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Skyforge sends you to the moon to fight in low-G

One of the advantages of creating a sci-fi MMORPG is that there's little stopping you if you want to send your players to other celestial bodies. Skyforge is doing this with its upcoming Thea update, launching players from Aelion to one of its three moons.

It won't be a walk in the park when you get there. Thea is a low-gravity environment plagued by numerous meteorite storms... but there are rewards to be had here as well. In addition to several types of quests to keep players busy, Thea offers the opportunity to mine a resource that can unlock a brand-new talent for each class.

Another interesting feature of Thea is that it will keep challenges and rewards appropriate for any character that travels there. You do have to attain your divine form as a prerequisite, but other than that, there's nothing stopping you from living out your fantasies as an astronaut making that giant leap for divinekind.

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Skyforge soars over to the PS4 on March 28 ahead of formal April 11 launch

When MMO devs give windows like "spring" for launches, we usually figure it'll be the very tail end. Not this time: My.com announced today that when it said Skyforge's PlayStation 4 version was coming in the spring, it really meant soon!

"Developer Allods Team and global publisher My.com happily announce that action MMORPG Skyforge will launch its North American and European server support on March 28th, when the game will go into Early Access. Anyone obtaining one of the Early Adopter packs can get start discovering Immortality and become Legend. The servers open up for the full free to play experience for Playstation 4 players on April 11th."

Pre-registering seems to entitle you to a couple of cosmetic bits, while being a PlayStation Plus subber nets you wings and tats too. Anyone planning to give it a try?

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Skyforge explains tweaks to the Cathedral and the Tower of Knowledge

There are few feelings as negative as being unable to catch up. That's been a major problem with Skyforge's Tower of Knowledge for a long time. Players who were already well advanced had no problem upgrading the tower rapidly, which in turn unlocked new benefits; by contrast, new players would struggle to earn enough resources to upgrade the tower, thus falling further behind the people who were already ahead. It was one of the problems that the developers aimed to fix with the adjustments to the building last week, as explained in depth in the most recent post on the official site.

The Tower of Knowledge no longer requires credits, but instead is upgraded based on enemies defeated with a maximum cap on daily upgrades. You can also unlock powerful Prototypes from research within the tower. The Cathedral has also been improved by making it far cheaper and much more potent in its effects which avoids its previous status as the least desirable building to upgrade. So these changes are all good, unless perhaps you prided yourself on being a god of good urban planning.

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Warface's first patch since the My.com publishing deal is out today

Back in January, Crytek announced that its F2P online shooter Warface would be globally published by My.com in the west beginning in February -- yep, that's the same My.com that runs Revelation Online and Skyforge. The idea was that Crytek would be able to "focus on the development aspect" and work on content while My.com would take over player accounts and game distribution.

How did it go? Apparently to plan: Warface's first big content patch since the transition rolled out today. Called Icebreaker, the update includes a new storyline, new baddies, new weapons, new achievements, "improved loading times," and of course, the co-op "Icebreaker" mission itself.

The launch trailer is tucked down below.

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Revelation Online kicks off a guild propaganda poster contest

Remember last winter when Skyforge ran a propaganda poster contest? My.com has now ported the idea over to the newly-soft-launched-into-open-beta Revelation Online, asking players to craft their very own guild propaganda for the game.

"We ask you, the community, to create your own special version of a Propaganda image to promote your current guild, whether it be a slogan, logo, guild-group photo, or anything you can think of, so long as it’s an image," says the studio.

The so-named Revelation Online Guild Propaganda contest begins today and runs through March 24th. The submitters of the top 10 entries will collect prizes ranging from high-end apparel sets to channel-wide shouting devices.

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Skyforge's new LFG tool is live with Stand United today

Heads-up, demigods: The Stand United Patch is live in Skyforge today.

It's a relatively small patch for such a grand name, but it does herald the promised overhaul to the looking-for-group system. Of note, players will now be able to select a role while queueing up for a group, WoW-style, making it clear both to the players which role you signed up for and to the game itself should the group need to replace you.

We wrote more in-depth on the new LFG system earlier this week for those who need a catch-up!

The patch also tweaks some weather and lighting in adventures, tinkers with the prestige calculation formula, and adds previous seasons' epics to invasion weapon loot tables, in addition to bug fixes and tweaks for the Greenhouse distortion.

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Skyforge is overhauling its LFG tools

Skyforge is rolling out a new update this very week: on Thursday, March 9th, in fact. "Stand United" is a bit of a quality-of-life update to be sure, especially for players annoyed with the existing queue system and invasion drops.

