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SMITE-spinoff online TCG Hand of the Gods is launching on February 20th

Hi-Rez’s online card game Hand of the Gods: SMITE Tactics is getting a real launch set for February 20th on both PC and console. The game is the studio’s fifth game to make it to this stage (though as we’ve previously written, the studio has quite a lot more in production).

Like SMITE, HOTG will ostensibly be free-to-play, but players will need to buy cards to stay competitive. Hi-Rez says to expect a core bundle plus three pantheon packs to start, with a combined fee of around $45 to nab all the existing cards – more than 300 – at launch.

“Owners of the Founder’s Pack of Venus Competitors Pack will receive the Core Set Bundle for free. In addition, anyone already playing Hand of the Gods will keep their card collection, and will also have any previously spent runes returned to their account. Players can still play for free and acquire cards over time like a traditional CCG. Players can also get a quick start at the game by purchasing just one Pantheon Core Set.”

Check out our most recent stream of the game!

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LOTRO delays raid rollout while Middle-earth card game is announced for PC

It’s a not-so-happy patch day for Lord of the Rings Online. The studio said that it won’t be activating the new raid with the rollout of today’s Patch 21.3.

“As we took a look at the Abyss of Mordath over the weekend on Bullroarer and read your feedback, we uncovered a couple of issues that we do not want present when the raid opens to the public,” SSG said. “We have decided to temporarily make the Abyss of Mordath raid inaccessible when Update 21.3 goes live on Monday, to give us time to correct these issues.”

Meanwhile, a Lord of the Rings digital card game was announced over the weekend for the PC. Fantasy Flight Games is adapting its own physical trading card game to the online realm as an initially single-player experience, although co-op play is planned for the future. The team touts the game’s “non-randomized approach” to card purchasing as one of its strengths.

The Lord of the Rings Living Card Game is coming to early access soon and will be launched as a free-to-play title in 2018. Check out the teaser trailer after the break!

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The Soapbox: Evaluating gaming monetization through the lens of Nintendo’s mobile history

Bloggers and journalists throughout the online gaming industry have been talking about monetization a lot lately. It’s not just lockbox/gachapon scandals, or their relationship with gambling, but basic monetization and what we want from it. Games, after all, don’t make themselves; we have to pay for something to make that happen. But some gamers seem to view free-to-play games as a game that should be free, not one to be supported if it earns respect. And on the flipside of that, far too few game studios give off a vibe not of experimenting with monetization but of maximizing profits above all else while barely veiling their greed.

However, outside the MMO world, there is a company that’s been doing it “right” for a long time: Nintendo. The AAA developer/publisher is known for both innovation and hesitance, following in others’ footsteps with great trepidation, trying to figure out the ins and outs while entering the mobile market long after it’s been established. The company recently released a new mobile title, but what’s interesting is that it and the company’s last four games are all different genres with different monetization strategies. Exploring these titles and their relationship to their monetization plans will not only highlight the potential success of the models but hint at why they work and how they can be curbed into models gamers and lawmakers can better accept.

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Grab an Amazing Eternals beta key from Digital Extremes and MOP!

Digital Extremes’ new retro-pulp shooter/TCG hybrid The Amazing Eternals (fka Keystone) has been under heavy development since its reveal last summer, most recently with characters Niia, Worp, and Ray; locations Odona, Multiverse, and Space Map; a new game mode codenamed Daring Delivery; and a nifty feature called mini-boards:

“Mini-Boards have the ultimate reward of granting a Keystone card, which is a special Ability that replaces your usual Q Ability. Mini-Boards will have branching paths for players to progress toward different Keystone Cards. For example, Ray’s Keystone Cards change his Turret to a Healing Station for his allies or a temporary Phase Shift that renders Ray untouchable by enemies for a short time.”

Want to check out the beta? Then you’re in the right post, as DE’s granted us a bundle of keys providing standard access to beta. Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab a key!

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The Stream Team: A look at Amazing Eternals (plus giveaway)

Massively OP’s MJ has been looking forward to showing off The Amazing Eternals since she played it at PAX West. And now is her chance! She’s ready to dive into this Jumanji-esque experience and check out the various Eternals. So far, her favorite is the healer, Nautica. You’ll also have the chance to join MJ in game: She has a number of beta keys to give away! Tune in live at 7:00 p.m. for a chance to win as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you a first look at…

What: The Amazing Eternals
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

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Snag an Amazing Eternals closed beta key from Digital Extremes and Massively OP [All gone!]

Digital Extremes’ new shooter/TCG hybrid The Amazing Eternals (fka Keystone) launched its founders program this week, rolling into closed beta with a new trailer to boot and bringing the whole show to PAX for lucky attendees to play in person. If a founder pack isn’t in your future but you still want to check out the beta, then you’re in the right post, as DE’s granted us a bundle of keys providing standard access to the closed beta game.

Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to grab one of these keys and check out the PAX trailer!

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Elder Scrolls Legends hits Android and iOS mobile devices today

Fancy a trip to Tamriel, but don’t want to sit at your PC? The Elder Scrolls franchise TCG, Elder Scrolls Legends, has hit Android and Apple phones as of today, and it includes the Heroes of Skyrim expansion that hit on PC, Mac, and tablets earlier this summer.

