A major Chinese publisher with a large branch in the US, known here primarily for its stewardship of Cryptic Games’ MMORPGs, including Star Trek Online, Neverwinter, and Champions Online.
is live with a new update today. Dubbed Corruption, the patch is being touted by PWE
as the game’s “first major release since launch” last month
. The headlining feature of the update? A new playable champ called Oru. No, you
“Oru, also known as ‘The Fortune Teller,’ is a mid-range damage dealer who excels in teamfights. His kit revolves around combining his skills to deal high damage and provide utility to the team in the form of crowd control.”
The update further includes 5v5 custom lobbies for premade groups, push-to-talk for voice chat, and a “creature gestation” mechanic, “which promotes greater strategy at higher levels of play by giving players a window to attack and counter enemy creatures while they are still vulnerable.” The Oru trailer tucked down below should cleanse your palate after “creature gestation” – enjoy!
He just wanted to go out for a casual stroll. He picked the worst possible day to do it.
Todd the Troll lumbered out of Mordor, looking for a breath of fresh air and possibly some daisies to pick for his deformed girlfriend back home. What he found was a pitched battle between his comrades and some inexplicably agitated humans yelling about rings and frodos.
Finyar captured Todd’s bewildering dilemma in Lord of the Rings Online at the Battle of the Black Gate. I, for one, hope he made it home and will look back on this day and laugh.
Don’t fret, anxious console players: Your adventures in the completely safe and not-scary-at-all jungles of Chult are coming soon. In about a month, as a matter of fact.
Now that Neverwinter’s Tomb of Annihilation update is out for the PC, the team is getting ready to push the patch to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on September 12th. The update contains a new campaign, a high-level dungeon, and the monster hunt system.
So what to do between now and then while you wait? Macrame is an option. So is printing out those awesome retro posters and making trading cards for your friends. Perhaps you could schedule a safari to a real jungle and see if any of the animals drop gear for your armor set. Please don’t drag Massively OP into the official police report after that, thanks.
The 23rd, 24th, and 25th centuries are so yesterday’s Enterprise — why not jump into the further future with a 26th century cruiser in Star Trek Online
Console players have a roundabout way of securing one of the newer 26th century dreadnought ships by purchasing one (or many more) R&D packs from the game store. In addition to giving players crafting materials, these packs have a chance of dropping a Universe-class starship, (Federation), a Durgath Temporal Heavy Dreadnought battlecruiser (Klingon), or a Valkis Temporal Heavy Dreadnought warbird (Romulan).
The console edition got a small patch yesterday that liberated captains who found themselves marooned on Nimbus.
Usually when it comes to discussing world hemispheres of MMO game design, comments and observations are made about what western studios can learn from their eastern counterparts. MMO Bro, however, flipped that discussion recently to share four things that eastern MMOs can (and perhaps should) learn from western games.
“The problem, though, is that in most eastern games I’ve played, the story still feels like kind of a background element,” he writes. “There isn’t a lot of effort put into developing it or helping the player experience it in a dynamic way. It’s usually bland quest text. In the west, we’ve seen MMO games make great strides toward better storytelling in recent years.”
As we continue with our visits to MMO blogs, we’ll hear musings on Guild Wars 2’s direction, Standing Stone Games’ missteps, speed-leveling in World of Warcraft, and more!
Over the summer, I put up some of NASA’s fun faux retro travel posters
advertising space paleofuture in my kid’s room. I love this style of art, so I have no idea how I missed it that Neverwinter
has gotten in on the trend, but it has: six posters “advertising” some of the locations and icons from the Tomb of Annihilation expansion
We’ve included the posterized versions here in the preview gallery, but the official site has them cropped and proportioned for multiple desktop and mobile resolutions, so head on over there and let them do the hard work for you.
And PC players, make sure you enter our Neverwinter giveaway — it ends tonight!
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 Villagers and Heroes, Aion, Dark and Light, Pokemon Go, Guild Wars 2, Defiance, Wurm Online, DC Universe Online, Champions Online, Dark Age of Camelot, Elder Scrolls Online, SMITE, and Dota 2, all waiting for you after the break!
So this is an unusual situation for me: I’ve never
actually played a game for Choose My Adventure
that I’ve disliked this much.
Those of you who have followed my writing for a while know that I’ve played some games I didn’t much like before, but that’s different. Lord of the Rings Online and Black Desert, for example, are games that were not my cup of tea but still had obvious merits I could praise. I’ve played games that I dislike or ones that deserved more criticism than praise when I played them (Ryzom, TERA, the beta period of The Elder Scrolls Online), but still had positive sides. (And in the last case, ESO turned itself around quite well and earned plenty of kudos from me.) Heck, I played Scarlet Blade with as open a mind as I could possibly have.
But not so DC Universe Online. No, this game deserves a pretty thorough drubbing. I can understand why it has fans, but it’s still just not a good game. I can only hope it’s an outlier rather than the norm on Daybreak’s overall catalog, because… wow. This is not fun.
Believe it or not, this September will mark the 30th anniversary of the debut of Star Trek: The Next Generation. What began as a stiff, preachy, and controversial entry in the Trek franchise became one of its most beloved series by the time it went off the air in 1994.
There are always reruns and Netflix to relive the series, of course, but what about something new? This October, Star Trek Online will be launching Season 14: Emergence, the next chapter of its current story ark involving two races coming together to (hopefully) live in peace.
As part of the new featured episode, LeVar Burton will be reprising his role as Geordi LaForge. Even better, before that Burton will also be starring in a September 12th episode that will take place on a Galaxy-class starship eerily similar to the familiar Enterprise-D. To keep this Next Generation streak going, the devs have faithfully recreated the interior of the Galaxy-class including its bridge.
To celebrate the arrival of Tomb of Annihilation
on PC last week, PWE
has kindly given Massively OP 50 Ash Lion mount keys to give away to our readers. The Ash Tribal Lion Mount grants +80 Movement Speed and offers three Insignia slots. And he’s a beauty!
The codes can be redeemed only once per account and expire at the end of 2017, and the mounts are bind-on-pickup. Critically, these codes are redeemable on PC only, so if you’re a console person, you can skip this one! The keys should work for all PC players except those located in China, Korea, Egypt, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
Read on to enter to win!
Good news, office drone! You’ve been slated for a hefty bonus! Now report to your nearest MMORPG to claim it!
Perfect World Entertainment is running a pair of bonus events this weekend in its games. Neverwinter is cranking out double XP from all sources from August 3rd through the morning of the 7th. This includes companion XP too, so level up that honey badger!
As for Star Trek Online, captains are allotted double technology points for those tech upgrades during the same time period. Scotty is pleased.
In celebration of Gigantic’s
formal launch last week
, PWE and Motiga have granted Massively OP a stack of keys for goodies, and you’re going to want one.
They codes will unlock the Airship Supplies bundle for your account, which includes Tyto the Swift’s The Valerian skin, Beckett’s Iron Tower skin, Margrave’s Seraphe Betrayer skin, Tripp’s Citadel of Amber skin, 10 Win Crown boosts, and 10 Win Prestige boosts.
Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys!
On this week’s show, Justin and Bree talk about a beloved MMO going mobile, the end of Guild Wars 2 (in a manner of speaking), the start of Dark and Light, LARPing at Disney World, and more!
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