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Grab an Otherland Steam key from Drago and MOP

Sci-fi MMORPG Otherland most recently made blog headlines when it denied accusations that it solicited or purchased what appear to be suspicious reviews on Steam. So how would you like a chance to play the game yourself, for free, and form your own opinion?

Drago Entertainment has given us 50 Steam keys that unlock the $19.99 standard edition of Otherland on Steam, and we’re passing them along to you today. Click onward for a key!

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Otherland devs deny buying positive Steam reviews

Drago Entertainment has today denied allegations that it paid for positive Otherland reviews on Steam.

Website MMOs.com accused the developer of directly paying for fake reviews, suggesting the company is “trying to boost sales in an incredibly shady way” and “trying anything and everything to get people to try the game.” “[I]f you’re going to try to trick your customers into buying your game[,] you might as well spend a little bit more and get your fake reviews written by native English speakers,” wrote the site, calling for Steam to take down the reviews.

On the Steam forums, Drago acknowledged the suspicious reviews but denied responsibility for them:

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Steam’s Halloween sale includes The Secret World, ARK, and more

This week sees a big Halloween sale over at Steam, which includes several MMOs that you might want to pick up while they’re at a discount. The sale ends on November 2nd.

Both The Secret World’s basic and ultimate editions are half-off at $15 and $30, respectively. The ultimate edition includes all of the content from issues 1 through 11, making it a much better prospect than buying the DLC piecemeal.

Other sales include ARK: Survival Evolved, H1Z1, The Park, TERA, Shroud of the Avatar, War Thunder, EVE Online, Otherland, and EldevinSpeaking of things to play for Halloween, check out our guide to all of the events running rampant through MMOs right now!

Source: The Secret World sale, Halloween sale. Thanks to Nordavind for the tip!


Otherland has added 120 new quests

Early access action MMO Otherland has added 120 new quests. Developer DRAGO Entertainment says that it has been hard at work expanding the storyline of 8Squared, with today’s update adding the ability to join the White Army forces. New areas include the Mausoleum and the Red Castle, which “provide exciting new gameplay for the next 10 levels.” The cap has been raised to 40, if you’re wondering.

The devs have also “reworked” male characters, added quickslot keybindings, and shortened zone transitions.

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Otherland teases Halloween event, reacts to player suggestions

Even in the midst of its early access testing, Otherland is planning some sort of Halloween event later this month along with a large content patch.

A new state of the game that was posted over the weekend updated the community on the progress being made with both new content and on existing bugs. The upcoming patch will continue the storyline while players should already see an improvement with login issues.

The team also promised that it’s taking player feedback into account by implementing community requested changes: “We are following pretty much every thread on the forum and we don’t neglect taking the suggestions section seriously either. We heard your suggestions about the male avatar’s looks and improved that in the last patch. We added a set of chat commands many have requested. Things like inviting players to a group or clan without having to interact with them directly.”


The Stream Team: A first look at Otherland

Are you curious about Otherland? MassivelyOP’s MJ is, and now that the game is in Early Access she has the chance to peek inside. Of course, you know she’d never leave you behind, so she’s bringing you along with her! Just how immersive is this new sci-fi title? Now is your chance to find out. Tune in live at 5:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you an early look at…

What: Otherland
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 5:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, September 26th, 2015

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Otherland compensates players for early access issues

Otherland’s early access launch wasn’t without its difficulties, as Drago has been racing to fix various issues over the past weekend. During this time, some players found themselves unable to log into the game, experiencing client crashes, or stuck forever on loading screens.

Drago says that many of these issues now have been resolved and has compensated players with a gift as an apology. “We have used the chance to give everyone +1000 credits to change your character look in the metamorph! This means everyone who has or will buy the starter edition in the future will now have 1000 credits, deluxe edition buyers get 2500 and collector’s edition owners 5000 in total. ”

Source: Steam #1#2


Massively OP Podcast Episode 30: Slumbering MMOs

This week Justin and Bree talk about the painful subject of when MMOs go dark for extended downtime and technical issues. Of course, there’s plenty of good news, too, such as Elite’s great sales, Otherland’s early access, and RIFT’s brand-new calling.

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.

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Otherland opens its early access doors today

Does Otherland hold potential to be an immersive MMO? Fans today will get to find out as the title opens up its early access testing on Steam.

The sci-fi MMO is adopting a buy-to-play model, and as such players will have to fork over some cash (at least $20) to get into early access testing. According to the developers, the game is mostly feature complete, with early access taking the place of open beta instead of being a repackaged alpha test. The team is asking for help during early access to track down bugs and to judge whether the combat balancing is too easy.

To find out more about Otherland, read our recent first impressions of the title and then watch the early access trailer after the break.

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A wicked hive of synth and vibrancy: First impressions of Otherland

I first covered Otherland, the Gamigo-turned-Drago MMORPG based on Tad Williams’ sci-fi book series by the same name, at E3 2012. The idea of having multiple genres in the same game was cool, as was instanced personal housing complemented by (at the time) non-instanced guild housing where players could donate “eDNA” to build NPC mobs that would guard guild lands during PvP raids.

Back then, it sounded fresh and new. WildStar was still far off on the horizon, having only just been announced, which was why I was surprised when Otherland disappeared, especially when NPCs were supposedly going to live their own lives, moving around town at certain hours based on player interaction — a feature I still don’t feel I’ve seen fleshed out well in an MMO. Drago Entertainment’s attempt to bring the game back years later with the same ideas is commendable, but as I downloaded my preview version of the game, I wondered whether the game could feel as new now as it seemed in 2012.

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Otherland reschedules early access for September 10

A day after its early access was supposed to begin, Otherland announced that it has rescheduled the start of alpha testing on Steam for September 10th.

“As mentioned before this gives us additional time to prepare US and EU based servers, add further territories and fix more bugs (although we’ll make sure to leave some for you to find — just kidding),” the team posted.

To tide players over, Drago released a new feature video showing several locations from Otherland’s multiverse, including Lambda Mall, 8Squared, 5Isle, Bad Sector, Bugworld, Limbo, and Mars. You can view it after the jump!

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Otherland delays early access

Bad news, kids: Otherland is not going to make its projected August 26th start date for early access after all.

“There are many reasons for [the delay],” Drago posted, “one of them being the decision to set up US servers simultaneously, as this has been requested so many times over the last couple of days. The team simply could use more time to polish the game and get rid of bugs that have come up over the weekend.”

No new time frame for an early access launch was given, although the team said that it will be announcing the new date along with a feature video later this week. Previously, Drago indicated that early access would last for a half of a year and that the game is nearly feature complete. Early access should cost around $22 for the standard edition, although Drago has yet to commit to prices.

Source: Steam


Massively OP Podcast Episode 26: Failcom

In the lull between conventions, Larry and Justin turn their attention to a hodge-podge of MMO industry news. On the show today, the duo discuss WildStar’s F2P patch, Funcom for sale, Darkfall’s soft wipe, and the umpteenth iteration of Hellgate: London.

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.

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