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Lockbox roundup: MMO studios on ‘elegant’ lockboxes, legal issues, and the ‘cosmetics only’ angle

You know the lockbox thing is reaching saturation when there are so many things to cover we have to resort to a roundup. Nevertheless, for those of you who want to stay on top of developments and arguments, here we go.

Polygon has an explainer piece up on Destiny 2’s Eververse fallout and why everyone is still rioting over the game’s monetization. Of note for this discussion is the publication’s note that if Destiny 2 is hell-bent on having lootboxes, it ought to adopt Overwatch’s lootboxes, as they’re relatively tame and haven’t produced a Reddit in full meltdown.

Gamasutra has a roundup of MMO developer quotes from studios that believe they’re doing lockboxes “elegantly,” including Trion (for Defiance), PWE (for Star Trek Online), Wargaming (for World of Warships). In this particularly case, that means either being easily accessible through in-game play (not just in the cash shop), making lockbox drops tradeable to other players, creating systems of accruing lockbox rewards, or offering a choice of lootbox type.

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The MOP Up: Honoring RIFT’s Wintercharm (December 24, 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 War ThunderSMITEKritika OnlineArmored Warfare, Stardew ValleyDofusElswordJustice OnlineThe Black DeathWarfaceRIFTValnir RokWakfuMapleStoryHeroes and GeneralsMiranda, and League of Legends, all waiting for you after the break!

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World of Tanks 1.0 getting massive engine overhaul in 2018, World of Warships goes mobile

Wargaming has has quite the new year planned for fans. World of Tanks is getting an overhaul, switching to an in-house created advanced CORE graphics engine in March 2018. Dubbed World of Tanks 1.0, the game will look and sound quite different. Besides the massive visual facelift sprucing up water, flora, terrain, lighting, and more (which devs state will have no adverse effect on the game’s performance), sounds have been improved. More than 25 of the maps will be redesigned with their own musical themes that will change dynamically, all brought to you by over 40 musicians from all around the world. Mile Jerebek, World of Tanks Development Director, said:

“Update 1.0 is a true game-change. Though the spirit of the game remains the same, the introduction of the new graphics engine leads to a far greater boost in image fidelity than a simple resolution increase. It’s a staggering difference from the game as you know it, and we can’t wait for players to get hands-on with it.”

Want a peek at how this update will actually look and sound, as well as see how it will run on your own rig? Wargaming offers players World of Tanks enCore 2018 to download. You can also see some before and after screens and watch the trailer below. Read more

Mobile MMO roundup: Pokemon Go, Like A Boss, Arena of Valor, Wargaming, Mu Origin, and mobile demographics

Welcome back to another mobile MMO roundup, maybe possibly giving you something fun to do on your phones while you’re stuck at various holiday events this season!

Players are either happy or grumpy with Pokemon Go, as apparently the game is scheduling random raids (which are hard enough to come by generally) for Christmas day. Because it needs to be said again: This is literally the worst raiding system in any MMO ever and I can’t believe there isn’t more rage.

Like A Boss isn’t an MMORPG, but like Little Healer, it does mock MMORPGs with a Dungeon Keeper twist, and it’s available on mobile now. “Now it’s time to become the Boss in the role-playing fantasy world you know from MMOs, but this time it’s your territory that is being invaded, your riches, and your minions that are being ransacked!”

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Massively Overthinking: The best and worst MMO developer quotes of 2017

Think of all the wacky things devs have said in public in front of gamers and journalists this year.

Now imagine what gets said behind closed doors!

For this week’s Massively Overthinking, I’ve asked our staff to select the best (and worst) developer quotes from the year and reflect on what we’ve learned from them. Let’s dig in – we’ve got some whoppers.

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The MOP Up: Pocket PUBG (December 3, 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 Dark EdenMonster Hunter WorldPlayerUnknown’s BattlegroundsArena of ValorWorld of WarshipsRagnarok OnlineLord of the Rings OnlineAlchemia StoryHearthstone, OverwatchWizard101RuneScape, Guild Wars 2, and Caravan Stories, all waiting for you after the break!

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Superdata’s October 2017 revenue report: Destiny 2’s and PUBG’s dominance

Destiny 2 may be fudging up left and right, but it still sold a truckton of copies.

That’s according to Superdata, whose most recent revenue report shows Bungie’s new baby holding the #4 spot for PC and #3 spot for console in terms of global revenue for the month of October. “High attach rates for deluxe editions drove the average selling price up,” says the analysis firm, while digital games’ growth across the board “was underpinned by a 28% jump in premium PC thanks to Destiny 2’s successful BattleNet launch, and the continued blockbuster hit of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.”

Indeed, PUBG blew past D2 on PC to claim the #2 spot, right behind League of Legends. The real competitor for PUBG, however, is Epic’s Fortnite, which startled the PvE playerbase it had cultivated with a quality battle royale mode earlier this fall.

“While Fortnite has seen a higher out-of-the-gate active user base thanks to its F2P status, the game’s long-term success vs. its major and earlier-released rival is uncertain,” writes SuperData.”

