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Massively OP’s Best of 2017 Awards: Best MMO Studio of 2017

Massively Overpowered’s end-of-the-year 2017 awards continue today with our award for Best MMO Studio of 2017, which was awarded to ZeniMax last year. We asked our writers to consider major MMORPG studios in 2017, not just their pet favorites, and judge the studios on what they did within the MMORPG genre this year specifically. Don’t forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end!

The Massively OP staff pick for Best MMO Studio of 2017 is…

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Square-Enix announces ‘survival action shooter’ Left Alive

Square-Enix announced LEFT ALIVE this morning, a “survival action shooter” that is permanently in capslock mode apparently.

We don’t know a whole lot right now as we’ve just got the trailer from the a PlayStation press conference in Japan and a tease that more is on the way at the Tokyo Game Show later this month, but we do know it’s a new IP in spite of its similarity to Front Mission, and it’s destined for the PS4 and PC (via Steam) at some point in 2018. It doesn’t technically say multiplayer, but cross your fingers? The trailer’s down below.

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Dragon Quest Heroes II is hitting the PlayStation 4 in April 2017

Are you eagerly anticipating the day that Dragon Quest X graces the shores of North America? Well, too bad; that’s not the announcement we’ve got for you today. But you can at least slightly assuage your need for multiplayer Dragon Quest gameplay with the upcoming Dragon Quest Heroes II, launching for the PlayStation 4 on April 25th, 2017. It’s not quite the same thing, but you can form a party with other players online and take on enormous monsters, so it’s at least in the same food group.

The game is billed as an action RPG with plenty of familiar faces for fans of previous Dragon Quest installments, although the headlining characters are a pair of cousins that get stuck in the middle of the first war to visit the world in a thousand year. You’ll have to work overtime to restore peace to the land, and that means precision application of violence. Check out screenshots and the opening announcement trailer just below.

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Dragon Quest fans are running a grassroots campaign for localizing Dragon Quest X

It’s easy to forget that Square-Enix is running another MMORPG in addition to the two localized titles we have over here… unless, of course, you’re a huge fan of the Dragon Quest franchise. Then you’re probably wondering why there’s still no word on any localization for Dragon Quest X. The bad news is that this post is not announcing that localization, but the good news is that it looks like a path is open to getting it localized; Square just needs to know that enough people want it.

Fans have been told that localization will be considered if the company knows fans are interested, so the organized campaign on Reddit is asking potential players to flood support tickets with requests for a North American localization. There’s no word on exact numbers, but it seems to be more about confirming that there’s a critical mass of people interested, first and foremost. If you’ve been waiting for your chance to stand up and shout that you want to play the game, well, here it is.

Source: Reddit; thanks to Scott for the tip!

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Dragon Quest X is getting ported to the Nintendo NX as well as the PlayStation 4

If you’re wondering when you’ll finally going to be able to enjoy Dragon Quest X despite neither living in Japan nor speaking a word of Japanese, the only answer you’ll get is still a shrug and a sheepish grin. But if you’re wondering whether or not you’ll be able to play the MMORPG on the next generation of Nintendo hardware, the answer you’ll get is a firm and affirmative nod. A recent interview with Famitsu confirmed that DQX is being ported to the Nintendo NX ahead of the console’s launch.

The interview confirmed that the port is being developed alongside the DQX port for the PlayStation 4, with assurance that the title will be released well before the planned launch of Dragon Quest XI. A new class is also planned for the game’s next major version update. So it’s no news whatsoever for the non-Japan contingent of the audience, but those with a fluency in the language can look forward to more console options in the not-too-distant future.

Source: DualShockers; thanks to Ekurisona for the tip!

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Nosgoth is shutting down at the end of May

Sad news today for fans of asymmetric vampire shooting games; Nosgoth, the multiplayer shooter based on the Legacy of Kain franchise, will be shutting down on May 31st. In an open letter to the community, the development team states that the game simply didn’t have the critical mass necessary to continue supporting developments and sinking more money into the game.

Players will still be able to log in and shoot vampires/slay human hunters through the end of May, with the game’s forums remaining online until June 14th. Players who have spent real money on the game after March 1st are also eligible for a refund via the original purchase method used. Check out the full announcement on the official site if you have any lingering questions about the shutdown; our condolences go out to the players who made the game their home.

Source: Official Site via PC Gamer. Thanks winterskorn!

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Check out footage of the Figureheads Online pre-open beta testing

There’s still no official announcement about Figureheads being localized in English, but Square-Enix‘s upcoming third-person mech-based shooter does have English localization files in its latest pre-open beta testing round. It also has plenty of mecha shooting one another and moving around a tactical battlefield, which Steparu helpfully compiled into a series of videos. If you’ve been curious about this title since it was first mentioned – or you’re interested now because the word “mech” was mentioned – you can check those out below.

