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

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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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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