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Crossplatform sci-fi MMORPG Vendetta Online is now free-to-play on iOS

Vendetta Online has been around a long time and getting regular updates to boot, and until now, I would have said it’s playable on everything. Maybe not a toaster. But close. As it turns out, however, it wasn’t properly F2P on Apple mobile devices, an imperfection rectified today.

“We’re thrilled to make our long-awaited debut on iPhone,” Guild Software CEO John said in a press release this morning. The iOS version relaunches as a free-to-play title, alongside its crossplatforminess mates on Android, PC, Mac, Linux, and GearVR.

“Vendetta Online is a free, graphically intensive and cross-platform MMORPG set in space. Players take the role of spaceship pilots in a vast, persistent online galaxy. Trade between stations and build an empire, or pirate traders who dare to pursue routes through areas of lawless space. Fight other players, or cooperate with friends to push back the mysterious Hive. Mine ores and minerals, gather resources, and craft unusual items. Join the military of your nation, and participate in massive online battles (see the trailer). A wide variety of gameplay styles are available, from the the intensity of huge battles and realtime PvP, to the low-key enjoyment of quiet trading and mining in less dangerous areas of the galaxy. Play the style of game that suits you, or that suits your current mood. The availability of relatively casual and short-term goals allows for fun when only a little time is available to play.”

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The Stream Team: Talking like a pirate in AQ3D with Artix

Arrrrgg! It be Talk Like a Pirate Day again mateys, and that be meanin’ Massively OP’s MJ be gettin’ in the spirit. She’ll be hoppin’ aboard AQ3D for some adventure (and to collect the awesome pirate gear!). No pirate can sail alone, so she be joined by none other than the mighty Artix, scalawag extraordinaire. He be guidin’ the crew to a surprise new map as well as showing off the new Greenguard. Join us live at 3:00 p.m. to set sail for more fun than ya can shake a parrot at!

What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

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World of Warcraft’s Bloodsail pirates are throwing a beach party for Talk Like A Pirate Day

Arrrr and assorted other pirate cliches. Yes, it’s Talk Like A Pirate Day, which means some MMOs are getting in on the fun. That includes World of Warcraft, as Blizzard tweeted this morning.

WoW players have but one day to take part in the event; run down to Booty Bay, grab your drink from the Dread Captain, and don your corsair outfit, which grants you The Captain’s Booty achievement – the one time every year you can do just that.

According to Wowhead, this year’s event has a fun new twist, which is probably what we’re seeing in the gif that Blizz has been tweeting: “The Bloodsail pirates are throwing a new beach party on the Wild Shore.” There’s a new buyable toy for folks who’ve completed the Avast Ye, Admiral! quest as well.

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AdventureQuest 3D survives Hurricane Irma, embraces Talk Like a Pirate Day

You’re probably well aware that today is that holiest of geek holidays, Talk Like a Pirate Day. AdventureQuest 3D is certainly not ignoring it; the cross-platform MMO is getting into the spirit (and rum) of the season with the return of Captain Rhubarb.

Ol’ Cappy doesn’t have any quests to bestow, but his booty is overflowing with treasure with which he will part — for a price. If you’re rich enough, you can buy your way to a piratey outfit (or a naval commander, if you’re also more prim and proper).

The team also opened up about its harrowing experiences of operating in Tampa during the recent hurricane strike. AQ3D fell upon emergency plans to keep running and came through it just fine.

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Puzzle Pirates: Dark Seas server goes into early access

Every voyage has a beginning, and for Puzzle Pirates’ newest server, the maiden voyage began this past week.

It’s called Dark Seas, and it’s a version of the game designed around PvP with both new and old realms to explore. Players will create a pirate and align themselves with a faction as they battle their foes and seek treasure. It’s out right now on Steam early access and should be sailing those waters for at least a half of a year. No wipe is planned, although the team isn’t ruling it out in dire circumstances.

Puzzle Pirates: Dark Seas is a new take on a beloved MMO that’s been sailing the seas for over a decade,” the team said. “The goal for Dark Seas is to introduce an entirely new ocean, a volatile new place full of more danger and unexplored frontiers.”

Not only is this a new version of an old MMO, but Dark Seas is also the first big release for the relatively newly formed Grey Havens. Grey Havens is an indie studio that is now running the Puzzle Pirates franchise and is made up mostly of former Three Rings employees.

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Elite: Dangerous brings the Thargoids with patch 2.4 on September 26

There are dangerous things in deep space when you play Elite: Dangerous. More dangerous than system failures, or pirates, or interstellar phenomena. The Thargoids are arriving on September 26th, the culmination of many teasing moments in which players have been forced to realize that they are not, in fact, alone in the galaxy. Now they’re coming, and players are going to have to deal with a danger that is far more mysterious than anything found up to now.

While patch 2.4 is coming out on the 26th, it marks the beginning of narrative content which will be rolled out in the weeks and months following the initial patch. If you’re eager to get a taste of what’s coming next, though, check out the cinematic trailer just below. It’s possible to override the shutdown pulse that these mysterious entities generate, yes… but there’s more to it than just the first pulse.

