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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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NCsoft’s 3Q 2017 financials: Lineage M drives record profits, Guild Wars 2 Path of Fire isn’t too shabby either

NCsoft had an exceptionally good third financial quarter this year, reaching a record high in sales and operating profit for the company, and it’s almost entirely thanks to the mobile MMORPG Lineage M, which didn’t even bleed the rest of the Lineage franchise as you might have expected (Lineage and Lineage II held remarkably steady this quarter compared to last, as did Aion and Blade & Soul).

Good news for Guild Wars 2 as well; NCsoft notes that ArenaNet’s flagship brought in over $20B Won, “an increase of 49% [quarter-over-quarter], driven by the second expansion pack sales” that saw US and European sales figures in particular increase 13% QOQ “on the back of Guild Wars 2 performance.” $20B Korean Won is about $18M US. So Path of Fire at least performed well enough for NCsoft to gloat about it, twice, and it’s a big boost to GW2, especially considering Q2 2017 was the game’s worst ever – but it didn’t top Heart of Thorns’ huge showing two years ago.

Before you ask, no, we don’t know how well WildStar is doing; NCsoft doesn’t report it separately anymore. But it’s still flying. That’s enough.

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Skyforge’s Xbox One early access has begun

Free-to-play sci-fantasy MMORPG Skyforge has semi-launched on the Xbox One, at least kicking off its early access program. The move follows a hop from PC to PlayStation 4 earlier this year. The downside is that to get in today, you’ll have to pick up a founder pack – if not, you’ll be waiting a few more weeks.

“If you don’t have a pack yet but would like to join the early access, it is not too late,” My.com posted today. “The founder’s packs are still available until Skyforge releases on Xbox One on November 29th.” The bundles run from a $14.99 starter pack all the way up to a $79.99 gold founder pack stuffed with class unlocks, cash-shop currency, and two months of sub time. All packs come with early access, while the larger preorder bundles include additional cosmetics.

We’ve included the announcement pics below along with today’s new launch trailer. Anyone planning to pick it up on Xbox?

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Perfect Ten: A list of all the MMORPGs I supposedly hate

Did you know about all the MMOs I hate? I sure as heck didn’t! I mean, I knew there were a few games I hated (Scarlet Blade, Alganon) and some that I have pretty poor feelings toward for various reasons (Star Citizen, EVE Online, League of Legends, H1Z1: Kash of the Kow), but those are also games I discuss only in particular circumstances.

Yet thankfully, I have been informed over the near-decade of writing about MMOs that there are a number of games I thought I liked but that I do, in fact, hate. This was a surprise to me, but I think that for purposes of comprehension, it’s best for me to list for reference all the games that I apparently utterly despise. It’s all very confusing to me, but I’m confident that by sharing and making the occasional off-color joke, I’ll be able to decipher it all.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 143: BlizzCon strikes back

On this week’s show, Justin and Bree dig into the exciting news from BlizzCon, mull over the troubles at Marvel Heroes, mourn the passing of a great studio, and cover a handful of MMO updates.

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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WildStar, Blade and Soul, Aion, and Lineage II come under DDoS attacks

Hackers launched an offensive against NCsoft yesterday, targeting several of the company’s MMORPGs in a series of DDoS attacks. WildStar, Aion, Lineage II, and Blade and Soul all posted warnings about the issues to let players know that game stability might be affected.

Several NCsoft Twitter accounts reported the DDoS onslaught yesterday afternoon, saying, “We’re aware of ongoing distributed denial of service attacks directed at our games and are working to mitigate them. If you’ve been experiencing connection drops or sporadic high latency, please know that we’re closely watching the situation and reducing game service impact as much as possible. If you’re experiencing connection or latency issues which you believe to be outside of these attacks, we ask that you please submit a support ticket so we can collect additional information.”

As of this morning, there were no further updates on the forums or Twitter feeds regarding this attack. Additionally, it does not seem that Guild Wars 2 was affected by the attack.

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WildStar patches in Primetime and preps November booster events

The most recent patch for WildStar is Primetime, and it is indeed all about making it the time for Prime. The Genetic Archives raid is now available in Prime difficulty, Protogames Academy is available in Prime difficulty, and both Space Madness and Infestation have been available for Prime challenges. That’s a raid, a dungeon, and two expeditions. But that’s not all, as the dungeons and expeditions can now go to prime level 15 with accordingly better rewards. Plus, there are new rewards available for renovating your housing plot, which isn’t exactly a Prime difficulty but does get your home plot ready for primetime.

