riders of icarus

Official Site: Riders of Icarus
Studio: Nexon, We Made Entertainment
Launch Date: N/A
Genre: F2P “Action-Adventure” MMORPG
Business Model: F2P (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC

Riders of Icarus increases the level cap, adds rainforest zone in Corruption of Light, now live

Exciting things are afoot at Riders of Icarus, as the year-old MMO rolled out its Corruption of Light update with plenty of new content for players to enjoy.

For starters, there's a level cap increase to 55, meaning that everyone has a little more to do to max out their characters. With that cap increase comes one or two new skills per class, such as the Assassin's throat cut ability or the Wizard's fire pillar spell.

Next up for the game is a rainforest region, Ellora Sanctuary and Windhome Canyon. This area is for characters level 49 and up, and contains over 230 new quests and a pair of additional field raid bosses to tackle.

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Riders of Icarus' Corruption of Life update bumps the level cap to 55

Riders of Icarus has a brand-new content update on the way later this month. It's called Corruption of Life, and it's due out on March 22nd.

Nexon is on the ball with promos for this patch, mind you: There are already two videos out for your perusal. The first highlights the update's new Forgotten Shrine dungeon, lush new Ellora Sanctuary zone, and trio of level 50+ legendary dungeons. Did we just say 50+? We did: The chapter includes a level bump to 55 as well.

The second trailer demos some of the 30 new critters you'll be able to tame and ride. Check 'em out below!

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Riders of Icarus changes up its lockbox system

Lockboxes: every MMO game's favorite subject, are we right? Over in the world of Riders of Icarus, Nexon is making a small but significant change to how it's running its lockbox system going forward.

Basically, the studio is replacing monthly lockboxes with a single type -- the Grand Lucky Box (super-lucky!) -- and simply changing the contents inside of it whenever the company wants. Nexon said that the old system was confusing, although it sounded more like the studio had issues with being punctual about releasing monthly lockboxes on time and was starting to develop egg build-up on its face.

Nexon claims that this new approach will benefit players: "The Grand Lucky Box is a far better value for all Riders. If you purchase multiple Grand Lucky Boxes and receive your desired item when you open your first box, you have the choice to continue opening boxes or save the remaining boxes and open them once we update the Grand Lucky Box reward list."

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Riders of Icarus offers compensation for unscheduled maintenance

Due to a block of unscheduled maintenance yesterday, Riders of Icarus is handing out packs of goodies as a peace offering for those affected. The four-hour downtime was necessary to fix some issues with an inventory bug and missing items.

For this relatively minor inconvenience, Nexon is giving all players 100 Elluns -- cash shop currency -- for free. Additionally, any player who logged in over the past day will get a goodie pack with XP potions and health recovery potions.

The maintenance corrected some problems with the currently running Lucky Riders event. From now through February 28th, players can log on during select time windows to receive free "lucky boxes" that have a chance of containing pets, boosters, and tempering stones.

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Massively OP's guide to Valentine's Day around the MMORPG verse

Ready for sappy questlines, particle effects that look like hearts, and lots -- and I do mean lots -- of pink? Valentine's day has arrived in the real world and many of the pretend worlds inside MMORPGs (for some reason). And who are we to fuss when the events are all about candy and cheap romance? Nobody, that's who. Read on for our guide to Valentine's Day around the MMORPG verse!

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Riders of Icarus invites you to date a GM for Valentine's Day

How often do you really think about the poor GMs in your game of choice? You call them to complain over every little problem like a character's abilities not working correctly, but you never take the time to really ask them about their days, do you? Of course, most games discourage you from placing a GM call to ask "how y'all doin," but that's hardly the point. Riders of Icarus has paired this up with Valentine's Day to give everyone a chance to show appreciation for the GMs through a romantic outing.

In other words, you can date a GM.

Write a poem, make a card, sing a song, or otherwise submit an entry to woo your preferred GM for an hour-long date with almost endless possibilities. (Short of, you know, the sort of roleplaying you probably do not want appearing on an official transcript. Don't make us spell this out.) It's certainly an unusual way to celebrate the holiday, but it's also unique, and hey, when else will you get a chance to date a GM?

