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Official Site: War Thunder
Studio: Gaijin Entertainment
Launch Date: November 1, 2012
Genre: Historical MMOFPS Sim
Business Model: F2P (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC, Max, Linux, PS4

War Thunder's Assault patch adds new vehicles and maps, with Assault mode on the way

War Thunder has pushed out another big update today, this one dubbed simply, "Assault!" -- exclamation point required! "The update introduces almost twenty new vehicles including Japanese tanks and three new battle locations bringing the total number of maps to more than 80 available in the game," says Gaijin.

What it does not have? The Assault mode that presumably gave it its name.

"Available in two iterations, the new game mode challenges players to defend a strategic location against waves of enemy ground vehicles or aircraft. For tankers, combat is fought tank to tank on the ground, with the ability to temporarily support teammates in attack aircraft or bombers. Pilots are tasked with maintaining air superiority over a zone by fending off enemy bombers approaching from all directions. As each successive wave is stronger than the previous one, players have to work together to hold out until the end, upon which they will receive well-deserved rewards."

That mode is on the way "soon after the update 1.67 launch." In the meantime, check out the trailer!

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The MOP Up: MMOs make math fun (March 5, 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!

This week we have stories and videos from FortniteWar ThunderArmored WarfareNeverwinterMabinogi DuelPokemon GoProdigyGuild Wars 2HellionIngressOld School RuneScapeWildStarDota 2, and Final Fantasy XIV, all waiting for you after the break!

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Betawatch: Albion Online announces its launch date (February 24, 2017)

After extending its beta well into 2017, Albion Online has announced its date for officially leaving that hallowed state: July 17th, 2017. Just a few months away! So if you were worried that "well into 2017" meant the fall, you can rest easy. The game has also looked at adjusting some of its open PvP zones, so that's also a good thing.

Other news? Aw, of course, anything for you:

You can also find our full list just below, replete with all sorts of games which are in testing. Did something jump test phases without us noticing? That's awful; let us know about it so we can fix it. Or just scroll down the list and look for what you'd be interested in playing, we'll accept either.

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Massively OP's guide to Valentine's Day around the MMORPG verse

Ready for sappy questlines, particle effects that look like hearts, and lots -- and I do mean lots -- of pink? Valentine's day has arrived in the real world and many of the pretend worlds inside MMORPGs (for some reason). And who are we to fuss when the events are all about candy and cheap romance? Nobody, that's who. Read on for our guide to Valentine's Day around the MMORPG verse!

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Betawatch: Revelation Online does the beta warp again (December 23, 2016)

It was bound to happen. No, really, it was; we were told that Revelation Online would head into its second round of closed testing, and behold, it did exactly that. It also has some additional localization, which means that it might reveal more details about it sstory to those who play over the holidays.

Beyond that, there is a surprising amount of beta news as we head into a holiday weekend when everyone is off on a cloud of eggnog and sweaters. What sort of news? Look below, dear readers!

That's a lot of stuff, but there's even more stuff down in the list below, games still in closed or open testing. See something on there which should not be? Let us know in the comments! (Just give us a few days. We've got eggnog and sweaters to deal with.)

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Four-year-old War Thunder launches out of open beta

I know what you're thinking -- didn't War Thunder launch, like, four years ago? I know we just sang happy birthday back in October. Welcome to the after-effects of the age of soft launches, my friends. Gaijin announced today that War Thunder is finally moving out of open beta.

"[U]pdate 1.65 ‘Way of the Samurai’ marks the release of the originally proposed War Thunder game and ends Open Beta with all current in-game nations featuring their own aircraft and tank trees. The introduction of ships also means that War Thunder now takes the fight to land, air and sea to complement the game. Gaijin Entertainment will continue its commitment to improving the game through regular updates, as they progress toward the research trees of War Thunder Ships, which currently reside in pre-beta testing."

As you might guess from the title, the Way of the Samurai patch today focuses on the Japanese faction. The studio is promising navies for all nations next year in addition to the already-announced World War mode. And get your Christmas stockings ready: The holiday content rolls out today too.

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Gaijin begins crowdfunding multiplayer war shooter Enlisted

War Thunder studio Gaijin announced today that it's publishing Darkflow Software's "fan-driven" MMO squad-based multiplayer PC shooter called Enlisted. "Gaijin Entertainment Promises to Reinvest Game Sales into the Development of Additional Content and Consoles Versions of Enlisted," reads the press release.