The patch should get you primed for the various events coming in November, as detailed in the latest DevConnect dispatch. A free level 50 boost will be available through November 5th, Residential Renovation will run from November 10th to November 17th, and doubled experience is available from November 24th to the 27th. There are also new pets from Madame Fay and new items coming to the shop this month, so check out the full rundown to prime your engines.

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PSA: WildStar is giving out free level 50 characters in preparation for next week’s raid

Time to skip over all of that meaty, pesky leveling content and enjoy an express pass to the endgame in WildStar… if that is your desire, of course. Carbine announced that it is once again giving out free level 50 characters to anyone who claims them by November 5th by logging into the game.

There is a big caveat here, which is that if you took advantage of this boost the last time WildStar did a giveaway, you can’t get another one this time around. The boost comes with a load of freebies, including gear, a mount, a housing teleport, path rewards, and a port to your faction’s capital city.

There is a sinister and devious reason behind Carbine’s attempt to shoo everyone to level 50, which is that WildStar is dropping a major content update next week. The update will raise the prime level cap on instances to 15 and open up the Genetic Archives Prime Level 1 raid. OK, maybe not so sinister or devious.

Source: WildStar

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 141: Mouse invasions and elf butts

On this week’s show, Justin and Bree go trick or treating as only grown adults can: in a video game! The is also prim and proper talk of MMO expansion pre-orders, launch dates, mouse invasions, and the all-important ELF BUTTS. It’s quite the event, to be sure.

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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Skyforge is launching early access for Xbox One on November 10

Skyforge’s ambitions just can’t be tamed: First it launched on PC, then it came to the PlayStation 4 earlier this year. Now it’s set its sights on Xbox One, as My.com has just announced the free-to-play sci-fi fantasy MMORPG will land on yet another platform worldwide “this year.” What does that mean? Soon indeed, since we’re down to a dwindling number of months left in 2017. The preorders, which are live already, give us a clue: Early access begins on November 10th. The bundles run from a $14.99 starter pack all the way up to a $79.99 gold founder pack stuffed with class unlocks, cash-shop currency, and two months of sub time. All packs come with early access, while preorders include additional cosmetics.

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The Daily Grind: Which MMO rules at Halloween events?

I’m almost never happier in MMORPGs than when October rolls around. There’s so much moodiness and festivities revolving around Halloween, thanks to developers’ undying love for the holiday. Practically every MMO out there — even some of the ones which haven’t launched yet — are doing something pumpkin-related.

Of course, some games are much more serious about delivering a premium Halloween experience than others, and there’s a kind of escalating war of ghosts and goblins between MMOs. I’ve always loved LOTRO’s Haunted Burrow, and WildStar’s Shade’s Eve was quite excellent back when I was playing that game. But I can’t deny that some old timers like World of Warcraft and EverQuest II have built up a mountain of Halloween content over the years.

So… which MMO rules at Halloween events? Which always get you to come back, year after year, because it absolutely nails the theme, the fun, and the treats of the season?

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Massively Overthinking: Is open-world housing really a ‘failed’ MMORPG experiment?

Massively OP’s Justin Olivetti has a provocative article on his personal gaming blog, Bio Break, this week on MMORPG housing.

“I once again wonder why open world housing is this holy grail that some players and developers seem hellbent on chasing,” he writes. “It’s an ideal, a beautiful mirage couched in the notion of players inhabiting the very world they play, allowing them to stroll through neighborhoods of fellow adventurer’s homes and basking in the connectivity of it all. Yet it’s a failed experiment, one that is proven time and again to have far more drawbacks than benefits.” After listing off his complaints with the mechanic, he ultimately concludes that “we simply don’t need fixed open world housing, even in sandboxes.”

But being Justin, he also asked for feedback on why the joys are worth the drawbacks – and how to fix the system so it works instead of running off the rails. That’s just what we’ll do in this week’s Overthinking. Is he right about not needing this type of housing? And if not, how would you fix open world housing?

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Enter to win a Skyforge PS4 Revenant Quickplay Pack from My.com and MOP!

Hey, Skyforge players! Are you having fun with the newly launched Revenant class? You know, that “mighty warlord, appropriately adorned with impressive armor and wielding a ghastly two-handed axe, which siphons the life from its enemies using vile shadow magics, assuming it hasn’t simply butchered opponents into a gory mess first”?

Oh, what’s that? You don’t have the Revenant class yet? Welp, you’re in the right giveaway! Thanks to My.com, Massively OP’s got a nice bundle of Skyforge goodies to hand out to our PS4 readers (PC folks, you can sit this one out)!

Fifty winners of this week’s raffle will be taking home a Revenant Quickplay Pack, which includes the Revenant class unlock as well as three days of Premium Subscription time. Please note that the codes will work only for Skyforge’s North American PS4 edition.

Read on to enter to win!

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