The game is apparently very tactically focused rather than being a game one simply picks up and plays, with an emphasis on teamwork and squad participation in taking and holding objectives. It does, however, sport several tutorials to ease you into the process, and once you understand that it’s a game about teamwork you can more easily disrupt your opponents and lead your team to victory. It also features all of this while stomping around in giant customizable robots, which may very well be the biggest appeal.

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Gunslinger Stratos Reloaded to sunset less than two months after its launch

Call it Gunslinger Stratos Unloaded.

Square Enix’s colorful action title Gunslinger Stratos Reloaded officially launched in Japan six days ago, and yet it’s already been marked for extermination. The studio announced that it will be shutting down the title in the country on March 29th due to a lack of player interest. No new accounts can be made between now and its sunset.

Things weren’t looking so hot for GSR during its beta period, with servers coming off as a “ghost town.” Square Enix never mentioned whether or not this game was slated to come to the west, but now that it’s closing in Japan, it’s probably a safe bet that we’ll never see it now.

Source: Steparu

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Gunslinger Stratos Reloaded Online adds a new map but remains a ghost town

Are you very excited about Gunslinger Stratos Reloaded Online? Is that excitement due to  the fact that it’s some sort of shooty game made by Square-Enix? For those holding out hope that the game will come to western shores, there’s no official word on any localization, but you may not want to hold your breath as the servers are reportedly pretty empty on the Japanese version.

Steparu recently took the opportunity to try out the game’s newest map, Shibuya Night, and found the server population to be pretty much nonexistent. That doesn’t bode well for the health of the game or any sort of localization. You can check out footage of the new map just below, if you’re not about to be dissuaded by low population observation.

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Square wants to know if you’d crowdfund a 2-D indie MMO

Would you crowdfund an “action-based” MMORPG for the PC, Mac, and mobile platforms called Dragon of Legends? Developer Square Enix wants to know, and as such it has set up an informal poll where you can make your voice heard. If you read the fine print, you’ll find that Square isn’t actually developing the game itself but is instead looking to “help independent developers” as part of its Indie Collective program.

The title is “heavily influenced by the mythic cycle of Gaelic Ireland and Norse mythology, where the lights of faeries border the realms of darkness.” The firm also mentions a 2-D “retro-inspired world,” customizable characters, a diverse class system, and an immersive narrative.

Sound good? Don’t forget to click the link below to vote!

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Lord of Vermilion: Arena is a MOBA CCG thing from Square Enix

Square Enix, come on down! You’re the next contestant on Make Your Own MOBA! Lord of Vermilion: Arena is based on the Lord of Vermilion CCG, and it’s scheduled to hit open beta in Japan on June 4th.

The beta will purportedly offer 15 new summons, a revamped tutorial, story mode content, and more. In terms of gameplay, MMO Culture boils it down to creating RPG-style characters, forming card decks with summons, and using said summons to fight. Lord of Vermilion: Arena features seven-vs.-seven battles.

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Check out the new Triad Wars trailer

Eager to play Triad Wars but not currently in the beta test? There’s a brand-new trailer for the game just below, so you can watch that. It’s not really the same as being in the testing, but it should serve as something of an analgesic for the time being.

Fair warning, however: The trailer below contains both gore and bad language. It’s nothing beyond what you would expect to see in an action movie, no, but you probably don’t want to sit back at work and turn it on fullscreen. Although where are you working that would even make that a consideration?

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Final Fantasy XI will hold a press conference on the future, but what will it say?

Final Fantasy XI feels a bit neglected with all of the hype surrounding Final Fantasy XIV‘s expansion, doesn’t it? That’s probably part of the reason the development team is hosting a livestream on Thursday at 3:00 a.m. EDT regarding the future of the game. (It makes more sense when you consider, you know, Japan.) What will be announced in that stream, though, is still up in the air, with nothing but the very vague promise that it will concern the game’s future.

The most reasonable assumptions would be that the game is swapping business models, dropping support for an older platform, or shutting down altogether. None of these quite fits the character of Square-Enix‘s usual livestream events, however, which are generally more celebratory and encouraging. It seems odd to imagine that the game would be announcing another expansion, but it’s not outside of the realm of possibility, nor is it unbelievable to think that the game might move into a quiet maintenance mode. We’ll find out on Thursday, when we’ll all get surprised by the fact that the game is launching a single-player version and bringing back Tetra Master.

[Source: Gamer Escape]

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