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. See any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!
This week we’ll listen to a new Final Fantasy XIV soundtrack, count down to Guild Wars 2’s expansion launch, go back to Crystal Lake with Jason Vorhees, get presents for Pirate101’s third birthday, and more!
Yesterday I implored the MOP chat room to talk me out of purchasing The Crew. Thankfully they did, because today it’s on sale via Steam. Strangely, it was on sale for 13 bucks when I bought it a few minutes ago, but by the time I finished writing this post and went to link the source, it had migrated north to $20.09! Either way, a sale’s a sale, I suppose.
The gold version with the season pass and a bunch of vehicle DLC is also on sale, though I don’t know whether or not either version includes the forthcoming Wild Run expansion. I suspect not, but since my download hasn’t finished yet, and since neither Ubisoft nor Steam has made the answer to that question obvious, I’ll have to update you in a couple of hours.
In any case, huzzah for cheap open world racing thrills!
The Crew’s first expansion is coming on November 17th, and Ubisoft has dropped a looooong post on its website that examines the various feature-adds. Wild Run includes something called FreeDrive Challenges, which are basically player-created missions, and FreeDrive Stunts, which are a series of escapades that get progressively more difficult as you complete them.
Wild Run also includes a monthly tournament called the Summit as well as new vehicles, because what sort of driving game expansion would omit new things to drive? Chief among these are the new motorcycle family and three new vehicle specs.
If you play The Crew on your PC, you can experience the Summit during the expansion closed beta that begins on October 15th.
Last time, MassivelyOP’s MJ discovered that yet another EverQuest II Heritage Quest needs Nektropos Castle, sidetracking the group once again in their quest to be efficient. In order to get everything set so they only have to visit that fiendish place once, the Minions must add War and Wardrobe to their growing list of tasks. At least they finally get to start on Restoring Ghoulbane after procuring that pesky dusty blue stone! Can the crew make it through enough steps so they can visit the castle next? Join us live at 8:00 p.m. as they hurry through more HQs.
What: EverQuest II
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 6th, 2015
Battle Bards, the world’s first and only MMO music podcast, returns for its 60th episode in which the co-hosts explore the theme of “endless journey” — rich, multi-faceted tracks that tell a story.
From Aion to Lord of the Rings Online to Elder Scrolls Online and more, the crew takes a trip through several sweeping MMO soundtracks while debating the finer points of each.
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 Olivetti co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Player.FM.
Are you at all worried about Ubisoft’s future support of The Crew, beyond the expansion scheduled for a mid-November release? Is that concern at all changed by the fact that Ubisoft has opted to buy Ivory Tower, the studio behind The Crew‘s development? A new post on the publisher’s official blog discusses the acquisition of the studio, noting that it comes after several years of collaboration on projects.
The move brings the 100-member studio under the Ubisoft umbrella. The Crew is also stated to have 3 million players in the announcement, although its’ not clear whether that’s counting “active accounts” or simply “copies sold.”
Insert exciting driving metaphor here, for The Crew announced today that it is coming out with an expansion next month.
Called Wild Run, the expansion will revolve around a continent-wide competition with new PvP and PvE missions, speed and skill challenges, stunt contests, and more. Players will also be able to hop into different types of cars, such as dragsters, monster trucks, and motorcycles.
Wild Run is running a beta from October 15th through the 19th and will release on November 19th. It includes a graphical update for all players whether or not they purchase the expansion. We’ve got the Wild Run trailer after the break.
When it launched, Star Wars: The Old Republic
was one of the biggest video game voice-over projects that BioWare
or any studio had ever done. It boasted over 200,000 lines of dialogue voiced by more than 200 actors, a number that’s only grown with new missions and expansions.
With so many voice actors lending their talents, it shouldn’t be too surprising to occasionally find yourself going, “Now where have I heard that person before? He or she sounds so familiar.” I’ve done that so often that I wanted to make a list of some of the bigger celebrities and actors who are behind the characters that the SWTOR community’s interacted with since 2012.
Here are just 10 of the many great talents that helped to create this game experience — and I didn’t even have room to include Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s Armin Shimerman, which I feel is a darn shame.
Battle Bards, the world’s first and only MMO music podcast, is back this week with a look at The Crew’s soundtrack. The album was composed by Joseph Trapanese, who is well-known for his work on feature films such as Oblivion and Tron: Legacy.
This high-octane score has the three co-hosts debating its merits and pitfalls, each choosing their favorite tracks to showcase. There’s also a contest for listeners to identify a snippet of MMO music to win a free game!
Battle Bards is a bi-weekly podcast that alternates between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around a theme. It’s available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Player.FM.
Looking for the Massively Speaking podcast? We’re taking a week off due to Skype’s worldwide issues this past Monday, but stay tuned as we’ll return next week!
Massively OP Kickstarter donor Magnet Brain wants a revolution… in video game music!
“Enough with the orchestral fantasy score… what genre of music would you like to see more represented in MMOs?”
We’re taking a cue from Jukebox Heroes to talk about MMO music, music genres, and composers in this week’s Massively Overthinking. Join us!
Pulling off a heist in GTA Online is a whole lot more than just walking into a bank with a gun. MassivelyOP’s MJ and her friends must jump through multiple hoops in order to get all the necessary pieces before they can go for the big payout. Join the crew live at 12:00 p.m. as they move closer to collecting the cash.
What: Grand Theft Auto Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, August 8th, 2015
After nearly freezing in ARK: Survival Evolved’s chilly caves, MassivelyOP’s MJ is looking forward to basking in the heat of a lava cave. Hopefully no one’s pets decide to go for a swim in the molten lakes as the crew fends of giant spiders, bats, and other monstrosities as they search for treasure! Join us live at 12:00 p.m. to see if they can survive the depths of the cave right in MOP village.
What: ARK: Survival Evolved
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, August 8th, 2015
Are you extreme enough to take part in The Crew‘s next big expansion? Wild Run sends players to The Summit, where apparently extreme racing rules. None of this namby-pamby normal racing on city streets with multi-ton souped-up machines that accelerate like a bullet as soon as you tap the gas pedal.
Sarcasm aside, the expansion will allow players access to a variety of new vehicles, vehicle types, and new customization options for things like dragsters and monster trucks. It also comes with a new graphics engine so that your extreme cars will look extremely pretty. Watch the trailer just below in the most extreme fashion possible.