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WildStar’s Starfall Celebration heralds the game’s third birthday

It hardly seems as if it’s been three years since WildStar launched. In fact, I missed the original launch since it rudely came out while I was busy having a baby. Now she and the game are both turning three, and here we all are. Who wants cake? Great: WildStar’s Starfall Celebration festivities kick off next week and span the entire month of June — with a few tweaks.

“Throughout the whole month we’re running a series of WildStar’s most lucrative bonus events on a weekly rotation, offering you out-of-this-world benefits from four different events back-to-back,” Carbine says. “But that’s not all! With Starfall there will also be a unique reward pack delivered to your Account Inventory just for logging in each week! Make sure you transmat to Nexus every week in June to claim your rewards and take full advantage of the bonus events.”

Check out the entire schedule on the official site so you’ll know what not to miss!

Source: WildStar

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Perfect Ten: Understanding MMORPG Warriors

There is always a Warrior. Every game has a Warrior. No matter what other class options it has, a Warrior is in that list. Star Wars: The Old Republic takes place in a galaxy far, far away (and thousands of years before the more well-established long time ago) where you have force adepts instead of mages or healers, operatives and Force assassins instead of rogues, and… Sith Warriors. And Sith Warriors still manage to tick off every single box on the Warrior Bingo card, which is why this is a list as opposed to just a bingo card.

I feel I have a reasonable and healthy relationship with Warriors. There are some games with Warriors I love, some with Warriors I don’t like, but in every single one I can make immediate assumptions just because it’s called a Warrior. From Guild Wars 2 to World of Warcraft, from Final Fantasy XI to Final Fantasy XIV, if you see something called a Warrior, you know what you’re getting into.

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Skyforge’s Risen Exiles brings the Monk, Witch, and Necro to PlayStation 4 today

Skyforge has pushed its Risen Exiles update over to the game’s PS4 version today. If you’re a PC player thinking that you’ve never heard of the Risen Exiles expansion, that’s because it seems to be a mish-mash of patches you already have.

“Unlock and experience the deadly power of the Necromancer, balanced strength of the Monk, and dark spells of the Witch. Players can rise from exile today by downloading the free expansion for the PlayStation store and take on new endgame challenges in the Tacid Dunes, mastering the new dungeons alone or with their friends. Also, all competitive immortals are invited to ready themselves for deadly conflicts with the addition of new 10 player versus 10 player battlegrounds.”

The class bundle will be on sale in the PS store later today, and there’s a free bundle in there too with Patriot Formal Armor, one thousand argents, and 3 days of Premium, so you may as well grab that.

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The MOP Up: Life is Feudal’s building sim (May 14, 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 have stories and videos from MapleStoryHeroes of the StormIngressWurm OnlineDCUOHellionLife is FeudalSkyforgeOverwatchH1Z1Final Fantasy XI, all waiting for you after the break!

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NCsoft’s Q1 2017 financials: Tumbles for Lineage, Guild Wars 2, plus new leadership for Lineage Eternal

NCsoft’s first quarter financials for 2017 have released, and… well, let’s get the bad news out of the way. While sales dropped only slightly since the preceding quarter and in line with last year, the company’s operating profits and incomes fell sharply, in the -60 to -77% range both quarter over quarter and year over year. The company says that’s “due to incentives paid on the back of record-high earnings last year.” In particular, Lineage 1’s sales were down significantly on the quarter and the year (“due to the early sales recognition in 4Q and weaker traffic from anticipated Lineage M demand”). Aion’s and Lineage II’s sales dropped ever so slightly, as did Guild Wars 2’s, which has fallen by more than half following the late 2015 launch of Heart of Thorns.

The good news? Blade and Soul saw a small boost.

During the conference call, NCsoft announced that it has overturned the development leadership working on Lineage Eternal, suggesting that the closed beta failed to “reflect NCsoft’s characteristics” and promising a retooled dev schedule in the months ahead.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 116: Bree’s virtual garage sale

Is Ashes of Creation destined to be the Kickstarter event of the year? Today on the ‘cast, Bree and Justin talk about this crowdfunding tsunami, several MMO patches, a superhero preview, and even a launch. Also, Bree is selling the entire contents of her virtual garage. It was a busy week!

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.

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WildStar is finishing its switch to ProtoBucks instead of NCoins

The conversion to a proprietary currency for WildStar microtransactions is almost complete. While WildStar has been using NCoins (NCsoft’s microtransaction currency), it introduced ProtoBucks some time ago. When patch 1.7.2 releases, players will no longer be able to convert NCoins to ProtoBucks, meaning that NCoins will no longer be usable within the game in any fashion. The change appears to be chiefly aimed at allowing the game to hold promotions and sales for its own currency without affecting the overall exchange rate for NCoins, although if you want to speculate about deeper meanings, who are we to stop you?

Patch 1.7.2 is also introducing community plots, and the map for these plots has been posted by an enterprising Reddit user. If you’ve got a cluster of friends playing the game and you all want to live together, it’s well worth checking out the sort of landscape you’ll be dealing with.

