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The Stream Team: Doing the Star Trek Online Delta recruit thing

Star Trek Online is allowing players to make Delta recruits, and Massively OP’s MJ wants in on that action! It gives her a chance to make a race she’s always wanted to play — Klingon! Tonight she starts life in the Klingon Empire. Three cheers for cloaking devices! Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. for a look at the other side of the war in…

What: Star Trek Online
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 26th, 2018

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Yes, even MapleStory 2 is prepping a battle royale mode

With beta and launch on the horizon, MapleStory 2 is pulling out all of the stops to get noticed and generate the largest audience it can. That means that the sandbox sequel to the 2-D MMORPG is not above working in a shameless battle royale mode into the game if it gets more eyeballs on the product.

The survival PvP mode is to be called Mush King Championship. It will host up to 50 people who will duke it out until there is only one remaining. The battle royale mode was announced during a Korean dev video, which you can watch below.

The first wave of beta invites for the May 9th CBT went out earlier this week.

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MU Origin patch 2.4 adds new corps and accompanying wars between them

Any MU Origin players who want to be stronger are going to need to start fighting other players to do so. But not in small-scale skirmishes, no. The latest update for the game adds in the new corps mechanic, allowing four guilds to combine themselves into one mega-guild known as a corps. And the four best corps will get to compete in weekly corps wars for dominance of various spots of land, which is probably very exciting for those stretches of land. They get to be very important for a bit.

This is also exciting for players, as leveling up through this system allows access to the new Hallow benefits collected through corps wars or territory collection. Collect Hallow, strengthen your character, make use of new tricks like preventing your opponents from using their special stats. You can play the update now on your mobile device of choice, and you can get a feel for what’s involved by checking out the trailer just below.

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Wild West Online crosses the launch frontier on May 10

Saddle up, pard’ners, ’cause it’s about to be a bumpy ride.

Wild West Online announced today that it is officially launching on May 10th. Yes, as in two weeks from now. On that day, the game will simultaneously leave early access and release on Steam. It’s a pretty big step for a game that has not been in open development and testing for very long.

The studio said that when it arrives on Steam, Wild West Online’s launch build will add faction global conflict, big PvP world events, many more PvE missions, and a bunch of side activities. These include mining, farming, hunting, cooking, and (most importantly) brewing that alochol. The west can’t be very wild if everyone’s sober, after all.

Check out the Steam date announcement after the break!

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Kids these days: Fortnite fights a 14-year-old in court, signs 13-year-old to e-sports team

Epic Games is still doggedly pursuing supposed Fortnite cheaters. As we reported back in November, one of the defendants in Epic’s many lawsuits is a 14-year-old boy who stands accused of streaming and promoting cheats on his YouTube channel. At the time, his mother sent an informal letter to the court, arguing that her son didn’t actually develop cheats, that Epic had unlawfully released his name (as a minor), and that Epic was unfairly scapegoating him.

As TorrentFreak (via GIbiz) noted, the court took that letter as a motion to dismiss (the family hadn’t responded officially otherwise). Epic has since refiled its complaint as a reply to that motion, claiming that it didn’t know the kid was a minor and that he had agreed to the EULA.

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Enter to win a Neverwinter painted spider mount on Xbox One and PS4 from PWE and MOP!

To celebrate the arrival of the Lost City of Omu expansion for Neverwinter on console this week, PWE has granted Massively OP 20 Painted Spider mount keys to give away to our readers: 10 apiece for PlayStation 4 (Blue-Spotted version) and Xbox One (Tropic-Colored version). Arachnophobes should probably nope right out now!

“The visionary Suratuk is back at it again with a pair of limited run, custom- mounts. Freshly-coated and prepared to scurry into battle with the release of Lost City of Omu, these vicious arachnids didn’t become Blue-Spotted and Tropic-Colored without inflicting several bites on the artist.”

Both grant +50 movement speed and include two insignia slots. The codes can be redeemed only once per account and expire at the end of 2020, and the mounts are bind-on-pickup. Critically, these codes are redeemable on console only in the regions as outlined below, so if you’re a PC person, you can skip this one!

