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Black Desert’s Kakao Games enjoys $131.6 million in investment

It’s all coming up Kakao Games these days.

The Korean studio received a large investment package recently that totals $131.6 million. The bundle comes from five external companies, including China’s Tencent, South Korea’s Netmarble, Bluehole Studio, Premier Growth-M&A PEF, and Actozsoft.

So what does Kakao plan to do with its newly laden pockets? The studio has its eyes on global expansion and the acquisition of other studios.

Over in its signature product Black Desert, Kakao and Pearl Abyss are preparing to roll out a new PvP server called Arsha that provides incentives for player conflict. The game is also half-off ($5) on Steam right now through February 19th.

Source: Games Industry, press release

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Chronicles of Elyria has ways for you to be naughty or nice this Valentine’s Day

Let’s get this out of the way right from the beginning: Yes, Chronicles of Elyria is literally selling players a chainmail bikini.

This is but one of several special Valentine’s Day gifting options that Soulbound Studio is promoting this week. If fans want to express their naughty side, well, there’s the aforementioned bikini and its accompanying whip.

For the more tender and romantic souls, there are necklaces, song birds, and a picnic basket. And if you’re ready to take your relationship to the next step in a virtual game world that hasn’t been released yet, Elyria would like to sell you a “ring of devotion” or a cottage built for two.

This sale will be running through February 19th. Please do not gift Massively OP staffers any bikinis — we’re full up, thanks.

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Blizzard throws a holiday sale for World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo III, and more

Have a few extra bucks that Santa and his corporate elves haven’t pried from your wallet this month? Blizzard would like to tempt you to pick up one of its titles that are on sale from now through the beginning of January.

World of Warcraft’s base game is just $10, Legion is down to $25, and many of the MMO’s cash shop items are marked down. You can get Overwatch for $20 or the Game of the Year edition for ten bucks more. StarCraft II’s campaign collection is $30, and StarCraft: Remastered is $10.

Over in happy Diablo land, the base game and expansion are going for $20, while its Rise of the Necromancer DLC is down to $10. Finally, Heroes of the Storm’s Foundation bundle is being offered for 2,000 gems.

Source: Press release

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Anarchy Online and Age of Conan host an arrested development sale

Just because an MMORPG’s development has been put into suspended animation doesn’t mean that profit still can’t be made! To wit, check out Funcom’s can-do spirit, which doesn’t take “maintenance mode” for an answer when it comes to holiday sales.

For whatever reason, the studio is holding a sale on Funcom Points for both Anarchy Online and Age of Conan. These titles, you might recall, joined the original Secret World earlier this year in having their active development canceled while nominally keeping the servers running.

Anyway, both games are throwing in bonus points when you buy certain tiers of bundles. Additionally, Anarchy Online has a luxury armor set that it would like to sell you as part of a multi-month membership package.

Source: Twitter

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Amazon stops selling digital cards for Star Wars: The Old Republic

You can no longer purchase digital time cards or Cartel Coins for Star Wars: The Old Republic through Amazon. This is clearly a sign that you can… er… no longer purchase those digital options through Amazon. They remain for sale from the official site, you can still buy physical copies of the cards off of Amazon, and so forth.

Clearly, this means that the game is in imminent danger and is going to shut down within the hour, if you go by the forum thread on the matter. Or, as people point out on Reddit and elsewhere in that same thread, it just means… you can’t buy that set of digital goods through Amazon any longer.

A number of speculative reasons have been put forth for the change: A new package being offered for a new expansion, a change in how profits are being shared, a desire for people to move through the official store fronts, or just a routine set of business decisions. There’s been no official statement on this change at this time, but there’s not much reason to think the sky is falling just yet.

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Lord of the Rings Online makes Mordor and High Elves available for points

Some people would rather spend points on expansions and races in Lord of the Rings Online rather than parting with real money. Good news for those who waited for just that: Both the High Elf race and Lord of the Rings Online: Mordor are both now available in the game’s store for points! The expansion will run you 2495 points, while the race is 1000 points. Perfect if you have the points but just didn’t have access to the latest flavor of elf, then.

But wait, there’s more! The game does indeed have Black Friday sales running through Cyber Monday, offering players 75% off on Virtue bundles and 50% off on both complete crafting tiers and select housing bundles. So you’ve got lots of stuff vying for your time and money there; it’ll be up to you what is most valuable. You could always wait to get a new style of elf, after all.

Source: Official Site; thanks to BalsBigBrother for the tip!

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WildStar teases Black Friday deals

Shh, don’t tell NCsoft that WildStar is still operating! If we’re all good and still, then the closure-happy studio might overlook this struggling-but-fun MMO. So nobody make… a… sound.

Hey! What are you doing, WildStar, calling attention to yourself with a preview of your Black Friday deals? You’re tweeting now? Broadcasting on all wavelengths? Are you insane?

