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Wargaming Seattle shuts down while Digital Extremes gets an American sister studio

Corporate shuffling is rarely great news, but for the employees at Wargaming Seattle, it looks like it’s worse news than normal. The American wing of Wargaming.net, best known for World of Tanks, appears to have been shut down and put over 100 staff members out of work. No reason has yet been given for the closure and no statement has been issued regarding the studio’s fate.

Meanwhile, the owners of Digital Extremes (best known for Warframe) are busy getting more invested into gaming with the opening of a new studio in Burbank, CA. Athlon Games is a US publishing arm of Leyou Technologies Holding Limited, which might seem odd for a company that supposedly deals in chicken products. The publishing arm apparently will be specializing in free-to-play titles, so it remains to be seen exactly what it will be bringing out… just that it’ll be expanding the company’s existing assets.

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War Thunder preps Naval Forces update with new light cruisers, World of Tanks kicks off console Dream Machines event for May

So many tank MMOs, so little time – but time enough to see what they’re up to!

War Thunder is actually working on everything but tanks right now. In anticipation of the closed beta test for its Naval Forces update, it’s revealed two new light cruiser warships: the Italian Giussano-class light cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni and the British HMS Enterprise, an Emerald-class light cruiser.

“Light cruisers are well placed at distance from smaller enemy vessels, in such conditions, they can inflict severe damage on the enemy fleet while sustaining fire even from two destroyers simultaneously. In close combat, armour-piercing shells can deal devastating damage to light cruisers, and they always need to keep an eye out for enemy torpedo boats sneaking dangerously close. Played strategically, light cruisers protected by destroyers and patrol ships will be able to assert dominance over an entire sea sector, securing strategic positions and blocking enemies from advancing through an area of interest.”

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Russia’s Telegram crackdown blocks access to WoW, EVE, and Guild Wars 2

If you play Guild Wars 2, World of Tanks, EVE Online, or World of Warcraft in Russia, you may find that access to these titles has become spotty or non-existent as of late. This is due to the Russian government cracking down on the Telegram messenger app, which came under fire for essentially allowing people to communicate without being spied upon by intrusive government agencies (and then refusing to grant said agencies backdoors into the system). Over 20 million IP addresses have been blocked in the country as of April 17th, a move that has affected many services and sites not related to Telegram.

The crackdown has basically shut down access to the login servers of Guild Wars 2 and EVE Online for some, prompting outrage and frustration among players who suddenly were not able to access their games.

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The Stream Team: World of Tanks celebrates seven years and looks better than ever

Some big changes have happened over at World of Tanks recently, and it’s the perfect day to show them off! WoT celebrates its seventh anniversary today, and Massively OP’s MJ Massively OP’s is showing off the recent graphics overhaul. Tune in live at 3:00 p.m. to see how this game looks better as it ages.

What: World of Tanks
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 3:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 12th, 2018

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World of Tanks celebrates Yuri’s Night and its own anniversary with ‘Stellar Bonus’ event

Sick of the same old holidays every year in MMOs? World of Tanks is fond of plucking really good ones out of the void and finding a way to use them in-game. Today’s event is in honor of the International Day of Human Space Flight, probably better known as Yuri’s Night, the celebration of the first manned spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin on April 12th, 1961.

“This double occasion inspired Wargaming and the International Space Station to create a project called Stellar Bonus,” says Wargaming. “On April 12, the ISS will beam holiday boosters full of goodies down to earth. To get your piece of the pie, log into World of Tanks and play one battle during the event.” Loot includes a stack of XP and credit boosters, usable even after the event is over tomorrow morning.

We’ll be streaming the game today at 3 p.m. EDT on OPTV in honor of the game’s anniversary, so check back this afternoon to see how far the game has come!