"Ever notice how there are 3-4 new short messages every second in the chat, such as gx+, of4, farm quartz?" My.com asks. "Despite the presence of the Group Finder option, optimum group search currently looks like this. However, sending 5 messages per minute to the chat in the hope that the right person notices you is not exactly convenient for anyone involved in the LFG process. Nevertheless, many players definitely prefer this way of selecting a group as it has several advantages compared to selecting a group from cards."

So instead of letting that mess continue on, My.com is revamping the grouping queues -- it looks pretty similar to World of Warcraft's finder or any similar tool, with roles at the forefront and a focus on replacements that match the right roles. It's worth a look if grouping has been a frustration for you in the sci-fantasy game!

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 105: Samurai and Smedley

This week saw one of the biggest MMO industry shakeups in recent memory, with big-name developers leaving long-term posts and Amazon giving Smedley a shot at redemption. Add in revelations about two major upcoming expansions, and it's all we can do to bottle up the news and deliver it to you before it explodes all over the place!

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 arriving on PlayStation 4 this spring

The PlayStation consoles have long held a claim on the God of War franchise, but why stop there? Why have just one god when you could have a bunch of gods? That sounds like a job for Skyforge, and it will be when the game gets released on the PlayStation 4 in the spring. It's coming to consoles, and it's bringing deific action along with it, complete with the same style of content that players have already been enjoying on the PC.

Are you more inclined to start playing a game on console if you get fun stuff to go along with it? You can sign up with your PSN account now to unlock special rewards when the game goes live, giving you a new outfit and glowing eyes. PS Plus subscribers also get wings and tattoos to be that much more stunning on the field. Check out the trailer just below; if you've long thought the game would be a fine match for consoles, your wish is coming true.

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Shroud of the Avatar's Kobolds are high-tech marvels

Kobolds don't have the best reputation in most RPGs, usually taking the role of a low-level, non-threatening mob that you vaguely feel sorry for when you kill and pillage its corpse. In Shroud of the Avatar, however, the City Kobolds actually have an advantage in technological development.

The team gave these Kobolds the spotlight in last weekend's newsletter: "They are much more advanced than anyone else in Novia and the source of almost all of the technology that you see in the game, including clockwork creatures and aether vibration amplifiers. City Kobolds use advanced armor and weaponry including chainswords, electric axes, gas guns, electric blunderbusses, grenades, etc."

In other news, SotA will be introducing item "patterns" in Release 39 that will allow players to change the appearance of items while retaining the stats associated with (yes, it's transmog). The team also showed the development of several regions: Upper Fortus, Rhun Ruins, and K'rawl.

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Love is stalking you in Skyforge

"Thanks to Flavius' latest laboratory shenanigans, be prepared for love to find YOU during Skyforge's Valentine's Event!"

Even if you are feeling romantically lonely, you have to admit that the above statement sounds more ominous than hopeful. Thanks to the game's new Valentine's Event, a dryad in the game has fallen in love with you and is virtually stalking you with notes and gifts.

If you want to turn the tables and find love for others, you or your followers can take on missions to play cupid and meddle in the affairs of lesser beings. Naturally, there are all sorts of cosmetics, emotes, and (yes) wings to buy if you want to creep the heck out that special dryad in your life.

The event is live and will conclude on March 1st.

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Skyforge answers player questions about future development plans

Power scaling in video games is weird, and it gets even weirder than usual in Skyforge simply because you're playing actual gods. So you find yourself wondering if you're stuck just playing a junior god and never becoming an Elder God, thereby becoming even more powerful and also giving some bad nightmares to anyone who knows a lot about Cthulhu. Good news, though; the most recent batch of community answers confirms that the mechanics for becoming an Elder God are in development to ensure that players can become that much more powerful.

There are also plans to introduce some sort of scaling for Pantheon Wars to avert lopsided conflicts and for more classes to join the game. There are also distant plans for counter-invasions for players to take the fight back to the homeworlds of the various invaders, but those plans are still far in the future. There's no timeline provided for all of the changes promised, but you can be sure that you'll be just a bit more powerful before all is said and done.

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Skyforge rolls out huge cumulative bonuses for subscribers

Skyforge players who pony up for a sub are finding out this week that My.com has adjusted the table of rewards you receive for doing just that.

"Premium ranks" are the key, the studio says. "Those will enable you to boost the efficiency of current bonuses and unlock new improvements. For example, at Rank 4 you can obtain an extra item of equipment for killing the last boss in a group adventure, while at Rank 7 your character can earn more credits and Knowledge of Enemies!"

In other words, the more you buy from the game overall, the more potency you (and in some cases, the people around you) get out of your subscription, and it seems to include a pretty wide range of perks, from free travel to damage and health bonuses to free lockboxes.

Check out the whole chart on the official site.

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