tree of savior

Official Site: Tree of Savior
Studio: IMC Games
Launch Date: June 2016
Genre: Fantasy MMORPG
Business Model: F2P
Platform: PC

Battle Bards Episode 93: It’s a madhouse!

It’s taken this long, but the Battle Bards have gone completely and irreversibly insane in the membrane! Today the team cracks open the door of the MMO music funhouse to see what off-kilter, crazy, and manic tunes may be found. WARNING: Once you’ve entered the asylum, you might find yourself a resident… for life!

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 co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunes, Google Play, TuneInPocket CastsStitcher, and Player.FM.

Listen to Episode 93: It's a Madhouse! (or download it) now:

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Nexon invests money into IMC Games as part of Tree of Savior mobile partnership

Nexon has made a "strategic investment" into Korea-based IMC Games, the companies announced in a press release this morning. IMC Games is known to MMO gamers chiefly for its stewardship of MMOARPG Tree of Savior, which launched in the west on Steam last year.

The partnership won't come as too much of a surprise to our audience; Nexon and IMC Games announced last fall that they had joined forced to port Tree of Savior to mobile devices. It's destined for the global market.

"With this investment, Nexon and IMC GAMES will work closely together to reinforce service of Tree of Savior and launch Tree of Savior: Mobile Remake globally, which is currently under development."

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Tree of Savior previews class balance changes and class inspiration

Be honest, did you think that Tree of Savior's class names were just vague nouns (or collections of sounds) that sounded cool? Because if you did, you were wrong; a new article on the official site discusses the historical inspiration behind the game's Rank 8 classes. Sure, some of them are pretty self-explanatory (a Lancer is someone using a lance, this was not a mystery), but now you can find out what a Murmillo or a Hackapell were based upon.

Of course, a historical basis alone won't ensure that something is actually balanced, and the game is moving forward with another round of balance changes designed to make classes of all stripes more useful in combat. The good news is that almost all of these are buffs, whether they're small ones to help the Corsair's performance in solo combat or large ones to help the Cannoneer be more effective all around. Check out the full list of changes to see if your preferred class got some positive tweaks.

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Perfect Ten: Mobile MMOs coming in 2017

This past year, we couldn't seem to go a week without bumping into news of some new mobile MMO or a tablet spin-off of some existing franchise. It seems as though the mobile market is still blowing up, and MMORPG developers are looking for a way to take advantage of the popularity and market penetration that these devices offer.

What does this mean? It means that in 2017, we have a whole lot of games heading our way. With any luck, some of them might unseat the low-quality half-breeds that seem to make up a bulk of the existing mobile MMO library and set a higher standard for fun and engagement.

Let's take a look at about two dozen mobile MMOs we could be getting in 2017 -- and which ones might be the new contenders for our undivided attention. Unless we mention otherwise, these titles will be coming out for both iOS and Android platforms.

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The MOP Up: A marriage forged in hell (January 8, 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 read the heartwarming story of a couple that found love in Diablo III, of all places. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Black DesertLord of the Rings OnlinePath of Exile, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Tree of Savior works on better optimization and class balance

When it comes to vital qualities of action RPGs, having a silky smooth framerate even under extreme visual duress is right there at the top of most gamers' preferences. Tree of Savior's team admits that its game hasn't always played as it should, which is why much work has been given to further optimization.

"We needed some time to reconsider the optimization process for there were certain stability issues," the team reported. "These issues have been dealt with since then and, with that success, different aspects of the optimization process have improved as a result. In this quest for optimization, we set out one goal: make the game run without a hitch even with 100 players on the screen!"

Another ongoing project by the team is to rectify "class disparity" by bringing the roles into (more or less) balance. Five class patches have already been deployed since the game's launch, and there are two more in the works as you read this. Barbarians, Monks, Rune Casters, and Cannoneers are are slated for overhauls, after which PvP balance patches are planned to address specific over- or underpowered skills.

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Dota 2, The Division list among the best-selling Steam games of 2016

One of my favorite things to do at the end of each calendar year is to read all of the "best of" lists that get posted all over the place. Steam is contributing to my delight, as it has posted its top 100 best-selling PC games of 2016. Plenty of MMOs, MOBAs, and online multiplayer titles dominate the list, which makes it interesting reading for those invested in our hobby.

The highest-revenue titles on the list (the "platinum" sellers) included The Division, Dota 2, and No Man's Sky. Gold sellers welcomed ARK: Survival Evolved, Warframe, and H1Z1: King of the Kill to the club, while silver sellers gave tribute to Elder Scrolls Online and SMITE.

