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Major publisher known for MMOs like Asta, Age of Wulin, and ELOA.

The MOP Up: SMITE sees a Divine Light (July 9, 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 GoSplatoon 2Blade and SoulDragon’s Dogma OnlineClosers OnlineOverwatchVindictusMu OnlineWurm OnlineAstellia OnlineDofus PetsHellionSMITEStarCraftAionFinal Fantasy XI, and League of Legends, all waiting for you after the break!

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MU Legend hits open beta in September

Open beta: the magical time when a game is available for everyone to play at all times. Mu Legend has flitting through closed beta for a while, but it’s almost time for it to spread its (metaphorical) wings and fly free with the open beta launch coming at some point September. An exact point in September has not yet been announced, but it’ll be sometime in September.

The good news is that open beta will also include new and as-yet unseen features for the game, so even if you’ve been comfortably playing in the game’s closed beta, you’ll have new stuff to explore. The localized version will be available in English, Brazilian Portugese, French, German, Spanish, and Polish, so you’ll have your pick of different words to read; the gameplay will be the same no matter what, but language does help you understand what the heck is going on when September rolls around.

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Shot Online Golf’s closed beta test has begun

BREE: I can’t believe neither of you pranksters has taken the golf thing to make fun of yet.

JUSTIN: Just par for the course for us, Bree.

ELIOT: That’s a hole lot of assumptions. It’s not like we’re in a club, here.

JUSTIN: Little birdie told me it wasn’t a good story anyway.

ELIOT: With your eagle eyes, you can spot those. You’re good at driving to the point.

BREE: I’m just gonna screenshot this whole thing and run it as the post.

JUSTIN: Yeah it’s getting pretty rough. Putter there, Eliot, you’re a good punster.

ELIOT: Thanks, Justin; that really feels like a hole in one, coming from you.

JUSTIN: A slice of fresh conversation, this is.

ELIOT: Ironing out differences.

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EU’s Age of Wulin to be absorbed into Snail Games’ Age of Wushu

Age of Wulin, the European counterpart to NA’s Age of Wushu, is being handed off once again in the region. The martial arts sandbox was originally published by Snail Games, handed off to Webzen for four years in Europe, and is now returning to Snail’s control on July 11th.

The team said that this will merge the two titles together: “Today, we would like to announce that the Age of Wulin publishing licence will return to Snail Games, the developers of Age of Wulin, on the 11th of July, 2017. Snail Games will then take over operations and migrate your characters to their version of the game, Age of Wushu. It was a very difficult decision to make, as your support and passion since the early days of this project have been outstanding, but it will ensure the continuity of the game.”

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Snag a Mu Online, Flyff, C9, or Rappelz key in honor of Webzen’s 8th anniversary

Webzen is celebrating 8 years of MMOs today, kicking off multiple events and patches across its games: MU Origin has posted its 1.7 update with multi-server “Battle Core” events and two new dungeons, while MU itself has opened up part one of its 12th season of play, which features the Nixies Lake map, new gear, and the Vanaheim server.

In honor of the anniversary, the studio has granted Massively OP 1000 keys that can be applied to one of four of their games (Mu Online, Flyff, C9, or Rappelz) so you get to pick what you’re getting!

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

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Korean studio Move Games resurrects ASTA on Steam

When I mentioned in our newsroom that I was working on an ASTA post, nobody believed me, but it’s true: ASTA: The War of Tears and Winds is getting another lease on life.

You’ll recall that Webzen originally ported the game westward in 2015, soft-launching in an open beta here after the game had sunsetted in Korea the same year — and after having been in development since 2010. However, Webzen gave up after a year, sunsetting the western version this past October.

MMO Culture noticed that the game has popped up on Steam, however, with a posted release date of April 26, 2017, and a brand-new publisher: Move Games Co., Ltd., which is reportedly well-versed in picking up and relaunching Korean games for different audiences. According to the Steam and Facebook updates, the game will grant all registered players a “beginner’s gift” bundle for showing up. What is dead can never die.

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The MOP Up: Overwatch gives smurfing a pass (April 16, 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 Heroes EvolvedDungeon Fighter 2Splatoon 2OverwatchHeroes and GeneralsAionNeverwinterElswordGuild Wars 2CS:GO, and MU Online, all waiting for you after the break!

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Mu Legend will soft launch across the globe with an open beta summer 2017

Webzen formally announced this morning that the global edition of Mu Legend — i.e., the version of the hack-n-slash sequel our readers are most likely to care about — will hit open beta in what looks to be a soft launch this summer for all regions, excepting South Korea, of course, where the game has already launched.

The studio says that “the last remaining months of development will be dedicated to the fine-tuning of the new features added to the open beta, such as the trading NPC, the 3v3 PvP mode and more.” In response to players complaining about the length of the testing period, Webzen’s Facebook rep said, “We think it’s better to take time than rush. The first closed beta was only starting 5 months ago. We’ll make sure players don’t wait too long. More news in the coming weeks.”

You can indeed still sign up for the beta on the official site, though it’s not yet clear whether there will be another closed round of testing between now and the open beta.

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The MOP Up: ARK’s console editions get a hair-do (March 26, 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 Destiny, Eternal CrusadeElder Scrolls LegendsHearthstonePokemon GoMU LegendLineage IIARKUltima OnlineSword of ShadowsGhost Recon WildlandsRagnarok OnlineHeroes and GeneralsElsword, and Dota 2, all waiting for you after the break!

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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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