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Massively Overthinking: Competitive PvE in MMORPGs

During last week’s podcast, Justin and I bumped into a tangential topic about competitive PvE and how relatively rare it is in MMORPGs, which seems weird, right? It was once the nature of MMOs to make us scuffle with other guilds in open-world dungeons, but with the dawn of instanced PvE content, devs didn’t replace that type of content the same way they’ve embraced raiding and PvP. You’ve got achievements, sure, and gear show-offs, but outside of Guild Wars-esque challenge missions and WildStar PvE leaderboards, it’s just not something most MMOs bother with.

Why is that? Should they? And how do you want to see it done? I posed all these questions to the Massively OP team this week for Massively Overthinking!

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Whatever happened to Alganon, Ryzom, and Forsaken Legends?

Ever find yourself wondering, “Whatever happened to so-and-so? We never hear about that MMO in the news any more! Is it still running? Does it still have a loyal community? How will I find out about these things if I am too lazy to Google it?”

Well, that’s what I’m here for, gentle readers. The response back in March to the first column in this series was positive enough that it warranted a follow-up with a different trilogy of games to investigate. In today’s post, we’re going to see what’s going on (if anything) with Alganon, Ryzom, and Forsaken Legends, three titles that haven’t been in the spotlight for a while.

Have suggestions for future installments in this series? That’s what the comments are for, brah.

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The Days of Glory come to Skyforge through May 24

We’ve mentioned before that the world of Skyforge tends to get invaded pretty regularly at this point. The first time it happened, though? That was a big deal. It’s the first invasion and the victory against the Mechanoids that the Days of Glory event is celebrating, and players can take part to earn various special rewards purchased through Ether Traces.

During the event, which runs until May 24th, players can examine displays about the first invasion, relive the battles of the past, and track down the mystery of various strange letters. You can also activate the virtual battle challenge and see how long you last against virtual challenge battles. Hey, if you can’t celebrate this stuff as a deity, when can you?

Of course, PlayStation 4 players have reason enough to celebrate when the game’s first console expansion, the Risen Exiles, hits on May 16th, bringing the Monk, Necromancer, and Witch to the console. It also brings new areas, 10v10 PvP battles, and the start of the Pantheon Wars. Check out the trailer just below.

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WildStar begins testing prime raids and housing communities

With WildStar’s Patch 1.7.1 out of the way this week, the team at Carbine can kick back, open up a cold one, and… apparently go full-tilt with the next update on the test server. What is this madness, indeed?

As the game continues to expand its instance offerings with prime-levels of difficulty, Patch 1.7.2 will debut a raid with this same challenge. Y-83 Level 1 is being tested with its Prime difficulty setting on, giving players a tougher ride with greater rewards. And while housing communities aren’t slated for 1.7.2, they are on the PTR right now for players to fiddle with and break. Communities have been one of the most desired housing features since their initial reveal, tantalizing players with the thought of connecting player islands together to form neighborhoods.

The team is also tweaking the drop rate of Progenitor Access Particles for the next update: “We’ve made a change that you’ll see on the PTR, the goal of which is to ease the current PAPs burden. In 1.7.2 they now have a rare chance to drop throughout Prime Dungeons, during Arcterra five-player encounters, and in World Boss and Arcterra Boss loot bags. In addition, the chance to obtain a PAP has increased slightly at the end of Prime Dungeons and when turning in Tier-2 Contracts.”

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Perfect Ten: Exploring MMORPGs from the far corners of the world

Have you ever noticed that while there’s an entire world out there, most all of the MMORPGs we discuss and play tend to either be ones crafted in the USA or imports from China or Korea? We even have a shorthand for this: “western” and “eastern” MMOs. We’re usually not talking about entire hemispheres with these references, but rather about categorizing three countries that are big into the MMORPG business.

But what about the rest of the world? Are all of these other countries so uncaring about this genre that they’ve never tried their hand at making an MMO? Of course not; as I’m about to show you, there are plenty of online RPGs that have been made in countries other than China, the USA, and South Korea. It’s just that for various reasons, those three countries ended up fostering concentrations of video game developers who knew how to create these types of games.

So let’s take a tour around the world and see if we can’t give some credit to other countries for their contributions to the MMORPG genre past, present, and future. Before you click the link, see how many you can name off the top of your head!

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WildStar patch 1.7.1 arrives tomorrow, complete with expert Skullcano

Ready to challenge a few more bits of group content at Prime difficulty in WildStar? You’ll have your chance when patch 1.7.1 arrives on May 3rd. Why, that’s tomorrow, isn’t it? How positively wonderful!

The patch adds Skullcano (which is still the most metal dungeon name ever), Outpost M-13, and Rage Logic to the Prime difficulty rotation. Players can also check out how they’re doing relative to other players with the addition of new PvE leaderboards, which will let you see how you measure up against solo players and other groups.

The patch also brings in a new shared realm bank for your characters and new fortunes from Madame Fay, which will be perfect for players who would rather not be on the competitive side of things. You can take a look at the full set of patch notes to find out more about the features included, or you can just jump in and start going for new group content immediately.

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