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MU Legend kicks off second CBT while MU Origin opens a PvP server arena

Webzen's been quite busy building its expanded MU universe up in its bedroom while its mom keeps calling it down to dinner. "Not now, Mom, I've got a beta test to roll out!" floats down the stairs.

Indeed, the second closed beta test for MU Online's sequel, MU Legend, revved up today. The CBT will run from February 21st through the 28th and includes several new localization languages, including French, German, Brazilian-Portuguese, Spanish, and Polish. Over 200,000 players pre-registered to be part of the first closed beta, and any of those that participate in CBT2 will find that their character data has not been wiped.

Meanwhile, Webzen's mobile spin-off, MU Origin, is getting busy with its 1.6 update. This patch opens up a PvP server arena, expands the journal, introduces the Guardian Soul, and adds more character progression with Muren's Book and a specialty system. Check out trailers for both after the break!

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MU Legend posts CBT2 teaser trailer, Valentine's Day promo

MU Legend, the latest entry in Webzen's MU series, has a brand-new teaser video out this week to promote its second global closed beta test, which runs the very last week of February beginning on the 21st.

"Players can use this time to explore many of the unique features of MU Legend, including the three different levelling systems. MU Legend incorporates three separate levelling systems that enhance play in different ways: EXP Level, obtained by completing quests, dungeons, and defeating enemies, this levelling system automatically improves the character's stats; Soul Level, which acts similarly to EXP Level, except the Soul Level has its very own tree to improve stats and passive abilities; and Account Level, the sum of the Soul Levels of all the characters on the account. This offers permanent boosts for all characters."

Webzen is currently running a Valentine's Day promotion offering players double keys for the beta -- one for themselves and one for their significant others. We've still got a few keys left from our last giveaway too; in the meantime, here's the new teaser trailer.

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Grab a CBT2 key for Webzen's dark fantasy action MMO MU Legend

Feb 7: Webzen has let know that the first batch of keys it sent us wasn't working and sent us a new batch. If your key was busted, grab a new one below.

Webzen is kicking off the second round of its closed beta for the global version of MU Legend later this month -- on February 21st, in fact. MU Legend is the hack-n-slash "dark fantasy action MMORPG" sequel/prequel to the original Mu Online, which itself launched in the golden age of MMOs back in 2003.

"It features fluid and stunning hack 'n' slash combat, content that caters to both solo and party play, and a deep and intriguing world that will satisfy new players and fans alike. Players can choose from four distinct classes - Dark Lord, Whisperer, Blader, and War Mage - and engage in the endless battle between the races in the world of MU. MU Legend offers spectacular visuals that will run on lower-end systems and boasts detailed art design with stunning effects."

If you'd like to hop in and check it out for yourself when CBT2 begins, then get yourself a key! We've got 5000 keys for just that, courtesy of Webzen. Do note that if you picked up a key for the first round last fall, you're already in. Click the Mo button below (and prove you're not a robot) for a key!

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Jesper Kyd scores MU Legend -- and you can listen to some of it now

Webzen has brought on board a heavy-hitter to compose the soundtrack for its upcoming MU Legend. The studio announced that it tapped Jesper Kyd to create the score for the sequel to MU Online.

Kyd is an award-winning Danish composer who's worked in the video game industry since 1990 and is perhaps best-known for his scores on Assassin's Creed, Darksiders II, and the Borderlands series. He does have previous experience with online MMOs, having worked on both The Chronicles of Spellborn and Heroes and Generals.

You can listen to two preview tracks of MU Legend's score after the break!

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Mu Origin bonds players together with the companion system

Isn't playing an MMO more enriching when you're teamed up with someone else? Mu Origin thinks so, which is why it has added a new companion system with its most recent patch.

From the looks of it, the companion system lets two players bond via rings that can be upgraded from their time together. There are also companion dungeons and a special feast meant to be consumed by the very best of friends.

Other parts of the patch upgrade the wings system (fly my pretties!) and allow players to transmute their weapons to tier 11. To promote the patch, Webzen is giving out a bundle of goodies that includes a gold spark, epic pet tickets, rainbow feathers, condor's flames, and condor's feathers. You can make one heck of a pillow with all of that!

Source: Patch notes

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Grab a Mu Online, Flyff, C9, or Rappelz holiday loot key from Massively OP and Webzen!

Webzen has winter events rolling out across its entire roster of western MMORPG this month, and we've got goodies for four of them. The studio has granted Massively OP a sleighful of keys that'll unlock goods on your accounts in your choice of either Mu Online, Flyff, Continent of the Ninth Seal, or Rappelz.

  • Mu Online: Master Scrolls of Wrath, Healing, Mana, Health, Wizardry, Defense, and Battle - one apiece.
  • Flyff: one Re-Stat, one Re-Skill, 10 Upcut Stones, 10 Grilled Eel, one 7-Day Gray Tuxedo Box, one 7-Day Pink Dress Box, and 10 temporary balloons - five apiece in pink and blue.
  • C9: one PC Cafe Premium Item, five 100% Extreme Training, one Skill Reset Scroll, one Town Travel +Lv. 1, one School Look Gear Set, 15 Resurrection Scrolls, and one Prelude to the Storm Soul Set.
  • Rappelz: one White bear with blue snowboard costume, one Christmas Hat, Christmas Boots, Christmas Gloves, one Christmas Costume, 10 Special Health Potions, 10 Special Mana Potions, and five Altered Almighty Pieces (Enhanced).

