We are sure that you are one of the good ones that do not need any prompting to give to worthy causes, such as fighting breast cancer. But for your… friends who might need some personal incentive to donate, TERA
is selling a new cosmetic bundle with the proceeds going to breast cancer research.
And before you can ask, yes, it is pink. It is all of the pink in the world.
The “Pink Power Bundles” contain pink wings, pink sunglasses, and a pink crown of flowers, all of which will do double duty by raising more awareness of this cause and completely baffling the monsters that you fight. “Are you sure that you came to battle?” they will ask. “Perhaps you got lost on your way to a Barbie convention?”
Hey, you. Yeah, you, dude leeching candy from the bucket you bought “for the neighborhood kids.” And you, lady still trying to decide between “Princess Leia” and “lazy zombie” for your costume (go Leia, duh). Put all that aside and get into some MMOs instead! Halloween is only one night in real life, but in MMORPGs, it goes on for days or even weeks. Some studios will probably even forget to turn it off! Others will let you run around with a flaming pumpkin head mask for all eternity!
Here’s what we’re looking at this year for Halloween across the MMORPG verse.
We first asked what Project W was about a year ago, and we still don’t know the answer. We know that it’s being made by Bluehole Studios, the same people who made TERA, and we know that the latest preview image is the size of a postage stamp and features guns. (We have used a picture of a gun as our header out of respect.) But we still don’t know what it actually is. Fortunately, we will once G-star 2017 rolls around, because that’s when it’s being revealed.
The good news is that since Bluehole is also behind the horribly named but screamingly popular PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds the odds are that it shan’t be another survival shooter. What will it be? Will there be giant robots? Is it an MMO? We’re just going to have to wait on that one.
Let it not be said that En Masse doesn’t embrace the Halloween spirit, for both of its core MMORPGs in the west are getting all dolled up for the season starting next week.
, Kyra’s Pop-Up Potion Shack and Harvest Festival Hall return on October 19th. The former brings the Kyra’s Catalysts quests in exchange for prizes (mummy costume, what!), while the latter dares “players to use Halloween Cannons to repel waves of sweet-toothed enemies intent on stealing all the candy they can carry” in exchange for “tokens that they can spend on a variety of rewards, including Boo, the spooky ghost pet, and the fearsome Boneshaker mount.”
, on the other hand, will celebrate its very first Halloween beginning on Wednesday of next week in the form of its Haunted Room. “Dive into the Danger Zone’s newest challenge—the horrifying Haunted Room—and duke it out against the Halloween Ghost to earn a bag full of Festival Candies and a chance at special costume pieces,” says En Masse. “Complete the Haunted Room event 50 times during the Halloween celebration and unlock a permanent Ghost pet ready to scare friends or strangers at a moment’s notice.”
, that’s a bold new look! The game’s gotten a bit of a steampunk makeover in today’s Arsenal update, thanks to the addition of the Thaumetal Refinery and the RK-9 Kennel, both brand-new level 65 dungeons. There’s more to the patch for everyone, however, in the form of a gear acquisition overhaul.
“The Arsenal update also dramatically overhauls the way players acquire and upgrade their armor and accessories at end-game, streamlining the experience for seasoned veterans and new players alike. Players now receive an in-game quest upon reaching level 65 (‘Fresh Arms—and Legs’) that grants a complete set of Guardian gear and matching accessories. This gear can be upgraded using new materials that can be found throughout dungeons, battlegrounds, world bosses, and from quests, giving players more ways to improve their gear through gameplay. Once their gear is fully enchanted, players can upgrade their Guardian gear into the next tier of armor.”
We’ve got the new trailer and pics in celebration of the launch. Hope you like gears and gizmos in your action-combat fantasy!
Once next week’s Arsenal update
will become the latest MMORPG to take a stab at item progression. Yes, it’s that moment when game designers are ripping their hair out trying to think of yet more ways to expand a character’s growth when their frantic eyes finally rest upon a shapely hunk of metal. “That!” they exclaim. “That! Can we cram XP into that?”
The rest of the room shrugs as if to say, “Why not?”
So what’s going to happen is that at level 65, TERA players will get one of four new sets of special gear. This gear is meant to take up a more permanent residence on your character’s body, as you can level it up (enchant it) with drops you find and even by dismantling your old stuff and feeding it to this new beast that will consume all it is given.
The game’s community manager attempts to explain it in the following video, although you may be distracted by the Doritos snacking and demonic voices to fully understand it all.
Yeah, we’re shipping MMOs today, giving new meaning to the Daily Grind! MOP reader Leiloni recently pointed us to an old but still relevant thread over on the MMORPG subreddit about unholy MMORPG unions. Specifically, the thread asks players to mix two MMOs to make the perfect game.
