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Official Site: Warframe
Studio: Digital Extremes
Launch Date: March 25, 2013
Genre: Co-op Online TPS
Business Model: F2P (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One

The MOP Up: Kali awakens in Dragon Nest (March 19, 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 Pokemon GoConan ExilesWarframeCrash ForceHeroes of the StormArmored WarfareElder Scrolls OnlineTERAAvabel OnlineOverwatchAionGlory RidgeDragon Nest, all waiting for you after the break!

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Warframe opens ticket sales and dates for Tennocon 2017

Digital Extremes has just announced details for Warframe's next convention, Tennocon 2017. "TennoCon 2017 will take place on Saturday, July 8, in the heart of Digital Extremes' hometown of London, Ontario, at the London Convention Center," says the PR.

"Digital Extremes aims to double last year's charity donation of nearly $75,000 and is pledging a portion of the event's ticket sales to a soon-to-be announced charity. [...] Attendees will get a deeper look inside Warframe game creation during interactive panels hosted by various members of the development team along with a host of additional Warframe-themed activities and fun throughout the day. Added to the schedule this year is the Warframe Cosplay Contest which encourages the best of the community's skilled cosplayers to showcase their Warframe creations at the show."

Tickets went on sale this morning and run from $25 CAD (about $19 USD) all the way up to $1000 CAD (about $762 USD) if you had wanted ridiculous piles of swag, a meeting with the dev team, and a voiceover in the game. I say "had wanted" because the top two tiers (VIP and Legendary) apparently sold out within an hour of the site's going live. Can't make it to Canada? Expect info on the digital pass next month.

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Warframe community rallies for weekend Extra Life stream

The Warframe community has a big streaming weekend in store for fans thanks to what organizers are calling "the largest gathering of Warframe content creators."

"The Warframe 72 Hour Livestream is feature over 30 streamers all doing what they do best, playing Warframe and entertaining the masses! This event will also feature a few member of DE staff throughout the 3 day period, so keep your eye out for them! Of course, no honest-to-goodness streaming event would be complete with a charity to a good cause! All proceeds will go to the Extra Life network of children's hospitals! The event will kick off right after Devstream #88 this Friday, February 17th 2017 at 3:00 PM EST and will run continuously until (roughly) 4:00 PM EST on Monday, Feburary 20th 2017!"

If you'd to donate as well as watch, you can do so through the community's Extra Life page, which also lists all the streamers and their timeslots. The streams themselves will be hosted on Twitch.

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Warframe is getting a techno-bard

The image of the traditional RPG Bard who strums a lute is going to need to move over: Warframe is bringing out a high-tech version of this class in a future update.

The new musical warframe, which currently is not named, will use embedded speakers in the suit to broadcast jams and create rave-type situations on the spot. Even more interesting is the fact that players can create their own tunes if so desired using the in-game step sequencer. Players can use up to 13 sounds and notes at a time in the creation of their personal opus.

The notes you choose might do more than just provide a toe-tapping beat; there is speculation that how many sounds you play at a time will affect the type of damage output that your character performs.

Check out the musical warframe after the break, including some of the motion capture dance moves that will power this class!

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The MOP Up: No Man's Sky gets shielded (January 22, 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, No Man's Sky made the jump to the Nvidia Shield, giving players a new way to experience this space sim. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from NeverwinterTrove, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Warframe players help raise $50,000 for youth charity

How about a feel-good story? Back in December, Digital Extremes kicked off a Warframe charity event called the Tennobaum Gifting Extravaganza (bonus points for that terrible pun). All players had to do was send a whole bunch of gifts to each other in-game, and the studio promised to reward them with skins and pass along a fat sack of cash to a real-world youth charity. In fact, your efforts effectively raised $50,000.

"Over the holidays, you brought incredible joy to fellow Tenno, collectively sending more than 300,000 Gifts through the Solar System. You’ve rightfully earned the coveted final tier Reward -- the all new Solstice Vanquished Banner, Scindo Solstice Skin and Burston Solstice Skin! Log in before January 31 at 2 p.m. ET to claim them. This means you also hit the highest donation tier! We will be donating $50,000 USD to the tiny Tenno at the Boys and Girls Club of London on your behalf to help improve their computer program."

Well done, ladies and gents. Good guys win for once.

Source: Official site. Thanks, ThatLanteshGuy!


Dota 2, The Division list among the best-selling Steam games of 2016

One of my favorite things to do at the end of each calendar year is to read all of the "best of" lists that get posted all over the place. Steam is contributing to my delight, as it has posted its top 100 best-selling PC games of 2016. Plenty of MMOs, MOBAs, and online multiplayer titles dominate the list, which makes it interesting reading for those invested in our hobby.

