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The MOP Up: Old School RuneScape puts the finishing touches on Theater of Blood (May 20, 2018)

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!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from HellionReign of GuildsSkyforgeOld School RuneScapeWar of RightsLineage MHeroes and GeneralsAurcus OnlineARK ParkDark and LightWild TerraCitadel: Forged With Fire, and Hearthstone, all waiting for you after the break!

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The MOP Up: Battlerite royale (May 6, 2018)

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!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from TERANeverwinterBattleriteThe Black DeathRoyal BloodSaga of LucimiaSkyforgeProsperous UniversePokemon GoOcean Legend, Ultima OnlineReign of GuildsDofusFinal Fantasy XIDestiny, and Osiris: New Dawn, all waiting for you after the break!

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One Shots: A well-rounded Hobbit (breakfast)

With the prodigious and well-known appetite of Hobbits, it’s a total surprise to me that the Shire hasn’t been stripped bare with these creatures’ all-consuming need for tummy fuel. Maybe that’s what the Scouring of the Shire was? It wasn’t in the movies, I wouldn’t know.

Anyway, Amorey contemplates eating 9,000 calories in one go: “Please note the very surprised look on my Hobbit’s face: ‘What about second breakfast ? Luncheon ? Afternoon tea? Dinner? Supper?’ Eleven years in LOTRO is a big milestone for a tiny Hobbit.”

Also, do they have food wars? Weight watchers? I have so many questions about the dietary lives of these people.

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The Daily Grind: What has been the best MMO expansion or update of 2018 so far?

We are about to put four months of 2018 in the can, and during that time there has been quite a lot of movement in the MMO field with a few launches, reboots, and plenty of updates.

So far this year, Trove busted out its Heroes expansion, Skyforge added a new class with Overgrowth, TERA made the jump to consoles, and RIFT tried its hand at a progression server. That’s just scratching the surface, because it seems like every week we see several major updates come through.

Looking at the four-month start to this year, what would you say is the best MMO expansion or update so far? Yes, there is plenty coming, but what about content that’s already been released?

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Battle Bards Episode 119: Skyforge

Believe it or not, it’s the Battle Bards’ fifth anniversary! From its weirdly humble beginnings back in 2013 to our arrogant ramblings here in 2018, coverage of MMO music must continue! In today’s episode, we’ll be listening to a surprisingly good soundtrack: Skyforge. Yes, that Russian sci-fi MMO from the Allods team that lets you grow into your ego as a god. Groove on these tunes and see if there’s a new sleeper soundtrack waiting for you!

Battle Bards is a bi-weekly podcast that alternates between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around a theme. MOP’s Justin co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunesGoogle PlayTuneInPocket CastsStitcher, and Player.FM.

Listen to Episode 119: Skyforge (or download it) now:

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Skyforge launches Overgrowth expansion and kicks off anniversary event

Spring is here, plants are growing, and Skyforge has germinated an expansion for players to harvest right now. Overgrowth is live in the game, bringing a new class and some welcome features to keep player gods busy.

“After being lost on a distant planet for many years, the goddess and her new companions, the Grovewalkers, have returned to Aelion,” the studio says. “But it is far from a triumphant return: the goddess is chased by hordes of the Phytonides. Machavann’s avatar has awakened and the enemy is preparing to attack with renewed vigor.”

The cornerstone of Overgrowth is the new Grovewalker class, which bestows characters with nature-based spells and allows them to transform into “living armor” for additional abilities.

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Skyforge introduces you to the shape-shifting Grovewalker

Think you’ve mastered the full roster of Skyforge’s classes? You’re about to have one more, and this one could give you a run for your money. Meet the Grovewalker, a shapeshifting mage that utilizes nature themes. In other words, you’re a wizard who likes trees so much that you turn into one and then hurt people who want to chop you down.

“We wanted to make something all-round and not as straightforward as Paladin or Knight,” the team said. “We decided that the new class would be more interesting to play and will have a large arsenal of ranged attacks.”

The Grovewalker equips two different skillsets depending if you’re in human or living armor form. Some of these spells include planting turrets, transforming into fireflies, spitting thorns at enemies, and literally rooting bad guys in place.