The Elder Scrolls: Legends, the strategy card game based on the award-winning Elder Scrolls series, is now available to download for free on iOS and Android phone devices via the App Store and Google Play store, respectively. Featuring a new streamlined interface designed to take advantage of smaller screen sizes, now is the perfect time to jump into the fray. For players just joining the action, the recently-launched Heroes of Skyrim expansion based on fan-favorite characters, lore, and abilities from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim added more than 150 new cards to collect, plus new mechanics, powerful abilities, and more. Easy to learn but difficult to master, The Elder Scrolls: Legends features a deep and flexible deck-building system and a variety of modes for both casual and competitive players, including a single-player Story Mode, Versus Mode, and Arena Mode against both human and AI opponents.”

I’m not even a TCG person and I’m gonna give it a go because yay, free things.

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The MOP Up: Crash Force offers arena fun at a discount (July 16, 2017)

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 have stories and videos from TERAMaster X MasterEternal CrusadeWarfacePortal KnightsMapleStoryCrash ForceDroneNeverwinterElswordEVE OnlineWarframeFinal Fantasy XIVEverQuest IIWorld of WarshipsPath of Exile, and Eternal Crusade, all waiting for you after the break!

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DreamHack Valencia: SMITE’s Project Olympus, Hand of the Gods’ open beta, Paladin’s Jenos

Hi-Rez took the floor of DreamHack Valencia in Spain today for announcements across its stable of games.

First, the renamed online TCG Hand of the Gods: SMITE Tactics has kicked off its open beta, meaning it’s accessible for everyone now. It’s also launched a 70-card Venus Competitor’s Pack that includes a crossover Aphrodite skin in SMITE.

For SMITE itself, the team announced Project Olympus, a “new initiative intended to improve core game features and further polish” the MOBA over the next three updates. Expect “major” engine upgrades, improved 64-bit client support, HUD and controller improvements for console, better in-game tutorials, and post-level-30 prestige levels.

Paladins introduced new support toon Jenos, the Ascended, and revealed the Splitstone Quarry map.

During the event, SMITE and Paladins players will be going head to head in multiple competitions with a combined prize pool of over $200,000.

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Cryptic announces brand-new Magic: The Gathering MMORPG

One of the largest and longest-running collectible card games is about to become a brand-new role-playing video game, courtesy of Cryptic Studios. Cryptic and Perfect World Entertainment announced today that it is ramping up development on a Magic: The Gathering MMORPG in partnership with Wizards of the Coast.

The untitled game is being made “from the ground up” for both PC and console as a top-tier release and is part of Wizards of the Coast’s Magic Digital Next initiative. According to the press release, the RPG will allow players to “fully immerse themselves in the Multiverse.”

“Everything from the graphics to the gameplay is being targeted for a truly unique AAA game,” said Cryptic CEO Stephen D’Angelo. “We’re thrilled to provide Magic fans with an opportunity to explore the game’s worlds and characters through an entirely new lens. Get ready to embark on a brand new journey.”

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The MOP Up: Revelation Online’s monthly challenges (June 4, 2017)

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 have stories and videos from Black DeathHellionAstellia OnlineOverwatchDayZPirate101Armored WarfareAionElder Scrolls OnlinePath of ExileDungeon Fighter OnlineWurm OnlineRevelation OnlineOsiris: New DawnDark Age of CamelotAge of Wushu 2, all waiting for you after the break!

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2006 MMOTBS Pox Nora lands on PlayStation 4 this month with solid cross-platform support

Long before Hearthstone, HEX, and the avalanche of other games trying to cash in on the legitimized online lottery that is TCGs, there was the bizarre and wonderful hybrid Pox Nora. In fact, you MMORPG vets will likely remember the game from when it was published by SOE, though now the 2006 online tactical turn-based strategy game (“with collectible card and fantasy MMORPG elements”) flies under the flag of Desert Owl Games, which was founded by two of the game’s original creators. And Desert Owl has built on the game since the sale, most notably with last year’s expansion.

This year, however, Pox Nora will expand to console. The studio announced this week that its PS4 debut is set for May 23rd with proper cross-platform play and PC-to-PS4 account copying.

“To celebrate the console debut, Desert Owl Games will simultaneously deliver exclusive content to the PlayStation community that can be used against PC players via cross-play. PlayStation players will have access to all of Pox Nora’s currently-released PC expansions. Upon launching the game the first time, players will be awarded the ‘Ironfist Inquisition’ deck. They will also receive a bonus login pack for playing on PlayStation 4 and an additional pack if they have a PlayStation Plus account. An exclusive pack of eight character skins and special bundles packed with exclusive content is also available. Additionally, PC gamers will have the option to copy their existing PC account’s inventory to the PlayStation 4.”

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MMOs you’ve never heard of: Lothgar Online, Little War Online, Age of Rivals

When I add news to our newsroom for our reporters to pick up, I often add links that just say “such-and-such a game exists” — because just existing is what’s new, or at least new to us. Today, we had three of those, and I’m combining them all for this quick look at three MMOs and orbiting games that you’ve probably never heard of: Age of Rivals, Lothgar Online, and Little War Online.

Lothgar Online

Lothgar Online (Asylumsoft) launched yesterday. Let me warn you upfront: If you aren’t into retro pixel graphics and hardcore gameplay, you probably won’t like this MMO. The devs, who are also the folks behind the similarly styled Elderlands, call it an “Online RPG built in a classic style, paying homage to 1980s RPGs,” and yes, that means PvP, corpse looting, and attunement in addition to a giant world, guilds, skills, and questing. On the other hand? There’s no cash shop either. Old school isn’t always a bad thing! (via Reddit)
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