done with the understanding of no refunds. But it might all be worth it to experience the bizarro versions of TERA.

So what might one see on PTR? "The Wonderholme server features superfast leveling, massively increased reputation awards and enchanting chances (up to +12), reimagined loot tables for all levels of dungeons, triple dungeon drops and more." Sounds good to us!

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Paragon introduces K-pop-themed Shinbi hero

Epic's MOBA Paragon revealed a new playable hero this week: Shinbi, a K-pop themed melee superstar who's possibly a reference to pop star ShinB from GFRIEND, which incidentally hit MMO news this week once already thanks to its Valentine promo for Elsword. My apophenia, ahhhh!

"A world famous pop star known for summoning Spirit Wolves during her performances, Shinbi is a deceptive melee assassin who uses her wolves to dazzle her enemies and rip them to shreds in battle," says Epic, rattling off her themey skills: Rushing Beat, Line Tempo, Circle Rhythm, and All-Kill!. She officially launches February 21st.

Kotaku has a grand roundup of some of the criticisms of the character already, which basically boil down to melee sucks, why more girls though, what's K-pop, D.Va clone, and this is totally breaking my immersions in world lore we don't know anything about. So, you know. The usual.

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Massively OP's Best of 2016 Awards: The Pseudo-MMO of the Year

Massively Overpowered's end-of-the-year 2016 awards continue today with our award for Best Pseudo-MMO of 2016, which was awarded to ARK: Survival Evolved last year. As you might surmise, the games eligible for this category are online games that generally aren't considered traditional MMORPGs -- they're MOBAs, online dungeon crawlers, ARPGs, online shooters, survival sandboxes, and other games that tread into MMO territory but aren't full MMORPGs. Once again, we've opted to include pre-2016 titles, as long as they accomplished something truly notable in this calendar year. Don't forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end!

The Massively OP staff pick for Best Pseudo-MMO of 2016 is...

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Paragon kicks off its Winterfest celebrations

Do you feel a deep and urgent desire to make sure that everything around you is supremely festive during the holiday season? Paragon is right there with you, as it's introducing Winterfest, packed with as many holiday-tat-centric skins as you could possibly want. Because it's not really the holiday season unless you're beating the snot out of your enemies with tinsel and electric tree lights.

Fans can receive various bits of Winterfest loot starting today from watching YouTube videos or Twitch videos for the game; meanwhile, the game is putting its five Winterfest skins on sale on December 13th for players who haven't already gotten one as a lucky bit of loot. The event as a whole runs until January 9th, so you've got plenty of time over the next month to get seasonal decorations (including a holiday sweater cut into a midriff-exposing shirt with hip cozies, apparently).

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Paragon shows off the Countess, arriving October 25th

Late October is the time to start having the creepy stuff show up in your game, right? Like a vampire stalking you in the shadows, teleporting up to you and killing your characters midway through a match of Paragon. That's pretty scary. It's also going to be very real with the addition of the Countess on October 25th.

The Countess is classified as a burst caster hero, which seems appropriate for a teleporting vampire in a slinky leather catsuit. (You knew she was going to be in a slinky leather catsuit, let's not pretend otherwise.) If you want to see what she'll look like in action, check out the video just below.

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Betawatch: Das Tal becomes The Exiled (August 19, 2016)

There's a certain risk involved in changing your game's name after people have already gotten used to a name. After all, people might not know about your new name and just keep asking about what happened to the old name, never knowing what happened. On that note, it's important to make it clear that The Exiled is the game formerly known as Das Tal, so if you're wondering what ever happened with the latter... that's what. It changed names.

Most of the beta world was a little quiet this week on account of Gamescom, but there's still some interesting stuff to chew upon. Behold!

As always, there's a list of games down below. Check it out! Let us know if something slipped into a different testing phase without us noticing! Tell us how great our new shirts look! We spent a lot of money on those.

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Paragon has entered open beta on PC and PlayStation 4

Has Paragon piqued your interest enough to keep you following the game, but not quite enough to shell out for a founder's pack? That's totally understandable. You'll be happy to know, then, that the game has entered its open beta phase on both the PlayStation 4 and the PC, meaning that you can jump in and start playing the third-person MOBA right now for free. All of the heroes are unlocked, all of the cards are earned through play, everything that you could need for play is right there in the game proper.

If your interest hasn't yet been piqued, however... well, now's the perfect time to start, you can dive into the beta test for free. There's even a collection of screenshots and an open beta trailer to ramp up your excitement.

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The MOP Up: Elder Scrolls Online's Cradle of Shadows (July 31, 2016)

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 get a special preview of Elder Scrolls Online's Cradle of Shadows dungeon. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from EverQuest IIMarvel Heroes, Dota 2Das Tal, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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The MOP Up: Planet of Heroes comes into orbit (July 24, 2016)

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 Planet of Heroes leaped onto the scene with promising mobile MOBA. We've got that plus stories and videos from OverwatchNo Man's SkyElder Scrolls OnlineFinal Fantasy XI, TERAShards Online, Aion, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Paragon unveils its newest character, Greystone

Dying, as a general rule, is not an effective combat strategy. You want to avoid dying when fighting people. But Paragon's newest character, Greystone, isn't afraid to die. Not just because he can wade in and take less damage, either; it's because his ultimate ability turns him to stone and allows him to reincarnate while dealing damage around him. Dying is actually an important part of his strategy.

Once you get that Greystone is kind of all about marching into the jaws of death, his ability to charge into combat and knock enemies around becomes much clearer. After all, you want to wade into the thick of battle and go down swinging, right? Check out a preview of his abilities and gameplay in the video below, and see how he manages to make dying into a worthwhile strategic component. Still probably not something to use as a general rule, though.

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Paragon adds in new weekly objectives and daily victory chests

Do you like to win games? Of course you do. You probably like the fact that winning a match every day in Paragon rewards you with a free loot chest, that's nice. It's a bit less nice that you might miss out on that chest if you only have time for a match or two without a win, though, and it's even worse if you didn't even know the chests existed. That's one of the main reasons behind the changes made to the system. Players now earn a locked chest each day just for logging in; those chests can be stored up, and each win will open one locked chest in your inventory.

This also ties into the game's new weekly quests, which are meant as another path toward players having a diverse set of goals to pursue. Each week, you'll be given a list of four random objectives. Succeeding at one of the objectives gives you a cards, while succeeding at multiple objectives gives you even more cards after your initial reward. It's just a little more incentive to log in and keep playing while also encouraging you to diversify your playstyle a bit more.

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