Even successful online games like World of Tanks
can be subject to critical mistakes and community backlash. Talking to Polygon
CEO Victor Kislyi
admitted that arrogance and a Russian-centric team contributed to a near-disaster with its Rubicon update a few years back. Additionally, the studio mandate to carbon-copy World of Tanks'
format ended up hurting the development of World of Warships
and World of Warplanes
Kislyi said that once the studio owned up to its faults and identified the key problems, it began to make changes. The studio started hiring more international employees and paid better attention to what its community was saying. "This took years for us as a company to come to this understanding of this necessity [of this change], and to make it," he said.
The big focus for 2017, Kislyi said, was to shore up World of Tanks and make it into a better game overall. Wargaming is also allowing Warships and Warplanes more leniency to develop according to their individual strengths and unique properties.
World of Warships
is rolling out its big 0.6.0 update today
, complete with a ton of new commander skills, a new guild system called clans, graphical tweaks, balance changes, and its new XP type and scaling system, which you should definitely read up on, as Elite Commander XP and Free XP aren't spent the same way.
"Right now, every Commander has a maximum XP value. No Commander in the game can earn more XP than the amount of XP needed to earn 19 Skill Points. To become an Elite Commander, the Commander must earn the maximum amount of XP -- enough to earn 19 Skill Points. All XP earned over that value becomes Elite Commander XP. Elite XP is a new type of in-game currency. Elite XP does not accumulate on any single Commander but is stored in a common pool of Elite Commander XP on your account."
Meanwhile, over in tankland, Wargaming is touting the World of Tanks
console re-addition of the Tiger 131 and Sherman Fury
, both of which you've probably bumped into before if you ever saw the Brad Pitt-led movie Fury
Videos for both updates are below!
"A new journey lies ahead of us."
Wargaming is not dwelling on its accomplishments from last year in World of Warships; it has a laser-sharp focus on its goals for 2017. Britain's fleet will receive two new branches of ships, which will be part of the 50 additional seafaring vessels to the game by the year's end. Other ship branches, like Soviet destroyers, are slated for changes and revamps.
Legendary commanders is a new feature in the works, stemming from the studio's odd experiment with Steven Seagal last year. Players will be given more options, such as selectable command skills, new types of armament, and earnable ship upgrades.
Get your captain's briefing in the video below!
We're counting down Massively OP's weirdest MMORPG stories of 2016!
Coming in at #2 in our countdown is that whole World of Warships Steven Seagal thing, detailed in a couple of different articles we got stuck writing this past summer.
Wargaming basically signed actor and dojo master Steven Seagall as a promotional figure, dubbing him a "personal Heroic Battle Advisor" for World of Warships, which is actually not a terrible game and doesn't deserve this, truly. It sort of sounds like a funny joke, like teaming up with budget Chuck Norris to sell cash-shop items, except it doesn't really come off that way -- maybe it's lost in translation. In the promo video, Seagal goes from uncomfortably touring the studio to playing a ukulele to deadpanning that The Missouri is his favorite battleship -- "because I was on The Missouri." That he was on The Missouri in a movie is never actually vocalized. Bizarre indeed.
What do you know about the USS Alabama? "It is a boat" is a perfectly acceptable answer in this context because that is correct! It is almost certainly a boat, and it is a boat that's causing quite a lot of trouble in the World of Warships community based on its means of acquisition. The short version is that it's being given out to select supertesters, players who dedicate an enormous amount of time and effort to testing the game's patches and offering feedback.
Why is this controversial? Well, it's a really good boat. Like, "very competitive in high-end gameplay" good. And there's no way to get it outside of dedicating a great deal of time to being a supertester and then getting selected to be given the boat, which also has an enormous amount of hull detailing (very important if you're the sort of person who knows about boats). In short, it's a really powerful boat that's more or less inaccessible for most players and only goes out to a very limited subset of players. That's... kind of unpleasant, yes? And it does nicely explain the boat controversy.
Russian gaming giant Wargaming, best known to MMO audiences for World of Tanks, World of Warships, and World of Warplanes, announced today that it's partnering with SEGA and Creative Assembly to create a brand-new publishing label called Wargaming Alliance. The group will be "dedicated to providing third-party publishers and developers the tools, resources and platform to enter the highly competitive free-to-play gaming market along with access to Wargaming’s substantial subscriber base of over 100 million gamers."
