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EverQuesting: Is EverQuest II in a downward spiral?

Are we witnessing the death throes of EverQuest II? Of the whole EverQuest franchise? These questions have been at the forefront of my mind lately. Today’s EverQuesting started as a guide to EQII’s expansion prelude event, but I kept coming back to these questions. (The guide will come next week!)

Yes, I know that there are folks who have cried that EQ and EQII have been dying or all-but dead for years — and Next and Online Adventures are already deceased and buried. Yet during those years we’ve still seen some life in the first two games. They have persevered!

But now, I feel like I am witnessing the franchise’s final breaths. Me, the eternal optimist; me, who subsists on hope. And I started losing that hope because Daybreak’s actions lately appear to indicate that there’s no love left for one of my all-time favorite games, EQII. Between less dev interaction, less content, less communication, and just less enthusiasm for these two titles — yet a preponderance of attention on others — it’s hard to hold onto hope. At no other time has it felt as if Daybreak was turning its back on and all but abandoning the IP that gave it life more than it does right now. The IP that still has many fervent fans. My final two straws? The lack of any exposure at PAX West and the lack of enthusiasm for this year’s expansions.

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The Stream Team: Moving on to KOTFE’s Chapter XIV Mandalore’s Revenge in SWTOR

Choose My Alignment returns! After a brief PAX-induced hiatus, the audience-driven story of the SWTOR Chiss Agent will continue to unfold. Massively OP’s Larry and MJ are diving into Chapter XIV, Mandalore’s Revenge. Sounds perfectly safe and downright friendly, no? No. Well, at least none of the companions died last time! Tune in live at 2:00 p.m to decide exactly how friendly this next step of the KOTFE story goes and whether everyone gets to continue being a part of it.

What: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Who: Larry Everett & MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

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Chronicles of Elyria wraps up its PAX jousting jaunt

It might not have involved fluttering about on the back of a well-trained ostrich, but Chronicles of Elyria’s jousting minigame did well enough for itself at PAX West. The team chose to focus on jousting as a demo because it was a feature that it could repurpose for the MMO and because the team doesn’t quite have a playable MMO build as of yet.

Massively’s MJ was on hand to interview the team at PAX, digging out a lot of information about this upcoming fantasy MMO. She grilled the devs on the game’s monetization strategy, it’s PvP-heavy focus, Elyria’s tribal system, and how the team is fitting all of the parts together to make a functional “massively multiplayer world.”

Check out the lance-shattering, horse-pounding, herald-displaying action of Chronicles of Elyria’s jousting after the break!

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Fortnite accidentally adds then removes crossplatform Xbox One/PS4 play

Update: Aww, nuts. Epic has already disabled it, calling it a “configuration issue” and bug.

Bet you’ve never actually ridden a physical lockbox from an online game before — unless you went to PAX West this year, of course!

Persnickety piñatas aside, zombie survival title Fortnite has steathed in a rather applause-worthy feature that it really should be trumpeting from the highest of hills. Over this past weekend, Epic Games enabled cross-platform play between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Sound unique? That’s because this is allegedly the first time an online game has managed to wrangle cross-platform play between these two particular consoles. The subject has been of great interest as of late, with Microsoft being more open to sharing its playspace with the competition and Sony jealously guarding its territory.

Fortnite is currently testing its new Battle Royale mode which is coming to the game on September 26th.

Source: VG247

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PAX West 2017: ARK Survival Evolved on optimization, the Aberration expansion, and future development

This past summer, ARK: Survival Evolved finally officially launched, ending its stint as an early access game just three days before PAX West, then promptly announced its second expansion on the first day of the convention. There wasn’t even a week between launch and the second expansion’s unveiling, and there will be fewer than two months between the two launches; Aberration is scheduled to launch in October.

While at PAX, I sat down with Studio Wildcard Senior Producer Navin Supphapholsiri, who thanked fans for supporting the game: “We really appreciate the support for the past two years. Just to see how far we’ve come along, it’s all thanks to the community.” Then we talked about the launch, about Aberration, and about the team’s focus going forward.

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PAX West 2017: A peek at PAX in pictures

With travel, hotel accommodations, and time off work, the logistics of attending your favorite convention doesn’t always pan out. Heck, even when you get to go there’s no possible way to see everything that’s there!

So to help give a glimpse of PAX West 2017, we cap off our convention coverage with a positively massive gallery of many of the MMOs we visited, the general cosplay, and other random sights around this year’s Penny Arcade Expo. Enjoy!

