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!
Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Mu Ignition, Lineage 2 Revolution, Revelation Online, Earthfall, Legacy of Atlantis, DC Unchained, Soul Ark, Battle Carnival, World of Warcraft, Old School RuneScape, Aion, War Thunder, Artifact, Pokemon Go, The Black Death, Astroneer, EVE Online, Phantom Halls, MU Online, and Heroes of Newerth, all waiting for you after the break!
With 15 developers now on staff and progression toward an alpha build, Reign of Guilds is slowly but surely taking shape as a hardcore medieval MMORPG sim.
The team said that it has packed up its public prototype and will be restricting the upcoming alpha to “ROG Club” participants who have supported the game. “ROG club membership is not a reward or present — this is our appeal to the active players to participate in test, share feedback, discuss classified information and so on,” the studio said.
In the first episode of the game’s developer diary, the team discusses how it is creating Reign of Guilds’ code, visual effects, animations, models, and locations. You can watch the full rundown after the jump.
If you only had one hour to live your entire life, what would you do?
This is the intriguing premise of the new multiplayer survival game One Hour One Life. Developed by Jason Rohrer, the game throws players into a the role of a baby who grows up, ages, and dies within an hour. During that time, players try to make advancements through crafting and growing a family so that these achievements can be passed down to the next generation.
It should be noted that babies have to be taken care of by other players, which means that you might end up babysitting gamers yourself when you’re an adult. Rohrer said that he will be trying to stay one step ahead of the playerbase by developing the next phase of the tech tree and dropping them into the game through weekly updates.
One Hour One Life’s persistent server starts out as a pristine wilderness that will slowly be transformed into civilization through the efforts of players over multiple generations. Check out the trailer and gameplay after the break and let us know what you think of this unique-looking title!
There are MMOs that have been around a while, and then there is EverQuest. It’s so old school it is old enough to be out of school! Yup, EQ turned 19 years old yesterday. That’s 19 years of the iconic music, 19 years of Qeynos, and 19 years of Fippy trying to storm that gate! So much has happened in Norrath between March 16th, 1999, and March 16th, 2018 – more than one single restrospective could cover. So we’ll just look at a single year!
As is tradition, I’ve sat back and looked over the previous year, remembering the highlights and goings on of the game. How did the 19th year play out for one of the oldest MMOs? Sadly, this year was of the leaner variety; not much happened across Norrath. You wouldn’t know that by all the anniversary offerings, though! Take a stroll down the cobbled lane of memories, but don’t get lost in the nostalgia; there are oodles of anniversary quests to fill your schedule with during the celebration, going on now through Thursday, May 10th, 2018.
The last big ARK expedition Massively OP’s MJ took was to the surface. What goes up, must also go down, right? So this time, she delving the depths of a cave. The gang is on the hunt for new light pets, the elusive glowtail lizards. Will this journey end better than the first time MJ wandered into this cave? (Hint: She was lured to her death by a once-trusted tribe member!) Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. to see how successful this second trip into the cave is.
What: ARK: Aberration
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, March 17th, 2018
Dipping your toes in to test game content is for wimps; true heroes dive right in and go deep. A new event has arrived in DC Universe Online
that takes players to the bottom of the ocean to face off against Starro and unravel a mystery at Spindrift Station.
The Deluge event takes place as both a low-level activity and high-level elite raid, depending on your skills and daring-do. In this episode, players will meet more of the Aquaman family and explore a pair of new Atlantean locations under the sea.
By going through this content, players can earn underwater suits and a gearset inspired by Mera. Check out the Deluge developer livestream below!
Feeling lucky? You just may after jumping into World of Tanks
this weekend. The multiplayer tank battler is throwing a St. Patrick’s Day event
through March 19th with a special “Luck of the Irish” op that pays out in free war chests for every 10 victories. Players can also slap leprechaun and pots o’ gold emblems on their vehicles for a limited time.
