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Official Site: Path of Exile
Studio: Grinding Gear Games
Launch Date: October 23, 2013
Genre: Gothic Fantasy MMOARPG
Business Model: F2P (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC

Path of Exile gives its cosmetic shop a facelift

It’s safe to say that Path of Exile will live or die based on its cosmetic shop, as the title famously does not charge for any content. Grinding Gear Games has decided to give the shop a visual facelift in an upcoming patch that will also allow for easier changes down the road.

Players will notice a “larger, clearer” user interface for the shop that also includes better navigation and categories for searches. They’ll also be able to search for certain items by key words.

“We have more plans for future improvements, which we will roll out as they are ready,” GGG said. “One of our most impactful plans is a tagging system that allows you to refine your searches by theme and use tags to cross reference themes or microtransaction type. We would also like to add a setting that allows you to hide microtransactions that you already own.”

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Bot-maker Bossland’s legit game flops, Germany rejects Blizzard’s US court victory and won’t enforce damages

Are you surprised to be hearing about Bossland again? We’re surprised to be reporting on it. The German-based botmaker made headlines for the last few years thanks to ongoing litigation provoked by its sale of cheat, bot, and hack programs for multiple Blizzard games. Blizzard had pursued Bossland across multiple continents in an attempt to shut down the cheat programs, which Blizz argued violated its copyrights and cost it significant amounts of money to fight – money it was therefore not spending on its own games and customers. The drama finally culminated in 2017 with victories for Blizzard in a German Supreme Court ruling and a California federal court case that awarded Blizzard $8.5M in damages.

Though the German courts recently ruled not to enforce the US court’s decision (on the grounds that it considered the minimum statutory damages awarded to be excessive and punitive), Bossland ended sales for almost all of its hacks at the end of last year; as of today, the only ones remaining are for non-Blizzard games, specifically Final Fantasy XIV and Path of Exile, though according to the group’s latest newsletter, there’s a PUBG one tucked on the forums too.

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Everything you need to know about Path of Exile’s 3.3.0 update, landing June 1st (probably)

Path of Exile’s next big thing – content update 3.3.0 – lands later this spring, and you might be wondering what’s going on with it. Grinding Gear has released a new FAQ to explain just that. For starters, it’s not an expansion per se – it’s more of a large update with a league attached to it. There is another expansion coming this year, and work progresses on it, but 3.3.0 is something else entirely.

So, details. It’s most likely launching on PC on June 1st, with Xbox to follow that weekend if all goes well. There will be an alpha beforehand, there will be a new round of supporter packs replacing the Bestiary packs (though War for the Atlas packs will remain for now), and there will be a “big flashback event” in May before the rollout. As for what’s in it…

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The MOP Up: Paladins’ newest hero will punch your head off (April 8, 2018)

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 Elder Scrolls LegendsFortnitePath of ExileWorld of WarshipsPaladinsArmored WarfareNeverwinterGuild Wars 2OverwatchElder Scrolls OnlineWorld of TanksShot Online, and EVE Online, all waiting for you after the break!

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Make My MMO: Camelot Unchained marches on; Albion players murder half a million bunnies (April 7, 2018)

This week in MMO crowdfunding, Camelot Unchained continues inching along toward its planned summer beta. According to the game’s latest update, CSE is running internal tests on a new server while tweaking tooltips, the banes and noom system, capture-the-flag mode, item placement, armor, environment assets, and animations, including new idles for each class.

Meanwhile, Crowfall released its 5.5 alpha, Ashes of Creation announced alpha one will land by the end of the year, Albion Online balance-patched armor and GvG while counting a million dead bunnies, Dual Universe released its April newsletter, and Dogma Eternal Night hit the skids.

Read on for more on what’s up with MMO crowdfunding over the last week and the weekly roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’re following.

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Path of Exile mulls over reviving its popular April Fools’ Day Battle Royale mode

For this year’s April Fools’ Day joke, Path of Exile announced the creation of a Battle Royale mode… and then further surprised players by having that mode actually exist in playable format. So how did that happen? Well, the latest dispatch from the development team explains how they managed to take a silly idea that was originally meant to just be a fake announcement and flesh it out into a playable game mode.

The core of the design was easy – mash up multiple tilesets, create a variant of the cutthroat ruleset, add monsters and treasure to the map, and so forth. Each developer had a different task that looked to take about a day, with a limit of one day of work for each team member to avoid delaying further patches. Of course, the mode also turned out to be a surprise hit, so players can be assured that it will come back in some form in the future; the question is just whether it will be persistent or a limited-time event.

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The Stream Team: Bludgeoning more beasts in Path of Exile’s Bestiary League

Sometimes April Fools jokes are actually real! That’s the case with Path of Exile’s battle royale mode. Sadly, it appears to have been a one-day only phenomenon, so Massively OP’s MJ has to console herself for missing it by collecting more critters in the Beastiary League. Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. as she bludgeons a bunch of beasts.

