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Crowfall brings in the Assassin and Ranger for today’s Pre-Alpha 5 test

Even games that haven’t technically launched yet are getting into the whole pre-holiday MMORPG frenzy. Take Crowfall, for example: Instead of kicking their feet up and sipping the finest of eggnogs, ArtCraft’s team members decided to release Pre-Alpha 5 today. Maybe it’s to impress their Elf on the Shelf.

Testers have a couple of tempting new options to play with this build. Both the Assassin and Human Male Ranger are available to try out, so you’ve got your pick of stabby-stabby or shooty-shooty. Crowfall has also added crafting stations, more keybinding options, the ability to anticipate and chain skills more smoothly, and something called “Wwise implementation.” Actually, this sounds like a good thing: “That will keep others’ sounds quieter than your own and support sound dropoff.”

Check out the full dev livestream that covers this patch after the break!

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The Stream Team: Making a Mystic in Black Desert Online

It has been a long, long while since Massively OP’s MJ made a new character in Black Desert Online, and a new class was just launched today. She’s curious to see how the Mystic plays, so she’s diving in with a brand-new character. (Don’t worry, she already completed character creation!) Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. for this first look at the new Mystic class.

What: Black Desert
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Starting SWTOR’s Knights of the Eternal Throne

It finally happened! It took a year, but Massively OP’s MJ and Larry have gone from character creation in SWTOR all the way through KOTFE. Now, it’s time to begin the Knights of the Eternal Throne story arc. Word is, there are some hefty, outcome altering decisions to be made! And those decisions are made by you! So join us live at 2:00 p.m. as Choose My Alignment continues the adventure in…

What: Star Wars: The Old Republic
Who: Larry Everett & MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

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Black Desert’s Mystic is fully playable today, just watch out for the yeti

Did ya roll your Mystic last week to get all your free loot in the MMO we just named most underrated of 2017? If not, then you should boot up Black Desert today as you can actually play her, not just play character customization. The game’s seeing the benefit of the client optimization Pearl Abyss has been talking up too.

“With the release of the long-awaited Mystic, please enjoy leveling this dazzling class while stacking up on cool rewards. Meanwhile, the abominable Yeti, Piku, has been sighted near Alejandro Farm. When the blizzard hits, that’s when you know Piku has appeared. Make sure to have a special Frosted Matchlock to take this monster down. In addition, a notable announcement we want to make is that our game client has tremendously reduced in size where its 27 GB now!”

Don’t forget that Kakao is running specific level-up events right now to make catching up with the new toon a bit easier and more rewarding. Massively OP will be streaming some Mystic gameplay tonight, so check back on OPTV at 8 p.m. EST this evening!

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The Stream Team: Must save the sorceress in The Elder Scrolls Legends’ Act 2

Massively OP’s MJ made it all the way through Act 1 of The Elder Scrolls Legends card game last time, and she’s ready to head into Act 2. The Elder Scrolls story has been been quite fun to play through, and the unique lane elements makes the battles more interesting. Join us live at 5:00 p.m. to see if MJ can find and save the kidnapped sorceress.

What: The Elder Scrolls Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, December 11th, 2017

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ArcheAge’s remastering isn’t coming westward, final Maelstrom build hits the PTS soon

If you don’t have time to sit through 46 minutes of Trion’s latest ArcheAge stream, you might want to check out two minutes of YouTuber Niver instead. He’s rounded up the key points, including the fact that players should expect compensation for the EU server DDOS outages that were still going on last week.

As far as 4.0, the final build should hit the PTS soon, with new changes to gems (old gems won’t be salvageable but will be socktable), old buffs will be usable (but not craftable), you can’t get lunarite from sunken treasure, and cargo will see a nerf (to be rejiggered later). Beyond that, Trion doesn’t know when 4.5 will port westward, and the Riches From the Depths event isn’t on the docket yet either. Christmas will land after 4.0, however.

Also of note is that Trion says the ArcheAge remastering announced for Korea last week is not planned for the western version of the game.

Trion also put up a new post detailing changes to the lunagem system as overhauled in 4.0 Maelstrom; the key bit is that they will socket every single time with no chance to fail thanks to RNG that makes you want to punch a hole in the wall.

