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The Stream Team: Exploring the South African night in Secret World Legends

The South African night is dark and full of… what? That’s exactly what Massively OP’s MJ plans to find out in Secret World Legends. The Morninglight insists she obey curfew, but she’s going to ignore it. The Morninglight night life is sure to be more exciting than picking corn! Join us live at 8:00 p.m. to prowl the camp in the moonlight.

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
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Secret World Legends’ new lead designer wants to know what you want in the game

The new guard is moving into Secret World Legends following the surprising departure of Game Director Romain Amiel. Chris “Nirvelle” Meredith is taking over in the lead designer spot, offering players a quick rundown of his history with Funcom as well as some tantalizing hints about where the game will be heading in the future.

If you were hoping for bigger hints than “more missions to flesh out New Dawn,” you may be somewhat disappointed with those hints, but they are hints.

Meredith is also looking for feedback from players about what can be added to the game that isn’t there currently; players are asked to leave suggestions about what one thing could be added to the title for the future separately from the usual feedback threads. It’s a chance to have your voice heard about the longer-term development of the game, so if you’ve got ideas and want them to be known, now is your moment.

Source: Official Site (Thread 1, Thread 2)

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One Shots: How to go blind in one easy step

As someone who only has one functioning eye, I find that my vision is paramount to my quality of life and personal enjoyment. Plus, it would make playing MMORPGs slightly more difficult if everything was dark.

But I’m not everyone, and I have to allow for the possibility that there are gamers out there who are desperate to lose their sight but at a loss as to how to do it. With that in mind, I present SmugglerSteel’s one-step process to going blind in 10 seconds or less: Find the largest sun you can in Star Wars: The Old Republic and stare at it from about 20 feet away.

At least the last thing you’ll see will literally brighten your day!

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The Stream Team: As the sun sets in Secret World Legends’ South Africa

What better place to spend Friday the 13th than Secret World Legends? Massively OP’s MJ can’t think of one! And there is plenty more South Africa story to experience. She’s just about done with her daily chores, and the sun will be setting soon. Then what? Will she stay indoors like she is instructed? That seems unlikely. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to experience the Morninglight evening hours. As always, many spoilers!

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 13th, 2018

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Romain ‘Tilty’ Amiel departs Funcom and Secret World Legends

Secret World Legends players are in for a shock: Game Director Romain Amiel is moving on from Funcom. MMO vets will recall he’s been a fixture at the studio for 11 years, but he says he’s “decided to follow up on other opportunities.”

“My top priorities over the last few months [were] always to ensure the proper release and quality of Dawn of the Morninglight,” he tells players, referring to the SWL story update that just launched. “It seems that you’ve all been enjoying the new content (even if it felt a bit short… I know!). […] I’m proud to say that we’ve pushed the boundaries of what the MMO genre has done in terms of story-telling and immersion (rainbow unicorn masks aside maybe?).”

No need to panic, however: Chris “Nirvelle” Meredith will be taking over the helm of Secret World, Tilty says. Coincidentally, MOP’s MJ Guthrie will be streaming the game tonight on OPTV at 9 p.m. EDT, so you can join her in freaking out then and there.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 165: Step into the Morninglight

On this week’s show, MJ and Justin get giddy over Secret World Legends’ season two, discuss what World of Warcraft’s launch date means for players, and cover a whole host of major updates that have arrived for the MMO community.

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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Leaderboard: Are you still playing Secret World Legends?

I’ve always been curious about you folks who forgave Funcom for 2017. I’m not sure that, were I a hardcore old-school Secret World player, I could so easily let slide that whole “yeah so we’re gonna reboot the game and you can’t bring the toons you spent the last five years building” thing. But given the reboot’s apparent success last year and the ongoing attention on the game by the MMORPG community, a lot of you did forgive the studio and jumped right back in, including our own Secret World vets here on staff. Wherever their breaking point is, that wasn’t it.

Massively OP reader Pepperzine is wondering about that breaking point too and where the game stands in the community since the relaunch nine months ago and the new content that’s finally launched. “Now that around nine months have passed since The Secret World Legends has launched, I think it would be interesting to do a follow-up poll on if the community here at MOP is playing it, quit playing it, or returning for the Africa content!”

Great idea! Let’s do it.

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The Daily Grind: Do you get grumpy over MMO events on repeat?

I’m a huge fan of Guild Wars 2’s Super Adventure Box, even if I am not the best jumper in the world. My kid loves it, I love the graphics, the rewards are fun – really, it’s something we look forward to every year since it became a permanent event fixture. On the other hand, when the update doesn’t change much from year to year aside from QOL fixes, some of the shine does wear off. I definitely felt that way in World of Warcraft in the years when Blizzard just put the annual events on repeat (it’s gotten better about giving those events refreshes in recent years, I’ve noticed!).

