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The Black Death takes 'drastic action' to shore up early access

"Back in November 2016, we were seven months into early access, and it was clear to us the game wasn’t in the state we wanted it to be in. We needed to take some drastic action."

This confession comes from the latest Black Death dev blog, which was penned to bring fans up to speed on the plans for this survival sandbox. The game is getting ready to release its V0.12 update on March 30th, which includes a day/night cycle, revamped player housing, over 10 new music tracks, additional spawn locations, and pillaging areas.

The patch will also showcase its reworked combat system: "Combat has prove to be a very difficult system to fine tune, it has a lot of moving parts and relies heavily on 'game feel.' With V0.12 combat is driven by an improved physics system meaning more accurate swings and hits, better feedback from striking different materials and a generally more responsive game play experience. "

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The Survivalist: Massively OP's guide to multiplayer survival sandboxes

Welcome to The Survivalist! Ya'll might have noticed that I have gravitated a bit from my happy home of deep, immersive virtual worlds (possible due to the lack of them!) and have been tinkering about and enjoying time in various survival games. This isn't as odd as you might think! One thing I love about sandbox worlds is the ability for your actions to matter in terms of shaping the world and carving out your place in it. Survival games have been allowing me just that with opportunities to build the world, from the society on it to structures in it to the even the physical world itself. And decisions definitely matter, bringing satisfaction and reward or disappointment and destruction.

I'm not alone in this appreciation of the survival genre, either. Many MMO gamers have joined mainstreamers by flocking to it lately as seen by the explosion of the available games. Those of you not on board yet might be wonder just what is so alluring about a genre that has many elements of MMOs but on smaller -- and oft times privately managed -- scale. As the weeks and months wear on, The Survivalist is going to explore all the nooks and crannies of the survival sandbox genre (and likely die many, many times in the process!), but today, we're going to look at what players can jump into to test their survival skills. So here's a guide to many options in the newest genre to take over our gaming sphere.
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This week we have stories and videos from Path of Exiles, Heroes and Generals, Age of Wushu 2, AionOverwatchGuardians of EmberWorld of TanksThe Black DeathAllods OnlineSkara, all waiting for you after the break!

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The Black Death recaps its journey, assembles a player council

In a surprisingly long 2016 recap post, The Black Death team talks about the survival sandbox's development journey to date and everything that it had accomplished over the past year.

One of the new things that the team is working on is assembling a "Champion's Council" of players who are particularly interested in the game and want to provide feedback to the devs.

The game is growing by leaps and bounds as evidenced by some of the statistics presented in the post. As of late December 2016, The Black Death had 10,101 resources, 105 human NPCs, 274 animals, 62 named areas, and 18 regions. The team also posted an infographic showing the interest and growth of its community, which you can see after the break.

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The Stream Team: Surviving Black Friday in The Black Death

What does Black Friday make you think of? It's a survival game if there ever was one, just set out in the real world! So in honor of that, Massively OP's MJ is heading back onto The Black Death to see how the game has developed since she first peeked in last April. Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. to check things how long MJ can survive this trip.

What: The Black Death
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EST on Friday, November 25th, 2016

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Black Death's Providence update adds animal husbandry, treasure hunts, and better NPC AI

Indie survival sandbox The Black Death has a big patch out this week called Providence with a ton of new features and skills. Players can now tame domestic critters with an animal husbandry feature set, dig for treasure, interact slightly more realistically with NPCs, buy newly added items from newly added merchants, check out the Dunstead settlement and new forest biome, and specialize in the culinary arts, as well as craft nifty bits like beehives, butter churns, and stools. Mmm, butter.

In other Black Death news, the devs have announced what they're calling a "Champions Council" to recognize positive and helpful community members. "There is no specific way of signing up to join the Council," says the studio. "Your involvement, behavior and overall impact within the community will not go unnoticed. If we feel that you have had a positive and lasting impact on helping to shape The Black Death and have a friendly attitude towards helping other players, taking part in gameplay and feedback discussions it will be noted by the team."

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The MOP Up: Amazon Game Studios' community tools (November 6, 2016)

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This past week, Final Fantasy XI gave a heads-up about the arrival of several appreciation campaigns coming next month. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from EverQuestHero's Song, Black Desert, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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The MOP Up: Neverwinter brings the thunder to consoles (October 23, 2016)

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!

This past week, Storm King's Thunder arrived on Neverwinter's console versions after its PC debut. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Destiny, Riders of IcarusTERA, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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The MOP Up: Aima gets a death sentence (October 16, 2016)

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!

This week we heard the sad news that Korean action MMO Aima will be shutting its doors next month. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Elder Scrolls OnlineConan Exiles, Aion, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Today's Black Death patch rolls out the Knight and Outlaw classes plus the wellness system

The Black Death is rolling out a grim update today, and aren't they all pretty grim? We're talking about a medieval survival sandbox whose enemy is literally the plague responsible for potentially 200 million deaths in history, so let's just stipulate that the game is also not light play.

The update introduces the Knight and the Outlaw professions; the Knight is an upjumped Blacksmith who can wear platemail and is expected to uphold a chivalric code, while the Outlaw is basically a Beggar turned rogue whose goal is to "steal from other players and wreak havoc upon the general population by crafting counterfeit goods and posing as other professions."

Small Impact Games is also revamping the skill tree UI and implementing the promised wellness system, which keeps track of how much the plague is owning you at any given time and whether you should really not have eaten that rotten meat.

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The MOP Up: The Black Death's knights vs. outlaws (October 2, 2016)

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!

This week knights and outlaws squared off in The Black Death. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Final Fantasy XIV, Destiny, Master X Master, World of Warcraft, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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