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The Stream Team: Visiting Q’s Winter Wonderland in Star Trek Online

Have you fought a Kramp’Ihri? Massively OP’s MJ hasn’t. Star Trek Online introduced this new holiday horror, and MJ is taking her first trip into Q’s Winter Wonderland so she can fight this foe. There’s also something called Klingon ice fishing that she’s eager to try. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you brings you holiday cheer in…

What: Star Trek Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, December 9th, 2017

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The Stream Team: Working toward joining Path of Exile’s War for the Atlas

Because Zana, the Master Cartographer, moved to the end of Path of Exile’s Act X, Massively OP’s MJ cannot yet access the Atlas of Worlds to participate in the new war. However, she’s going to work hard to get to it so she can! Join us live at 3:00 p.m. as MJ powers through ACT V and beyond to get to the new expansion.

What: Path of Exile
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EST on Friday, December 8th, 2017

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H1Z1 will be called King of Survival when Tencent ports it to China

This week’s rumor that Tencent may be porting Daybreak’s H1Z1 eastward has proven true, as the Chinese megacorp and Daybreak announced late last night that “H1Z1 is officially coming to China.”

“This partnership will give Tencent the exclusive rights to publish H1Z1 in China. We will be working side by side with Tencent to ensure H1Z1 remains true to its spirit. Our top priority is to deliver a high-quality, competitive game that’s fun to watch and play, and we will work with Tencent to make improvements to the overall optimization of the game and to build fast networks and servers for players. We will continue to invest in powerful anti-cheat technologies to maintain a fair and fun gameplay experience.”

Daybreak says it’s working through Tencent to have the streaming ban on the game lifted in the region too. “Working closely with Tencent, we want to create the most accessible experience possible that is respectful of cultural preferences and values,” it says, echoing the same song and dance many western games companies must perform to pass legal muster in the regime.

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Path of Exile’s War for the Atlas expansion is live today

Path of Exile’s free-to-play War for the Atlas expansion is slated to go live this afternoon on PC, expanding the gameworld for diehard MMOARPG fans. As we’ve previously reported, the expansion adds a crapton of new random maps – 32 to be exact – to bolster the endgame. You’re also getting the requisite new gear, new bosses, new character customization options (chiefly new support gems and necro skill gems), and of course a new plotline focused around The Elder vs. The Shaper battle.

The Abyss Challenge League also begins today. “Coinciding with the launch of Path of Exile: War for the Atlas, we’re introducing the Abyss Challenge League,” says Grinding Gear Games. “Fight ancient foes that spill forth from the cracks beneath your feet as you journey across Wraeclast, and claim valuable new Abyss Jewels to customise your characters and items in new ways.” The Xbox One launch is scheduled for later this month, so you won’t have too long to wait, though you can check out our detailed preview of the expansion while you do so!

Massively OP will be streaming the expansion today at 3 p.m. EST, assuming the servers come up right at the scheduled time, so join in the fun on OPTV!

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Overwatch snags two Game Awards while Destiny 2 is honored by six nominations

Did you catch last night’s Game Awards from LA? If not, you probably didn’t miss anything super-groundbreaking, although Overwatch did quite well for itself amid a crowd of mostly single-player titles. Blizzard’s team shooter won two awards, one for Best Ongoing Game and one for Best E-Sports Game (see if you can spot what’s wrong with those awards).

There were several other online games nominated for awards but losing out to other titles. Destiny 2, in particular, had six nominations in categories such as Best Art Direction, Best Ongoing Game, and Best Multiplayer. Other nominations of note included PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (which had a Game of the Year nod), Warframe, Grand Theft Auto Online, Monster Hunter World, Fortnite, League of Legends, and Dota 2.

Don’t put too much stock in these results; after all, the Massively OP end-of-year awards are coming to you very soon, and we actually understand what an ongoing game really is! You can watch the full three-hour stream below to get the full experience if you so desire or just catch our favorite highlight.

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Massively Overthinking: The best and worst MMO developer quotes of 2017

Think of all the wacky things devs have said in public in front of gamers and journalists this year.

Now imagine what gets said behind closed doors!

For this week’s Massively Overthinking, I’ve asked our staff to select the best (and worst) developer quotes from the year and reflect on what we’ve learned from them. Let’s dig in – we’ve got some whoppers.

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The Stream Team: A soiree with Said in Secret World Legends

The day has finally come for Massively OP’s MJ to spend some time with Said, everyone’s favorite mummy in Secret World Legends! For her, Said is one of the best characters in the game and hanging out with him is one of the highlights of Egypt. He proof that the undead can be the life of the party. Tune in live at 5:00 p.m. join in this soiree.

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 5:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 7th, 2017

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