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Official Site: Trove
Studio: Trion Worlds
Launch Date: July 9, 2015
Genre: Voxel Sandbox
Business Model: Hybrid F2P (Cash Shop with Optional Sub)
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Preview: Trove’s Heroes expansion is super – and launching on March 27

If you were ever of the opinion that one thing the voxel world Trove needed was a superhero, then you are getting your wish! The upcoming Vanguardian class is very much your classic superhero — or villain! But what is a hero without a city to protect and foes to protect it from? The Heroes expansion offers all of that and more. I got to hang out with Senior Producer James Karras and animator Ted Sanger as they flew through the neon world of Luminopolis on a new Vanguardian. This new superhero-themed class might just be the very class to finally pull me away from my Dracolyte (which is ironic, since this update is also when the Dracolyte finally gets some buffed-up love!).

As it turns out, this expansion is also more about a story. And you know me — I love story! That makes me even more excited to get into this expansion for myself. If you are also looking forward playing this class, touring the new city, or just collecting the many new allies, you’ll be able to join me when Heroes launches on March 27th. Until then, we’ll all have to settle for living it vicariously.

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Trion Worlds says it has no plans to bring RIFT to console

With MMOs such as Trove and Defiance already inhabiting both the PC and console space, it seems not unreasonable to wonder if Trion Worlds has any plans on growing RIFT’s audience by bringing that title to PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.

Unfortunately, the answer to this line of questioning is “no.”

“We have no current plans to move RIFT to console,” the studio said on Twitter. “It would be a herculean effort.”

While that seems to be a pretty firm closed door in that direction, at least RIFT has enjoyed a burst of popularity through its new Prime progression server. Speaking of Prime, the team announced that it will be increasing the rather meager quest XP rewards on the progression server with this Wednesday’s update.

Source: Twitter


The Daily Grind: When was the last time you binged on an MMO, and what was it?

Over the weekend, thanks to a perfect combination of nothing pressing on my calendar for a change, an injured ankle, and crappy weather, I stayed home and basically binged on MMOs. It started out innocently; I hopped into Trove to play with my son, then I talked myself into farming to buy him a club (it’s a like a custom private island) to play around in, and within a few hours, I had devised a list of a hundred other things in the game I wanted to do and the whole family was hanging out in the living room together playing an MMO. Finally, that whole kid thing is paying off!

It’s the closest I’ve come to binging on an MMO in quite a while; usually, real life interrupts me and ruins my streak. When was the last time you binged an MMO, and what was it?

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 161: Project power

On this week’s show, Bree and Justin roll up their sleeves and take on projects left and right. It’s a look at the announcement of Project C and the imminent early access launch of Project Gorgon, among many other exciting developments this week!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

Listen to the show right now:

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The Daily Grind: What’s the wackiest MMORPG enemy group you’ve ever fought?

So I’m playing Trove this weekend when I go into a dungeon on one of my lowbies and I realize that the mob that’s kicking my butt is a fridge. I mean that absolutely literally; the mob was a refrigerator. To attack me, it whipped open its doors and shoved out what I think is meant to be a stuffed turkey on a rack. I thought I was going slightly mad, but the Trove wiki backed me up: This is a thing, and I’ve been away from Trove long enough that I’d forgotten about them. Long live the Fridgebots!

For me, that mob is the weirdest I’ve ever tackled in a very long time playing MMOs, and this is a genre that has candy corn elementals and playable babies. What’s the wackiest MMORPG enemy group you’ve ever fought?

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Trove’s Heroes expansion overhauls welcome panel, daily bonuses, particle effects, and the Dracolyte class

We’ve talked about the new neon cityscape biome and superhero-themed new class Trove is getting when its Heroes expansion launches later this spring. What about the rest of the game? Trion Worlds has a dev blog out this week addressing just that.

For starters, the welcome panel that smacks you in the face when you log in is getting an overhaul to be smaller and cleaner, and the daily bonuses that appear there are being tweaked so that the best ones are on the weekends.

Particle effects fiends are going to be disappointed, however, as Trion is reducing the overwhelming number of lag-inducing VFX in situations where it doesn’t really matter whether you can see your buddy’s ice cream cones falling out of the sky. That’s not a euphemism. That’s a thing that actually happens in Trove.

Finally, the Dracolyte is gonna suck a whole lot less, with better damage, better pet recharge, better wards, better dragon form… good stuff that may just make this class compete for your playtime again.


Massively Overthinking: Is battle royale a fad?