The highest-revenue titles on the list (the "platinum" sellers) included The Division, Dota 2, and No Man's Sky. Gold sellers welcomed ARK: Survival Evolved, Warframe, and H1Z1: King of the Kill to the club, while silver sellers gave tribute to Elder Scrolls Online and SMITE.

And at the bottom of the top 100 sellers, the "bronze" titles, are games like Final Fantasy XIV, Tree of Savior, Path of Exile, H1Z1: Just Survive, Grim Dawn, and Elite Dangerous. Note that all of these titles only mark games that had the highest grossing revenue, possibly thanks to sales, and do not reflect how much time was spent among the community playing them.

Source: Steam. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!


The MOP Up: Christmas in a warzone (December 25, 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, Warface brought a little holiday cheer into its relentless warzones. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Overwatch, Elder Scrolls Online, Minecraft, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Warframe's Glast Gambit update rolls out in time for the holiday

Warframe whipped up a sweet patch just in time for the holiday weekend: It's called The Glast Gambit, and it's freeeeeeee, with a new questline, new warframe, and new weapons.

"The Glast Gambit is free and ready to dive into for all players who have completed this year’s biggest cinematic quest, The War Within, released in November. Summoned by Ergo Glast of the Perrin Sequence to the outpost known as the Mycona Colony, players will uncover a colony engaged in questionable practices and a mysterious figure key to its success. Profit-driven Corpus aristocrat Nef Anyo has stolen the children of the Mycona and it’s up to the Tenno to bring them back. Confront Nef in The Index and beat him at his own game, but beware Tenno, not all is as it seems."

Check out the preview vid below!

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Warframe celebrates the holiday season with the Tennobaum Gifting Extravaganza

It's the holiday season in... wherever Warframe takes place. It may be space. We are pretty sure it is space. Even in space, there are holidays. That means that it's the perfect time to give gifts to other players, but the game is taking it to the next level by making sure that giving people gifts in game translates to giving more money to the Boys and Girls Club of London in the Tennobaum Gifting Extravaganza.

The system is pretty simple; as the community gives more gifts out to other players, higher donation tiers are unlocked and a bigger donation will go to charity. You can track the progress on the official site, or you can just get in and start gifting. So everyone's giving things to other people and money goes to charity; it's a pretty win-win scenario in the game and in the real world.

Source: Official Site, Gift Tracker; thanks to Chris and ThatLanteshGuy for the tip!


Warframe pushes The War Within to consoles alongside a gaming giveaway

It has been a month and a day since The War Within, one of Warframe's most-hyped content releases to date, arrived on the PC. It has done very well for the game, pushing Warframe to its highest concurrency record with 68.5K players. Now it is the console community's turn to revel in the latest and greatest for this sci-fi action shooter and see if they can't take a crack at the concurrency leaderboard.

Both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One received patch today, which introduces players to a new cinematic storyline, RNG mods, additional weapons, the assault mission type, and a new foe in the Grineer.

Now that the whole Warframe family has access to this update, Digital Extremes is holding a gaming giveaway to dish out nine gaming setups and 50 prime access packs. It is pretty easy to enter into the contest: You only need to play Warframe some time before February 1st and fill out an entry form on the site.

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Warframe's War Within is coming to consoles this month

It's easy to imagine that Warframe's console crowd has to be downright antsy over the wait to play The War Within as weeks go by since the PC release. The good news is that Digital Extremes has promised that the large update will arrive on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 sometime this month.

No specific date was given -- players will apparently be notified when the time draws near -- but it is still reassuring to know that it will come by the end of December. The War Within has proved to be a large success so far, breaking the game's concurrency record following its release.

As console players continue to wait for the free patch, they can at least whet their anticipation by watching a pair of new trailers that revolve around the update. Check them out after the jump!

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Three-year-old Warframe broke its concurrency record after The War Within

GIbiz has an interview out with Digital Extremes VP of Publishing Meridith Braun today, who sheds light on how Warframe is doing. It turns out, pretty well: The game is three-and-a-half years old and just broke its concurrent player record thanks the launch of The War Within -- something pretty darn rare for MMOs. Steamspy's data even suggest the game is gathering momentum, which means the new 68,530 concurrency record may not even stick.

Incredibly, according to GIbiz, "Over 1 million of the 26 million players who have registered since the game's 2013 launch had played by November's halfway point."

Braun argues that Digital Extremes attempts a "balancing act" for catering to both existing players and newbies and stresses the importance of having a solid free-to-play model, but it was a rough beginning.

"We spend very little compared to other free-to-play games that focus a large amount of their budgets on acquisition," she explains. "Warframe was a passion project - the studio's 'Hail Mary' pass, if you will. There was barely budget to buy an account server for the game, let alone to spend on marketing at the time. [...] We discovered early on that frequent significant updates - updates that added dramatic gameplay changes, enhancements and content, and transparency with our community, brought in droves of new players."

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