Leiloni proposes TERA plus Guild Wars 2, which seems like it would make a pretty solid themepark. Me, I would use Guild Wars 2… but I’d mix it with City of Heroes. Both have the level-flattening conceits that I like, so they’d mesh well. I’d love to see City of Heroes with GW2-style graphics and a more elaborate crafting system, and I’d love to see Guild Wars 2 with CoH’s attention to cosmetics, power customization, and player-generated content.
Which two MMOs would you mix?
Ever since Bluehole threw down a gauntlet at Epic’s feet over the similarities between PUBG and Fortnite’s battle royale mode – or more specifically, over Epic’s conflicts in regard to the Unreal Engine it furbishes and on which both games run – I’ve noticed the mainstream narrative is about whether it’s “illegal to rip off” a game mode that’s existed for decades. I suspect MMO players may see it differently.
See, Bluehole isn’t some new studio to MMO players; it built TERA in Korea. It was also the studio that was sued civilly and prosecuted criminally (successfully) for ripping off NCsoft years ago. Multiple Bluehole employees were accused and convicted of stealing trade secrets, “copious amounts of confidential and proprietary NCsoft information, computer software, hardware, and artwork relating to Lineage 3” from NCsoft.
Moreover, MMO players have already seen how conflicts just like this one between studios and engine developers can absolutely sink games. At the end of 2015, the MMORPG sandbox community watched helplessly as it appeared the studio behind Hero Engine held The Repopulation studio hostage, ultimately forcing the game offline and then buying out the game from its original developers in what seemed an unwelcome, hostile takeover acceded to in desperation.
So with all that in mind, this morning’s Daily Grind is multifold: Where do you stand on the Fortnite-vs.-PUBG feud? Who’s in the right, legally and morally, and does it concern you for engine/game relationships in the future?
Hey, remember the MMO Book Club? That’s the Reddit-and-Discord group that allows members to vote on a game to play, then organizes a guild and events inside that game over the allotted time period, ensuring that folks who want to try out an MMORPG have a ready-made community of likeminded casual people who aren’t going to immediately scamper off to greener pastures. You scamperers, you.
To date, the Club has dipped into Lord of the Rings Online (which we streamed!), WildStar, The Elder Scrolls Online, and TERA, the reigning champ. As the group enters its second half-year, it’s opened the voting once again; that takes place in Discord to avoid brigading.
“The shortlist of games you can vote on to play with the Bookclub now are: Guild Wars 2, Secret World Legends, DC Universe Online, EverQuest, RuneScape, ArcheAge, World of Warcraft and TERA.” (Voting for TERA extends the current cycle another month instead of moving the crew to a new game.)
Don’t you like it when a studio meticulously plans ahead and then gives you a nice and tidy timeline of those plans? TERA
isn’t keeping you in the dark with its fall schedule, posting a development roadmap
on the site today that points to the future of this action MMO.
Coming in October is a ton to do and see, including Halloween, an overhaul to enchanting and gear progression, and a pair of dungeons that will send players running through a weapons facility and a biomechanical kennel. The Arsenal content update is scheduled for October 10th. Sounds fun!
The Elin Gunner combo is scheduled to arrive in November, and past that is the return of the Broken Prison, a new open world hunting event, the Wintera holiday, and the Human Male Brawler class.
Get a look at October’s Arsenal update after the break!
With the mobile spin-off of TERA
launching in Korea this November
and moving on to the west in 2018, it is probably high time that we get to know what this hand-held MMO has to offer.
Enter… the features video. Actually, without a Korean translator on hand, it’s a little difficult to know exactly what features this video is promoting, but it is pretty eye candy nevertheless. You can see what looks like a beginner area, characters emoting, flight, combat, and (of course) someone riding a pig.
Curious what classes and races will be present in the game? Many TERA staples will make the jump, although they will be only available in a fixed race-class offering.
Face it: If you were going to play it safe and normal, you wouldn’t be hanging out in TERA’s
back yard anyway
. So don’t start balking when you see a giant gambling demon inviting you into his personal dungeon for a deadly game of chance.
On Tuesday, TERA released its Demon’s Wheel update that starred the titular dungeon. Inside are villagers who are trapped by their own addiction to vice (helped along by two powerful demons, of course). If you think that the odds are stacked against you, just wait: One of the bosses can’t be killed. Seriously. You just have to get lucky to win the encounter.
TERA is also preparing for a couple of fall events: Bamarama that’s starting on September 14th and the Rootstock Harvest Festival (starting soon™). “Players looking to try their luck in a less deadly setting won’t have to wait long when the popular Bamarama event, which pits two BAMs (Big Ass Monsters) against each in single combat,” the team said.
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 Master X Master, Blade and Soul, EVE Online, RoboManiac, Hearthstone, Hyper Universe, The Black Death, Pokemon Go, RuneScape, TERA M, Champions Online, Wurm Online, Final Fantasy XI, Gigantic, Allods Online, Hellion, League of Legends, Diablo III, and Path of Exile, all waiting for you after the break!