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Massively OP Podcast Episode 122: This Stormblood’s for you

On this week’s show, Justin and Bree talk about FFXIV: Stormblood’s early access launch, Destiny 2’s PC delay, Elder Scrolls Online’s next DLC drops, breaking up the trinity in MMOs, and more!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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Check out The Crew 2’s gameplay in action

So what’s it going to be like playing The Crew 2? If you said “a lot like playing The Crew,” well… all right, you’re cynical, but you have a point. If you said “drive car around,” you’re even more cynical, and this time you’re only partly right. You will also be driving boats and piloting planes, and you’ll be hopping between them freely while not racing. And you can even see the races unfold before you in the latest preview video.

The video is just below and shows the boat, car, and plane races all taking place, although the narration during the video makes it clear you won’t be limited to a race settings for these various vehicles. Check the whole thing out just below, and consider what you’ll want to do in the 2000 square miles of recreated America in the game. Including going on a cross-country joyride in a plane, if that’s your thing. (It’ll be harder in a boat.)

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The MOP Up: Destiny 2’s class roster (June 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!

This week we have stories and videos from Twilight SpiritsThe Black DeathConqueror’s BladeWorlds AdriftRagnarok JourneyTERA, WakfuARKGuild Wars 2, and Destiny 2, all waiting for you after the break!

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E3 2017: Hands-on with Destiny 2

Like many readers, I was originally disappointed when Destiny wasn’t released for PC. I’m not even a Halo fan but could see that the title had promise. Release, though, sounded just OK. I fed my sci-fi MMO-ish need with doses of PlanetSide 2 and Star Wars: The Old Republic and largely ignored the title, aside from the fact that major gaming sites seemed happy with the expansion. I figured it was one of those few decent console games not made by Nintendo that PC players just wouldn’t get. Whatever.

Fast forward to the announcement that Blizzard would add Destiny 2 to its launcher to ensure its PC release. PC fans freak out. World of Warcraft token values skyrocket. Massively OP writers and readers note its potential to define the genre. The chance to demo it at E3 put me on the hype train, but the reality has caused me to pump the breaks.

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Destiny 2’s PS4 exclusives won’t arrive on Xbone and PC until 2018

If the fact that Destiny 2’s PC edition is being held back seven weeks following the release of the console versions sticks in your craw, then you probably don’t want to read the rest of this post.

In its attempt to give PC players a paper cut and pour lemon juice in it, Bungie confirmed on Twitter that several PlayStation 4 exclusives won’t hit computers (or Xbox One) until 2018. These exclusives include the Lake of Shadows strike, Terra Concord Titan armor, Tesseract Trace IV Warlock armor, Icarus Drifter Hunter armor, the City Apex ship, the Borealis rifle, and the Retribution PvP map.

PC and Xbone players can see what they’ll be missing out on this year after the break.

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Massively Overthinking: The best MMOs and multiplayers of E3 2017

E3 is drawing to a close, with its reveals over and done with — all that’s left is processing our interviews and hands-on pieces. But in the meantime, we decided to take this week’s Overthinking to consider the field. MMORPGs haven’t shined brightly at E3 in a long time, so our expectations are usually low — the con is interesting to us more for what’s happening on the multiplayer front.

So that’s what we asked our staff: What’s the most interesting or grabby-hands MMO or MMO-ish thing from E3 this year? Which game would get your best in show and why? There’s also an extra bonus section on the con itself courtesy of our writer on the floor.

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So why is Destiny 2’s PC version being held back?

PC players looking forward to Destiny 2’s fall release are probably going through a torrent of emotions this week. While it’s great that Bungie revealed solid dates for the sequel, it’s not hard to miss that the launch of the PC edition is being held back nearly two months after the console version. So what gives? Why the seven-week delay?

In talking with Polygon, Bungie said that it is being extra cautious in bringing the franchise to the PC for the first time and wanted to give that version some additional testing and polish. “We want to it to land super-solid,” said the team.

PC Lead Developer David Shaw went into more detail: “It really is as simple as ‘we want to get it right.’ That’s the reason there was no PC version of Destiny 1 is because we didn’t feel we could do it in a way that could honor the PC gamer [and] would really nail it. With Destiny 2, we had the team, we had the talent, we found great partners. One more extension of being able to do it right is that we needed that extra bit of time.”

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E3 2017: Ubisoft officially reveals The Crew 2

Ubisoft is undoubtedly pleased with the sales and performance of The Crew because as previously teased, the developer has invested in a full-fledged sequel that’s even bigger than the first cross-country racing game.

