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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 teases new water simulation system

Can I get you a drink while you wait for Path of Exile to land on Xbox One as recently announced? Awesome. How about some water?

"Late last year we introduced our Physics Programmer, Alex, in a developer interview where we discussed the new cloth physics system he had been working on. In addition to this new system, Alex has also been working on creating a new water simulation system. We are still in the very early phases of the development of this but we're excited to share a preview of the work we've done so far."

GGG says it's "planning to make it configurable to work on a wide variety of systems" and for "all platforms with the 3.0.0 expansion later this year." You can watch the super-short teaser video with its oddly tense background music below. Water.

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Path of Exile is coming to Xbox One this year

Path of Exile is coming to Xbox One in 2017, Grinding Gear Games just announced.

"The Xbox One version is also free-to-play and will contain all the content from the PC version, including the upcoming 3.0.0 expansion that includes Act Five," says the studio. "Xbox One players will play on their own realm, separate to the PC realm. This is due to small gameplay differences between the two versions, such as the number of Flask slots and how some skills are targeted. We intend to follow the same content and league release schedule on both the Xbox One and PC versions of Path of Exile."

GGG says the port "represents over a year of work from a small strike team within [the] studio - the guys who also created [the game's] DirectX 11 version."

Did not see that one coming! Trailer tucked down below.

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The MOP Up: A marriage forged in hell (January 8, 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!

This week, we read the heartwarming story of a couple that found love in Diablo III, of all places. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Black DesertLord of the Rings OnlinePath of Exile, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Dota 2, The Division list among the best-selling Steam games of 2016

One of my favorite things to do at the end of each calendar year is to read all of the "best of" lists that get posted all over the place. Steam is contributing to my delight, as it has posted its top 100 best-selling PC games of 2016. Plenty of MMOs, MOBAs, and online multiplayer titles dominate the list, which makes it interesting reading for those invested in our hobby.

The highest-revenue titles on the list (the "platinum" sellers) included The Division, Dota 2, and No Man's Sky. Gold sellers welcomed ARK: Survival Evolved, Warframe, and H1Z1: King of the Kill to the club, while silver sellers gave tribute to Elder Scrolls Online and SMITE.

And at the bottom of the top 100 sellers, the "bronze" titles, are games like Final Fantasy XIV, Tree of Savior, Path of Exile, H1Z1: Just Survive, Grim Dawn, and Elite Dangerous. Note that all of these titles only mark games that had the highest grossing revenue, possibly thanks to sales, and do not reflect how much time was spent among the community playing them.

Source: Steam. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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The most popular Massively OP MMO articles of 2016

One of my favorite things to do every year is break down the top articles on the site for our readers. You might think you already know what the biggest stories are because the comment count ran wild or it was super controversial -- or even because you saw our biggest stories award or read our biggest stories listicle. But in reality, the single posts that actually accrue the most hits aren't necessarily the ones you'd think, and they're not even entirely predictable to us. A well-timed link from a major website -- Reddit, Fark, or a game dev -- can elevate an entire month. (That's why we're so grateful when our fans share our work across social networks!)

A few caveats before we dive in: I've eliminated a couple of posts from 2015 that still continue to do well in 2016 (that's no fun). I've also eliminated contests (Paladins, Black Desert, SMITE, and TERA had the most popular giveaways this year, but again, they're sort of cheating since they aren't real content -- they're just free stuff). And do remember that the list favors posts made early in the year, so you'll seldom see big articles from December on a list like this (they haven't had as much time to circulate).

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Perfect Ten: The MMOs with the best value at the start of 2017

About a year ago, I listed off the best free-to-play titles on the market. To the surprise of no one, including me, that turned out to be a contentious topic. And I can understand why because there are games on that list that are great games, even spectacular games, that might fail your personal criteria. There's more to a game's value than just "how good is the game" when it comes to MMOs; you also have to ask what games are giving you the best value for your money.

Value is, of course, a nebulous concept as well. But in loose terms, value is all about the bang for your buck. How much do you get for dropping money on the game? How much is there to spend money on? If the game is free-to-play, how long will it be before it asks you for money? If it's buy-to-play or subscription-based, how much are you getting for that purchase?

But it's still a more diverse and solid metric than just the vagueness of "best free-to-play." So here are the games with the best value at the end of 2016.

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The Stream Team: Getting into Path of Exile's breaches

You have spoken! Path of Exile leads the reader poll for best pseudo-MMO for 2016, and Massively OP's MJ can't think of a better reason to hop in! OK, so she never needs a reason to enjoy this game/ But thanks to the hustle and bustle of the month, she hasn't yet been able to start the newest league. Tonight that all changes; finally she's going to be getting into PoE's breaches! Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to join in the fun.

What:  Path of Exile
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Monday, December 19th, 2016

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The MOP Up: Dota 2 goes on a new journey (December 18, 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, Dota 2 rocked out with its massive New Journey update. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from ArcheAgeRiders of IcarusNo Man's Skyand more, all waiting for you after the break!

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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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Path of Exile celebrates a smooth content launch with two new videos

Launching something new always involves a certain amount of pulling the trigger and then apprehensively waiting. What's going to go wrong? Are the servers going to come down? Is everything going to be a buggy mess? Will someone figure out the cool secret stuff in half a minute and then spread the solution all over? In short, you can understand why the Path of Exile team is happy to celebrate the smooth launch of the Breach League and the most recent content update for the game, with both improved concurrency and people noting the smooth launch on social media.

Fans of the game can thus feast their eyes upon two new videos, embedded just below. The first one is for fans of how the game works, as it explains the adjustments made to melee targeting and the balance improvements in the most recent content update. If you don't want to know how melee is working but just want to wade into melee to smash things, you might be more interested in the video detailing builds to get started in the Breach League. Both are viable viewing options.

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The MOP Up: Hearthstone cruises down some Mean Streets (December 4, 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 Hearthstone released its Mean Streets of Gadgetzan expansion, making all of us wish that World of Warcraft had a town like this. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from VaingloryIngressFinal Fantasy XI, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Path of Exile: Breach is launching today - right now, actually

Going live today -- right as this post is published, in fact, if all goes well -- is the latest content addition to MMOARPG Path of Exile. Dubbed Path of Exile: Breach, 2.5.0 is set to introduce the Breach League and Direct X 11/64 bit rendering.

MOP's MJ Guthrie got an extended look at the new update back in November, Grinding Gear Games Producer Chris Wilson, who told us that Breach is even bigger than Atlas of Worlds' Essence league and is expected to push the game through the holidays with content and new gear for both hardcores and casuals. Let us know if you're playing!

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Path of Exile goes once more into the Breach

Hold on to your breeches, people, it's time to dive into another Path of Exile challenge league. With the advent of this week's Patch 2.5.0, the Breach challenge league is now available, offering players a chance to roll a fresh character and go through a new experience.

The twist in with this mode is the occasional Breach on the landscape: portals that take players into an alternate dimension to battle horrific creatures and mighty Breachlords. It might be a breach to do it, but the rewards are apparently worth the struggle.

Patch 2.5.0 makes a lot of other changes to the game, such as adding 55 new items, improving melee action targeting, and moved the contents of the Essence league into the main game itself.

You know what happens when you encounter a Breach on the beach? Breach beach footprints! Yeah, it's a real thing, and you can see it after the jump.

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