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Battle Bards Episode 105: Uncharted Waters Online

Set sail for amazing adventure and an assortment of audio discoveries! This week, Cap’n Steff and her lackeys board Uncharted Waters Online to see what bounty this soundtrack holds. It may not be to everyone’s liking, but the sea is a fickle mistress that doesn’t appeal to everyone!

Battle Bards is a bi-weekly podcast that alternates between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around a theme. MOP’s Justin co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunesGoogle PlayTuneInPocket CastsStitcher, and Player.FM.

Listen to Episode 105: Uncharted Waters Online (or download it) now:

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Shroud of the Avatar’s R46, free trial, community map, and $52K telethon haul

Shroud of the Avatar is full-speed ahead, looking on to R46 with R45 in the rear-view mirror. What’s in R46? Lots of stuff, starting with “building the mid-level and lower tier scenes near the cities along the paths of Truth and Courage.”

The game’s latest newsletter touches on the swampy South Longfall Wetland area, with its “a maze of poison gas, an abandoned village, a raft flotilla inhabited by pirates, and a secluded witch’s hut,” plus Crooked Shank, which honestly sounds much safer, and North Shattered Hills, which lie in ruin. Where is all that on the map? You should check out the massive community-created map on the official forums to find out (and also to just marvel at how detailed the game’s gotten).

Portalarium has further reiterated its ongoing free trial (live now and ending September 27th), recapped its attendance at DragonCon, and posted video of its most recent monthly mini-telethon, during which it raised $52,000.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 134: You are my… Destiny

On this week’s show, Justin and Bree deal with a hodge-podge of interesting MMO news, including ARK’s launch, Destiny 2’s PC beta, and what some studios are doing to help players in response to the tragedy of Hurricane Harvey.

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.

Listen to the show right now:

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Let’s go moon mining in EVE Online’s newly announced expansion, Lifeblood

Happy September, EVE Online. Howsabout an expansion? You got it: CCP has just announced Lifeblood, launching October 24th.

“As new technologies for resource acquisition emerge in the form of Upwell Refineries, new moon mining capabilities and refined reaction processes, pirate factions have set their sights on taking a slice of the dwindling resources that remain in New Eden. With more tools for resource gathering at the hands of capsuleers than ever before, the competition for raw materials and supremacy over space is becoming more heated than ever as the cluster is pushed closer toward the brink of all out conflict.”

New refinery structures are en route, along with moon mining, a better UI for reactions and The Agency tool, collaborative gameplay dubbed “resource wars,” pirate FOBs to take out, a balancing pass for alpha ships, and a ledger for mining history. The studio’s also awarding Fanfest and EVE Vegas ticket holders a Marshal class CONCORD Battleship. Requisite trailer below!

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Wizard101 and Pirate101 weather DDOS attacks

If you have tried to log in and play Wizard101 or Pirate101 in the past 24 hours, you may have experienced disappointment as the game services informed you that it was down. This is due to some nasty DDoS attacks that have been targeting KingsIsle’s games, according to the studio.

“Since yesterday, KingsIsle has been mitigating severe DDOS attacks against our games Pirate101 and Wizard101,” KingsIsle reported. “This means your game play will be impacted until we can resolve the issue. Many will be unable to log in. We have always taken care of our community when trouble arrives, and we will be sure to do so again once the issue has been fully resolved.”

It looks as though some service has been restored to both games, although it doesn’t sound as if the attack is over.

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Sea of Thieves makes being a terrible pirate look like so much fun

If you’re ever out casually patrolling the open sea in your pirate ship, you probably shouldn’t light every lantern, dance on the prow, and play your concertina reaaaally loud, lest you catch the attention of an enemy ship passing in the night. That is, however, precisely what the Rare team is doing in a brand-new Sea of Thieves alpha tech demo video.

Fortunately for this merry band of goofballs and their treasured dental plan, their antics merely provoke a friendly sea race, providing us the opportunity to see how the multicrew ships perform — or don’t, as is the case when they “accidentally” ram each other to avoid ramming an island. Yeah, this game can’t come out fast enough. Chuckle along to the video down below.

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Cloud Pirates is sunsetting at the end of September

Aw, damnit. My.com is giving up on its Allods-themed Cloud Pirates MOBA already. The company doesn’t say why, but given the successes of its other titles, we’re guessing it’s more about playerbase size in a bloated MOBA market than the company’s overall revenues, an assumption backed up by its low numbers on Steam.

“We are sad to announce that Cloud Pirates will be closing the servers on September 29,” says the studio. “It’s been wonderful sailing the turbulent skies with you, Captains, and we’d like to thank you for all your support.”

Beginning today and lasting until serverdown on September 29th, players will see doubled experience gain, virtually free in-game and cash-shop items, and free Steam DLC. You can also claim refunds on everything you bought since July 12th, convert your cash-shop currency to some of My.com’s other games (Skyforge, Armored Warfare, and Revelation Online), and enjoy the game’s latest patch, which rolls out today in farewell and contains custom matches, a new progressive PvE mode, and cash-shop currency as rewards for daily matches.

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