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Official Site: RIFT
Studio: Trion Worlds
Launch Date: March 1, 2011
Genre: Fantasy Themepark
Business Model: Hybrid F2P (Optional Sub, Cash Shop)
Platform: PC

Halloween events in Path of Exile, Master X Master, RIFT, EverQuest, Ultima Online, and AQ3D

It’s almost a full-time job to stay on top of all of the MMO and MOBA Halloween events popping up all over the place! Here’s another batch of deliciously frightful festivities that are going on right now in games all around you:

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Trion Worlds entices players to support Extra Life charity with in-game rewards

If you haven’t heard already, tomorrow marks the start of a massive gaming marathon called Extra Life that will help raise much-needed funds to aid sick kids at the Children’s Miracle Network hospital. Among those forming teams and playing titles for this charity is Trion Worlds, which is encouraging its community to rally around this worthy cause.

Trion’s Extra Life marathon begins tomorrow afternoon, during which the dev team will stream non-stop for 24 hours. To encourage and entice players to join the team in this fundraising effort, Trion is offering a bounty of virtual goods based on the amount of money raised.

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Facebook announces $199 Oculus Go, drops core Oculus bundle to $399 permanently

Facebook has announced that it’s once again dropping the price of the Oculus Rift: The device-with-headset bundle will fall from $499 to $399, making permanent the “temporary” price reduction seen this past summer and following another large drop down from $600 in March, a price tag analysts pegged at the time as way too high.

But in perhaps even more intriguing news, Facebook’s announced the Oculus Go, a new headset supposedly in the “sweet spot” between the existing Rift and competitors like Samsung’s Gear VR. Shipping in November, it’ll run just under 200 bucks.

“We want to get a billion people in virtual reality,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says.

Source: Gamasutra, Slashdot. Thanks, Sally!


Perfect Ten: The 10 live MMORPGs everybody should try

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!

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RIFT’s Crucia’s Claw update introduces Bastion of Steel raid and Mystic Archer soul

RIFT players, Trion’s turned its attention back to you with a major update coming October 25th. Dubbed Crucia’s Claw, the 4.3 patch includes a new raid for endgamers and a new soul for everybody.

“Crucia’s Claw presents the new Bastion of Steel raid, where players will be faced with an arena-type setting where they must face Crucia’s formidable generals. The scales have tipped in Crucia’s favor in her eternal struggle against Ahnket, as a cadre of her most powerful warriors have entered the fray. It is up to the Ascended to defeat them and restore the balance of power! As the first Tier 2 Prophecy of Ahnket raid, Crucia’s Claw will provide the best equipment yet to be found in the Celestial Lands for Ascended that are up to the challenge.”

The new soul is called the Mystic Archer – an archer/mage hybrid with aimed AoE spells that actually sounds fun. “Whereas other mages cast their spells through foci such as a staff or dagger, Mystic Archers focus their power in the form of magical arrows fired from their bow,” explains Trion.

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RIFT provides a free upgrade for housing dimensions

Unexpected bonuses are always a delight, true? RIFT players are in for a treat later this week, as Trion Worlds is improving its housing dimension system for free.

The improvements come in the form of an item limit increase across the board as well as a cost decrease to raise the item limit in your dimension. Small dimensions can be upgraded to hold up to 1,600 pieces of decor, while medium can go up to 2,200 and large up to an impressive 2,800. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and build some more!

In other housing news, Trion is putting out a new lockbox that is themed around a terrarium concept. The “Landquarium” lockboxes contain 200 new items as well as the chance for a dimension key to the titular area.

Source: Dimension Gallery, #2. Thanks Nouvae!


The MOP Up: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds hits record concurrency (October 1, 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!

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 Elsword, Ultima Online, Dreadnought, Overhit, Blade and Soul, Project Ex, Conquer Online, Wurm OnlineMechWarrior OnlinePokemon GoSkyforge, PaladinsPlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and Miranda, all waiting for you after the break!

