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Just want to peek at what’s actually live in an MMO? This tag is used to collect all the live launches and updates in one place.

Trove’s Adventures expansion is live now with a new biome and huge club upgrades

Cutesy voxel sandbox Trove has just pushed out its long-awaited club update to PC, Xbox One, and PS4, and yep, it’s free for all players, with new adventures for guilds, a brand-new East Asian-themed biome called Forbidden Spires, the new tutorial, new building frameworks, plasma fishing, and new blinking LED blocks.

“Clubs can now level up! Clubs gain experience through participation in the new Adventure system,” Trion explained last month. “As a club’s level increases, slots are unlocked to support new types of structures called fixtures. These fixtures provide stats, boosts, and bonuses, some that have never been seen before in Trove. […] At the release of the update, we’ll include 18 different fixtures, each of which can be upgraded twice, creating a ton of different combos. It’ll be up to your club’s leadership to decide which fixtures are placed down at a given time and in what order they are upgraded!”

Massively OP’s MJ Guthrie chatted with Trion last week all about the expansion and how it’s breathing new life into these massive guild worlds, so get caught up on the details there, and then stay tuned for this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. EDT, when we’ll stream the expansion ourselves and take a tour of player creations. In the meantime, the brand-new trailer is below!

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Elder Scrolls Online’s Clockwork City DLC launches for Xbox One and Xbox One X – here’s the new trailer

Elder Scrolls Online’s Clockwork City DLC is live for Xbox One and Xbox One X players today! As we’ve previously covered, today’s rollout features a clockwork hub straight from Morrowind lore as players are tasked with investigating the daedric threat. It includes two world bosses, two new delves, and a new 12-man raid, Asylum Sanctorium. Even if you don’t buy the DLC, you can expect new stuff in update 16, including the new weapon and armor transmutation system, trait tracker, and new buyable houses. Do note that you do not need to own Morrowind to access Clockwork City, which you might have assumed otherwise. You do need Morrowind for the new Crazy King battleground, however. And you’ll need an Xbox One X to appreciate the improved graphics there!

Don’t miss our own Tamriel Infinium columnist Larry Everett’s first impressions of the update and the brand-new trailer down below!

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Eternal Crusade deploys challenges and the Eldar campaign in its newest patch

Do you long to get your Eldar on in Eternal Crusade? We’re unsure of exactly how the Eldar get themselves on, but we assume that’s one of the topics covered in the Eldar campaign from the game’s most recent patch. The Autarch Eldar Hero will be introduced after the campaign along with other associated rewards, so by all means, get your Eldar on. Better yet, make your Eldar happen to other people.

The game has also introduced Challenge, so we can only assume that “get your Eldar on” is one of said challenges; the system is all about repeatable goals rewarding you with requisition points. There are also combat balance updates, improved tutorial points to help new players acclimate to the game, and all of the various bugfixes you would expect. Check out the full set of notes for details on all of the changes that have come to the game.

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Overwatch competitive season 7 begins, PTR sees more Mercy nerfs

If you missed it in between all the releases about the many e-sports teams vying for the top of the heap in Overwatch’s e-sports league, season seven of the actual game’s competitive mode began this week, for everyone – even if you’re not signed to a multi-million-dollar team. Huh. Welp, enjoy a whole season of probably losing your rating again!

Meanwhile, if you listened to Jeff Kaplan’s dev vlog last week, you already knew to expect another slew of Mercy nerfs, and they have indeed arrived on the PTR, along with a small nerf for Ana to boot.

“We feel that Mercy’s recent rework has been successful, but her Resurrect ability still feels too strong and frustrating to play against,” Blizzard writes in the patch notes. “Now that it has a cast time, there is more room for enemies to counter the ability. However, casting Resurrect happens instantly when Valkyrie is active. This should make her feel powerful when she transforms on the battlefield.”

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Fortnite’s patch today adds mute to voice chat and boosts quest item drop frequency

Fortnite’s smallish 1.8.1 update is live today, and probably the most important addition is actually something that helps you delete things from the game: player voices, to be exact. Yep, you can now mute other players in voice chat. Hooray! Expect improved quest drops, fixes for battle royale gameplay, optimizations, improved team UI, and a minor daily challenge rebalance. Over on the PvE side, players will see better matchmaking, tweaks to a few clsses, and improvement to “the frequency of quest item drops to avoid frustrating unlucky streaks.”

Servers are up as of this morning, though Epic says “you may run into a short queue when connecting.”

Stay tuned for tonight at 7 p.m. EDT, when MOP’s Stream Team will return again to the game!

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Kritika Online’s Psion has arrived with murder on her mind

The Psion of Kritika Online is a formidable foe because she can kill you just by thinking about it. So it’s probably a good thing that she’s on your side as the game’s newest playable class, and even more of a good thing that she’s available to play right now. You could log in this instant and make a new Psion if you wanted thanks to this week’s patch.

In fact, that might be a good idea anyway, as the launch of the new class includes several events. You can pick up new outfits as part of an event running until December 13th, for example, and you can unlock more rewards by leveling your Psion as fast as possible. You’ll also get more rewards for logging in more regularly, so you’ve got a reason to keep the game on your mind. Check out the class trailer just below to see the Psion in action.

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ECO drops a massive alpha build with world laws, player contracts, and fishing

It is high time that we check back in with ECO, that multiplayer world ecosystem simulator, because there’s some major happenings going on in this game. The team recently dropped its Alpha 6 patch, bringing a ton of sparkly features to this in-development title.

