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Neverwinter announces Lost City of Omu for February 27; check out the new trailer!

Perfect World has just announced a new update for Dungeons and Dragons MMO Neverwinter – its first big update of the year and another chapter in the ongoing storylines set in the jungles of Chult. “On February 27, prepare to enter the Lost City of Omu!” PWE posted.

“There is more to the Tomb of Annihilation and the death curse gripping Faerûn, and adventurers must seek answers in the Lost City of Omu. A mysterious new zone filled with crumbling temple ruins and a labyrinth of underground tunnels offers new monsters to hunt, treasures to uncover, repeatable adventures and Heroic Encounters featuring the dreaded Tyrant, an undead T-Rex with unique attacks. Continuing their campaign against the evil lich, adventurers will delve into a lair infested with yuan-ti, where they must beat the odds and unearth secrets of the Trickster Gods to overcome Acererak and the death curse.”

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Elder Scrolls Online’s Dragon Bones DLC hits the PTS, free sub trial begins today

It’s almost time to get your Skyrim nostalgia on! ZeniMax announced last night that the Dragon Bones DLC and accompanying freebie update 17 have both taken over Elder Scrolls Online’s PTS and are testable right now. The patch notes are live too, including a list-out of the new gear, the new storage collectibles, the complete details on the new outfit customization system, and three new houses: Coldharbour Surreal Estate, Princely Dawnlight Palace, and The Erstwhile Sanctuary.

This update will also mark the end of 32-bit client support, so if you’re running on an older version of windows, heads-up.

Wondering what all the fuss was about when both the staff and the readers voted Elder Scrolls Online MMO of the year? Maybe take advantage of the game’s latest “ESO Plus Bonus Event” to preview it in more depth.

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The Game Archaeologist: Neocron

It’s the distant future. The high-tech battle armor you wear sharply contrasts with the ruins of civilization that you traverse. You spot an enemy and raise your pulse rifle, firing off shots as you strafe to cover. Technology hasn’t solved the issue of war; it’s just raised the body count.

PlanetSide 2? Nope — this is Neocron, the quite-forgettable MMOFPS from the way-back era. I like to call it “that game with the most regrettable cover art in the history of video games,” but that isn’t quite as snappy.

Going into this article, I have to admit that I previously knew absolutely nothing about Neocron other than the fact that it was a sci-fi MMO that vaguely reminded me of Anarchy Online. Oh, also the fact that nobody I know or perhaps ever will know played it. Was it just a myth? A practical joke to make us believe in an MMO phantom? Only sifting through layers of dust and grime would produce results, so I rolled up my sleeves and started digging.

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DC Universe Online brings back its anniversary event with a Krypto base pet

As one year passes into the next, DC Universe Online gets to celebrate another anniversary, and this time around it’s bringing in a beloved pet to gallop around your base. If you’re allergic to the more silver age stylings of the universe, you may want to pass on picking up your very own Krypto the Super-Dog, but you can still pick up some Braniac-themed decorations if you’re afraid of whimsy.

The event also offers new costume stylings for the first superpowered people resulting from the exobytes and a new trial for players to take on during the struggle against the Anti-Monitor. There are even new artifacts and adjustments to old content to make sure that this anniversary event is even better than last year’s event. Jump on in if you want to celebrate another year turning over or if you can’t spend another minute in a game without a super-powered pup waiting at your lair.

If you’re a villain, just assume you kidnapped him.

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Here’s everything you need to know about World of Warcraft’s Patch 7.3.5

With the community consensus that World of Warcraft’s Patch 7.3.5 will be coming out prior to January 21st, some excitement and interest has been bubbling up over this “mid-sized” content update.

Icy Veins has a great roundup of pretty much everything you need to know about this patch, including the new mounts coming in the Call of the Scarab micro-holiday, the Seething Shore PvP battleground, new rewards for Trial of Style, the Ulduar timewalking raid, and the much-anticipated zone scaling that will revamp the leveling experience.

Perhaps the biggest question mark over this patch is the first wave of allied races. These alternative racial options are a major selling point of the upcoming Battle for Azeroth expansion, although it appears that four of them, including Highmountain Tauren, will become available well before then. While 7.3.5 will contain the races, mounts, and faction embassies in the data files, it will be up to Blizzard when this content will unlock.

Source: Icy Veins

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The Stream Team: A first look at Wild Buster

Have you heard about Wild Buster: Heroes of Titan? You might have if you grabbed a copy from MOP’s giveaway! Massively OP’s MJ hadn’t until recently, but now that she knows about it, she has to jump in and check it out. Join us live at 3:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you a first look at…

What: Wild Buster
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 28th, 2017

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EVE Evolved: 2017 EVE Online year in review

We’ve reached the end of another year, and it’s certainly been a busy one for EVE Online. This year saw heavy gameplay iteration, with improvements to everything from the UI to ship balance, and the Lifeblood expansion’s total moon mining overhaul. PvE-focused players got a new AI-driven Resource Wars activity in high-security space, and an experimental user interface named The Agency has helped tie seasonal in-game events together. New refinery structures caused a bit of a land grab on moons and gave alliances more to fight over, and CCP Games lifted some of the free to play alpha clone restrictions to help bring in new players.

