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EVE Evolved: Calling time on EVE Online’s five-year vision

When Andie “CCP Seagull” Nordgren walked onto the stage at EVE Fanfest 2013 and delivered her long-term vision for the future of EVE Online, the excitement in the room was palpable. EVE was riding its highest peak concurrent player numbers in the game’s history following the overhauls of the Crucible, Inferno, and Retribution expansions, and players were ready for a new blockbuster feature to fire their imaginations. CCP delivered its ambitious five year vision to hand the reigns of EVE‘s living universe over to its players, with player-built stargates and deep space exploration in completely uncharted star systems.

We’re now about four months away from the five-year mark on that vision, and many parts of it have now been completed, but no battle plan ever survives contact with the enemy. We’ve seen some big feature drops such as the release of citadels, the industry overhaul, and the recent moon mining overhaul, but that deep space colonisation gameplay still seems far off. Some players feel as if EVE is currently in a holding pattern, with everyone waiting for the next big feature or overhauls to their favourite part of the game before deciding what to do next. So what does come next?

In this edition of EVE Evolved, I break down the progress toward Nordgren’s 5 year vision so far and talk about the possible next steps I think CCP could take to make it a reality.

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The MOP Up: Heroes of the Storm mains Hanzo (December 10, 2017)

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 Crossout, Ultima Online, Monster Hunter World, HellionEverQuest II, WakfuRuneScapeStar Wars: The Old RepublicElsword OnlineRagnarok ZeroLord of the Rings OnlineDreadnought, Sword Art Online Integral Factor, and Heroes of the Storm, all waiting for you after the break!

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The Stream Team: Visiting Q’s Winter Wonderland in Star Trek Online

Have you fought a Kramp’Ihri? Massively OP’s MJ hasn’t. Star Trek Online introduced this new holiday horror, and MJ is taking her first trip into Q’s Winter Wonderland so she can fight this foe. There’s also something called Klingon ice fishing that she’s eager to try. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you brings you holiday cheer in…

What: Star Trek Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, December 9th, 2017

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Camelot Unchained fleshes out books, clothes, and the new Dragonfang scenario

They aren’t dressing it up with “burndown” hoopla, but City State Entertainment’s devs are in just that kind of check-it-off testing mode with Camelot Unchained’s development as they push their way to the long-delayed beta one. In this week’s dev update, Tyler Rockwell explains that the team continues work on its template component system, the Dragonfang scenario and Place of Power maps, scenario automation, NPC tech, the world space UI, combat effects, lady clothes, armor animations, the patcher art, and skill buttons – although really they could’ve saved themselves a lot of trouble and just made a single I-win button, am I right?

Books are also on the agenda! “Jon began work sculpting out different Realm variations of books, the magic tomes a caster might use as a type of focus,” Rockwell says. “These, like our other weapons, are being designed to include interchangeable pieces that can be used in crafting.”

“We continue to push forward on the needs for Beta 1, while making improvements to not only combat, but also gameplay. This is part of our commitment, through the Dragon Circle concept, to provide our patient Backers with a more fun experience during testing, up to and into Beta 1.”

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Grand Theft Auto Online previews its high-adventure Doomsday Heist update

Sometimes, robbing banks gets boring. Specifically, robbing banks in Grand Theft Auto Online; you should not be robbing banks in real life under any circumstances. Don’t rob banks. But the next update for the game is promising a robbery involving jetpacks into a mountain, transforming DeLoreans, and doomsday scenarios. You probably shouldn’t be involved in that sort of heist anyway, but it’s a little more unclear what is happening here that is actually illegal.

This is GTAO, so something illegal is probably happening. But what is a bit more unclear.

You can check out the trailer for the update just below; at a glance, this “epic online adventure” has a lot of story hooks that seem more like single-player content, like promising to investigate the mysteries of Mount Chilliad. You’ll have to see how it plays out for yourself when the update goes live on December 12th; until then, watch the trailer to get all of the aforementioned transforming DeLorean action you could ask for. (In short bursts. You should not continually watch a one-minute trailer for the next several days.)

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Dungeons and Dragons Online gives out free level 10 characters for Mists of Ravenloft

For a limited time, Dungeons and Dragons Online is allowing players to leapfrog over a ton of advancement and create level 10 characters right out of the gate to enjoy the new Mists of Ravenloft expansion.

There is a catch, though. To access instant level 10 characters, you’re going to need to have the new Veteran Status III applied to your account. You can either earn this with in-game favor or by purchasing the status through the game store. The upside of this, in addition to getting a character who has advanced essentially 40 levels in any other MMO, is that he, she, or it will be given a set of level 10 gear and a Cleric hireling contract.

The Veteran Status III event is running through December 17th.

