What: Black Desert
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, October 20th, 2017
The studio building Black Desert.
What: Black Desert
Massively OP’s Justin Olivetti has a provocative article on his personal gaming blog, Bio Break, this week on MMORPG housing.
“I once again wonder why open world housing is this holy grail that some players and developers seem hellbent on chasing,” he writes. “It’s an ideal, a beautiful mirage couched in the notion of players inhabiting the very world they play, allowing them to stroll through neighborhoods of fellow adventurer’s homes and basking in the connectivity of it all. Yet it’s a failed experiment, one that is proven time and again to have far more drawbacks than benefits.” After listing off his complaints with the mechanic, he ultimately concludes that “we simply don’t need fixed open world housing, even in sandboxes.”
But being Justin, he also asked for feedback on why the joys are worth the drawbacks – and how to fix the system so it works instead of running off the rails. That’s just what we’ll do in this week’s Overthinking. Is he right about not needing this type of housing? And if not, how would you fix open world housing?
“As the blood moon rises above the Black Desert world, mysterious interdimensional portals allow Isabella the Black Witch to haunt the lands. This multi-staged world boss lurks near Costa Farm and players who are skillful enough to beat her are in for fantastic rewards. The Isabella encounter will be available from October 18 up until November 1 and can be accessed by speaking to the White Witch, Gueldia, who has followed Isabella through the portal and resides at Alejandro Farm.”
There’s more, of course! Beginning tomorrow, Kakao will unroll two weeks of daily events. “After successfully completing various challenges, adventurers can earn Halloween-themed rewards such as coins, candy baskets, and cookies,” explains the studio. “The candy baskets and cookies can be combined into Halloween gift boxes and coins can be exchanged at the White Witch NPC Gueldia for Cron Stone, Sharp Black Crystal Shard, Advice of Valks, or a Fine Accessory Box.”
When it comes to unusual ways for Massively OP readers to get around in MMORPGs, there seems to be no shortage of bizarre methods for getting from Point A to Point B. So why not an ocean creature that is known more for hanging about than keeping a dedicated commuter schedule?
“I really loved the free seahorse mount World of Warcraft gave my character when I started adventuring through the Vashj’ir undersea zone,” Mysecretid said. “You can’t use the seahorse mount anywhere but Vashj’ir, but it sure looks nice. Even the ornate bit and bridle design impressed me.”
I have to wonder if, when mounted, your character is thinking, “You know, this is just too ridiculous, even for this game. I really should say something to management.”
“Starting next week, the skies of Black Desert Online will be illuminated with an eerie blood red moon and jack-o’-lanterns will light the misty town streets. The Halloween event begins as adventurers encounter the White Witch who asks them to defeat the Black Witch. Players gain special items from this daily-quest just for this special occasion. Central hubs like Velia, Heidel, Valencia and Calpheon will receive a festive Halloween makeover that oozes the spooky atmosphere. New this year is the Alice in Wonderland theme that welcomes props like the Mad Hatter’s famed tea party furnitures.”
Kakao is promising new themey cosmetics, minipets, and masks. Oh, and cosmetics for your horse too: the Skeletal Horse Set. It’s the digital equivalent of a puppy in a hot dog costume. Poor horsie. Vid’s below to tide you over until next Wednesday!
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 Hellion, Hand of the Gods, Wakfu, Hyper Universe, Dark Age of Camelot, Black Desert, Dragon Project, Stardew Valley, and EVE Online, all waiting for you after the break!
If you have ever visited the MMORPG subreddit, you probably know that one of the most frequent posts that pop up are ones asking the community for recommendations. These are players who have left a full-time game and are now fishing around for a substitute, or those who have “played them all” and are hoping that some undiscovered gem exists, or are having a difficult time finding a good game match for their preferred playstyle.
I am often leery about tossing out blanket recommendations because it’s far better to get to know a player, his or her game history, and the type of game sought before giving my opinion. But if you were to put a fish cannon to my head and threatened me with rapid-codding, I think I would be generally OK promoting the following 10 MMORPGs to most players, sight unseen.
These are MMOs that have earned my personal recommendation and are the titles that I tend to promote the most. Here we go!
On this week’s show, the amazing duo of Bree and Justin look at another beefy Camelot Unchained interview, talk about several new mystery games in development, and boggle over the mobile MMO revolution that has arrived.
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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Games business roundup: VR, Project Alloy, Pearl Abyss, pay-to-dress-up, Goldman Sachs, lockboxes, and Bluehole
By chance, a whole bunch of industry-related. Well, not entirely by chance; our tipsters showered us in VR links in particular. We’ve rounded everything up for a quick look at what’s going on in the depths of the game industry’s moneybags.
- USA Today mocks VR, pointing out that devices’ game offerings are still weak and running down all the big platforms.
- AMC, however, is all in on virtual reality — in movie theaters.
- Intel’s Project Alloy VR headset is dead before it began, without much explanation. “Project Alloy served as a great proof of concept for Intel and the industry – showing what’s possible in a high-performance, immersive and untethered VR experience,” the company reportedly said. “What we’ve learned through Project Alloy will inform future efforts.”
- Want to feel creeped out? Goldman Sachs is poking around in digital gaming, paying attention to mobile, business models, and e-sports. Spoiler, they looooooove how the gaming business model is shaping up.
What: Black Desert
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 5:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017
Don’t own BDO yet? Maybe wait until tomorrow, when the game will be 40% off. Massively OP’s MJ Guthrie will be streaming BDO for a first look at the update this evening, so check out OPTV at 5 p.m. EDT (and hope the servers hold!). In the meantime, rev up your patchers and check out the brand-new trailer for Arduanatt – that’s the gorgeous pegasus mount being introduced today – while you wait!
Unless it mysteriously shutters between now and Monday, Ultima Online is turning 20 next week. Our Game Archaeologist will surely object to an assertion that UO is the first MMORPG to turn 20, but even if you do count pre-MMORPG titles as MMOs or include non-continuous or non-graphical games, UO is still among the very few MMOs to get there alive.
I’ve started thinking about numbers like that in light of Black Desert studio Pearl Abyss’ assertion a few weeks back that online PC games and MMOs have “an extremely long life cycle” on average between 10 and 11 years, implying that PA intends to support its games with those lifespans in mind.
There are a few MMOs coming up on 20 years now other than UO, including classic EverQuest. Alas, others, like Asheron’s Call, were sunsetted before they got close. Consider the MMOs you’re playing now: Which of those MMORPGs have a hope of making it to 20 years?
If you’re worried about lack of fidelity, the remastered soundtrack is being overseen by the original composer, Hui Man Ryu, and performed by the National Orchestra of Halle from Germany (with help from additional orchestral members from Prague and Budapest). Check out the video below, listen to a couple of sample tracks on Soundcloud, and get ready for a much richer sound for the game when the remastered soundtrack gets added.