It’s the players that make EVE Online special, of course, and this year had no shortage of crazy political shenanigans. We followed The Imperium’s war for revenge in the north of EVE that eventually fizzled out, watched as The Judge betrayed his alliance and stole the largest sum of ISK in the game’s history, and sat aghast as the leader of that alliance was banned for threatening to cut off the thief’s hands in real life. CCP Games itself hasn’t exactly made it through the year unscathed, with the company unexpectedly pulling out of the VR market and laying off around 100 staff worldwide.

In this edition of EVE Evolved, I look back at the past year of EVE Online news and summarise the highlights.

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Make My MMO: The biggest MMO crowdfunding news of 2017

Welcome to a special edition of Make My MMO, Massively OP’s regular recap of what’s going on in crowdfunded MMOs, which we do specifically for those of you who are convinced Kickstarter is the absolute worst (it’s not) and that no crowdfunded MMOs ever launch (they do). Plus, somebody’s got to keep an eye on what your money’s up to! Tonight’s edition isn’t going to be our usual recap of the last couple of weeks, however; we’re going to look at the most important MMO crowdfunding news of the entire year. Lock up your wallets and let’s get to it.

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The Stream Team: Enjoying New Life festival cheer in Elder Scrolls Online

Celebrate local traditions with Elder Scrolls Online’s New Life holiday festival! Massively OP’s MJ is looking forward to participating in the Snow Bear Plunge again as well as some Mud Ball Merriment. There’s lots more to do, including a Lava Foot Stomp, a Stonetooth Bask, and even the Trial of Five-fingered Guile. Grab a drink and tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to join in the music and fun of the festivities!

What: The Elder Scrolls Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Friday, December 22nd, 2017

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The MMOs of the Steam winter 2017 sale

Another December, another Steam sale to entice you to spend money on games you don’t have time to play just to have them for a rainy day! Here’s a quick look at what’s on the list for MMO and survival sandbox players.

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Snag a Wild Buster trial key from InselGames and Massively OP!

If you watched “gritty sci-fi hack’n’slash MMOARPG” Wild Buster launch last week and considered giving it a go but hadn’t quite pulled the trigger, then today’s giveaway is for you. InselGames has granted MOP a bundle of trial keys to pass out to our readers just in time for the holidays!

How do the trial keys work? They unlock a version of the game with four heroes and four rows of inventory space but full access to the whole game. While you can technically complete the whole game with any of those heroes, players who really like what they see can also just upgrade the game and purchase DLC through Steam.

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

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Shroud of the Avatar creates the quintessential cozy inn, changes up free trial offerings

When travelers wander in to Shroud of the Avatar’s Release 49 later this week, they’ll find that one watering hole looks much improved than before. The team has been busy remodeling the Soltown inn to make it “cozier and more pleasant” for visitors.

Release 49 has a lot more than just a better-looking rumpus room; players will experience improved framerate, revamped wetlands, the new Elysium Mines, more ore nodes, UI polish, and winter recipes.

The team also notes that it is improving and experimenting with the free trial system (the next of which starts on December 20th). Free players will be marked as visitors, be moved over to the Path of Courage, have a level 50 skill cap, and restrict trade with others.

“Making these changes will allow us to leave the free trial up almost continually therefore maximizing the ability for players to try the game before they buy,” Portalarium said. “We feel firmly that giving players this no obligation opportunity is great for the health of the game and a fair business practice that we wish to pursue.”

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Shroud of the Avatar’s newest mine borrows from Greek mythology

If you fall into the trap of thinking of every fantasy mine as a dark cavern full of Temple of Doom-style trolley tracks, then Shroud of the Avatar would like to disabuse you of this assumption. The devs are hand-crafting the game’s Elysium mines, which is about as far from tropeville as you can get.

“The visual inspiration for this mine comes from the Minoan City of Knossos in Crete,” the devs wrote, “where the original Labyrinth from Greek mythology was said to have been. The glowing river is partially inspired by the river Styx, and is closely associated with the spirits wandering the labyrinth.”

The team is getting ready to head out for the holidays, but before that happens, there is one last release (on December 14th). Portalarium raised $75,000 for the game through a December 1st telethon and got $2,889 to donate for last month’s Movember.

Checking out Shroud of the Avatar during one of its free trial periods this month? The studio is pointing newbies to the New Player Welcome and Player Created Resources forums to get them off to a good start.

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