The Crew 2 will take multiplayer to a redesigned and larger America, with players jumping into the driver’s seat of all manner of cars, motorbikes, boats, helicopters, and even planes. The real star of the game is the open world setting, where players will be able to visit and traverse locations coast-to-coast, such as the Grand Canyon and New York City.

“Our ambition with The Crew 2 is to make the ultimate experience for all motorsports fans,” said the studio.

But what is there to do until the game comes out? Ubisoft launched a rewards program that allows players to earn and unlock up to 18 The Crew 2 vehicles by playing The Crew right now. An early 2018 release is planned on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Players can following the development progress and sign up for the beta on the website.

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E3 2017: Destiny 2 is launching September 6 on consoles, October 24 on PC

The launch dates for Bungie’s highly anticipated Destiny 2 have been revealed, and PC players are going to need an extra-large dose of patience when they hear the news.

The scifi sequel is rolling out globally to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles on September 6th, while the PC edition is slated for nearly two months later on October 24th. Just because PC players are going to have to wait until almost Halloween to pick up the title doesn’t mean they can’t preorder it right now on the Blizzard Launcher. It’s so thoughtful of the companies involved, don’t you think?

To rub salt in the wounds, PlayStation 4 will be the recipient of “timed exclusives” at its launch, including a multiplayer map, a three-player strike, specialized gear sets, and an exotic weapon.

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E3 2017: EA BioWare reveals Anthem, a shared-world Destiny clone

Move over Destiny; BioWare is about to take a shot at your market share with its newly revealed Anthem.

Anthem is a “shared-world action-RPG” in which players will don exosuits and head off into the wild unknown to seek adventure and fight forces that aren’t humanity’s best friends. Yes, it sounds an awful lot like Destiny, down to the small four-person teams, although Anthem is putting a greater focus on its Iron Man-like suits and their abilities (which include jet packs). Players will craft and customize their Javelin exosuits to meet the challenges ahead.

The setting is an alien planet with large monstrous foes, violent weather, and extreme terrain. Good thing you have those exosuits, eh? EA is being a little vague about the genre borders of this title, as it sounds a bit like an MMO, will feature character progression a la an RPG, have BioWare’s storytelling at its core, but also be focused on a much more action-oriented gameplay loop.

BioWare is aiming for a fall 2018 release with this game. We’ve got Anthem’s teaser trailer and gameplay video after the break!

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The MOP Up: EVE Valkyrie lowers its price point (June 11, 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 MechWarrior OnlineGuild Wars 2EverQuest IICabal OnlineEVE ValkyrieParagonSecond LifeLuna OnlineAtelier OnlineFinal Fantasy XILegend of Ancient Sword OnlineNo Man’s SkyHeroes of the StormArt of ConquestDreadnoughtOverwatchSINoALICEBlade and SoulPokemon Go, and Eternal Crusade, all waiting for you after the break!

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The Game Archaeologist: Phantasy Star Online

The Dreamcast was a brief but shining aberration in the gaming world. Coming along years after Sega had fallen out of its position as a top-runner in the console market, it represented the company’s last-ditch attempt to reclaim its former glory. While it failed to succeed in that respect and ultimately closed up shop in 2001 (ending Sega’s interest in the console market), the Dreamcast became a gaming cult favorite responsible for some of the most innovative titles ever made. Games like Jet Grind Radio, Space Channel 5, and Shenmue have remained fan favorites long after the Dreamcast’s demise, which shows the legacy that these dev teams left behind.

But perhaps the Dreamcast’s greatest gift to the gaming world wasn’t crazy taxis or space dancing but a surprisingly forward-looking approach to online gaming. In 2000, the Dreamcast took the first steps to bringing an online console RPG to market, and while it wasn’t a true MMO, it certainly paved the way for titles like EverQuest Online Adventures and Final Fantasy XI.

It was bold, it was addictive, and it was gosh-darned gorgeous. Ladies and gentlemen: Phantasy Star Online.

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Defiance heats up summer with a new high-powered event

We may be past the days of the almighty transmedia synergy, but Defiance is not ready to give up its penchant for world-changing events. Right now, the sci-fi game is racing into a Hot and Crazy Summer, which means a lot more firepower on both sides of the battle line.

Defiance’s newest patch adds several new contracts to tie into this event. By completing weekly and daily contracts, players will be guaranteed one of the new legendary HOT weapons and an epic mod. HOT weapons have a chance to proc nanos and additional health damage.

The MMO has also released a new pursuit called Ride the Heat Wave. Those who succeed at this pursuit will receive an epic assault rifle and a Sizzlin’ Surfer title. Hang ten, good buddies!

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