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The Stream Team: Handing out Hand of the Gods goodies

It’s deja vu day! The last time Massively OP’s MJ shared some Hand of the Gods gameplay, she gave away a handful of Founders packs and Venus competitors packs. Today, she’s got more that she brought home from PAX! That means you’ve got the chance to nab one of these prizes, both of which also include a SMITE skin. And if you want even more HotGod goodness, you can grab yourself a Norse starter pack in honor of the Steam launch. Tune in live at 4:00 p.m. for your chance to win more.

What: Hand of the Gods
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 4:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 15th, 2017

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PAX West 2017: Chronicles of Elyria’s monetization philosophy, tribe evolution, and the PvP sandbox stigma

What is Chronicles of Elyria? We first learned about the game and its goal to redefine the MMORPG genre back in 2015. Since then, CoE has been developing steadily, especially after the huge influx of capital gained through Kickstarter and then on-site crowdfunding. Folks could follow the progress through numerous dev blogs, videos, and even the chance to test bits of gameplay at various PAXs. Some bits of that development, however, have raised questions; prospective players have voiced concerns about the pay-to-win and gankbox stigmas, the complex tribe system, and the admittedly broad scope of the game.

I sat down with Executive Producer Vye Alexander and CEO/Creative Director Jeromy Walsh at PAX West to discuss these issues and more.

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The Stream Team: Taking on the Blue Mountain bear in Secret World Legends

PAX West delayed the exodus of Massively OP’s MJ from Blue Mountain in Secret World Legends. There’s also a matter of an undead bear that needs a beating before she can go. That means she’s got to rustle up a few folks to face that monstrosity. Then maybe she’ll finish off those last investigation missions and finally move on to the bright light and suffocating head of Scorched Desert. Tune in live at 5:00 p.m. to see who beats whom between MJ and the bear.

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 5:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, September 14th, 2017

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PAX West 2017: ArcheAge’s Corgi Conundrum, anniversary update, and the 4.0 expansion

Nothing may quite compare to last week’s big server evolution in scope of change for ArcheAge, but there are more changes coming over the next couple of months. The good news is one of those involves corgis! Who doesn’t love corgis?

At this year’s PAX West, I talked with Trion Associate Producer Seraphina Brennan – whom many of you will remember as a former Massively writer from many years ago when we were under AOL! – about ArcheAge’s third anniversary this month, the remainder of the 3.7 update with its lunagem overhaul, and the release of expansion 4.0 with its new ship, cross-server arenas, improved crafting UI and tutorials, and currency conversion. Let’s dig in!

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Snag a Hand of the Gods: SMITE Tactics Norse pack from Hi-Rez and Massively OP in honor of its Steam launch today!

Hi-Rez’s turn-based strategy card game Hand of the Gods — you might recall it better as SMITE Tactics or even its internal name, Hotgods — is officially coming on Steam. Today, in fact: It arrives on the platform following patch elements much requested by players, says the studio, “including the refinement of Combat Logs and the new additions of Clans and a Deck Tracker.” Yesterday, we wrote about some of the new pantheons coming in the future too; the studio has further elaborated on new cards and the Japanese and Hindu pantheons.

In the meantime, however, we’ve got some free stuff for you courtesy of Hi-Rez: keys for the Norse starter pack:

“The Norse Starter Pack will grant the 3 Norse cards Dagaz, Gift of Munin, and Ratatoskr. These codes can be redeemed in-game and are for PC only. These codes can be redeemed only once per account, so if someone has already redeemed a code previously, they can’t redeem it again on the same account. (Note: This pantheon starter packs is different from the main starter pack in the Steam release that grants the Ra skin.)”

Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys!

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MassivelyOP’s complete PAX West 2017 coverage

Massively Overpowered was on the ground in Seattle for PAX West 2017, bringing you expert MMO coverage on Ashes of Creation, Ship of Heroes, Dual Universe, and everything else on display at the latest Penny Arcade Expo! Here’s a run-down of all our stuff:

PAX West 2017: A peek at PAX in pictures - With travel, hotel accommodations, and time off work, the logistics of attending your favorite convention doesn't always pan out. Heck, even when you get to go there's no possible way…

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 135: PAX in the P.M.

On this week’s show, MJ arrives to give her report on PAX West and how much swag she smuggled back on the plane. Bree and Justin touch base with the major news stories of the week, including Destiny 2’s launch, ArcheAge’s mergers, and WildStar’s housing happiness.

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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