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World of Warships sails into Steam’s port

“You ain’t anybody if you ain’t on Steam,” our momma told us when we were tykes. Of course, back then Steam had yet to be invented, so this statement was more cryptic than it should’ve been. Now? Now it’s practically truth, which is why World of Warships made an attempt to get onto the platform.

Access to the game through Steam went live earlier this week, offering fans another way to install and play the multiplayer ship battler. Other than how you get into the game, there is no difference between Steam’s World of Warships and the official client.

The team confirmed that all players can enjoy the same game on the same servers, although any new Steam players will have to pick and commit to a region before playing. You cannot use your Wargaming login for the Steam client, unfortunately.

Steam collectibles and achievements are on their way, the team said, although they won’t be present in this launch edition.

Source: Steam. With thanks to BalsBigBrother!

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World of Tanks embraces 4K resolution on Xbox One X

War. War never changes. Unless it does, thanks to a new and improved gaming console that offers a much higher resolution than couch commanders have seen before.

World of Tanks charged right into the Xbox One X store after this week’s debut of the console. Players can download the game to experience tank battles in native 4K resolution, high dynamic range, and a smooth 30 frames per second.

Wargaming said that players don’t have to worry about getting cut off from their friends if they upgrade to this version: “Players can coordinate tactics and celebrate victories with fellow commanders across multiple generations of Xbox with full cross-platform compatibility on Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox One S, and the new Xbox One X.”

While the World of Tanks X edition is free (at least until January 7th, 2018), players can opt to buy the Scorpio edition for $40. This edition contains a M56 Scorpion American Tier VII Tank Destroyer in addition to several other bonuses.

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World of Warships is raising money to keep the USS Texas afloat

The USS Texas launched more than a century ago, and at the time she was one of the most advanced warships in the world. Now, though, she’s a victim of bad weather, an aging craft that’s nearly sunk. But World of Warships has a bit of a thing about old warships staying afloat, so the game is offering players a chance to purchase items in the game and contribute to charity in the process. There are four new bundles available to add the USS Texas to your ship collection, along with a gaudy “Lone Star” camo patterns and a commemorative flag.

Players who opt for the largest bundle will also get a special mission to undertake 20 random battles with the USS Texas. If you already own the ship, buying one of the bundles which includes the ship will credit you for her normal purchase price for the in-game store, to boot. Check out videos of the ship in action and a bit more about the real ship just below.

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PSA: Guardians of Ember and Total War Arena are free-to-play this weekend

Itching for something to do this weekend? How about some freebie games?

Wargaming announced that its F2P battler Total War: ARENA will host an open weekend even for folks not already in the open beta, running today through the early hours of Monday. “The open weekend will allow full access to the latest version of Total War: ARENA, letting new commanders test their mettle in epic scale 10 vs 10 multiplayer battles,” says the studio. “Choose a commander from three historical factions: Romans, Greeks and Barbarians, and fight on ancient battlefields with your own customized army. This follows on from recent content patch 2.2 that added Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix, a new Roman commander and master of defensive and supportive play.”

Guardians of Ember will also open its doors until November 5th; that promo is also already live. Inselgames notes that “through the whole weekend players can try out each of the six different classes, create unique builds with more than 300 skills and a dual class system at their disposal. Fans of traditional MMOs will enjoy features like housing, crafting, fishing and can use the Group Finder to make new friends. More action awaits the brave heroes of Olyndale as they slash their way through hordes of enemies, level up, and tackle randomized and instanced dungeons in the new nightmare mode together with their allies or alone.”

Source: Press releases. Thanks, Eboni!

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World of Warships comes to Steam November 15, but you can’t use your Wargaming account

Here’s a round of good news, bad news for World of Warship fans. While Wargaming’s naval battler is finally heading to Steam on November 15th, it won’t allow players to use their Wargaming account to access it.

Wargaming said that this couldn’t be helped: “World of Warships wasn’t initially designed as a cross-platform project. That means that if you’ve played the game already you would want to keep using the original client. If you log in using Steam, you automatically create a new game account, which binds to your Steam account.”

Other than that, it sounds like full steam ahead for this client. The Steam and Wargaming versions will use the same servers and the same version of the game, allowing for even more hectic battles on the high seas. The team posted a FAQ on Steam to address some of the details of the coming launch.

Source: Steam. Thanks CapnLan!

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World of Tanks pits players against the lord of the tank underworld for Halloween

However you feel about World of Tanks on a whole, it’s hard not to appreciate the game’s Halloween event this year. After all, you are literally taking advantage of a thin veil between this world and the next to fight the Leviathan, the tank lord of the armored dead.

Take a moment to let that sink in. Is the most ridiculous thing here the fact that there is a tank underworld or that it is ruled over by a particularly big tank? Or is it that your goal here is to fight that big tank with your own tank? We can’t tell you.

Presumably, those who take part in the battle to fight the tank of death will earn appropriate rewards, although the nature of those rewards is not shared in the announcement. (We can only hope you get to dress up as a zombie tank.) If all of that isn’t enough purple prose to get you interested, perhaps the actual announcement will do the trick.

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