I don't want any of us to be fooled by this picture. Shifty-eyed evil comes in many forms, the most deceptive of which is overwhelming cuteness. You may think that Becca here is nothing but sunshine and squishy hugs, but look at the horns! She is up to something, and that something will end all life as we know it.
"I came down with the Cold From Hell recently and needed some uplifting adorableness in my life to sustain me through the sleep deprivation and tissue piles," Becca said. "After seeing screens from Twin Saga on MOP I decided to give it a spin. Cute is the best medicine! Look at my devilishly adorable character atop her capybara mount which has a BABY capybara on its head!"
DO NOT BE FOOLED. AVERT YOUR GAZE NOW.
MassivelyOP's MJ had an interesting first experience in Twin Saga. Now she has the chance to tour the game alongside the folks who made it. Aeria devs are joining her for a playthrough and are willing to share tips, hints, and strategies as well as answer everyone's questions. Join us live at 12:00 p.m. for this second foray into...
What: Twin Saga
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 30th, 2016
Isn't it really disturbing when you're playing one game and it completely reminds you of another title? Our brains make so many bizarre connections that after a while, I stopped questioning it and embraced the random insanity of it all.
Of course, if the other game that you're reminded of happens to be part of the same series, then perhaps you're justified in making a connection. Case in point, reader Derrick was tromping around in the frozen wastes of Elder Scrolls Online when he had this epiphany: "Wrothgar reminds me a bit of Skyrim with all the snow and ice wraiths."
Snow and ice wraiths? Sounds like winter driving on Detroit highways to me!
If you feel like you need an extra dose of cute in your life, you might want to check out Twin Saga. MassivelyOP's MJ heard a rumor about turtle houses, so you know she's gotta go in and check it out! The new F2P game is in open beta, so she's jumping in, starting with character creation. (Don't worry, it won't take that long!) Join us live at 7:00 p.m. as OPTV's infamous Stream Team takes a first look at...
What: Twin Saga
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, September 12th, 2016
Between the adorable visuals and the lunatic writing, Twin Saga might just win a visit from yours truly. Of course, the fact that it sports giant mobile turtle housing is an attractive factor as well.
"It's safe to say Twin Saga nails the cute style," Vexia sent in, "but I was impressed with how pretty it could be. This is the type of stylized look I'd expect from the likes of WildStar or World of Warcraft. I don't have my own terracottage... yet! Maybe I will when this screenshot is posted in the future (greetings from the past!). Either way, seeing this NPC-owned one out in the wild made me want a terracottage of my own that much more."
Forget the Massively yacht; we need turtle power!
Twin Saga developer X-Legend Entertainment is reportedly working on a mobile spin-off of Aura Kingdom.
It doesn't sound as though Aura Kingdom Mobile is an MMO, although it will complement Aura Kingdom with a deeper storyline that should lend deeper understanding to both games' lore. X-Legend says that the mobile game is coming soon.
Aura Kingdom players should be aware that inactive characters could be lost if they don't log in to flag them as active before a move to the cloud on September 7th.
We're not making up Aura Kingdom Mobile by the way; there's proof, albeit extremely brief proof, waiting after the break!
Boy, it feels like we've been waiting for this for a whole year, doesn't it? World of Warcraft: Legion launched this past week, putting an end to a lengthy major patch drought and also sending everyone out on an island vacation. Or something. There definitely are islands, that much is a certainty. Our impressions are available in three parts covering the opening moments, the order halls and artifacts, and the leveling experience.
Is that not enough news for you? Well, let's cover some other beta news, then. Come along!
- The launch for half of H1Z1 is finally in sight. Yes, just half of it, as the shooter-based King of the Kill is launching on September 20th with a price hike. No word on the other half, and the console version is apparently "paused," so who even knows what's going on with the game any longer.
- Otherland is heading for launch as well; it's currently in open beta and is hitting the real launch state on September 8th. No word on whether or not it will actually suck you into a strange world full of rich people's half-remembered childhood fantasies, but we can only assume.
- Twin Saga opened its servers back up for open beta, raising its cap to 65 and adding the Dragonknight class
- Guardians of Ember is hitting early access at the end of September, pushing itself as a hybrid between traditional MMOs and a hack-and-slash game. If that's exactly what you've been waiting to hear, well... good news?
- Even Project Gorgon is eyeing a launch date at this point. Admittedly, it's a vague plan for some time in 2017, but it's still a time.