And at the bottom of the top 100 sellers, the "bronze" titles, are games like Final Fantasy XIV, Tree of Savior, Path of Exile, H1Z1: Just Survive, Grim Dawn, and Elite Dangerous. Note that all of these titles only mark games that had the highest grossing revenue, possibly thanks to sales, and do not reflect how much time was spent among the community playing them.

Source: Steam. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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The MOP Up: Hearthstone cruises down some Mean Streets (December 4, 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 Hearthstone released its Mean Streets of Gadgetzan expansion, making all of us wish that World of Warcraft had a town like this. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from VaingloryIngressFinal Fantasy XI, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Massively OP's guide to MMO Thanksgiving 2016

As you're gobble, gobbling up food today, rooting for your favorite football team, and enduring the uncomfortable political conversations at the dinner table, you might be tempted to take some time to play MMOs during this American holiday.

Thanksgiving isn't as huge of an inspiration for MMORPG holidays, but they do exist and are perfect for players who want to get decked out in the latest Pilgrim fashion from 1621 and stock up on food buffs.

So if you're looking for a way to complement the holiday in-game, here's where you should go today!

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Tree of Savior plans Thanksgiving events, explains trade restrictions

Cutesy anime sandbox Tree of Savior isn't gonna be one of those MMORPGs that lets Thanksgiving slide, oh no. IMCGames says the game's Harvest Festival, which runs from November 14th through December 6th, is meant to "set the mood for the holiday season."

Characters level 50 and up will be able to pick up event seeds from the in-game notice board, once per day, then either use it immediately for a sweet experience and movement buff or plant it at a farm in-game for a prize instead. "Planted prizes can be collected by anyone as soon as they are ready to be harvested," the studio warns. "Please note that you alone will be responsible for keeping your harvest safe as we will not be providing help with lost harvests."

In other Tree of Savior news, the developers have explained the thought process behind some rather dramatic trade restrictions, like the one that holds cash in the auction hall for an extra two days after a sale.

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Nexon is bringing a truckload of MMORPGs to G-Star this year

Nexon's MMORPG catalogue is about to get a whole lot bigger. In a press release issued today, the studio has announced 35 new games, quite a few of them MMORPGs and mobile MMOs. Some of them were already known to us, and many are even at the stage that they'll be shown at G-Star later this month.

Of note, we're looking at

LawBreakers is also heading to South Korea after its debut here earlier in 2016. And there are a few other MMORPGs with little information available, including Project Meta, Dragon Nest II: Legend, and Durango. Given Nexon's track record of porting its games westward, we think there's plenty to be excited about. Check out some of the trailers below!
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Betawatch: Revelation Online stays unrevealed a little longer (October 28, 2016)

Oh Revelation Online, won't you stay just a little bit longer? Wait, no, you can't stay; you haven't even arrived yet. Your closed beta was delayed until November 3rd, after all. Of course, you also gave everyone eagerly awaiting that closed beta compensation in the form of nine days of premium game time for founder's pack owners, so that's pretty great. And you showed off some more dungeons for beta, so that's cool.

Fortunately, that's the only delay-tacular news this week. Heck, most of the beta news is downright positive!

  • Did you buy into the early access tier for Hero's Song on its second crowdfunding campaign? Good news, then, as alpha access starts on Monday, with early access planned for sometime in early November.
  • Tuebor is making plans to move out of early access and into launch, thus satisfying the hordes of people who eagerly await being able to play a game named by Latin verb conjugation. Or just those interested in the "MMO-light" game for actual mechanical reasons.
  • When will ladies be available to play in Gloria Victis? Soon. The game did just overhaul its animations, so perhaps that's a teaser of sorts.
  • Mu Legend has entered its global closed beta, allowing everyone eager for new hack-and-slash action who's in the beta to take part. If you're more about smash-and-crush action, there's probably something in there for you, too. The point is that things are dealt with violently.
  • Villagers & Heroes is out of beta on Android devices. You can just, like, download and play it right now. Please do, in fact, Bree would like the company. (She's a fan, you see.)
  • Do you want Tree of Savior to be playable on your mobile device? Because that's a thing that's happening. It looks like it's going to be much the same as the PC version, only... well, mobile. So you can bring it everywhere.

Yeah, yeah, there's a list of games in testing down below. We all knew that was coming. Of course, there's always the vague possibility that something in there slipped its way into launch before we noticed, so if you see something, let us know. We really appreciate it.

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