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, Black Desert Online started rewarding loyal players with all manner of goodies. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Guild Wars 2, Overwatch, Defiance, and more, all waiting for you after the break!
As the final pages turn on 2015, MMO bloggers engage in a favorite pastime of recalling their best and most notable gaming experiences of the year.
Light Falls Gracefully ranks the author's eight most-played MMOs of the year, starting with a gloomy prediction about WildStar. "I am still in love with WildStar," Mesmer posts. "With that said, it’s going to die in 2016 just as City of Heroes did in 2012."
Meanwhile, Clean Casuals said that there was only one game that ruled them all this past year: Final Fantasy XIV. "FFXIV has demanded most of my online gaming time and staved away other MMOs," Aywren wrote. "Part of this is due to the nature of the subscription game. Part of this is due to the efforts to foster a free company and a community that I wanted to be a part of."
Yesterday, we announced our award for MMO of the Year -- it went to Final Fantasy XIV. But we deliberately expanded the category to include MMOs that launched before 2015, primarily in the hopes of avoiding a repeat of our 2014 "nothing" vote, which was depressing.
So what about just the new games of 2015? Which one is the best if we whittle it down to only those MMOs that actually launched -- either fully or into a paid early access or endless open beta version -- in 2015?
You can help us answer that question in today's Leaderboard poll below.
Hardcore PvP MMO Sphere 3 is but a few weeks old now, and developer Nikita Online would like to wish you happy holidays in between all the "political deceit, war atrocities and vile treachery" that you've been dishing out inside the game. In fact, Nikita put together an exclusive bundle of goodies to help new players get started and old players kick even more butt. Here's what's in it!
One Mask of the Plague mechanic (30 days), one Ashen Armorback summon whistle (7 days), five resurrection scrolls, five teleportation stones, and five banker summoning scrolls.
We've got 50 keys for the bundle for our readers, so clicky the Mo button below (and prove you're not a robot) to take home a key of your own.
You know what this genre needs more of? Hardcore PvP MMOs! Just kidding. But how about a really pretty 3-D hardcore PvP MMO with "political deceit, war atrocities and vile treachery"? Those are harder to find, but one arrives today with a free-to-play model: Sphere 3.
NIKITA ONLINE is proud to announce, that Sphere 3: Enchanted World is now available to the players from all over the world. The epic adventure begins on December 2. Take a journey to an epic fantasy universe of Sphere 3: Enchanted World, the PvP-based MMORPG with hardcore non-target system! Play it for free to experience massive battles, breathtaking castle sieges, deep storyline and even more.
You can download it on Steam and check out the pics below.
If you wanted to point to an MMO doing everything right when it comes to Kickstarter, The Repopulation would be a fine pick. Unfortunately, the game is in a tight spot due to the licensing agreements with its engine, and that situation is getting worse rather than better. When your game is talking about contingency plans, it's a safe bet that things are going south.
While a lot of studios have been quiet for the past few days due to holidays, there has been other beta news just the same:
And, of course, there's our usual buffet of list items just below. See something that jumped from testing to launch, or from closed testing to open testing? Let us know down in the comments, if you would be so kind.
Looking for a fresh new MMO to take you into the last month of the year? We humbly present to you Sphere 3, which has just announced a launch date of December 2nd.
The free-to-play fantasy title has two core attributes in its design: "hardcore" and "PvP." Players won't be coddled with a targeting system but are instead challenged to use skill and reflexes to dominate the battlefield. Sphere 3 promises hundreds of quests, castle sieges, and a happy-go-lucky storyline involving "political deceit, war atrocities and vile treachery."
The developers paid special attention to making sure that Sphere 3 will run smoothly on a wide range of machines so that performance won't be a factor in the action gameplay.
Source: Nikita Online
press release. Thanks to Feodor for the tip!
Last week's news about Sphere 3: The Enchanted World's open beta caught me by surprise. As I mentioned in that post, I thought that I had a pretty firm grasp on all of the MMOs currently available for playing, but I'd never heard of that one prior to a reader tip.
I don't know that I'll end up playing Sphere 3, but at least it's on my radar at this point. What about you, MOP readers? Have you been surprised to learn the existence of an MMO? Which one? Did you end up playing it?
Just when I thought I'd been doing this long enough to know about every MMO in existence, along comes Sphere 3: Enchanted World to prove me wrong. The game originates in Russia, and its website describes it as a "brand new MMORPG created for the most hardcore players." Additional verbiage highlights siege PvP, a non-target combat system, and a "strong classic fantasy storyline" featuring 1000 quests that spans over 600 hours of gameplay.
Classes include everything from the usual Sorcerer and Warrior to the hilariously named Killer, which I'm assuming is a nod to Assassins rather than Richard Bartle. The game is going into open beta right now, and it's also been greenlit on Steam. You can watch a preview trailer after the cut.
If you are all a-flutter for news about Black Desert, this week has been kind to you. Super kind, even. A preview of the game's upcoming Awakening system was made available for fans, its demo will debut in Paris next week, and there's even super-important information about how you can up your odds of getting into the game's testing. Once it's finally here, you too can camp a boss for 10 hours just to deliver an eight-minute clip of video, because who doesn't think that sounds like a fun ride?
Meanwhile, if you're not even the slightest bit interested in Black Desert, there's still other beta stuff going on from the week.
- Wild Terra is opening up for a free-for-all beta test running until October 26th, if you want to jump into a harsh world that will force you to struggle if you want to survive.
- Self-proclaimed hardcore Russian MMO Sphere 3 is aiming for an open beta, if you want to jump into a harsh world that will force you to struggle if you want to survive. Chiefly against other players.
- Devilian entered its first closed beta in what I assume is some degree of harshness. Survival, etc. You know.
- A whopping 120 quests have been added to Otherland. That's three times 40, and as we all know, 40 is as many as four 10s. And that's harsh.
- Sword Coast Legends has launched, allowing you to jump into a harsh world blah blah blah. Except it's probably a world created by your friends, so you know whose fault it is.
There was, of course, more stuff going on, but there's only so much space in these introductions, gentle readers. Perhaps you'd like to check out our customary list past the break? And if we missed something, of course, you can let us know about it in the comments.
Do you often find yourself bemoaning the carebear environment of current MMOs and missing the "good old days" of unrelenting player killing across virtual worlds? Then one new Russian title might be your savior: Sphere 3: Enchanted World.
The latest in the Sphere series, which stretches back to 2000, Sphere 3 presents widespread PvP, an "unforgiving but fair" PK system, and castle sieges. But it's not only about PvP, as the game also offers over 1,000 quests, nine classes, four races, and a huge storyline.
Sphere 3 is currently aiming at an open beta test this fall and has been greenlit on Steam. "This autumn you can find out yourself what hardcore Russian PvP means!" Nikita Online said.