has been positively kicking ass this past year, doing what MMOs seldom do: continue breaking
its own concurrency records
four years in. So is Digital Extremes
content to just roll around in piles of money? Nope — it’s put together a second team to build another game.
It’s called Keystone, and as announced today, it’s a “competitive first-person shooter with a distinct blend of first-person action and deck-building strategies” with an appealing retrofuturist vibe.
“With the look and feel of the 1970’s retro-pulp era, Keystone will take players on a journey through a multi-verse that begins on the starting square of an intriguing, mystical board game. Players will wield unique decks of cards throughout the match that offer handy benefits, amazing powers, and fearsome weapons. With timing and resourcefulness, personally customized decks give players the upper hand in battle both individually and when strategically coupled with teammates’ decks.”
Kind of a weird and fascinating week for MMOs, as an expansion has a legal showdown with a charity, a western MMO is announced, and Vvardenfell decided to come to us two weeks early. Is the industry shaping up for the most explosive June on record? It might just be!
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The sinister Corpus is on the verge of rolling out its newest weapon, the deadly Ambulas mechs, and players are going to need to move fast to contain this threat before it spirals out of control, say, from a lightning deal on Amazon Prime.
From now through next Thursday, Warframe players are called to participate in Operation: Ambulas Reborn. General rule of thumb? Anytime you see the word “reborn” in a title, it generally indicates a Very Bad Day ahead.
So in this event, players will need to tackle Ambulas prototypes out in the open for their sweet, sweet animo beacons. Get enough beacons, and you can head to Pluto (which is still a planet, la la la, can’t hear you) for a final showdown in the production facility. There are plenty of rewards to be earned, including badges, early access to mods, and something called a “noggle.”
Check out the event’s truly disturbing infomercial after the break and learn how to make maximum grofit!
Have you ever noticed that while there’s an entire world out there, most all of the MMORPGs we discuss and play tend to either be ones crafted in the USA or imports from China or Korea? We even have a shorthand for this: “western” and “eastern” MMOs. We’re usually not talking about entire hemispheres with these references, but rather about categorizing three countries that are big into the MMORPG business.
But what about the rest of the world? Are all of these other countries so uncaring about this genre that they’ve never tried their hand at making an MMO? Of course not; as I’m about to show you, there are plenty of online RPGs that have been made in countries other than China, the USA, and South Korea. It’s just that for various reasons, those three countries ended up fostering concentrations of video game developers who knew how to create these types of games.
So let’s take a tour around the world and see if we can’t give some credit to other countries for their contributions to the MMORPG genre past, present, and future. Before you click the link, see how many you can name off the top of your head!
Sci-fi MMO fans on console, today’s a good day for you to get yourself all patched up: Both Star Trek Online
rolled out big updates today that were formerly on PC only.
Star Trek Online pushed out Season 12 “Reckoning” earlier this afternoon on both Xbox One and PS4. “Captains can now face off against [the] powerful, militant [Tzenkethi] on both Xbox One and PS4, as they participate in a new featured episode, two space queues and a full space battlezone,” says PWE. Executive Producer Stephen Ricossa made note of the up-tempo cadence for consoles:
“With the release of Season 12, you’ll notice that content is coming out sooner and sooner on Xbox One and Playstation 4. Soon, you won’t have to wait long at all to enjoy all of the great new content that comes out every month for Star Trek Online.”
And Warframe delivered Octavia’s Anthem to both major consoles this morning, bringing the sci-fi bard-themed warframe to gamers with a musical quest and special instrument.
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!
is set to reveal something big on today’s livestream, the studio has hinted. Rumors about “the thirty-third” — as in, 33rd warframe — look pretty solid. Umbra, maybe?
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!
Let’s kick things off with Guns of Icarus’ reimaginationing. It’s the thing to do these days: relaunch your game with a new mode and name. But Guns of Icarus Online is taking the trope a step further toward the MMORPG genre instead of away from it with its replacement release of what it’s calling Guns of Icarus Alliance; it’s basically adding co-op PvE to the existing PvP mix. It’s also adding a new pricetag: Even former Guns of Icarus Online players will have to shell out for the new game, though with a nice discount.
This week we have stories and videos from RuneScape, Defiance, Space Engineers, and more, all waiting for you after the break!
If you don’t like tricks and jokes, just stop reading right now, turn the lights off, and go climb back into bed. Nothing on the internet is going to bring you joy today, so just sit this one out. Trust us.
For everyone else, there’s April Fools’ Day! Follow along as we rattle off all the great MMORPG pranks and events we’ve found so far this morning.
Remember back in November when Warframe pushed out The War Within and broke its concurrency record? Last week’s techno-bard-themed Octavia’s Anthem did it again. According to Digital Extremes, the game
“broke a new record on Steam with 69,526 peak concurrent players over the weekend. The Saturday-Sunday, March 25-26 weekend also marked Warframe’s four-year anniversary and its 20th consecutive record-breaking major update. Boasting more than 30 million registered users worldwide since its launch in March 2013, Warframe broke into the top three most played games on Steam (Top Games By Current Players category) during the same weekend.”
Massively OP’s MJ Guthrie took a peek at the new update on Friday. Enjoy!
Mark Kern’s crowdfunded MMO-shooter Em-8ER has a slew of new videos out this week featuring animations for the THMPR, finishing off the mech’s “basic animation set.”
“Next up is our test terrain and skybox, then importing the animations into Unreal and wiring everything together,” Kern says. Over the weekend, he also posted a “draft spec” on the powered armorsuits in the game known as “omniframes.” They’re basically the game’s equivalent of classes; Kern likens them to building a deck in a collectible card game. Warframe-ish, maybe?
Back in February, we covered how the name “Em-8ER” came to be, but that’s probably not going to stop you from snarking, is it? Kern himself is well-known to the MMORPG genre thanks to his involvement with Firefall and the vanilla WoW community. He has previously discussed his plans for this shooter, including “serial Kickstarting” and a Firefall-esque foundation that doesn’t “drift over to ‘WoW with guns’ again.” Studio Crixa has raised $23,000 to date through crowdfunding and has since offered Firefall players credit toward the new game.
Call her a party animal, but Massively OP’s MJ can’t resist celebrating a birthday, and Warframe is turning four! That’s all the reason she needs to dive back in and check out more of that world. She’s probably not nearly strong enough to seek out the new instruments that have just been introduced with the Octavia’s Anthem update, but she can work at getting so. And that means she can look forward to making beautiful music in the future… or some kind of music anyway. Tune in live at 5:00 p.m. to wish Warframe a very happy birthday!
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 5:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, March 24th, 2017
Happy fourth birthday, Warframe
! It may not be a traditional MMORPG, but it’s still one of those rare online MMOs that’s actually doing better several years in
than it was at launch: Digital Extremes
is touting 30 million registered users. Actually almost 31 million! (That’s up about five million just since the end of last year
To celebrate the occasion, the studio is rolling out the Octavia’s Anthem update, complete with a new warframe, cosmetic outfit capture tools, new weapons, and the new music-themed questline:
“Octavia’s Anthem has Warframe players journeying through an original, lore-driven quest in search of the musically enchanted Octavia Warframe. Along with Octavia comes the introduction of a simple-to-use musical instrument that enables players to compose original songs and synchronize them to their weapons to rhythmically dominate the enemy. Music isn’t just a tool of destruction in this update — players can create musical arrangements in cooperation with other Tenno and trade songs. For story buffs and lore fans, a newly written web comic, entitled What Remains, explores material well in advance of Octavia’s Anthem.”