"Enlisted will initially offer two massive campaigns - Battle of Moscow and the Battle of Normandy. Each campaign in the game will represent multiple phases of a battle - which during the war lasted for weeks, sometimes months, as well as specific characters and weapons suitable for the historical event recreated in a campaign. It will also offer different game modes where players will be fighting not only by themselves but also together with a platoon of soldiers in massive battles. Built using Gaijin Entertainment’s proprietary Dagor Engine, Enlisted will feature large scale battles with a 100 combatants spread over a massive and richly detailed battlefield complete with destructible landscapes."

By "fan-driven," the studios apparently mean "paid for," as the official site has gone straight to crowdfunding with a big red "back the project" button that asks players to prepurchase mods and early access. The Tunisia campaign unlocks at $250,000, the next tier; players will apparently vote on the campaigns and modules unlocked beyond that. The studios promise a console release at the million-dollar mark.

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Happy fourth birthday, War Thunder

Is every game having a birthday this week? MMO-lite War Thunder is crashing the cake-eating festivities with its own birthday party, and it's starting early!

"On the first of November, War Thunder will have reached its 4th year; 4 years of development, improving, and progressing further, while being enjoyed by millions around the world; 4 years of thrilling online battles in the sky, on the ground, and very soon, at sea," writes Gaijin Entertainment. "This journey is one where we have travelled alongside you, the players. All of our achievements are thanks to you too! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and a very happy birthday to us all!"

Beginning tomorrow, the studio will kick off daily 50% sales for vehicles of different factions, with big sales for premium access starting today and more promotions rolling out over the weekend, including a "last stand" PvE event in Mozdok and a hashtag competition.

Happy happy birthday!

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War Thunder celebrates 10M players worldwide, adds Greek and Egyptian maps with Desert Hunters

Gaijin has reason to celebrate today: It's announced that War Thunder "now has an audience of more than 10,000,000 players worldwide across PS4, PC and VR platforms."

The headcount comes as War Thunder is patching its Desert Hunters patch, which introduces maps in Greece and Egypt and adds a bundle of new ships, planes, and vehicles. The video overview of the whole patch is below.

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War Thunder adds J.F.K.'s torpedo boat and other small sea craft

Coming this fall to a War Thunder near you: naval battles. The game is prepping a new theater of war -- on the open sea -- in which players will fight using missile boats, torpedo boats, and other ocean artillery.

So why is the game focusing on smaller ships rather than letting players take on the roles of battleship and carrier captains? "Our internal testing showed that battles with large battleships would be too long and boring, or required design changes that made ships entirely unrealistic. For this reason, we are focusing on fast attack-based craft, which are rarely reproduced in games," said Gaijin Creative Director Kirill Yudintsev.

Interestingly enough, one of the ships will be a recreation of President Kennedy's PT-109 torpedo boat on which he served during the war. You can get into the spirit of small, fierce naval battles with the trailer below!

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War Thunder brings in new planes and tanks

War Thunder's newest patch may be "small in size, but very exciting in content," according to the team.

Patch 1.61: Road to Glory introduces a new system of squad battles, gameplay improvements, model enhancements, and naturally, more planes and tanks to try out. We're going to recommend that you try out the P-47 Thunderbolt, because your life simply is not complete until you fight with a plane that can fire bazookas.

Check out the patch highlights video after the jump.

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Battle Bards Episode 79: Combat music

Ready to battle it out more than usual? The Battle Bards are cranking up the combat tunes from MMORPGs today, inviting all sorts of violence and slap-happy tempos into the show. So strap on your sword, sling a shield on your back, and get ready to leap into the fray with a wide assortment of excellent -- and even unusual -- music tracks!

Battle Bards is a bi-weekly podcast that alternates between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around a theme. MOP’s Justin co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunes, Google Play, TuneInPocket CastsStitcher, and Player.FM.

We’ve got Episode 79: Combat music and the show notes for you after the break!

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The MOP Up: Elder Scrolls Online's Cradle of Shadows (July 31, 2016)

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 get a special preview of Elder Scrolls Online's Cradle of Shadows dungeon. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from EverQuest IIMarvel Heroes, Dota 2Das Tal, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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