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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

Massively OP Podcast Episode 109: We are all Dragonborn

Roll for initiative! Bree and Justin are getting all kinds of nerdy with this week's show, in which they talk about Dragon-people, the return of a long-abandoned sci-fi game, a momentous anniversary, and the viability of sandbox MMOs.

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.

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Betawatch: The Repopulation is back in the saddle again (March 17, 2017)

It has been an odd and not altogether happy ride for The Repopulation, but the good news is that the game is back into a playable state. It's also the exact same game from when it got shut down, so if you were expecting some huge changes, you will be somewhat disappointed. And, you know, there's the whole change in ownership that's left a bad taste in many people's mouths. Still, it's online!

Other beta stuff also happened this week as it turns out. Which is good and hopefully will be less depressing. Let's see.

Some of that still found a way to be sort of a downer, huh? Well, you can check out the full list of games in testing below, perhaps that will bring you more joy. As always, let us know if something hopped test phases in the comments! We're trying to get rid of all the cash shops that take your money in supposed beta tests, but they're remarkably resilient. Some of us suspect there's a hive.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 108: PAX East power-up

As Massively OP is on the scene at PAX East this year, we've got plenty of juicy news and interviews to discuss on the show! What game is coming to console this year? What secret is Eliot hiding? Which MMO just got a name change? Find out in today's episode!

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.

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Trove officially launches for Xbox One and PlayStation 4

Voxel sandbox Trove has formally launched on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One today, having been in open beta on both consoles since December. Trion says it's now "captivated nearly five million" players across both consoles, which by our estimate makes for about 10 million players total, including those already on PC.

Trove "has become one of the largest free-to-play console releases of all time during its successful Open Beta," the studio says, "with thousands of unique worlds being built by players and tens of millions of hours logged in the game before it’s even officially launched."

Existing beta characters and plots should be just as you left them as the studio promised no more wipes past closed beta. The game is free-to-play on both platforms. Check out the launch trailer below!

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Trove previews upgrades to its console inventory system

Sorting out your inventory in Trove is a bit different from the inventory systems of other games, but it still has the same core features of giving you a lot of items and asking you to pick over them later. The good news is that the game's launch update on March 14th will make inventory and loot collections much easier to sort through. Inventory will be divided into three tabs for Adventure, Building, and Crafting, with the Crafting tab further subdivided into Currencies, Components, and Gems. That should keep the inventory window the same size while making it easier to actually find what you're looking for.

The new Loot Collector interface will also give you options to lock or unlock individual items to avoid destroying them, add in a Buyback feature for items you accidentally got rid of, and allow you to mass-collect all unlocked items with a single button push. The patch is about a week away, yes, but it should make it far easier for players on consoles to get the items they need and find where everything is kept.

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Trove counts almost 10M players ahead of March 14 console launch

Voxel sandbox Trove's been in open beta on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for only a few short months, but it's already gathered "nearly four million" players across both consoles, according to a Trion Worlds press release this morning, which also notes that "Trove’s industrious console players have also placed more than one billion blocks in the Trove world, while destroying more than 5 billion!"

Back in December, Trion counted 5 million players on all platforms, including PC. Now, the company says that combined number is "almost 10 million." CEO Scott Hartsman says that "Trove is already dominating the Free to Play charts."

Trion is planning an official launch on both consoles on March 14th, but don't worry: Your characters and blocks are safe, as the studio promised no more wipes past closed beta. Just make sure you log in before the switchover and claim your free mounts!

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Ashes of Creation on dungeon finders, soloing, player shops, and guild ethics

MOP tipster Joel let us know about an absolute trove of info flowing in the Ashes of Creation Discord channel thanks to the candor of Creative Director Steven Sharif. Sharif has been on a tear explaining game systems to the players hanging out there. Here are a few of the more interesting bits!

  • "Ashes will allow medium and small guilds to stay competitive. We have specifics systems in place to accomplish this."
  • "Playing alone is complete accepted, and feasible."
  • "High customization suite for character creation will allow for fat/skinny variants."
  • "I want to see players be able to enjoy the game together, and that includes new players being able to participate in activities with their experienced friends."
  • "While we do have classic leveling mechanics for the adventuring class, there are many ways to 'level' in Ashes. Not everything is put behind a linear progression. We want players who are casual to be able to participate in activities with players that have more time to play."

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Battle Bards Episode 92: Dragon’s Prophet

Strap in for a fiery ride across the skies in today’s episode of Battle Bards! While Dragon’s Prophet was not fated to last long — at least in North America — it did leave behind a treasure trove of music that we’ve only started to dig into. The bards get a little dragonish themselves for this show, perhaps of a different opinion of what constitutes the perfect score for giant flying lizards.

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 92: Dragon's Prophet (or download it) now:

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The Stream Team: The heart is where the Hellbugs are... in Trove

Have you ever heard the phrase "Home is where the heart is"? But where's the heart? It's where the Hellbugs are -- in Trove! Those deadly Defiance critters have once again infested the voxel game (where they look way cuter) for Valentine's Day, and Massively OP's MJ has her heart set on getting one of the mounts. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. to see if she finds true love... with a Love Bug!

What: Trove
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

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Trove's Xbox One version is moving closer to an official launch

It's been apparent that Trove's transition onto consoles hasn't moved quite as fast as Trion Worlds originally hoped. While the studio originally was hyping the adaptations for a late 2016 launch, Trion barely squeaked a beta version out of the door before the closing of the year.

Now the studio is saying that the Xbox One edition, at least, is growing closer to launch. In a brief update, Trion said that it's working on putting together a patch that addresses stability issues, several pesky bugs, and improves the loot collector and crafting inventory.

"Once we’ve announced the official launch date and locked in the final launch build with Microsoft we’ll post a full list of updates and fixes coming with launch so everyone can see just how many fantastic improvements are on the way," Trion promised.

Source: Trove

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Massively OP's guide to Valentine's Day around the MMORPG verse

Ready for sappy questlines, particle effects that look like hearts, and lots -- and I do mean lots -- of pink? Valentine's day has arrived in the real world and many of the pretend worlds inside MMORPGs (for some reason). And who are we to fuss when the events are all about candy and cheap romance? Nobody, that's who. Read on for our guide to Valentine's Day around the MMORPG verse!

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