"Wargaming Alliance gives third-party companies access to the unique expertise and knowledge of the online free-to-play market that Wargaming has amassed over the years, the company’s multimillion loyal player community, and the best practices in free-to-play game promotion and operation. Partners will benefit from a global team of seasoned specialists covering all areas of game publishing from customer support through to marketing and community management. The platform also has a physical presence in all key markets and delivers a unique approach to regional publishing activities, tailored to local audiences."
The first game due to be published through the mostly global group will be Total War: ARENA, SEGA's free-to-play strategy game. The Steam page for the game has gone missing as of the writing of this post.
Where do the action stars of your youth go when they can no longer single-handedly demolish an enemy navy? In Steven Seagal's case, he's going to World of Warships
, arriving as a special six-point commander
awarded to players who complete the "Seize Seagal" mission. That mission starts today and runs until December 14th, asking players to simply earn 70,000 base XP over any number of random, ranked, or co-op battles.
For those of you unfamiliar with Seagal's career, the man is an Aikido black belt who spent a great deal of time in the '90s beating up environmental terrorists or making movies in which he did so. One of his better-known films specifically involved him beating up terrorists on a boat, hence the connection. You can check out a tongue-in-cheek trailer about the addition just below.
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 past week, Final Fantasy XI gave a heads-up about the arrival of several appreciation campaigns coming next month. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from EverQuest, Hero's Song, Black Desert, and more, all waiting for you after the break!
Beware what you name your ships because irony loves to strike when namers are careless. Take for instance World of Warships'
Transylvania. This poor steamship was doomed from the beginning thanks to the dolt who thought of giving it that name.
In a new WoWS Halloween event, players can jump into a trio of weird and spooky ships to protect and escort the Transylvania to its port. Victors will receive credits and a special Halloween skin that will boost XP earned for the season.
[AL:WoT]Meanwhile, World of Tanks Console
is kicking off its Monster Mash tomorrow. The event features a reworked map with Halloween decor, monster versions of several tanks, and two new PvE modes fighting the aforementioned monster tanks. "Half-beast, half-tank, ALL HORROR!" the studio exclaimed.
The British are coming! Their ships are, at least, in World of Warships
. The game's most recent update
adds in ten British warships, ranging from the Black Swan in Tier I up to the Edinburgh in Tier VIII. It's a chance to feel as if you're really on a ship of the Royal Navy in the middle of World War II, without quite so much thinking of the Blitz and being told by your commanding officer to keep a stiff upper lip while the boat is on fire around you.
For those of you with very little interest in slicing through the waters on a British ship, there are other improvements in the patch, including the new Container system to replace the old Daily Missions of the game. Some maps and non-British ships have also been rebalanced to improve the quality of matches. You can check out screenshots and a video of the new boats just below.
"Two things I did on Hallows Night: / Made my house April-clear / Left open wide my door / to the ghosts of the year." ~ "All Hollows Night" by Lizette Woodworth Reese
Is your door open to the ghosts and ghouls of MMORPGs this season? They are definitely shambling up your walkway, looking to tell you of the grim delights of the holiday in your favorite online games. Indeed, Halloween season is upon us, which means that MMOs have an excuse to break out their favorite yearly festivities.
With so much to look at and do, you might be in a terrible fright trying to figure out what to do first. We consulted our Massively OP gravedigger Bram (he's on retainer), who offers surprisingly good advice for sorting out the Halloween season in MMOs and getting the most out of the holiday. We recorded his words in this guide, although beware to the soul that reads them all -- Bram might be seeing you before the week is up. MUAHAHAHA.
What's the best way to celebrate one year of World of Warships
? Why, by blowing everything up, of course. OK, perhaps just the opposing team! MassvielyOP's MJ is heading back into the thick of battle in her favorite WWII-era ships. Tune in live at 4:00 p.m. to help wish a very happy first birthday to...
What: World of Warships
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 4:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, September 17th, 2016
Remember last week when we wrote about how Wargaming has picked up actor Steven Seagal
as its spokesman -- I'm sorry, "personal Heroic Battle Advisor" -- for World of Warships
? And you guys were all like, wait, what?
It gets better!
Wargaming has put together a video of Seagal visiting the studio. Naturally, they ask him whether he liked his playthrough of the game. "I think I did OK for a first-timer," he says. "I'm enjoying it anyway." When asked about his favorite battleship, he replies, "I would have to like The Missouri because I was on the Missouri." He means in Under Siege, the movie.
And then they make him sign and play a ukulele. Hey, whatever pays the rent, right?