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The MOP Up: Paladins’ newest hero will punch your head off (April 8, 2018)

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 Elder Scrolls LegendsFortnitePath of ExileWorld of WarshipsPaladinsArmored WarfareNeverwinterGuild Wars 2OverwatchElder Scrolls OnlineWorld of TanksShot Online, and EVE Online, all waiting for you after the break!

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World of Tanks overhauls its graphical engine with update 1.0

The latest update for World of Tanks is all about making the game prettier. No, it doesn’t add the option to give your tank a nice sparkly paint job with unicorn decals, but it does overhaul the game’s graphical engine completely. Players should notice better lighting, better effects, and all around a better experience compared to the old version. There’s even a video just below showing off all of the engine improvements going on under the hood.

Several maps have also been refurbished and improved, with small details fixed and refined to further improve the layouts of 29 different maps. There’s also a new map, Glacier. And that’s not counting the new soundtrack for the game to make the whole thing feel better for your ears, to boot. If all that isn’t enough, you can take advantage of the game’s new AR app to put some tanks in your day-to-day life, perfect if visions of trundling war machines now haunt your every waking moment.

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Get lucky, punk, with the World of Tanks St. Paddy’s Day event

Feeling lucky? You just may after jumping into World of Tanks this weekend. The multiplayer tank battler is throwing a St. Patrick’s Day event through March 19th with a special “Luck of the Irish” op that pays out in free war chests for every 10 victories. Players can also slap leprechaun and pots o’ gold emblems on their vehicles for a limited time.

March brings many other delightful surprises to World of Tanks, including the Irish Banshee Comet tank, the related Mad Banshee op, and the global Tank Madness competition.

Get your first look at the Banshee Comet after the break!

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SuperData says ‘pay-to-play’ MMOs declined again in January 2018

SuperData published its January recap of the worldwide digital games market this week, and the analytics firm doesn’t have much good to say for sub MMOs. “Continuing their decline, the Social and Pay-to-Play MMO segments shrank 5% and 9%, respectively,” it notes.

There hasn’t been much shift at all on the PC revenue side, with the top 7 games remaining exactly as they were in December – including PUBG, Fortnite, and World of Warcraft. CSGO entered the list to displace ROBLOX and nudge down World of Tanks, and that was it – not much movement.

On console, Call of Duty: WWII continues to hold the top spot, but Monster Hunter World has joined the list and claimed #2 thanks to its launch last month. PUBG, interestingly, has completely vanished from the console side (it was #3) last month, but Fortnite continues its upward climb.

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The MOP Up: FFXIV’s Eorzean Symphony (February 18, 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 RuneScapeTERAEVE OnlineWorld of Warships Blitz, Path of ExilePUBGFinal Fantasy XIVVaingloryPath of Exile, and MU Legend, all waiting for you after the break!

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World of Tanks console celebrates four years with 14 million players

The juggernaut known as World of Tanks seems unstoppable, with 14 million players to date in its console versions alone.

The title is celebrating its fourth birthday on consoles this month, and all 14 million of those drivers are welcome to  a free Tier II Ashigaru Te-Ke tank and three free anniversary war chests. To get the tank, you’ll need to log in and win a single battle between February 9th and March 1st. The war chests are available only from the 13th through the 14th for anyone who enters the game.

So let’s look at the game’s stats, shall we? Out of those 14 million players, 5.3M have been on the PlayStation 4, with the other 8.9M on the Xbox One. Over those four years, 90 million battles were fought, 44 billion shells fired, and four billion tanks destroyed. The console editions averaged 228,000 battles every single day in 2017 alone.

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Battle Bards Episode 114: Vroom vroom!

Yes officer, these Battle Bards were well above the speed limit and violated many noise complaints in the local neighborhoods. But it was for a good cause, sir! This music from vehicular MMOs is just way too good to keep quiet! What’s that? You’ll let them go with just a warning? You only know they’re going to peel out and look for another score to settle!

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 iTunesGoogle PlayTuneInPocket CastsStitcher, and Player.FM.

Listen to Episode 114: Vroom vroom! (or download it) now:

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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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