One of the coolest new features that debuted in Alpha 6 is being able to customize your game worlds: “The new law system introduces a new way to construct laws for your Eco worlds. Build laws composed of many different conditional statements and effects, with a simple drop-down based interface.”

Other changes include “physical” mining that involves physics, the addition of durability to tools, additional plant and animal species (hope you like trout!), fishing (hope you REALLY like trout!), a contract board for jobs, reputation that players can give each other, player objectives, player credit, more skill options, improved graphics, better optimization, and debris when you chop a tree down.

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Blade & Soul’s European maintenance is migrating servers to improve future maintenance

Good news, European Blade & Soul fans! Your server maintenance today is going to take twice as long as the North American server maintenance! You might say that this sounds like bad news, but it actually is good news. European servers have been consistently stuck with longer maintenance times and more issues, and the developers are taking advantage of this longer cycle to do some server migration.

This maintenance will see the EU servers moved to the AWS cloud virtual servers, along with other unspecified behind-the-scenes changes that will hopefully result in shorter maintenance periods for EU players and more reliability in the future. Obviously, the proof will be in how things shake out from the future, but the intent is still there. And hopefully this will be the last time (for a while) that European B&S players have to just wait for a longer maintenance cycle.

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DC Universe Online’s artifacts system goes live with GU76 today

Game Update 76 descends upon the gloomy superhero world of DC Universe Online today. The headline feature going live after the big ol’ maintenance? That’d be the new artifacts system that’ll remind you a bit of similar systems in Lord of the Rings Online and World of Warcraft.

“Artifacts is an exciting new system that will allow you to further up your stats and effectiveness within DCUO by collecting rare Artifact objects and ranking them up by feeding unique Reagent items into them. Players above level 20 will now have access to a new instance titled ‘Artifacts: Oblivion Bar’ in the Events tab of the On Duty Menu. In this instance, tricky ol’ John Constantine himself will help guide you in getting started with these exciting new items. Artifacts can be accessed through the new ‘Artifacts’ tab in the Inventory menu, where Reagent items can be fed into them to raise their ranks until they reach milestone points. Once an Artifact reaches a milestone, players will need to use special Catalyst items to unlock the milestone and continue ranking up their Artifact.”

The patch also introduces new Thanksgiving stuff (happy November!), implements an inventory overhaul that buffs stack sizes (yay!), adjusts projectile targeting, and fixes up some bugs.

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Black Desert adds militias and platoons, starts closed beta signups for Southeast Asia

Black Desert’s November 1st update is sporting a couple of new ways for players to group up and pursue a common goal.

The militia system was designed so that all players, regardless of guild involvement, can partake in the weekly conquest war as an offensive or defensive member. On a smaller scale is the platoon, a temporary group of up to 20 players that are trying to knock out a shared objective.

Even as the patch rolls out, the dev team is scrambling to fix an issue with the recent Halloween event: “We’re working on a solution for the Halloween event that is good for everyone. We ask you not to make tickets at this time.”

Meanwhile, players over in Southeast Asia are being invited into the Black Desert fold for testing. Closed beta signups are currently accepting new applications, but no matter what, everyone can fiddle about with the character creator on the test server to see what they can make.

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Escape from Tarkov adds a small arsenal, eyes open beta, and celebrates Halloween

What happens when you take a city full of trigger-happy mercs and toss in even more weapons and instruments of destruction? Escape from Tarkov is finding out this week thanks to a “major” update that introduced 70 new items, more communication commands, better optimization, improved starter gear, and advanced weapon handling.

Not stopping to even take a brief break, the dev team is barreling to bigger and better things: “The next important stage in project development will start with the open beta, which is scheduled for launch at the end of 2017. By that time, the game will be expanded with new game mechanics, improvements of existing ones, more optimizations of graphics and network components, as well as additional game content, including new weapons and locations. Also, in the coming months, we plan to localize the game into new languages, including German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese (Simplified), Polish, Czech, Portuguese, Japanese, and Korean.”

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Indie MMO Project Gorgon gets its Halloween on

Project Gorgon isn’t going to let a little thing like “being in alpha” stop it from indulging in the greatest monster-themed holiday of the year.

The fantasy MMO kicked off its brand-new Halloween event today. When players log in, they’ll be treated to a new quest that will branch depending on the choices they make. These choices may lead them to becoming a giant bat or gaining more bat abilities. C’mon, you know you’ve always secretly wanted to roleplay as a flapping terror of the night.

The quest and battiness isn’t all that’s new: “Some monsters now drop Halloween loot! The affected monsters include all undead plus giant bats, nightmare creatures, animals from the dimension of darkness (e.g. Misery Yaks), and various creepy humanoid wizard-types. Also note: to prevent abuse by high-level players, the very lowest-level undead, such as the ones on the newbie island, drop only a very limited assortment of Halloween items.”

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Building MMO Boundless reaches 181 updates while still in early access

Whether or not you have forgotten that Boundless (formerly Oort Online) even existed, this voxel-based building MMO has been steadily churning out updates in its early access program. In fact, Boundless just came out with Update 181 with no signs that its team is willing (or able!) to slow down. Well, actually Update 181 is all about signs, but you know what we mean.

The sandbox recently “re-re-balanced” its XP and progression systems and still features regular wipes and resets due to testing needs. Other updates over the past few months revolved around chisels, beacon permissions, initial support for multiple characters, creature threat, the tutorial, build progression, and about a billion other things.

This Minecraft-inspired title might be worth a closer look at this point, especially as it’s sporting many positive reviews on Steam. We’ve put up a couple of guide videos to help you familiarize yourself with Boundless after the jump.

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