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Dragon of Legends starts Steam early access testing next week

It has been a long, long while in the coming, but gorgeous pixelart RPG Dragon of Legends is finally coming to the public stage next week. Thrive Games announced that the title will launch on Steam early access next Friday, December 15th.

Dragon of Legends is a Norse-themed 2-D action RPG with a retro style that ran a successful Kickstarter last year. It offers a lot of character customization, seven classes, and lots of hand-designed pixel art.

While the early access version will be single-player only, the team will be working on getting multiplayer functionality ready for the full launch version. Also planned between now and release are additional classes, Steam Workshop integration, and cross-platform play with mobile devices.

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Mobile MMO Immortal Thrones adds new dungeon and marriage system

Back in October, we (hopefully) put Immortal Thrones on your radar as part of our MMOs you’ve never heard of series. If not, then today’s post will be your introduction to one of the rare 3-D mobile MMORPGs that doesn’t have a mega-IP behind it. It’s actually the brainchild of Chinese studio Zloong, and it’s been live on iOS and Android since only October.

Today, it’s patched up with a whopper of an update that includes the new Temple Relic dungeon, an achievement album, a new pet system, world ranking, optimization, and tweaks to something called Tarot Showdown. And lest you think this is just some mobile grinder, consider this new bit:

“In addition, players can choose to embark on a different kind of quest: marriage! The game will be adding a new system and dungeon that will allow players to marry, fight together, and win thrilling rewards.”

Anybody tried this one yet?

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Guardians of Ember needs your help to QA test its live update

Well, here’s a weird situation to be in as both a game and a player of said game. Guardians of Ember pushed out a sizable content update this week to the community — but did so as beta, as the team does not have the capability to perform full QA testing in the office.

“Why did we roll out the expansion as a beta?” the team asked. “Act VI is a big update and as a small team we need your help to QA it. We decided against a separate test server so not to split the population… but playing Act VI is completely optional and you could easily hold off until full release hopefully later this month.”

Act VI brings a level cap increase to 60, more maps, and legendary gear to this MMOARPG. The team also activated its Christmas event with special daily quests and a new mount.

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PUBG makes Aussie players geocache for lootcrates this weekend

Dammit Australia. As if buying lockboxes in video games isn’t bad enough, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds means to make you chase them in real life.

Apparently, Xbox Australia is doing real-life supply drops in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne this weekend. The “dropped” crates have tons of loot – genuinely good loot, from the sound of it, including Xbox One Xes, controllers, codes, and PUBG loot and codes too. You basically need to hang out on Facebook to puzzle out the clues that’ll guide you to the drops and hopefully get you there first with the password so you can collect your shinies.

It’s basically high-stakes geocaching, but we’re betting that nobody playing has any idea what that is. Then again, you don’t technically need to care about PUBG to participate, now do you? The hoopla kicks off on Saturday, so if you’re down under, check out Facebook for the event deets.

Source: Facebook via IGN

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Absolver patches in a new 3v3 gameplay mode

Sparring with your enemies one-on-one is always fun, but sometimes it’s even more fun to be fighting back-to-back with your allies in a fight for dominance. That’s exactly what you get in the latest Absolver patch, which adds in the new 3v3 Overtake PvP mode. Players form two teams of three, and both sides fight together to defeat the other side. Teamwork, obviously, is the name of the game.

The patch also adds in new 1v1 private matches for more formalized duels, a new shop with weapons, gear, and emotes, and the usual quality of life improvements. You can check out the full list of improvements in the game’s patch notes, or you can check out the patch trailer just below. And if you’re already sold at the prospect of a 3v3 mode but don’t yet own the game, it’s on sale for half the price through the weekend, so you can get down with a discount.

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The Stream Team: Working toward joining Path of Exile’s War for the Atlas

Because Zana, the Master Cartographer, moved to the end of Path of Exile’s Act X, Massively OP’s MJ cannot yet access the Atlas of Worlds to participate in the new war. However, she’s going to work hard to get to it so she can! Join us live at 3:00 p.m. as MJ powers through ACT V and beyond to get to the new expansion.

What: Path of Exile
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EST on Friday, December 8th, 2017

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Dauntless launches the Sharpen Your Skills update

After several weeks of previews, the latest update for Dauntless has arrived, and it’s aiming at making a better hunter out of you. Sharpen Your Skills will allow you to do just that with the new hunt progression system and the addition of cells, both of which augment your progress through the game and allow you to become far more lethal as you play. There are also new combat enhancements and damage types, so you’ll have even more reason to make your skills as sharp as they can be.

You’ll need sharper skills to take on new challenges, though, including two new behemoths to hunt. Perhaps you can do so with the game’s first ranged attack weapon, the war pike. Check out trailers for the update just below, and get ready to leap in and start getting better at slaying huge monsters. Or turning into a smear on the rocks for a few rounds before you actually sharpen your skills a bit, it’s a fine line.

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