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One Shots: A bridge too far

One more bridge. That’s what she kept telling me, even though I cautioned her that sooner or later our luck would run out. She would pause, then shake her head and urge us on. One more bridge.

That day, when we crossed a seemingly innocuous wooden bridge over RIFT’s gorgeous Scatherron Forest, our luck broke — as did six boards, sending us plummeting down into a gorge. As I fell, I wondered why I was taking orders from my talking mount anyway. Perhaps she knew that fall damage was a thing of the past and I could be pressured into recklessness.

After I pick myself back up and find another route onward, we’ll look at the rest of this week’s player-submitted screenshots and stories!

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PAX West 2017: How RIFT is making player exploration worth the effort

Although much of the RIFT demo at PAX West focused on showing off the Celestial Storm update, it was another aspect that captured my attention. While I was speaking with Senior Design Director Simon Ffinch as we toured around the Celestial lands (in god mode once Ffinch discovered he took a level 11 into the level 100 area!) and watching players participate in a zone event, I learned the stories behind a number of Easter eggs peppered throughout the game. Games will always do new content and updates, but how many honor their fans by adding them into the game?

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Perfect Ten: MMOs that changed their names

Names and titles fascinate me. While sometimes they have no deeper meaning than to sound pleasant and be memorable, a label can indicate purpose, history, and connection. MMORPG names are, of course, as varied as the stars in the sky, with many of them slapping “online” or “age of” somewhere in there to designate their category. But every so often, we witness a game that changes its name as part of its development and business evolution.

Today I wanted to run down 10 MMOs (well, nine MMOs and one expansion) that received notable name changes over the years. I’m not going to talk about games that created a weird rebrand for a business model shift but mostly stuck with the original title afterward (such as DDO Unlimited or WildStar Reloaded), but instead games that had vastly different names than what they ended up using.
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LOTRO Legendarium: Is Mordor too difficult?

If there’s one topic of discussion that I’ve been hearing a lot in world chat, on the forums, and among my kinship, it’s about Lord of the Rings Online: Mordor and its huge jump in difficulty.

It is pretty much the first thing you notice when you head through the Black Gates to the land beyond. Mordor is waiting there, ready to chew you up and spit you back out. Until you start getting the new quest gear rewards and bump up your Light level with it, progress is agonizingly slow. And even after a zone or two, it’s far from a walk in the park. Mobs hit hard, have deep health pools, and often are packed together so that pulling just one is an impossibility. I’ve probably died more times these past few weeks than the last two years in LOTRO.

It’s almost like I’m playing a different game. Once or twice, I’ve rested my forehead against my desk and typed out in frustration, “It feels like this expansion wants to abuse me!” And I hear nothing but sympathy in response from those feeling the same.

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Black Desert launches Savage Rift patch, back-to-school cash-shop promo

Savage Rift is live in Black Desert today as promised; it’s the co-op tower defense minigame in which teams of players will protect the Sealed Tower from enemies coming at ’em in 25 waves that increase in difficulty.

There’s more to today’s update, however: Kakao is also kicking off a “back to school” event, which is cute given that the average gamer and MMO player skews well into his or her thirties. Nevertheless, the event is essentially a cash shop bonus whereby many items are discounted and lockbox purchases will be accompanied by extra goodies, including cash shop pearls.

Check out the complete patch notes on the official site and the Savage Rift trailer down below.

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One Shots: Alien sunset

I will admit that I’ve been craving a good space exploration sim lately — the burn to “explore strange new worlds” is rising inside of me. Should Elite Dangerous be my course? Reader Andrew makes a compelling case with this week’s headliner.

“I recently took an exploration adventure in Elite Dangerous to the ghost ship Zurara on the edge of the galaxy in the Formadine Rift and put together an album of screenshots that I took along the way,” he sent in. “Here I am enjoying the sunset before I leave the Bubble Nebula and head out to the next and final stop on my journey.”

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