What: Path of Exile
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, April 2nd, 2018

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Path of Exile is heavily revamping a bunch of skills this summer

Path of Exile fans should block out June in their calendar, as Grinding Gear has big plans for the game this summer starting with the 3.3.0 update. Specifically, it’s revamping a ton of skills.

“The game has many old skills that have since been outclassed by other newer skills that perform their role better,” the studio writes. “Some skills excel in a specific situation (like destroying stationary bosses or dealing significantly more damage with a specific unique item) but fall behind when taking on the majority of end-game encounters. […] Over time we will be trying to breathe new life into underused older skills with additional mechanics or significant mechanical reworks to make them feel like brand new skills. These will usually include an update to their visual effects to bring them up to the quality of modern skills.”

What skills are first up? Cold Snap and Ice Spear are due for buffs. Corpse-themed skills will get more “flavor” – that sounded bad, but you know what we mean – and Volcanic attack skills will actually be more fiery. Charged Dash should be much more effective and worth the risk of using it too. All in all, that 3.3.0 update should see at least nine major revamps.

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Path of Exile breaks down the class picks for the Bestiary league

When Path of Exile launched patch 3.2, the designers wanted to rebalance or rework the Ascendancy classes entirely, with the end goal of bringing them more in line with one another while also giving them more unique identities. How did that work overall? Well, check out the latest stats on the class breakdown in the Bestiary League to find out! Because you can see that now, broken down by all of the possible permutations as well as overall.

The Juggernaut, Necromancer, and Hierophant occupy the top three spaces across the board, although the position changes; Juggernaut popularity drops off through more difficult leagues while the Hierophant and Necromancer come into their own. It’s taken as a sign that the shifts worked well overall, but there’s still more work to be done in the future; it’s the same top entrants in the top spots, but there’s a closer distribution of other picks, and the spread seems narrower overall.

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Path of Exile makes rare beasts easier to get in the Bestiary League

Is it absolutely imperative in Path of Exile’s Bestiary League that you catch them all? The most recent patch to the game makes it easier to catch the rarer beasts of the game by making them, well, show up more frequently. They should also provide more of a challenge and offer better rewards, both of which should be welcome for players who can’t get enough of this particular league. The rarity of Legendary beasts will remain where it presently is.

So, is that all? A small team is still making adjustments to the current league, but according to the development overview, most of the team is now over to working on the next major patch for the game. That will apparently take the lessons from Bestiary League and apply them in a new direction, so players who like capturing beasts should keep their eyes open. (We’re told that these beast antics are quite popular, after all.)

Source: Patch notes, Development overview; thanks to Veldan for the tip!

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Path of Exile improves the quality of Bestiary League with its latest patch

Everyone loves Path of Exile’s Bestiary League, except maybe the beasts. But what if you have a whole pile of beasts, including some you’ve given names like Garbage Beast and Stupid Beast I Don’t Want, while your friend Meredith has dangerously low beast reserves? The good news is that the game’s latest patch will allow you to trade beasts to others, so Meredith can now take the beasts you don’t want! Which is probably better if she doesn’t see you’re trading her The Beast of Filling Inventory Space.

The patch also contains a variety of useful quality-of-life improvements, like reorganizing bestcrafting recipes and adding two new sets of craftable options. That’s in addition to a wide array of bug fixes for the game, ranging from beast-related improvements to just fixing persistent bugs like damage buffs not applying properly to off-hand items. So check out the full list of changes, get ready for even more fun times with beasts, and get used to seeing the word “beast” so often in various permutations that it stops seeming like a real word. Beast, beast, beast.

Source: Official Site; thanks to Veldan for the tip!

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The MOP Up: Dragonball Online kicks off beta testing (March 11, 2018)

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 FlyffRecord of Lodoss WarOld School RuneScapeLineage 2 RevolutionCorum OnlineZombie BarricadesFinal Fantasy XIMU OnlineRagnarok OnlinePokebel OnlinePath of ExileProsperous UniverseWakfuDragonball Online Global, all waiting for you after the break!

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Make My MMO: Pantropy’s Kickstarter ends Tuesday, Project Gorgon eyes Steam this week (March 10, 2018)

This week in MMO crowdfunding, it’s not looking great for Pantropy, whose Kickstarter is only just over half funded with only a few more days to go.

Meanwhile, Camelot Unchained is prepping for two scenario tests this weekend (the second is tomorrow, if you can catch it!), Dual Universe rolled out its new supporter packs, City of Titans took a look at character customization, Chronicles of Elyria posted a long lore piece, Elite Dangerous rolled out 3.0.2, OrbusVR previewed its talent system, Crowfall talked up its vendor system, and we streamed a first-hand look at Ship of Heroes. Plus, Project Gorgon hits Steam this coming week!

Finally, a troll informed me this week that Massively OP is nothing more than a pile of Kickstarter propaganda and some WoW and GW2 columns, so if you happened to read the 120 or editorials, streams, and articles we published this week that aren’t related to crowdfunding, good news, you imagined all that!

Read on for more on what’s up with MMO crowdfunding over the last week and the weekly roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’re following.

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