There's also our usual list just below, complete with games that didn't make it into actual launch or whatever this week. If something has arguably already launched, i.e. a free-to-play game with no more wipes and a functional cash shop, do let us know if we missed it in the comments. If you have thoughts about a beta you're playing, let us know that in the comments, too. Actually, let us know if you saw a cool dog on the way to work today. We're not picky..
Aeria's Twin Saga MMORPG enters open beta in the west as of today. The company says that closed beta saw 700,000 logins and 250,000 of player testing, but the open beta will be a bit different.
"Starting with the Open Beta, players will be able to play the new Dragonknight class: warriors forged from the draconic powers of flame, light, and wind who bear the fearsome strength and combat prowess of their namesakes. In addition to the new class, players can take advantage of a higher level cap — now set at 65 — and a number of new dungeons to explore. [...] Adventurers can choose from ten powerful classes — with the freedom to switch classes without changing characters—and can deal devastating damage with amazing combos and spectacular Ultimate Moves."
One of the game's claims to fame is the Terracottage system, which grants players a mobile house on the back of a turtle. Massively OP's Justin Olivetti got the scoop on the housing system back in June.
There are founders packs for folks who want a jumpstart, but the game is F2P otherwise.
There's a new trailer too!
We hope you got everything you wanted done during the Twin Saga stress test, because it's done with now. The servers are coming down, characters are going to be wiped, and everything that was on the servers will be lost, like tears in rain. And, hey, it accomplished its primary goals, as the team behind the game has a clear picture of where the servers are weakest and will need to be reinforced.
So when does the open beta start? There's no firm word yet beyond "soon," although fans are encouraged to keep their eyes open for an announcement about just that. For now, just fill your mind with happy memories and get ready for when the open testing arrives.
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 took to the seas with a few new titles, including The Pirate: Caribbean Hunt. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Black Desert, Overwatch, ArcheAge, Lord of the Rings Online, and more, all waiting for you after the break!
If you're eager to jump into Aeria's anime import Twin Saga and want to go in bedecked in all the game's fineries, then winning today's raffle might help you out, as Aeria has granted Massively OP three Pioneer founder packs to give away to our readers!
The Pioneer packs are worth $19.99 and include early game access, open beta name reservation, a founder's title in the game, a special forum title, 200 loyalty points, 20 astral crystals, 10 loot charms, 10 friendship gems, 5 revival potions, and a rookie starstone pack. Aeria says that the only regional restriction is that the packs are English-language packs, so if you're playing on an English-language server, you're eligible.
Read on to enter to win!
Twin Saga, a cutesy anime import from Aeria Games that's notable for its nifty classes and housing, is in the middle of a closed beta test for founders. How would you like to join it?
Aeria has granted Massively OP keys for the closed beta just for that purpose. Click the Mo button below (and prove you're not a robot) to grab one of these keys while they last!
Money, as we all know, makes the world go round. Even when that world is adrift, as in the appropriately named Worlds Adrift. In other words, it's a good thing that the game's gotten a nice big infusion of cash to the tune of one million dollars. The team also showed off the process of making a ship to float through the sky, so that's also awesome.
And what about the rest of the beta environment? Oh, it did stuff. Here's a sampler of that stuff:
- Eternal Crusade is promising to offer details on its MMO mechanics. Not now, no, but the developers will reveal them. They're coming, really. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
- The beta for Lazarus has begun, and the game is already providing an unusual tweak to its gameplay model - it's a roguelike multiplayer game that sets back the clock every week, meaning that you can always expect a certain degree of resetting. Whether that sounds interesting or horrible is up to you.
- Twin Saga is in its closed beta, with launch planned for later this month. The game's voices are still in Japanese, but you can turn on subtitles if you want to understand the story. Or you can leave them off and assume the story is better than it may actually be. I like to imagine that everyone is talking about Proust.
- Lineage Eternal has plans for another beta test in November. Its beta cycle, at least, appears to be... lengthy. Yes, the joke was obvious.
- Last but not least, the Dark and Light reboot is on its way, and it's technically classless. Mechanically, that is. How classy the actual game is comes down to the players.
Of course, there is also a list of things in beta testing down below. See something missing, or something that ought to be removed or added? Let us know in the comments, and we'll debate about it internally while making jokes about games. They're not good jokes, you don't want to see them.