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!
Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Outer Stories of Wulin, ArcheAge Begins, The Black Death, Wakfu, Dark Age of Camelot, RuneScape, Pokemon Go, SMITE, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, Battlerite, Ragnarok Rush, Wild Busters, Final Fantasy XI, and Twin Saga, all waiting for you after the break!
You may hold Elves in high esteem, but the truth is that they are bonafide slackers. They live forever and can’t even be bothered to keep up with the weeding, so Elves make up some nonsense about communing with nature to cover for it while they binge on Netflix.
BalsBigBrother brings us our first pic of the day, this one from Lord of the Rings Online: “The one is from the High Elf starting instance, with this particular area the last part just before you are thrown out into the ‘real world’ of Middle Earth. Still amazed with how well the SSG folks do with their world building using such an old engine and saddened at times how divorced they often seem to be when it comes to actual player mechanics/fun.”
Either Revelation Online
was jealous of Twin Saga
or houses on the backs of giant turtles is a thing in Asia, but the MMO is introducing its own version of mobile housing with the Safe Haven update
on July 26th.
Once players reach level 40, they’ll be able to purchase an apartment of their very own that is located on the back a massive tortoise that’s cruising around the world at a top land speed of 0.01 MPH. Aspiring interior decorators can deck out their new pad with 160 different objects and invite friends in to check it out.
As if that’s not enough, the update will also include a brand-new archaeology system that will let characters “unravel mysteries of various renowned landmarks in the world of Nuanor.” Presumably it will also send characters to ancient temples where they’ll have to outrun boulders and throw Indy the whip.
New Twin Saga Product Manager Ancalagon attempted to mollify players this week, apologizing for some of the missteps of the game so far and assuring the community that things are looking up.
“I understand that in the past the journey for Twin Saga and its players has been rocky and not always as pleasant as it should have been,” Ancalagon wrote. “But I can also see that we are making a lot of improvements.”
Some of these improvements include a faster rollout of patches, reduced lag, a war on bots, and practical responses to player feedback. Patch 7 for the MMO is currently in development, and the team has more resources for in-game events and patch testing. There’s always a gap between words and action, but hopefully Twin Saga will live up to these statements.
Twin Saga released a new trailer over the weekend, as near as we can tell not promoting any specific new update, apart from the game’s formal launch back in April. The patch that coincided with the launch added a new class, new maps, a level cap bump, a “couples” system, and freeform character building. Aeria was talking up its “visual re-branding and a stronger focus on the captivating background story about the twin goddesses Marisa and Amaris” at the time, and that’s what the new trailer is doing as well. Check it out below — anybody playing?
With Lord of the Rings Online hitting its 10th anniversary this past week, plenty of bloggers are enjoying the festivities and recalling some of their favorite memories of this beloved MMO.
Lina looked back at her earliest beta impressions of LOTRO and laughed at how she saw the game as “rather stiff, lifeless, and drab” (she since changed her mind). Wilhelm went through the game’s history and noted that the MMO was “a leader in the conversion to a free-to-play model, citing a huge boost in players and revenue to accompany the change.” And Roger recalls the changes: “Looking back now at these early days of LOTRO, the most pronounced difference was the fact that much of the game was designed to be completed in a group or fellowship.”
Is it still a game worth playing? Syl recently returned to LOTRO after a long absence and found it welcoming: “I’ve only been back a few days and already had more friendly encounters and met more silly helpful people on Laurelin than I otherwise would in years.”
Bunnies and eggs! Flowers and grass! Lots and lots of chocolate as we hoard every Cadbury thing we can find! (Or maybe that’s just me?) Yep, Easter is this weekend, making it a convenient time for MMOs to shower us in stuff to keep us indoors and playing instead of outside marveling in the end of winter. We’ve collected a few of those events down below!
Twin Saga rolled out a truly massive patch this morning, introducing a brand-new Monk class to the cutesy Aeria MMORPG, along with a new story quest beginning at level 61, the Sanctopolis: Prismatica zone (think rainbows and floating islands), the Sanctopolis: Constellacia zone, three dungeons (Nabuland, La Catedral Infernal Hell Mode, and Sapphire Keep), a new Senshi Quest, a “Couple” System for getting hitched with a partner, new advanced specs, a new archive tool to collect your mounts and outfits, and a level cap bump to 70. See, massive!
In celebration of the launch, Aeria has granted Massively OP keys for readers to help them get a jump on the new content. Read on to grab the key and learn how to apply it to your account!
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!