This new class is coming with the launch of tomorrow’s Overgrowth expansion.

Source: Skyforge

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Skyforge streamlines and scales its adventure difficulties

The team behind Skyforge noticed a problem. Players who had hit the higher end of Prestige found themselves more or less locked out of useful Adventures as their rank was just too high, which isn’t ideal. It also reduced the number of different things that could actually be challenging for any given player. Thus, the team is planning to rework its difficulty structure to offer three difficulties for squad and group adventures that should provide a more universal mechanic.

Players will be able to choose between warm-up, challenge, and nightmare difficulty. The lowest will sync everyone to a Prestige level around that of the previous Invasion and reward appropriate gear from that, while challenge offers no sync and places you at the level of the current content. Nightmare, meanwhile, will boost the difficulty beyond the current cap and offer greater rewards (with more information due in the future). So no matter how far you’ve gone, you should have a challenge option to fit your character for a group.

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Skyforge hints at a special anniversary event

Skyforge is heading into its third anniversary very soon, and the team is hinting at something special for the occasion.

“At this point in time, we would usually announce the in-game celebrations of our birthday,” the team said. “But this time, we have planned something different, something bigger. Skyforge will perform a special event on all platforms (PC, PS4, XBOX) in the upcoming month.”

Meanwhile, the sci-fi MMO is running an introduction event for its upcoming Overgrowth expansion. From now through April 12th, players can go through the Tessa’s Exiles event to earn special rewards including tattoos, halos, and weapons.

Source: Skyforge

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Guns of Icarus Alliance opens preorders for its PS4 port, promises cross-platform voice chat

Guns of Icarus is making another bold move – this time to console. Specifically, it’s launching its Alliance edition on the PS4, with preorders open right this very moment.

“Assemble a daring crew to battle for sky supremacy with Guns of Icarus Alliance, out May 1 on PlayStation 4 for $14.99. The team-based, pirate airship combat game from indie developer Muse Games is the first to offer cross-platform play and voice chat between PS4 and Steam players. Starting today, players can preorder Guns of Icarus Alliance and receive a 25% discount, a ship figurehead and a costume set forged exclusively for those that preorder.”

We’ve been following the Muse Games title for almost a decade; you’ll recall that it’s a steampunk airship combat MMO that reinvented itself last year with a slew of PvE and co-op content and successful Kickstarters for multiple types of content. Most recently, the title pushed out a new PvE defense map called Blistered Abyss.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 163: Expansions ‘Я’ Us

On this week’s show, Bree and Justin recover from an avalanche of expansion news, including announcements from Elder Scrolls Online and Star Trek Online. Also, did you hear that Bless Online is coming this May? Oh, they did, and they have many words to say on the matter!

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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The MOP Up: Final Fantasy XIV gets primal (March 25, 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!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Destiny 2ScumPokemon Go, OrbusVRDauntlessHeroes of the Storm, SkyforgeElswordOld School RuneScapeMapleStory BlitzDestiny 2The Elder Scrolls LegendsProsperous UniverseFinal Fantasy XIVMU LegendWakfu, and Dark and Light, all waiting for you after the break!

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Skyforge announces Overgrowth expansion, coming April 11

Skyforge is embracing spring with the announcement of a brand-new and rather leafy new expansion. It’s called Overgrowth, and you can expect it on PC on April 11th (a day later for consolers).

“This expansion introduces a wild new class for players to unlock, called the Grovewalkers. They are highly proficient mages that sling wild nature magic at their foes from afar. Though initially nimble in appearance; they can call upon the protection of their living armor and morph into hulking frontline tanks. A sight to behold and a feature that will transform combat in Skyforge forever! Overgrowth will also let players rediscover Aelion through reworked story missions and completely new challenges system!”

While the update is a free one, you can pre-order the Grovewalker collector’s edition for $34.99 starting today to snag the class unlock, costume, weapon, and companion. (If you wait until release to buy the new class with cash, or a week after that to buy it with currency, you won’t get those exclusives.)

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