Click the Mo button below (and prove you're not a robot) to grab one of these keys!

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The MOP Up: Chris Taylor's new studio (November 27, 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 started speculating wildly as to what fomer Wargaming developer Chris Taylor might be up to with his new studio. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Elsword, Crowfall, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Webzen releases G-Star trailers for MU Legend and Azera: Iron Heart

Going to Seoul for G-Star next week? Probably not, but if so, I'm jealous. If you were going, you'd be able to check out Webzen's new offerings, including MU Legend and Azera: Iron Heart. There are art books on sale too... ah hell, we just lost Eliot to the art book line. Be right back.

"First, exhibition area for PC online game MU Legend has a theatrical 3D panoramic screen installed for the visitors to enjoy Webzen’s G-star exclusive game trailer. There will be multiple events and giveaways, giving out high end graphic cards and other quality MU Legend gifts. In the play test area for MU Legend, visitors will be able to experience the game themselves. With the Official version, players will be able to revisit popular nostalgic dungeons such as Blood Castle as well as new key content Epic Dungeon.

"Exhibition for mobile game Azera: Iron Heart contains Trick Art sculpture and a large Titan model. In the game play area, there will be a cinematic trailer and a gameplay demo for visitors to experience the pinnacle of 3D mobile gaming. PvP (player versus player) section is also prepared for users to experience Azera’s real time PvP experience. Also, Webzen has prepared cosplay of main characters in MU Legend and Azera: Iron Heart. In both exhibition area, popular racing models dressed up and cosplay to join the fun."

MU Legend debuts early next year, while Azera should be out before the ball drops on New Year's Eve. Moon over the trailers from home right here:

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ELOA gets a do-over under new ownership

Elite Lord of Alliance might have been down, but it's not out -- not yet, at least.

Following the decision by Webzen to close down ELOA in October, Game&Game has taken the fantasy MMO under its wing and brought it back online as of today. It's unclear whether players will be able to pick up their old characters or will need to start from scratch, but either way, it's good news for those who enjoyed the title and were sorry to see it go.

The new version is available to players in North and South America, Europe, and Russia. It also comes with several changes from the previous edition, including the decision to decrease quest XP rewards in order to place a greater emphasis on slaying monsters.

Npic Soft Director Ho Jun Kim laid out the course for the game's future: "Whereas we focused on PvE and dungeon-oriented updates before, from now on we will focus on content such as large-scale PvP conducted among the guilds and communities. Hope many of users play and enjoy the newly updated game."

Source: Facebook, ELOA

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Winning Putt has launched on Steam

The bright side to a nice round of golf is that it's a game of skill and sedate strategy, along with a chance to make lots of references to Caddyshack. The down side is, of course, actually going to a golf course. But now Winning Putt has left the putting range of beta testing and driven onto the green of launch, so players can pick up their digital seven-irons and go to war with one another. Or however you play golf.

To celebrate the game's launch and its arrival on Steam, the game is offering players a special gift for each day's login until November 18th. You've still got a few days to pick up new prizes, so if you love the idea of smacking virtual golf balls around, we suggest you get in and get teeing. Or... driving? Whatever the verb form is for starting a golf skirmish. Match. Whatever.

Source: Official Site; thanks to Rain for the tip!

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NCsoft and Webzen are both working on multiple mobile MMORPGs

NCsoft and Webzen both have mobile games a-cookin'.

We already knew about Lineage Red Knights and Lineage Mobile; there were announced a year ago as mobile titles set in the Lineage world, although Lineage Mobile itself appears to be more of a mobile version of the original than a spinoff. Red Knights has gone cutesy and hasn't yet announced a fully global launch.

Lots of trailers and more games below!

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Mu Legend kicks off its global closed beta test today

Do you know Mu? Not every MMO player is familiar with the eastern Mu franchise, but it is apparently popular enough to spawn a line of titles (such as Mu Origin). One of these, Mu Legend, is heading into its first global closed beta test today.

Mu Legend is a hack-and-slash sequel to Mu Online and features gameplay similar to that found in online action-RPGs. The beta test is scheduled to run from today through November 8th. As it is a closed beta, you will have to apply for and hope to get a key to participate.

Webzen also used the global CBT as an opportunity to open up the official Mu Legend forums, so if nothing else, you can practice your lurking skills there. Alternatively, there is a nearly eight-minute gameplay trailer waiting after the jump to help provide a deeper understanding what this game is all about (frantic clicking and bright spell effects).

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Mu Legend gives a glimpse into its action combat gameplay

The online action-RPG sequel to Mu Online, Mu Legend, is heading into its first beta test next week on October 25th. No doubt you've already added that to your calendar, but if for some reason you were holding off due to a lack of context, perhaps today's gameplay trailer might help provide motivation.

The 30-second spot offers a tantalizing glimpse into the fast-and-furious isometric action of this title. Gentle jabbing aside, Mu Legend might hit the spot if you're looking for a good ARPG clicker. You can watch the trailer after the jump and then, if you're interested, sign up for the beta on the website.

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