March brings many other delightful surprises to World of Tanks, including the Irish Banshee Comet tank, the related Mad Banshee op, and the global Tank Madness competition.
Get your first look at the Banshee Comet after the break!
What do you give a game that is turning 19? Massively OP’s MJ is not sure, but she’s not about to miss EverQuest’s birthday party! Whether or not she can find all the new anniversary quests is another matter, but there is always the anniversary Brasse Dwarf to hang out and drink with. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. to join the celebration with us.
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, March 16th, 2018
It’s time for a whole lot of new characters to smash into the fray in Blizzard’s various multiplayer offerings. Hearthstone doesn’t have characters, per se, but it does have deck types, and the game’s next expansion is delivering a whole new deck type with Odds & Evens. Yes, that’s where you have an entire deck consisting of cards with odd costs or even costs; you can check out the video below for more elaboration.
Overwatch, of course, does have new characters. Specifically, it has Brigitte, who as it turns out will be arriving in the game on March 20th. If you’ve been looking forward to playing the smashy warrior-healer on the live game, you’ll have your chance very soon.
Last but not least, the Heroes of the Storm team is promising another new hero in the form of Fenix, a character from StarCraft who got killed in the first few missions. Later, he came back in a giant spider robot carrying his dead body. (He was a Dragoon. It makes sense in context.) So that’s also fun, although we warn you that teams might not appreciate you saying “I return to serve” every time you respawn.
One of the concerns that some players have held about Sea of Thieves, especially after its public betas, is that the pirate game appears to be a little light on content and goals.
Fortunately, Rare has a lot more tricks up its sleeve for both launch and beyond. In a developer livestream, the studio discussed more content than it had previously been promoting, including different kinds of PvE skeletons to fight, hidden lore books to discover (with special rewards attached), and the pursuit of legendary status. This endgame activity will give player pirates access to their own secret hideouts and a new faction that has its own types of voyages.
Also in the works? Player-owned ships, pets, campaign events, and the ability to save favorite pirate characters on the random generator.
Rare released the launch trailer for next week’s release, so give that a good gander after the break!
Can you believe Xsyon has made it to seven years? We haven’t heard anything about the game in a long, long while, but the servers are still there so Massively OP’s MJ is popping on to take a look around. Join us live at 1:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you a seventh anniversary show of…
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 1:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, March 16th, 2018
It’s probably not the most encouraging of signs when a trailer for an MMO’s newest raid mostly features player characters lying down following a wipe. But then again, what do you expect when your party is going toe-to-toe with a very sacred, very powerful dragon?
Welcome to Koldrak’s Lair, the latest 12-player raid coming to Blade & Soul. Level 55 characters can form teams and queue up for the raid at certain times during the day. It’s here they’ll fight the titular Koldrak, a flame dragon that has since succumbed to Dark Chi. The fight is time-limited to 50 minutes each, with the opportunity to down this boss five times each day.
It won’t be easy, as chunks of ice will be falling and Koldrak will try to sweep players off into lava with his tail. Successful fights will pay off in a variety of powerful treasure, depending on a player’s damage contribution (there are no dedicated tanks or healers in this game). There’s also a daily quest that rewards players with XP and the new dragon scale currency.
Koldrak’s Lair is coming with the Fire and Blood update on March 21st.
Starship captains get lonely in the inky black void of space and seek companionship amongst their own. When SpaceTinder fails, the next best thing is the ability to create custom PvP matches among friends.
Thankfully, these custom matches are here for Dreadnought, at least on the PlayStation 4. The spaceship battler pushed live a patch that allows players to create a match based on the options they choose, including lopsided scenarios and AI assistance. To keep players from gaming this system for rewards, no XP, progression, or credits can be earned in this mode.
The dev team continues to juggle both the PC and PS4 versions of the game. While the two versions are not in sync right now, the studio is working hard to bring them to near-parity in the future — and yes, this includes trying to get custom matches brought to the PC.