Fine, if you insist on talking about it, then perhaps we should share with our readership that you’re practically going to be giving away toys for just one Protobuck apiece. We might also mention that you’re going to be selling the new “Zero to 50” bundle and putting boost and upgrade items at 25% off. All sale details will be revealed next week, with the promotion happening from November 24th through the 28th.

Source: WildStar

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Here’s how Guild Wars 2 players will go broke on Black Friday

You know it’s coming. When the turkey and pumpkin pie meet their demise, the Black Friday sales will start. Guild Wars 2 fans will face a special temptation this year, thanks to plenty of tempting merch on For Fans By Fans.

The official merchandise store for the MMO offers t-shirts, plushies, bags, art prints, Path of Fire items, and the oh-so-essential Quaggan coffee mug. But you’ll want to hold off from buying right now, because from November 24th through the 27th, anyone who spends $50 or more in the store will get an in-game code for a random mini-pet in Guild Wars 2.

Switching gears a bit, some friendly community datamining turned up a small, unused island map for the recent expansion. While it’s not finished by any means, it is kind of interesting. Check it out on Imgur!

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds reaches 20 million copies sold

Congratulations are due to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which has now reached the milestone of 20 million copies sold. That is a lot of people who want to be dropped into an arena and then shoot at one another. You could celebrate with a golden arches-style counter at the title screen, but that might wind up seeming a little gauche.

The tweet announcing the milestone also acknowledges that issues with the game have been frustrating players, but the developers are working hard at fixing those issues and delivering the best go-shoot-everybody-or-watch-someone-streaming-that experience possible. The important takeaway is that a lot of people like the game, and if you’re unhappy with it, just bear with it a bit longer.

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Final Fantasy XI provides login bonuses, discounts, and returning campaign boosts

Saturday will mark the 14-year anniversary of Final Fantasy XI releasing in North America. If you’re one of the many players who enjoyed the game a long time ago, you may not be aware of all the things that have changed in the game, and you may think that it’s not worth the effort to catch up with the expansions and head back. Good news, then; the game is putting forth several campaigns in early November to help returning players catch up in levels, grab previously limited items, and otherwise ease back into the title as a whole.

The campaigns allow you to jump back into the game free of charge, gain massively improved experience and job point rewards, and get a number of previously time-limited items just for logging in regularly. There’s also a sale allowing you to pick up everything in the game for $10 as well as grabbing a world transfer for $10, thus letting you catch up on the expansions and swap to a populated server for less than the full game would normally cost. Whether you’re a returning veteran or a brand-new player, that’s a pretty good deal.

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PSA: Wurm Online is dirt cheap in the Humble ‘Endless RPG Lands’ Bundle

Sandbox fans, if you’ve never tried Wurm Online, you’re about to get a pretty cheap chance, as Wurm Online – specifically, its Wurm Unlimited edition – is currently dirt cheap in the Humble Bundle’s Endless RPG Lands package, basically a buck unless you pony up more to get a few other classics.

Wurm Unlimited is the 2015 standalone version of MMORPG Wurm Online, a graphics-challenged but mechanically impressive full-scale sandbox. Don’t want to deal with official servers or toxic players? Build your own server and go live there.

Most recently, the game patched in a new highway system, new buildable items, waystones, village settings, and deed tweaks.

Source: Humble Bundle, official site. Thanks to Marnick, Agemyth, and Francois!

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Mobile MMO Roundup: Flyff Legacy, Ragnarok Journey, MU Legend, Project B, and Archlord Awake

Whether it makes you want to seek shelter or embrace the winds of change, the era of mobile MMOs and spin-offs is upon us. Let’s check in with what’s going on with three of them today!

Flyff Legacy, a successor to the cute online RPG, launched on September 26th for iOS and Android. In this flying-empowered MMO, players can take on the role of a Mercenary, Acrobat, or Magician and learn how to zoom around on a broom, conquer dungeons, collect pets, fight other players, and enjoy the “whimsical style” that is a hallmark of the series.

Another recent launch was Ragnarok Journey, the latest in the long-running Ragnarok Online series. The gameplay should be familiar to Ragnarok veterans, although the studio said that this version has upgraded graphics and offers a “fresh experience.” Players who jump into the launch period will be given a gift pack with a few helpful goodies to send them on their way.

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Secret World Legends rearranges the Orochi Tower while The Park spin-off goes on sale

Secret World Legends’ weekly “The Buzzing” roundup has moved from Reddit to the official site, and in the most recent edition, the team covers the recent patch, the return on the legacy transfer service, and the upcoming final chapter of the Tokyo storyline.

The Orochi Tower is loosely scheduled to arrive in SWL in early October, although veteran players might find a few new surprises when it does. “The tower’s gameplay flow is going to be different from the classic tower,” the devs said. “You’ll need to do more floors in a more linear fashion, and you can expect to see a couple small gameplay changes and references to things that weren’t in TSW.” Rumor has it that there is even a new floor in the works.

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