Hey, you. Yeah, you, dude leeching candy from the bucket you bought “for the neighborhood kids.” And you, lady still trying to decide between “Princess Leia” and “lazy zombie” for your costume (go Leia, duh). Put all that aside and get into some MMOs instead! Halloween is only one night in real life, but in MMORPGs, it goes on for days or even weeks. Some studios will probably even forget to turn it off! Others will let you run around with a flaming pumpkin head mask for all eternity!
Here’s what we’re looking at this year for Halloween across the MMORPG verse.
Just because a game is all about smashing the stuffing out of your opponents in a fixed arena doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the Halloween season. Paragon is bringing back its Shadow’s Eve event once more, complete with new Halloween-themed skins for Narbash, Yin, and Wukong. Last year’s skins will also be returning on a weekly basis, so keep your eyes peeled if you wanted a skin last year that you didn’t get for whatever reason.
Players can also obtain special Shadow’s Eve chests after matches, obtain new banners, and purchase a nice big bundle of holiday goodies starting on October 24th. The event itself is running now and will continue on through November 1st, so you’ve got plenty of time to make as many seasonal puns mid-match as you could want over the remainder of the month.
No exaggeration: The Paragon subreddit is in absolute uproar over the MOBA’s newest monetization tactic. The board is currently covered with dozens of threads angry over the game’s new buyable packs as dedicated players express rage over what they’re saying amounts to pay-to-win, mobile platform strategies – a moneygrab.
The most expensive pack, the Diamond pack at $150, does include a ton of stuff. But what it doesn’t include is a guarantee that the loot crates tucked inside it will actually grant all the unlocks, meaning you could shell out a ton of money and still be outta luck.
Redditors are also speculating on the decision-making process itself, pointing out that the game’s former director, Steve Superville, who left Epic after 15 years with the company last spring, was adamant that the studio would never sell cards and heroes, that they’d be earnable only through gameplay.
“Vote with your wallets,” one Redditor urges players. “This game cannot thrive with a P2W platform, and the best way to prove this is to NOT BUY THE PACKS.”
Up until now, players who loved Paragon but really needed to play a character who looked like a cut extra from Mad Max: Fury Road have been entirely out of luck. Mercifully, the new character Drongo finally shores up that gap. Now you can lob destruction at your foes from a distance while screaming, “Oh what a day! What a lovely day!” over voice chat until you get permanently banned from the server.
There are worse reasons to get a permanent ban.
The videos below cover both Drongo’s initial reveal (in case you were wondering if you could get sufficient Mad Max homages during a gameplay reveal) and his gameplay mechanics, since he’s available to play now. To the surprise of no one, the dude is out of his mind, but he still has plenty of dangerous and unsafe techniques to hurt others, so you won’t really care too much about his mental state. Or you could just watch Mad Max again, that’s fine too.
The lack of humanoid cat-people in certain games is a failing that urgently needs to be addressed by developers, so it’s a good thing that Paragon is adding Zinx to the mix. It’s also a good thing that Paragon decided to introduce Zinx with a trailer to remind you of old grindhouse trailers, even if you mostly remember those from archives and references to the originals.
What can Zinx actually do? Well, wreck people, obviously. This is a MOBA; she’s not going to be showing up because she’s a mathematical whiz unless that translates to shooting people. But you can check out the trailer for her just below, so you can draw your own conclusions about whether or not she’s the anthropomorphic feline you’ve been waiting for; she’ll be available on July 18th.
What do you know about Paragon’s upcoming new hero, Revenant? If you were asked that before watching the video down below, it might just be that he looks like a combination of characters owned by some other company, or maybe it’s that he probably has a hard time showing off his ID to buy drinks when his face is just two glowing eyes under a hat. Afterwards… well, you might still think all of that, but you’ll also know how he plays mechanically.
Revenant’s whole schtick is isolating and breaking down single targets, from his random spread of bullets working best against an isolated target (so more of the bullets will target one enemy) to his ultimate ability, which drags a target into the nether realm for a one-on-one duel. Thus, you want to build up his damage and focus on making him into a formidable takedown engine. Check out the full video below for all of the details you need, unless the details you need involve biologically improbably reproduction between characters from other games. Ahem.
Bear with us for a moment, here. You know there’s a game out right now that has a whole lot of characters but is allergic to any actual story, so most of what fans do is ship one character with another character. So what happens when Obnoxious Shotgun Edgelord and Just An Actual Cowboy Straight-Up In The Game hook up and manage to somehow have a love child? Well, Paragon has answered that question with its new ranged carry character, Revenant.
Don’t believe us? It sounds kind of unbelievable. Here, check out the reveal trailer just below in which you see a cowboy-hat-wearing specter of death with a shotgun revolver stomp around and shoot things. Seriously. If you’ve got some fanfics on deck about how such a thing would be possible… well, please don’t send them to us. We’re fine with leaving that as a biological mystery.
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.
- Dark & Light is promising special mounts for faction leaders, so that’s pretty cool! That’s uplifting! And it’s also… delayed once again, this time until summer. So slightly less than uplifting. Darn it.
- Shall we check in on SMITE Rivals? Perhaps that game will be more… oh, wait, that game’s development has been put on hold indefinitely, which doesn’t rhyme with “cancelled” but has a lot of the same syllables.
- Even Dual Universe has managed to contract Disappointment Fever by pushing back its first testing until September, so that’s not fun.
- Now, for some genuinely happier news: Trove has fully launched on consoles, allowing all of the pixel-esque building and blasting you could want on your television.
- The first closed beta for LawBreakers has gone live with a massive patch, for all the shoot-shoot bang-bang you could want.
- Paragon celebrated a full year of early access with a big patch and a new hero, as well. It’s almost like a normal anniversary.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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…
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).