This week in Massively Overthinking, I want to talk about something out on the fringes of our genre: battle royale games. We’ve been watching BR take off, first with H1Z1, then the explosion of PUBG last summer and fall, and now Fortnite has taken the crown, becoming even more popular and raking in even more money, at least on console and potentially overall. And yet less than a year ago, we were embracing Fortnite as a PvE building game – see how blazingly fast Epic pivoted to catch this trend? I remember when PUBG started to plateau in the west even as it continued it climb in China, and I wondered then whether anything could ever dethrone it – and I have to say, I didn’t think it would be Fortnite.

So let’s talk about battle royale. Is it bleeding an online subgenre – MMOs, shooters, MOBAs, or survival sandboxes, or is it just something everyone’s tacked on top of existing gameplay? How will mobile keep up? And most importantly, is it a fad that’s destined to eventually fade away, or is it here to stay?

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Trove explores its superhero expansion city and does a former City of Heroes dev proud

Mid-February, Trion Worlds announced a big expansion coming to Trove this spring, and the best part for disillusioned superhero fans is that it’s set in a comic-themed cityscape called Luminopolis. That neon city is the subject of today’s “tourism hype” post from the studio.

“The towering skyline helps this epic new cityscape stand apart from other biomes,” Trion says. “Explore this gorgeous new sub-biome to truly appreciate the sprawling, tech-inspired architecture.” The core conceit of the zone is the battle between the evil robot Amperium and the Resistors; Resistors and Trovians will be taking on Amperium world bosses as part of the new rampage alert system.

Incidentally, MOP reader Celestia pointed out a few weeks ago that this particular expansion has some City of Heroes heritage: Former City of Heroes Systems Designer Jeff Hamilton is partly responsible for the comic-themed Vanguardian class. /holdtorch

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 158: We are all heroes

On this week’s show, Bree and Justin put on their voxel capes as they look ahead to Trove’s new expansion, LOTRO’s Hobbit fantasies, the ups and downs of Elder Scrolls Online’s outfit system, and more!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

Listen to the show right now:

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Trove’s Heroes expansion adds superhero-themed city and class this spring

Today is a positively massive day for fans of Trove – and fans of superheroes, for that matter – as Trion is announcing a brand-new expansion for the popular MMO and its 15 million players. It’s called Heroes, and yes, it’s comic-themed!

Trove – Heroes focuses on the neon festooned city of Luminopolis, a new high-tech skyscraper-laden section of Neon City. Luminopolis has been thrust into a battle for power between the evilly robotic Amperium and the Resistors, a rebel group fighting to bring the light back to the city. Players will partake in all new adventures, interact with new NPCs, wage battle against gigantic invading Mega World Bosses, and fight to save Luminopolis from the nefarious threat of the Amperion.”

If you’re sick of all your existing classes, you’ll be thrilled to know there’s a new one coming too, the Vanguardian. “A heroic class that pulls inspiration from the classic silver age of comic heroes, the Vanguardian is a paragon of virtue and strength,” Trion says. “Utilizing fluid combat in up close and personal melee skirmishes and from afar via effective ranged attacks, the Vanguardian is well-equipped to take up the cause of the Resistors and turn back the Amperion once and for all!”

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The Stream Team: A Valentine hellbug in Trove

Massively OP’s MJ ultimately missed out on love last year — the lovebug hellbug mount in Trove, that is! Luckily, it is back, and she’s determined to get it this time around. Will she succeed, or will her heart be broken yet again? Join us live at 9:00 p.m. for the voxel world’s Valentine’s event.

What: Trove
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, February 15, 2018

Enjoy the show!

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Staxel is a cozy multiplayer sandbox now in Steam early access

You know what I like? Hearing about a new game for the first time that I can actually buy right now. Of course, this one’s in Steam early access, so maybe you’ll want to hold your wallet. I’m talking about Staxel, which dropped on my radar this week thanks to a couple of my favorite readers. To me, it looks like a cross between Stardew Valley and Trove, with that voxel Minecraft look but sandboxy content that’s more focused on farming, fishing, and growing out the village with your own customizations than on mass-murdering mobs.

“Put down your roots and settle into life as a newcomer to the village. Starting out with a run-down, old home and farmland reclaimed by the wilderness, it’s up to you to turn the place around. Plant seeds, carefully tend to your crops, take care of your animals, and expand your farm. Don’t forget: take care of your farm, and your farm will take care of you!”

It’s not a formal MMORPG, but the Steam page says it was “designed with multiplayer in mind from day one,” hence custom online servers and online multiplayer capability. Anybody tried this one out?

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