Still, I hate to look a gift sparklepony in the mouth. It could be worse: I could be one of those Secret World players who are practically begging for the return of some of the events they miss from the old game in the new game because they’ve been cut off while Funcom slowly rolls them back out.

Do you get grumpy over MMO events on repeat? Would you prefer them to see a refresh every year, or are you just glad to see any annual events at all in your MMO of choice?

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Chaos Theory: Rushing Secret World Legends’ main story mission is a bad idea

If there is one thing this past week has emphasized to me, it’s that powering through just the main story missions of Secret World Legends is bad. Heed my warning and learn from my mistakes — don’t do it! It is definitely not an ideal way to experience the game. Why? Because although it is awesome to see the story arc play through in large, seamless blocks, you really so miss so much. You miss a great deal of the story, flavor, and atmosphere. And by missing chunks of the rest of the story in the game, you’ve cheated yourself of a richer — and longer — experience. When it ends all too soon, you are left wanting more… more you could have had.

Even though I have experienced 99% of the mission content before (thanks to completing the story through Tokyo in TSW), I seriously wish I could take back my sprinting to the Season 2 content. I don’t regret having the opportunity to show South Africa off to everyone on OPTV, but I do regret cheating myself of the chance to really savor the journey. I felt rushed, less patient with figuring out puzzles (my favorite part of the game!), and I had no time to appreciate the small changes in story that made it seem new again.

I am not about to make that mistake in South Africa! And I hope you won’t either. Barrelling through the main story will only rob you in the end.

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The Stream Team: See Secret World Legends Season 2!

It’s here! It’s here! The Season 2 content of Secret World Legends that Massively OP’s MJ and every other TSW fan has been waiting years for is finally here! And now is your chance to see it, right on launch day — whether or not you managed to relevel a character past Tokyo. That’s because MJ stayed up super late to make sure she could share it with you. Tune in live at 5:00 p.m. as MJ joins the Morninglight and takes those first steps into that beautiful new thing called new content.

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 5:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

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Perfect Ten: Why I (grudgingly) put up with Secret World Legends’ reboot

Less than a year ago, I faced a crisis as a fan and player of The Secret World. Funcom abruptly announced that it would be throwing the current game — the one I had spent about five years of my time playing and leveling — into maintenance mode and then rebooting the title as a free-to-play quasi-MMO called Secret World Legends.

It was an obnoxious, brute-force decision that greatly alienated many TSW players, and in my opinion, did not pay off as well as Funcom had hoped. Without allowing us to port over our characters or perhaps figure out a way to transform the old MMO into a free-to-play model (like so, so many other MMORPGs had), the studio forced us into a Sophie’s Choice. Did we say goodbye to the game we knew and loved (or worse, remain in a stagnant game forever), or did we start over and put up with the changes?

Grudgingly and not gladly, I started over. I spent a half-year leveling up a brand-new character just to get to the same place that I was before all of this started. And now that we are on the verge of the start of season two, I have time to reflect on why, exactly, I put up with the reboot and didn’t bid this game universe farewell. Here are my reasons.

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Journey to South Africa in Secret World Legends’ Dawn of the Morninglight today

Just a few short weeks ago, stalwart Secret World Legends players learned the location of their next adventure: South Africa. And when the servers return today, that patch – heralding the start of season 2 and Dawn of the Morninglight – will indeed be upon you.

“You’ve laid low in the limelight for long enough; now it’s time to spring into action,” tease Funcom’s patch notes. “Time to Infiltrate the Morninglight stronghold in South Africa. Time to find answers – to find Marquard. After this long, it’s gonna take a lot to take him away from you. Dawn of the Morninglight is the free continuation of Secret World Legends’ story, set after the events of Kaidan and your ascent through Orochi Tower. If you’re done with the Tokyo storyline, you’ll receive an SMS from a mysterious sender, kicking things off. Welcome to New Dawn. Just mind the curfew, yeah?”

Check out our detailed preview of the update, and then stay tuned for plenty more Secret World coverage today, including our stream of the new content at 4 5 p.m. EDT this afternoon. MJ stayed up until dawn to make this stream happen, so you’d better appreciate it!

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One Shots: Bleeding edge graphics

When you step back to think about it, it is amazing that we are living in a day and age in which we can enjoy such vivid, bleeding-edge graphics that are readily available on any 16-bit console! With sprites, parallax scrolling, blast processing, SFX chips, and the almighty Mode 7, we are transported beyond the television screen and into these game worlds like we were there!

We start our tour of this week’s player screenshots — taken on Polaroids — with Hikari Kenzaki’s picture of the last performance of HTR in The Secret World before the game rebooted as Secret World Legends. Look at those vibrant colors! We can now game with all the colors of the wind!

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