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The Stream Team: Walking the World Tree’s Dream Plane in AdventureQuest 3D

The adventure must go on! Massively OP’s MJ earned permission to walk the Dream Plane in AQ3D in order to save the World Tree. And save it she must! With today’s launch of the second half of the new World Tree content, MJ is going back in to help Slifsgaard (the in-game version). Will she succeed? And more importantly, can she manage the voices solo? Join us live at 9:00 p.m. for a jaunt through the Dream Plane.

What: AdventureQuest 3D
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

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StarCraft II puts two well-known community maps up for sale

The StarCraft II map editor offers a lot of power, and there are countless examples of using the basic functions of the editor to make something completely different. For example, there are… well, the two maps being sold to players with the launch of patch 4.3. Both maps run $4.99 to purchase, with a portion of the price going to the map creator and the map going to your collection of maps.

Direct Strike might be more described as a variant of the game’s usual gameplay, as you build units into waves to send out at the opponent’s base in what amounts to a tactical tug-of-war. ARK Star, on the other hand, is an entire tactical turn-based RPG based in the game, including leveling, loot, NPC dialogue trees, and everything else you could expect. You can check out brief trailers for both just below if you’re interested in picking up a StarCraft II map that turns the game into something completely different.

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Crowfall invites you to attend a meeting with its world builders

Apparently inviting players to attend ArtCraft’s actual (or cleverly staged?) developer meetings was such a hit that Crowfall is doing it once again. A new “Fly on the Wall” video series kicked off this week, giving players a rare opportunity to hang out with the devs as they discuss world building in this upcoming PvP MMORPG.

There’s a lot of discussion of the various elements that are going into making the campaign worlds. If nothing else, hearing the developers seriously consider all of the implications of roads, mountain passes, parcels, and strongholds connect can give you an idea of the complexity that this game is striving to produce. Even more so, when you consider that the campaign worlds will be generated when each opens up.

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Lord of the Rings Online takes a step forward in lockbox transparency

Ever since Standing Stone Games started ramping up the prominence of Lord of the Rings Online’s lockboxes following last year’s Mordor expansion, the microtransactions have proved to be extremely controversial and divisive in the community.

And while LOTRO isn’t going to be ditching lockboxes any time soon, SSG is working on being more transparent about the system. On April 25th’s livestream, CM Jerry Snook answered a player concern about the topic.

“I have been working on a page in recent days that’s going to provide more transparency on both Hobbit presents and the seal-bound Gorgoroth lootboxes,” he said. “It’s going to talk about what you can get from these things, what’s considered rare, what’s considered common, what’s super-rare.”

Snook said that the page will come out in the next couple of weeks after it has been localized.
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Belgium orders Overwatch, CSGO, and FIFA 18 to remove lockboxes or face criminal penalties

Back in 2017, at the height of mainstream outrage over lockbox shenanigans, Belgium became one of the very first countries to take the problem seriously (instead of just passing the buck). The Belgian committee assigned to investigate concluded in November that “the mixing of money and addiction is gambling” and pledged to ban them.

Now, the country has effectively done just that. Its Gaming Commission spent several months investigating multiple games, ultimately finding that Overwatch, FIFA 18, and Counter Strike: Global Offensive are operating in violation of its laws specifically because of their lockbox mechanics.

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Elder Scrolls Online’s Razum-dar tours the high and low places of Summerset’s Alinor

When ZeniMax was hyping Elder Scrolls Online’s Morrowind campaign, it utilized the snarky Dunmer assassin Naryu Virian as the narrator for guiding the player through it (and its marketing materials). For Summerset, our host is Khajiit Razum-dar, and he’s the star of today’s ESO video as he wanders the low and high places of Alinor, capital of the Aldmer province of Summerset. If you squint, you can even catch a glimpse of members of several of the factions outlined in the dev blog yesterday.

Razum-dar also knows where to buy the best drinks because of course he does. Enjoy!

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