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Riders of Icarus launches its Sandstorm update

There's a giant raid boss named Sandstorm wandering out in the world of Riders of Icarus, so naturally, players are expected to go kill it. What are you even playing the game for if you aren't there to murder random supernatural entities, possibly while listening to music of the same name? But you needn't just take on Sandstorm with the game's most recent update, because there's lots of other stuff to do along the way. It's just that nothing else has the patch named after it.

Players will have access to a new PvP region, Stygaea, and a new solo challenge dungeon, Ellora's Spine. There are also new familiars, a new cross-server dungeon lobby, and new items in Ellora's Shop, along with various events and bug fixes. You can check out the patch notes now, but you will have to find your own thematically appropriate music to listen to. (We recommend any remix that includes airhorns.)

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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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Nexon America's leadership is getting shaken up

Nexon America is the American branch of Nexon, the company behind Riders of Icarus, MapleStory, Vindictus, and Mabingoi. It's also in the middle of a management shakeup, as the current head of Nexon America, Rich Williams, is leaving the company at the end of January to start his own marketing firm, which will see Nexon as its first client.

Jungsoo Lee will be filling the vacancy left by Williams; Lee is currently the executive director of live games and has been with Nexon America since it was established in 2006. It seems likely that players won't notice a great deal of difference on the ground level, but it's still a bit of upper-level shifting, so perhaps more low-level shakeups should also be expected.

Source: MMORPG.com

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Choose My Adventure: The Elder Scrolls Online in review

Back when I played through The Elder Scrolls Online's beta, I said that it was another generic fantasy MMO in a field already choked with them. The latter part has not changed. The question, then, is whether the former part has changed, whether the game has truly risen from its somewhat inauspicious beginnings to really carve out its own identity as a game, independent of simply relying upon the franchise name.

The answer... is complex. It has, but it also hasn't, but it also doesn't need to, but it also does need to. So let's start going through this point by point.

I certainly have warmer feelings toward the game now than I did when I played through the beta. The game's combat has undoubtedly been improved, and it cannot be overstated how much One Tamriel helps the game as a whole. Without feeling like I have to stick to a very narrow range of things to be done if I want to level, I always felt as if I really could head off in a direction and find what interested me, which is a good thing. The problem, of course, is that "interest" often requires investment in a setting, and that is... troublesome.

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Riders of Icarus challenges you to round up its reindeer

Are we... are we done with winter holidays in MMOs yet? Can we talk about something else now? No? Oh. Very well. What's next? Riders of Icarus? That should be a bastion of normalcy. Nothing weird there.

Nothing, of course, other than sending the game population out to try to tame a "sainted reindeer mount" and then ride it like a common pony for the rest of its existence. The good news is that if you truly suck at taming, after 10 fails the MMO will take pity on you and give you the mount anyway.

Players can also get a hefty combat buff during the holiday, but triggering this might prove difficult for 80% of players according to my observation of chat windows: "Simply say 'happy holidays' in the chat window and you'll receive the Ellandfel Holiday Blessing. Please make sure you spell it correctly and note that the phase is case sensitive."

Finally, there's a heroic pet giveaway on January 1st where any player who logs in will get a cloudhorn ram. It's just the sort of thing to start your new year off with a hearty dose of what the heck.

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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 guide to the 2016 MMORPG winter holidays

It's time to get all snuggly in front of a crackling fire, roast up some chestnuts, down a gallon of hot chocolate, and log into your favorite online RPGs for seasonal festivities! Or you could "bah humbug!" your way through the season and ignore all of the silly, free, and rewarding events if you so desire. We're not here to tell you what to do, after all!

With extra time off of work and school, many gamers have the opportunity to take advantage of all of the winter holiday events that are running across MMORPGs, MOBAs, and other online games. Feeling at a loss about where to start? Board the Massively OP sleigh and join us as we take you on a tour of all of the Christmas events going on right now!

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